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Nepean Football Summer Competition Rules and Guidelines 2021

The following rules and guidelines are for this Summer Football season run by Nepean Football Association.

  • The Penrith competition will commence Monday 20th of September 2021 and conclude on Thursday 16th of December 2021.
  • The Blue Mountains Summer Football competition will commence on Tuesday the 5th of October and conclude on Wednesday the 15th of December.

MANAGEMENT ABBREVIATIONS:

  • Nepean Football Association is known as NFA.
  • Nepean Referees Group is known as NRG.
  • Football New South Wales is known as FNSW.

COMPETITION DATES:

The NFA summer football season dates for both Penrith and Blue Mountains is stated above. In 2021 there will be 2 locations being Jamison Park South Penrith operating Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights and Summerhayes Park operating Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Nepean Summer Football Penrith will be made up of the following rounds:

  • Round 1 week commencing Monday 20th of September
  • Round 2 week commencing Monday 27th of September
  • Round 3 week commencing Monday 4th of October
  • Round 4 week commencing Monday 11th of October
  • Round 5 week commencing Monday 18th of October
  • Round 6 week commencing Monday 25th of October
  • Round 7 week commencing Monday1st of November
  • Round 8 week commencing Monday 8th of November
  • Round 9 week commencing Monday 15th of November
  • Round 10 week commencing Monday 22nd of November
  • Round 11 week commencing Monday 29th of November
  • Round 12 week commencing Monday 6th of December
  • Finals will be played week commencing the 13th of December. Please note that all other teams will play during this week even if they do not make the final.

Nepean Summer Football Blue Mountains will be made up of the following rounds:

  • Round 1 week commencing Monday 4th of October
  • Round 2 week commencing Monday 11th of October
  • Round 3 week commencing Monday 18th of October
  • Round 4 week commencing Monday 25th of October
  • Round 5 week commencing Monday1st of November
  • Round 6 week commencing Monday 8th of November
  • Round 7 week commencing Monday 15th of November
  • Round 8 week commencing Monday 22nd of November
  • Round 9 week commencing Monday 29th of November
  • Round 10 week commencing Monday 6th of December
  • Finals will be played week commencing the 13th of December. Please note that all other teams will play during this week even if they do not make the final.

FINALS:

  • If at the conclusion of a final a clear winner is not decided on goals 5-minutes each way will be played. Golden goal rule will apply. If the match is still drawn after extra time a penalty shoot-out will apply.  A penalty shoot-out will be conducted as per the Anormal FIFA laws of the game. The kick will be taken from the edge of the penalty area. The person kicking the ball can only have a two-step approach. 

PARTICIPATING AGE GROUPS FOR COMPETITION:

  • The age groups will be as follows: under 6 mixed, under 7 mixed, under 8 mixed, under 9 mixed, under 10 mixed, under 11 mixed, under 12 boys and under 12 girls, under 13 boys, under 14 boys and under 14 girls, under 16 boys and under 16 girls, all age men, all age women, Over 30’s Women, all age mixed, over 35 men and walking football.
  • NFA management has the right to reduce or increase teams subject to those registered to play. NFA management has the right to delete an age group if not enough players register.  A competition or non-competition will be deemed viable if a minimum amount of 4 teams in an age group registers. Maximum teams in any division will be 10 unless stated otherwise.

THE COMPETITION:

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Team eligibility: Under 11 teams and below will be non-competition as per the FFA guidelines. This is a non-competition format no final will be played. Under 6 and Under 7 will be 4 v 4 with no goalkeeper. Under 8 – 11 inclusive will be 6 v 6 one of which will be the goalkeeper.
  2. Under 12 and above will play 6 v 6 players one of which will be the goalkeeper. Finals apply. Mixed teams must always have equal amount of male and female players on the park at the same time.
  3. Player age eligibility: A player is eligible to play in the competition or in the case of under 11 and below, the non-competition, based on the following age groups:
  1. Under 6: must be minimum 5 years of age and no older than 6 as of 31st of December 2021.
  2. Under 7: must be minimum 6 years of age and no older than 7 as of 31st of December 2021.
  3. Under 8: must be minimum 7 years of age and no older than 8 as of 31st of December 2021.
  4. Under 9: must be minimum 8 years of age and no older than 9 as of 31st of December 2021.
  5. Under 10: must be minimum 9 years of age and no older than 10 as of 31st December 2021.
  6. Under 11: must be minimum 10 years of age and no older than 11 as of 31st December 2021.
  7. Under 12: must be minimum 11 years of age and no older than 12 as of 31st December 2021.
  8. Under 13: must be minimum 12 years of age and no older than 13 as of 31st December 2021.
  9. Under 14: must be minimum 13 years of age and no older than 14 as of 31st December 2021.
  10. Under 16 must be minimum 14 years of age and no older than 16 as of 31st December 2021
  11. All age men: Must be minimum 16 years of age.
  12. All age women: Must be minimum 16 years of age.
  13. All age mixed: Must be minimum 16 years of age.
  14. Over 30 Women:  Must be minimum 30 years of age.
  15. Over 35 Men: Must be minimum 35 years of age.
  16. Walking football is anyone aged 45 years and above.

