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North Devon Association Football League - Governance

Frequently asked questions:

I've got lots of questions, where do I get the answers!?
The most common questions are below and if you are a club secretary the league has produced a Secretary's Guide which can be downloaded in the Club Secretary part of this site.

I've got a suggestion on how the league can be improved, what can I do?
The league is always looking at ways it can improve and your comments would be very welcome. Please contact one of the league secretaries or any of the Management Committee.

Who runs the league?
This is made up of a League Secretary, Fixtures Secretary and Registrations Secretary. Also there is a Management Committee, a President and Vice-Presidents who meet monthly. The minutes of those meetings can be found on the Management Committee Minutes pages. Details of the people involved can be seen on the home page of this site.

I'd like to join the Management Committee, how do I go about it?
The league is always looking for new people with new ideas and who can contribute to the smooth running of the League. Nominations are sought by 1st June each year. If you are outside of this time please contact one of the League Secretaries or any of the present Management Committee.

Where do I send the teamsheets/registration forms/transfer forms/letters in support of low markings?
They all go to the Registrations Secretary.

Who do I report the score to?
This is for home teams only. All results are done by text now. Each club has a nominated person/s who takes care of this.

I want to change a fixture that has already been allocated?
Fixtures can be changed by mutually agreeing with the other club secretary. Any changes must be reported to the Fixtures Secretary.

Someone just rang up and said the game was off, how do I know if they are genuine?
The club secretary is the only person you should deal with. No other person has the authority to give this information. Take the person's name who you spoke to.

We've just been fined/deducted points, why?
Because you haven't read or abided by the rules. Read them in the League Rules section. The League operates a zero tolerance policy. Hence why it is one of the best run leagues in Devon.

Who is refereeing our game and how do I contact them?
Club Secretaries have access to this infomation in the Club Secretarys' part of this site.

What are the contact details for the club we are playing?
Club Secretaries have access to this infomation in the Club Secretarys' part of this site. This data is updated and also contains details of temporary secretaries so should be checked before contacting a club.

Can this player play tomorrow if a form is with the Registration Secretary tonight?
The rule is that the official confirmation of a registration is a confirmation email being returned to the Club Secretary. However, as long as the registration form is through the letterbox of the Registration Secretary prior to the kick off of the game the player is considered to be signed on. This is done at the club's risk. The form needs to be correctly completed and the player needs to be eligible. If there is anything wrong with the registration and that player plays it could result in the offending club being fined and losing points. If it is for a Cup game, the player must be registered 7 clear days prior to the game.

How do I know who is signed on for my club?
If you go to the tables, results and fixtures part of the site click on a future fixture involving the club in question and it will give you a list of registered players. Please note if we have been informed of suspended players then these will not show as being available. We are not always informed of suspended players though and none of the match day based suspensions are registered due to the difficulty in maintaining the list. Club Secretaries can also download a list in the Secretary’s area of the website, that list would include suspended players. Also note that players registered very close to a game are unlikely to appear in either list as they will not have been processed.

Is this player suspended?
We put up on the site all the suspensions we know about but the Devon FA is responsible for suspensions and you should always seek confirmation from them if you are in doubt about a player's eligibility. A player cannot claim they did not know about a suspension as they are required to sign the fine acknowledgment form. We are not informed about suspensions dealt with by the Cornish FA for our Cornish Clubs but check the Devon FA site for Cornish suspensions but cannot guarantee their accuracy. We do not record match day based suspensions.

Where do I get a transfer/registration/teamsheet form?
All club secretaries have a supply of forms. Spare teamsheets can be downloaded from the Club Secretarys' part of this site.

What's the seven day approach rule for transfers?
This is rarely used in the North Devon Football League. It is a Devon FA rule and if a club insists on it being used it must be abided by. Basically if a club wishes to approach a player with a view to transferring them it should write to the club holding that player's registration seven days prior to any approach. If both clubs are in agreement they may waive the seven day rule.

We've got a race night/five-a-side tournament/quiz night to raise funds, can you put a mention on the site to publicise it?
The site is for the clubs and if the event is charitable and/or to raise money for a club then we are more than happy to put a short piece on the site.

I've got a question about the Devon County Cups?
Please direct any queries to the County Office at Newton Abbot who are responsible for their administration.

There have been a few enquiries regarding the application of rule 8(C)(previously ND10.4) - A team shall not include more than two players who have taken part in any 7 or more senior competition matches during the current season unless a period of 56 days has elapsed since the date of the last more senior competition match played. For the purpose of this rule a senior competition is a league match or league cup match within the North Devon Football League.
Therefore the following should assist you but if you have any further queries please contact the league.
Q: My player has transferred in. Do I count the games he has played for another club?
A: Yes, if the player played games in a higher division then they count as part of the 7 if they are now in a lower league.
Example:
John Smith plays 4 games for Team A in the Senior. He transfers to Team B and plays a further 5 games in the Premier. He has therefore played 9 games at Senior or higher. If you wanted to play him in Intermediate One or Two he would be one of the 2 players allowed under this rule. As he did not play 7 games at Premier then he is fine to play in the Senior and not be counted as one of the 2 players.
Q: My player hasn't played for 56 days?
A: The reason this was mainly put into the rules was to allow clubs to bring back players gradually after an injury. If a player has not played for 56 days they can play in any division. However, when they play in the higher division that will count towards their games again. The 56 days does not mean a player’s games resets to zero as this would make it almost impossible to track.
Q: We brought a player on as a sub for 5 minutes, does that count as an appearance?
A: Yes, it does. The league site lists all appearances as sub and starting in different columns, simply add them together to get the total appearances for that particular team. Unused subs are not included on the site and do not count.
Q: This rule isn't fair on us as we had to use a lot of reserve players to cover the first team.
A: That's your problem. Clubs with only one team do not have the luxury of taking players from a reserve team, they work with the squad they have. Every club has a large squad of players signed on. This rule ensures the league's purpose in providing football for as many players as they can instead of clubs who would rather turn out a star player in as many of their teams as possible which really isn't fair.