Code of Rules

 

Rule 1

Definitions

 

GOVERNANCE RULES

 

Rule 2

Name and Constitution

Rule 3

Club Name

Rule 4

Entry Fee, Subscription, Deposit

Rule 5

Management, Nomination, Election

Rule 6

Powers of Management

Rule 7

Protests, Claims, Complains, Appeals

Rule 8

Annual General Meeting

Rule 9

Special General Meeting

Rule 10

Agreement to be Signed

Rule 11

Continuation of Membership, Withdrawal of a Club

Rule 12

Exclusion of Clubs, Teams. Misconduct of Clubs, Officers, Players, Management Committee

Rule 13

Trophy

Rule 14

Alteration to Rules

Rule 15

Finance

Rule 16

Insurance

Rule 17

Dissolution

 

MATCH RELATED RULES

 

Rule 18

Qualification of Players

Rule 19

Club Colours

Rule 20

Playing Season. Conditions of Play, Times of Kick-Off. Postponements. Substitutes

Rule 21

Reporting Results

Rule 22

Determining Championship

Rule 23

Rule 24

Rule 25

 

 

Match Officials

Cup Competitions League

Technical Areas

 

Social Media Policy Statement

 

SCHEDULE A

 

 

Fees Tariff

 

Fines Tariff

 

DEFINITIONS

  1. (A) In theseRules:

“Affiliated Association” means an Association accorded the status of an Affiliated Association under the rules of the FA.

“AGM” shall mean the annual general meeting held in accordance with the constitution of the Competition.

“Club” means a club for the time being in membership of the Competition.

“Competition” means the Nottinghamshire Senior League.

“Competition Match” means any match played or to be played under the jurisdiction of the Competition.

“Contract Player” means any Player (other than a Player on a Scholarship) who is eligible to play under a written contract of employment with a Club.

“Deposit” means a sum of money deposited with the Competition as part of the requirements of membership of the Competition.

 “Fees Tariff” means a list of fees approved by the Clubs at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any matters for which fees are payable under the Rules, as set out at Schedule A.

“Fines Tariff” means a list of fines approved by the Clubs at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any breach of the Rules, as set out at Schedule A.

“Ground” means the ground on which the Club’s Team(s) plays its Competition Matches.

“Management Committee” means in the case of a Competition which is an unincorporated association the management committee elected to manage the running of the Competition and where the Competition is incorporated it means the Board of Directors appointed in accordance with the articles of association of that company.

“Match Officials” means the referee, the assistant referees and any fourth official appointed to a Competition Match.

“Non-Contract Player” means any Player (other than a Player on a Scholarship) who is eligible to play for a Club but has not entered into a written contract of employment.

“Officer” means an individual who is appointed or elected to a position in a Club or Competition which requires that individual to make day to day decisions.

“Participant” shall have the same meaning as set out in the rules of The FA from time to time.

“Player” means any Contract Player, Non-Contract Player or other player who plays or who is eligible to play for a Club.

“Player Registration System” means The FA system to register players as determined by The FA from time to time.

“Playing Season” means the period between the date on which the first competitive fixture in the Competition is played each year until the date on which the last competitive fixture in the Competition is played.

“Rules” means these rules under which the Competition is administered.

“Sanctioning Authority” means the Nottinghamshire County Football Association Limited.

“Scholarship” means a Scholarship as set out in Rule C3.1.1 of the rules of The FA.

“Season” means the period of time between one AGM and the next AGM.

“Secretary” means such person or persons appointed or elected to carry out the administration of the Competition.

“SGM” means a special general meeting held in accordance with the constitution of the Competition.

“Team” means a team affiliated to a Club, including where a Club provides more than one team in the Competition in accordance with the Rules.

 “The FA” means The Football Association Limited.

                “Virtual Meetings” means meetings held electronically

“written” or “in writing” means the representation or reproduction of words or symbols or other information in a visible form by any method or combination of methods, whether sent or supplied in electronic form or otherwise.

1.B Unless stated otherwise, terms referring to natural persons are applicable to both genders. Any term in the singular applies to the plural and also the other way around  

 

GOVERNANCE RULES

COMPETITION NAME, CONSTITUTION

  1.  

    • The ”The Clubs participating in the Competition must be members of the Competition. A Club which ceases to exist or which ceases to be entitled to play in the Competition for any reason whatsoever shall automatically cease to be a member of the Competition.  .

    • This Competition shall consist of not more than 140 Teams approved by the SanctioningAuthority.

    • The geographical area covered by the Competition membership shall be East Midlands Region

    • The administration of the Competition under these Rules will be carried out by the Management Committee in accordance with the rules, regulations and policies of theFA.

    • All Clubs shall adhere to the Rules. Every Club shall be deemed, as a member of the Competition to have accepted the Rules and to have agreed to abide by the decisions of the Management Committee in relation to them, subject to the provisions of Rule7.

    • The RulesaretakenfromtheStandardCodeofRules(the“StandardCode”) determinedby The from time to time. In the event of any omissions from the Standard Code then the requirements of the Standard Code shall be deemed to apply to theCompetition.

    • All Clubs must be affiliated to an Affiliated Association and their names and particularsshall be returned annually by the appointed date in a manner prescribed by the Sanctioning AuthorityandmusthaveaconstitutionapprovedbytheSanctioning Authority. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Sanctioning Authority and the constituent Teams of Clubs may be grouped in divisions.

  • Inclusivity and Non-discrimination

  • The Competition and each Club must be committed to promoting inclusivity and to eliminating all forms ofdiscrimination and should abide and adhere to The Equality Policy and any legislative requirements (including those contained in the Equality Act2010).

  • This Competition and each Club must make every effort to promote equalitybytreatingpeoplefairlyandwithrespect,byrecognizingthat inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community, irrespective of age, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability or otherwise.

  • Any alleged breach of the Equality Act 2010 legislation must be referred to the appropriate Sanctioning Authority forinvestigation.

  • All Participants shall abide by The Football Association Regulations for Safeguarding Children and Regulations for Safeguarding Adults at Risk as determined by The FA from time to time..

  • Clubs shall not enter any of their Teams playing in the Competition in any other competitions (with the exception of FA and County FA Competitions) except with the written consent of the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

  • At the AGM or an SGM called for the purpose, amajority of the delegates present shall have power to decide or adjust the constitution of the divisions at their discretion.When necessary this Rule shall take precedence over Rule22.

  • Only one Team from a Club shall be permitted to participate in a single division unless there is no viable alternative because of logistical issues and/or reasons linked to participation and geographical boundaries in which case the Competition will obtain the prior approval of the Sanctioning Authority.This Competition will ensure that, where permission is given, Teams from a Club operating in the same division are run as separate entities with no interchange of players other than by transfers of registration in accordance with these Rules.

