RULES

 

NOMENCLATURE AND CONSTITUTION 

 

1. (A)  This Competition shall be designated the Wigan and District Youth Football League and shall consist of not more than 100 Clubs approved by the sanctioning authority.

The Competition will provide football in accordance with the agreed youth formats published under FA Rule C4(A).  This Competition will reproduce the relevant FA Rule in its handbook and on its website to ensure clarity and compliance with Rule 8(B).

(B) All such Member Clubs must be affiliated to an affiliated County Football Association and their names and particulars shall be returned annually by the appointed date on the Form “D” to the Lancashire County Football Association. The area covered by the competition Membership shall be ten miles from Wigan town centre.

This competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Lancashire County Football Association and the constituent teams of Member Clubs may be grouped in divisions.

(C) Inclusivity and Non-discrimination

(i) This Competition and each Member Club must be committed to promoting inclusivity and to eliminating all forms of discrimination

(ii) This Competition and each Member Club does not and must not [by its rules or regulations or] in any manner whatsoever unlawfully discriminate against any person within the meaning and scope of the Equality Act 2010 or any law, enactment, order or regulation relating to discrimination (whether by age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability or otherwise).

(iii) This Competition and each Member Club must make every effort to promote equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community, irrespective of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability or otherwise).

(iv) Any alleged breach of the Equality Act 2010 legislation must be referred to the appropriate sanctioning Association for investigation.

(D) As an FA Charter Standard League this Competition requires all its Clubs to have achieved FA Charter Standard League status by yyyy (insert date – two years from when Charter Standard League status was awarded to the Competition). The League management committee may expel any club that has failed to achieve Charter Standard status by this date. New Member Clubs have one year to achieve the Charter Standard club award. The League has the right to refuse membership to a Club if it fails to demonstrate commitment to achieving the award

(E) This Competition and its Clubs shall support the FA’s Respect programme. As such it recognises that everyone in football has a collective responsibility to create a fair, safe and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place. A Respect League values the courtesy and fairness by opposing players, club officials and spectators. The League and its Clubs will seek to play fixtures in a fair, competitive but not antagonistic environment.

(F) Member Clubs shall not enter any of their teams playing in the Competition in any other Competitions (with the exception of F.A. and County F.A. Competitions) except with the written consent of the Management Committee of the Competition.

 The Competition will provide 11-a-side football for players who have attained the age of 10 as at midnight 31st August in a playing season and Mini-Soccer for players who have attained the age of 6 years but not the age of 10 years as at midnight on 31st August in a playing season. 9 v 9 may be provided for players who have attained the age of 9 as at midnight on 31st August in accordance with Rule 8(b).

Other formats of youth football as authorised from time to time by the FA are also permitted.

ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT

 

2(A) Applications by Clubs for admission to this Competition must be made in writing annually to the Secretary and must be accompanied by an Entry fee of £25.00 per Team which shall be returned in the event of non-election.

At the discretion of a majority of the accredited voting members present, applications, of which due notice has been given, may be received at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting. The Entry Fee shall apply.

When Rule 12(B) is applied and a team seeks a transfer or is compulsorily transferred to another division no Entry Fee shall be payable.

2 (B) The Annual subscription shall be £100.00 per Team playing 11 –a-side or 9v9 football and £50.00 per Team playing Mini Soccer. Payable as to, £25.00 as a deposit by the 31st March and the balance on or before the end of the December meeting in each year. Penalty, may incur a fine not exceeding £20.00.

 

2(C) Each Club shall pay a Deposit of £10.00 per new Team, which should accompany their application and which shall be returnable to Teams on leaving the Competition provided they have fulfilled their fixtures and complied with all orders of the Management Committee.

 

2(D) A Club shall not participate in this Competition until the Entry Fee, Annual Subscription and Deposit have been paid.

 

2(E) Clubs must advise annually to the Secretary in writing by 1st August of its Lancashire County Football Association number for the forthcoming season. Clubs must advise the Secretary in writing, or on the prescribed form, of details of its Headquarters, Officers and any other information required by the Competition.

 

OFFICERS

 

3.(A) The Officers of the Competition shall be the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Referee Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Registration Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Disciplinary Secretary and League Welfare Officer, to be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. (N.B. Auditors are not Officers).

 

3(B) No person may hold the offices of Secretary and Treasurer at the same time.

 

MANAGEMENT, NOMINATION, ELECTION

 

4. (A) The Competition shall be governed in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association by a Management Committee comprised of the officers and no members and an age group Registration Secretary for each age group, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. All participants shall abide by The Football Association Regulations for Safeguarding Children as determined by the Association from time to time.

 

4(B) Retiring Officers shall be eligible to become candidates for re-election without nomination. All other candidates for election as Officers or Members of the Management Committee shall be nominated to the Secretary in writing, signed by the Secretaries of two member Clubs, not later than 1st May in each year. Names of the Candidates for election shall be circulated with the notice of the Annual General Meeting. In the event of there being no nomination in accordance with the foregoing for any office, nominations may be received at the Annual General Meeting.

 

4(C) The Management Committee shall meet at least quarterly.

 

On receiving a requisition signed by two thirds of the members of the Management Committee the Secretary shall convene a meeting of the Committee.

 

4(D) Except where otherwise mentioned all communications shall be addressed to the Secretary who shall conduct the Correspondence of the Competition and keep a record of its proceedings.

 

4(E) All communications received from Clubs must be conducted through their nominated Officers.

 

POWERS OF MANAGEMENT

 

5.(A) The Management Committee may appoint such other sub-committees as they may consider necessary and may delegate such of their powers as they deem necessary to such Committees. The Management Committee shall have power to deal only with matters within the Competition and not for any matters of misconduct that are under the jurisdiction of the Football Association or affiliated Association.

 

5(B) Subject to the permission of the Lancashire County Football Association  having been obtained the Management Committee may order a match or matches to be played each season, the proceeds to be devoted to the funds of the Competition and if necessary, may call upon each Club (including any Club which may have withdrawn during the season) to contribute equally such sum s as may be necessary to meet any deficiency at the end of the season. (See Rule 6(e)).

 

5(C) Each Member of the Management Committee shall have the right to attend and vote at all Management Committee Meetings and have one vote thereat, but no member shall be allowed to vote on any matters directly appertaining to such member or to the Club so represented or where there may be a conflict of interest. (This shall apply to the procedure of any sub-committee).

In the event of the voting being equal on any matter, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

 

5(D) The Management Committee shall have powers to apply, act upon and enforce the Rules of the Competition and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Competition, including any not provided for in the Rules.

         With the exception of Rules 5(i), 6(h), 10(a), 11 and 19 for any breaches of Rule a formal written charge must be issued. The respondent shall be given seven days from the date of notice to reply to the charge and given the opportunity to:-

        (i)        Accept or deny the charge

        (ii)        Submit in writing a case of mitigation, or

        (iii)        Put their case before the Management Committee.

        All breaches of the Laws of the Game, Rules and Regulations of The Football Association shall be dealt with in accordance with F.A. Rules by the appropriate Association.

        With the exception of Clubs playing at Step 7 of the Football Pyramid and the FA Women’s Premier League, the maximum fine permitted for any breach of a Competition rule is £250 and, when setting any fine, the Competition must ensure that the penalty is proportional to the offence, taking into account any mitigating circumstances.

 

5(E) All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to the right of appeal to the Board of Appeal in accordance with Rule 16.

Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned within 14 days.

 

5(F) Five members of the Management Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the Management Committee and Four Members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by any sub-committee of the Competition.

 

5(G) The Management Committee, as it may deem necessary, shall have power to fill in an acting capacity, any vacancies that may occur amongst their number.

 

5(H) A Club having failed to comply with an order or instruction of the Management Committee, or failing to satisfactorily attend to the business and/or the correspondence of the Competition shall be liable to be fined or otherwise penalised at the discretion of the Management Committee.

 

5(I) All fines and charges shall be paid within 14 days of the date of posting of the written notification.

Any Club failing to do so will be fined a maximum of £50. Further failure to pay the fine including the additional sum within 14 days will result in fixtures being withdrawn until such time as the outstanding payments are settled.

Payment should be made by Club cheque or postal order.  

 

5(K). The Management Committee shall have the power to fill any vacancy that may occur in the membership of the Competition between the Annual General or Special General Meeting called to decide the constitution and the commencement of the Competition season.

5(L) No participant under the age of 18 can be fined.

5(M). Leagues who organise mini soccer for teams playing under 7 and under 8 football may not, with the exception of rules 6, 10(a), 11d, 14 and 19 fine clubs for breaches of League rules.

5(N). The business of the Competition as determined by the Management Committee may be transacted by electronic mail or facsimile.

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING /MONTHLY MEETINGS. GENERAL STANDARDS.

 

6.(A) The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than the last day of June in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least a majority of Members are present and entitled to vote:

(i)        To receive and confirm the Minutes of the preceding Annual General Meeting.

        (ii)        To consider any business arising therefrom.

        (iii)        To receive and adopt the Annual Report, Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts.

(iv)        Election of Clubs to fill vacancies (as recommended by the Management Committee).

        (v)        Constitution of the Competition for ensuing year.

        (vi)        Election of officers and Management Committee.

        (vii)        Appointment of Auditors.

        (viii)        Alteration of Rules, if any (of which notice has been given)

        (ix)        Fix the date for the commencement and kick-off times applicable to the Competitions.

(x)        Other business of which due notice shall have been given and accepted as being relevant to an Annual General Meeting.

 

6(B) A copy of the duly audited Balance Sheet, Statement of Accounts and Agenda shall be forwarded to each Club at least fourteen days prior to the meeting and to the Lancashire County Football Association.

 

6(C) A signed copy of the duly audited Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts shall be sent to the Lancashire County Football Association within fourteen days of its adoption by the Annual General Meeting.

 

6(D) Each member Club/Team shall be empowered to send two delegates to an Annual General Meeting. Each Team shall be entitled to one vote only. Seven days notice shall be given of any Meeting.

 

6(E) Clubs who have withdrawn their Membership of the Competition during the Season being concluded or who are not continuing Membership shall be entitled to attend but shall vote only on matters relating to the season being concluded. This provision will not apply to Clubs expelled in accordance with Rule 17.

6(F) All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot be demanded by at least a majority of the delegates qualified to vote or the Chairman so decides.

 

6(G) No individual shall be entitled to vote on behalf of more than one full member Team.

 

6(H) Any continuing Member Team failing to be represented at the Annual General Meeting without satisfactory reason being given may be fined £10.00.

 

6(I) Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at an Annual General Meeting.

 

6(K) Any matters relating to League Business should normally be conducted by telephone 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday.

 

6(L) In order to maintain the high standard required, the League Committee shall, after due warning, be empowered to expel any Team and/or Official, whose conduct or administration is considered below the standard which can be tolerated for the efficient operation of the League.

 

6(M) No Club, Team, Player or Official shall allow any other Club, Team, Player or Official to wilfully contravene Rules. Penalty may be a fine not exceeding £10.00.

 

6(N) Each Team is responsible for the conduct of its own spectators; any complaint must be directed to the Committee in writing via the League Secretary. Enquiries may be made by the Committee and future games played by the accused Teams may be observed by a Committee member. If the Committee deems it necessary, the Team may incur a fine not exceeding £20.00.

 

6(O) Any Manager or Official found guilty of inducing Players from any other Team in the League to sign, either by their own efforts or by means of a third party, may be expelled sine die from the League and/or may incur a fine not exceeding £50.00.

 

        6(P) Monthly meetings will be held at 8.00pm.

 

6(Q) All Teams must send a representative to each monthly meeting. One apology a season from Teams failing to attend monthly meetings will be accepted. Failure to attend may render the Team liable to a fine not exceeding £10.00.

 

6(R) All fines are for first offences. The Committee may, at its discretion, alter the penalties for subsequent offences.

 

 

AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED

 

7.The Chairman and the Secretary of each Club shall complete and sign the following agreement which shall be deposited with the Competition together with the application for Membership for the coming season, or upon indicating that the Club intends to compete.

 

“We, <<name>>  of  <<address>> (Chairman) and  <<name>> of  <<address>> (Secretary) of the  <<club name >> Football Club have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the  Wigan & District Youth Football League Competition and do hereby agree for and on behalf of the said Club, if elected or accepted into Membership, to conform to those Rules and Regulations and to accept, abide by and implement the decisions of the Management Committee of the Competition , subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 16.”

 

Any alteration of the Chairman and/or Secretary on the above agreement must be notified to the Lancashire County Football Association to which the Club is affiliated and to the Secretary of the Competition.

 

QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

 

8.(A)(i) Contract players, as defined in Football Association Rules, are not permitted in this Competition with the exception of those Players who are registered under Contract with the same Club who have a team operating at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System. .

It is the responsibility of each Club to ensure that any Player signing a registration form for that Club has, where necessary, the required International Transfer Certificate. Clearance is required for any Player aged 12 and over crossing borders including Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

8.(A) (ii) No player registered with a F.A. Premier League or Football League Academy  under the Elite Player Performance Plan contained within Youth Development Rules will be permitted to play in this competition. A Player registered with a Centre of Excellence may only play in this Competition subject to the Regulations of the Programme for Excellence.

