Like all Amateur Football Associations in NSW, the MWFA operates its competitions U12 – O45 under an Identity Card system for all participating players. Under this system all players who take part in any competition game in the MWFA must have a current MWFA ID card issued and this card must be presented at the game.
This is a compulsory requirement on all players. If a player has no valid MWFA ID present at the game, he or she must not take part in the game and his or her name must not be included on the Match Sheet.
If a player whose name appears on the match sheet is not present at the game, his or her name should be crossed out, as any name appearing on the match sheet constitutes participation in the game
The MWFA has rules in its Constitution detailing this requirement. Sanctions are imposed on players and teams breaching these rules.
- A team that fields a player without a valid MWFA ID card present forfeits the game.
- a player who knowingly plays without a current MWFA ID card present at the game will be suspended for one fixture.
- a registered player who plays under a false name will be suspended for four fixtures.
- a player who is not registered but plays in a game will incur a penalty determined by the EC.
At this beginning part of the season there will be players who do not have current MWFA ID cards issued by the first round. The main reason for this will be because information is missing for the completion of their registration – most commonly a missing photograph, proof of age, or MWFA forms detailing the player history. All of these items are the Player’s responsibility to provide.
There are very few, if any, valid ID cards that will not have been issued before the first round when all the required information is provided.
No matter what the circumstances, a player may not play without a valid MWFA ID card. The player may not play even if they have completed Registration with the Club.
No other form of identification is acceptable to allow a player to play. The MWFA ID card is the only recognised form of ID that can be used.
This email is prompted by the fact that in the first round there are a large number of teams, particularly in the AL and O35 grades, who ignore this rule.
There are no exceptions to this requirement, checks will be carried out and any teams who break the rules will be penalised.
The MWFA also requires that each team checks the MWFA ID Cards of the opposition before the start of the game. If the team allows an opposition player to take the field without a valid MWFA ID card present, the team is penalised one competition point. Any breach of the rules by the opposition must be reported by writing STA on the match sheet rather than signing for ID and submitting a report to the Club Secretary within 24 hours.