Should TJSA engage a sponsor, a condition of entry into a TJSA competition is that clubs are required to uphold any requirements stipulated in the sponsorship Contract. Such requirements may include signage, the display of logos on club websites etc.
TJSA will endeavour to ensure that any requirement by a sponsor has minimal financial impact on clubs and will not impact existing sponsorship contracts. At all times TJSA will negotiate with clubs to minimise any disadvantage to a clubs existing sponsorship.
TJSA will arrange age-restricted competitions for junior players. Competitions may be mixed or gender specific as determined by TJSA.
TJSA may conduct pre-season, fixture and final series competitions.
The composition of each competition will be determined on an annual basis.
TJSA reserves the right to change or amend these rules at their absolute discretion.
TJSA may, from time to time, also schedule other competitions within the zone. Rules for these competitions shall be set prior to the commencement of any competition.
TJSA may, if deemed appropriate, schedule play-off matches in order to establish the composition of a competition. Rules for the play-off matches shall be set prior to the commencement of these matches and will be read in conjunction with all TJSA Rules and Policies.
For information relating to fines referred to in these Competition Rules, please refer to TJSA website http://tjsa.com.au.
TJSA will arrange the dates, times and locations of all matches. These scheduled matches will be advised to participating teams prior to the commencement of the season. Scheduled matches are available on our website. http://tjsa.com.au
Any alteration to fixtures will be notified on the website, clubs are to check regularly.
The duration of matches for each age group are outlined in the table below. After normal time in each half, the referee may add on injury/stoppage time as he/she sees fit. The referee has the right to abandon any match if, in his/her opinion, playing conditions compromise player safety.
|Under 14||2 x 35 mins||5 mins|
|Under 13||2 x 30 mins||5 mins|
|Under 12||2 x 30 mins||5 mins|
In all competition fixtures, match points will be awarded as follows:
WIN – Three (3) Points
DRAW One -(1) Point
LOSS Nil – (0) Points
BYE Nil – (0) Points
NO RESULT Nil (0) Points for either team
FORFEIT – Three (3) Points to opposing team with 3-0 goal difference awarded
In the event that TJSA declares the cancellation of a complete fixture weekend due to extreme weather events, all fixtures will be declared a 0-0 draw.
Any application for friendly matches shall be submitted, using the appropriate form, (http://www.foxsportspulse.com/get_file.cgi?id=2240833) to FNQ Football at least seven (7) working days prior to the scheduled fixture.
FNQ Football cannot guarantee Match Officials even if an application is lodged in the appropriate time frame.
Any application received within this determined deadline of seven (7) working days may be approved at the discretion of FNQ Football. However, no match officials will be appointed.
Should your request be to sanction a game where your team is travelling outside of the FNQ Football Zone you will be required to submit an Inter Zone tour permit (http://www.foxsportspulse.com/get_file.cgi?id=2476021) and abide by the time limits for such an approval.
Any application for an alteration to scheduled fixtures shall be submitted, using the appropriate form, http://www.foxsportspulse.com/get_file.cgi?id=22638750 to TJSA at least one week (5) working days prior to the scheduled fixture.
Each request will be determined on its merits.
TJSA’s decision in regards to the rescheduling of fixtures will be final.
Should TJSA approve the application to reschedule the match, the following process will occur:
- For matches needing to be rescheduled, the HOME club has seven (7) days to respond with advice of their preferred option for rescheduling. If no response is received within that time frame, the match will be awarded to the opposition club as a forfeit with a 3-0 scoreline.
- Should the HOME club’s preferred option be less than seven days from the date of the advice to TJSA, the HOME club must supply a second option outside the seven (7) days time Only in this case will the opposition club have a right of refusal to a reschedule date within seven (7) days.
- If an AWAY club will not accept any of the options given, and does not provide a reasonable explanation in writing as to why, the game will be declared a forfeit and the points awarded to the HOME club
TJSA will rule as to what is reasonable and the decision will be final.
NOTE: In the event of the above re-scheduling of a junior fixture in the final four weeks of the season the club response timeframes, outlined in rescheduling process, will be reduced to three (3) days days or such timeframe as TJSA sees fit.
Applications due to school commitments / functions will be assessed on their merits. Schools issue timetables at the beginning of each year advising of school camps etc.
Should TJSA approve the application to reschedule the match, the process defined from Error! Reference source not found. to the end of that section will be followed.
