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E.A.D.S.A.F.A.

CONSTITUTION AND RULES: SEASON 2011-2012

1. This Association shall be called the “Edinburgh and Districts Sunday Amateur Football Association”. The Association shall be affiliated to the “Scottish Amateur Football Association”.

 

2. The object of the game will be to foster and develop the game of Amateur Association Football. 

 

3. Clubs shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting or subsequent Council Meeting. Every Club in membership of this Association must also be members of the Scottish Amateur Football Association. Each Club is allowed two representatives at the Annual General Meeting. The majority of those present shall have power to exclude any Club from membership

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4 (a). The annual subscription of clubs admitted to membership of the Association shall be fixed at the Annual General Meeting and shall be payable by such dates as are fixed by the Association. Failure to make payment will disqualify a Club from taking part in the business of the Association. Each Club shall be bound to pay its share of any deficiency that may occur in the funds of the Association.

 

4 (b). Notice of resignation must be made in writing to the Secretary by March 1st, otherwise clubs shall be held liable for the subscription for the following season.

 

5. The management of the Association shall be vested in a Council of a President, Vice President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Minute Secretary, Referees Secretary and Registration Secretary.

 

6. All Office Bearers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting to be held as soon as possible after the close of the competitions, but in any event, not later than the last week in June.

 

7. The Management Council, as above constituted, shall have full executor powers over all Clubs joining the Association. All their decisions shall be absolute and final except on appeal to the Scottish Amateur Football Association, as provided for in the Rules.

 

8. (A) Any Club found to have played an ineligible player in League games may have 3 points deducted from their total for each occasion. Clubs protesting may have points awarded. In Cup ties the Club may be disqualified from the competition and the protesting team awarded the tie.

 

9.  Any Club having deliberately played a player under an assumed name shall be liable to a fine not less than £100 and any other penalty decided by the Executive Committee.

 

10. All communications shall be addressed to the Association Secretary who shall conduct all the correspondence of the Association. The Association Secretary shall keep a record of all clubs in League and Cup Competitions. The Minute Secretary shall be responsible for Minutes of all meetings and attendance records.

 

11. The Honorary Treasurer shall effect all money transactions. The financial year of the Association will end on 31 March each year. The Treasurer shall prepare for presentation at the Annual General Meeting, a Statement of Accounts, duly audited by the appointed Auditors.

 

 

12. All matches in connection with this Association shall be played under the laws of the Association game. The playing season shall run concurrently with that laid down by the Scottish Amateur Football Association.

 

13.  All Trophies for Competitions are the property of the Association. It will be the responsibility of the Secretary of any Club, which having won and been presented with a trophy or trophies, to return such trophy or trophies to the Association by the dates decided by the Management Council or Executive Committee.All trophies must be returned in a satisfactory condition, duly engraved and cleaned. Any trophy or trophies returned damaged, not engraved or otherwise in an unfit state for further presentation, may have any defects attended to, and any costs incurred will be debited to the club deemed responsible. In addition any club failing to return a trophy when requested or returning a trophy in an unfit state or not engraved shall be liable to disciplinary action.

 

14. The Council shall have power to add to the Association’s Rules as they from time to time deem expedient, provided they do not alter any Rule adopted at the Annual General Meeting. Notice of any alterations of Rules to take place at the Annual General Meeting must be submitted to the Association Secretary, in writing, before the 30th day of April in the current year.

 

15. The Council shall have power to alter, suspend, or cancel any League or Cup Competition of the Association at any time, in any season, for such reasons, as they may deem fit.

16. The Executive Committee are empowered to call a special meeting of all member clubs whenever necessary, providing that all member clubs are given five clear days notice prior to the special meeting convening.

17. Each member club of the Association will be provided with a copy of the Constitution and Rules, and anything not dealt within them shall be dealt with by the Executive Committee, whose decision shall be final, subject to appeal to the Scottish Amateur Football Association.

 All Rules herein contained shall at times be rigidly adhered to without exception. It will, therefore, be the responsibility of Club Secretaries to keep their copies of the Constitution and Rules up to date by the insertion of new rules, alterations by amendment, or deletions to standing rules as authorised and minuted at monthly council meetings or Annual General Meetings. Absence from Council Meetings will not be accepted as a valid excuse for ignorance of any rule and its context. The Constitution and Rules herein provided and contained will supersede and cancel all previous issues.

