Paid Player By-laws
PAID PLAYERS BYLAWS (as endorsed from WACFL 22 November 2016)
4.1 No WACFL Club is to pay a player a ‘Sign on Fee’ or provide any subsidiary benefits (outside of employment, relocation costs and match fees) to any player.
4.2 The maximum match payment a player can receive is $500 per match.
4.3 The only possible exceptions to Bylaw 4.2 are as follows:
- Each WACFL Club is allowed to pay one ‘Marquee Player’ up to $1,000 per match provided the player meets the listed criteria (see Bylaw 4.9).
- Each WACFL Club is allowed to pay a ‘one off’ undisclosed match payment to a celebrity footballer who transfers in for one match to promote football. This payment will sit outside of the salary cap. This player must have played AFL and this payment must be approved by the League prior to him playing.
- A playing coach is allowed to receive up to $1,000 per match. A maximum of $500 of this amount can sit outside of the total match ceiling listed in Bylaw 4.5.
- A player can qualify to receive a travel fee ($150 maximum) for matches in which the player travels greater than 500 km (return) from their place of residence to attend. This payment must be approved by the League prior to payment, it must be recorded on the WACFL’s Paid Player Spreadsheet and written evidence of the League’s approval must be supplied upon request.
4.4 Any WACFL Club paying individuals match payments relating to Country Football must ensure payments are legally compliant and all player payments must be recorded on the WACFL’s Paid Player Spreadsheet for auditing purposes.
4.5 No WACFL Club is to pay out a combined total of greater than $3,000 in total player payments in any given match unless Bylaws 4.3(b), 4.3(c) and 4.3(d) can be applied, in which case the amount may increase by that applied amount.
4.6 Following the introduction of these bylaws, any WACFL player who is currently receiving the maximum payment possible and wishes to transfer out of their current Club, must provide to the Club they are transferring out of written correspondence as to the reasons why they are requesting a transfer. In instances, whereby the player’s current Club feels the transfer is to receive more money, it can refer the transfer to the WACFL for investigation. The Club refusing the transfer must provide evidence of their claim to the WACFL within three business days of their refusal for the transfer to be further investigated.
4.7 No WACFL Club is to pay out greater than $500 in total player prize money (or goods to the value of) for any given match. A player is unable to receive greater than $100 in prize money (or goods or services to the value of per match). All prizes must be recorded in the WACFL’s Paid Player Spreadsheet.
4.8 For Marquee Players and Player Coaches receiving greater than $500 in payments per match, the Club must ensure the following conditions are met: -
- The Marquee Player or Player Coach must have a signed contract lodged with the subsequent League prior to three business days before the player participates in a sanctioned match.
- Payment to a Marquee Player does not alter Bylaw 4.5.
4.9 For a player to qualify as a Marquee Player he must fill a minimum of one of the following criteria:
- Been on an AFL Club list (including Rookie List).
- Played a minimum of 50 State League (League grade) games.
- Have written approval from the WACFL based on elite performances in Country League and Representative achievements. This will be at the WACFL’s discretion.
4.10 WACFL reserves the right to investigate League and Club financial activity including the auditing of Club accounts, paid player paperwork and interviewing of Club officials and players regarding player remuneration. Any such penalties handed down by the WACFL will be binding across affiliated Leagues and Clubs. Players or officials unable to participate in audit interviews will be stood down from participating in matches until such time as they are made available.
4.11 A League playing coach is the only player able to receive remuneration for coaching within the League team. A maximum of one League Player is able to receive a maximum of $100 per match to coach any other team within that Club. This is subject to approval by the League.
4.12 Each WACFL Club that pays players must be able to provide to the WACFL within 24 hours of being requested:
- An up to date WACFL’s Paid Player database.
- Player Contract for Marquee Players and/or Playing Coaches paid greater than $500 per match.
- Club financial statements including bank statements.
- Written approval granted by the League for any claims under these bylaws for Marquee Players, Celebrity Players, Second Tier Coaching Payments and approved travel payments.
4.13 Prior to League finals, WACFL will conduct audits on an undetermined number of finals qualified Clubs utilising either a random or targeted approach.
4.14 Non-complying Clubs, or Clubs which have not abided by the above bylaws, will receive possible penalties such as loss of match points from games in which they were proven to be non-compliant and monetary fines up to $5,000.
4.15 The WACFL Investigator is able to summon any WACFL affiliated Player, League or Club Official to investigate player payments.
4.16 Individuals found to have not cooperated or acted dishonestly or deceitfully with the WACFL Investigators are liable to be banned from playing or participating in a WACFL competition for such time as the WACFL sees fit, whilst Clubs are liable to financial sanctions and loss of match points.