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									                                   Section 12 Football NSW Regulations




                               FOOTBALL NSW

      REGISTRATION REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES

                                             2010
        Football NSW has adopted the following Registration Regulations and Guidelines.
              These will apply throughout the 2010 Season, with immediate effect.

CONTENTS                                                                        PAGE NO.

PART A:      REGISTRATION REGULATIONS
1.    PLAYER STATUS                                                                        2
2.    AMATEUR PLAYERS                                                                      2
3.    PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS                                                                 3
4.    PLAYER REGISTRATION    4.1 General                                                   4
                             4.2 Professional Player Registrations                         5
                             4.3 Professional Player Transfers                             6
                             4.4 Training Compensation                                     7
                             4.5 Amateur Player Registrations                              8
                             4.6 Amateur Players Changing Clubs                            8
5.    OVERSEAS CLEARANCES                                                                  8
6.    REACQUISITION OF AMATEUR STATUS                                                      9
7.    TERMINATION OF PLAYING ACTIVITY                                                      9
8.    CONTRACT DISPUTES                                                                   10
9.    LOAN PLAYERS                                                                        11
10.   DUAL REGISTRATION                                                                   11
11.   SCOPE OF FOOTBALL NSW REGISTRATION AND REGULATIONS GUIDELINES                       12
12.   FOOTBALL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA (FFA) REGUALTIONS                                     12

PART B:      REGISTRATION GUIDELINES
13.   LODGING OF REGISTRATION PAPERWORK TO FOOTBALL                                       13
      Football NSW
14.   RENEWAL REGISTRATIONS                                                               13
15.   TRANSFER REGISTRATIONS                                                              14
16.   AMATEUR PLAYER CHANGING CLUBS                                                       15
17.   NEW REGISTRATIONS                                                                   15
18.   AMATEUR PLAYER DE-REGISTRATIONS                                                     16
19.   OVERSEAS CLEARANCES                                                                 16
20.   VISA PLAYERS                                                                        17
20.   VISA PLAYERS                                                                        18




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                            Part A
                  REGISTRATION REGULATIONS

12/1.   PLAYER STATUS

1.1     Players who are registered participants in New South Wales shall be either Amateur or
        Professional players as prescribed in the National Registration Regulations.

1.2     The Status of any player shall be determined in accordance with the above.

1.3     Football NSW will record the Status of each player on its on-line player registration
        database; Sporting pulse.

1.4     i)     Players who participate for Clubs who play in the Premier League, Super League or
               State League Division One (1) can be either Amateur or Professional players,
               unless otherwise determined in accordance with Regulation 6 – Reacquisition of
               Amateur Status;

        ii)    Players who participate for Clubs who play in Division Two (2) shall be Amateur
               players;

        iii)   Players who participate for Clubs who play in Women’s Premier League (WPL) can
               be either Amateur or Professional players, unless otherwise determined in
               accordance with Regulation 6 – Reacquisition of Amateur Status;
               and Women’s Super League Competition shall be Amateur Players;

        iv)    All Junior Players shall be Amateur Players;

1.5     Players can only hold registration with one Football NSW club at any one time in line with
        the National Registration Regulations (NRR) and Fédération Internationale de Football
        Association (FIFA) rules.

1.6     A player registered with a Junior Football NSW Club may only participate in senior
        competition at the club to whom he/she is registered and cannot play for another Club’s
        senior team, unless a cancellation of registration is affected in line with Registration
        Guideline 4 of this document.


12/2.   AMATEUR PLAYERS

2.1     An Amateur is any Player that is not a professional. A club may pay or reimburse a Player
        any expenses incurred by that Player without affecting their amateur status, including for
        travel, kit, equipment or insurance premiums.

2.2     An Amateur Player shall be registered as required by Football NSW and shall be bound
        by its Rules, Regulations, Resolutions and Procedures.

2.3     Clubs shall not pay anything other than the following expenses to an Amateur Player;

        i)     Legitimate travelling expenses to participate in matches and attend training;

        ii)    Hotel expenses namely necessary meals during the day and overnight
               accommodation during the actual and necessary absence from home for the
               purpose of playing in matches;


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        iii)   Player’s equipment (excluding footwear and goalkeeping gloves);

        iv)    Player’s Insurance.

2.4     Clubs shall retain full records of all payments effected to Amateur Players including
        receipts and invoices for all legitimate expenses. Such records must be provided to
        Football NSW upon request.

2.5     The Cancellation of Registration and subsequent Supplementary Registration provisions
        for Amateur players shall be as laid down under Regulation 4.6 of this document.


12/3.   PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS

3.1     A Professional is a player who has a written contract with a club, under which the player is
        paid to play football for that club. Professional Players will be restricted to Professional
        teams, namely Football NSW Premier League, Super League, Men’s State League
        Division One (1) and Women’s Premier League clubs.

3.2     Every Professional player shall have a written contract with the Club which employs the
        player in the form of Prescribed form NRR 05 – Professional Player Contract.

3.3     Such contracts shall be financial contracts concluded for a pre-determined period.

3.4     i)     Any player whose contract is not lodged with Football NSW by the conclusion of the
               relevant registration period will not be permitted to play until the next registration
               period opens.
        ii)    Football NSW must hold original contracts. Photocopies or faxed copies will not be
               accepted under any circumstances.

