- Competition Officers for Season 2020-21
- Northern Football Alliance Roll of Honour
- Dates of Monthly Meetings
- Times of kick-off for league and cup matches
- Match Result Service for the 2020-2021 season
- County Football Association Cup Competitions for season 2020-2021
- Regulations for the operation of the national league system
- New Clubs entering the league
- Familiarity with the rules and the handbook
- Guidance notes for club secretaries
- Standing Orders
- League and Cup Rules, Fines Tarriff, season 2020 2021
- International Clearance
- Information for Match Officials
- Useful Information 2020/21
- Thanking Our Sponsors
- Season 2019-20 Final Divisional Tables
- Privacy Notice
- Honours Records
Competition Officers for Season 2020-21
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|
2 Beverley Crescent,Low Fell,Gateshead,Tyne and Wear.NE9 5UP.
Telephone: 0191 - 4878260 (Home) 07944014133 (Mobile)
VICE-CHAIRMAN: APPOINTMENTS SECRETARY:
10 Vernon Place, Newbiggin-By-The-Sea.Northumberland. NE64 6ED.
Telephone: 01670 - 854278 (Home) 07910 - 213090 (Mobile):
LEAGUE SECRETARY: REGISTRATION SECRETARY: TREASURER: COMPANY SECRETARY: WELFARE OFFICER:
27 Burwood Road, North Shields. Tyne and Wear. NE29 8BX.
Telephone: 0191 - 2580236 (Home) 07758 - 666855 (Mobile):
Telephone: 07596 - 657371 (Mobile)
INSURANCE LIAISON OFFICER:
Telephone: 0191 - 2432672 (Home) 07843 - 730329 (Mobile)
PREMIER DIVISION & DEVELOPMENT DIVISION:
Telephone: 07985 - 162356
DIVISIONS ONE & TWO:
Telephone: 0191 - 2580236: Mobile: 07758 666855
ASSISTANT FIXTURE SECRETARY:
Telephone: 07913 673908
Telephone: 07443 - 903362 (M)
ASSISTANT APPOINTMENTS SECRETARY:
Telephone: 07891 967469
ASSISTANT REGISTRATIONS SECRETARY:
Telephone: 07858 721828
ASSISTANT MINUTES SECRETARY:
Telephone: 07506 836307
SOCIAL MEDIA OFFICERS:
Telephone: 07763 984709
Telephone: 07914 027087
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE LIFE MEMBERS:
Elected Club Members of the Management Committee
|Ponteland United||ALAN BIRKINSHAW||Hexham||DOUG ROBSOM|
|Cramlington Utd||KEVIN HASTINGS||Cramlington Town||KEITH TEASDALE|
|Newcastle Chemfica Amateurs||DAVID JONES||Willington Quay Saints||JOHN ALLAN|
|Newcastle East End||TIM HUTCHINSON
||Winlaton Vulcans||CHRIS HOLT|
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.
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|
|C.JEFFERSON||VICE PRESIDENT 1978|
|T. JORDAN||VICE PRESIDENT 1979|
|J.T.HART||VIC PRESIDENT 1988|
|J. HARVEY||VICE PRESIDENT 1989|
|T HATHAWAY||VICE PRESIDENT 1993|
|J.A.FORSTER||VIDE PRESIDENT 2000|
|J.WALKER||HONARY LIFE MEMBER 2003|
|G.McKEAG||VICE PRESIDENT 2006|
|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|
HONARY LIFE MEMBER 2013
|W.J.DARBY (BILL)||VICE CHAIRMAN 2015|
|R. MAUGHAN||VICE PRESIDENT 2016|
|L. McMAHON||VICE PRESIDENT 2018|
|FIXTURE SECRETARY 2019|
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
- Thursday 10/09/2020 League Management Committee
- Thursday 15/10/2020 League Management Committee
- Thursday 12/11/2020 League Management Committee
- Thursday 03/12/2020 League Management Committee
- Thursday 10/12/2020 TEAMS DECEMBER MEETING (ALL TEAMS MUST BE REPRESENTED)
Times of kick-off for league and cup matches
- August, September & October: 2.30pm
- November, December,January & February: 2.00pm
- March to the end of the season: 2.30pm
- August: 6.15 pm.
