U.S. Futsal By-Laws
About US Futsal
Definition And Purpose
|(a)|| ||As used in these By Laws, the term:|
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An "amateur athlete" refers to any athlete who meets the eligibility standards established by U.S. Futsal for the sport of Futsal (5-A-Side).
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An "amateur athletic competition of Futsal" is a contest or other competition involving only amateur athletes.
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The term "sanction" means a certificate of approval issued by authority of U.S. Futsal.
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The "active athlete" means any individual who, when elected to the National Board of Directors of U.S. Futsal, is currently playing or has played as an affiliated member of a U.S. Futsal National team at the International level within the preceding ten (10) years.
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An "international amateur athletic competition" means any amateur athletic competition involving athletes from two or more countries.
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Members of the "National Players Association" are athletes that have participated as affiliated members in sanctioned amateur athletic competition at any level within the preceding ten (10) years.
|(b)|| ||The "National Council", is the governing body comprised of the National Board of Directors, State Futsal Associations, representatives from the National Futsal Coaches, Players, and Referees Association, and other National Associations or organizations that promote the game of Futsal who may be elected to U.S. Futsal by vote of a majority of members of U.S. Futsal.|
|(c)|| ||The Futsal Association in each State shall be called "State Futsal Association" and will be regarded as the governing body for the sport of Futsal in that particular State, and unless otherwise approved will be defined by the geographical boundaries of each State.|
|(d)|| ||"USFF" shall mean the United States Futsal.|
|(e)|| ||"USSF" shall mean the United States Soccer Federation.|
|(f)|| ||"FIFA" shall mean Fédération Internationale de Football Association.|
|(g)|| ||"FUTSAL" shall also mean the sport of futsal, Minisoccer or 5-a-side.|
This body shall be known as the United States Futsal Federation, a corporation not-for-profit organized in January 1983, under the Laws of the State of California. Its official abbreviation shall be USFF.
U.S. Futsal is an "Other Affiliated Member" of the United States Soccer Federation, USSF, which in turn is affiliated to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association FIFA.
The official colors of the Federation shall be blue, red, and white. Its logo shall be a white eagle on a red (top) and blue (bottom) background with the letters USFF over the eagle and separating the two colors.
The purpose of U.S. Futsal is to act as the governing body for the sport of Futsal (5-a-side / Minisoccer) in the United States as a member the USSF. pursuant to such purposes and the other purposes set forth in its Articles of Incorporation, U.S. Futsal shall promote Futsal in the United States, including National and International games and tournaments; and shall resolve questions and controversies not adjustable under the rules of the State Futsal Associations concerned; and manage the State and National cups, both at the Youth and Senior Level of competition. U.S. Futsal shall encourage and support amateur athletes without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, politics or national origin, and exists solely to promote goodwill through physical fitness.
U.S. Futsal agrees that except as otherwise required by applicable law, it will comply with all By-Laws, policies and requirements of the United States Soccer Federation, Inc., and all statutes, regulations, directives, memorandums and decisions of FIFA and CONCACAF, to the extent applicable to U.S. Futsal, in that it independently shall determine and control all matters central to such governance, shall not delegate such determination and control, and shall be free from outside restraint. This provision shall not be construed as preventing U.S. Futsal from contracting with third parties for administrative assistance and support, in the connection with its purposes and powers.
U.S. Futsal shall be governed by the National Council, which shall consist of:
Federation membership is opened to any individual, and membership without vote may be granted by the National Council to allied sports organizations.
|(a)|| ||The National Board of Directors, each member having one vote.|
|(b)|| ||Any State Futsal Association in good standing and meeting the membership qualification as outlined in the By-Laws of U.S. Futsal.|
|(c)|| ||Any amateur sport organization engaged in the sport of Futsal as promulgated by the United States Futsal Federation and conducting, on a level of proficiency appropriate for the selection of amateur athletes to represent the United States in international amateur athletic competition in the sport of Futsal, a national program or a regular national amateur athletic competition.|
|(d)|| ||Three Members from the National Coaches Association.|
|(e)|| ||Three Members from the National Players Association.|
|(f)|| ||Three Members from the National Referees Association.|
|(g)|| ||Three Members representing the National Organizations.|
|(h)|| ||Three Members representing the Professional Organizations.|
202. General Membership Qualifications and Duties
|(a)|| ||Admission of New Members. State Futsal Associations may be admitted as members at any meeting of the National Council. All new members are under at least one year probation. Each Association on filing its application for membership in U.S. Futsal shall submit seven (7) copies of its rules, regulations, and by laws to the Rules and Revision Committee of the Federation, which shall have power to reject them until properly drawn up; and any subsequent changes in or additions to such duly approved rules, regulations, and by-laws must be submitted to and approved by the Rules and Revision Committee before definite enactment. Provisional recognition may, however, be granted by the National Board of Directors pending the approval of the rules, regulations, and by-laws of such applicant by the Rules and Revision Committee.|
|(b)|| ||Submission of Rule Changes. All members of U.S. Futsal shall, within three months after their Annual General Meeting, file with the Rules and Revisions Committee changes in its rules, regulations, and by-laws for the ensuing season. For failure to comply with this rule, affiliated bodies shall be subject to appropriate sanctions by the National Council.|
|(c)|| ||New Combinations Affecting Existing Associations. New associations, leagues, cup competitions, or other combinations of clubs, teams, players, or officials, being formed within an existing State Association shall not be formed without the consent of the organization concerned. In the event of new formations involving two or more affiliated consenting State Associations, consent must also be obtained from the National Council. Unless otherwise approved, State Associations are defined by the State boundaries of this country.|
|(d)|| ||Alteration of Territory. State Associations and other bodies affiliated with U.S. Futsal shall neither extend nor alter their areas without having obtained the consent of the National Council.|
|(e)|| ||Notice of Composition of Membership. State Associations and other bodies affiliated with U.S. Futsal shall forward to the Secretary on or before February 1st of each year a list of all the leagues, combinations, or cup competitions comprised within their membership. Leagues must follow whenever possible the same boundaries as those of leagues under the jurisdiction of USYSA. Notice of additional members shall be sent to the Secretary within two weeks after their admission to membership.|
|(f)|| ||Fiscal Year. The fiscal year will be defined to begin on the first of May and to end on the thirty of March.|
|(g)|| ||Annual Report and Financial Statement. State Futsal Associations, National Associations, and other bodies holding membership in U.S. Futsal shall prepare and file two (2) weeks before the annual general meeting of the National Council, each year, a statement showing the progress of the game in the district within their respective jurisdictions, showing the number of active players, teams, clubs, leagues, or other combinations, together with the number of games played, competitions completed, and reasons for failure to complete competition when such is the case, and reasons for the premature disbanding of teams. This information is to be distributed among the affiliated Associations. Such members shall furnish also a financial statement for the period subsequent to the date of the preceding annual general meeting up to two (2) weeks before the annual general meeting at which the report is to be presented.|
203. Membership Dues
|(a)|| ||Futsal Associations and other affiliated bodies, shall pay annually to U.S. Futsal a minimum fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00), and a fee for each player and team, that will be determined by the National Council from time to time. Until the first annual dues of the Futsal Association have been paid, no representation on the National Council will be allowed.|
|(b)|| ||All dues for the ensuing year are payable on or before the annual meeting. Any Association or other body in membership which shall have failed to pay its annual dues or other indebtedness on or before the annual meeting shall have no representation on the National Council and be liable to appropriate action by the National Council.|
204. National Council and Member Voting Rights
The Federation shall be governed by the National Council who shall have the authority to elect the officers of the USFF and to remove the same for cause; to enact, amend, or repeal the By Laws as provided in Article IX, section 901; to admit new members, to reclassify and to terminate the membership of members, as provided in Article II, section 202; to receive and review the reports of the National Board of Directors, of the Executive Committee, and of all committees or other persons, concerning the activities of the USFF, and to take such other action as is customary and proper of the members of a corporation. The National Council shall consist of:
No area, state, district, or territory shall be represented in the National Council of the United States Futsal Federation unless admitted to membership under Rule 204.
