Article 1 – Name, headquarters, legal form
1. The MFA is a private organisation of an associative nature in compliance with the legislation of the Republic of Mauritius and registered with the Registrar of Associations in Mauritius. It is formed for an unlimited period.
2. The MFA headquarters are at Football House, Trianon, Quatre Bornes.
3. The MFA is a Member of FIFA, CAF and COSAFA.
4. The flag of the MFA has a pale blue background with the emblem in the middle.
5. The emblem of the MFA consists of the map of Mauritius supported by olive branches with the abbreviation “MFA” at the top and a scroll with the inscription Mauritius Football Association at the bottom.
6. The official colours of the MFA shall be “red” and “white”
7. The abbreviation of the Mauritius Football Association is “MFA”.
8. The flag, emblem, logo and abbreviation are legally registered with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
MFA shall mean Mauritius Football Association
FIFA shall mean Federation Internationale de Football Associations
CAF shall mean Confederation Africaine de Football
COSAFA shall mean Council of Southern Africa Football Associations
Article 2 – Objectives
- The objectives of the MFA are:
a) to improve the game of football constantly and promote, regulate and control it throughout the territory of Mauritius in the light of fair play and its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values, particularly through youth and development programmes;
b) to organise competitions in Association Football in all its forms at a national level, by defining precisely, as required, the areas of authority conceded to the various Leagues and Regional Football Associations of which it is composed;
c) to draw up regulations and provisions and ensure their enforcement;
d) to protect the interests of its Members;
e) to respect and prevent any infringement of the statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, CAF and the MFA as well as the Laws of the Game and to ensure that these are also respected by its Members;
f) to prevent all methods or practices which might jeopardise the integrity of matches or competitions or give rise to abuse of Association Football;
g) to control and supervise all friendly football matches of all forms played throughout the territory of Mauritius;
h) to manage international sporting relations connected with Association Football in all its forms;
i) to host competitions at international and other levels;
Article 3 – Neutrality and non-discrimination
1. The MFA is neutral in matters of politics and religion.
2. Discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion, politics or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.
Article 4 – Promoting friendly relations
1. The MFA shall promote friendly relations between its Members, Clubs, Officials and Players and in society for humanitarian objectives.
2. Every person and organisation involved in the game of football is obliged to observe the Statutes, regulations and the principles of fair play as well as the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship.
3. The MFA shall provide the necessary institutional means to resolve any internal dispute that may arise between Members, Clubs, Officials and Players of the MFA.
Article 5 – Players
1. The status of Players and the provisions for their transfer shall be regulated by the National Managing Committee of the MFA in accordance with the current FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players.
2. Players shall be registered in accordance with the regulations of the MFA.
Article 6 – Laws of the Game
The MFA and each of its Members play Association Football in compliance with the Laws of the Game issued by IFAB. Only IFAB may lay down and alter the Laws of the Game.
Article 7 – Conduct of bodies and Officials
The bodies and Officials of the MFA must observe the Statutes, regulations, directives, decisions and the Code of Ethics of FIFA, of CAF and of the MFA in their activities.
Article 8 – Official languages
1. The official language of the MFA shall be English. Official documents and texts shall be written in this language.
2. The official languages at the National General Assembly and the National Managing C ommittee shall be English and French.
Article 9 – Admission, suspension and expulsion
1. The National General Assembly shall decide whether to admit, suspend or expel a Member.
2. Admission may be granted if the applicant fulfils the requirements of the MFA.
3. Membership is terminated by resignation or expulsion. Loss of membership does not relieve the Member from its financial obligations towards the MFA or other Members of the MFA, but leads to cancellation of all rights in relation to the MFA.
Article 10 – Admission
1. The Members of the MFA are:
(a) Clubs Playing at National Level : (Premier League, National First Division and National Second Division)
(b) Regional Football Associations
(c) One Representative of each of the following four groups; Coaches, Referees, Women and Players, as ex-officio members without voting rights.
2. Any legal or natural person wishing to become a Member of the MFA shall apply in writing to the general secretariat of the MFA.