8.(A)(iii)  While serving in any branch of Her Majesty’s Regular Forces, a player must first obtain the consent of his Association Secretary before signing a registration form to play for a Club.

 8. (B) (i) A registered youth playing member of a Club is one who, being in all other respects eligible, has signed a fully and correctly completed Competition registration form in ink, countersigned by his/her parent or guardian and by an officer of the Club and who has been registered with the Registration Secretary 3 days prior to playing and whose completed registration counterfoil has been received by the Club prior to playing. In addition to a League Registration Form, players must also complete a Club Registration Form, countersigned by his (her) parent or guardian which must incorporate any known serious medical conditions of the player and emergency contact details of the player’s parents or guardians. These details must be available at matches and training events the player attends within the management of the Club or League.

 

(ii) Each and every Team to have a photograph album with a photograph of each Player and the signature of the League Representative with each photograph. This must be affixed behind a plastic cover. The albums to be passed to the Manager of the opposing Team and returned at the end of the match. Penalty may be liable to a fine not exceeding £10.00.

 

The registration document must incorporate a current passport-size photograph of the player seeking registration.

 

If a player’s age is required for registration purposes a Competition must accept an original birth certificate or a photocopy. In cases where the birth certificate is not available a Competition is required to accept a photocopy of the player’s passport or other official document issued by a Government Agency attesting to the player’s date of birth.

 

        The qualification dates for the competition shall be as follows:

        

Children who have attained the age of six but are under the age of (a) seven as at midnight on the 31st August in season 2015/16 (b) eight as at midnight on the 31st August in season 2015/16 may be permitted to play in a match between sides with a maximum of  five players and shall play according to the correct Laws of The Game for that format.

Children who have attained the age of (a) seven as at midnight on the 31st August in season 2013/14 (b) eight as at midnight on the 31st August in season 2014/15 may be permitted to play in a match between sides with a maximum of seven players and shall play according to the correct Laws of the Game for that format.

Children who have attained the age of nine but who are under the age of ten as at midnight on the 31st August in the playing season may be permitted to play in a match between sides with a maximum of seven players and shall play according to the correct Laws of the Game for that format.

        Children who have attained the age of ten but who are under the age of (a) eleven as at midnight on the 31st August in season 2014/15 (b) twelve as at midnight on the 31st August in season 2015/16 may be permitted to play in a match between sides with a maximum of nine players and shall play according to the correct Laws of the Game for that format.

Children who have attained the age of (a) eleven  as at midnight on the 31st August in season 2015/16 (b) twelve as at midnight on the 31st August in season 2015/16 may play in a match between sides with a maximum of eleven players and shall play according to the correct Laws of the Game for that format.

 Children who have attained the age of six as at midnight on the 31st August in a playing season may play Futsal according to the Laws of the Game Futsal.  The particular age ranges for such activity are subject to amendment by The Football Association from time to time.

In season 2013/14, children shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match between sides of more than the following number of players, according to their age group:

Under 7 – 5v5 (including Futsal)

Under 8 – 7v7

Under 9 – 7v7

Under 10 – 7v7

Under 11 – 9v9

Under 12 – Under 18 – 11v11

In season 2014/15, children shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match between sides of more than the following number of players, according to their age group:

Under 7 – 5v5 (including Futsal)

Under 8 – 5v5

Under 9 – 7v7

Under 10 – 7v7

Under 11 – 9v9

Under 12 – 9v9

Under 13 – Under 18 – 11v11

Children permitted to play 11 v 11 but who are under the age of fifteen as at the 31st August in a playing season shall not be permitted to play in a match where any other player is older or younger by two years or more than that person.

 

The above qualification dates are subject to the provisions contained in F.A. Rule C4 (a) in its entirety.

 

8(D) A player having taken part in matches for any Club affiliated to any County Football Association shall not be allowed to join, be transferred to, or sign for a Club in the Competition without first proving to the officials of the intended Club that the player has discharged all reasonable financial liabilities to the previous Club or Clubs and a Club official may not accept such player’s signature without first ascertaining whether such claims have been discharged to the satisfaction of the Club, or Clubs for which the player last played.

 

        8(F) The Management Committee shall decide all registration disputes.

 

In the event of a player signing a registration form or having a registration submitted for more than one Club priority of registration shall decide for which Club the player shall be registered. The Registration Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to register the player of the fact of the previous registration.

 

        8(G) It shall be deemed misconduct for a player to:-

         (i)        Play for more than one Club in the Competition in the same season without first being transferred.

        (ii)        Having signed for one Team in the Competition, sign for another Team in the Competition in that season except for the purpose of a transfer.

(iii)        Submit a signed registration form for registration that the player had wilfully neglected to accurately or fully complete.

 

8(H) (i) The Management Committee shall have the power to accept the registration of any player subject to the provisions of clauses (ii) and (iii) below.

 

(ii) The Management Committee shall have power to refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any player or may fine any player, at their discretion who has been charged and found guilty of registration irregularities. (Subject to Rule 16.)

        

(iii) The Management Committee shall have power to make application to refuse or cancel the registration of any player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct (subject to Rule 16) subject to the right of appeal to the FA or the relevant County Football Association. Undesirable conduct shall mean an incident of repeated proven misconduct, which may deter a participant from being involved in this Competition. Application should be made to the parent County of the Club the player is registered or intending to be registered with.

(iv) For a player who has previously had a registration removed in accordance with clause (iii) but has a registration accepted at the expiry of exclusion will be considered to be under a probationary period of 12 months. Whilst under a probationary period, should the player commit a further act of proven misconduct under the jurisdiction of the competition, (excluding standard dismissals), the competition would be empowered to consider a further charge of bringing the competition into disrepute.

 

 

(Note: Action under clause (iii) shall not be taken against a player for misconduct until the matter has been dealt with by the appropriate Association and then only in cases of the player bringing the Competition into disrepute and will in any case be subject to an appeal to the Football Association. All decisions must include the period of restriction. For the purpose of this Rule, bringing the competition into disrepute can only be considered where the player has received in excess of 112 days suspension or 10 matches in match based discipline, in a period of two years or less from the date of the first offence for any team playing in this competition.)

 

8(I) Subject to the Football Association Rule C2(a)  dealing with players without a written contract when a player desires a transfer, the Club the player wishes to transfer to shall submit a transfer form to the Registration Secretary accompanied by a fee of £5.00. Such transfer shall be referred by the Registration Secretary to the Club for which the player is registered. Should this Club object to the transfer it should state its objections in writing to the Registration Secretary and to the player concerned within seven days of receipt of the transfer form. Upon receipt of the Clubs consent or upon its failure to give written objection within seven days , the Registration Secretary may, on behalf of the Management Committee, transfer the player who shall be deemed eligible to play for the new Club from such date or three days after receipt of such transfer.

 

In the event of an objection to a transfer the matter shall be referred to the Management Committee for a decision.

 

8(J) A player may not be transferred to another Team after 31st March nor registered for a Team after 31st March in the Competition except by special permission of the Management Committee.

 

8(K) A Club shall keep a list of the players it registers and a record of the games in which they have played and shall produce such records upon demand by the Management Committee.

 

No Team is to sign more than 14 Players at Mini Soccer level or Youth Soccer 11-a-sideno more than 20 players and Youth Soccer 9-a-side no more than 18 players. For Youth Football a minimum of 12 players are to be registered by the August meeting.

 

In the event a Club has more than one Team in an age group, each team must be clearly identifiable but not designated “A” or “B” or 1st or 2nd. In such cases, players will be registered for one team only. A player so registered will be allowed to play for his Club in a younger or older age group within the provisions of Rule 8(B).

 

8(L) A register containing the names of all players registered for each Club, with the date of registration, shall be kept by the Registration Secretary and shall be open to the inspection of any duly appointed Member Club representative at all Management Committee Meetings or at other times mutually arranged. Registrations are valid for one season only.

 

8(M) A player shall not be eligible to play for a team in any special championship, promotion or relegation deciding match (as specified in Rule 12 (A)) unless the player has played four games for that team in this Competition in the current season.

 

8(O) (i) Any team playing an unregistered or otherwise ineligible player or players shall have the points gained in the match deducted from its total and shall be fined and/or otherwise dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee.

(ii) In addition the team may have 3 points deducted from its total at the discretion of the Management Committee and may be dealt with in any future manner which is thought to be fit.

 

(iii) The Management Committee in exceptional circumstances may, at its discretion, award the points available in the match in question to the opponents, subject to the match not being ordered to be replayed.

 

(The following Clause applies to Competitions involving players in full-time secondary education) :-

 

8(P) (i) Priority must be given at all times to school and school organisations activities. This is not applicable for under 17/18 football.

 

(ii) The availability of children must be cleared with the Head Teacher s (except for Sunday Competitions).

 

(iii) Children under 15 shall not play in a team involving players who are more than two years older.

 

        8(S)  In the event of a Parent , Guardian or Relative of a League Player being reported to the League, by a Referee or League Official attending the game, for behaviour which is responsible for bringing the game into disrepute and found guilty of the said offence, they shall be severely warned as to their future conduct both verbally and in writing.

Should unacceptable behaviour persist by the said offenders, the players registration may be suspended until the offenders give a written undertaking to desist?

 

        CLUB COLOURS, CLUB NAME

 

9.(A) Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by 1st June who shall decide as to their suitability.

 

Goalkeepers must wear colours, which distinguish them from other players and the Referee.

 

No player, including the goalkeeper , shall be permitted to wear black or very dark shirts.

 

Any team not being able to play in its normal colours as registered with the Competition shall notify the colours in which they will play to its opponents at least 3 days before the match.

 

If in the opinion of the Referee, two Clubs have the same or similar colours, the home team shall make the change. Any team not having a change of colours or delaying the kick-off by not having a change shall be fined £10.00.

 

The Secretary of the Competition may request shirts to be submitted if complaints are received as to lack of distinguishing colours, the Management Committee may refuse to permit any shirts or shorts as they think fit. Shirts must be numbered.

 

9(B) Any Club wishing to change its name and/or colours must seek permission from its affiliated County Football Association and from the Management Committee.

 

PLAYING SEASON, CONDITIONS OF PLAY

 

TIMES OF KICK-OFF, POSTPONEMENTS, SUBSTITUTES

 

10.(A) The Annual General Meeting shall determine the date for the commencement of the season in accordance with the Football Association Rules. Original fixtures arranged by the Fixture Secretary or at a meeting specially convened for that purpose, to be held no later than31st March, must not be arranged for a date later than seven days preceding the concluding date.

 

10(B) All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board or, for Mini-Soccer and 9v9 football, the Laws as set down by the Football Association.

 

Clubs must take all reasonable precautions to keep their grounds in a playable condition. All matches shall be played on pitches deemed suitable by the Management Committee. If through any fault of the Home team a match has to be replayed, the Management Committee shall have power to order the venue to be changed.

 

The Management Committee shall have power to decide whether a pitch and/or facilities are suitable for matches in the Competition and to order the Club concerned to play its fixture on another ground.

 

Football Turf Pitches (3G Artificial Pitches) are allowed in this Competition providing they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA’s Register of Football Turf Pitches. For clubs playing at Step 7 and below from season 2014/15, all Football Turf Pitches used must be on the FA’s register and must be tested (by an accredited test institute) every three years and the results passed to The FA. The FA will give a decision on the suitability for use and add the pitch to the Register.

The home Club is also responsible for advising participants of footwear requirements when confirming match arrangements in accordance with Rule 10(D).

All matches shall have a duration as set out below unless a shorter time (not less than 20 minutes) is mutually arranged by the two Teams in consultation with the referee prior to the commencement of the match and in any event shall be of equal halves.

 

For Mini-Soccer - The maximum duration of play shall be two halves of 20 minutes each way. The maximum playing time in any one day for under 7 and under 8 age groups is 40 minutes and for under 9 and under 10 age groups is 60 minutes.

         Under 9s play 20 minutes  each half,  under 10s  play 25 minutes each half..

For Youth Football - The duration of play shall be as follows unless it is mutually agreed by all parties to reduce the time.

        For Under 11 and under 12, 30 minutes each half

        For Under 13 and under 14, 35 minutes each half

        For Under 15 and under 16, 40 minutes each half.

 

The minimum time for any game will not be less than 20 minutes each half for players in the under 14 age group and below and 25 minutes each half for all other age groups.

 

No player participating in an under 17 division or lower age group shall be permitted to play more than one game or, in the event the competition allows the playing of a double-header, i.e.: two separate matches, 100 minutes per day in this Competition

For Youth and Mini Football the times of kick-off shall be between 9.00am and 2.00pm unless by mutual agreement. Any Club failing to commence at the appointed time may be fined a sum not exceeding £20.00 or be otherwise dealt with as the Management Committee may determine.

 

Referees must order matches to commence at the appointed time and must report all late starts to the Competition.

