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Nepean Bylaws & Playing Rules

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NEPEAN DISTRICT SOCCER FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION INC.
2011
Includes 2011 Temporary Amendments
BY-LAWS
&
PLAYING RULES
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Note to User: From time to time, the board of the NDSFA will make temporary amendments
to the By-Laws that they feel are necessary in order to deliver a satisfactory competition.
This 2011 amended version contains any such temporary changes, which are so marked at the
point of change. These changes, if they are to continue, will be presented to member clubs for
endorsement and adoption into the rules prior to the start of the 2012 season. If the board
fails to present the changes or elects not to proceed with the changes beyond 2011, the
changes will lapse and the rules will revert to their previous state.
Table of Contents
Note to User: 2
Section 1: Affiliation to the Nepean District Soccer Football Association Inc. 6
1. Clubs Currently Affiliated 6
2. New Applications for Affiliation 6
3. Terms and Conditions 6
4. How Applications for Affiliation are Managed 6
5. Affiliation Decisions at a Special General Meeting 6
6. How to Ensure a Club is Properly Affiliated to the Association 7
7. The Association will provide an Affiliated Club with the following documentation 7
8. Policies of the Association 7
Section 2: Accounts Information 8
1. Fees, as listed below, shall be paid according to the payment terms contained within the bylaws.
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Section 3: Player Registrations 9
1. Player Registrations 9
2. Player Transfers – Registrations 10
Appendix to section 3 10
Section 4: Playing Restrictions 11
1. Playing Restrictions 11
2. Payment and Financial Inducements 11
Section 5: Upgrades 13
Upgrading of Players 13
How does the upgrade system work? 13
Girls and Ladies Competitions 14
Special Rules for Veterans and Under 16–Under 18 14
Explanation of How the Veteran Player Upgrades Are Applied 14
Special Rules for Premier League 14
Board Powers Relating To Re-Grading 15
THINGS TO REMEMBER RELATING TO UPGRADES 15
Section 6: Player Identification 16
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Identity Rules 16
Section 7: Player’s Equipment 17
Section 8: Teams 18
Nomination of Teams 18
Senior Teams Levy 18
Grading of Teams 19
Grading Appeals and Re-Grading 19
Female Football 20
Section 9: Grounds & Equipment 21
Section 10: Wet Weather & Emergency Regulations 23
Wet Weather – these rules apply to all age groups and divisions 23
Other Emergency Arrangements – these rules apply to all age groups and divisions 23
Section 11: Disciplinary Committee 24
1. Membership of the Disciplinary Committee 24
2. Responsibilities of the Disciplinary Committee 24
3. Powers of the Disciplinary Committee 25
FIFA Disciplinary Code – articles used by the Disciplinary Committee 25
Penalties Imposed by the Disciplinary Committee 26
1. Players 26
2. Teams 26
3. Club Members & Officials (other than Referees or Assistant Referees) 27
4. Spectators 27
5. Reduced Penalties 28
Reporting of Abandoned Games 28
Consequences of an Abandoned Game 28
Investigations into Abandoned Games and Incidents 29
Disciplinary Committee Hearings 29
Disciplinary Committee Hearing Procedures 29
Appeals against Disciplinary Committee Decisions 30
Glossary of Terms 30
Section 12: League Competitions 32
Entries into Association Competitions 32
Competitions 32
Hosting Of Matches including Neutral Field Matches 32
Changes to Schedule of Matches 33
Withdrawing of Teams and Match not Taking Place 33
Forfeits 33
Determining Competition Winners and Representatives to Champion of Champions 34
Duration of Matches 34
Results 35
Appendix to Section 12 35
Section 13: Semi-Finals & Finals Information 36
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Play-Offs, Semi-Finals and Finals 36
Semi-Finals and Finals 36
Play-Offs and Semi finals / Finals Ground Planning 36
Junior and Senior Top Four Play-Offs (when employed) 36
Play-Off – Elimination Immediate 37
Finals Day Presentations 37
Section 14: Team Sheets 38
Introduction 38
Instructions for the Completion of the Team Sheet 38
Types of Errors 40
Table of Penalties Relating to Team Sheet and Playing Compliance 41
Section 15: Interchange & Replacement Rules 42
Introduction 42
Interchange Rules 42
Procedure for Player Interchange 42
Interchange Rules Relating to Penalty Shootouts 42
Section 16: Referees 43
Referees and Payment 43
Procedure When no NDSRA Referee is Appointed 43
Referees and Club Requirements 44
Section 17: Protests & Complaints 45
Protests 45
Protest Costs 45
Complaints 45
Types of Complaints 45
Complaint Procedure 45
Section 18: Coaches, Managers & Marshals 47
Team Managers and Coaches 47
Marshals 47
Section 19: Cautions, Send-Offs & Suspensions 48
Suspensions 48
Hearings and Charges 48
Cautions (Yellow Cards) 48
Send-Offs (Red Cards) 49
Team Misconduct 50
Player’s Rights 50
Team Officials 51
The Association’s Table of Offence Codes 51
Judiciary Committee 52
Judiciary Committee - Additional Information 52
Table of the Association’s Minimum (and/or Range) of Sentence for Suspensions, as per FFA
Regulations 2007 53
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Section 20: Committees 55
Sub-Committees 55
Competition and Grading Committee 55
General Club Committee 55
Section 21: Secondary Competitions 56
Nepean Cup 56
Eligibility – Nepean Cup 56
Squad Restrictions – Nepean Cup 56
President’s Cup 56
Junior Nepean Cup (Male and Female) 56
Section 22: Miscellaneous 57
Consumption of Alcoholic Liquor at Grounds 57
Trophies 57
Perpetual Trophies 57
Referee’s Trophy 57
Sid Horley Annual Junior Club Championship 57
Bill Morris Club Championship 58
Code of Conduct 58
Introduction 58
Protocols on General Behaviour 58
Club and Association Officials 58
Players, Coaches, Managers and Club Officials 58
Protocols on Harassment 59
Responsibility 60
GLOSSARY OF TERMS 61
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Section 1: Affiliation to the Nepean District Soccer Football Association Inc.
1. Clubs Currently Affiliated
a. All clubs currently affiliated to the Association, intending to participate in
competitions or matches conducted by the Association, shall submit a completed
affiliation form to the Secretary at least 14 days before the date of the annual general
meeting (AGM).
b. The application will be for the playing year following the AGM. All applications must
be lodged on the Association’s affiliation form.
2. New Applications for Affiliation
a. Any club wishing to affiliate with the Association shall submit a completed affiliation
form to the Secretary at least 30 days before the date of the AGM.
3. Terms and Conditions
a. Clubs must demonstrate a firm financial base to cover all costs in managing the club
for the forthcoming season.
b. Clubs must possess a home ground capable of hosting all games in all age groups.
c. Clubs may enter into a ground sharing arrangement with an existing club, providing
that there is enough capacity for both clubs to use the fields simultaneously.
d. Clubs shall not enter into competition for an existing club’s grounds or players.
e. As part of an application, clubs shall submit a current copy of the club’s constitution
and by-laws, together with the club’s written code of conduct covering players,
coaches and managers, club officials and club spectators.
4. How Applications for Affiliation are Managed
a. In the Association’s constitution, it is a requirement of the Board to review all
applications each year.
b. If the Board believes a club does not fulfil all requirements, a special general meeting
must be called.
c. If there are any applications received at the AGM from non-members, the Board
must call a special general meeting to review the application.
5. Affiliation Decisions at a Special General Meeting
a. At the prescribed time during the AGM, the Secretary shall read the list of existing
member clubs who have applied to renew membership for the next playing year.
b. At the prescribed time, during the AGM, the Secretary shall announce any requests
received for affiliation from non-members.
c. If a special general meeting has been called by the Board to deal with affiliation
matters, the Chairman shall invite representatives of the non-member organization
to state their case for affiliation and distribute literature to members as required.
d. The case for affiliation will be put to the membership and standard rules of debate
will apply.
e. When the debate is complete, non-members shall leave the meeting whilst a vote
takes place on whether or not the application to affiliate is accepted.
f. Affiliation decisions are club resolutions. Therefore, voting shall be by simple
majority. Only club representatives shall have voting rights. Each club shall have two
votes.
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g. Board members, Life Members and Observers shall not have voting rights in matters
of affiliation.
h. If the Board has called a special general meeting to deal with a current member’s
affiliation status, the club in question shall be asked to state their case for affiliation.
Normal rules of debate apply and the procedure shall follow the same format set out
in points c, d and f.
6. How to Ensure a Club is Properly Affiliated to the Association
a. Affiliated clubs shall ensure that a current copy of their constitution and by-laws is
lodged with the Association each year.
b. Affiliated clubs shall ensure that the Association has a current colour photograph of
the club’s playing strip, including alternate playing strip.
c. Affiliated clubs shall ensure that any updates to their club’s constitutions or by-laws
are notified to the Association by lodging a revised copy with the Association at the
time of affiliation.
d. Clubs applying for affiliation must pay the Directors & Officers Insurance fee,
together with the prescribed affiliation fee, before the process is considered
complete.
7. The Association will provide an Affiliated Club with the following documentation
a. A copy of the Association’s constitution and by-laws.
b. A confirmation that the affiliation requirements have been met and the club has
been affiliated for the season.
8. Policies of the Association
a. It is the policy of the Association to discourage the formation of nationalist clubs.
b. It is the policy of the Association to discourage the formation of clubs that do not
promote junior and senior football.
c. It is the policy of the Association to encourage the formation of as many teams of 16,
17 and 18 year-olds as possible. To support the policy, the Association allows junior
players aged 15 and 16 to register as a Saturday and Sunday player in order to assist
clubs to form teams in the Under 17 and 18 age groups.1
1 Removed for the 2011 version of By-laws. To be reviewed by clubs prior to 2012
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Section 2: Accounts Information
1. Fees, as listed below, shall be paid according to the payment terms contained within the bylaws.
a. Club Affiliation - As determined each year at the AGM
b. Directors & Officers Insurance - As advised by Football NSW
c. Ground Rent - As determined by local council, where appropriate
d. Player’s Fees - As determined each season by the Board
e. Senior Team Levy - $200 per team (refer to Nomination of Teams)
f. Protest Fee - $150 (paid at lodgement Protest $75 non refundable).
g. NDSFA Appeal Fee - $150 (To be paid at lodgement Protest $75 non refundable
h. Fees from senior bodies will be distributed to clubs on an annual basis.
1. In addition to the above, the Board may impose a levy for any purpose, in order to
maintain the financial viability of the Association, in addition to the standing levies.
2. Accounts issued to clubs shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the date of issue. Any
club failing to pay such accounts shall not have any vote at any Association meeting.
3. Accounts shall be presented to the clubs at least twenty-one (21) days before becoming
due for payment.
a. Payment by personal cheque, or cash, shall not be accepted.
b. GST will be added to all fees or fines, where applicable.
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Section 3: Player Registrations
1. Player Registrations
a. Any person wishing to participate in competitions or matches conducted by the
Association, must be registered in accordance with the current procedures of the
Association.
b. All players, regardless of when they register, shall be registered in accordance with
the current procedures of the Association.
c. All new players must attain the age of 5 years by 31 December of the year for which
they are registering before registration will be accepted.
d. To be eligible to register in the Association’s competitions or activities, the following
proof of age must be sighted by the registering club:
i) Players aged 5–17 years - Birth Certificate, Passport, Letter of Confirmation of
identity from a recognized government department, Driver’s Licence, Proof of
Age Card, and School Student Photo Identity Card.
ii) Players aged 18 years and over must produce photo ID in the form of Passport,
Drivers Licence, Proof of Age/Identity Card.
iii) All forms of ID must state the date of birth of the player.
e. To register players to take part in “Over 35s” competitions, the club Secretary or
Registrar must sight a proof of identity in accordance with point d.
f. No senior player shall be registered unless a full detail of their last registration is
completed and provided.
g. In all grades, the age that the player will attain during the year for which they are
registering, as at 1 January, shall determine the age group they shall be eligible to
play in, with the exception of Over 35s.
h. Over 35s must attain the age of 35 years before being eligible to play in that age
group.
i. To be eligible to play in any competition, Under 18 and above, a player shall have
attained the age of 15 years.
j. Female players are allowed to register in mixed teams up to and including the Under
12 age group, and thereafter are eligible to participate in Ladies Under 14 and above
competitions.
k. The Board, working within the rules prescribed by Football NSW, shall determine the
final date of registration for all competitions.
l. Closing date of transfer of players between clubs shall be announced at the first club
meeting after the start of the season proper.
m. Special Status for Male players ages 15 & 16 and Female players age 14. Players who
reach these ages during the year in which they are eligible to register are eligible to
register to play in their own age group and may also register to play in either under
17s or 18s (male) but not both, or in U16G (female). The process must be completed
prior to the start of the season proper. The player will be issued with a second
identity card duplicating the original registration number. Players are subject to the
two-year upgrade rule until they have attained the age of 16. Only players issued
with an identity card for two age groups are eligible to play a full season in two age
groups. No additional charge will be made by the Association to produce additional
registration cards. Clubs must apply to dual register a player prior to round 1 of the
competition. *** (see appendix at end of section )***
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n. Players registering under point m are required to play in an equivalent, or higher,
division in an adjacent or older age group. Therefore, a player registered in U16.2 is
not eligible to dual register for an Under 17.3 team.2
o. Veterans - A player shall be deemed a veteran player having reached the age of 40
years. A veteran player, once registered with a club, may be upgraded from their
original team an unlimited number of times during the season. All teams are subject
to the maximum number of three upgraded players at all times. If being upgraded,
team sheets must indicate “veteran” next to the appropriate player’s name, together
with the upgrade information: example, (V U/G 35/2).
p. A veteran player shall not represent a team in a league lower than where they are
graded for the season. A veteran player cannot be upgraded before playing in the
team to which they are graded for the first game of the season.
Refer to section 5 for examples relating to this subject rule.
2. Player Transfers – Registrations
a. Any player wishing to transfer between Association clubs in the course of the season
must notify their current club and the club to which they intend to transfer to.
b. Transfers are to be processed as per the instruction issued in the guidelines for
registrations.
c. The Association will issue a new registration card.
d. There will be an administration charge for this service, payable to the Association by
the club to which the player is transferring.
e. There shall be no obligation on the player’s original club, to refund any part of the
fees paid by the player.
f. A transfer will not be permitted if the player is shown to be un-financial with the
original club.
g. Players may transfer clubs and participate in a different division to the one they were
playing at their original club.
h. In cases where a player transfers clubs and wishes to participate in a lower division
and the new club has teams participating in higher divisions in the age group, the
new club shall write to the Board to provide an explanation for the reduction in
grade.
i. The Board reserves the right to review all transfer requests.