3.5     The amount or amounts of any payment or reward to be paid by a Club to a player shall
        be exclusively within the competence of the Club and Player.

3.6     The player and the club shall, initial each page of the contract, all alterations to the
        contract and any additions to the contract.

3.7     i)     The player's period of service shall be defined in the contract between the player
               and the Club.

        ii)    The minimum term of the contract must be of not less than from the date of
               registration until the end of the Season.

        iii)   The contract may have a maximum term of five (5) years, but in all cases such
               contracts shall conclude within 30 days of the end of the final season.

3.8     Football NSW shall have no party’s liability or responsibility for any debts or other financial
        obligations incurred by any club to any player pursuant to any player contract.

3.9     At the conclusion of the contract, the player will be deemed a free agent.

3.10    i)     During the term of the contract, if a player and club agree to mutually terminate the
               contract, compensation is set at a maximum amount of fifty per cent (50%) of the
               total base wage owing for the remaining term of that players contract.

        ii)    The new club has thirty (30) days from the date on the contract to forward payment
               to the previous club.



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12/4.   PLAYER REGISTRATION

4.1     GENERAL

4.1.1   Football NSW Registration periods for season 2010 will be as follows;

                League                                Opening Date – Closing Date & Time

        i)      Football NSW Premier League 30th November 2009 –19th February 2010 5:00pm
                                             3rd May 2010 – 31st May 2010, 5:00pm

        ii)     Super League &
                State League One (1)                  28th December 2009 – 19th March 2010 5:00pm,
                                                      24th May 2009 – 18th June 2010, 5:00pm

        iii)    Alive Women’s Premier League 28nd December 2009 – 19th March 2009 5.00pm,
                                             24th May 2009 – 18th June 2010, 5:00pm

        iv)     Amateur Leagues                       2nd November 2009 – 30th June 2010, 5:00pm

        v)      In order for players to be eligible to compete in round one (1) of all the
                Leagues, registrations are required by close of business the Friday or last
                working day in the event of a public holiday of the week prior to the
                competition commencement.

4.1.2   i)      Players may move to or from Clubs in NSW or any Club of another State Federation
                provided it is within the registration period in the relevant state and/or division. For a
                player movement to occur, relevant documentation must be completed and lodged
                in accordance with Part B of this document.

        ii)    A player, whether amateur or professional, can register for no more than three (3)
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               clubs during the period 1 January to 31 December each year. During this time, the
               player can only play in matches for the first two (2) clubs.

        iii)    Only in special circumstances and at the discretion of Football NSW, will a third
                registration be treated the same as a second registration be considered for
                approval, provided all the necessary documentation is completed and lodged in
                accordance with Part B of this document.

4.1.3   Where an amalgamation/merger takes place between two Clubs, the following shall apply
        to registered players of such clubs;

        i)      No prescribed player registration forms need be completed;

        ii)     All disciplinary cautions incurred by players shall be carried forward if players move
                to another club;

        iii)    All suspensions incurred by players shall be carried forward if players move to
                another club.

4.1.4   a)      When a club is declared defunct by Football NSW or is expelled from Membership of
                or Affiliation to Football NSW, the following shall apply to registered players of such
                clubs;

                i)    As from the date of cessation, the Professional players of any such club shall
                      be deemed to be registered with Football NSW;


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                ii)    Football NSW shall have the same rights in respect of the Transfer of
                       registration of all such Professional players, as such clubs had until the date of
                       cessation;

                iii)   Football NSW will determine the compensation (Transfer Fee) applicable for
                       the Transfer of such registration, in accordance with although the player or
                       Club to which the said Professional player wishes to transfer. The fee will be
                       set in accordance with the National Registration Regulations (NRR) and
                       regulation 3.10

         b)     Any such fee derived by Football NSW from such Transfers shall belong to Football
                NSW and shall in order of priority be distributed in the following manner.

                i)     To pay any outstanding monies owed to Football NSW by the defunct or
                       expelled Club.

                ii)    To pay any outstanding monies owed to the players of the club declared
                       defunct or expelled from Football NSW.

                ii)    To pay any monies outstanding to any Member Club or Affiliated Club.

4.1.5   MAXIMUM NUMBER OF REGISTERED PLAYERS

        a)      Clubs shall register players only according to their requirements, but in no
                case shall such registrations exceed forty (40) players for Men’s Premier
                League, Super League, Divisions One (1) and Two (2) and Women’s Premier &
                Super League.

        b)      Clubs who compete in Premier Youth, Super Youth, Division One Youth
                League and Girls Premier Youth and Super Youth League shall register
                players only according to their requirements. In no case shall such
                registrations exceed sixteen (16) in each age group.

        (c)     The maximum number of non amateur players shall be twenty (20) in Premier
                League and Super League, twenty (20) in Division One and twenty (20) in
                Women’s Premier League.



