In this Constitution, the Rules and Regulations, unless the context indicates otherwise, “AGM”: means Annual General Meeting
“Arbitration Tribunal”: means an Arbitration Tribunal referred to in Article 72 and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) referred to in Article 73.
“Absolute majority”: means more than half of the entire Membership that is eligible and entitled to vote;
“Annual AGM or SGM”: means the Annual AGM or SGM contemplated in Article 27
“Associate Member”: means an associate Member contemplated by Article 10.2;
“Association Futsal”: means the game controlled by AMF and organized in accordance with the Laws of the Game;
“AMF”: means the Asociacion Mundial de Futsal;
“AMF Statutes” or “Statutes of AMF”: means the statutes, rules and regulations of AMF;
“CAS (TAS)”: Court of Arbitration for Sport (Tribunal Arbitral du Sport) in Lausanne (Switzerland) referred to in Article 73;
“Chief Executive Officer”: means the Chief Executive Officer or General Secretary contemplated by Article 66;
“Club”: means a Member of the Leagues affiliated to a Member or associate Member of SAFF;
“Close of business”: means by no later than 17h00 on weekdays (Mondays to Fridays) excluding weekends and public holidays;
“Confederation”: means a group of Associations recognized by AMF;
“Constitution”: means these Articles of Association;
“AGM or SGM”: means the supreme governing and legislative body of SAFF;
“Constitution of the Republic”: means the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996 as amended from time to time;
“CAFUSA”: means the Confederation Africaine de Futsal;
“LFA”: means a Local Futsal Association contemplated by Article 10.1.2;
“Electoral Code” means the SAFF Electoral Code referred to in Article 25.12 the provisions of which are incorporated herein by reference;
“Electoral Committee” means the Committee referred to in Articles 25.10 – 25.12;
“Executive office in SAFF”: means the positions of President, Vice-Presidents, or Member of the National Executive Committee;
“Foreign company”: means a company registered outside the Republic of South Africa or controlled, directly or indirectly, by such a company or companies or a company deemed to be a foreign company in terms of the laws of the Republic of South Africa;
“General Secretariat”: shall mean the administrative structure of SAFF under the Chief Executive Officer as contemplated in Article 19.5;
“Intermediary”: a natural or legal person who, for a fee or free of charge, represents players and/or clubs in negotiations with a view to concluding an employment contract or represents clubs in negotiations with a view to concluding a transfer agreement.
“League Members of the National Executive Committee”: means the 2 Members of the National Executive Committee nominated by the League and elected by AGM or SGM in terms of Article 32.1.4;
“League Vice-President” means the chairperson of the League appointed in terms of Article 32.1.2; “Emergency Committee”: means the Emergency Committee contemplated by Article 40;
“Match Agent”: means agents who arrange matches between teams belonging to different or the same confederations in possession of a license issued by AMF;
“Member”: means a Regional Member, the Special Member or Associate Member;
“Member in good standing”: means a Member which has complied with all obligations imposed upon Members by the Constitution;
“National Association”: means a national Futsal association affiliated to AMF;
“National Executive Committee”: means the National Executive Committee contemplated by Article 32;
“Office-Bearer”: means the President, a Vice-President or any other Member of the National Executive Committee;
“Officials”: means any elected or appointed individual (including foreign nationals) who is affiliated to a Member, an Associate Member or the League and includes all National Executive Committee Members, committee Members, coaches, referees and attendants as well as any other person responsible for technical, medical and administrative matters at the League or Club, SAFF, CAFUSA and AMF ;
“Ordinary Vice-President”: means a Vice-President other than the League Vice-President;
“Ordinary Courts”: means courts of law established in terms of the laws of the Republic of South Africa and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa;
“Player”: means any amateur or professional Futsal player registered with SAFF through its Members;
“Provincial Structure”: means a group of Members recognized by SAFF that belong to the same geopolitical province as defined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
“Regional Member”: means a Regional Member contemplated by Article 10.1.1;
“Regulations”: means Regulations made in terms of the SAFF Constitution;
“Rules”: means Rules made in terms of the SAFF Constitution;
“SAFF”: means the South African Futsal Federation;
“SGM”: means Special General Meeting;
“Simple Majority” : means more than half of the eligible Members who are present in a meeting, and who are entitled to vote;
“Standing Orders”: means the set of rules used to conduct the business of a meeting using commonly accepted procedure as contemplated in the Standing Orders for SAFF Meetings;
“WFA”: World Futsal Association;
NAME, HEADQUARTERS, LEGAL FORM – ARTICLE 1
1.1 The Association hereby constituted shall be known as the South African Futsal Federation and hereinafter referred to as “SAFF”.
1.2 In this Constitution, the Association is referred to as “SAFF”.
1.3 The flag of SAFF shall consist of SAFF colours being Black, Gold and White with Green, and the emblem shall be a portrayal of a shield and a Futsal ball.
1.4 The logo of SAFF shall consist of a portrayal of a Futsal partly overlaid with a sphere depicting the map of South Africa.
1.5 The flag, logo and abbreviation are legally registered in accordance with the Copyright and Trademarks laws of the Republic of South Africa.
1.6 The area of jurisdiction of SAFF shall be throughout the Republic of South Africa.
1.7 The headquarters of SAFF shall be at the Cad4All Career and Design College, 21E – First Floor, Bellville Mall, corner of Voortrekker road and Bill Bezuidenhout Street, Bellville Cape Town or any other address that may be chosen by the Association from time to time.
1.8 It is recorded that the founder of SAFF to be Mr Jody Van Heerden
1.9 The date of incorporation of SAFF is 2017.
1.10 SAFF is a public organization of an associative nature incorporated in accordance with the laws of the Republic of South Africa and shall be a universitas with full legal personality including the rights to sue and be sued in its own name and to hold property in its own name.
1.11 No Member or office-bearer of SAFF shall have any right to its assets nor incur any liability for its obligations.
1.12 It is recorded that SAFF is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) in accordance with the provisions of Section 30(3) of the Income Tax Act of 1962, as amended.
AIMS, OBJECTIVES AND POWERS OF THE ASSOCIATION – ARTICLE 2
2. SAFF shall have no other objectives save for objectives provided for below and the funds be employed exclusively in the promotion of such objectives and provided further that SAFF’s activities shall be limited to the Republic of South Africa.
SAFF shall have the following aims and objectives:
2.1 to carry on the public benefit activity of administering, developing, coordinating and promoting the game of Futsal in which the participants take part in accordance with the principles as laid down in the statutes of the AMF;
2.2 to improve the game of futsal consistently and promote, regulate and control it throughout the territory of South Africa in accordance with the principles of fair play and its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values, particularly through youth and development programmes;
2.3 to organize competitions of Futsal in all its forms, by defining, as required, the areas of authority delegated to the various Members and Leagues of which it is composed;
2.4 To draw up regulations and provisions and to ensure their enforcement;
2.5 To protect the interests of its Members;
2.6 to respect and prevent any infringement of the statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of SAFF, CAFUSA and AMF as well as the Laws of the Game and to ensure that these are also respected by its Members;
2.7 To prevent all methods or practices which might jeopardise the integrity of matches or competitions or give rise to abuse of the game of Futsal;
2.8 to control and supervise all Futsal matches played throughout the territory of South Africa;
2.9 to manage international sporting relations connected with the AMF and its affiliated members in all its forms;
2.10 To host competitions at both provincial, national and international levels;
2.11 To settle disputes arising between Members or bodies or persons connected directly or indirectly with futsal within the jurisdiction of SAFF;
2.12 to raise funds by means of subscriptions, donations and from the carrying on of any business, trade or undertaking consistent with or ancillary to its objectives or is calculated directly or indirectly to advance the interests of SAFF;
2.13 to acquire and develop playing facilities including the construction of indoor futsal stadia;
2.14 to distribute monies to its Members for the protection, promotion and advancement of amateur Futsal;
2.15 to affiliate to AMF and CAFUSA including organizat ions for the betterment of Futsal in general;
2.16 to do all such things as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objective or any one of them;
2.17 SAFF shall have the full power and authority to do any act, matter or thing as may be required to give effect to the aims and objectives of SAFF as described herein, including, but not limited to the Following powers:
2.17.1 To engage staff on the basis of a policy of fair employment and equal opportunities;
2.17.2 To acquire assets and enter into commitments for the promotion of its aims and objectives;
2.17.3 To confer honours and awards on individuals, in recognition of their contribution to futsal in South Africa;
2.17.4 To grant practical and financial assistance to individuals and organisations in order to enable them to promote ideas and concepts consistent with the objects of SAFF;
2.17.5 To enter into donor funding arrangements with companies or individuals and to solicit and accept fees, donations, bequests, contributions, and subscriptions for the funds of SAFF, provided however that SAFF shall ensure that no donor will derive any monetary advantage from any monies paid to and on behalf of SAFF;
2.17.6 to take, lease, purchase or otherwise acquire premises, equipment, vehicles, furniture and other property or assets, whether movable or immovable which may be deemed necessary or convenient for any of the purposes of SAFF, and in order to provide suitable equipment, accommodation and futsal facilities;
2.17.7 to improve, manage, develop, exchange or lease, mortgage, sell, dispose of, turn to account and grant options, rights and privileges in respect of, or otherwise deal with, or any part of the property and rights of SAFF;
2.17.8 To subscribe, grant subsidies out of, administer and invest the funds of SAFF in such manner as it may be deemed best to achieve the objectives and purposes of SAFF;
2.17.9 To enter into such commercial or other transactions in connection with any trade or business of SAFF as may seem desirable for the purpose of SAFF’s affairs;
2.17.10 to borrow, or raise money in such a manner as SAFF shall deem fit, and in particular to secure payment of any money borrowed by means of mortgage, pledge, charge or lien to secure and guarantee the due performance by SAFF of any obligation or liability it may undertake;
2.17.11 to open and operate banking accounts and to draw, make, accept, endorse, sign, discount, execute, issue cheques, promissory notes, bills of exchange, bills of lading, warrants, debentures and other negotiable instruments;
2.17.12 to make rules which shall not be inconsistent with the terms of this Constitution. The Rules of SAFF shall have the same force and effect as if they were incorporated in the Articles of the Constitution;
2.17.13 to select teams for International and Representative matches at all levels and to arrange tours and to sanction matches in and regulate the transfer of players to and from the Republic of South Africa in terms of the AMF Regulations;
2.17.14 to keep or cause to be kept, true accounts of all receipts, credits, payments, assets and liabilities of SAFF and all other matters necessary for showing the correct financial state of affairs of SAFF. The accounts shall be kept in such books and in such manner as the National Executive Committee deems fit and to the satisfaction of the Auditors of SAFF;
2.17.15 to appoint auditors to audit annual accounts of SAFF;
2.17.16 to inquire into the administrative and/or financial affairs of Members, and, where necessary, to recommend corrective measures in this regard, and if these measures are not implemented to take over the administrative and/or financial affairs of the Member until these are placed on a satisfactory footing;
2.17.17 to appoint such sub-committees or commissions upon such terms as it may consider necessary to give effect to its powers;
2.17.18 to suspend, fine, terminate the Membership of or otherwise deal with any Member, Local Futsal Association, Academy, Club or individual affiliated to SAFF or any of its Members for infringing the Constitution, regulations, policies, principles or resolutions of SAFF or for engaging in acts of misconduct, improper practices, misdemeanour’s, acts of defiance, or for bringing SAFF into disrepute;
2.17.19 to establish, subscribe or carry on through any subsidiary company any activities which SAFF is authorized to carry on and to make any arrangements whatsoever with such subsidiary company as thought fit;
2.17.20 to aid, finance or provide consultative, managerial, administrative, technical and commercial services of all kinds for all or any part of the operations of any company which is a subsidiary company of or otherwise under the control of SAFF or in which SAFF has an interest and to make payments by way of subsidy or otherwise and any other arrangements which may be deemed desirable with respect to any business or operations of or generally with respect to any such company or companies and generally to carry on the business of a holding company;
NEUTRALITY AND NON DISCRIMINATION – ARTICLE 3
3.1 SAFF is neutral in matters of politics and religion.
3.2 Discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion, politics or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.
