FAW rules - Miscellaneous

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

33.         The law governing the proceedings before the Disciplinary Panel shall be the law of England and Wales. The standard of proof applied shall be the balance of probabilities, except that under Rule 24.1.5 the standard of proof applied shall be whether the Disciplinary Offence has been established to the comfortable satisfaction of the Disciplinary Panel.

 

34.         The rules of service set out in the Football Association of Wales Rule 144 shall apply to all notices and any other communications whatsoever sent in connection with the proceedings of a Disciplinary Panel.    

 

35.         These Rules are sufficient to enable the Association, Members and Subordinates to resolve all Disciplinary Offences and disputes or differences. The Parties must exhaust all procedures and processes of appeal in these Rules and the FAW Rules before taking legal proceedings in a court of law and then only as a last resort.

 

36.         Notwithstanding any rule or regulation (in whatever form) of any Member or Subordinate to the contrary, it shall be a condition of the Association sanctioning any competition organised by the Member or any Subordinate that any appellant may lodge an appeal with the Disciplinary Panel (under Rules 25.2 or 25.3) against any decision of the Member or a Subordinate.

 

37.         Subject to an appeal lodged with the FAW by any of the Parties, any decision of the Disciplinary Panel shall be a decision of the Association and all Members will comply with the same and will ensure that all Subordinates comply with the same.

 

38.         The Association shall be permitted (but not obliged) to publish summaries of the decisions of its Disciplinary Panel in whatever form and forum it considers appropriate from time to time.             

 

REGISTRATION AND TRANSFER OF PLAYERS

 

39.         The registration and transfer of players shall be in accordance with the current Rules (Section H) and Regulations of the Football Association of Wales (as amended from time to time).

 

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­LEAGUES AND COMPETITIONS

 

40.        All Official Matches in all leagues or competitions of any description and at any level (including, without limitation, a charity or benefit league or competition) must be sanctioned by the FAW.

 

41.        The sanction for each league or competition must be renewed annually by the FAW.

 

42.        Subject to Rule 45, no league or competition will be sanctioned by the FAW unless each team taking part in such league or competition fields a side consisting of eleven (11) players, from which number there shall be no deviation, unless it be occasioned through injury or some such other and proper cause during the course of any game in such league or competition.

 

43.        Application for sanction of a league or competition shall be made, and thereafter renewed annually, with the FAW on or before 20th July immediately preceding the Playing Season during which Playing Season the league or competition is intended to be played. Such application must be made in every case on a form prescribed by the FAW from time to time. All such forms shall be supplied only by this Association. Every such application must be accompanied by two written copies of the rules of the league or competition concerned. Every such application must also be accompanied by a written list of the names of all the clubs which have consented to join and take part in the league or competition. All such leagues or competitions shall observe the Rules and Regulations of the FAW. All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game.

 

44.        All applications for sanction under Rule 40 shall be made direct to the FAW. All other applications for annual renewal of the sanction under Rule 41 shall, in the first instance, be lodged with the Association. The Association will vet the application for renewal, and the supporting documents referred to in Rule 43, and will forward the application to the FAW with its recommendation for acceptance or rejection but the final decision on the application will rest solely with the FAW.

 

45.        Notwithstanding anything contained in Rule 42 or in any other Rule, the FAW may give permission for small-sided leagues or competitions (including, without limitation, futsal) to be played, provided that:-

 

              45.1       the league or competition has been sanctioned by the FAW in accordance with the requirements of Rules 42 or 43. Clubs seeking affiliation to this Association in order to participate in a small side league or competition must pay the Association an affiliation fee;

 

              45.2       in the case of single matches, and one-day competitions (e.g. garden fetes or work’s sports’ days), they must be sanctioned by the FAW in accordance with the requirements of Rule 40; 

 

              45.3       the rules governing the eligibility and conduct of the players in the sanctioned match or competition shall be administered by the management committee of the sanctioned game or competition subject always to the authority of the Association and shall be in conformity with the FAW Rules and Regulations;   

 

              45.4       the playing of non-sanctioned matches arranged by private individuals for speculative purposes shall not be permitted;

 

              45.5       for small side leagues or competitions played for charitable objectives a statement of accounts of the event shall be supplied to the Association (and other Area Association(s) if the league or competition falls within the geographical area of more than one Area Association) within twenty-one days (21) of the last match in the event; and  

 

              45.6       the laws applicable to the playing of small-side games shall be as set by the FAW from time to time.