Any member Club or affiliated Club that fails to fulfill any of its pre-season, fixtures or finals obligations arranged by TJSA may be subject to disciplinary action. Clubs are reminded that a minimum 7 players are required to fulfill a team list for fixtures. In Youth Football the development of the individual should come first not the team result, something many coaches (and parents) often seem to forget.
In the event the home or visiting team is not ready to commence the fixture within 15 minutes of the scheduled kick-off time, the match may be recorded as a 3-0 win in favour of the opposing team, and the points will be awarded to the opposing team as a forfeit.
Should any team claim such a forfeit they must forward a completed Official Match Sheet, signed by the appointed referee, or a club official, if one is not appointed noting the circumstances of the non-playing of the fixture to TJSA.
The team deemed to have forfeited may submit a report, within three (3) working days, to TJSA should they believe the forfeit was caused by exceptional circumstances. Where TJSA finds that exceptional circumstances caused the forfeit, the match may be deemed as Postponed and be subject to the rules of Postponed Matches.
If, for any reason, a team intends to forfeit a scheduled fixture match, the Club Secretary is to provide three (3) clear working days written notice of the forfeit to the TJSA Committee. Only in this instance will TJSA be responsible for notification to the opposition team and the appointed Referees. The match will be recorded as a 3-0 win in favor of the opposing team, and the points will be awarded to the opposing team.
A Club that fails to provide sufficient notification of a forfeit will be responsible for any / all referee fees in relation to the match.
A team, which persistently forfeits matches, may, at the discretion of TJSA, be withdrawn from that competition and further disciplinary action taken against the Club.
If any team in the competition withdraws or is removed from fixture competitions then the following will apply:
- If the team is withdrawn or removed before the competition has started – a bye in the competition will be substituted if another team cannot replace the team.
- If in the first round, the team is withdrawn or removed after the competition has started and cannot be replaced, the recorded results for that team will be deleted and a bye in the competition will be substituted;
- If the team is withdrawn or removed during the second or subsequent round/(s) and cannot be replaced, all points and goals acquired for the completed round/(s) will be retained by opposing teams; the recorded results for that team in the uncompleted round/(s) will be deleted and a bye in the competition will be substituted into the uncompleted round/(s) and any following round/(s)
TJSA reserves the right to negotiate with the club of the replacement team as to the method by which the new team enters the competition at any point in that competition and how points are attributed to that team for the remainder of the season.
The club involved in the withdrawal of the team may be subject to disciplinary action.
Matches may only be postponed by the appointed match official or by TJSA.
TJSA reserves the right to reschedule all postponed matches on any day, time and place, as it deems appropriate. The decision of TJSA shall be final.
TJSA reserves the right to record any outstanding fixtures that have not been played within three (3) days after the scheduled conclusion of the fixture season as a 0-0 DRAW.
Should the match official abandon a TJSA match, then the match result will stand at the time of abandonment, provided at least 50% of the match has been completed unless;
- One or both the of the competing clubs request the match to be replayed, or
- The matter is referred to TJSA for determination. The decision of TJSA shall be final.
Replay requests must be made in writing within five (5) working days of the match being abandoned. The decision of TJSA regarding the request for a replay shall be final.
TJSA shall take into consideration the following factors when considering a request for a replay:
- Reasons why the match was abandoned
- Result of the match at the time of abandonment
- The impact on the final league standing of a fixture
- The impact on the finals series of a finals match
TJSA reserves the right to determine the match result if it is satisfied that one (or both) of the competing teams, its players, officials, members or supporters were directly responsible for the abandonment of the fixture. This includes the abandonment of a match due to a team having less than seven (7) players. TJSA’s determination shall be final.
TJSA may decide to direct any of the following outcomes:
- The match be recorded as “NO RESULT”
- The match be recorded as 0-0 draw
- The match be recorded as a 3-0 win in favor of the opposing team, unless the score at the time of abandonment was of a greater margin in favor of the opposing team, and the points will be awarded to the opposing team
If, at the end of the fixture competition, any two or more teams are equal on points, goal difference shall be taken into account in determining:
- The Premiers;
- All other positions on the points table.
