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Standard code of practice

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DEFINITIONS

  1. (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 Potteries Junior and Youth 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 Teams at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any matters for which fees are payable under the Rules as shown at Schedule A.

“Fines Tariff” means a list of fines approved by the Teams at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any breach of the Rules , as shown at Schedule A.

 “Ground” means the ground on which the Team 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 Team or Competition which requires that individual to make day to day decisions.

“Participants” shall have the same meaning as set out in the Rules of The FA from time to time

 “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 Staffordshire County Football Association Limited.

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

“Season” means the period of time between an AGM and the subsequent    AGM.

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

“SGM” means a special general meeting held in accordance with the constitution of the Competition.

“Team” means a team affiliated to a Club, including where a Club provides more than one team in the Competition in accordance with the Rules

“The FA” means The Football Association Limited. 

“WGS” means the Whole Game System and the procedures for the operation thereof as determined by The FA from time to time.

“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.

  • 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.

GOVERNANCE RULES

COMPETITION NAME AND CONSTITUTION

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  • The Competition will be known as the Potteries Junior and Youth League (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.
  • This Competition shall consist of not more than 300 Clubs or Teams approved by the Sanctioning Authority.
  • The geographical area covered by the Competition membership shall be Stoke on Trent and surrounding districts
  • 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.
  • 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 7
  • The rules are taken from the Standard Code of Rules for Youth Competitions (the “Standard Code”) determined by the FA from time to time. In the event of any omissions from the Standard Code then the requirements of the Standard Code shall apply to the Competition
  • 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).                                                             This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Staffordshire County Football Association and the constituent Teams of member Teams may be grouped in divisions, each not exceeding 16 in number.
  • Inclusivity and Non-discrimination

(i) The Competition and each 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 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.

  •     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).
  • All participants shall abide by The Football Association Regulations for Safeguarding Children as determined by The FA from time to time.
  •  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).
  • At the AGM or an SGM called for the purpose, a majority of the delegates present shall have power to decide or adjust the constitution of the divisions at their discretion.  When necessary this Rule shall take precedence over Rule 22.

CLUB NAME

3         Any Club wishing to change its name must obtain permission from the sanctioning authority and from the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the fines tariff)                                               

ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT

4. (A)   Applications by Clubs for admission to the 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 per Team as set out in the Fees Tariff 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 an SGM or on a date agreed by the Management Committee.

 (B) The annual subscription shall be payable in accordance with the Fees Tariff per Team (where a club has more than one team in membership of the competition)and shall be payable on or before 30th of June in each year.

(C)  A Deposit of £50 shall be payable in accordance with the Fees Tariff per Team (where a club has more than one team in membership of the competition) on or before 30th of June 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 14th of August of its Sanctioning Authority affiliation number for the forthcoming Playing Season.

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

Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff

MANAGEMENT, NOMINATION, ELECTION

5. (A) The Management Committee shall comprise Officers of the Competition and at least 2 members who shall all be elected at the AGM.

(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 31st of May in each year.

All other candidates for election as Officers of the Competition or members of the Management Committee shall be nominated to the Secretary in writing, signed by the secretaries of two Clubs, not later than 31st of May 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

6. (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 also apply to the procedure of any sub-committee).

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

(D)  The Management Committee shall have powers to apply, act upon and enforce the Rules 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(I) 8(H) and 19, and, for all alleged breaches of a Rule the Management Committee shall issue a formal written charge to the Club concerned. The Club charged is shall be given 7 days from the date of notification of the charge to reply. 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, or the 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 7.

Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned within 7 days.

(F) 25% of members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by 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 a Club’s right of appeal in accordance with Rule 7 below, all fines and charges must 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 fine 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 Competition match may have any reasonable 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 SGM called to decide the constitution and the commencement of the Playing Season.

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

PROTESTS CLAIMS COMPLAINTS APPEALS

7. (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 Competition match. 

