Handbook

 

Competition Officers for Season 2018-19

PRESIDENT: - Alan Findlay

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS: Robert W. Anderson David Dodds Roger M Griffths
       
VICE-PRESIDENTS: David P. Smith Jack Williamson Alex Smailes
  Eddie Dunn Anthony Toward Alan Wright
  Gordon Gibbons Ken Slater  
       

 

CHAIRMAN:

PETER RILEY.

2 Beverley Crescent,Low Fell,Gateshead,Tyne and Wear.NE9 5UP.

Telephone: 0191 - 4878260 (Home) 07944014133 (Mobile)

E-mail: peter.riley50@blueyonder.co.uk

VICE-CHAIRMAN: APPOINTMENTS SECRETARY:

GEORGE PENMAN 

10 Vernon Place, Newbiggin-By-The-Sea.Northumberland. NE64 6ED.

Telephone: 01670 - 854278 (Home) 07910 - 213090 (Mobile):

E-mail: penners1962@aol.com                                                                   

LEAGUE SECRETARY: REGISTRATION SECRETARY: TREASURER: COMPANY SECRETARY:                                                                                                                            

DEREK BOOTH

27 Burwood Road, North Shields. Tye and Wear. NE29 8BX.                                                                                        

Telephone: 0191 - 2580236 (Home) 07758 - 666855 (Mobile):                            

E-mail: defcderekb@hotmail.com

PRESS OFFICER:

PETER MANN

Telephone: 07596 - 657371 (Mobile)

E-mail: petermann78@hotmail.com

INSURANCE LIAISON OFFICER:

JOHN LOAN.

17 Greystead Close, Chapell House,Newcastle upon Tyne. NE5 1SR.

Telephone: 0191 - 2432672 (Home) 07843 - 730329 (Mobile)

E-mail: johnloan17@yahoo.co.uk

FIXTURE SECRETARIES

PREMIER DIVISION:                                                                                                               

SCOTT CLAYTON                                                                                                                                                                                          

13 Medway Avenue, Hebburn, Tyne and Wear. NE31 2JL.                

Telephone: 07985 - 162356  

Email: slycottoncat@hotmail.com

DIVISIONS ONE & TWO:                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

GEORGE DAVISON, 

46 Carrick Drive, South Beach, Blyth. Northumberland. NE24 3SX.

Telephone: 01670 - 361929 (Home) 

E-mail: georgedavison_101@sky.com

INFORMATION OFFICER:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

KEN NEWTON.

21 Teal Avenue, South Beach, Blyth. NE24 3PT

Telephone: 07443 - 903362 (M)

E-Mail: Jkennewton@aol.com

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE LIFE MEMBERS:  

JOHN WEATHERSTONE,

JOHN SHAXON.

Elected Club Members of the Management Committee 

Ponteland United ALAN BIRKINSHAW Hexham DOUG ROBSOM
Cramlington Utd KEVIN HASTINGS Seaton Delaval AFC DAVID HOLMES 
Blyth FC NATHAN PARR Willington Quay Saints   JOHN ALLAN
 Wallsend B C TIM HUTCHINSON
 Winlaton Vulcans CHRIS HOLT

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The above Members are elected by the Clubs to represent their interests and views at Committee Meetings throughout each season. This can be achieved most effectively if Club Secretaries in each division channel their opinions and concerns through the appropriate Representative/s so that important matters are dealt with as they arise. For immediate and more urgent matters the normal course of corresponding with the Competition Secretary should always be followed. When Vacancies occur and remain unfilled, the Competition Secretary, on behalf of the Management Committee, can co-opt a Member(s) on to the Management Committee.

 

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Northern Football Alliance Roll of Honour

We pay tribute to the following Gentlemen who, for many years, freely contributed their talents and efforts to the game of football in general and to the Northern Football Alliance League in particular.

                                                                    

C. CREGAN SECRETARY AND TREASURER 1937 O 1973
J.W.WRIGHT CHAIRMAN TO 1957
W. CRAIK CHAIRMAN FROM 1958 TO 1964
G.H.LAING VICE CHAIRMAN FROM 1960 TO 1985
J. DENMARK VICE PRESIDENT 1977
G.S.SEYMOUR PRESIDENT 1978
C.JEFFERSON VICE PRESIDENT 1978
T. JORDAN VICE PRESIDENT 1979
J.LAIDLER PRESIDENT 1980
R. CRAIK 1985
J.T.HART VIC PRESIDENT 1988
J. HARVEY VICE PRESIDENT 1989
S.SEYMOUR PRESIDENT 1992
T HATHAWAY VICE PRESIDENT 1993
J.A.FORSTER VIDE PRESIDENT 2000
J.WALKER HONARY LIFE MEMBER 2003
G.McKEAG VICE PRESIDENT 2006
J.H.McLACKLAND SECRETARY 2009
J. MITCHELL VICE PRESIDENT 2010
W. HUMBLE VICE PRESIDENT 2010
A.SAUNDERS VICE PRESIDENT 2010
G.F.DOBBINS CHIARMAN 1995 TO 2010
B.GARDNER PRESS OFFICER 2010
K. SCOTT VICE PRESIDENT 2011
G. NUGENT LIFE MEMBER 2012
J.JACKSON VICE PRESIDENT 2012
L. TODD

HONARY LIFE MEMBER 2013

W.J.DARBY (BILL) VICE CHAIRMAN 2015
R. MAUGHAN VICE PRESIDENT 2016
L. McMAHON VICE PRESIDENT 2018

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Dates of Monthly Meetings

ALL MEETINGS TO BE HELD AT THE BLUE FLAMES SPORTS CLUB, WHITLEY ROAD, BENTON, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE. NE12 9FA
Tel: 0191 - 2700885 

 

 

 

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Times of kick-off for league and cup matches

League Matches

Saturdays:

Evening:

Home Clubs using Floodlights may, after agreement with the Away Club, obtain permission from the League Secretary to Kick Off no later than 7-45 pm.

Bank Holidays:
All games to kick-off at 11.00am (Unless otherwise mutually agreed and confirmed with the League Secretary)

Cup matches

30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED KICK OFF TIME FOR LEAGUE MATCHES

 

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Match Result Service for the 2018-2019 season

Premier Division
HOME CLUB TELEPHONE PETER MANN, PRESS OFFICER,IMMEDIATELY AT THE END OF THE MATCH.

1st & 2nd Divisions
HOME CLUB TEXT PETER MANN, PRESS OFFICER,IMMEDIATELY AT THE END OF THE MATCH.

Telephone No for Peter Mann: 07596 - 657371

Email Address for Peter Mann: petermann78@hotmail.com


NOTES:
Clubs providing results are also requested to supply the FULL names of both Club's goal-scorers together with the approx. TIMES of the goals.

ANY CLUB INVOLVED IN A COUNTY FA CUP MATCH MUST CONTACT PETER MANN, THE PRESS OFFICER, WITH THE RESULT AND SCORERS AS DETAILED ABOVE. PLEASE ENSURE
THE PRESS OFFICER RECEIVES ACCURATE INFORMATION.

CLUBS WHO CONTACT THE PRESS OFFICER AFTER 5.00 PM ON A SATURDAY, OR 9.30 PM ON A MIDWEEK WILL BE FINED AS PER LEAGUE RULE 11 B.

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County Football Association Cup Competitions for season 2018-2019

NORTHUMBERLAND FA SENIOR CUP

Round   Date
 
 
Semi-Finals  
Final                    

NORTHUMBERLAND FA SENIOR BENEVOLENT BOWL

Round  Date
1  
2  
Semi-Finals  
Final                   

NORTHUMBERLAND FA MINOR CUP

Round Date
1  
2  
3  
4  
5  
Semi Final  
Final                      

DURHAM COUNTY FA TROPHY

Round Date
Premlininary                    
1  
2  
Semi-Finals  
Final Open

DURHAM COUNTY FA MINOR CUP

Round   Date
Preliminary 1                     
Preliminary 2  
1  
2  
3  
Semi-Finals  
Final Open

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Regulations for the operation of the national league system

REGULATIONS FOR THE OPERATION OF THE

NATIONAL LEAGUE SYSTEM

 

  1. 1.            DefinitionS

In the interpretation of these Regulations any words and expressions, unless otherwise defined herein, shall be words and expressions as defined as follows:-

“Association” means The Football Association Limited.

“Club” means a football club for the time being in a League in membership of the NLS.

 “Committee” in these Regulations means the relevant Committee appointed by the Association.

  “Competition” in these Regulations means a League in the National League System.

 “Conditional Licence” means a Licence with conditions attached to be met by a Club within a period determined by the Competition in which the Club holding the Licence is allocated by the Leagues Committee.  Such period is not to exceed 1 March in the Membership Year to which the Licence relates.  Save in exceptional circumstances a Conditional Licence cannot be granted to a Club for successive Membership Years in respect of the same Criterion.

 “Criteria” means the Criteria for participation in Play-Off Matches as set out in regulation 9 of these Regulations

 “League” means any competition sanctioned by the Association and/or an Affiliated Association in membership of the NLS.

 “Licence” means an annual licence required to be held by a Club to be a member of a Competition that may be either an Unconditional Licence or Conditional Licence.

 “NLS” means the National League System of competitions controlled by the Association where promotion and relegation links exist between participating Leagues. 

 “Playing Season” means the period between the date on which the first competitive fixture in the League is played each year until the date on which the last competitive fixture in the League is played.  For Clubs participating in Play Off Matches this does include the period when Play Off Matches are played.

 “Play Off Matches” means matches played between Clubs in a Play Off Position on a format to be determined by each League provided that the format is the same across each Step.

 “Play Off Position” means the position of a Club at the end of each Playing Season which is provided for in Standardised Rule 12 as qualifying the Club to take part in a Play Off Match to qualify for promotion to the next Step for the next Playing Season.

 “Regular Season” means the period between the date on which the first competitive fixture in the League is played each year until the date on which the last competitive fixture in the League is played, excluding Play Off Matches.

 “Regulations” means these regulations.

 “Rules” means the FA Standardised Rules or FA Standard Code of Rules under which a League is administered.

 “Step” means the level at which a Club participates in the National League System.

 “Unconditional Licence” means a Licence without any conditions attached.

  1. 2.            The National League System (“NLS”) shall be operated in accordance with the Regulations.

 A Club shall be required to hold a Licence to be a member of a Competition at Steps 1 to 4 of the NLS.

 The aims and objectives of the NLS are to provide:

 2.1       Clubs with a level of competitive football appropriate to their playing ability, stadium/ground facilities and geographical location.

 2.2       A framework for discussion on matters of policy and common interest to Leagues and Clubs.

 2.3        The seasonal movement of Clubs.

 All Leagues are bound by the Regulations. A Club is bound by the Regulations from the date it has qualified for placement into the NLS until such time as it leaves the NLS for whatever reason.

 3.         Position of a League in the National League System

 3.1       The current structure of the NLS is set out below:   

 

 
 

National League

 

 

 

Step 1

 

           

 

       
 

National League

North

 
 

National League

South

 

 

Step 2

 

 

           
 

Northern Premier League Premier Division

 
 

Southern League Premier Division 1

 
   

 

Step 3

 

 

                       
 

Northern Premier League Division 1 North

 

 
 

Northern Premier League Division 1 South

 

 
 

Southern League Division 1 Central

 

 
 

Southern League Division 1 South & West

 

 
 

Isthmian League Division 1 North

 
   

 

Step 4

 

 

 

 

 
 

Steps 5/6 Leagues 

 

 

Steps 5/6

 

 

Step 7 Leagues

 

Step 7

The Leagues currently at Steps 5, 6 and 7 are set out at the end of the Regulations.

Each Step shall have the maximum number of Clubs: Step 1 – 24, Step 2 – 44, Step 3 – 88, Step 4 – 140, Step 5 – 280, Step 6 – 380. Clubs will be placed in the most geographically appropriate division.

At Step 7 the maximum number of Clubs per division shall be determined by the Committee taking all relevant factors into account.

3.2        Any league wishing to become part of the NLS must apply to the Committee by 31st December in the relevant year in such form and/or providing such information as shall be required by the Committee from time to time.  The decision as to whether or not a league should be admitted to the NLS shall be made by the Committee which will then decide on the Step at which the League will play.

3.3        Any League wishing to propose an adjustment to its position within the NLS must apply in writing to the Committee by 31st December in any year for such proposal to be determined by the Committee in order, if approved, to have effect in the following Playing Season.

 4.         Rules and Regulations for Promotion and Relegation

 The Committee shall provide for the seasonal promotion, relegation or lateral movement of Clubs. 

 5.         Detailed Promotion and Relegation Issues

 5.1        The criteria for entry to the NLS and the criteria for ground/stadium facilities and the criteria for participation in Play Off Matches shall be determined by the Committee.  All criteria so determined shall be published by The Association from time to time.

 5.2        Subject to 5.5, at the conclusion of each Playing Season, the following procedures will apply to promotion/relegation subject to the application of the Rules:

 

Step 1 and Step 2

The following does not apply to promotion from Step 1.

 The Clubs finishing in the bottom four places at Step 1 at the end of the Playing Season will be relegated to a feeder pool and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 2 for the following Playing Season.  They will be replaced by the Clubs finishing in 1st position in each of the divisions at Step 2 together with a further two Clubs determined by a series of Play Off Matches. Where a Club finishes in 1st position but does not meet the criteria for participation at the next Step, the Club finishing in 2nd position shall be promoted. The Clubs finishing in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th positions shall be eligible to take part in the Play Off Matches. The Play Off Matches shall be played so that in each Step 2 division there is a qualifying round, semi-finals and a promotion final with all ties being played over a single leg at the ground of the higher placed Club. The winner of the promotion final in each Step 2 division will be promoted. If a Club is not eligible to enter Step 1 then it shall not take part in any Play Off Matches. In that event, such Club shall not be replaced and the Play Off Matches structure and draw shall be adjusted as necessary by the Competition on the basis of the remaining Clubs’ final league positions.

 Step 2 and Step 3

The Clubs in the bottom three places in each of the two divisions at Step 2 at the end of the Regular Season will be relegated to a feeder pool and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 3 for the following Playing Season.  They will be replaced by the Clubs finishing in 1st position in each of the four divisions at Step 3 together with a further two Clubs determined by a series of Play Off Matches.  Where a Club finishes in 1st position but does not meet the criteria for participation at the next Step, the Club finishing in 2nd position shall be promoted and the Club finishing in 3rd position (and so on) shall be the Club in the next eligible position to take part in the Play Off Matches.  Where a Club finishes in a Play Off Position but does not meet the Criteria for participation in Play Off Matches the Club finishing in the next eligible position shall take part in the Play Off Matches.  In each division at Step 3, the Play Off Matches shall be played so that the highest placed of the eligible Clubs plays against the lowest placed and the other two Clubs play each other (the “Step 3 Initial Play Off Matches”);. The winners of each of the Step 3 Initial Play Off Matches will play each other, resulting in one winner in each of the four Step 3 divisions (the “Step 3 Divisional Play Off Winners”).   . The Step 3 Divisional Play Off Winners will play a further match against each other.  . The ties will be decided by the Committee pairing Clubs on the most suitable geographical basis. The ties will be  played on a single match basis with the home Club being the Club with the best points per match ratio in the Regular Season.  If there are only three eligible Clubs then the highest placed shall receive a bye to a second match where it will play the winner of the other Play Off Match and the winner of that match will play in the further Play Off Match described above.  Clubs finishing below position 7 will not be considered for Play Off Matches. 

The promoted Clubs will be placed in a feeder pool and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 2.

