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The FA and Devon County FA Rules and Guidelines

The Football Association

A Code of Conduct for Football

Football is the national game. All those involved with the game at every level and whether as a player, match official, coach, owner or administrator, have a responsibility, above and beyond compliance with the law, to act according to the highest standards of integrity, and to ensure that the reputation of the game is, and remains, high. This code applies to all those involved in football under the auspices of The Football Association.

Community

Football, at all levels, is a vital part of a community. Football will take into account community feeling when making decisions.

Equality

Football is opposed to discrimination of any form and will promote measures to prevent it, in whatever form, from being expressed.

Participants

Football recognises the sense of ownership felt by those who participate at all levels of the game. This includes those who play, those who coach or help in any way, and those who officiate, as well as administrators and supporters. Football is committed to appropriate consultation.

Young People

Football acknowledges the extent of its influence over young people and pledges to set a positive example.

Propriety

Football acknowledges that public confidence demands the highest standards of financial and administrative behaviour within the game, and will not tolerate corruption or improper practices.

Trust and Respect

Football will uphold a relationship of trust and respect between all involved in the game, whether they are individuals, clubs or other organisations.

Violence

Football rejects the use of violence of any nature by anyone involved in the game.

Fairness

Football is committed to fairness in its dealings with all involved in the game.

 

Integrity and Fair Play

Football is committed to the principle of playing to win consistent with Fair Play.

 

 

Safeguarding Children

Policy and Procedures

THE ASSOCIATION’S SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN POLICY

Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football, thus every club is required to endorse and adhere to The Association’s Safeguarding Children policy.

The FA recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. The FA is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all children and young people to participate in the sport to the best of their abilities for as long as they choose to do so. The Safeguarding Children Policy is supported by The FA’s Respect programme to address verbal abuse and bullying of youngsters by parents and coaches on the sidelines. The Association’s Safeguarding Children policy principles are that:

  • the child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
  • all children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, faith or sexual orientation
  • all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents and carers is essential.

The FA is committed to working in partnership with the Police, Children’s Services Departments, and Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) in accordance with their procedures. This is essential to enable these organisations to carry out their statutory duties to investigate concerns and protect all children and young people.

The Association’s Safeguarding Children Policy is in response to government legislation and guidance, developed to safeguard the welfare and development of children and young people.

THE ASSOCIATION’S SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN REGULATIONS

PREAMBLE

This Preamble is provided for guidance. If there is any inconsistency between the Preamble and the operative parts of the Safeguarding Children Regulations below, the operative parts shall prevail.

As set out in The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children Policy, The Association is committed to safeguarding children within football and has Case Management procedures in place to assess the suitability of individuals to be involved with children in football.

In assessing that suitability, children’s welfare is the paramount consideration.

Towards this, The Association has the power under the Safeguarding Children Regulations to issue a suspension where any one or more of the following applies:-

  1. The individual fails to comply with any part of The Association’s Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Process;
  2. The individual has been barred by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) from engaging in regulated activity relating to children;
  3. The individual has been disqualified from working with children under the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000;
  4. The individual is subject to any other restriction to their involvement with children due to an order made pursuant to statute;
  5. The individual has been convicted of, or made the subject of a caution for, an “Offence” defined in paragraph 1 of the Regulations;
  6. Following a risk assessment, The Association is satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the individual poses or may pose a risk of harm to children.

 

GENERAL

  1. (a) In these Regulations the expression “Offence” shall mean any one or more of the offences contained in the Schedules of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 and any other criminal offence which reasonably causes The Association to believe that the person accused of the offence poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children.

(b) Where any case is referred to the Safeguarding Review Panel pursuant to these Regulations, it shall be considered by the Panel on the basis of written material only. No party shall be permitted to attend to address the Safeguarding Review Panel.