|(a)|| ||The officers (See 301), who shall be citizens of the United States.|
|(b)|| ||The representatives from each State Association temporarily fulfilling the functions of a State Association, from each other body as defined in these By Laws, and any National organization accepted in membership through direct affiliation.|
| || ||1.|| ||Each State Futsal Association or organization temporarily an actual bona-fide Dues paying membership of not less than four hundred (400) nor more than three thousand (3000) players, in good standing shall be entitled to one representative. Each representative shall be entitled to one vote. State Associations having more than three thousand (3000) players, but less than ten thousand (10,000) players, in good standing shall be entitled to two representatives. State Associations having more than ten thousand (10,000) players, but less than thirty five thousand (35,000) players, in good standing shall be entitled to three (3) representatives. State Associations having more than thirty five thousand (35,000) players, but less than sixty thousand (60,000) players, in good standing shall be entitled to four (4) representatives. State Associations having more than sixty thousand (60,000) players, but less than ninety thousand (90,000) players, in good standing shall be entitled to five (5) representatives. State associations having more than ninety thousand (90,000) players, but less than one hundred twenty five thousand (125,000) players, in good standing shall be entitled to six (6) representatives. State associations having more than one hundred twenty five thousand (125,000) players, but less than one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) players, in good standing shall be entitled to seven (7) representatives. State associations having more than one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) players, but less than one hundred seventy five thousand (175,000) players, in good standing shall be entitled to eight (8) representatives. State associations having more than one hundred seventy five thousand (175,000) players, but less than two hundred thousand (200,000) players, in good standing shall be entitled to nine (9) representatives. State associations having in excess of two hundred thousand (200,000) players registered shall be entitled to ten (10) representatives. No more than ten (10) representatives shall be allowed from a State Association, or other National Organization. State Associations or National Organizations with less than four hundred (400) players will be allowed representation without vote. A lesser number of representatives present may cast the full number of votes to which such a State Association or National Organization is thus entitled.|
| || ||2.|| ||Three Representatives from the National Referees Association.|
| || ||3.|| ||Three Representatives from the National Coaches Association.|
| || ||4.|| ||Three Representatives from the National Players Association.|
| || ||5.|| ||Three Representatives from the National Organizations.|
| || ||6.|| ||Three Representatives from the Professional Organizations.|
|(c)|| ||The Immediate Past Chairman present at any meeting of the Federation shall be entitled to voice and to cast one vote.|
|(d)|| ||If at any meeting of the National Council two (2) or more representatives representing a State Futsal Association, National Organization, or other affiliated body of the USFF should fail to agree upon a question pending before the meeting, the total vote to which such member may be entitled under the provision of these By Laws shall be counted in ratio to such difference.|
|(e)|| ||Any affiliated State Futsal Association, National Organization, or other affiliated body of the USFF, may at any time, on written notice to the Secretary General of the USFF, withdraw any of its representatives or alternates and substitute a like number of representatives or alternates for those withdrawn.|
|(f)|| ||No representative or alternate shall be entitled to represent more than one (1) member organization of the USFF. No representative or alternate shall be entitled to represent any member organization of the USFF unless he or she is an officer or a member of the governing board thereof or has been duly appointed by the member organization whose credentials he or she holds. All representatives and alternates must present their credentials to the USFF through its no less than forty five (45) days prior to the date of the meeting.|
205. National Board of Directors
Subject to the limitations of these By Laws, and to actions to be authorized or approved by the National Council, and to the duties as prescribed by these By Laws, all Federation powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of, and the business affairs of the Federation shall be controlled by, the National Board of Directors that shall administer the affairs of the Federation between National Council meetings. Officers from the affiliated National Organizations shall be appointed annually. These officers shall serve a one-year term, or until his or her successor is selected. The National Board of Directors shall consist of the following officers; selected without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, politics or national origin who shall have one (1) vote, unless otherwise herein provided;
The National Board of Directors shall meet when necessary during the periods between national Council meetings. The Chairman shall preside over Board Meetings. Honorary officers, selected by the National Council to the National Board of Directors, shall be entitled to attend meetings of the National Board of Directors with voice, but without vote. No officer shall be elected to the National Board of Directors of the USFF if he/she is an officer of any other Amateur non soccer related Sports Organization recognized as a Governing Body.
|(a)|| ||The Chairman|
|(b)|| ||President & CEO|
|(c)|| ||The Vice Presidents (5)|
|(e)|| ||The immediate Past Chairman|
|(f)|| ||One Director selected to represent the National Organizations|
|(g)|| ||One Director selected to represent the Professional Organizations|
|(h)|| ||One Representative from the National Referee Association|
|(i)|| ||One Representative from the National Coaches Association|
|(j)|| ||One or more Representatives(s) from the National Players Association as needed to fulfill the 20% active athlete requirement of the board|
206. Executive Committee
The Executive Committee, under the Chairmanship of the Chairman of the USFF shall have the authority to act in the place of the National Board of Directors between National Board of Directors meetings. The Executive Committee shall have five members, consisting of the Chairman, the President - , the two first Vice Presidents and the treasurer.
207. Authority of the National Board of Directors
|(a)|| ||The National Board of Directors shall have full authority to act for the Federation in all matters of administration, and shall make a report to the National Council at its meetings of whatever business has been done by it.|
|(b)|| ||The National Board of Directors shall have power to incur pecuniary liabilities on behalf of the Federation.|
|(c)|| ||The National Board of Directors shall have full power whenever in its sole and exclusive judgment it shall find after an investigation conducted by it that conditions in an affiliated State Association or State Commission have become and continue to be inimical to the best interests of Futsal and the United States of America Futsal Federation, to appoint a commission to administer the affairs of the delinquent association until the next meeting of the National Council for action.|
208. National Council Representatives
|(a)|| ||All representatives to this National Council shall be elected in accordance with the rules and regulations of the affiliated State Futsal Association, Commission, or other affiliated body, if not in conflict with these rules.|
|(b)|| ||Active amateur players shall be fully eligible to serve as representatives and any rule to the contrary shall be void.|
|(c)|| ||Alternates to representatives may attend the meetings of the National Council. Alternates shall not have a vote in the presence of the representative, but shall have the right to speak.|
|(d)|| ||No representative shall be allowed to vote in behalf of more than one association.|
|(e)|| ||Vote by Proxy shall be permitted.|
209. National Council - Eligibility to Vote
|(a)|| ||Except as otherwise provided herein, only dues paying members shall be entitled to vote at meetings of the National Council.|
|(b)|| ||The right of the officers to vote, as herein provided, shall cease at that part of the next annual general meeting following their term of office when a temporary chairman has been appointed to conduct the elections of officers for the ensuing year. This applies also to all State Futsal Associations and Commissions.|
210. Delegation by the National Council
The National Council may delegate any of its powers to committees or commissions or to any affiliated Association.