- September: 6.00 pm
- April: 6.15pm
- May: 6.30pm
- Under Floodlights 7.00 pm.
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.
All games to kick-off at 11.00am (Unless otherwise mutually agreed and confirmed with the League Secretary)
30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED KICK OFF TIME FOR LEAGUE MATCHES
Match Result Service for the 2020-2021 season
HOME CLUB TELEPHONE PETER MANN, PRESS OFFICER,IMMEDIATELY AT THE END OF THE MATCH.
1st, 2nd and Development 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
County Football Association Cup Competitions for season 2020-2021
NORTHUMBERLAND FA SENIOR CUP
NORTHUMBERLAND FA SENIOR BENEVOLENT BOWL
NORTHUMBERLAND FA MINOR CUP
DURHAM COUNTY FA TROPHY
DURHAM COUNTY FA MINOR CUP
Regulations for the operation of the national league system
NATIONAL LEAGUE SYSTEM REGULATIONS
In the interpretation of these Regulations: any words and expressions, unless otherwise defined herein, shall be words and expressions as defined as follows:-
“The 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 NLS.
“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 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 Match(es)” 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 and the date on which the last competitive fixture in the League is played, excluding Play Off Matches.
“Regulations” means these regulations.
“Rules” means The Association’s Standardised Rules or The Association’s Standard Code of Rules under which a League is administered.
“Step” means the level at which a Club participates in the NLS. “Unconditional Licence” means a Licence without any conditions attached.
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 NLS SHALL BE OPERATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS.
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.
2.4 A co-ordinated approach between Leagues regarding the final date of the Playing Season.
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.
3.1 The current structure of the NLS is set out below:
NLS LEAGUE STRUCTURE
The Leagues currently at Steps 5, 6 and 7 are set out at the end of the Regulations.
For the 2019/20 season, each Step shall have the following maximum number of Clubs: Step 1 – 24, Step 2 – 44, Step 3 – 88, Step 4 – 140, Step 5 – 280, Step 6 – 400. Clubs will be placed in the most geographically appropriate division. At Step 7 the maximum number of Clubs in each division shall be determined by the Committee taking into account all relevant factors.
From the 2020/21 season onwards, each Step shall have the following maximum number of Clubs: Step 1 – 24, Step 2 – 48, Step 3 – 88, Step 4 – 160, Step 5 – 320, Step 6 – 340.
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 compete.
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.
The Committee shall provide for the seasonal promotion, relegation or lateral movement of Clubs.
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PROMOTION AND RELEGATION
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.
DETAILED PROMOTION AND RELEGATION ISSUES
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
These regulations do not deal with 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 two 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 four 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 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 finishing in the bottom two places in each of the four divisions at Step 3 at the end of the Regular Season, along with the two third from bottom Clubs with the lowest points per game 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 Clubs finishing in 1st position in each of the seven divisions at Step 4 together with a further seven 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 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 ties will be played on a single match basis with the home Club being the Club with the best points per game ratio in the Regular Season. If there are only three eligible Clubs then the highest placed shall receive a bye to the 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 finishing in last place in each of the seven divisions at Step 4 at the end of the Regular Season will take part in Step 4/5 Play Off matches against a Step 5 Club. A total of 24 Clubs will be automatically promoted to Step 4. These Clubs will be:
Combined Counties League
Eastern Counties League
Essex Senior League
North West Counties League
Champion Club, 2nd and 3rd placed Clubs
Champion Club, 2nd and 3rd placed Clubs
Northern Counties East
Champion Club, 2nd and 3rd placed Clubs
Southern Counties East
Spartan South Midlands
United Counties League
In addition to the above, the remaining second placed Clubs will be ranked on points per game (then goal difference, then goals scored if required) with the four highest placed Clubs also receiving automatic promotion.
The remaining seven second placed Clubs will take part in the Step 4/5 Play Off matches on a single match basis at the ground of the Step 4 Club they are drawn against. Where possible, the draw for the Play Off matches will be regionalised. The winners of these Step 4/5 Play Off matches will be allocated to Step 4.
The Clubs to be 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 place in each of the fourteen divisions at Step 5 at the end of the Regular Season will be ranked on a points per match basis (then goal difference, then goals scored if required) - the twelve lowest will be relegated and placed in the most geographically appropriate division of Step 6. These Clubs will be replaced by the Clubs in first and second position of the two divisions operated by the South West Peninsula League and the Clubs placed in first, second, third and fourth positions in the remaining eighteen Leagues at Step 6 at the end of the Regular Season.