PROMOTING FRIENDLY RELATIONS – ARTICLE 4
4.1 SAFF shall promote friendly relations between its Members, Academy’s, Clubs, Officials and Players and in society for humanitarian objectives.
4.2 Every person and organisation involved in the game of futsal is obliged to observe the Statutes, Regulations and the principles of fair play as well as the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship.
4.3 SAFF shall provide the necessary institutional means to resolve any internal dispute that may arise between Members, Academy’s, Clubs, Officials and Players affiliated to Members of SAFF.
PLAYERS – ARTICLE 5
5.1 The status of Players and the provisions for their transfer shall be regulated by the SAFF National Executive Committee in accordance with the current AMF Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players.
5.2 Players shall be registered in accordance with the regulations of SAFF. Nothing herein contained shall preclude the League or any Member from registering players of Academy’s, Clubs affiliated to it in accordance with its own Rules which must not be inconsistent with SAFF and AMF Regulations for Status and Transfer of Players.
LAWS OF THE GAME – ARTICLE 6
6.SAFF and each of its Members administer Futsal in compliance with the Laws of the Game issued by AMF. Only AMF may lay down and alter the Laws of the Game.
CONDUCT OF MEMBERS AND OFFICIALS – ARTICLE 7
7. The Members and Officials of SAFF must observe the Statutes, regulations, directives, decisions and the Code of Ethics of AMF, of CAFUSA and of SAFF in their activities.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES AND POWERS OF THE ASSOCIATION – ARTICLE 8
8.1 The official language is English;
8.2 Sign language may also be used as a medium of communication.
ADMISSION, SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION – ARTICLE 9
9.1 An AGM or SGM shall decide whether to admit, suspend or expel a Member, an Associate Member or any official.
9.2 Admission may be granted if the applicant fulfils the requirements of SAFF.
9.3 Membership is terminated by resignation or expulsion. Loss of Membership does not relieve the Member from its financial obligations towards SAFF or other Members of SAFF, but leads to cancellation of all rights in relation to SAFF or its Member.
MEMBERSHIP – ARTICLE 10
10.1 The Members of SAFF exist in all South African municipal areas as defined by the Municipal Structures Act 117 of 1998, as amended, and as demarcated in line with the provisions of the Municipal Demarcation Act 27 of 1998, as amended, and are the following:
10.1.1 Each regional Member must be a representative unit for amateur Local Futsal Association within its respective region.
10.1.2 Where Futsal activities of a regional Member are organized at local level, the constitution of the relevant regional Member shall provide for recognition and representation of the Local Futsal Associations which are representative units of respective localities in accordance with the relevant boundaries and shall set out the powers of such Local Futsal Associations.
10.2 Associate Members
10.2.1 SAFF may confer recognition on an Associate Member provided that such Associate Member has obtained 6 out of 9 representatives within the SAFF Provincial Structures and further provided such Associate Member has been admitted as SAFF reserves the right to submit names of such Associate Members to the AGM OR SGM for recognition.
10.2.2 inter alia,for this purpose, grant associate Membership status to any other association operating at a national level provided that no associate Membership shall be granted to an association with the same aims and objectives as SAFF.SAFF may, by a majority vote taken at an AGM or SGM convened,
10.2.3 SAFF may, by a two-thirds majority vote taken solely for this purpose, withdraw its recognition of any Associate Member contemplated in Article10.2.1, in which event the relevant association will cease, forthwith, to be an associate Member of SAFF.
10.2.4 In matters of mutual interest, SAFF and any Members may enter into a written agreement covering issues such as a joint liaison committee, communication, leagues whether national or otherwise, compensation, levies, disputes, referees, coaches and such other matters as deemed necessary from time to time.
REQUEST AND PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION OF MEMBERSOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERS – ARTICLE 11
11.1 The procedure for admission of Members may be regulated by special regulations approved by the National Executive Committee of SAFF;
11.2 The application must be in writing and accompanied by the following mandatory items:
11.2.1 A copy of its legally valid statutes and regulations;
11.2.2 A declaration that it will always comply with the Statutes, regulations and decisions of SAFF, CAFUSA and AMF and ensure that these are also respected by its own Members, Academy’s, Clubs, Officials and Players;
11.2.3 A declaration that it will comply with the Laws of the Game in force;
11.2.4 A declaration that it recognizes the judicial bodies of SAFF;
11.2.5 A declaration that it is located and registered in the Republic of South Africa;
11.2.6 A declaration that it will play all official home matches in the territory of SAFF;
11.2.7 A list of Officials, specifying those who are authorized signatories with the right to enter into legally binding agreements with third parties;
11.2.8 A declaration that it undertakes to organize or participate in friendly matches only with the prior written consent of SAFF;
11.2.9 A copy of the minutes of its last AGM;
11.3 This article shall not affect the status of existing Members;
11.4 The National Executive Committee shall request the AGM or SGM at its sole discretion either to admit or not to admit an applicant. The applicant may state the reasons for its application to the AGM or SGM;
11.5 The new Member shall acquire Membership rights and duties as soon as it has been admitted. Its delegates are eligible to vote and be elected with immediate effect;
MEMBERS’ RIGHTS – ARTICLE 12
12.1 The Members of SAFF have the following rights:
12.1.1 To take part in the AGM or SGM of SAFF, to know its agenda in advance, to be called to attend the AGM or SGM within the prescribed time and to exercise their voting rights;
12.1.2 To draw up proposals for inclusion in the agenda of the AGM or SGM;
12.1.3 To nominate candidates for all bodies of SAFF to be elected;
12.1.4 To be informed of the affairs of SAFF through the official bodies of SAFF;
12.1.5 To take part in competitions and/or other sports activities organised by SAFF;
12.1.6 To exercise all other rights arising from the Statutes and regulations of SAFF.
12.2 The exercise of these rights is subject to other provisions in these Statutes and the applicable Regulations.
MEMBERS’ OBLIGATIONS – ARTICLE 13
13.1 The Members of SAFF have the following obligations:
13.1.1 To comply fully with the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of AMF, CAFUSA and SAFF at all times and to ensure that these are also respected by its Members;
13.1.2 To ensure the election of its decision-making bodies;
13.1.3 To take part in competitions and other sports activities organised by SAFF;
13.1.4To pay their Membership subscriptions;
13.1.5 To respect the Laws of the Game as laid down by AMF and to ensure that these are also respected by its Members through a provision in the Constitution of such a Member;
13.1.6 to adopt a clause in its constitution specifying that any dispute requiring adjudication involving itself or one of its Members and relating to the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of the Member, SAFF, CAFUSA and AMF shall come solely under the jurisdiction of the appropriate dispute resolution Tribunal of the Member, SAFF, CAFUSA or AMF and that any recourse to ordinary Courts is prohibited subject to Article 68;
13.1.7 To communicate to SAFF any amendment of its statutes and regulations as well as the list of its Officials or persons who are authorised signatories with the right to enter into legally binding agreements with third parties;
13.1.9 To observe the principles of loyalty, integrity and good sporting behaviour as an expression of fair play through a statutory provision;
13.1.10 to observe the mandatory items specified under Article 11.2 for the duration of their affiliation;
13.1.11 to administer a register of Members which shall be regularly updated and make such register available to SAFF at all times;
13.1.12 to comply fully with all other duties arising from the Statutes and other regulations of AMF, CAFUSA and SAFF.
13.2 Violation of the above – mentioned obligations by any Member may lead to sanction provided for in this Constitution.
SUSPENSION – ARTICLE 14
14.1 Only the AGM or SGM may suspend a Member. However, the National Executive Committee may suspend a Member that seriously violates its obligations as a Member with immediate effect. The suspension shall last until the an investigation or Disciplinary Inquiry is completed;
14.2 Members that do not participate in the activities of SAFF for three (3) consecutive years shall be suspended from voting at the AGM or SGM and their representatives shall not be elected or appointed until they have fulfilled their obligations in this respect.
EXPULSION – ARTICLE 15
15.1 The AGM or SGM may expel a Member or a person, if:
15.1.1 It fails to fulfil its financial obligations towards SAFF;
15.1.2 It seriously violates the Statutes, regulations, directives or decisions of AMF, CAFUSA or SAFF;
15.2 The presence of an absolute majority of eligible Members entitled to vote at the AGM or SGM is necessary for an expulsion to be valid, and the motion for expulsion must be adopted by a two-third majority of the valid votes cast.
