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Welcome to the official site of the South Wales Football Association.

We hope you will find this site informative and make it your first port of call if you want to find out anything about how we work.

On the site you will find details of our cup competitions, both current and historic, a copy of our Rules and Regulations, Disciplinary information and links to other sources of information. We also publish the weekly list of disciplinary decisions and suspensions along with results of appeals by clubs to the Association.

Constructive feedback about the site is always welcomed and should be directed to the Association General Secretary, Mark Adams, at secretary@southwalesfa.co.uk

NEW SECTION - 'FORMS'

   We are trying to have as many of our forms as possible available in downloadable format from this site - please see the sub-menu 'Forms' from the home page for a full list of available documents.

 


 

MR DANNY EVANS

It is with regret that we have to advise that Danny Evans, former Chairman of the Association and Treasurer and former Secretary of the Aberdare Valley Football League has sadly passed away.

Danny had a lifetime of experience in Football stretching as far back as the mid 1960's. His first administration post in football was as secretary of Hirwaun YMCA having previously spent time helping out at the club and also being active as as a referee.  His involvement with the Aberdare Valley Football League began in 1974 when he was elected to the Management Committee, becoming Assistant Secretary of the League in 1984 and then Secretary in 1990.

Danny was first elected to the South Wales FA Council in 1990. During his time as a member of Council of the South Wales Football Association, he served as vice-chairman from 2007-2009 and was elected Chairman from 2009-2011.

He has been known throughout football in South Wales as a tireless worker for football within the Cynon Valley area and a keen supporter of local football in all areas. In the last decade he also received the Football Association of Wales Long Service Medal recognising his 40 years' service to local football.

Our thoughts are with Carol and his family at this sad time.

 

WALES U-19 LEARNING DISABILITY TRIALS

The Welsh Football Trust are currently seeking players to represent Wales in the upcoming Home Nations Championship in Belfast this April, and therefore would appreciate any support in helping to identify potential players.

To give you an introduction to Learning Disability football, here are some key points:

  • Play 11-a-side football with no adaptations
  • Players are highly skilled and generally play mainstream football
  • Players age 15 and older, and under 19 years of age on 31st March 2018 (Born after 1st April 1999, Born on or before 1st April 2003)
  • Have an identified learning disability / impairment before the age of 18 years 
  • Have limited ‘Adaptive Behaviour’. This means they might need help with everyday tasks, for example cooking or travelling by public transport 

Trial days will be held at the following venues

 14th January, 10:30-12:30 - CCB Centre for sporting excellence Caerphilly Rd, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed CF82 7EP

21st January, 11.00 – 13.00 - The Rock, Cefn Druids, Rhosymedre, Wrexham

Players must register in order to trial, to do this please express your interest at the following email address LDSquad@fawtrust.cymru Representing Wales in the Home Nations Championship offers an amazing opportunity to players, and therefore if you know of anyone who may be right for the squad get in touch or pass on these details. 

 

CHANGES TO THE LAWS OF ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL 2017/18 UPDATE

There have been several changes to the Laws of the Game following the IFAB meeting earlier this year, these changes will take effect at the start of the 2017/18 season. Thank fully, not as many changes as last season but as before, various Guides have been produced to assist competition organisers, players and officials and these are appended below (click on each link)

FULL VERSION OF THE LAWS OF THE GAME

IFAB SUMMARY - POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

 LAW BY LAW SUMMARY OF LAW CHANGES

SUMMARY OF LAW CHANGES FOR ADMINISTRATORS AND COMPETITION ORGANISERS

PLAYERS AND COACHES GUIDE TO LAW CHANGES

Do you fancy taking up refereeing?

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PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE COVER 2017-2018

We have received details from the FAW of the public liability insurance cover that is automatically provided to all clubs who are correctly affiliated to this Association. A downloadable copy of the summary of cover and policy detail can be accessed by clicking on this link

CRITERIA FOR CLUBS WISHING TO APPLY FOR PROMOTION TO THE SOUTH WALES ALLIANCE LEAGUE

Following the Council meeting of June 2017, the South Wales FA Council have agreed the criteria for clubs who wish to apply for promotion to the South Wales Alliance Football League and this is available in this link. Clubs who are already members will also be re-inspected to ensure they continue to meet the criteria - membere clubs will be contacted separately in this regard. The re-inspections will take place every three years to ensure facilities are maintained in accordance with criteria.

 

Referee Courses

  Wonder what it’s like to manage a football game? 
   Love football but can’t play as much as you did? 
   Want a hobby where you can earn money?

  Or  maybe you just simply want to understand why certain refereeing decisions are made?

   Well, you're not the only one, more and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into  refereeing.

