Leagues & Clubs - Finance - Debt Recovery

Debt Recovery

How to get your money back

Every season players leave clubs without paying their debts.

This leaves some clubs either unable to pay debts to leagues, or to fold owing money.

The Suffolk FA debt recovery scheme is the clubs’ and leagues’ opportunity to try to recoup money owed by players. All affiliated clubs and leagues may ask us to issue a Sine Die Suspension against individuals that owe them money.

Please follow the process below when making an application to this scheme. If you wish to make an application to the debt recovery scheme please complete the Debt Recovery Scheme Application Form which can be downloaded below.

Stage 1

Club gives notice in writing to the individual concerned with a breakdown of the debt owed. Correspondence must provide a date before which payment must be received.


Stage 2

If payment has not been received by the date stated the club may request in writing a suspension of the participant. The County should be approached within 28 days of formal payment being requested in writing and within 112 days of the debt being incurred.


Stage 3

Request must be sent to the County Association using the application form available and must include the following information about the individual:


  • Name, Address and Date of Birth
  • Detailed summary of all monies owed including dates
  • Copies of correspondence sent to individual requesting payment
  • Any other clubs the individual is registered with


Stage 4

Suspension notice sent to participant, including administration fee.


Stage 5

Payment sent to County Association or appeal requested within 21 days from date suspension notice was issued. If no payment is received or appeal requested on the 22nd day following suspension notice being issued then participant is suspended from all football activities until the debt is cleared.

Get In Touch 

01449 616606 - option 1 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Email - discipline@suffolkfa.com


related pages

Leagues & Clubs - Finance - Club Accounts

Club Accounts

How to manage your club's accounts
Leagues and Clubs - Fundraising


Raising Funds for Your Football Club
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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).

 Incidental costs (e.g. fund raising activities, club subscriptions) do not fall within the scope of Football Debt Recovery.

A valid debt would include Fines from discipline cases (cautions, dismissals, misconduct charges) and match fees.

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.

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