Manager Duties

General Duties

  • To ensure that all players are dressed in Club uniform and that boot laces are correctly tied, watches and other jewellery removed etc. Proper care should be taken to follow requirements for glasses.

No player is allowed to take the field without proper shin pads

Players may not play with plaster casts.

  • To ensure that spectators and children are kept clear of the sidelines and goals. Any litter, boot tape etc. must be put into the appropriate bins or removed from the ground.

No glass bottles are allowed on fields

  • To notify all members of your team of the time and location of all matches (including cancelled, transferred and washed out games as notified by the Competition Secretary) and the necessity of being at the ground at least twenty minutes before the advertised kick off time, arranging transport of players if necessary.
  • To ensure that a roster is drawn up for parents to wash the shirts after each match.

Individual players must not be allowed to take their shirts home

  • To organise a roster of parents when your team is allocated Ground or Barbeque duties.
  • If you are playing another Wakehurst team and are the “Away” team (second on the full draw) you must also collect a set of alternate WHITE Club strip for use in the game. This strip must be returned the next Friday night after the game, washed ready for use by another team.
  • To organise some Team Report contributions for the Website over the season. These contributions can be submitted either via the Club website www.wakehurstfc.com.au or in writing to the Tiger News Editor on a Friday.
  • To ensure all parents give adequate notice of a child’s inability to play in any match to enable ample time for a replacement to be arranged. Together with the Coach, arrange for players to be borrowed from other eligible Wakehurst teams. (See Substitutes and Borrowed Players sheet).
  • To supervise the collection of any funds from parents or team members and to encourage team members and parents to actively support all Club functions and fundraising activities.
  • Perform Match Duties and ensure that the Players’ Registration Cards and the First Aid kit are available at all games. This includes the ID cards of borrowed players, obtained from their team Manager. These cards should also be returned promptly to the borrowed player’s original team in time for their next game.
  • To maintain the record of Games Played to assist the Coach in equitable team selection and to ensure the Sheet is returned to the Registrar at the end of the season so the Players’ Club games history can be updated.
  • At the season’s end, making sure all equipment is promptly returned to the Gear Steward.
  • Act as a buffer between the coach and team parents when necessary. With the Coach, resolve any behaviour/attitude problems with players or parents in your team. Refer any problems that cannot be resolved to the Vice President.
  • Ensure the Club is notified if a player leaves your team, you change your training day or another person takes up the duty of Coach or Manager. Players cannot be added to your team without agreement of the appropriate Vice President.
  • Arrange for suitable half time and post game refreshments for players. Shared drinking containers are discouraged for health reasons - encourage each player to bring their own water bottle to the game.
  • For Managers of Sub-junior teams, ensure that at least one person (preferably not the coach) attends a Sub-Junior Referee’s course at the start of the season so your team has an MWFA endorsed referee. To avoid problems it is recommended the person be over 14 years of age.

Match Duties (non-competition)

Player’s Equipment

Every player MUST wear substantial shin pads. The socks must be pulled up to cover the shin pads

It is strongly recommended that players wear moulded plastic stud boots. If the studs are metallic, they cannot be longer than 20 mm, or narrower at the tip than 8 mm.

  • PLAYERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WEAR ANY TYPE OF JEWELLERY OR PERSONAL ADORNMENT. This includes raised finger rings, ear studs, eyebrow rings or studs, earrings, nose rings, necklaces or bracelets of any kind, wherever in the anatomy they are worn, and of whatever material they are made, e.g. metal, leather, string or anything else.

Players are not allowed to play in a medical cast, whether it be plaster, fibreglass, or any other rigid material. Covering a rigid cast with foam or similar is NOT permitted.

If your team is playing another Wakehurst team there are alternate WHITE strips available for collection from Hews Parade on the Friday night before the game. No alternate strips are kept at the canteens. These must be washed and returned to Hews Parade the NEXT Friday night as early as possible for use by other teams. The AWAY team (second on the official draw) must wear the strip for the whole game.

Match Resources

Each team provides a properly inflated, correct size Match Ball. The referee chooses which ball to use and has sole jurisdiction in this decision during the whole game.

The Home team (first on the draw) supplies the MWFA endorsed Referee. Any person from either team who is an MWFA endorsed referee has the right to referee the game regardless of home/away status if the opposing team does not have an endorsed referee. If neither team has an endorsed referee, then the Home team is responsible for the provision of a referee. The same person must referee the full game.

General

Arrange for suitable half time and post game refreshments for players. Sharing of drink containers should not occur. Encourage each player to bring his or her own water bottle to the game. Individual water bottles are preferred as a half-time refreshment.

Ensure that spectators and children are kept back from the sidelines and away from the goals. No general team coaching should be carried out from behind the goals- only individual help can be given to goalies who need confidence.

Ensure the behaviour of the spectators in your team is supportive of the players on both teams and shows respect for the referee and opposition.

Any litter, boot tape etc. must be put into the appropriate bins or removed from the ground. No glass bottles are allowed on council fields.