Goal difference shall be calculated by subtracting the total number of goals AGAINST from the total number of goals FOR in all fixture matches:
- The team with the higher or highest resultant plus figure from such subtraction shall be deemed to have the superior goal difference and shall be the higher or highest placed team;
- The team with the lower or lowest resultant minus figure from such subtraction shall be deemed to have the lesser goal difference and shall be the lower or lowest placed team of those on equal points;
- In the case of goal difference being equal, the team having scored the most goals FOR shall be the higher or highest placed team.
In the case of teams having an equal goal difference and having scored an equal number of goals FOR:
- The team with the higher or highest number of points from matches played between the teams in question shall be the higher or highest placed team;
- If the number of points is equal, then the team with the superior goal difference from matches played between the teams in question, shall be the higher or highest placed team;
- In the case of goal difference being equal, the team having scored the most goals FOR from matches played between the teams in question, shall be the higher or highest placed team;
- If the goal difference and goals FOR are equal, then the team that scored the most away goals from matches played between the teams in question, shall be the higher or highest placed team.
If teams are still equal after taking into account all of the above considerations, the following will apply:
- To determine Premiers the clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue(s) of which shall be determined by TJSA;
- To determine all other positions on the table – an official of each team will be required to meet with an official of TJSA and lots will be drawn.
Following the completion of all fixtures the top four placed teams in each division shall play in a Finals Series. TJSA will announce the relevant kick-off times and a venue for all Finals Series matches.
The Finals Series will involve two Semi-Finals, 3rd vs 4th playoff and the Grand Final.
The Semi-Finals will consist of 1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd. The winner of 1st v 4th advances direct to the Grand Final as does the winner of 2nd v 3rd. The losers of both semi finals playoff for 3rd.
TJSA will arrange the dates, times and venues of all Finals Series matches. TJSA reserves the right to schedule or re-schedule matches on any day, time and place as it deems appropriate.
All finals matches will be played in accordance with the competition game duration for each age group. After normal time in each half, the referee may add on Injury/Stoppage Time as he/she sees fit.
The referee has the right to abandon any match if, in his/her opinion, playing conditions compromise player safety.
Should the scores in any finals match be level at full time, a five (5) minute break will be followed by 2 x 10 minute periods to be played in full. Should the scores still be equal after extra time,
a penalty shoot-out, in accordance with FIFA regulations, will be taken to determine the winner.
A player must have played for the team a minimum of 5 times to be eligible to participate in the final series. Played means played for the team. Team means competition eg. A player must have played 5 times in an U14 Team to be eligible to participate in the Final series for U14s. Any player not playing 5 times for a team in the regular season is ineligible to participate in the final series.
Eligibility includes any competition in which a team is involved in its own right. The competition must be a TJSA sanctioned competition.
In all competitions, unlimited interchange will be permitted, with no more than sixteen players permitted to be listed on the Match Sheet.
Only players’ names listed on the Match Sheet are permitted to take part in the match. A player who has been interchanged may return to the field for another player.
Match sheet must be delivered to the Referee’s 15 minutes prior to the start of the fixture.
Interchange Team sheet to be used http://www.foxsportspulse.com/get_file.cgi?id=2554033 All interchanges can only occur at a break in play with the approval of the referee and must take place at the halfway line.
Managers are required to check the Player Identity of the entire opposing team. This action should be completed prior to the player/(s) participating in the game. If identification cannot be provided and a club wishes to challenge the identity of a player or players. The player/(s) in question must sign the Match Sheet. An image of the player/(s) whose identity is being challenged must also be obtained at this time.
Under no circumstances are club officials to approach the referee seeking guidance for this instruction; the referees are responsible for officiating the rules of Football not the rules of competition.
- Players must be turning five (5) by the end of the calendar year in which they wish to register.
- Players must play in their designated age group as determined by date of birth unless special circumstances apply. Special circumstances include;
- The club has insufficient players of the specified age for a team. In that circumstance, younger players from the year immediately below the age group may be included to field a team.
- Players that have been identified and participated in state or national level competitions. In that circumstance a younger player can play up into the next available age group.
- Players who are suited to a lower age group due to their physical and / or social sense. In this circumstance a written application accompanied by supporting medical or educational evidence should be considered by the Competition Administrator.
- Open age male competitions may permit players turning 16 years or older in the year of competition to participate
- Open age female competitions may permit players turning 15 years or older in the year of competition to participate.
- Written applications for exemption to these provisions must be forwarded to the TJSA Committee for consideration by a Football Queensland approved assessor.