18. Procedures at Association meetings will be strictly adhered to by all delegates present. All discourses, remarks or representations shall be directed through the Association Secretary and no delegate shall be permitted to have discussions across the floor. Only one delegate shall have the floor at any time and should any delegate be deemed to be out of order by the Association Secretary, the delegate can be ejected from the meeting and his club subjected to a fine of £10.00.

19. The method of voting at meetings on points of issue will be by a show of hands of those eligible to vote when called for by the chair. The vote counting will be undertaken by a member of the Executive Committee, but should the count be challenged, the President may order a recount. The result of the voting will be announced by the President.

20. All clubs must complete a Continuation of Membership Form towards the end of each season, Failure to do so by 1st March in the current season will deem membership to have expired.

21. Midweek fixtures will take place on a Tuesday or Thursday at each end of the season OR as and when required.

22. Alcohol is prohibited from being consumed at Association Fixtures as per S.A.F.A rules, Referees have the authority to abandon games should a sideline become too troublesome, should this happen, the points would then be passed on to opposing team, and offending team disciplined by Executive Disciplinary Committee where appropriate action would be taken.

23. Towards the end of each season, the Executive Committee shall meet to discuss teams’ membership renewals for the following season; they will discuss both on field and off field records and shall then have the power to terminate any teams’ membership who fails to comply with Association policies.

24. THERE IS NO RIGHT OF APPEAL TO THIS PROCESS, DECISIONS MADE WILL BE FINAL.

25. Any teams who agree to move venue of any tie MUST inform the Match Secretary, this is for insurance purposes.

26. Teams organising Friendly matches during the season MUST apply for permission in WRITING to the League Secretary, this is for insurance purposes.

27.  In instances of serious misconduct or any offence that in the opinion of the Executive Committee merits expulsion from the EADSAFA, a recommendation will be put to all member clubs at an AGM or EGM that the membership of the club(s) be not continued for the current and/or the following season. Any member club having their membership withdrawn will forfeit their affiliation fee and must pay any outstanding dues and money forthwith.

28. Should a team be cited to appear before the Executive Committee for matters of indiscipline, the Committee shall have the power to deduct points as well as issue any punishment as deemed appropriate for the offence(s)

RULES

All competitions under the Association’s control shall be played according to the laws of the game as adopted by the Scottish Football Association.

 

1.  The League Competitions shall be played on League principles. Three points to count for a win and one point for a draw. There shall be such divisions as may be necessary according to the number of Clubs in membership of the Association.

 

2. (A) Any Club failing to attend Council Meetings shall be fined a sum of £15 for each occasion. Only two apologies per season will be allowed per club, Apologies MUST be in at least 12 hours prior to meeting starting time (7.30pm).

 

2. (B) The Council and/or Executive Committee shall have power to fine any club violating any of the Rules of this Association subject to any fine imposed not exceeding £200 in addition to any penalty that may be imposed under the Rule infringed.

 

2. (C) Any Club failing to pay any fine by the due date will be debt suspended.

 

2. (D) Every club is required to be represented at the Annual General Meeting of the Association. Any club failing to be represented shall be fined a sum of £50.

 

3. (A) The clubs shall receive from the Association Secretary, their League and Cup fixtures which must be played on the dates stipulated.

 

3. (B) In the event of a fixture being unfulfilled or abandoned both clubs concerned must notify the Association Secretary, in writing, within four days of the fixture, stating the reasons thereof.

 

3. (C) Home teams must text their match score immediately after the match. Results not received by 5.00pm on Sunday and 9.00pm mid week will incur a fine of £5.00.

 

3. (D) Precedence over League and Cup games will be given to competitions organised by the Scottish Amateur Football Association (Sunday Amateur Scottish Cup).