4.2      PROFESSIONAL PLAYER REGISTRATIONS

4.2.1    A professional player may only be registered for a club in one of the following four Football
         NSW Professional Leagues;

         i)     Football NSW Premier League
         ii)    Arrive alive Women’s Premier League
         iii)   Men’s Super League
         iv)    Men’s State League One (1)

4.2.2    A professional player may only be registered with a club within the pre-determined
         registration period as specified in Regulation 4.1.1

4.2.3    The registration fee for a professional player will not differ at any point during a season.

4.2.4    The registration of a professional player is effective once relevant paperwork has been
         lodged within the relevant registration period and the registration is processed via the on-
         line Sporting pulse system in accordance with Guideline 2 in Part B of this document.

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4.2.5   Professional players wishing to register with a professional club must enter into a contract
        that club in the form of Prescribed Form NRR 05 – Professional Player Contract.

        i)     A player entering into a contract with a club must satisfy Regulation 4.3.1 below;

        ii)    This form must be lodged to Football NSW by the club in accordance with Guideline
               2 in Part B of this document.

4.2.6   Professional players with a current 8-digit FFA ID wishing to register with a professional
        club must complete a 2009 Prescribed Form NRR 04 – Application for Registration of
        Professional Player (quad copy form). This form must be lodged with Football NSW by the
        club in accordance with Guideline 2 in Part B of this document.

4.2.7   Any professional player who has not been assigned an 8-digit FFA ID must complete the
        quadruplicate carbon copy version of the Prescribed Form NRR 04 – Application for
        Registration of Professional Player. This form must be lodged with Football NSW by the
        club in accordance with Guideline 2 in Part B of this document.

4.3     PROFESSIONAL PLAYER TRANSFERS

4.3.1   A professional Player Transfer may only occur within the pre-determined registration
        period as specified in Regulation 4.1.1

4.3.2   A Professional player shall only be free to enter into a contract with a club if;

        i)     His contract with his present club has expired; or

        ii)    His contract with the present club has been rescinded by one party or the other for
               Just Cause or Sporting Just Cause; or

        iii)   His contract with his present Club has been mutually terminated by both parties (the
               player and current club) in the form of Prescribed Form NRR 09 – Mutual
               Termination of Professional Player Contract; or

        iv)    All three (3) parties concerned (the former club, the player and the new club) agree
               to a player transfer in the form of Prescribed Form NRR 06 – Application for
               Transfer or Loan of Professional Player.

4.3.3   If a player wishes to enter into a new contract, with another Club, and satisfies the criteria
        set out in 4.3.2 above, the player is permitted to enter into only one (1) new contract
        during that period.

4.3.4   All player contracts must be in the form of Prescribed Form NRR 05 – Professional Player
        Contract.

4.3.5   A player may not be transferred during the validity of his contract unless all three (3)
        parties concerned (the former club, the player and the new club) agree to a player transfer
        in the form of Prescribed Form NRR 06 – Application for Transfer or Loan of Professional
        Player.

4.3.6   A Club wishing to engage the services of a Professional player shall, before commencing
        any negotiations with that player, informs the players’ present club in writing of its interest.

4.3.7   Any direct or indirect negotiations with the player, whether oral or written, violating the
        foregoing obligation shall incur a disciplinary sanction.




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4.3.8    No club, official or player shall, except as provided in 4.3.6, directly or indirectly induce or
         attempt to induce a retained player of another club to leave the club for which he is
         registered as a professional player.

4.3.9    If a player enters into a Contract with another Club and then subsequent to having signed
         such a Contract receives an offer of another contract from either the players’ present Club
         or any other, shall decline such other offers and be bound to the Contract which was first
         signed.

4.3.10   (i)    All Professional players registered with State League Division One (1) clubs that are
                relegated to Conference League at the conclusion of the season shall be deemed
                Amateur players at the conclusion of that season.

         (ii)   All contracts which extend beyond the season in which any State League Division
                One (1) club was relegated, and any option clauses contained in the contracts, shall
                be null and void.

4.3.11   If a player reacquires their amateur status, then returns to play in the A-League within
         thirty (30) months of the reacquisition and the player meets the criteria set out in
         Regulation 4.4 then training compensation may be payable.
.

4.4      TRAINING COMPENSATION

4.4.1    (a)    If a player enters into a contract with a Club, his former club(s) shall be entitled to
                compensation for his training and development only in the following circumstances;

                (i)     When a player is registered as a Professional for the first time (until the
                                         rd
                        season of his 23 birthday)

                (ii)    When a Professional is transferred between clubs of two (2) different National
                                                                       rd
                        Associations (until the season of his 23 birthday)

         (b)    The obligation to pay Training Compensation arises whether the transfer took place
                during or at the end of the player’s contract.

         (c)    Training Compensation is not due in the following circumstances;

                (i)     If the former club terminates the player contract without Just Cause;

                (ii)    If a Professional reacquires Amateur status on being transferred;

                (iii)   If the player is transferred to an Amateur club.