(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 with the Secretary within three days (excluding Sundays) of the Competition 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 £15.00 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 seven days’ notice of the hearing should they be instructed to attend.

    (ii)    Should a Club elect to state its case in person it should forward a deposit of £ 15.00 and indicate such when forwarding the written response.

(E)The Management Committee shall also have power to compel any party to the protest to pay such expenses as the Management Committee shall direct.

(F)   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):

  •     Invite submissions by the parties involved;
  • Convene a hearing to hear the appeal;
  • Permit new evidence; or
  • Impose deadlines as are appropriate.

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

(G) No appeal can be lodged against a decision taken at an AGM or SGM unless this is on the ground of unconstitutional conduct.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

8. (A)   The AGM shall be held not later than July 31st in each year.  At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least 60% of 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 the ensuing Season.

(v)       Election of Officers of the Competition and the Management Committee members.

(vi)      Appointment of Auditors.

(vii)  Alteration of Rules, if any (See Rule 14).

(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 verified Balance Sheet, Statement of Accounts and Agenda shall be forwarded to each Team at least 14 days prior to the meeting together with any proposed Rule changes.

(C) A signed copy of the duly 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  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 12.

(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 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 of the Competition 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.

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS

9.    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.

Any club failing to be represented at a SGM shall be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff

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

AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED

10.      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, (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 7.”

        The agreement shall be signed by:

  • Where a Club is an unincorporated association, the Club Chairman and secretary; or
  • 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 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).

CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP, WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB

11.  (A)  Any Club intending or having a provisional intention to withdraw a team from the Competition must do so by 31st May. Failure to comply with this rule 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)  Notwithstanding the powers of the Management Committee pursuant to Rule 6(I), in the event of a Club failing to discharge all its financial obligations to the Competition in excess of £50, the Management Committee shall be empowered to refer the debt under The FA Football Debt Recovery provisions.

EXCLUSION OF CLUBS OR TEAMS

MISCONDUCT OF CLUBS, OFFICERS, PLAYERS

12.  (A)   At the AGM or SGM called for the purpose in accordance with the provisions of Rule 9, notice of motion having been duly circulated on the agenda by direction of the Management Committee, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude any Club or Team from 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. A club which is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from voting.

(B) At the AGM, or at a SGM called for the purpose, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 9 the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude from further participation in the Competition any Clubor Teamwhose 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/or (B) of this Rule.

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

13.  (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.” Returnable trophies will not be awarded to teams who are leaving the league.

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

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

ALTERATION TO RULES

14.      Alterations, for which consent has been given by the Sanctioning Authority shall be made to these Rules only at the  AGM or at an SGM specially convened for the purpose called in accordance with Rule 9.  Any alteration made during the Playing Season to these Rules 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 1st May in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Teams by 1st June and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by 14th June The proposals and proposed amendments thereto shall be circulated to Teams with the notice of the AGM.  A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if 75% 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 SGM shall be submitted to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA (as applicable) at least 28 days prior to the date of the meeting.

FINANCE

15. (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 £100.00 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 the 31st of July.

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

INSURANCE

16.  (A)   All Clubs must have public liability insurance cover of at least ten million pounds (£10,000,000) at all times.

       (B) All clubs must have valid personal accident cover for all players registered with them from time to time. The Players’ personal accident insurance cover must be in place prior to the club taking part in any Competition match and shall be at least equal to the minimum recommended cover determined from time to time by the Sanctioning Authority. In instances where the FA is the Sanctioning Authority, the minimum recommended cover will be the cover required by the Affiliate Organisation to which a club affiliates.

Failure to comply with Rule 16(A) or 16(B) will result in a fine (in accordance with the fines tariff)

DISSOLUTION   

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

    (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 Authority

    (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 Authority may decide. 