 Step 3 and Step 4

The Clubs in the bottom three places in each of the four divisions at Step 3 at the end of the Regular Season will be relegated to a feeder pool and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 4 for the following Playing Season.  They will be replaced by the Club finishing in 1st position in each of the seven divisions at Step 4 together with a further five Clubs to be determined by a series of Play Off Matches.  Where a Club finishes in 1st position but does not meet the Criteria for participation at the next Step, the Club finishing in 2nd position shall be promoted and the Club finishing in 3rd position (and so on) shall be the Club in the next eligible position to take part in the Play Off Matches.  Where a Club finishes in a Play Off Position but does not meet the Criteria for participation in Play Off Matches the Club finishing in the next eligible position shall take part in the Play Off Matches.  In each division at Step 4,  The Play Off Matches shall be played so that the highest placed of the eligible Clubs plays against the lowest placed and the other two Clubs play each other (the “Step 4 Initial Play Off Matches”).  The winners of each of the Step 4 Initial Play Off Matches will play each other and the winner of those matches shall result in seven teams eligible for promotion. The five Clubs to be promoted shall be the five Clubs out of the seven divisional Play Off winners with the best points per match ratio in the Regular Season.  If there are only three eligible Clubs then the highest placed shall receive a bye to a second match where it will play the winner of the other Play Off Match and the winner of that match will be promoted.  Clubs finishing below position 7 will not be considered for Play Off Matches. 

The promoted Clubs will be placed in a feeder pool and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 3.

 Step 4 and Step 5

The Clubs in the bottom two places in each of the seven divisions at Step 4 at the end of the Regular Season will be relegated and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 5. These Clubs will be replaced by the fourteen Clubs finishing in first position in each of the fourteen divisions at Step 5 at the end of the Regular Season. 

With effect from the commencement of the 2019/20 season, the following will apply:

In addition, a series of Play Off Matches shall be played between the Clubs finishing in second position in each of the Leagues at Step 5 at the end of the Regular Season. The ties shall be decided by the Association pairing Clubs on the most suitable geographical basis. These matches shall be played on a single match basis on the ground of the Club with the best points per match ratio in the Regular Season. The winners of each of these seven matches shall play a final Play Off Match against one of the Clubs finishing third from bottom of each Step 4 division at the end of the Regular Season, such matches to be decided by the Association so that each Step 4 Club plays a Step 5 Club; such matches to be on a single match basis on the home ground of the Step 4 Club on cup tie terms with no percentage being paid to any Competition. The seven winners shall play at Step 4 in the following season.

The Clubs promoted from Step 5 will be allocated to the most geographically appropriate division at Step 4.

A Club promoted to Step 4 shall comply with the Licencing System provision as set out in Appendix 1 to the Standardised Rules.

Step 5 and Step 6

The Clubs in the bottom two places in each of the fourteen divisions at Step 5 at the end of the Regular Season will be relegated and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 6. These Clubs will be replaced by the nineteen Clubs finishing in first position in each of the Leagues at Step 6 at the end of the Regular Season together with the required number of Clubs finishing in second position at the end of the Regular Season on a points per match ratio. If there are insufficient Clubs to fill vacancies Clubs finishing second to bottom of the Step 5 divisions will be reprieved so that the best such Club shall be reprieved first.  

Step 6 and 7

At the end of the Regular Playing Season the Clubs in the bottom two positions of each of the nineteen Step 6 divisions will be liable to relegation.

All Step 7 Clubs seeking promotion to Step 6 must make application using the prescribed form direct to the Committee, copied to their existing League, by 31st December in the relevant year.  In order to be considered for promotion Clubs must finish in 1st position in their Step 7 league.  If the Club finishing in 1st position does not wish to be promoted or fails to meet the entry criteria then the club finishing in 2nd position will be eligible for promotion.  If the club in 2nd position does not seek promotion or fails to meet the entry criteria then clubs down to 5th position may be considered for promotion provided that they meet the appropriate entry criteria.  Clubs finishing below 5th position will not be considered for promotion and only one club will be considered from each League.  Each application must be accompanied by the agreed application fee, as determined by the Committee, which is non-refundable.

No more than 38 Clubs will be promoted from Step 7. If more than 38 Clubs are eligible for promotion they will be chosen based on a points per match basis. Where the eligible Clubs count does not reach 38 in number, reprieves of Step 6 Clubs shall come into effect on a points per match basis.

5.3        At Steps 2-5 the Club finishing in last place in the table at the end of the Regular Season will be relegated and not reprieved. Below Step 5 the Clubs to be reprieved will be decided at the sole discretion of the Committee.

5.4        At Steps 1 to 6, if a Club becomes eligible to take part in a Play Off Match and refuses to take part in that match or if a Club qualifies for promotion and refuses to be promoted then that Club shall be relegated from the division from which it has so qualified and shall play the following Playing Season in the division at the next Step below which is deemed the most appropriate by the Committee

5.5        Where a vacancy occurs within the NLS the following procedures will apply:-

End of the Playing Season

5.5.1 (a)    Where a Club notifies its decision to resign from its League at the end of the Playing Season, then a vacancy is created on the date the notification of that decision is formally recorded by that League.  Such resignation can only be withdrawn by the end of that Playing Season with the consent of the Board of that League.

(b) In all cases, that Club is treated as a relegated Club.  The final table of that division is not affected.

(c) In cases where the vacancy is created after the end of the Playing Season but before the League’s AGM, the vacancy will be filled in accordance with Regulation 5.5.2 below.

5.5.2         (a) Where a vacancy occurs at Step 1 following the completion of a Playing Season the best ranked Club in a relegation position is reprieved. 

(b) Where a vacancy or vacancies occurs at Steps 2, 3 and 4 following the completion of a Playing Season the Club(s) with the best points per match ratio in the Regular Season unsuccessful in the Play Off Matches across the particular Step is reprieved.  

(c) Where a vacancy arises and clubs at Step 4 are to be reprieved but for whatever reason a Step 4 division does not have its full complement of Clubs at the end of the Regular Season then Clubs to be reprieved will be determined by the Committee in its sole discretion.

(d) Where a vacancy arises at Step 5 and below, the question of reprieves shall be dealt with at the sole discretion of the Committee.

(d) Where a vacancy occurs after the date of a League AGM then a League is not able to replace the Club(s) concerned for the following Playing Season.

Prior to the end of a Playing Season

5.5.3     (a)        In cases where the vacancy is created prior to the end of the Playing Season, the vacancy will be filled by the best ranked Club in a relegation position at the end of the Regular Season, eligible of being reprieved in that same division.  In the event of there being more vacancies than Clubs eligible to be reprieved, such vacancy or vacancies will be filled by Clubs eligible to be reprieved in the Competition’s other division(s) on a points per match ratio.

(b)            Where, prior to the end of the Playing Season, a Club notifies its decision to resign from its League with immediate effect or where a Club is removed from the League for any other reason, then the playing record of that Club will be expunged and a vacancy is created on the date the resignation or removal is formally recorded by that League. 

(c)        In all such cases that Club is treated as a relegated Cluband the vacancy will be filled in accordance with 5.5.3 (a) above.

5.6        Only internal changes to the constitution of a League are allowed following the holding of a League’s Annual General Meeting.

5.7        Clubs are not allowed to enter into a ground share agreement in order to gain promotion or to retain membership at a particular Step where the Club has failed to attain or maintain the relevant Grade. 

5.8        Ground grading requirements will be in accordance with the Rules.

In order to be considered for promotion, the following requirements will apply.

Step 1 - Clubs must comply fully with the requirements of Grade A.

Step 2 - Clubs competing at Step 2 must comply fully with the requirements of Grade B.  To be considered for promotion to Step 1 or to be included in the Play Off Matches, Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade B by 31st March in the year in which they seek promotion. Clubs must also attain Grade A by 31st March in the year following promotion.

Step 3 - Clubs competing at Step 3 must comply fully with the requirements of Grade C.  To be considered for promotion to Step 2 or to be included in the Play Off Matches, Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade C and attain Grade B by 31st March in the year following promotion.

Step 4 - Clubs competing at Step 4 must comply fully with the requirements of Grade D.  To be considered for promotion to Step 3 or to be included in the Play Off Matches, Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade D and attain Grade C by 31st March in the year following promotion.

Step 5 - Clubs competing at Step 5 must comply fully with the requirements of Grade F and attain Grade D by 31st March in the year following promotion.

Step 6 - Clubs competing at Step 6 must comply fully with the requirements of Grade G.  To be considered for promotion to Step 5 Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade G and attain Grade F by 31st March in the year following promotion.

Step 7 - Clubs competing at Step 7 must comply fully with the minimum requirements in force.  To be considered for promotion to Step 6 Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade H and attain Grade G by 31st March in the year following promotion.  Clubs can be promoted from Step 7 to 6 without floodlights provided that all other requirements of Grade H are met by 31st March in the Playing Season in which the Club wishes to gain promotion and that the Club has the following in place:-

Failure to install floodlights in working order by 30th September following promotion will result in a sanction being imposed at the discretion of the League of which the Club is a member.  If by 31st March in the year following promotion the floodlights are still not installed then the Club will be a relegated Club and be dealt with accordingly.

5.9        If a Club is relegated for not achieving the required Grade for the Step at which it is playing it will not be eligible for promotion again until it has attained the required Grade for the Step to which it wishes to be promoted.  The Club must have that Grade at 31st March in the year in which it seeks promotion. 

5.10(a)  Where a Club resigns from a League that Club will not be eligible for promotion for at least one Playing Season following the Season in which it resigned.

5.11      In the event of any question arising regarding the interpretation of these Regulations it will be decided by The Association in its sole discretion.

6.         The Movement of Clubs within the National League System other than by Promotion or Relegation

6.1        Movement of a Club from participation in one League to another is not permitted other than by promotion and relegation or otherwise as set out in League Rules save with the approval of the Committee.

It may be necessary from time to time to move Clubs laterally at the same Step.  Each year the Committee will consider whether any lateral movements may be necessary at each Step; if so the Clubs likely to be affected shall be notified and given the opportunity to present a case if that Club does not wish to be moved laterally.  The final decision shall rest with a sub-committee of the Committee. Any appeal shall be in accordance with the Regulations for Football Association Appeals.  The decision of that appeal shall be final and binding subject only to Arbitration under FA Rule K.

In coming to its decision the Committee will have regard to any representations made by any party, the distance to be travelled by any Club to be moved compared to the distance travelled in the Playing Season prior to movement; the financial impact on the Club to be moved, the frequency with which the Club has been moved in the past; the number of Clubs both in the division to which the Club is to be moved and in the division from which the Club is moved, and any other matter that it considers to be relevant.

6.2        Any Club proposing to move from one League to another must make application in writing to The Committee on or before 31st March in each year to be effective for the following Playing Season.  In the event of such application being successful the League from which the Club is moving shall not levy a financial penalty on that Club.

6.3 (i)    If a Club (whether a Members’ Club or a Company) is wound up, liquidated, or is removed from its League or withdraws from football competition (‘the Former Club’), and a new Club (‘the New Club’) is established which wishes to be placed within the NLS,it will be allowed to make an application only to join a League/division at Step 5 of the NLS unless the Former Club was in either Step 4 or Step 5 when the event which caused it to cease its membership occurred in which case it must re-join the NLS at a minimum of two Steps below the level at which it was at the time the event occurred,  or withdrew from football competition, whichever is lower.  Where the Former Club was a member of The FA Premier League or Football League then the Committee shall at its absolute discretion determine in which League the New Club shall be placed for the following Playing Season and will set out at its complete discretion the requirements to be met by the New Club. 

In order for consideration to be given to the placement in the NLS of the New Club in the following Playing Season, an initial application must be received by the Committee by 1st March or within twenty-one days of the Former Club being wound up, liquidated, resigning or being removed from its League or withdrawing from football competition, if such date is later than 1st March.

The full application accompanied by all necessary documents including evidence of security of tenure having been granted to the New Club and affiliation to a County Football Association must be received by 31st March or within twenty-one days of the Former Club being wound up, liquidated, resigning or being removed from its League or withdrawing from football competition, if such date is later than 1st March. The application shall be copied to the League of which membership is being requested.  The application will be determined by the Committee. 

In considering any application, the Committee will set out at its sole discretion the requirements to be met by the New Club.

In the event of more than one application being received within twenty-one days of the Former Club being wound up, liquidated, resigning or being removed from its League or withdrawing from football competition, the Committee will consider at its discretion which application will be considered in accordance with this Regulation.

6.3 (ii)   If a Club is removed from its League and wishes to remain in the NLS it shall apply to the Committee within five working days of it receiving written notification of its removal from its League.  The Committee will consider such application and will place the Club in what it considers at its sole discretion to be the most appropriate League/division for the following Playing Season.

6.4        If a Club (whether a Members’ Club or a Company) ceases to be a member of its league and that Club (that is not a New Club as defined at 6.3 above) wishes to be placed within the NLS for the immediately following Playing Season, then unless otherwise determined by the Committee, it may be allowed to make an application to join a League/division below the most recent League/division of which the Club was a member.

In order for consideration to be given to the placement in the NLS by the Club in the immediately following Playing Season, an initial application must be received by the Committee in accordance with the procedures set out at 6.3 above. The application shall be copied to the League of which membership is being requested. The application will be determined by the Committee at its absolute discretion.

In considering any application, the Committee will set out at its sole discretion the requirements to be met by the Club in determining whether to approve the application.

6.5        If two or more Clubs (“the Merging Clubs”) are proposing a transaction or series of transactions that result in the merging or consolidation (“the Proposed Merger”) of those Clubs into one Club (“the Merged Club”) then a formal application to do so must be received by the Committee and the league(s) of which the Merging Clubs are members by 31st December to be valid for the following Playing Season.

A Deed of Agreement, which shall be legally binding on all parties must be submitted to The Association by 31st March in the year immediately following receipt of the application.  The Committee shall determine at its absolute discretion where the Merged Club is to be included in the NLS for the following Playing Season subject to the provisions of item 6.5.5 below.      

In arriving at its decision the Committee may apply the following minimum criteria:

6.5.1       The requirements of Standardised Rule 2.9 for the current Playing Season must be met by each of the Merging Clubs.  If one or more of the Merging Clubs is subject to an insolvency event then Standardised Rule 2.9.2 shall be applied to such club(s), otherwise Standardised Rule 2.9.1 shall be applied;

6.5.2       The proposed playing name of the Merged Club must be acceptable to the Committee; and 

6.5.3       The Merged Club must have security of tenure to a ground that meets the relevant ground grading requirements;  

6.5.4       Any other criteria that the Committee may from time to time deem to be appropriate;

6.5.5       The Merged Club will ordinarily be placed at the lower of the Steps at which the Merging Clubs ended the Playing Season in which the application is made.  For the purposes of this Regulation, if one of the Merging Clubs has finished that Playing Season in a relegation place, then they will be deemed to have ended the Playing Season at the Step to which they would have been relegated without the Proposed Merger proceeding.

Any decision regarding whether a proposed transaction or series of transactions falls to be considered under this Regulation shall be determined by the Committee           at its absolute discretion

7.         Placement of a Club into a League

7.1        Usually a club can only enter the NLS at Step 7.  However, a League may seek approval from the Committee to receive a club or team not currently in membership of a League within the NLS provided that there is: (a) exceptional circumstances, (b) a vacancy within its constitution (c) the club meets the entry criteria and (d) promotion and relegation issues have been satisfied.  Such request must be received from the League by no later than 1st February.  Any decision shall only be capable of Appeal to The FA by the affected League.

7.2        Reserve teams, including a team from a club or Club which is not considered by the Committee to be sufficiently separate from another club or Club, will not be permitted to compete above Step 6 in the NLS.  There must be a minimum of two Steps between a first and reserve team.  This does not apply at Steps 6 & 7.  No two teams from the same Club can play at the same Step. Reserve teams currently at Step 5 can remain unless relegated, once relegated they will not be permitted to be promoted back to Step 5.

7.3        Teams from Higher Education or Further Education establishments are not permitted to compete above Step 5.  This does not prevent any such establishment forming a Club which complies with all entry criteria and which is separate from the establishment itself.

7.4        Where a Club moves from one League to another, for whatever reason, the League from which it is being moved must provide the League to which the Club is being moved with a certificate confirming that the Club being moved does not owe any money or other property of any nature to the League from which it is being moved.  The Club being moved cannot compete in its new League until such certificate has been provided and the onus will be on the Club being moved to ensure that it has cleared all indebtedness to its previous League.

