Grassroots Football

Debt Recovery

West Riding FA debt recovery scheme

Sadly every season players leave clubs without paying their debts.

This renders some clubs unable to pay debts and may result in clubs folding.

The West Riding FA Debt Recovery Regulations provides clubs, leagues and District FAs the opportunity to recoup money owed by players and clubs.

The Football Debt Recovery (FDR) regulations are set nationally by the Football Association. In the event of dispute as to what constitutes a a Football Debt, the West Riding FA may, in its absolute discretion, determine the matter.

Creditors MUST demonstrate that they have met the following pre-requisites prior to submitting a claim;

  • Issued a FORMAL REQUEST for payment – this is a notice sent to the debtor informing him/her that the debt exists and outlining the terms of repayment
  • The debtor was afforded 28 days from the date of the FORMAL REQUEST to pay the debt
  • The debtor was prevented from any further participation after the 28 days has elapsed and continued non-payment – Players / clubs should not be afforded the privilege of further participation whilst debt is owed.
  • The debtor is able to provide evidence of what steps have been taken to recover the debt – Debtors should always be aware that a debt exists and they are required to pay it

Please note – Where the debt is apportioned across all registered players and officials, only the players and officials listed on Whole Game System will be included.

Click here to submit a FDR notice of claim
FAQS

Yes provided the following process has been followed,

1.         The Player was formally (email, text, whatsapp, social media) informed that the fine was paid on his/her behalf and that he/she was responsible for reimbursing the payer

2.         The Player was given 28 days to pay the money to the payer

3.         If the debt still existed after 28 days, the player was de-registered or prevented from further participating

The applicant needs to provide evidence that the above process was followed. Where the applicant cannot evidence the above process, the debt will be considered ineligible.

1.         No. Clubs should be afforded 28 days to pay the debt after being issued with a formal request for payment before an Notice of Claim(FDR) is submitted. If the debt still existed after 28 days, the club should be prevented from further participating in the competition.

 

The applicant needs to provide evidence that the above process was followed. Where the applicant cannot evidence the above process, the debt will be considered ineligible.

 

Submit a FDR Notice of Claim here – https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/c1e1c003779643c3a3faf4a0430f2ede

 Fines from discipline cases (cautions, dismissals, misconduct charges) and match fees.
Football debts are defined as those costs arising directly from football activity, and as such would include disciplinary costs (e.g. fines), match costs (e.g. match fees) and playing expenses (e.g. pitch hire).
Kit/Equipment, Club subscriptions/Signing on fees/Internal club fines, Lottery or any other fund raising schemes, End of season trip costs and Club Debts.