 

CLUB NAME

  1. Club wishing to change its name must obtain permission from the Sanctioning Authority following consultation with the Competition. In the event that permission is granted, the Club must advise the Competition Secretary. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 

ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT

Applications, of which due notice has been given, will be received at the AGM or an SGM if confirmed by a majority of the accredited voting members present.

When Rule 22(B) is applied or a Team seeks a transfer or, is compulsorily transferred to another division, no Entry Fee shall be payable.

  • Clubs must advise the Secretary annually in writing by 30th June of its Sanctioning Authority affiliation number for the forthcoming Playing Season. Clubs must advise the Secretary in writing,orontheprescribedform,ofdetailsofitsheadquarters,Officersandanyotherinformation required by theCompetition. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 

MANAGEMENT, NOMINATION, ELECTION

  1. (A) The Management Committee shall comprise the Officers of the Competition, President, Deputy President, Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Registration Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Referees’ Secretary, Welfare Officer, Referees’ Representative, Publicity Officer, Ground Grading Officer and League Representatives, who shall all be elected at the AGM.

  • Retiring Officers shall be eligible to become candidates for re-election without nomination provided that the Officer notifies the Secretary in writing not later than 31st May in each year.

All other candidates for election as Officers of the Competition or members of the Management Committee shall be nominated to the Secretary in writing, signed by the secretaries of two Clubs, not later than 31st May in each year. Names of the candidates for election shall be circulated with the notice of the AGM. In the event of there being no nomination for any office by the date stated in the earlier part of this Rule, nominations may be received at the AGM.

  • The Management Committee shall meet a minimum of twice a season or as when and when required.

On receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Management Committee the Secretary shall convene a meeting of the Management Committee.

  • All communications received from Clubs must be conducted through their Officers and sent to the Secretary.

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 

POWERS OF MANAGEMENT

  1. (A) The Management Committee may appoint sub-committees and delegate such of their powers as they deem necessary. The decisions of all sub-committees shall be reported to the Management Committee for ratification. The Management Committee shallhave power to deal only with matters within the Competition and not for any matters of misconduct that are under the jurisdiction of The FA or Affiliated Association.

  • Each member of the Management Committee shall have the right to attend and vote at all Management Committee meetings and have one vote at all such meetings, but no member shall be allowed to vote on any matters directly relating to that member or to the Club sorepresented or where there may be a conflict of interest. (This shall also apply to the procedure of anysub-committee).

In the event of the voting being equal on any matter, the Chair shall have a second or casting vote.

With the exception of Rules 6.J, 8.H, and 9, for all alleged breaches of a Rule the Management Committee shall issue a formal written charge to the Club concerned. The Club charged shall be given 7 days from the date of notification of the charge to reply. In such reply a Club may:

  • Accept the charge and/or submit in writing a case of mitigation for consideration by the Management Committee;or

  • Deny the charge and submit in writing supporting evidence for consideration bythe Management Committee;or

  • Deny the charge and notify the NSL that it wishes to have a hearing before the ManagementCommittee.

Where the Club charged fails to respond within 7 days, the Management Committee shall determine the charge in such manner and upon such evidence as it considers appropriate.

Having considered the reply of the Club (whether in writing or at a hearing), the Management Committee shall make its decision and, in the event that the charge is accepted or proven, decide on the appropriate penalty (with reference to the Fines Tariff where applicable).

Where required, hearings shall take place as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of the reply of the Club as more fully set out above.

 

With the exception of Teams playing at Regional NLS Feeder League of the National League System, the maximum fine permitted for any breach of a Rule is £250 and, when setting any fine, the Management Committee must ensure that the penalty is proportional to the offence, taking into account any mitigating circumstances.

The maximum fine permitted for a breach of a Rule by a Team playing at Regional NLS Feeder League of the National League System is £500.

No Participant under the age of 18 can be fined.

All breaches of the Laws of the Game, or the Rules and Regulations of The FA shall be dealt with in accordance with FA Rules by the appropriate sanctioning Association.

  • All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule7.

Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned within 7 days.

  • A minimum of 50%ofitsmembersshallconstituteaquorumforthetransaction of business by the Management Committee or any of its sub-committee

  • The Management Committee, as it may deem necessary, shall have power to fill any vacancies that may occur in theirnumber.

  • A Club must comply with an order or instruction of the Management Committee and must attendtothebusinessand/orthecorrespondenceoftheCompetitiontothesatisfactionof the ManagementCommittee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

  • A member of the Management Committee appointed by the Competition to attenda meeting or Competition Match may have any reasonable expenses incurred refunded by the Competition.

  • The business of the Competition as determined by the Management Committee may be transacted by electronic mail orfacsimile.

 

PROTESTS, CLAIMS, COMPLAINTS, APPEALS

  1. (A) i)All questions of eligibility, qualification of Players or interpretations of theRules shall be referred to the ManagementCommittee or a sub-committee duly appointed by the Management Committee.

(ii)          Objections relevant to the dimensions of the pitch, goals, flag posts or other facilities will not be entertained by the Management Committee unless a protest is lodged with the referee prior to the commencement of the Match.

  • Except in cases where the Management Committee decide that there are special circumstances, protests and complaints (which must contain full particulars of the grounds upon which they are founded) must be lodged with the Secretary within days (excludingSundays)oftheMatchoroccurrencetowhichtheyAprotestorcomplaint shall not be withdrawn except by permission of the Management Committee. A memberof the Management Committee who is a member of any Club involved shall not be present as a witness or representative of his Club) when such protest or complaint is being determined.

  • No protest of whatever kind shall be considered by the Management Committee unlessthe complaining Club shall have deposited with the Secretary a sum in accordance withthe Fees This may be forfeited in whole or in part in the event of the complaining orprotesting Club losing its case.The Competition shall have power to order the defaulting ClubortheClubmakingalosingorfrivolousprotestorcomplainttopaytheexpensesofthe inquiry or to order that the costs to be shared by theparties.

  • All parties to a protest or complaint must receive a copy of the submission and must be afforded an opportunity to make a statement at least 7 days before the protest orcomplaint beingheard.

  • All parties must have received a minimum of 7 days’ notice of the hearing should they be instructed toattend.

  • Should a Club elect to state its case in person then it should indicate such when forwarding the writtenresponse.

  • The Management Committee shall also have power to compel any party to the protest topay such expenses as the Management Committee shalldirect.

  • Any appeal against a decision of the Management Committee must be lodged with the SanctioningAuthoritywithin14daysofthepostingofthewrittennotificationof thedecisioncausingtheappeal,accompaniedbyafeewhichmaybeforfeitedintheevent of the appeal not being upheld. A copy of the appeal must also be sent to theSecretary. The procedure for the appeal shall be determined by the Sanctioning Authority the Sanctioning Authority may (but is not obliged to):

    • invite submissions by the parties involved.

    • convene a hearing to hear the appeal.

    • permit new evidence; or

    • impose appropriate deadlines.

Any appeal shall not involve a rehearing of the evidence considered by the Management Committee.