8.         Procedures for the Determination of any Matter, Dispute or Difference by the Leagues Committee

8.1        The Committee may adopt such procedures for the determination of any matter, dispute or difference as it considers appropriate and expedient, having regard to the aims and objectives set out at Regulation 1.  The Committee may require the attendance at a meeting or the written observations of any League or Club, as it considers appropriate to assist its determination.

8.2(a)    Any dispute or difference between a League and a Club relating to promotion and relegation issues, lateral movement and/or other eligibility criteria must be referred for determination to the Committee; such determination shall be final and binding subject only to Arbitration in accordance with Rule K.

8.2(b)    Any decision of the Committee shall be subject to a right of appeal to an Appeal Board.  The decision of that Appeal Board shall be final and binding on all parties.

All referrals of appeals shall be conducted in accordance with the Regulations for Football Association Appeals save for appeals in relation to Ground Grading decisions where the procedures are outlined in 8.2(c) below. 

8.2(c)    Procedures for Ground Grading Appeals

(i)    The ratification of the Ground Grading decision must be sent in writing within 14 days of the final decision date, currently 31st March.

(ii)    Appeals in relation to Ground Grading Appeals must be submitted to The FA Judicial Services Department within seven days from the date of the written decision outlining the Grounds of Appeal, with a copy to The FA Leagues & Clubs Department.

(iii)   The Ground Grading Technical Panel will appear before an Appeal Board with the Appellant to respond to the application and there is no requirement to make a formal response in writing.

(iv)   In all cases the Ground Grading Technical Panel will submit any documentation including the Ground Grading report that was considered by the Ground Grading Technical Panel in relation to the Ground Grading decision, (which the appellant would already have received).

(v)   Dates would be set annually in advance by the Judicial Services Department for the hearing of Ground Grading appeals and details of the dates would be notified to all Clubs in the correspondence from the Ground Grading Technical Panel notifying the decision of the Ground Grading assessment.

(vi)   All Ground Grading Appeals are to be heard by the end of April each year.      

8.3        The Committee may, at its discretion, delegate the resolution of any matter, dispute or difference arising under these Regulations to any body it considers to be appropriate (including a sub-committee or commission which may include members of council not on the Committee or a body constituted by a County Football Association).

9.         Criteria for the participation in Play-Off Matches

In order to qualify for Play-Off Matches a Club must comply with: 

 11.        Precedence

 In the case of conflict between the Regulations for the Operation of the National League System and the Rules, the Regulations take precedence.

 LEAGUES/DIVISIONS AT STEPS 5, 6 & 7 OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE SYSTEM

(season 2018/2019)

 

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7

Combined Counties League Premier Div

Combined Counties League Div 1

Anglian Combination Premier Div

Eastern Counties League Premier Div

East Midlands Counties League

Bedfordshire County League Premier Div

Essex Senior League

Eastern Counties League Div 1 North

Cambridgeshire County League       Premier Div

Hellenic League Premier Div

Eastern Counties League Div 1 Eastern Senior League

Hellenic League Div 1 East

Central Midlands League Div North

Midland League Premier Div

Hellenic League Div 1 West

Central Midlands League Div South

North West Counties League Premier Div

Midland League Div 1

Cheshire League Premier Div

Northern League Div 1

Northern Counties East Div 1

Dorset Premier League

Northern Counties East League Premier Div

North West Counties League Div 1 North

North West Counties League Div 1 South

Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div

Southern Counties East League Premier Div

Northern League Div 2

Essex Olympian League Premier Div

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Div

South West Peninsula League Premier Div

Gloucestershire County League       Premier Div

Southern Combination Football League Premier Div

Spartan South Midlands League Div 1

Hampshire Premier League Senior Div          

United Counties League Premier Div 

Southern Combination Football League Div 1

Herts Senior County League Premier Div

Wessex League Premier Div

Southern Counties East League Div 1

Humber Premier League Premier Div

Western League Premier Div

United Counties League Div 1

Kent County League Premier Div

 

Wessex League Div 1

Leicestershire Senior League Premier Div

Lincolnshire Football League Premier Div

 

West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Div

Liverpool County Premier League Premier Div

 

Western League Div 1

Manchester Football League Premier Div

Mid Sussex Football League Premier Div

 

 

Middlesex County League Premier Div          

 

 

Midland League Div 2

 

 

Northamptonshire Combination Premier Div

 

 

Northern Football Alliance Premier Div

North Riding Football League Premier Div

 

 

Nottinghamshire Senior League Senior Div

 

 

Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Div        

 

 

Peterborough & District League        Premier Div

 

 

Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Div

 

 

Somerset County League Premier Div

Southern Combination Div Two       

 

 

South West Peninsula League Div 1 East

 

 

South West Peninsula League Div 1 West

 

 

Spartan South Midlands League Div 2

 

 

Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Div         

 

 

Suffolk & Ipswich League Senior Div              

 

 

Surrey Elite Intermediate League

Intermediate Div

 

 

 

 

 

Thames Valley Premier League Premier Div

 

 

Wearside League

 

 

West Cheshire League Div 1

 

 

West Lancashire League Premier Div

 

 

West Midlands (Regional) League Div 1        

 

 

West Riding County Amateur League Premier Div

 

 

West Yorkshire League Premier Div

 

 

Wiltshire Football League Premier Div

 

 

York Football League Premier Div

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New Clubs entering the league

We welcome you to the Northern Football Alliance League and hope that your players and officials will enjoy many successful years within our ranks.

The Northern Football Alliance, along with the Northern and Wearside Leagues, make up part of the Football Association's National League System which aim to provide local players with a high level of competitive football while giving ambitious Clubs the opportunity to progress. 

In overseeing the League's affairs The Management Committee are determined to ensure that all Member Clubs uphold the reputation, prestige and traditions of the competition. 

As a member of a newly-admitted Club you will probably notice first of all that games have a more competitive edge. Your Club Officials should quickly realise that running and organising a Club at this level can be quite challenging in terms of administration. 

We do everything within our power to assist officials who will undoubtedly be facing an increase in responsibility and workload. 

All officials of new Clubs are advised to read through the few following extra pages in this Handbook which are aimed to be a guide for their main duties within the League.

Our aim is to ensure that you enjoy being members of this League and that you don't see your hard-earned income frittered away quite needlessly by fines imposed for errors in administration. 

Having thus pointed you hopefully in the right direction we wish you, as newcomers to our ranks, every success in the Northern Football Alliance League. 


And please remember there is always help and advice available whenever it is required.
The Management Committee

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Familiarity with the rules and the handbook

In general, the status of a League dictates the number of rules governing its operation. You will therefore probably find that there are more rules to consider than in your previous League. It's a good idea to give each Member of your Committee a copy of the League & Cup Rules so that they can all become familiar with the rules which govern their particular roles within your own Club. You are also reminded that pleading ignorance of any particular rule is no defence when a rule is broken and offers no protection against the imposing of fines.

The following details may therefore be useful in helping you to avoid some of the common pitfalls.

STUDY YOUR LEAGUE HANDBOOK

When it comes to avoiding fines there is no substitute for becoming familiar with the League & Cup Rules & Regulations relating to Clubs. But some of the following reminders and tips may assist in giving your Club a successful and trouble-free start.

WILLING HELPERS ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT

Clubs which attempt to operate with only one or two people shouldering the administrative burden frequently find themselves in trouble and facing regular fines. To run a Club successfully in this League there has to be a strong Committee Structure so that fund-raising and administration can be shared. It should be each Club's aim to have at least six people as a working committee with nobody asked to take on more than one official role.

FAIR PLAY AWARDS

The League has introduced special awards in an effort to reduce cautions, dismissals and FA charges and hopefully to generally improve discipline on and off the field of play. The number of yellow and red cards as well as the number of FA charges issued and proved to a Club’s players and Management team is the basis of deciding which Clubs are rewarded at the end of the season with an award for each Division.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

■ Send at least ONE CLUB REPRESENTATIVE to EVERY General Meeting of the League.

■ Pay all fees and fines which are due to the League PROMPTLY and within the time limit stipulated for payment.

■ Keep up-to-date RECORDS and ACCOUNTS for your Club. These can be inspected at any time by League Officials.

■ Playing areas of grounds must be surrounded by a PERMANENT or TEMPORARY BARRIER according to League Rules governing the Division in which you compete.

■ Contact Match Officials at LEAST FIVE DAYS prior to every home game giving details of the match arrangements.

■ Contact the visiting Club to confirm the game giving details of your CLUB COLOURS and TIME OF KICK OFF at LEAST FIVE DAYS prior to every home game giving details of the match arrangements.

■ Give the visiting Club's Secretary the NAMES OF MATCH OFFICIALS prior to kick-off in case these have been changed.

■ The DRESSING ROOM accommodation must be clean and adequate for both teams and the Match Officials. See League Rules for further guidance.

■ Fill in the TEAM SHEET at least fifteen minutes before the kick off. The sheet must contain FULL NAMES of all players and substitutes. Copies of the TEAM SHEET containing the FULL NAMES of players and substitutes MUST be exchanged by both TEAMS 15 minutes prior to kick-off and a copy MUST be given to the Match Referee.

■ All matches must KICK OFF PROMPTLY. Late starts are punishable by fines levied on offending Clubs.

■ At HALF TIME the Match Officials must be offered liquid refreshments by the home Club.

■ At FULL TIME the home Club must TELEPHONE OR TEXT THE RESULT to the League Official named in the Handbook. The caller must give the result, FULL NAMES of goal-scorers (and times of goals). Results must be phoned in BEFORE 5-00pm - SATURDAYS and BEFORE 9-30pm - MIDWEEK. 

Unless the visiting Club has indicated otherwise when the match was confirmed they should be offered AFTER-MATCH HOSPITALITY by their hosts. Food is normally provided at local Public Houses.

Within 56 hours of the end of the match both teams must complete the on line match return on the League web site.

The official MATCH RESULT SHEET, fully completed, must reach the Registration Secretary of the League WITHIN THREE DAYS of the date of the match (excluding Sundays and Bank Holidays) This sheet must contain FULL NAMES of all players and substitutes. The KICK-OFF TIME, RESULT,GOALSCORERS, PLAYED SUBSTITUTES,CAUTIONS,DISMISSALS,MATCH OFFICIALS FEES AND EXPENSES MUST BE SHOWN. 

The ASSESSMENT MARK for the MATCH OFFICIAL must also be completed.
Referees are assessed by Clubs on a scale of 1 to 100. Clubs are expected to be as fair as possible in their marking assessment. Guides should be studied and adhered to. If a low marking is awarded (see assessment guide) then the result sheet must be accompanied by a SHORT REPORT explaining the reasons for the award of a low mark.

ADDITIONAL POINTS.

All new Clubs are on PROBATION and their conduct and attention to administration will be monitored closely. 

If, for any reason, your Club is summoned to appear before the Management Committee it must be represented by a conversant member of your Committee.

The League must be informed immediately of RESULTS, CUP DRAWS and REPLAYS involving your Club in other competitions such as COUNTY CUP COMPETITIONS since League fixtures may have to be amended.

Beware of playing SUSPENDED or UNREGISTERED players. If in any doubt check it out on the League web site or with the League's Registration Secretary or the County FA. Don't rely on the player concerned! He may, for example, be already registered with another Northern Football Alliance Club.

When registering a player make sure that the on line registration form is FULLY COMPLETED. Incomplete forms will not be accepted by the player registration programme and therefore delay the registration of the player or players concerned. The Player and the Club will receive am email confirming the player's registration.

Always remember - ADVICE & ASSISTANCE are readily available Names, addresses and telephone numbers of League Officials are in the Handbook. Your first contact may be the Representative for your Division who is on the Management Committee.

DON'T BE CAUGHT OUT!

 In two years time it is possible that some of our new Clubs could become eligible for promotion to the Premier Division. If your Club has this sort of ambition then your Officials should consider the implications AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Stepping up a division in the Northern Football Alliance League requires Clubs to satisfy some fairly strict requirements relating to facilities at their grounds. A Championship or Runners-up spot DOES NOT GUARANTEE PROMOTION. Read the League Rules carefully to find out what is required well in advance and DON'T BE CAUGHT OUT at the last minute!

PUBLICITY

The League already enjoys a fairly high profile when it comes to publicity both nationally and locally, and the hard work which has achieved this will be continuing in this and future seasons. The Press Officer ensures that results and tables are sent to various local and national newspapers as well as local radio stations. Secretaries are requested to assist in the area of publicity and items of interest (with photographs where applicable) can be posted to the League’s Press Officer who is:


Peter Mann.

Tel: 07596657371

Email: petermann78@hotmail.com

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Guidance notes for club secretaries

(a) Correspondence

All correspondence, including any changes being made to Club Information is to be sent to the League Secretary. This shall assist in prompt circulation of amendments.

(b) Postponements of Published Fixtures

Requests for a vacant dates should be made to the appropriate Fixture Secretary as soon as possible. The Fixture Secretary will decide on the request and the decision will be confirmed by the League Management Committee. All requests must state the reason for the request.

(c) Cup Competitions other than FA or County FA

Clubs must obtain permission from League prior to entering any other Competition.

(d) Procedure for Pitch Inspections

All Clubs are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that their ground is in good order throughout the season. Matches cannot be postponed before the day of the game without the permission of the League Secretary. 

Where there are severe weather conditions prevailing, and forecast is to persist, a previous day pitch inspection and postponement is acceptable to avoid unnecessary travelling by opponents and match officials For Saturday Games - where play is doubtful on the morning of the preceding day, arrangements should be made for a pitch inspection to be carried out on the morning of the game - prior to 10.00am. This will ensure that a decision is made well before the opponents commence travelling. On the previous day the League Secretary should be informed, and then match officials and opponents, advising of a possible postponement. Once the pitch inspection has been completed, the League Secretary, match officials and opponents are to be informed of the decision.

(e) After Match Refreshments

Home Clubs are required to provide adequate refreshments to visitors. Venues should be on or in immediate vicinity of match venue. Home Clubs failing to fulfil requirement will be disciplined by the League. Clubs failing to attend hospitality without prior notice will be disciplined by the League.

(f) Personal Accident Insurance

It is a FA Regulation that all Clubs must have Personal Accident Insurance cover. Any Club which does not become a member of the Northern Football Alliance League Personal Accident Policy or a mandatory policy provided by a County FA must provide evidence, in the form of an Insurance Policy Cover note, that Personal Accident Cover is in place no later than 1st August each season. Public Liability Insurance in the sum of £10m is normally provided by the Affiliating County FA. Player to Player Insurance is also normally available from the Affiliating County FA and it is recommended that Clubs obtain this cover.

(g) Club, Forums and Social Networking Sites

Clubs should be aware that any comments made in the public domain relating to undue criticism of the League, it's Officers and Officials, fellow Member Clubs and Match Officials will result in the Club and it's Officials being charged with bringing the League into disrepute and the Club instructed to attend the League Management Committee to explain their comments. The Management Committee may, at it's discretion, impose Fines, Suspensions or other punishments which are deemed appropriate,

 

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Standing Orders

Regulations for the conduct of business at meetings of the Northern Football Alliance League.

Rules of Debate:

(1) Each member on speaking shall arise and address the Chairman and his speech must be relative to the issue. The question of relevance shall be decided by the Chairman. If two or more members rise to speak at the same time, the Chairman shall decide who has priority to speak.

(2) When the Chairman arises to speak no one shall continue standing or speaking until the Chair has been resumed.

(3) A member shall not speak more than once on any motion, amendment, or point of order except by permission of the Chairman or by leave of the meeting, subject to the reply to the mover of the original motion.

(4) The mover of every original resolution or motion shall have the right to reply to objections or queries raised against the resolution or motion.

(5) Any motion or amendment once made and seconded shall not be altered or withdrawn without the consent of the Chairman or meeting without discussion.

(6) When an amendment is moved on a resolution, no further amendment shall be moved until the first is disposed of, but any number of amendments may be brought forward in succession. If an amendment is affirmed it shall form the proposition under consideration, where upon further amendments can be moved. The mover of any amendments which is affirmed shall be entitled to speak in reply in the events of further amendments being proposed.

(7) An amendment shall be either:
(a) To leave out words.
(b) To insert words.
(c) To omit words to insert others.