 

3. (E) Any Club responsible for the abandonment of any fixture will be cited to attend a disciplinary hearing to answer the specific charge of being responsible for the abandonment of the fixture prior to any disciplinary action being taken against the Club. If the reasons are deemed to be unsatisfactory, the defaulting club or clubs shall pay all expenses, such expenses to be adjusted by the Executive Committee and may be liable to loss of points and a fine not less than £25.

 

 

3. (F) Any Club forfeiting a fixture will incur the following penalties in addition to conceding the points or cup ties to its opponents:

First Offence:      £25 fine and deduction of 3 points.

Second Offence:  £50 fine and deduction of 6 points.

Third Offence:     £100 fine and deduction of 9 points.

On a 4th occasion the club will be cited before the Executive Committee under Rule 20.

 

4.(A) If any Club wishes to be excused from playing on a particular date throughout the season such club must make special application in writing at least 28 days prior to the date to the Association Secretary who has the power to grant this concession. No club can obtain more than two exemptions in one season. No club will be granted consecutive Sundays. No club will be granted a free week on a cup date. Exemptions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and have to be approved by the Executive Committee.

 

5. (A) The Referee’s Secretary shall appoint Referees for all League and Association Cup ties. The home Club must notify their appointed Referee and their opponents not later than five days before the match. A club failing to comply with this rule will be liable to a fine of £10.00 per offence. In addition the offending club may be held liable to forfeiture of the fixture and any related costs may be awarded against it.

 

5. (B) The Association Secretary does not have direct contact with the Referee and it is the responsibility of the home Club to confirm his appointment. The home Club will only contact the Referee’s Secretary should the Referee be unable to accept the fixture. The home Club will confirm the replacement referee with the Referees Secretary.  Failure to comply with this rule will be considered serious and the Club may be penalised by a fine under Rule 2 in addition to any other penalty which may be incurred.

 

5. (C) Where there is a similarity in the colours of the competing Clubs; the away Club shall effect a change. In semi-finals, finals and League deciders both Clubs shall arrange to play in dis-similar strips.

 

 

5. (D) Both Clubs shall provide a football fit for match play and be responsible for providing a linesman. All matches shall be played with goal nets and corner flags in place, this being the responsibility of the home club.

 

 

5. (E) Numbers must be worn on strips. These must correspond with the team lines. Failure to comply with this rule will incur a £5 fine.

 

 

6 (A) Only Referees shall have the power to declare a ground unplayable (except any Educational Authority ground, Public Park pitches and the grounds of those Clubs which have received permission by this Association) or to terminate or suspend a game by stating his reasons to the respective Captains. Home Clubs shall be responsible for all expenses in League games or Cup ties in the event of such an occurrence. In the event of a ground being declared unplayable, Referees shall be entitled to half tariff shared equally between both Clubs, but only if they have attended at the ground.

 

 

6. (B) Protests relative to the ground, goal posts, or other appurtenances and violations of Rules, with the exception of those under Rules 7 and 8, must be formally intimated to the Referee and to the opposing team by the team protesting at the time the violation of the Rules take place.

 

 

6. (c) All protests must be lodged in writing, by the protesting Club and received by the Association Secretary by Registered Post or Recorded Delivery bearing a postmark and deposit of £10 not later than the third day, excluding Sunday, after the game has been played. A copy of the protest, specifying the nature of the protest and date of infringement, shall be sent by Registered Post or Recorded Delivery in like manner and within the same period of time to the Secretary of the Club protested against. Protests once lodged, cannot be withdrawn.

 

 

7. (A) Clubs, after having been admitted to Membership of this Association, which are found playing a player other than a bona fide Amateur in any League or Cup game of this Association, shall be liable to any one of the penalties specified in Rule 8 (b) and shall be liable to suspension from this Association. Any player registered under the S.F.A., if his Registration has not been cancelled by the first day of April in the current season, will not be eligible to play for a Club in membership of this Association. 

 

 

7. (B) Any Clubs having doubts as to the eligibility of a player may approach the Referee and ask that the player sign his name and give his date of birth on the reverse of the team sheet. The opposing Club must ensure that the player complies with this request and must witness this procedure. Failure by either the opposing Club or the player to ensure this procedure is carried out correctly will be investigated by the Executive Committee who may award the points or any cup ties to the protesting Club, and deal with the player.