Designated age groups are listed in Section 1.1.
As per the National Registration Regulations, all players are classified as “junior “players’ until they attain the age of eighteen (18) years.
Prior to competing out of their Designated Age Group, any junior player must have a PA-01 completed by their parent or guardian, held by the club prior to playing outside of their designated age group. Clubs must make the TJSA aware of their plans to play a player out of their designated age group and TJSA must approve this. Any player who has not been granted approval in writing to the club will be deemed an ineligible player. TJSA’s decision will be final.
In Youth Football the development of the individual should come first not the team result, something many coaches (and parents) often seem to forget”.
Players are permitted to play up one age level subject to “Composite Teams” rules as defined in 13.4 with parental / guardian approval submitted and approved in writing by TJSA prior to playing. TJSAs’ decision will be final.
Any player requesting to play more than one year out of their age group must provide evidence of Exceptional Circumstances as defined in 13.5.
In all instances of players wishing to play down an age group, it is necessary to make TJSA aware of such a plan prior to the player playing outside of their designated age group. TJSA must approve the request and will do so on a case-by-case basis.
TJSA will then confirm the decision. Please note, that until TJSA has approved the request, the player cannot participate in organised matches as a legitimate player.
Where clubs have to combine age groups the following restrictions apply.
The majority of players in the squad should come from the older age level (i.e. 60% + 1). Where this is not the case application should be made to TJSA for permission to vary this rule. TJSA’s decision on any such application will be final.
TJSA reserves the right to withdraw from competition any team found in breach of these rules.
The definition of Exceptional Circumstances in relation to the Player Age Rules includes but is not limited to:
- Team Viability
- TJSA is satisfied that their skills and ability warrant such a decision
- Player welfare is not adversely affected
All players participating in competitions must be placed into a specified team by their clubs. These teams must be advised to TJSA. Players can only be placed into one club team in any given competition. If a club has two (2) teams playing in the same competition, once a player plays for Team 1 they cannot play for Team 2 in the same competition.
Players registered after the first fixture of the season must be placed into a team and entered into that specific team list prior to the first regular season fixture the player intends to participate in.
TJSA reserves the right to amend this rule on a case by case basis to ensure a viable competition is provided in each age group year on year.
There is no restriction on what division a player is able to take part in should they change clubs during the fixture season subject to the Rules of Competition.
Amateur players who have not previously registered for the season are permitted to be registered at any time during the season. Amateur players who have previously registered in the FNQ Football Zone for the season are not permitted to re-register with another club within the FNQ Football Zone after the last Wednesday before 30 June each year.
Amateur players who have registered outside the FNQ Football Zone for the season may apply to FNQ Football to allow an exemption to register within the FNQ Football Zone after the last Wednesday before 30 June each year. The decision of FNQ Football will be final in considering any such application.
Unless cancelled earlier, registration is effective from date of registration until 31 December of that year.
Any player not registered as per FFA National Registration Regulations and FNQ Football Registration Procedures and Guidelines for the current season is considered ineligible and is not permitted to participate in any TJSA competition. A player can only be registered with one club at a time. (Section 4.9 National Registration Regulations).
Any player under suspension by TJSA, FNQ Football or any other Federation is considered ineligible, and is not permitted to participate in any fixture until that suspension is served. This includes mandatory suspensions for yellow and red cards along with penalties determined by a Disciplinary Committee.
A player whose name is not listed on the Match Sheet prior to the commencement of any TJSA competition match is considered ineligible and is not permitted to participate in that match.
The Player Age rules in section 13 outline the guidelines and process for any player to be assessed to play above or below their age group. Players playing without the correct assessment will be deemed ineligible.
A team must not list more than sixteen (16) players on a Match Sheet for a match. If a team does so, then any player(s) over and above the sixteen players first listed is (are) considered ineligible.
TJSA reserves the right to investigate the eligibility of any player participating in any competition.
On match day, any team may ask to check the identity of any opposing player/(s).
Should the identity of a player/(s) be challenged, at any match in which they are participating, the player/(s) must sign the Match Sheet. No player can refuse the request for such a signature. The Team Managers should note the challenge on the Match Sheet.
No Club Official shall have the power to refuse to allow an opposition player to take the field for any reason.