4.4.2    If a player satisfies the criteria set out in 4.4.1(a); training compensation is set as follows;

         (a)    If a player signs his first Professional contract with:

                (i)      An A-League club, the amount of Training Compensation is set at $5000.00

                (ii)     Any other club, the amount of Training Compensation is set at $3000.00

         (b)    To recognise the contribution made to the training and development of Players by
                Member Clubs, if a Player signs with an A-league club and it is only his second club
                with a Professional contract, the amount of Training Compensation is set at
                $3000.00


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        (c)   Except as specified above, no Training Compensation is due or payable for a Player
              who transfers between clubs within Australia.

        (d)   The amount of Training Compensation payable for Players to and from International
              Clubs is governed by FIFA Statutes and is dependent on the specified category of
              the new club.

4.4.3   Training Compensation must be used by a club to further train and educate players.

4.4.4   When Training Compensation is payable; the new Club is responsible for paying the full
        amount to Football NSW within thirty (30) days of registration of the player. Football NSW
        will pass the amount onto Football Federation Australia (FFA) who will distribute it to any
        club with which that Player has been registered since he was twelve (12) years of age on
        a pro rata basis based on the period of the Player’s registration with each club. The
        registration details will be specified in the form of Prescribed Form NRR 07 – Player
        Passport supplied to FFA by Football NSW.


4.5     AMATEUR PLAYER REGISTRATIONS

4.5.1   An amateur player is free to register for the first time in a season with any club at any
        point during a season up until the cutoff date.

        i)    An exception to this regulation is for amateur players registering for clubs in one of
              the three Football NSW professional leagues; as stated in Regulation 4.2.1

        ii)   All amateur players wishing to register for a Professional Club must be registered
              within the pre-determined registration period as specified in Regulation 4.1.1.

4.5.2   The registration fee for an Amateur Player will not differ at any point during a season.

4.5.3   The registration of an amateur player using the Sporting pulse on-line system is effective
        immediately.

4.5.4   Amateur players with a current 8-digit FFA ID wishing to register with a club must
        complete a 2009 Prescribed Form NRR 03 – Registration of Amateur Player form (quad
        copy form). This form must be sent by the club to Football NSW.

4.5.5   Any player who has not been assigned a 8-digit FFA ID number must fill out the
        quadruplicate carbon copy version of the Prescribed Form NRR 03 – Registration of
        Amateur Player form and lodge it to Football NSW within 7 days of online registration.

4.5.6   An Amateur Player may be De-Registered upon written request from a club in the form of
        a Player De-Registration Request Form in accordance with Guideline 6 in Part B of this
        document.


4.6     AMATEUR PLAYERS CHANGING CLUBS

4.6.1   Unless otherwise stated, herein an amateur player registered with a Football NSW Club,
        is free to move to another club during the pre-determined amateur registration period of
        Football NSW as indicated in Regulation 4.1.1.

4.6.2   The registration of an amateur player using the Sporting pulse on-line system will be
        completed automatically once the following has been completed;




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        i)    The player cancels their registration with their present club in the form of Prescribed
              Form NRR 08 – Cancellation of Amateur Registration. This form must be lodged
              with Football NSW in accordance with Guideline 4 in Part B of this document.

        ii)   The player completes their registration with the new club in the form of Prescribed
              Form NRR 11 – Supplementary Registration. This form must be lodged with Football
              NSW in accordance with Guideline 4 in Part B of this document.

4.6.3   The Club with whom the player is currently registered is entitled to seek payment of any
        outstanding Football NSW disciplinary fines which it may have incurred for which the
        player has been directed by the Tribunal to pay. This does not include send-off fines.

4.6.4   If an Amateur player moves to another club as an Amateur, his current club shall have no
        claim for compensation for his training and development.


12/5.   OVERSEAS CLEARANCES

5.1     An International Transfer Certificate (ITC) will be required for players who are presently
        registered with Clubs from outside Australia or for players entering the country who do not
        hold an Australian passport and who wish to register with Football NSW Member or
        Affiliated Clubs.

5.2     The overseas clearance procedures shall be strictly adhered in accordance with Guideline
        7 in Part B of this document.

5.3     a)    If an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) has not been received thirty (30) days
              after the request was sent by Football NSW, Football NSW have the right to seek a
              provisional clearance from Football Federation Australia (FFA).

        b)    A provisional clearance may only be issued by FFA to Football NSW.

5.4     In accordance with the respective registration periods, no Overseas Clearance
        documentation will be accepted by Football NSW after the close of the pre-determined
        registration period as specified in Regulation 4.1.1

5.5     A player may be issued an ITC after the close of the relevant registration period. In this
        circumstance and in accordance with Regulation 5.4, the player is free to register outside
        the pre-determined registration period as specified in Regulation 4.1.1


12/6.   REACQUISITION OF AMATEUR STATUS

6.1     A player may reacquire their amateur status in writing in the form of the Change of Status
        Proforma issued by Football NSW.

6.2     A player who has been registered as a professional player with Football NSW, A-League
        or any other State Federation may not be classified as an Amateur by Football NSW until
        a period of thirty (30) days has elapsed. This thirty (30) day period shall commence from
        the day the player competed in his last match with the club at which he was classified as a
        professional player.

6.3     All Professional players registered with State League Division One (1) clubs that are
        relegated to Division Two (2) at the conclusion of the season shall be deemed Amateur
        players at the conclusion of that season.