211. National Council and National Board of Directors Quorum
A simple majority of the voting membership in good standing will form a quorum. Whenever, during the transaction of the business, it is stated to the Chairman that a quorum is not present, the Chairman shall declare the meeting at an end.
212. Special Meetings of the National Council
National Council meetings shall be called by the President & CEO – at the request of the Chairman at any time, by fifty percent (50%) of the National Board of Directors, or by Members constituting not less than five (5) affiliated Associations within thirty days from receipt of said request. The notice must be sent out by the within fourteen days of the request.
213. Annual General Meeting of the National Council
There shall be an annual general meeting of the National Council held on a date and at a place each year to be fixed by the Chairman. Place and hour of meeting of the National Council shall be fixed by the Chairman as occasion demands, but shall be held no later than August 31.
In the event of an emergency, or under unusual circumstances, an annual general meeting may be postponed by a majority mail vote of the entire National Council, in which case authority shall be vested in the incumbent officers of the Federation to continue in office until an annual general meeting shall be held.
214. Notice of the National Council Meeting
The President & CEO shall give two (2) month notice to each member of every meeting of the National Council to be followed by an agenda of the business. This notice shall include the time and place of the meeting. Meetings of the National Board of Directors shall be every three month, or as called by the Chairman of the Federation, on ten (10) days written prior notice to each member, in addition, whenever a majority of the members of the National Board of Directors so requests in writing.
215. Binding Effect of the National Board of Directors Decisions
Resolutions and decisions of the National Board of Directors shall be binding upon all affiliated Associations and all members thereof until they are rescinded, reconsidered, or varied by the vote of a majority present and voting at a meeting of the National Council.
216. Passes to National Council Members
Each member of the National Council shall be furnished with a pass (which shall not be transferable) and all clubs and competitions under the jurisdiction of U.S. Futsal shall admit the holder to their grounds and stands upon presentation of such passes.
The officers of the United States Futsal Federation shall be a Chairman, the President & CEO (no-vote), the five Vice Presidents, and the Treasurer.
302. Election of Officers
The officers shall be elected only at the annual general meeting by the members of the National Council. They shall be voted for separately by ballot and receive the majority of all votes cast. The term of office shall be for two (2) years, except for the office of the Chairman that shall be for four (4) years. His term of office shall end at the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) after a FIFA Futsal World Championship.
The Founding Members consisting of the President (present Chairman) and the first Vice President shall serve for eight (8) years and then be life members with vote on the National Board of Directors. These members are:
|President - Resigned|
Executive Vice President - Alexander J.C. Para
Vice Presidents representing the National Coaches, National Referees Associations and National Players Association shall serve on the National Council for the period as determined by their respective Associations, but not to exceed 6 (six) continuous years.
303. Eligibility for Office
|(a)|| ||The officers shall be citizens of the United States.|
|(b)|| ||No officer of the National Board of Directors or National Council, shall vote on any salary or other financial matters if there could be conflict of interest (see Article IV, Section 409).|
|(c)|| ||The Officers of the Federation may not hold concurrent positions on other non futsal amateur sport organizations that are recognized as governing bodies.|
304. Vacancy of Office
In case of a vacancy occurring among the officers, the following succession will take effect:
The National Board of Directors will appoint a person to fill the an expired term of the 5th Vice President and of any other officer ordinarily elected by the National Council. The vacancy will be so filled until the next annual general meeting of the National Council.
- Executive Vice President for the Chairman
- 2nd Vice President for the Executive Vice President
- 3rd Vice President for the 2nd Vice President
- 4th Vice President for the 3rd Vice President
- 5th Vice President for the 4th Vice President
The Chairman shall preside over all meetings of the National Council and shall have one vote. He shall sign all contracts and other instruments which shall have been approved by the National Council. He is an ex-officio, non-voting member of all committees and commissions the National Council may think fit to appoint. He shall render a printed report one (1) week in advance of the annual general meeting.
306. Vice Presidents
The Vice Presidents shall assist the Chairman in the performance of his duties. The Executive Vice President shall exercise all the powers of the Chairman in his absence. All the Vice Presidents shall have the right to vote.
307. President & CEO
The President & CEO - shall be appointed by the Chairman, subject to the approval of the National Board of Directors and shall:
He shall, subject to the approval of the National Board of Directors, maintain an office and appoint his subordinates for the performance of the clerical duties in connection with the office, and the necessary expenses shall be paid from the sums appropriated for the purpose under authority of the National Board of Directors.
|(a)|| ||attend all meetings of the National Council, the National Board of Directors and the Executive Committee;|
|(b)|| ||shall keep a roll of all individuals at the meetings;|
|(c)|| ||record the minutes of the proceedings at such meetings;|
|(d)|| ||maintain all records and correspondence of the Federation, and keep copies of the same.|
|(e)|| ||Ensure that notices of the meetings of the National Council are duly given in compliance with the rules;|
|(f)|| ||Provide an agenda for the meetings of the National Council to all Members receiving notice; and|
|(g)|| ||Render an annual report seven (7) days prior to the Annual General Meeting.|
The Treasurer shall keep detailed accounts of U.S. Futsal in a suitable book or books provided for that purpose, liquidate all bills against U.S. Futsal after same have been approved by the Finance Committee, and signed by the Chairman or President & CEO, and report in writing the state of finances whenever required by the Chairman or by five collective members of the National Council. He shall also submit one (1) week in advance of the annual general meeting an audited printed balance sheet for the fiscal year ending December 31st. He shall be bonded for a sum equivalent to the amount reported by the treasurer at the last annual general meeting.
The funds of the Federation in his charge shall be deposited, invested, and disbursed under the direction of the National Council or National Board of Directors, all deposits to be in the name of the Federation and subject only to withdrawal by him as Treasurer of the Federation. He shall have the right to vote. The National Board of Directors is hereby empowered to designate an assistant treasurer, who shall act in that capacity in the event of any disability of the Treasurer to perform his normal functions. Two (2) signatures will be required for all withdrawals, that of the Chairman or President & CEO, or in their absence, the Executive Vice President, and in his/her absence that of the second Vice President and that of the Treasurer.
309. Previous Chairman
Previous Chairman shall be entitled to all privileges of U.S. Futsal, excluding only the right to vote, with the exception that the Immediate Past Chairman present at any meeting of the Federation shall be entitled to voice and to cast one vote. A Past Chairman who resigns without completing his term of office and who has not been involved with the Federation for more than two years shall cease to be an Immediate Past Chairman and only have the privileges and rights of a Past Chairman.