  • No appeal can be lodged against a decision taken at an AGM or SGM unless this is on the ground of unconstitutionalconduct.

  • All protests, claims or complaints relating to these Rules and appeals arising from aPlayer’s contract shall be heard and determined by the Management Committee, or a sub-committee duly appointed by the Management Committee. The Clubs or Players protesting, appealing, claiming or complaining must send a copy of such protest, appeal, claim or complaint and deposit a fee (as set out in the Fees Tariff) which shall be forfeited in the event of the protest, appeal,claimorcomplaintnotbeingupheld,andmay,inaddition, be ordered to pay the costs at the direction of the ManagementCommittee.

All such protests, claims, complaints and appeals must be received in writing by the Secretary within fourteen days of the event or decision causing any of these to be submitted.

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

  1. (A) The AGM shall be held not later than June in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least 20 members are present and entitled to vote: -

    • onfirm the minutes of the last AGM.

    • dopt the annual report, balance sheet and statement of accounts from the previous season or accounting period.

    • Election of Clubs to fillvacancies.

    • Constitution of the Competition for the ensuingSeason.

    • Election of Competition Officers and ManagementCommittee members.

    • Appointment ofauditors/verifiers.

    • Alteration of Rules, ifany (see Rule 14).

    • Agree the date for the beginning of the Playing Season and kick off times applicableto the Competition.

    • Agree the date for the end of the Playing Season (save for Regional NLS Feeder League which shall be determined by the FA).

    • Other business of which due notice shall have been given and accepted by the chair as beingrelevant to an AGM.

  • A signed copy of the duly audited/verified balance sheet and statement of accounts shall besenttoSanctioningAuthoritywithin14daysofitsadoptionbytheAGM.

  • Each Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to an AGM. Each Clubshallbeentitledtoonevoteonly.14days’noticeshallbegivenofanyM.

  • Clubs/ Teams who have withdrawn their membership of the Competition during the Playing Season being concluded or who are not continuing membership shall be entitled to attend but shall vote only on matters relating to the Season being concluded.

  • All voting shall be conducted by a show of hands, or count of email or virtual responses (for virtual meetings), unless a ballot be demanded by atleast 50% of the delegates qualified to vote or the Chair sodecides.

  • No individual shall be entitled to vote on behalf of more than one Club.

  • Any continuing Club must be represented at the AGM. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine inaccordancewiththeTariff.

  • Officers of the Competition and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at anAGM.

 

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS

  1. On receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds (2/3) of the Clubs in membership the Secretary shall call an SGM.

The Management Committee may call an SGM at any time.

At least 7 days’ notice shall be given of a meeting under this Rule, together with an agenda of the business to be transacted at such meeting.

Each Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to all SGMs. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only.

Any Club failing to be represented at an SGM shall be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Officers of the Competition and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all SGMs.

 

 AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED

  1. Each Club shall complete and sign the following agreement which shall be deposited with the Competition together with the applicationformembershipforthecomingSeason.

‘We (A) of Chair and (B) of Secretary of the Football Club have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE competition and do hereby agree for and on behalf of the Club to confirm to the Rules and Regulations and to accept, abide by and implement the decisions of the Management Committee, subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 7

The agreement shall be signed:

  • Where a Club is an unincorporated association, by the Club chair and secretary; or

  • Where a Club is an incorporated entity, by two directors of the Club.

Any change of the chair, secretary or Directors of the Club as named on the above agreement must be notified to the Nottinghamshire County Football Association to which the Club is sanctioned and to the Secretary of this Comptetion.

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 

CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP, WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB

  • Notwithstanding the powers of the Management Committee pursuant to Rule 6(I), in the event of a Club failing to discharge all its financial obligations to theCompetition in excess of £50, the Management Committee shall be empowered to refer the debt under The Football Debt Recoveryprovisions.

 

EXCLUSION OF CLUBS, TEAMS. MISCONDUCT OF CLUBS, OFFICERS, PLAYERS, MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

  1.  

  • At the AGM, or at an SGM called for the purpose in accordance with the provisions of Rule 9, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude from further participation in the Competition any Club whose conducthas,intheiropinion,beenundesirable,provided this issupportedbymorethantwo-thirds (2/3) of those present and voting.Voting on this point shall be conducted byballot. A Club whose conduct is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from voting.

  • Any Officer or member of a Club found guilty of either a breach of Rule, other than field offences, or of inducing or attempting to induce a Player or Players of another Club in the Competition to join them shall be liable to such penalty as a General Meeting or Management Committee may decide, and their Club shall also be liable to expulsion in accordance with the provisions of 12.A and/or 12.B of thisRule.

 

13 TROPHY/CUPS

‘We, of and the Chair and Secretary of FC, members of and representing the Club, having been declared winners of Cup or League Competition, having been delivered to us by the Competition representatives, do hereby, on behalf of the Club jointly and severally agree to return to the Competition Secretary by March 1 the following season. If the cup or trophy is lost or damaged whilst under our care, we agree to refund to the Competition the amount of its current value or the cost of its thorough repair.”

Failure to comply will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(B)  At the close of each Competition awards may be made to the winners and runners-up if the funds of the Competition permit.

 

14 ALTERATION TO RULES

  1. Alterations, for which consent has been given by the Sanctioning Authority, shall be made totheseRulesonlyattheAGMoratanSGMspecially convened for the purpose called in accordance with Rule 9.Any alteration made duringthe Playing Season to these Rules shall not take effect until the following PlayingSeason.

Notice of proposed alterations to be considered at the AGM shall be submitted to the Secretary by 6th January in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by 20th January and any amendments to these proposals shall be submitted to the Secretary by 31st January. The proposals and proposed amendments to these proposals shall be circulated to Clubs with the notice of the AGM. A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if two-thirds majority of those present, entitled to vote and voting are in favour.

A copy of the proposed alterations to Rules to be considered at the AGM or SGM shall be submitted to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA (as applicable) at least 28 days prior to the date of the meeting.

 

15 FINANCE

  • The financial year of the Competition will end on 31st March.

    • The accounting records, or a certified balance sheet, of a Competition shall be prepared and shall be annuallybyasuitablyperson(s)whoshallbeappointedattheAGM.

 

16 INSURANCE

  1. (A) All Clubs must have valid Public Liability Insurance cover for a minimum of ten million pounds (£10,000,000) at alltimes.

(B) All Clubs must have valid personal accident cover for all Players registered with them from time to time. The Players’ personal accident insurance cover must be in place prior to the Club taking part in any Competition Match and shall be at least equal to the minimum recommended cover determined from time to time by the Sanctioning Authority. In instances where The FA is the Sanctioning Authority, the minimum recommended cover will be the cover required by the Affiliated Association to which a Club affiliates.

Failure to comply with Rule 16(A) or 16(B) will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 

17 DISSOLUTION

  • In the event of the dissolution of the Competition, the members of the Management Competition.