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6.4     All contracts which extend beyond the season in which any State League Division One (1)
        club was relegated, and any option clauses contained in the contracts, shall be null and
        void.

6.5     No Training Compensation is payable on the reacquisition of Amateur status.

6.6     If a player reacquires their amateur status, then returns to play in the A-League within
        thirty (30) months of the reacquisition and the player meets the criteria set out in 4.4.1 and
        4.4.2(b) then the original Professional club the player played at is entitled to $3000
        compensation.

6.7     If there is any reason to doubt as to whether a player who has regained Amateur Status
        actually plays as an Amateur in his new club, the club, with which he was last registered
        as a professional player may ask Football NSW Tribunal to investigate the matter and, if
        necessary, take appropriate action.


12/7.   TERMINATION OF PLAYING ACTIVITY

7.1     A professional player who stops playing competitive football shall remain registered as a
        player with the Club with which he was employed, for a period of thirty (30) months

7.2     The period shall begin from the end of the season in which the player stopped playing
        Football.

7.3     The club of a professional player who stops playing football upon expiry of his contract
        shall not be entitled to claim compensation of any kind for such a player. Upon expiry of
        the contract, the player is deemed a free agent.

7.4     Nothing shall prevent any player from moving to another club in a purely non-playing
        capacity.

7.5     If, within the period mentioned in Regulation 6.6; a professional player, who has stopped
        playing football, wishes to resume their career with the same status, the player remains
        registered with the club with whom he last played. Such a club will be entitled to training
        compensation if the player transfers to a new club and meets the criteria set in 4.4.1 and
        4.4.2(b).

7.6     If the period mentioned in Regulation 6.6 has elapsed, the club with which the player was
        last registered shall no longer be entitled to any compensation.


12/8.   CONTRACT DISPUTES

8.1     Football NSW shall recognise complaints made by players against clubs, or clubs against
        players, in regards to the terms and conditions as stipulated in a contract between them of
        which has been lodged with Football NSW.

8.2     A professional player or a club shall have the right to lodge a complaint in writing with
        Football NSW in which either seeks a tribunal hearing concerning any disputes about a
        player’s contract and any matter arising out of it.

8.3     Football NSW shall only recognise complaints by players against Clubs for monies in
        arrears for a period of not more than one (1) year from the date the complaint is lodged
        with Football NSW.

8.4     If before the Tribunal, it is proved that a Club has failed to honour its contract with the
        player then the Tribunal shall provide the Club with fourteen (14) days to fulfil it's
        obligations towards the player.
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8.5     a)     If it is established by the Tribunal that monies are owed to a player by the Club with
               whom he is registered such monies shall be paid to Football NSW within the
               fourteen (14) day period mentioned above in Regulation 8.4. Football NSW will
               forward such payment to the player(s) entitled to receive the monies.

        b)     If the Club fails to effect full payment of monies due to the player within the fourteen
               (14) day prescribed period, the following action shall be taken by Football NSW:

               i)     Withdraw all administrative services from the offending Club;

               ii)    The offending club will not be permitted to register any further players;

               iii)   The offending club shall be fined $750.00. If payment of monies is still
                      outstanding after such time, the club shall be fined a further $800.00 for each
                      week in which such payment is not fulfilled and may be charged with
                      Misconduct by Football NSW.




12/9.   LOAN PLAYERS

9.1     A professional player loan to a Football NSW club may only occur within the pre-
        determined registration period as specified in Regulation 4.1.1

9.2     Loans are only permitted for professional players between professional clubs

9.3     A loan is subject to the same rules that apply to the transfer of a Player (Regulation 4.3),
        with the following additional rules;

        i)     The minimum period of a loan is the time between two Registration periods;

        ii)    Once accepted, a loan will continue in force until the expiry date of the period of the
               loan (unless it is terminated earlier in accordance with the terms of the loan or these
               Regulations);

        iii)   A Club that has accepted a Professional on a loan basis is not entitled to transfer
               that Professional to a third club without the written authorization of the club that
               released the Professional on loan and the Professional;

        iv)    On termination of the loan, the registration reverts immediately to the club from
               which the registration was transferred.

9.4     Clubs may only receive two (2) players on loan; however there are no restrictions on the
        timing or the amount of players that can be loaned out by a club.

9.5     To complete a loan, all three (3) parties concerned (the present club, the player and the
        loan club) agree to a player loan in the form of Prescribed Form NRR 06 – Application for
        Transfer or Loan of Professional Player. A loan agreement in the form of a loan contract;
        Prescribed Form NRR 05 – Professional Player Contract must also be completed.

9.6     The loan of an international player must occur within the relevant registration period and
        will require an ITC, in accordance with Regulation 5 of this document.

9.7     The loan of an interstate player must occur within the relevant registration period and will
        require documentation in accordance with these Regulations.