 

46.        No Subordinate or club under the jurisdiction of the Association, nor player, nor referee or any other body or individual in any way within the jurisdiction of this Association, shall play in or take part in any league or competition (including, without limitation, charity or benefit league or competition) within the boundaries of Wales unless such league or competition has been sanctioned by the FAW.

 

47.        No Subordinate or club under the jurisdiction of the Association, nor player, nor referee or any other body or individual in any way within the jurisdiction of this Association, shall play, or take part in any league or competition (including, without limitation, charity or benefit league or competition) outside the boundaries of Wales unless such participation shall have first been sanctioned by the FAW. The application for such sanction shall be made, and renewed annually, in writing to the FAW’s Chief Executive Officer on or before 1st  April immediately preceding the Playing Season in which the said applicant wishes to participate in the said league or competition. Such application must be made in every case on a form prescribed by the FAW’s Chief Executive Officer from time to time. All such forms shall be supplied only by the FAW’s Chief Executive Officer and may not be obtained from any other source.  

 

48.        Any league or competition of whatever kind within the jurisdiction of this Association shall only be played within a geographical area approved and sanctioned by the FAW.    

 

49.        Any club which is within the jurisdiction of the FAW and which has received sanction from the FAW to compete in a league or competition outside the boundaries of Wales, shall carry out in full its obligations to those Welsh Association Football competitions of which it may be expected reasonably to take part, as defined by the FAW from time to time.   

 

50.        The name of any sponsor or the donor of a cup or trophy or any other person may form part of the title of a league or competition subject to the prior written approval of the FAW.  

 

51.        Restricted advertising will be permitted on the shirts, shorts and stockings worn by Players subject to the prior written approval of the FAW. The depth of the lettering in connection with such advertising shall not exceed 200cm2. A motif not exceeding 20cm2 of the manufacturer of the clothing may also be worn, subject to the prior written approval of the FAW. The emblem of the club, Association or other football body may be worn on the shirt. The advertising of tobacco, strong alcoholic beverages, as well as slogans of a political, religious or racial nature, or for other causes that offend common decency, are prohibited.    

 

52.        Subject to Rule 53 and subject to any special sanction granted by the FAW, no league or competition which has been played during the Playing Season shall be allowed extended time outside the Playing Season to play all matches in the league or competition, including, without limitation, any league or competition played for charitable purposes. The FAW may specially sanction a match to be played after the end of the Playing Season if the match is arranged between two distinct clubs, or leagues, or Area Associations or between any two of them. In granting any such sanction, the FAW shall be entitled to stipulate to whom the whole or any part of the income generated from any such match is to be paid including, without limitation, payment to a registered charity nominated by the FAW.   

 

53.        Notwithstanding anything contained in the FAW Rules:-

 

              53.1       semi-final or final matches of cup competitions of the FAW or this Association may be played not later than Saturday or Sunday following the end of the Playing Season in any year;   

 

              53.2       small sided leagues or competitions as specified in Rule 45 may be played at any time, including outside the Playing Season; and

 

              53.3       matches may be played for charity, or some other object approved by the FAW, not later than the Saturday or Sunday following the end of the Playing Season and application for permission to play any such match must be made in writing and be forwarded to the FAW’s Chief Executive Officer not later than the 1st April in the year concerned.

 

PRACTICE MATCHES

 

54.        Subject at all times to the overriding responsibility of all Clubs to fulfil their obligations to participate in Official Matches, Clubs shall be permitted to play Closed Friendly Matches at any time, whether inside or outside the Playing Season. 

