Hertfordshire FA - Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations

Fair play in Football

Hertfordshire FA Rules & Regulations

Want to know the correct pitch dimensions for U11s?

Need International Clearance for your new signing?

Read our key guidance below for more information on the following areas; Sine Die Suspensions, Sponsorship Sanctioning, FA Pitch & Goalpost Dimensions. International Clearance and Playing Against Foreign Opposition.

Whether you’ve just started out as a club administrator or you’ve been part of the game for longer than you can remember, we’re here to guide you through the rules and regulations that may come up in the course of running your club.


Sine Die Suspensions

A player is placed under Sine Die suspension when they owe money to either the Hertfordshire FA or to a League or Club that has used the Debt Recovery Scheme.

Before signing a player it is essential that you check to ensure that they are not under any form of suspension. A player under Sine Die suspension is prevented from taking part in any form of football activity.

Any player under Sine Die suspension can have their suspension lifted immediately on payment of the outstanding debt.


Club Report Form 

If you witness misconduct at a football game in the county and would like to report it to the Hertfordshire FA, please download, complete and return the Club Report Form. Please provide as much detail as you can in the report. This detail helps us to better investigate poor behaviour reported in Hertfordshire's football community.

Download the Club Report Form

Player Development

FA Pitch & Goalpost Dimensions

We often receive questions about the pitch and goalpost sizes recommended for specific age groups in football. Download the handy FA guide below for information on the following formats:

  • Mini Soccer (5v5 & 7v7)
  • 9v9 Football
  • Youth Football
  • Adult Football
  • Football Pyramid (Steps 1-7)

Pitch, Goal Post & Ball Sizes

3G Pitch

Media Comments and Social Networking

Charging Guidelines have been prepared to provide helpful guidance to Clubs with regard to media comments and social network posts. Cases involving media comments or comments made on social networking sites are charged under FA Rule E3(1).

Should the comments include a reference to any one or more of a person or person’s ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability, these are considered ‘aggravating factors’ and FA Rule E3(2) may apply. 

Download Charging Guidelines


International Clearance

FIFA Regulations require National Associations to issue an International Registration Transfer Certificate for any player over the age of 12 who is moving from one National Association to another, including across UK borders.

Download International Clearance Application Form

International Clearance Notes

US Soccer Federation International Clearance Notes


Playing Against Foreign OPPOSITION

Any affiliated Club wishing to play a friendly against non-English opposition must apply to for consent in advance of the intended match in accordance with FA Rule B.


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