Players of Gedling Southbank take part in a training session in Arnold.

Rules and Regulations

Northumberland FA Rules and Regulations

Please read our key guidance below for more information on the following areas; Sine Die Suspensions, 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.


A player is placed under Sine Die suspension when they owe money to either the Northumberland 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.

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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


IMportant club Documents

Below you will find important documents that will help you administer your club/team effectively. 

International Clearance Form

International Clearance Notes

Playing Against Foreign Clubs 

Friendly Sanctioning

Event/tournament sanctioning

Tournament Participation Form


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