Step 6 and 7
At the end of the Regular Playing Season the Clubs in the bottom two positions of each of the twenty 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 Association, 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 may not be considered for promotion and, for this season only, more than one club may 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 40 Clubs will be promoted from Step 7. If more than 40 Clubs are eligible for promotion they will be chosen based on a points per match basis. Where the eligible Clubs count does not reach 40 in number, reprieves of Step 6 Clubs shall come into effect on a points per match basis.
5.3 For the 2019/20 season only, at Steps 2-3 the Club finishing in last place in the table at the end of the Regular Season will be relegated and not reprieved.
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. If the refusal/ineligibility applies to a Club currently operating at Step 6, the Club will be removed from the NLS and placed in the appropriate Regional NLS Feeder League.
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 (a) Where a vacancy occurs at Step 1 and Step 2 following the completion of a Playing Season the best ranked Club in a relegation position is reprieved.
(b) Where a vacancy arises at Step 3 to 6 following the completion of a Playing Season it shall be dealt with at the sole discretion of the Committee.
(c) Where a vacancy occurs at Step 3 and 4 after the allocations for the following season have been published and prior to the holding of the League's AGM. The vacancy created shall be dealt with at the sole discretion of the Committee in order to minimise disruption.
(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, at Steps 1 and 2 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. At Steps 3 to 6, the vacancies shall be filled at the sole discretion of the Committee.
(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 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 Club and 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 together with any additional requirements 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 promoted to Step 4 must comply fully with the requirements of Grade E by 31st March in the year following promotion and comply fully with the requirements of Grade D by 31st March in the year following that. 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 E 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:-
Planning permission granted for floodlights
That by 30th September following promotion the floodlights are installed and in working order.
A development/business plan
Quotations/estimates for the work to be carried out
Funding applications submitted if required
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 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.
THE MOVEMENT OF CLUBS WITHIN THE NLS 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 and the final decision shall rest with a sub-committee of the Committee. A Club may appeal the decision of the Committee to an Appeal Board and such appeal shall be conducted in accordance with the Appeal Regulations.
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 wishing 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 Premier League or EFL 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.
(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.
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.
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 Association 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 certification 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.
PROCEDURES FOR THE DETERMINATION OF ANY MATTER, DISPUTE OR DIFFERENCE BY THE 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 2. 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.
PROCEDURES FOR THE DETERMINATION OF ANY MATTER, DISPUTE OR DIFFERENCE BY THE COMMITTEE
(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.
(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 Appeal Regulations save for appeals in relation to Ground Grading decisions where the procedures are outlined in 8.2(c) below.
(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 Association’s Judicial Services Department within seven days from the date of the written decision outlining the Grounds of Appeal, with a copy to The Association’s 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.
8.3 The Committee may, at its discretion, delegate the resolution of any matter, dispute or difference arising under these Regulations to anybody 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).
CRITERIA FOR THE PARTICIPATION IN PLAY-OFF MATCHES
In order to qualify for Play Off Matches a Club must comply with:
Security of Tenure – see Standardised Rule 2.3.2
Solvency – see Standardised Rule 13.B.2
Ground Share requirements, i.e. not ground share in order to gain promotion – see 5.7 of these Regulations
Ground Grading – see 5.8 of these regulations and the relevant criteria document
The fact of participation in the NLS and signifying agreement to be bound by the Regulations shall constitute an agreement between each League and Club to refer to Arbitration any challenge in law arising out of, or in relation to, the Regulations in accordance with the provisions of FA Rule K.
In the case of conflict between the Regulations for the Operation of the NLS and the Rules, the Regulations take precedence.
