Handbook

 

Competition Officers for Season 2017-18

PRESIDENT: - Alan Findlay

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

 

CHAIRMAN:

PETER RILEY.

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

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

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

VICE-CHAIRMAN: APPOINTMENTS SECRETARY:

GEORGE PENMAN 

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

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

E-mail: penners1962@aol.com                                                                   

LEAGUE SECRETARY: REGISTRATION SECRETARY: TREASURER: COMPANY SECRETARY:                                                                                                                            

DEREK BOOTH

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

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

E-mail: defcderekb@hotmail.com

PRESS OFFICER:

PETER MANN

Telephone: 07596 - 657371 (Mobile)

E-mail: petermann78@hotmail.com

INSURANCE LIAISON OFFICER:

JOHN LOAN.

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

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

E-mail: johnloan17@yahoo.co.uk

FIXTURE SECRETARIES

PREMIER DIVISION:                                                                                                               

SCOTT CLAYTON                                                                                                                                                                                          

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

Telephone: 07985 - 162356  

Email: slycottoncat@hotmail.com

DIVISIONS ONE & TWO:                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

GEORGE DAVISON, 

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

Telephone: 01670 - 361929 (Home) 

E-mail: georgedavison_101@sky.com

INFORMATION OFFICER:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

KEN NEWTON.

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

Telephone: 07443 - 903362 (M)

E-Mail: Jkennewton@aol.com

ASSISTANT APPOINTMENTS OFFICER

DAVID MARTIN

22 Rothbury Close, Killingworth, newcastle. NE12 6TA.

Telephone: 0191 - 2683577 (Home) 07713 - 487320 (Mobile)

Email: martin250@sky.com

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE LIFE MEMBERS:  

JOHN WEATHERSTONE,

JOHN SHAXON.

Elected Club Members of the Management Committee 

Ponteland United ALAN BIRKINSHAW Hexham DOUG ROBSOM
Cramlington Utd KEVIN HASTINGS Seaton Delaval AFC DAVID HOLMES 
Blyth FC NATHAN PARR Willington Quay Saints   JOHN ALLAN
 Forest Hall TIM HUTCHINSON
 Gateshead FC A MIKE COULSON 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

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

 

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Northern Football Alliance Roll of Honour

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

C. GREGAN Secretary & Treasurer 1937 to 1973
J.W. WRIGHT Chairman to 1957
W. CRAIK Chairman from 1958 to 1964
G.H. LAING Vice-Chairman from 1960 to 1985
J. DENMARK Vice-President 1977
G.S. SEYMOUR President 1978
C. JEFFERSON Vice President 1978
T. JORDAN Vice President 1979
J. LAIDLER President 1980
R. CRAIK 1985
J.T. HART Vice President 1988
J. HARVEY Vice President 1989
S. SEYMOUR President 1992
T. HATHAWAY Vice President 1993
J.A. FORSTER Vice President 2000
J. WALKER Honorary Life Member 2003
G. McKEAG Vice President 2006
J. H. McLACKLAND Secretary 2009
J. MITCHELL Vice President 2010
W. HUMBLE Vice President 2010
A. SAUNDERS Vice President 2010
G.F. DOBBINS Chairman 1995 to 2010
B. GARDNER Press Officer 2010
K. SCOTT Vice President 2011
G.NUGENT Life Member 2012
J. JACKSON

Vice President 2012

L. TODD

Honorary Life Member 2013

W. J. DARBY.(BILL)

Vice Chairman 2015

R MAUGHAN

Vice President 2016    

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Dates of Monthly Meetings

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

 

 

 

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Times of kick-off for league and cup matches

League Matches

Saturdays:

Evening:

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

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

Cup matches

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

 

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Match Result Service for the 2017-2018 season

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

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

Telephone No for Peter Mann: 07596 - 657371

Email Address for Peter Mann: petermann78@hotmail.com


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

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

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

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County Football Association Cup Competitions for season 2017-2018

NORTHUMBERLAND FA SENIOR CUP

Round   Date
22/11/2017
06/12/2017
Semi-Finals 07/02/2018
Final  Open

NORTHUMBERLAND FA SENIOR BENEVOLENT BOWL

Round  Date
1 07/10/2017
2 11/11/2017
Semi-Finals 10/02/2018
Final 04/05/2018

NORTHUMBERLAND FA MINOR CUP

Round Date
1 09/09/2017
2 07/10/2017
3 11/11/2017
4 09/12/2017
5  10/02/2018
Semi Final 10/03/2018
Final 27/04/2018

CUMBERLAND FA SENIOR CUP

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

NOTE: Clubs with floodlights must play mid-week if drawn at home

 

DURHAM COUNTY FA TROPHY

Round Date
Premlininary  
1  
2  
Semi-Finals  
Final Open

DURHAM COUNTY FA MINOR CUP

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

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Regulations for the operation of the national league system

1. Definitions

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

"AC" means the Alliance Committee appointed by the FA Council to deal with matters appertaining to Step 1 to 4 of the National League System.

"Association" means The Football Association Ltd.

"Club" Means a football club for the time being in a league in membership of the NLS.

"Competition" in these regulations means a League in the National League System.

"Conditional Licence" means a Licence with conditions attached to be met by a Club within a period determined by the Competition in which the Club holding the Licence is allocated by the League Committee. Such a 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.  

"League" means any competition sanctioned by the Association and/or an Affiliated Association.

"LC" means the Leagues Committee appointed by FA Council to deal with all matters appertaining to the National League System.

"Licence" means an annual Licence required to be held by a Club to be a member of a Compeition that may be either an Unconditional Licence or a Conditional Licence.

"NLS" means the 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 in the table at the end of each Playing Season which is provided for in Rule 13 as qualifying the Club to take part in a play off match to qualify for promotion to the next Step of football for the next Playing Season.

"Regulations" means these Regulations.

"Rules" means the FA Standardised Rules or FA Standard Code of Rules under which a league is administered.

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

"Unconditional Licence" means aLicence without any conditions attached.

2.The National League System (NLS) shall be operated in accordance with these regulations.

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

The aims and objectives of the NLS are to provide:

(a) Clubs with a level of competitive football appropriate to their playing ability, stadium/ground facilities and geographical location.
(b) A framework for discussion on matters of policy and common interest to Leagues and Clubs.
(c) The seasonal movement of Clubs.

All Leagues shall be 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.

All Clubs are required to hold a licence to be a member of a Competition at Steps 1 to 4 of the NLS. 

3. Position of a League in the National League System

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

Step 1        National League      
Step 2     

National League

       North

 

National League

        South

   
Step 3   Northern Premier League
    Premier Division
  Southern League
Premier Division
  Isthmian League
Premier Division
 
Step 4

Northern Prem
 League Div
One North

Northern Prem
 League Div
One South  
Southern Lge
Division One
Central
Southern Lge
Division One
South & West
Isthmain Lge
Division One
North
Isthmain Lge
Division
South
 
Step 5/6       Step 5/6 leagues      
Step 7       Step 7 leagues      

 

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

3.2 With effect from the commencement of the 2018 2019 season the structure of the NLS will be as set out below:

 

Step 1       National League      
Step 2    

National League

      North

 

National League

      South

   
Step 3  

Northern Premier League

    Premier Division

Southern League

      Division

Southern League

     Division

Isthmian League

     Premier

   
Step 4

Northern Premier League

           Division

Northern Premier League

           Division

Southern League

     Division

Southern League

     Division

Isthmian League

     Division

Isthmian League

    Division

Isthmian League

     Division

Step 5       Step 5 Leagues      
Step 6       Step 6 Leagues      
Step 7       Step 7 Leagues      

Divisions at Steps 3 to 5 shall have the following number of Clubs: Step 3 - 22: Step 4 - 20: Step 5 - 20. At Steps 6 and 7 the number of Clubs in each Division will be decided by the LC taking into account all relevant factors. Notwithstanding this, at Step 6 each Division shall have no more than 20 Clubs and at Step 7 each Division shall have no more than 16 Clubs.

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

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

4. Rules and Regulations for Promotion and Relegation

The LC shall provide for the seasonal promotion, relegation or lateral movement of clubs between Steps. A League that signifies its acceptance to be bound by these regulations must be in a position to promote and relegate Clubs at the conclusion of each playing Season.

5. Detailed Promotion and Relegation Issues

5.1 The criteria for entry to the NLS and the criteria for ground/stadium facilities and the criteria for participation in play off matches shall be determined by the LC. All criteria so determined shall be published by The Association from time to time.

5.2 It may be necessary from time to time to move Clubs laterally between Leagues at the same Step to accommodate the movement of Clubs by normal promotion and relegation.

5.3 At the conclusion of each season, the following procedures will apply:

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 and 5th positions in each Step 3 Division shall be eligible to take part in the Play Off matches. Where one or more of 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 here is a qualifying round, semi finals and promotion final with all ties being played over a single leg at the ground of the higher placed Club.The winner of the promotion final in each Step 2 Division will be promoted. if a Club is not eligible to enter Step 1 then it shall not take part in any Play Off matches. In that event such Club shall not be replaced and the Play Off matches structure and draw shall be adjusted as necessary by the Competition on the basis of the remaining Clubs final league positions.

Step 2 and Step 3

The Clubs in the bottom three places in each of the two divisions at Step 2 at the end of the Playing 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 divisions at Step 3 together with a further three 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 Step 2, the Club finishing in 2nd position shall be promoted. The Clubs finishing in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th positions in each step 3 division shall be eligible to take part in the Play off matches. Where one or more of the Clubs finishing in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th positions goes not meet the criteria for participation at step 2, the next eligible Club shall take part in the Play Off matches, save that no Club finishing below 7th position shall be eligible to take part in a Play off match. The Play off matches shall be played so that the highest placed of the eligible Clubs plays against the lowest placed and the other 2 Clubs play each other in semi final matches over a single leg at the ground of the higher placed Club. The winners of each semi final will play each other in a promotion final over a single leg at the ground of the higher placed Club and the winner of that match shall be promoted. If there are only 3 eligible Clubs then the highest placed shall receive a bye to a promotion final where it will play the winner of the other semi final match and the winner of that match shall be promoted.