 

 

8. Any Club found to have played an ineligible player in League games may have 3 points deducted from their total for each occasion. Clubs protesting may have points awarded. In Cup ties the Club may be disqualified from the competition and the protesting team awarded the tie.

 

 

9. (A) Any player, or players, ordered off the field for misconduct may resume playing until they have been dealt with under the SAFA fixed penalty guidelines (see Appendix 1) or by the Executive Committee of this Association. The Association Secretary must notify such offending players by letter of their suspension or to appear at the first appropriate Committee Meeting of this Association. Clubs will be fined £10 for each ordering off.

 

 

9. (B) Players reported for having been cautioned on five occasions will be dealt with under the SAFA fixed penalty guidelines (See Appendix 1) and the player and his Club advised of the decision. Any further sets of five cautions will be dealt with in the same manner. There will be no right of appeal against any caution or cautions received except in cases where there may be a case of mistaken identity. Clubs with players cautioned during the season will be fined £5 for each caution.

 

 

9. (c) All Club officials reported must be called before the Executive Committee to answer specific charges arising from the misconduct report in question and if found guilty of a standard offence the appropriate fixed penalty suspension must be applied. Should the official be guilty of a serious offence the Committee shall have the discretion to apply any sanction considered appropriate. The relevant Committee shall fine the official’s club a sum not less than £25 and not greater than £200 if that official is found guilty of any offence.

 

 

10. When it can be proved that spectators at a League game or Cup tie conduct themselves in such a manner as to interfere with the players or Referee and stop the game, the Executive Committee shall, on application of either Club, have the power to order the match to either Club and take further action as may be deemed necessary.

 

 

11. Any Club, player or Club member may appeal to the Scottish Amateur Football Association against any decision of this Association affecting the Club or a member of the Club. Such appeals to be lodged by recorded or registered delivery and in duplicate within seven days of receipt of notice of the decision of this Association and accompanied by a deposit of £50 include. VAT. This deposit may be forfeited the Scottish Amateur F.A, decide. The grounds of appeal must be specifically stated and if the Scottish Amateur F.A. consider the appeal frivolous or trivial, the appellant may be liable to a levy up to a sum of money which shall be fixed annually by the Appeals Committee. Any decision of the Scottish Amateur F.A. must be given effect to by this Association. The decision against which any appeal is made will only be set aside when the appeal is received by the Scottish Amateur F.A. and agreed to be in order and confirmation is received in writing by the parties concerned.

 

 

12. The following registration procedures shall be adopted by all Associations and Leagues in membership of the Scottish Amateur Football Association and shall apply to all football which is played under the jurisdiction of the Scottish Amateur Football Association involving member clubs, this being fully effective from 1st August 2009: -

A player to be eligible to play must be registered on a Recreational Form for the relevant club(s) provided that such clubs are in membership of the Scottish Amateur Football Association.

A player may not register for more than one club who play on the same fixture day, this being defined by the affiliation form submitted by each Association and League

The entire Recreational Form, fully and properly completed, must be received by the Secretary of the relevant Association or League within three days of the date of signing (Sundays excluded).  A player’s eligibility to play will be governed by the Constitution and Rules of the relevant Association and Leagues.

The Recreational Form as posted must be accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope to the sender.  After being franked with the relevant association/league stamp to establish its date of receipt, the club portion of the form will be returned to the club.

Failure to complete the full postal address, including the village or town, district or postcode as required on a Recreational Form will result in the registration being rejected.

Changes of address of registered players must be intimated in writing to the National Secretary and to the Secretary of the relevant Association / League responsible, by the Secretary of the club to whom such players are attached within 14 days of such change.

The registration of a player on a Recreational Form will lapse automatically at the end of the season (30th June each year) in which he signed the form, and the player will be free to sign for the club of his choice thereafter

Before a player signs a Recreational Form, the club should ensure that all details have been fully inserted.  The player at the time of signing must personally insert the date of signing.  The player’s signature and that of the Secretary or other accredited official of the club shall be attested by a responsible third party.

A player who is suspended (dated or games) may not sign a Recreational Form unless in the case of a games suspension his registration has automatically ended in accordance with the terms of this rule.