(8) No member shall be permitted to move or second more than two amendments on any motion.

(9) Members will be allowed up to a maximum time of five minutes to speak on any motions or amendments or points of order, except with permission of the Chairman.

(10) The decision of the Chairman upon any point of order shall be final.

 

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League and Cup Rules, Fines Tarriff, season 2018 2019

NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE LEAGUE

CONSTITUTION AND RULES 

This League shall be conducted in accordance with the General Rules for Leagues as laid down by the Football Association, which are adopted by the Northumberland, Durham and Cumberland, together with the special rules which have been approved by the Joint Committees of the above Football Associations.

STANDARD CODE OF RULES

These Standard Code of Rules developed by the Football Association for open age football and these rules are mandatory for all Competitions outside the National League System and at Step 7. Competitions seeking sanction must draft their Rules in conformity with this code, putting then in correctly numbered rule and showing standard headings. Competitions may add to the core of the Standard Code providing the additions are approved by the sanctioning Association and do not conflict with the mandatory Rules or any relevant principles and policies established by the FA.

CLUBS TO NOTE:

To preserve the status and good name of the Northern Football Alliance League, rules governing the Competition will be strictly adhered to and enforced by the League's elected Officials and the Management Committee. Copies of the League Rules are available to each Club in membership and ignorance of any particular rule will not be accepted as an excuse for breaking that rule. Club Secretaries are therefore urged to consult the League Rules frequently so that unnecessary fines and penalties imposed by the Management Committee can be avoided.

 1. DEFINITIONS

(A)  In these Rules

“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 Northern Football Allinace 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.

“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 FA] [the…………County Football Association Limited].

“Scholarship” means a Scholarship as set out in Rule C 3 (a) (i) of the rules of The FA.

“Season” means the period of time between an AGM and the subsequent 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.

“WGS” means the Whole Game System and the procedures for the operation thereof as determined by The FA from time to time.

“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.

(B) Unless stated otherwise, terms referring to natural persons are applicable to both genders. Any term in the singular applies to the plural and vice-versa.

 

GOVERNANCE RULES

2. COMPETITION NAME, CONSTITUTION

(A) The Competition will be known as Northern Football Alliance League (or such other name as the Competition may adopt). 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 thereupon automatically cease to be a member of the Competition.

(B) This Competition shall consist of not more than 48 Clubs approved by the Sanctioning Authority.

(C) The geographical area covered by the Competition membership shall be Northumberland, County Durham, Cumberland.

(D) The administration of the Competition under these Rules will be carried out by the Competition acting (save where otherwise specifically mentioned herein) through the Management Committee in accordance with the rules, regulations and policies of The FA.

(E) 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 thereto, subject to the provisions of Rule 7.

(F)  The Rules are taken from the Standard Code of Rules (the “Standard Code”) determined by The FA 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 the Competition.

(G) All Clubs must be affiliated to an Affiliated Association and their names and particulars shall be returned annually by the appointed date in a manner prescribed by the Sanctioning Authority and must have a constitution approved by the Sanctioning 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, each not exceeding 16 in number.

(H) Inclusivity and Non-discrimination

(i) The Competition and each Club must be committed to promoting inclusivity and to eliminating all forms of discrimination and should abide and adhere to The FA Equality Policy and any legislative requirements (to include those contained in the Equality Act 2010).

(ii) This Competition and each Club must make every effort to promote equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that 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, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability or otherwise.

(iii) Any alleged breach of the Equality Act 2010 legislation must be referred to the appropriate Sanctioning Authority for investigation.

(I) Clubs must comply with the provisions of any initiatives of The FA which are adopted by the Competition including, but not limited to, Charter Standard and RESPECT programmes. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(J) All Participants shall abide by The Football Association Regulations for Safeguarding Children as determined by The FA from time to time.

(K) 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.

(L) At the AGM or a SGM called for the purpose, a majority 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 Rule 22.

(M) Only one Team shall be permitted from any Club to participate in the same division as another Team from the same Club unless there is no viable alternative because of logistical issues and/or reasons linked to participation and geographical boundaries. The Competition will obtain the prior approval of the Sanctioning Authority in the event of a division comprising of more than one Team from the same Club. 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 via transfers of registration in accordance with these Rules.

3     CLUB NAME

Any Club wishing to change its name must obtain permission from the Sanctioning Authority and from the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

4      ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT

(A)   Applications by Clubs for admission to the Competition or the entry of an additional Team(s) from the same Club must be made in writing to the Secretary by 31st March in the season prior to which the application refers and must be accompanied by an Entry Fee per Team as set out in the Fees Tariff, which shall be returned in the event of non-election.

At the discretion of a majority of the accredited voting members present applications, of which due notice has been given, may be received at the AGM or an SGM.

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.

(B) The annual subscription shall be payable in accordance with the Fees Tariff per Club payable on or before the AGM of the Competition in each year. Clubs wishing to pay via installments must pay 50% prior to 1st July and 50% prior to 1st October in each season.

(C) In the event of any issue concerning the membership of any Club with the Competition the Management Committee may require a Deposit to be paid (in accordance with the Fees Tariff) by or on behalf of the Club on such terms and for such period as it may in its entire discretion think fit. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(D) A Club shall not participate in this Competition until the entry fee, annual subscription and deposit (if required) have been paid.

(E)  Clubs must advise annually to the Secretary in writing by 30th June of its Sanctioning Authority affiliation number for the forthcoming Playing Season. Clubs must advise the Secretary in writing, or on the prescribed form, of details of its headquarters, its Officers and any other information required by the Competition by 31st May. All Clubs must nominate 2 Officers, one of which must be the team Secretary, who will be granted Club administration excess to the League web site. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

5. MANAGEMENT, NOMINATION, ELECTION

(A) The Management Committee shall comprise the Officers of the Competition and 8 members, Club representatives, who shall all be elected at the AGM.

(B) 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 30th April 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 in accordance with the foregoing for any office, nominations may be received at the AGM.

(C)  The Management Committee shall meet as and when required, save that no more than three calendar months shall pass between each meeting.

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.

(D)  Except where otherwise mentioned all communications shall be addressed to the Secretary who shall conduct the correspondence of the Competition and keep a record of its proceedings.

(E)  All communications received from Clubs must be conducted through their Officers as recorded by the Competition and sent to the Secretary.

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

6. POWERS OF MANAGEMENT

(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 shall have 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.

(B)  Subject to the permission of the Sanctioning Authority having been obtained, the Management Committee may order a match or matches to be played each Season, the proceeds to be devoted to the funds of the Competition and, if necessary, may call upon each Club (including any club which may have withdrawn during the Season) to contribute equally such sums as may be necessary to meet any deficiency at the end of the Season.

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

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

(D) The Management Committee shall have powers to apply, act upon and enforce these Rules and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Competition. Any action by the Competition must be taken within 28 days of the Competition being notified.

With the exception of Rules 6(I), 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:

(i)  Accept the charge and submit in writing a case of mitigation for consideration by the Management Committee on the papers; or

(ii) Accept the charge and notify that it wishes to put its case of mitigation at a hearing before the Management Committee; or

(iii) Deny the charge and submit in writing supporting evidence for consideration by the Management Committee on the papers; or

(iv) Deny the charge and notify that it wishes to put its case at a hearing before the Management Committee.

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.

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.

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).

With the exception of Teams playing at Step 7 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 Step 7 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 Association.

(E)  All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 7. Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned within 7 days.

(F) 50% of its members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by the Management Committee or any sub-committee thereof.

(G) The Management Committee, as it may deem necessary, shall have power to fill in an acting capacity, any vacancies that may occur amongst their number.

(H) A Club must comply with an order or instruction of the Management Committee and must attend to the business and/or the correspondence of the Competition to the satisfaction of the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(I) Subject to a Club’s right of appeal in accordance with Rule 7 below, all fines and charges must be paid within 14 days of the date of notification of the decision. Any Club failing to do so will be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff. Further failure to pay the fine including the additional fine within a further 14 days will result in fixtures being withdrawn until such time as the outstanding fines are paid.

(J)  A member of the Management Committee appointed by the Competition to attend a meeting or Competition Match may have any reasonable expenses incurred refunded by the Competition.

(K) The Management Committee shall have the power to fill any vacancy that may occur in the membership of the Competition between the AGM or SGM called to decide the constitution and the commencement of the Playing Season.

(L) The business of the Competition as determined by the Management Committee may be transacted by electronic mail or facsimile.

 

7. PROTESTS, CLAIMS, COMPLAINTS, APPEALS

 (A)  (i)All questions of eligibility, qualification of Players or interpretations of the Rules shall be referred to the Management Committee 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 of the venue will not be entertained by the Management Committee unless a protest is lodged with the referee before

      the commencement of the Competition Match.

(B) 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 7 days (excluding Sundays) of the Competition Match or occurrence to which they refer. A protest or complaint shall not be withdrawn except by permission of the Management Committee. A member of the Management Committee who is a member of any Club involved shall not be present (except as a witness or representative of his Club) when such protest or complaint is being determined.

(C) No protest of whatever kind shall be considered by the Management Committee unless the complaining Club shall have deposited with the Secretary a sum in accordance with the Fees Tariff. This may be forfeited in whole or in part in the event of the complaining or protesting Club losing its case. The Competition shall have power to order the defaulting Club or the Club making a losing or frivolous protest or complaint to pay the expenses of the inquiry or to order that the costs to be shared by the parties.

(D)  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 prior to the protest or complaint being heard.

(i)   All parties must have received 7 days’ notice of the hearing should they be instructed to attend.

(ii)  Should a Club elect to state its case in person then it should indicate such when forwarding the written response.

(E)  The Management Committee shall also have power to compel any party to the protest to pay such expenses as the Management Committee shall direct.

(F) Any appeal against a decision of the Management Committee must be lodged with the Sanctioning Authority within 14 days of the posting of the written notification of the decision causing the appeal, accompanied by a fee (as set out in the Fees Tariff), which may be forfeited in the event of the appeal not being upheld. A copy of the appeal must also be sent to the Secretary. The procedure for the appeal shall be determined by the Sanctioning Authority, in such respect the Sanctioning Authority may (but is not obliged to):

(i)   invite submissions by the parties involved;

(ii)  convene a hearing to hear the appeal;

(iii) permit new evidence; or

(iv) impose deadlines as are appropriate

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

(G)      No appeal can be lodged against a decision taken at an AGM or SGM unless this is on the ground of unconstitutional conduct.

(H)       All protests, claims or complaints relating to these Rules and appeals arising from a Player’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, claim or complaint not being upheld, and the party not succeeding may, in addition, be ordered to pay the costs at the direction of the Management Committee.

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.

 8. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

(A) The AGM shall be held not later than 14th June in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least two thirds of the members are present and entitled to vote: -

  1. To receive and confirm the minutes of the preceding AGM.
  2. To receive and adopt the annual report, balance sheet and statement of accounts.
  3. Election of Clubs to fill vacancies.
  4. Constitution of the Competition for the ensuing Season.
  5. Election of Officers of the Competition and the Management Committee members.
  6. Appointment of auditors.
  7. Alteration of Rules, if any (see Rule 14)
  8. Fix the date for the commencement of the Playing Season and kick off times applicable to the Competition.
  9. Fix the date for the end of the Playing Season (save for Step 7 which shall be determined by The FA).
  10. Other business of which due notice shall have been given and accepted as being relevant to an AGM.

(B)  A copy of the duly audited/verified balance sheet, statement of accounts and agenda shall be forwarded to each Club at least 14 days prior to the meeting, together with any proposed Rule changes.

(C)  A signed copy of the duly audited/verified balance sheet and statement of accounts shall be sent to the Sanctioning Authority within 14 days of its adoption by the AGM

(D) Each Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to an AGM. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only. 14 days’ notice shall be given of any AGM.

(E) Clubs 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. This provision will not apply to Clubs expelled in accordance with Rule 12.

(F)  All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot be demanded by at least 50% of the delegates qualified to vote or the Chairman so decides.

(G) No individual shall be entitled to vote on behalf of more than one Club.

(H) Any continuing Club must be represented at the AGM. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(I) Officers of the Competition and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at an AGM.

(J) Where a Competition is an incorporated entity, the Officers of the Competition shall ensure that the Articles of Association of the Competition are consistent with the requirements of these Rule 

 

9. SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS

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

The Management Committee may call a SGM at any time.

At least seven (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 a 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.

10. AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED

 Each Club shall complete and sign the following agreement which shall be deposited with the Competition together with the application for membership for the coming Season, or upon indicating that the Club intends to compete.

“We, (A) (name) [ ] of (address) [ ] (Chairman)/(Director)and (B) (name) [ ] of (address) [ ] (Secretary)/(Director)of [ ] Football Club (Limited) have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the [ ]  Competition and do hereby agree for and on behalf  of the said Club, if elected or accepted into membership, to conform to those Rules and Regulations and to accept, abide by and implement the decisions of the Management Committee of the Competition, subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 7.”

The agreement shall be signed by:

(i)  Where a Club is an unincorporated association, the Club chairman and secretary; or

(ii) Where a Club is an incorporated entity, two directors of the Club.

Any alteration of the chairman and /or secretary of the Club on the above agreement must be notified to the  County Football Association(s) to which the Club is affiliated and to the Secretary.

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

11. CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP, WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB

    (A) Any Club intending, or having a provisional intention, to withdraw a Team from the Competition on completion  

        of its fixtures and fulfilment of all other obligations to the Competition must notify the Secretary in writing by

        31st March each season. This does not apply to a Club moving in accordance   with Rule 22(B). Clubs 

        continuing in membership must also notify the Secretary in writing by 31st March each season. Failure to

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

(B) The Management Committee shall have the discretion to deal with a Team being unable to start or complete its fixtures for a Playing Season, including, but not limited to, issuing a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(C) 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 the Competition in excess of £50, the Management Committee shall be empowered to refer the debt under The FA Football Debt Recovery provisions.

12. EXCLUSION OF CLUBS, TEAMS. MISCONDUCT OF CLUBS, OFFICERS, PLAYERS,    

      MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

(A)  At the AGM or SGM called for the purpose in accordance with the provisions of Rule 9, notice of motion having been duly circulated on the agenda by direction of the Management Committee, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to: (i) remove a member of the Management Committee from office; (ii) exclude any Club or Team from membership, both of which must be supported by more than two thirds (2/3) of those present and voting. Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot. A member of the Management Committee or Club which is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from voting.

(B) At the AGM, or at a 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 conduct has, in their opinion, been undesirable, which must be supported by more than two-thirds (2/3) of those present and voting.  Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot. A Club whose conduct is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from voting.

(C) Any Officer or member of a Club proved 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 clause (A) and/or (B) of this Rule.

 13. TROPHY

 (A)  The following agreement shall be signed on behalf of the winners of the cup or trophy: -

“We (A) (name) and (B) (name), the Chairman and Secretary of FC (Limited), members of and representing the Club, having been declared winners of cup or trophy, and it having been delivered to us by the Competition, do hereby on behalf of the Club jointly and severally agree to return the cup or trophy to the Competition Secretary on or before 31st March. 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/shall be made to the winners and runners-up if the funds of the Competition permit.

 14. ALTERATION TO RULES

    Alterations, for which consent has been given by the Sanctioning Authority, shall be made to these Rules only at  

    the AGM or at a SGM specially convened for the purpose called in accordance with Rule 9. Any alteration made

    during the Playing Season to these Rules shall not take effect until the following Playing Season.

Notice of proposed alterations to be considered at the AGM shall be submitted to the Secretary by 1st March in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by 31st March and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by 14th April. The proposals and proposed amendments thereto shall be circulated to Clubs with the notice of the AGM. A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if a 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

(A) The Management Committee shall determine with which bank or other financial institution the funds of the Competition will be lodged.

(B)  All expenditure in excess of £500 shall be approved by the Management Committee. Cheques shall be signed by at least two Officers nominated by the Management Committee.

(C)  The financial year of the Competition will end on 31st March.

(D)  The books, or a certified balance sheet, of a Competition shall be prepared and shall be audited/verified annually by a suitably qualified person(s) who shall be appointed at the AGM.