Any club is permitted to lodge a protest regarding the alleged fielding of an ineligible player/(s). The protest must be in writing under club letterhead and be forwarded to TJSA, within five (5) working days of the match and must include evidence to support the protest. An investigation of the circumstances surrounding the incident will be undertaken immediately.
In the event that the protest is upheld, the Penalties and Outcomes as stated below will apply. In the event that the protest is dismissed, then the match result will stand.
If it is established that a player competing in any TJSA competition fixture was ineligible to play, then the following will apply:
- The club found guilty shall forfeit any goals scored and points gained in that match and the points and match will be awarded to the opposing team;
- The game will be recorded as a 3-0 win in favour of the opposing team, unless the final result was of a greater margin in favour of the opposing team;
- TJSA may suspend, expel or take whatever disciplinary action it deems necessary against the offending club, player or official.
In the event that it is established that both clubs competing in any TJSA competition fixture fielded players who were ineligible to play, then the following will apply:
- The match will be deemed as a NO RESULT, whereby, no points will be awarded;
- TJSA may impose a fine, suspend, expel or take whatever disciplinary action it deems necessary against the offending clubs or players.
If a Finals Series match is declared a “No Result”, TJSA may determine that the match be replayed.
The home club must ensure:
- The ground is correctly marked, including the technical area;
- It provides suitable goal nets, safely fastened or pegged to the ground and corner flags;
- It provides toilet facilities and dressing room facilities that are hygienic and clean;
- It has adequate refreshment/canteen facilities open to the public;
- It provides a safe environment for players, officials and spectators;
- It provides an area where referees can rest and shower, and leave their belongings while on the park in a secure area.
When closing fields, clubs must contact the TJSA Competition Adminstrator. firstname.lastname@example.org
It is preferred that clubs advise if their fields are unplayable for Saturday and Sunday matches by the end of the preceding day (6pm) or by 9am on the day play is scheduled for Afternoon games. TJSA will collate information for release on its website on a regular basis.
It is therefore essential for clubs to do the following:
- Ensure your Contacts for the Club are up to date in My Football Club (under the Organisation menu)
- Ensure the contact(s) has a mobile phone number listed within the My Football Club
- The club is only responsible for notifying their own club members of field closures impacting their own teams.
In the event that TJSA declares the cancellation of a complete fixture weekend due to rain, all fixtures will be declared a 0-0 draw.
In the event of the cancellation or abandonment of a junior fixture due to rain other than when an entire weekend is declared cancelled, the following process will occur:
- The home club will advise TJSA of at least two (2) reschedule dates/times/venue options within seven (7) days of the cancelled/abandoned match.
- The away club will provide a response to TJSA within seven (7) days of receiving the options from TJSA.
If a home club fails to provide the options within the designated time, the game will be declared a forfeit and the points awarded to the away club.
If an away club will not accept any of the options given, and does not provide a reasonable explanation as to why, the game will be declared a forfeit and the points awarded to the home club.
TJSA will rule as to what is reasonable and the decision will be final.
NOTE: In the event of the cancellation or abandonment of a junior fixture due to rain in the final four weeks of the season the club response timeframes, outlined in rescheduling process, will be reduced to three (3) days.
The Home club shall be responsible for the payment of Referees’ fees. . This includes the Grand Finals for the designated Club and any additional games hosted by Clubs. Clubs will also be responsible for allocating suitably qualified referees and asistants for all games hosted by them. Please refer to the TJSA Referees Policy for further guidance. Clubs are expected to comply with this policy..
On match day, both teams participating in a competition match are required to complete a FNQ Football Match Sheet prior to the commencement of any match. Both teams must ensure they have the minimum number of players to commence the match (Under 12 to Under 16 competitions – 7 players).
A Match Sheet must:
- List all match details (age group, division, date, fixture number, participating teams, and venue);
- List all players taking part in the match with first name, surname and corresponding shirt numbers;
- Not list more than 16 players for any fixture;
- List all Team Officials;
- Be supplied to the match referee at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled kick-off.
The referee is responsible for ensuring the names of all Match Officials are listed and signed on the sheet.
Players participating in junior matches are not required to sign the Match Sheet unless having their identity challenged. Refer to the Player Identity section of these Rules.
Small sided teams should also complete a match sheet including each players name and signed by a match official.
Team sheets should be handed in to the club canteen for collection by a TJSA official.
