Linfield FC is pleased to announce that Linfield Ladies have been granted a UEFA Women’s License that is now a mandatory requirement to compete at European level. Club Licences are valid for one season only, namely 2020/21.
As a club, we fully intend competing in the 2020/21 UEFA Women's Champions League. However, in the current circumstances it is unclear when that competition will commence. We are due to compete in a mini tournament qualifying stage between August 10 and 18. However, with this year’s competition unlikely to be concluded anytime soon, that timescale appears unrealistic.
Ladies Secretary, Neil Morrow is delighted, “There is little difference in the Licensing of clubs between the male and female games, so quite a bit of work has gone into the granting of this licence. Of course, it’s nice to be the first Northern Irish club to be granted this licence and allows us to carry on the preparations for competing against some top sides and hopefully continuing to improve results against them, before the format changes for the following year. Being an integral part of the club and having full support from the Chairman, Pat, Andy, finance and medical staff, has made the process easier to complete”
Licensing Committee Chairman, Allen McKinstry, in his press release noted, “Whilst I do not tend to single out any club it would be remiss not to mention the achievement of Linfield (Ladies) FC in being the first women’s team in Northern Ireland to achieve the required licence for participation in the UEFA Women’s Champions League following its mandatory introduction for the 2020-21 UEFA competition season”
Photograph: Linfield Ladies squad and staff after the historic 3-2 win over PAOK in Belgium last August.