401. Standing Committees
|(a)|| ||The Chairman shall be, an ex-officio, non-voting member of all standing committees of the National Council. He shall, with the approval of the National Board of Directors have the power to appoint the members thereof and shall name the chairman of each committee, and such other standing special committees as may be deemed necessary, and to prescribe the respective duties and privileges of such committees. With the approval of the National Council, the Chairman shall name such Ad-hoc Committees as he or she deems necessary or desirable. The standing committees shall be appointed for a period of one year. These standing committees are:|
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Budget and Audit Committee
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International Games Committee
| || ||7.|| ||International Players Selection Committee|
| || ||8.|| ||Cup Games Committee|
| || ||9.|| ||Referee Committee|
| || ||10.|| ||Promotion and Publications Committee|
| || ||11.|| ||Rules and Revision Committee|
| || ||12.|| ||Coaches Committee|
| || ||13.|| ||National Futsal Hall of Fame Committee|
|(b)|| ||No person shall be appointed to membership of any standing committee of the United States Futsal Federation until after consultation with the State Association in whose territory said person resides.|
|(c)|| ||These standing committees shall be appointed as dictated in 401(a), and Committee members shall be notified of their appointment and the name of the committee chairman within two (2) weeks of the annual meeting. Appointees should give written notice of their acceptance within two (2) weeks of their appointment.|
|(d)|| ||Standing committees shall continue in office until their successors are appointed. Decisions rendered by committees must be approved by the National Board of Directors and they are binding pending such action by the National Council.|
402. Duties of Standing Committees
|(a)|| ||Nominating Committee. The nominating committee shall be made up of five (5) members who except for the chairperson are not currently officers. They shall propose a slate of officers for the next two year period. At least one (1) member of the committee must be an athlete who has competed on the United States National team within the past ten (10) years.|
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The nominations by the nominating committee shall be filed with the at least sixty (60) days, and shall be mailed by him to affiliated members of the USFF at least sixty (60) days, prior to the annual general meeting.
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The shall include all nominations for officers, indicating to the National Board of Directors by whom nominated, as part of official notice and agenda mailed to members of the USFF at least thirty (30) days before the annual general meeting.
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In case of a nominee's withdrawal, death, or inability to stand for election, nominations for the office affected shall be accepted from the nominating committee, and/or from the floor if endorsed by five (5) organizations entitled to representation on the National Council.
|(b)|| ||Budget and Audit Committee. There shall be a budget and Audit Committee appointed by the Chairman and approved by the National Board of Directors. The responsibilities of this committee shall be discharged in accordance with the policies prescribed by the National Board of Directors, and shall be as follows:|
| || ||1.|| ||To transmit the Annual Budget of income and expenses for the USFF for approval of the National Board of Directors.|
| || ||2.|| ||To monitor performance of the operating units of the USFF, on both income and expense, in relation to the budget approved by the National Board of Directors.|
| || ||3.|| ||To prepare annual or other periodic recommendations for modification of the budget if necessary, for approval of the National Board of Directors.|
| || ||4.|| ||To audit, with appropriate professional assistance, the accounts of the USFF, and to make annual reports thereon to the National Board of Directors.|
|(c)|| ||Membership Committee. The Membership Committee shall receive and investigate all applications for membership in the United States Futsal Federation, and shall make a report thereon, with recommendations for approval or rejection to the National Board of Directors and to the National Council. The of the USFF shall be a member of this committee.|
|(d)|| ||Finance Committee.|
| || ||1.|| ||It will be duty of the Finance Committee to develop and administer plans and procedures on a national and regional basis for the raising of funds from the general public, for corporations to finance the operations of the United States Futsal Federation, and for the participation of its team in National and International competition.|
| || ||2.|| ||Examine all bills, charges, and invoices and approve same for payment by the Treasurer.|
|(e)|| ||Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee shall consider and act on appeals from decisions rendered by affiliated bodies in accordance with rules set forth in these By Laws.|
|(f)|| ||International Games Committee. The function of the International Games Committee shall be as outlined in Article V.|
|(g)|| ||International Players Selection Committee. This Committee shall be charged with the selecting of players in International Competitions under the auspices of the USFF.|
|(h)|| ||Cup Committees. The functions of the Cup Committee will be to set up state, and national cup competitions.|
|(i)|| ||Referee Committee. The function of the Referee Committee is to serve as a liaison between the National Board of Directors and the National School of Referees and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors of officials to be used in international cup games.|
|(j)|| ||Public Relations Committee. This Committee shall have as its objective to promulgate the game of Futsal, the creation of good will, and public relations reflecting favorably upon the USFF.|
|(k)|| ||Rules and Revision Committee. The Rules and Revision Committee shall be charged with the duty of reviewing all proposals for amendment to the By Laws of the United States Futsal Federation, and of making a report thereon, with recommendations both as to substance and as to form to the National Board of Directors and to the National Council. Any such amendment which has or may have an impact on any standing committee shall be submitted to such standing committee before final action is taken.|
|(l)|| ||Coaches Committee. This Committee shall serve as a liaison between the National Board of Directors and the National School of Coaches.|
|(m)|| ||National Futsal Hall of Fame. This Committee is charged with selecting eligible and qualified persons nominated by affiliated members for membership in the Futsal Hall of Fame.|
He shall be hired by the National Board of Directors for any period the board deems reasonable.
The legitimate expenses of the officers of the National Board of Directors and members of committees, either in whole or in part, may be defrayed from the funds of the Federation, provided the funds warrant such expenditure.
405. Proposals for the Agenda of the Meeting
Notice of any business to be submitted to the annual general meeting by an affiliated member of U.S. Futsal shall be given to the at least six (6) weeks in advance of such meeting. In urgent cases the National Council shall have power to consider proposals given after the mentioned time if a three-quarters majority of the member present agree.
406. Record of the National Council Meeting
A record shall be kept of the attendance of members at each meeting as well as of the business transacted. A copy of the minutes shall be sent to all National Council Members within two (2) weeks of said meeting.
407. Conduct at National Council and National Board of Directors Meetings
All National Council Meetings shall be conducted under Newly Revised Robert Rules of Order, except as otherwise provided herein. At all meetings of the National Board of Directors or of the National Council, the order of business shall be:
|(a)|| ||Reading the call for the meeting.|
|(b)|| ||Calling the roll.|
|(c)|| ||Reading of minutes of the previous meeting (except that such reading may be dispensed with by a majority vote, if such minutes have been distributed to the membership at least fifteen (15) day prior to the meeting).|
|(d)|| ||Reports of officers and committees.|
|(e)|| ||Unfinished business.|
|(f)|| ||Election or appointment of new members or delegates or representatives (if any).|
|(g)|| ||New business.|
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Order of Agenda. At all meetings of the National Council the Secretary shall submit the minutes of the preceding National Council meeting first, which shall then be presented for adoption. He shall then read such letters as may be necessary or that any member of the National Council desires to have read. The reports of the committee meetings shall next be taken up. Members may then ask questions (through the Chairman) which have reference to letters or reports. The business on the agenda shall be proceeded with in such order as the Chairman may direct. All reports, unless objected to, will be accepted and adopted as printed.
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Motions Generally. All motions, whether original or amendments, shall, if the Chairman requests it, be reduced to writing, signed by the mover, and handed to the Secretary immediately on being moved.
The mover of each original resolution, but not of any amendment (unless it becomes an original motion), shall have the right to reply, not introducing therein any new matter, but confining himself strictly to answering previous objections, immediately after which the question shall be put from the Chair. No other member shall be allowed to speak more than twice on the same question, unless permission be given to explain or the attention of the Chairman be called to a point of order.
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Objectionable Motions. If the Chairman at any National Council meeting shall be of the opinion that any motion proposed to be made thereat is of an objectionable character, it shall be competent for him, either before or after the same is brought forward, to put it to the vote (on which no discussion shall be allowed) whether the same shall be entertained or not, and if a majority of the members present decide not to entertain any such motion, the same shall be considered as disposed of for that meeting.