3. The application must be accompanied by the following mandatory items:
a) a copy of its legally valid statutes and regulations;
b) a declaration that it will always comply with the Statutes, regulations and decisions of the MFA, FIFA and CAF and ensure that these are also respected by its own Members, Clubs, Officials and Players;
c) a declaration that it will comply with the Laws of the Game in force;
d) a declaration that it recognises the Arbitration Court of the MFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, as specified in these Statutes;
e) a declaration that it is located and registered in the territory of the Republic of Mauritius;
f) a declaration that it will play all official home matches in the territory of the Republic of Mauritius;
g) a declaration to the effect that the legal composition of the applicant guarantees that it can make decisions independently of any external entity;
h) a list of Officials, specifying those who are authorised signatories with the right to enter into legally binding agreements with third parties;
i) a declaration that it undertakes to organise or participate in friendly matches only with the prior consent of the MFA;
j) a copy of the minutes of its last general assembly or constitutional meeting;
4. This article shall not affect the status of existing Members.
Article 11 – Request and procedure for application
1. The procedure for admission shall be regulated by special regulations approved by the National Managing Committee of the MFA.
2. The National Managing Committee shall request the National General Assembly either to admit or not to admit an applicant. The applicant may state the reasons for its application to the National General Assembly.
3. A Club promoted to the National Second Division shall acquire direct MFA membership rights and duties as soon as it has been promoted and is in compliance with the statutes of the Association. Its delegate is eligible to vote and be elected with immediate effect.
4. A Club which is relegated from the National Second Division loses its direct MFA membership and shall automatically be assigned to its region. This apply also to any club which loses its national status by any other means.
Article 12 – Members’ rights
1. The Members of the MFA have the following rights:
a) to take part in the National General Assembly of the MFA, to know its agenda in advance, to be called to the National General Assembly within the prescribed time and to exercise their voting rights;
b) to draw up proposals for inclusion in the agenda of the National General Assembly;
c) to nominate candidates for all bodies of the MFA to be elected;
d) to be informed of the affairs of the MFA through the official bodies of the MFA;
e) to take part in competitions and/or other sports activities organised by the MFA;
f) to exercise all other rights arising from the Statutes and regulations of the MFA.
2. The exercise of these rights is subject to other provisions in these Statutes and the applicable regulations.
Article 13 – Members’ obligations
1. The Members of the MFA have the following obligations:
a) to comply fully with the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, CAF and the MFA at all times and to ensure that these are also respected by its members;
b) to ensure the election of its decision-making bodies;
c) to take part in competitions and other sports activities organised by the MFA;
d) to pay their membership subscriptions;
e) to respect the Laws of the Game as laid down by IFAB and to ensure that these are also respected by its members through a statutory provision;
f) to adopt a statutory clause specifying that any dispute requiring arbitration involving itself or one of its members and relating to the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, CAF, the MFA or the League(s) shall come solely under the jurisdiction of the appropriate Arbitration Tribunal of FIFA, CAF or the MFA and that any recourse to Ordinary Courts is prohibited;
g) to communicate to the MFA any amendment of its statutes and regulations as well as the list of its office bearers and persons who are authorised signatories with the right to enter into legally binding agreements with third parties;
h) not to maintain any relations of a sporting nature with entities that are not recognised or with Members that have been suspended or expelled;
i) to observe the principles of loyalty, integrity and good sporting behaviour as an expression of fair play through a statutory provision;
j) to observe the mandatory items specified under article 10 paragraph 3 for the duration of their affiliation;
k) to administer a register of members which shall regularly be updated;
l) to comply fully with all other duties arising from the Statutes and other regulations of FIFA, CAF and the MFA.
2. Violation of the above-mentioned obligations by any Member may lead to sanctions provided for in these Statutes.
Article 14 – Suspension
1. The National General Assembly is responsible for suspending a Member. The National Managing Committee may, however, suspend a Member that seriously violates its obligations as a Member with immediate effect. The suspension shall last until the next National General Assembly, unless the National Managing Committee has lifted it in the meantime.
2. A suspension shall be confirmed at the next National General Assembly by 2/3 of the votes taken. If it is not confirmed, the suspension is automatically lifted.
3. A suspended Member shall lose its membership rights. Other Members may not entertain sporting contact with a suspended Member. The Disciplinary Committee may impose further sanctions.
4. Members that do not participate in the sports activities of the MFA for 2 consecutive years shall be suspended from voting at the National General Assembly and their representatives shall not be elected or appointed until they have fulfilled their obligations in this respect.
Article 15 – Expusion
1. The National General Assembly may expel a Member if:
a) it fails to fulfil its financial obligations towards the MFA;
b) it seriously violates the Statutes, regulations, directives or decisions of FIFA, CAF and the MFA;
2. The presence of 2/3 of Members entitled to vote at the National General Assembly is necessary for an expulsion to be valid, and the motion for expulsion must be adopted by a three-quarter majority of the valid votes cast.
Article 16 – Resignation
1. A Member may resign from the MFA with effect from the end of the championship. Notice of resignation must reach the general secretariat no later than 30 June.