LEAGUES/DIVISIONS AT STEPS 5, 6 AND 7 OF THE NLS (SEASON 2018-19) [NOTE: THE TABLE BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR THE 2019-20 SEASON]
Combined Counties League Premier Div
Eastern Counties League Premier Div
Essex Senior League
Hellenic League Premier Div
Midland League Premier Div
North West Counties League Premier Div Northern League Div 1
Northern Counties East League Premier Div Southern Counties East League Premier Div Spartan South Midlands League Premier Div Southern Combination Football League Premier Div United Counties League Premier Div
Wessex League Premier Div
Western League Premier Div
Combined Counties League Div 1
East Midlands Counties League
Eastern Counties League Div 1 North
Eastern Counties League Div 1
Eastern Senior League
Hellenic League Div 1 East
Hellenic League Div 1
West Midland League Div 1
Northern Counties East Div 1
North West Counties League Div 1 North
North West Counties League Div 1 South Northern League Div 2
South West Peninsula League Premier Div Spartan South Midlands League Div 1
Southern Combination Football League Div 1 Southern Counties East League Div 1
United Counties League Div 1
Wessex League Div 1
West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Div Western League Div 1
Anglian Combination Premier Div
Bedfordshire County League Premier Div Cambridgeshire County League Premier Div Central Midlands League Div North
Central Midlands League Div South Cheshire League Premier Div Dorset Premier League
Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div Essex Olympian League Premier Div Gloucestershire County League Premier Div Hampshire Premier League Senior Div
Herts Senior County League Premier Div
Humber Premier League Premier Div
Kent County League Premier Div
Leicestershire Senior League Premier Div Lincolnshire Football League Premier Div
Liverpool County Premier League Premier Div 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
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
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.
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 less than three 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!
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:
Guidance notes for club secretaries
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 but at least 56 days in advance of the date requested. 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 can only be postponed before the day of the game with 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. Decisions regarding postponements must be made in the following order: Ground owners: Affiliated Match Official if the appointed match official is nt available at the time of the inspections, the appointed Match Official.
(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 insure with Bluefin Sports Insurance 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 but cover is only provided for legal fees and not any award made by the courts.
(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,
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.
League and Cup Rules, Fines Tarriff, season 2020 2021
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 at Regional NLS Feeder League level an below. 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.
(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.
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 64 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 10 members, Club representatives, who shall all be elected at the AGM. Each Division must have a representative on the League Management Committee.
(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.
(F) There must be 30% of members to form a quorum at a Management Committee meeting.
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 Regional NLS Feeder League level, the maximum fine permitted for any breach of a Rule is £250 and, when setting any fine, the Management Committee must ensure that the penalty is proportional to the offence, taking into account any mitigating circumstances.
The maximum fine permitted for a breach of a Rule by a Team playing at Regional NLS Feeder League level 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 24th 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: -
- To receive and confirm the minutes of the preceding AGM.
- To receive and adopt the annual report, balance sheet and statement of accounts.
- Election of Clubs to fill vacancies.
- Constitution of the Competition for the ensuing Season.
- Election of Officers of the Competition and the Management Committee members.
- Appointment of auditors.
- Alteration of Rules, if any (see Rule 14)
- Fix the date for the commencement of the Playing Season and kick off times applicable to the Competition.
- Fix the date for the end of the Playing Season (save for Reional NLS Feeder League level which shall be determined by The FA).
- 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,
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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
(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.
All Clubs must register players on the FA Whole Game System within 48 hours of the player's registration with the Competition. If, after investigation, a Club has failed to register players on the Whole Game System the matter will be dealt with as a breach of League Rule 6 H.
(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: -
- a. Play for more than one Club in the Competition in the same Playing Season without first being transferred.
- 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.
- 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.
(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.
Both Clubs invlovled in the transfer of a player must record the transfer on the FA Whole Game System within 48 hours of the transfer being accepted and processed on the League web site. The players previous Club must remove the player's name from their list of players and the player's new Club must add the player's name to their list of players. If, after investigation, a Club has failed to record a transfer on the Whole Game System the matter will be dealt with as a breach of League Rule 6 H.
(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
- 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.
The hme team shall also provide after match refreshments at a site close to their home ground. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £40 being imposed. The away team shall confirm their attendance or otherwise at the after match refreshments when responding to the confirmationof fixture. If the away team wishes to amend their response this must be undertaken more than 48 hours prior to the date and time of the KO. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £40 being imposed. The away team must confirm the expected number of persons attending the aftre match refreshments and if the numbers attanding are substantially less than those indicated the LMC may ompose a sanction on the away Club.
(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 League 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).
Clbs requesting a vacant date must apply in writing to the appropriate Fixture Secretary not less thasn 56 days prior to the date being requested.
