Facts and Procedure
On 29 and 30 May 2008, the FIFA Congress adopted Article 9 of the FIFA Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes (RGAS), which provides for clubs to be entitled to take part in the domestic league championship on sporting merit (promotion and relegation system). In addition to qualification on sporting merit, Article 9 also provides that a club’s participation in a domestic league championship may be subject to other criteria within the scope of the relevant licensing procedure.
When the American clubs Miami FC and Kingston Stockade FC (the Clubs) filed...
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