The promoted Clubs will also 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 last place of the three division at Step 3 at the end of the playing season will be relegated to a feeder pool and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at step 4 for the following playing season. Nineteen Clubs will be promoted from Step 4 comprising of the twelve Clubs finishing in 1st and 2nd position in each Division, together with the highest ranked 3rd place Club on the basis of points per game during the playing season plus six further Clubs determined by a series of Play off matches. Where a Club finishes in 1st or 2nd position but does not meet the criteria for participation at Step 3, the Club finishing in 3rd position shall be promoted. If neither the 1st or 2nd place Club meets the criteria for participation at Step 3 then the 3rd and 4th Placed Clubs shall be promoted. The Clubs finishing in 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th position in each step 4 division shall be eligible to take part in Play off matches. Where a Club finishing in 3rd,4th,5th or 6th position does not meet the criteria for participation at Sep 3, the next eligible Club shall take part in the Play off matches, save that no Club finishing below 8th position will be eligible to take part in Play off matches. 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 in semi final matches over a single leg at the ground of the higher placed Club. The winners of each semi final will play each other in a promotion final over a single leg at the ground of the higher placed Club and the winner of that match shall be promoted.If there are only 3 eligible Clubs then the highest placed shall receive a bye to a promotion final where it will play the winner of the other semi final match and the winner of that match shall be promoted.

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

In the event of vacancies arising st Step 3 on completion of the season, the losing Play off finalists shall be ranked on a points per game basis during the regular Playing Season, with vacancies being filled by the highest ranked Club(s).

Step 4 and Step 5

At the end of the Playing Season the Clubs finishing in last place in each of the six divisions at Step 4 administered by the Northern Premier League, Southern League and Isthmian League will be relegated and placed in the most geographically appropriate League at Step 5. These relegated Clubs will be replaced by the highest placed Club in each Step 5 division which is eligible to enter Step 4 together with the twelve highest ranking 2nd placed Clubs on the basis of points per game during the Playing Season.. The Clubs to be promoted from Step 5 will be allocated to the most geographically appropriate division at Step 4.

 Step 5 to Step 6 and Step 6 to Step 7

The promotion and relegation of Clubs between Steps 5, 6 and 7 shall be dealt with as follows.

Movement of Clubs between Steps 5, 6 and 7, where a League operates at each Step, shall be included in their constitutional rules and regulations. Irrespective of any provision contained within the Rules, the Clubs finishing in bottom position in each of the fourteen Step 5 divisions will be relegated to Step 6 and will not be reprieved, as determined by the LC.

Clubs seeking promotion to Step 5 from a League at Step 6 which is not linked to Step 5, 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 eligible for promotion Clubs must finish in 1st position in their Step 6 league. If the Club finishing in 1st position does not wish to be promoted or fails to meet the entry criteria then the Club finishing in 2nd position will be eligible for promotion. If the Club in 2nd position does not seek promotion or fails to meet the entry criteria then Clubs down to 5th position may be considered for promotion provided that they meet the appropriate entry criteria. Clubs finishing below 5th position will not be considered for promotion and only one Club will be considered for promotion from each League. Each application must be accompanied by the agreed application fee, as determined by the LC, which is non-refundable.

Clubs seeking promotion to Step 6 from a League at Step 7 which is not linked 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 will not be considered for promotion and only one club will be considered from each League. Each application must be accompanied by the agreed application fee, as determined by the LC, which is non-refundable.

All promotions and relegations between Steps 5, 6 and 7 must be authorised by the LC. All proposed Club movements must be submitted to the LC by no later than 8 May 2018.

5.3 Where a vacancy occurs within the NLS either before, during or after the Playing Season, the LC shall decide how such vacancy shall be filled at its sole discretion.

5.3.1 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.

5.3.2 In the event that for any reason whatsoever there are more vacancies in a division before the end of a Playing Season than relegation places in that division, the question of relegation and reprieves shall be dealt with at the sole discretion of the LC.

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

5.5 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.

5.6 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 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. To be considered for promotion to Step 4, Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade D by 31st March 2019.

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 for floodlights

Funding applications submitted if required

Quotations/estimates for the work to be carried out

A development/business plan

That by 30th September following promotion the floodlights are installed and in working order.

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.

5.7 For 2017/18, the following applies only to Steps 1 to 4: 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.

 6. 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 LC.

It may be necessary from time to time to move Clubs laterally at the same Step. Each year the LC will consider whether any lateral movements may be necessary at each Step; if so the Clubs likely to be affected shall be notified and given the opportunity to present a case if that Club does not wish to be moved laterally. The final decision shall rest with a sub-committee of the LC. This sub-committee may include members of Step 5 or Step 6 Leagues if appropriate. A Club may appeal the decision of the LC to an Appeal Board and such appeal shall be conducted in accordance with the Appeal Regulations.

In coming to its decision the LC 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 Association 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 English Football League then the LC 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 LC 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 LC.

In considering any application, the LC 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 LC 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 LC within five working days of it receiving written notification of its removal from its League. The LC 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 LC, 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 LC 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 LC at its absolute discretion.

In considering any application, the LC 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 LC 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 LC 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 LC 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 LC; 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 LC 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 LC at its absolute discretion.

7. Placement of a Club into a League

7.1 Usually a club can only enter the NLS at Step 7. However a League may seek approval from the LC to receive a club 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 LC 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.

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

8.1 The LC 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 LC may require the attendance at a meeting or the written observations of any League or Club, as it considers appropriate to assist its determination.

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

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

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

(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 LC 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 LC or a body constituted by a County Football Association).

9. Arbitration

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.

10. Precedence

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 & 7 OF THE NLS (Season 2017/2018)

Step 5

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

 

Step 6

Combined Counties League Div 1

East Midlands Counties League

Eastern Counties League Div 1

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

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

 

Step 7

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

Liverpool County Premier League Premier Div

Manchester Football League Premier Div

Middlesex County League Premier Div

Midland League Div 2

Mid-Sussex Football League

Northamptonshire Combination Premier Div

Northern Football Alliance 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 Football League

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

Teesside League Div 1

Thames Valley Premier League Premier Div

Wearside League

West Cheshire League Div 1

West Lancashire League Premier Div

West Midlands (Regional) League Div 1

West Riding County Amateur League Premier Div

West Yorkshire League Premier Div

Wiltshire Football League Premier Div

York Football League Premier Div

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New Clubs entering the league

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Familiarity with the rules and the handbook

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

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

STUDY YOUR LEAGUE HANDBOOK

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

WILLING HELPERS ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT

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

FAIR PLAY AWARDS

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

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADDITIONAL POINTS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

DON'T BE CAUGHT OUT!

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

PUBLICITY

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


Peter Mann.

Tel: 07596657371

Email: petermann78@hotmail.com

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Guidance notes for club secretaries

(a) Correspondence

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

(b) Postponements of Published Fixtures

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

(c) Cup Competitions other than FA or County FA

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

(d) Procedure for Pitch Inspections

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

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

(e) After Match Refreshments

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

(f) Personal Accident Insurance

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

(g) Club, Forums and Social Networking Sites

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

 

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Standing Orders

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

Rules of Debate:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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League Rules

NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE

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, Cumberland, and North Riding County Football Associations, together with the special rules which have been approved by the Joint Committees of the above Football Associations.

STANDARD CODE OF RULES

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

CLUBS TO NOTE:

In order to preserve the status and good name of the Northern Football Alliance, rules governing the League will be strictly adhered to and enforced by the League's elected Officials and the Management Committee. Copies of the League Rules are provided 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.

LEAGUE RULES — QUICK REFERENCE

RULE
1 DEFINITIONS
2 NOMENCLATURE & CONSTITUTION
3 ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT
4 MANAGEMENT, OFFICERS,NOMINATION & ELECTION
5 POWERS OF MANAGEMENT
6 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
7 AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED
8 QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS
9 CLUB COLOURS, CLUB NAME
10 PLAYING SEASON, CONDITIONS OF PLAY, KICK OFF TIMES, POSTPONEMENTS & SUBSTITUTES
11 REPORTING RESULTS
12 DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP
13 REFEREES
14 CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP OR WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB
15 PROTESTS AND COMPLAINTS
16 BOARD OF APPEAL
17 EXCLUSION OF CLUBS OR TEAMS, MISCONDUCT, CLUBS, OFFICIALS & PLAYERS
18 TROPHIES: LEGAL OWNERS, CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER, AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED & AWARDS
19 SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
20 ALTERATION TO RULES
21 FINANCE
22 SPONSORSHIP
23 DISSOLUTION

1. DEFINITIONS

(A) In these Rules: "Affiliated Association" means an Association accorded the status of an affiliated Association.

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

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

"Club" means a Club for the time being in membership of the Competition and "Team" means a side from a Club.

"Competition" means the Northern Football Alliance League.

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

"Secretary" means such a person or persons appointed or elected to carry out the administration 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.

"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.

"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.

"Ground" means the ground on which the Club's team(s) play 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.

"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 Northern Football Alliance League), (the Northumberland County Football Association Limited).

"Scholarship" means a Scholarship as set out in Rule c 3 (a) (i) of the Rules of the FA.

"Team Sheet" means a form provided by the Competition on which the names of the Players taking part in a Competition match are listed.

"The FA" means The Football Association Limited.

"WGS" means he 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 for or otherwise.

(B) 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.

(C) All Clubs shall adhere to the Rules. Every Club shall be deemed, as 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 16.