(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.
(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 , 2nd and 3rd 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.
Teams with fllodlight availablility at their ome ground will have midweek fixtures scheduled during September and March in each season. No more than 2 such games in each month of September and March and no more than 1 such game shall be scheduled in the months October to February. No team with fllodlights will be scheduked with more than 5 home games in the months September to march. these fixtures will only be scheduled if in the i=opinion of the Fixture Secretaries due ti inclement weather it is necessary to do so in order to alleviate fixture congestion at the end of the season or to compensate for fixtures postponed at the commencement of the season.
(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 must state in writing to the League Secretary 7 days prior to the date of the Fixture and provide information regarding why a cancellation is being requested. Where a Competition Match has been postponed for any reason a Club 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
(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.
(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.
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
(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. 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.
(F) THE NEVILLE COWEY CUP
All Development Division Teams must enter this Competition.
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.
CLUB ENTRY FEE
CLUB/TEAM ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION
7 (C), 7 (E), 7(G)
PLAYER REGISTRATION FEE (60 FREE) (PAYABLE AT END OF SEASON)
TRANSFER FEE (PAYABLE AT END OF SEASON)
£ 27 / £ 24
ASSISTANT REFEREE FEES
£ 20 / £18
FAILURE TO AFFILIATE
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH FA INITIATIVES
UNAUTHORISED ENTRY OF TEAMS INTO COMPETITIONS
FAILURE TO OBTAIN CONSENT FOR A CHANGE OF CLUB NAME
FAILURE TO PAY A DEPOSIT
FAILURE TO PROVIDE AFFILIATION NUMBER/DETAILS FORM
COMMUNICATIONS CONDUCTED BY PERSONS OTHER THAN NOMINATED OFFICERS
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN INSTRUCTION OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
FAILURE TO PAY A FINE WITHIN REQUIRED TIMEFRAME
FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT AGM
FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT SGM
FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT OR TO NOTIFY CHANGES TO SIGNATORIES
FAILURE TO PROVIDE NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL BEFORE DEADLINE
FAILURE TO COMMENCE/COMPLETE FIXTURES
FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE TROPHY
FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE
FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE
FAILURE TO CORRECTLY REGISTER A PLAYER
18 (B) (ii)
FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PLAYERS PRIOR TO THE SEASON COMMENCING
REGISTERING OR PLAYING FOR MULTIPLE CLUBS, OR INACCURATE COMPLETION OF A REGISTRATION FORM
FIELDING MORE THAN THE PERMITTED NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN SENIOR COMPETITIONS MATCHES
PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER
FAILURE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
DELAYING KICK OFF DUE TO NO CHANGE OF COLOURS
FAILURE TO NUMBER SHIRTS
DELAYING KICK OFF DUE TO FAILURE TO PROVIDE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
FAILURE TO PLAY MATCHES ON THE DATE FIXED
FAILURE TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF A FIXTURE
PLAYING MATCH WITH LESS THAN REQUIRED NUMBER OF PLAYERS
£ 5 per player short
20 (E) (i) & (iv)
FAILURE TO PLAY FIXTURE
NO CAPTAIN’S ARMBAND
LATE RESULT NOTIFICATION FORM
FAILURE TO PROVIDE RESULT
RESULT NOTIFICATION NOT SIGNED BY APPROPRIATE SIGNATORIES
FAILURE TO PROVIDE CLUB ASSISTANT REFEREE
FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS’ FEES AND EXPENSES
FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS WHERE A MATCH IS NOT PLAYED
FAILURE TO PROVIDE REFEREE’S MARK
|20 (A)||AFTER MATCH REFRESHMENTS||£ 40|
SCHEDULE B – INDEX
Name and Constitution
Entry Fee, Subscription, Deposit
Management, Nomination, Election
Powers of Management
Protests, Claims, Complains, Appeals
Annual General Meeting
Special General Meeting
Agreement to be Signed
Continuation of Membership, Withdrawal of a Club
Exclusion of Clubs, Teams. Misconduct of Clubs, Officers, Players, Management Committee
Alteration to Rules
MATCH RELATED RULES
Qualification of Players
Playing Season. Conditions of Play, Times of Kick-Off. Postponements. Substitutes
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: email@example.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.