2. The resignation is not valid until the Member wishing to resign has fulfilled its financial obligations towards the MFA and the other Members of the MFA.
Article 17 – Regional General Assembly – Regional Managing Committee
1. Clubs, Regional Football Associations affiliated to the MFA shall be subordinate to and recognised by the MFA. These Statutes define the scope of authority and the rights and duties of these Clubs and Regional Football Associations. Their statutes and regulations must be approved by the National Managing Committee of the MFA.
2. The affiliated Clubs and Regional Football Associations of the MFA shall take all decisions on any matters regarding their membership independently of any external body. This obligation applies regardless of their corporate structure.
3. In any case, no natural or legal person (including holding companies and subsidiaries) shall exercise control over more than one Club or group whenever the integrity of any match or competition could be jeopardised.
Article 18 – National General Assembly
1. The National General Assembly may bestow the title of honorary president or honorary member upon any persons for meritorious service to football.
2. The National Managing Committee shall make these nominations.
3. The honorary president or honorary member may attend the National General Assembly as observers.
Article 19 – Bodies of the MFA
1. The National General Assembly is the supreme and legislative body.
2. The National Managing Committee is the executive body.
3. Standing and ad-hoc committees shall advise and assist the National Managing Committee in fulfilling its duties. Their duties, composition and function are defined in these Statutes and/or special regulations drawn up by the National Managing Committee.
4.The general secretariat is the administrative body.
5. The judicial bodies are the Disciplinary Committee and the Appeal Committee.
6. The bodies of the MFA shall be either elected or appointed by the MFA itself without any external influence and in accordance with the procedures described in these Statutes.
A. NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Article 20 – Extraordinary National General Assembly
- 20.1 • The National Managing Committee may convene an Extraordinary National General Assembly, if it deems this is to be necessary and, in the following circumstances.
- 20.1.1 • at the request of the President of the MFA
- 20.1.2 • when at least 1/3 of the total number of votes of all members submit the request, properly justified and in writing. In that case the National Managing Committee shall convene an extraordinary National General Assembly, not later than 40 days after submission of the request. If the meeting is not convened, the members who requested it, may convene the meeting themselves, through the Secretary of the MFA.
- 20.1.3 • when there is an appeal as set out in Article 15.
- 20.2 • Notification of the meeting must be sent out at least 21 days before the meeting.
- 20.3 • When the Extraordinary national General Assembly is convened on the initiative of the National Managing Committee, this body shall set the agenda. When it is convened at the request of 1/3 of the total number of votes of all members, the agenda must contain the points raised by those members.
- 20.4 • The agenda may not be changed under any circumstances, without prejudice to the right of members to drop or amend lawfully and regularly the items of the agenda.
Article 21 – Quorum
- 21.1 • The Annual National General Assembly shall only make valid decisions when half of the representatives who are entitled to vote plus one, are present, without prejudice to paragraph 2.
- 21.2 • Where there is no quorum at an annual meeting, the annual meeting of the National General Assembly shall be postponed for 14 days and held at the same place and time with the same agenda as the original meeting, irrespective of the number of members present.
- 21.3 • Where there is no quorum at an Extraordinary National General Assembly, the meeting shall simply be dismissed.
Article 22 – Conduct of the National General Assembly
- 22.1 • The National General Assembly shall be chaired by the President of the National Managing Committee, or if the President is absent or unable to attend, by the first Vice President. If the latter is also absent or unable to attend, it is chaired by the second or third Vice President, and as a last resort by a member designated by those present.
- 22.2 • The President is responsible for ensuring that the meeting is properly conducted. The minutes of the meeting must be recorded by the Secretary of the MFA.
Article 23 – Decisions
- 23.1 • The National General Assembly shall not take a decision on any point not included on the agenda.
- 23.2 • The members shall exercise their voting rights through their official delegate.
- 23.3 • Unless otherwise stipulated in the Rules, decisions shall be taken by simple majority (50%+1) of the votes validity cast by the official delegates voting.
- 23.4 • Amendments to the Rules and the dissolution of the MFA shall be done in accordance with the Sports Act.
- 23.5 • Elections shall be carried out on the basis of simple majority (50%+1) of the official voting delegates request a secret ballot.
- 23.6 • Elections shall be carried out by secret ballot
- 23.7 • Decisions shall be taken by a show of hands unless a simple majority (50% + 1) of the official voting delegates request a secret ballot.
- 23.8 • In the event of tied votes, the President shall have the casting vote. (Except for election of members)
- 23.9 • Voting by proxy or letter is not allowed except for special resolutions, in accordance with the Registrar of Associations Act.