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Determination of Motions. All questions shall be determined by show of hands, unless afterwards the votes be ordered recorded , which shall be done at the request of any four members, and in that case the names of the voters for and against shall be taken down by the Secretary and entered upon the minutes.
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Rescinding Resolution. A resolution shall not be rescinded at the meeting of the National Council at which it has been passed, unless the motion to rescind shall be carried by three-fourths of the members there voting.
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Limited Debate. The Chairman may limit debate on any single issue, subject to Newly Revised Robert's Rules of Order.
| || ||7.|| ||Parliamentarian. The National Board of Directors shall appoint a Parliamentarian each year.|
| || ||8.|| ||New Matter. Matter which is not on the agenda shall not be considered by the National Council unless, without discussion, a majority of three-fourths of the members present by vote consent.|
| || ||9.|| ||Special Committee. The National Council may appoint a committee to study a topic and make a recommendation on the proposed matter. There shall be a restriction of two times in which a member may speak on the question at a National Council meeting.|
408. Mail Vote
In matters of urgent importance, the National Board of Directors may submit to the members of the National Council proposals for action by a mail or conference call vote.
409. Conflict of Interest
|(a)|| ||No officer, member of the National Board of Directors or National Council, or member of any committee of the USFF, and no employee, paid consultant to or agent or representative of the USFF, shall participate in the evaluation or approval by the USFF of any contractual arrangement to which it is proposed that the USFF become a party, if such an individual would benefit, directly or indirectly, from the USFF becoming a party to such arrangement.|
|(b)|| ||Each individual named in section (a) above shall, upon learning that the USFF is proposing to enter into an arrangement in which he or she has financial interest as aforesaid, promptly notify the in writing of the existence of such interest, and the in turn shall disclose such interest to the USFF bodies involved in considering entry into the arrangement.|
|(c)|| ||In the event of a violation of this Section (409), the USFF shall have the right to recover from the individual(s) in question his or her financial benefit, and to void the arrangement.|
|(d)|| ||This section shall be included as an express term of every written contractual arrangement to which the USFF is a party and which has a value in excess of five hundred dollars ($500).|
Relation With Foreign Associations
501. International Matches - National Teams
|(a)|| ||International Matches Defined. An international match recognized by U.S. Futsal is a match arranged between U.S. Futsal and another National Federation (the players must be selected by the National Association concerned).|
|(b)|| ||International Matches Defined. The National Board of Directors shall have power to arrange national or international matches in conformity with the rules of USSF. It shall also have power to appoint representatives to other national Futsal organizations.|
|(c)|| ||Participants in International Matches. The qualification of a player in an international match is that he or she shall be a citizen of the United States. This applies to FIFA games only. A suitable trophy shall be awarded to each member of any USFF international team, including the appointed officials in charge of or accompanying same.|
502. International Matches - Other Matches Involving Foreign National Associations
|(a)|| ||USFF Jurisdiction|
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Inter-association matches between associations affiliated with U.S. Futsal and associations of different nationality are recognized as international matches; they can only be played under the auspices of U.S. Futsal, the USSF, and the other National Association concerned. Each association must comply with the rules of its own National Association.
| || ||2.|| ||U.S. Futsal shall inform the other National Association concerned when consent has been given for matches applied for.|
| || ||3.|| ||U.S. Futsal shall inform the other National Association concerned of any matches known to have been arranged or played within its jurisdiction for which consent has not been given.|
Inter-league or Inter-club matches between leagues or clubs under the jurisdiction of U.S. Futsal and leagues or clubs of different nationality can only be played under the auspices of the Federation and the other National Association with which such leagues or clubs are affiliated. Each league or club must comply with the rules of its organization.
|(b)|| ||Timely Application for USFF Permission Required. An association, league, or club affiliated with U.S. Futsal and wishing to play an association, league, or club of different nationality under the auspices of U.S. Futsal must make application for permission to play at least fourteen (14) days before the date of the intended match. A frontier-club may, with the mutual consent of the National Associations concerned, play another frontier-club by giving at least one (1) week notice.|
|(c)|| ||Frontier Clubs. Is a Club that is in an adjacent country but within one hundred (100) miles from the border of the United States.|
|(d)|| ||Fees to USFF. Clubs, leagues, or associations affiliated with U.S. Futsal and clubs, leagues, or associations affiliated with another National Association, shall pay U.S. Futsal One Hundred ($100) dollars plus not less than five percent (5%) of the gross gate receipts for each international match played. For games played between two (2) teams of foreign National Associations, U.S. Futsal shall be paid three hundred ($300) dollars plus not less than ten percent (10%) of the gross gate receipts. In games played between or with foreign amateur teams, a fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) and five percent (5%) of gross gate receipts over two hundred dollars ($200.00) shall be payable to U.S. Futsal. Fifty percent (50%) of the amount payable to U.S. Futsal shall be in turn paid by the Federation to the State Association in whose territory the game is played.|
|(e)|| ||Federation Promotions. The Federation is totally responsible for financing promoting and staging of foreign tour games of all types. A tour game is defined as a foreign team playing more than one (1) game in this country.|
503. Tryouts and Team Selection
|(a)|| ||No athlete shall be recommended for appointment to the United States Futsal Federation Team unless he or she has passed the required medical examination.|
|(b)|| ||No competition shall be designated as a World Championship, World University Games, Confederation or Pan American tryout except by specific authority of these By Laws and the decisions of the National Board of Directors.|
|(c)|| ||Any tryouts organized directly or indirectly under authority of the USFF for the competitions as outlined in section (b) above shall be open only to athletes who are citizens of the United States at the time of selection.|
|(d)|| ||All athletes and officials who are members of World Cup, Confederation or Pan American Teams, shall, during all ceremonies, wear or use the official uniforms and equipment issued to them by the USFF, unless special exception to the By Law has been granted by the Chief of Mission of the United States Futsal Federation upon a showing by an athlete that the wearing or use of such uniform or equipment will be detrimental to the competitor's performance. |
|(e)|| ||All tryouts and team selections shall be completed at least thirty (30) days in advance of the team's departure for the scene of the Games unless special permission is obtained from the International Games Committee.|
|(f)|| ||A meeting of athletes and officials shall be held by the head manager of the team to:|
| || ||1.|| ||Explain to team members their relationship to the United States Futsal Federation;|
| || ||2.|| ||Outline the provisions made for their welfare and comfort;|
| || ||3.|| ||Make clear to them their obligation to the United States Futsal Federation, to the sport, and to their country;|
| || ||4.|| || Distribute the "Competitors' Handbook;" and|
| || ||5.|| ||Obtain signatures of team personnel to releases and agreements, missing measurements for uniforms, required photographs, and comply with other conditions enumerated in the "Handbook."|
|(g)|| ||Once the personnel of the United States Team have been selected on the basis of tryouts, no substitutions shall be made except in accordance with selection procedures previously approved by the United States Futsal Federation National Board of Directors.|
504. Selected Competitors
|(a)|| ||Every athlete for the United States World Cup, Confederation or Pan American Team shall be furnished a "Competitors' Handbook" containing the basic information and regulations concerning the athlete's responsibilities as a member of the team, and:|
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Sign the Certificate of Agreement to abide by the regulations laid down in these By Laws for the management and conduct of the United States World Cup, Confederation or Pan American Team.
