Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Club Licensing Manager Erick Mwanza has warned all premier league clubs that they risk relegation effective next year should they fail to acquire licenses.
Mwanza says club licensing is a matter which is top priority to world football governing mother body FIFA for the circle of 2015 to 2018.
He says the most important thing FIFA wants implemented globally between 2015 and 2018 is club licensing.
He adds that club licensing is a tool which safeguards clubs and secures the future of football adding that it is a fundamental programme which every member association of FIFA must embrace.
FAZ has since taken initiative to sensitize all Super league clubs on the development during the off season so as to understand the undertakings.
The sensitization will be done in Chingola, Kitwe, Ndola, Lusaka, Mazabuka and Choma respectively.
Lower division clubs will have their own special programme which will see them addressed in zones.
Mwanza has emphasised that teams such as ZESCO United, Power Dynamos and all defence force clubs will only need to follow the criteria and continue ownership and control of their clubs.
The criteria will require a club to have a club secretary, general manager, finance officer, security officer, head coach of the first squad, head of youth development programme, youth coaches and a press officer among others.
In this vein, CAF will not allow any team that will not be licensed to participate in any continental competition such as the CAF confederations cup and CAF champions league without licensing their clubs effective next year.