Appendix to section 3
Section 3 M special status players 15 & 16
1. Players in this category have altered since 2009 due to the change from playing U16 on Sunday to Saturday.
2. The objective for dual registration is to create as many teams as possible in the U17 & U18 age groups and for
clubs to plan their strategy from first registrations. Therefore, the rule is that dual registered players are only
created prior to the season’s actual start date and not later on in the season when there are injuries or transfers
or changed circumstances.
2 Section 3 m & n deleted for 2011 version of by-laws. To be reviewed/endorsed by clubs prior to 2012. Also applies
to Appendix to Section 3
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Section 4: Playing Restrictions
1. Playing Restrictions
a. Any player found guilty of playing under an assumed name, shall:
i) Be suspended for a (minimum) period of twelve months;
ii) Incur a fine as indicated in the section of the by-laws relating to fines; and
iii) The team shall lose any points gained from the games in which the player
participated. Points will be awarded to the opposition team, with a maximum
of three (3) points per game being awarded to the opposing team.
b. Any player proved to have played, or is currently playing, in any competition match
conducted by another Association / State League Club / WSL / Club, shall be
suspended for a period to be determined by the Board and the team shall incur Loss
of Points for every match where that player played, unless as stipulated here-under:
i) A written request has been received from the player; and
ii) A written clearance from the other Association / State League / WSL / Club and
permission to play has been given, in writing, by the other Association; and
iii) Took part in a summer competition not under the auspices of this Association.
c. Any senior player having previously registered with a senior club (i.e. State League)
may become a registered player of this Association, provided a written clearance is
received from the senior club. The player, on being cleared by this Association shall
be free to join the club they so desire, subject to the following rules:
i) Contract players may be eligible to register after a period of two months from
date of clearance;
ii) Non-contract players may be eligible to register after a period of one month
from the date of clearance;
iii) No more than three players shall register with any one team;
iv) No suspended player shall be eligible to register for the current season; and
v) Players returning from State League or higher may only play in division 1 or
higher. Loss of Points/Fines apply.
d. Any player who provides written confirmation from their former club that they have
not played in any State League competition for a period of twelve months or greater
shall be permitted to join any club, in any division, except if the player is under
suspension.
e. State League and representative players shall submit their registration application at
least seven days prior to the Tuesday before their first eligible game, to enable the
Association staff sufficient time to verify clearance details.
2. Payment and Financial Inducements
a. Clubs are not permitted to pay players, or offer financial inducements to play for the
club. Clubs are permitted to pay player expenses for such items as travel. Payment
shall be made in accordance with the FFA by-laws.
b. If a club or player is found guilty of making or receiving payment of financial
inducements, the following penalties shall apply:
i) The player, or players, shall be suspended for a minimum period of twelve
months;
ii) The team shall be deducted all competition points gained whilst the player or
players participated;
iii) The club shall incur a fine of not less that $5,000 for first offence; and
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iv) A subsequent breach shall incur automatic suspension of the team for the
remainder of the season, with the club being fined a minimum of $10,000 and a
final warning that affiliation will be withdrawn if there is another breach of the
player payment rules.
v) Any subsequent breach shall incur automatic suspension of the club for that
season and the club shall be required to present a case at a special general
meeting as to why the club should not have its affiliation immediately revoked.
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Section 5: Upgrades
Upgrading of Players
This section covers the movement of players from one team to another during the course of the
season, using an upgrade option. It contains rules relating to total amount of upgrades allowed
and also special rules that apply to veterans, 16–18 year-old players and the Premier League.
1. No more than three players may be upgraded into any competition team, regardless of age
or division. All upgraded players must be included in the count.
2. No player registered in a competition team may upgrade more than two years above their
age group from Under 5 to Under 16. Example: An Under 10 player can play upgraded in an
Under 12 team provided the player attains the age of 10 in that year.
3. Except as listed below, a player may play three games only in any higher age group or
division in a season.
4. Upgrade counts re-set for semi-finals and finals whenever this format is used by the
Association.
5. Only players that have previously been upgraded to a team may be upgraded during semifinals
and finals
6. If a competition player (U10 and above) is upgraded for a fourth time during the
season, the player will be re-graded to that team for the remainder of the
season. Example: An U10.3 player upgrades as follows:
Round 3 – upgrade to U10.1
Round 6 – upgrade to U11.2
Round 8 – upgrade to U11.1
After round 8, if the player wishes to upgrade again during the season, they will
be permanently assigned to the new team and may not return to U10.3.
7. When up-grading a player, the notation “U/G”, along with the age and division, must
appear beside the player’s name on the team sheet. This shall apply in all grades and
divisions. Failure to do so shall incur a fine.
8. All players shall be assigned an age group and division by the Competition Committee.
Players may only be re-graded to a lower division upon successful application to the Board
by the player’s club. If an application to the Board to downgrade a player is successful, the
player will not be permitted to upgrade to any other team for the duration of the season in
which the application has been made.
9. If a team is regraded to a different division and all associated results are made “void”, then
any upgrade used against the team being regraded shall also be deleted from the records
and will not count towards the total quantity of upgrades used by a team/player.
How does the upgrade system work?
The rules of upgrade are designed to allow teams to borrow players if there are shortages due to
injury or absenteeism. They do not exist for coaches to continually borrow players from different
teams to gain additional game time that deprives regular team members of their game time. It is
Association policy that existing team members receive game time before any player that is being
upgraded. Restrictions are placed on players upgrading in the same age group or plus one year,
but there are no restrictions if a player is upgraded by two years.
1. A player shall not play in a division lower than the one in which they are a member.
2. A player shall not upgrade more than two years above their age group
Therefore, an U10.2 player is not allowed to play U10.3 or U11.3, but may play U10.1 and
U11.1.
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An U10.1 is allowed to play U10.1 only.
The two-year upgrade rule works as follows:
An U10.1 player may play in any division of Under 12. All junior competition players are
subject to the same rule. Upgrade by one year, must be to an equal or higher division;
upgrade by two years, may play in any division.
Girls and Ladies Competitions
1. From age group under 13 and above, players are not permitted to switch between
competitions. A female registered to play in under 14 girls may only upgrade to girl’s
competition. If a female is registered to play in a male competition, the player may only
upgrade within the male competition.
2. In under 12 mixed teams, boys are eligible to upgrade to mixed teams in the under 12 age
group and boys teams for older age groups. Girls are permitted to upgrade to mixed teams
in the under 12 age group and female teams in older age groups playing in a female
competition.
3. Upgrades between ladies football and men’s is not permitted.
If a female registers in the Ladies competition, she may only upgrade into other Ladies
teams.
The competitions are run separately and the Association does not attempt to classify
equivalent divisions.
Special Rules for Veterans and Under 16–Under 18
1. Veterans are not subject to three upgrades during the season.
A veteran player may upgrade as many times as required, provided that the player fulfils
their own team’s obligation and does not cause the team to forfeit through lack of players.
2. Players from Under 16 to Under 18 teams inclusive may upgrade to any all age division
(male and female) within their club, regardless of the division of their original team.
(Example – An U18G.1 player may upgrade to All-Age Ladies division 1 or division 5, but not
a male team).
Explanation of How the Veteran Player Upgrades Are Applied
1. If a veteran player registers with a club and is nominated in AA.13, the player is not eligible
to play in the Over 35’s competition, as it is a lower grade than the one he is registered in.
2. If a veteran player registers and is nominated to play in an O35.2 team, and the club has
All-Age teams and an additional Over 35s team that is graded lower than division 2, the
veteran player may play in any All-Age team without limit, but cannot play in the lower
Over 35s team.
Special Rules for Premier League
1. In Premier League and Reserves, players who have played more than three games in a
higher grade may be down-graded due to loss of form, upon application and approval by
the Board, up to and including the ninth match.
2. All Age teams, from Premier League, to the lowest all age division shall be allowed
unlimited upgrading of players from teams within their own club, from age groups – Under
16 to Under 18, provided that the upgrade does not cause a forfeit in the upgraded player’s
own team. Premier League teams shall have unlimited upgrading of players from teams
within their own club, (maximum of three (3) per game) from any age group, U/16 to all
age and over 35’s, provided that the upgrade does not cause a forfeit in the upgraded
player’s own team
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Board Powers Relating To Re-Grading
1. The Board shall have the power to re-grade any player at any time.
THINGS TO REMEMBER RELATING TO UPGRADES
? No team may borrow more than three players. A fourth player will mean an
ineligible player, a fine and a loss of any points earned.
? Each player is allowed three upgrades during the season. This does not mean an
U10.3 player is entitled to play three games in U10.2 and three games in
U/1.1. It means three upgrades in total.
? Upgrades are re-set for semi-finals and finals. Only players that have been
upgraded to a team during the regular season are eligible to be upgraded for
semi-finals and finals.
? A player registered in a female competition shall not be permitted to upgrade to
a male competition.
? Veterans have slightly different rules for upgrades – please read the rules
carefully.
Three Upgraded Players per Team Only
Can A Player Be Downgraded?
? A player shall not play in a division lower to that which they are graded e..g.
U10.2 cannot play in U10.3 or U11.3.
? Once the age group and division of a player is determined, the player shall not be
permitted to play in a lower age group / division. If the player’s club wishes
to have the player graded to a lower team, the club shall make the
application in writing to the Board.
? In Premier League and Reserves, players who have played more than three
games in a higher grade may be down-graded due to loss of form, upon
application and approval by the Association, up to and including the ninth
match.
? A veteran player cannot represent a team in a league lower than where they are
nominated to play for the season.
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Section 6: Player Identification
Identity Rules
1. All games shall be played using identification cards issued by the Association to players and
club officials to validate the player’s eligibility.
2. ID cards shall not be accepted with any alterations whatsoever.
3. It shall be the responsibility of team managers to inspect their opposition’s ID cards against
the team sheet, and players, prior to the match, and sign the team sheet to indicate the
opposition’s team ID cards have been sighted.
4. Failure to check ID cards, as in the preceding paragraph, may incur a fine.
5. No protests shall be accepted regarding player eligibility if ID cards are not checked prior to
the player taking the field.
6. The team manager or coach may make a request for a further identity check at any time
prior to the completion of the match. Failure by the opposition to provide the ID card and
identify the player must be notified to the Association’s Operations Manager or designated
person within 48 hours of the completion of the match and may be subject to disciplinary
action.
7. No player shall take the field of play unless:
a. The player’s ID card is present at the game;
b. The player’s ID card has been checked by the manager or official from the opposing
team; and
c. All information has been entered on the team sheet prior to the game.
There are no exceptions to this rule.
8. If a team fails to produce their ID cards prior to the match:
a. The offending team shall be deemed to have forfeited the match; and
b. The opposing team shall be credited a Win on forfeit (result shall be recorded as a 3-0
win).
9. When ID cards are not available prior to the match, teams are not permitted to play a
game, either as a competition game or friendly. A fine of up to $200 per team may be
imposed for non-compliance with this rule.
10. When a player is sent from the field of play, the team manager shall ensure that the
referee has received the full details of the player and shall then pass the ID card to their
club Secretary.
11. The club Secretary shall ensure that player ID cards are not returned to the player or team
before any suspension has been served.
12. In extenuating circumstances, a member of the Association’s Executive Board members
(President, Secretary or Treasurer) may permit a game to be played without the team’s ID
cards. They are not permitted to make this decision if it affects a match where one of the
team’s is from a club with which they have an affiliation.
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Section 7: Player’s Equipment
This section deals with what must be worn by players and match officials. It covers items not
allowed and will also cover other related matters, such as sponsorship appearing on playing
kits.
1. Players in all matches shall be in proper club uniform, comprising shirts, with sleeves,
boots, socks and shorts, in the club’s colours as registered at the time of affiliation. A fine
of up to $200 per team may be imposed for non-compliance with this rule
2. All players in competitive age groups shall have a number on the back of their shirt. In line
with FIFA regulations, shirts may be numbered according to squad numbers consisting of a
maximum two digits.
3. All players are required to wear regulation shin-pads at all times during the game. Shinpads
must cover the majority of the leg between ankle and knee and a sock must cover the
shin-pad.
4. Where the colours of the opposing teams, in any match, are similar, it is the responsibility
of the away team to change shirts to an alternative colour. Failure to play in club strip, or
alternate strip as required, will result in the team concerned deemed to have forfeited
their game, except if the opposing club is able to lend their alternate strip, then the game
shall be played.
5. Clubs wishing to change the appearance of their playing strip must apply in writing to the
Board for permission. A colour photograph showing details of the playing strip must
accompany the application.
6. Players are required to remove all jewellery before taking part in a match. This includes
body piercings, including facial adornments and tongue piercings.
7. The wearing of prescription sports spectacles is permitted according to the laws of the
game (law 4). New technology has provided soft lightweight spectacles that have made the
use of spectacles much safer for players. A player wishing to play wearing sports spectacles
must be photographed wearing those spectacles. The club must make a notation on the
players ID card, in the medical field, to clarify that the club has sighted a document
certifying the spectacles as sports spectacles at the time of registrations. The notation will
be “G”.
8. Not withstanding the information in point 7, the referee is charged with the responsibility
of judging whether or not spectacles are safe to be worn and their decision is final.
9. The wearing of normal glasses or sunglasses is not permitted on the field of play.
10. Clubs wishing to place sponsors names and logos on playing strips must apply in writing to
the Board before affixing it. Sponsorship display size area on shirts shall not exceed 30
centimetres in height and 30 centimetres in width.
11. Alcohol and tobacco advertising shall not be permitted.
12. Slogans of a political or religious nature shall not be permitted
13. Sponsorship must be in what is generally held to be “in good taste” to be approved.
Sponsorship Guidelines
Football NSW have provided guidelines
Applying to promote adult products or services, or companies that use amusing slogans that may
be considered “risqué” are unlikely to be approved.
The rule of thumb is that the sponsor will be on display to adults and children alike and should not
give cause for concern, or be considered offensive by general community standards.
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Section 8: Teams
This section deals with the annual nomination of teams, the senior teams levy plus issues relating
to grading and re-grading of teams.
Nomination of Teams
1. Each season, clubs are required to complete affiliation and team nomination forms. This
provides the Association with details of all teams that the club wishes to nominate to
participate in all ages and grades. The form must be completed and returned to the
Association on or before the date specified by the Board.
2. The club must use the player nomination report extracted from the CMP Register program
to provide player details to support the number of teams being nominated in each age
group, and their suggested grading for the consideration of the Competition Committee.
Each team is required to show the registered players assigned to their requested division.
The Competition Committee will advise which team and players are designated for each
division.