 

Should a player have his registration cancelled prior to the commencement of a game(s) suspension he shall be eligible to register for another club in membership of the Scottish Amateur Football Association and thereafter must complete his suspension prior to playing for that club

Players who play without having being registered in accordance with this rule will be grounds for protest in the season in which such offence has occurred.

 

Failure to adhere to the registration procedure will result in the responsible parties being dealt with by the relevant committee.

No transfer or cancellation of registration will be sanctioned after 31st March each season to allow a player to register for another club in membership of the Scottish Amateur Football Association with the exception of that of a goalkeeper with such registration form to be clearly marked that that it applied to the position of goalkeeper only.

A player may have his registration cancelled by submitting the appropriate request in the correct manner to the relevant Association or League.

A club desiring to have a player’s registration cancelled must forward their club portion of the Recreational Form to the Registration Secretary of the relevant Association or League complete with a stamped addressed envelope for its return.

The cancellation of a player’s registration will be effective from the date on which proper notice of the cancellation is received by the Secretary of the relevant Association or League.  When a request to have a registration cancelled has been lodged, the player shall neither play nor sign for any other club until his registration has been cancelled by the Secretary of the relevant Association or League.

Players of clubs which fold or cease to exist during the currency of a player’s match suspension shall be eligible to register for a new club.  The club, for which the player registers, should send the Recreational Form to the Secretary of the relevant Association or League accompanied by a letter from the player indicating the number of matches of his suspension he has still to serve.  The matches played by that new club from the date of receipt will be counted towards serving of suspension.

When a player and a club for which he is registered are unable mutually to agree to the cancellation of his registration, the player may apply to the Secretary of the relevant Association or League to have his registration cancelled.  The Secretary of the relevant Association or League shall refer the matter to their Executive Committee who shall have the authority to sanction the cancellation of the player’s registration provided that the player has met all his commitments to the club for which he is currently registered.  The player will only be eligible to participate again in football after receiving notification from the Secretary of the relevant Association or League.

The Secretary of the relevant Association or League shall have the authority to cancel registration of players in cases of clubs for which they are registered becoming defunct, debt suspended for a period of one month or longer or where reasons satisfactory to the Secretary are adduced as to why the registration should be cancelled.

Players of a defunct club will be permitted to register for another club subject to the registration rules.

Players must be registered for a club in membership of the Scottish Amateur Football Association on a Recreational Form in order to be eligible to participate in all cup ties played under the jurisdiction of that body.

 

 

13. (A) Each Club will be able to register a maximum of 30 players per team at any one time. A stamped addressed envelope must accompany all registration forms. Failure to do so will result in a £1 fine being levied for each offence. All players must be amateurs and must be registered by the Registration Secretary 96 hours before playing for any Club involved in any competitions in the Edinburgh and Districts Sunday AFA. Clubs failing to comply with the above will be fined a statutory sum of £5 per offence.

 

 

 

13. (B) A minimum of 16 players must be registered no later than seven days after the first Council Meeting of each season. Any Club in membership of this Association prior to the first Council Meeting, who have failed to register their minimum pool of players by the aforementioned seven days, will be fined the statutory sum of £25.

 

 

13. (c) Once a player has played in any Cup competition of this Association he is not eligible to play for any other club in the same competition during the current season.

 

 

13. (E) When a player signs registration forms for more than one Club the first form that is received by the Registration Secretary will be considered to be that by which the player is registered.

 

 

13. (F) A fee of £2 will be charged for a search of a player’s registration.

 

 

13. (G) Any player may cancel his registration by making a request in writing to the Registration Secretary and he can then re-register after a period of 14 days. The Registration Secretary will notify his Club of this request.

 

 

13. (H) Any Club can cancel a player’s registration by making a request in writing to the Registration Secretary who will in turn advise the player. A fee of £1 will be levied for each cancelled registration.

 

 

13. (I) Any cancellation of registration must be received by the Registration Secretary no later than the 31st March.

 

 

13. (J) No new registration can be accepted after the 31st March in the current season.

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13. (K) Any change of address must be notified to the Registration Secretary in writing as soon as possible.

