The National Amateur Football League is the internal instrument of the Royal Spanish Football Federation or RFEF that is responsible for organising and directing the sporting activity of the following categories: prebenjamines, benjamines, alevines, cadets, juveniles, amateurs and football 7, as well as any of its multiple specialities at state level. As in the professional leagues, this national league also has multiple sponsors.
National Amateur Football League Functions
The National Amateur Football League is responsible for the following functions:
- To submit to the Royal Spanish Football Federation the proposal for the system of competitions under its responsibility, as well as the specific rules and regulations for its implementation, following a prior and obligatory reasoned report from the Commission of Presidents of Federations at regional level.
- To make a proposal to the Board of Directors of the Royal Spanish Football Federation regarding the convening of the Grassroots Football Congress, the regulations for its development and the corresponding agenda of matters to be dealt with.
- To analyse, develop and propose all the regulatory modifications it deems necessary in those matters that directly affect the League.
- To propose to the Board of Directors of the Royal Spanish Football Federation the programme of activities of the National Teams of each of the categories that are attached to the National Amateur Football League, as well as organising the matches or tournaments in which they take part.
- Determine which venues are chosen for the different events that fall under its competence.
- Approve the registration of non-professional football players who do not have Spanish nationality of origin to play for clubs within its jurisdiction, always in accordance with the regulations in force.
National Amateur Football League bodies
The bodies of the National Amateur Football League are as follows:
- The President
- The president is responsible for representing the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Aficionado, for convening and chairing both the Plenary and the Executive Committee, of which he is also a member, and for executing all the agreements reached by these two collegiate bodies. The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation is responsible for appointing the president of this national league.
- The Plenary
- This is the governing body of the National Amateur Football League. It shall be made up of a number of members to be determined in relation to the correct fulfilment of the objectives that fall within its competence, as well as to its better functioning.
- The Executive Committee
- The Executive Committee is responsible for the management of the National Amateur Football League. It shall be composed of the Vice-President or, where appropriate, the Vice-Presidents, and a number of members not exceeding six, who shall be appointed by the President of the League, who shall select them from among the members of the Plenary.
National Amateur Football League Sub-Committees
- If so decided by its President, the National Amateur Football League may appoint such sub-committees as may be necessary in the interest of the best fulfilment of all the objectives and purposes of the National Amateur Football League.
Grassroots Football Congress
The Grassroots Football Congress brings together the representatives of grassroots football. All the elements that make it up actively participate in it with the aim of its better promotion, development and improvement, all of this following a series of guidelines and within the parameters of the sports policy that have been established by the Royal Spanish Federation.
This congress is convened periodically, although this periodicity cannot exceed three years. It is convened by the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Aficionado itself, always with the prior agreement of the Board of Directors of the Real Federación Española de Fútbol, to which it will transfer in a timely manner all the issues to be studied, discussed and resolved.
The conclusions drawn from the Grassroots Football Congress will be submitted to the Board of Directors of the Royal Spanish Football Federation for the approval of the General Assembly, although the RFEF will first have to draw up a reasoned report from the group or body affected by the conclusions.
Current National Amateur Football League composition
The current president of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Aficionado is Antonio García Gaona and its secretary is Francisco José Noguera. The other members are the following: Miguel Bestard, Diego Martínez, José Ángel Peláez, José Manuel Suárez, Pedro Borras, Juan Barceló, José Ángel Labrador, Antonio Vidal, Emilio Gracia, Sergio Merchán, Josep Llao, José Vicente Garrido, Maximino Martínez, Antonio Suárez, Jacinto Alonso, Rafael Del Amo, Manuel Heredia, Cayetano Gomar, Francisco Moreno, José María Prados, Andrés Clavijo, Amancio Varela, Francisco Javier González and Javier Martínez.