Men’s football in the NSFA is administered by the NSFA Competitions department. This is split into the following age groups:
- All-Age (Premier League, Divisions 2-6)
- Over-35’s (Divisions 1-4)
- Over-45’s (Divisions 1-3)
All men’s competitions are contested in a regular league season, with the top team in each division crowned as champions for the year.
- May 28th: M45-2/3, NSFA Cup Round 2, Rick Close Cup Round 2
- June 4th: MAA5, M35-2, NSW State Cups Round 3
- June 11th: M35-1, M35-3
- June 18th: MAA4, MAA6, NSW State Cups Round 4
- June 25th: MAA3, NSFA Cup Round 3
- July 2nd: M35-4, M45-1, NSW State Cups Semi-Finals
- July 9th: M45-2/3, Rick Close Cup Semi-Finals
- July 16th: MAA4, MAA5, NSW State Cups Finals
- July 23rd: M35-1, NSFA Cup Semi-Finals
- July 30th: MAA4
- August 6th: M35-2, M35-3
- September 2nd: NSFA Cup Final, Rick Close Cup Final
In the Men’s Competition each Team or Squad is required to nominate referees (see table below) to become members of Ku-ring-gai and District Football Referees Association (“KDFRA”). KDFRA provides training to new and continuing referees to achieve various levels of accreditation.
KDFRA FFA Referee Qualification
This is a comprehensive referee training program. It provides an official qualification (subject to meeting criteria) that is recognised throughout Australia and in some overseas countries. The program is in two parts; an on-line Laws of the Game pre-course followed by 6 hours of face to face learning covering 10 modules. The face to face component can be taken in 3 x 2 hour sessions or 1 x 6 hour session (see dates/times on KDFRA website – www.kdfra.asn.au ). KDFRA charges fees for the course and as a member body has annual membership fees. In 2017 the NSFA have agreed to meet these fees for NEW referees (not qualified in 2016). KDFRA referees are paid for officiating matches to which they are officially appointed. For further detail visit www.kdfra.asn.au.
- Two referees: MAA4, MAA5, MAA6, M35-1, M35-2, M35-3, M45-1, M45-2, M45-3
- One referee: MAA3, M35-4
- No referees: MAA1, MAA2
Nominations need to be provided to the NSFA Men’s Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the form included in the Registration Package. Officials should be registered in the MyClubMate registration system. Fines and Penalties are described in the Competition Regulations for failure to nominate the appropriate number of officials.
Team Manager Checklist
Team managers shall perform the following duties on match days:
- The manager of the home team (the first named in the draw) must ensure that alternate strip is available in the event of a clash.
- Take to the game: an approved licensed match ball (properly inflated), playing strip, first aid, ice, whistle, pump & needle, match card and player ID sheet.
- Check the playing field for safety – ensure no safety hazards. The ground must include corner flags no less than 1.5m high. (Nets are desirable, but a game can proceed without them)
- Check that gates permitting ambulance entry to field are unlocked. If they are locked, make every reasonable effort to get them unlocked.
- Both managers to introduce themselves to the referee and assist the referee as requested.
- If no qualified referees are present, provide officials as follows:
- In squad divisions, the home team provides a referee and each team provides one assistant referee;
- In single team divisions, the home team provides a referee and two assistants to the alternate fixture. In the event there is no alternate fixture, the home team provides a referee and each team provides one assistant referee. The “alternate fixture” for a 1pm game means the Men’s 3pm fixture on the same pitch and vice versa for the 3pm fixture.
- Provide an approved, legible printed copy of team photos in order to identify players.
- Perform an ID check and sign both match cards prior to the start of the game.
- Ensure players are correctly attired: no jewellery, or dangerous equipment, including plaster or other rigid casts.
- Ensure players sent from the field leave the vicinity of the field. At the conclusion of the match the manager should check with the referee the reason for the send-off, as this may affect action in respect of the PD&D Committee.
- Ensure alcohol is not present. Smoking is not allowed on any sports field.
- The manager of the winning team (or the home team, in the event of a draw) collects the match cards from the referee at the conclusion of the match.
- Ensure cleanliness of venue: fines received by NSFA will be passed on.
- For all competitions both team managers must notify results by entering the result on the NSFA website within twenty four (24) hours of the match.
- Notify the Division Liaison Officer of any problems with the ground or with the provision of officials.
- Home team manager to ensure that the technical area is marked out as per FIFA Laws of the Game.
Key Competition Rules:
- All Senior Mixed Football matches play for 90 minutes (45 mins per half).
- The half-time interval shall not exceed 5 minutes.
- Delayed start matches have their halves reduced to a minimum of 30 minutes (60 mins match).
- Stoppage time shall be played. The official shall be the sole arbiter of stoppage time..Time may be added at the end of each half for all time lost through substitutions, assessment and/or removal of injured players, wasting time, disciplinary sanctions or any other cause: provided that the match would finish no later than ten (10) minutes before the scheduled starting time of the next match on the same field.
- The minimum number of players to start and complete a match is seven. Ten minutes’ grace can be claimed if seven are not present at kick-off time.
- A maximum of sixteen (16) players from each team (plus any who are, or will be aged sixty (60) or over by the end of the calendar year) may take part in a match.
- Premier League (1st Grade only: substitutions – each team may make 5 substitutions; a player substituted may take no further part in the game;
- For all other Senior Mixed Competitions: interchange – players who have been interchanged during a match may return to take further part in the game.
THIS IS A SUMMARY ONLY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, REFER TO THE COMPETITION REGULATIONS