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12/10. DUAL REGISTRATION

10.1    A player can be registered with only one club at a time.

10.2    A player registered with FFA can play only for the club nominated on the prescribed form
        unless the player is playing:

        i)     For a representative team;

        ii)    For an A-League club as a replacement player or is an A-league player on loan to a
               club or institute (in accordance with A-League competition rules);

        iii)   For a Futsal club for which that player is also registered;

        v)     For a school’s team that is not a club;

        v)     In a benefit, testimonial or charity match if that player has written or special
               permissions from Football NSW or FFA as the case requires;

        vi)    In a trial match provided the player has the written permission of his or her club and
               plays no more than 2 trial matches or such other number of matches as may be
               specified in competition rules; or

        vii)   Any other exceptional circumstances approved by Football NSW or FFA in its
               absolute discretion.

10.3    A player may be registered for a maximum of three clubs during the period 1 January to
        31 December. During this period, the player is only eligible to play in matches for the first
        two clubs.

10.4    Representative squads from affiliated leagues playing in a Football NSW competition do
        not need to be registered with Football NSW; however they must be registered with a club
        in an affiliated league.


12/11. SCOPE OF FOOTBALL NSW REGISTRATION REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES

        These Rules and Regulations governing the league competitions administered by Football
        NSW shall be endorsed by the management and published by Football NSW annually.
        Where these rules are silent on any particular aspect of the game, then all member clubs,
        affiliated bodies and organisations shall first have regard to the National Registration
        Regulations (NRR), then to the rules, by-laws and regulations of Football Federation
        Australia and where applicable the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and then to the
        latest rules of the game as published by FIFA.


12/12. FOOTBALL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA (FFA) REGULATIONS

        Any amendments regarding Rules and Regulations that are sanctioned by Football
        Federation Australia must be recognised and implemented accordingly by Football NSW.
        These rules will be effective immediately.




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                              Part B
                     REGISTRATION GUIDELINES
12/13. LODGING OF REGISTRATION PAPERWORK TO FOOTBALL NSW

a)      All registration paperwork must be supplied       WITH A COLOUR PASSPORT PHOTO. ALL PLAYERS
        MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF ID (ie. Government Issued Photo ID, Drivers Licence, Passport or RTA Proof of Age
        Card)U18 Birth Certificate and be lodged within the pre-determined registration periods as
        specified in Part A; Regulation 4.1.1 of this document.

b)      On the closing date of each registration period; paperwork must be lodged to Football
        NSW no later than close of business 5.00pm.

c)      From the beginning of the season; for all leagues involving only amateur players;
        paperwork lodged on a Friday will not be processed by Football NSW. All paperwork to be
        processed prior to a weekend fixture must be lodged in person by close of business
        5.00pm on a Thursday and via fax by no later than 11.59pm on a Thursday night.

d)      All paperwork lodged after this closing point will be processed by Football NSW the
        following week.

e)      Guideline (c) will apply from the following dates;

        i)     Men’s State Leagues – week beginning Monday 15th March 2010

        ii)    Women’s Super League – week beginning Monday 15th March 2010

        iii)   Premier Youth League – week beginning Monday 22nd February 2010

        iii)   Youth Leagues – week beginning Monday 15th March 2010

        v)     Metropolitan League – week beginning Monday 22nd February 2010

f)      Guidelines (c) and (d) are primarily in relation to paperwork involving amateur player
        movement during the season.

g)      Once a player has been registered via the on-line Sportingpulse Registration system and
        is registering with Football NSW in accordance with Regulation 4.5.5 in Part A and
        Guideline 5 in Part B of this document, the appropriate forms(s) must be fully signed and
        completed and lodged to Football NSW within 7 days of online registration.


       PRIORITY OF REGISTRATION

(a)   In the event of a player signing registration forms for more than one club, priority of registration
      shall be accorded to the club who earliest in time, all things being equal, obtained a player's
      signature to a valid registration form.

      Failure to comply with this regulation may result in such actions as determined by the
      Board of Directors or the General Purposes Tribunal.

(b)   The Board of Directors shall enquire into the circumstances under which registration forms
      were signed and having made their determination shall notify the clubs involved.

(c)   Any player found to have wilfully signed registration forms for more than one (1) club, or a club
      found to have knowingly induced a player to sign a registration form with that club in the
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       knowledge that the player has previously signed a registration form with another club, shall be
       guilty of an offence and may result in such actions as determined by the Board of
       Directors or the General Purposes Tribunal.



12/14. RENEWAL REGISTRATIONS FOR CURRENT PLAYERS OF YOUR CLUB

To renew your current players, you must complete the following;

a)       Use the Sportingpulse online Registration System to register the player. (Not applicable at
         this time)

b)       Complete a Prescribed Form NRR 03 – Registration of Amateur Player (quad copy form if
         applicable). This form must be signed by the player and club. This form must be sent by
         the club to Football NSW

OR

c)       For a professional player lodge with Football NSW; Prescribed Form NRR 04 Application
         for Registration of Professional Player and Prescribed Form NRR 05 – Professional
         Player Contract (if applicable)

It is the responsibility of the club to verify that all information submitted is true and correct.


12/15. PROFESSIONAL PLAYER TRANSFER REGISTRATIONS

a)       To register a professional player requiring a transfer at the beginning of the season, your
         club is required to submit the following to Football NSW;

      • Prescribed Form NRR 04 – 2009 Application for Registration of Professional Player

      • Prescribed Form NRR 05 – Professional Player Contract;

         And one of the following;

      • Prescribed Form NRR 06 – Application for Transfer or Loan. This form must be fully
        completed by all three (3) parties involved (former club, player and new club) including
        both club stamps and signatures by the player, club secretary(s) and Parent/guardian (if
        applicable).

