The Board modified the policy in an endeavour to create a more structured environment to facilitate the trialling and training of players for Youth League.
The following trialling periods are to apply for each division of Youth League (Boys & Girls) – We have pushed the trial dates back to allow the National Elite programs to conduct trials prior to the FNSW competitions.
Premier Youth League (Boys & Girls)
Sunday 23 October 2011 up to and including Sunday 6 November 2011
Super Youth League (Boys & Girls)
Monday 7 November 2011 up to and including Sunday 20 November 2011
Division One Youth League (Boys & Girls)
Monday 21 November 2011 up to and including Sunday 4 December 2011
No trials are to be scheduled on ANY SATURDAY during the above periods in order to afford all players the opportunity to meet their Futsal commitments.
No club is permitted to allow players under the age of 18 years to engage in any football training, trial, or football-related activity as an individual or group before the dates outlined above.
No player under the age of 18 years is permitted to engage in any football training, trial, or football-related activity as an individual or group that is organised by or on behalf of or at the direction of a club before the dates set out above.
If a player attains their 18th birthday at any time during the trail/training free window period, this policy ceases to apply to them.
This direction is not intended to affect fitness activities that a player under the age of 18 might undertake in their own time, away from organised club trials/training.
This direction applies based upon the age of the player during the trial/training free window period.
This direction applies to a player aged under 18 years who was registered for Youth League in 2011 and remains age eligible for Youth League in 2012.
TRAINING or TRIAL includes (but is not limited to) any physical activity undertaken by a registered player or an unregistered person seeking to become a player, on behalf of, or at the direction of a club such as:
- Skills drills
- Fitness work
- V02Max or “beep” test
- Club-organised cross training (ie: swimming, gym work etc)
- Any activity intended or perceived to be intended to determine the suitability for a player to be considered for registration with a club in the current or next season.
Football NSW By-Laws define Football Activity as any activity of a football nature that takes place on the field of play or playing area or within or external surrounds of a ground or any other activity relating or incidental to the objects of Football NSW.
The policy involving the establishment and communication of fixed Trial dates for players under the age of 18 years has been a long established practice. This policy in effect delivers a break for young players who participate under the pressures and demands of higher level football.
The policy was also designed to ensure the recruitment of new players (as distinct from existing registered players within a club) does not start before a range of other football competitions have finished.
Clubs must have regard to insurance coverage for players under 18 years of age during the trial/training free window period. If players are trialling in circumstances outside of a published policy, Football NSW as the insurance policy holder, could potentially invalidate an injury insurance claim arising from participation in non-sanctioned football activity.
Clubs are reminded of the determinations upheld on appeal regarding clubs that failed to comply with directions in 2007 concerning dates for commencement of trials for players under the age of 18 years.
Loss of Championship points and/or Premiership points together with substantial financial penalties will apply based upon precedents given in decisions of the General Purposes Tribunal for breaches of policy.