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How the North American Futsal Federation Works

Sports governing bodies play a fundamental role in society and therefore adherence to good governance principles is fundamental for the fulfillment of their statutory objectives and broader social mission. As futsal’s governing body in North America, NAFF is firmly committed to the principles of good governance, transparency and zero tolerance towards any wrong doing.

NAFF doesn’t just organize Major League Futsal USA but a whole host of men’s, women’s and youth competitions which involve national and club teams. 

The NAFF is also involved in the sanction of other independent leagues that represent the futsal community.

Independent Ethics Committee

The independent Ethics Committee is one of NAFF’s judicial bodies. It is primarily responsible for investigating possible infringements of the NAFF Code of Ethics. It is divided into two separate chambers – the investigatory chamber and the adjudicatory chamber. 

Activity Report

The Activity Report showcases NAFF’s work in global futsal development beginning with the U.S., the governance and administration of the game, organizing international competitions, and sustainability and health projects.

Reporting Mechanism

NAFF has implemented a regulatory framework which is intended to ensure that all statutory rules, rules of conduct and internal guidelines of our organization are respected and complied with. In this context, and in particular as a measure to aid in prevention, NAFF has issued, among others, the NAFF Code of Conduct and the NAFF Code of Ethics.

Disciplinary

Learn more about NAFF’s judicial bodies: the Disciplinary Committee and the Appeal Committee, as well as NAFF’s Disciplinary Code.

ANTI-DOPING

When NAFF introduced doping controls, we acknowledge the problem and to introduce active measures to combat it working with the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA.

Finances

According to NAFF Statutes, NAFF’s revenue and expenditure “shall be managed so that they balance out over the financial period”. Furthermore, “NAFF’s major duties in the future shall be guaranteed through the creation of reserves”.

Players’ Status and Transfers

Learn more about NAFF’s regulations on the status and transfer of players, the dispute resolution system and NAFF’s rules governing the procedures of the Players’ Status Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber.

TRANSFER MATCHING SYSTEM

The MAFF Transfer Matching System (TMS) is a system that makes international transfers of players between clubs quicker, smoother and more transparent.

Match Agents

Agents who arrange matches between teams belonging to different confederations must be in possession of a license issued by NAFF.

The NAFF License to arrange matches confers upon the holder the exclusive right to arrange friendly matches or tournaments between national teams or clubs from different confederations.

View the list of Match Agents and find out about the regulations that govern the occupation of Match Agents and other related items.

Intermediaries

Intermediaries play an important role in the world of futsal. They represent players and/or clubs in negotiations with a view to concluding an employment contract or represent clubs in negotiations with a view to concluding a transfer agreement.

Find out here about the rules that govern the occupation of Intermediaries and other related items.

NAFF SECURITY

The NAFF Security Division is responsible for matters related to the integrity and protection of the game.

EARLY WARNING SYSTEM

NAFF Early Warning System (EWS) monitors betting on all NAFF matches and competitions in order to prevent negative influences from betting.

How NAFF Works

As a the futsal governing body in North America, NAFF must full fill numerous different requirements. NAFF has played a pioneering role among international sporting federations in the area of governance, issuing regulations and reports (e.g. the NAFF Financial Report) in close cooperation with legal and accounting specialists.

To ensure a separation of powers, the independent Ethics Committee, established as the third judicial body under the NAFF Code of Ethics, is responsible for watching over the entire futsal community and helping to tackle current challenges in futsal such as illegal betting, bribery and other prohibited activities. Under the Code of Ethics, disciplinary sanctions can be imposed on offending officials, players, players’ agents and match agents.

NAFFs Structure 

THE PRESIDENT

The NAFF President holds the highest office at NAFF. The NAFF President’s rights and duties are set forth in the NAFF Statutes. He represents NAFF and presides over the NAFF Congress, Executive and Emergency Committee meetings and those committees of which he has been appointed chairman. Like the other members of the NAFF Executive Committee he is  entitled to vote and he casts the deciding vote when a ballot is tied.

NAFF CONGRESS

According to the statutes, the NAFF Congress is the organisation's supreme body. Numerous articles dictate which items are to be discussed and which decisions are to be passed at this forum. As the legislative body of world futsal - futsal's parliament in other words - the Congress bears a particular responsibility for developing the game, the nature of which has been subject to increasingly rapid change over the past few years. Each member has one vote at the Congress. 