Club policy dictates that results of matches for Sub-Junior teams are not routinely published. If they choose, teams may mention their results in the Tiger News reports during the season. U/7 and U/8 managers are asked keep a note of their results over the season. Win/Loss records are collected by the Club later in the season and used to group teams for the U/7 and U/8 Gala Days. The Association collects the results of a few games during the season for both the U/9 and Ladies U/10 for the purpose of allocating teams into groups for Gala Days at the end of the season.

Match Duties (competition)

Player’s Equipment

Every player MUST wear substantial shin pads. The socks must be pulled up to cover the shin pads

It is strongly recommended that players wear moulded plastic stud boots. If the studs are metallic, they cannot be longer than 20 mm, or narrower at the tip than 8 mm.

  • PLAYERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WEAR ANY TYPE OF JEWELLERY OR PERSONAL ADORNMENT. This includes raised finger rings, ear studs, eyebrow rings or studs, earrings, nose rings, necklaces or bracelets of any kind, wherever in the anatomy they are worn, and of whatever material they are made, e.g. metal, leather, string or anything else.

Players are not allowed to play in a medical cast, whether it be plaster, fibreglass, or any other rigid material. Covering a rigid cast with foam or similar is NOT permitted.

Cycling shorts (thermo-pants), if they can be seen, must have the same colouring as the predominant colour of the club shorts. If they are not, have the player change them, remove them, or tuck them up so they cannot be seen at any time during the game.

In those age groups requiring numbered shirts, the number on each player’s back must correspond with the player’s "number on the referee's Card".

If there is a clash of strip (usually when playing another Wakehurst team), the Away team must wear an alternate WHITE strip for the whole game. Assign someone to wash the strip before returning by the next Friday night.

Referee’s Card Procedure

The Home team (first on the draw) supplies the Referee’s Card and is responsible for the correct preparation and conduct of the referee’s card, both before and after the game. Referee’s cards are available at Hews Parade on Friday nights.

  • The Home team fills in the Card as shown on the following pages.
  • The Opposition Manager is then given the card to complete before the start of the game.
  • Before the commencement of the game both teams must complete the player identification check (see below). Team Managers must check the name of the opposition players listed on the Referee’s card against the name on the ID Card, check the player against his photograph, as well as the Division in which the player is registered to play. (Refer to the sheet on Substitutes and Borrowed Players). Players who are listed on the card but arrive late must be identified by the opposition team Manager before entering play. If you do not check the ID’s and sign the card, you CANNOT appeal against the use of a player later!!!
  • If you are completely satisfied you should sign the space at the bottom of the Referee’s Card marked ‘Identity’. If there is any doubt about a player, then do not hesitate or be afraid to raise your query with the opposing Manager. It is always best to resolve queries before the game, but if this is not possible write ‘STA’ (subject to adjudication) instead of signing the card. The game MUST then be played and the result recorded in the normal manner.
  • The match card is given to the referee who will record the goals scored during the match.
  • After the match has finished the Referee will enter the score and sign the card and then both Managers should sign to show they agree with the score. If there is a disagreement regarding the score ‘STA’ should be written instead of your signature.
  • Even in the case of any dispute in which the card was marked STA, the Home team is still responsible for the submitting the card to the MWFA. If a player is given a RED card during a game the referee will retain the card for submission along with his suspension report.
  • For Wakehurst teams (both home and away), by 5:00 pm on the day of the match, the manager must ensure that the details of the match, (Wakehurst team, Opposition, Black and White Referee’s presence, Score and result (W/L/D)) are recorded on the sheet on the noticeboard outside the Lionel Watts Canteen. When Wakehurst is the Home team the referee’s card must also be returned to the box near the Lionel Watts Canteen.
  • If there is a dispute which made you sign the card STA, you must notify your Vice President as soon as possible as all the circumstances surrounding such protests must be notified to the MWFA in writing within 48 hours.

Player Identification Check

Before the commencement of every game the ID card of each player must be checked using the following procedure:

1)    At the designated match time both teams shall line up in the middle of the field of play with the referee. (Note the designated match time is the time listed on the draw. The middle of the field of play is inside the centre circle.)

2)    Each team manager or designated official will check each name of the opposition team’s players on the referee’s card against the name on the ID card, and the player’s appearance against the photo on the card, as well as the division in which the player is registered, to establish the player’s eligibility to play in the match.

3)    After completion of this process the manager either:

If completely satisfied with the eligibility of the players listed on the referee’s card, must sign the card in the space marked "IDENTITY" under the column listing the opponent’s team. Such signature shall indicate the manager’s conviction of the eligibility to play in the match concerned.

or

If not completely satisfied as to the eligibility of any player listed, the manager shall print "STA" (subject to adjudication) in the space marked "IDENTITY" instead of signing it. The game must then be played and the result recorded in the usual way. The P & D Committee shall adjudicate on the eligibility of any player.