RESIGNATION – ARTICLE 16
16.1 A Member may resign from SAFF with effect from the end of the season applicable to the Member. Notice of resignation must reach the general secretariat no later than three (3) months before the Annual AGM or SGM;
16.2 The resignation is not valid until the Member wishing to resign has fulfilled its financial obligations towards SAFF and the other Members of SAFF;
STATUS OF CLUBS, LEAGUES, REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND SUBORDINATE STATUS OF MEMBERS AND OTHER GROUPS – ARTICLE 17
17.1 The League, Regional Associations, Associate Members or any other groups of Members affiliated to SAFF shall be subordinate to and recognized by SAFF. This Constitution defines the scope of authority and the rights and duties of these Members and groups. Their statutes and regulations must be ratified by the Emergency Committee or the National Executive Committee of SAFF, as the case may be;
17.2 The affiliated academy’s, clubs and Members of SAFF shall take all decisions on any matters regarding their Membership independently of any external body. This obligation applies regardless oftheir corporate structure;
17.3 No natural or legal person (including holding companies and subsidiaries) shall exercise control over more than one Club or group whenever the integrity of any match or competition could be jeopardised;
17.4 Members shall be subordinate to SAFF and must comply with this constitution, the Regulations and any directive issued by SAFF;
17.5 No amendments to the Constitution, Rules or Regulations of any Member shall be of any force and effect and until the National Executive Committee of SAFF has ratified it;
17.6 No provision of the Constitution or Rules or Regulations of a Member or any amendment thereof which conflicts with a provision of this Constitution, the Statutes of CAFUSA or AMF shall be of any force and effect until ratified by the Emergency Committee or the National Executive Committee, as the case may be;
HONORARY PRESIDENTS AND HONORARY MEMBERS – ARTICLE 18
18.1 The AGM or SGM may confer the titles of Honorary President or Honorary Member upon a person or persons who has/have rendered meritorious service to SAFF;
18.2 The National Executive Committee shall make these nominations;
18.3 The Honorary President or Honorary Member may attend and participate in AGM or SGM. They may participate in the debates but are not entitled to vote;
18.4 The Honorary Members shall not be obliged to attend meetings of the National Executive Committee.
BODIES OF SAFF – ARTICLE 19
The bodies of SAFF shall be the following:
19.1 AGM or SGM which is the supreme and legislative body of SAFF;
19.2 The National Executive Committee which is the executive body of SAFF;
19.3 The Emergency Committee contemplated in article 40 below;
19.4 Standing and ad-hoc committees shall advise and assist the National Executive Committee in fulfilling its duties. Their duties, composition and function are defined in these Statutes and/or special regulations drawn up by the National Executive Committee;
19.5 The general secretariat which is the administrative body of SAFF;
19.6 The judicial bodies are the National Disciplinary Committee and the National Appeal Board;
19.7 The bodies of SAFF shall be either elected or appointed by SAFF itself without any external influence and in accordance with the procedures described in this Constitution;
19.8 Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the Provincial Structure.
SAFF PROVINCIAL STRUCTURE
19 A (1) Members that belong to the same geopolitical province as defined have formed the following provincial structures, which are recognised by SAFF:
(a) the Province of the Western Cape;
(b) the Province of the Northern Cape;
(c) the Province of the Eastern Cape;
(d) the Province of the Free State;
(e) the Province of KwaZulu-Natal
(f) the Province of Mpumalanga;
(g) the Province of Limpopo;
(h) the Province of North West;
(i) the Province of Gauteng.
19 A (2) Each provincial structure shall have the following rights and obligations:
(a) To comply with and enforce compliance with the Statutes, Regulations and decisions of SAFF;
(b) To work closely with SAFF in every domain so as to achieve the objectives stip ulated in Article 2 and to organise provincial competitions;
(b) To organise its own inter-regional competitions, in compliance with the SAFF National Match calendar;
(c) To organise its own inter-regional competitions, particularly youth competitions, in compliance with the SAFF National Match calendar;
(d)To ensure that inter-regional Leagues or any other such groups of academies, clubs or Leagues shall not be formed without its consent, and the approval of SAFF;
(e) At the request of SAFF, to grant Associate Members applying for Membership the status of an Associate Member. This status shall grant the Associate Member the right to participate in the activities in the provincial structure, and to attend its conferences and meetings;
(f) to propose one (1) candidate for the office of the National Executive Committee (“NEC”) based on proposals from its Members;
(g) to nurture relations and co-operation with SAFF actively and constructively for the good of the game through consultative meetings and to discuss and resolve any problems relating to the interests of the provincial structure and SAFF;
(h) to ensure that the representatives appointed to SAFF bodies or elected to the National Executive Committee carry out their activities;
(i) these bodies with mutual respect, solidarity, recognition and fair play;
(j) to set up Committees that work closely with the corresponding Committees of SAFF;
(k)With the mutual co-operation of SAFF, to take any action considered necessary to develop the game of Futsal in the province concerned such as arranging development programmes, courses, conferences, etc.
(l) to set up the bodies necessary to fulfil the duties incumbent upon it;
(m) To procure the funds necessary to fulfil its duties.
19 A (3) The NEC may delegate other duties or powers to the provincial structures. To this end, SAFF may conclude an appropriate agreement with each of the provincial structures concerned.
19 A (4) The provincial structures’ Statutes and Regulations shall be submitted to SAFF for approval.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING – ARTICLE 20
Definition and composition of the AGM or SGM:
20.1 The AGM or SGM represents the supreme and legislative authority of SAFF. It is the meeting at which all of the Members of SAFF formally convene. Only an AGM or SGM that is properly convened has the authority to make decisions;
20.2 An AGM or SGM may be an Ordinary or Extraordinary AGM or SGM.
20.3 The President shall conduct the AGM or SGM business in compliance with the standing orders of the AGM or SGM;
20.4 The AGM or SGM may appoint observers who take part in the AGM or SGM without the right todebate or to vote;
DELEGATES AND VOTES – ARTICLE 21
21. The AGM or SGM is composed of a number of delegates allocated as follows:
21.1.1 Each Regional Association shall be entitled to three (3) delegates and with four (4) votes. Each Regional Association may either mandate their three (3) delegates to exercise its four (4) votes collectively, alternatively, to abstain from voting;
21.1.2 The League shall be entitled to six (6) delegates and with six (6) votes. The League may either mandate their (6) delegates to exercise its six (6) votes collectively, alternatively, to abstain from voting;
21.1.3 Each Associate Member shall be entitled two (2) delegates and with one (1) vote each. Each Associate member may either mandate their two (2) delegates to exercise their one (1) vote collectively, alternatively, to abstain from voting;
21.2 Delegates must be accredited by the Member that they represent having been either appointed or elected by that Member. Written proof of appointment or election must be provided upon written request;
21.3 Only accredited delegates present are entitled to vote. Voting by proxy or by letter is not permitted;
21.4 The Members of the NEC may participate in the AGM or SGM and are entitled to vote. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to preclude them from eligibility for re-election;
21.5 During their terms of office, Members of the National Executive Committee may not be appointed as delegates for their regional associations or any other Member of SAFF;
21.6 The Chief Executive Officer may participate in the AGM or SGM, but may not vote
AGM OR SGM’ AREAS OF AUTHORITY – ARTICLE 22
22. The AGM or SGM has the following authority:
22.1 adopting or amending the Constitution, Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes and the Standing Orders of the AGM or SGM;
22.2 approving the Minutes of the last meeting;
22.3 electing the President, the Vice-Presidents and Members of the National Executive Committee, and to confirm those nominated by the League;
22.4 appointing the Auditors;
22.5 approving the National Executive Committee report;
22.7 fixing the Membership subscriptions;
22.8 deciding, upon the nomination of the National Executive Committee, whether to confer the title of Honorary President or Honorary Member upon any person;
22.9 Expelling a Member, Special Member or Associate Member;
22.10 passing decisions at the request of a Member in accordance with this Constitution.
22.11 approving the annual financial statements;
QUORUM OF THE AGM OR SGM – ARTICLE 23
23.1 A Quorum of the AGM or SGM shall be 50% plus 1 of the Members who are in good standing and who are entitled to vote.
23.2 In the event of a quorum not being present sixty (60) minutes after a proposed time of commencement of the AGM or SGM, the AGM or SGM will be postponed the same day until two (2) weeks later, and at such postponed date whoever shall be present shall then constitute a quorum and the AGM or SGM will proceed.
23.3 A quorum is not required for the second (postponed) meeting unless any item on the agenda proposes the amendment of the SAFF constitution or the election of the President, the vice-Presidents and any Member of the National Executive Committee, the dismissal of one or a number of Members of a body of SAFF, the expulsion of a Member of SAFF or the dissolution of SAFF
DECISIONS OF THE AGM OR SGM – ARTICLE 24
24.1 Unless otherwise stipulated in these Statutes, a simple majority of the accredited Members in good standing who are entitled to vote is sufficient for a vote to be valid.The number of valid votes counted shall decide the majority. Spoilt or blank voting slips or any other forms of abstentions are disregarded in calculating the majority.
24.2 A decision that requires a vote shall be reached by a show of hands or by means of an electronic count. In the event that voting by a show of hands does not result in a clear majority in favour of a motion, the vote shall be taken by calling the roll in alphabetical order.
ELECTIONS OF OFFICERS – ARTICLE 25
25.1 Subject to the provisions of this Article, the election of office-bearers shall be by vote of accredited delegates and office-bearers present at a Quadrennial AGM or SGM of SAFF;
25.2 Any person shall be eligible for election as President, Vice President or Member of the National Executive Committee provided that such person is nominated by a Member in good standing and complies with the eligibility provisions of the SAFF Electoral Code;
25.3 Each Member and office-bearer present at the elective A GM or SGM shall have a vote which shall be exercised in accordance with the provisions of Article 21 in any election of office bearers, provided that no delegate shall be entitled to vote unless the Member which he/she represents is a Member in good standing and the vote to be cast represents the duly mandated position of the Member on whose behalf the vote is to be cast;
25.4 Any Member in good standing shall be entitled to submit nominations for the position of President, and the three (3) Vice-Presidents (other than the League Vice-President), and the National List ofcandidates for election to the NEC;
25.5 Only Regional Members in good standing shall be entitled to submit nominations from their Province to the Provincial List of candidates for election;
25.6 Sixty (60) days prior to the date of the elective AGM or SGM the Chief Executive Officer shall distribute nomination forms to Members via Electronic mail;
25.7 Members shall submit the nomination forms via electronic mail duly acknowledged to SAFF’s auditor such that they are received at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the elective AGM or SGM. The closing date and time shall be specified in a circular distributed by the Chief Executive Officer with the nomination forms;
25.8 No nomination form will be accepted by SAFF unless: –
25.8.1 The nomination form is signed by the President/Chairperson and the Secretary of the Member submitting the nomination and;
25.8.2 the nominee has submitted to the auditors his/her signed acceptance of the nomination on the form provided for this purpose, or in a copy or facsimile thereof, and this signed acceptance has been received by the auditor at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the elective AGM or SGM.
25.9 The onus shall be on the Member concerned to ensure that nominations and acceptances are received by the auditors on or before the closing date.