(D) The Competition will be known as The Northern Football Alliance League, (or any such 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.

(E) 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.

2. NOMENCLATURE AND CONSTITUTION

(A) This competition shall be designated THE NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE LIMITED and known as NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE LEAGUE and shall consist of not more than 48 Clubs who all can be Full Member Clubs, of which not more than 6 Clubs shall be Associate Member Clubs.

(B) All such Member Clubs must be affiliated to an affiliated County Football Association and their names and particulars shall be returned annually by the appointed date on he Form "D" to the Northumberland Football Association. The area covered by the Competition shall be Northumberland, Durham, Cumbria and North Riding. The Competition shall apply annually for Sanction to the Northumberland, Durham and Cumberland Football Associations and the constituent teams of Member Clubs may be grouped in divisions each not exceeding 16 in number.

(C) This competition shall only permit one team from a Club to participate in the same Division unless there is no viable alternative because of logistical issues and/or reasons linked to participation and geographical boundaries. This Competition will obtain the prior approval of the sanctioning Association 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 or registration in accordance with Competition Rules.

(D) Inclusivity and Non- Discrimination.
(i) This Competition and each Member Club must be committed to promoting inclusivity and to eliminating all forms of discrimination.
(ii) Any alleged breach of the Equality Act 2010 legislation must be referred to the appropriate sanctioning Association for investigation.

(E)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.

(F) 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.

(G) At the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, the majority of the delegates present shall have power to decide or adjust the compilation of the divisions at their discretion. When necessary this Rule shall take precedence over Rule 12.

3. ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT

(A) Application by Clubs for admission to this Competition or the entry of an additional team must be made in writing to the Secretary prior to 31st March each year. 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 Annual General Meeting, or a Special General Meeting. When Rule 12B is applied or a team seeks a transfer or is compulsorily transferred to another Division no entry fee shall apply. All Clubs elected to membership of the Competition shall be elected as probationers and must present themselves for election to Full Members at the subsequent Annual General Meeting. Clubs which are not full members of the Competition shall have no voting rights at any meeting of the Competition until such time thay are declared full members of the Competition at an AGM.

(B) The Annual Subscription shall be £180 per Club/Team (represented by £110 League Fees, £35 League Cup Fees and £35 Divisional Cup Fees) payable as follows: Minimum 50% of all monies due by 1st July and the balance by 30th September. Clubs which do not provide an E-mail contact address to the Competition will be dealt with under League Rule 5H.

(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 by or on behalf of the Club on such terms and for such period as it may in its entire discretion think fit. All Clubs on attaining membership of the Competition shall deposit the sum of £50 with the Competition as a security bond. if the Club resigns it membership at the end of a season and has satisfied all it's obligations to the Competition this deposit shall be returned to the Club.

(D) A Club shall not participate in this Competition until the Entry Fee, Annual Subscription, Subscription, Postage and Deposit have been paid. Failure to pay the specified amounts prior to or on the stipulated date will result in a fine of £20 being imposed in each case.

(E) Clubs must, prior to the 1st June each year, forward to the Secretary of the Competition the fully completed Annual Club Return of the Competition including the Clubs County Football Association Affiliation Number for the forthcoming season. Clubs must forward to the appropriate Fixture Secretary the fully completed Fixture Questionnaire within 14 days of the date of the Annual General meeting. Failure to provide either of these documents will result in the Clubs having a monetary sanction imposed by the League Management Committee in accordance with League Rule 5H.

(F) All Clubs elected to Membership of the Competition must have the facility to up-grade their grounds to the standards required under Competition Rule 10. New Clubs, at the discretion of the Management Committee, will be allowed up to the 31st March of the season when elected to bring their facilities up to the Competition requirements. Failure to do so will require that Club to re-apply to the Competition for the following season. The facilities referred to are in respect of minor improvements only.

(G) Clubs which are not members of the Competition's Personal Accident Insurance Policy or a mandatory policy provided by a County FA must provide a copy of their Personal Accident Insurance Cover Note no later than 1st August.

(H) The Officers of the Competition shall be the President, Vice-Presidents, Chairman, Vice-Chairmen, Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, Fixture Secretaries, Referees Secretary, Insurance Liaison Officer and Press Officer who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. It should be noted that Auditors/Verifiers are not Officers.

4. MANAGEMENT, NOMINATION, ELECTION

(A) The Management Committee shall comprise of the Officers of the Competition, (Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, Fixture Secretaries, Appointments Secretary, Insurance Liaison Officer, Press Officer and Life Members) and a maximum of 8 Club Members, with a minimum of one member from a Club in each Division, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. Club representatives must be an Officer of a team in membership of the Competition, preferably the Secretary or Manager, and regularly attend matches in the Competition. All participants shall abide by the Football Association Regulations for safeguarding children as determined by the Association from time to time.

(B) Retiring Officers shall be eligible to become candidates for re-election without nomination. All other candidates for election as Officers or Members of the Management Committee shall be nominated to the Secretary in writing, signed by the Secretaries of two Member Clubs, not later than 1st May in each year. Names of the candidates shall be circulated with the notice of the Annual General Meeting. In the event of there being no nomination in accordance with the foregoing for any office, nominations may be received at the Annual General Meeting.

(C) The Management Committee shall meet monthly or as often as is necessary to deal with business as it arises. On receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds of the Members of the Management Committee the Competition Secretary shall convene a meeting of the 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 Secretary as stated in the Club's details as registered with the Competition.

(F) It is expressly acknowledged that no Director or Member of the League Management Committee is considered to be a worker for the League, for the purpose of the National Minimum Wage Act 1968, and has no right to any remuneration of any nature relating to time spent in fulfilling their duties in pursuing their appointments.

(G) The Directors of the Company shall be chosen from the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, League Secretary, Assistant League Secretaries and any other Members of the Management Committee. Any proposal put to the Management Committee involving the removal of a Management Committee Member from Office must receive unanimous support from the remaining Management Committee members in order to be undertaken.

(H) The Management Committee reserves the right to request any Member Club to submit its books of accounts and Club records at any time.

5. POWERS OF MANAGEMENT

(A) The Management Committee may appoint such Sub-Committees and may delegate such of their powers as they deem necessary. The decisions of all such Sub-Committees shall be reported to the Management Committee for ratification. The Management Committee shall have the power to deal only with matters within the Competition and not for matters of misconduct that are under the jurisdiction of the Football Association or affiliated County Football Associations.

(B) Subject to the permission of the Northumberland Football Association being obtained, the Management Committee may order a match/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. (See Rule 6 (e)).

(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 Members shall be allowed to vote on any matters directly appertaining to such Member or to the Club so represented. (This shall also apply to the procedure of any sub-committee). In the event of the voting being equal on any matter, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

(D) The Management Committee shall have the powers to apply, act upon and enforce the Rules of the Competition and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Competition, including any not provided for in the Rules. Any action by the Competition must be undertaken within 28 days of the Competition being notified. With the exception of Rules 5(I), 6(H), 10(A) 11 and 19 for all breaches of Rule a formal written charge must be issued. The respondent shall be given 7 days from the date of the notice to reply to the charge and given the opportunity to:

(i) Accept or deny the charge.

(ii) Submit in writing a case of mitigation or

(iii) Put their case before the Management Committee.

Except where these Rules provided for the imposition of a set penalty any Club, Official, limited to Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer, or player alleged to be in breach of a Competition Rule must be formally charged in writing and given the opportunity to present their case before the Management Committee. Financial penalties can only be imposed if included within the set penalties for breaches of Competition Rules. All breaches of the Laws of the Game, Rules & Regulations of the Football Association shall be dealt with in accordance with the FA Rules by the appropriate Association. Any fines levied shall be in accordance with the Fines tariff.

The maximum fine permitted for any breach of a Competition rule is £250 and, when setting any fine, the Competition must ensure the penalty is proportional to the offence, taking into account any mitigating circumstances.

(E) All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to right of appeal to the Board of Appeal in accordance with Rule 16. Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned within 10 days.

(F) More than 50% of its members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the Management Committee or any Sub- Committee thereof.

(G) The Management Committee, as it may deem necessary, shall have the power to fill in an acting capacity, any vacancies that may occur amongst their number. Any proposal put to the Management Committee involving the removal of a Management Committee member must receive unanimous support.

(H) A Club having failed to comply with an order or instruction of the Management Committee, or failing to satisfactorily attend to the business and/or the correspondence of the Competition shall be liable to be fined or otherwise penalised at the discretion of the Management Committee.

(I) Any fines, charges and monies due to the Competition which are not included in any sponsorship agreement must be paid within 21 days of the date of notification of the decision. Any Club failing to do so will be fined a maximum of £50. Further failure to pay the fine and any additional sum within 14 days will result in fixtures being withdrawn until such times as the outstanding payments are settled.

(J) A Member of the Management Committee appointed by the Competition to attend a meeting or match may have the 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 Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting called to decide the constitution, and the commencement of the Competition Season.

(L) The business of the Competition as determined by the Management Committee may be transacted by electronic email or facsimile. All correspondence, including Meeting Minutes, Fixture Schedules, Fines Notices and Registration Receipts will be forwarded by the League Secretary to Club Secretaries, or the appointed Club Official via electronic E-mail. Clubs which do not provide an E-mail address will continue to receive all correspondence via the postal service.

(M) Any Club not represented at a Management Committee Meeting when instructed in writing to do so, by either the Secretary and/or Chairman, or any other Person instructed to attend a meeting of the Management Committee, and failing to do so without reasonable excuse shall be fined the sum of £50 in addition to any fines imposed. In the event of any Club or Person failing to attend a meeting of the Management Committee, the Committee shall have the power to deal with the matter in his/her absence.

(N) Clubs which have fines imposed for a breach of the same Rule more than once in any one season shall be liable to judgement by the Management Committee who may at their discretion increase the fine imposed for a second and subsequent breach of the same Rule.

6. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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

(i) To receive and confirm the Minutes of the preceding Annual General Meeting.

(ii) To consider any business arising there from.

(iii) To receive and adopt the Annual Report, Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts.

(iv) Election of Clubs to fill vacancies (as recommended by the Management Committee).

(v) Constitution of the Competition for the ensuing season.

(vi) Election of Officers and Management Committee.

(vii) Appointment of Auditors.

(viii) Alteration of Rules, if any (of which notice has been given).

(ix) Fix the date for the commencement and conclusion of playing season.

(x) 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 Balance Sheet, Statement of Accounts, Agenda together with any proposed change of Rules shall be forwarded to each Club at least fourteen days prior to the meeting, and to the Northumberland, Durham County and Cumberland Football Associations.

(C) A signed copy of the duly audited Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts shall be sent to the Northumberland, Durham County, and Cumberland Football Associations within fourteen days of its adoption at the Annual General Meeting.

(D) Each Full Member Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to an Annual General Meeting. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only. Not less than fourteen days' notice shall be given of any meeting. Associate Member Clubs may be represented at an Annual General Meeting in the proportion of one representative for each six or part of six Associate Member Clubs and such representatives shall exercise the powers and rights of full Members at such meetings.

(E) Clubs who have withdrawn their Membership of the Competition during the 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 17.

(F) All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot is 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 Full Member Club, unless the individual is also appointed to vote as a representative of a group of Associate Member Clubs.

(H) Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at the Annual General Meeting shall be fined a minimum of £20 and a maximum of £1 per mile regarding the distance from the distance from the Club's Secretary's home address to the venue of the meeting.

(I) Officers and Management Committee Members shall be entitled to attend and vote at an Annual General Meeting.

7. AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED

The Chairman and Secretary of each Club which is an unincorporated Association and 2 Directors of each Club which is an incorporated entity 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 ....................................... (Chairman/Director) of ........................................................ and B ............................ (Secretary/Director) of the ............................. Football Club have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the Northern Football Alliance 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 16." Any alteration of the Chairman and/or Secretary of the above Agreement must be notified to the County Football Association to which the Club is affiliated, and to the Secretary of the Competition.

8. QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

(A) (i) Contract Players, as defined in Football Association Rules, 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 a Club when registering a player that all the details appertaining to the player are correct and accurate. It is the responsibility of each Club to ensure that any player completing a registration form for that 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 by 31st July of each playing season. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £25 being imposed on each defaulting Club.

(B) (i) A Player is one who, being in all other respects eligible, has submitted a fully and correctly completed Player Registration form to the League Registration programme, acknowledged via the League Registration programme that the document is accurate and valid and has received confirmation from the League Registration programme, either visually and/or via email, that the player's registration has been accepted by the the Competition prior to the player taking part in any match under the control of the Competition.

(ii) Players may be registered on match days, up to the commencement of the match, in accordance with Rule 8 b (i).

(C) The Competition has agreed not to include this rule regarding players who may have taken part in matches in a more senior Competition.

(D)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 the Competition, 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. 

(E) There will be no limit as to the number of players a Club may register in any one season. Each Club will be allowed to register sixty (60) players free of charge. A fee of £5 shall be paid for each additional player registered.

(F) 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 Registration Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to registered the player of the fact of registration.

(G) It shall be a breach of Rule for a player to:

(i) Play for more than one Club in the Competition in the same season without first being transferred.

(ii) Having registered for one Club in the Competition, register for another Club in the Competition that season except for the purpose of a transfer.

(iii) Submit a registration form for that the player and had wilfully neglected to accurately or fully complete same. Any player in breach of this Rule will have his Registration with the League suspended until he attends a Management Committee Meeting to explain his actions. The Management Committee will consider all such cases individually and impose any such penalty as deemed appropriate.

(H) (i) The Management Committee shall have power to accept the registration of any player subject to the provisions of clauses (ii) and (iii) below.

(ii) The Management Committee shall have the power to refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any player or may fine any player, at their discretion, who has been charged and found builty of registration irregularities. (Subject to Rule 16)

(iii) The Management Committee shall have power to make application to refuse or cancel the registration of any player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct (subject to Rule 16) subject to the right of appeal to the FA or relevant County Football Association. Undesirable conduct shall mean an incident or repeated proven conduct which may deter a participant from being involved in this Competition. Application should be made to the parent County Football Association of the Club the player is registered or intending to be registered with.

(iv) For a player who has previously had a registration removed in accordance with clause (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 this Clause (iii) shall not be taken against a player for misconduct until the matter has been dealt with by the appropriate Association and then only in cases of the player bringing the Competition into disrepute and will in any case be subject to an appeal to the Football Association. All decisions must include the period of restriction. For the purpose of this Rule, bringing the Competion into disrepute can only be considered where the player has received in excess of 112 days suspension, or 10 matches in a match based discipline, in a period of two years or less from the date of the first offence for any team in this Competition.

With regard to Transfers, the Club wishing to transfer in a player from another Club in membership of the Competition should follow the following instructions.

(i) Contact the player's current Club Secretary and obtain permission to approach the player or submit 7 days notice of approach.

(ii) When the transfer is agreed initiate a transfer on the League Registration programme. The Players current Club has 3 days to accept or reject the transfer. If the transfer is rejected the player's current Club must inform the League Registration Secretary and the player's proposed new Club as to the reasons of the rejection. A transfer cannot be rejected on the grounds of a non footballing debt. When the transfer is accepted all parties will receive confirmation from the League Registration programme and the player will be available to play for his new Club immediately on receiving this confirmation.

(I) Subject to FA Rule C2(a) dealing with the signing of a player from a Club outwith the League or transferring a player from a Club which is a Member of the League are outlined in the League Handbook and must be adhered to. With regard to transfers the Club wishing to transfer a player from another Club in the League shall initiate on the League web site a transfer. The player's current  Club should then:

(i) Accept the transfer via the League web site within 3 days of the date that the transfer was initiated 

(ii) Reject the transfer and state in writing to the Registration Secretary and the player concerned any objections to the transfer within 3 days of the date the transfer was initiated. In the event of an objection to a transfer the matter shall be referred to the Management Commit The Transfer of Players from a Member Club to another Member Club is allowed from 1st July to 31st March, inclusive, in any season. The cost of a player transfer shall be £5 which the League will invoice to Clubs after 1st April in each season.

(J) 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.

(K) A Club shall keep a list of the players it registers and a record of the games in which they have played, and shall produce such records upon demand by the Management Committee.

(L) A register containing the names of all players registered for each Club, with the date of registration, shall be kept by the Registration Secretary and shall be open to inspection by any duly appointed Member Club at all Management Committee Meetings or at other times mutually arranged. Registrations are valid for one season only.

In the event of a 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 player without a contract will automatically be cancelled and declared void unless a Club conforms to the exception detailed in Rule 8 (A) (i) In order to play in the League again either for his original Club or another Club it will be necessary for him to be re-registered as required by this rule. A Player must fully complete a Competition Player Registration Form for each Season he wishes to take part in the Competition for a Member Club.

(M) A player shall not be eligible to play for a team in any special Championship, Promotion or Relegation deciding match (as specified in Rule 12A) unless the player has played three games for that team in this Competition in the current season.

(N) The Competition has agreed not to include this rule regarding players who may have taken part in matches in a higher division prior to playing in a lower division.

(O) Any Club found to have played an ineligible player in a match or matches shall have any points gained from that match or matches deducted from its record, up to a maximum of 12 points, and have levied upon it a fine of £30. The Management Committee may also order that such match or matches be replayed on such terms as are decided by the Management Committee which may also levy penalty points (3) against the |Club in default. The Management Committee may vary this decision in respect of the points gained 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. In exceptional circumstances the Management Committee may, at it's discretion, award the points available in the match in question to the opponents, subject to the match not being ordered to be replayed.

(P) (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.

(ii) The availability of children must be cleared with the Head Teachers

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

9. CLUB COLOURS, CLUB NAME

(A) Every Club must register the colour of its shirts, shorts and socks with the Competition Secretary prior to the 1st June who shall decide as to their suitability. Clubs failing to comply with this Rule will be fined £20.

Goalkeepers must wear colours which distinguish them from other players and the Referee.

No player, including the goalkeeper, shall be permitted to wear black shirts. Any team not being able to play in its normal colours as registered with the Competition shall notify the colours in which they will play to its opponents at least five days before the match.

If, in the opinion of the Referee, two Clubs have the same or similar colours, the away team shall make the change. Any team not having a change of colours or delaying the kick off by not having a change of colours shall be fined £10. The second choice strip, shirts and socks, must be of a completely different colours to that of a Club's first choice as registered with the Competition.

The Secretary of the Competition may request shirts to be submitted if complaints are received as to lack of distinguishing colours and the Management Committee may refuse to permit any shirts or shorts as they think fit.

All players of both sides, other than the goalkeepers, must wear playing outfits of uniform colour and pattern with shirts numbered from 2 to 11. Substitute shirts must be numbered from 12 upwards except where the substitute is a goalkeeper.

For breaches of this rule the fine imposed will be £10 on the first occasion with each subsequent occasion to be reviewed by the Management Committee.

(B) Any Club wishing to change its name and/or colours must obtain permission from its affiliated County Association and from the Management Committee.

10. PLAYING SEASON, CONDITIONS OF PLAY, TIMES OF KICK OFF, POSTPONEMENTS & SUBSTITUTES.

(A) The Annual General Meeting shall determine the commencing and concluding dates for the ensuing season which shall be in accordance with the Football Association Rules. No Club shall be compelled to play after the concluding date. Original fixtures arranged by the Fixtures Secretary, or at a meeting specially convened for that purpose, to be held no later than 1st August must be arranged for a date not later than seven days preceding the concluding date determined by the Annual General Meeting. Any Club failing to be represented at a fixture meeting or otherwise infringing this rule shall be fined a minimum of £20 and a maximum of £1 per mile regarding the distance from the Club Secretary's home address to the venue of the meeting.