MATCH RELATED RULES

QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

18.  (A) (i) A Player is one who, being in all other respects eligible, has:-

    (a) 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 Age Group Registrations Secretary two days prior to the player playing and whose completed registration counterfoil has been received by the club prior to playing in a Competition match . The registration document must incorporate 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

(b) For under 17 and under 21 age groups only, a signed and 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 Age Group Registrations Secretary within two days (Sundays excluded) subsequent to the Competition match.  The Player shall not play again on a subsequent match day until the Club is in possession of the completed counterfoil. A maximum of two Players may be registered in this way. The registration document must incorporate 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.

Or

(C registered through WGS

Any registration form which is sent by either of the means set out at Rules 18(A)(i)(a) or (b) above that is not fully and correctly completed will be returned to the club unprocessed. If a club attempts to register a player via WGS but does not fully and correctly complete the necessary information via WGS, the registration will not be processed

For clubs registering players under Rules 18(A)(i)(a) or (b) registration forms will be provided in a format to be determined by the competition. For clubs registering players via WGS (under Rule 18(A)(i) (c)) clubs must access WGS in order to complete the registration process.

  • Registration forms may also be submitted to the Age Group Registrations Secretary by electronic mail or facsimile machine prior to the Player playing in a Competition match. The original document must be forwarded by post to the appropriate Officer of the Competition within three days of the Competition  match.

The registration document must incorporate a current passport-size photograph of the Player seeking registration together with confirmation that the player’s proof of date of birth has been checked by the club and is accurate.

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 Club 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 English 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)   Each Club must have the following number of Players registered seven days before the start of each Playing Season:

FORMATMINIMUM NUMBER
5v55
7v77
9v99
11v1111

           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 SeasonEligible Age GroupsMaximum Permitted FormatMinimum Pitch SizesMaximum Pitch SizesRecommended Goal Sizes in feetBall Size
YardsMetresYardsMetres
6  Under 75v530×2027.45 x 18.340×3036.3 x 27.4512×63
Under 830×2027.45 x 18.340×3036.3 x 27.4512×63
7Under 85v530×2027.45 x 18.340×3036.3 x 27.4512×63
Under 97v750×3045.75 x 27.4560×4054.9 x 36.612×63
8Under 97v750×3045.75 x 27.4560×4054.9 x 36.612×63
Under 1050×3045.75 x 27.4560×4054.9 x 36.612×63
9Under 107v750×3045.75 x 27.4560×4054.9 x 36.612×63
Under 119v970×4064 x 36.680×5073.15 x 45.7516×74
10Under 119v970×4064 x 36.680×5073.15 x 45.7516×74
Under 1270×4064 x 36.680×5073.15 x 45.7516×74
11Under 129v970×4064 x 36.680×5073.15 x 45.7516×74
Under 1311v1190×5082.3×45.75100×6091.44 x 54.921×74
12Under 1311v1190×5082.3 x 45.75100×6091.44 x 54.921×74
Under 1490×5082.3 x 45.75100×6091.44 x 54.921×74
13Under 1411v1190×5082.3 x 45.75100×6091.44 x 54.921×74
Under 1590×5082.3 x 45.75110×70100.58 x 6424×85
14Under 1511v1190×5082.3 x 45.75110×70100.58 x 6424×85
Under 1690×5082.3 x 45.75110×70100.58 x 6424×85
15Under 1611v1190×5082.3 x 45.75110×70100.58 x 6424×85
Under 17100×5091.44 x 45.75130×100118.87 x 91.4424×85
Under 18100×5091.44 x 45.75130×100118.87 x 91.4424×85
16Under 1711v11100×5091.44 x 45.75130×100118.87 x 91.4424×85
Under 18100×5091.44 x 45.75130×100118.87 x 91.4424×85
Open Age100×5091.44 x 45.75130×100118.87 x 91.4424×85

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

(E) The Management Committee shall decide all registration disputes taking into account the following.