25.10 Within seven (7) days after the closing date for nominations, the auditor shall submit a list of those persons duly nominated to the Chief Executive Officer / Nominated Officer who shall forward the list to the SAFF Electoral Committee for approval. The original nomination forms shall be retained by the auditors;
25.11 Within fourteen (14) days of receipt of nominations from the auditors, the Chief Executive Officer shall send the list of nominations as received from the auditors and approved by the Electoral Committee to all Members along with the agenda for the elective AGM or SGM;
25.12 The Chairperson of the Electoral Committee and Members of the Committee will conduct the elections in accordance with the provisions of the SAFF Electoral Code;
25.13 Should there be fewer nominations for a post than there are vacancies to be filled nominations may be made from the floor. In such event no nomination will be accepted unless the nominee in question is present at the elective AGM or SGM and indicates his/her willingness to accept nomination;
25.14 The first person to be elected shall be the President. Should only one nomination be received the candidate shall be declared duly elected unless delegates drawn from at least four (4) Members request a ballot. In such event, delegates shall vote either “for” or “against” the candidate. Should the candidate not poll a majority of the votes, fresh nominations shall be taken from the floor. Where more than one nomination is received, the election shall take place by simple majority vote. In the event of a tie, the outgoing President (or if he/she is a candidate, an outgoing Office Bearer nominated for this purpose by the outgoing National Executive Committee) shall have a casting vote in addition to his/her deliberative vote;
25.15 Following the election of the President and the three (3) Vice-Presidents (at least one of whom shall be female), should only three (3) nominations be received (at least one of whom shall be female), the candidates shall be declared duly elected. Should more than three (3) nominations for these positions be received, then such elections will be determined by means of a ballot with the three (3) candidates polling the most number of votes elected to the position of Vice-Presidents, subject to at least one of whom shall be female or reword as such:
25.16 Thereafter four (4) additional National Executive Committee Members, at least one (1) of whom shall be a female, shall be elected from the National List. Should only four (4) nominations be received and at least one of the four (4) nominees is a female, the candidates shall be declared duly elected, but should the nominees not meet this criterion then an election will be held. The election will be determined by means of a ballot with the four (4) candidates polling the highest number of votes being elected to the position of Executive Committee Member, provided that at least one (1) Executive Committee Member shall be a female. Delegates may vote for a maximum of four (4) candidates, but may vote for fewer than four (4). In the event of a tie a second round of voting will be held between those candidates who are tied only;
25.17 Thereafter the President shall announce the names of the Provincial Chairpersons elected from the Provincial AGM or SGM, namely one (1) from each of the Provinces of the Republic of South Africa.
25.18 Should any disputerelating to an election arise during the meeting, the electoral Committee shall rule thereon, and its ruling shall be final and may not be challenged by any candidate, delegate or Member;
25.19 Subject to the provisions of this Article, Office Bearers hold office until their successors have been elected at an elective AGM or SGM;
25.20 A vacancy in any office of the National Executive Committee shall occur:-
25.20.1 upon the death or resignation of a Member;
25.20.2 If a Member is absent from three(3) consecutive meetings of the National Executive Committee without prior permission unless the National Executive Committee upon good cause being shown, otherwise decides;
25.20.3 If a Member is found guilty of having conducted himself in any manner likely to prejudice the objects or activities of SAFF and/or whose conduct has the effect of bringing SAFF into disrepute;
25.20.4 upon the amendment of these Statutes providing for the addition of new Members;
25.21 Should the office of any Member of the National Executive Committee become vacant, the remaining Members of the National Executive Committee shall have the power to co-opt a Member in his place until the next Quadrennial elective AGM or SGM provided that should the office of the President become vacant, the National Executive shall, at its next meeting elect one of the three (3) ordinary Vice-presidents other than the League Vice President to act as President until the next Ordinary AGM or SGM;
25.22 At any Ordinary AGM or SGM which is not an elective AGM or SGM, elections will be held to fill offices that are vacant. Candidates for such elections may be nominated only in accordance with the nomination procedures of this Article. In each category of Office Bearer in respect of which there are vacancies, delegates may vote for as many candidates as there are vacancies with the required number of candidates who obtain the highest number of votes in the first round of voting being elected. In the event of a tie, the tie-break mechanisms set out in this Article for the relevant category of Office Bearer will apply;
25.23 An office bearer elected in accordance with Article
25.22 to fill a vacancy on the National Executive Committee holds office until the next Quadrennial elective AGM or SGM;
25.24 The President and Chief Executive Officer shall not serve on the Executive body of any Member;
ORDINARY AGM OR SGM / AND POLICY AGM OR SGM – ARTICLE 26
26.1 The Ordinary AGM or SGM shall be held once a year;
26.2 The National Executive Committee shall fix the place and date. The Members shall be notified in writing at least 90 calendar days in advance;
26.3 Subject to Article 27.3, the formal convocation shall be made in writing at least thirty (30) calendar days before the date of the AGM or SGM. This convocation shall contain the agenda, the National Executive Committee’s activity report, the financial statements and the auditors’ report, the minutes of the last AGM or SGM and any other relevant documents;
26.4 All delegates of Members in good standing shall be entitled to speak at any General Meeting of SAFF;
26.5 The following, if present, shall be entitled to vote:-
26.5.1 Delegates appointed by each Member in good standing.
26.6 Policy AGM or SGM shall be held once a year and the provisions set out above for Ordinary AGM or SGM shall mutatis mutandis apply.
ORDINARY AGM OR SGM AGENDA/ AND POLICY AGM OR SGM ANNUAL AGM OR SGM – ARTICLE 27
27.1. The Chief Executive Officer shall by email, give all Members at least ninety (90) days advance notice of the date of the Ordinary AGM or SGM, which date shall be determined by the National Executive Committee and shall ordinarily be a date no later than the end of November;
27.2. If, by 30 June in any year, no date for an Ordinary AGM or SGM has been fixed by the National Executive Committee, any Member may by written notice to the Chief Executive Officer nominate a date for the Ordinary AGM or SGM between 100 and 120 days away, and the National Executive Committee shall convene the Ordinary AGM or SGM for the date nominated in the first such notices/he receives;
27.3 The Chief Executive Officer shall draw up the agenda based on proposals from the National Executive Committee and the Members. Any proposal that a Member wishes to submit to the AGM or SGM shall be sent to the Chief Executive Officer in writing, with a brief explanation, by close of business at least thirty (30) days before the date of AGM or SGM;
27.4 Motions to an Ordinary AGM or SGM shall be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer of SAFF in writing per registered post and/or telefax or by email by the close of business not less than thirty(30) days prior to the date of such Ordinary AGM or SGM. The Chief Executive Officer of SAFF shall circulate all motions submitted to him/her together with the agenda for the Meeting and the audited financial statements of SAFF to all Members per registered post and/or telefax or by email not less than fourteen (14) days prior to the Ordinary AGM or SGM;
27.5 Members must forward in writing to the Chief Executive Officer the names of the delegates who will represent them at the Annual AGM or SGM. Unless such confirmation is received by the Chief Executive Officer at least seven (7) days before the meeting, the delegates in question will not be accredited and will not be entitled to participate in the meeting;
27.6 The Annual AGM or SGM may on good cause shown condone any non-compliance with the time limits set out in this Article.
27.7 The following business will be considered at each Annual AGM or SGM:
27.7.1 The AGM or SGM agenda shall include the following mandatory items:
18.104.22.168 Declaration that the Ordinary AGM or SGM has been convened and composed in compliance with the Statutes of SAFF;
22.214.171.124 Approval of the agenda;
126.96.36.199 An address by the President;
188.8.131.52 Appointment of Members to check the minutes;
184.108.40.206 Appointment of scrutineers;
220.127.116.11 Suspension or expulsion of Members (if applicable);
18.104.22.168 Dismissal of a Member or a person (if applicable);
22.214.171.124 Approval of the minutes of the preceding AGM or SGM;
126.96.36.199 National Executive Committee’s activity report (containing the activities since the last AGM or SGM);
188.8.131.52 presentation and approval of the consolidated Annual Financial Statements and reports of the Auditors for the previous year;
184.108.40.206 Presentation of the budget;
220.127.116.11 admission for Membership (if applicable);
18.104.22.168 votes on proposals for amendments to the constitution, the regulations governing the application of the statutes and the standing orders of the AGM or SGM (if applicable);
22.214.171.124 Discussion of items proposed by the National Executive Committee of SAFF or the Members of SAFF as contemplated in Article 27.4;
126.96.36.199 appointment of independent auditors (if applicable) upon the proposal of the National Executive Committee;
188.8.131.52 election of the President, Vice-Presidents and Members of the National Executive Committee (if applicable);
184.108.40.206 any further items proposed by the Members or the NEC (if applicable)
27.7.2 The agenda of an Annual AGM or SGM may be altered, provided two-thirds (2/3) of the Members present at the AGM or SGM and eligible to vote, agree to such a motion.
27.7.3 The AGM or SGM shall not make a decision on any point not included in the agenda.
27.8 The Agenda for the Policy AGM or SGM shall be determined by the National Executive Committee and the provisions regarding notices, motions etc. shall be mutatis mutandis be those set out for Annual AGM or SGM;
EXTRAORDINARY AGM OR SGM – ARTICLE 28
28.1 The National Executive Committee may convene an Extraordinary AGM or SGM at any time.
28.2 The National Executive Committee shall convene an extraordinary AGM or SGM if one third (1/3) of the Members of SAFF make such a request in writing. The request shall specify the items for the agenda. An extraordinary AGM or SGM shall be held within one (1) month of receipt of the request. If an Extraordinary AGM or SGM is not convened, the Members who requested it may convene the AGM or SGM themselves. As a last resort, the Members may request assistance from AMF.
28.3 The Members shall be notified of the place, date and agenda at least 15 calendar days before the date of an extraordinary AGM or SGM.
28.4 When an Extraordinary AGM or SGM is convened on the initiative of the National Executive Committee, it must draw up the agenda. When an Extraordinary AGM or SGM is convened upon the request of Members, the agenda must contain the points raised by those Members.
28.5 The agenda of the Extraordinary AGM or SGM may not be altered
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION, REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE APPLICATION OF THE STATUTES AND THE STANDING ORDERS OF THE AGM OR SGM – ARTICLE 29
29.1 The AGM or SGM is responsible for amending the Statutes, the Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes and the Standing Orders of the AGM or SGM;
29.2 Any proposals for an amendment to the Constitution must be submitted in writing with a brief explanation to the general secretariat by a Member or by the National Executive Committee;
29.3 A proposal for an amendment to the Statutes shall be adopted only if two-thirds (2/3) of the Members present and eligible to vote agree to it;
29.4 When considering an amendment to the Statutes, regulations and standing orders of the AGM or SGM, it shall be competent to adopt an amendment to such amendment;
29.5 The text of all amendments to the Statutes shall be forwarded to all Members and submitted to the Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service within 30 (thirty) days of it having been approved by AGM or SGM;
29.6 Any proposal to amend the Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes and the Standing Orders of the AGM or SGM must be submitted in writing with a brief explanation to the general secretariat by a Member or by the National Executive Committee;
29.7 A proposal for an amendment to the Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes and the Standing Orders of the AGM or SGM shall be adopted only if a simple majority of the Members present and eligible to vote agree to it;
MINUTES – ARTICLE 30
30.1 The Chief Executive Officer / General Secretary shall be responsible to oversee the recording and the preparation of the minutes at the AGM or SGM. The minutes shall be checked by those Members designated and shall be approved at the next AGM or SGM;
30.2 The Chief Executive Officer shall distribute the minutes of the AGM or SGM within 30 days after the date of the AGM or SGM;
EFFECTIVE DATES OF DECISIONS – ARTICLE 31
31.Decisions passed by the AGM or SGM shall come into effect for the Members immediately after the close of the AGM or SGM, unless the AGM or SGM fixes another date for a decision to take effect.
NATONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 32
32.1 The National Executive Committee consists of the following Members:
32.1.2 Four (4) Vice Presidents, who shall directly be elected by the Members, one (1) of whom shall be female and one (1) of whom shall be the President of the League;
32.1.3 Four (4) Members elected by the SAFF AGM or SGM from the National list one (1) of whom shall be a female;
32.1.4 Two (2) Members shall be nominated by the National Soccer League and elected by the AGM or SGM;
32.1.5 Nine (9) Provincial Chairpersons elected by the AGM or SGM as nominated by the Provincial AGM or SGM.
32.2 The President, the Vice-Presidents and the Members of the National Executive Committee shall be elected by the AGM or SGM. Every candidate in the election of National Executive Committee Members must be proposed by at least one Member or Special Member, as the case may be. The Members elected by the League shall be confirmed by the AGM or SGM;
32.3 The mandate of the President, Vice-Presidents and Members of the National Executive Committee is for four (4) years. They may be re-elected;
32.4 The Members of the National Executive Committee shall have been active in Futsal, must not have been previously found guilty of a criminal offence and sentenced to a period of imprisonment without the option of a fine and have residency within the territory of the Republic of South Africa;
32.5 The official list of candidates must be sent to the Members of SAFF along with the agenda for the AGM or SGM at which the National Executive Committee will be elected as contemplated in Article 25.11;
32.6 A Member of the National Executive Committee may not at the same time be a Member of a judicial body of SAFF;
32.7 Should a position become vacant, the National Executive Committee shall fill that position until the next Ordinary AGM or SGM, when a replacement will be elected for the remaining period of the mandate.
MEETINGS OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 33
33.1 The National Executive Committee shall meet at least once a quarter.
33.2 The Chief Executive Officer / General Secretary shall convene the National Executive Committee meetings in consultation with the President. Should 50% of the National Executive Committee Members request a meeting, the Chief Executive Officer shall convene it within twenty-one (21) calendar days of such request;
33.3 The Chief Executive Officer shall compile the agenda in consultation with the President. Each Member of the National Executive Committee is entitled to propose items for inclusion in the agenda. The Members of the National Executive Committee must submit the items they wish to be included in the agenda for the meeting to the Chief Executive Officer at least 14 calendar days before the meeting. The agenda must be sent out to the Members of the National Executive Committee at least seven calendar days before the meeting;
33.4 The Chief Executive Officer shall participate in the meetings of the National Execu tive Committee but shall not have the right to vote;
33.5 The meetings of the National Executive Committee shall not be held in public. The National Executive Committee may, however, invite third parties to attend. Those third parties shall not have voting rights, and may only express an opinion with the permission of the National Executive Committee;
33.6 The National Executive Committee shall approve a meetings calendar of the various standing and other committees appointed by the NEC;
POWERS OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 34
34.1 The National Executive Committee:
34.1.1 Shall pass decisions on all cases that do not come within the sphere of responsibility of the AGM or SGM or are not exclusively reserved for other bodies by law or under these Statutes;
34.1.2 Shall prepare and convene the Annual, Policy and Extraordinary AGM or SGM of SAFF;
34.1.3 Shall appoint the chairperson, deputy chairperson and Members of the standing committees;
34.1.4 Shall recommend to the AGM or SGM the chairperson, deputy chairperson and Members of the judicial bodies;
34.1.5 May decide to set up ad-hoc committees, if necessary at any time;
34.1.6 Shall compile the regulations for the organisation of standing committees and ad-hoc committees;
34.1.7 Shall appoint or dismiss the Chief Executive Officer;
34.1.8 Shall propose the independent auditors to the AGM or SGM;
34.1.9 Shall decide the place and dates of and the number of teams participating in the competitions of SAFF;
34.1.10 Shall appoint the coaches for the representative teams and other technical staff including Heads of Delegation;
34.1.11 Shall approve regulations stipulating how SAFF shall be organised internally;
34.1.12 Shall ensure that the Statutes are applied and adopt the executive arrangements required for their application;
34.1.13 May delegate tasks arising out of its area of authority to other bodies of SAFF or third parties;
34.1.14 May give strategic direction to the policies of the Association;
34.1.15 Approves the budget;
DECISIONS OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 35
35.1 National Executive Committee shall not engage in valid debate unless the absolute majority (50%+1) of its Members are present. Once the National Executive Committee meets the quorum at the commencement of the meeting, all decisions taken by the meeting shall be valid and binding;
35.2 The National Executive Committee shall reach decisions by a simple majority of the Members present. In the event of a tied vote, the President shall have the casting vote. Voting by proxy or by letter is not permitted;
35.3 Any Member of the National Executive Committee must withdraw from the debate and from taking a decision if there is any risk of a conflict of interests;
35.4 The decisions taken shall be recorded in the minutes;
35.5 The decisions taken by the National Executive Committee shall come into effect immediately unless the National Executive Committee decides otherwise;
DISMISSAL OF PERSON OR BODY – ARTICLE 36
36.1 The National Executive Committee may submit a proposal to place such a motion for dismissal on the agenda of the National Executive Committee or AGM or SGM;
36.2 The motion for dismissal must be justified in writing and sent to the Members of SAFF along with the agenda;
36.3 The person or body in question may attend the AGM or SGM and has the right to speak in his/her or its defence;
36.4 If the motion for dismissal is upheld, the AGM or SGM or National Executive Committee shall reach a decision by means of secret ballot. For the motion to be passed, a majority of two-thirds of the valid votes is required;
36.5 The person or body dismissed (provisionally) must be relieved of his/her or its functions with immediate effect;
PRESIDENT – ARTICLE 37
37.1 The President represents SAFF legally;
37.2 He/she is primarily responsible for:
37.2.1 Monitoring the implementation of the decisions passed by the AGM or SGM and the National Executive Committee through the Chief Executive Officer/General Secretary;
37.2.2 Ensuring the effective functioning of the bodies of SAFF in order that they achieve the objectives described in these Statutes;
37.2.3 Overseeing the work of the Chief Executive Officer;
37.2.4 Promoting good relations between SAFF and its Members, AMF, CAFUSA, political bodies and other organisations;
37.3 The President may in consultation with the National Executive Committee propose the appointment or dismissal of the Chief Executive Officer/General Secretary;
37.4 The President shall preside over the AGM or SGM, the Executive Committee, Emergency Committee meetings and those committees of which he/she has been appointed chairperson;
37.5 The President shall have an ordinary vote on the Executive Committee and, whenever votes are equal, shall have a casting vote;
37.6 If the President is absent or unavailable, a Vice President available or a Member of the National Executive Committee shall deputise, and enjoy the same powers of the President;
37.7 Any additional powers of the President shall be contained in the internal organisation regulations of SAFF;
37.8 Performs other responsibilities assigned by the NEC;
37.9 The President shall not be an owner or have any interest financial or otherwise in any Futsal Club under the jurisdiction of SAFF;
CANDIDATE FOR THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT – ARTICLE 38
38.1 The President shall be elected by AGM or SGM for period of four (4) years. His/her mandate shall begin after the end of the AGM or SGM which has elected him. A P resident may be re-elected.
38.2 For the election of the President, 2/3 of the votes recorded and valid are necessary in the first ballot. In the second and any other requisite ballot, an absolute majority of the votes recorded (50%+1) is sufficient. If there are more than two candidates, the candidate that obtains the lowest number of votes is eliminated from the second ballot until only two candidates are left;
38.3 Only Members of SAFF may propose candidates for the office of the President. Members shall notify the general secretariat (or its appointed agent for this purpose) in writing of the name of a candidate at least 30 calendar days before the date of the AGM or SGM;
38.4 The general secretariat shall notify the Members of the names of the proposed candidates at least thirty (30) days before the date of the AGM or SGM;
38.5 If the President is permanently or temporarily prevented from performing his/her official functions, a Vice-President or any other Member of the National Executive Committee shall represent him until the next AGM or SGM. This AGM or SGM shall elect a new President, if necessary.
REPRESENTATION AND SIGNATURE – ARTICLE 39
39.1 The President and the Chief Executive Officer represent SAFF legally and are duly authorized to represent SAFF in any legal proceedings and are entitled to sign for and on behalf of SAFF;
39.2 The Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer are duly authorized and are entitled to sign for and on behalf of the Association all con tractual agreements concerning important business of SAFF along with the joint signature of the divisional General Manager responsible for the implementation of the contractual agreement;
EMERGENCY COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 40
40.1 The Emergency Committee shall deal with all matters requiring immediate settlement between the meetings of the National Executive Committee. The Emergency Committee will decide on matters that fall under the sole competence of the National Executive Committee. It shall not be entitled to take decisions which come under the remit of other authorities and bodies of the Association (such as the Chief Executive Officer, Standing Committees and/or others);
40.2 The Committee shall consist of the President of SAFF, the four(4) Vice–presidents and four (4) additional Members chosen from amongst the National Executive Committee Members and appointed by the National Executive for a period of 4 years. The Chief Executive Officer shall be an ex-officio Member without the right to vote;
40.3 The President shall convene the Emergency Committee meetings. If a meeting cannot be convened within an appropriate period of time, decisions may be passed through other means of Electronic communication. Such decisions shall have immediate legal effect. The Chief Executive Officer shall notify the National Executive Committee prior to and immediately after the decisions passed by the Emergency Committee;
40.4 All decisions taken by the Emergency Committee shall be ratified by the National Executive Committee at its next meeting;
40.5 If the President is unable to attend a meeting, one of the Vice-Presidents who is available shall deputize;
STANDING COMMITTEES – ARTICLE 41
41.1 The standing committees of SAFF are:
41.1.1 Finance and Procurement Committee;
41.1.2 Audit and Risk Committee;
41.1.3 Organising Committee for SAFF competitions;
41.1.4 Technical and Development Committee;
41.1.5 National Referees’ Committee;
41.1.6 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee;
41.1.7 Women’s Futsal Committee;
41.1.8 Youth Futsal Committee;
41.1.9 Futsal Committee;
41.1.10 Sports Medical Committee;
41.1.11 Players’ Status Committee;
41.1.12 Committee for Ethics and Fair Play;
41.1.13 Media Futsal Committee;
41.1.14 Commercial, Marketing and Television Advisory Board;
41.1.15 Remuneration Committee;
41.1.16 Safety, Security and Protocol Committee;
41.1.17 Disciplinary Committee;
41.1.18 Membership Affairs Committee;
41.1.19 International Affairs Committee;
41.2 The chairperson and deputy chairperson of the standing committees shall be Members of the National Executive Committee. The Members of each standing committee shall be appointed by the National Executive Committee on the proposal of Members of SAFF or the President of SAFF. The chairperson, deputy chairperson and the Members of the standing committees shall be designated for a term of office of no more than four years or until the next elective AGM or SGM;
41.3 Each chairperson shall rep resent his/her committee and conduct business in compliance with the relevant organization regulations drawn up by the National ExecutiveCommittee;
41.4 Each chairperson shall fix the dates of meetings in consultation with The Chief Executive Officer/General Secretary;
41.5 Each committee may propose amendments to its regulations to the National Executive Committee;
FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 42
42.1 The Finance and Procurement Committee shall consist of a Chairperson, a deputy chairperson and no more than 10 (ten) Members and shall:
42.1.1 Advise on areas of financial planning including:
ii.Recommending budgets to NEC for approval
iii. Financial forecasts
42.2 Ensure that the Association keeps complete and detailed accounting records;