Following the match, each team Manager and Referee should sign off the Match Sheet after verifying the accuracy of final result, game details (red cards, cautions, goal scorers and times) and players listed.
The home club is to forward the original copies of the completed Match Sheets for both teams (home and away) to a TJSA Committee member no later than one (1) working days after the weekend.
TJSA reserves the right to impose penalties on clubs that fail to forward the original copies within the stated timeframe without justification. Furthermore, if the match sheets are not received by TJSA within a week after the scheduled date of the match in question. This may result in the home team having a 3-0 result awarded against it.
TJSA will also accept scanned images of the Match Sheets from Clubs in order to expedite the delivery process. These images must be legible and be forwarded to info@tjsa,com.au . Time frames for this method remain the same as delivery of the paper based forms.
The paper copy of the Match Sheet must be retained by the Club for the entire season and produced on request or forwarded to TJSA.
The results of fixtures entered on the TJSA Competition website must be confirmed by both participating teams.
It is the responsibility of the home club to provide at least one Ground Official.
A Ground Official cannot be the Coach or Manager whose game is in progress on the park, nor can the Ground Official be the Canteen Supervisor.
The Ground Official should:
Before the Match
- Upon arrival of the Referees, make known to them that you are the Ground Official in case they need assistance.
- If an official Referee is not present, ensure that a Referee is arranged either by the Club or by consent of the two teams playing.
- Provide an alternate team strip or bibs if required.
- Ensure thatappropriate match balls are available for the Referee.
During the Match
- Ensure that spectators behaviour is orderly and is not abusive to the Referee or his Assistants, players or other spectators.
- Direct and assist any ambulance if called to attend a player or any other person.
- Be of assistance wherever possible.
After the Match
- Ensure the Referees safety at all times
- Ensure that teams leave the grounds in a proper and orderly manner.
The home Club shall provide footballs of correct size and in good order and condition for each match.
Under 12 and 13 shall play with a size four (4) match ball and Under 14 to 16 shall play with a size five (5) match ball.
All playing strips must have clearly visible numbers on the back of the jerseys.
Where club colours are similar, the AWAY team will be required to wear an alternate strip or bibs.
Junior teams are not permitted to advertise any alcohol or tobacco related products on their respective playing strips.
Goalkeepers shall wear any colour provided it does not clash with either team or referee/assistants. NB – Goalkeepers MUST wear plain or club-badged strips (.
Clubs are accountable for their appointed team officials (coaches, managers, and medical staff) and they should be made aware that a Code of Conduct governs them. Penalties including suspension of team officials, fines, and good behaviour bonds, can be levied upon such persons and clubs, where it is found that team officials have breached the Code of Conduct.
- Team officials must be registered in My Football Club as defined by the National Registration Regulations.
- Team officials must remain within the technical area.
- Team officials are responsible for trying to keep players behaving in an appropriate manner at all times before, during and after any game.
- Team officials are not to argue or address any disagreements or comment directly to a referee. Any complaints should be directed to TJSA committee members and/or the ground official in a reasonable manner.
- A team official can only enter the field of play when the referee indicates to do so.
Each club must have Technical Areas clearly marked as stipulated by FIFA guidelines and provide sufficient seating to allow all personnel to be seated during the match.
- A maximum of ten (10) persons are permitted to be within the confines of the technical area. They may include the coach, assistant coach, manager, the substitutes and either the trainer or medical staff.
- Only one person at a time is authorised to convey tactical instructions to the players during the match.
- The coach and other officials must remain within the confines of the technical area, except in special circumstances, for example, a team sports trainer or doctor entering the field of play, with the referee’s permission, to assess an injured player.
- All substitutes must be seated within the technical area. They must wear bibs or an alternative coloured uniform to their and the opposition team strip, Substitutes are permitted to warm up outside of the technical area, provided they are wearing bibs or an alternative coloured uniform to their and the opposition team strip. When warming up, substitutes are requested to choose an area furthest from the opposing team.
- All occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner. The match official has the right to expel any person from the technical area at any time as he or she sees fit. The game will not recommence until that person has left the playing field to the match official’s satisfaction.
- Suspended players and officials are not allowed in the technical area.
- Smoking or the consumption of alcohol within the confines of the playing barrier fence is strictly prohibited. This includes the team bench within the technical area and all of its occupants, including players, coaching staff, and officials.