THE ASSOCIATION’S CRB PROCESS

  1. All persons applying for or currently in such positions that The Association deems relevant whose duties include regularly caring for, training, supervising or being in charge of children, must comply with the requirements of The Association’s CRB process. These requirements are:–

(i) To obtain an FA Enhanced CRB Disclosure; and

(ii) To provide any such further detail, explanation or clarification of any or all part or parts of that Enhanced Disclosure, or any matter revealed by it, as may be required by The Association; and

(iii) Where required, to provide at least two references that attest to their suitability to be involved in youth football. The spouse or partner of the person subject to this requirement cannot act as a referee for this purpose. Any reference provided by a spouse or partner will not be accepted; and

(iv) To comply with each of the requirements set out in regulations (i) – (iii) above

 

within any such time limit as The Association may stipulate.

Any person who fails to comply with any of the requirements set out in sub-paragraphs (i) – (iv) above shall be subject to an immediate suspension from football activity, on such terms and for such period as The Association may stipulate.

INTERIM SUSPENSION ORDERS

  1. Upon receipt by The Association of:

3.1 Notification that an individual has been charged with an Offence; or

3.2 Notification that an individual is the subject of an investigation by the Police, Children’s Services or any other authority relating to an Offence; or

3.3 Any other information which causes The Association reasonably to believe that a person poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children.

The Association shall have the power to order that the individual be suspended from all or any specific football activity for such a period and on such terms and conditions as it deems appropriate. Such suspensions will be issued by the Case Manager or his/her nominee. The initial notification of any such suspension sent to an individual shall set out the right of appeal contained in Regulation 6 below.

  1. In determining whether an order under regulation 3 should be made, the Case Manager or his/her nominee shall give consideration, inter alia, to the following factors:-

4.1 Whether a child is or children are or may be at risk of harm;

4.2 Whether the matters are of a serious nature;

4.3 Whether an order is necessary or desirable to allow the conduct of any investigation by The Association or any other authority or body to proceed unimpeded having regard to the need for any suspension order to be proportionate.

All such suspension orders will be reviewed at the next meeting of The Association’s Safeguarding Review Panel. The Panel may ratify, modify or remove any such suspension, or make any other order in relation to that suspension as it deems appropriate.

  1. The total period of an order referred to in Regulation 3 above shall not last beyond the final determination of any related case under the Rules of The Association.
  2. Any individual subject to a suspension order under Regulation 3 may appeal against it once the period of three months from the imposition of the suspension order by the Case Manager/nominee has elapsed.
  3. Such appeals shall be considered by the Safeguarding Review Panel. At least one member of any Panel considering an appeal shall not have been a member of any Panel which conducted the initial review, under Regulation 4 above, of the suspension order being appealed.
  4. To bring an appeal under Regulation 6, the individual must give notice in writing to the Case Manager/nominee, requesting such an appeal. The individual may submit any written material in support of the appeal. Such material must be submitted within 14 days of giving such notice or it may not be considered by the Safeguarding Review Panel.
  5. The Safeguarding Review Panel shall consider all written material submitted by the individual requesting the appeal and in support of that appeal. The Case Manager/nominee may also submit any written material for consideration by the Panel.
  6. On considering an appeal, the Safeguarding Review Panel shall have the power to make any order in relation to the interim suspension order as it deems appropriate, including ratifying, modifying or removing it. The Panel shall also have power to make any order in relation to the conduct of the appeal proceedings as it deems appropriate, including requiring more information from either the individual or the Case Manager/nominee.
  7. Any appeal under Regulation 6 shall be heard by the Safeguarding Review Panel at the

earliest opportunity, following the receipt of notice in writing and any written material in support of the appeal from the individual.

  1. Where an order is imposed on an individual under Regulation 3 above, The Association shall bring and conclude any proceedings under the Rules of The Association against the person relating to the matters as soon as reasonably practicable.