 

16. INSURANCE

(A) All Clubs must have valid public liability insurance cover of at least ten million pounds (£10,000,000) at all times.

(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

(A) Dissolution of the Competition shall be by resolution approved at a SGM by a majority of three quarters (3/4) of the members present and shall take effect from the date of the relevant SGM.

(B) In the event of the dissolution of the Competition, the members of the Management Committee are responsible for the winding up of the assets and liabilities of the Competition.

(C) The Management Committee shall deal with any surplus assets as follows:

(i)  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 Benevolent Fund or to such other charitable or benevolent object in the locality of the Competition as determined by resolution at or before the time of winding up, and approved in writing by the Sanctioning Authority.

(ii) If a Competition is discontinued for any reason a trophy or any other presentation shall be returned to the donor if the conditions attached to it so provide or, if not, dealt with as the Sanctioning Authority may decide.

 

MATCH RELATED RULES

18. QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

(iii)  ]

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

      Registered through the Competition’s electronic Player Registration programme and have fully completed the Player Registration form. The player may not take part in a match under the control of the Competition

      until the Club have received a confirmation email from the Player Registration programme that the Registration has been accepted by the Competition or the player’s registration appears on the list of the

      Club’s registered players on the League web site.

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

Clubs are advised to record all players so registered on the Club’s WGS account.

(B)         

(i) 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.

     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.

(ii) Each Club must have at least 16 Players registered before 31st July. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(c)  A Player that owes a Football Debt (as defined under the Football Debt Recovery Regulations) to any club(s) shall be permitted to register and play for a Club in Competition Matches, save that the Player may be liable to be suspended from playing for that Club should the Player fail to comply with the terms of the Football Debt Recovery Regulations in respect of that Football Debt.

(d)  A fee as set out in the Fees Tariff shall be paid by each Club/Team for each Player registered.

(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, priority of registration shall decide for which Club the Player shall be registered. The Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to register the player of the fact of the previous registration.

(f)   It shall be a breach of Rule for a Player to: -

  1. a.  Play for more than one Club in the Competition in the same Playing Season without first being transferred.
  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 transfer.
  3. Submit a signed registration form or submit a registration through WGS or the Competition’s Player Registration programme for registration that the Player had willfully neglected to accurately or fully complete.

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

(g)

(i) The Management Committee shall have the power to accept the registration of any Player subject to the provisions of Rules 18(G) (ii) and (iii) below.

(ii) 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).

(iii) The Management Committee shall have the power to make application to refuse or cancel the registration of any Player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct (subject to Rule 7) subject to the right of appeal to the Sanctioning 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.

(iv) For a Player who has previously had a registration removed in accordance with Rule 18(G)(iii) but has a registration accepted at the expiry of exclusion will be considered to be under a probationary period of 12 months. Whilst under a probationary period, should the Player commit a further act of proven misconduct under the jurisdiction of the Competition, (excluding standard dismissals), the Competition would be empowered to consider a further charge of bringing the Competition into disrepute.

(Note: Action under Rule 18(G) (iii) 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.)

(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 form (in a format as determined by the Competition) to the Competition accompanied by a fee as set out in the Fees Tariff. 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.

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

(I) A Player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after 31st March except by special permission of the Management Committee.

(J) A Club shall keep a list of the Players it registers and a record of all matches in which those Players have played for the Club and shall produce such records upon demand by the Management Committee.

(K) A register containing the names of all Players registered for each Club, with the date of registration, shall be kept by the Registrations Secretary and shall be open to the inspection of an Officer of the Club at all Management Committee meetings or at other times mutually arranged. Registrations are valid for one Playing Season only.

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 his 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)(i).

(L) 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.

(M)  Not included 

(N)                                                

  1. Subject to Rule 18(N)(ii), any Club found to have played an ineligible Player in a Competition Match or Matches where points are awarded shall have the points gained from that Competition Match deducted from its record, up to a maximum of 12 points, and have levied upon it a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(ii) The Management Committee may vary the sanction as relates to the deduction of points set out at Rule 18(N)(i) only in circumstances where the ineligibility is due to the failure to obtain an International Transfer Certificate or where the ineligibility is related to the Player’s status.

(iii) Where a Club is found to have played an ineligible Player in accordance with Rule 18(N)(i) above, the Management Committee may also, at its discretion:

a) Award the points available in the Competition Match in question to the opponents, subject to the Competition Match not being ordered to be replayed; or

b) Levy penalty points against the Club in default; or

c) Order that such Competition Match or Matches be replayed (on such terms as are decided by the Management Committee).

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

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

(ii) The availability of children must be cleared with the Head Teachers (except for Sunday leagues competitions).

(iii) To play open age football the player must have achieved the age of 16.

(P)  Not Included.

19. CLUB COLOURS  

Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by 1st who shall decide as to their suitability.

Any Club wishing to change its colours during the Playing Season must obtain permission from the Management Committee.

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 goalkeepers jersey) at least 5 days before the Competition Match.

If, in the opinion of the referee, two Teams have the same or similar colours, the homeTeam shall make the change. Should a Team delay the scheduled time of kick off for a Competition Match by not having a change of colours they will be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff. 

Shirts must be numbered, 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

(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 (3/4G) 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 fixed at the AGM and can only be altered by the mutual consent of the two competing Clubs prior to the scheduled date of the Competition Match with written notification given to the Competition at least 7 days prior.

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 Nike footballs fit for play and the referee shall make a report to the Competition if the footballs are unsuitable. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(B) Except by permission of the Management Committee all Competition Matches must be played on the dates originally fixed 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 Fixture Secretary. 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).

(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.

(D) In accordance with the Laws of the Game, the minimum number of Players that will constitute a Team for a Competition Match is 7. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(E)        

(i) Home and away matches shall be played. In the event of a Club failing to keep its engagement the Management Committee shall have power to  impose  a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff), deduct points from the defaulting Club, award the points from the Competition Match  in question to the opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any reasonable expenses incurred by the opponents or otherwise deal with them except the award of goals. Notwithstanding the foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall have power to order a Competition Match to be played on a neutral ground or on the opponent’s Ground if they are satisfied that such action is warranted by the circumstances. All Premier Division Clubs must have a fixed barrier on all sides of the ground at least 2 metres away from the touchlines. Clubs sharing their ground with a cricket Club will have their requirements assessed by the Management Committee. Premier Division Clubs must have a dug out, or trainers box. 1st and 2nd Division Clubs must, at least, have a post and rope barrier around the playing surface. All Clubs must use the Substitute Board as supplied by the Competition. All Club Officials, (Manager, Coach and Physio) and the 5 names Substitutes who stand inside the barrier or sit in the dug outs must wear the appropriate Identity Bib as provided by the Competition. Each Club at their home ground must provide separate and adequate changing facilities for both teams and the Match Officials. Minimum size for Team changing rooms is 15 sq metres and 6 sq metres for Match officials. There must be 4 shower heads in each Club changing room and 1 shower head in the Match Officials Changing room. Changing rooms should be a reasonable distance from the playing surface and Clubs must ensure a safe and secure passage from the changing facilities to the playing surface.

(ii) Any Club with more than one Team in the Competition shall always fulfil its fixture, within the Competition, in the following order of precedence: - First Team, Reserve Team, A Team.

(iii) 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 League Secretary, the Secretary or appointed official of the opposing Club and the Match Officials. Inspection of grounds during inclement weather must be undertaken by the home Club at a time appropriate to avoid the unnecessary travel of the away Club and Match Officials. If the scheduled match is postponed by the owners of the ground, the appointed match official or a match official of similar standing or after an inspection by the home Club Officials then this information must be provided by the home Club to the League Secretary. The home Club when informing the away Club of a postponement must obtain acknowledgement from the away Club, either the Club Secretary or nominated Official, of the postponement. The home Club must also obtain acknowledgement of the postponement from the Match Officials. 

(iv) 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 mutually agreed by the two Clubs and approved by the Management Committee. Failing such agreement and notification to the Fixture Secretary within 5 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. Providing gate money is taken and retained the visiting Club shall receive their actual standard class rail or bus fares or the equivalent for 20 persons, or car allowance at 30 p per mile for transporting 20 persons or hire charge of a coach (receipt to be submitted). The residue (if any) to be equally divided between the two Clubs after deducting the cost of advertising, printing, posting, police and Match Officials charges. The home Club shall take the whole of the proceeds of the second Competition Match.

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

(v) The Management Committee shall review all Competition Matches abandoned in cases where it is consequent upon the conduct of either or both Teams.  Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and does no injustice to either Club, the Management Committee shall be empowered to order the score at the time of the abandonment to stand. In all cases where the Management Committee are satisfied that a Competition Match was abandoned owing to the conduct of one Team or its Club member(s) they shall be empowered to award the points for the Competition Match to the opponent. In cases where a Competition 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 Competition Match and it shall not be replayed. No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned Competition Match.

(vi) The Management Committee shall review any Competition 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.

(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 5 may be used.

The referee and opposition shall receive a team sheet not later than 15 minutes before the start of the Competition Match and changes to this team sheet may only be made with the Referee’s and opponent’s permission.

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.

(G) The half time interval shall be of 10 minutes’ duration, but it shall not exceed 15 minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee.

(H) The Teams taking part in a Competition Match shall identify a Team captain on the team sheet who must 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.

 21. REPORTING RESULTS

(A) The Registration Secretary must receive within 72 Hours of the end of the match, excluding Sundays, the result sheet of each Competition Match in the prescribed manner.  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.

(B)  The Home Club shall telephone/text the result of each Competition Match to the Press Officer by 5.00 pm for a Saturday match and 9.30 pm for a midweek match. Full details of scorers must be provided. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. This rule applies to all member Clubs involved in FA or County Cup Ties whether home or away.

(C) The match result notification, correctly completed, shall be signed by an Officer of the Club, or as prescribed by the Competition. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(D) Both Competing Clubs must complete the on-line match return on the Competition web site within 56 hours of the end of the match.

22. DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP

(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 favourable 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.

(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 hereunder, subject to the provisions of Rule 2(L).

(i) Should one or more Teams withdraw from any one division after the Playing Season has commenced an equal number of Teams to those withdrawing in that division shall not be automatically relegated.

(ii) Vacancies occurring after the conclusion of the Playing Season may be filled in any of the following ways:

(a) retention of otherwise relegated Team(s); or

(b) additional promotion of the next ranked Team(s) from the division below; or

(c) election.

(iii) The last 2 Teams in the lowest division shall retire, but be eligible for re-election except as below, and be subject to the conditions of Rule22 (B)(i) above.

(iv) 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.

(v) 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 division concerned.

(C) N/A

(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.

(E)  N/A

23. MATCH OFFICIALS

(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.

(B) 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. 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.

(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.

(D) 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.

(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 and travel expenses of 30 per mile.

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

(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 half fee plus expenses. 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 and expenses. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(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.  

(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.

(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 FA/County FA.

(J) The referee shall complete the on-line Match Officials report on the Competition web site or 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 as well as any other information requested by the Competition.

 

NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE LEAGUE

 

CUP COMPETITIONS REGULATIONS

 

  1. 1.    NAMES AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS.

All Cup Competitions shall be under the entire control of the Northern Football Alliance Management Committee and the General Rules of Charity Competitions shall be applied along with the following rules. The titles of the Five Cup Competitions are as follows together with the entry requirements.

(A)   THE REEVES INDEPENDENT GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP

        All Clubs in Membership with the League must enter this Competition.

(B) THE TEAM VALLEY CARPETS CHALLENGE CUP

      All Premier Division Clubs must enter this Competition.

(C) THE TEAM VALLEY CARPETS COMBINATION CUP

        All First Division Clubs must enter this Competition.

(D) THE TEAM VALLEY CARPETS AMATEUR CUP

     All Second Division Clubs must enter this Competition.

(E) THE BLUEFIN SPORTS INS BILL GARDNER CUP

    (i)  Clubs defeated in the first round of the REEVES INDEPENDENT GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP will enter in this Competition.

    (ii) Any Club requesting dispensation from this Competition will submit a fee of £35 with their written request within 7 days of the scheduled date of the 1st Round of the REEVES INDEPENDENT GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP.

 2. ENTRY FEES

   The entry Fees and dates for payments of these Fees shall be in accordance with Competition Rule 4 b relating to Annual Subscription.

 3. MATCH ARRANGEMENTS

(A) Ten per cent of the gross gate monies from all matches prior to the Semi-Finals shall be paid to Competition Funds.

(B) All Cup Ties including Semi-Finals will be played on the ground of the first-named Club in all pairings drawn. If the home club's ground is not available, the opponent's ground or a ground designated by the League Management Committee must be used.

(C) In the event of a match being postponed on two occasions, for whatever reason, the home drawn Club, if their Registered Ground could be unfit for play, must obtain the use of an alternative ground which is acceptable to the Competition or transfer the match to their opponents ground. Match Officials Fees and Expenses will remain the responsibility of the home drawn Club. Decisions regarding ground fitness must be made no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled Kick Off time.

(D) Neutral Assistant Referees will be appointed for all Semi-Final and Final Ties.

(E) The Final Tie shall be played on a ground selected by the Management Committee.

4. MATCH EXPENSES

(A) All Clubs shall be responsible for paying their own expenses. It will be the responsibility of the Home Club to pay all match expenses, including Match Official's Fees in all ties prior to the Semi-Finals (See Regulation 4C).

(B) The visiting Club will receive no contribution from the home Club towards its travelling and other expenses.

(C) In Cup Semi-Final and Final Ties, the Competition will pay Match Official's Fees and Expenses.

5. PLAYERS’ QUALIFICATIONS

(A) In all matches prior to the Semi-Final Ties, any player who has been registered with the Competition Registration Secretary in accordance with the Competition Rule 18 shall be eligible.

(B) To be eligible to play in the Semi-Final tie a player must have played for his Club in at least 3 games prior to the Semi-Final Tie under the control of the Northern Football Alliance. To be eligible to play in a Final tie a player must have played for his Club in at least 3 games prior to the Final tie under the control of the Northern Football Alliance.

(C) A player can only play for one Club in each of the Cup Competitions controlled by the Northern Football Alliance. Therefore, a player may play for a Club in the League Cup and if transferred may play for another Club in a Divisional Cup or the Charity Cup.

(D) A player shall be considered to be a bona fide player if he is registered by his Club with the Northern Football Alliance in accordance with the provision of the Competition Registration Regulations except in the case of an abandoned match in which case a player must have been eligible to play in the aforesaid match. However, a player who has been suspended may play in a postponed or abandoned match after the term of his suspension has expired

(F) A maximum of 5 substitutes may be nominated of which 5 may be used. They must be included on the Official Result Sheet and handed to the Referee 15 minutes prior to kick-off. Substitutes not so named may not take part in the match.

(G) A Club playing an ineligible player will automatically be expelled from the Competition and be fined in accordance with the fines tariff.

6. CHANGE OF COLOURS

In the event of two teams competing in the Final Tie having strips of a similar colour, both teams must change.

7. RESULT SHEETS

(A) (i) Not less than 15 minutes prior to the appointed kick-off time, each competing Club must provide the Referee and opponents with a fully completed Team Sheet.

(ii) Details of the Result sheet must be lodged by each competing team on the League web site for matches played under the control of the Competition as under the rules for League matches played under the control of the Competition within 56 hours of the end of the match.

(iii) The Competition Registration Secretary must receive within 72 hours of the end of the tie played, excluding Sundays, the Result/Team Sheet of each competing Club in the Competition Match in the prescribed manner. This must include the surname and forename(s) of the team players, in block letters and also the Referees markings required by Rule 21, or any other information required by the Competition. It shall be the responsibility of each competing Club Secretary, or other Club Official, to ensure that a correct and fully completed Result/Team Sheet is forwarded to the Registration Secretary. Clubs that include in the completed Result/Team Sheet the name of a player who is not eligible to play but does not take part in the match will be fined £20.