- 23.10 • The decision taken by the meeting shall come into force on the day after they are adopted, unless the meeting should set another date or delegate this decision to the National Managing Committee.
Article 24 – National Managing Committee
- 24.1 • The National Managing Committee shall be composed of 12 persons as follows :
- 24.1.1 • Elected Members
(amongst representatives of clubs / regional committees delegated to attend the Annual National General Assembly)
- 24.1.2 • Appointed Members
1 from the Women’s Football Committee
1 from the Referees’ Committee and
1 from the Coaches / Educators’ Committee
- 24.1.3 • In addition, the MFA may co-opt such employees / persons as it deems necessary to sit on the National Managing Committee, but these employees / persons shall have no voting rights.
- 24.1.4 • In case the representative of the Rodrigues Regional Committee is not elected to sit on the National Managing Committee, he shall be co-opted and shall assist meetings of the National Managing Committee as the latter may decide.
- 24.1.5 • The elected members of the National Managing Committee shall elect from amongst themselves a President, 3 Vice Presidents, a Secretary, an Assistant Secretary, a Treasurer, and an Assistant Treasurer, the rest being ordinary members.
- 24.2 • Letters of candidature for the National Managing Committee must be submitted to the Secretary of the MFA, by the member club or the Regional Committee, through registered mail in the letter should bear the signature of the President and Secretary of the member club or Regional Committee as well as the seal of the member club or Regional Committee, at least 15 days before the National Managing Committee.
- 24.3 • No member club of the MFA can have more than one representative on the National Managing Committee.
Article 25 – Term of Office of the National Managing Committee Members
- 25.1 • The term of office of the President and the other members of the National Managing Committee shall be four (4) years.
- 25.2 • The mandates of the members of the National Managing Committee may be renewed.
- 25.2.1 • The mandate of the President may be renewed only once. He may be re-elected in another position on the National Managing Committee.
- 25.2.2 • Should any person for whatever reason, default or be ousted whilst serving any mandate, before the end of such mandate, it shall nonetheless be deemed that such a person has served one full mandate for the purposes of the Sports Act.
- 25.2.3 • A person as specified in subparagraph 25.2.1 and 25.2.2 shall be disqualified to stand as candidate for the office of President of a Sports Federation.
- 25.3 • If a position should become vacant, the National Managing Committee shall fill the vacancy. When the number of vacancies exceeds 3, those vacancies will be filled by election at the National General Assembly for the remaining term of their mandate.
Article 26 – Quorum for the National Managing Committee
- 26.1 • The quorum for the National Managing Committee is seven (7) of the members having voting rights.
Article 27 – Removal of members of the National Managing Committee
- 27.1 • A member of the National Managing Committee who has unreasonably absented himself from 3 consecutive meetings of the committee may be removed from office or suspended by the Committee.
- 27.2 • The National General Assembly of the MFA may revoke the National Managing Committee by taking a vote to that effect with a majority of ¾ of the total number of votes held by all members voting of the Assembly.
- 27.3 • Where a National Managing Committee is revoked under 27.2 a new National Managing Committee shall be elected within a period of one month of the date of revocation of the last committee.
Article 28 – Meetings of the National Managing Committee
- 28.1 • The National Managing Committee shall meet at least once every month.
- 28.2 • The President shall cause the meeting to be convened.
- 28.3 • At the present of at least 5 voting members and at the request of the President, the President must cause a meeting to be convened within the week following the request. If the President does not cause the meeting to be convened during such time, one of the members who requested the meeting may do so, through the Secretary of the MFA.
- 28.4 • The members must submit the points they wish to appear on the agenda for the meeting to the Secretary at least one week before the meeting. The agenda must be sent out to the members of the National Managing Committee at least 3 days before the meeting.
- 28.5 • The meetings of the National Managing Committee are not held in public. The National Managing Committee may, however, invite third parties to attend. Those third parties do not have voting rights and may only express an opinion with the permission of the National Managing Committee.
- 28.6 • No member shall take part in the deliberation of the National Managing Committee of any matter which directly concerns any sportsman to whom he is related by blood or marriage.
Article 29 – Areas of Authority
- 29.1 • The National Managing Committee has authority in the following particular areas :
- 29.1.1 • to manage the affairs of the MFA
- 29.1.2 • to represent and commit the MFA in respect of third parties
- 29.1.3 • to appoint the Administrative Secretary and the Administrative
employees of the MFA, to approve their job specifications and to monitor their activities and to assign such duties as the Managing Committee may decide.
- 29.1.4 • to appoint coaches for the national teams and the other technical staff
- 29.1.5 • to apply a maximum supervision in all the areas of activity of the MFA
- 29.1.6 • to prepare and convene the Annual and Extraordinary National General Assemblies.