 

The Home team must provide at least two footballs fit for play and the referee shall make a report to the Competition if the footballs are unsuitable.

A size 3 ball will be used for age groups U7 to U9.

A size 4 ball will be used for age groups U10 to U14.

A size 5 ball will be used for all other rage groups.

Goal nets must be used.

All home Team's shall provide goal nets, adequate first-aid kit, a supply of clean water, linesmen's flags, a whistle, a watch and corner flags that stand 5ft from the ground when in place.  

 

10(B)(i)  Pitches must be “roped off” using plastic stakes and tape (or loose thin rope), with the tape wherever possible, being at least two metres behind the touchline and extending from corner flag to corner flag. Any game played without the pitch being “roped off” will result in the home team incurring a fine not exceeding £30.00.

 

All persons must remain outside the “roped off” area, except the Assistant Referee and one Club official whilst the game is in progress. When the game is stopped to allow a substitution or to request medical assistance for an injured player, the appropriate personnel are allowed to pass inside the “roped off” area to gain access to the pitch.

 

Any breach of Rule 10(B)(i) reported to the League by a referee will be considered as conduct likely to bring the game into disrepute and will be dealt with as provided for in rule 17(e).

 

10(C) Except by permission of the Management Committee all matches must be played on the dates originally fixed but priority shall be given to the Football Association and parent County Association Cup Competitions. All other matches must be considered secondary. Clubs may mutually agree to bring forward a match with the consent of the Fixture Secretary.

In the case of a revised fixture date, the Clubs must be given by the Competition 5 clear day’s notice of the match (unless otherwise mutually agreed).

10(D).The Secretary of the Home Club must give notice in writing of full particulars of the location of and access to, the ground and time of kick-off to the match officials and the Secretary of the opposing Club at least 3 clear days prior to the playing of the match.

        Any Club failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to a fine of £5.00.

 

10(E) In the event of a Club playing in any match with less than 9 players they may be fined £1.00 for each missing player. A minimum of 5 players will constitute a Team for a Competition mini soccer match and a minimum of 7 players constitute a Team for a Competition youth soccer match and a minimum of 5 players will constitute a Team for Competition 9 a-side soccer match.

 

10(F)(i) Home and away matches shall be played. In the event of a Club failing to keep its engagement the Management Committee shall have power to inflict a fine, deduct points from the defaulting Club, award the points from the match in question to the opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay expenses incurred by the opponents or otherwise deal with them except the award of goals. Not withstanding the foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall have power to order a match to be played on a neutral ground or on the opponent's ground if they are satisfied that such action is warranted by the circumstances.

 

10(F)(ii) Any Club with more than one team in the Competition shall always fulfil its fixture, within the Competition, in the following order of precedence: - First team, Reserve team, A Team. Clubs in breach of this requirement shall be fined a sum not exceeding £20.00 or otherwise dealt with by the Management Committee.

 

10(F)(iii) Notice of postponement of any match must be given without delay by the postponing Club. Such notice must be given 5 days by the Club to the Fixture Secretary, the Competition Referee Secretary, the Secretary of the opposing Club and the match officials. Permission will be given only twice a season.  Any Club failing to comply shall be dealt with by the Management Committee who may inflict any penalty it may deem suitable.

 

10(F)(iv) In the event of a match not being played or abandoned owing to causes over which neither Club has control, it shall be played in its entirety on a date to be mutually agreed by the two Clubs and approved by the Management Committee. Failing such agreement and notification to the Fixture Secretary within 7 days the Management Committee shall have the power to order the match to be played on a named date or on or before a given date.

 

(10F)(v) The Management Committee shall review all matches abandoned in cases where it is consequent upon the conduct of either or both Teams. Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and does no injustice to either club, the Management Committee shall be empowered to order the score at the time of the abandonment to stand. In all cases where the Committee are satisfied that a match was abandoned owing to the conduct of one team or its Club member(s) they shall be empowered to award the points for the match to the opponent. In cases where a match has been abandoned owing to the conduct of both teams their Club members, the Management Committee shall rule all points for the match as void. No fines can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned match.

The Management Committee shall review any match that has taken place where either or both teams were under a suspension imposed upon them by the Association or Affiliated Association. In each case the team that was under suspension would be dealt with in the same manner as if they had participated with ineligible players in accordance with Rule 8(0) above. Where both teams were under suspension the game must be declared null and void.

 

10(G) A Team may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the game use 5 substitute players in any match in this Competition who may be selected from 5 players.

 

For Mini-Soccer any number of substitutions may be used at any time with the permission of the Referee. Entry onto the field of play will only be allowed during a stoppage in play. A player who has been replaced may return to the play as a substitute for another player. A Team must not have a squad greater than double the size of its team in an age group.

 

For Youth football for teams in the under 18 age group and below, a player who has been substituted himself becomes a substitute and may replace another player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of Association Football.

 

The Referee shall be informed of the names of the substitute’s not later than15 minutes before the start of the match.

 

A player who has been selected appointed or named as a substitute before the start of the match but does not actually play in the game shall not be considered to have been a player in that game within the meaning of Rule 8 of this Competition.

 

10(H) The half time interval shall be of 5 minutes duration, but it shall not exceed fifteen minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee.

(j) The format below will be the maximum format allowed for each age group for the 2013/14 season.

U7 – 5v5

U8 – 5v5

U9 – 7v7

U10 – 7v7

U11 – 9v9

U12 – 9v9

U13 – U18 – up to 11v11

 

From the beginning of the 2014/15 season the format below will be adopted.

U7 – 5v5

U8 – 5v5

U9 – 7v7

U10 - 7v7

U11 – 9v9

U12 – 9v9

U13 – U18 – up to 11v11

 

REPORTING RESULTS

 

11.(A) The Registration Secretary must receive within 2 days of the date played, the result of each Competition match in the prescribed manner. This must include the forename(s) and Surname of the team players (in block letters) and also the Referee markings required by Rule 13, or any other information required by the Competition. Failure to do so will incur a fine of £5.00 and/or the Club being dealt with as the Management Committee decides.

 

11(B)   The Home Club shall telephone the result of each match to the Registration Secretary by 6.00pm. Failure to do so may incur a fine not exceeding £5.00.

 

11(C) The match result notification, correctly completed, shall be signed by a responsible member of the Club.

The match result notification, correctly completed, shall be signed by a responsible member of the Club. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £10.00.

        NB. If the fixed penalty exceeds £20 the Club must be charged as detailed in Rule 5(D).

 

11(D) Leagues are permitted to collect but not to publish results for fixtures they organise for U7, U8 and U9 Mini Soccer. They may require a Club to confirm that a set fixture has been played. A maximum fine of £5 may be imposed for a breach of this Rule.

11(E) Each Team manager may nominate two boys from the opposing Team, who must, in his presence, write their full names, addresses, schools and dates of birth, together with signatures, on the back of the Team form, such information to be checked by the League Representative.

 

DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP/ KNOCK-OUT CUP. OTHER COMPETITIONS.

 

12.(A) Team rankings within the Competition will be decided by points with 3 points to be awarded for a win and 1 point for a drawn match. The teams gaining the highest number of points in their respective divisions at the conclusion shall be adjudged the winners. Matches must not be played for double points. In mini soccer points can only be awarded for Under 10 Competitions onwards.

 

In the event of two or more teams being equal on points team rankings shall be decided in any one or more of the following ways :-

 

  1. goal average
  2. goal difference
  3. goals scored
  4. deciding match(es) played under conditions determined by the Management Committee.

 

For deciding matches , in the event of the scores in a match played under the conditions determined by the Management Committee being level at the end of the game, 20 minutes extra time shall be played in two equal periods of ten minutes. If no goal is scored during extra time, the winners will be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the International Board Decision contained in the Laws of Association Football. 

 

12(B) Before being allowed to play in Cup games, a Player must have played for the first round a minimum of two  League games for his Team, for the second round a minimum of three League games for his team and for all subsequent rounds four games for his team  other than under exceptional circumstances for players registered before 31st October and/or at the discretion of the Committee.

 

12(D) Any Player transferred or re-registered, who has played in a cup competition, shall be deemed to be cup-tied in respect of that particular competition.

 

12(E) In the event of a cup-tie, any Team playing an ineligible Player, or supplying an incorrect name shall incur a fine not exceeding £20.00 and the game shall be awarded to their opponents. A second offence shall incur a fine not exceeding £30.00 and they shall be expelled from the competition.

 

12(F) In the event of a draw, after extra time has been played, penalties will be         taken to decide the result.

 

12(G) Cup competition(s) other than the Knock-out cup, may be arranged at the discretion of the Committee. Such Competition(s) rules and regulations to be issued to the competing Teams seven days prior to commencement.

 

12(H) The Team(s) which are in each instance first drawn in the ballot shall have choice of ground (if their own is not available they must play on their opponents) except in the final tie, which must be played on neutral ground.

 

12(I) All Cup Draws at all times must be conducted at a FULL LEAGUE MEETING by BONA FIDE members and representatives of the League and not outside sources.

 

12(J) The League shall have the power to arrange representative matches, the proceeds from such matches to be devoted to the funds of the League. Teams must give every assistance to the League in all matches arranged under its auspices. Any Team having two or more Players selected for a representative Team is entitled to postpone its own fixtures if both matches are scheduled for the same day. This will not count as one of the permitted postponements under RULE 10(F).

 

12(K) Players chosen to play in any representative game under the League auspices must do so, or will be dealt with by the Committee, unless a satisfactory explanation is given.

 

 

REFEREES

 

13.(A) Registered Referees and Assistant Referees for all matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the sanctioning Association(s).

 

13(B) In the event of the non-appearance of the appointed Referee the appointed senior Assistant Referee shall take charge and a substitute Assistant Referee appointed by the competing teams. In cases where there are no officially appointed Assistant referees, or where the Competition has been unable to appoint a Referee, the Clubs shall agree upon a referee. A referee thus agreed upon shall, for that game, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered referee.

 

13(C) The Management Committee may, if they consider it desirable, or upon application by the two competing Clubs, appoint Assistant Referees, if available, to any match. Where Assistant Referees are not appointed each team shall provide a Club Assistant Referee. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £5.00 being imposed on the defaulting Club.

 

13(D) The appointed Referee shall have power to decide as to the fitness of the ground in all matches and the decision shall be final subject to either in the case of a ground of a Local Authority or the owners of a ground, the representative of that body is the sole arbitor and whose decision must be accepted unless the ground is declared fit for play.

 

13(E) Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the sanctioning Association, Match officials appointed under this Rule shall be paid a match fee of Referee £22.00 for Youth, £20.00 for small-sided and £14.00 for mini fixtures, (inclusive of travel expenses or private car expenses of 10p per mile) and any other permitted expenses actually incurred. Referees appointed by the Management Committee as Assistant Referees, half fee, subject to any limits laid down by the sanctioning Association(s).

 

The Home Club shall pay the Officials their fees and expenses before the match.

 

13(F) In the event of a match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to half fee. Where a match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club shall be ordered to pay the Officials, if they attend the ground, their full fee and expenses.

 

13(G) A Referee not keeping his or her engagement and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, may be reported to the Association with which he or she is registered.

 

13(H) Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by the Football Association, award marks to the Referee for each match and the name of the referee and the marks awarded shall be submitted to the Competition on the prescribed form provided. Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to be fined or dealt with, as the Management Committee shall determine.

 

13(I) The Competition shall keep a record of the markings and on the form provided by the prescribed date each season, shall submit a summary to the County Football Association.

 

CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP OR

WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB

 

 

14.(A) After 31st December in the current season a Club intending, or having a provisional intention, to withdraw a team from the Competition on completion of its fixtures and fulfilment of all other obligations to the Competition must notify the Secretary in writing.

 

14(B) A Club shall not be allowed to withdraw any or all of its teams from the Competition after the arrangement of fixtures for the following season. Any Club infringing this Rule shall be liable to a fine not exceeding£20.00 per team and shall also be liable for its share of any call, which may be made under Rule 5(D).

14(C) The Membership for the coming season having been decided at a Special General Meeting held for that purpose or at the Annual General Meeting the Competition shall have the right, irrespective of other provisions in this Rule, to refuse to permit a Club to withdraw its team(s) in order to join another Competition and may hold the Club to its engagements.

 

14(D) In the event of a member Club which is an un-incorporated association withdrawing and/or disbanding it shall be immediately liable to discharge all its financial and other obligations to the Competition.

 

In the event that any such obligation remains undischarged after a period of twenty-one (21) days then such obligation shall be met by the then current Club Members, excluding those under the statutory school leaving age. Until a members pro rata obligation is discharged in full the Member shall not be allowed to participate in the Competition, which may apply to the Club’s Parent County Association for a suspension order.

 

PROTESTS AND APPEALS

 

15(A)(i) All questions of eligibility, qualifications of players or interpretations of the Rules shall be referred to the Management Committee.

