Football clubs to benefit from Disability Access Officers

UEFA’s Executive Committee has announced that, in order to foster inclusiveness and accessibility, many football clubs will now have to appoint a Disability Access Officer to assist in improving stadium facilities and access for disabled supporters, disabled employees, volunteers and non-matchday guests.

UEFA’s Executive Committee approved the 2015-18 UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations at its meeting in Prague earlier this week.

UEFA President Michel Platini said:

“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 added:

"This is a great day for access and inclusion. 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 new regulations will come into force on 1 July 2015 and will be available on UEFA.org. More stories on disability football can be viewed on the EFDS website.