- 29.1.7 • to draft the budget and the accounts of the MFA
- 29.1.8 • to draft the activities program
- 29.1.9 • to nominate and, where appropriate, to dismiss members of committees
- 29.1.10 • to prepare the regulations to be adopted or amended by the National
General Assembly, issue or modify regulations other than the regulations governing the applications of rules, and to issue or modify directives for the consultative committees.
- 29.1.11 • to institute, organize and abolish official competitions at national level
- 29.1.12 • to maintain relations with the International and National sporting bodies and also to exercise the right to propose representatives of the MFA for election to these various bodies.
- 29.1.13 • to nominate any person suitable to be awarded the title of honorary President or member of the MFA.
- 29.2 • Furthermore, the National Managing Committee exercises those areas of authority that are not expressly assigned to some other committee of the MFA.
- 29.3 • At its own discretion, it may delegate tasks arising out of its area of authority and call on the services of advisers or grant mandates to third parties.
Article 30 – Decisions of the National Managing Committee
- 30.1 • The National Managing Committee shall take decisions by a single majority of the members present. In the event of a tied vote, the President has the casting vote.
- 30.2 • Any member of the National Managing Committee must withdraw from the debate if there is a conflict of interest.
- 30.3 • Except in the event of withdrawal, each member must express his opinion.
- 30.4 • The decisions taken are recorded in the minutes
- 30.5 • The decisions taken by the National Managing Committee are binding on all parties concerned and shall come into effect immediately, unless the National Managing Committee decides otherwise.
Article 31 – President
- 31.1 • The duties of the President are as follows :
- 31.1.1 • to represent the MFA in all circumstances
- 31.1.2 • to cause the National General Assembly as well as the meetings of the National Managing Committee
- 31.1.3 • to chair the National General Assembly, as well as the meetings of the National Managing Committee
- 31.1.4 • to ensure implementation of the decisions of the National General Assembly and of the National Managing Committee
- 31.1.5 • to ensure regular and effective functioning of the committees of the MFA, to allow it to achieve the objectives specified by these rules.
- 31.2 • In the event that the President is absent or unable to attend, his duties must be discharged, in order of priority, by the first, second and third Vice President, or a member of the National Managing Committee chosen by the members of the National Managing Committee.
- 31.3 • The President, or his representative, as decided by the National Managing Committee shall sit on the Mauritius National Olympic Committee as representative of the MFA.
- 31.4 • The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees of the MFA.
Article 32 – The Vice Presidents
- 32.1 • They shall exercise, in order of precedence, all the rights and prerogatives of the President in any case and on any occasion when the President is unable to act.
Article 33 – Representation and Signature
- 33.1 • They shall exercise, in order of precedence, all the rights and prerogatives of the President in any case and on any occasion when the President is unable to act.
Article 34 – The Secretary
- 34.1 • The duties of the Secretary shall be :
- 34.1.1 • to convene the National General Assembly of the MFA as directed by the President
- 34.1.2 • to attend all meetings of the National General Assembly and National Managing Committee and produce minutes of proceedings of these meetings.
- 34.1.3 • to maintain correspondence of the MFA
- 34.2 • He shall, not later than the 30 September, forward to the Registrar of Associations
- 34.2.2 • a certified copy of the statements of accounts of the MFA required to
submitted to the Annual National General Assembly under section of the Registration of Associations Act
- 34.2.1 • a statement of the names and postal addresses of the officers of the National Managing Committee
- 34.2.2 • a statement of the names and postal addresses of the officers of the National Managing Committee
- 34.2.3 • a return of the membership of the MFA as on the 30 June of the preceding year, and
- 34.2.4 • a copy of the rules as amended, whenever applicable
- 34.3 • He shall, within 14 days of any change among the officers of the MFA, give written notice of the change to the Registrar of Associations.
Article 35 – The Assistant Secretary
- 35.1 • The Assistant Secretary shall replace, when necessary the Secretary and shall then assume the duties, rights and privileges of the latter.
Article 36 – The Treasurer
- 36.1 • The duties of the Treasurer shall be :
- 36.1.1 • to be in charge of the finance of the MFA and shall be responsible for all cash. The Treasurer shall be in charge of any account with one or more of the banks in Mauritius as shall be chosen by the National Managing Committee and will effect all payments, which he thinks appropriate. However, any payment in excess of one hundred rupees shall be made by cheque signed by the Treasurer in conjunction with the President and the Secretary. The Treasurer shall obtain vouchers for all payments made.
