Players Guide

All playing member please take the time to read this Players Guide, Players Code and Football Club Rules.

It is important that all members take time to understand how the club is run and what is expected of them. We have a disciplinary code in the Rules and will adhere to it, so please remember to be on your best behaviour when representing the club. For the past five years we have had an exemplary disciplinary record with the Southern Amateur League (SAL), the league in which we play, and the Amateur Football Alliance (AFA), our parent County, and want this to continue this coming season.

Players Guide

  1. Don’t “cry off” after having made yourself available for selection. If you must cry-off for unexpected reasons, then ONLY contact the nominated ‘cry-off’ person shown in the Newsletter. This person co-ordinates the cry-offs and will contact your Captain on your behalf. If you persistently cry-off, you will be put on the reserve list and your place given to someone who keen to play each week.
  2. If you have not been notified by Thursday evening that you have been selected, contact the Captain you last played for. Please let you Captain know if you are going to be unavailable for the coming week(s).
  3. Be on time. Be sure that you know the exact location of where the game is to be played. Arrange to be at the ground or meeting place before the appointed time. If you are late contact your Captain to advise him as soon as possible.
  4. Please pay your match fees each week. If you persistently fail to pay you will be suspended.
  5. Please make your Captain’s job easier by volunteering to do simple jobs, like washing the kit occasionally, writing match reports for the newsletter, helping put up goal/nets…not too much to ask for the unseen time your Captain puts in during the week.
  6. Please accept you Captains decision about who he makes a substitute, or who he takes off during a game. Your Captain is in charge of the team and these are tough decisions for him, without added pressures from his players.
  7. If you are made a substitute but would rather start a game for a lower team, please let your Captain know and he will take this into account the following week when selecting his team. Please remember that starting a game doesn’t mean that you may not be substituted at some stage. This is a squad game and no one can be guaranteed to play 90 minutes every week.
  8. Players are expected to know that any bookings for dissent or sending offs will lead to immediate Club suspensions unless the Selection/Football Committee considers there are extenuating circumstances. All players are also expected to pay their AFA fines for any bookings (£10 per booking) and sending offs (£25 upwards depending on severity of offence).

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