15(A)(ii) Objections relevant to the dimensions of the pitch, goals, flag posts or other facilities of the venue will not be entertained by the Management Committee unless a protest is lodged with the Referee before the commencement of the match. Any Club lodging such protest and not proceeding with it shall be deemed guilty of a breach of this Rule and shall be dealt with by the Management Committee.

 

15(B) Except in cases where the Management Committee decide that there are special circumstances, protests and complaints (which must contain full particulars of the grounds upon which they are founded) must be lodged in duplicate with the Secretary within 7 days (excluding Sundays) of the match or occurrence to which they refer. A protest or complaint shall not be withdrawn except by permission of the Management Committee.  Member of the Management Committee who is a member of any Club involved shall not be present (except as a witness or representative of his Club) when such protest or complaint is being determined.

 

15(C) Any dispute occurring between Clubs in the Competition shall be referred for determination by the Management Committee whose decision shall be binding upon all parties subject to Rule 16.

 

15(D) No protest of whatever kind shall be considered by the Management Committee unless the complaining Club shall have deposited with the Secretary a sum of £5.00. This may be forfeited in whole or in part in the event of the complaining or protesting Club losing its case. The Competition shall have power to order the defaulting Club or, the Club making a losing or frivolous protest or complaint to pay the expenses of the enquiry or to order that the costs to be shared by the parties.

 

15(E)All parties to a protest or complaint must receive a copy of the submission and must be afforded an opportunity to make a statement at least 7 days prior to the protest or complaint being heard.

        (i) All parties must have received 7 days’ notice of the Hearing should they be instructed to attend.

        (ii) Should a Club elect to state its case in person then they should forward a deposit of £5.00 and indicate such when forwarding the written response.

15(F) When dealing with a protest or complaint the Management Committee shall take into consideration the possession by the protesting or complaining Club of any information which, if properly used, might have avoided the protest or complaint.

 

BOARD OF APPEAL

 

16.Within 14 days of the posting of written notification of any decision of the Management Committee or the Competition a Club, Official or Player against whom action is taken may appeal against such decision by lodging particulars in duplicate with the Secretary of the Lancashire Football Association, including a fee of £35.00, for adjudication of a Board of Appeal. The grounds of appeal shall be in accordance with F.A. Rules. The Board of Appeal may order the appeal fee to be forfeited and shall decide by whom the costs of the appeal shall be borne. The decision of the Board of Appeal is final and binding on all parties concerned.

 

No appeal can be lodged against a decision taken at an Annual or Special General Meeting unless this is on the ground of unconstitutional conduct.

 

EXCLUSION OF CLUBS OR TEAMS

MISCONDUCT, CLUBS, OFFICIALS, PLAYERS

 

17.(A) At the Annual General Meeting, or Special General Meeting called for the purpose in accordance with the provisions of Rule 19, Notice of Motion having been duly circulated on the Agenda, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude any Club or Team from further membership which must be supported by (more than) two-thirds of those present and voting. Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot.

 

17(B) At the Annual General Meeting, or Special General Meeting called for the purpose, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 19, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude from further participation in the Competition any Club or Team whose conduct has, in their opinion, been undesirable, which must be supported by (more than) two-thirds of those present and voting. Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot. A Club whose conduct is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from voting.

 

17(C) Any official or member of a Club proved to be guilty of either a breach of Rule, other than field offences, or of inducing or attempting to induce a player or players of another Club in the Competition to join them shall be liable to expulsion or such penalty as a General Meeting or Management Committee may decide and their Club shall also be liable to expulsion in accordance with the provisions of Clauses (A) and (B) of this Rule.

 

17(E) Where any Club Official(s), Parent(s) or Spectators(s) is/are found to by the Management Committee to be guilty of misconduct or of conduct which is likely to bring the game into disrepute, the following penalties shall be imposed on the Club. A fine not exceeding £200.00.

 

TROPHY: - LEGAL OWNERS, CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER,

AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED. AWARDS

 

18.A Competition Cup or Trophy shall be vested in the Association sanctioning the Competition as Trustees. If a Competition be discontinued for any cause the Cup or Trophy shall be returned to the donor, if the conditions attached to it so provide, or otherwise dealt with as The Association may decide.

 

The following agreement shall be signed on behalf of the winners of the Cup or Trophy: -

 

“We  <<chairman >>  and  <<secretary  >> , the Chairman and Secretary of   <<  winners/runners up   >> FC, members of and representing the Club, having been declared winners/runners up, of  League/Knock-Out Cup or Trophy and it having been delivered to us by the Competition, do hereby on behalf of the Club jointly and severally agree to return the Cup or Trophy to the Competition Secretary on or before 30th April in the following year. If  the Cup or Trophy is lost or damaged whilst under our care we agree to refund to the Competition the amount of its current value or the cost of its thorough repair.”

Failure to comply will result in a fine as determined by the Management Committee.

 

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS.

 

19.Upon receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds of the Clubs in membership the Secretary shall call a Special General Meeting.

 

        The Management Committee may call a Special General Meeting at any time.

 

At least 7 days notice shall be given of either meeting under this Rule, together with an agenda of the business to be transacted at such meeting. Each full member shall be empowered to send two delegates to all Special General Meetings. Each Team shall be entitled to one vote only.

               

Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at a Special General Meeting without satisfactory reason being given may be fined £20.00.

All amendments of rules can only be implemented once approved by the appropriate sanctioning authority.

Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all Special General Meetings

 

ALTERATIONS TO RULES.

20. Alterations, for which consent has been given by the sanctioning Association, shall be made to these Rules only at the Annual General Meeting or at a special General Meeting specially convened for the purpose called in accordance with Rule 19. Any alteration made during the playing season to the Rule relating to the qualification of players shall not take effect until the following season.

 

Notice of proposed alterations to be considered at the Annual General Meeting shall be submitted to the Secretary by 31st March in each year. The proposals together with any proposals by the Management Committee shall be circulated to the Clubs by 15th April and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by 30th April. The proposals and proposed amendments thereto shall be circulated to Clubs with the Notice of the Annual General Meeting. A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if a majority of those present and entitled to vote are in favour.

 

A copy of the proposed alterations to Rules to be considered at the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting shall be submitted to the sanctioning Football Association30 days prior to the date of the meeting.

 

Any alterations or additions decided upon at any meeting shall not become operative until the approval of the Association issuing sanction shall have been obtained. 

 

FINANCE.

 

21. (A) The Management Committee shall determine with which bank or other financial institution the funds of the Competition will be lodged.

 

21(B) All expenditure in excess of £0.01 shall be approved by the Management Committee. Cheques shall be signed by at least two officers nominated by the Management Committee.

 

        21(C) The financial year of the Competition will end on 30th April.

 

21(D) The books or a certified balance sheet, of a Competition shall be prepared and shall be audited annually by some suitable person(s) who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting.

 

21(E) Justifiable expenses incurred by League Officials in pursuance of their duties shall be reimbursed at the discretion of the Committee.

 

22. All Clubs must have Public Liability Insurance cover of at least ten million pounds (£10,000,000).

        

23        DISSOLUTION        

 

(A) Dissolution of the Competition shall be by resolution approved at a Special General Meeting by a majority of three quarters of the members present and shall take effect from the date of the relevant Special General Meeting.

(B) In the event of the dissolution of the Competition, the members of the Management Committee are responsible for the winding up of the assets and liabilities of the Competition.

        (C) The Management Committee shall deal with any surplus assets as follows:

                (i) Any surplus assets, save for a Trophy or any other presentation, remaining after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Competition shall be transferred only to another Competition or Affiliated Association or The Football Association Benevolent Fund or to such other charitable or benevolent object in the locality of the Competition as determined by resolution at or before the time of winding up, and approved in writing by the sanctioning Association.

        (ii) If a Competition is discontinued for any reason a Trophy or any other presentation shall be returned to the Donor if the conditions attached to it so provide or, if not, dealt with as the sanctioning Association may decide.  

 

CHILD PROTECTION.  (APPENDIX - A)

 

1.        Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the game into disrepute.

 

2.        In these regulations the expression “Offence” shall mean any one or more of the offences contained in Schedule 1 to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and any other criminal offence which reasonably causes the Association to believe that the person accused of the offence poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children.

 

3. Upon receipt by the Association of:

 

        3.1        Notification that an individual has been charged with an offence: or

 

3.2        Notification that an individual is the subject of an investigation by the Police, Social Services or any other authority relating to an offence: or

 

3.3        any other information which causes the Association reasonably to believe that a person poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children then The Association shall have the power to order that the individual be suspended from all or any specific football activity for such period and on such terms as it thinks fit.

 

4.        In reaching its determination as to whether an order under Regulation 3 should be made The Association shall give consideration, inter alia, to the following factors:-

 

        4.1        whether a child is or children are or may be at risk of harm;

 

        4.2        whether the matters are of a serious nature;

 

4.3        whether an order is necessary or desirable to allow the conduct of any investigation by The Association or any other authority or body to proceed unimpeded.

 

5.        The period of an order referred to in 3 above shall not be capable of lasting beyond the date upon which any charge under the Rules of The Association or any Offence is decided upon or brought to an end.

 

6.        Where an order is imposed on an individual under regulation 3 above, The Association shall bring and conclude any proceedings under the Rules of The Association against the person relating to the matters as soon as reasonably practicable.

 

7.        Where a person is convicted, or is made the subject of a caution in respect of an Offence,

that shall constitute a breach of the Rules of The Association and The Association shall have the power to order the suspension of the person from all or any specific football activity for such a period (including indefinitely) and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.

        

8.        For the purposes of these regulations, The Association shall act through its Council or any Committee or sub-committee thereof, including the Board.

 

9.        Notification in writing of an order referred to above shall be given to the person concerned and/or any Club with which he is  associated as soon as reasonably practicable.

STANDARD CODE OF RULES FOR MINI SOCCER AND YOUTH FOOTBALL COMPETITIONS

This document contains the Standard Code of Rules developed by The Football Association, for Mini Soccer and Youth Football Competitions. Such Competitions may add to the core of the Standard Code, which is mandatory, providing the additions are approved by the sanctioning Association and do not conflict with the mandatory Rules or any relevant principles and policies established by The FA. Guidance from the sanctioning Association should be sought in advance if there is any doubt as to the acceptability of additional Rules.

This Standard Code of Rules is mandatory for all Mini Soccer and Youth Football Competitions. Mini Soccer and Youth Football Competitions seeking sanction must draft their Rules in conformity with the code putting them in the correctly numbered Rule and showing the standard heading. The mandatory element is printed in normal text and the optional elements in italics.

It should be noted that in many cases Rules are so printed because they are alternatives and the procedure to apply should be retained and the others omitted. In all cases where a line is shown the necessary name, address, number or wording to complete this Rule must be inserted.

DEFINITIONS

  1.         
  2.         (A)         In         these Rules:

Affiliated Association” means an Association accorded the status of an affiliated Association under the Rules of The FA.

AGM” shall mean the annual general meeting held in accordance with the constitution of the Competition.

Club” means a Club for the time being in membership of the Competition.

Competition” means the [ ] League.

Competition Match” means any match played or to be played under the jurisdiction of the Competition.

Contract Player” means any Player (other than a Player on a Scholarship) who is eligible to play under a written contract of employment with a Club.

Deposit” means a sum of money deposited with the Competition as part of the requirements of membership of the Competition.

Fees Tariff” means a list of fees approved by the Clubs at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any matters for which fees are payable under the Rules.

Fines Tariff” means a list of fines approved by the Clubs at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any breach of the Rules.

Ground” means the ground on which the Club’s Team(s) plays its Competition Matches.

Management Committee” means in the case of a Competition which is an unincorporated association, the management committee elected to manage the running of the Competition and where the Competition is incorporated it means the Board of Directors appointed in accordance with the articles of association of that company.

Match Officials” means the referee, the assistant referees and any fourth official appointed to a Competition Match.

Mini Soccer” means those participating at ages under 7s to under 10s.

Non Contract Player” means any Player (other than a Player on a Scholarship) who is eligible to play for a Club but has not entered into a written contract of employment.

Officer” means an individual who is appointed or elected to a position in a Club or Competition which requires that individual to make day to day decisions.

Participants” means an Affiliated Association, Competition, Club, Club Official, Intermediary, Player, Official, Match Official, Management Committee member, member or employee of an Affiliated Club and all such persons who are from time to time participating in any activity sanctioned either directly or indirectly by the Association.

Player” means any Contract Player, Non Contract Player or other player who plays or who is eligible to play for a Club.

Playing Season” means the period between the date on which the first competitive fixture in the Competition is played each year until the date on which the last competitive fixture in the Competition is played.

Rules” means these rules under which the Competition is administered.

Sanctioning Authority” means [The FA][the [ ] County Football Association Limited].

Scholarship” means a Scholarship as set out in Rule C 3 (a) (i) of the Rules of The FA.

Secretary” means such person or persons appointed or elected to carry out the administration of the Competition.

Team” means a team affiliated to a Club.

Team Sheet” means a form provided by the Competition on which the names of the Players taking part in a Competition Match are listed.