3. All players registered after the initial team nomination deadline shall only be placed in an
age group and division with the permission of the Competition Committee or the
Operations Manager.
4. Clubs may request that a team participates in a lower division than the previous season’s
league table shows if the team has less than seven players returning from the previous
season. Internal club re-grading of players does not constitute grounds for a lower division.
The request must be made in writing, showing the names and registration numbers of all
players nominated in the team.
5. Withholding the registration of returning players in order to attempt to influence the
decision relating to grading may result in the upgrading or non-acceptance of players or a
team.
6. Where a club nominates, or has more than one team in the same League, Grade, and
Division (e.g. U10.3 Red & U10.3 Blue), the names of the players shall be nominated for
each team at team nomination time shall not be interchangeable whilst they remain in the
same competition and may be transferred only with the consent of the Board.
7. Each team nominated shall consist of the minimum number of players as follows:
a. SSF - Under 5, 6 & 7 shall be four registered players, maximum of six per team.
b. SSF - Under 8 shall be seven registered players, maximum of nine registered players
per team.
c. Age groups Under 9 and above shall have a minimum number of players as
determined by the Board and Football NSW.
d. If the Association is providing a Premier Division using squads of players, the
following shall apply: Premier Division and Reserves shall be twelve registered players
for each grade. The squads in these divisions equates to two teams.
Senior Teams Levy
The Association promotes the growth of junior football at all clubs. To discourage clubs from
focussing only on senior teams, a levy is in place, plus there is a provision to question the validity
of an affiliation in cases where clubs repeatedly fail to comply.
1. Any club wishing to enter All-Age teams shall have a least one junior team, under 18 and
below, for each senior team. Clubs unable to meet this requirement shall incur an
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additional fee of two hundred dollars ($200) per team. The fee is to be used for the
development of local junior divisional football within the Association’s district.
2. Newly affiliated clubs are exempt from the senior team levy for the first three seasons
following affiliation.
If a club fails to meet the requirement for three consecutive seasons, and are not a new club,
they shall be required to provide the Association’s members with a justification for continued
membership of the Association and may be expelled from the Association only through a club
resolution.
All-Age Club Levy Explanation
A club nominating 4 All-Age teams should have 4 junior teams age from Under 5 to Under 18.
A club nominating 4 All-Age teams and only 2 junior teams shall incur a fee of $400, being $200
for each team not supporting a junior team.
Grading of Teams
1. The Competition Committee shall grade competition teams according to the previous
season’s league tables and may use semi-finals and finals results as a guide.
a. Teams finishing in first or second place shall usually be promoted to the next division,
unless already in division one. A team finishing top of division one may be required
to play in a higher age group. The final decision lies with the Competition
Committee.
b. Teams finishing last and second last shall usually be relegated to a lower division,
unless already participating in the lowest division.
2. Clubs may apply for a team that is due for relegation to maintain their place in a higher
division if there is a vacancy in that division.
3. Under 10 teams shall be graded as determined by the Competition Committee, in
consultation with nominating clubs.
4. Late entries of teams shall only be accepted if there is a vacancy in the age/division
requested. The Competition Committee is not required to accept late entries.
5. The Competition Committee shall create byes in the lower divisions of all age groups where
required.
6. Any byes created by a team withdrawal may remain a bye for that season.
7. Clubs will be issued with a list of team grading within seven days after the closing date for
team nominations.
8. The number of teams in each division (composition of the league 6, 8, 10, 12 team) shall
not be altered after the initial competition draw has been forwarded to clubs.
9. Withdrawal of teams after the publication of team grading will incur a fine of $300 for
competition teams and a fine of $100 for non- competition teams.
Grading Appeals and Re-Grading
1. Clubs may not appeal any grading, Under 10 and above, once adopted by the Board.
2. All queries relating to the initial grading shall be addressed to the Operations Manager, in
writing, within 48 hours of publication.
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3. Clubs may apply for teams to be re-graded prior to the completion of round 3 of the
competition. Applications shall be made to the Operations Manager, in writing, stating
reasons for the request. An application may be approved if there is a vacancy, or a mutual
re-grade in the division requested and the request does not create the complete reprogramming
of either division affected by the request (see also Grading of Teams, point
8).
4. The Competition Committee shall have the power to re-grade a team, at any time, if the
team’s performance indicates such action is warranted.
5. The Competition Committee is responsible for reviewing all age groups and divisions
throughout the season. The Competition Committee may recommend to the Board a regrade
of a team, irrespective of whether or not an application has been made by a club.
Female Football
1. Females may choose to participate in either a mixed competition or a female-only
competition (if available) up to, and including, the Under 12 age group. Female players
participating in Under 13 and above play in a female competition ??
2. The number of teams entered shall determine All-Age Ladies Divisions. Where possible,
the number of teams in each division, starting in division 1, will be an equal number in
order to avoid creating a bye.
3. League tables from the previous season shall be used to assist in the grading of these
teams and semi-finals and finals results may be used as a guide.
4. The Competition Committee, in consultation with clubs, will grade new teams.
5. All games shall play under Interchange Rules.
6. Competitions may consist of teams from other Associations, provided a General Committee
Meeting endorses any such competitions.
7. Players shall be registered as per the Association’s by-laws.
8. Age groups for female competition football shall be:
Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, Under 18, All Age Ladies.
It is the responsibility of clubs and parents/guardians to ensure that players are of a suitable
standard to take part in the age group to which they have been nominated.
SEX DISCRIMINATION
?? If a female player wishes to apply to participate in a male competition in age groups Under
13 and above, the application shall demonstrate that the player has the strength, skill and
stamina to participate in the competition for which she is applying. The club must supply a
supporting statement showing that they and the parent or legal guardian (if a minor) are
satisfied the player meets the requirements.
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Section 9: Grounds & Equipment
This section deals with the requirements at each ground, field markings and the equipment to
be used in matches conducted under the auspices of the Association.
1. The host club shall be responsible for ensuring the field is regulation size and is marked
correctly.
2. The host club shall provide suitable goal posts, corner flags and goal nets.
3. The host club shall provide two match balls, correctly inflated, and shall present them to
the referee for inspection prior to the commencement of the game.
4. Where a neutral field is used, the team listed first on the fixture sheet shall be responsible
for providing two properly inflated match balls.
5. Should the host club not comply with the requirements of points 1–3, and the matter is
reported to, and upheld by the management board, a fine of up to $200 may be imposed
for non-compliance.
6. It is the responsibility of the home club to ensure that there is a clear gap of one metre
along the sidelines. The gap must be created by a painted line. Spectators are required to
remain behind the line at all times. The area behind the goals at each end of the field shall
be kept free of spectators at all times.
7. A referee is entitled to refuse to officiate on an insufficiently marked ground and in such an
event, the visiting team may be awarded the points, at the discretion of the Board.
8. A visiting team that wishes to protest against the condition of any ground or the goal posts,
corner flags, nets or ball, shall make their protest to the referee before commencement of
the match, or if a replacement ball is being used, at the time of the incident. The referee
shall note the protest on the team card. However, the referee has the authority to order a
match to be played, despite protests made in accordance with this paragraph.
9. Where the protest relates to the ground, goal posts, corner flags, nets or ball not
conforming to the Laws of the Game, a further protest may be made in writing to the
Board for determination. A protest must be received by the Secretary of the Association
within 48 hours of the match being played. The protest must be lodged on club letterhead
and lodged by a member of the club’s management committee.
10. It is a requirement that all clubs use a “technical area” on both sides of the playing field, on
a full size field.
11. The technical area shall be marked as an area two metres from either side of the half way
line by one metre wide. If there are no clear markings at a ground, the technical area shall
be the halfway line and two paces either side.
12. The technical area shall house the coach and manager and substitutes for the teams taking
part in the match. No other person may occupy the technical area. No person is permitted
to issue instructions from any other area. The Board may fine a club up to $200 for
breaches of this rule.
13. The opposing officials shall occupy technical areas on opposite sides of the field wherever
possible. In the event of a dispute as to which officials stand in which area, first choice
shall be awarded to the visiting club coach and manager. In the event of a club having only
one side of the field available to them for the purposes of a technical area, both coaches
shall occupy the same technical area. The team officials shall issue all instructions from this
area, which, in addition, shall be used for the purpose of making substitutions or
interchanges.
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14. Ball sizes to be used at the Association’s sanctioned games are as follows:
Age Groups Ball Size
6, 7, 8, 9 3
10, 11, 12, 13 4
14 and above 5
15. Corner kicks: Under 10 – Under 12
For Under 10, 11 and 12, an extra line shall be drawn on the touchline, eight yards from the
edge of the penalty area. This shall be the point for the three age groups to take corners
from.
16. If the sideline is closer than eight yards from the penalty area, the corner kick will be taken
from the proper corner arc.
17. Goal kicks: Under 10
For Under 10, goal kicks shall be taken from any point inside the penalty area and in line
with the penalty spot.
18. Infringements inside the penalty area in Under 10 matches.
Any infringement by the attacking team occurring inside the penalty area shall result in a
free kick awarded to the defending team and shall be taken from any point in line with the
penalty spot.
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Section 10: Wet Weather & Emergency Regulations
This section deals with disruptions to competitions, ground closures and the authority of the
Operations Manager to deal with matters arising from such situations.
Wet Weather – these rules apply to all age groups and divisions
1. In the event of wet weather causing any number of fields to be closed, the Operations
Manager, or nominated committee person, shall be empowered to transfer matches to
alternative fields at extremely short notice.
2. The Operations Manager shall advise the original host club as to where the match has been
re-scheduled and at what time the game will kick off.
3. Team officials arriving at a venue and finding it unavailable shall contact a committee
member of the host club in order to find out if the scheduled game has been re-scheduled
by the Association.
4. A member of the Association’s executive (President, Treasurer, Secretary) must be advised
by the Operations Manager of the proposed emergency arrangements before such action is
taken.
5. At times of prolonged inclement weather affecting the district, the Operations Manager or
the management committee may declare emergency regulations to be in force for a
specified period of time.
Other Emergency Arrangements – these rules apply to all age groups and divisions
1. In the event of any other emergency which may include, but is not limited to, flood, fire,
acts of vandalism, closure by public authority, the Operations Manager shall be
empowered to transfer matches to other fields or re-schedule games as per points 1–4
above.
2. If, as a result of a disciplinary hearing, a competition match has to be cancelled, forfeited or
altered where notice would be less than 48 hours, the Operations Manager is empowered
to make the necessary changes to the competition and notify affected clubs using
emergency powers.
Appendix to Section 10
1. Emergency Regulations Definition – The rules contained in this section of the by-laws are
applied at times when it is considered imperative that as many games as possible take place
and are not postponed. This will mainly be due to lack of available dates to reschedule games
to.
2. Refer to point 1 - If the operations manager is not available to undertake duties, the
management committee shall nominate a member of the committee to carry out the
required duties.
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Section 11: Disciplinary Committee
This section of the by-laws deals with serious disciplinary matters that may be dealt with by a
Disciplinary Committee, or the Board.
1. Membership of the Disciplinary Committee
a. Shall consist of the Association’s President, Secretary, Treasurer or an appointed
member of the Board, and at least two club members. Other Board or club members
may be co-opted at any time.
b. The Disciplinary Committee shall be chaired by the President of the Association or a
duly appointed person. An appointment shall be made by the Board.
c. No member of the Judiciary shall be a part of this committee.
d. No Appeals Board member, having served as a Disciplinary Committee member, shall
be a part of an appeal process concerning a Disciplinary Committee outcome.
e. Each club must nominate two committee members each season to be part of the
Disciplinary Committee. This process must be completed by the date of initial team
nominations. Failure by clubs to complete the Disciplinary Committee delegate
nomination form shall render the team nominations invalid. The nominated persons
will be called upon to serve on the Disciplinary Committee at a set time during the
season, if there is a case to be heard. The Association will publish a roster for the
complete season at the start of the season proper.
f. Any member who has any relationship with the club, team, player(s) or any individual
appearing before a Disciplinary Committee shall not be eligible to participate at the
hearing of the case.
g. The Disciplinary Committee shall hold all hearings as soon as practicable following an
incident, but must be within 15 business days.
h. The quorum shall be five members, consisting of at least two Board members and
two club members.
i. The Disciplinary Committee shall maintain a proper record of all meetings.
j. The minutes of each meeting shall be forwarded to the clubs involved in the case and
the Board.
k. Findings and reasons for verdicts must be included in the minutes of a hearing.
2. Responsibilities of the Disciplinary Committee
a. To ensure that all matters referred to the Disciplinary Committee are received and
managed in accordance with the by-laws.
b. The Disciplinary Committee shall hear and resolve (but is not restricted) to the
following:
i) All matters relating to abuse and/or harassment of match officials that have not
been the subject of a send-off recorded in a match.
ii) Any form of abuse, assault or harassment of match or club officials, arising from
football activities and recorded on an incident report by the match officials or
officials of the clubs concerned.
iii) All matters of violence at any game not dealt with by the Judiciary.
iv) Any Matter referred to the Disciplinary Committee by the Board or Judiciary.
v) All matters relating to field invasion.
vi) All matters arising from an abandoned game that is not caused through weather
conditions or accidental injury to a player or players.
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3. Powers of the Disciplinary Committee
a. The Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to charge individuals, officials,
teams and clubs in relation to matters arising from football activities within the
district.
b. The Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to suspend individuals, groups of
individuals, teams and clubs from the competition, or from taking part in any football
activities in the district.
c. The Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to impose financial penalties on
clubs, resulting from verdicts relating to the conduct of their players, officials, club
members and spectators.
d. The Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to impose a bond on a player,
official, team, individual or club. In all cases, the club is responsible for the dollar
value stated in the bond.
e. The Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to impose a suspended sentence on
a player, official, team, individual or club.
f. The Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to refer any matter to the Board or
other Sub-Committee for determination.
g. In all instances, where it is established that an event took place, but it is not possible
to identify the instigators in matters relating to field invasion, violence, abuse,
harassment or other serious matters, the Disciplinary Committee shall have the
power to sanction the team or teams, or the clubs. The team or club may be
reprieved if the guilty parties are identified to the satisfaction of the Disciplinary
Committee.
h. In all cases where the Disciplinary Committee cannot establish each participant’s
exact share of guilt, the Disciplinary Committee will consider every participant
identified as an equal perpetrator of the infringements committed.
FIFA Disciplinary Code – articles used by the Disciplinary Committee
a. Art. 103 Absolute discretion regarding proof
The Disciplinary Committee shall have absolute discretion regarding proof.
They may, in particular, take account of the parties’ attitudes during proceedings,
especially the manner in which they cooperate with the committee.