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|
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Information for Match Officials
INFORMATION FOR MATCH OFFICIALS SEASON 2020 - 2021
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|
|One and Two||£24||£18||30p|
|All Cup Ties||£27/£24||£20/£18||30p|
Academy Assistant Referees shall be paid a fee of £16 inclusive of travelling expenses
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.
Useful Information 2020/21
THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:
PO Box 1966,
Tel: 0844 - 980 8200
Fax: 0844 - 980 8201
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:
Andrew Rose-Cook, Acting Executive Officer.
Newcastle upon Tyne.
Tel: 0191 - 2700700
DURHAM COUNTY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:
J. C. Topping. Company Secretary.
Tel: 0191 - 3872929
Fax: 0191 - 3872919
K. Hewitt, Secretary.
21 Cherrytree Drive,
Tel: 0191 - 3733878
K Harrison Secretary.
32 Killinghall Grove,
Stockton on Tees.
Tel: 01642 - 653362
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:
MAIN SPONSOR OF THE NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE LEAGUE
BAY PLASTICS LTD
and to our other Partners
Team Valley Carpets
Bluefin Insurance Group
Newcastle Building Society
Vesey Ltd - Discount Football Kits
Whitley Bay Trophies
Season 2019-20 Final Divisional Tables
Due to Covid19 pandemic season 2019 2020 was suspended on 17/03/2020, no further games were played.
The Tables below are the standings as at 17/03/2020, including PPG calculations.
No Divisional Winners or Runners up were declared.
BAY PLASTICS PREMIER DIVISION
|1||NEWCASTLE BLUE STAR||15||12||2||1||52||20||32||38||2.53||2|
|2||AFC NEW FORDLEY||16||11||4||1||47||16||31||37||2.31||4|
|9||PERCY MAIN AMATEURS||20||8||3||9||42||42||0||27||1.35||10|
|13||WHITLEY BAY RESERVES||19||5||1||13||39||63||-24||16||0.84||13|
|14||NORTH SHIELDS ATH||20||3||6||11||30||48||-18||15||0.75||15|
|16||SEATON DELAVAL AFC||20||2||1||17||19||108||-89||7||0.35||16|
REEVES INDEPENDENT 1ST DIVISION
|1||HEBBURN TOWN U23||19||13||2||4||58||24||34||41||2.16||3|
|2||PRUDHOE Y C SENIORS||17||12||3||2||58||24||34||39||2.29||1|
|3||RED ROW WELFARE||16||11||2||3||54||25||29||35||2.19||2|
|4||WHITBURN & CLEADON||18||11||2||5||43||29||14||35||1.94||4|
|5||WALLSEND BOYS CLUB||21||8||4||9||46||51||-5||28||1.33||10|
|6||BLYTH SPARTANS RES||16||8||2||6||50||25||25||26||1.63||6|
|9||WHITLEY BAY SPORT CLUB||16||7||3||6||50||44||6||24||1.50||8|
|14||FC UTD OF NEWCASTLE||19||5||1||13||37||65||-28||16||0.84||15|
TEAM VALLEY CARPETS 2ND DIVISION
|2||NEWCASTLE EAST END||19||12||1||6||50||31||19||37||1.95||3|
|3||WILLINGTON QUAY SAINTS||19||11||3||5||55||34||21||36||1.89||4|
|6||NEWCASTLE UNI A||19||10||2||7||49||41||8||32||1.68||7|
|12||GATESHEAD REDHEUGH 57||17||5||3||9||34||42||-8||18||1.06||12|
|16||NEWCASTLE BLUE STAR RES||18||2||2||14||25||59||-34||8||0.44||16|
BLUEFIN SPORTS INS DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
|1||PONTELAND UTD RES||23||18||2||3||77||30||47||56||2.43||2|
|5||ASHINGTON FC RES||16||11||0||5||50||22||28||33||2.06||3|
|6||NEWCASTLE CHEMFICA AMS||20||10||3||7||48||40||8||33||1.65||7|
|7||HEATON STANNINGTON A||17||9||4||4||43||21||22||31||1.82||6|
|8||NEWCASTLE EAST END RES||21||11||0||10||70||52||18||30||1.43||10|
|9||GOSFORTH BOHEMIANS RES||19||9||2||8||42||36||6||29||1.53||9|
|13||RED HOUSE FARM||18||3||1||14||24||67||-43||10||0.56||13|
|14||MORPETH TOWN RES||21||4||2||15||22||80||-58||10||0.48||14|
|16||WHITLEY BAY SPORT CLUB A||20||3||2||15||30||65||-35||7||0.35||16|
Bay Plastics Northern Football Alliance League
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.