(B) All 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 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 the power to decide whether a pitch and/or facilities are suitable for matches in the Competition and to order the Club concerned to play its fixtures on another ground.

Football Turf Pitches (3G) are allowed in this Competition providing they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA's Register of Football Turf pitches. For Clubs playing at Step 7 and below a pitch must be tested (by a FIFA accredited Test Institute) every 3 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 10 (D). 

Within the NLS all matches shall have a duration of 90 minutes. All matches outside of the NLS shall have a duration of 90 minutes unless a shorter time (not less than 60 minutes) in mutually arranged by the 2 Clubs in consultation with the Referee prior to the commencement of the match, and in any event shall be of equal halves. 2 matches involving the same 2 teams can be played on the same day provided the total playing time is not more than 120 minutes

The Management Committee shall be empowered to amend the standards set for the Competition at any time and shall be empowered to investigate the facilities at grounds of any Member Clubs. Video recordings of any match can take place only with the permission of the Management Committee.All Clubs will be subject to ground grading or assessment based on the recommendations of the Joint Liaison Committee.
All Clubs shall have acceptable enclosed grounds and pitches which are provided with goal nets.
Any Club using a ground which has not been authorised by the Competition shall be fined up to £50.

A pitch size of 96 metres (105 yards) long by 62 metres (68 yards) wide is the minimum preferred pitch size which will be accepted for a registered ground in the Competition.

All Premiership Division Clubs must have an enclosed ground at which entry money can be taken. All Clubs are to make a maximum £2 admission charge which may be varied in the cases of pensioners and children.

The pitches of Premiership Clubs must have a fixed barrier on all sides sited at least two metres away from the touchline's. Clubs sharing their facilities with a cricket club will have the pitch barrier requirements assessed by the Management Committee.
At all Premier Division grounds a trainers box (or dug-out) which includes a roof covering must be provided for use of each team, these to be incorporated within the touchline barrier and so sited as to be at least two metres from the touchline. Clubs in Division One and Division Two must have playing surfaces surrounded on all sides by either a barrier of ropes or a permanent barrier. Such barriers must be at least two metres distant from all touchline's.
All Clubs are required to use the Substitute Boards, as supplied by the Competition, when making Substitutions. Clubs failing to use the Subsittute Board in matches under the control of the Competition will be dealt with by the League Management Committee in accordance with League Rule 5H.
Only the Team Manager, Assistant Manager/Coach, Physio and the 5 nominated Substitutes may stand between the barrier and the pitch. Only the Team Manager or Assistant Manager/Coach may stand in the technical area to instruct players. All persons who are standing inside the pitch barrier must wear the correct identifying bibs as supplied by the Competition to all Clubs. Clubs failing to wear the Indentiy Bibs will be dealt with by the League Management Committee in accordance woth League Rule 5H. 
Each Club at their ground must provide adequate dressing accommodation and washing facilities for both teams with a minimum of four showers for each team. The minimum floor area of each team's dressing room shall be fifteen square metres.
Each Club must provide adequate separate accommodation and changing facilities for the use of match officials. Such accommodation should have a minimum floor area of six square metres and be provided with separate washing facilities. Match Officials dressing rooms must not be used for storage or similar purposes.
Dressing room accommodation should be within reasonable distance of the playing area with each Club's provision in this respect being assessed and judged as to its suitability by a Ground Grading Committee appointed by the Competition. Each dressing room must be capable of being independently secured.
Clubs are expected to provide a safe means of access between the dressing rooms and the pitch for players and match officials. All grounds should have adequate toilet facilities. The ground of every Club must have a playing surface which is even, well grassed and well maintained.
Every Club shall be responsible for ensuring that no spectator or any unauthorised person is allowed to encroach onto the playing area except for the purpose of ensuring crowd safety. Clubs will be held responsible for the actions of spectators.
Clubs are required to provide their own practice balls for use prior to kick off time.
The times of kick-off shall be fixed by the AGM or the Management Committee and can only be altered by the mutual consent of the 2 competing clubs prior to the scheduled date of the match with written notification given to the Competition at least 7 days prior. Any Club failing to commence at the appointed time will be fined a sum not exceeding £30 or otherwise dealt with as the Management Committee may determine.
Referees must order matches to commence at the appointed time and must report all late starts to the Competition.
The home team must provide at least two footballs fit for play to the Match Referee at least 15 minutes prior to kick off. Match Footballs must be the Nike branded footballs as supplied by the Competition. No other match ball may be used in any game under the control of the Competition. The match Referee shall report to the Competition any breach of this rule and a fine of £20 shall be imposed on the defaulting Club. Goal Nets must be used in all matches under the control of the Competition. Corner Flags as supplied by the Competition must be used in all matches under the control of the Competition.
Clubs are required to provide their own half time refreshment.
Home Clubs must provide half time refreshments for Match Officials. For a breach of this Rule, Clubs will be fined £20 on the first occasion with subsequent breaches reviewed by the Management Committee.

(C) Except by permission of the Management Committee all matches must be played on the dates originally fixed but priority shall be given to the Football Association and all relevant County Association Cup Competitions. All other matches must be considered secondary. Clubs may mutually agree to bring forward a match with the consent of the Competition Secretary. Should any two Clubs be without a League fixture on any Saturday or Midweek date, or in the case of a revised fixture or date, the Competition Secretary shall have the power to order them to play a league fixture on the relevant date, provided that at least five days notice has been given to both teams. (Unless otherwise mutually agreed) Any Club failing to adhere to this Rule will be dealt with by the Management Committee.

(D) The Secretary 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 the Secretary of the opposing Club at least five 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. Any Club failing to comply with this rule shall be fined £30.

(E) Every Club shall play its best available qualified team in all matches of the Competition. In the event of a Club playing in any match with less than 11 players they shall be fined £5 for each missing player. A minimum of seven players will constitute a team for a Competition match.

(F) (i) Home and away matches shall be played. Each Club shall be required to play a number of midweek matches (a maximum of four per Club) before the end of September in each season. The number of such matches will be decided at the Annual General Meeting. Midweek home matches may be allocated to Clubs with floodlights during the period 1st October to 31st March each season subject to the agreement of both competing teams. Immediately the agreement to play a midweek fixture between 1st October and 31st March is reached the fixture will be scheduled and if a team withdraws from of fails to fulfill the agreed fixture the team in default will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate League Rule. In the event of a Club failing to keep its engagement the Management Committee shall have the power to inflict a fine (£100) and deduct points (3) from the defaulting Club, award the points from the match in question to the opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any expenses incurred by the opponents or otherwise deal with them except the award of goals. Not withstanding the foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall also have the power to order a match to be played on a neutral ground or on the opponents’ ground if they are satisfied that such action is warranted by the circumstances.

(ii) Any Club with more than one team in the Competition shall always fulfill its fixture, within the Competition, in the following order of precedence:- First Team, Reserve Team, A Team. Clubs in breach of this requirement shall be fined or otherwise dealt with by the Management Committee.

(iii) Any Club unable to fulfill a fixture or where a fixture has been postponed for any reason must,without delay, give notice to the League Secretary, the Secretary of the opposing Club and the Match Officials. Any Club failing to comply shall be dealt with by the Management Committee who may inflict a fine.

(iv) In the event of a match not being played or abandoned owing to causes over which neither Club has control, it shall 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 Fixtures Secretary within 3 days the Management Committee shall have the power to order the match to be played on a named date 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 the abandonment to stand. Providing gate money is taken and retained the visiting Club shall receive their actual standard class travelling expenses. The residue if any to be equally divided between the 2 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 match,

(v) The Management Committee shall review all abandoned matches 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 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 match to the opponents and/or take what other action they may deem necessary. In cases where a match has been abandoned owing to the conduct of both teams or their Club Member(s), the Management Committee shall rule all points for the match as void. No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned match. Such action is subject to any disciplinary action taken by the appropriate County Association.

(vi) The Management Committee shall review any match that has taken place where either or both teams were under a suspension imposed upon them by the Association 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 8(O) above. Where both teams were under suspension the game must be declared null and void.

(G) A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use 3 substitute players in any match in this Competition who may be selected from 5 players. The Referee shall be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than 15 minutes before the start of the match. (Rule 11A) A Player who has been selected, appointed or named as a substitute before the start of the match but does not actually play in the game shall not be considered to have been a player in that game within the meaning of Rule 8 of this competition.

(H) The half time interval shall be of ten minutes duration, but shall not exceed fifteen minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee.

(I) The League shall require all players and Club Officials to have signed the FA's Respect Codes of Conduct and produce these if so requested by the League Management Committee. The participating Clubs taking part in the fixture shall identify a team Captain designated with a Captains armband who has responsibility to offer support in the management of the on-field discipline of his/her team mates. Prior to each match the participating Teams and Officials shall conduct the "Respect" handshake and / or participating Teams to offer "three cheers" and handshakes to the opposing team after the match.

11. REPORTING RESULTS

(A) (i) In a period that is 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. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £30 being imposed on the defaulting Club.

(ii) All Clubs taking part in any match under the control of the Competition must enter the details of their result sheet on the League web site within 56 hours of the end of the match. EG by midnight on Monday for games played on a Saturday and by midnight on Friday for games played on a Wednesday. Clubs in default of this Rule will have a fine of £30 imposed.

(iii) The Registrations Secretary must receive within three days of the date played, the Result/Team Sheet of each Competition match in the prescribed manner. This must include the surname and forename(s) and of the team players (IN BLOCK LETTERS) and also the Referee markings required by Rule 13, 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. Failure to comply with this Rule will incur a fine of £30 and/or the Club being dealt with as the Management Committee decide. 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 fine £30.

