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IFA working with Ballinamallard to secure Uefa License ahead of cup final

Ballinamallard United celebrate their semi-final victory.
Ballinamallard United celebrate their semi-final victory.

The IFA has announced it is continuing to work with Ballinamallard United to secure the club a Uefa License ahead of the Irish Cup Final.

The decision came as the IFA announced its club licensing decisions on Thursday.

The Mallards play Crusaders in the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park on Saturday May 4.

Should Ballinamallard United win the Irish Cup their participation in the UEFA Europa League can only be assumed based on the recommendation of the Licensor (IFA), to UEFA, for ‘special permission to be granted’ for an exceptional UEFA Licence.

The deadline across Europe for all exceptional applications is 3 May 2019.

In line with the current UEFA, Premiership, Promotion and Championship Licensing Manuals, applicant clubs were assessed in five key areas, namely: Sporting, infrastructure/safety, personnel & administration and legal and financial.

Irish Cup semi-finalists Warrenpoint Town were refused a Uefa Club license, while Armagh City and Portstewart were refused Championship Club Licenses due to a lack of documentation submitted beyond their initial application form.

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Institute chose not to apply for a UEFA Club License.

Licensing Committee Chairman, Allen McKinstry paid tribute to the staff working behind the scenes at Irish League clubs.

"With Club Licensing now an established part of the football landscape in Northern Ireland, the ongoing nature of the process means that high standards must be consistently maintained," he said.

"Even now, the licensing process for this cycle has still not concluded as we continue to work with Ballinamallard United FC to submit its ‘extraordinary’ UEFA Licence application (for non-top flight clubs) to the UEFA Licensing Administration in the days ahead.

"Whilst the Ballinamallard United FC players will look to create history in the Irish Cup Final, the Ferney Park administrators could also create their own little bit of history if they become the first club to secure a licensing hat-trick with Championship, Promotion and UEFA licences all in one season. The Committee wishes the club well in that process."

For a full list of licenses granted to clubs see below:

 

UEFA Club Licenses Granted:

Ballymena United FC

Cliftonville FC

Coleraine FC

Crusaders FC

Dungannon Swifts FC (Solitude, Belfast)

Glenavon FC

Glentoran FC

Linfield FC

 

UEFA Club Licenses refused:

Warrenpoint Town FC

 

Premiership Club Licenses granted:

Ards FC (Bangor Fuels Arena, Bangor)

Ballymena United FC

Cliftonville FC

Coleraine FC

Crusaders FC

Dungannon Swifts FC

Glenavon FC

Glentoran FC

Institute FC (Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium, Derry)

Linfield FC

Newry AFC

Warrenpoint Town FC

 

Promotion Club Licenses granted:

Ballinamallard United FC

Ballyclare Comrades FC

Carrick Rangers FC

H&W Welders FC (Dixon Park, Ballyclare)

Larne FC

Portadown FC

 

Championship Club Licenses granted:

Annagh United FC

Ballinamallard United FC

Ballyclare Comrades FC

Banbridge Town FC

Carrick Rangers FC

Dergview FC

Dundela FC

H&W Welders FC

Knockbreda FC

Larne FC

Limavady United FC

Lisburn Distillery FC

Loughgall FC

Portadown FC

PSNI FC

QUB FC

 

Championship Club Licenses refused:

Armagh City FC

Portstewart FC

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