SUSPENSION FOLLOWING ISA BAR OR DISQUALIFICATION FROM WORKING WITH CHILDREN

  1. Where any individual is –

(i) Barred from regulated activity relating to children in accordance with section 3 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006; and/or

(ii) Disqualified from working with children in accordance with section 35 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000,

The Association shall have the power to order that the individual be suspended immediately from all or any specific football activity for such a period and on such terms and conditions as it sees fit. Any such suspension order shall be issued by the Case Manager or his/her nominee. All such suspension orders shall be reviewed at the next meeting of The Association’s Safeguarding Review Panel. The Panel may ratify modify or remove any such suspension, or make any other order in relation to that suspension as it deems appropriate.

ORDER FOLLOWING CONVICTION OR CAUTION

  1. The Association’s Safeguarding Review Panel shall have the power to make any order in respect of any person convicted of, or made the subject of a caution in respect of, an Offence, including but not limited to a suspension from all or any specific football activity for such period (including indefinitely) and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit. Before making any order under this Regulation, the Panel shall consider all information gathered in respect of a Participant pursuant to The Association’s CRB process under Regulation 2 above.

ORDER FOLLOWING ANY ORDER MADE PURSUANT TO STATUTE RESTRICTING INVOLVEMENT WITH CHILDREN

  1. The Association’s Safeguarding Review Panel shall have the power to make any order in respect of any person made the subject of an order issued pursuant to statute restricting their involvement with children. The Panel’s powers shall include but not be limited to a suspension from all or any specific football activity for such period (including indefinitely) and on such terms and conditions as it deems appropriate.

ORDER FOLLOWING RISK ASSESSMENT

  1. In addition to The Association’s powers under Regulations 3, 13, 14 and 15 The Association’s Safeguarding Review Panel shall have the power to make any order that it deems appropriate, including but not limited to an order that any individual be suspended from all or any specific football activity for such period and on such terms and conditions as it considers appropriate, where it is satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the individual poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children.
  2. Cases may be referred to the Safeguarding Review Panel in order to seek an order under Regulation 16 above by the Case Manager or his/her nominee where the Case Manager/nominee decides that there is reasonable cause to suspect grounds for concern about an individual’s continued participation in football activity involving a child or children.
  3. The Case Manager/nominee shall reach this decision on the basis of a risk assessment of that individual’s suitability for such participation. This risk assessment may be in such form and prepared by any person, including the Case Manager/nominee, as the Case Manager/nominee, at his/her absolute discretion, considers appropriate.
  4. Before a referral is made under Regulation 17 above, the individual must be notified in writing. Such written notification must explain the order sought and the reason for it, and include a copy of the risk assessment and all other written material that the Case Manager/nominee intends to rely on when seeking the order, save for any exceptional material dealt with under Regulation 24 below.
  5. The individual shall have 14 days to reply to this notification and to provide any written material that he/she wishes the Safeguarding Review Panel to take into account in considering whether or not to impose any order under Regulation 16 above.
  6. Following the receipt of the reply and/or other written material from the individual, or the expiry of the 14 day period if no reply is received, the Case Manager/nominee may

(a) Decide that no further action is currently required as there are no longer grounds for a referral under Regulation 17;

(b) Make any such further inquiries as he or she thinks fit in light of any matters raised by the individual in response to the written notification;

(c) Refer the case to the Safeguarding Review Panel under Regulation 17 above.

  1. Where further inquiries are made by the Case Manager/nominee, any written material arising from those inquiries may only be relied on by the Case Manager/nominee in applying for any order under Regulation 16 if that written material has been sent to the individual and he or she has had 14 days to reply to it, save for any exceptional material dealt with under Regulation 24 below. If the written material is relied upon, any response by the individual must also be considered by the Safeguarding Review Panel.
  2. Where a case is referred to the Safeguarding Review Panel under Regulation 17, except as provided for in Regulation 24 below, it shall be considered on the basis of the following written material only :-

(i) The written notification and all written material provided with it by the Case Manager nominee to the individual; and

(ii) The reply, if any, and all other written material submitted by the individual in response to the written notification; and

(iii) Any further written material provided by the Case Manager/nominee to the individual subsequently to the written notification; and

(iv) Any response from the individual to such further written material and all other written material submitted with that response.