      OR

      • Prescribed Form NRR 09 – Mutual Termination of Professional Player Contract. This form
        must be completed if a professional player is currently under contract and the present (to
        be former) club does not wish to seek compensation in the form of a transfer fee. This
        form must be signed by the former club and the player and Parent/guardian (if applicable).

b)       To register a professional player requiring a transfer during the season, your club is
         required to submit the following to Football NSW;

      • Prescribed Form NRR 11 – Supplementary Registration;

      • Prescribed Form NRR 05 – Professional Player Contract;

         And one of the following;

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     • Prescribed Form NRR 06 – Application for Transfer or Loan. This form must be fully
       completed by all three (3) parties involved (former club, player and new club) including
       both club stamps and signatures by the player, club secretary(s) and Parent/guardian (if
       applicable).

     OR

     • Prescribed Form NRR 09 – Mutual Termination of Professional Player Contract. This form
       must be completed if a professional player is currently under contract and the present (to
       be former) club does not wish to seek compensation in the form of a transfer fee. This
       form must be signed by the former club and the player and Parent/guardian (if applicable).

c)      For a player to change his status from professional to amateur upon transferring the
        following documents must be lodged;

     • Prescribed Form NRR 11 – Supplementary Registration;

     • Football NSW Change of Status Proforma;

     and

     • Prescribed Form NRR 09 – Mutual Termination of Professional Player Contract;


d)      All Professional Player registration paperwork must be lodged with Football NSW. There
        is no provision for Professional Transfers to occur via the online Sportingpulse registration
        system.


12/16. AMATEUR PLAYER CHANGING CLUBS DURING THE SEASON

a)      For an amateur player to change clubs during the season, the following documents must
        be lodged with Football NSW, in accordance with Guideline 1 in Part B of this document,
        prior to the registration being processed via the online Sportingpulse Registration system;

     • Prescribed Form NRR 08 – Cancellation of Amateur Registration. This form must be
       signed by the former club and player and parent/guardian if applicable;

     • Prescribed Form NRR 11 – Supplementary Registration. This form must be signed by the
       new club and player or parent/guardian if applicable.

b)      The previous club will receive an email confirmation that the player has now registered
        with the new club once the Registration has been processed via the on-line Sportingpulse
        Registration system.

c)      If the former club refuses to sign Prescribed Form NRR 08 – Cancellation of Amateur
        Registration, the new club or player may lodge this form with Football NSW. Football NSW
        will hold the paperwork for a period of 7 days at which point the cancellation of amateur
        registration with the former club will take affect.

d)      Without the above forms lodged to Football NSW; the registration will not be processed
        via the online Sportingpulse Registration system.


12/17. NEW PLAYER REGISTRATIONS (Online system not applicable for season 2010)

This section applies to all players who are registering with Football Federation Australia (FFA) for
the first time and have not been assigned an 8-digit FFA ID.
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a)     Search for a player via the online Sportingpulse Registration system;

     • If the player does not appear on the database, the club can process a “New Player” record
       via the online Sportingpulse Registration system. Such players will be deemed “New Players”
       and can register for their nominated club by undertaking the processes in Section 5(b) below.

     • If a player record appears in the system; register the player for your club by “transferring” the
       player via the online Sportpulse Registration system and undertaking the processes in
       Section 5(b) below.

b)     For a player to be registered via the online Sportingpulse Registration system, a player must
       be assigned a unique 8-digit FFA ID. This ID appears on the Prescribed Form NRR 03 –
       Registration of Amateur Player form (quadruplicate carbon copy version). Enter this ID into
       the player record on Sportingpulse for the registration of this new player to be processed.

c)     Once the above has been completed; the following must be lodged to Football NSW within
       30 days of online registration;

     • Prescribed Form NRR 03 –Registration of Amateur Player (quadruplicate carbon copy
       version). This form must be fully signed and completed by the club and player or
       parent/guardian if applicable.

     • Photocopy of proof of age in the form of either a Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport
       depending on the age of the player.

Prior to adding a “New Player” record to the system, the club must ensure the player is not on the
Sportingpulse database. This ensures that a duplicate record is not created on the system.


12/18. AMATEUR PLAYER DE-REGISTRATIONS

a)        An Amateur Player may be de-registered upon written request from a club in the form of a
          Player De-Registration Request Form. A player de-registration will not be considered
          without this form being completed.

b)        A sufficient reason must be provided to Football NSW and will be at the discretion of the
          Football NSW Competitions Department.

c)        A $25.00 administration fee will apply to all Amateur Player de-registrations.