The FA” means The Football Association Limited.

written” or “in writing” means the representation or reproduction of words or symbols or other information in a visible form by any method or combination of methods, whether sent or supplied in electronic form or otherwise.

Youth Football” means those participating at ages under 11s to under 18s.

        (B)        All Clubs shall adhere to the Rules. Every Club shall be deemed, as a member of the Competition to have accepted the Rules and to have agreed to abide by the decisions of the Management Committee in relation thereto, subject to the provisions of Rule 16.

        (C)        The Competition will be known as [ ] (or such other name as the Competition may adopt). The Clubs participating in the Competition must be members of the Competition. A Club which ceases to exist or which ceases to be entitled to play in the Competition for any reason whatsoever shall thereupon automatically cease to be a member of the Competition.

        (D)        The administration of the Competition under these Rules will be carried out by the Competition acting (save where otherwise specifically mentioned herein) through the Management Committee in accordance with the rules, regulations and policies of The FA.

        (E)        Unless stated otherwise, terms referring to natural persons are applicable to both genders. Any term in the singular applies to the plural and vice-versa.

NAME AND CONSTITUTION

2.        (A)        This Competition shall consist of not more than [ ] Clubs and/or [ ] Teams approved by the Sanctioning Authority.

(B)        All Clubs must be affiliated to an Affiliated Association and their names and particulars shall be returned annually by the appointed date in a manner prescribed by the Sanctioning Authority and must have a constitution approved by the Sanctioning Authority. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff). The area covered by the Competition membership shall be [ ].

This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the [ ] County Football Association(s) and the constituent Teams of member Clubs may be grouped in divisions, each not exceeding [ ] in number.

(C) Inclusivity and Non-discrimination

(i)        The Competition and each member Club must be committed to promoting inclusivity and to eliminating all forms of discrimination and should abide and adhere to The FA Equality Policy and any legislative requirements (to include those contained in the Equality Act 2010).

(ii)        This Competition and each member Club must make every effort to promote equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community, irrespective of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability or otherwise.

(iii)        Any alleged breach of the Equality Act 2010 legislation must be referred to the appropriate Sanctioning Authority for investigation.

(D)Clubs must comply with the provisions of any initiatives of The FA which are adopted by the Competition including but not limited to, Charter Standard and RESPECT programmes. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(E) Clubs shall not enter any of their Teams playing at a particular age group in the Competition in any other competition (with the exception of FA and County FA Competitions) except with the written consent of the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(F)        At the AGM or a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, a majority of the delegates present shall have power to decide or adjust the compilation of the divisions at their discretion. When necessary this Rule shall take precedence over Rule 12.

ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT

3.        (A)        Applications by Clubs for admission to this Competition or the entry of an additional Team(s) from the same Club must be made in writing to the Secretary and must be accompanied by an entry fee [ ] set out in the Fees Tariff per Team which shall be returned in the event of non-election.

At the discretion of the voting members present applications, of which due notice has been given, may be received at the AGM or a Special General Meeting or on a date agreed by the Management Committee.

(B) An annual subscription shall be payable in accordance with the Fees Tariff per Club (or per Team where a Club provides more than one Team in membership of the Competition) and shall be payable on or before [ ] in each year.

(C) A Deposit of £[ ] shall be payable per Club (or per Team where a Club provides more than one Team in membership of the Competition) and shall be payable on or before [ ] in each year. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(D)        A Club shall not participate in this Competition until the entry fee, annual subscription and Deposit (if required) have been paid.

(E)        If requested by the Competition, Clubs must advise annually to the Secretary in writing by [ ] of its Sanctioning Authority affiliation number for the forthcoming Playing Season, failing which they shall be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

Clubs must advise the Secretary in writing, or on the prescribed form, of details of its headquarters, Officers and any other information required by the Competition.

MANAGEMENT, NOMINATION, ELECTION

4.        (A) The Management Committee shall comprise the Officers of the Competition and [ ] members who shall all be elected at the AGM. All Participants shall abide by The Football Association Regulations for Safeguarding Children as determined by The FA from time to time.

(B)        Retiring Officers shall be eligible to become candidates for re-election without nomination provided that the Officer notifies the Secretary in writing not later than [ ] in each year.

All other candidates for election as Officers or members of the Management Committee shall be nominated to the Secretary in writing, signed by the secretaries of two member Clubs, not later than [ ] in each year. Names of the candidates for election shall be circulated with the notice of the AGM. In the event of there being no nomination in accordance with the foregoing for any office, nominations may be received at the AGM.

(C)        The Management Committee shall meet as and when required, save that no more than three calendar months shall pass between each meeting.

On receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Management Committee the Secretary shall convene a meeting of the Management Committee.

(D)        Except where otherwise mentioned all communications shall be addressed to the Secretary who shall conduct the correspondence of the Competition and keep a record of its proceedings.

        (E) All communications received from Clubs must be conducted through their Officers and sent to the Secretary.

                Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

POWERS OF MANAGEMENT

5.        (A)        The Management Committee may appoint sub-committees and delegate such of their powers as they deem necessary. The decisions of all sub-committees shall be reported to the Management Committee for ratification. The Management Committee shall have power to deal only with matters within the Competition and not for any matters of misconduct that are under the jurisdiction of The FA or Affiliated Association.

(B)        Subject to the permission of the Sanctioning Authority having been obtained the Management Committee may order a match or matches to be played each season, the proceeds to be devoted to the funds of the Competition and, if necessary, may call upon each Club (including any Club which may have withdrawn during the season) to contribute equally such sums as may be necessary to meet any deficiency at the end of the season.

        (C)        Each member of the Management Committee shall have the right to attend and vote at all Management Committee meetings and have one vote thereat, but no member shall be allowed to vote on any matters directly appertaining to such member or to the Club so represented or where there may be a conflict of interest. (This shall apply to the procedure of any sub-committee).

In the event of the voting being equal on any matter, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

(D)        The Management Committee shall have powers to apply, act upon and enforce the Rules of the Competition and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Competition. Any action by the Competition must be taken within 28 days of the Competition being notified.

        With the exception of Rules 6(H) and 19, and subject to Rule 5(I), in relation to any alleged breaches of a Rule the Management Committee shall issue a formal written charge to the Club concerned. The Club charged is required to respond to the charge within 7 days from the date of notification of the charge. In such reply a Club may:-

        (i)        Accept the charge and submit in writing a case of mitigation for consideration by the Management Committee on the papers; or

        (ii)        Accept the charge and notify that it wishes to put its case of mitigation at a hearing before the Management Committee; or

        (iii)        Deny the charge and submit in writing supporting evidence for consideration by the Management Committee on the papers; or

                (iv)        Deny the charge and notify that it wishes to put its case of mitigation at a hearing before the Management Committee.

        Where the Club charged fails to respond within 7 days, the Management Committee shall determine the charge in such manner and upon such evidence as it considers appropriate.

        Where required, hearings shall take place as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of the reply of the Club as more fully set out above.

        Having considered the reply of the Club (whether in writing or at a hearing), the Management Committee shall make its decision and, in the event that the charge is accepted or proven, decide on the appropriate penalty (with reference to the Fines Tariff where applicable).        

        The maximum fine permitted for any breach of a Rule is £100 and, when setting any fine, the Management Committee must ensure that the penalty is proportional to the offence, taking into account any mitigating circumstances. No Participant under the age of 18 can be fined.

        All breaches of the Laws of the Game, Rules and Regulations of The FA shall be dealt with in accordance with FA Rules by the appropriate Association.

(E)        All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 16.

Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned within 10 days.

(F)         [ %] of its members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the Management Committee or any sub-committee thereof.        

(G) The Management Committee, as it may deem necessary, shall have power to fill, in an acting capacity, any vacancies that may occur amongst their number.

(H) A Club must comply with an order or instruction of the Management Committee, and must attend to the business and/or the correspondence of the Competition to the satisfaction of the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(I)         Subject to its right of appeal in accordance with Rule 16 below, all fines and charges shall be paid within 14 days of the date of posting of notification of the decision.

        Any Club failing to do so will be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff). Further failure to pay the fine including the additional sum within a further 14 days will result in fixtures being withdrawn until such time as the outstanding fines are paid.

(J)         A member of the Management Committee appointed by the Competition to attend a meeting or match may have any expenses incurred refunded by the Competition.

(K) The Management Committee shall have the power to fill any vacancy that may occur in the membership of the Competition between the AGM or Special General Meeting called to decide the constitution and the commencement of the Competition Playing Season.

(L) The business of the Competition as determined by the Management Committee may/shall be transacted by electronic mail or facsimile.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

6.        (A)        The AGM shall be held not later than [ ] in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least [ ] members are present and entitled to vote:-

(i)                To receive and confirm the Minutes of the preceding AGM.

(ii)                To receive and adopt the Annual Report, Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts.

(iii)                Election of Clubs to fill vacancies.

(iv)                Constitution of the Competition for ensuing Playing Season.

(v)                Election of Officers and Management Committee.

(vi)                Appointment of Auditors.

(vii)        Alteration of Rules, if any (See Rule 20).

(viii)        Fix the date for the commencement of the Playing Season and kick off times applicable to the Competition.

(ix)                Fix the date for the end of the Playing Season.

(x)                Other business of which due notice shall have been given and accepted as being relevant to an AGM.

(B) A copy of the duly audited/verified Balance Sheet, Statement of Accounts and Agenda shall be forwarded to each Club at least 14 days prior to the meeting together with any proposed changes.

(C) A signed copy of the duly audited/verified Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts shall be sent to the Sanctioning Authority within 14 days of its adoption by the AGM.

(D) Each Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to an AGM. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only. 14 days’ notice shall be given of any Meeting.

(E) Clubs who have withdrawn their membership of the Competition during the Playing Season being concluded or who are not continuing membership shall be entitled to attend but shall vote only on matters relating to the Playing Season being concluded. This provision will not apply to Clubs expelled in accordance with Rule 17.

(F)         All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot be demanded by at least 50% of the delegates qualified to vote or the Chairman so decides.

(G) No individual shall be entitled to vote on behalf of more than one member Club.

(H)        Any continuing Club must be represented at the AGM. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(I)         Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at an AGM.

(J)        Where a Competition is an incorporated entity, the Officers of the Competition shall ensure that the Articles of Association of the Competition are consistent with the requirements of these Rules.

AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED

7.                Each Club shall complete and sign the following agreement which shall be deposited with the Competition together with the application for membership for the coming Playing Season, or upon indicating that the Club intends to compete.

                “We, (A), (name) [ ] of (address) [ ] (Chairman)/Director and (B) (name) [ ] of (address) [ ] (Secretary/Director) of [ ] Football Club (Limited) have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the [ ] Competition and do hereby agree for and on behalf of the said Club, if elected or accepted into membership, to conform to those Rules and Regulations and to accept, abide by and implement the decisions of the Management Committee of the Competition, subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 16.”

                The agreement shall be signed by:

  1.         
  2.         Where         a Club is an unincorporated association, the Club Chairman and         secretary; or
  3.         
  4.         Where         a Club is an incorporated entity, two directors of the Club.

                Any alteration of the Chairman and /or secretary of the Club on the above agreement must be notified to the [ ] County Football Association(s) to which the Club is affiliated and to the Secretary.

                Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

8.        (A) (i) A registered youth playing member of a Club is one who, being in all other respects eligible, has:-

        Signed a fully and correctly completed Competition registration form in ink, countersigned by his /her parent or guardian and by an Officer of the Club, and who has been registered with the (Registrations) Secretary [ ] days prior to playing and whose completed registration counterfoil has been received by the Club prior to playing. The registration document must incorporate any known serious medical conditions of the Player and emergency contact details of the Player’s parents or guardians. These details must be available at matches and training events the Player attends within the management of the Club or Competition.

        Or

Signed a fully and correctly completed Competition registration form in ink on a match day prior to playing, countersigned by his/her parent or guardian and by an Officer of the Club and witnessed by an Officer of the opposing Club, and submitted to the (Registrations) Secretary within two days (Sundays excluded) subsequent to the match. The Player shall not again play until the Club is in possession of the completed counterfoil. A maximum of [ ] Players may be registered in this way. The registration document must incorporate any known serious medical conditions of the Player and emergency contact details of the Players’ parents or guardians. These details must be available at matches and training events the Player attends within the management of the Club or Competition.

  1.         
  2.         Registration         forms may also be submitted to the (Registrations) Secretary by         electronic mail or facsimile machine prior to the Player playing.         The original document must be forwarded by post within three days of         the match to the appropriate Officer.

The registration document must incorporate a current passport-size photograph of the Player seeking registration together with proof of the Player’s date of birth.

If a Player’s age is required for registration purposes a Competition must accept an original birth certificate or a photocopy. In cases where the birth certificate is not available a Competition is required to accept a photocopy of the Player’s passport or other official document issued by a Government Agency attesting to the Player’s date of birth.

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

        (B)(i)        Contract Players are not permitted in this Competition with the exception of those Players who are registered under contract with the same Club who have a Team operating at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System.

