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Club Licensing Sanctions – 2019


The Club Licensing sanctions are an addendum to the existing Club Licensing Regulations. In terms of the BFA Club Licensing Manual, there has to be sanctions which have to be applicable to those who are found to have contravened the regulations (“Offender”).

The following shall be applicable to all clubs in the Premier League in addition to the existing club licensing regulations:

  1. Failure to maintain at least one active youth team
    • This shall attract a fine of 00 (Five Thousand Pula), and the offender shall be given a final grace period of 60 (Sixty) days to assemble the team,
    • Thereafter this will attract an automatic deduction of 6 (six) points upon expiry of the deadline.
  2. Failure to maintain and operate an office
    • This shall attract a fine of 00 (Two Thousand Pula) and the offender shall be given a final grace period of 30 (Thirty) days to operate an office,
    • Thereafter this will attract an automatic deduction of 6 (six) points upon expiry of the deadline.
  3. Overdue payables
    • For overdue payables, the sanctions shall be according to the table below.
    • Amount Due (BWP)Respective Fine (BWP)Points To DeductDeadline To PayRegistration Ban (Only Player Creditors)
      0 – 10 000      10003300
      10 001 -20.0002 000330
      20 001 – 50 0003 000330
      50 001 – 75 0004 000630
      75 001 – 100 0005 000630
      100 001 – 250 0006 0006301
      250 001 – 500 0007 0006602
      500 001 and above8 000660
  4. For persistent infringements of the Club Licensing Manual, the First Instance Body may withdraw the license.
  5. Clubs denied license and/or having the license withdrawn during the course of the season shall relegate to the Regional First Division League in the subsequent season.


Registration of a company-Botswana Football League

Following various resolutions by the Botswana Football Association [BFA] -National Executive Committee to grant the elite league autonomy the move has since begun.

The Botswana Premier League also has always advocated for their autonomy and this comes at a time when the move for a commercial wing of the elite league is a must do.

Different football General Assemblies have also reiterated the need for the Botswana premier League to be independent from BFA.

The journey to make that a reality has begun with the help of different stakeholders. The FIFA professional department has been holding the BFA’s hand to achieve the desired goals.

BFA has since appointed a Transformation and Sponsorship Committee to implement the transformation of the elite league.

We are happy to announce that Botswana Football League (Pty) Ltd is registered with CIPA.

The company [Botswana Football league – BFL] will have all 16 premier league clubs as shareholders, and it will be a stand-alone company which will run their errands independently from the BFA. The BFL will only be a special member of the federation [BFA] as per FIFA standards and guidance.

The company will re-brand the elite league and make it a more viable property to entice partnerships that will see value in their investment by associating with this business entity.

A new dawn begins. The days of the premier league running as a society are over. These are exciting times and it can only be hoped that all stakeholders will be happy for this new beginning.

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