  • The Management Committee shall deal with any surplus assets asfollows:

    • Any surplus assets, save for a trophy or any other presentation, remaining after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Competition shall be transferred only to another Competition or Affiliated Association or The Football Association BenevolentFundortosuchothercharitableorbenevolentobjectinthelocalityof the Competition as determined by resolution at or before the time of winding up, and approved in writing by the Sanctioning.

 

 

MATCH RELATED RULES

 

18 QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

18.(A)       A Player is one who, being in all other respects eligible, has:

1.  Registered through the Player Registration System and received approval from the Competition, except in the case of a Player who has been registered on the day of a match. For any players registered on the day of a match, a Club Officer must email the Competition with details of the registration [20] hours prior to the scheduled kick off time in order for the player to be eligible to play in that match.  The Player shall not play again in any subsequent match in the Competition until the Club has registered the player through The FA Player Registration system  and  is in possession of the approval from the Competition. A maximum of [50] Players per team may be registered in this manner.

Or

2. signed a fully and correctly completed Competition registration form in ink on a match day prior to playing which is countersigned by an Officer of the Club and witnessed by an Officer of the opposing Club and submitted to the Competition within two days (Sundays excluded) subsequent to the Competition Match. The Player shall not play again on a in a subsequent match in the Competition until the Club has registered the player through The FA Player Registration System and is in possession of the approval from the Competition. A maximum of [50] Players may be registered in this manner.

Any registration that is not fully and correctly completed will be returned to the Club unprocessed and the player classed as unregistered. If a Club attempts to register a player via the Player Registration System but does not fully and correctly complete the necessary information via the Player Registration System, the registration will not be processed.

For Clubs registering Players under Rule 18.A.2. registration forms will be provided in a format to be determined by the Competition.  For Clubs registering Players by the Player Registration System, Clubs must access the Player Registration System in order to complete the registration process.

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 

18.(B)       1.  Contract players are not permitted in this Competition with the exception of those Players who are registered under Contract with the same Club who have a team operating at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System.

2.  It is the responsibility of each Club to ensure that any Player registered to the Club has, where necessary, the required International Transfer Certificate. Clearance is required for any Player aged 10 and over crossing borders including Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

3. Each team must have at least [12] Players registered [7] days before the start of each Playing Season. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

18.(C)       A Player that owes a Football Debt (as defined under the Football Debt Recovery Regulations) shall be permitted to register for a Club but [will/may] be suspended from football activities if the Player does not comply with the terms of the Football Debt Recovery Regulations in respect of that Football Debt. 

18.(D)       A fee as set out in the Fees Tariff shall be paid by each Team for each player registered.

18.(E)       The Management Committee shall decide all registration disputes.

In the event of a player signing a registration form or having a registration submitted for more than one Club/Team, priority of registration shall decide for which Club/Team the Player shall be registered. The Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to register the player of the fact of the previous registration.

 

18.(F)       It shall be a breach of Rule for a Player to: -.

 

  1. Play for more than one Club in the Competition in the same Playing Season without first beingtransferred.

  2. Having registered for one Club in the Competition, register for another Club in the Competition in that Playing Season except for the purpose of a

  3. Submit a signed registration form as per Rule 18A.2 or submit a registration through the player registration system for registration that the Player had willfully neglected to accurately or fullycomplete.

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 

18.(G)     

  1. The Management Committee shall have the power to accept the registrationof any Player subject to the provisions of Rules 18.G.2and 18.G.3below.

  2. The Management Committee shall have power to refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any Player or may fine any Player, at their discretion (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) who has been charged and found guilty of registration irregularities (subject to Rule 7).

  3. The Management Committee shall have power to make application to refuse or cancel the registration of any Player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct(subjecttoRule7)subjecttotherightofappealtotheSanctioning Authority. Application should be made to the parent County of the Club the Player is registered or intending to be registered with.

 

Undesirable conduct shall mean an incident of repeated proven misconduct, which may deter a Participant from being involved in this          Competition.

  1. A Player who has previously had a registration removed in accordance with Rule 18.G.3but has a registration accepted at the expiry of exclusion will be considered to be under a probationary period of 12 months. Whilst under aprobationaryperiod,shouldthePlayercommitafurtheractofprovenmisconduct under the jurisdiction of the Competition, (excluding standard dismissals), the Competition may consider a further charge of bringing the Competition intodisrepute.

(Note: Action under Rule 18.G.3 shall not be taken against a Player for misconduct until the matter has been dealt with by the Sanctioning Authority, and then only in cases of the Player bringing the Competition into disrepute and will in any event be subject to an appeal to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA. All decisions must include the period of restriction. For the purpose of this Rule, bringing the Competition into disrepute can only be considered where the Player has received in excess of 112 days’ suspension, or 10 matches in match based discipline, in any competition (and is not restricted to the Competition) in a period of two years or less from the date of the first offence.)

18 (H)     

       Subject to compliance with FA Rule C2(a) when a Club wishes to register a player who is already registered with another club it shall    submit a transfer notification to the Competition via the Player Registration System. A fee as set out in the Fees Tariff will be required.

 

Such transfer shall be referred by the Competition to the club for which the player is registered. Should this club object to the transfer it should state its objections in writing to the Competition and to the player concerned within 3 days of receipt of the notification. Upon receipt of the club’s consent, or upon its failure to give written objection within 3 days, the Secretary may, on behalf of the Management Committee, transfer the player who shall be deemed eligible to play for the new Club from such date or  [7]  days after receipt of such transfer.

 

In the event of an objection to a transfer the matter shall be referred to the Management Committee for a decision.

 

In the event of a Non Contract Player without a written contract changing his status to that of a Contract Player with the same Club, another Club in the Competition or with a club in another competition their registration as a Non Contract Player will automatically be cancelled and declared void unless the Club conforms to the exception detailed in Rule 18.B.1.

18 (I)

A Player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after 16th March except by special permission of the Management Committee.

18 (J)

                  Registrations are valid for one playing season only.

18 (K)

A Player shall not be eligible to play for a Team in any special championship, promotion or relegation deciding Competition Match (as specified in Rule 22.A unless the Player has played 3 Competition Matches for that Team in the current Playing Season.

18 (L)       A Team shall not include more than 3 Players who have taken part in any senior competition matches during the current Playing Season unless a period of 21 days has elapsed since they last played.

For the purpose of this Rule a senior competition(s) is any League above. Reserve team of clubs playing at step 6 or above of

the national league system may include no more than two (2) in a reserve team who are registered as contract players with the parent club and must have signed a registration form with the NSL.

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 

18 (M)

 

 

 

  1. Where a Club is found to have played an ineligible Player in accordance with Rule 18.M.1 above, the Management Committee may also, at itsdiscretion:

    • Award the points available in the Competition Match in question to the opponents, subject to the Competition Match not being ordered to bereplayed; or

    • Levy penalty points against the Club in default;or

    • Order that such Competition Match or Matches be replayed (on such terms as are decided by the ManagementCommittee).