EXCEPTIONAL MATERIAL

24 24.1 In considering whether or not to make any order under Regulation 16, as a general rule, the Safeguarding Review Panel may not consider any material provided by either the Case Manager/nominee or the individual which the other party has not seen and had a reasonable opportunity to reply to.

24.2 Exceptionally, the Case Manager/nominee may make an application to the Safeguarding Review Panel for the Panel, as part of its consideration of whether or not to make an order under Regulation 16, to consider material (“exceptional material”) that has not been sent to the individual, where the Case Manager/nominee considers, at his/her absolute discretion, that the exceptional material concerned cannot be sent to the individual for any one or more of the following reasons:–

(a) it is confidential, and/or

(b) revealing it to the individual may create a risk of harm to any person or persons, and/or

(c) revealing it to the individual may amount to a criminal offence.

24.3 Where the Case Manager/nominee intends to make an application to the Safeguarding Review Panel for the Panel to consider exceptional material under

Regulation 24.2 above,

(i) The Case Manager/nominee shall in all cases give notice in writing to the Safeguarding Review Panel of this and the reason for it at least seven days before the Safeguarding Review Panel considers the case.

(ii) The Case Manager/nominee shall also give notice of the application to the individual in writing at least fourteen days before the Safeguarding Review Panel considers the case, unless the Case Manager/nominee considers, at his/her absolute discretion, that such written notice cannot be given, as to give such notice may in itself

(a) breach confidentiality; and/or

(b) create a risk of harm to any individual or individuals; and/or

(c) amount to a criminal offence.

(iii) Any reply by an individual to a notice referred to at Regulation 24.3(ii) must also be passed to the Safeguarding Review Panel for consideration where any exceptional material to which the reply relates is to be considered by the Safeguarding Review Panel

24.4 The Safeguarding Review Panel may, at its absolute discretion, decline to consider any or all of the exceptional material submitted for the Panel’s consideration.

ORDERS AVAILABLE FOLLOWING RISK ASSESSMENT

  1. Following a referral under Regulation 17, the Safeguarding Review Panel may make an order under Regulation 16, or any other order that it deems appropriate in the circumstances.

RIGHT OF APPEAL

  1. A Participant or The Football Association may appeal any decision of the Safeguarding Review Panel made under Regulation 14, 15 or 16. Such appeals shall be conducted in accordance with the Regulations for Football Association Appeals. Subject to this right of appeal, decisions of the Safeguarding Review Panel are final and binding.

WRITTEN MATERIAL

  1. For the purposes of these regulations, “written material” may include photographic, video and/or audio evidence.

Celebrating football through

Videos and photographs

Celebrating Football Through Photographs and Video

Let’s make football safe – not sorry

Recommended Guidelines

There has been much talk about who is allowed to take pictures of children (under 18s) playing sport and in particular what parents/carers are permitted to do.

The FA would like to assure parents, carers, coaches, spectators, players and local media that we encourage the taking of appropriate images of children in football.

TheFA.com/Football safe let’s make football safe – not sorry

Celebrating Football through Photographs and Video

If you are concerned about the inappropriate use of images please report this to your CFA Welfare Officer or to The FA Case Manager (contact details provided below).

Remember

  • It’s not an offence to take appropriate photographs in a public place even if asked not to do so
  • No one has the right to decide who can and cannot take images on public land
  • If you have serious concerns about a possible child protection issue relating to the recording of images then call the Police. This action should only be taken where you believe that someone may be acting unlawfully or putting a child at risk
  • The land or facility owner can decide whether or not photography and or videoing at football activities will be permitted when carried out on private land. However you need to make this known before allowing individuals access to the private property. If they do not comply then you may request that they leave
  • Try not to use images that include individuals wearing jewellery (as wearing jewellery whilst playing is contrary to the Laws of the Game as well as being a health and safety issue).

