DFL: professional football reactivates review of economic performance when licensing

As expected, German professional football is reactivating its suspended licensing procedure in the area of ​​financial criteria for the coming season. As the DFL announced, a corresponding resolution was passed unanimously by the DFL general meeting on Thursday. Nevertheless, the regulations have been adapted in some places to the situation in the corona crisis.

The profitability is checked again, but in contrast to the regular procedure, no association has to meet conditions in this regard. Due to the ongoing uncertainties, these will be replaced once by conditions and must be fulfilled during the season by September 15. From the 2022/23 season onwards, the original standard is to be automatically returned.

In addition, it was decided by the 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 that the clubs would not be subject to any capital or plan quality requirements in the coming season despite negative equity. In the second part of the licensing process in the autumn, the calculation should also be checked in the event of deviations. If the requirements are violated, there is a risk of sanctions such as point deductions.

The proceedings were suspended after the outbreak of the corona pandemic in spring 2020. Basically, as a result of the pandemic, the clubs have to tighten their belts on the large expenditure items such as transfer payments and salaries, as income has fallen in almost all relevant areas.

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