Wherever possible, TJSA approved Officials shall be appointed to control fixture matches.
Should the appointed Match Official fail to honour his appointment, then, if qualified, the next most senior Match Official will be appointed to take charge of the fixture. In the event the appointed Match Official is late arriving, then a replacement Match Official will take charge of the fixture until the appointed Match Official is ready.
In the event no registered Match Official is present to take charge of the fixture, then the designated “Home” club shall consult the visiting team and appoint a Match Official to take charge of the fixture. This Match Official has the same powers as a registered Match Official.
All clubs are obligated to fulfil all fixtures regardless of whether a Match Official is present to take charge.
Should any club fail or refuse to participate in any fixture on the above grounds, and then the following will apply:
- The match will be recorded as a 3-0 win in favour of the opposing team, and the points will be awarded to the opposing team;
- The club will be fined per offence, and will be subject to further disciplinary action
In the event both teams refuse to play, TJSA reserves the right to award a no result, and recommend further disciplinary action.
In circumstances where only one Assistant Referee has been appointed, the home team is obliged to provide a club Assistant to assist the Match Referee. In circumstances where no Assistant Referees have been appointed, both the home and the away teams are obliged to provide one club Assistant each to assist the Match Referee. If either the away or the home team are unable to provide an Assistant, then both Assistants may come from the same team. Please note, the game should not start without 2 Assistants, however this decision will be at the Referees discretion.
In extreme weather conditions, TJSA or the appointed Match Official reserves the right to postpone, delay or abandon any fixture. If the appointed Match Official postpones, delays or abandons any fixture due to extreme weather conditions, he/she must outline the reasons to TJSA.
All clubs, players, and Match Officials are requested to please note the following;
- If the temperature is 32º or above, water bottles should be made available and placed along the sidelines to enable any player to take a drink during the course of the game; and
- If the Match Referee considers conditions extreme, he or she has discretion to allow a 2-minute break during the course of each half.
In the event a player suffers an injury or wound which results in the loss of blood, the Match Official will request that the injured player receive attention outside the field of play and only when he /she is satisfied that the injury or wound is safely covered and contained, will the player be permitted to re-join the game.
In the event the player’s uniform or attire is splattered with blood, the referee will instruct that player to change his attire before being permitted to re-join the game. Should the injured player be required to change his uniform, then the appointed Match Official will show discretion in allowing the player to wear an alternative numbered shirt if necessary.
These Disciplinary Rules are set by TJSA and supplement the National Disciplinary Regulations in accordance with clause 1 .2 of those Regulations.
- The application of sanctions to be issued to Participants for direct red cards will be in accordance with the range of sanctions outlined in the National Disciplinary Regulations. Where a Player receives an indirect red card, he will serve a Mandatory Match Suspension of one (1) match.
- Any sanction issued will apply to the next match to be played by the team regardless of which competition the match is part of.
- Sanctions will only be applied to players whilst registered, for example a player sanctioned at the end of the season, must serve any sanction in the following season, prior to being allowed to participate in the next competition season, the player must be registered in the next season for the sanction to be applied prior to playing.
- A Player who accumulates the following number of yellow cards during the course of the Competition must serve the following Mandatory Match Suspension:
- Four (4) yellow cards, equates to a one (1) match suspension;
- For every three (3) yellow cards thereafter, a two (2) match suspension.
(For example, two (2) match suspension for seven (7) yellow cards).
- A Player who accumulates the following number of yellow cards during the course of the Final Series must serve the following Mandatory Match Suspension:
- Two (2) yellow cards, equates to a one (1) match suspension.
- A Player who accumulates the following number of direct or indirect red cards during the course of the Competition or the Final Series must serve the following Mandatory Match Suspensions, in addition to any sanction for the offence.
- 1st occasion, equates to a one (1) match suspension;
- Any subsequent occasion, equates to a two (2) match suspension.
- If an offence by a player, coach or spectator or club official is considered by TJSA to be a severe breach of the code of conduct, TJSA reserves the right to impose further sanctions than those indicated above.
20.1Offences FFA National Disciplinary Regulations table contains the minimum sanction time for Red card offences.
- Clubs must ensure that their Participants do not engage in Team Misconduct. TJSA may, consistent with the FFA Statutes, sanction a Club whose Participants engage in Team Misconduct.