NB: Mixed teams must consist of an equal number of male and female players on the field unless permission is requested of the management and approval given, prior to the commencement of a match. This will be in consultation with the opposing team. An opposition may agree to this and as a result a forfeit may be declared by the team requesting the change.

THE VENUE

  1. The Nepean Summer Football Penrith competition will be conducted at Jamison Park located on York Road South Penrith on the following nights:
    • Monday night: under 6, under 7, under 8, under 9, under 10, under 11 teams. All non-competition matches can be a combination of both males and females or solely teams consisting of male and female players.
    • Tuesday night under 12 males and females, under 13 males, under 14 males and females. Over 30’s women and walking football
    • Wednesday night under 16 males and females, All Age mixed, and Over 35 Men.
    • Thursday night, all age men, and all age women.
  1. The Nepean Summer Football Blue Mountains competition will be conducted at Summerhayes Park located on Hawkesbury Road, Winmalee on the following nights:
    • Tuesday night: under 6, under 7, under 8, under 9, under 10, under 11 teams. All non-competition matches can be a combination of both males and females or solely teams consisting of male and female players.
    • Wednesday night under 12 males and females, under 13 males and females, under 14 males and females, under 16 males and females.

RULES, MATCH FORMATS & SCORING

  1. Ages under 6 and under 7 will have a maximum of 4 players and a minimum of 3 players on the field at any one time. Sharing of players if teams are short is encouraged as this is non-competition.
  2. Ages under 8, under 9, under 10 and under 11 will have a maximum of 6 players on the field at any one time including the goalkeeper. You will need a minimum of 3 players to play the match and the sharing of players if teams are short is encouraged as this is non-competition.
  3. If a team aged under 6 to under 11 inclusive has less than 3 players at the commencement of the match the referee shall not continue with the match and allowing 10 minutes from the scheduled kick off time the referee should then abandon the match. As this is non-competition a friendly match will be encouraged by the parents attending. In all other age groups from under 12 and above if a team cannot field the minimum number of players, the referees shall wait 10 minutes from the scheduled kick off and if they have still not been able to field their minimum players, the referee shall abandon the match and the team that failed to field the correct number of players shall forfeit the match.
  4. In competition matches a team may borrow only 2 players from another team. If they borrow any more than 2 players, they can still play the match, but the match will be forfeited to the other team.
  5. All match balls will be supplied by NFA. All match balls to be returned to the referee at the conclusion of the match.
  6. All junior matches from under 6 to under 11 will play 2 x 12-minute halves.
  7. Under 12 to Under 16 will play 2 x 15-minute halves.
  8. All senior matches will play 2 x 20-minute halves.
  9. In all age groups there will be between a 3 and 5-minute break for half time. The referee will control the start and end of each half of football with his or her whistle.
  10. The points per match are as follows: Win = 3 points, Loss = 0 points, Draw = 1 point.
  11. If a match is washed out, we will attempt to have the match replayed. If that cannot occur each team will receive 1 point and no goals awarded.
  12. If a match is abandoned the team that has not breached the laws will be awarded 3 points for the win and 3 goals
  13. If a match is abandoned due to a venue malfunction or player injury that requires an ambulance to attend, the matter will be referred to the administrative team for adjudication. After investigation, consultation with both captains a decision will be made. Their decision is final.
  14. If a match is forfeited the team that the forfeited team was playing will be awarded 3 points for the win and 3 goals.
  15. If for whatever reason, there is a bye due to insufficient teams the non-offending team is awarded 3 points and 3 goals.
  16. Interchange can occur at any time in the match with the permission of the referee.
  17. There is no off-side in our NFA summer football competition.
  18. The ball shall be kicked into the field from the sideline for all matches known as kick-ins. There are no throw ins.
  19. A goalkeeper cannot kick or throw the ball over the halfway line on the full. If this occurs the referee will award a kick in from the junction where the ball went over the halfway line to the opposing team. It would also be deemed as going over the halfway line on the full if a player from the same team as the goalkeeper heads, kicks, or chests the ball over the halfway line without it touching the ground first.
  20. A goal cannot be scored from a kick-in from the sideline. It must be touched by a player prior to entering the goal. If the ball is kicked directly into an opponent’s goal from a kick in by the attacking team, a goal kick is awarded. If the ball is kicked into the players own goal from a kick in, a corner kick will be awarded to the opposing team.
  21. All free kicks – all players must be at least 10 yards from the ball. If an infringement occurs inside the opponent’s penalty area, the kick must be taken back to a minimum 10 yards from the opponents goal line. There are no penalty kicks unless in the case they are required for finals.
  22. All free kicks are deemed indirect free kicks. This means the ball must be touched by another player before it enters the goal. This rule is in place to protect goal keepers from injury.
  23. No goal can be scored from inside the penalty area. This rule is in place to protect goal keepers from injury.