- 36.1.2 • to keep all the books of accounts which shall show all income, received by the MFA under Rule 43, in the manner provided by Law.
- 36.1.3 • to produce the books of accounts for examination periodically by the Auditors who shall have the right to compel him, by written request to the National Managing Committee, to submit the books for auditing purposes.
- 36.1.4 • to draw up, once a year and at latest by the 31st July, statement of accounts for the preceding year and a balance sheet as at the 30th June and a statement of receipts and payments for the preceding period and a statement of assets and liabilities as at 30 June, according to Law, which shall be certified by the Auditors according to Rule 39. The Treasurer shall also draw up a draft budget for the next financial year. The aforesaid statement of accounts as well as the draft budget shall be submitted to the Annual National General Assembly for approval.
- 36.1.5 • to prominently exhibit the final statement of accounts as well as the approved budget at the seat of the MFA for one year starting not later than one week before the Annual National General Assembly.
- 36.1.6 • to cause to be paid into bank all sums of money received and shall only keep a sum not exceeding one thousand rupees for petty expenses.
- 36.1.7 • to submit to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Sports Council and the National Olympic Committee the audited final accounts and balance sheet as well as any report of the Auditors thereon, not later than One month after its approval at the Annual National General Assembly.
- 36.1.8 • to prepare an annual report on the financial affairs of the MFA at least one week before the date on which the National General Assembly holds its annual meeting.
- 184.108.40.206 • The report shall include :
(a) a balance sheet
(b) an audited statement of income and expenditure during the year
(c) the report of the auditor on the accounts, and
(d) an estimated budget for the following year
- 220.127.116.11 • The report shall be submitted to the Minister, the Olympic Committee and the Sports Council not later than one month after the date of its approval by the National General Assembly.
36.2 Any Sports Federation the turnover of which exceeds 500,000 rupees for any year shall cause its statement of income and expenditure to be audited by a qualified auditor as specified in the Companies Act 1984.
- 36.3 • The Treasurer shall not be an employee, partner or stakeholder of the party, which shall be appointed as Auditors of the MFA.
- 36.4 • On resignation or vacation of office, the Treasurer shall render to the Association true account of all monies received and paid by him since his appointment.
Article 37 – The Assistant Treasurer
- 37.1 • The Assistant Treasurer shall replace, when necessary, the Treasurer and shall then assume the duties, rights and the privileges of the latter.
Article 38 – Officers
- 38.1 • TNo person shall be qualified to become an officer or, having been so appointed or elected, shall act as such where;
- 38.1.1 • he is an undischarged bankrupt
- 38.1.2 • he has within the three preceding years, been convicted of any offence involving fraud or dishonesty
- 38.1.3 • he is remunerated by his club
- 38.1.4 • he is under 18, is not a Mauritian Citizen domiciled in Mauritius and resides for more than 3 months outside Mauritius.
- 38.1.5 • he is a public officer posted in or employed by the Ministry even on a part time basis
- 38.2 • hNo person shall be qualified to be an officer, other than an auditor, unless he has been a member of his club for more than six months.
Article 39 – Independent Auditors
- 39.1 • The body for the auditing of accounts must be an external qualified auditor or a firm of qualified auditors and independent of the MFA. The Auditor checks the accounts at least once a year and presents its report at the Annual National General Assembly with a view to formally approving the actions of the Annual National General Assembly.
- 39.2 • The Ahditor is nominated each year by the Annual General Assembly. The auditor’s mandate may be renewed.
- 39.3 • The Auditor may be removed by a decision of the National General Assembly.
Article 40 – Judicial Bodies
- 40.1 • The judicial bodies of the MFA shall be :
- 40.1.1 • The Appellate Committee
- 40.1.2 • The Arbitration Commission
- 40.1.3 • The Disciplinary Committee – whose terms and conditions
shall be decided by the National Managing Committee
- 40.1.4 • The CIAF
- 40.2 • Members of the judicial bodies of the MFA shall be independent and shall not form part of any other committee of the MFA.
Article 41 – List of Disciplinary Measures
- 41.1 • In case of unsporting behavior, breach of the Laws of the game or violation of the rules, regulations, directives or decisions of the MFA, the judicial bodies of the MFA may impose the following disciplinary measures. These measures may also be cumulative.
- 41.1.1 • In respect of members
- 41.1.1 • Warning
- 41.1.2 • Financial Implication
- 41.1.3 • Suspension
- 41.1.4 • Expulsion
- 41.2 • In respect of private persons
- 41.2 • In respect of private persons
- 41.2.1 • Warning
- 41.2.2 • Financial Implication
- 41.2.3 • Suspension
- 41.2.4 • Expulsion
Article 42 – Secretariat
- 42.1 • Functions
- 42.1.1 • The Secretariat is the administrative body of the MFA.