(B) The Home Club will telephone/text the result of each match in to the League Press Officer by 5.00p.m. for Saturday matches, and by 9.30p.m. for midweek matches. This Rule also applies to all Northern Football Alliance Clubs playing matches, either home or away, in games other than those organised by the League Fixture Secretaries. Such matches include Football Association and County FA Cup Competitions.

8. CONDUCT OF CUP TIES

(A) The duration of the match shall normally be 90 minutes. However, in the event that normal time has to be reduced due to insufficient light or other reasonable cause, then agreement must be made between the Referee and the participating teams prior to the start of normal play.

(B) In all Cup Ties in all Competitions, including the Final Tie, where the scores are level at the end of normal time, extra time of 15 minutes each way shall be played. If the scores are level at the end of extra time, then the result will be decided by the taking of penalties. The penalty competition shall be conducted in strict accordance with the procedure adopted by the Football Association Board.

(C) The half time interval in any match shall be 10 minutes. This may be altered with the consent of the Referee.

9. MATCH OFFICIALS FEES

The Fees and Expenses paid to Match Officials shall be calculated at the rates in force which apply to the Home team

10. CUSTODY OF TROPHY & AWARD OF MEMENTOES

The Winners of a Competition shall hold the Cup for one season. Eighteen (18) medals or suitable mementos will be presented to the winners and finalists.

 

SCHEDULE A

 

FEES TARIFF

RULE NUMBER

DESCRIPTION

MAXIMUM FEE

4 (A)

CLUB ENTRY FEE

£ 0

4 (B)

CLUB/TEAM ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

£ 190

4 (C)

DEPOSIT

£ 50

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

PROTEST/APPEAL FEES

£ 20

18 (D)

PLAYER REGISTRATION FEE (60 FREE) (PAYABLE AT END OF SEASON)

£ 5

18 (H)

TRANSFER FEE (PAYABLE AT END OF SEASON)

£ 5

23 (E)

REFEREE FEES

£ 25 / £ 22

23 (E)

ASSISTANT REFEREE FEES

£ 18 / £16

 

FINES TARIFF

RULE NUMBER

DESCRIPTION

MAXIMUM FINE

2 (G)

FAILURE TO AFFILIATE

£ 50

2 (I)

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH FA INITIATIVES

£ 50

2 (K)

UNAUTHORISED ENTRY OF TEAMS INTO COMPETITIONS

£ 20

3

FAILURE TO OBTAIN CONSENT FOR A CHANGE OF CLUB NAME

£ 100

4 (C)

FAILURE TO PAY A DEPOSIT

£ 50

4(E)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE AFFILIATION NUMBER/DETAILS FORM

£ 50

5(E)

COMMUNICATIONS CONDUCTED BY PERSONS OTHER THAN NOMINATED OFFICERS

£ 100

6 (H)

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN INSTRUCTION OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

£ 50

6 (I)

FAILURE TO PAY A FINE WITHIN REQUIRED TIMEFRAME

£ 20

8 (H)

FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT AGM

£ 20

9

FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT SGM

£ 20

10

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

£ 20

11(A)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL BEFORE DEADLINE

£ 100

11 (B)

FAILURE TO COMMENCE/COMPLETE FIXTURES

£ 250

13 (A)

FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE TROPHY

£ 20

16(A)

FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE

£ 100

16(B)

FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE

£ 100

18 (A)

FAILURE TO CORRECTLY REGISTER A PLAYER

£ 20

18 (B) (ii)

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

£ 20

18 (F)

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

£ 30

18 (G)(ii)

REGISTRATION IRREGULARITIES

£ 30

18 (M)

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

£ N/A

18 (N)

PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER

£ 30

18(O)

FAILURE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

£ 30

19

DELAYING KICK OFF DUE TO NO CHANGE OF COLOURS

£ 30

19

FAILURE TO NUMBER SHIRTS

£ 30

20(A)

DELAYING KICK OFF DUE TO FAILURE TO PROVIDE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

£ 30

20 (B)

FAILURE TO PLAY MATCHES ON THE DATE FIXED

£ 100

20 (C)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF A FIXTURE

£ 30

20 (D)

PLAYING MATCH WITH LESS THAN REQUIRED NUMBER OF PLAYERS

£ 5 per player short

20 (E) (i) & (iv)

FAILURE TO PLAY FIXTURE

£ 100

20 (H)

NO CAPTAIN’S ARMBAND

£ 30

21 (A)

LATE RESULT NOTIFICATION FORM

£ 30

21 (B)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE RESULT

£ 30

21(C)

RESULT NOTIFICATION NOT SIGNED BY APPROPRIATE SIGNATORIES

£ 30

23 (C)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE CLUB ASSISTANT REFEREE

£ 30

23 (E)

FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS’ FEES AND EXPENSES

£ 50

23 (F)

FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS WHERE A MATCH IS NOT PLAYED

£ 50

23 (H)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE REFEREE’S MARK

£ 30

 

SCHEDULE B – INDEX

 

 

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

Match Officials

SCHEDULE A

 

Fees Tariff

 

Fines Tariff

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International Clearance

INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE NOTES

The Procedures for making requests

(FROM THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION RULES AND REGULATIONS)

1. FIFA Regulations governing the Status and Transfer of Players require National Associations to issue an International Transfer Certificate for any player over the age of 12 who is moving from one National Association to another including UK borders (THIS MEANS SCOTLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND AND WALES) It is absolutely essential to make exhaustive checks on the player and not to accept his / her word that they have permission. Breaches are dealt with under the provisions of FA Rule E.1 (b). Individual Players and Clubs can face disciplinary action and Leagues are empowered to take further action which can lead to fines and deduction of points.

IF A PLAYER IS UNDER THE AGE OF 18, CLEARANCE WILL BE SUBJECT TO FIFA

2. The Association which a player is leaving will issue the International Transfer Certificate to the National Association to which the player is moving.

3. The receiving Association shall make a request for an International Transfer Certificate to the issuing Association. In order to identify a player correctly the request should include the player’s full name, date and place of birth and the name of the Club for which he was last registered together with written confirmation that the Club wishes to register the player. 

IT IS NOW A REQUIREMENT TO SUBMIT A COPY OF THE PLAYER'S PASSPORT AND / OR NATIONAL ID CARD.

4. An Association, having received a request from another Association, is obliged to issue an International Transfer Certificate providing the player is not under written contract to a Club, (as a non-amateur player) is not suspended from football for disciplinary reasons, (unless up to a maximum of 4 matches) and has fulfilled all obligations to the former Club.

5. Clubs and / or players, seeking International Clearance should make a request in writing to the Registrations Department of The Football Association. The request may be faxed direct to the Department on 0844 980 0663. E-mails can be sent to: registrations@thefa.com. Clubs and players may be required to complete a questionnaire. There are two versions of the application form - one for the United States and one for all other National Associations. Many hand written requests are indecipherable and, whilst it is stating the obvious, you should try to present a typed document or ensure that it is written in capitals. If we have to return the form or contact you this will delay your application.

6. The Football Association will ask the National Association concerned via fax for an International Transfer Certificate. This will be done by email in the event of a fax facility not being available. Surprising as it may seem this is simply because most National Associations conduct ITC business exclusively by fax.

7. When an International Transfer Certificate has been issued to this Association the Club and/or player will be notified by fax, telephone, e-mail or letter by the Registrations Department. Until notification has been received the player may NOT be registered or play for a Club in England at any level.

8. Such a player may NOT play in a competitive fixture at any level in England until an International Clearance Certificate has been received and registration has been accepted by a League and / or this Association. Letters from National Associations and Clubs are NOT sufficient to enable a player to play competitive football.

9. Players may train or play in ‘behind closed doors’ friendly matches without International Clearance. However, in these circumstances, the Club should have the permission of the player’s former Club and confirmation that the player is not under suspension. For friendly matches played in public the written permission of the other National Association is required.

10. Should The Football Association not receive an International Transfer Certificate, or a reply stating a reason why this is not being issued within 30 days of the request being made by the FA (note: not within 30 days of being sent/ received by the Club) then a provisional clearance can be issued.

11. FIFA Regulations governing the Status and Transfer of Players are published in The Football Association Handbook. 

The definition of amateur is now contained in the Home Office Visitor Guide which is on their website - Immigration Directorate Instructions Chapter 2.

http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyand law/IDIS/idischapter2/

Section 2.8 is the relevant part that might help you. One off charity events are clearly OK for amateur players admitted as visitors. Whilst the "in front of a fee-paying crowd" aspect is not recorded the Home Office see this as one (though by no means the only) illustration of when a Club is professional in that they operate for profit gained by charging for events.

12. It must be appreciated that delays do occur when requesting International Clearance from other National Associations. When a request is made to ourselves by a Club this is faxed as soon as possible, usually the same day, to the other National Association concerned. We are then in their hands as to how quickly, or slowly, a reply is made. This Association gets as exasperated as Clubs and Players when delays occur, especially as we strive to conclude cases as quickly as possible. 

Please be aware of the following FIFA Regulation:

If the new Association does not receive a response to the ITC request within 30 days, it shall immediately register the amateur with the new Club on a provisional basis. ("provisional registration") A provisional registration shall become permanent one years after the ITC request. The Player Status Committee may withdraw a provisional registration, if, during this one year period, the former Association presents valid reasons explaining why it did not respond to the ITC request.

IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED THAT OTHER NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS ARE NOT CONTACTED DIRECTLY AS, IN OUR EXPERIENCE, THIS ONLY DELAYS THE REQUEST BEING DEALT WITH. ANY REPEAT APPLICATIONS SHOULD COME THROUGH THIS ASSOCIATION. IF YOU NEED TO TRACK THE PROGRESS OF ANY APPLICATION PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADVISE US NOT ONLY OF THE PLAYER'S NAME BUT ALSO OF HIS FORMER COUNTRY. 

IF IN DOUBT CONTACT THE FA OR THE LEAGUE SECRETARY FOR ADVICE.

HOW TO REACH THE REGISTRATION TEAM AT THE FA

Telephone 0844 980 8200 and imput the following extension numbers:

Dawn Keleher Assistant Manager x4630
Lucy Hamshere Registrations Officer x4631
Christopher Hall Registrations Administrator (TMS) x4852
Laura Taylor Registration Assistant x4629


E-mail: registrations@thefa.com

Postal Address:

Registrations Department,
The FA Ltd.
Wembley Stadium,
PO BOX 1966
London.
SW1P 9EQ
FAX: 0844 980 0663

 

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO CONTACT THE REGISTRATION TEAM AT THE FA VIA EMAIL.

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Information for Match Officials

INFORMATION FOR MATCH OFFICIALS SEASON 2018-2019

1. The Management Committee of the League, in co-operation with the County Associations, shall after the AGM select Referees and Assistant Referees as required to be allocated to fixtures for the forthcoming season.

2. Any Referee or Assistant Referee who does not accept an appointment within the stipulated time will have the fixture withdrawn. The Competition Appointments Secretary and/or his Assistant shall appoint another Referee and/or Assistant Referee and report the matter to the League Management Committee who will consider the matter at their next meeting.

3. The Home Club will contact the Match Officials at least FIVE DAYS before the date of the game and failure to do so must be reported to the Competition Secretary.

4. After accepting an appointment, no Match Official shall be allowed to cancel such appointment except to take a priority appointment as laid down by the Rules of the Football Association or for such reasonable cause as is accepted by the Competition Secretary.

5. All Match Officials must be in attendance at least forty-five minutes prior to the specified kick-off. time.

6. Referees must fully complete the after match report form as provided by the Competition and forward to the Appointments Secretary within 3 days, Sundays and Bank Holidays not included, of the date of the match.

7. Dress Code: Match Officials are encouraged to wear a shirt and tie whilst in attendance at all Northern Football Alliance Fixtures. (As per a F.A. National League System initiative).

8. This Scale of Fees and Expenses payable to Match Officials will apply for Season 2018-2019.

Division Referees Fees Assistant referee Fees Travel Per Mile
Premier £25 £18 30p
One and Two £22 £16 30p
All Cup Ties £25/£22 £18/£16 30p

Academy Assistant Referees shall be paid a fee of £16 inclusive of travelling expenses

NOTE:

In the event of a match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to half their fee plus expenses. When a match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club shall be ordered to pay the Officials, if they attend the ground, their full fee and expenses 

IT IS REQUIRED THAT WHENEVER POSSIBLE, MATCH OFFICIALS WILL TRAVEL TOGETHER IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE THE OVERALL COSTS TO CLUBS.

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Honours Records

COMPETITION CHAMPION'S TEN YEAR RECORD

PREMIER DIVISION

    P W D GF GA PTS
2008/9 Walker Central 32 23 8 99 38 77
2009/10 Harraby C Cl 32 20 4 77 36 64
20010/11 Ponteland Utd 32 22 5 72 31 71
2011/12 Heaton Stannington 30 21 3 86 35 66
2012/13 Heaton Stannington 30 25 2 98 33 77
2013/14 Blyth Town 28 19 5 95 27 62
2014/15 Blyth Town 28 24 1 104 30 73
2015/16 Blyth Town 28 22 4 95 19 70
2016/17 Killingworth Town 28 20 4 63 27 64
2017/18 Newcastle Uni 30 25 2 123 31 77

 

DIVISION ONE

    P W D GF GA PTS
2008/9 Killingworth YPC 28 19 2 72 44 59
2009/10 G'Head Rutherford 30 22 3 76 43 69
2010/11 Hebburn Reyrolle 30 26 2 110 31 80
2011/12 Amble United 20 17 2 54 13 53
2012/13 Wallington 30 22 3 94 42 69
2013/14 North Shields Ath 28 20 4 93 43 64
2014/15 Percy main Ams 28 21 2 79 34 65
2015/16 Shilbottle C W 28 21 3 98 33 66
2016/17 Gateshead FC A 30 26 2 126 28

80

2017/18 Killingworth YPC 30 27 2 144 29 83

DIVISION TWO

    P W D GF GA PTS
2008/9 Amble United 28 22 3 90 19 69
2009/10 North Shields Ath 30 21 6 81 33 69
2010/11 N'cle Chemfica Ind 26 22 0 87 38 66
2011/12 Hexham 30 19 8 78 40 65
2012/13 North Shields Ath 30 26 2 101 36 80
2013/14 Blyth Isabella 28 21 3 112 49 66
2014/15 Shilbottle C W 30 25 2 142 36 77
2015/16 Gateshead FC A 28 24 1 142 27 73
2016/17 Killingworth YPC * 28 21 4 108 21 61
2017/18 Blyth Spartans Res 28 23 4 126 33 73