- Team Misconduct in relation to a Club is where:
- Five (5) of its Players are cautioned or sent off during a sanctioned match;
- Three (3) of its Participants are sent off or expelled during a sanctioned match;
- Its Participants collectively show dissent towards a match official or collectively seek to intimidate, threaten or exert pressure on a match official to make or alter a decision; or
- Its Participants engage in a melee or brawl.
- The published FFA Code of Conduct aims to promote and strengthen the reputation of football in Australia by establishing a standard of performance, behaviour and professionalism for its participants and stakeholders.
- Any breach of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action and the imposition of sanctions by the TJSA in accordance with the provisions outlined in the Code.
- The imposition of a mandatory match suspension is immediate. TJSA does not need to advise the club for the suspension to be effective.
- If the Competition Administrator has determined that an Offence by a Player or a Team Official was such as to warrant a sanction in addition to the mandatory match suspension, the club will be advised of such prior to serving the suspension.
- While serving a suspension, a Participant (player or team official) may not:
- On the day of a Match, enter the field of play, the surrounds of the field of play, the Technical Area, the players’ race, the dressing rooms or any other place within a venue where Participants are likely to assemble to prepare for that match;
- If attending a Match, be seated in an area normally reserved for Participants;
- Any suspension from the Finals Series (or the competition fixtures if not already served in the Finals series) will carry forward into the following season and will be served in competition fixtures.
- If a suspension is to be served in terms of matches, only those matches actually played count towards the execution of the suspension. A bye or a match forfeited by the participant’s team does not count towards the execution of the suspension.
- Except in the case of obvious error there is no appeal from a mandatory match suspension.
- A Club, Player or a Team Official may appeal the disciplinary sanction imposed in a Disciplinary Infringement Notice by notifying the TJSA in writing within seven (7) days after the date on which the Disciplinary Infringement Notice was received, outlining the reasons for the appeal.
- An appeal from a TJSA disciplinary sanction must be heard by the TJSA Committee. When determining any appropriate sanction, the TJSA Committee may consider:
- The nature and severity of the infringement;
- The offender’s past record and whether or not this is a repeated Offence;
- The culpability of the offender (including whether or not the infringement was intentional, negligent or reckless);
- Any reasons prompting a the offender to commit an infringement;
- The remorse of the offender; and
- Any extenuating circumstances.
Subject to these Regulations, the following disciplinary sanctions may be imposed against a Club or a Participant: For an up to date list of the disciplinary sanctions check here http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/site/content/document/00000071-source.pdf
It is the responsibility of Clubs to ensure that players are eligible for the competitions / divisions in which they are played.
Applications for variances to these rules in special circumstances should be lodged from the Club to the TJSA with all supporting documentation to email@example.com
TJSA reserves the absolute right to determine the interpretation of these rules. Clubs who are unsure as to their meaning should seek clarification, in writing, from TJSA.
TJSA reserves the right to change or amend these rules at its absolute discretion.
|1 – (R4 or R5
|Denying the opposing team a clear goal-scoring opportunity||The Mandatory Match
|2 – (R6 for
|Use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures||The Mandatory Match
|3 – (R1 for
|Serious Foul Play (e.g. when challenging for the ball)||1 additional match plus the
Mandatory Match Suspension
|4 -(R2 for
|Assault on a Player (e.g. violent conduct when not challenging for the ball)||1 additional match plus the
Mandatory Match Suspension
|5 -(R6 for
|Serious Unsporting Conduct||1 additional match plus the
Mandatory Match Suspension
|6 -(R6 for
|Use of discriminatory language and/or gestures, including racist, religious, ethnic or sexist||4 additional matches plus the
Mandatory Match Suspension
|7 – (R3 for
|Spitting at a player||5 additional matches plus the
Mandatory Match Suspension
|8 – (R2 or R6
|Inciting a brawl||5 additional matches plus the
Mandatory Match Suspension
|R 7||Receives a second caution in the same match||The Mandatory Match Suspension|
|Specific Offences Against a Match Official|
|9 -(R6 for
|Use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures against a match official||The Mandatory Match
|10 – (R6 for
|Unsporting conduct toward a match official||3 additional matches plus the
Mandatory Match Suspension
|11- (R2 for
|Assault of a match official||6 months including the
Mandatory Match Suspension
|12 -(R3 for
|Spitting at a match official||12 months Including the
Mandatory Match Suspension