           (i)    A player shall not be permitted to register for more than one club subject        to the exceptions set out in Rule 18(E)(iii) below

           (ii)   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 subject to the exceptions set out in Rule 18(E)(iii) below

           (iii) A Player is only permitted to register for more than one club provided that

  1. The Team(s) in which the player plays are not in the same age group: or
  2. Except for the purpose of transfer

        And the Player meets the requirements in Rule 18(C)

 (F) It shall be 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 registered for one Club in the Competition, register for another Club in the Competition in that Playing Season, except  if the provisions set out in Rule 18 (E)(iii) apply.

 (iii)  Submit a signed registration form or submit a registration through WGS 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 Rule 18G (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 7).

(iii) The Management Committee shall have the power to refuse or cancel the registration of any Player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct (subject to Rule 7), subject to the right of appeal to the Sanctioning Authority or the FA. 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 Rule 18(G)(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 Rule18(G)(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 3 days of receipt of the notification. Upon receipt of the Club’s consent, or upon its failure to give written objection within 3 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 five 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 30TH April except by special permission of the Management Committee.

(J) A Club shall keep a list of the Players it registers and a record of all Matches in which those Players have played for the club, 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 18(C).

(K) A register containing the names of all Players registered for each Club, with the date of registration, shall be kept by the Age Group Registrations Secretary and shall be open to the inspection of an Officer of the club 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 Team, another Team in the Competition or with a Team in another Competition his registration as a Non Contract Player will automatically be cancelled and declared void unless the Team conforms to the exception detailed in Rule 18(B)(i).

  • A Player shall not be eligible to play for a Team in any special championship, promotion or relegation deciding Competition match (as specified in Rule 22(A)) unless the Player has played three Competition Matches for that Team in this Competition in the current Playing Season.
  • A Team shall not include more than 2 Players who have taken part in 2 or more senior Competition Matches during the current Playing Season unless a period of 21 days has elapsed since they last played.

For the purpose of this Rule a senior competition is open aged. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fine tariff

(N) (i)  Subject to Rule 18(N)(ii), any Club found to have played an ineligible Player in a competition match or matches where points are awarded shall have the points gained from that competition 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 18(N)(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 18(N)(i) above, the Management Committee may also, at its discretion:

  • Award the points available in the Competition Match in question to the opponents, subject to the Competition Match not being ordered to be replayed;
  • Levy penalty points against the Club in default; or
  • Order that such competition 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):-

    (O)(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 their head teachers (except for Sunday League Competitions).

  • A child under the age of 15 as at midnight on 31 August in the relevant 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. 

19.    (A) Every Team must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by 31st July who shall decide as to their suitability.

        Any club wishing to change its colours during the playing season must obtain permission from the Management committee

Goalkeepers must wear colours which distinguish them from all 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 four days before the competition match.

If, in the opinion of the referee, two Teams have the same or similar colours, the 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 will be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

Shirts must be numbered, failing which a fine will be issued in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

PLAYING SEASON.  CONDITIONS OF PLAY TIMES OF KICK-OFF.  POSTPONEMENTS.  SUBSTITUTES

20. (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 competition 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 facility are suitable for Competition Matches and to order the Club concerned to play its Competition Matches on another ground.

Football Turf Pitches (3G) are allowed in this Competition provided they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA’s Register of football Turf Pitches.  All Football Turf Pitches used must be tested (by a FIFA 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 20(C).

All competition 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 competition match, and in any event shall be of equal halves.

Competition 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 GroupMinimum 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 810204060Development focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per  season over 2 week periods (6 weeks)
Under 9 and Under 1020256090Development focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per  season over 4 week periods (12 weeks)
Under 11203080120Development focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per  season over 6 week periods (18 weeks)
Under 12203080 (if applicable)120Any varieties including one season long league table
Under 13 and Under 142535100150Any varieties including one season long league table
Under 15 and Under 162540100150Any varieties including one season long league table
Under 17 and Under 182545120180Any 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 competition match with written notification given to the Fixtures Secretary at least 3 days prior.