18 (N)

                  The following clause applies to Competitions involving Players in full-time secondary education: -

 

  1. Priority must be given at all times to activities of schools and school organisations. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

  2. The availability of children and young people must be cleared with the Head Teachers or Principles forSundayleagues competitions).

  3. To play open age football the player must have achieved the age of 16.

18 (O)

A Player who has played for a Team in the higher division 15 times or more shall not in that Playing Season be eligible to play in a lower division except by permission of the Management Committee.

 

19 CLUB COLOURS 

19 (A)

  • Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by who shall decide as to theirsuitability.

  • Any team changing its colours during the Playing Season must notify the Competition Secretary immediately.

  • Goalkeepers must wear colours which distinguish them from all other Players and the Match Officials.

  • No Player, including the goalkeeper, shall be permitted to wear black or very dark shirts.

  • Any Team not being able to play in its normal colours as registered with the Competition shall notify its opponents the colours in which they will play (including the colours of the goalkeeper’s jersey) at least 5 days before the Competition Match.

  • Shirts must benumbered, failing which a fine will be levied in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 

20 PLAYING SEASON.  CONDITIONS OF PLAY, TIMES OF KICK-OFF.  POSTPONEMENTS. SUBSTITUTES

20 (A)

All Competition Matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board.

Clubs must take all reasonable precautions to keep their Grounds in a playable condition. All Competition Matches shall be played on pitches deemed suitable by the Management Committee. If through any fault of the home Team a match has to be replayed, the Management Committee shall have power to order the venue to be changed.

The Management Committee shall have power to decide whether a pitch and/or facility are suitable for Competition Matches and to order the Club concerned to play its Competition Match(es) on another ground.

Football Turf Pitches (3G) are allowed in this Competition provided they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA’s Register of Football Turf Pitches. All Football Turf Pitches used must be tested (by a FIFA accredited test institute) every three years and the results passed to the FA. The FA will give a decision on the suitability for use and add the pitch to the Register.

The home Club is also responsible for advising Participants of footwear requirements when confirming match arrangements in accordance with Rule 20(C).

Within the National League System (“NLS”) all Competition Matches shall have a duration of 90 minutes. All Competition Matches outside of the NLS shall have duration of 90 minutes unless a shorter time (not less than sixty (60) minutes) is mutually arranged by the two Clubs in consultation with the referee prior to the commencement of the match, and in any event shall be of equal halves. Two matches involving the same two Teams can be played on the same day providing the total playing time is not more than 120 minutes.

The times of kick-off shall be agreed at the AGM and can only be altered by the mutual consent of the two competing Clubs and the competition. Referees must order matches to commence at the appointed time and must report all late starts to the Competition.

The home Team must provide goal nets, corner flags and at least two footballs fit for play required standard. Sponsor’s match balls must be used at all fixtures.  The referee shall make a report to the Competition if not provided. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 

20 (B)

Except by permission of the Management Committee all Competition Matches must be played on thedates originally agreed but priority shall be given to The FA and parent County Association Cup Competitions. All other matches must be considered secondary. Clubs may mutually agree to bring forward a Competition match with the consent of the Competition. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 In the case of a revised fixture date, the Clubs must be given by the Competition 5 clear days’ notice of the match (unless otherwise                    mutually agreed).

 

20 (C)

An Officer of the home Club must give notice of full particulars of the location of, and access to, the Ground and time of kick-off to the Match Officials and an Officer of the opposing Club at least 5 clear days prior to the playing of the match. If not so provided, the away Club shall seek such details and report the circumstances to the Competition. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

 

20 (D)

In accordance with the Laws of the Game, the minimum number of Players which will constitute a Team for a Competition Match is 7.

 

20(E)

        

  1. Any Club unable to fulfil a fixture or where a Competition Match has been postponed for any reason must, without delay, give notice to the Competition, the Fixture secretary, the Results Officers, the secretary of the opposing Club and the MatchOfficials.

  2. In the event of a Competition Match not being played or abandoned owing to causes over which neither Club has control, it should be played in its entirety on a date to be mutuallyagreedbythetwoClubsandapprovedbytheManagementCommittee. Failing such agreement and notification to the () Secretary within 8 days the Management Committee shall have the power to order the Competition Match to be played on a named date or on or before a given date. Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and the Clubs involved agree,the Management Committee shall also be empowered to order the score at the time of an abandonment to stand. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

  3. The Management Committee shall review all Competition Matches abandoned in caseswhere it is consequent upon the conduct of either or both Where it is totheadvantageoftheCompetitionanddoesnoinjusticetoeitherClub,the Management Committee shall order the score at the time of the abandonment to stand. In all cases where the Management Committee are satisfied that a Match was abandoned owing to the conduct of one Team or its Club member(s) they shall award the points for the Match to the opponent. In cases where a Match has been abandoned owing to the conduct of both Teams or their Club member(s), the Management Committee shall rule that neither Team will be awarded any points for that Match and it shall not be replayed. No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned Match.

The Management Committee shall review any Match that has taken place where either or both Teams were under a suspension imposed upon them by The FA or Affiliated Association. In each case the Team that was under suspension would be dealt with in the same manner as if they had participated with ineligible players in accordance with Rule 18(N) above. Where both Teams were under suspension the game must be declared null and void and shall not be replayed.

 

20 (F)

A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use substitute Players in any Competition Match. A Club may name up to 5 substitute Players of whom not more than 3 may be used.

The referee shall be informed of the names of the substitute Players not later than 30 minutes before the start of the Competition Match and a Player not so named may not take part in that Competition Match.

The club/team manager that is named on the team sheet must meet with the referee and opposition 30 minutes prior to kick-off.  Team-sheets must be in CLEAR BLOCK PRINT. The official team sheet will be given to the referee and exchanged with the opposition.  All players are only to wear the numbers that are entered on the official team sheet (1-11), no squad numbers shall be used. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

A Player who has been named as a substitute before the start of the Competition Match but does not actually play in that game shall not be considered to have been a Player in that Competition Match within the meaning of Rule 18 of this Competition.

 

20 (G)

The half time interval shall be of 15 minutes’ duration, but it shall not exceed 15 minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee.

20 (H)

The Teams taking part in a Competition Match shall identify a Team captain who shall wear an armband and shall have a responsibility to offer support in the management of the on-field discipline of his/her teammates.  Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

All home clubs playing in the Premier Division must produce a match day programme for all league and cup games and make a charge which they consider appropriate. It will be A4 in size consisting of at least 3 double sided pages which will include details of the visiting club, match officials and the league sponsor. A copy must be sent to the designated person within three working days of the game. All away teams will supply full details as requested to the home team by the Tuesday prior to a Saturday fixture in assisting in the production of this programme. Any team failing to produce and submit either are liable to a fine not exceeding £20

 

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21 REPORTING RESULTS

21 (A)

The Competition must receive within 3days of the date played, the result of each Competition Match in the prescribed manner by entry on the Full Time System.  This must include the forename(s) and surname of the Team Players (in block letters) and also the referee markings required by Rule 23, or any other information required by the Competition. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

21 (B)

The Home Club shall SMS/FA Full Time/FA Matchday App notify the result of each Competition Match to the Results secretary by 5.15pm on Saturdays (9.15pm for evening matches) of the match score, along with the full names of the goal scorers. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

22 DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP

22 (A)

Team rankings within the Competition will be decided by points with three points to be awarded for a win and one point for a drawn Competition Match. The Teams gaining the highest number of points in their respective divisions at the end of the Playing Season shall be adjudged the winners. Competition Matches must not be played for double points.

