Cumberland FA

Rules and Regulations

Useful Information for Clubs in Cumberland


Please read our key guidance below for more information on the following areas; Sine Die Suspensions, FA Pitch & Goalpost Dimensions, International Clearance and Playing Against Foreign Opposition.

Whether you’ve just started out as a club administrator or you’ve been part of the game for longer than you can remember, we’re here to guide you through the rules and regulations that may come up in the course of running your club.


A player is placed under Sine Die suspension when they owe money to either the Cumberland FA or to a League or Club that has used the Debt Recovery Scheme.

Before signing a player it is essential that you check to ensure that they are not under any form of suspension. A player under Sine Die suspension is prevented from taking part in any form of football activity.

Any player under Sine Die suspension can have their suspension lifted immediately on payment of the outstanding debt.


The FA receives many enquiries regarding pitch and goalpost sizes that are suitable for specific age groups. Their are guidelines in place for each age group involved in the game.


International clearance is required by all players moving across borders to play football. It applies to all players of 10 years of age and over.

Please be vigilant when registering players. If you think they have played abroad they will need clearance back before they can play in England ("Abroad" even applies to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Make sure you ask your players if they have played outside of England before you register them. If they have you will need to contact The FA Registrations Department. They will do their utmost to get the player cleared for you as soon as possible.

Please note that it is not possible to get clearances immediately. The FA has to deal with dozens of foreign Associations and sometimes the process is slow. Please also remember the time differences in some countries, especially America and Australia.

Clubs seeking International Clearance should make a request in writing to The FA Registrations Department:
Registrations Department
Fax: 08449 800663

Clubs and players may be required to complete an application form which is available from The FA Registrations' Department or online. A separate form is also required for applications from the United States.


Has your club lined up fixtures against a Foreign Club, either in England or Abroad?

Clubs wishing to play a match or series of matches against members of another national association must apply of the prescribed form to the Cumberland FA (ideally at least 60 days before the date of the intended match or the first of a series of matches).

The Cumberland FA has in its discretion the power to consent or refuse any application.

If consent has been given the Cumberland FA will inform the National FA who again has the power to consent or refuse any application.

The FA will inform all parties of its decision.


Are you looking to get your club’s Tournament sanctioned? Are you looking to get approval for a Charity Match?

Click the link below to apply to sanction an event with Cumberland FA (at least 14 days prior to your event). 

Application for Sanction Form