Commissioning professional photographers and the local media

If you are commissioning professional photographers or inviting the press to cover a football activity, ensure you and they are clear about each other’s expectations. The key is to plan ahead and communicate early on.

  • Provide a clear brief about what is considered appropriate in terms of content and behaviour
  • Inform them of your club’s commitment to safeguarding children and young people. Establish who will hold the recorded images and what they intend to do with them, e.g. place on a website for sale, distribute thumb nails to the club to co-ordinate sales
  • Issue the professional photographer with identification, which must be worn at all times

Inform participants and parents or carers prior to the event that a professional photographer will be in attendance and ensure you have established that no under 18s will be compromised due to safeguarding children concerns if their image is taken remember this can be done by using a Consent Form at the start of the season.

To report potentially unlawful materials on the internet please contact:

The Internet Watch Foundation

Email: report@iwf.org.uk

Telephone: 01223 237700

Fax the hotline: 01223 235921

www.iwf.org.uk

The FA’s Case Management Team

Email: case.management@TheFA.com

Telephone: 0844.980.8200

 YOUTH LEAGUE WELFARE OFFICER (YLWO)

David Keast 07887.887.273 dave.keast@devonfa.com

The appointment of YLWO will encourage the sharing and development of best practice across the grassroots game. As such The FA sees youth leagues as key to helping to ensure the safeguarding of young people in football. The FA recognises that there are many proactive leagues that are already doing a great deal to address inappropriate sideline behaviour and to get clubs to play their part in being more aware of child protection concerns. The appointment of the YLWO aims to give this stance a higher profile and consistency across grassroots football.

Please note: It is essential that the YLWO is perceived as being approachable, having a child centred approach and the ability to maintain this perspective when carrying out their role.

CLUB WELFARE OFFICER (CWO)

The Football Association believes that football should be safe and enjoyable for all children and has introduced Criminal Record Checks (CRC) to help in this process.  With this in mind The FA requires all leagues and clubs with youth teams to have a named Welfare Officer.

The FA’s vision, of having a local network of CWO’s throughout youth clubs can be positively supported by youth leagues. Every County Football Association has a County Welfare Officer they are the official point of contact for any child protection concerns locally.  The Club Welfare Officer is required to pass on any child abuse concerns to the Count y Welfare Officer..

For more information about “Recording Your Concerns” please see Section 3 of The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop Resource Book.

For List of all Club Welfare Officers please see individual entries in the Club Contact list at the front of this handbooks

IMPORTANT REMINDER

TO ALL CLUB SECRETARY’S-CHAIRMAN-TREASURER-

MANAGERS-COACHES

NASH & CO SOLICITORS DEVON JUNIOR & MINOR LEAGUE

 

CLUB SECRETARIES are reminded to pay particular attention to these notes when completing the marks for referees on their result sheets

The FA Handbook GUIDE TO MARKING

The mark awarded by a club must be based on the Referee’s overall performance. It is most important that the mark is awarded fairly and not based upon isolated incidents or previous games. The Referee’s performance should be determined by the table below which should act as a guide for the overall mark

which should fall within the mark range for each standard of performance.

 Mark Range Comment

100-86 The Referee demonstrated very accurate decision-making and controlled the game very well using management and communication skills effectively to add value to the game.

85-76 The Referee demonstrated accurate decision-making and controlled the game well using management and communication skills to contribute positively to the game.

75-61 The Referee demonstrated reasonably accurate decision-making and despite some shortcomings generally controlled the game well.

60 and below The Referee demonstrated shortcomings in the accuracy of decision-making and control

which affected the game.

Notes

  • Club officials should use the full range of marks within each category to help distinguish between different performance levels, e.g. within the 85-76 category a mark of 84 indicates a better performance

than a mark of 77.

  • While some Referees may have below average performances, there will usually have been some positive aspects of their performance, so extremely low marks should be very rare.
  • When club officials are marking a Referee, they should always look at the game as a whole and not isolated decisions. The result of the match should not influence the mark and disciplinary action should be

judged objectively.