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Sign the United States Futsal Federation Medical Examination form.
|(b)|| ||Upon acceptance as a member of the United States Futsal Federation or Pan American Team, an athlete shall:|
| || ||1.|| ||Provide the necessary personal information for the official entry blank.|
| || ||2.|| ||Provide photographs as required for passports, identification cards, and office reports.|
| || ||3.|| ||Report to the team assembly point with suitable personal gear for the trip.|
|(c)|| ||Upon the issue to a competitor of the World Championship, World University Games, Confederate or Pan American uniform and equipment, the athlete shall sign the following receipt:|
| || ||1.|| ||It is agreed and understood by the undersigned that the uniforms and equipment provided to me by the United States Futsal Federation shall be returned by me if and when demanded for cause.|
| || ||2.|| ||I agree not to use these uniforms or to permit them to be used in any way or at any time for advertising purposes or in connection with any professional sports enterprise or event other than for those events for which the uniforms where issued.|
505. Conduct of Team Personnel
|(a)|| ||All members of the official delegation, and all persons to whom a special uniform has been issued to indicate their affiliation with the United States Team, shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States Futsal Federation and these By Laws. They shall conduct themselves at all times and in all places as befits worthy representatives of their country, and in conformity with the tradition of the USFF.|
|(b)|| ||Competitors shall be under the strict supervision of their managers and coaches. They shall maintain strict training while under the supervision of the United States Futsal Federation. |
|(c)|| ||Any competitor who uses unauthorized devices or equipment, or who uses drugs, stimulants, depressants, or other substances known and characterized as dope with the purpose or intent to improve performance by stimulation, or elimination of a sense of fatigue, or for any other purpose, shall be disqualified immediately upon discovery, and from further participation whether in tryouts or as a competitor in the United States Futsal Federation for life or for such shorter period of time as the United States Futsal Federation shall determine. Action with intent to violate this By Law, whether successful or not, shall be sufficient to disqualify the competitor.|
|(d)|| ||Any person subject to the jurisdiction of the United States Futsal Federation who participates in the violation of the rule in the preceding paragraph by encouragement or consent communicated to the competitor, or by furnishing prohibited devices or substances, shall be subject to the same disqualification above set forth in respect of competitors.|
|(e)|| ||Any member of the official delegation who violates the customs, travel, or currency regulations of the country where the Competition is being held, or who assists a stow away in obtaining unauthorized transportation with the United States team shall be liable to immediate dismissal from the team.|
|(f)|| ||No member of the official delegation or other person subject to the jurisdiction of the United States Futsal Federation shall engage in newspaper, magazine, radio or television work for remuneration during the interval between selection and return of the team, or shall appear as a guest or participant on radio or television programs for re-numeration, without the permission of the National Board of Directors.|
|(g)|| ||Any player selected to play in an international match (FIFA interpretation) or in any match against foreign teams, either in or outside this country, and arranged by and under direct or indirect control of U.S. Futsal, and without good and sufficient cause refusing to comply with the request of the National Board of Directors for playing the match, may be adjudged by the National Board of Directors to have been guilty of misconduct, and any association or club who may be deemed to have encouraged or instigated such player to commit a breach of instruction or rule shall be deemed guilty of a similar offense and shall be dealt with as the National Board of Directors may determine.|
506. International Games Committee Authority
Subject to the overall authority of the National Council and the National Board of Directors, the International Games Committee appointed by the Chairman shall act for U.S. Futsal in granting or denying permission for all games described in these By Laws. The powers and duties of the International Games Committee and the conditions governing games by foreign teams in the United States are as follows:
|(a)|| ||All games involving one or more foreign teams:|
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Permission to play under the auspices of the USFF may be denied for failure to meet standards set by financial, managerial, and other considerations to ensure the integrity of each proposed game and the satisfaction of obligations to U.S. Futsal and the team from the foreign National Association.
|(b)|| ||All games under USFF sponsorship:|
| || ||1.|| ||Financial arrangements with foreign teams and arrangements with our own affiliated bodies (and players) are to be outlined by the Committee for approval.|
| || ||2.|| ||In the matter of the choice of cities and playing dates, invitations are to be extended to all affiliated organizations, the decisions of the Committee to be final in the determination of an itinerary.|
| || ||3.|| ||The Committee is to exercise supervision over foreign teams and players (violations of rules on or off the field) in addition to FIFA regulations, regarding disciplinary action of the USFF, in cases of misconduct by players or officials on or off the field. Intervention by the USFF shall be made in case of financial or other difficulties encountered by a visiting team while in the United States.|
| || ||4.|| ||The Committee and two representatives of the National referees Association shall negotiate the scale of fees for officials. If no decision can be reached the National Board of Directors shall make the final decision. Decisions by the National Board of Directors are final.|
| || ||5.|| ||The referee Committee on recommendation from the National Referee Association shall appoint officials to International Games. The National Referee Association shall appoint referees to National Games.|
| || ||6.|| ||The financial provisions of USFF Article V will be observed in all games conducted under USFF auspices, with the exception of full international games involving the United States National Team.|
| || ||7.|| ||The USFF through its International Games Committee, within its discretion, may suspend all games scheduled on those dates within the territory in which such tour games are staged.|
| || ||8.|| ||The Committee shall arrange international matches between the USFF and other National Associations or Federations.|
|(c)|| ||All games under association, league, or club sponsorship:|
| || ||1.|| ||If permission to negotiate for and conduct a tour is sought by a club, said club must first approach its league and then its governing State Association for the required approval. Having obtained same it must then approach the International Games Committee for further approval to negotiate arrangements. Action by the International Games Committee shall be given within a period of Two (2) weeks of request. Should a league desire to promote and conduct a tour by a visiting foreign team, it also must approach its governing State Association for the necessary approval before it may approach the International Games Committee.|
| || ||2.|| ||The provisions of USFF Rule 502d regarding payment of the percentage accruing to the USFF from games played by visiting foreign teams must be fully observed by the sponsoring organization.|
| || ||3.|| ||Except from bordering Canada and Mexico, four (4) months advance notice must be given to the International Games Committee.|
| || ||4.|| ||Appointment of a USFF Delegate by the International Games Committee shall be made to such games, or to accompany the team if necessary, expenses to be defrayed by the sponsoring organization and the club, league, or association concerned, and shall be chargeable to the game receipts.|
| || ||5.|| ||Referees and linemen for all foreign games, except full international matches, will be appointed by the State Referees Association in whose territory the games are being played.|
|(d)|| ||Special Tournaments. This Committee shall supervise and control the operation of special tournaments involving foreign teams and will guarantee payment to foreign teams. It will require a bond to be posted to cover all expenses promised to the foreign teams.|
Opportunity To Participate
601. Right to Compete
|(a)|| ||No member of the USFF may deny or threaten to deny any amateur athlete the opportunity to compete in the World Championship, Pan-American Games, World University Games, or other such protected competition; nor may any member, subsequent to such competition, censure, or otherwise penalize, (a) any such athlete who participates in such competition, or (b) any organization which the athlete represents. The USFF shall, by all lawful means at its disposal, protect the right of an amateur athlete to participate if selected (or to attempt to qualify for selection to participate) as an athlete representing the United States in Futsal in any of the aforesaid competitions.|