 

 

 

14. No Club in membership of this Association shall approach any player of another Club in Membership of this Association without first notifying the Secretary of his present Club, of their intention to try and obtain his services.

 

 

15. Players may transfer between Clubs in the Association. The transfer application must be made on official transfer form. The player must also complete a registration form for his new Club, as per Rule 13. (a). Clubs failing to agree a transfer may report the facts to the Executive Committee who can grant the said transfer. A fee of £5 will be levied. Transfers cannot be granted after the 31st March of any season.

 

 

16. (A) In Cup Ties the Club first out of the ballot shall have choice of venue except in semi-finals and final Ties which will be selected by the Association Secretary. Ties will be decided over 90 minutes of play and in the event of a draw a period of 30 minutes extra time will be played and again, if drawn, the Tie will be decided by penalty kicks.

 

 

16. (B) In League games the home Club pays the ground charges and the away Club pays the referee’s tariff. All expenses in the Association domestic Cups games to be split 50/50 except With the exception of Cup Finals where costs are paid by the Association. It is the responsibility of the away team to ensure the referee is paid (prior to the game).

 

 

16. (c) The Executive shall have direct control of all arrangements in connection with Cup Final Ties.

 

 

16. (D) Referees that act as Assistant Referees shall be awarded half tariff.

 

 

 

17.  Any change of named officials by Clubs must be approved by Council.

 

 

18. Where a Club resigns or is expelled from the Association, after league divisions have been formed at the Annual General Meeting, all fixtures played by that Club shall be declared null and void. Any such Club shall be withdrawn from cup competitions, with ties awarded to their scheduled opponents.

Any such Club shall not be included in any cup competitions not yet drawn at the time of resignation or expulsion. Any reapplication from such clubs shall be treated as an application from a new Club, for acceptance or otherwise at the Annual General Meeting or Management Council Meeting. Registered players of such clubs will become free agents from the date of resignation or expulsion, and may sign for other Clubs in the Association. Such players will be regarded as cup-tied, and therefore grounds for protest, in respect of cup competitions in which they have participated with their original Clubs. Cautions recorded against such players will remain on record, any cautions reported with the players new Club will be added to existing cautions and the player will be liable to suspension as per rules. Any outstanding suspensions will be served by the player in respect of his new Club.

 

 

19. Where it can be proved that players, members or spectators of any club persistently harass or abuse any referee by using obscene language or words of intimidation or otherwise, the Executive Committee shall have power to take further action as it sees fit. This shall include suspension, expulsion or fine to any extent and shall be in addition to any action due under the SAFA fixed penalty guidelines or by violation of any other rule of the Association.

 

 

20. The Executive Committee shall have the power to deal with as it sees fit any individual or club whose conduct is deemed to be unsportsmanlike or not in accord with the objects of the Association. This shall include suspension, expulsion or fine to any extent and shall be in addition to any action due under the SAFA fixed penalty guidelines or by violation of any other rule of the Association.

 

 

21. Any Club official or player who is found guilty of a serious offence (e.g. head butting, spitting, abusive or aggressive behaviour to a club official or referee, racial abuse, or any other offence which the Executive Committee considers to be unacceptable behaviour  may be excluded from membership of the Association subject to approval of Council.

22. Secretaries of member clubs will be responsible for the preparations of team lines, which should be correctly compiled on the standard Association form showing the full details requested. Team lines must be prepared in triplicate in order that one copy can be handed to the Secretary (or Secretary’s representative) of the opposing team and the second copy to be handed to the Referee. This is to be done before kick-off time. Any contravention of this rule will result in the defaulting member club being fined £10.00. Should persistent contravention of this rule by any one member club be reported, the member club defaulting will be liable to any punishment the Executive Committee deems necessary.