- 42.1.2 • Its function are :
- 18.104.22.168 • to implement the decisions of the organs and consultative committees
- 22.214.171.124 • to prepare and organize the National General Assembly, as well as the meetings of the other committees of the MFA, in consultation with the President.
- 126.96.36.199 • to draft minutes of the National General Assembly and of the meetings of the National Managing Committee
- 188.8.131.52 • to handle the correspondence of the MFA
- 184.108.40.206 • to keep the books of the MFA, and
- 220.127.116.11 • to deal with public relations
Article 43 – The Administrative Secretary
- 43.1 • The Administrative Secretary shall, in conjunction with the Secretary of the MFA, supervise the operation of the Secretariat, which is the administrative body of the MFA, and be responsible for :
- 43.1.1 • The production of the Minutes of all the meetings of the National General Assemblies, the National Managing Committees and all standing committees.
- 43.1.2 • The correspondence of the MFA
- 43.1.3 • All other relations between the MFA and
- 18.104.22.168 • All other Federations
- 22.214.171.124 • Organisations
- 126.96.36.199 • FIFA, CAF, FA, COSAFA and such other International Bodies to which the MFA is affiliated.
- 43.1.4 • The administration and the work of the staff of the Secretariat
- 43.1.5 • Requesting the recruitment and / or termination of employment of the permanent staff of the Secretariat for approval by the National Managing Committee.
- 43.2 • In addition, the Administrative Secretary shall
- 43.2.1 • prepare the agenda of the National Managing Committee and the National General Assembly as set by the National Managing Committee.
- 43.2.2 • draw up all minutes of proceedings
- 43.2.3 • supervise the preparation of the general calendar and venues for the competitions at national level. The Assistant Administrative Secretary shall prepare same.
- 43.2.4 • be in charge of all archives of the MFA, and more specifically, he shall see to it that the following be retained for a period of not less than 3 years after the last date to which they relate or after date of origin:
- 188.8.131.52 • all books, statement of accounts and auditor’s reports
- 184.108.40.206 • all registers of members and member clubs, and all records of money paid by members
- 220.127.116.11 • all minutes of meetings, vouchers, receipts, correspondence and other documents relating to the affairs of the MFA.
- 43.2.5 • be responsible for all the correspondence, the drafting, the posting and circulation of all notices and administrative rules, regulations and bye laws.
- 43.2.6 • keep, as provided by Law, up to date registers of honorary members, member clubs of the MFA (classified into regions and divisions), professionals and amateurs players. He shall cause copies of such registers to be exhibited at the seat of the MFA.
- 43.2.7 • draw up at the end of each financial year an inventory of all the equipment owned by the MFA and shall submit it to Auditors.
- 43.2.8 • ensure that all the books and documents of the MFA and the registers of members, member clubs and professional and amateur players are available for inspection by the Registrar of Associations, an authorized Officer or a member or representative of a member club or to any member of the National Managing Committee at the seat of the MFA.
Article 44 – The Assistant Administrative Secretary
- 44.1 • The Assistant Administrative Secretary shall assist the Administrative Secretary and shall replace him whenever the latter is absent and shall then assume the same rights and privileges as the latter.
Article 45 – Accounting Period
- 45.1 • The accounting period is for a period of one year, starting on 01 July and ending on 30 June of the following year.
Article 46 – Revenue
- 46.1 • The revenue of the MFA arises specifically from :
- 46.1.1 • members’ annual subscriptions of 1st and 2nd National Division
- 46.1.2 • receipts generated by the marketing rights to which the MFA is entitled
- 46.1.3 • the financial contributions imposed by the authorized committees of the MFA
- 46.1.4 • gate receipts
- 46.1.5 • donations and sponsorships in whatever form
- 46.1.6 • FIFA Financial Assistance Programme, and
- 46.1.7 • the other subscriptions and receipts in keeping with the objectives pursued by the MFA.
Article 47 – Expenses
- 47.1 • The MFA bears:
- 47.1.1 • the expenses stipulated in the budget
- 47.1.2 • those other expenses approved by the National General Assembly and those that the National Managing Committee is entitled to incur within the scope of its authority; and
- 47.1.3 • all other expenses in keeping with the objectives pursued by the MFA
- 47.2 • No member shall comment to the press or public on expenses already approved by the Annual National General Assembly. Once such expenses have been audited and filed, the MFA shall not be under any obligation to answer questions relating thereto, except in compliance with Law.
