In football , players who play a football game on the basis of a written contract concluded with a licensing association or a corporation and are permitted to play a game by concluding a written license contract with the league association are considered licensed players. In German football, license clubs are those clubs that belong to a license league. The licensed leagues in Germany are the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga , which have been organized by the German Football League since 2004 . Historically, the status of licensed player in the Federal Republic of Germany was introduced in 1963 with the introduction of the Bundesliga. Because the German Football Association did not want professional football as in other Western European countries, most of the players were only so-called semi-professionals, that is, they continued to work alongside football. The DFB allowed a monthly salary of a maximum of DM 1200, but allowed exceptions (on request) for national players to prevent their departure abroad. In 1972, under pressure from the clubs, the DFB finally released all payments to professional players.
A distinction must be made between amateur players and so-called non-amateurs without a license.
- DFL license regulations for players (PDF, 225 kB)