MWFA Guidelines 2012
The MWFA has a number of protocols to keep players and spectators safe during games. These will be enforced by spot checks this year, with penalties including loss of competition points for non-compliance. These apply to all competition grades from U11 and W11 up, including 035.
1. Competition Dates. The overall competition timetable is here.
2. Competition Draw. The competition draw for Mosman teams is on the MWFA website here. We also have a copy of the draw to allow managers to enter statistics, but this may be about of date. The MWFA site will be updated when washouts occur, and should be consulted for rearranged games.
3. Coaches & Managers. The Coach and other team officials must remain within the confines of their team’s Technical Area for the duration of play and wear an identifying MWFA ID badge for the period in which they are acting in that capacity. If a technical area is not marked, the officials must remain close to the halfway line at least 1 metre from the sidelines. Only 1 person at a time (ie the coach) is allowed to convey tactical instructions. (For example, it is not permitted to coach the goalkeeper from behind the goal)
4. Substitutes. The substitutes must remain in the technical area and should have their playing shirts covered to avoid confusion with the on-field players. Substitutes may leave the technical area, for example, to fetch water, but cannot stand on the sideline outside the technical area. Substitutes are not allowed on the field until the substituted player has left it - this is a booking offence enforced at the discretion of the referee.
5. Spectators. All spectators must remain at least 1 metre outside the playing area (side lines, not behind the goal). This includes small children for obvious safety reasons. For some grades and finals these lines must be roped off by the home team, at other times the home team is responsible for enforcing this rule.
6. Referees. This season the MWFA has changed to protocol, to make the AWAY team responsible for refereeing the game if there is no MWFRA referee appointed (or the prior/next game for seniors). All qualified referees must wear their black uniform to distinguish themselves from the players.
7. Rego Cards. All players must have valid registration cards, which will be inspected by the team captains in the centre circle before the game. If a team has doubts about a player's identity or eligibility, the manager should write "STA" on the match card. The MWFA will then investigate and if a team has an unregistered or ineligible player it will forfeit the game (ie 5-0 loss) and may also lose competition points at the discretion of the MWFA. If the match card is signed without STA then the result will stand. MFC's Code of Conduct requires that all teams play by the rules, which includes only playing eligible players.
The MWFA rules on player eligibility are quite complex - if in doubt contact the competition secretary.
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