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     N.I.S.L. FAIR PLAY REGULATIONS

    100. PURPOSE

    101. In order to emphasize that fair play and respect are an essential component of soccer and vital to its successful promotion and development, these regulations aim to foster sporting attitudes and conduct among players, team officials, and spectators, thereby increasing the enjoyment of all those involved in the game.

    200. DEFINITIONS


    201. In context of these regulations, the following definitions apply:


    a. Fair play: means acting according to ethical principles which, in particular, oppose the concept of sporting success at any price, promote integrity and equal opportunities for all competitors, and emphasize respect of the personality and worth of everyone involved in a sporting event.
    b. Team official: coach, assistant coach, or other team staff.
    c. Referee team: referee, assistant referees, additional assistant referees (if any) and fourth official.


    202. In these regulations, the use of the masculine form refers equally to the feminine.

    300. FAIR PLAY RANKINGS

     

    301. In its efforts to promote fair play, each season NISL assesses the fair play shown at NISL competition matches played during the Fall and Spring seasons.

     

    400. FAIR PLAY CRITERIA AND ASSESSENT PROCEDURE

     

    401. The NISL match official assesses the fair play of the players, team officials, and spectators against the following five “ROOFS” criteria as set out in Articles 6 to 10:

    a. Respect for the Rules;
    b. Respect for Opponents;
    c. Respect for the Officials;
    d. Behavior of the Fans;
    e. Behavior of Staff (coaches, team managers, etc.)


    402. The NISL match official completes his fair play

    500. RED AND YELLOW CARDS = FAIR PLAY DEMERITS

    501. Each team has 10 points deducted for each yellow card its players are shown and 20 points for each red card.

    600. RESPECT FOR RULES


    601. Each team is awarded points from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 20 in five point intervals for showing respect to the rules of the game.
    602. The following behavior in negative respect to the rules is taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

    a. Time-wasting;
    b. Tactics based on foul play;
    c. Play-acting and simulation of injury;
    d. Insulting opponents;

    700. RESPECT FOR OPPONENTS

    701. Each team is awarded points from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 20 in five point intervals for showing respect to the opponents.
    702. Players are expected to respect their opponents and ensure that their team mates all and all other members of the team act in their spirit of fair play.
    703. Negative conduct otherwise punished by means of a yellow or red card may be taken into consideration depending on the seriousness of the offense.
    704. The following positive attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

    a. Efforts to gain time (e.g. bringing the ball quickly back into play, even when in a winning
    position);
    b. Helping an opponent to stand up;
    c. Helping an injured opponent;
    d. Shaking hands with opponents at the end of the match;
    e. Congratulating opponents;
    f. Extraordinary gestures of fair play (e.g. informing the referee if a corner or throw-in should
    have gone to the other team).

    705. The following negative attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

    a. Provoking a mass confrontation;
    b. Serious fouls against opponents.
    c. Spitting at an opponent;
    d. Physical aggression towards an opponent (e.g. head butt, punch);
    e. Racism and other discrimination.

    800. RESPECT FOR THE OFFICIALS

    801. Each team is awarded points from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 20 in five point intervals for showing respect to the officials.
    802. Players are expected to respect the referee team as people, as well as the decisions they take.
    803. The following positive attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

    a. Accepting the referee’s decisions without discussion;
    b. Shaking hands with the referee team at the end of the match;
    c. Respecting distances imposed for free-kicks;
    d. Respecting timings (e.g. countdown to kick-off).

    804. The following negative attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

    a. Arguing with a member of the referee team;
    b. Ironically applauding a member of the referee team;
    c. Encircling a member of the referee team;
    d. Verbal abuse of offensive gesture towards a member of the referee team;
    e. Physical abuse of a member of the referee team.

    900. BEHAVIOR OF TEAM FANS (Parents, Relatives, Friends, Spectators, etc.)

    901. Each team is awarded points from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 20 in five point intervals for the behavior of their team’s spectators. This criterion can only be assessed if a substantial number of fans of the team concerned are presents.
    902. Spectators are expected to encourage their teams by creating a positive atmosphere in the spirit of fair play. They must respect each other, the players and team officials and the referee team. The spectators should acknowledge the other team’s performance, even in defeat, and must in no way intimidate or frighten the opposing team, the referee team or opposing supporters.
    903. The following positive attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

    a. Applauding the opposition;
    b. Ovation for an opponent (e.g. when substituted).

    904. The following negative attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

    a. One of more spectators running onto the pitch;
    b. Insulting chants;
    c. Using or throwing pyrotechnics;
    d. Using laser pointers;
    e. Violence inside or in the immediate vicinity of the playing field location (e.g. against
    opposition fans, facility managers, or police);
    f. Racism and discrimination.

     

     

     


     


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