DISCIPLINARY & LOSS OF POINTS

  1. A player may be awarded a yellow card for dissent against a match official or if in the referee’s opinion the player is being unsportsmanlike: That player will be removed from the field for a mandatory 3-minutes in the sin bin. This can be applied when a player is showing dissent towards a referee, another player, or spectator, showing signs of potential anger or violent conduct towards a referee or another player or spectator. The player who is asked to leave the field, should leave the field immediately and he or she is not to be replaced in that three minute. The referee is the sole timekeeper and will advise when that player can return to the field of play.
  2. If a player receives two yellow cards in any one match, they must leave the field immediately and take no further part in the match. That player will automatically receive a one match suspension. They must also present themselves at the check in location and speak with one of the administrative team.
  3. If a player receives a red card in any one match, they must leave the field immediately and take no further part in the match. That player must then report to the administrative team. At this point they will be advised of their minimum suspension. If the NFA believes that the minimum suspension is insufficient that player will be notified in writing thereafter within 5-days.
  4. If a player receives a red card during a match, it will be noted against their FFA number.
  5. If a team plays an unregistered player, it will be deemed they have forfeited the game and 3 points will be awarded to the opposition.
  6. The playing of unregistered players is a breach of our insurance policy and if a player is discovered to be unregistered and playing in our competition they will be asked to leave the competition and may not play any further part in our summer football season.

FINALS FORMATS

  1. The top two teams at the conclusion of the normal rounds will be declared the finalists. The top two teams are determined using the following priorities 1: Team with the greater number of points 2: Goal difference 3: Goals scored 4: Goals conceded 5: forfeits.
  2. Only the players that win the competition and are runners up will be awarded a medallion in the Nepean Football summer competition. All players that play in under 6, under 7, under 8, under 9, under 10 and under 11 will receive a participation medal on the final day.

PLAYER, OFFICIAL & TEAM REGISTRATION

  1. Teams will be allowed to register their team from Monday the 26th of July.
  2. Players will then register into their nominated team from Monday the 9th of August.
  3. All players must be registered through www.playfootball.com.au using their current FFA number. On registration they must select Nepean Summer Football Penrith or Blue Mountains competition. Do not select your winter club.
  4. Each player’s registration fee is a one-off registration fee which includes all administration charges, limited Football NSW insurance, ground hire, lighting, line marking and referee’s fees.
  5. If a player chooses to play in more than one team that player must create an additional registration choosing the lessor fee for the subsequent registrations.
  6. If an unregistered player is played by any team that team will lose 3 competition points regardless of whether they won that match or not.
  7. A Coach/Manager should be appointed and registered (no fee applies) for any team U/10 – U/16 and they must complete a “Working with Children” (Prohibited Employment Declaration) form or provide a current Coaches/Managers NFA registration card. The nominated coach must also register in My Football Club.
  8. In adult competitions a player can register as a regular player for more than one team (who play on different weeknights) however that player must pay an additional registration fee.
  9. All players must play in their nominated team unless the administration team has been notified.