  • When a mark of 60 or lower is awarded, an explanation must be provided to the Competition using the box provided on the marking form. The purpose of this is to assist Referees to improve their performance levels, so the comments should be as helpful as possible.

 

HOW TO DECIDE ON THE REFEREE’S MARK

The following questions focus on the key areas of a Referee’s performance. They are intended as an

“aide memoire”, are not necessarily comprehensive and need not be answered individually. It is, however,

worth considering them before committing yourself to a mark for the Referee.

CONTROL AND DECISION MAKING

  • How well did the Referee control the game?
  • Were the players’ actions recognized correctly?
  • Were the Laws applied correctly?
  • Were all incidents dealt with efficiently/effectively?
  • Were all the appropriate sanctions applied correctly?
  • Was the Referee always within reasonable distance of incidents?
  • Was the Referee well positioned to make critical decisions, especially in and around the penalty area?
  • Did the Referee understand the players’ positional intentions and keep out of the way accordingly?
  • Did the Referee demonstrate alertness and concentration throughout the game?
  • Did the Referee apply the use of the advantage to suit the mood and temperature of the game?
  • Was the Referee aware of the players’ attitude to advantage?
  • Did the Referee use the assistants effectively?
  • Did the officials work as a team, and did the Referee lead and manage them to the benefit of the

game?

COMMUNICATION AND PLAYER MANAGEMENT

  • How well did the Referee communicate with the players during the game?
  • Did the Referee’s Level of involvement/profile suit this particular game?
  • Did the Referee understand the players’ problems on the day – e.g. difficult ground/weather

conditions?

  • Did the Referee respond to the changing pattern of play/mood of players?
  • Did the Referee demonstrate empathy for the game, allowing it to develop in accordance with the tempo of the game?
  • Was the Referee pro-active in controlling of the game?
  • Was the Referee’s authority asserted firmly without being officious?
  • Was the Referee confident and quick thinking?
  • Did the Referee appear unflustered and unhurried when making critical decisions?
  • Did the Referee permit undue questioning of decisions?
  • Did the Referee deal effectively with players crowding around after decisions/incidents?
  • Was effective player management in evidence?
  • Was the Referee’s body language confident and open at all times?
  • Did the pace of the game, the crowd or player pressure affect the Referee negatively?

FINAL THOUGHTS

  • Always try to be objective when marking. You may not obtain the most objective view by marking

immediately after the game.

  • Judge the performance over the whole game. Don’t be too influenced by one particular incident.
  • Don’t mark the Referee down unfairly because your team was unlucky and lost the game or some

disciplinary action was taken against your players.

CLUB MARKING OF REFEREES

Both teams are required to award the Referee a mark in all matches on a scale 1-100 based on the following guide.

 

Date: ……………………….. Competition: …………………………………………….

Home Club Away Club………………………………………… v ………………………………………….

Referee :………………………………………………

Overall control and decision making:

The mark must reflect the Referee’s overall Level of control, accuracy of decision making and management of and communication with players. When deciding on a mark consideration should be given to such aspects of the Referee’s performance as: impartiality, confidence, fitness, positioning, signalling, use of advantage, handling of major incidents

A mark between 91-100 would be regarded as ‘excellent’

A mark between 71 and 80 would represent the standard expected


Our club awards an overall mark of          out of 100

When awarding a mark of 60 or less, an explanation must be provided in the box below to the League/Competition with comments which could help the Referee improve future

performances.

 

(Signed) ………………………………………. (Secretary) ………………………………..

CLUB ………………………………………….

Referee marking ‘60’ category

Any Club giving a mark of 60 or less must send an approved completed form in duplicate to the League Assistant Secretary within 4 days of the match taking place. Failure to comply will incur a fine of £20.

Rule 13 REFEREES

  • A Referee not keeping his engagement, and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to his non-appearance, may have his name removed from the list of Referees and the fact reported to the County Football Association with which he is registered.

