Football Debt Recovery

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1. Club gives notice in writing to the individual concerned with a breakdown of the debt owed. 

2. If payment has not been received before the date stated, the Club may request in writing suspension of the participant. In all cases this should be within 28 days of formal payment being requested and 112 days of the debt being incurred.

3. Request must be sent to the County Association, and pay on advance an administration fee. The creditor must include the following details:

Name, Address and Date of Birth of participant

Detailed summary of all monies owed including dates

Copy of the original letter sent to participant requesting payment

Any other clubs participant is registered with (if known)

4. Suspension notice sent to participant, including Administration fee 

5. Payment sent to County Association. If no payment received on the 22nd day following the suspension notice being issued the participant is suspended from all football activities until the debt is cleared

 

What is valid debt?

Limited to £50 minimum total claim, except for the recovery of Disciplinary Money.

“Football debts are defined as those costs arising directly from football activity, as such would include disciplinary costs (fines), match costs (match fees) and playing expenses. Incidental costs (fund raising) activities, club subscriptions, league admin fees, do not fall within the scope of football debt recovery”

The creditor (league/club) should make the County Association aware as soon as it is clear there is a problem. In all cases this should be within 28 days of formal payment being requested and 112 days of the debt being incurred.

For example, the following would be valid debt, which would fall under debt recovery procedures:

  • Fines from disciplinary cases (cautions, dismissals, misconduct)
  • Match fees

The following would not be a valid debt:

  • Kit/Equipment
  • Club subscriptions/signing on fees/internal club fees
  • Lottery or any other fund raising schemes
  • End of season trip costs

Club Debts

Where a club has folded its qualifying debts may be apportioned against its registered players, members and officers. Therefore, action taken against them individually to recover the club’s debt.