                It is the responsibility of each Club to ensure that any Player signing a registration form for that Club has, where necessary, the required International Transfer Certificate. Clearance is required for any Player aged 10 and over crossing borders including Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

        (ii)        A Player registered with a Premier League or Football League Academy under the Elite Player Performance Plan contained within Youth Development Rules will not be permitted to play in this Competition. Details of the Youth Development Rules are published on The FA website. A Player registered with a FA Girls’ Regional Talent Club may play in this Competition subject to the FA Programme for Excellence (Female) Regulations.

        (iii)        If any Player is serving in any branch of Her Majesty’s Regular Forces, the Player must first obtain the consent of his Association secretary before signing a registration form to play for a Club.

        (iv)        Each Team must have the following number of Players registered [ ] days before the start of each Playing Season:

                

        

                

                

                                        

FORMAT

                                

                                        

MINIMUM                                         NUMBER

                                

                                        

5v5

                                

                                        

5

                                

                                        

7v7

                                

                                        

7

                                

                                        

9v9

                                

                                        

9

                                

                                        

11v11

                                

                                        

11

                                

        

                        Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(C)A child who has not attained the age of 6 shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match of any kind.

        The relevant age for each Player is determined by his or her age as at midnight on 31 August of the relevant Playing Season i.e. children who are aged 6 as at midnight on 31 August in a Playing Season (together with those who attain the age of 6 during the Playing Season) will be classed as Under 7 Players for that Playing Season. Children who are aged 7 as at midnight on 31 August in a Playing Season will be classed as Under 8 Players for that Playing Season, and so on.

        Notwithstanding the above, a child is permitted to play up in the age group above his or her chronological age group, irrespective of any changes of format or competition structure, save that a child who attains the age of 6 after 31 August is permitted to play only in the Under 7 age group, and may not play in the Under 8 age group, for that Playing Season.

        The age groups that children are eligible to play in are set out in the table below, along with the permitted football formats for each of those age groups. Children shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match between sides of more than the stated number of players, according to their age group:

                        

Age                         on 31 August of the relevant Playing Season

                

                        

Eligible                         Age Groups

                

                        

Maximum                         Permitted Format

                

                        

Minimum                         Pitch Sizes

                

                        

Maximum                         Pitch Sizes

                

                        

Recommended                         Goal Sizes in feet

                

                        

Ball                         Size

                

                        

Yards

                

                        

Metres

                

                        

Yards

                

                        

Metres

                

                        

6

                        

                        

                

                        

Under                         7

                

                        

5v5

                

                        

30x20

                

                        

27.45                         x 18.3

                

                        

40x30

                

                        

36.3                         x 27.45

                

                        

12x6

                

                        

3

                

                        

Under                         8

                

                        

30x20

                

                        

27.45                         x 18.3

                

                        

40x30

                

                        

36.3                         x 27.45

                

                        

12x6

                

                        

3

                

                        

7

                

                        

Under                         8

                

                        

5v5

                

                        

30x20

                

                        

27.45                         x 18.3

                

                        

40x30

                

                        

36.3                         x 27.45

                

                        

12x6

                

                        

3

                

                        

Under                         9

                

                        

7v7

                

                        

50x30

                

                        

45.75                         x 27.45

                

                        

60x40

                

                        

54.9                         x 36.6

                

                        

12x6

                

                        

3

                

                        

8

                

                        

Under                         9

                

                        

7v7

                

                        

50x30

                

                        

45.75                         x 27.45

                

                        

60x40

                

                        

54.9                         x 36.6

                

                        

12x6

                

                        

3

                

                        

Under                         10

                

                        

50x30

                

                        

45.75                         x 27.45

                

                        

60x40

                

                        

54.9                         x 36.6

                

                        

12x6

                

                        

4

                

                        

9

                

                        

Under                         10

                

                        

7v7

                

                        

50x30

                

                        

45.75                         x 27.45

                

                        

60x40

                

                        

54.9                         x 36.6

                

                        

12x6

                

                        

4

                

                        

Under                         11

                

                        

9v9

                

                        

70x40

                

                        

64                         x 36.6

                

                        

80x50

                

                        

73.15                         x 45.75

                

                        

16x7

                

                        

4

                

                        

10

                

                        

Under                         11

                

                        

9v9

                

                        

70x40

                

                        

64                         x 36.6

                

                        

80x50

                

                        

73.15                         x 45.75

                

                        

16x7

                

                        

4

                

                        

Under                         12

                

                        

70x40

                

                        

64                         x 36.6

                

                        

80x50

                

                        

73.15                         x 45.75

                

                        

16x7

                

                        

4

                

                        

11

                

                        

Under                         12

                

                        

9v9

                

                        

70x40

                

                        

64                         x 36.6

                

                        

80x50

                

                        

73.15                         x 45.75

                

                        

16x7

                

                        

4

                

                        

Under                         13

                

                        

11v11

                

                        

90x50

                

                        

82.3x45.75

                

                        

100x60

                

                        

91.44                         x 54.9

                

                        

21x7

                

                        

4

                

                        

12

                

                        

Under                         13

                

                        

11v11

                

                        

90x50

                

                        

82.3                         x 45.75

                

                        

100x60

                

                        

91.44                         x 54.9

                

                        

21x7

                

                        

4

                

                        

Under                         14

                

                        

90x50

                

                        

82.3                         x 45.75

                

                        

100x60

                

                        

91.44                         x 54.9

                

                        

21x7

                

                        

4

                

                        

13

                

                        

Under                         14

                

                        

11v11

                

                        

90x50

                

                        

82.3                         x 45.75

                

                        

100x60

                

                        

91.44                         x 54.9

                

                        

21x7

                

                        

4

                

                        

Under                         15

                

                        

90x50

                

                        

82.3                         x 45.75

                

                        

110x70

                

                        

100.58                         x 64

                

                        

24x8

                

                        

5

                

                        

14

                

                        

Under                         15

                

                        

11v11

                

                        

90x50

                

                        

82.3                         x 45.75

                

                        

110x70

                

                        

100.58                         x 64

                

                        

24x8

                

                        

5

                

                        

Under                         16

                

                        

90x50

                

                        

82.3                         x 45.75

                

                        

110x70

                

                        

100.58                         x 64

                

                        

24x8

                

                        

5

                

                        

15

                

                        

Under                         16

                

                        

11v11

                

                        

90x50

                

                        

82.3                         x 45.75

                

                        

110x70

                

                        

100.58                         x 64

                

                        

24x8

                

                        

5

                

                        

Under                         17

                

                        

100x50

                

                        

91.44                         x 45.75

                

                        

130x100

                

                        

118.87                         x 91.44

                

                        

24x8

                

                        

5

                

                        

Under                         18

                

                        

100x50

                

                        

91.44                         x 45.75

                

                        

130x100

                

                        

118.87                         x 91.44

                

                        

24x8

                

                        

5

                

                        

16

                

                        

Under                         17

                

                        

11v11

                

                        

100x50

                

                        

91.44                         x 45.75

                

                        

130x100

                

                        

118.87                         x 91.44

                

                        

24x8

                

                        

5

                

                        

Under                         18

                

                        

100x50

                

                        

91.44                         x 45.75

                

                        

130x100

                

                        

118.87                         x 91.44

                

                        

24x8

                

                        

5

                

                        

Open                         Age

                

                        

100x50

                

                        

91.44                         x 45.75

                

                        

130x100

                

                        

118.87                         x 91.44

                

                        

24x8

                

                        

5

                

(D) A fee as set out in the Fees Tariff shall be paid by each Club/Team for each Player registered, if applicable.

(E) The Management Committee shall decide all registration disputes.

In the event of a Player signing a registration form or having a registration submitted for more than one Club priority of registration shall decide for which Club the Player shall be registered. The Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to register the Player of the fact of the previous registration.

(F) It shall be deemed a breach of these Rules for a Player to:-

(i) Play for more than one Club in the Competition in the same Playing Season without first being transferred.

(ii) Having signed for one Club in the Competition, sign for another Club in the Competition in that Playing Season, except for the purpose of a transfer.

(iii) Submit a signed registration form for registration that the Player had wilfully neglected to accurately or fully complete.

                Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(G)(i)         The Management Committee shall have the power to accept the registration of any Player subject to the provisions of clauses (ii) and (iii) below.

(ii)         The Management Committee shall have power to refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any Player, the exercise of such power being without prejudice to the Management Committee’s ability to fine a Club at its discretion (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) that has been charged and found guilty of registration irregularities (subject to Rule 16).

(iii) The Management Committee shall also have the power to refuse or cancel the registration of any Player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct, such refusal or cancellation being subject to the right of appeal to the Sanctioning Authority. Where the Management Committee does not have enough information to enable it to make a decision pursuant to the above power, it may apply, in its absolute discretion, to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA for further information.

Undesirable conduct shall mean an incident of repeated proven misconduct, which may deter a Participant from being involved in this Competition.

        (iv) For a Player who has previously had a registration removed in accordance with clause (iii) but has a registration accepted at the expiry of exclusion will be considered to be under a probationary period of 12 months. Whilst under a probationary period, should the Player commit a further act of proven misconduct under the jurisdiction of the Competition, (excluding standard dismissals), the Competition would be empowered to consider a further charge of bringing the Competition into disrepute.

                (Note: Action under Clause (iii) shall only be taken against a Player in cases of the Player bringing the Competition into disrepute and will in any event be subject to an appeal to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA. All decisions must include the period of restriction. For the purpose of this Rule, bringing the Competition into disrepute can only be considered where the Player has received in excess of 112 days’ suspension, or 10 matches in match based discipline, in any competition (and is not restricted to the Competition) in a period of two years or less from the date of the first offence.)        

        (H)        Subject to compliance with FA Rule C 2(a) when a Club wishes to register a Player who is already registered with another Club it shall submit a transfer form to the Competition accompanied by a fee as set out in the Fees Tariff. Such transfer shall be referred by the Competition to the Club for which the Player is registered. Should this Club object to the transfer it should state its objections in writing to the Competition and to the Player concerned within 7 days of receipt of the notification. Upon receipt of the Club’s consent, or upon its failure to give written objection within 7 days, the Secretary may, on behalf of the Management Committee, transfer the Player who shall be deemed eligible to play for the new Club from such date or [ ] days after receipt of such transfer.

In the event of an objection to a transfer the matter shall be referred to the Management Committee for a decision.

(I) A Player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after [date] except by special permission of the Management Committee.

(J) A Club shall keep a list of the Players it registers and a record of the games in which they have played, and shall produce such records upon demand by the Management Committee.

In the event a Club has more than one Team in an age group, each Team must be clearly identifiable but not designated ‘A’ or ‘B’ or 1st or 2nd. In such cases, Players will be registered for one Team only. A Player so registered will be allowed to play for his Club in a younger or older age group within the provisions of Rule 8(C).

(K) A register containing the names of all Players registered for each Club, with the date of registration, shall be kept by the (Registrations) Secretary and shall be open to the inspection of any duly appointed member Club representative at all Management Committee meetings or at other times mutually arranged. Registrations are valid for one Playing Season only.

        In the event of a Non Contract Player changing his status to that of a Contract Player with the same Club, another Club in the Competition or with a Club in another Competition his registration as a Non Contract Player will automatically be cancelled and declared void unless the Club conforms to the exception detailed in Rule 8(B)(i).

(L)        A Player shall not be eligible to play for a Team in any special championship, promotion or relegation deciding match (as specified in Rule 12(A)) unless the Player has played [ ] league games for that Team in this Competition in the current Playing Season.

(M) (i)        Subject to Rule 8(M)(ii), any Club found to have played an ineligible Player in a match or matches where points are awarded shall have the points gained from that match deducted from its record, up to a maximum of 12 points, and have levied upon it a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

        (ii)        The Management Committee may vary the sanction as relates to the deduction of points set out at Rule 8(M)(i) only in circumstances where the ineligibility is due to the failure to obtain an International Transfer Certificate or where the ineligibility is related to the Player’s status.        

        (iii)        Where a Club is found to have played an ineligible player in accordance with Rule 8(M)(i) above, the Management Committee may also, at its discretion:

  1.         
  2.         Award         the points available in the Competition Match in question to the         opponents, subject to the Competition Match not being ordered to be         replayed;
  3.         
  4.         Levy         penalty points against the Club in default; or
  5.         
  6.         Order         that such match or matches be replayed (on such terms as are decided         by the Management Committee).        

        (The following Clause applies to Competitions involving Players in full-time secondary education):-

        (N)(i)        Priority must be given at all times to school and school organisations activities. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

                (ii) The availability of children must be cleared with the head teachers (except for Sunday Competitions).

                (iii)        A child under the age of 15 as at midnight on 31 August in a Playing Season, shall not be permitted to play in a Competition Match during that Playing Season where any other Player is older or younger than that child by two years or more.

CLUB COLOURS. CLUB NAME

9. (A)        Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by [date] who shall decide as to their suitability.

Goalkeepers must wear colours which distinguish them from other Players and the Match Officials.