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the League Secretary.
COMPETITION CHAMPION'S TEN YEAR RECORD
|2019/20||Not Awarded Covid 19 Pandemic|
|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|
|2019/20||Not Awarded Covid 19 Pandemic|
|2010/11||N'cle Chemfica Ind||26||22||0||87||38||66|
|2012/13||North Shields Ath||30||26||2||101||36||80|
|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 soartans Res||28||23||4||126||33||73|
|2019/20||Not Awarded - Covid 19 Pandemic|
* 6 points deducted
DIVISION THREE ( DEVELOPMENT DIVISION SEASON 2019/2020)
|2019/20||Not Awarded - Covid 19 Pandemic||
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS
|1890/91||Sunderland A||1891/92||Sunderland A|
|1894/95||Sunderland A||1895/96||Sunderland A|
|1896/97||Hebburn Argyle||1897/98||Newcastle Utd A|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1957/58||Newcastle Utd A||1958/59||Amble|
|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|
|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|
|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||2018/19||AFC Killingworth|
|2019/20||Not Awarded - Covid 19 Pandemic|
The Premier Division Championship Runners-Up Trophy
|1961/62||Alnwick Town||1962/63||Gateshead Reserves|
|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|
|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|
|2007/08||Harraby C C||2008/09||Gilford Park|
|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||2018/19||Newcastle University|
|2019/20||Not awarded - Covid 19 Pandemic|
DIVISION ONE CHAMPIONS & RUNNERS-UP
|1988/89||Ashington Premier||Haltwhistle Crown Paints|
|1990/91||Blyth Kitty Brewster||Spittal Rovers|
|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|
|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|
|2006/07||Gillford Park||Cramlington Town|
|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|
|2019/20||Not Awarded - Covid 19 Pandemic|
DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONS & RUNNERS UP
|1988/89||Blyth Kitty Brewster||Stobbswood United|
|1989/90||Heaton Comer House||Longbenton|
|1990/91||Proctor and Gamble||Wylam Home Services|
|North Shields St Columbas||
|1992/93||Amble Town||Gosforth Bohemians|
|1993/94||Ashington Hirst||Orwin New Winning|
|1995/96||Walbottle Masons||Heddon Institute|
|1996/97||Northbank Carlisle||Newcastle University|
|1997/98||Coxlodge Social Club||Morpeth Town A|
|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|
|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|
|2018/19||Rothbury||Whitley Bay Sporting Club|
|2019/20||Not Awarded - Covid 19 Pandemic|
DIVISION 3 CHAMPIONS AND RUNNERS UP (2019/20 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION)
|2019/20||Bot awarded - Covid 19 Pandemic|
LEADING GOALSCORERS 2019-2020
(In Leagues Games Only)
|Malcolm Morien||AFC Killingworth||13 Goals||1.23 Goals per Game|
|Liam Hudson||AFC New Fordley||16 Goals||1.00 Goals per Game|
|Sam Walton||AFC Killingworth||13 Goals||1.00 Goals per Game|
|Max Anderson||Red Row Welfare||16 Goals||1.00 Goals oer Game|
|Sam Moore||Prudhoe Y C Seniors||16 Goals||0.94 Goals per Game|
|Adam Lennox||Hebburn Town U23||16 Goals||0.84 Goals per Game|
|Dylan Swan||FC Utd of Newcastle||16 Goals||0.84 Goals oer Game|
|Joe Moscrop||Blyth FC||12 Goals||0.80 Goals per Gane|
|Lewis Laidler||Newcastle East End||15 Goals||0.79 Goal oer game|
|Adam Corbett||Burradon||14 Goals||0.78 Goals per Game|
|Nick O'Neill||Morpeth FC||35 Goals||1.84 Goals oer Game|
|Callum Larmouth||Newcastle East End Res||24 Goals||1.14 Goals per Game|
|Myles Ferraro||West Jesmond||13 Goals||0.68 Goals oer Game|
GOLDEN GLOVES 2019 - 2020
(In Leagues Games Only)
|Liam Dodds||AFC New Fordley||1.07 Goals per Game|
|Craid Towart||Blyth Town||1.08 Goals per Game|
