Appointment of Independent Members to Association Committees
The Irish Football Association is the governing body for association football within Northern Ireland and is the fourth oldest Association in World Football.
A number of positions within the Association participative governance committee structure have been reserved for independent members (those who are not connected to any of the IFA member clubs, leagues or divisional associations). It is expected that applicants should have an interest in and empathy with association football and would wish to make a positive contribution to its administration at an exciting time for the game in Northern Ireland.
All positions will be for an initial tenure of three years commencing on 1 July 2022. The positions are non-remunerated, although appropriate out of pocket expenses when incurred will be reimbursed. An induction session will also be conducted by the Association. Please note successful candidates must be in a position to attend face to face meetings at the stadium.
The Irish Football Association is seeking to recruit a number of individuals to serve on Association Committees as follows:
Chair and Vice Chair - Disciplinary Committee (DC/22)
The Association is seeking applications from individuals who have a legal background to serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Association Disciplinary Committee. The Committee is constituted under the Association Articles of Association and consists of the Chairman and Vice Chairman and 7 other members who represent the football family. As a rough guide, meetings are usually held bi-weekly. The Committee operates under specific terms of reference and under a bespoke Disciplinary Code which is compliant with FIFA and UEFA guidelines.
Six Members (including legally qualified Chair and Vice Chair) - Appeals Committee (AC/22)
The Appeals Committee is a vital part of the Associations governance structures hearing approximately 20 appeals per year against decisions of association committees, divisional associations and leagues. Each appeal is heard by an Appeals Board of 3 consisting of the Chair (or Vice Chair), one independent member and one from the football family. It is likely that as a member of the committee you may be called upon 3 or 4 times per year.
Candidates should have an understanding of the game of football and the principles of fairness, having acted in a similar role or in tribunals would be advantageous, but not essential. The Chair and Vice Chair must come from a legal background, but other members may come from any discipline.
“The Irish Football Association is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our committees, we would particularly welcome applications from females. All appointments will be made on the basis of merit”.
Closing date:4pm on Tuesday, 10 May 2022.