What is the ASFA? – The ASFA is an incorporated society governed by an executive committee of volunteers elected by the teams within the league at the ASFA annual general. The Executive Committee consists of a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and a sub-committee. Their job is to assure the smooth running of the Association.
How old is the ASFA? – The Auckland Sunday Football Association (ASFA) was first established in 1975. It was formerly known as the Auckland Business House League.
Is the ASFA affiliated? – Yes. The ASFA is affiliated to Auckland Football Federation (AFF), Northern Football Federation (NFF), New Zealand Football Association (NZFA) and FIFA.
Does the ASFA have a constitution? – Yes, the constitution of the ASFA Incorporated outlines and regulates topics as follows: Registration, Clearances and Transfers; Competitions; Composition of Divisions; Matches; Knock-out Competitions and Tournaments; Trophies; Colours and Uniform; Referees; Results; Ground Fees; Misconducts; Judicial Sub-committee and Hearings and Appeals and Disputes. Thus, the ASFA Constitution is a prime source to get many questions answered and it complements this FAQ section perfectly. A copy of the ASFA constitution can be accessed by clicking on the following link ASFA Constitution 2018
How does a team join the ASFA? – A team can join by submitting an entry form to the ASFA Secretary. If a team misses the annual cut-off point (the end of February), they will only be considered if an existing team drops out or there is a space available in one of the leagues. Otherwise, the entry form is held until the following season. Forms are available on request from the Committee. ASFA teams can be affiliated to AFF or NFF registered clubs, which is preferred but not compulsory.
How much does it cost? – Team registration is between $2000-$2500, which includes all affiliate fees to AFF, NFF & NZF, player registration, Referee’s expenses and ground charges. Cautions and sendings off are not included in the cost. Any additions to your squad is charged at a per person rate.
Who can play? – The majority of players in ASFA teams are adult males. We do not run a separate ladies, mixed or midget division, so any team consisting of ladies or younger players would be entered into our normal divisional structure. The ASFA runs an over 35s ‘Master’s’ Conference, assuing we have enough teams to make it viable.
How long is the season, and when does it start? – The season usually starts the first weekend of April, although dates can vary depending on Easter. The season typically runs until the end of August, but can continue into early September. The season officially concludes at Finals Day, which is typically scheduled in mid September and features the finals of the four cup and plate competitions, plus the end of season’s prize giving
Where and at what time do teams play? – If a team is not affiliated through a club that has it’s own fields, then a council-run home ground can be allocated to you for the season Kick-off times can vary from team to team, and venue to venue, but the majority of fixtures are played between the hours of 12pm and 6pm on a Sunday Afternoon. The ASFA have welcomed teams from are all over Auckland (Pukekohe in the South to Albany in the North, and from Kumeu out West to Waiheke out in the Hauraki Gulf). Generally, teams will not travel outside of the Auckland metropolitan area, unless they have entered the Chatham Cup.
Are there referees? – Referees are supplied by our affiliated associations (AFF and NFF). The ASFA attempts to cover as many games as possible, although we cannot guarantee an official at every game. All teams should have at least one ‘Club-based Referee’ badge holder within their squad. Courses are run through the year for those wanting to become attainment holders (paid for by the ASFA).
Do players need to be registered? – Yes. Registered players must be able to identify themselves on the day of a game with photo I.D. if requested by either the opposition manager, the match official or a member of the ASFA Committee. The ASFA has no limit to the number of players registered to a team. However, should a team register more than 20 players, further charges will be incurred for each additional player registered. A player may not be registered or play for two ASFA teams at the same time or be registered to a . Please contact the ASFA, or look at the rules within our constitution, regarding the use of players registered to a Saturday league team. ASFA Constitution 2018
What does a team need to do on match day? – Each team usually appoints a manager to control its responsibilities. The manager is responsible for assuring that players are at the correct venue on time, that the nets and corner-posts are up prior to kick-off (home team managers only), that the team has matching kit that does not clash with the opposing team, communicating with the opposing team’s manager and referee, filling in a match card at least 30 minutes priorto kick off, signing the match card after the fixture, phoning in the result to the ASFA and submitting the signed match-card.
Click here ASFA Constitution 2018 for a copy of the latest copy of ASFA constitution, containing all the rules and regulations.