(B) The Home Club will telephone the result of each match to the specified League Official by 5.00p.m. for Saturday matches, and by 9.45p.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. Failure to adhere to this Rule, or report an incorrect result, will result in a fine of £30 being imposed.

(C) Clubs must inform the Competition Secretary of any Cup matches having precedent over League matches immediately after the draw is made (or received) or if a replay is necessary. For a breach of this Rule the fine shall not be less than £10.

12. 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 match. The teams gaining the highest number of points in their respective Divisions at the conclusion shall be adjudged the winners. Matches must not be played for double points. In the event of two or more Clubs being equal on points, team rankings will be decided by:

(i) The team having the best goals difference.

(ii) Goals scored.

(iii) The team winning the most matches.

(iv) The team with the best head to head record duri ng the season.

(v) Deciding matches played under conditions determined by the Management Committee.

(B) Automatic Promotion and Relegation shall be applied for the first two and last two teams in each division except as provided for here under, subject to the provisions of Rule 12(b) (i) Should one or more teams withdraw from the Competition after the fixtures have 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 season may be filled on any of the following ways:

(a) Retention of otherwise relegated teams(s).

(b) Additional promotion of the next ranked team(s) from the Division below.

(c) Election

(iii) The bottom two teams in the lowest Division shall retire, but shall be eligible for re-election except as below, and be subject to the conditions of paragraph (B)(i) above.

(iv) When a senior team is relegated to a lower division of which it's 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 division have its senior team in the next higher division, promotion shall fall, at the discretion of the General Meeting, to the next highest team to teams in the Division concerned.

(C) In addition to the team(s) automatically promoted under Rule 12 B, a maximum of one further team shall be promoted by virtue of being the winner of a play off match or series of matches (the Play Off's). The eligibility criteria and format of the Play Off's are to be decided by the League Management Committee

(D) In the event of a team not completing all but 75% of its fixtures for the season all points obtained by or recorded against such defaulting team shall be expunged from the Competition records. For the purposes of this Rule 12 DIf the Team has only one or two matches unplayed, points will be awarded as follows:

(i) If a Team was not in default lost or drew the first match, the points value of the Competition for a drawn game shall be awarded to such team. a completed fixture shall include any Competition Match(es) which has been awarded by the Management Committee.

(ii) If a Team which was not in default won the first match, the points value of the Competition for a win shall be awarded to such team.

(iii) If a Team which was not in default had not played either match, the points value of the Competition for a win shall be awarded to such team. In the event of a team not completing 75% of it's fixtures for the season all points obtained or recorded against such defaulting team shall be expunged from the Competition table. The League Management Committee shall decide in cases of teams not completing between 75% and all but 2 of it's fixtures.

(E) Where promotion and/or relegation link exists between competitions, Clubs, providing they meet the appropriate grading criteria will be eligible to make application to the Competition at their Annual General Meeting. Should the champion Club not wish for promotion or, alternatively, not have the necessary grading criteria, then the second or third place Club will be eligible under the same conditions. At the end of each season and depending on geographical location of Clubs gaining promotion to or being relegated from a senior competition, it may be necessary for the Competition either (a) to accept a Club from a senior Competition or (b) have a Club transferred to the same Competition. the bottom two Clubs in the senior Competition will be relegated. Each relegated Club will be allocated to the Competition recommended as most appropriate by the joint liaison committee. Clubs will be promoted to the senior Competition from the Northern Alliance League providing that each Club is either a champion Club, runner up or third place and has the necessary grading criteria. In the vent of there being no eligible Club wishing promotion or not having the necessary grading criteria from any of the Competitions, this will reduce the number of Clubs to be relegated from the senior Competition. If no Clubs are eligible, or wish for promotion, no Clubs will be relegated from the senior Competition. In the event of a senior Competition Club not being placed in the bottom two Clubs at the end of the season, wishing to resign from the Competition at the end of the season, or having been excluded under rule they will replace Club or Clubs to be relegated at the end of the season. In the event of a senior Competition Club opting to be relegated or being relegated under rule such Club or Clubs will replace the Club or Clubs otherwise due for relegation.

13. REFEREES

(A) Registered Referees and Assistant Referees for matches shall be appointed in a Manner approved by the Management Committee and by the sanctioning Association(s).

(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 Assistant Referees, the Clubs shall agree upon a Referee. A individual thus agreed upon shall for that game, 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 open age Competition.

(C) All Premier and 1st Division games will have Assistant Referees appointed by the Competition subject to availability. The Management Committee may, if they consider it desirable, or upon application by the two competing Clubs, appoint Assistant Referees, if available, to any match. Where Assistant Referees are not appointed each team shall provide a Club Assistant Referee. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £20 being imposed on the defaulting team.

(D) The appointed Referee shall have the power to decide as to the fitness of the ground in all matches and the decision shall be final subject to either in the case of a ground of a Local Authority or the owners of a ground, the Representative of that body is the sole arbiter whose decision must be accepted.

(E) Subject to any limits / provisions laid down by the sanctioning Association Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be entitled to charge standard class public transportexpenses or private expenses of 30p per mile and any other permitted expenses actually incurred together with the following match fees:

Referee: Premier Division: £24. First and Second Divisions: £20. Registered Referees appointed by the Management Committee as Assistant Referees in the Premier Division: £17, and £16 in Divisions One and Two, subject to any limits laid down by the Sanctioning Associations. Fees and Expenses for Cup Ties to be as per those paid for Divisional League Games. The Home Club shall pay the Match Officials their fees and / or travelling expenses immediately after the match. Clubs which join the Academy Assistant Referee Scheme shall pay a fee of £15 which includes travelling expenses for each Assistant referee.

(F) 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 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. The Competition will claim the amount from the defaulting Club.

(G) The Referees Appointments Secretary in conjunction with the Competition Secretary shall notify all Match Officials of their appointments. Match Officials must reply to the Referees Secretary within the stipulated time stating acceptance of appointments or otherwise. 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 appropriate County Association with which they are registered.

(H) Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by the Football Association, award marks to the Referee for each 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 fined £10, or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine. The Competition shall keep a record of the markings and, on the form provided by the prescribed date each season shall submit a summary to the County Association.

(I) The Referee shall submit a report form, supplied by the Competition, giving the result of the match, the numbers of players in each team and the time of kick-off to the Registrations Secretary within two days of the match.

(J) Referee and Assistant Referees shall be supplied, each season, with a copy of the Competition Rules, free of charge.

(K) Referees and Assistant Referees shall have undertaken a Respect briefing offered by the FA/ County FA or the League.

14. CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP OR WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB

(A) After 31st December in the current Season a 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 Competition Secretary in writing by 31st March or be liable to a fine not exceeding £100. All Clubs wishing to remain in Membership of the Competition for the following season must confirm their intention to do so, in writing to the Competition Secretary by 31st March of the current season. Failure to confirm membership by the due date will result in a fine of £50 being imposed on the defaulting Club.

(B) A Club shall not be allowed to withdraw any or all of it's teams from the Competition after the Annual General Meeting and/or the Fixture Meeting for the following season. Any Club infringing this Rule shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £250 per team and shall also be liable for it's share of any call which may be made under Rule 5 (D). Any Club which does withdraw from the Competition without fully completing all fixtures will repay any sponsorship it has received from the Competition regarding that season.

(C) In the event of a Member Club failing to discharge all ots financial obligations to the Competition in excess of £50, the Management Committee are empowered to refer the debt under The FA Football Debt Recovery provisions.

(D) The Membership for the coming season having been decided at a Special General Meeting held for that purpose not earlier than 15th June, nor later than 1st August, or at the Annual General Meeting held not later than 14th June, the Competition shall have the right, irrespective of other provisions in this Rule, to refuse to permit a Club to withdraw its team(s) in order to join another Competition and may hold the Club to its engagements.

(E) In the event of a Member Club which is an un-incorporated association withdrawing and/or disbanding it shall be immediately liable to discharge all its financial and other obligations to the Competition. In the event that such obligation remains undischarged after a period of twenty one (21) days then such obligation shall be met by the then current Club Members, excluding those under the statutory school leaving age. Until a Member's pro-rata obligation is discharged in full the Member shall not be allowed to participate in the Competition, which may apply to the Club's Parent County Association for a suspension order. If the Debt remains unpaid for 84 days the Competition may apply to the Club's parent County Association for the debt to be recovered in accordance with the FA Football Debt Recovery System. Once the matter has been passed to the Club's parent County Association the debt can only be cleared by payment to that County Association. Any Club submitting an intention to resign at the end of the current season but who subsequently successfully applies to withdraw the resignation notice shall be regarded as a New Club in the following season.

15. PROTESTS AND APPEALS

(A) (i) All questions of eligibility, qualifications of players or interpretations of the Rules shall be referred to 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 Match. Any Club lodging such protest and not proceeding with it shall be deemed guilty of a breach of this Rule and shall be dealt with by the Management Committee.

(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 in duplicate with the Competition Secretary within 7 days (excluding Sundays) of the 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) Any dispute occurring between Clubs in the Competition shall be referred for determination by the Management Committee whose decision shall be binding upon all parties subject to Rule 16.

(D) No protest of whatever kind shall be considered by the Management Committee unless the complaining Club shall have deposited with the Competition Secretary a sum of £20. This may be forfeited in whole or 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 enquiry or to order that the costs to be shared by the parties.

(E) 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 it's case in person then they should forward a deposit of £20 and indicate such when forwarding the written response.

16. BOARD OF APPEAL

(A) 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 a deposit fee 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.

(B) all such protests, claims, complaints and appeals must be received by the Secretary within 14 days of the event or decision causing any of these to be submitted.

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

(D) 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 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.