REFEREES:

  1. All referees are accredited referees from the Nepean Referees Group
  2. NFA management whilst responsible for the Summer Football competition will not overturn any decision the referee has made during the match.
  3. We have a zero policy when it comes to abuse of match officials. Summer Football is a fun, relaxed atmosphere and any person reported and found guilty of abusing a match official may be asked to leave the venue and play no further part in our competition. In the case that a player is reported and found guilty of abusing a match official and asked to leave the competition, he or she will not be eligible for a refund.
  4. Prior to starting each match, the referee will be located on the field 10-minutes prior to the match. All team sheets will be electronic and all players will be identified by the referee and the referee after the night will enter the final score for competition matches only.

PROTESTS:

  1. If any team has any protest, against a referee or a result this is to be reported immediately to the administrative team located at the ground. This must be done the evening of the game in writing and clearly stating your reason or reasons for the protest. The administrative team will announce the outcome to each team within 24 hours. Any protest received outside that time will not be recognised.

GOALPOSTS:

  1. Goalposts will be supplied as per FFA guidelines. Under no circumstances are players or spectators to climb or swing on Goal Posts at any time during the match or in between matches.

INSURANCE:

  1. Limited player injury insurance is provided through Football NSW and is included in your registration fee. The Association strongly advises all players to review the policy and address any perceived shortfalls in coverage by engaging their own Private Health Insurance and/or Income Protection Insurance.

FORFEITS:

  1. If a team forfeits on 3 occasions they may be withdrawn from the competition. No refunds will be issued to any player on that team once they have been withdrawn from the competition.
  2. A team must give a minimum 24-hour’s notice of a forfeit. A forfeit does not mean that that portion of their registration fee will be reimbursed.

PLAYERS EQUIPMENT:

  1. All players must wear boots, long socks, and shin pads.
  2. Non-competition matches, children under 6 to under 11 inclusive may wear running shoes.
  3. Shin pads are compulsory for all ages includes non-competition age group and shin pads must be covered by socks.
  4. No player is permitted to wear metal studs.
  5. All players must have the same colour shirt.
  6. If there is a clash of colours one of the teams must wear bibs.
  7. The purchase of same colour shirts is the responsibility of the individual players and/or sponsors. All players for matches under 12 and above must be individually numbered. Non-competition teams under 6 – under 11 do not have to have to have numbered shirts.
  8. Sponsors are allowed on your shirts to assist teams in meeting the cost of shirts. All sponsorship must be tasteful.

 JUDICIARY and SUSPENSIONS:

  1. All players sent from the field will receive suspension punishment as per the NFA minimum guidelines. Each player sent off must present themselves to the administrative location at the check in counter. That player will be notified of the suspension at that time, however in some cases the NFA disciplinary committee may deem there to be further punishment. If this is the case that player will be notified within 5-days.

WEATHER POLICY:

  1. If play does not go ahead due to inclement weather this will be advertised on the Nepean Summer Football and NRG (Nepean Referees Group) Facebook sites. Our weather policy is in accordance with the Football NSW hot weather policy and the Football NSW lightening safety policy and the 30/30 rule.
  2. The NFA does not accept responsibility to any player injured. All players are covered under the Football NSW limited insurance policy. This is found at the time of player registration online. The NFA does not accept responsibility or liability for any loss, theft or damage to personal possessions or equipment whilst attending the competition location. The management reserves the right to alter the rules of the competition.

DE-REGISTRATIONS AND REFUND POLICY

  1. If a player de-registers because we do not have a team or competition applicable to their age group and/or gender (gender only applies to single gender teams), a full refund will be given within 14 days of the de-registration being actioned in the Play Football portal.
  2. If a player de-registers because they change their mind (for whatever reason), fees paid will be refunded in full less a $16.50 de-registration administration fee up to week 2 of the competition.
  3. After week 2 a 50% refund will be given.
  4. ​After week 5, no refund will be given.
  5. ​In the case of Juniors who have used an Active Kids rebate as part payment of their registration fee, any consideration of refunds will be less the Active Kids Rebate.
  6. ​Active Kids rebates will not be transferred to another club or sport.