No Player, including the goalkeeper, shall be permitted to wear black or very dark shirts.

Any Team not being able to play in its normal colours as registered with the Competition shall notify its opponents the colours in which they will play (including the colours of the goalkeeper jersey) at least [ ] days before the match.

If, in the opinion of the referee, two Teams have the same or similar colours, the away/home Team shall make the change. Should a Team delay the scheduled time of kick-off for a Competition Match by not having a change of colours they shall be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff). Shirts must be numbered.

(B)        Any Club wishing to change its name must obtain permission from the Sanctioning Authority and from the Management Committee. Any Club wishing to change its colours during the Playing Season must obtain permission from the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

PLAYING SEASON. CONDITIONS OF PLAY

TIMES OF KICK-OFF. POSTPONEMENTS. SUBSTITUTES

10. (A)        All Competition Matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board or, for Mini-Soccer, and 9v9 football, the Rules as set down by The FA.

Clubs must take all reasonable precautions to keep their Grounds in a playable condition. All Competition Matches shall be played on pitches deemed suitable by the Management Committee. If through any fault of the home Team a match has to be replayed, the Management Committee shall have power to order the venue to be changed.

The Management Committee shall have power to decide whether a pitch and/or facilities are suitable for matches in the Competition and to order the Club concerned to play its fixtures on another ground.

Football Turf Pitches are allowed in this Competition. All Football Turf Pitches used must be on The FA’s Register of Football Turf Pitches and must be tested (by an accredited test institute) every 3 years and the results passed to The FA. The FA will give a decision on the suitability for use and add the pitch to the Register.

The home Club is also responsible for advising Participants of footwear requirements when confirming match arrangements in accordance with Rule 10(C).

All matches shall have a duration as set out below unless a shorter time is mutually arranged by the two Clubs in consultation with the referee prior to the commencement of the match, and in any event shall be of equal halves.

Matches should be played in accordance with the Laws appropriate to the relevant age group, as laid down by The FA, as detailed below.

                        

Age                         Group

                

                        

Minimum                                                  

                        

duration                         of play                         

                        

per                         half (minutes)

                

                        

Maximum                                                  

                        

duration                         of play                         

                        

per                         half (minutes)

                

                        

Maximum                         playing time in one day in all organised development fixtures                         (minutes)

                

                        

Maximum                         playing time in one day in all tournaments and trophy events /                         festivals (minutes)

                

                        

Competition                         structure

                

                        

Under                         7 and Under 8

                

                        

10

                

                        

20                                                  

                

                        

40

                

                        

60                                                  

                

                        

Development                         focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per  season over 2                         week periods (6 weeks)

                

                        

Under                         9 and Under 10

                

                        

20                                                  

                

                        

30

                

                        

60                                                  

                

                        

90

                

                        

Development                         focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per  season over 4                         week periods (12 weeks)

                

                        

Under                         11

                

                        

20                                                  

                

                        

30

                

                        

80                                                  

                

                        

120

                

                        

Development                         focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per  season over 6                         week periods (18 weeks)

                

                        

Under                         12

                

                        

20                                                  

                

                        

30                                                  

                

                        

80                         (if applicable)

                

                        

120                                                  

                

                        

Any                         varieties including one season long league table

                

                        

Under                         13 and Under 14

                

                        

25

                

                        

35                                                  

                

                        

100                                                  

                

                        

150

                

                        

Any                         varieties including one season long league table

                

                        

Under                         15 and Under 16

                

                        

25                                                  

                

                        

40                                                  

                

                        

100                                                  

                

                        

150

                

                        

Any                         varieties including one season long league table

                

                        

Under                         17 and Under 18

                

                        

25

                

                        

45                                                  

                

                        

120                                                  

                

                        

180

                

                        

Any                         varieties including one season long league table

                

For round robin/trophy events, the maximum duration of play per half cannot be exceeded, but the minimum duration of play per half may be adjusted.

For trophy events, the Competition may award mementos.

The times of kick-off shall be fixed at the AGM and can only be altered by the mutual consent of the two competing Clubs prior to the scheduled date of the match with written notification given to the Secretary at least [ ] days prior.

Referees must order matches to commence at the appointed time and must report all late starts to the Secretary.

The home Team must provide goal nets, corner flags and at least two footballs fit for play and the referee shall make a report to the Secretary if the footballs are unsuitable. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

        (B) Except by permission of the Management Committee all Competition Matches must be played on the dates originally fixed but priority shall be given to The FA and parent County Association Cup Competitions. All other matches must be considered secondary. Clubs may mutually agree to bring forward a match with the consent of the (Fixtures) Secretary. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

                In the case of a revised fixture date, the Clubs must be given by the Competition 5 clear days’ notice of the match (unless otherwise mutually agreed).

        (C)        An Officer of the home Club must give notice of full particulars of the location of, and access to, the group and time of kick-off to the Match Officials and the secretary of the opposing Club at least [ ] clear days prior to the playing of the match. If not so provided, the away Club shall seek such details and report the circumstances to the Competition. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

        (D)        The minimum number of Players that will constitute a Team for a Competition Match is as follows:

        

        

                                

FORMAT

                        

                                

MINIMUM                                 NUMBER

                        

                                

5v5

                        

                                

4

                        

                                

7v7

                        

                                

5

                        

                                

9v9

                        

                                

7

                        

                                

11v11

                        

                                

7

                        

                Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

        (E)        (i)         In Competitions where points are awarded home and away matches shall be played. In the event of a Club failing to keep its engagement the Management Committee shall have the power to impose a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff), deduct points from the defaulting Club, award the points from the match in question to the opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any expenses incurred by the opponents or otherwise deal with them except the award of goals. Notwithstanding the foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall have power to order a match to be played on a neutral ground or on the opponent’s Ground if they are satisfied that such action is warranted by the circumstances.

                (ii)        Any Club unable to fulfil a fixture or where a fixture has been postponed for any reason must, without delay, give notice to the (Fixtures) Secretary, the Competition Referees Appointments Secretary, the secretary of the opposing Club and the Match Officials.

                (iii)        In the event of a match not being played or abandoned owing to causes over which neither Club has control, it shall be played in its entirety on a date to be mutually agreed by the two Clubs and approved by the Management Committee. Failing such agreement and notification to the (Fixtures) Secretary within [ ] days the Management Committee shall have the power to order the match to be played on a named date or on or before a given date. Providing gate money is taken and retained the visiting Club shall receive their actual standard class rail or bus fares or the equivalent for [ ] persons, or car allowance at [ ] p per mile for transporting [ ] persons, or hire charge of a coach (receipt to be submitted). The residue (if any) to be equally divided between the two Clubs after deducting the cost of advertising, printing, posting, police and Match Officials charges. The home Club shall take the whole of the proceeds of the second match.

                        Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

                (iv)        The Management Committee shall review all matches abandoned in cases where it is consequent upon the conduct of either or both Teams. Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and does no injustice to either Club, the Management Committee shall be empowered to order the score at the time of the abandonment to stand. In all cases where the Management Committee are satisfied that a match was abandoned owing to the conduct of one Team or its Club member(s) they shall be empowered to award the points for the match to the opponent. No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned match.

        (v) The Management Committee shall review any match that has taken place where either or both Teams were under a suspension imposed upon them by The FA or Affiliated Association. In each case the Team that was under suspension would be dealt with in the same manner as if they had participated with ineligible players in accordance with Rule 8(M)(i) above. Where both Teams were under suspension the match must be declared null and void and shall not be replayed.

        (F)        A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use substitute Players in any match in this Competition.

                Where a Competition does not allow repeat substitutes:

                For Under 17s and Under 18s – [up to 3 may be selected from 3 substitute Players] [up to 4 may be selected from 4 substitute Players] [up to 5 may be selected from 5 substitute Players].                

                Where a Competition does allow repeat substitutes:

                For Under 11s - Under 16s – [up to 3 may be selected from 3 substitute Players] [up to 4 may be selected from 4 substitute Players] [up to 5 may be selected from 5 substitute Players]. A Player who has been substituted becomes a substitute and may replace any Player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of Association Football.

                For Mini-Soccer – any number of substitutions may be used at any time with the permission of the Match Official. Entry onto the field of play will only be allowed during a stoppage in play. A Player who has been replaced may return to the play as a substitute for another Player. A Team must not have a match day squad greater than double the size of its Team in an age group.

                In Youth Football only, the referee shall be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than [ ] minutes before the start of the match and a Player not so named may not take part in the match.

                A Player who has been selected, appointed or named as a substitute before the start of the match but does not actually play in the game shall not be considered to have been a Player in that game within the meaning of Rule 8 of this Competition.

        (G)        The half time interval shall be of [ ] minutes’ duration, but it shall not exceed 15 minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the Match Officials.

        (H)        The Teams taking part in Youth Football shall identify a Team captain who shall wear an armband and shall have a responsibility to offer support in the management of the on-field discipline of his/her teammates. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

REPORTING RESULTS

11.        (A)        The (Registration/Fixtures) Secretary must receive within [ ] days of the date played, the result of each Competition Match in the prescribed manner. This must include the forename(s) and surname of the Team Players (in block letters) and also the referee markings required by Rule 13, or any other information required by the Competition. Failure to do so will incur a fine(in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(B) The Home Club/both Clubs shall telephone/SMS/email/notify the result of each match to the [ ] by [ ]. Clubs in default shall be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(C) The match result notification, correctly completed, shall be signed by an Officer of the Club, or as prescribed by the Competition. Failure to do so will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).        

(D) The Competition and Clubs are permitted to collect but NOT publish results or any grading tables for fixtures involving Under 7s, Under 8s, Under 9s, Under 10s, and Under11s. Any Competition failing to abide by this Rule will be dealt with by the Sanctioning Authority, and any Club failing to abide by this Rule will be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff). The Competition and Clubs are permitted to collect and publish results for trophy events.

(E)The Competition may require a Club to confirm that a set fixture has been played. A fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) may be imposed for a breach of this Rule.

DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP

12.        (A)        In Competitions where points are awarded, Team rankings within the Competition will be decided by points with three points to be awarded for a win and one point for a drawn match. The Teams gaining the highest number of points in their respective divisions at the conclusion shall be adjudged the winners. Matches must not be played for double points.

        In the event of two or more Teams being equal on points Team rankings may be determined by deciding match(es) played under conditions determined by the Management Committee, or the position shared.

(B) Automatic promotion and relegation shall be applied for the first [ ] and last [ ] Teams in each division except as provided for hereunder, subject to the provisions of Rule 2(B).

(i)         Should one or more Teams withdraw from any one division after the fixtures have commenced an equal number of Teams to those withdrawing in that division shall not be automatically relegated.

(ii)         Vacancies occurring after the conclusion of the Playing Season may be filled in any of the following ways:

(a)         retention of otherwise relegated Team(s);

(b)         additional promotion of the next ranked Team(s) from the division below; or

(c)         election

(iii) The last [ ] Teams in the lowest division shall retire, but be eligible for re-election except as below, and be subject to the conditions of paragraph (B)(i) above.

(iv) Should either or both of the leading Teams in any of the divisions have a Team in the next higher division, promotion shall fall, at the discretion of the General Meeting, to the next highest Team or Teams in the division concerned.

(v)        Should either or both of the relegated Teams in any of the divisions have a Team in the next lower division, relegation shall fall, at the discretion of the General Meeting, to the next lowest Team or Teams in the division concerned.

(C) In the event of a Team not completing 75% of its fixtures for the Playing Season all points obtained by or recorded against such defaulting Team shall be expunged from the Competition table.

REFEREES

13.        (A) Registered referees (and assistant referees where approved by The FA or County FA) for all Competition Matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the Sanctioning Association(s).

        (B) In cases where there are no officially appointed Match Officials in attendance the Clubs shall agree upon a referee. An individual thus agreed upon shall, for that game, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered referee.

(C) Where assistant referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club assistant referee. Failure to do so will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) being imposed on the defaulting Club.

(D)The appointed referee shall have power to decide as to the fitness of the Ground in all matches and the decision shall be final subject to either in the case of a ground of a Local Authority or the owners of a Ground, the representative of that body is the sole arbiter and whose decision must be accepted.

(E) Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the Sanctioning Association, Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be paid their fees and expenses in accordance with the Fees Tariff.

Match Officials will be paid their fees and/or expenses by the home Club unless otherwise ordered by the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(F) In the event of a match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to full fee plus expenses/half fee plus expenses/expenses only. Where a match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club shall be ordered to pay the Match Officials, if they attend the Ground, their full fee and expenses. Failure to comply with the Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(G) A referee not keeping his or her engagement, and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, may be reported to the Association with which he or she is registered.

(H)Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by The FA, award marks to the referee for each match and the name of the referee and the marks awarded shall be submitted to the Competition on the prescribed form provided. Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine.

(I)        The Competition shall keep a record of the markings and, on the form provided by the prescribed date each Playing Season, shall submit a summary to The FA/County FA.

(J)         The referee shall submit a report form, supplied by the Competition, giving the result of the match, the number of Players in each Team and the time of kick-off to the (Registration) Secretary within two days of the match.