|(b)|| ||Any amateur athlete who alleges that he or she has been denied by a USFF member a right established by Article VI, Section a, shall immediately inform the of the USFF, who shall cause an investigation to be made and steps to be taken to settle the controversy without delay.|
|(c)|| ||Any amateur athlete, who alleges that he or she has been denied (whether or not by a USFF member) an opportunity to compete in any international amateur athletic competition not protected by the terms of Section 1 of this Article shall immediately inform the , who will consult with legal counsel to determine whether the situation appears to be of sufficient seriousness and relevance to the obligation or responsibilities of the USFF under its By Laws to warrant action by the USFF in support of the athlete's claim. In the event that action by the USFF appears to be warranted, the matter will be promptly referred to the Administrative Committee, which will decide the nature and extent of the action to be taken in each case.|
|(d)|| ||Any amateur athlete, who alleges that he or she has been denied a right to participate in any international amateur athletic competition not protected by the terms of Section 1 of this Article shall immediately inform the of the U.S.O.C who shall take steps to cause an investigation to be made and steps to be taken to settle the controversy without delay.|
|(e)|| ||All of these Articles shall equally apply to any coach, trainer, manager, referee, administrator, or other official seeking to participate in the conduct of any of the international amateur athletic competitions designated, or referred to, in 601(a) above.|
Enforcement & Appeals
701. Supreme Authority of the National Council
|(a)|| ||The National Council shall have the obligation to deal with all differences and controversies which may arise between one or more State Futsal or above-mentioned Associations or other bodies, or any other matter not covered in these rules. The decision of the National Council shall be final.|
|(b)|| ||The National Council shall have the obligation to deal with violations of the rules of the game, the rules and regulations of this National Council, or misconduct by any association, club, team, player, official, member, or spectator under its jurisdiction, either in scheduled fixtures or exhibition games in the event that such violation or misconduct is not dealt with by the proper organization or authorities in the proper manner.|
|(c)|| ||Referee misconduct shall be dealt with by the National Referees Association and a report sent to the National Board of Directors within two (2) weeks.|
|(d)|| ||Anything contained herein to the contrary notwithstanding, the National Council or the National Board of Directors shall have the power to review suspensions exceeding a term of ninety days or fines in excess of two hundred and fifty dollars imposed by an affiliated body and may modify or rescind such suspensions or fines.|
|(e)|| ||The National Council shall have power to deal with all cases arising from the affiliation of a club or team with two (2) or more State Futsal Associations or above-mentioned Associations, also with all cases regarding minor associations, which are composed of clubs or teams belonging, geographically, to two (2) or more States Futsal Associations, and finally with all cases arising from the affiliation of minor associations or clubs or teams with a State Futsal Association other than the one they geographically belong to where the rules of said associations fail to properly cover such cases.|
|(f)|| ||The National Council may call upon any association, league, club, team, or player to produce any books, letters, or documents and other evidence the National Council may require.|
|(a)|| ||No affiliated State Futsal Association, National Organization, State Commission, or any official thereof shall be suspended by the National Board of Directors without written charges being preferred against the offender and a hearing held thereon.|
|(b)|| ||Suspensions of clubs, teams, players, and officials shall be imposed only for stated reasons, and for a definite period of time, and no player or official of any club or team so suspended shall continue under suspension for an offense committed by the management of his club or team unless proof is submitted connecting such player or official with the offense committed.|
|(c)|| ||Suspension definitely imposed by U.S. Futsal or any affiliated Association shall be recognized by all affiliated organizations after proper notification. A file will be maintained by U.S. Futsal on all disciplinary matters.|
703. Hearing Procedure
|(a)|| ||At any hearing conducted pursuant to the filing of a challenge or a complaint, as provided in these By-Laws, all parties shall be given a reasonable opportunity to present oral or written evidence, to cross-examine witnesses and to present such factual or legal claims as desired. Hearings shall be open to the public. In addition, the proceedings shall be stenographically recorded and a verbatim transcript thereof made available to each interested party upon request and payment therefor. The rules of evidence shall not be strictly enforced; instead, rules of evidence generally accepted in administrative proceedings shall be applicable.|
|(b)|| ||The burden of proof shall be upon the challenger or complainant.|
|(c)|| ||Within thirty days after receipt of the complaint the or nominee will determine whether the complainant has exhausted the remedies available at the more basic level of the Futsal sport jurisdiction such as a State Futsal Association or appropriate national organization and whether the USFF has any jurisdiction in the matter, and will advice the complainant of the decision.|
| || ||1.|| ||At the more basic level as outlined in (c) above: The , appropriate administrative officer or nominee of that organization or association will determine within fifteen days after receipt of the complaint whether said group has any jurisdiction in the matter, and will advice the complainant of the decision.|
| || ||2.|| ||Within thirty days, if the , appropriate administrative officer or nominee determines that the complaint was properly filed, a hearing shall be held by the Appeals Committee of said futsal association or national organization to receive testimony for the purpose of determining a solution to the grievance claimed. Giving the claimant an opportunity to be heard.|
|(d)|| ||Within sixty days of the determination referred to in Article 703(c) above, if the Secretary General or nominee determines that the complaint was properly filed with the USFF, a hearing shall be held by the Appeals Committee to receive testimony for the purpose of determining a solution to the grievance claimed. Such a hearing, if all the affected parties cannot afford to come together in one place, may be conducted by telephone, mail, or some combination of methods that gives all parties a reasonable opportunity to be heard.|
|(e)|| ||Notice of the determination of the grievance following said hearing shall be given to the affected parties in writing, and if it be determined that the grievance is well taken, the Chairman of the Appeals Committee may direct a correction of the grievance and such other action or inaction by the interested parties as appears necessary.|
|(f)|| ||The National Board of Directors shall review all decisions made by the Appeals Committee.|
|(a)|| ||The National Council shall entertain appeals from the decisions of affiliated associations and other organizations only after such decisions have been reconsidered, or an application for reconsideration has been refused, in all cases of interpretation of rules and decisions pertaining to matters plainly of a general and national character, or where a divergence of opinion exists as to jurisdiction in a case.|
|(b)|| ||Unless the National Council shall otherwise determine, each appeal shall be heard by an Appeals Committee to be appointed by the Chairman, with the approval of the National Board of Directors, and such Committee shall have power to call for the production, by the appellant and appellee, of any and all documents and evidence the Committee may require.|
|(c)|| ||The decision of the Appeals Committee shall not be subject to debate or revision unless the National Board of Directors by a two-thirds (2/3) vote otherwise orders.|
|(d)|| ||An appeal must be made in writing and must be sent by mail to the office of the Secretary of the Federation within one (1) week from the date of the official receipt of the decision by the party seeking the appeal. An appeal shall not be considered valid unless it further complies with the following:|
| || ||1.|| ||Not less than seven (7) copies of the complete appeal shall be sent.|
| || ||2.|| ||Not less than seven (7) copies of the rules of the organization against whose decision the appeal is taken shall accompany the appeal.|
| || ||3.|| ||The applicable fee of one hundred dollars ($100) in form of certified funds shall accompany the appeal.|
| || ||4.|| ||The appeal shall be sent by mail to the organization whose ruling is affected and a signed statement showing the date when and address to which the appeal was sent in accordance with this provision shall accompany the appeal to U.S. Futsal.|
705. Grievance Procedure
|(a)|| ||Any member of U.S. Futsal may file a written grievance with the Secretary General pertaining to any matter within the cognizance of U.S. Futsal and alleging a violation of any provision of these By Laws.|
|(b)|| ||Any grievance shall be signed under oath and the challenge shall set forth the factual allegations in numbered paragraphs, each paragraph containing a single factual allegation, and shall contain, at a minimum, the following:|