42.3 Report to the NEC regularly on the organization’s financial position;
42.4 Ensure that the year-end financial statements are prepared and audited;
42.5 Recommend to the NEC on the Association’s bankers or other financial institutions and the types of bank accounts to be operated;
42.6 Recommend new Financial and Accounting Policies or any amendments thereto, to the NEC for approval;
42.7 Recommend new Procurement Polices and any amendments to the NEC for approval;
42.8 Ensure that the Association maintains proper control of its Fixed Assets and approves the disposals of fixed assets;
42.9 Design a system of efficient and effective internal controls;
42.10 Appoint Members of its sub committees which are:
i.Budget and Cost Monitoring Committee
ii.Bid Specification Committee
iii.Bid Evaluation Committee
iv.Bid Adjudication Committee
42.11 Review, monitor and make recommendations to the NEC on the Association’s investment strategy;
42.12 Review, monitor and make recommendations to the NEC on the Association’s human resources strategy and policies that pertain to staffing and related issues of strategic importance that directly affect the Association’s ability to recruit, develop and retain qualified and experienced staff needed to achieve its objectives;
42.13 Review any external evaluations of the Association’s human resources strategy and policies pertaining to the issues set out in 42.12 above and report to the NEC its findings and recommendations on such issues;
42.14 Consider with other standing committees and management the repercussions of recommendations of other standing committees on the Association’s human resources strategy and policies;
AUDIT AND RISK COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 43
43. The Audit Committee shall consist of a chairperson, a deputy chairperson and no more than 10 (ten) Members and shall:-
43.1 Ensure the completeness and reliability of the financial accounting;
43.2 Consider and make recommendations to the NEC on the appointment and retention of the external auditor(s), the audit fee(s) and any questions of the resignation or dismissal of the external auditor(s);
43.3 Oversee the internal audit function;
43.4 Oversee performance information reporting;
43.5 Review the effectiveness of the SAFF’s internal control systems, including information technology security and control, as well as for the safeguarding of its assets;
43.6 Review the effectiveness of the systems for monitoring compliance with laws, regulations and policies;
43.7 Oversee the risk management processes
ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR SAFF COMPETITIONS – ARTICLE 44
44. The Organising Committee for SAFF Competitions shall consist of a chair person, a deputy chairperson and no more than 10 (ten) Members one of whom shall be from the League and shall:-
44.1 organise and monitor the competitions of SAFF in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution and the regulations applicable to SAFF competitions;
44.2 provide and monitor the implementation of guidelines for the efficient management of all SAFF competitions;
44.3 advise the National Executive Committee on the competitions calendar;
44.4 shall examine and approve applications for all proposed new competitions amateur and non-amateur) by Members to be played within SAFF’s jurisdiction;
44.5submit regular reports to the NEC;
TECHNICAL AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 45
45. The Technical and Development Committee shall consist of a chairperson, a deputy chairperson and no more than 10 (ten) Members who shall:
45.1 primarily analyse the basic aspects of Futsal training and technical development;
45.2 seek the improvement of training methods;
45.3 take all possible measures to improve the qualifications of coaches;
45.4 resolve questions on the theory of and practice of Futsal;
45.5 take all possible measures to promote familiarization with and experience in teaching Futsal;
45.6 organise courses and conferences for instructors, trainers, coaches and administrators;
45.7 compile material on teaching and coaching techniques for players, trainers, coaches and referees;
45.8 provide the assistance necessary for the production of didactic films;
45.9 issue memoranda from time to time regarding technical assistance and grants which have been given or are to be given towards any development project;
45.10 be responsible for editing the technical section of official SAFF publications;
45.11 recommend coaches, instructors or trainers for all national teams and Members at the Members’ request;
45.12 consider and submit proposals on promotion and development of Futsal;
45.13 develop and maintain regulations on Futsal courts;
45.14 advise the National Executive Committee on Reports submitted by coaches of National Teams;
45.15 submit regular reports to the National Executive Committee.
NATIONAL REFEREES COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 46
46. The National Referees Committee shall consist of a chairperson, a deputy chairperson and no more than ten (10) Members and shall:-
46.1 supervise and monitor the implementation/ of the Laws of the Game;
46.2 make decisions and interpretations regarding the Application of the Laws of the Game;
46.3 propose to the National Executive Committee any amendments to the Laws of the Game for submission to the AMF Executive Committee;
46.4 compile a list of referees qualified to supervise international matches for submission to AMF and CAFUSA;
46.5 appoint the referees for all matches under the jurisdiction of SAFF and its affiliates;
46.6 establish uniformity in methods of refereeing and implementation of the Laws for nationwide use;
46.7 establish uniform criteria for the inspection of referees for use by all SAFF Members;
46.8 organise courses for referees and referee instructors;
46.9 draw up a list of instructors and lecturers capable of conducting courses for referees;
46.10 prepare and produce useful didactic material on refereeing;
LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 47
47. The Legal & Constitutional Affairs Committee shall consist of a chairperson, a deputy chairperson and no more than 10 (ten) Members and shall be responsible for the following:
47.1 analyse basic legal issues relating to Futsal and the evolution of the Statutes and regulations of SAFF and its Members;
47.2 take counsel, give advice on cases, disputes, or enquiries submitted to the Committee;
47.3 follow the development of the AMF Statutes and Regulations which govern SAFF and propose to the National Executive Committee any amendment which the Committee deems useful;
47.4 check the statutes and regulations governing affiliated Members, as the case may be, and recommend that the National Executive Committee intervene to bring about any desired amendments;
47.5 Issue memoranda from time to time on the meaning of, and lessons to be learnt from Disciplinary Committee, Appeals Board and Arbitration decisions and to advise the Association and/or its Members on relevant matters in this regard;
47.6 assist in the review of sponsorship, player/official and other contracts/legal agreements entered into from time to time by the Association;
47.7 conduct regular reviews of the SAFF Constitution to ensure compliance with CAFUSA and AMF statutes and to advise and propose changes/updates to the Association’s Articles, Rules, Regulations and Guidelines;
47.8 supply a panel of pro-forma prosecutors to present cases for SAFF at SAFF’s judicial bodies;
47.9 review SAFF Members’ Constitutions, Rules and Regulations to ensure compliance with the provisions of the SAFF, AMF and CAFUSA statutes;
47.10 provide guidelines for the maintenance of the SAFF Legal archives;
47.11 review SAFF’s competition rules from time to time;
47.12 submit regular reports to the NEC.
WOMEN’S FUTSAL COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 48
48.the Committee for Women’s Futsal shall consist of a chairperson, a deputy chairperson and no more than 10 (ten) Members and shall be responsible for the following:
48.1 drafting and submitting proposals on policies on women Futsal development;
48.2 dealing with all matters relating to Women Futsal;
48.3 monitoring Women’s Futsal competitions;
48.4 submitting regular reports to the NEC.
YOUTH FUTSAL COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 49
49. The Youth Futsal Committee shall consist of a chairperson, a deputy chairperson and no more than 10 (ten) Members and be responsible for the following:
49.1 monitoring youth Futsal competitions;
49.2 advising the National Executive Committee on all matters related to youth development;
49.3 conceptualising, guiding and coordinating the development of a comprehensive youth development policy framework for the Association;
49.4 ensuring the implementation of the As sociation’s Youth Development Framework;
49.5 advising the National Executive Committee on all matters related to development of youth at all school levels;
49.6 ensuring the establishment of viable Futsal structures in the nation’s school system;
49.7 submitting regular reports to the NEC.
FUTSAL COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 50
50. Futsal Committee shall be composed the chairperson and no more than ten (10) Members responsible for the following:
50.1 monitoring futsal competitions and dealing with all matters relating to indoor Futsal;
50.2 advising the NEC on matters related to the development of the Laws of the Game for futsal;
50.4 organising such matches and competitions as may be necessary for the advancement of futsal in South Africa;
50.5 conceptualizing, guiding and coordinating the development of a comprehensive futsal development framework for the Association;
50.6 dealing with general issues in Futsal but primarily with its structure as well as relations between Academies, Clubs, Leagues, Members, CAFUSA and AMF;
50.7 drafting policy to promote Futsal talent in S.A;
50.8 monitoring the implementation of the policy;
50.9 submitting regular reports to the NEC.
SPORTS MEDICAL COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 51
51. The Sports Medical Committee consists of a chairperson, a deputy chairperson and no more than 10 (ten) Members and shall be responsible for the following:
51.1 dealing with all medical aspects of Futsal;
51.2 advising the National Executive Committee on every aspect of medicine, physiology and hygiene;
51.3 developing and using scientific experience in the fields of physiology, medical control, training theories, psychology and hygiene;
51.4 developing and maintaining a medical guide for use by coaches, players and referees;
51.5 developing and maintaining a guide for players to improve their athletic ability, physical fitness and performance capacity;
51.6 preparing memoranda for trainers and coaches on the physical preparation of Futsal players;
51.7 preparing memoranda on diet and nourishment for players, giving appropriate recommendations;
51.8 preparing memoranda on general aspects of sports hygiene and, in particular, the effects of certain substances on the body (alcohol, nicotine, medicaments, drugs, etc.);
51.9 issuing instructions regarding medical facilities to be made available at all international matches and tournaments;
51.10 investigating all types of injuries suffered during Futsal matches and issuing recommendations for improved prevention or treatment of such injuries;
51.11 developing and maintaining regulations on doping control as contemplated by AMF’s Doping Control Regulations.
PLAYERS’ STATUS COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 52
52.1 The Players Status Committee shall consist of a chairperson, a deputy chairperson and no more than ten (10) Members and shall be responsible for the following:-
52.1.1 Setting up and monitoring compliance with transfer regulations in accordance with the SAFF Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players;
52.1.2 Determining the status of Players for various competitions of SAFF;
52.1.3 Submitting regular reports to the NEC.
52.2 Players’ status disputes involving SAFF, its Members, Players, Officials and match agents shall be settled by an Arbitration Tribunal in accordance with these Statutes.
COMMITTEE FOR ETHICS AND FAIR PLAY – ARTICLE 53
53. The Committee for Ethics and Fair Play shall consist of the chairperson, a deputy chairperson and no more than ten (10) Members and shall be responsible for the following:
53.1 drafting policies to promote Ethics and fair-play;
53.2 monitoring all activities of SAFF;
53.3 Investigating matters relating to the violation of the SAFF Ethics Policy or suspected unethical conduct, Statutes or Code of Conduct by Members of the Regional Executive Committees, Provincial Executive Committee or the National Executive Committee of SAFF;
53.4 To investigate and adjudicate incidents of suspected unethical conduct against any Member when requested to do so by the President, Emergency Committee or National Executive Committee or AGM or SGM or the CEO of SAFF;
53.5 Submit reports of the investigation to the National Executive Committee;
53.6 Depending on the nature of the suspected violation and the circumstances thereof, the National Executive Committee may refer some cases of suspected misconduct to an independent panel to investigate;
53.7 Ensuring that the Ethics framework of SAFF is aligned with that of AMF and CAF.
MEDIA FUTSAL COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 54
54. The Committee for Media Futsal shall consist of the chairperson, a deputy chairperson and no more than ten (10) Members and shall be responsible for the following:
54.1 dealing with the working conditions for the media at SAFF;
54.2 maintaining relations with media organizations;
54.3 drafting media policy for approval by the NEC;
54.4 monitoring compliance with policy;
54.5 submitting regular reports to the NEC.