They may decide guilt or innocence on the basis of their personal convictions.
b. Art. 104 Match officials’ reports
Facts contained in match officials’ reports are presumed to be accurate.
Proof of the inaccuracy of the contents of these reports may be provided.
If there is any discrepancy in the reports from the various match officials and there are no
means of resolving the different versions of the facts, the referee’s report is considered
authoritative regarding incidents that occurred on the field of play.
c. Art. 50 Unidentified persons involved in an incident
If, in the case of a group of people involved in any violence, where it is not possible to
identify the instigator(s), the disciplinary committee will sanction the team and/or the club
to which the persons belong. The body sanctioned may be reprieved by naming the guilty
person(s) to the disciplinary body. If, in the case of group involvement in an incident, such
as violence, or abuse of a match official, in cases where it is impossible to establish each
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participant’s exact share of guilt, the disciplinary committee will consider every participant
identified as an equal perpetrator of the infringements committed.
d. Art. 49 – Brawl
The NDSFA acknowledges this clause in the FIFA disciplinary code and the disciplinary
committee will apply the rule in cases where proof is offered that a player acted in
accordance with this article.
Anyone who has tried to prevent a fight, shield others or separate those involved in a brawl
is not subject to punishment.
Nepean DC recommendation - (It is strongly recommended that anyone who attempts to
separate persons involved in a brawl, should only deal with persons from their own club –
this may assist in preventing an official from believing that a person trying to help, is simply
another aggressor).
(A witness statement from the club of an individual may not be considered as proof of the
fact).
Penalties Imposed by the Disciplinary Committee
1. Players
A player found guilty of causing an abandoned game, acts of violence, brawling, bringing
the game into disrepute, improper or contrary conduct, abuse, assault or harassment,
directly or indirectly, against any match official, before, during, or after a match, will be
subject to:
a. a sentence determined by the Disciplinary Committee. There is no set penalty.
b. Repeat Offenders in the same season will be subject to the player being suspended
from all football activities for a minimum period of twelve months. In addition, the
Disciplinary Committee may impose a bond or fine on the player’s club.
A player or group of players found guilty of field invasion (entering the field of play without
the referee’s permission) will be subject to the following:
c. The Disciplinary Committee shall fine the player’s club. The fine shall be a minimum
of $100 and maximum of $2000.
d. The guilty player(s) shall be suspended for a minimum of two competition games.
This suspension may be determined to be served consecutively or concurrent by the
Disciplinary Committee, together with any other sentence imposed by the
Disciplinary Committee, Judiciary or Board dealing with related matters.
e. The guilty player’s team shall be deducted six competition points. The points are not
awarded to any other team.
The Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee has the power to issue a “stand down order”
against any player named in an Incident Report in relation to an abandoned game until
they appear before the Disciplinary Committee.
2. Teams
A team found guilty of causing an abandoned game, acts of violence, brawling, bringing the
game into disrepute, improper or contrary conduct, abuse, assault or harassment, directly
or indirectly, against any match official, before, during, or after a match, will be subject to:
a. A sentence determined by the Disciplinary Committee. There is no set penalty.
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b. The team shall be deducted six competition points. The points are not awarded to
any other team.
c. Any team that repeats an offence in the same season shall be suspended from all
football activities for a minimum period of twelve months. In addition, the
Disciplinary Committee may impose a bond or fine on the club involved.
A team found guilty of field invasion (entering the field of play without the referee’s
permission) will be subject to:
a. The Disciplinary Committee shall fine the team’s club. The fine shall be a minimum of
$100 and maximum of $2000.
b. The guilty team shall be suspended for a minimum of two competition games. This
suspension may be imposed to be served consecutively or concurrent with any other
sentence imposed by the Disciplinary Committee, Judiciary or the Board dealing with
related matters.
c. The guilty team shall be deducted six competition points. The points are not
awarded to any other team.
d. If a team is suspended from competition, players named on the team sheet on the
day of the incident will be considered as members of the team and are therefore
suspended, and are not eligible to play for any other club team until the team
suspension is completed. This may include upgraded and dual registered players
included on the team sheet. The Disciplinary Committee has the authority to exclude
persons from the suspension in circumstances where they believe an individual took
no part in any incident.
3. Club Members & Officials (other than Referees or Assistant Referees)
An official or club member found guilty of causing an abandoned game, acts of violence,
brawling, bringing the game into disrepute, improper or contrary conduct, abuse, assault or
harassment, directly or indirectly, against any match official, before, during, or after a
match, will be subject to:
a. A sentence determined by the Disciplinary Committee. There is no set penalty.
b. Repeat Offenders in the same season will be subject to the person being suspended
from all football activities for a minimum period of twelve months. In addition, the
Disciplinary Committee may impose a bond or fine on the club involved.
An official or club member found guilty of field invasion (entering the field of play without
the referee’s permission) will be subject to:
c. The Disciplinary Committee shall fine the member’s club. The fine shall be a
minimum of $100 and maximum of $2000.
d. The guilty official shall be suspended from all football activities for a period
determined by the Disciplinary Committee.
4. Spectators
a. It is recognised by the NDSFA that if a spectator is not a club member, the individual
or group of individuals are not obliged to attend any special meetings convened to
deal with serious incidents that have occurred.
b. The responsibility for spectators lies with the club and team involved and in all cases
where spectators associated with a club are identified as having committed any one
of the following offences: field invasion, causing a game to be abandoned, acts of
violence, brawling, bringing the game into disrepute, improper or contrary conduct,
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abuse, assault or harassment, directly or indirectly, against any match official, before,
during, or after a match, the team or club may receive sanctions through the actions
of spectators associated with the club.
5. Reduced Penalties
In instances where an individual/team/club pleads guilty to charges set down by the
Disciplinary Committee, which assists the proces, and reduces the time and effort invested
by committee members, club members and witnesses, the committee may offer a reduced
sentence to guilty parties, if appropriate (Football NSW guideline – 1/3rd less). However,
pleading guilty to a charge does not automatically constitute a lesser sentence.
Reporting of Abandoned Games
1. The home team (or team named first on the team sheet, if a neutral field game) shall be
responsible for reporting an abandoned game to the Association by 9pm on the day of the
incident. Failure to report may result in a fine of up to $200 being imposed by the
management board. Reporting of incidents must be made to either the Operations
Manager, or executive members of the Board. If a night game is involved, the home club
shall contact the Association immediately after the abandonment. If contact cannot be
made, a representative of the Association must be informed within 24 hours of the
incident.
2. The following details must be reported:
a. Date and time the game was halted or abandoned
b. Teams concerned, age group and division, including colour if applicable
c. Field location
d. Referee (Official or Unofficial) and Assistant Referee(s), if applicable
e. Reason for game being halted or abandoned
f. Score at the time the game was abandoned.
3. If a pro-forma Abandoned Match Report is provided by the Association, all details must be
included in the report.
4. The two clubs involved in the incident must provide the Association’s Board with incident
reports made by the following persons:
a. Team manager
b. Team coach
c. Team captain
d. Game marshal.
The club may submit witness statements from other persons present at the game if desired. The
reports are to be submitted to the Association’s office by the close of business (5:00 pm) on the
Wednesday following the incident if a weekend game, or within 72 hours of the completion of
the match, if played mid-week.
Consequences of an Abandoned Game
1. The two teams involved in an abandoned game shall not be permitted to play any
further fixture until the matter has been resolved by the Disciplinary Committee or written
permission has been provided by an executive member of the Board.
2. All players listed on the team sheet for a game that is abandoned may not
upgrade or participate in any other team within the association until the matter is dealt
with by the Disciplinary Committee.
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3. If a match is abandoned due to weather conditions, injury, or less than seven
players in a single team, points 1–2 do not apply.
4. Involvement in an abandoned game jeopardizes the right of persons to be
involved at any level of the game within the Association. Non-attendance at a hearing
when required by the Disciplinary Committee may invoke further penalties to be imposed
by the Disciplinary Committee.
Investigations into Abandoned Games and Incidents
1. Prior to any hearing, the Board may undertake further inquiries relating to abandoned
games and major incidents.
2. The Chairman and investigating Board member will determine whether there is a case to
answer resulting from the incident, what charges will be placed against individuals/teams
and clubs and who is required to attend a hearing.
3. Further charges may arise as a result of evidence provided during a hearing.
4. No member of a club involved in an abandoned game or incident shall contact any member
of any other club named in the abandoned game or incident to discuss the matter or
prepare a case. Violations of this rule shall be deemed as contrary conduct or conduct
unbecoming by the Disciplinary Committee and sanctions will be imposed on persons
found to have contravened the by-law.
Disciplinary Committee Hearings
The following persons are required to attend disciplinary hearings unless a club is advised to the
contrary in writing by the chairman of the Disciplinary Committee or person assigned the
responsibility:
? A member of the club executive committee must attend the hearing (President,
Secretary, Treasurer, Competition Secretary)
? Team Manager
? Coach
? Team captain
? Marshals
? Persons of interest that have been identified by the chairman or person conducting
an investigation on behalf of the Chairman.
? Clubs may choose to bring additional witnesses to the hearing, providing they have
previously submitted a written statement that has been submitted according to the
by-laws.
Disciplinary Committee Hearing Procedures
1. The Disciplinary Committee may choose not to hear all witnesses if it is established with
the clubs involved in the case that they cannot provide fresh or additional evidence that
will aid the Disciplinary Committee with its findings.
2. Any persons charged as a result of an incident shall have the case dealt with at the
appointed date and time. Failure to attend will result in the charges being heard in
absentia.
3. Failure to attend by any person specified by the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee
may result in a fine/bond, suspension or a combination of penalties applied.
4. Written statements from witnesses will be valid only if the author is clearly identified with
name, address, club affiliation and the statement is submitted in accordance with
timeframe prescribed in the by-laws and through official club channels.
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5. Written statements submitted may be deemed invalid if the author does not attend the
hearing in order to be questioned by the Disciplinary Committee in relation to the
statement.
6. The Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee shall set a date and time for a case to be
heard. There shall be a minimum of 72 hours notice provided to all participants.
Appeals against Disciplinary Committee Decisions
Decisions made by the disciplinary committee are subject to appeal to the Association’s Appeals
Board.
All appeals shall be made in writing within seven days of receiving a written determination from
the Disciplinary Committee hearing.
An appeal lodged without a cheque for the prescribed dollar value is a complaint only and will
not be passed to the Chairman of the Appeals Board.
An appeal must state at least one of the grounds as follows:
? Failure to afford procedural fairness
? Lack of jurisdiction
? Insufficient evidence (on which the original committee made a decision)
? Incorrect interpretation of the by-laws or appropriate association rules.
? Severity of sentence
Any evidence an appellant wishes to use to support the appeal must be provided in writing to the
Chairman of the Appeals Board no less than 48 hours prior to the hearing.
Cost of appeal: $150 ($75 is non-refundable)
Glossary of Terms
? ‘Abandoned game’, in the context of this provision, shall be a game ended prematurely by
a match official, due to an incident other than accidental injury or a game affected by
weather and playing conditions.
? ‘Abuse’ is defined as physical violence or verbal misuse of language. Abuse will include,
but is not limited to, spitting threats, direct swearing, gestures and insults.
? ‘Assault’ is defined as an unlawful physical attack upon another to include, but not limited
to, hitting, punching, kicking, and all forms of abuse.
? ‘Brawl’ is defined as fight or violent behaviour involving more than two persons.
? ‘Bringing the game into disrepute’ – committing an act that places the sport into the public
or broader domain and that does not reflect the sport in a positive manner. This may be a
written act, a deed or something spoken.
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? ‘Charge’ in the context of this provision is an offence that may be, but is not limited to one
of the following:
- Bringing the game into disrepute
- Contrary conduct
- Improper conduct
- Field Invasion
- Harassment of a match official / club official / player / spectator
- Abuse of a match official / club official / player / spectator
- Causing a game to be abandoned
- Assault of a match official / club official / player / spectator
- Acts of violence / violent conduct / threatening behaviour.
? ‘Contrary conduct’ – behaviour that is either contrary to the laws of the game or is not in
the best interest of the sport.
? ‘Field Invasion’, is defined as entering the field of play without the referee’s permission.
? ‘Harassment’ is defined as offensive, abusive, belittling or threatening unwelcome
behaviour that is directed at a person or group of people. The person making the
complaint determines what constitutes harassment. The Association recognizes that
different persons have different levels of tolerance and that what one person deems to be
harassment may be seen as relatively harmless by a second person.
? ‘Improper conduct’ – behaviour that contravenes codes of conduct or is not appropriate
for the position an individual holds.
? ‘Official’ is defined as any coach, manager, club official and any match official, assistant
referee or marshal.
? ‘Player’ is defined as a registered player with the Association.
? ‘Spectator’ is any person, excluding player or official, present at a sanctioned game.
? ‘Team’ is defined as a squad of players listed on a team sheet or in the absence of a team
sheet, the definition shall be all players registered at the club to take part in fixtures in the
specified sex / age group and division.
? ‘Violence, Acts of Violence or Violent Conduct’ shall include, but is not be limited to the
following acts: any physical contact with another individual with the INTENT to cause harm,
any attempt of physically contacting an individual with the INTENT to cause harm, spitting,
throwing or propelling projectiles at an individual or verbally threatening or displaying a
threatening demeanour. The determination and interpretation of "Intent" shall be at the
discretion of the Disciplinary Committee, or body appointed to deal with the matter.
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Section 12: League Competitions
This section deals with the formation of the league competition, how competitions are
conducted, determined, and special rules for female soccer.
Entries into Association Competitions
1. Following the closing date for entries by teams in each age group, the Competition
Committee shall grade teams and the Operations Manager shall be responsible for
arranging suitable competitions. The competition shall be subject to endorsement by the
Board.
2. The Association, where possible, will conduct competitions in the following age groups:
a. Mixed: 10, 11, 12
b. Male: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, AA, Over 35s, Premier League
c. Female: 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, AAL
3. The Competition Committee shall determine the number of teams in each division,
according to the number of entries. It is preferable that junior divisions shall consist of
eight teams and seniors, including premier league, shall have ten, where possible. Premier
League shall have a first and reserve team.
4. The Association will conduct non-competition program in accordance with FFA & Football
NSW directives for the following age groups: Under 5, 6, 7, 8.
The Association will also conduct non-competition matches for the Under 9 age group.
5. Where insufficient entries are received in any age group or divisions, the Competition
Committee may combine age groups or suspend competition for that age group for the
season. In such case, the teams entered may be permitted to enter the competitions
conducted by neighbouring Associations, provided such teams have not been combined
with an adjacent age group by the Competition Committee. All fees paid to the Association
will be refunded.