(E) If so requested the Management Committee may arbitrate on any dispute, protests, appeals, claims or complaints between 2 Clubs in which event both Clubs shall send a non-returnable fee. Such arbitration shall be final and binding upon the parties to the arbitration.

(F) No appeal can be lodged  unless this is on the grounds of unconstitutional conduct.a decision taken at an Annual general meeting or a Special General Meeting

17. EXCLUSION OF CLUBS, OR TEAMS, MISCONDUCT OF CLUB OFFICIALS AND PLAYERS.

(A) At the Annual General Meeting, or Special General Meeting called for the purpose, Notice of Motion having been duly circulated on the Agenda, the accredited Delegates present shall have the power to exclude any Club or team from further membership, which must be supported by more than two thirds (2/3rds) of those present and voting. Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot.

B) At the Annual General Meeting, or Special General Meeting called for the purpose, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 19, 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 (2/3rds) 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 Official 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 expulsion or 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 Clauses (A) and (B) of this Rule.

(D) Any Club or team failing to complete all of its fixtures in any season shall (unless the conditions are beyond their control, or the accredited Delegates present at the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting decide otherwise by a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast) be debarred from Membership the following season.

18. TROPHY: LEGAL OWNERS, CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER, AGREEMENT BE TO SIGNED FOR AWARDS.

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

"We A ................................... and B ...................................., the Chairman and Secretary of ...................................... F.C., members of and representing the Club, having been declared winners of the ................................ 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."

(B) At the close of each Competition, awards shall be made to the Winners and Runners-up if the funds of the Competition permit.

(C) The Clubs must inscribe the Trophy prior to its return. Failure to return the Trophy duly inscribed or in a clean and polished condition will result in the defaulting Club being fined £20.

(D) Clubs which resign from the Competition at the end of any season and which are holders of a Trophy will be required to return that Trophy to the Competition before their resignation is accepted.

19. SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS.

Upon receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds of the Clubs in Membership, the Competition Secretary shall call a Special General Meeting. The Management Committee may call a Special General Meeting at any time. At least 7 days notice shall be given of either Meeting under this Rule, together with an agenda of the business to be transacted at such meeting. Each full Member Club shall be empowered to send two Delegates to all Special General Meetings. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only. Associate Member Clubs may be represented at all Special General Meetings in the proportion of one Representative for each six or part of six Associate Member Clubs and such Representatives shall exercise the powers and rights of full Members at such meetings. Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at a Special General Meeting or Clubs meeting shall be fined a minimum of £20 and a maximum of £1 per mile regarding the distance from the Club Secretary's home address to the venue of the meeting. Officers and Management Committee Members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all Special General Meetings.

20. ALTERATION TO RULES

Alterations, for which consent has been given by the Sanctioning Association, shall be made to these Rules only at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting specially convened for the purpose called in accordance with Rule 19. Any alteration made during the playing season to the Rule relating to the qualification of players shall not take effect until the following playing season. Notice of proposed alterations to be considered at the Annual General Meeting shall be submitted to the Competition Secretary by the 1st March in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by the 1st April, each year and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Competition Secretary by 14th April of each year. The proposals and proposed amendments thereto shall be circulated to Clubs with the notice of the Annual General Meeting. A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if a majority of those present and entitled to vote are in favour. A copy of the proposed alterations to Rules to be considered at the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting shall be submitted to the sanctioning Football Associations 28 days prior to the date of the Meeting. Any alterations or additions decided upon at any Meeting shall not become operative until the approval of the Associations issuing sanction shall have been obtained.

21. FINANCE

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

(B) All expenditure in excess of £500 shall be approved by the Management Committee. Cheque's 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 each year.

(D) The Books, or a Certified Balance Sheet, of the Competition shall be prepared and shall be audited by some suitable Person(s) who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting.

(E) The Treasurer shall pay into the Bank or Building Society Account all monies received by him on the Competition's behalf and shall produce a Financial Statement at each meeting of the Management Committee.

22. INSURANCE

All Clubs must have public liability insurance cover of at least £10m. All Clubs must have a valid personal accident cover for all players registered with them from time to time.  The Policy cover shall be at least equal to the minimum recommended cover determined from time to time by the sanctioning Association. In instances where the Football Association is the sanctioning Association, the minimum recommended cover will be the cover required by the affiliated Association to which the Club affiliates.

23. DISSOLUTION.

(A) Dissolution of the Competition shall be by resolution approved at a Special General Meeting by a majority of three quarters (3/4) of the Members present and shall take effect from the date of the Special General Meeting.

(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 Association.

(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 Association may decide.

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Cup Competition Regulations

NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE LEAGUE CUP COMPETITIONS REGULATIONS

1. NAMES AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO CUP COMPETITIONS

All Cup Competitions shall be under the entire control of the Northern Football Alliance Management Committee and the General Rules of Charity Competitions hall 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 CHALLENGE CUP

All Premier Division Clubs must enter this Competition.

(C) THE COMBINATION CUP

All First Division Clubs must enter this Competition.

(D) THE BLUEFIN GROUP AMATEUR CUP

All Second Division Clubs must enter this Competition.

(E) THE BLUEFIN GROUP BILL GARDNER MEMORIAL TROPHY

(i) Clubs defeated in the first round of the REEVES INDEPENDENT GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP COMPETITION will enter in this Competition. All Clubs entered 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 ARCHERS OF BLYTH GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP COMPETITION.

2. ENTRY FEES

The entry Fees and dates for payments of these Fees shall be in accordance with Competition Rule 11 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 responsibilty 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 8 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 controlled by 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.

(E) A Club may at its discretion use three substitute players in a match except to replace a player who has been suspended from the game by the Referee. The substitution can only be made when the play is stopped for any reason and the Referee has given his permission.

(F) A maximum of five substitutes may be nominated of which three 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 £20 by the Management Committee.

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 minute 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.

(ii) The Competition Registration Secretary must receive within 3 days of the date of the tie played, 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 13, 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. Please note that any completed Match Day Player Registrations must accompany this Result/Team Sheet. Failure to comply with this Rule will incur a fine of £10 and/or the Club being dealt with as the Management Committee decide. 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 the result of each match in to the specified League Official by 5.00p.m. for Saturday matches, and by 9.45p.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. Failure to adhere to this Rule will result in a fine of £10 being imposed.

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 mementoes will be presented to the Winners and to the Runners-up if circumstances permit.

11. DONATIONS

The net proceeds from the Charity Fund will be donated to Charities and Worthy Causes approved by the Management Committee.

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Fees Tariff 2017 2018

Fees Tariff 2017-2018

League Rules:

Rule Subject Matter   Fee
3B League Fees and Cup Fees for Season 2017 2018 £180
3B Contribution towards Postage expense if email address is not provided LMC
3C  League Membership Deposit - New Clubs. £50
8E Additional Registration Forms. (60 free) Payable at end of the season £5
8I(ii) Transfer Forms Payable only for used forms at the end of the season £5
15D  Appeal Fee £20

Cup Competition Rules:

Rule Subject Matter                              Fee
1Ei

Charity Cup Entry Fee                                                                   

£25
1Eii Charity Cup Exemption Fee £35

Fines Tariff 2017-2018

Rule Subject Matter Fine
3D

Failure to pay Annual Subscription, Postage and  Deposit (if applicable) by the stipulated day.

£20
3E

Failure to forward completed Annual Club Return prior to the 1st June of each year.

LMC
3E

Failure to forward completed Fixture Questionnaire within 14 days of the Annual General Meeting

LMC
5I

Failure to pay any fines, charges or monies due to the Competition, which are not included in any sponsorship agreement with the Competition,

within 21 days of the date of notification of the decision. 

£50

(max)

5M

Failure to attend Management Committee meeting when ordered to do so.

£50
6H Failure to attend Annual General Meeting. (Minimum) £20
8A(iii)  Failure to Register 16 players prior to 31st July in each season. £25
8D A Club registering or transferring a player who owes his previous Club monies £10
8O Playing an unregistered or ineligible player. £30
9A Failure to register playing colours prior to the 1st June.  £20
9A Club delaying kick off due to a clash of colours. £10
9A Club playing in odd Shirts, Shorts or Socks. £10
9A Club using incorrectly numbered Shirts. £10
10A Club failing to attend a Fixture, or any other, meeting.(Minimum) £20
10B Club using a Ground not authorised by the Competition. £50
10B Failure to commence match at the appointed kick off time. £30
10B Failure to provide half-time refreshments for Match Officials. £20
10B Failure to use Substitute Boards during a match LMC
10B Failure to wear Identity Bibs during a match LMC
10B

Failure to use a Nike match ball in a match under the control of the league

£25
10D

Failure to inform Opponents and Match Officials of match arrangements five clear days prior to match.

£30
10E

Failure to commence a game with eleven (11) eligible players. (£5 fine per player short)

£5
10F Failure to fulfill a scheduled fixture. £100
11A(i)

Failure to provide Referee and/or Opponents with a fully completed Team Sheet 15-minutes prior to kick off.

£30
11A(ii)

Failure to complete the match return on the League web Site within 56 Hours of the end of the match,

£30
11A

Failure to forward a correctly and fully completed Result Sheet to the Registration Secretary within the stipulated time scale.

£30
11A

Clubs which include the name of an ineligible player on a fully completed Result Sheet who did not take any part in the match.

£30
11B Failure to telephone the Result within the stipulated time or reporting an incorrect result £30
11C

Failure to inform the League Secretary of County FA Cup Draws in which the Club is involved.

£10
13C  Club failing to provide an Assistant Referee. £20
13H

Clubs failing to award marks on the Result Sheet for theReferee.

£10
14A

Clubs failing to inform Competition Secretary of it's intention, or provisional intention, to resign from the Competition prior to the 31st March in any season.

£100
14A

Clubs failing to confirm continued membership of the Competition by 31st March in any season

£50
14B

Clubs withdrawing from the Competition after the Annual General Meeting.