Article 48 – Accounting Principles
- 48.1 • The accounts shall be kept in accordance with the appropriate principles of accounting.
Article 49 – Disposal of assets
- 49.1 • TThe decision to dispose of the assets of the Association in the eventuality of its dissolution shall be taken in conformity with law.
Article 50 – Organisation of Competitions
- 50.1 • The MFA is authorized to organize and coordinate official competitions held within its territory and organizes the following competitions, amongst others :
- 50.1.1 • the national first division league
- 50.1.2 • the national second division league
- 50.1.3 • the Republic Cup
- 50.1.4 • the MFA Cup
- 50.1.5 • the Inter Regional Competitions
- 50.1.6 • the Women’s first division league
- 50.1.7 • the Women’s second division league
- 50.2 • The National Managing Committee of the MFA may delegate to their subordinate Regional Football Committees the authority to organize their own competitions.
- 50.3 • The competitions organized by the subordinate Regional Football Committees cannot interfere with those competitions organized by the MFA. If this is the case, competitions organized by the latter takes priority.
Article 51 – Media
- 51.1 • The MFA shall own the exclusive rights to broadcast sand to market all matches coming under its respective jurisdiction, via any audio, visual and sound broadcast media whatsoever, whether live, deferred, or as excerpts
Article 52 – Dismissal
- 52.1 • The National Managing Committee may bring a motion for the dismissal of a member or any person related thereto to the National General Assembly.
- 52.2 • Upon dismissal the aggrieved party shall be given a right of appeal on terms similar to what is provided for under article 15 above.
Article 53 – Disputes
- 53.1 • Members are not allowed to bring disputes to the normal court of law
- 53.2 • Members who contravene 53.1 above will be sanctioned as per article 63 of FIFA statutes
- 53.3 • The MFA undertakes to submit disputes that it cannot resolve through its normal course to the Mauritius Arbitration Commission for Sports whose decision shall be final.
Article 54 – Securities
- 54.1 • The President, the three Vice Presidents, the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary, the Treasurer and the Assistant Treasurer shall each on their assumption of office, furnish security in the sum of two thousands rupees according to law.
- 54.2 • The Secretary shall, within 14 days of the date on which the above named have furnished security, deposit the instruments witnessing the securities with the Registrar of Associations.
Article 55 – Disposal or mortgaging of property of the MFA
- 55.1 • Any motion to mortgage or dispose of any property of the MFA worth more than Rs3,000 shall be approved by ‘special resolution’ in accordance with law.
Article 56 – Signature and Authentification of Documents
- 56.1 • The President, the Treasurer and the Secretary shall sign all legal and financial documents
- 56.2 • In case of absence or incapacity of the above named, they shall be replaced by one of the three Vice Presidents, the Assistant Treasurer and the Assistant Secretary respectively.
Article 57 – Executive Arrangements
- 57.1 • The National Managing Committee shall ensure that the rules are applied
Article 58 – Office Bearers of the Association
- 58.1 • The office bearers of the National Managing Committee shall be the office bearers of the Association
- 58.2 • The President shall be responsible for the proper running of the Association
- 58.3 • The President shall notify the Minister, the Olympic Committee, the Sports Council of any change effected to the membership of the National Managing Committee within 2 weeks of the date of the change.
Article 59 – Amendment to Rules and Dissolution
- 59.1 • An amendment to the rules of the Association or its dissolution shall be effected by a meeting of the National General Assembly specially convened for that purpose –
(a) by the National Managing Committee ; or
(b) eat the request of members holding at least half the total number of votes of all members of the Association which is notified to the National Managing Committee at least one month before the date intended for the meeting.
- 59.2 • Where there is a proposal to amend the Rules of the Association or to dissolve the Association, all the members of the Association shall be informed of the proposal at least 2 weeks before the date intended for the special meeting of the National General Assembly.
- 59.3 • The quorum for the special meeting of the National General Assembly shall be three-quarters of the total number of votes held by all the members of the Assembly.
- 59.4 • The decision to amend the Rules of, or to dissolve, the Association shall be taken by a majority of members representing not less than three-quarters of the votes held by members present.
- 59.5 • The minutes of proceedings of the special meeting of the National General Assembly recording the decision to amend the Rules of the Association or to dissolve the Association shall be submitted not later than 15 days after the decision to the Minister, the Mauritius National Olympic Committee and the Mauritius Sports Council.
Article 60 – Matters not provided for in the Rules
- 60.1 • Any matter not provided for under these Rules or cases of force majeure may be settled by the National Managing Committee or by such of FIFA’s rules and regulations as applicable