6. The lowest division in the All-Age competitions shall be restricted to players who have
reached thirty-five years of age. The competition is to be known as Over 35s.
Competitions
1. The league competitions shall commence on a date as ratified by the Board.
2. Determining the date, time and venue of all games, Under 6 and above, is the responsibility
of the Operations Manager in conjunction with the Board.
3. Unless specifically stated otherwise, the first named team in the competition draw shall be
considered the Home Team.
4. On all competition days, at least two games shall be scheduled on any one field. Games
shall be played consecutively. If this is not possible, the Operations Manager is
empowered to move matches to a suitable neutral field.
Hosting Of Matches including Neutral Field Matches
1. When any game scheduled to be played on a neutral field, the Operations Manager shall
advise the host club that there are additional fixtures set down for the field.
2. The team named first on the fixture list is responsible for providing a team sheet.
3. All clubs hosting neutral field games will be supplied, upon request, with additional blank
team sheets.
4. The host club is responsible for marking the field and supplying and installing nets and
corner posts, and must supply basic amenities. All clubs are required to have drinking
water (see appendix to section 12) available at the host ground and the club should aim for
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a full canteen service. The provision of male and female toilets at the host ground is
compulsory. Breaches of this rule may result in a fine of up to $200 for non-compliance if
upheld by the management board.
5. Team sheets are the responsibility of the team named first on the fixture list and
completed sheets shall be returned to an official of the home team.
Changes to Schedule of Matches
1. All matches arranged and published are to be played as scheduled, except in the following
circumstances:
a. The Association cancels the match
b. The referee cancels the match due to ground or inclement weather conditions
c. One of the teams participating forfeits the match.
2. The Association shall provide 48 hours notice to club Competition Secretaries when the
Association makes a fixture alteration, except when covered by emergency arrangements
(see Section 10).
Withdrawing of Teams and Match not Taking Place
1. In all instances where a team has been withdrawn or removed from a competition, the
results relating to that team shall be deleted and the schedule of fines applied.
2. A team withdrawn from the field of play for any reason whatsoever shall be required to
appear before the Board at the first meeting following the match. The team and club
officials shall be required to account for their actions. The team and/or club may incur a
fine and penalty relating to the incident.
3. When a match does not proceed, for whatever reason, except when a team fails to turn up,
the coach, manager and team captains of both teams, together with their club officials,
shall be required to appear before the Board at a date and time advised by the Secretary of
the Association. Detailed written reports from both clubs of any such incident must be
submitted to the Association’s office by the close of business on the Monday following the
incident. If the team captain is less than 18 years of age, they may be required to attend
accompanied by a parent or care provider.
Forfeits
1. Matches shall be played on the ground set down by the Association and shall commence at
the designated times. Any team failing to play the match as scheduled shall be deemed to
have forfeited the match and incur such penalties as the Board may impose.
2. Any team forfeiting a game, the opposition shall be credited with a 3–0 win.
3. Reporting forfeits must be carried out in the manner designated by the Association each
season. This is provided in the Communication Protocols document issued by the
Operations Manager in conjunction with the Board.
4. A team must field at least 7 registered players at the commencement of any match. Failure
to do so shall deem the team to have forfeited.
5. If during the game, a team is reduced to less than 7 registered players, the game shall be
abandoned and recorded as a forfeit. The score shall be recorded as 3–0 to the nonforfeiting
team, except in cases where the non-forfeiting team is leading by a larger score
at the time the game is abandoned, in which case the score shall be recorded as advised by
the referee on the team sheet.
6. When a game is forfeited, without notice on the day set down for play, the team to whom
the game is forfeited, must submit a team sheet, signed by the referee, if in attendance,
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and forward to the Association in the usual manner. Failure of the Official Referee to sign
the team sheet shall indicate no referee in attendance.
7. When a match is forfeited, all match officials’ fees shall be the responsibility of the club
that forfeited the fixture (please note, that a referee may have been appointed to a
ground where there is a vacant timeslot due to the forfeit).
8. Operations Manager is to be advised, in writing, of a forfeit at the time that results are
submitted. Forfeits with or without notice must also be supplied in writing to the
Association’s office. A team forfeiting on two consecutive occasions, without satisfactory
reason, may be removed from the competition.
Determining Competition Winners and Representatives to Champion of Champions
1. In all league competitions, the league competition winner is the team finishing with the
most points at the end of regular competition, prior to the semi-finals and finals.
2. Division one competition league winners are usually the teams invited by the Association
to play in the Champion of Champions, except in All-Age men, where the Association will
invite the winner of the Premier 1st Division.
3. Should division 1 teams finish in equal first place on points, the sequence in point 6 shall be
used to determine who will be invited to represent the Association in the Champion of
Champions. If a winner cannot be found using this method, a play-off shall be organised by
the Operations Manager to decide the outcome.
4. Representing the Association at Champion of Champions is a privilege, not an automatic
right, and may be withdrawn by the Board if warranted. The place may be offered to
another team in these circumstances.
5. Points are awarded as follows
a. A win – three points
b. A draw – one point
c. A loss – no points.
6. In all cases where teams end the season on equal points, the following methods shall be
used to determine league position:
a. Goal difference (goals scored minus goals conceded)
b. Goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded)
c. Greatest number of wins
d. Greatest number of draws
e. Team that has scored the most goals
f. Team that has scored the most goals in any single game
Duration of Matches
1. The duration of matches shall be:
All Age 90 Minutes Under 12 50 Minutes
Under 21 90 Minutes Under 11 50 Minutes
Under 18 90 Minutes Under 10 50 Minutes
Under 17 80 Minutes Under 09 50 Minutes
Under 16 70 Minutes Under 08 40 Minutes
Under 15 70 Minutes Under 07 40 Minutes
Under 14 60 Minutes Under 06 30 Minutes
Under 13 60 Minutes Under 05 30 Minutes
2. There shall be a half-time break of 5 minutes at all games.
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3. If the match official shortens any game, both halves of the game must be the same length
of time, not including time added on for injuries.
4. Except when central timing is in use for Gala Days, the referee shall be sole judge of time
for all games.
Results
Once the Association receives results, they will be published and made available to clubs.
1. Club officials are responsible for submitting results sheets in the method directed each
season by the Operations Manager. Results must be lodged by 9:00pm on the Sunday of
each weekend that matches are played. If the game is played mid-week, results must be
lodged by 5:00pm the following day. A fine of up to $200 may be imposed for noncompliance
with this rule.
2. The Operations Manager must be notified of any abandoned game at the time of lodging
results. The reason(s) for the abandonment shall also be advised.
3. Clubs are responsible for checking the published results. Club officials must advise the
Association’s office within 48 hours of results being published. The results shall then
become “final”, with no further alterations, unless there is a matter “in dispute” on any
game, lodged in accordance with the Communication Protocols.
4. Where a neutral field is used to host a match, the club of the team listed as the home team
is responsible for notifying the result to the association.
5. The host club may notify the result of any “neutral games” played on their field. However,
in the case of any dispute, refer to point 4.
Appendix to Section 12
? Host clubs are required to ensure that their facilities meet a minimum standard. A benchmark is
defined as a standard to be measured against or judged.
? The absolute minimum standard at a ground hosting NDSFA matches is toilet facilities and
drinking water available.
? Toilets - male and female toilets available from the time of set up until closure of the facility.
? Drinking water - may be bottled water either provided free of charge or sold by the host club OR,
Drinking water - may be available from a suitable source at the ground.
? The source must dispense water that is considered fit for human consumption by Sydney Water
Authority, and it is the responsibility of the host club to ensure that the source is clearly
signposted for visitors to the ground.
The benchmark for facilities at a host club is:
? Male and female toilets supplied with toilet paper, liquid or solid soap and hand towels. Towels
may be either linen or paper. Individual toilet cubicles should provide privacy for an occupant.
? Rubbish and sanitary bins should be placed at suitable locations.
? Secure dressing rooms incorporating hot showers, and available for home and away teams
capable of housing a minimum of two teams.
? A canteen on site that is stocked with hot and cold drinks, and provides hot and cold food either
by use of a barbecue or food warming facilities.
? The canteen should have a supply of ice available to treat injured players and a fully stocked first
aid kit.
? The club should have at least one person on duty at the ground that is a qualified first aider.
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Section 13: Semi-Finals & Finals Information
Play-Offs, Semi-Finals and Finals
The Competition Committee shall announce the format of semi-finals, play-offs and finals, once
the total number of teams and the number of teams per division has been finalized.
Semi-Finals and Finals
1. Format of the semi-finals and finals shall be determined each season by the Competition
Committee and published by the third round of the regular competition.
2. Under 10 to Under 14, matches that result in a draw at the end of normal time, teams shall
play an extra five (5) minutes per half. If still a draw at end of extra time, the game shall be
awarded to the team that finished higher on the league ladder during the regular season.
In the event that this method does not create a clear winner, there shall be a penalty
shoot-out conducted as per the L.O.T.G.
3. In all competitions Under 15 and above, matches that result in a draw at the end of normal
time, teams shall play an extra 10 minutes per half. If still a draw at end of extra time, the
game shall be decided on penalties as per Laws of the Game. No break shall be allowed at
the completion of the first period of extra time. The second half shall start immediately.
Play-Offs and Semi finals / Finals Ground Planning
1. Grounds to be allocated for play-offs shall be selected on the basis of quality of playing
surface and facilities offered by the hosts. However, the final decision is the responsibility
of the association management committee.
2. If inclement weather prevents there being sufficient time for the completion of play-offs
and finals, the Operations Manager shall make alternative plans or advise the Association
that play-offs and finals have been cancelled.
3. Protests and disputes are dealt with as close to the time of incident as possible for all semifinals
and finals. If a protest is made by a club official, a special protests committee is
convened by a member of the Board. The panel must consist of a minimum of three
persons formed from the Board and any club committee members available that are not
connected with the incident. If the protest relates to laws of the game, a referee shall be
appointed to the committee. The case may be stated in writing or verbally. A Board
member shall chair the case and the decision of the committee is final with no right of
appeal.
4. Any player sent from the field in a semi-final or final shall be managed using the standard
rules relating to judiciary.
Junior and Senior Top Four Play-Offs (when employed)
The format used will be dependent upon the composition of division and the length of season.
One of two formats shall be used for semi-finals. In junior competition, the same format will be
applied for Top 4 and Pennant semi-finals. Where a division consists of six teams, there shall be
top 3 and Pennant finals. Where a junior division consists of nine or ten teams, the teams
occupying 9th and 10th position at the end of the regular season shall not qualify for either the
Top 4 or Pennant semi-finals.
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Play Off – Round Robin format
Week 1 First Place v Second Place
Week 1 Third Place v Fourth Place
Week 2 First Place v Third Place
Week 2 Second Place v Fourth Place
Week 3 First Place v Fourth Place
Week 3 Second Place v Third Place
Play Off – Elimination Staggered
Game 1 First Place v Second Place Winner to final
Game 2 Third Place v Fourth Place Loser eliminated
Game 3 Loser Game 1 v Winner Game 2 Winner to final
Game 4 Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 3 Top 4 Winners
Play-Off – Elimination Immediate
GAME 1 First Place v Fourth Place Winner to Final
GAME 2 Second Place v Third Place Winner to Final
GAME 3 Winner Game 1 FINAL Winner Game 2
Finals Day Presentations
1. Winners and Runners Up of play-offs shall receive a memento of the final. The Board shall
determine the memento each year.
2. There shall be only one memento for the registered coach and manager of each team.
Teams with multiple coaches or managers or trainers may apply to the Association’s office
after the finals have been completed for extra mementos if there is a surplus.
3. Any player who is sent off during a final shall not be allowed to be present with the team at
the awards ceremony following the game. A memento may be collected from the
Association’s office in the week following the final or may be given to the team manager to
give to the player away from the presentation area.
4. Only a representative of a club management committee may collect mementos from the
Association’s office.
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Section 14: Team Sheets
Introduction
This section of the by-laws deals with matters relating to the completion of team sheets. It also
covers fines relating to non-compliance.
1. In all matches for teams in age groups Under 10 and above, the team managers of each
team shall before the start of the match hand to the referee a completed team sheet
containing a list of the proper names of the players in their respective teams. The team
sheet must be printed in black or blue ballpoint pen. The team sheets shall be signed and
personally witnessed by the opposing Team Manager, who also signs the sheet. Either
team representative may inspect the team sheet during the game, upon request.
2. The use of felt-tipped or water soluble pens when making out a team sheet shall incur a
fine.
3. The use of PENCIL or LIQUID PAPER will incur a fine and LOSS OF POINTS to the offending
team, with a maximum of 3 points being awarded to the opposing team.
4. The home club shall be responsible for all team sheets of all their team’s games. Team
sheets must be delivered to the association’s office no later than 7.00pm on the Tuesday
following the match. Delivery methods may be in person, posted or sent electronically to
the association. In all instances where team sheets are sent electronically, the club is
responsible for ensuring that the original team sheets arrive at the association office within
seven days.
5. In the event of a team sheet not arriving within 7 days, the home team shall be fined $100
and incur LOSS OF POINTS.
6. The names are to correspond with numbers on the players shirts.
7. Players upgraded into the team must be included. The team sheet must be marked U/G
and the age/div of the player recorded.
8. Marshal’s names shall be printed and signed on team sheets at all times.
9. Signing of a team sheet at the end of a match is not an indication that either club
participating will not protest the result or that the information contained on the sheet has
been completed by the referee.
Instructions for the Completion of the Team Sheet
Team sheets will be produced by the Association and emailed to the home club’s Competition
Secretary or other nominated recipient on the Thursday prior to the game. The team sheet will
list all of the eligible players for the team. If a player’s name is not printed on the team sheet,
they are not eligible to play for the team.3 Do not under any circumstances add a player’s name
to the team sheet, with the exception of eligible upgrades from another team. Players added to
the team sheet will be treated as ineligible players and will incur a fine and loss of points.
3 It should be noted, that from time to time, the Management Committee will give permission to clubs to enter names
on team sheets of correctly registered players of the team if their name has been omitted from the team sheet due to a
malfunction or technical error caused by the registration system software. In such instances, clear directions are sent
to clubs and the hand written names are verified by office staff when the team sheet is submitted for scrutiny.
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The home team manager will need to collect the team sheet from their club prior to the game. It
is the responsibility of the home club to organize and effectively communicate their procedures
for collection and depositing of team sheets with their team officials.
The team sheet must be completed and handed to the referee prior to the scheduled kick off
time. No alterations to the team sheet are allowed after the game has commenced.