 

55.           Clubs shall not require permission to play Closed Friendly Matches; there shall be no requirement to play the match in accordance with the Laws of the Game or for the match to be officiated by a qualified and registered referee and the Association’s Disciplinary Procedures Concerning Field Offences Regulations shall not apply to Closed Friendly Matches. The result or outcome of the Closed Friendly Match shall not be published by the Clubs.

 

56.        Subject at all times to the overriding responsibility of all Clubs to fulfil their obligations to participate in Official Matches and subject to the prior permission of the FAW or the Association (as the case may be), Clubs shall be permitted to play Open Friendly Matches at any time, whether inside or outside the Playing Season.

 

57.        The Club at whose home ground the proposed Open Friendly Match is to be played shall make the application for permission to play Open Friendly Matches. The application must state whether a match-agent or other third party or intermediary has had, or will have, any involvement in the organisation of the match. Qualifying Clubs shall apply to the FAW for permission. All other Clubs shall apply to the Association. Any such application by a Club to the Association which involves playing a team from another national football association shall be vetted by the Association and forwarded to the FAW and the FAW will decide whether to grant permission.

 

58.        An Open Friendly Match must be officiated by a qualified and registered referee and the Association’s Disciplinary Procedures Concerning Field Offences Regulations shall apply to Open Friendly Matches. The result of an Open Friendly Match shall be published by the Clubs.

 

58(A)       A Club playing an Open Friendly Match may play a Trialist in such match.

 

 

REFEREES

 

59.        On the field of play, any decision by the referee in charge of any match on questions of fact or the interpretation of the Laws of the Game shall be final and conclusive. The Association’s Disciplinary Procedures Concerning Field Offences Regulations shall stipulate the penalties automatically imposed on Players in consequence of any offence committed during a match, as reported by the referee of that match. The said Regulations shall also specify any rights of appeal which may be permitted by the Association from time to time against any such automatically imposed penalty. In addition, the Association shall always have the right to bring a charge of misconduct against a Player where it receives evidence of misconduct during a match where the referee of the match confirms to the Association that he/she did not witness the said event.    

 

60.        When a referee is appointed for any match by the FAW, this Association or the organisers of a competition sanctioned by the FAW, the referee shall inform such appointing body in writing within three (3) days of receipt by him/her of the notice of appointment concerned whether he/she accepts or declines the appointment. Unless directed by the FAW, having accepted an appointment to referee a match, the referee shall not cancel such engagement in order to officiate in some other match.    

 

61.        It shall be a breach of these Rules, if any referee fails to report any instance of misconduct during or relating to a match which comes to his/her notice, and if it is proved to the satisfaction of the Association that such instance of misconduct was of a nature that required reporting.     

 

62.        No referee may take any part in the management of any league or other competition of whatever kind if he/she officiates as a referee within the jurisdiction of such league or competition.

 

63.         The promotion and demotion of referees and assistant referees to and from leagues under the jurisdiction of the Association shall be at the discretion of the Association.  

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

 

64          At any meeting held by the Council or any sub-committee of the Council to discuss a matter relating to any club or league, Councillors having an interest in such club or league shall declare the nature and extent of that interest to the other Councillors and shall:-

 

64.1      not be counted in the quorum present at the meeting to consider the matter;

 

              64.2      have no vote on such matter; and

 

64.3      leave the room and take no further part in the discussion on               such matter.

 

65.         The provisions of Rule 64 shall not apply to a conflict of interest which arises solely because the Councillor is appointed, nominated or elected a Councillor as the representative of any league.

 

66.         At any meeting held by the Council or any sub-committee of the Council at which a declaration of interest under Rule 64 is made, the other Councillors at that meeting may direct that the provisions of Rule 64 be suspended or relaxed in respect of that specific matter for any Councillor who has made the necessary declaration of a conflict of interest.

 

 

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