COMMERCIAL MARKETING AND TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD – ARTICLE 55
55. It shall consist of a chairperson a deputy chairperson and no more than 10 (ten) Members and shall be responsible for the following:
55.1 conceptualizing, guiding and coordinating the development of a comprehensive commercial policy framework for the Association;
55.2 in consultation with the Legal Committee, advising the National Executive Committee with regard to drafting and implementing contracts between SAFF and its partners;
55.3 developing and analysing marketing and television strategies;
55.4 dealing with all sponsorship and commercial matters;
55.5 advising the NEC on all matters related to the commercialization of the Association’s properties;
55.6 submitting regular reports to the NEC.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 56
56. The Dispute Resolution Committee shall consists of at least three (3) Members, provided that the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson shall have legal qualifications and shall be responsible for the following:-
56.1 dealing with the following disputes and other disputes not provided for in the Disciplinary Code:
56.1.1 Disputes between SAFF and its Members;
56.1.2 Disputes between affiliates and its Members;
56.1.3 Disputes involving players, officials and intermediary that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the judicial bodies or the Players Status Committee;
56.1.4 Submitting regular reports to NEC.
MEMBERSHIP AFFAIRS – ARTICLE 57
57. The Membership Affairs Committee shall consist of the chairperson, deputy chairperson and not more than ten (10) Members and shall be responsible for the following:
57.1 advising the National Executive Committee on all matters related to status of Members;
57.2 establishing guidelines to ensure that all SAFF Regions operate viable structures to develop the game of Futsal in their areas of jurisdiction;
57.3 assisting the Provincial Executive Councils in the execution of their duties;
57.4 assisting in the establishment of efficient communication systems between SAFF’s Members and national structures;
57.5 ensuring that all SAFF Members participate fully in the establishment and maintenance of the national players, coaches, referees, administrators and competitions registration database;
57.6 ensuring that all SAFF Members submit Annual Reports to SAFF;
57.7 ensuring that all Association property allocated to the Members is utilised in accordance with the rules, regulations and policies of the Association;
57.8 submitting regular reports to NEC.
SAFETY, SECURITY AND FAIR PLAY COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 58
58. The Safety, Security and Fair Play Committee shall consist of a chairperson a deputy chairperson and no more than 10 (ten) Members and shall be responsible for the following:
58.1 examining generally every aspect of security inside stadia and in the immediate vicinity;
58.2 investigating every possible way of improving security at Futsal matches;
58.3 dealing with security issues at SAFF offices;
58.4 dealing with matters of protocol;
58.5 dealing with matters of protocol during SAFF events;
58.6 drawing up relevant proposals for presentation to the National Executive Committee;
58.7 submitting regular reports to the NEC.
JOINT LIAISON COMMITTEE (JLC) – ARTICLE 59
59. The Joint Liaison Committee shall consist of five (5) representatives from each of SAFF and the League, as follows:
59.1 The SAFF President as the chairperson;
59.2 The three elected Vice Presidents and the CEO of SAFF;
59.3 The Chairperson of The League and four members of the Executive Committee of The League which shall include the CEO;
59.4 Serving as a link between amateur and professional Futsal;
59.5 Ensuring that matters of common concern to both professional and amateur Futsal are adequately addressed in order to give effect to the aims and objectives of SAFF;
59.6 Promoting an integrated approach to Futsal development within the country;
59.7 Dealing with all disputes between SAFF and the League with a view to promoting mutual respect and needed co-operation in developing and promoting Futsal.
AD-HOC COMMITTEES AND SUB COMMITTEES – ARTICLE 60
60.1 The National Executive Committee may, if necessary, create Ad-Hoc committees for special duties and a limited period of time
60.2 The convenor and the Members and the terms of reference shall be set out in the resolution adopted by the National Executive Committee;
60.3 Ad-Hoc committees shall report directly to the National Executive Committee;
60.4 Standing Committees may establish sub-committees to facilitate their work and shall submit reports to their respective Standing Committees;
REMUNERATION COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 61
The Remuneration Committee shall consist of a chairperson, deputy chair and no more than 2 (two) Members and shall:-
61.1 Determine and agree with the NEC on the broad policy for remuneration of the NEC Members, management and staff Members and any other remuneration as defined by the 7th Schedule of the Income Tax Act;
61.2 Recommend and monitor and note the level and structure of remuneration of Senior Management;
61.3 Consider and adjudicate on the achievement of the performance conditions under annual bonus arrangements and make recommendations to the NEC;
61.4 Oversee the setting and administration of remuneration and pay scales at all levels in the Association;
61.5 The establishment of the remuneration policy that will promote the strategic objectives of SAFF and encourage individual performance;
61.6 Evaluate the accuracy of performance measures as they relate to performance bonuses, pay increases and affordability thereof;
61.7 Select an appropriate comparative group when comparing remuneration levels and apply appropriate rigour to the salary benchmarking process;
61.8 Recommend pay and honorarium increases of senior management and NEC Members;
61.9 Ensure sustainable and responsible remuneration levels and practices;
61.10 Prepare feedback reports to the NEC after each Remunerations committee meeting.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/GENERAL SECRETARY – ARTICLE 62
62.1 The Chief Executive Officer represents SAFF legally and is entitled to sign for SAFF;
62.2 The General Secretary is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association and the accounting officer of SAFF;
62.3 He/she shall be appointed on the basis of an agreement governed by private/labour law and shall have the necessary qualifications;
62.4 He/she shall be responsible for:
62.4.1 Implementing decisions passed by the AGM or SGM and National Executive Committee;
62.4.2 Attending the AGM or SGM and meetings of the National Executive Committee, Emergency Committee and the standing and ad-hoc committees;
62.4.3 Organising the AGM or SGM and meetings of the National Executive Committee and other bodies at the instruction of the National Executive Committee and/or the President;
62.4.4 Compiling the minutes for the meetings of the AGM or SGM, National Executive Committee, Emergency Committee and standing and ad-hoc committees;
62.4.5 Managing and keeping the accounts of SAFF properly;
62.4.6 The correspondence of SAFF;
62.4.7 Relations with the Members, committees, AMF, CAF, COSAFF and SASCOC;
62.4.8 Organising the general secretariat/administration;
62.4.9 The appointment and dismissal of staff working in the general secretariat.
62.5 The Chief Executive Officer or his or her nominee shall attend the meetings of all the committees ex officio.
62.6 The General Secretary/Chief Executive Officer shall not be an AGM or SGM delegate or a Member of any body of SAFF.
JUDICIAL BODIES – ARTICLE 63
63 The judicial bodies of SAFF are:
63.1 The National Disciplinary Committee;
63.2 The National Appeal Board;
63.3 The responsibilities and functions of these bodies shall be stipulated in the Disciplinary Code of SAFF, which shall comply with the AMF Disciplinary Code.
63.4 The decision–making powers of other Committees remain unaffected.
63.5 The Members of the judicial bodies may not belong to any other body of SAFF at the same time.
NATIONAL DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE – ARTICLE 64
64.1 The National Disciplinary Committee shall consist of a chairperson, deputy chairperson and the number of Members deemed necessary. The chairperson and the deputy chairperson shall have legal qualifications;
64.2 The functions of this body shall be governed by the Disciplinary Code of SAFF. The committee shall pass decisions only when at least three Members are present. In certain cases, the chairperson may rule alone in accordance with the Disciplinary Code of SAFF;
64.3 The committee may pronounce the sanctions prescribed in these Statutes and the Disciplinary Code of SAFF on Members, Officials, Players, Clubs and match agents and
64.4 These provisions are subject to the disciplinary powers of the AGM or SGM and the National National Executive Committee with regard to the suspension and expulsion of Members.
NATIONAL APPEAL BOARD – ARTICLE 65
65.1 The National Appeal Board shall consist of a chairperson, deputy chairperson and the number of Members deemed necessary. The chairperson and deputy chairperson shall have legal qualifications;
65.2 The function of this body shall be governed by the Disciplinary Code of SAFF. The committee shall pass decisions only when at least three Members are present. In certain cases, the chairperson may rule alone in accordance with the Disciplinary Code of SAFF;
65.3 The Appeal Board is responsible for hearing appeals against decisions from the National Disciplinary Committee that are not declared final including these from the League and any other Members of SAFF;
DISCIPLINARY MEASURES – ARTICLE 66
The disciplinary measures are primarily:-
66.1 Fornatural and legal persons:
66.1.1 A warning;
66.1.2 A reprimand;
66.1.3 A fine;
66.1.4 The return of awards.
66.2 For natural persons:
66.2.1 A caution;
66.2.2 An expulsion;
66.2.3 A match suspension;
66.2.4 A ban from the dressing rooms and/or the substitutes’ bench;
66.2.5 A ban from entering a stadium;
66.2.6 A ban on taking part in any Futsal-related activity.
66.3 For legal persons:
66.3.1 A transfer ban;
66.3.2 Playing a match without spectators;
66.3.3 Playing a match on neutral territory;
66.3.4 A ban on playing in a particular stadium;
66.3.5 Annulment of the result of the match;
66.3.7 A forfeit;
66.3.8 Deduction of points;
66.3.9 Relegation to a lower division.
ARBITRATION – ARTICLE 67
67.1 SAFF shall establish an Arbitration Tribunal, which shall deal with all further appeals from the decision of the National Appeals Board and the decision of an arbitrator shall be final and binding.
67.1.1 The following principles shall form a basis of the establishment of the Tribunal and its regulation:
67.1.2 PARITY, the parties shall have influence over the appointment of arbitrators;
67.1.3 IMPARTIALITY, the arbitrators shall be persons with requisite independence to adjudicate without favour or fear;
67.1.4 FAIRNESS AND RIGHT TO BE HEARD, the proceedings at the Tribunal shall be conducted on the principles of natural justice;
67.2 The National Executive Committee shall draw up special regulations regarding the composition, jurisdiction and procedural rules of this Arbitration Tribunal;
67.3 Everybody or individual falling under the jurisdiction of SAFF shall ensure that any dispute that it has with a body or individual falling under the jurisdiction of SAFF is resolved in accordance with the dispute prevention and resolution procedures set out in the Constitution, Rules and Regulations;
67.4 Where no specific dispute prevention or resolution procedures are set in the Constitution, Rules and Regulations, or where any Member or an affiliate of a Member, or individual prefers to, disputes may be referred directly to arbitration for resolution. It is specifically provided that where Regional Members or its affiliates or individual opt for arbitration, such arbitration may be conducted by a senior lawyer in the Province consented to by the parties.