12/19. OVERSEAS CLEARANCES

This section applies to all players whose last registration (current or otherwise) is held with an
overseas club. This is inclusive of players who are permanent residents or citizens of Australia. For
specific visa information and/or restrictions on overseas players, please refer to Guideline 8 below.

a)        Football NSW clubs wishing to register ‘Overseas Players’ must provide Football NSW
          with the following information:

•    Name and Date of Birth of the Player
•    Name and location of previous overseas club
•    Previous overseas residential address of player
•    Current Players Status (Amateur or Professional)
•    Nationality of the Player and Citizenship Status with Australia
•    Basic Visa Information – Name and Type

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•     Any other relevant documentation they may have from their former overseas club, preferably in
      English (or translated), or any immigration advice.

Any Player must not be registered via the on-line Sportingpulse Registration System until an ITC
has been issued to Football NSW.

b)           All documentation in relation to Overseas Clearance Requests must be presented to the
             Football NSW Competitions Department via fax, email or hard copy as there is no
             provision for Clearance Requests to be transacted via the online Sportingpulse
             Registration system.

c)           Additional paperwork is required for players last registered in the United States of America
             and Croatia required by those National Associations. Ensure your club contacts the
             Football NSW Competitions Department for guidance when registering players from these
             countries.

d)           Once the information specified in Guideline 7(a) above has been forwarded to Football
             NSW, Football NSW will forward an International Clearance Request to Football
             Federation Australia (FFA) seeking the player’s release from the Overseas Club and/or
             International Association.

e)           No player is eligible to participate in any match, be it an Football NSW competition fixture
             or ‘friendly’ match until an International Clearance Certificate (ITC) has been received by
             Football NSW and the player has been registered in accordance with these Regulations
             and Guidelines.


f)           If an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) has not been received after thirty (30) days
             from when the request was sent by Football NSW, Football NSW reserve the right to seek
             a provisional clearance from Football Federation Australia (FFA). A provisional clearance
             may only be issued by the national body; Football Federation Australia (FFA).


12/20. VISA PLAYERS

This section relates to the various types of visas which will enable a player to play football in NSW.

Please note that player limitations will apply (see below), depending on the status of the club the
visa player wishes to register for and/or the visa type which has allowed the individual to enter the
country.

No visa player is permitted to take the field of play unless he or she has been registered in
accordance with these Registration Regulations and Guidelines.

Once registered, all Visa players regardless of type are bound by the Rules, Regulations and
Policies of Football NSW.

Please keep in mind that the following information is subject to change without notice.

a)           Visa Types & Quotas for all Levels of Competition

     i)         Men’s and Women’s Premier League Clubs and Men’s Super League Clubs

     ii)        Affiliated Leagues Illawarra Premier League.

           • Professional Visa Players permissible – four (4) Maximum per club under the following
             visa type:

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              #457 - Business Visa (Long Stay / Work Permitted) Form 1066 & Form 1196

              Please refer to Regulation 8(b) for further information.

            • Amateur Visa Players permissible – unlimited under the following visa type:

              #417 - Temporary Holiday Visa (No Work)
              #570 - Student Visa (No Work)

     iii)        Men’s State League Division One (1) and, Conference League Clubs, Women’s
                 Super League Clubs & All Other Affiliated Leagues and Clubs

            • No professional visa players permissible.

            • Amateur Visa Players are permissible and unlimited;

              #417 - Temporary Holiday Visa (No Work)
              #570 - Student Visa (No Work)


b)          Business Visa #457 (Long Stay) Application and Information

     i)       To apply for a Business Visa #457 (Long Stay) the application must be made while the
              player is off shore (out of Australia)

     ii)      The following forms must be completed for this Visa application;

            • The player must complete form 1066. In addition to the form the player must acquire a
               chest x-ray and have a full medical examination.
            • The club/sponsor must complete form 1196

Please note all forms may be obtained from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and
Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) website.

     iii)     An original standard Business Visa contract supplied by Football NSW must be lodged to
              Football NSW, signed by both the club and player. A photocopy of Form 1066 and Form
              1196 must also be lodged to Football NSW.

     iv)      The club must provide a financial statement for the last financial year (profit and loss) to
              DIMIA

     v)       A letter of support from the club’s current coach must be provided to DIMIA

     vi)      The Club (Sponsor) must provide evidence that the applicant can provide coaching and
                    offer expertise to the grassroots participants of the game.

     vii)     The Minimum employment period is one (1) year & maximum employment period is four
              (4) years. There must be a probation period for a minimum of three (3) months.

     viii) The club is deemed the sponsor and will be responsible for one hundred percent 100% of
           food, housing and medical expenses of the player.

     ix)      The minimum wage will be $42,100 AUD per annum, plus 9% superannuation.

     x)       It is the sponsor club’s responsibility to notify Football NSW and provide an approval
              number once the Visa has been granted.



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  xi)    At the end of the contract period, the player will be deemed a free agent, and the club
         cannot seek compensation for training and development from any party.

  xii)   At the end of the contract period, the player must return home and the club must inform in
         writing the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA)
         and Football NSW accordingly.

  xiii) The player cannot transfer to any other club, whilst he is under contract with the sponsor
        club. If the contract is terminated by mutual consent of each party, the player and sponsor
        club must notify in writing the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous
        Affairs (DIMIA) and Football NSW. The player must then return home.

  xiv) The player can have multiple entries into Australia and return home for a holiday, provided
       the sponsor is satisfied to release the player by formal correspondence to Football NSW




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