4)   The MWFA also recommends that in the spirit of good sportsmanship each team shakes hands before the start of the game.

  • A player’s name appearing on the Referee’s Card is equivalent to the players actually playing in the game, whether or not he takes the field or is present at the game.
  • The registered age group and division of any borrowed players must be marked on the card. (Refer to the sheet on Substitutes and Borrowed Players).
  • The referee shall witness the checking process (without being responsible for it) and may not start the match until these formalities have been completed. Should teams be tardy in carrying out these formalities, the referee must shorten the match time to the extent that the teams may have delayed its commencement.
  • If a team refuses to complete the ID check as above the referee’s card must be marked STA (Subject to Adjudication) in the space marked “IDENTITY”, instead of signing it. The game shall be played and the result recorded in the usual way.
  • Players that arrive late cannot take the field until their ID card has been checked by the opposition manager. The opposition manager must make a note of the player’s name and at the half time break or at the end of the game, ensure the player was on the match card. The opposition manager must check the player’s ID as soon as practicable.
  • If a player who arrives late does not pass the ID check and the signature for Identity has already been completed, the signature for Identity must be crossed out and “STA” substituted in its place.
  • Should an ID Card not be available for an individual player, the player shall not be eligible to take the field in any game. The only exception is where the lack of ID card has been notified to the Association Secretary prior to the match, and permission to play is granted in writing by the Association Secretary. Where such permission in writing has been granted, the player must present this correspondence to the opposing team manager before the start of the match.
  • Any player who plays without an ID card shall incur an automatic penalty. The penalty for playing without an ID card but having the name entered correctly on the referee’s card shall be one (1) game and the penalty for a currently registered player playing under an assumed name shall be four (4) games. For other ID card and player registration offences the EC shall determine the punishment.
  • If a team is guilty of not producing ID cards before the commencement of the game, the referee’s card must be marked STA in the space marked “IDENTITY”, instead of signing it. The game shall be played and the result recorded in the usual way.
  • Any team guilty of fielding an ineligible player shall be penalised as follows:
  1. oIf the team wins or draws the match it shall be regarded as a forfeit to the opposition
  2. oIf the team loses the match, the match shall be regarded as a forfeit unless the goal difference of the score was greater than five in which case the original score shall hold. If the game is a league game the team shall also lose three competition points.
  3. oA team guilty of fielding an ineligible player shall be penalised as above for each match in which the ineligible player played.
  • Teams failing to carry out the checking of player ID in the manner required within this byelaw will incur a penalty of one match point for each instance in which the procedure was not followed.
  • Any team manager who signs a referee’s card indicating that he has identified all players thereon as eligible, which is subsequently found to be incorrect, will render his club liable to a fine of $50.00 at the discretion of the EC.
  • If a referee’s card is marked STA (Subject to Adjudication) by a manager, the Secretary of the Association must be notified in writing by letter, fax or email by the Club raising the dispute, by 5pm on the second business day after the incident.

Match Resources

Match Ball: Each team provides a properly inflated, correct size Match Ball. The referee chooses which ball to use and has sole jurisdiction in this decision during the whole game.

Appointment of Match Referee: For the U/10 – U/12 age groups a large number of games have a cadet referee appointed by the MW Referee’s Association. If such an official referee is not appointed, initially both teams should jointly appoint a referee, but if agreement cannot be reached, the Home team is responsible for the provision of a referee. For Junior games the referee must be at least 14 years of age. Referees appointed in this way have the same powers and responsibilities as official referees and must be treated as such. The same person must referee the whole game.

General

Disputed Identity and Player Eligibility: Every player (including borrowed U/9 players) must have a current identity card at the game in order to play. Do not play any players without having their ID card at the game. Points are deducted from the team and the affected player must appear before the Judiciary. Opposition players must have an ID card at the game. Referees do not have the authority and should not be asked to adjudicate on the eligibility of a player to take the field for ID disputes. This is an MWFA matter only. Please ensure you understand which players are eligible to be borrowed by teams in your division.

Disputed Results: Disputed results arising from referee’s decisions will not be considered unless there is an error in Law (for example giving a penalty for a foul which is indirect). Judgement decisions (e.g. offside) will be supported by the MWFA AP&D Committee. Arguments on disputed results, which are accepted, will almost always result in a replay of the game.

Spectator Behaviour: Team officials, especially the manager can and will be held accountable for the behaviour of spectators associated with their team. The referee has the right to request the manager of the team control spectators associated with the team. Spectators should not stand or loiter along or near the goals at the ends of the field. Spectators should not criticize or yell at the referees or other participants, nor express dissent or displeasure over calls or non-calls in the games.

Red and Yellow Cards: All yellow or red cards given by the referee to a member of your team should be reported to the Junior Vice President as soon as possible after the game. This will ensure the correct procedures are followed by the Club. If a player receives a RED card during a game, the REFEREE will take the match card.

Minimum Number of Players: A team may not play with less than SEVEN of its OWN registered players. Borrowed players do not count towards this number.