Introduction to FAZ
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) is the country’s football governing body mandated to manage Football, Futsal, and Beach Soccer at all levels. It is a legal entity registered under the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) to which all Sports Associations in the country are regulated and affiliated. The (NSCZ) is established through the Sports Council of Zambia Act Cap 142 where all powers and regulatory functions of the Council are stipulated.
FAZ was founded in 1929 and affiliated to FIFA in 1964. It is equally an affiliate of CAF, COSAFA, and NSCZ.
The Zambia National team represents FAZ in Association football. It is nicknamed ‘Chipolopolo’ meaning ‘Copper Bullet.’ The Association also has a women’s National team. FAZ’s headquarters are in Lusaka, and it also has member clubs in over 10 provinces of Zambia.
FAZ is mandated to perform the following key functions:
- Develop and identify Football, Futsal, Beach soccer talents from grassroots to national levels, for both male and female.
- Raise the standard of football through capacity building of coaches, referees, sports medicine personnel and football managers.
- Carry out research in the best practices in football.
- Ensure that quality standards are maintained for clubs through licensing as in line with FIFA guidelines.
- Encourage, uphold and improve the standards of training and professional development of players both in the country and abroad.
- Maintain close contacts with local clubs and through affiliation and registration of players, manage their club transfers in line with FAZ and FIFA rules.
- Manage local and International competitions.
The Members of FAZ are:
- The clubs of the Super League;
- The clubs of the Division One;
- The clubs of the Women Leagues;
- The regional leagues, each of which includes all clubs in its respective region;
- The Coaches association;
- The Referees association;
- The Higher Education Institutions association;
- The Schools association;
- Futsal and Beach Soccer League; and
- The Player’s association.
Any entity wishing to become a Member of FAZ shall apply in writing to the General Secretariat of FAZ and/or the Regional League as applicable.
The Members of FAZ have the following obligations:
- to comply fully with the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, CAF and FAZ at all
times and to ensure that these are also respected by its members
- to ensure the election of its decision-making bodies at least every four years;
- to take part in competitions [if applicable] and other football activities, including futsal and beach soccer, organised by FAZ;
- to pay their membership subscriptions;
- to respect the Laws of the Game as laid down by IFAB and the Beach Soccer Laws of the Game and the Futsal Laws of the Game as laid down by FIFA and to ensure that these are also respected by its members through a statutory provision;
- to adopt a statutory clause specifying that any dispute requiring arbitration involving itself or one of its members and relating to the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, CAF, FAZ or the League(s) shall come solely under the jurisdiction of an appropriate Arbitration Tribunal or to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, both as specified in the FIFA Statutes and in these Statutes and that any recourse to Ordinary Courts is prohibited;
- to communicate to FAZ any amendment of its Statutes and regulations as well as the list of its Officials or persons who are authorised signatories with the right to enter into legally binding agreements with third parties;
- not to maintain any relations of a sporting nature with entities that are not recognised or with Members that have been suspended or expelled;
- to observe the principles of loyalty, integrity and good sporting behaviour as an expression of fair play through a statutory provision;
- to observe the mandatory items specified under Article 10 (3) for the duration of their affiliation;
- to administer a register of members which shall regularly be updated;
- to ratify statutes that are in accordance with the requirements of the Statutes of FAZ;
- to comply fully with all other duties arising from the Statutes and other regulations of FIFA, CAF and FAZ.
Violation of the above-mentioned obligations by any Member may lead to sanctions provided for in these Statutes.
The Council is responsible for suspending a Member. The Executive Committee may, however, suspend a Member that seriously and/or repeatedly violates its obligations as a Member with immediate effect. Failure to observe the provisions of Article 15 (1) in these Statutes shall constitute a serious violation. The suspension shall last until the next Council, unless the Executive Committee has lifted it in the meantime.
A suspension shall be confirmed at the next Council by a three-quarter majority of the delegates representing the Members present and eligible to vote. If it is not confirmed, the suspension is automatically lifted.
A suspended Member shall lose its membership rights. Other Members may not entertain sporting contact with a suspended Member. The Disciplinary Committee may impose further sanctions.
Members that do not participate in the football activities, including futsal and beach soccer, organised by FAZ for two consecutive years shall be suspended from voting at the AGM and their representatives shall not be elected or appointed until they have fulfilled their obligations in this respect.
The Council may expel a Member if:
- it fails to fulfil its financial obligations towards FAZ; or
- it repeatedly violates the Statutes, regulations, directives or decisions of FIFA, CAF and FAZ; or
- it brings a dispute to an Ordinary Court, except in cases where the FIFA, CAF or FAZ regulations or binding legal provisions specifically provide for or stipulate recourse to Ordinary Courts.
The presence of a majority (more than 50%) of the delegates representing the Members entitled to vote at the AGM or EGM is necessary for an expulsion to be valid, and the motion for expulsion must be adopted by a three-quarter majority of the valid votes cast.