The Home team must report the non-appearance of a referee within 4 days of the match or shall be fined the sum of £20 pounds

Memorandum on Co-operation

bewteen REFEREE and ASSISTANT REFEREE

LAW 6 stipulates that two Assistant Referees shall be appointed, whose duties, subject to the decision of the Referee, shall be:

  1. To indicate WHEN the ball is out of play
  2. To indicate when the ball has crossed the goalline and whether a corner-kick or goal-kick is to be awarded
  3. To indicate which side is entitled to the throw-in
  4. To assist the Referee in carrying out the game in accordance with the Laws.

The assistance referred to in (d) is:

  • Signal when the WHOLE of the ball is out of play
  • Indicate WHICH side is entitled to the corner kick, the goal-kick or the throw-in.
  • Call the attention of the referee to rough play or ungentlemanly conduc.
  • Give an opinion on any point on which the referee may consult him
  • When a substitute is to be made, the Assistant nearest the point of the substitution shall attract the attention of the Referee by raising his flag

CLUB LINESMAN

To get the most effective co-operation from CLUB LINESMEN the following procedure should be adopted:

  1. BOTH Club Linesmen should report to the REFEREE before the start of the match, and receive instructions, and be informed that no matter what maybe their personal opinion the decision of the REFEREE is final, and must not be questioned
  2. The work alloted to them as CLUB linesmen is to signal when the ball is ENTIRELY over the touch line, and to indicate WHICH side is entitled to the throw-in, subject always to the decsions of the REFEREE

Keeping in mins their distinctive duties REFEREES should decide beforehand EXACTLY WHAT they want their CLUB LINESMEN to do, and should be able to tell them distinctly how best they can help. It is essential that there should be some sort of conference between the three official BEFORE any match

DEVON COUNTY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION 2017-2017

Player Registration Scheme – Photographic ID Cards
All Players starting from Under 7’s and above will be required to be registered by the Association to participate in any organised football in accordance to conditions as described by Council.
The Council has defined that the rules of the Player Registration Scheme shall be as follows.

1. A Player Photo Identification Registration Scheme for all leagues affiliated to this Association shall be held on the Devon FA software system.
2. Annual Player Registration administration will be undertaken by the Association with the support of affiliated leagues by means of a data base provided by an approved licensed administrator.
3. All registered players will receive a Player Photo Identification Registration card at a cost determined by the Association.
4. Lost or mislaid cards are to be reported to the Association immediately with a payment of £10 to cover the cost of a replacement card.
5. All players should have their Player Registration Card available in case required for inspection at any fixtures.
a) Managers/Coaches should exchange team sheets and Player Registration Cards (where required) for scrutiny prior to the start of all fixtures.
b) All disputes must be reported to the match referee prior to the start of the game and in writing to the respective Competitions Secretary within 4 days of the fixture taking place.
6. Any player or club playing without a valid County Player Registration Card will be deemed to be in breach of County Rules and charges will be issued.

APPEALS
Appeals may be made, against decisions of leagues and competitions, to the Sanctioning Authority Appeals Board which will comprise of Council Members of Devon County FA. The Appeal Fee of £25 must be submitted to the association along with reasons for the Appeal. Decisions of the Sanctioning Authority Appeal Boards are final and binding upon all parties.

The FA Rule 4C Rules Relating to Players

Age Ranges and Provisions Relating to Players Under 16 Years of Age

4 (C) To play in an Under 18 age bracket competition the player must have achieved the age of 15 by midnight on 31st August of the playing season.

(D) To play in an open age competition a player must have achieved the age 16Gender of Players in Under 11 Matches

(vii) A child in the age ranges Under 7, Under 8, Under 9, Under 10, Under 11, Under 12, Under 13, Under 14 and under15 may play in a match involving boys and girls.

Priority for School Activities

(viii) Priority must at all times be given to school or school organisation’s activities in accordance with the recommendations of the “Memorandum:

Children of School Age and School Games” whilst a pupil is receiving fulltime education.