(K)         Match Officials shall be supplied, each Playing Season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.

        (L)         Match Officials shall have undertaken a RESPECT briefing offered by The FA/County FA or the League.

CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP OR WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB

14.        (A) Any Club wishing to resign from the Competition must do so at least [ ] days before the AGM. Failure to do so will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

        (B)        The Management Committee shall have the discretion to deal with a Team being unable to start or complete its fixtures for a Playing Season, including but not limited to, issuing a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

        (C)        In addition to the powers of the Management Committee pursuant to Rule 5(I), in the event of a member Club failing to discharge all its financial obligations to the Competition in excess of £50, the Management Committee are empowered to refer the debt under The FA Football Debt Recovery provisions.

PROTESTS AND COMPLAINTS

15. (A)        (i)         All questions of eligibility, qualifications of Players or interpretations of the Rules shall be referred to the Management Committee or a sub-committee duly appointed by the Management Committee.

(ii)        Objections relevant to the dimensions of the pitch, goals, flag posts or other facilities of the venue will not be entertained by the Management Committee unless a protest is lodged with the referee before the commencement of the match.

(B) Except in cases where the Management Committee decide that there are special circumstances, protests and complaints (as set out more fully at Rule 15(A) above) (which must contain full particulars of the grounds upon which they are founded) must be lodged in duplicate with the Secretary within [ ] days (excluding Sundays) of the match or occurrence to which they refer. A protest or complaint shall not be withdrawn except by permission of the Management Committee. A member of the Management Committee who is a member of any Club involved shall not be present (except as a witness or representative of his Club) when such protest or complaint is being determined.

(C) No protest of whatever kind shall be considered by the Management Committee unless the complaining Club shall have deposited with the Secretary a sum of [ ] in accordance with the Fees Tariff. This may be forfeited in whole or in part in the event of the complaining or protesting Club losing its case. The Competition shall have power to order the defaulting Club or the Club making a losing or frivolous protest or complaint to pay the expenses of the inquiry or to order that the costs to be shared by the parties.

(D) All parties to a protest or complaint must receive a copy of the submission and must be afforded an opportunity to make a statement at least 7 days prior to the protest or complaint being heard.

        (i)         All parties must have received [ ] days’ notice of the hearing should they be instructed to attend.

        (ii)         Should a Club elect to state its case in person then they should forward a deposit of £ [ ] and indicate such when forwarding the written response.

(E)If so requested by all parties concerned, the Management Committee may determine any disputes, protests, appeals, claims or complaints between two Clubs in which event both Clubs shall send a non-returnable fee. Such determination shall be final and binding upon the parties concerned. The procedure for such determination shall be determined by the Management Committee.        

APPEALS

16.                 Any appeal against a decision of the Management Committee must be lodged with the Sanctioning Authority within 14 days of the posting of the written notification of the decision causing the appeal, accompanied by a fee as set out in the Fees Tariff, which may be forfeited in the event of the appeal not being upheld. A copy of the appeal must also be sent to the Secretary. The procedure for the appeal shall be determined by the Sanctioning Authority, in such respect the Sanctioning Authority may (but is not obliged to):

  1.         
  2.         Invite         submissions by the parties involved;
  3.         
  4.         Convene         a hearing to hear the appeal;
  5.         
  6.         Permit         new evidence; or
  7.         
  8.         Impose         deadlines as are appropriate.

                Any appeal shall not involve a rehearing of the evidence considered by the Management Committee.

No appeal can be lodged against a decision taken at an Annual or Special General Meeting unless this is on the ground of unconstitutional conduct.

EXCLUSION OF CLUBS OR TEAMS

MISCONDUCT, CLUBS, OFFICIALS, PLAYERS

17.        (A)        At the AGM or Special General Meeting called for the purpose in accordance with the provisions of Rule 19, notice of motion having been duly circulated on the agenda, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude any Club or Team from further membership which must be supported by (more than) two-thirds (2/3) of those present and voting. Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot.

(B) At the AGM, or at a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 19, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude from further participation in the Competition any Club or Team whose conduct has, in their opinion, been undesirable, which must be supported by (more than) two-thirds (2/3) of those present and voting. Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot. A Club whose conduct is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from voting.

(C) Any Officer or member of a Club proved guilty of either a breach of Rule, other than field offences, or of inducing or attempting to induce a Player or Players of another Club in the Competition to join them shall be liable to expulsion or such penalty as a General Meeting or Management Committee may decide, and their Club shall also be liable to expulsion in accordance with the provisions of Clauses (A) and (B) of this Rule.

TROPHY:- LEGAL OWNERS, CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER, AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED. AWARDS.

18.        (A) The following agreement shall be signed on behalf of the winners of the Cup or Trophy:-

We A [name]and B [name], the Chairman and Secretary of [ ] FC(Limited), members of and representing the Club, having been declared winners of[ ]Cup or Trophy, and it having been delivered to us by the Competition, do hereby on behalf of the Club jointly and severally agree to return the Cup or Trophy to the Competition Secretary on or before [ ]. If the Cup or Trophy is lost or damaged whilst under our care we agree to refund to the Competition the amount of its current value or the cost of its thorough repair.”

Failure to comply will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(B) At the close of each Competition awards may/shall be made to the winners and runners-up if the funds of the Competition permit.

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS

19.                Upon receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds (2/3) of the Clubs in membership the Secretary shall call a Special General Meeting.

The Management Committee may call a Special General Meeting at any time.

At least 7 days’ notice shall be given of a meeting under this Rule, together with an agenda of the business to be transacted at such meeting.

Each member Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to all Special General Meetings. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only. Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all Special General Meetings.

Any continuing member Club failing to be represented at a Special General Meeting without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

ALTERATION TO RULES

20.                Alterations, for which consent has been given by the Sanctioning Association, shall be made to these Rules only at the AGM or at a Special General Meeting specially convened for the purpose called in accordance with Rule 19. Any alteration made during the Playing Season to the Rule relating to the qualification of Players shall not take effect until the following Playing Season.

Notice of proposed alterations to be considered at the AGM shall be submitted to the Secretary by [ ] in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by [ ] and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by [ ]. The proposals and proposed amendments thereto shall be circulated to Clubs with the notice of the AGM. A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if [ ] [a majority] of those present, entitled to vote and voting are in favour.

A copy of the proposed alterations to Rules to be considered at the AGM or Special General Meeting shall be submitted to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA (as applicable) [ ] days prior to the date of the meeting.

FINANCE

21. (A) The Management Committee shall determine with which bank or other financial institution the funds of the Competition will be lodged.

(B) All expenditure in excess of £ [ ] shall be approved by the Management Committee. Cheques shall be signed by at least two Officers nominated by the Management Committee.

(C) The financial year of the Competition will end on [ ].

(D) The books, or a certified balance sheet, of a Competition shall be prepared and shall be audited/verified annually by some suitably qualified person(s) who shall be appointed at the AGM.

INSURANCE

22.                All Clubs must have public liability insurance cover of at least ten million pounds (£10,000,000). Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

DISSOLUTION        

23.        (A)        Dissolution of the Competition shall be by resolution approved at a Special General Meeting by a majority of three quarters (3/4) of the members present and shall take effect from the date of the relevant Special General Meeting.

        (B)        In the event of the dissolution of the Competition, the members of the Management Committee are responsible for the winding up of the assets and liabilities of the Competition.

        (C)        The Management Committee shall deal with any surplus assets as follows:

        (i)         Any surplus assets, save for a Trophy or any other presentation, remaining after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Competition shall be transferred only to another Competition or Affiliated Association or The Football Association Benevolent Fund or to such other charitable or benevolent object in the locality of the Competition as determined by resolution at or before the time of winding up, and approved in writing by the Sanctioning Association.

        (ii)         If a Competition is discontinued for any reason a Trophy or any other presentation shall be returned to the Donor if the conditions attached to it so provide or, if not, dealt with as the Sanctioning Association may decide.

FEES TARIFF

        

        

                                

                                RULE                                 NUMBER

                        

                                

                                DESCRIPTION

                        

                                

                                 MAXIMUM                                 FEE

                        

                                

3                                 (A)

                        

                                

ENTRY                                 FEE

                        

                                

£50.00

                        

                                

3                                 (B)

                        

                                

ANNUAL                                 SUBSCRIPTION

                        

                                

£150.00

                        

                                

3                                 (C)

                        

                                

DEPOSIT                                                                  

                        

                                

£100.00

                        

                                

8                                 (D)

                        

                                

REGISTRATION                                 FORM

                        

                                

£10.00                                 (per Player)

                        

                                

8                                 (H)

                        

                                

TRANSFER                                 FORM

                        

                                

£10.00

                        

                                

13                                 (E)

                        

                                

REFEREE                                 FEES

                        

                                

As                                 agreed with Sanctioning Authority

                        

                                

13                                 (E)                                 

                        

                                

ASSISTANT                                 REFEREE FEES

                        

                                

As                                 agreed with Sanctioning Authority

                        

                                

15                                 (C),16

                        

                                

PROTEST/APPEAL                                 FEES

                        

                                

£25.00

                        

FINES TARIFF

                        

                        RULE                         NUMBER

                

                        

                        DESCRIPTION

                

                        

                        MAXIMUM                         FINE                         

                

                        

2                         (B)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO AFFILIATE

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

2                         (D)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO COMPLY WITH FA INITIATIVES

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

2                         (E)

                

                        

UNAUTHORISED                         ENTRY OF TEAMS INTO COMPETITIONS

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

3                         (C)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO PAY A DEPOSIT                         

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

3                         (E)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO PROVIDE AFFILIATION NUMBER/DETAILS FORM

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

4                         (E)

                

                        

COMMUNICATIONS                         CONDUCTED BY PERSONS OTHER THAN NOMINATED OFFICERS

                

                        

£25.00

                

                        

5                         (H)                         

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO COMPLY WITH AN INSTRUCTION OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE                         

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

5                         (I)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO PAY A FINE WITHIN 14 DAYS OF NOTICE

                

                        

DOUBLE                         THE ORIGINAL FINE UP TO £100.00

                

                        

6                         (H)                         

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO BE REPRESENTED AT AGM

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

7

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT OR TO NOTIFY CHANGES TO                         SIGNATORIES

                

                        

£25.00

                

                        

8                         (A)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO CORRECTLY REGISTER A PLAYER

                

                        

£40.00

                

                        

8                         (B)(iv)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO HAVE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PLAYERS PRIOR TO THE                         SEASON COMMENCING

                

                        

£25.00

                

                        

8                         (F)

                

                        

SIGNING                         OR PLAYING FOR MULTIPLE CLUBS, OR INACCURATE COMPLETION OF A                         REGISTRATION FORM

                

                        

£25.00

                

                        

8                         (G) (ii)

                

                        

REGISTRATION                         IRREGULARITIES

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

8(M)(i)

                

                        

PLAYING                         AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

8                         (N)(i)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO GIVE PRIORITY TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

                

                        

£50.00

                

                        

9                         (A),10 (A)

                

                        

DELAYING                         KICK OFF/NO NETS/ NO CORNER FLAGS

                

                        

£30.00

                

                        

9(A)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO NUMBER SHIRTS

                

                        

£10.00                         (per shirt, up to an aggregate maximum of £30)

                

                        

9                         (B)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO OBTAIN CONSENT FOR A CHANGE OF CLUB NAME

                

                        

£30.00

                

                        

10                         (B)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO PLAY MATCHES ON THE DATE FIXED

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

10                         (C)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF A FIXTURE                         

                

                        

£50.00

                

                        

10                         (D)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO HAVE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS THAT WILL CONSTITUTE A TEAM

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

10                         (E) (i) & (iii)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO PLAY FIXTURE

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

10                         (H)

                

                        

NO                         CAPTAIN’S ARMBAND

                

                        

£10.00

                

                        

11                         (A) & 11 (C)

                

                        

LATE                         TEAM SHEET

                

                        

£20.00

                

                        

11                         (B)                         

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO PROVIDE RESULT

                

                        

£20.00

                

                        

11(D)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO COMPLY WITH RULE

                

                        

£50.00

                

                        

11(E)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO COMPLY WITH RULE

                

                        

£20.00

                

                        

13                         (C)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO PROVIDE CLUB ASSISTANT REFEREE

                

                        

£25.00

                

                        

13                         (E)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS’ FEES AND EXPENSES

                

                        

£25.00

                

                        

13                         (F)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS WHERE A MATCH IS NOT PLAYED

                

                        

£25.00

                

                        

13                         (H)                         

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO PROVIDE REFEREE’S MARK

                

                        

£25.00

                

                        

14                         (A)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO COMPLY WITH RULE

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

14                         (B)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO COMMENCE OR COMPLETE FIXTURES

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

18                         (A)

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE TROPHY

                

                        

£25.00

                

                        

19

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO BE REPRESENTED AT A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

                

                        

£100.00

                

                        

22

                

                        

FAILURE                         TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE

                

                        

£100.00