What is a Club?
A club is an organisation made up of people of diverse nature, background orientation, with hierarchical relationship working together for the purpose of accomplishing defined objectives.
Characteristics of a Club
People make up the club even though they may be of various status – Chairman, Team Manager, Coach, Captain and team members. People come together i.e. there is an agreement to work as a team, a commitment and interaction.
There is a purpose for coming together and goals to be accomplished. There is a hierarchical relationship.
Objectives of a Club
– Promoting the development of soccer
– Engaging in competition both within and outside the country.
– Scouting for players.
– Exposing players to training.
Different Types of Clubs
- The Amateur Clubs
- The Professional Clubs
- Collegiate Soccer Clubs
*Professional soccer is meant to be self-sustaining and therefore one cannot rule out the issues of profit maximization. The beneficiaries are the members of the public at large in terms of entertainment.
Organisation of a Club
Constitution of an association constituent General
Assembly Declaration of the Association affiliation to the
Federation Ministerial agreement.
The Executive Board defines the club’s policy and has the power of decision.
The Office of the President
– Responsible for the legal affairs of the club.
– Defines the club’s policy in agreement with the Executive Board.
– Looks after the club’s relations with local, regional and national authorities or the firms with which the club has connections, the Press in particular
– Must keep himself informed on the activities of all the club’s teams and attend as often as possible the competitions in which they are taking part.
– Must keep reasonable distance in his actions with the teams so as to be able to settle, as objectively as possible, the differences that occasionally arise within the club.
– He cannot do everything. He has to delegate some of his powers to his delegates, some of his powers to his staff in specific areas and within well-defined limits, and demand to be kept informed on how the problems concerned are evolving.
– He is assisted by the Vice-Presidents to whom he can delegate certain responsibilities and who replace him whenever he is detained elsewhere.
The General Secretary of a Club
– This is the President’s principal assistant.
– He looks after the day-to-day running of the club, particularly from the administrative point of view. He supervises the salaried staff, if any.
– He must be thoroughly familiar with the life of the club.
– He must meet the coaches and persons responsible for the various teams of the club as often as possible.
– He co-ordinates the activities of the teams.
– He motivates the club in every field.
The Treasurer of a Club
– He submits the budget of the club and has it voted on by the Executive Board.
– He sees that the budget is adhered to and ensures that none of the items therein are exceeded.
– He checks compliance with the budget in the course of the financial year.
– He is responsible for the club’s accounts.
– He endeavours to seek new cash resources.
– He submits applications for subsidies at local, regional and even national level.
– The Treasurer must be assisted in his task by a Finance Committee.