he LMC is working in close collaboration with the twenty clubs that constitute this top tier of the league to ensure compliance with an evolving framework that will fully comply with the new Club Licensing Regulation being developed by the NFF in line with guidelines provided by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA). This Club Licensing regime is expected to be operational by September 2013.
Pursuant to its mandate to develop and exploit the commercial assets of the NPFL, the LMC entered into a four-year agreement with Globacom Limited, an emerging leader in Africa’s telecommunication business for the naming right to the League which is now known and addressed as the Glo Premier League (GPL).
The Glo Premier League clubs participating in the 2013 season are Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC, Akwa United, Bayelsa United, Dolphins FC , Elkanemi Warriors and Enyimba International. Others are Gombe United, Heartland FC, Kano Pillars, Kaduna United, Kwara United, Lobi Stars and Nasarawa United. The rest are Nembe City FC, Rangers International, Sharks FC, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Sunshine Stars, Warri Wolves, Wikki Tourists.
The LMC is an institutional body and does not belong to any particular person or group of persons except for the NFF which holds 5% preferential shares of the company. The football clubs are the main shareholders and the composure will change from season to season depending on their ability to maintain their league status and comply with the licensing regulations. The clubs relegated to the Nigeria National League (NNL) at the conclusion of any season will automatically forfeit their shareholding to the clubs promoted from the NNL provided the promoted clubs meet the licensing regulation requirements.