(ix) All Clubs and Competitions, excluding those whose matches are played on Sundays, shall include in their rules a provision to the effect that the availability of a pupil must be consented to by the head teacher.

The FA Rules of Association

Players Without Written Contracts

2 (a) Regulations Concerning Approaches

Players who are not under written contract to a Club may be registered with anumber of Clubs at any time, subject to the following provisions and those of the Competitions in which they play:

(i) Competitions sanctioned by The Association under regulation 3 of the “Regulations for the Sanction and Control of Competitions” may make their own regulations for the approach of Players between Clubs of the Competition;

(ii) during the current season4 any Club wishing to approach a Player known to be registered with or having played for any other Club must give to the secretary of each such Club, seven days’ formal written notice of the intention to approach the Player;

Formal written notice of approach need be given by:

(A) a Saturday Club only to all Saturday Clubs;

(B) a Sunday Club only to all Sunday Clubs; and

(C) a midweek Club only to all midweek Clubs;

(iii) the written notice must be sent by special delivery or recorded post, or a written acknowledgment otherwise obtained from the secretary or chairman of the Club approached. Facsimile or e-mail transmission may be used provided a receipt of acknowledgment is also obtained;

(iv) following the date of posting of the written notice of approach, or receipt of an acknowledgment:

(A) the Player may be registered on or after the eighth day; and

(B) the Player must have been registered on or before the 21st day;

(v) the approaching Club: (A) may not approach the same Player a second time in the same playing season; (B) may approach only one (1) Player at a Club at any time subject to Rule C2(a)(ix) below; and (C) may not approach another Player at the same Club within 28 days of an earlier notice of approach or acknowledgment;

(vi) if an approach is made by a Player to another Club during the current season, that Club shall give the Club(s), for which the Player is known to be registered or has played, seven days’ notice of approach as set out in Rule C2(a)(i) to (v) above before registering the Player;

(vii) a Club which is the subject of a complaint alleging failure to give notice in accordance with this Rule may be subject to a charge of Misconduct pursuant to Rule E1(b);

(viii) a Club proved to have breached the provisions of this Rule may have its current registration of the Player cancelled and be subject to such other penalty as The Association or appropriate Affiliated Association deems appropriate, in accordance with relevant regulations of The Association from time to time in force; and

(ix) during the current season a maximum of two Players may be approached in the manner described above if invited to trial at a licensed academy or “Centre of Excellence” of The Association, The FA Premier League or The Football League.

(b) Conditions

(i) All payments made to Players must be made by the Club and fully recorded in the accounting records of the Club.

(ii) All salaried payments must be subject to PAYE and National Insurance.

(iii) Any Player’s paid expenses must be reimbursed via an expense claim form. The Club must retain all expense records in a format acceptable to the HM Revenue and Customs.

(iv) A currently registered Player shall not be allowed to register with another Club without first satisfying the Club Officials of the intended Club that all reasonable financial and other liabilities have been discharged to the Club or Clubs with which the Player is or was known to be registered in the current7 and previous playing seasons.

(v) A Player approached on or after 1st May in the current season8 may not play in competitive football for the Club making the approach until the commencement of the following season.

(c) Service Players

(i) While serving in any branch of Her Majesty’s Regular Forces, a Player may not hold a contract of employment with any Club under the jurisdiction of The Association and/or an Affiliated Association.

(ii) Neither a Club nor any person may attempt to induce a Player of a Club of any branch of Her Majesty’s Regular Forces to play for another Club during the current season9 without at least 14 days’ written notice of approach – in the case of the Army to the Secretary of The Army Football Association, the Royal Navy to the Secretary of The Royal Navy Football Association, and the Royal Air Force to the Secretary of The Royal Air Force. The notice must be forwarded by special delivery or recorded post, or a written acknowledgment otherwise obtained. Facsimile or e-mail transmission may be used provided a receipt of acknowledgment is also obtained.

(iii) Players are required to inform civilian Clubs of their rank and service number, which information must be stated on league or other registration forms.


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