Referees must order competition 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 Ultimatch Fluo (or similar) footballs fit for play and the referee shall make a report to the Secretary if the footballs are unsuitable. Both teams shall erect respect barriers and only two team representatives and match officials are allowed pitch side of the barriers at any one time. All spectators, club officials and substitutes must stand behind the barriers.  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 competition 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 competition 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 ground and time of kick-off to the Match Officials and an officer of the opposing Club at least four clear days prior to the playing of the competition 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:

FORMATMINIMUM NUMBER
5v54
7v75
9v96
11v117

        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 competition match in question to the opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any reasonable 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 competition 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 competition match 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 competition 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 five days the Management Committee shall have the power to order the competition match to be played on a named date or on or before a given date. Where it is to the advantage of the competition and the clubs involved agree, the Management Committee shall also be empowered to order the score at the time of the abandonment to stand. Providing gate money is taken and retained the visiting Club shall receive their actual standard class rail or bus fares or the equivalent for 20 persons, or car allowance at 40 p per mile for transporting 4 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 competition 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 competition 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 competition 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 competition match to the opponent. In cases where a competition match has been abandoned owing to the conduct of both teams or their club members, the Management Committee shall rule that neither team will be awarded any points for that competition match and it shall not be replaced. No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned competition match.

    (v) The Management Committee shall review any competition 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 18(N)(i) above. Where both Teams were under suspension the competition 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 competition match

       Where a Competition does not allow return substitutes

        For Under 17s and Under 18s – a club may name up to 5 substitute players of whom not more than 5 may be used.     

       Where a Competition does allow return substitutes

        For Under 11s – Under 18s – a club may use up to 5 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 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 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 substitute players not later than 10 minutes before the start of the competition match and a Player not so named may not take part in the competition match.           

        A Player who has been named as a substitute before the start of the competition match but does not actually play in the game shall not be considered to have been a Player in that competition match within the meaning of Rule 18 of this Competition.

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

    (H)  The Teams taking part in Under 7’s to Under 11’s or Youth Football shall identify a Team captain who may 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

21.  (A)   The age group representative must receive within three days of the date played the result of the competition match in the prescribed manner, electronically using the Full Time system. This must include the forename(s) and surname of the Team Players and also the referee markings required by Rule 23, and any other information required by the Competition.  Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(B) Both Teams shall SMS the result of each competition match to the FA Full Time Website no later than 3 hours after the end of the match. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(C) Electronic transmission of the report of the result of the competition will be accepted as the signature of an Officer of the Club, or as prescribed by the Competition. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(D) The Competition and Teams 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 Team failing to abide by this Rule will be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff). The Competition and Teams are permitted to collect and publish results for trophy events.

DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP

22.  (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 competition match. The Teams gaining the highest number of points in their respective divisions at the end of a playing season shall be adjudged the winners. Competition Matches must not be played for double points.

    In the event of two or more Teams being equal on points at the end of the season rankings may be determined by a deciding match or matches played under conditions determined by the Management Committee, or the position shared.

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

(i)    Should one or more Teams withdraw from any one division after the playing season has 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)  Not Applicable

 (iv) Not Applicable

  • Not Applicable

(C)In addition to the team(s) automatically promoted under Rule 22(B), a              maximum of one further team shall be promoted by virtue of being the winner of a play-off match or series of matches (the “Play-Offs”). The eligibility criteria shall be if two teams are equal second on points at the end of the season. 
(D) In the event of a Team withdrawing from the competition before 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. For the purposes of this Rule 22(D) a completed fixture shall include any Competition match(es) which has been awarded by the Management Committee.

MATCH OFFICIALS

23.  (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 Authority

    (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 competition match, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered referee. Individuals under the age of 16 must not participate either as a Referee or Assistant Referee in any open age competition and individuals under the age of 14 must not participate either as a referee or Assistant Referee in any competition match. Referees between the ages of 14 and 16 are only eligible to officiate in competitions where the players’ age band is at least one year younger than the age of the referee. For example, a 15-year-old Referee may only officiate in competitions where the age banding is 14 or younger 

(C) Assistant referees can be appointed to any match but where assistant referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club assistant referee.  Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) being imposed on the defaulting Club. Payment of assistant referees shall be at the discretion of the Management Committee.