COMMITTEES

Although futsal remains a simple game, its circumstances have changed dramatically. As the North America governing body, NAFF must take into account a wide range of developments and other factors and decide on numerous issues in accordance with the NAFF Statutes and regulations.

Strategy is determined by the NAFF Executive Committee chaired by the NAFF President, a forum where all of the Delegates can directly influence the decision-making process since each has its own representation under the NAFF Statutes. The executive’s decisions are guided by the recommendations of some 10 specialist standing committees, in which representatives from the federations associations, leagues, teams and players are able to express their various views and requirements. The MLF administration implements the decisions passed by the NAFF Congress, the executive and the standing committees. 

ETHICS COMMITTEE

To ensure a separation of powers, the independent Ethics Committee, established as the third judicial body under the NAFF Code of Ethics, is responsible for watching over the entire futsal community and helping to tackle current challenges in futsal such as illegal betting, bribery and other prohibited activities. Under the Code of Ethics, disciplinary sanctions can be imposed on offending officials, players, players’ agents and match agents. 

FINANCE

NAFF’s revenue and expenditure “shall be managed so that they balance out over the financial period”. Furthermore, “NAFF’s major duties in the future shall be guaranteed through the creation of reserves”. 

The Reform process

NAFF is firmly committed to the principles of good governance, transparency and zero tolerance towards any wrongdoing – whether it is in sporting contests or any other context of association football. NAFF has adapted its structures and procedures in order to meet the evolving needs of the game’s governance and respond to the increasing complexity of its functions and operations.

Official Documents

NAFF has developed five core programmers to help member associations overcome the challenges they face to promote and structure futsal in their territories. The long-term objective is to ensure that futsal is sustainable as a PRIME discipline and player development tool for both men and women.

NAFF’s futsal development programmers provide member associations with the access to expertise, teaching and promotional materials, futsal equipment and financial assistance, so that everyone who wants to play, referee or coach futsal has the chance to do so, whether recreation or in organized leagues.

NAFF’s five main futsal development programmers comprise:

1. Consultancy 
Member associations interested in officially launching futsal within their territory or in reviewing their current activities can apply for different types of consultancy support. An expert visit may be arranged for an assessment of the current situation and to help, where necessary, with the creation of the association’s four-year futsal development plan. In addition to expertise, member associations can also benefit from sports equipment (in particular futsal balls) and teaching material.

2. Education 
NAFF’s education courses for futsal coaches and referees aim at supporting and complementing the initiatives of confederations and member associations. The courses usually last five days and include both theoretical and practical sessions. NAFF appoints an instructor to conduct the course and to help develop an education strategy for the member association.

3. Grassroots 
Boys and girls aged 6-12 are the focus of the NAFF Grassroots Programs, which encourages kids to play futsal through school, community and club initiatives. Considering the popularity of futsal and the increasing demand among its member associations, NAFF now offers grassroots programs with a particular focus on the characteristics of futsal through the Junior Futsal Association. Typically, a NAFF Grassroots project is composed of a training program for male and female coach-educators and a festival for boys and girls. The training, led by experienced NAFF instructors, aims to introduce coach-educators to the methodology of teaching young people and provide them with basic knowledge on the particular characteristics and benefits of futsal. The festival should offer an opportunity for as many children as possible to discover and enjoy futsal through fun practice sessions and small games.

4. Competitions 
The development of futsal competitions and leagues for both men and women around the world is still in its formative stage, and NAFF recognizes the challenges that this creates for the further development of the game. To increase the number of futsal leagues at various levels, NAFF offers expert and tailor-made assistance on how to structure and format competitions. Through the current MLF Professional and Amateur features to our youth based High Performance, to regional play. 

5. NAFF Legacy 
The FIFUSA Futsal World Cups are a valuable opportunity to plant the seeds of futsal development in the host country. The NAFF legacy program may feature a vast array of different projects (Jr’s, Youth, Amateur, Pro, Domestic, International), which should be discussed and developed in close cooperation between the host association’s leadership and league officials. Each member association shall appoint a person to be responsible for the NAFF legacy program and to work in tandem with the relevant NAFF counterpart.