1.SportUNE Football League Rules and Regulations are set by SportUNE from time to time. The Rules and Regulations can be altered by the Competition Administrator in consultation with registered clubs.
2.The SportUNE Football League Rules and Regulations apply to competitions and/or fixtures conducted by SportUNE.
3. These Rules and Regulations apply to all Clubs, players, teams, club officials, volunteers and match officials participating in SportUNE Football League competitions.
4. Some competitions may have specific rules and regulations, such as Over 35 carnivals, preseason or mid-season competitions, which are not covered in these Rules and Regulations – please refer to the appropriate specific rules for each specific competition.
5. SportUNE reserve the right to deal with any persons or Clubs in respect of any offences or complaints and other matters not specifically provided for in these regulations.
6. SportUNE reserve the right to amend Competition Rules and Regulations at any time in consultation with the Clubs.
7. These Rules and Regulations are supplementary to SportUNE policies including:
a. Disciplinary Regulations.
b. Registration Regulations.
C. Grievance Procedure By-Law.
D. Member Protection Policy.
1. Nominations shall be from registered clubs recognised by SportUNE.
2. A club shall be eligible to enter the SportUNE Football League competitions by making an application to the SportUNE Football League Competition Administrator.
3. Team nominations are to be received, in writing, and on the appropriate nomination form.
4. The final allocation of teams to an age group/division shall be made by the Competition Administrator.
5. If a club, having nominated more than 1 team in any division withdraws a team from the competition after the competition has commenced, the team withdrawn shall be from the lowest division in the competition whether or not the teams are in adjoining divisions. Junior teams must apply to the Competition Administrator if the team remaining wishes to play in a lower division.
6. All team lists should be lodged with SportUNE prior to the commencement of the first round. Players may be added and removed from lists during the season.
7. Nomination fees may apply to all SportUNE Football League Competitions – Nomination fees will be set annually.
For administrative purposes including Insurance coverage all persons participating in SportUNE Football League competitions MUST be registered in the SportUNE Registration System. This includes players, club officials, coaches, managers, club volunteers, match officials, but is not limited to persons with these titles within each club.
1. Registration Periods
The registration period for all SportUNE Football League Competitions is 1st February – 30th June each year.
2. Player Registration Process
3. Club Official/Coach/Manager/Volumteer Registration Process
4. Player Registration
5. Mid-Season Movement
2. Senior Player Grading
3. Junior Player Grading
4. Junior players playing in Senior competitions
2. Mini Games
Duration of Fixtures shall be as follows:
Each team is to provide a ball for each game. See attachment 1 for more detail of these competitions.
3. Competitive Match Fixtures (12 Years to Seniors)
4. Competition Points
All competitive divisions will be awarded points as follows:
1. Match cards in a form decided by SportUNE are the official record of the fixture and are to be filled in by teams from Under 12’s up to and including senior teams, prior to the starting time of every fixture and handed to the referee. After the match the referee will lodge the card in a place appointed for the purpose of having the recorded goals scored, the match result, any infringement details, and the referee and assistant referee details.
2. Any player who is listed on a match card for a fixture is deemed to have played that fixture unless otherwise specified for specific divisions.
3. The maximum number of players that can be listed on a match card is 16 except for the women’s competition which allow 18 players to be listed.
4. All match cards are to be written clearly in blue or black pen with all details of game venue, date etc. to be filled in. All match cards MUST be signed by the coach and/or manager for the team.
5. All clubs are asked to maintain their own records of each fixture.
6. If a result or score is in dispute for a fixture, then the club should notify the Competition Administrator. Clubs are asked to check the official points table regularly and advise the Competition Administrator of any issues.
7.When fixtures are played at venues other than those in Armidale, it is requested that the home team notify the Competition Administrator of the results of the fixture if no official referee has officiated the game.
1. Each fixture where possible will be played under the control of an official referee and assistant referees (known as match officials) who has been appointed by the Referee Appointments Officer.
2. For senior fixtures in the event of no official referee available at the scheduled starting time, the home team shall appoint a substitute referee for the fixture. Failure to do so will be regarded as a forfeit to the opposition team. Failure by the visiting team to accept the appointed person will see the fixture declared a forfeit to the “home” team. The appointed person shall assume the full responsibility of a referee and shall be treated accordingly. In the event of a game where neither team is designated the “home team” and no official referee is in attendance, then each team is to supply a referee for half the fixture.
3. For junior games where no official referee is in attendance, each team is to supply a referee for half the fixture. Failure to do so shall be regarded as a forfeit for the team not complying.
4. In the event of an official referee and/or assistant referees failing to appear for a game the match card is to be clearly marked accordingly and submitted to the Competition Administrator.
5. If one or both assistant referees are not in attendance, it is the responsibility of both teams to share the responsibilities of the linesperson with duties being as directed by the referee.
1. Persons who are located within the “technical area” at each fixture are deemed to be part of the club that is playing in the fixture. This provision means that persons within the technical area can be dealt with directly as per the Disciplinary Regulations. Match officials can report or act against (issue Red or Yellow Card) any person in the “technical area”. The presence of a person other than a player within the technical area is deemed to be as an official.
2. The “technical area” at each fixture should only be occupied by a team coach, manager and those players listed on the match card.
3. Clubs are responsible for the behaviour of the club officials and players whether on the field or in the technical area and generally for the behaviour of their spectators.
4. All clubs are to appoint for every senior fixture a “ground official” or “duty officer” who is to make themselves known to the match official and is to wear a “hi-viz” vest for the duration of the fixture, they are also required to follow any reasonable requests made to them by the Match official.
1. General Disciplinary Matters
2. Cautions, Send-Offs
Generally, if most games for an age group are cancelled in Armidale due to wet weather conditions then that round of the competition is cancelled. All efforts will be made to conduct competitions if fields are available.
Generally, if more than 50% of the games are cancelled due to wet weather the round may be cancelled. All efforts will be made to conduct competitions on available fields.
All Grand Finals fixtures will be played at a venue determined by SportUNE.
3. Finals Series Team Eligibility
4. Finals series Player Eligibility
A Player who is cautioned by a match official or dismissed from the field of play will be dealt with summarily and will automatically receive the penalty for the offence as per the SportUNE Disciplinary Regulations. Notification will be made directly to the players club.
1st Red Card: Mandatory Suspension Player as per advised
2nd Red Card: As per initial suspension + 1 additional match
3rd Red Card: As per initial suspension + 2 additional matches
Finals 2nd Red Card: As per initial suspension + 1 additional match
1st Red Card: Mandatory Suspension Official as per advised
2nd Red Card and further subsequent Red Cards: Referral to Judiciary Committee
Team or Club Official