(D)The appointed referee shall have power to decide as to the fitness of the Ground in all competition matches and that decision shall be final subject to the determination of the Local Authority or the owners of a Ground which must be accepted.

(E) Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the Sanctioning Authority, Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be paid a match fee in accordance with the Fees Tariff inclusive of travel expenses.

Match Officials will be paid their fees and/or expenses by the home Club immediately after the competition match 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 competition 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 competition 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. Failure to comply with this 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 Affiliated 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 competition match and the name of the referee and the marks awarded shall be submitted to the Competition on the prescribed form provided within 4 working days following the match.  Teams failing to comply with this Rule or failing to send a report to the referee’s secretary if the mark awarded is 60 and below 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 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 competition match, the number of Players in each Team and the time of kick-off to the (Registration) Secretary within two days of the competition match.

(K)   Match Officials shall be supplied, each 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 Competition.

   SCHEDULE A

FEES TARIFF
RULE NUMBERDESCRIPTIONMAXIMUM FEE
4 (A)CLUB ENTRY FEE£50.00
4 (B)CLUB/TEAM ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION£150.00
4 (C)DEPOSIT£100.00
7 (C), 7(F)PROTEST/APPEAL FEES£25.00
18 (D)PLAYER REGISTRATION FEE£10.00 (per player)
18 (H)TRANSFER FEE£10.00
23 (E)REFEREE FEESU7 – U10      £ 20.00 U11 – U15    £25.00 U16  – U17    £28.00 U21               £30.00        
23 (E)ASSISTANT REFEREE FEESU7 – U10      £15.00 U11 – U21    £20.00
 
FINES TARIFF
RULE NUMBERDESCRIPTIONMAXIMUM FINE
2 (G)FAILURE TO AFFILIATE£100.00
2(G), 4 (E)FAILURE TO PROVIDE AFFILIATION NUMBER/DETAILS FORM£100.00
2 (I)FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH FA INITIATIVES£100.00
2 (K)UNAUTHORISED ENTRY OF TEAMS INTO COMPETITIONS£100.00
3FAILURE TO OBTAIN CONSENT FOR A CHANGE OF CLUB NAME£30.00
4 (C)FAILURE TO PAY A DEPOSIT£100.00
5 (E)COMMUNICATIONS CONDUCTED BY PERSONS OTHER THAN NOMINATED OFFICERS£25.00
6 (H)FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN INSTRUCTION OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE£100.00
6 (I)FAILURE TO PAY A FINE WITHIN REQUIRED TIMEFRAMEDOUBLE THE ORIGINAL FINE UP TO £100.00
8 (H)FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT AGM£100.00
9FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT SGM£100.00
10FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT OR TO NOTIFY CHANGES TO SIGNATORIES£25.00
11 (A)FAILURE TO PROVIDE NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL BEFORE DEADLINE£100.00
11 (B)FAILURE TO COMMENCE/COMPLETE FIXTURES£100.00
13 (A)FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE TROPHY£25.00
16(A)FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE£100.00
 16(B)FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE£100.00
18 (A)FAILURE TO CORRECTLY REGISTER A PLAYER£40.00
18 (B)(iii)FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PLAYERS PRIOR TO THE PLAYING SEASON COMMENCING£25.00
18 (F)REGISTERING OR PLAYING FOR MULTIPLE CLUBS OR INACCURATE COMPLETION OF A REGISTRATION FORM£25.00
18 (G)(ii)REGISTRATION IRREGULARITIES£100.00
18(M)FIELDING MORE THAN THE PERMITTED NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN SENIOR COMPETITIONS MATCHES 
18 (N)(i)PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER£100.00
18 (O)(i)FAILURE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES£50.00
19FAILURE TO NUMBER SHIRTS£10.00 (per shirt, up to an aggregate maximum of £30)
19DELAYING KICK OFF TO DUE TO NO CHANGE OF COLOURS 
20(A)DELAYING KICK OFF DUE TO FAILURE TO PROVIDE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT£30.00
20 (B)FAILURE TO PLAY MATCHES ON THE DATE FIXED£100.00
20 (C)FAILURE TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF A FIXTURE£50.00
20 (D)PLAYING MATCH WITH LESS THAN REQUIRED NUMBER OF PLAYERS£100.00
20 (E) (i) & (iii)FAILURE TO PLAY FIXTURE£100.00
20 (H)NO CAPTAIN’S ARMBAND£10.00
21 (A) & 21 (C)LATE RESULT NOTIFICATION FORM£20.00
21 (B)FAILURE TO PROVIDE RESULT£20.00
21(D)PUBLISHING RESULTS/GRADING TABLES FOR FIXTURES INVOLVING U7S, U8S, U9S, U10S OR U11S£50.00
23 (C)FAILURE TO PROVIDE CLUB ASSISTANT REFEREE£25.00
23 (E)FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS’ FEES AND EXPENSES£25.00
23 (F)FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS WHERE A MATCH IS NOT PLAYED£25.00
23 (H)FAILURE TO PROVIDE REFEREE’S MARK£25.00

