Code of Ethics
The code of ethics is a statement of our commitment and aim to run the National Soccer League (NSL) to the highest possible standards in a professional manner and with the utmost integrity.

With that aim we, the Chairperson's of the Clubs in membership of the National Soccer League are determined:

a) to conduct our respective clubs dealing with the utmost good faith and honesty;
b) at all times to maintain a rule book which is comprehensive, relevant and up to date;
c) to adopt disciplinary procedures which are professional, fair and objective;
d) to submit to penalties which are fair and realistic;
e) to secure the monitoring of and the compliance with the rules at all times;

THIS CODE OF ETHICS sets out our commitment to run the National Soccer League to the highest possible football standards and with integrity.

We will ensure that our Clubs:

* Behave with the utmost good faith and honesty to each other, do not unjust criticise or disparge one another and maintain confidences.

* Will comply with the Laws of the Game and follow the National Soccer League and SAFA rules not only to the letter, but also to their spirit and will ensure that our clubs and officials are fully aware of such rules and that we have effective procedures to implement them.

*Will respect the contractual obligations and responsibilities of each other's employees and not seek to breach these or make illegal approaches.

*Will discharge their financial responsibilities and obligations to each other promptly and fully and not seek to avoid them.

*Will seek to resolve differences between each other and within the confines of the Constitution.

We are committed to a process of continuous improvement through setting attainable standards, which we will monitor and review.
An Ombudsman shall be appointed by the Chairperson of the Bar Council of the Johannesburg Society of Advocates from time to time to adjudicate upon an alleged breach/es of the Code of Ethics, a copy of the Code of Ethics being attached hereto marked Annexure "A".

It shall be the responsibility of the Chairperson of the League to refer all alleged and purported breaches of the Code of Ethics brought to his attention by whosoever, in whatsoever a manner, directly to the Ombudsman in writing and;

Any aggrieved party may refer any alleged breach of the Code of Ethics directly in writing to the Chairperson of the League, who shall within 7 days thereof approach the Chairperson as contemplated in Article 20.1 to appoint an Ombudsman who shall have the power, in his sole and absolute discretion, inter alia:

- to investigate, determine, prosecute and hear any complaint against any member concerning any alleged breach of the Code of Ethics.
- to hear the matter in a manner as determined by the Ombudsman.

- to cause to appear in person before the Ombudsman any Member against whom a complaint has been filed. Any such member shall be entitled to be represented by an advocate or attorney.

- to cause witnesses to appear before the Ombudsman as well as any other member.

The hearings shall be carried out informally behind closed doors and in a summary manner. It will not be necessary to observe strict rules of evidence or procedure.

Notwithstanding anything else contained in this Constitution or the Rules of the League, the powers of the Ombudsman shall be wide and shall be exercised so as to give effect to this Article.

The Ombudsman shall have a discretion in sentencing the Member found guilty of a transgression of the Code of Ethics and shall impose an appropriate sentence, the maximum of which shall be:-
a) First conviction in any one season, not more than R50 000.00;
b) Second conviction in any one season, not more than R100 000.00;
c) Third conviction in any one season:-
i) Not more than R100 000.00, and
ii) Automatic suspension for a period of twelve (12) month from all activities of football;
iii) Provided in respect of a third conviction in any one season, no sentence or any portion thereof may be suspended.

In addition to the powers set out in Article 20.6 above, the Ombudsman shall have the power to order the guilty party to pay the costs of the hearing, as determined by the Ombudsman.

The decisions of the Ombudsman shall not be subject to Appeal.