In the home team section of the team sheet the manager will:
1. Enter shirt numbers against a maximum of 16 players. If shirt numbers are entered against
more that 16 players, the 17th and any subsequent players will be deemed to be ineligible
players. This will incur a fine for each ineligible player and the loss of points for the game.
Players entered on the team sheet as upgraded players will be counted in the total number
of players.
2. If players are upgraded from another team, enter their details in the upgrade section and
record the shirt number, player’s name, registration number and team from which the
player is being upgraded.
3. The name of the registered team coach and manager will be printed on the team sheet.
The coach and manager need to sign to indicate that they are officiating for the game. In
the event that either the registered coach and/or manager are not in attendance, the
stand-in coach and/or manager need to cross out the printed name and print their name
and sign.
4. Enter the home team marshal name and get the marshal to sign.
5. Once all the home team details have been entered pass the team sheet to the away team
manager. You must do this and allow reasonable sufficient time for the away team
manager to complete their tasks.
6. The away team manager needs to follow steps 1–4.
Both managers need to inspect the identities of the opposition team and make certain the
players listed are present, wearing the allocated shirt number and initial the team sheet next to
each player that has been sighted. It is the responsibility of both managers to ensure that the
opposition checks are done correctly and that the team sheet is completed accurately.
Fines will be levied against any team that does not correctly complete the team sheet or check
the opposition player correctly. In the event that a shirt number is recorded on the team sheet,
for which there is no opposition managers initials to show that it is checked both teams will be
fined for non compliance.
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Types of Errors
If more than 16 players have shirt numbers entered next their
name
Ineligible player fine and
loss of points
If the marshal name is not recorded Administration error fine
If the marshal has not signed team sheet Administration error fine
If the score check is not signed Administration error fine
If a players is listed in the upgrade players section of the form with
no shirt number
Administration error fine
If a player is listed in the upgrade players section of the form with
an incorrect player registration number
Administration error fine
The omission of an upgraded player’s registration number shall be
deemed by registrars to be due to the card not being available and
will be treated as ineligible player. If the opposing team manager
has initialled the team sheet stating that ID cards has been sighted,
the total fine shall be divided evenly between the two offending
clubs
Fine and loss of points
If the team from which a player is upgraded from is not recorded Administration error fine
If a player is upgraded in breach of the upgrade rules i.e. a U12.1
player upgraded to U13.2
Ineligible player fine and
loss of points
If the total number of players with shirt numbers in the player
details section of the form plus the players in the upgrade section
of the form exceed 16
Ineligible player fine for
each player above 16 and
loss of points
If manager does not sign the form Administration error fine
If a substitute team manager completes the team sheet and does
not change the printed managers name and sign
Administration error fine
If the coach does not sign the team sheet Administration error fine
If a substitute coach is coaching the team and they don’t change
the printed coaches name and sign the teams sheet
Administration error fine
If there is a player on the team sheet with a shirt number that does
not have the opposition managers initials
Administration error fine
to the players club (Note 1)
Changing player details on a team sheet after the game is
completed
Fine and loss of points
Use of liquid paper or pencil Fine and loss of points
Playing an unregistered player Fine and loss of points
Notes
1. It is the team manager’s responsibility to make sure that all players on his/her team who have a
shirt number recorded on the team sheet are presented for inspection by the opposition manager
and that the sheet is initialled for each player checked by the opposition team.
2. It is not acceptable to allocate numbers on the team sheet to players who are not at the ground
and then mark DNP.
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Table of Penalties Relating to Team Sheet and Playing Compliance
1. 1 Playing an unregistered or suspended player: Loss of Points and Fine $200
Competition points will be awarded to opposition team.
2. 2 Playing an ineligible player – Loss of Points and Fine $50
Competition points will be awarded to opposition team.
3. 3 Any team forfeiting a game – Automatic Loss of Points plus Fine as set out here-under.
Any competition team (U10 and above) forfeiting without notice – Fine $100
Notifying the Association in the prescribed manner with less than 48 hours notice, excluding day of game – Fine $50
Any non-competition team (U6, 7, 8, 9) team forfeiting without reasonable notice – Fine $50
A team in the U6, 7, 8, 9 age groups that provides the association with notice to forfeit prior to 10:00 am on the
Wednesday prior to the scheduled match will be fined $10. (Notice is provided to the association by a club official not
the team itself).
(Reasonable notice is defined as prior to 10:00 am Wednesday prior to a match)
Referees & Assistant Referees Fees: where applicable, will be paid by the forfeiting club. Due to scheduling timing,
referee fees may be applied even when 48 hours notice has been provided.
Competition points will be awarded to opposition team.4
4. 4 Team Sheet incorrectly filled in: Fine $5 per error, maximum $50 per team sheet per club. Refer to sample copy of
completed Team Sheet included in this section. The maximum penalty of $50 applies only to administration errors.
5. 5 Team Sheet not arriving at association office by Tuesday following game – Fine $25 per team sheet.
6. 6 Team Sheet not arriving by seven days following game – Loss of Points to Home Team and Fine $100
7. 1 Team Sheet being illegible due to the use of soluble ink pen or felt nib pen – Fine $50
8. 1
2
Use of Liquid paper or pencil on Team Sheets – Fine $100 plus Loss of Points to offending team. Competition points
will be awarded to opposition team.
9. 3 Team sheet not noting “I.D. Cards not sighted” – Fine $5
10. . Team sheet not signed and printed by a team marshal – Fine $5
11. 1
5
.
The omission of players’ registration numbers in the upgrade section shall be deemed by registrars to be due to the
card(s) not being available and will be treated as ineligible player. If the opposing team manager has signed the team
sheet stating that ID cards have been sighted, the total fine shall be divided evenly between the two offending clubs.
12. 1
6
.
There are sixteen name spaces on a team sheet. This is the maximum number of players eligible to participate in a
competition match. Any additional inclusions shall be ineligible and shall be dealt with under point 2.
Administration errors for the first three competition rounds will not be penalised by a fine. However, clubs will be formally
notified each week of the Registrar’s Report with the Fines recorded. On and after the fourth round, all fines shall be
enforced.
Administration Error fines = $5.
Administration errors include omission of ground details, date, name of team, kick off time, venue, absence of manager and
marshal signatures, incorrect names or errors in ID or shirt numbers. It also includes no signing of the sheet by team
manager at completion of the game.
It shall be the responsibility of each club to provide team managers and coaches with a copy of these fines prior to the start
of each season. It is also incumbent on club management committees to provide sufficient training to team officials in the
correct procedures for completing team sheets.
4 Replaced for 2011 season. To be reviewed/endorsed by clubs prior to 2012 season.
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Section 15: Interchange & Replacement Rules
Introduction
This section explains the rules relating to the use of what is traditionally referred to as a
substitute. In the Nepean District, the competition uses unlimited interchange at all levels and
ages. This offers teams the opportunity to rotate up to 16 players, which is the maximum
amount of players allowed to participate in a match. There is a provision in the by-laws to use
substitution in Premier League should the Competition Committee announce it prior to the
beginning of a season.
1. All competitions shall be conducted using “Replacement and Interchange” rules, for age
groups Under 10 to All-Age.
2. Non-competition matches shall be conducted using interchange rules.
3. Premier League shall be conducted using either replacement and interchange, or
substitutions, as directed by the Competition Committee before the start of each season.
Interchange Rules
1. Replacement of five players at any time during a match, for any reason, may be made,
provided players who are used as replacements have been listed on the team sheet prior
to the commencement of the game.
Procedure for Player Interchange
1. The interchange zone shall be the technical area one metre either side of the halfway line.
2. An interchange is made when play has stopped and the referee grants permission for
replacements to be made.
3. The player leaving the field of play shall do so from the sideline crossing over at the sector
called the INTERCHANGE ZONE. This may take place on either side of the field.
4. The player entering the field shall also do so from the Interchange Zone, but not until the
player leaving the field has passed completely over the line.
5. A player nominated for interchange shall be subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the
referee whether called upon or not.
6. The interchange is complete when the replacement player enters the field. All players
listed on the team sheet are subject to the rules of the game at all times and may be
cautioned by the referee for any infringements committed.
7. The number of interchanges made during a match is unlimited.
8. If, during the interchange, the interchange player enters the field of play before the
replaced player has exited the playing area, the referee may caution the interchange
player, before re-commencing play.
9. If, during the interchange, the player enters the field, or a replaced player leaves it from a
place other than the interchange zone, the referee may caution the offending player.
Interchange Rules Relating to Penalty Shootouts
1. In matches that require extra time, interchanging of players will cease at the completion of
extra time.
2. If penalty kicks are required to determine a winner, then the 11 players on the field at the
end of extra time are the only players permitted to participate in the penalty kicks.
3. If a team wishes to replace the goalkeeper for a penalty shootout, the change may only be
made with one of the ten players who were on the field at the completion of extra time.
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Section 16: Referees
This section explains how referees are appointed to fixtures and how payment is made to the
referee’s Association.
The aim of the Association is that all games are controlled by a person suitably qualified, licensed
and currently registered with the Nepean District Soccer Referees Association Inc. (NDSRA).
There is a procedure to follow when an NDSRA official referee is not appointed to a match by the
NDSRA.
Referees and Payment
1. All official referee appointments are made by the NDSRA.
2. FNSW Rates of pay for each season shall be advised to clubs within seven days of advice
received from Football NSW. NDSFA rates may be subject to negotiations between NDSFA
and NDSRA and shall be notified to club no later than 31st December each year. This will be
rates for the for next calendar year.
3. The Association invoices each club a 50% share of the costs associated with NDSRA
supplying a referee and assistants.
4. If a club notifies the association that a team will forfeit a competition match, they may be
invoiced 100% of the cost of a referee, due to scheduling requirements.
5. If an appointed referee arrives after the designated kick-off time and the match has started
using a substitute referee, the game shall proceed and the appointed referee shall not
officiate for the game, nor shall they be entitled to payment.
6. A referee may not be replaced during the game for any reason other than an injury that
prevents them from completing their duties.
7. In the event of a referee being unable to complete their duties, the home team shall
appoint a replacement referee for the remainder of the match.
8. Clubs participating in inter-district competitions, such as the state cups, are required to pay
referees on the day of the game. Fees must be paid to the local host canteen before
players take the field for the match.
Procedure When no NDSRA Referee is Appointed
In the event of an official referee not attending a match, the team managers, or captains, of both
teams shall agree to appoint a referee to control the game. The first preference shall be given to
the Association’s club referees who have been registered with the Association for the current
season. Club referees are issued with identity cards and registration numbers that shall be shown
upon request.
1. In the absence of a NDSRA appointed referee, the hierarchy of appointments is as follows:
a. A club referee registered with the Association for the current season who is supplied
by the visiting team
b. A club referee registered with the Association for the current season who is supplied
by the host club
c. An unofficial referee not registered with the Association who is mutually agreed to by
the officials of the two teams.
2. The referee shall commence the game as per the schedule provided by the Association.
3. The referee shall print their name on the team sheet and write:
a. the word "unofficial" in the space provided if the referee is an unofficial; or
b. Club referee and registration number in the space provided.
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4. Club Referees may be appointed to matches by either the NDSRA or NDSFA. If appointed to
a match under these circumstances, the club referee must inform both team managers
and/or coaches that they are a club referees and must be suitably attired, carry a whistle,
stopwatch and a set of cards for use in the match. They are not permitted to wear any
clothing that may lead any person to believe that they are a NDSRA official referee.
5. Unofficial referees, if appointed to a match, must be suitably attired, carry a whistle,
stopwatch and a set of cards for use in the match.
6. All club and unofficial referees must record all cautions and send-offs on the team sheet
and provide incident reports in all cases where a player is dismissed from the field.
7. No person that has been listed as expelled from the NDSRA may referee a competition
match as an official or unofficial referee.
8. A list of expelled members shall be provided to clubs each season when provided by the
NDSRA.
9. The Association may appoint a registered club referee to a match where no NDSRA
qualified referee is appointed.
10. Registered club referees shall be paid 50% of the regular scheduled Football NSW fee for
the age group at which they are officiating. Both clubs participating in the match shall be
invoiced by the association for 50% of the fee.
Referees and Club Requirements
1. All clubs are encouraged to develop and maintain a pool of club referees for uncovered
games.
2. The referee pool should include persons suitably qualified and experienced to carry out a
full range of matches. This means having referees to officiate at Under 10 to All-Age. The
emphasis for the club referee program is for each club to have adults that have received
training and are able to control senior (Sunday) fixtures.
3. Recommended club referee pool size (based on Sunday teams)
Number of
Sunday Teams
Required Number
Of Club Referees
1-4 ONE
5-8 TWO
9-12 THREE
13-16 FOUR
17-20 FIVE
21 PLUS EIGHT
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Section 17: Protests & Complaints
This section explains how to lodge a complaint or protest, and details the procedures that must
be followed.
Protests
1. A protest must be lodged in accordance with the instructions given in the Communication
Protocols document.
2. A club may protest any matter relating to or arising out of competitions conducted by the
Association.
3. The Association will only accept protests from an authorized club committee member.
4. All protests must be lodged within 48 hours of the protested incident occurring.
5. Protests will be accepted either by mail or electronic mail.
6. A protest concerning refereeing decisions shall only be on a Point of Law. No
correspondence will be entered into concerning interpretation of Laws of the Game.
Protest Costs
1. The fee for lodging a protest is $150.
2. $75 of the fee is non refundable.
3. A fee must accompany each protest lodged. A letter without accompanying fee does not
constitute a protest.
Complaints
1. Any club wishing to lodge a complaint that involves another club is required to lodge a
complaint in writing addressed to the Secretary of the club that is the subject of the
complaint.
2. The complaint must be supported by a letter from the club Secretary or authorized club
committee person. The complaint must be lodged with the Secretary of the Association,
within seven days of the incident.
3. The accompanying letter must state what type of outcome is being sought. This may
include (but is not limited to) a reprimand from a club or Association, a suspension, a
disciplinary hearing, a letter of apology or public apology.
Types of Complaints
1. Shall have been an incident that is contrary to the written word of the constitution and bylaws,
or
2. Shall have been a serious incident requiring action or investigation by the Association.
Complaint Procedure
1. The Secretary of the Association shall forward the complaint to the club named in the
complaint within 48 hours of receipt.
2. The Secretary of the Association will maintain the covering club letter together with a log
of the complaint, showing the date and time the complaint was received.
3. The club receiving the complaint shall carry out an investigation, take written statements
and respond to the association within seven days of receiving the complaint.
4. The Board shall impose a penalty and fine any club, up to $500, for failing to lodge a
response within the seven -day deadline.
5. The Secretary of the Association will forward the response to the originating club within 48
hours of receipt.
