How To Start A Football Club

How To Start A Football Club

A football club can be a source of great pride in a community. Establishing a club provides future opportunities for players and their management, entertainment to the fans and benefits for sponsors and partners. Starting a football club can be a daunting task, but there are steps you can take to make it easier. Consider the following when you are looking to establish a soccer club.

How to start a football club

Get the manager, the secretary and the treasurer. Remember, it's a business, so you'll need to fill these positions to make sure your club does not just get off on the right foot, but keep growing. Generally, a manager will take the sports aspects of the club, such as the crews, the training and the transfers. A secretary will take care of the necessary paperwork to start and run the club, and it is usually the contact with the local associations. The treasurer manages the finances and is an integral part of the management team, to make sure that the club does not affect the sports side in a negative way. All aspects of management must have checks and balances, and also face the conflict that will surely come during the operational process of the club.

Find financing. Each team will incur significant entry and process costs, but the amount can vary greatly depending on the club's goals. Some initial fees to prepare are: registration fees for the local FA, league fees, jersey fees, equipment, field rates (practice and game), insurance, fees and travel fees. Again, depending on the size of the club, even management salaries and players have to be considered. Funding sources can come from many areas and in different ways: player registration fees, ticket benefits and even sponsorships if you can offer them. Many take money in exchange for advertisements in the kits and near the playground, but equally common are the sponsors of equipment and service. An example of a service sponsor is a local company that provides a website for the club in exchange for advertisements in matches.

Register with the local football association (FA). Before a team can play, it must register. Get ready to fill in enough paperwork and decide several names for the club, in case your first choice is in use. The local FA is there for many reasons, to protect players and clubs in the league, mediate disputes and appeals and ensure the overall quality of matches.

Reserve fields for practices and matches. They can be the same, but if the club is not prepared to make significant investments in this area, it is recommended that the practice camps be other to reduce costs.Many associations will send clubs a list of local fields, from school playgrounds to stadiums, and prices according to quality. It is important to visit each possible field before signing agreements and legal documents, as poor quality can hinder training and cause unnecessary damage.

Purchase equipment for training and matches. This includes balls, cones, whistles, goals if the field does not provide them and other similar tools for the development and preparation for matches.


Since taking any sports club is a business, it is important to always keep it in mind. While it may be exciting and modern to buy jerseys like Arsenal's for matches, a much more practical option is to look for local print shops that make complete kits. Make sure that each part of the management team is dedicated to the establishment and ongoing operation of the club, as it is an arduous long-term commitment that will surely challenge all involved.

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