In the event of two or more Teams being equal on points at the end of the Playing Season, rankings shall be determined by goal difference (where the goals scored against each Team shall be deducted from the goals scored by that Team and the Team with the most favorable goal difference shall be placed highest).

In the event of two or more Teams still being equal, the Team which has scored the most goals during the Playing Season shall be placed highest.

In the event of two or more Teams still being equal, the Team that has won the most matches during the Playing Season shall be placed highest.

In the event of two or more Teams still being equal, the Team which has the better playing record against the other Team in their head to head Competition Matches during the Playing Season will be placed highest.

 

If the records of two or more Teams are still equal and it is necessary for any reason to determine the position of each then the Teams affected shall play a deciding match or matches under conditions as determined by the Management Committee.

22 (B)

Automatic promotion shall be applied for the first 2 Teams and automatic relegation shall be applied for the last 2 Teams in each division except as provided for below, subject to the provisions of Rule 2(L).

  1. Vacancies occurring after the conclusion of the Playing Season may be filled in any of the followingways:

    • retention of otherwise relegatedTeam(s); or

    • additional promotion of the next ranked Team(s) from the divisionbelow; or

  2. The last 2 Teams in the lowest division shall retire, but be eligible for re-election exceptasbelow,andbesubjecttotheconditionsofRule 22.B.1

  3. When a senior Team is relegated to a lower division of which its reserve Team is a member, or entitled to be a member, such reserve Team must accept relegation to, or retain its position in, the next lower division; and should the senior Team be relegated to the lowest division its reserve Team automatically retires from the Competition.

  4. Should either or both of the leading Teams in any of the divisions have its senior Team in the next higher division, promotion shall fall, at the discretion of the General Meeting, to the next highest Team or Teams in the divisionconcerned.

22 (D)

In the event of a Team withdrawing from the Competition before completing 75% of its fixtures for the Playing Season all points obtained by or recorded against such defaulting Team shall be expunged from the Competition table. For the purposes of this Rule 22(D) a completed fixture shall include any Competition Match(es) which has been awarded by the Management Committee.

 

  1. MATCH OFFICIALS

23(A)

Registered referees (and assistant referees where approved by The FA or County FA) for all Competition Matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the Sanctioning Authority.

23 (B)

1.               In the event of the non-appearance of the appointed referee the appointed senior assistant referee shall take charge and a substitute assistant referee appointed by the competing Teams.

2.               In cases where there are no officially appointed Match Officials in attendance, the Clubs shall agree upon a referee. An individual thus agreed upon shall, for that Competition Match, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered referee. Individuals under the age of 16 must not participate either as a referee or assistant referee in any Competition Match.

23 (C)

Where assistant referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club assistant referee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

The appointed referee shall have power to decide as to the fitness of the Ground in all Competition Matches and that decision shall be final, subject to the determination of the Local Authority or the owners of a Ground, which must be accepted.

23 (E)      

Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the Sanctioning Authority, Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be paid a match fee in accordance with the Fees Tariff.

Referee (Premier Division) = £40

Assistants = £ 27

Referee (Divisions One, Two and Foundation) = £32, if assistants are appointed by the league, they receive £15.

There will be no expenses.  Matches where three officials are requested will be treated the same as the Premier Division.

No local agreements between clubs and match officials can be made.

Match Officials will be paid their fees by the home Club before/immediately after the Competition Match. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

23 (F)

In the event of a Competition Match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to full fee. Where a Competition Match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club shall be ordered to pay the Match Officials, if they attend the Ground, their full fee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

23 (G)

A referee not keeping his or her engagement and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, may be reported to the Affiliated Association with which he or she is registered.  

 

23 (H)

Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by the FA, award marks to the referee for each Competition Match and the name of the referee and the marks awarded shall be submitted to the Competition on the prescribed form provided. Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine.

23 (I)

The Competition shall keep a record of the markings and, on the form provided by the prescribed date each Season, shall submit a summary to The County FA.

 

23 (J)

The referee shall submit a report form, supplied by the Competition, giving the result of the Competition Match, the number of Players in each Team and the time of kick-off to the (Registration) Secretary within two days of the Competition Match.

23 (K)

Match Officials shall be supplied, each season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.

23 (L)

Match Officials shall comply with the provisions of any initiatives of The FA and/or Sanctioning Authority adopted by the Competition

 

 

24. LEAGUE CUP COMPETITIONS

  • There shall be two Cup Competitions – A Senior League Cup, Intermediatory and Junior League Cup.

  • The Competitions proper will begin in September, and matches must be completed on the appointed day.

  • Matches will involve extra time and a penalty shoot-out in line with Nottinghamshire FA prescriptions.

  • Any player having taken part in the Senior Cup cannot, in the same season, play in the Reserve League Cup.

  • All players must be fully registered 7 days before playing in any Cup game. If a Club includes a player who is not fully registered or ineligible for any reason, it will be automatically removed from the competition. There are no grounds for appeal to the NSL Management Committee or the Nottinghamshire FA. Dual registered players will not be allowed to play in Semi-Finals or Finals unless they have played in two previous rounds or four league games prior to the original date of the fixture.

  • Semi-Finals and Finals may be evening matches. The Final will be played on a neutral ground determined by the Management Committee.

  • Any cup match that is postponed must be played on the following Saturday, unless otherwise determined by the Fixture Secretary.

  • A player who has played in a Senior Cup match in a higher league is not eligible to play in either NSL League Cup.

  • All cup fixtures for a home club without floodlights shall kick off 30 minutes earlier than the normal league kick off time to allow for extra time and penalties leading up to the semifinal stage.

 

25. TECHNICAL AREAS

  • The Technical Area extends 1m on either side of the designated seating area and extends forward up to a distance of 1m from the touchline. The designated seating should be a minimum of 6m wide. Only 8 people will be allowed in the Technical Area. All occupants of the Technical Area should be identified before the beginning of the match in accordance with the Competition Rules. Only one person at a time is authorised to convey tactical instructions and he/she must return to his/her position after giving these instructions. Technical Areas must be clearly delineated with white lines. All technical areas to be inside the ropes, the front edge must be at least 1 meter from the touchline.

