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Disability Access Officers to be made mandatory under new UEFA licensing regulations

Level Playing Field is delighted to report that UEFA’s Executive Committee has approved the 2015-18 UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations at its meeting in Prague.


In order to foster inclusiveness and accessibility, the updated club licensing regulations will now require clubs to appoint a Disability Access Officer to assist in improving stadium facilities and access for disabled supporters (and disabled employees, volunteers and non-matchday guests).

UEFA President Michel Platini stated: “The new regulations are an expansion and a strengthening of financial fair play. The overall objectives of financial fair play remain the same. We are just evolving from a period of austerity to one where we can offer more opportunities for sustainable growth and development.”

Level Playing Field Chair Joyce Cook OBE called it “a great day for access and inclusion”.


Joyce said, “The criterion will make a huge difference over the long term, and sends a very clear message of the need for better access for disabled people. We must again thank UEFA for their continued support for our topic, and their commitment to making football truly accessible for all”.


The UEFA Executive Committee press conference can be viewed here (Disabilty Access Officer criterion mentioned from approx 17.10)


The new regulations will come into force on 1 July 2015 and will be available on