67.5 Subject to the Constitution of the Republic, and save in circumstances where there is a need for urgent relief of a sort which cannot be obtained through the dispute resolution procedure contemplated by this Article, no body or individual falling under the jurisdiction of SAFF shall approach a Court of Law to decide on a dispute it has with a body or individual affiliated to SAFF.
67.6 The powers of an arbitrator shall be defined in the disciplinary code.
JURISDICTION – ARTICLE 68
68.1 SAFF, its Members, Players, Officials and match agents will not take any dispute to Ordinary Courts unless specifically provided for in these Statutes and AMF regulations. Any disagreement shall be submitted to the jurisdiction of AMF, CAF or SAFF;
68.2 SAFF shall have jurisdiction on internal national disputes, i.e. disputes between parties belonging to SAFF, including foreign nationals, registered by SAFF to participate in SAFF competitions or League competitions.COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT ARTICLE;
68.3 SAFF shall ensure its full compliance and that of its Members, Players, Officials and match agents with any final decision passed by an AMF body or CAS.
FINANCIAL MATTERS – ARTICLE 69
69.1 SAFF shall be conducted on a non-profit basis, with the intent and purpose that its capital and income, however derived shall be applied solely towards the promotion of its objects, and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly, (whether by salary, dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever) by way of profit or distribution to any of the Members of SAFF or their office bearers or Members, provided that nothing herein contained shall preclude the payment in good faith to a Member or any other person of:-
69.1.1 Reasonable remuneration for the services actually rendered for or on behalf of SAFF;
69.1.2 Reimbursement of actual costs, expenses and other commitments incurred on behalf of SAFF;
69.1.3 Payment of gratuity and/or pension on the retirement of any person who previously shall have been in the employ of SAFF;
69.1.4 Payment of honoraria to Members of the National Executive Committee on a basis to be determined and approved by the Ordinary AGM or SGM;
69.1.5 Other expenses approved by the AGM or SGM and expenses that the National Executive Committee is entitled to incur within the scope of its authority;
69.1.6 All other expenses in keeping with the objectives pursued by SAFF;
69.2 The financial period of SAFF shall be one (1) year and shall begin on 1 July and end on 30 June in each year;
69.3 The signatories shall be any two of the five (5) duly authorised by SAFF;
69.4 The financial resources of SAFF shall include, but not be limited to:-
69.4.1 Annual subscription fees of Members;
69.4.2 National competition entry fees;
69.4.3 Player Registration fees;
69.4.4 Sponsorships, Donations, subject to section 30(3)(b)(v) of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962;
69.4.6 State grants;
69.4.7 Returns on investments;
69.4.8 Interest on loans;
69.4.9 Proceeds of sales of assets;
69.4.10 Radio and electronic broadcasting rights.
69.5 SAFF may invest and otherwise deal with the moneys of SAFF not immediately required for its purpose in or upon such investments, securities or property as may be thought fit, in its absolute discretion, with the power to vary or transpose any investments for or into others of any nature or subject;
69.6 SAFF may retain any investment which is donated or bequeathed to it in the form that it was so donated or bequeathed;
69.7 The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for drawing up the annual consolidated accounts of SAFF and its subsidiaries as at 30 June;
69.8 The revenue and expenses of SAFF shall be managed so that they balance out over the financial period. SAFF’s major duties in the future shall be guaranteed through the creation of reserves.
INDEPENDENT AUDITORS – ARTICLE 70
70.1 The independent auditors appointed by the AGM or SGM shall audit the accounts approved by the National Executive Committee in accordance with the appropriate principles of accounting and present a report to the AGM or SGM.
70.2 The auditors shall be appointed for a period of 2 (two) years. This mandate may be renewed.
MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS – ARTICLE 71
71.1 Membership subscriptions are due on 1 July.
71.2 The annual subscription for new Members for the year in question shall be paid within 30 days of the close of the AGM or SGM at which they are admitted.
71.3 The AGM or SGM shall fix the amount of the annual subscription every year on the recommendation of the National Executive Committee.
LEVIES – ARTICLE 72
72. SAFF may determine and demand that a levy be paid by its Members for matches.
COMPETITIONS – ARTICLE 73
73.1 SAFF organizes, coordinates and/or regulates the following official competitions held within its territory:
73.1.1 The Championship
73.1.2 National Cup;
73.1.3 Leagues (semi-professional, amateur and development);
73.1.4 Inter-Regional and Inter-Provincial Competitions;
73.1.5 Youth, Men’s and Women’s competitions;
73.2 The National Executive Committee may delegate to subordinate Leagues the authority to organisecompetitions. The competitions organised by the Leagues shall not interfere with those competitionsorganised by SAFF. Competitions organised by SAFF shall take priority;
73.3 The National Executive Committee may issue special regulations to this end;
CLUB LICENSING – ARTICLE 74
74.1 SAFF shall operate a Club licensing system in accordance with the principles of the Club licensing regulations of AMF and CAFUSA;
74.2 The objective of the Club licensing system is to safeguard the credibility and integrity of Club competitions, to improve the level of professionalism of SAFF, to promote sporting values in accordance with the principles of fair play as well as safe and secure match environments and to promote transparency in the finances, ownership and control of Clubs;
74.3 The National Executive Committee of SAFF shall issue Club licensing regulations governing the Club licensing system.
RIGHTS – ARTICLE 75
75.1 SAFF and its Members are the original owners of all of the rights emanating from competitions and other events coming under their respective jurisdiction, without any restrictions as to content, time, place and law. These rights include, among others, every kind of financial rights, audio-visual and radio recording, reproduction and broadcasting rights, multimedia rights, marketing and promotional rights and incorporeal rights such as logos, emblems, trademarks and other rights arising under copyright law.
75.2 The National Executive Committee shall decide how and to what extent these rights are utilised and draw up special regulations to this end. The National Executive Committee shall approve whether these rights shall be utilised exclusively, or jointly with a third party or entirely through a third party.
AUTHORISATION – ARTICLE 76
76.1 SAFF and its Members are exclusively responsible for authorising the distribution of image and sound and other data carriers of Futsal matches and events coming under their respective jurisdiction, without any restrictions as to content, time, place and technical and legal aspects.
76.2 Permission may however be granted in writing from SAFF and its Members for the purposes of reproduction;
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES AND COMPETITIONS – ARTICLE 77
77.1 The authority for organising international matches and competitions between Association teams and between Leagues and/or Club teams lies solely with AMF. No match or competition shall take place without the prior permission of the AMF National Executive Committee. In addition, permission from the relevant Confederation may be required in accordance with the AMF regulations;
77.2 SAFF is bound to comply with the international match calendar compiled by AMF;
CONTACTS – ARTICLE 78
78. SAFF shall not play matches or make sporting contacts with Associations that are not Members of AMF or with provisional Members of a Confederation without the approval of AMF;
APPROVAL – ARTICLE 79
79. Clubs, Leagues or any other group of Clubs that are affiliated to SAFF cannot belong to another Association or participate in competitions on the territory of another Association without the authorisation of SAFF and the other Association and of AMF, except in exceptional circumstances;
UNFORSEEN CONTIGENCIES AND FORCE MAJEURE – ARTICLE 80
80. The National Executive Committee shall have the final decision on any matters not provided for in the Statutes or in cases of force majeure;
DISSOLUTION – ARTICLE 81
81.1 SAFF may, by resolution at an Extra Ordinary AGM or SGM called solely for this purpose, dissolve the Association;
81.2 A resolution to dissolve the Association will be of no force and effect unless:
81.2.1 it is carried with the support of seventy five percent (75%) of the total number of votes which would have been capable of being cast if every Member in good standing at the date of the extra ordinary AGM or SGM concerned had been fully represented at that meeting; and
81.2.2 it specifies a public benefit organization or organisations approved in terms of Section 30 of the Income Tax Act 50 of 1962 as amended and sharing some of the aims and objectives of SAFF to whom whatever property, capital and accrued income of SAFF remains upon the winding up or dissolution of SAFF, shall be distributed after satisfaction of all debts and commitments of SAFF and the proportions in which any such property, capital or accrued income shall be distributed to such Organizations;
81.3 If SAFF is disbanded its assets shall be transferred to an organisation with similar status and objectives as SAFF. It shall hold these assets in trust as “bonus pater familias” until SAFF is re-established. The final AGM or SGM may, however, choose another recipient for the assets on the basis of a two-thirds majority;
ENFORCEMENT – ARTICLE 82
82. These SAFF Statutes, as adopted at the SAFF Extraordinary AGM or SGM on 26 September 2015 in Cape Town, will come into force on 26 September 2015.
INDEMNITY – ARTICLE 83
83.The officials of SAFF are indemnified against all losses, charges, costs, damages and all other expense and liability they may incur or be put to concerning the bona-fide execution of their duties as officials of SAFF.
AMF AND CAFUSA – ARTICLE 84
84. Subject to the Constitution of the Republic, should this Constitution be silent on any matter that may arise, the Statutes of AMF and CAFUSA shall apply, in that order, and if they too are silent the National Executive shall give a ruling on such matter, which shall be final and binding.
RULES – ARTICLE 85
85.1 SAFF may, by a simple majority of votes cast at an AGM or SGM, adopt Rules consistent with these Statutes;
85.2 Any Rules made in terms of Article 91.1 may be amended or repealed by a simple majority of votes cast at an AGM or SGM;
85.3 Save as is set out in Articles 90.1 above, all Rules shall be deemed to form part of this Constitution and shall be binding on the Association, all Members and all clubs and persons falling under the jurisdiction of the Association and its Members;
REVIEW AND RESCISSION – ARTICLE 86
86.1 Members shall have the right to move a motion to review and rescind any resolution of SAFF. Notice of such motion may be given at the meeting at which the resolution is adopted and must be moved at the following meeting of SAFF on pain of lapsing;
86.2 If such notice is not given at the meeting at which the resolution is adopted it must reach the Chief Executive Officer of SAFF thirty (30) days prior to the Meeting at which it is to be moved, and the Chief Executive Officer shall inform all affiliates thereof at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting;
86.3 No resolution may be rescinded unless two-thirds (2/3) majority of the affiliates present and empowered to vote are in favour of the rescission;
86.4 Upon the rescission of a resolution SAFF shall have the power to pass a fresh resolution as it deems fit;
86.5 No resolution may be reviewed more than once in any calendar year.
NOTICES – ARTICLE 87
87 For the purposes of these Statutes and the Rules and Regulations:
87.1 any document sent by registered mail shall be deemed to have been received within seven (7) working days of same having been posted;
87.2 any document proven to have been faxed successfully to a fax line shall be deemed to have been received at the address of that fax line within one (1) working day of same having been faxed;
87.3 any document proven to have been sent successfully by e-mail to an e-mail address shall be deemed to have been received by the owner of that e-mail address within one (1) working day of same having been successfully sent.