* 6 points deducted

 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS

Year    Year  
1890/91 Sunderland A 1891/92 Sunderland A
1892/93 Shankhouse 1893/94 Sunderland A
1894/95 Sunderland A 1895/96 Sunderland A
1896/97 Hebburn Argyle 1897/98 Newcastle Utd A
1898/99 Jarrow 1899/00 Willington Athletic
1900/91 Newcastle Utd A 1901/02 Newcastle Utd A
1902/03 Morpeth Harriers  1903/04 Wallsend Park Villa 
1904/05 Willington Athletic 1905/06 Willington Athletic
1906/07 North Shields Athletic 1907/08 North Shields Athletic
1908/09 Blyth Spartans 1909/10 Willington Athletic
1910/11 Newburn 1911/12 Newburn
1912/13 Blyth Spartans 1913/14 Ashington
1914/15 Spen Black & Whites 1915/19 WAR YEARS
1919/20 Annfield Plains 1920/21 Chopwell Institute
1921/22 Felling Colliery  1922/23 Annfield Plains
1923/24 Birtley 1924/25 Ashington Reserves
1925/26 Chilton C.R.A. 1926/27 Consett
1927/28 Washington C. 1928/29 North Shields
1929/30 Walker Celtic  1930/31 Chopwell Institute
1931/32 Crawcrook Albion 1932/33 Eden Colliery Welfare
1933/34 Crawcrook Albion 1934/35 Newbiggin West End
1935/36 Throckley Welfare 1936/37 Stakeford Albion
1937/38 Alnwick 1938/39 Newcastle Utd A
1939/46 WAR YEARS 1946/47 Newburn
1947/48 Hexham Hearts  1948/49 Cramlington Welfare
1949/50 West Sleekburn 1950/51 Cramlington Welfare
1951/52 Newburn 1952/53 Whitley Bay Athletic 
1953/54 Whitley Bay Athletic 1954/55 Amble
1955/56 Ashingon Reserves 1956/57 Amble
1957/58 Newcastle Utd A 1958/59  Amble
1959/60 Amble 1960/61  Amble
1961/62 Newburn 1962/63  Alnwick Town
1963/64 Alnwick Town 1964/65  No Competition
1965/66 Alnwick Town 1966/67  Bedlington Colliery Wel.
1967/68 Alnwick Town 1968/69  Alnwick Town
1969/70 Alnwick Town 1970/71  Alnwick Town
1971/72 Alnwick Town 1972/73  Marine Park
1973/74 Marine Park 1974/75  South Shields Mariners
1975/76 South Shields 1976/77  Wallington
1977/78 Brandon United 1978/79  Brandon United 
1979/80 Guisborough Town 1980/81   Percy Main Amateurs
1981/82 Percy Main Amateurs 1982/83  Darlington C/land Bridge
1983/84 Morpeth Town 1984/85  Dudley Welfare
1985/86 Gateshead Tyne 1986/87  West Allotment Celtic
1987/88 Seaton Terrace 1988/89 Seaton Terrace
1989/90 Seaton Delaval Amateurs 1990/91 West Allotment Celtic
1991/92 West Allotment Celtic 1992/93  Seaton Delaval Amateurs
1993/94 Morpeth Town 1994/95  Benfield Park 
1995/96 Seaton Delaval Amateurs 1996/97  Lemington Social
1997/98 West Allotment Celtic 1998/99  West Allotment Celtic
1999/00 West Allotment Celtic 2000/01  Walker Central 
2001/02 West Allotment Celtic 2002/03 Newcastle Benfield Saints
2003/04 West Allotment Celtic 2004/05  Shankhouse

2005/06

Team Northumbria 2006/07  Harraby Catholic Club
2007/08 Walker Central 2008/09  Walker Central
2009/10 Harraby Catholic Club 2010/11  Ponteland Utd
2011/12 Heaton Stannington 2012/13  Heaton Stannington
2013/14 Blyth Town 2014/15 Blyth Town 
2015/16 Blyth Town                      2016/17  Killingworth Town           
2017/18 Newcastle Uni                                                                    

The Premier Division Championship Runners-Up Trophy

Year                                          

Year        

 
    1958/59 Ashington Reserves         
1959/60 Alnwick Town 1960/61 Newburn
1961/62 Alnwick Town 1962/63 Gateshead Reserves
1963/64

Gateshead Reserves

1964/65 No Competition
1965/66 Morpeth Town 1966/67 Alnwick Town
1967/68 Bedlington C W 1968/69 Wallsend Athletic
1969/70 Bedlington C W 1970/71 Workington reserves
1971/72 Bedlington C W 1972/73 Alnwick Town
1973/74 Morpeth Town 1974/75 Marine Park
1975/76 Carlisle City 1976/77 Carlisle City

1977/78

Carlisle City 1978/79 Guisborough Town
1979/80 Carlisle City 1980/81 Ryhope C A
1981/82 Morpeth own 1982/83 Percy Maun Amateurs
1983/84 Dudley Welfare 1984/85 Morpeth Town
1985/86 Prudhoe East End 1986/87 Dunstan Tyne Sports
1987/88 Prudhoe east End 1988/89 West Allotment Celtic
1989/90 West Allotment Celtic 1990/91 Seaton Terrace
1991/92 Walker 1992/93 West Allotment Celtic
1993/94 Carlisle City 1994/95 West Allotment Celtic
1995/96 Carlisle City 1996/97 Ponteland United
1997/98 Lemington Social 1998/99 Ponteland United
1999/00 Shankhouse 2000/01 West Allotment Celtic
2001/02 Shankhouse 2002/03 Carlisle City
2003/04 Team Northumbria 2004/05 Ryton
2005/06 Shankhouse 2006/07 Wallsend
2007/08 Harraby C C 2008/09 Gilford Park
2009/10 Wark 2010/11 Alnwick Town
2011/12 Hebburn Reyrolle 2012/13 Blyth Town
2013/14 Carlisle City 2014/15 Carlisle City
2015/16 Whitley Bay A 2016/17 Newcastle University
2017/18 Birtley Town                                                                       

DIVISION ONE CHAMPIONS & RUNNERS-UP

Year Champions Runners-Up
1988/89 Ashington Premier Haltwhistle Crown Paints
1989/90 Westerhope Hillheads Walker
1990/91 Blyth Kitty Brewster Spittal Rovers
1991/92 Carlisle City

Winlaton Hallgarth

1992/93 Longbenton Newbiggin Central Welfare
1993/94 Amble Town Benfield Park
1994/95 Amble Town North Shields St Columbas
1995/96 Gosforth Bohemians  Walker Ledwood
1996/97 Ryton Hebburn Reyrolle
1997/98 Shankhouse Northbank Carlisle
1998/99 Percy Main Amateurs Coxlodge Social Club
1999/00 Coxlodge Social Club Newcastle University
2000/01 Amble Vikings Harraby Catholic Club
2001/02 Bedlington Terriers A Procter & Gamble
2002/03 Chopwell Top Club Northumbria University
2003/04 Heddon Heaton Stannington
2004/05 Alnmouth Blyth Town
2005/06 Wallsend Ashington Colliers
2006/07 Gillford Park Cramlington Town
2007/08 Wark Murton
2008/09 Killingworth YPC Sporting Stocksfield
2009/10 Gateshead Rutherford Percy Main Amateurs
2010/11 Hebburn Reyrolle Whitley Bay A
2011/12 Amble United Wallsend Town
2012/13 Wallington Red House Farm
2013/14 North Shields Athletic

Gateshead Redheugh 1957

2014/15 Percy Main Amateurs       AFC Newbiggin                 
2015/16  Shilbottle C W  Newcastle University
2016/17 Gateshead FC A               Grainger Park                  
2017/18 Killingworth YPC              Hazlerigg Victory              

DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONS & RUNNERS UP

Year Champions Runners-Up
1988/89 Blyth Kitty Brewster Stobbswood United
1989/90 Heaton Comer House Longbenton
1990/91 Proctor and Gamble Wylam Home Services

1991/92

North Shields St Columbas

Percy Rovers

1992/93 Amble Town Gosforth Bohemians
1993/94 Ashington Hirst Orwin New Winning
1994/95 Walker Ledwood Shankhouse
1995/96 Walbottle Masons Heddon Institute
1996/97 Northbank Carlisle Newcastle University
1997/98 Coxlodge Social Club Morpeth Town A
1998/99 Amble Vikings Cullercoats
1999/00 Harraby Catholic Club Cowgate Sports Club
2000/01 Wallington Shankhouse Black Watch
2001/02 Haydon Bridge United Univeristy of Northumbria
2002/03 Blyth Town Newcastle East End Railway
2003/04 Alnmouth Gosforth Bohemian Garnett
2004/05 Ashington Colliers Penrith United
2005/06 Whitley Bay A Gillford Park Spartans
2006/07 Westerhope Stocksfield
2007/08 Killingworth YPC Sporting Cullercoats
2008/09 Amble United South Shields United
2009/10 North Shields Athletic Stobswood Welfare
2010/11 Newcastle Chemfica Independent Wallsend Town
2011/12 Hexham Red House Farm
2012/13 North Shields Athletic Birtley St Josephs
2013/14 Blyth Isabella AFC Newbiggin
2014/15 Shilbottle C W                            Gateshead Leam Rangers   
2015/16 Gateshead FC A                          Grainger Park B C             
2016/17 Killingworth YPC                         Forest Hall                        
2017/18 Blyth Spartans Res                     Prudhoe Y C Seniors           

LEADING GOALSCORERS 2017-2018

(In Leagues Games Only)

PREMIER DIVISION

Matthew Hayton Seaton Delaval AFC 30 goals
Michael Baxter               Seaton Delaval AFC 30 goals
Olly Walden Newcastle Uni         28 goals
     

DIVISION ONE

Malcolm Morien Killingworth YPC 36 goals
Martin Soulsby Hazlerigg Victory     35 goals
Stev McLaughlin            Newcastle Chemfica 34 goals
     

DIVISION TWO

Karl Lazzari                  Blyth Spartans Res   38 goals
Joe Moscrop Bedlington FC 26 goals
Joseph Connor Willington Quay Saints 22 goals
     

Golden Gloves 2017-2018

(In Leagues Games Only)

PREMIER DIVISION

Alex Curran Newcastle Uni 0.90 goals/game
Liam Renwick        Shankhouse 1.64 goals/game
Seam Korsbo Seaton Delaval AFC 1.69 goals/game
     

DIVISION ONE

Josh Graham Hazlerigg Victory 1.04 goals/game
Phillip Holgate Killingworth YPC     1.05 goals/game
Joran Docherty      Wallsend Boys Club 1.47 goals/game
     

DIVISION TWO

Tom McKenzie       Winlaton Vulcans     0.80 goals/game
Luc Glasper Blyth Town 0.90 goals/game
Bradley Skirpan Blyth Spartans Res 1.00 goals/game
     

NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE CUP RECORDS

THE STAN SEYMOUR LEAGUE CUP

Year Winners Finalists
1989-90 Blyth Kitty Brewster Heaton Corner House
1990-91 Seaton Terrace Blyth Kitty Brewster
1991-92 Winlaton Hallgarth Ponteland United
1992-93 West Allotment Celtic Ponteland United
1993-94 Morpeth Town Ponteland United
1994-95 Amble Town Ponteland United
1995-96 Amble Town West Allotment Celtic
1996-97 Carlisle City Ponteland United
1997-98 Carlisle City Coxlodge Social Club
1998-99 West Allotment Celtic Ponteland United
1999-00 Percy Main Amateurs Carlisle City
2000-01 Walker Central West Allotment Celtic
2001-02 West Allotment Celtic Carlisle City
2002-03 West Allotment Celtic Newcastle Benfield Saints
2003-04 Team Northumbria Shankhouse
2004-05 Shankhouse Newbiggin Central Welfare
2005-06 Carlisle City Team Northumbria
2006-07 Carlisle City Shankhouse
2007-08 Walker Central Wallington
2008-09 Cullercoats Harraby Catholic Club (Disqualified)
2009-10 Hebburn Reyrolle Heddon

THE GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP

Years Winners Finalists
2010-11 Heaton Stannington Ashington Colliers
2011-12 Seaton Delaval Amateurs Ashington Colliers
2012-13 Heaton Stannington Wallington
2013-14 Shankhouse Newcastle Chemfica Ind
2014-15 Blyth Town                      Whitley Bay A              
2015-16 Ponteland Utd                 Grainger Park B C         
2016/17 Walker Central                Birtley Town                 
2017/18 Birtley Town                    Newcastle Uni              

CHALLENGE CUP WINNERS AND FINALISTS

Years Winners Finalists
1936/37 Chopwell Colliery Morpeth Town
1937/38 South Shields Reserves Amble
1938/39 Morpeth Town South Shields Reserves
1939/40 East Cramlington Chopwell Colliery
1940/46 WAR YEARS WAR YEARS
1946/47 Cramlington Welfare Newbiggin Central Welfare
1947/48 Ashington Reserves Hexham Hearts
1948/49 North Shields Reserves Newcastle United A
1949/50 Cramlington Welfare Hexham Hearts
1950/51 Cramlington Welfare Blyth Spartans Reserves
1951/52 Hexham Hearts Newburn
1952/53 Whitley Bay Athletic Newburn
1953/54 Whitley Bay Athletic Ashington Reserves
1954/55 Amble Whitley Bay Athletic
1955/56 Newcastle United A Newburn
1956/57 Newburn Ashington Reserves
1957/58 Bedlington Mechanics North Shields Reserves
1958/59 Amble Wallsend Rising Sun
1959/60 Newcastle United A Amble
1960/61 Amble Craghead Colliery Welfare

1961/62

Alnwick Town Craghead Colliery Welfare
1962/63  Gateshead Reserves

Morpeth Town

1963/64 Highfield Crawcrook
1964/65 No Competition No Competition 
1965/66 Alnwick Town Gateshead Reserves
1966/67 Bedlington Colliery Welfare Morrison Busty Colliery Welfare
1967/68 Alnwick Town Bedlington Colliery Welfare
1968/69 Alnwick Town Bedlington Colliery Welfare
1969/70 Bedlington Colliery Welfare Ashington
1970/71 Alnwick Town Wallsend Athletic
1971/72 Percy Main Amateurs Bedlington Colliery Welfare
1972/73 Marine Park Bedlington Colliery Welfare
1973/74 Marine Park Morpeth Town
1974/75 Marine Park Workington Reserves
1975/76 Carlisle City Sunderland Greenwells
1976/77 Marine Park Carlisle City
1977/78 Brandon United Guisborough Town 
1978/79 Guisborough Town Brandon United 
1979/80 Brandon United Percy Main Amateurs
1980/81 Ryhope C. E. Wigton 
1981/82 Bedlington Terriers  Darlington Cleveland Bridge
1982/83 Stobswood Welfare  Dudley Welfare 
1983/84 Dudley Welfare   Stobswood Welfare  
1984/85 West Allotment Celtic  Ponteland United 
1985/86 Morpeth Town  Prudhoe East End 
1986/87 Seaton Terrace  Percy Main Amateurs 
1987/88 Gosforth St Nicholas  West Allotment Celtic 
1988/89 Seaton Delaval Amateurs   Newbiggin Central Welfare
1989/90 Heaton Stannington  Forest Hall 
1990/91 West Allotment Celtic Ponteland United 
1991/92 Seaton Terrace  Spittal Rovers 
1992/93 Seaton Delaval Amateurs  Winlaton Hallgarth 
1993/94 Carlisle City  Ponteland United 
1994/95 Benfield Park  Seaton Delaval Amateurs 
1995/96 Seaton Delaval Amateurs   Benfield Park
1996/97 Carlisle City North Shields St Columbas 
1997/98 West Allotment Celtic  Ponteland United  
1998/99 West Allotment Celtic  Ryton 
1999/00 Carlisle City  Shankhouse 
2000/01 Shankhouse  Coxlodge Social Club 
2001/02 Shankhouse   Northbank Carlisle 
2002/03 Carlisle City   West Allotment Celtic 
2003/04 Northbank Carlisle Harraby Catholic
2004/05 Team Northumbria  Walker Central 
2005/06 Carlisle City  Team Northumbria 
2006/07 Wallsend  Ponteland United 
2007/08 Harraby Catholic  Peterlee Town 
2008/09 Gillford Park  Heddon
2009/10 Ponteland United  Shankhouse 
2010/11 Seaton Delaval Amateurs  Blyth Town 
2011/12 Whitley Bay A  Heaton Stannington 
2012/13 Amble United  Carlisle City 
2013/14 Wallington  Walker Central 
2014/15 Blyth Town                        Walker Central                        
2015/16 Blyth Town                        Carlisle City                           
2016/17 Ponteland Utd                   Killingworth Town                    
2017/18 Seaton Delaval AFC           Ponteland Utd                         

DIVISION ONE COMBINATION CUP WINNERS AND FINALISTS

Years Winners Finalists
1988/89 Northern Counties Heddon Institute
1989/90 Northern Counties Blyth Kitty Brewster
1990/91 Heaton Corner House Longbenton
1991/92 Carlisle City Winlaton Hallgarth
1992/93 Longbenton North Shields St. Columbas
1993/94 Amble Town Benfield Park
1994/95 Orwin Rosehill Gosforth Bohemians
1995/96 Walker Ledwood Orwin
1996/97 Hebburn Reyrolle Procter & Gamble
1997/98 Heaton Stannington Northbank Carlisle
1998/99 Coxlodge Social Club Heaton Stannington
1999/00 Coxlodge Social Club Club Cullercoats
2000/01 Wark Procter & Gamble 
2001/02 Procter & Gamble  Heaton Stannington
2002/03 Northumbria University Cramlington Town
2003/04 Walker Fosse Hebburn Reyrolle
2004/05 Wark Rutherford (Newcastle)
2005/06 Newcastle East End Railway Wallsend
2006/07 Gillford Park Murton
2007/08 Gosforth Bohemian Garnett Wark
2008/09 Whitley Bay A Red Row Welfare
2009/10 Percy Main Amateurs Hebburn Reyrolle
2010/11 Hebburn Reyrolle Newcastle University
2011/12 Amble United Wallsend Town (Disqualified)
2012/13 Ponteland United Red House Farm
2013/14 Newcastle Chemfica Ind Birtley St Josephs
2014/15 AFC Newbiggin                   Ponteland United                 
2015/16 Newcastle University          Cramlington Town                
2016/17 Seaton Burn                      Gateshead FC A                   
2017/18 Forest Hall                         Hazlerigg Victory                 