  • Only eight (8) people will be allowed in the technical area. All occupants in the technical area shall be involved in the game as substitutes, coach and physio. No children, females (unless a coach or physio) or other spectators shall be allowed in the technical area.

  • • 5 substitutes •

  • 1 Manager permitted to convey instructions and then return to his seat •

  • 1 Assistant manager •

  • 1 Physio

  • Any breach of these rules will be reported by the match official(s) after the game

  • In all divisions the pitches shall be roped off entirely. The ropes being at least four feet from the boundary lines. Only Assistant Referees are allowed inside the ropes. It shall be deemed an offence for any person to leave the technical area

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY STATEMENT

 

1.1 This policy is intended to help member clubs, officials and registered players make appropriate decisions about the use of social media such as blogs, wikis, social networking websites, podcasts, forums, message boards, or comments on web articles, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or any other social media website

 

1.2 This policy outlines the standards required of member clubs, officials and registered players when using social media, the circumstances in which the League Management Committee will monitor use of social media and the action that may be taken in respect of breaches of this policy

 

Who is covered by the Policy

 

2.1 This policy covers all member clubs, officials and registered players including social media feeds identified as the clubs official account

 

2.2 Third parties who have access to the member clubs’ social media feeds are also required to comply with this policy.

 

 

Scope of the Policy

 

3.1 All member clubs, officials and registered players are expected to comply with this policy at all times to protect the privacy, confidentiality, and interests of The Nottinghamshire Senior League

3.2 This policy deals with the use of all forms of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, all other forms of social networking sites, all other internet postings, including blogs

3.3 The policy applies to the use of social media for both club and personal Breach of this policy may be dealt with under The Nottinghamshire Senior League’s Disciplinary Procedure

 

Rules for use of social media for club purposes

 

4.1 Always write in the first person and identify who you are and or which club you are associated with

4.2 Do not upload, post, forward a link to any abusive, obscene, discriminatory, harassing, derogatory or defamatory content

4.3 Be honest and open, but be mindful of the impact your contribution might make to the people’s perceptions of The Nottinghamshire Senior League. If you make a mistake in a contribution, be prompt in admitting it and correcting it

4.4 Do not post, upload or forward a link to derogatory or defamatory posts or gossip that are either of an inappropriate nature and / or could cause offence to an individual and / or could bring The Nottinghamshire Senior League into disrepute

4.5 You are personally responsible for content you publish into social media tools – be aware that what you publish will be public for many years

4.6 Do not escalate heated discussions. Try to be conciliatory, respectful and quote facts to lower the temperature and correct misrepresentations. Never contribute to a discussion if you are angry or upset, return to it later when you can contribute in a calm and rational manner

4.7 Always consider others’ privacy and avoid discussing topics that may be inflammatory e.g. performance, attitude or personal behaviour

4.8 Do not discuss colleagues, competitors, or officials without their prior approval

4.9 For those authorized to do so as part of their role within a club, activity on social media websites should complement and / or support your club, colleagues, officials and The Nottinghamshire Senior League, and should be used appropriately

Any communications that member clubs, officials and registered players make in a personal capacity through social media must comply with the League’s policies and must not:

• Bring the Nottinghamshire Senior League into disrepute, for example by:

• Criticising or arguing other clubs, colleagues or officials

• Making defamatory comments about other clubs, colleagues or officials

OR

• Do anything that could be considered discriminatory against, or bullying or harassment of any individual, for example by:

• Making offensive or derogatory comments relating to sex, gender reassignment, race (including nationality), disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief or age

• Using social media to bully another individual (such as a player or official or another club or Match Official)

OR

• Posting images that are discriminatory or offensive (or links to such content)

 

Misuse of social media websites can, in certain circumstances, constitute a criminal offence or otherwise give rise to legal liability against you, your club or The Nottinghamshire Senior League. It may also cause embarrassment to member clubs, officials and registered players

Where evidence of misuse is found The Nottinghamshire Senior League may undertake a more detailed investigation in accordance with its Disciplinary

Procedure, involving the examination and disclosure of Social Media postings, if necessary, such information may be handed to the Police in connection with a criminal investigation.

Bringing the Nottinghamshire Senior League into disrepute through misuse or misrepresentation will be dealt with in accordance with league rules and Disciplinary Procedures through the parent County FA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE A

 

FEES TARIFF

RULE NUMBER

DESCRIPTION

MAXIMUM FEE

4 (A)

CLUB ENTRY FEE

£25.00

4 (B)

CLUB/TEAM ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

£90.00

4 (C)

DEPOSIT

£50.00

7 (C), 7 (E), 7(G)

PROTEST/APPEAL FEES

£25.00

18 (D)

PLAYER REGISTRATION FEE PER TEAM

£0.50

18 (H)

TRANSFER FEE

£0.50

23 (E)

REFEREE FEES PREM DIVISION

£40.00

23 (E)

REFEREE OTHER DIVISIONS

£32.00

23 (E)

ASSISTANT REFEREE FEES

£27.00

23 (E)

ASSISTANTS appointed by league in division 1 & 2

£15.00

 

FINES TARIFF

RULE NUMBER

DESCRIPTION

MAXIMUM FINE

2 (G)

FAILURE TO AFFILIATE

£20.00

2 (I)

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH FA INITIATIVES

£20.00

2 (K)

UNAUTHORISED ENTRY OF TEAMS INTO COMPETITIONS

£25.00

3

FAILURE TO OBTAIN CONSENT FOR A CHANGE OF CLUB NAME

£25.00

4 (C)

FAILURE TO PAY A DEPOSIT

£10.00

4(E)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE AFFILIATION NUMBER/DETAILS FORM

£20.00

5(E)

COMMUNICATIONS CONDUCTED BY PERSONS OTHER THAN NOMINATED OFFICERS

£10.00

6 (H)

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN INSTRUCTION OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

£20.00

6 (I)

FAILURE TO PAY A FINE WITHIN REQUIRED TIMEFRAME

£50.00

8 (H)

FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT AGM

£25.00

9

FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT SGM

£25.00

10

FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT OR TO NOTIFY CHANGES TO SIGNATORIES

£20.00

11(A)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL BEFORE 31ST MARCH

£500.00

11 (B)

FAILURE TO COMMENCE/COMPLETE FIXTURES

£500.00

13 (A)

FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE TROPHY

£10.00

16(A)

FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE

£25.00

16(B)

FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED PLAYER INSURANCE

£25.00

18 (A)

FAILURE TO CORRECTLY REGISTER A PLAYER

£25.00

18 (B) (ii)

FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PLAYERS PRIOR TO THE SEASON COMMENCING

£20.00

18 (F)

REGISTERING OR PLAYING FOR MULTIPLE CLUBS, OR INACCURATE COMPLETION OF A REGISTRATION FORM

£20.00

18 (G)(ii)

REGISTRATION IRREGULARITIES

£25.00

18 (M)

FIELDING MORE THAN THE PERMITTED NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN SENIOR COMPETITIONS MATCHES

£25.00

18 (N)

PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER

£100.00

18(O)

FAILURE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

£10.00

19

DELAYING KICK OFF DUE TO NO CHANGE OF COLOURS

£20.00

19

FAILURE TO NUMBER SHIRTS

£20.00

20(A)

DELAYING KICK OFF DUE TO FAILURE TO PROVIDE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

£20.00

20 (B)

FAILURE TO PLAY MATCHES ON THE DATE FIXED

£100.00

20 (C)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF A FIXTURE

£30.00

20 (D)

PLAYING MATCH WITH LESS THAN REQUIRED NUMBER OF PLAYERS

£10.00 per player

20 (E) (i) & (iv)

FAILURE TO PLAY FIXTURE

£100.00

20 (F)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE TEAM SHEET BEFORE GAME

£20.00

20 (H)

NO CAPTAIN’S ARMBAND

£20.00

20 (I)

FAILIURE TO PRODUCE AND SUBMIT MATCH DAY PROGRAMME

£20.00

21 (A)

LATE RESULT NOTIFICATION FORM (full time)

£50.00

21 (B)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE RESULT

£25.00

23 (C)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE CLUB ASSISTANT REFEREE

£10.00

23 (E)

FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS’ FEES AND EXPENSES

£10.00

23 (F)

FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS WHERE A MATCH IS NOT PLAYED

£20.00

23 (H)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE REFEREE’S MARK

£15.00

25

FAILURE TO ADHERE TO TECHNICAL AREA RULES

£20.00

 

 

 

 

Nottinghamshire Senior League

Marking of Match Officials

 

The objective of the information below is to enable club secretaries to accurately mark the performance of their matchday referee. Previously it has become apparent that inexperienced referees are being directly compared against more experienced colleagues and clearly this is incorrect. The NSL operates with three “grades” of referees levels 5/6/7 and the major difference between the grades will be experience, an average performance should merit a mark of 71/100.

This section gives some guidance as to what the person responsible for marking the referee should be looking for.

1. Application of Law

Level 7 is able to

 Know when and how to start / stop the game

 Differentiate between penal and technical offences

 Recognise when to take action regarding Sending Off / Caution /Misconduct. IF a player deserves to be sent off and the referee fails to act accordingly, he has not done his job competently, and whilst this may benefit your club, he has been paid for a service he clearly hasn’t delivered, and that is to apply the laws of association football fairly and accurately.

Level 6 is able to demonstrate all of the above, plus

 Use the correct caution/dismissal manner & procedures

 Achieves desired effect through: being calm, courteous and confident;

 Appropriately manages, offensive, insulting and abusive language & gestures, dissent (responded to in context of the comment)

 Distinguish between types of challenges (careless-reckless-excessive force)

 Recognise offside accurately, Exceptions in law recognised

 Apply the laws consistently, having set appropriate standard, is this maintained

Level 5 is able to demonstrate all of the above, plus

 Deal with Serious Foul Play / Violent Conduct / Denial of an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity, Mass confrontation, has the instigator and anyone escalating the situation been identified? Is the situation defused and the desired outcome achieved with the game restarted correctly?

 Determine & appropriately deal with persistent misconduct, having spoken to a player is appropriate action taken at further offences

 Recognise offside and implications of passive / active play

 Are Assistant Referee indications responded to automatically without consideration of the flow of the game?

 Is the referee in contact with play, and in a position to correctly distinguish between holding and impeding with the correct restart?

 Correctly manage the occupants of the Technical Area where they exist

 Are the LOAF/Regulations/Competition rules managed accurately?

 Are substitutes managed, including warm up?

2. Positioning-fitness-work rate

Level 7 is able to

 Face play at all times

 Display a commitment and willingness to be involved in the game

 Demonstrate movement around the field of play utilising the use of time when play has stopped; also move toward the location when an offence has been detected and awarded.

Level 6 is able to demonstrate all of the above, plus

 Obtain reasonable viewing positions with the Assistant Attached to a Club in view:

 Did the referee utilise time effectively when the ball was out of play to obtain the best viewing angle

 Maintain activity throughout the game:

 Obtain credible distances from play:

Level 5 is able to demonstrate all of the above, plus

 Anticipate open play

 Adopt a position to detect or prevent offences, Side on view (at 9/5 challenges etc)

 Right place/Right time

 Display a willingness to go the extra yard

 Demonstrate an ability to change pace

3. Alertness and awareness (includes management of stoppages)

Level 7 is able to

 Display concentration and awareness within open play

 Restart the game correctly and with a reasonable degree of accuracy in positioning

 Be prepared to manage injury situations appropriately

Level 6 is able to demonstrate all of the above, plus

 Display concentration and awareness of all matters both on and off the field of play

 Understanding the skill level of players

 Act decisively

 Accurately keep time (including correct allowance for stoppages)

Level 5 is able to demonstrate all of the above, plus

 Be proactive and not reactive

 Utilise the trailing eye

 Manage injuries

 Manage substitutions

 Managing time wasting/delay to restart

4. Communication

Level 7 is able to

 Signals, Are they made, too little, too often; at appropriate time and made so that everyone is in no doubt of the ownership of the next phase of play

 Use a whistle audibly.

Level 6 is able to demonstrate all of the above, plus

 Signals, Clear differentiation between direct / indirect free kicks and directional indication. Straight arm for indirect free kick held appropriately

 Vary the tone of the whistle appropriately

 Restart the game correctly

 Appears confident, moves purposefully around the field of play and has a friendly smile; enjoying themselves

Level 5 is able to demonstrate All of the above, and

 Utilise preventative communication

 Converse with players, in a calm manner

5. Teamwork

Level 7 is able to

 Make effective use of Assistants Attached to a Club, provide instructions to obtain support to aid control

 Give appropriate pre-match instructions to Assistants Attached to a Club

Level 6 is able to demonstrate All of the above, plus

 Acknowledge and overrule as appropriate

Level 5 is able to demonstrate All of the above, plus

 Show appropriate support for Assistant Referee Attached to a club or Assistant Referee where appointed

 Demonstrate some team leadership skills

6. Advantage

Level 7 is able to

 demonstrate when advantage is being played

Level 6 is able to demonstrate All of the above, plus

 Use the correct arm signal supported by the voice when playing an advantage

 Demonstrates recognition of when to play advantage

Level 5 is able to demonstrate All of the above, plus

 Carefully/correctly select’s when to play advantage

7. Overall match control

Level 7 is able to

 Display involvement at an accurate level for the game

Level 6 is able to demonstrate All of the above, plus

 Display actions to gain respect from the players

 Display the appropriate level of concentration

 Effect correct & successful control of the game and is proactive in doing so

Level 5 is able to demonstrate All of the above, plus

 Display the relevant level of tolerance.

 Approach players correctly and deal with them using a positive attitude/Body language.

 Manage major issues.

 Identify the mood/temperature of the game.

 Inspire respect from the players.

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