Appendices

A       CHILD PROTECTION REGULATIONS

The Football Association’s Child Protection Policy Statement provides that every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football, should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football.

The following Regulations concerning Child Protection have been approved by The Football Association.

1.      Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk or 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 person’s 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 than 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 and conditions 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 Regulation 3 shall not be capable of lasting beyond the date upon which any charge under the Rules of The Association or any Offence is decided or brought to an end.

6.    Where an order is imposed on an individual under Regulation 3, 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 a such period (including indefinitely) and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.

8.    For the purpose 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.

B       CUP COMPETITIONS

(a)     Cup competitions may be played as determined by the Management Committee and in accordance with such special conditions as the Management Committee may deem appropriate. The Competition Rules shall apply to cup competitions except where varied by this appendix.

       (b)      All cup matches shall be played to a conclusion. Extra time of 5 minutes only one way for mini soccer, 5 minutes each half shall be played, for under 14 and below, 10 minutes each half for under 16 and below, 15 minutes each half for all other ages, if the scores are still level, the result shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the Laws of the Game. Both teams take 5 kicks alternately. If before 5 kicks have been taken one team has scored more goals than the other could score, no more kicks are taken. If after 5 kicks have been taken the scores are equal, kicks continue to be taken in the same order until one team has scored one more goal than the other from the same number of kicks.

(c)     The final tie of any cup competition shall be under the direct control of the Management Committee who will provide a neutral venue and match officials. If both teams in a final tie have the same or similar colours, then both teams shall change unless some mutually agreed arrangement between the Clubs has been notified in writing to the General Secretary. In a final tie, both Clubs shall provide a reserve match ball.

(d)     A player who has played for a Member Club in a cup competition shall not be eligible to play for either another Club or for another age group in the member club in the same competition, even if a transfer of registration has been obtained. A player shall not be eligible to play in a final tie unless he has played in three competition fixtures for his team except with the approval of the Management Committee.

(e)       The Draw for all knockout cup competitions will be made using the “Full Time” electronic template. The first drawn team shall be the home team and shall host the tie as per the rules of this competition.

(f)        Any Team eligible to receive an award from the League must attend an awards presentation in full if so organized by the League unless special dispensation has been given by the committee. Failure of an eligible team to be present at an awards presentation may result in a fine.