|James Anderson||Ponteland Utd||1.42 Goals per Game|
|Kieran Hunter||Hebburn Town U23||1.07 Goals per Game|
|James Katirai||Gosforth Bohemians||1.20 Goals per Game|
|Bradley Skirpan||Blyth Spartans Red||1.46 Goals per Game|
|Ellis Burns||Willington Quay Saints||1.50 Goals per Game|
|Nathan Sharpe||AFC Newbiggin||1.53 Goals per Game|
|Daniel Charlton||Newcatle East End||1.53 Goals per Game|
|Mark Emmerson||West Jesmond||1.00 Goals oer Game|
|Jamie Wright||Ashington Fc Res||1.00 Goals oer Game|
|Aidan Ripley||Heaton Stannington A||1.15 Goals oer Game|
NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE CUP RECORDS
THE STAN SEYMOUR LEAGUE CUP
|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|
|2004-05||Shankhouse||Newbiggin Central Welfare|
|2005-06||Carlisle City||Team Northumbria|
|2008-09||Cullercoats||Harraby Catholic Club (Disqualified)|
THE GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP
|2010-11||Heaton Stannington||Ashington Colliers|
|2011-12||Seaton Delaval Amateurs||Ashington Colliers|
|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|
|2019/20||Willington Quay Saints||Cullercoats|
|2019/20||Final not played due to Covid 19 pandemic|
CHALLENGE CUP WINNERS AND 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|
|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|
|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|
|Alnwick Town||Craghead Colliery Welfare|
|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|
|2000/01||Shankhouse||Coxlodge Social Club|
|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|
|2007/08||Harraby Catholic||Peterlee Town|
|2010/11||Seaton Delaval Amateurs||Blyth Town|
|2011/12||Whitley Bay A||Heaton Stannington|
|2012/13||Amble United||Carlisle City|
|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|
|2018/19||AFC Killingworth||Newcastle Chemfica|
|2019/20||AFC New Fordley||Alnwick Town|
|2019/20||Final not played due to Covid 19 pandemic.|
DIVISION ONE COMBINATION CUP WINNERS AND 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|
|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|
|2005/06||Newcastle East End Railway||Wallsend|
|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|
|2018/19||Cullercoats||Prudhoe Y C Seniors|
|2019/20||Final not played due to Covid 19 pandemic.|
DIVISION TWO AMATEUR CUP WINNERS AND FINALISTS
|1990/91||Hebburn NEI Reyrolle||Ashington Hirst|
|1991/92||Ashington Hirst||C. K. Brinkburn|
|1992/93||C. K. Brinkburn||Swalwell Crowley|
|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|
|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’|
|2008/09||Forest Hall||Amble United|
|2009/10||Stobswood Welfare||North Shields Athletic|
|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|
|2018/19||Blyth FC||Stobswood Welfare|
|2019/20||AFC Newbiggin||Newcastle East End|
|2019/20||Final not played due to Covid 19 pandemic|
NEVILLE COWEY CUP WINNERS AND FINALISTS
|2019/20||Heaton Stannington A||West Jesmond|
|2019/20||Final not played due to Covid 19 pandemic|
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)
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
|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|
|2018/19||AFC Killingworth||Gosforth Bohemians|
|2019/20||Newcastle Chemfica||Winlaton Vulcans|
|2019/20||Final not played due to Covid 19 pandemic|
SUBSIDIARY CUP 1ST DIVISION
|2011-12||Amble United||Newcastle University|
DIVISIONAL FAIR PLAY AWARDS FOR SEASON 2019 - 2020
|Club||Points||Played||P P G||Position|
|Whitley Bay Res||13||19||0.68||2nd|
|AFC New Fordley||15||16||0.94||3rd|
|Wallsend Boys Club||8||21||0.38||3rd|
|Newacastle Uni A||8||19||0.42||1st|
|Red House Farm||6||18||0.33||1st|
|Ponteland Utd Res||11||23||0.48||2nd|
|N'cle Chemfica Ams||10||20||0.50||3rd|