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According to Article 32 of the NZSA Statutes, NZSA has two disciplinary bodies – the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body and the Appeals Body. NZSA disciplinary inspectors represent NZSA in proceedings before the disciplinary bodies. These authorities are independent within the organisation, and its members are bound by NZSA’s rules and regulations.


A disciplinary meeting at NZSA HQ

The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body deals with disciplinary cases, both on and off the field, which arise from the NZSA Statutes, regulations and decisions of NZSA that do not fall within another committee or body’s competence. The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decides on the halting of proceedings; acquittals; convictions; and the dismissal or acceptance of protests. It also rules on eligibility to play and the admission of clubs to NZSA competitions.

The Appeals Body handles appeals against disciplinary decisions taken by the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body. It either confirms, amends or revokes the contested decision.

The role of the NZSA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector can be compared with that of a state prosecutor. Ethics and Disciplinary inspectors investigate violations of the NZSA Statutes, regulations and decisions, and represent NZSA in disciplinary proceedings. They may open disciplinary investigations and lodge appeals and cross-appeals.

The members of the disciplinary bodies and the ethics and disciplinary inspectors are elected by the NZSA Executive Committee (from candidates proposed by the NZSA member associations) for a term of four years. They may belong to neither the Executive Committee nor any other NZSA organ or committee stipulated in the NZSA Statutes.

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Last updated: 8/12/20

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  • NZSA Disciplinary Regulations, Edition 2020