IFA makes new season licence decisions

Published Tuesday, 01 May 2012
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Irish Premiership new boys Ballinamallard United have been given the go-ahead to play in the top flight, after nominating Dungannon Swifts' ground as their home base.

IFA makes new season licence decisions
The IFA has allocated club licences for the 2012/13 season. (© Getty)

Work is underway to try to ensure new stands at Ballinamallard's Ferney Park are completed in time for next season - but, in the event of construction taking longer than planned, the side will play their home games at neighbouring Stangmore Park.

According to the IFA, once the stands are completed and revised safety documentation has been submitted, Ferney Park will be able to host matches immediately.

Carrick Rangers will also continue their ground share with Crusaders at Seaview, until required work is completed at Taylor's Avenue.

Larne FC had nominated Ballyclare Comrades' Dixon Park as their home ground in the event of promotion, but will continue to play Championship matches at their own Inver Park.

All Premiership clubs have had their domestic licences renewed, while Cliftonville, Coleraine, Crusaders, Glentoran, Linfield and Portadown have been granted UEFA licences.

Ballymena United, Lisburn Distillery and Glenavon have been refused UEFA licences, while Ballyclare Comrades and Loughgall have been refused Championship licences.

Any club refused a licence has the right to appeal the IFA's decision.

Applications are assessed in five key areas - namely Sporting, Infrastructure/Safety, Personnel & Administration, Legal and Financial.

"A small number of clubs have exhibited financial warning signs in respect of going concern," David McVeigh, Head of Club Licensing and Facilities at the IFA, said.

"The Committee and the IFA staff shall be monitoring the ongoing month-to-month financial position of these clubs in detail, in order to both support the clubs in question and to ensure appropriate financial management is maintained."

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