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6. The club that lodged the original complaint shall consider the response and advise the
Association as to whether the matter is closed, within seven days of receiving a reply.
7. If the originating club does not consider the response to be adequate, the matter shall be
referred to the Board for further consideration.
8. The Board shall deal with the matter at the first meeting following advice received from
originating club. The Board’s decision relating to the matter is final and is not subject to
appeal.
9. The originating club has the right to call a special general meeting of clubs to hear the
matter if they are not satisfied with advice received from the Board.
10. All complaints must be completed within 28 days of original receipt, unless the matter is
the subject of further investigation, as instructed by the Board.
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Section 18: Coaches, Managers & Marshals
Team Managers and Coaches
1. Teams shall have a coach and manager who shall be registered with the Association, as per
the registration guidelines and procedures.
2. No team manager shall be appointed under the minimum age of 18 years.
3. An ID card, complete with photograph of team manager or coach, shall be issued by the
Association. The ID card must be worn and clearly displayed at all matches.
4. Team coaches and managers must be registered for each team at the time of team
nominations.
5. Team managers are responsible for completing the team sheet.
6. When filling in the team sheet, the team manager, or coach in their absence, shall sign, as
well as print, their name and also include their registration card number.
7. In the absence of coach and manager, as in the preceding paragraph, an acting manager or
coach may be appointed for the game and must sign the team card as such, as well as print
their name.
8. There shall be one coach only per team for the duration of the game and that coach shall
wear the coloured vest as supplied by the Association to each team. Coaches must remain
in the technical area.
9. Failure to sight ID cards shall incur a fine.
10. If any player is sent from the field of play, the team manager shall be responsible for
making the player’s registration card available to the referee if required. Failure to provide
the referee with the player’s ID card shall result in a fine.
11. The team manager is responsible for passing the sent-off player’s registration card to their
club Secretary.
12. Any team manager or coach found guilty of playing a player under an assumed name shall
be suspended from all football activities for a period of not less than twelve months.
13. Both team managers shall sign the Team Sheet at the end of their game to indicate all
details on the team sheet are correct.
Marshals
1. At all matches, there shall be a minimum of two marshals, one marshal from each team,
wearing an appropriate vest as purchased from the Association.
2. The marshals shall introduce themselves to the referee before the commencement of the
game.
3. Marshals’ duties shall be to ensure that spectators, coaches and managers do not encroach
the sidelines, or the pitch, and see that good order is maintained.
4. Should any incidents arise out of a match that are for consideration by the Board, each
marshal shall complete a written report into such incidents for the Board.
5. The marshals shall appear at any inquiry as neutral witnesses, if required.
6. All marshals shall have obtained the age of 18 years of age.
7. Marshals from both teams shall print their name, and sign the team sheet, indicating they
were in attendance for the game.
8. Where a game is played on a neutral field, it is the responsibility of the visiting teams to
supply the marshals for their game.
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Section 19: Cautions, Send-Offs & Suspensions
This section deals with cautions, yellow and red cards and suspensions. There is a separate
section of the by-laws that covers matters dealt with by the Disciplinary Committee. This section
is usually (but not limited to) the Judiciary Committee, commonly referred to as JC. Please note
that referees may deal with team and club officials in the same manner as players.
Suspensions
1. Any player, or Association member, receiving a suspension of more than four matches, or
weeks, shall be subject to a ruling by the committee dealing with the matter as to whether
the suspension shall cover all football activities for the duration of the suspension, other
than attending their family’s games.
2. All suspensions carry over from pre-season, to full season, to finals series and to the next
season.
3. If a player is suspended for a fixed period of time that extends beyond the end of a season,
they do not have to be re-registered in order for the suspension to be considered as
served.
4. If a person is suspended for a fixed number of matches, then the player must be registered
in order to serve the suspension.
Hearings and Charges
1. The Judiciary Committee has the right to add charges to a player at all times during the
hearing. Charges are not limited to send-off offences and may include, but are not limited
to conduct unbecoming and bringing the game into disrepute.
Cautions (Yellow Cards)
1. Any player receiving two yellow cards during the game shall automatically be sent from the
field of play and be suspended for a minimum of one match. The send-off may attract
further attention and penalty, which will be determined by the Judiciary Committee.
2. If a player receives two yellow cards during the same match and therefore receives a red
card, the two yellow cards are expunged from the player’s record.
3. Any player who receives a yellow card in a game, and later receives a red card, shall not
have the original yellow card offence expunged from their record. It will be counted in the
tally of accumulated yellow cards.
4. The accumulation of yellow cards will be reset at the end of the last match of the preseason,
the competition proper and any semi-finals or finals matches, respectively. This
means that yellow cards accumulated in a pre-season competition do not carry over to the
competition proper, and yellow cards accumulated in a competition do not carry over to
any semi-finals or finals. Match suspensions incurred as a result of the accumulation of
yellow cards will not be cancelled.
5. Any player receiving three yellow cards within the same season shall receive an automatic
one-match suspension (refer to point 4 for definition).
6. If a player receives six yellow cards, they shall be suspended for a further two matches.
7. Any player receiving their 4th and 5th yellow card shall be fined $20 for each card received.
8. On receipt of the 6th and subsequent yellow cards, the player shall be fined $50 for each
card received.
9. Any player receiving their 9th yellow card shall be suspended for three matches and shall
appear before the Judiciary Committee to show just cause as to why they should be
allowed to continue to play within the Association.
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10. A yellow card issued during an abandoned match will be annulled if that match is replayed
and upheld if that match is not replayed.
Send-Offs (Red Cards)
1. Any player ordered from the field of play by the referee will automatically be suspended
for one match unless the send-off charge warrants any further action or penalties as
determined by the Judiciary Committee.
2. When a player has been sent off (shown a red card) during a match, they must leave the
immediate playing area. They are not permitted to sit on the substitute’s bench or remain
within the technical area. Players shall retreat either to the dressing room, the canteen
area (unless adjacent to the field of play), or further away beyond the boundaries of the
park.
3. For the avoidance of doubt, the mandatory match suspension is effective regardless of
whether or not the notice was received by the player or club.
4. For the avoidance of doubt, no Association official can change a referee’s decision to issue
a yellow card to a red card, or vice versa.
5. The Judiciary Committee must determine that a sanction additional to the one match
mandatory penalty for a red card offence is determined in all cases that include the
following:
a. Violent conduct or R2 expulsion
b. Spitting at another person or R3 expulsion
c. All conduct directed at a match official
d. Discriminatory or offensive words or gestures including racial or ethnic vilification
e. Repeat offences.
6. A player required to stand-down for any number of matches shall not be eligible to play in
any game on the day/s they are required to stand-down. If their team has a bye within this
period, the player cannot have their name entered on any team sheet of another game on
that day to have their suspension period served.
7. If a player is sent from the field of play, they shall not play in any other game on the same
day, regardless of the age group or division.
8. If a player is sent from the field of play on a Saturday, they cannot play in any game on the
Sunday of the same weekend.
9. If a player is sent from the field of play on a Saturday or Sunday, they cannot play in any
game on the Monday of the same weekend.
10. A player may be required to appear before the Judiciary Committee in relation to any sendoff
that may have occurred.
11. The Judiciary Committee will consider all send-off offences and will contact the player’s
club to offer a sentence. This will occur on occasions where the Judiciary Committee
believes the offence committed warrants more than the statutory one match suspension.
12. The player has the right to accept the penalty imposed or elect to appear before the
Judiciary Committee, or other nominated committee, at a time and place advised by a
representative of the Judiciary Committee.
13. A judiciary hearing will be conducted in the manner subscribed by the Chairman. A charge
may be brought at any time during the hearing, according to the evidence provided.
14. The Judiciary Committee may impose penalties higher than the minimum period of
suspension contained in the penalty table included in the by-laws. The Judiciary
Committee may impose a different sentence to the one originally offered to the
player/club.
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15. The Judiciary Committee may also impose a suspended sentence in addition to any match
or week suspension. Any player receiving a suspended sentence shall automatically serve
that suspended sentence, if they are sent from the field of play again. This will be in
addition to any further suspension period imposed for that send-off.
16. When a player is sent from the field, the team manager shall make the player’s registration
card available to the referee if required. The player’s card shall be passed to the club
Secretary who will retain possession of the card until all suspensions are completed.
17. All fines imposed under these by-laws must be paid within 14 days after the date on which
the fine is imposed.
18. The player or the team official cannot take part in any match until the fine is paid in full.
This means that if a match suspension is combined with a fine, the suspension is prolonged
until the fine is paid in full.
19. A match suspension means a ban from taking part in a match or to attend the match in the
area immediately surrounding the field of play. The immediate playing area shall be
determined by the host club.
20. A suspension imposed in terms of matches on a player participating in eleven-a-side
football only affects that player’s participation in eleven-a-side football. The suspension
cannot be served in another competition sanctioned by the Association.
21. A suspension imposed in terms of time (such as days, weeks, months or years) affects a
player’s participation for both that player’s eleven-a-side or Futsal team, regardless of
whether the infringement was committed in eleven-a-side football or Futsal.
22. A straight red card issued during an abandoned match will be upheld, regardless of
whether the match is replayed or not.
23. Any player receiving two red cards within the same season shall receive an automatic twomatch
suspension.
24. Any player receiving three red cards within the same season shall receive an automatic
three-match suspension.
25. Any player receiving four red cards within the same season, shall be required to appear
before the Judiciary Committee to show just cause as to why they should be allowed to
continue to be registered with the Association.
Team Misconduct
1. The Judiciary Committee shall impose additional sanctions on a club for the misconduct of
a team under the following circumstances:
a. Five or more persons from the team receive a yellow card during a match
b. Four or more persons from the same team receive a red card during a match
c. Two or more players together make threats or show force against a match official.
2. Sanctions imposed on a club for a misconduct charge shall be restricted to a suspension
from the competition for the team involved, a deduction of a specified number of
competition points, a fine or bond placed on the club.
Player’s Rights
1. Any player wishing to protest their send-off on the grounds of mistaken identity must
arrange for their club Secretary or Competition Secretary to contact the Association’s office
by 5pm on the Monday following the send-off, to arrange for a prompt hearing. The
application will only be valid if the club identifies the correct person and the identified
player accepts the error made.
2. Except in the case of alleged mistaken identity, there is no appeal from a mandatory one
match suspension
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3. Any player cited to appear before the Judiciary Committee shall be suspended from all
football activities until such time that the player appears before the Judiciary Committee.
4. Any player cited to appear before the Judiciary Committee shall be advised by a
representative of Judiciary Commitee by 9.00pm on the Thursday following the send-off. A
representative of Judiciary Committee will advise the player’s club, and a date and
approximate time for the player and club official to appear will also be given.
5. A player may choose not to appear before the Judiciary Committee if they accept the
Judiciary Committee’s offer of a sentence of not less than the minimum recommended
period of suspension as prescribed within these rules.
6. A player’s non-attendance at the next available Judiciary Committee meeting, without prior
notice, shall be taken as an indication of that player’s choice to accept the decision of the
Judiciary Committee in their absence.
Team Officials
1. A referee may take action against a team official who fails to conduct themselves in a
responsible manner, and may expel the team official from the field of play and its
surroundings, including the substitute’s bench.
2. A team official who has been expelled from the field of play by a referee must serve a
mandatory one-match suspension. This is the responsibility of the club to which the team
official belongs.
The Association’s Table of Offence Codes
The following yellow and red card offence codes will be used for all games:
OFFENCE
Y1 Is guilty of unsporting behaviour
Y2 Shows dissent by word or action
Y3 Persistently infringes the Laws of the Game
Y4 Delays the restart of play
Y5 Fails to retreat the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free
kick or throw-in
Y6 Enters or re-enters the field of play without the referee’s permission
Y7 Deliberately leaves the field of play without the referee’s permission
OFFENCE
R1 Is guilty of serious foul play
R2 Is guilty of violent conduct
R3 Spits at an opponent or any other person
R4 Denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by
deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within thier own
penalty area)
R5 Denies an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the
player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
R6 Uses offensive or insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
R7 Receives second caution in the same match
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Judiciary Committee
1. A Judiciary Committee will be formed each season and appointed by the Board.
2. No member of the Board shall be appointed to the Judiciary Committee.
3. The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee is responsible for the management of the judicial
process and may be required to attend Board meetings and present reports in a manner
determined by the Board.
4. A minimum of five persons from the Association’s membership shall be appointed to the
Judiciary Committee.
5. If a non-member of the Association is appointed to the Judiciary Committee, the Board
must first grant Associate Member status to the person appointed.
6. The Judiciary Committee quorum shall be three members. In all matters, the Chairman
shall have a casting vote.
7. In circumstances where there is no likelihood of a quorum, due to sickness and last minute
changes, the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee may appoint an Association member to
the Judiciary Committee to deal with the matters of the day only.
8. The Judiciary Committee must operate within the rules as prescribed by FFA, Football NSW
and the Association by-laws. Failure to act in accordance with these shall be deemed as
grounds for removal from membership of the Judiciary Committee.
9. Any member who has any relationship with a club or player appearing before the Judiciary
Committee shall not be eligible to hear the matter.
10. The Judiciary Committee shall hear and resolve all matters relating to red and yellow card
offences (bookings and send-offs).
11. Incident reports submitted to the Association by the NDSRA and club referees may be dealt
with by the Judiciary Committee.
12. The Judiciary Committee has the authority to refer any matter to the Board or Disciplinary
Committee.
Judiciary Committee - Additional Information
1. Any suspended sentence shall automatically be served if any player is found guilty at a
subsequent hearing in the same season. The sentence will be in addition to any sentence
for the new offence imposed by the Judiciary Committee.
2. If a referee’s report is not provided within seven days of the incident, there shall be no case
to answer.
3. Any club or player appearing before the Judiciary Committee may bring witnesses, no more
than three, who may present evidence on behalf of the player or club. Additional
witnesses may be called at the discretion of the Chairman.
4. Decisions of Judiciary Committee shall be final, subject only to appeal to the Appeals Board,
as set out in point 6.
5. Any appeal in relation to player suspension shall be submitted, in writing, within seven
days of the day of the player’s appearance before the Judiciary Committee with the
appropriate appeal fee.
6. Any other appeal shall be submitted, in writing, within seven days of the hearing and
decision, with the appropriate appeal fee.
7. Any decision concerning an assault on a referee or assistant referee may be appealed by
the referee, assistant referee or the NDSRA. The appeal shall be made to the Appeals
Board, in writing, within seven days of the hearing and decision, with the appropriate
appeal fee.
8. The appeal fee, in each instance, shall be $150 plus G.S.T., if applicable.
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9. No appeal shall be heard unless the above procedures have been followed.