DIVISION TWO AMATEUR CUP WINNERS AND FINALISTS

Years Winners Finalists
1988/89 N.E.E.R.C. Woolsington Athletic
1989/90 Portland Arms Longbenton
1990/91 Hebburn NEI Reyrolle Ashington Hirst
1991/92 Ashington Hirst C. K. Brinkburn
1992/93 C. K. Brinkburn Swalwell Crowley
1993/94 Shankhouse Highfields United
1994/95 Newcastle University Throckley Social Club
1995/96 Newcastle University Highfields United
1996/97 Coxlodge Social Club Rutherford
1997/98 Coxlodge Social Club Newcastle British Telecom
1998/99 Amble Vikings Northern Social Club
1999/00 Harraby Catholic Club North Sunderland
2000/01 Wallsend Town Wallington
2001/02 University of Northumbria Hayden Bridge United
2002/03 Newcastle British Telecom Walker Wincomblee
2003/04 Ashington Colliers Morpeth Town ‘A’
2004/05 Ashington Colliers Whitley Bay ‘A’
2005/06 Stocksfield Whitley Bay ‘A’
2006/07 Wallsend Town Amble
2007/08 Jesmond Wallsend Town
2008/09 Forest Hall Amble United
2009/10 Stobswood Welfare North Shields Athletic
2010/11 Swalwell Wallsend Town
2011/12 Whickham Lang Jacks Willington Quay Saints
2012/13 Birtley St Josephs Blyth Isabella
2013/14 Newcastle Benfield Res Gateshead Leam Rangers
2014/15 Grainger Park B C            Gateshead Leam Rangers 
2015/16 Gateshead FC A               Grainger Park B C            
2016/17 Hazlerigg Victory             Cramlington United          
2017/18 Prudhoe Y C Seniors        Blyth Spartans Res           

 

SUBSIDIARY CUP WINNERS AND FINALISTS

(Replaced by Northern Football Alliance Charity Cup in 2006-2007)
(Replaced by the Bill Gardner Memorial Trophy in 2011-2012)
Years Winners Finalists
1988/89 Ashington Premier Gosforth Bohemians
1989/90 Newbiggin Central Welfare Haltwhistle Crown Paints
1990/91 Newbiggin Central Welfare Morpeth Town
1991/92 Seaton Delaval Amateurs Amble Town
1992/93 Swalwell NEI Reyrolle
1993/94 North Shields St Columbas Blyth Kitty Brewster
1994/95 West Allotment Celtic Walker Central
1995/96 NO COMPETITION NO COMPETITION
1996/97 Newbiggin Central Welfare Gosforth Bohemians
1997/98 Walker Ledwood Fosse Amble Town
1998/99 Winlaton Hallgarth North Shields St Columbas
1999/00 Heaton Stannington Walker Ledwood
2000/01  NO COMPETITION  NO COMPETITION
2001/02 Cullercoats Hebburn Reyrolle
2002/03  NO COMPETITION NO COMPETITION
2003/04 Blyth Town Ashington Colliers
2004/05 NO COMPETITION NO COMPETITION
2005/06 NO COMPETITION NO COMPETITION
2006/07 Wark Chopwell Top Club
2007/08 Peterlee Town Jesmond
2008/09 Alnwick Town Newcastle East End
2009/10 COMPETITION SUSPENDED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS  
2010/11 Stocksfield South Shields Utd

BILL GARDNER MEMORIAL TROPHY

Year Winners                         Finalists
2011-12 Wallsend Town Bedlington Terriers Reserves
2012-13 Wallsend Town                 Walker Central
2013-14 Seaton Delaval Amateurs  Alnwick Town Reserves        
2014-15 Lindisfarne Custom Planet Ponteland United                
2015/16 Carlisle City                      Percy Main Ams                 
2016/17 Seaton Delaval AFC           Whitley Bay A                    
2017/18 Killingworth YPC                Winlaton Vulcans                

 

SUBSIDIARY CUP 1ST DIVISION

Year Winner Finalist
2011-12 Amble United Newcastle University

DIVISIONAL FAIR PLAY AWARDS FOR SEASON 2016 - 2017

Club Cautions Dismissals Points Position
Premier Division        
Shankhouse  8  2  14  1st
Newcastle Uni 15  0  15  2nd
Whitley Bay A  12  2  18  3rd
         
Division One        
Cullercoats  9  1  12  1st
Newcastle East End  9  2  15  2nd
Hexham  14  1  17  3rd
 Red Row Welfare       11         2     17     3rd
Division Two        
Blyth Town  14  0 14 1st 
Coundon & Leeholme  12  1  15  2nd
Winlaton Vulcans  9  2  15  2nd
 Blyth Spartans Res        11              2            17         4th     

 

 

 

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Useful Information 2018/19

THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:

Chief Executive.
Wembley Stadium,
PO Box 1966,
London.
SW1P 9EQ.
Tel: 0844 - 980 8200
Fax: 0844 - 980 8201

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:

John Ackerley, Chief Executive.
Whitley Park,
Whitley Road,
Benton,
Newcastle upon Tyne.
NE12 9FA.
Tel: 0191 - 2700700

DURHAM COUNTY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:

J. C. Topping. Company Secretary.
Riverside South,
Chester-le-Street.
County Durham.
DH3 3SJ.
Tel: 0191 - 3872929
Fax: 0191 - 3872919

CUMBERLAND COUNTY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:

B. Snowdon. County Secretary.
17 Oxford Street,
Workington.
Cumbria.
CA14 2AL.
Tel: 01900 - 872310

NORTHERN LEAGUE:

K. Hewitt, Secretary.
21 Cherrytree Drive,
Langley Park,
County Durham.
DH7 9FX.
Tel: 0191 - 3733878

WEARSIDE LEAGUE:

K Harrison Secretary.
32 Killinghall Grove,
Hartburn,
Stockton on Tees.
TS18 5PT.
Tel: 01642 - 653362

 

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Thanking Our Sponsors

The Competition is grateful for the continuing assistance and support of the following Partners whose financial input is welcomed by all our Clubs in Membership:

Welcome to

MAIN SPONSOR OF THE NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE LEAGUE

BAY PLASTICS LTD

and to our other Partners

Reeves Independent

Team Valley Carpets

Bluefin Insurance Group

Newcastle Building Society

Vesey Ltd - Discount Football Kits

Whitley Bay Trophies

Kits4All Ltd

Planet Sports

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Season 2017-18 Final Divisional Tables

BAY PLASTICS PREMIER DIVISION

Position   Team                                   Played  W       D       L        F        A       Diff    Points

1 NEWCASTLE UNI 30 25 2 3 123 31 92 77
2 BIRTLEY TOWN 30 22 3 5 91 42 49 69
3 PONTELAND UTD 30 17 6 7 68 49 19 57
4 WALLINGTON 30 17 5 8 86 54 32 56
5 WHITLEY BAY A 30 17 3 10 86 63 23 54
6 SEATON DELAVAL AFC 30 18 2 10 100 63 37 53
7 KILLINGWORTH TOWN 30 13 5 12 59 54 5 44
8 SHANKHOUSE 30 13 5 12 52 48 4 44
9 ASHINGTON COLLIERS 30 14 4 12 68 61 7 43
10 GATESHEAD RUTHERFORD 30 11 5 14 52 62 -10 38
11 PERCY MAIN AMS 30 12 2 16 58 72 -14 38
12 AFC NEWBIGGIN 30 11 2 17 56 88 -32 29
13 GATESHEAD FC A 30 8 3 19 67 72 -5 27
14 NORTHBANK 30 8 4 18 57 72 -15 22
15 NORTH SHIELDS ATH 30 7 1 22 49 106 -57 19
16 FC UNITED OF NEWCASTLE 30 0 2 28 25 160 -135

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AFC Newbiggin and Northbank - 6 points deducted

Ashington Colliers, FC United of Newcastle, North Shields Ath and Seaton Delaval AFC - 3 points deducted

REEVES INDEPENDENT 1ST DIVISION

Position   Team                                   Played  W       D       L        F        A       Diff    Points

1 KILLINGWORTH YPC 30 27 2 1 144 29 115 83
2 HAZLERIGG VICTORY 30 24 2 4 131 32 99 74
3 NEWCASTLE CHEMFICA 30 18 6 6 115 50 65 60
4 FELLING MAGPIES 30 16 3 11 88 67 21 51
5 WALLSEND COMMUNITY 30 15 6 9 89 66 23 48
6 SEATON BURN 30 14 5 11 73 65 8 47
7 FOREST HALL 30 14 3 13 61 58 3 45
8 NEW FORDLEY 30 16 2 12 75 52 23 44
9 HEXHAM 30 14 2 14 77 65 12 44
10 RED ROW WELFARE 30 13 3 14 74 77 -3 39
11 WALLSEND BOYS CLUB 30 11 5 14 66 62 4 35
12 GOSFORTH BOHEMIANS 30 10 4 16 46 70 -24 34
13 HEBBURN REYROLLE 30 8 3 19 53 121 -68 27
14 CULLERCOATS 30 8 4 18 49 79 -30 25
15 NEWCASTLE EAST END 30 3 3 24 34 152 -118 9
16 CRAMLINGTON TOWN 30 2 1 27 30 160 -130 7

New Fordley - 6 points deducted

Cullercoats, Newcastle East End, Red Row Welfare, Wallsend Boys Club and Wallsend Community - 3 points deducted

TEAM VALLEY CARPETS 2ND DIVISION

Position   Team                                               Played  W       D       L        F        A       Diff    Points

1 BLYTH SPARTANS RESERVES 28 23 4 1 126 33 93 73
2 PRUDHOE Y C SENIORS 28 20 1 7 98 47 51 61
3 WINLATON VULCANS 28 16 6 6 93 50 43 54
4 BEDLINGTON FC 28 16 4 8 91 55 36 52
5 BLYTH TOWN 28 15 7 6 83 51 32 52
6 CRAMLINGTON UTD 28 14 6 8 79 70 9 48
7 BLYTH FC 28 14 1 13 58 63 -5 43
8 WHITBURN ATH 28 11 4 13 51 57 -6 37
9 WHITLEY BAY SPORTING CLUB 28 10 6 12 62 68 -6 36
10 COUNDON AND LEEHOLME 28 9 7 12 54 63 -9 34
11 WIDEOPEN & DISTRICT 28 7 4 17 44 72 -28 25
12 SPITTAL ROVERS 28 6 7 15 43 82 -39 22
13 WILLINGTON QUAY SAINTS 28 6 3 19 44 84 -40 21
14 SEGHILL 28 4 7 17 37 70 -33 19
15 G/HEAD REDHEUGH 1957 28 4 3 21 39 137 -98 15

Spittal Rovers - 3 points deducted

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Privacy Notice

Bay Plastics Northern Football Alliance League

Privacy Notice

The Bay Plastics Northern Football Alliance League take your privacy very seriously 
This Privacy Notice sets out how we use and look after the personal information we collect from you. We are the data controller, responsible for the processing of any personal data you give us. We take reasonable care to keep your information secure and to prevent any unauthorised access to or use of it

What personal data we hold on you.

Personal data means any information about an individual from which that individual can be identified. 
We collect, use, store and transfer some personal data of our participants [and their parents or guardians], and other League members.

You provide information about yourself and your members when you register with the League, and by filling in forms at an event or online, or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise. 
The information you give us may include name, date of birth, address, e-mail address, phone number, gender, and the contact details of a third party in the case of emergency. We may also ask for relevant health information, which is classed as special category personal data, for the purposes of health, wellbeing, welfare and safeguarding. Where we hold this data it will be with the explicit consent of the participant or, if applicable, the participants parent or guardian.

Where we need to collect personal data to fulfil League responsibilities and you do not provide that data, we may not be able honour or administer your registration. 

Why we need your personal data

We will only use personal data for any purpose for which it has been specifically provided.
The reason we need participants’ and members’ personal data is to be able to run the football league and arrange matches; to administer registration and provide the league services you are signing up to when you register with the League as a club or participant. Our lawful basis for processing this personal data is that we have a contractual obligation to anyone as a participant or member to provide the services they are registering for.


We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate. 

Purpose/ Processing Activity

Lawful Basis for processing under Article 6 of the GDPR.

processing registration forms 

Performance of a contract

organising matches 

Performance of a contract

sending out match or League information and updates 

Performance of a contract

to check compliance with our League criteria to participate in the League 

Performance of a contract and Legitimate Interests. Our Legitimate Interests are that we need to ensure that participants meet the appropriate criteria to ensure that the matches that are organised are fair.

 

 

 

sharing data with referees

Performance of a contract

sharing data with the club you are a member of, county football associations and the FA

Performance of a contract

sharing data with committee members to provide information about league activities, registration renewals or invitation to social events

The League has a legitimate interest to maintain participant correspondence for league community purposes.

sharing data with third party service or facility providers

The League has a legitimate interest to run the organisation efficiently and as it sees fit. Provision of some third party services is for the benefit of the League and participants.

sharing anonymised data with a funding partner as condition of grant funding e.g. Local Authority

The League has a legitimate interest to run the organisation efficiently and as it sees fit. Application for funding is a purpose that benefits the League and participants.

publishing match and league results

Consent. We will only publish personal data in a public domain, including images and names, if we have your consent for us to do so. In the case of children under the age of 13 then only with written consent of parent/guardian

sending out marketing information such as newsletters and information about promotions and offers from sponsors

Consent. We will only send direct marketing if you are an existing member, participant or other associated individual and you have not previously objected to this marketing, or, you have actively provided your consent.

to ensure we understand possible health risks

Consent. We will only process details on anyone medical history with their consent.

Who we share your personal data with


When you register with the League, your information, if you are a coach or volunteer will be or if you are another participant may be entered onto the League Registration System database, which is administered by the League. We also pass your information to the County FA / FA for affiliation purposes.
We may share personal data with selected third parties, suppliers and sub-contractors such as, coaches or match organisers. Third-party service providers will only process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.


We may disclose personal information to third parties to comply with a legal obligation; or to protect the

rights, property, or safety of our participants, members or affiliates, or others. 

 

The League’s data processing may require personal data to be transferred outside of the UK. Where the League does transfer personal data overseas it is with the sufficient appropriate safeguards in place to

Ensure the security of that personal data

 

Protection of your personal data
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. 

How long we hold your personal data.

We keep personal data on our participants while they continue to be a participant or are otherwise actively involved with the League. We will delete this data seven years after a participant has left or otherwise ended their registration or affiliation, or sooner if specifically requested and we are able to do so. We may need to retain some personal data for longer for legal or regulatory purposes. The personal data that is stored on League Registration System is subject to the FA’s privacy policy so we advise you review that policy together with this notice. If anyone would like their personal data to be deleted from League

Registration System then please contact the County FA


Your rights regarding your personal data

As a data subject participants may have the right at any time to request access to, rectification or erasure of their personal data; to restrict or object to certain kinds of processing of their personal data, including direct marketing; to the portability of their personal data and to complain to the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office about the processing of their personal data. 

As a data subject participants are not obliged to share their personal data with the League. If they choose not to share their personal data with us we may not be able to register them with the League. 

We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time, and will inform you to any changes in how we handle personal data. If participants have any questions about this Privacy Notice then please contact

the League Secretary.

 

Derek Booth.

League Secretary

Email: defcderekb@hotmail.com

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