We are always seeking to recruit new referees, both male and female. The South Wales FA is about to start running courses for would be referees in the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff and Aberdare areas.The course will comprise weekly sessions in a classrom based environment and will be held in the evenings with an exam at the end of the eight weeks' course. Once the course is satisfactorily completed individuals concerned will be able to progress through the system, and even progress to the FIFA International list of Referees and Assistant Referees, which gives them the opportunity to Officiate in all parts of Europe and on occasion in other parts of the world!

There are many advantages of becoming a Referee, particularly it gives the opportunity for physical activity, with a consequent improvement in health and fitness.

If you would like to book yourself onto one of these courses, contact our Referees' Officer Carl Daughters  on 07793 650691 or email referees@southwalesfa.co.uk.

Friendly matches

A reminder to all clubs that all friendly matches must be approved by the Association before the game is played. Clubs who do not get approval will be liable to misconduct charges and will NOT be covered by the Association block liability insurance policy.

Sanction can be obtained in writing or by e-mail to admin@southwalesfa.co.uk - telephone requests will not be sanctioned.

Claims from clubs who allege ex-players owe them money

(This note was originally published at the end of the 2009/10 season) but it was felt appropriate to move it up to greater prominence again)

The Association regularly receives claims from clubs to pursue ex-players for sums it is claimed are owed to them. Whilst we endeavour to assist, we expect the club to have taken reasonable steps to recover sums due before contacting the Association. Any requests must be in writing and include the following detail:
* The player's full name and last known address
* Details of action taken by the club to recover the sums - please advise dates of requests and how these were made (telephone, club meeting etc)
* The amounts claimed and the purpose (e.g. reimbursement of disciplinary administration charges) PLEASE NOTE - WE CANNOT CHASE FOR ITEMS SUCH AS CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS BUT MAY BE ABLE TO CHASE FOR SOUTH WALES FA IMPOSED FINES IF CLUBS CAN PRODUCE A WRITTEN AGREEMENT FROM THE PLAYER TO REIMBURSE THE CLUB.
* As a minimum, we expect that clubs will have written to the player formally requesting the repayment and advising that the club will be referring the matter to the Association and giving the player seven days to response - A COPY OF THIS LETTER MUST BE ENCLOSED

 

USE OF WEBSITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA

The Association is becoming increasingly concerned about the use of insulting abusive and offensive comments made on websites and social media networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Will all please note that comments in the names of clubs, officials and players that are considered such will be dealt with as misconduct and the perpetrators liable to disciplinary charges.

DISCIPLINARY PROCESS CHANGES

A reminder to all affected (this message has been previously circulated via all leagues)

The Association has implemented a new policy with effect from 1 September 2012 that all those (players and club officials) who receive fines along with touchline or match suspensions will be considered to be under suspension from all aspects of football if the fine is not paid by the expiry of the suspension.

The following are examples of people who may be affected by this policy.

A coach or other club official who has received a fine and touchline suspension and does not pay the fine by the end of the suspension period will be considered to be suspensded from all aspects of football until the Monday after the fine is paid.

A player who receives a match suspension with a Sunday league team but is not suspended with an other day team but does not pay the fine is suspended from all aspects of football (including any other teams he may be registered with) until the Monday after the fine is eventually paid.

Whilst these are the most common examples, they are not the only situations. If in doubt, please contact the Association Disciplinary section to check.

 

Disciplinary Correspondence (07.03.2010)

We are receiving an increasing number of reports from clubs claiming not to have received disciplinary correspondence. Can we draw all clubs' attention to the Disciplinary Section of the handbook which states

"Clubs who have not been notified within 10 days of any player dismissal/caution must contact the Association Assistant Secretary (Discipline) for advice."

Failure to respond to correspondence can cause a club to be suspended from fixtures.

 

Message to all club secretaries (10.10.09)

Please will all club secretaries advise the Association if they are to be away on holidays and provide an alternative contact to receive disciplinary and other correspondence.  Clubs not complying are running a risk of sanctions for delaying responses to correspondence including fixtures being suspended.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL PLAYERS AND CLUB OFFICIALS
5th September 2008

Law 12 - Use of offensive, insulting or abusive language

The situation regarding the above during matches under the jurisdiction of the FAW was recently considered by the FAW 's Referees Committee. The Committee recommended and it was approved by FAW Council that from the start of the 2008/09 season strong action should be taken by referees in all matches when players were guilty of using offensive, insulting or abusive language or gestures in accordance with Law 12.

The South Wales FA has been asked to make all players, clubs and leagues aware of this decision. The Association has advised ALL Clubs, Secretaries and Leagues of this position and that referees have now been instructed to ensure that they apply this Law of the Game correctly and with common sense.

The South Wales FA has received numerous complaints over the use of offensive, insulting and abusive language in particular on public parks where foul languag