| || ||1.|| ||Shall list the names and addresses of the parties;|
| || ||2.|| ||Shall allege with particularity the nature of the grievance and/or each claimed violation of the aforementioned documents by reference to specific sections thereof.|
| || ||3.|| ||Shall delineate in concise language how, when, and where the alleged violation occurred.|
| || ||4.|| ||Shall explain the relief sought.|
|(c)|| ||A copy of the applicant's organic documents shall be appended to the challenge. The Secretary General shall promptly inform the applicant that the application has been received and shall also refer it to the National Board of Directors. Every effort will be made to resolve the grievance or complaint at the Disciplinary Committee level through informal means.|
|(d)|| ||In the event that the member filing a grievance is not satisfied with the proposed resolution of the matter reached by informal methods, or if no action is taken by the National Board of Directors to resolve the matter informally within ten (10) days, he/she may request a hearing, whereupon the matter will be formally sent to the Appeals Committee to hear evidence, make finding of fact, and adjudicate the issues raised. The Committee shall be convened as expeditiously as possible.|
|(e)|| ||At the committee hearings, all interested parties shall have the right to counsel, to present evidence in support or in opposition to the grievance, to examine and to cross-examine witnesses, and to present such factual or legal claims as will support their positions. A summarized record of the proceedings shall be made by the Committee. The rules of evidence shall not be strictly enforced. The committee shall expeditiously conduct the review and report its findings of fact and recommendations to the National Board of Directors and all interested parties. The burden of proof and of going forward shall be on the complainant. The full National Board of Directors shall then decide to accept or reject the recommendations or send the matter back for additional evidence or take additional evidence itself.|
|(f)|| ||Fair notice and an opportunity for a hearing shall be accorded to any amateur athlete, coach, referee, trainer, manager, administrator, or official before the Federation declares such individual ineligible to participate in any amateur athletic competition.|
The USFF shall submit to binding arbitration conducted in accordance with the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association in:
|(a)|| ||Any controversy involving its recognition as a governing body for the sport of Futsal, as provided for in the Constitution and By Laws of FIFA Futsal; 5-a-side Committee.|
|(b)|| ||Involving the opportunity of any amateur athlete, coach, referee, trainer, manager, administrator, or official to participate in amateur athletic competition in the sport of Futsal, as provided for in these By Laws.|
707. Exclusive Remedy until National Council Decision
No State Futsal Association, State Referees Association, National Referees Association, Commission, Official, Club, Team, Referee, or player may invoke the aid of the Courts of any State or of the United States without first exhausting all available remedies within the appropriate Futsal organization, including a final appeal to the annual general meeting of the National Council.
Hall Of Fame
A historian is to be appointed by the Chairman to collect and assemble memorabilia.
802. Passes to Hall of Fame Members
National Council passes shall be issued to members of the Hall of Fame.
901. Amendments to Rules Generally
These amendments or any part thereof may be adopted, amended or repealed at the annual general meeting by a vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of all votes cast with the exception of Article III, Section 302 or any part of these By Laws affecting Section 302 which will also require unanimous approval of all the National Board of Directors and the life members. Such propositions must be submitted to the Secretary of U.S. Futsal at least two (2) months in advance of such meeting. The Secretary of the Federation shall forward such propositions not less than two (2) weeks prior to the annual general meeting to all state associations.
902. Prior Submission to Rules and Revisions Committee
Proposals involving any alteration of rules shall be sent to the Rules and Revision Committee for their consideration before the same are submitted to the National Council. Their recommendations with arguments for and against will be included.
1001. FIFA Futsal Rules Govern
The rules of the game as promulgated by FIFA's Futsal(5-a-side) Committee shall come into force at the beginning of the season next ensuing (1991), or any changes mutually agreed upon by FIFA and the USFF at any later date.
1002. Seasons are Determined Locally
Each affiliated association shall designate when its season shall start and end, subject to the approval of U.S. Futsal.
1101. Number of Players on Team or Club Rosters
|(a)|| ||Maximum Number. No team shall be permitted to have more than twelve (12) registered active playing members at any one time. In figuring the maximum number of players, there shall not be included players under an indefinite suspension or players on the retained list of the team or club who have not observed the rules of the United States Futsal Federation. Teams and clubs, however, shall still retain their claims on the services of such players unless released, and if any suspended player is reinstated and if any player observing the rules of the United States Futsal Federation is again signed for his team or club, he shall be considered an active player and included in the list of players which the team or club is entitled to carry.|
|(b)|| ||Minimum Number. No state association or league may affiliate a club or organization that does not operate a team in a league under its jurisdiction, such team to consist of not less than six (6) players playing in actual competition.|
|(c)|| ||Registration. Once a player is registered for one team he may not switch to another teams if the regular season has began. The exception to this rule is if the player moves to the territory of another State Association.|
1102. Player Status - Amateur or Professional
Under the rules of U.S. Futsal, players are either amateur or professional as defined in this section.
|(a)|| ||An amateur player is any person who engages in the play of the sport of Futsal as a pleasurable and worthwhile leisure time activity for which he/she receives no re-numeration, except for expenses he/she incurred directly for taking part in said competition or event. The USFF eligibility rules shall not be more restrictive than those eligibility rules set forth by the international governing body FIFA.|
|(b)|| ||A professional player is any person other than an amateur player.|
1201. National Referees Association
The referees shall be affiliated with the United States Futsal Federation through the National Futsal Referees Association. The National Futsal Referees Association is composed of individual State Referees Associations, these in turn are made up from individual Chapter that service respective Leagues. One officer of the National Board of Directors of the National Referees Association shall be a voting member on the National Board of Directors of the United States Futsal Federation. Two members of the National Referees Association shall be voting members of the National Council.
Registration is mandatory for officiating either as a referee or an assistant referee at any match under the sanction and jurisdiction (direct or indirect) of the USFF.
1203. Referee Registration Fees
Referee fees shall be set by the Referee Committee and approved by the National Board of Directors.
1204. Referee Registration Card
Referees shall be given annual registration cards by the Federation based on their classification as determined by the National Referees Association.
1205. Referee as Player Restriction
No referee shall officiate any division game if he is a registered player in that division. He shall neither officiate any adjacent division games.
1206. Referee Uniform
The uniform is that recommended by the International Federation and United States Futsal with the USFF badge.
1207. USFF Qualifications for International Referee
For referees to be considered an international referees they shall only come from the list of officials recommended by the National Futsal Referees Association.
1208. Referee Appeals
Referees shall follow all appeal procedures as outlined in Article VII.
1301. National Coaches Association
Coaches shall be affiliated to the USFF through the National Coaches Associations. The National Coaches Association is composed of the individual State Coaches Associations; these in turn are made up from the coaches of the respective Leagues. One officer from the National Board of Directors shall be a voting member on the National Board of Directors of the Federation. Two members from the National Association shall be voting members on the National Council.
1302. Coaches Registration
Registration is mandatory for coaching any sanctioned league under the jurisdiction (direct or indirect) of the USFF.
1303. Coaches Registration Fees
Coaches registration fees shall be set by the Coaches Committee and approved by the National Board of Directors of the Federation.
1304. Coaches Registration Card
Coaches shall be given annual registration cards by the Federation based on their classification as determined by the National Coaches Association.
1305. Coaches Appeals
Coaches shall follow all appeals procedures as outlined in Article VII.