Referees Associations

Rules & Regulations

Welcome to the Rules & Regulations section of Norfolk FA.

Please refer to the sections below for information on Football Rules & Regulations. Should you have any questions after reading the information provided, please contact a member of the Football Services Team on 01603 704050 or email

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Norfolk County FA should be kept informed of any changes to Club Officers and their contact details. This is particularly important for Club Secretaries who are the main contact point of the Club.
If your Club Secretary is going to be unavailable for any length of time, it is very important that you advise Norfolk County FA as all correspondence will be sent to your existing Secretary unless we are told otherwise. In the case of Discipline correspondence, failure to respond will see the Club incur late fines.

Please contact the Football Services Team on 01603 704050.

Any Norfolk League or Club wishing to play against Leagues or Clubs of another nationality must apply to The FA. via Norfolk FA, for consent to play at least 60 days before the date of the intended match in accordance with FA Rule B.4

Form can be found at the bottom of the page.


International Clearance is required by all players moving across borders to play football and it applies to all players over the age of 12. The purpose of the International Clearance is to ensure that players have fulfilled their financial obligations to previous clubs, county or regional FA’s, and that they are not serving a suspension in another country.
Further information on the Regulations, can be found in the documents attached below. If you wish to apply for International Clearance, please use the application form and send the completed application directly to the Football Association, not to Norfolk County FA.
For further information on International Clearance, please contact the FA at
One-off matches have previously been played without sanction, which is a particular problem when one or both teams are not affiliated to the association.
In order to rectify the situation we have a produced a simple, straightforward form which once completed will allow one-off matches to enjoy the benefits of an affiliated competition. You can find the form attached at the bottom of this page.
There is a fee of £5 per unaffiliated team. Therefore if both teams are unaffiliated the total fee will be £10. 
Further to this, if there are any discipline related matters concerning a team that has affiliated just for this game, that have to be dealt with by Norfolk FA, a charge of £10 must be paid to cover administration costs.
Games must be sanctioned by Norfolk FA for Norfolk FA registered referees to be allowed to officiate on these games.

If you are running a Charity Match please complete this form and list in the beneficiaries of the match in the section provided. 

Click here to access the One-Off Match Sanctioning Form

Please find attached below information relating to the recommended pitch layouts for the various formats played around the county, as well as information detailing goalpost sizes.

Norfolk County FA operates a system to collect football debts on behalf of Affiliated Clubs, Affiliated Leagues and other Associations.

There are strict regulations which must be adhered to for Norfolk FA to raise a Football Debt Recovery action. Please refer to the documents below for a full list of these regulations, along with our Football Debt Recovery Application Form.

Football Debt Recovery

Football Debt Recovery Application Form

FA Rule C2.1 covers the regulations under which players may be approached during the playing season. 

The basic principle of the rule is that, if either you want to transfer a player who plays for a team in the same league, or to register a player  who plays for a team on the same match day, then you must put in a 7-day notice of approach to the Secretary at their existing Club. You must not have contact with this player during this period.

If both teams play in the same league once the 7 days has elapsed (or earlier if the existing Club chooses to waive the 7-day notice period) you should then contact the relevant league to initiate the transfer process.

If both teams play in different leagues but on the same match day, once the 7 days has elapsed (or earlier if the existing Club chooses to waive the 7-day notice) you can proceed with your normal registration process via the Club Portal.

The full process must conclude within 21 days and you cannot approach the same player a second time within the same season. You may also only approach one player at a Club at a time. If you wish to approach a second player at the same club you must wait 28 days from when the first approach was submitted. 

For full details of FA Rule C2.1 or for more information regarding this rule please click on the links below 

FA Rule C2 - Regulations Concerning Approaches

The FA has created a practical guide, which it is hoped will provide clubs with the ability to understand and apply the formal regulations in relation to advertising on the clothing of players, club and match officials.

The guide includes imagery depicting how the regulations should be followed in order that clubs interpret and apply them correctly and it can be accessed by clicking here.

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Additional hours: Mid-August to 31 May
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One-Off Competitions

When the regular football season reaches a conclusion, the summer tournaments season begins!

If you are looking to organise a summer tournament or one-off competition you will need to ensure that it is sanctioned with us.  To do this please complete the relevant form below:

One or Two Day Competition Sanctioning Form

This covers the conventional small-sided summer tournaments that take place over a single day/weekend.

Multi-Day Competition Sanctioning Form

This covers any competition that takes place over multiple days/weekends.

If you are unsure as to which form you need to complete, please email for further advice.

This form must be completed and a copy of your competition rules must be submitted to us at least 21 days before the competition takes place.

You will also need to complete and return a form to indicate all participating teams at least 7 days ahead of the tournament taking place. This form will be sent to the competition organiser upon completion of the sanctioning forms above. All Clubs taking part in a tournament must be affiliated with their relevant County FA, otherwise must pay a one-off affiliation fee of £5. 

For further information, please contact Daniel Bird on 01603 704050 or email

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