23. CLUB SECRETARIES MUST ENSURE THAT THEIR REGISTRATION FORMS ARE PRESENT AT EACH GAME AND PRESENTED TO THE REFEREE IN THE DRESSING ROOM BEFORE THE MATCH.THE REGISTRATION FORMS HANDED TO THE REFEREE MUST MATCH THE TEAM LINES.FAILURE TO PRODUCE REGISTRATION FORMS WITH TEAM LINES WILL RESULT IN THE GAME BEING UNFULFILLED AND THE DEFAULTING TEAM LOSING THE POINTS OR CUP TIE. THE DEFAULTING CLUB WILL BE LIABLE FOR ALL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE GAME NOT TAKING PLACE. ANY CLUB FAILING TO PRODUCE REGISTRATION FORMS/TEAM SHEETS ON REQUEST OF ANY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER OR TO THE REFEREE BEFORE THE MATCH WILL BE LIABLE TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

24. Referees, who must be registered with the Scottish Football Association, will be scheduled by the Referees Secretary to take charge of all fixtures and cup ties, the referee’s name must be shown on all team lines. Any complaint regarding the handling of a match by a referee should be submitted in writing to the Referee’s Secretary no later than 4 days after a match. Any such complaint when received by the Association will be given fair and full consideration by the Executive Committee, whose decision shall be final, subject to appeal to the Scottish Amateur Football Association .If referee fails to appear for an Association cup tie or league match, the tie cannot be played. Scottish Sunday Amateur Cup ties must always be played with a referee officially appointed by the Scottish Sunday Amateur Cup Committee.

25. In instances where a player wearing glasses (sport glasses) wishes to participate in the match, the Referee shall have full and final say as provided for by the laws of the game.

26. Public Liability Insurance as purchased by the Scottish Amateur Football Association is compulsory on all associations, leagues and clubs in membership of the Scottish Amateur Football Association with each member association, league or club paying by the due date their apportioned share of the premium with that share being determined by the Executive and Finance Committee of the Scottish Amateur Football Association. (included in club entry fees)

27. Should two teams or more finish the season with the same number of points, goal difference will determine their league position. This will include Promotion/Relegation and it will also decide who wins divisions. If goal difference is the same for two teams then a play off will decide the final league positions.

28. There will be automatic relegation for the bottom TWO teams in each division and automatic promotion for the top TWO teams from the lower divisions. There may be adjustments to this should the Executive Committee see fit to make any.

29. To control discipline in the Association the Executive Committee will sit to adjudge, (1) a player’s field record, (2) a club’s field record or (3) any other disciplinary irregularities, and so take measures it deems necessary. The Executive Committee will convene as required at times and place duly specified.

30. Swearing and obscenities will not be tolerated on the field of play and it is the intention of the Executive Committee to make full use of their powers should any player appear before them charged with this type of breach of discipline.

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX 1
The following disciplinary procedures shall be adopted by the League, and shall apply to all football which is played under the jurisdiction of the Scottish Amateur Football Association.

a.  Fixed Penalties for Standard Offences
     (Players do not have to be cited to attend a meeting)

Offence

Suspension

Serious Foul Play

2 Games

Violent Conduct -

 

Adopting a threatening or aggressive attitude

3 Games

Punching an opponent

4 Games

Attempting to punch an opponent

3 Games

Kicking an opponent

4 Games

Attempting to kick an opponent

3 Games

Pushing an opponent

3 Games

Striking an opponent

4 Games

Attempting to strike an opponent

3 Games

Elbowing an opponent in face

8 Games

Elbowing an opponent on body

4 Games

Kicking and punching an opponent

8 Games

Grabbing an opponent by throat

6 Games

Stamping on an opponent (Stamping on an opponent’s head is considered to be a serious offence of exceptional misconduct.)

8 games

Eyeball to eyeball confrontation

3 games

Head to head confrontation

4 games

Denies a goal or goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball or other means

1 Game

Offensive, insulting, or abusive language

2 Games

Offensive, insulting, or abusive language towards the Referee

3 Games

Receiving a 2nd caution in the same match

1 Game

 

       

 

CAUTIONS

Accumulation of Cautions           First 5 Cautions           1 Games
                                                    Second 5 Cautions      3 Games
                                                    Third 5 Cautions          6 Games

 

Cautions for one playing season will not be carried forward to the next season.