10. In all instances, all appeals must be received in writing by 5pm on the day they fall due.
Table of the Association’s Minimum (and/or Range) of Sentence for
Suspensions, as per FFA Regulations 2007
Code Offence Example Minimum/Range of
Sentence
R1 Serious foul play
Excessive force or brutality when
challenging for the ball e.g.: a
tackle from behind that
endangers the safety of an
opponent.
2 Matches
R2 (A) Violent conduct
Excessive force or brutality when
not challenging for the ball
including kicking, striking,
elbowing or head butting. May
occur on the field of play, or
outside of the boundaries,
whether the ball is in play or not,
against any opponent, tem-mate
or any other person.
2-4 matches
R2 (B)
Serious act of violent
conduct
Violent conduct of the most
serious nature that intends to
cause significant bodily harm to
any person.
5 matches – 24 months
R2 (C)
Violent conduct against a
match official
Pushing, striking, kicking,
elbowing, head butting
(not limited to these actions).
1 year – Life
R3 (A)
Spitting at a player or any
other person
4 Matches – 12 months
R3 (B) Spitting at a match official 6 Matches – 18 months
R4
Denies the opposing team
a goal or an obvious goal
scoring opportunity by
deliberately handling the
ball (this does not apply to
a goal keeper within
his/her own penalty areas)
1 match
R5
Denies an obvious goal
scoring opportunity to an
opponent moving towards
the player’s goal by an
offence punishable by a
free kick or a penalty kick
1 match
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Code Offence Example Minimum/Range of
Sentence
R6 (A)
Use of offensive, insulting
or abusive language
and/or gestures
2–4 matches
R6 (B)
Use of discriminatory
language and/or gestures,
including racist, religious,
ethnic or sexist
3–5 matches
R6 (C)
Use of offensive, insulting
or abusive language
and/or gestures to a match
official
Intimidation to pressure official
into taking, or not taking, certain
action. Harassment (including
sexual harassment of a verbal
nature against a match official).
3–6 matches
R7
Receives second caution in
the same match
1 match
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Section 20: Committees
Sub-Committees
Competition and Grading Committee
1. A Competition Committee will be formed each season. The Competition Committee shall
be chaired by a member of the Board who shall be delegated the responsibility for the
formation of all competitions each season. A second member of the Board may also be
appointed to assist with the management of the Competition Committee. Five members
from the Association shall be appointed to the Competition Committee. Members shall be
selected firstly from club Competition Secretaries and shall be representative of the
geography of the Association. If there are any remaining positions on the Competition
Committee, other senior members of the Association may be appointed. For the avoidance
of doubt, there may be more than one Competition Committee appointed to manage
specific age groups or sections of the competition. All shall be referred to as the Grading
Committee. In all instances where a Grading Committee is appointed, the meetings shall
be chaired by a member of the Board.
2. The Competition Committee shall keep a record of all meetings and present to the Board
for adoption.
3. Quorum shall be three at all times, one of whom must be a member of the Board.
4. The Competition Committee, on advice from the Board or permanent Association staff,
shall attend to, and resolve, any incidental matter relating to initial grading and formation
of competitions.
5. The Competition Committee is responsible for the initial grading of all teams that require
grading into divisions.
General Club Committee
1. Shall consist of the Board and two delegates from each club.
2. Meetings shall be held as per dates on the annual calendar or as called by the Board.
3. The General Club Committee shall deal with any matter referred to their attention.
4. Club representation is compulsory. A fine of $100 per delegate may be imposed by the
Board for non-attendance of meetings scheduled in the annual calendar.
5. Full reports covering financial, general matters, competitions, metropolitan league
representation and Protests & Disputes Committee outcomes, shall be made available for
the meetings.
6. The General Club Committee may not overturn a Board decision.
7. The Secretary of the Association shall call for agenda items from clubs 21 days before the
scheduled meeting and an agenda shall be distributed to all members seven days before
the meeting is due to take place.
8. Agenda items submitted must contain a general subject and a narrative to indicate to
members the purpose of the agenda item.
9. General business shall be accepted at the meeting for announcements and points of
interest for Association members.
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Section 21: Secondary Competitions
Nepean Cup
1. Rules of the competition shall be determined each season by the Competition Committee
and published by the third round of regular competition. Rules listed below are not subject
to alteration except by a change to the by-laws.
2. Entry is optional.
Eligibility – Nepean Cup
1. Players who are participating in under 18 age groups and above ONLY are eligible to
participate in the male and female Senior Nepean Cup.
Squad Restrictions – Nepean Cup
1. The maximum number of players that may be nominated in a Nepean Cup Squad is
eighteen.
2. Players may be from mixed divisions from within the club entering team/s. If the
competition is conducted using a handicap system, the team will be handicapped as the
highest all age division that players have been nominated from.
3. The maximum number of players that may be listed on a team sheet and used in a Nepean
Cup match is sixteen.
4. Nepean Cup games shall be played under the Inter-change rule. Only five players can be
selected for interchange purposes.
5. A player shall only be nominated for one team in the Nepean Cup
President’s Cup
1. This competition is open to all teams participating in the Under 10 competition.
2. All games, except the final, will be played on a Sunday unless determined otherwise by the
Competition Committee.
3. A full list of rules for the President’s Cup will be determined each season by the
Competition Committee and shall be published by the completion of round three of the
regular league season.
Junior Nepean Cup (Male and Female)
1. This competition is for all teams participating in age groups specified by the Board.
2. There shall be a female junior cup competition only if there are a minimum of eight teams
nominated.
3. Under 11 teams may be invited to compete by the Competition Committee if the number
of entrants warrants the decision. (Applies to mixed competition only).
4. All games, except the final, will be played on a Sunday unless determined otherwise by the
Competition Committee.
5. A full list of rules for the Junior Nepean Cup will be determined each season by the
Competition Committee and shall be published by the completion of round three of the
regular league season.
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Section 22: Miscellaneous
Consumption of Alcoholic Liquor at Grounds
1. No alcohol to be allowed at any ground under the jurisdiction of the Association within 10
metres of the playing area.
2. All players, officials and spectators are required to follow the directions of club officials or
ground signage in relation to local rules pertaining to the consumption of alcohol.
3. The penalties, as here-under, applies to any field within the Association’s area, whether the
players or spectators are at home, away or on a neutral ground, and whether or not they
are officials, players or spectators from any club within the Association’s area.
4. Alcohol may only be consumed in designated areas at Cook Park, St Mary’s, except the
George Churchward Pavilion Hall for social occasions.
5. Failure to comply shall incur:
a. FIRST OFFENCE = Minimum $300 fine plus four weeks suspension to the team,
manager, coach or player, if involved and found guilty of the offence.
b. SECOND OFFENCE = Minimum $600 fine, plus ten weeks suspension to the team,
manager, coach or player, if involved and found guilty of the offence.
c. THIRD OFFENCE = Minimum $1000 fine plus minimum twelve months suspension to
the team manager, coach or player, if involved and found guilty of the offence.
6. Signs provided by the Association to clubs regarding the consuming of alcohol are to
be erected by the club in the following areas – canteen, dressing rooms and adjacent to
playing fields.
Trophies
1. Clubs with league winning teams from Under 10 to Over 35s shall be awarded a
commemorative item by the Board.
2. Where a shield or cup or other such trophy is in existence for annual competition, it shall
be handed to the appropriate winner, or runners-up, at the conclusion of the season or as
soon as possible thereafter.
3. All perpetual trophies shall be returned to the Association Secretary by the 1st August of
each year. A fine shall be imposed on any club failing to return the trophy by the
designated date. The fine shall cover the cost of a replacement trophy fully engraved plus
a $50 administration fee.
4. Play off winners and runners-up shall be awarded such recognition as determined by the
Board.
Perpetual Trophies
Referee’s Trophy
a. The Referee’s Trophy is awarded to a club as the Best & Fairest for the season.
b. To qualify for the trophy, a club must have at least 3 junior teams and 3 All-Age
teams.
c. The trophy will be awarded to the club with the best disciplinary record calculated on
an average based on overall player numbers.
Sid Horley Annual Junior Club Championship
a. Awarded on the highest percentage of points won by a club during the league
season, for Under 10 to Under 18 age groups.
b. Deductions of ten points are made for each send-off that is upheld by the Judiciary
Committee.
c. A club must field a minimum of five junior teams to qualify.
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Bill Morris Club Championship
a. Awarded annually to the highest performing club during the league season, for teams
Under 10 and above.
b. Five points for each win, two points for each draw, plus five points for each goal
scored. Total number of points for each club divided by the number of games played
by the club.
c. A club shall field at least three eligible junior competition teams to qualify.
Code of Conduct
Introduction
1. All persons registering and participating or attending matches under the control of the
Association are subject to the following code of conduct.
Protocols on General Behaviour
1. All participants in the game of football are bound by the rules of sportsmanship which
include:
? Written “Laws of the Game” enforced by match officials on the field of play.
? Unwritten rules of civility in “Fair Play”, showing positive regard for all opponents,
officials and team mates.
2. Show unconditional support for match officials in both managing the laws and spirit of the
game.
3. Be subject to management and direction of the team / club official.
4. Observe and comply with directions given by the Association.
5. Display a manner which does not bring themselves, as individuals, the team, the club or the
Association into public disrespect or censure.
6. Avoid making, issuing, authorizing or endorsing public criticism not in the best interests of
the Association.
7. Treat all persons with respect, dignity and proper regard for their rights and obligations.
Club and Association Officials
1. Demonstrate and ensure a positive commitment to the Association’s programs and
policies, and represent the Association in a mature, fair and professional manner.
2. Hold confidential or privileged information privately.
3. Use funds or property of the Association in an appropriate manner.
4. Avoid the use of information obtained officially to gain a financial advantage.
5. Refrain from passing on, or publishing, information of an offensive, unsubstantiated or
derisive type.
6. Avoid the use, possession or trafficking, in an illegal drug of dependence.
7. Refrain from consuming alcohol, or encouraging others to consume alcohol, at any
Association fixture at which it is not permitted.
Players, Coaches, Managers and Club Officials
1. Follow the Association’s instructions regarding the wearing of appropriate attire and
identification whilst taking part in matches conducted under the auspices of the
Association or bodies to which the Association is affiliated.
2. Ensure that all persons avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with under-age
team members or any other under-age person.
3. Act in a sportsmanlike manner at all times, by abiding by FIFA and Association rules, and
regarding the principles of fairness and common courtesy.
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4. Refrain from ‘sledging’ in any form.
5. Coaches and managers are to actively encourage parents and spectators to refrain from
abusing players, officials and referees.
Protocols on Harassment
Harassment takes many forms, but can generally be defined as behaviour (comment, conduct or
gesture) which is offensive, abusive, belittling or threatening, and which is unwelcome. The
Association is committed to providing a sporting environment free of harassment on the basis of
physical skills and qualities, personal characteristics or choices in life-style.
There is a difference between vocal and partisan support for a chosen team or individual and the
selection of a target person or group for insult or humiliation. It is the responsibility of players,
coaches, managers and all participants in training or matches that come under the auspices of
the Association, or senior bodies, to abide by the spirit of fair play and to monitor and eliminate
instances of harassment associated with the game.
By joining the Association, members agree to endorse a sporting environment free of
harassment.
All members and associates of the Association endorse and promote the following:
1. All individuals have the right to participate in an environment which promotes equal
opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices.
2. Harassment is prohibited by certain Commonwealth and State Legislation, including the
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Act and Sex Discrimination Act.
3. Whether the offender is an official, player, coach, manager, volunteer, parent or spectator,
harassment is an attempt by one person, or persons, to assert abusive, unwanted, power
over another.
4. All incidents of harassment shall be reported in writing to the Board.
5. Any person who experiences harassment continues to have the right to seek further
assistance under State or Federal Legislation, even when local action is being taken under
this policy.
This code applies to harassment that may occur:
1. During the course of any Association activity or event.
2. Between individuals associated with the Association but outside the Association’s activities
or events, when such harassment adversely affects relationships within the Association’s
sports environment.
All Association members are directed to avoid displaying:
1. Written or verbal abuse or threats.
2. Display of visual material which is offensive or which can reasonably be deemed offensive.
3. Unwelcome remarks, jokes, comments, innuendo or taunting about a person’s looks, body,
attire, age, race, religion or sexual orientation.
4. Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures.
5. Condescending, paternalistic or patronising behaviour that undermines self esteem,
diminishes performance or adversely affects working or playing conditions.
6. Unwanted physical contact, including touching, petting or kissing.
7. Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person’s safety or
negatively affect performance.
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8. Physical or sexual assault.
9. Making unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours or other verbal or physical
contact of a sexual nature when –
a. Submission to or rejection of this conduct is used as the basis for making decisions
which affect the individual
b. Such conduct has the purpose or affect of interfering with an individual’s
performance
c. Such conduct can be seen as intimidating, hostile or offensive.
Retaliating against an individual –
? for having filed a complaint under this code
? for having participated in any action under this code
? for having been associated with a person who filed a complaint or participated in a
case using this code
will be treated by the Board of the Association as harassment and will not be tolerated.
Responsibility
1. The President, in conjunction with the Board, shall be responsible for:
a. Implementing this policy
b. Making all members, and associated persons, aware of the problem of harassment, in
particular sexual and sexual orientation harassment, and the procedures contained in
this code and the Association’s rules and by-laws
c. Regularly reviewing the terms of this code to ensure that they adequately meet the
Association’s legal obligations and public policy objectives
d. Appointing unbiased judiciaries and appeal bodies, and providing the resources and
support they will need to fulfil their responsibilities under this code
e. Providing advice or help to persons who experience harassment.
2. The Protests & Disputes Committee, in conjunction with Association officers, will be
responsible for:
a. Investigating formal complaints of harassment in a sensitive, responsible and timely
manner
b. Imposing appropriate disciplinary or corrective measures when a complaint of
harassment has been substantiated, regardless of the position or authority of the
offender, in accordance with the Association’s rules and by-laws
c. Informing all parties of the procedures contained in this code and their rights under
the law.
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GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Association means The Nepean District Soccer Football Association Inc.
N.D.S.F.A. means The Nepean District Soccer Football Association Inc.
Board or The Board means the collective group of people elected or appointed to
manage the affairs of the Nepean District Soccer Football Association Inc. It may
also be referred to as the management committee.
Board Member means a person elected or appointed to the position of President,
Secretary, Treasurer or General Committee Member
AGM means Annual General Meeting
SGM means Special General Meeting
035 means over 35. References may be made to O35 or 35 with or without a
division. Refer to section3 point h of the by-laws for rules relating to eligibility to
participate in this age group.

 
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