£250
18C Failure to inscribe, clean and polish Trophies/ late return £20
19 Failure to attend a Special General Meeting. (Minimum) £20

 

Extract from FA Rules Relating to Illegal Approach

Players Without Written Contracts

2. (a) Regulations Concerning Approaches to Players who are not under written contract to a Club but may be registered with a number of Clubs at any time, subject to the following provisions and those of the Competitions in which they play:

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

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

Formal written notice of approach need be given by:

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

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

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

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

(iv) Following the date of posting of the written notice of approach, or receipt of an acknowledgement: (A) the Player may be registered on or after the eighth day;and (B) the Player must have been registered on or before the 21st day;

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

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

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

Rule E1(b);

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

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

 

 

 

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International Clearance

INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE NOTES

The Procedures for making requests

(FROM THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION RULES AND REGULATIONS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please be aware of the following FIFA Regulation:

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

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

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

HOW TO REACH THE REGISTRATION TEAM AT THE FA

Telephone 0844 980 8200 and imput the following extension numbers:

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


E-mail: registrations@thefa.com

Postal Address:

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

 

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

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Information for Match Officials

INFORMATION FOR MATCH OFFICIALS SEASON 2016-2017

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 2017-2018.

Division Referees Fees Assistant referee Fees Travel Per Mile
Premier £24 £17 30p
One and Two £20 £15 30p
All Cup Ties £20 £16 30p

Academy Assistant Referees shall be paid a fee of £15 inclusive of travelling expenses

NOTE:

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

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

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Honours Records

COMPETITION CHAMPION'S TEN YEAR RECORD

PREMIER DIVISION

    P W D GF GA PTS
2007/8 Walker Central 30 21 7 86 27 70
2008/9 Walker Central 32 23 8 99 38 77
2009/10 Harraby C C 32 20 4 77 36 64
2010/11 Ponteland Utd 32 22 5 72 31 71
2011/12 Heaton Stannington 30 21 3 86 35 66
2012/13 Heaton Stannington 30 25 2 98 33 77
2013/14 Blyth Town 28 19 5 95 27 62
2014/15 Blyth Town 28 24 1 104 30 73
2015/16 Blyth Town 28 22 4 95 19 70
2016/17 Killingworth Town 28 20 4 63 27 64

 

DIVISION ONE

    P W D GF GA PTS
2007/8 Wark 30 26 2 123 43 80
2008/9 Killingworth YPC 28 19 2 72 44 59
2009/10 G'Head Rutherford 30 22 3 76 43 69
2010/11 Hebburn Reyrolle 30 26 2 110 31 80
2011/12 Amble United 20 17 2 54 13 53
2012/13 Wallington 30 22 3 94 42 69
2013/14 North Shields Ath 28 20 4 93 43 64
2014/15 Percy Main A,s 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

DIVISION TWO

    P W D GF GA PTS
2007/8 Killingworth YPC 30 25 4 92 37 79
2008/9 Amble United 28 22 3 90 19 69
2009/10 North Shields Ath 30 21 6 81 33 69
2010/11 N'clle Chemfica Ind 26 22 0 87 38 66
2011/12 Hexham 30 19 8 78 40 65
2012/13 North Shields Ath 30 26 2 101 36 80
2013/14 Blyth Isabella 28 21 3 112 49 66
2014/15 Shilbottle C W 30 25 2 142 36 77
2015/16 Gateshead FC A 28 24 1 142 27 73
2016/17 Killingworth YPC * 28 21 4 108 21 61

* 6 points deducted

 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS

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

2005/06

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

The Premier Division Championship Runners-Up Trophy

Year                                          

Year        

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

Gateshead Reserves

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

1977/78

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

DIVISION ONE CHAMPIONS & RUNNERS-UP

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

Winlaton Hallgarth

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

Gateshead Redheugh 1957

2014/15 Percy Main Amateurs       AFC Newbiggin                 
2015/16  Shilbottle C W  Newcastle University
2016/17 Gateshead FC A               Grainger Park                  

DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONS & RUNNERS UP

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

1991/92

North Shields St Columbas

Percy Rovers

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

LEADING GOALSCORERS 2016-2017

(In Leagues Games Only)

PREMIER DIVISION

Matthew Haydon Walker Central 26 goals
Oliver Walker               Newcastle University 22 goals
Scott Jasper North Shields Athletic         20 goals
     

DIVISION ONE

Steve McLaughlin Heaton Stannington A 28 goals
David Stansfield Hebburn Reyrolle     28 goals
Callum Johnstone                Gateshead FC A        23 goals
     

DIVISION TWO

Ryan Latimer                      Forest Hall                 36 goals
Callum Colback Killingworth YPC 31 goals
Richard Coulson Hazlerigg Voctory 20 goals
Maz Anderson  Red Row Welfare  20 goals

NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE CUP RECORDS

THE STAN SEYMOUR LEAGUE CUP

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

THE GEORGE DOBBINS LEAGUE CUP

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

CHALLENGE CUP WINNERS AND FINALISTS

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

1961/62

Alnwick Town Craghead Colliery Welfare
1962/63  Gateshead Reserves

Morpeth Town

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

DIVISION ONE COMBINATION CUP WINNERS AND FINALISTS

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

DIVISION TWO AMATEUR CUP WINNERS AND FINALISTS

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

 SUBSIDIARY CUP WINNERS AND FINALISTS

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

BILL GARDNER MEMORIAL TROPHY

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

SUBSIDIARY CUP 1ST DIVISION

Year Winner Finalist
2011-12 Amble United Newcastle University

DIVISIONAL FAIR PLAY AWARDS FOR SEASON 2016 - 2017

Club Cautions Dismissals Points Position
Premier Division        
Shankhouse  14  1  17  1st
Wallington  16  1  19  2nd
newcastle University  20  1  23  3rd
         
Division One        
Hexham  11  0  11  1st
Gateshead FC A  14  0  14  2nd
Monkseaton  17  0  17  3rd
         
Division Two        
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion A  4  0  4 1st 
Willington Quay Saints  4  1  7  2nd
Cramlington United  9  1  12  3rd
                                                                                                 

 

 

 

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Useful Information 2017/18

THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:

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

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:

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

DURHAM COUNTY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:

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

CUMBERLAND COUNTY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION:

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

NORTHERN LEAGUE:

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

WEARSIDE LEAGUE:

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

 

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Thanking Our Sponsors

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

Welcome to

MAIN SPONSOR OF THE NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE LEAGUE

Newcastle Building Society

and to our other Partners

Nike

Bay Plastics Ltd

Bluefin Insurance Group

Venture Sports Macron

Whitley Bay Trophies

Kits4All Ltd

Planet Sports

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Season 2016-17 Final Divisional Tables

Premier Division

P W D F A Pts
KILLINGWORTH TOWN 28 20 4 63 27 64
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY 28 17 7 76 37 58

NORTH SHIELDS ATHLETIC

28

16

4 76 49 52
PONTELAAND UNITED        28 16 2 62 49 50
WALKER CENTRAL ** 28 17 2 86 49 47 **
WHITLEY BAY A 28 14 5 69 54 47
SHANKHOUSE 28 11 5 48 65 38
BIRTLEY TOWN 28 11 4 64 69 37
SEATON DELAVAL AFC 28 8 10 51 53 34
WALLINGTON 28 10 4 51 67 34
AFC NEWBIGGIN 28 9 6 45 73 33
PERCY MAIN AMATEURS 28 8 5 49 67 29
ASHINGTON COLLIERS 28 8 2 50 66 26
GATESHEAD RUTHERFORD 28 6 7 47 55 25
NORTHBANK * 28 4 3 28 85 12 *

 

DIVISION ONE

P W D F A Pts
GATESHEAD FC A 30 26 2 126 28 80
GRAINGER PARK 30 23 2 101 45 71

HEXHAM

30 19 4 85 51 61
CULLERCOATS * 30 19 4 85 57 58 *
WALLSEND LABOUR CLUB 30 18 1 73 63 55
MONKSEATON 30 15 5 68 53 50
HEATON STANNINGTON A 30 15 1 82 79 46
FELLING MAGPIES 30 13 6 69 49 45
SEATON BURN 30 12 4 56 62 40
HEBBURN REYROLLE 30 11 2 63 95 35
WALLSEND BOYS CLUB 30 10 3 51 67 33
CRAMLINGTON TOWN 30 10 3 48 79 33
GOSFORTH BOHEMIANS 30 6 4 42 74 22
ALNMOUTH UNITED * 30 8 1 34 80 22 *
NEW FORDLEY **                   30 7 3 48 81 18 **
GATESHEAD REDHEUGH 1957  30 34  102 15   

DIVSION TWO

P W D F A Pts
KILLINGWORTH YPC ** 28 21 4 108 21 61 **
FOREST HALL 28 19 1 99 31 58
HAZLERIGG VICTORY 28 17 5 91 34 56
RED ROW WELFARE * 28 18 3 91 41 54 *
WILLINGTON QUAT SAINTS 28 14 6 61 57 48
CRAMLINGTON UNITED  28 14 3 59 57 45
BLYTH TOWN A 28 13 5 77 57 44
PRUDHOE YOUTH CLUB SENIORS * 28 13 5 81 60 41 *
SPITTAL ROVERS 28 13 1 54 53 40
BEDLINGTON TOWN 28 12 4 62 64 40
WHITBURN ATHLETIC 28 8 8 57 75 32
WHITLEY BAY BOYS CLUB SENIORS 28 9 4 55

78

31
BLYTH FC * 28 6 1 24 109 16 *
WIDEOPEN & DISTRICT 28 2 4 32 132 10
RYTON & CRAWCROOK ALBION A * 28 2 4 35 117  7 *
                                                                     

*     3 Points deducted from total.

**   6 Points deducted from total.

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