 

Should a player be called to appear before the Executive Committee, the Committee shall have the authority to impose a sanction in terms of a fixed penalty or dated suspension whichever is considered appropriate to the offence of which the player has been found guilty

Any player, who amasses a total of 10 games or more in any one season, will be cited to appear before the Executive Committee for any subsequent misconduct reports.   The Committee shall add a 3 games penalty if a game(s) suspension has been imposed or a 3week penalty if a dated suspension has been imposed to any sanction applied in relation to the offence reported.

The Secretary will confirm in writing to the player or official and their registered club the details of games suspensions imposed.

A player receiving a Games Suspension as a result of an offence committed while playing for his Club will be suspended from all Sunday football under the jurisdiction of the Scottish Amateur Football Association until his Club has completed the requisite number of games played in competitions which are scheduled by EADSAFA and Scottish Amateur Football Association.

Any match suspension or part thereof which is outstanding when a player joins a new Club at the start of the season, or is transferred to another Club during the season, must be served with the player’s new Club and the player will be ineligible to play for his new Club until that Club has played and completed the required number of matches.

A player can only serve a match suspension if he is registered with a Club in membership of The Scottish Amateur Football Association, and will only begin to serve his suspension from the date of his registration being accepted by the Association. 

A match abandoned does not count as a completed match in terms of a player serving a suspension.
 

There is no right of appeal against fixed penalty suspensions.
 

A report of all match suspensions will be forwarded to the Secretary of the Scottish Amateur Football Association.

b. Serious Offences of Exceptional Misconduct

1
.  Referee Assault
2.  Physically Threatening the Referee
3.  Verbally Threatening the Referee
4.  Physical Assault on or by Club Officials
5.  Head butting
6.  Spitting

All misconduct reports relating to offences of the above nature will be forwarded to the Secretary of the Scottish Amateur Football Association in order that they can be dealt with by the relevant National Disciplinary Committee.  The list of offences included in Rule 31 is not exhaustive and the Executive Committee shall have the power to cite parties considered relevant to any misconduct report in question.

Should a player be called before the Executive Committee, the Committee has the authority to impose a sanction in terms of a fixed penalty, or dated suspension whichever is considered appropriate to the offence of which the player has been found guilty. All dated suspensions which are imposed for a period of time of one year or longer must be dated to commence from the day after the date of the meeting at which the suspension was applied. All suspensions which are imposed for a period of time which is less than one year must be dated to commence seven days after the date of the meeting at which the suspension was applied.

GUIDELINES FOR SERIOUS OFFENCE

Referee Assault

Must be a dated suspension with a maximum suspension of 10 years - not "Sine Die"

Physically threatening referee - attempting to lay hands on the referee
Maximum suspension 5 years

Verbally threatening referee
Maximum suspension 3 years

Physical assault on club officials
Maximum suspension 5 years

Serious violent conduct- e.g. deliberately kicking opponent on head
Maximum suspension 5 years

Head butting
Maximum suspension 18 months

Spitting
Maximum suspension 5 years.  Spitting at or on a referee is considered to be serious assault.

Deliberately and knowingly playing a suspended player under an assumed name
Maximum suspension 2 years

Deliberately playing while under suspension, using an assumed name
Maximum suspension 2 years

Deliberately and knowingly playing a suspended player
Maximum suspension 2 years

Deliberately playing or participating while under suspension
Maximum suspension 1 year

GENERAL GUIDANCE FOR BEHAVIOUR AT GAMES

The following is the General Guidance for Behaviour at Games. This guidance will be further developed in the near future to form a full "Code of Conduct" which players, officials, clubs and supporters are expected to adhere to as a "Gold Standard".

1. The Scottish Amateur Football Association will not condone the drinking of alcohol at any games held under its jurisdiction.

2. Club officials are reminded that they are responsible for the conduct of spectators at their home matches, and visiting clubs are expected to co - operate with any reasonable requests made to them in this context. The Executive Committee will take action against any club reported to them in this regard.

3. Since most of our games are played on public pitches, players and officials should control the use of foul and abusive language. Quite apart from any instructions laid down by the football authorities, it is important that the Association/League creates a good public image, and everyone involved in Scottish amateur football has a duty to ensure that the existing high standards are maintained at all times.

4. Members of the Executive, especially the Office - Bearers, are available to assist clubs and officials at all times.

 

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