C         ANNUAL CALENDAR

RULE    ACTION                                                                                                LATEST DATE

 2 (b)     Annual subscriptions due for payment                                   30th June

 2 (c)     Deposit (guarantee fee) due for payment within                      7 days of election

 2 (e)     Club details to be notified to General Secretary                      14th August

18(a)     Return of cups and trophies                                                    31st March

8 (l)       Latest date for registration & transfer of players                      30th April

20         Rule changes to be notified to General Secretary                     1st May    

4 (b)      Nomination of Officers and Management Committee                28th May

14(a)     Withdrawal from the Competition                                             31st May

20         Rule changes to be circulated to Clubs                                    1stJune

20         Rule change amendments to be notified to Gen. Sec.              14th June

            End of Season presentation evening                                          early June

22(c)     End of financial year of the Competition                                  31st July

 6 (a)     Annual General Meeting before                                               31st July  

D    POSTPONEMENTS & CANCELLATIONS

1.        All CANCELATIONS must be submitted to the fixtures secretary in writing on the appropriate form giving at least 48 hours’ notice. Failure to give the required notice and approval given for the postponement the team will be required either to play or to concede the points to the opposition. Should teams wish to cancel a fixture this would be at the discretion of the Fixtures Secretary/committee. Each team will be allowed to have two cancellations in the season.

2          All managers of teams without a fixture must contact the fixtures secretary on the Wednesday prior to the free Sunday to check if they have a re-arranged fixture.

3.          The home team manager MUST contact the away team manager and the referee not later than 8pm on the Wednesday prior to the game to confirm arrangements. If the home team manager has not been able to contact the away team manager (e.g. away team managers phone out of order etc) they must contact the age group rep and let him know the problem.  Failure to do this will result in a fine.

4.        The away team manager ‘must seek and acknowledge receipt of such particulars’. e.g. He must ring back if he has a message on his answer phone.  Failure to do this will result in a fine. If the away team manager has not heard by 8pm Wednesday, he should contact the age group rep no later than 8pm Thursday and also make every effort to contact the home team manager. Failure to do this will result in a fine.

5.  Unless approval is given by the fixtures secretary (or person approved by him) no game may be cancelled because contact has not been made between the managers. Unless there is very clear evidence to the contrary a game which is still listed on the web site is to be played as scheduled. If a fixture does not go ahead due to no contact being made between the two managers, then the fixture will go down as a 0-0 draw and both teams will be fined accordingly. This does not detract from the team’s obligations as detailed in 3 and 4 above.

 6. If a referee is not appointed to a game the game may be called off only with the fixtures secretary’s permission. In some games, it may be considered by the committee that a qualified referee is essential. In the event of the non-appearance of the appointed Referee, 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 match, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered Referee. In the event of the game not being played the Management Committee has the power to act as per none fulfilment of fixture rule.

7.  Matches may be postponed if the ground is considered unfit for play. Both managers have the right to inspect the pitch if the match referee is not available and make the decision to postpone the game.

8.  Where pitches are unfit for play, every effort should be made to find an alternative pitch.  This will include reversing the fixture so that the home team plays on the away team’s pitch. If this occurs, the home team remains the home team even though the match is played on the opponents ground. For the next match between the two teams the fixture would switch back to the original venue for the first game. However, if the pitch is unfit again, the game must be switched to the away team’s pitch. This may mean that one team has two (or three) home games while their opponents have two (or three) away games. Refusal of the home team to switch to a playable pitch will result in them conceding the match as per none fulfilment of fixture rule.

9.  If when asked a team does not have their player registration documents available at the start of a fixture they have until the end of the game to produce or they will concede the match as per none fulfilment of fixture rule.

D     LEAGUE CODE OF CONDUCT  

This Code applies to all team / club officials (although some items may not apply to all officials).

It is the responsibility of the team manager to ensure that coaches, players and spectators have either read, or had explained to them, this code of conduct and everyone abides by it.

RESPECT

Respect is The FA’s response to a clear message from throughout the game, that the health of football depends upon high standards of behaviour on and off the pitch.

– Respect is a behavioural code for Football

– Respect is about recognising that the integrity of the game is more important than the result of the match

– Respect is For ALL and plays a key part in uniting the game

– Respect is about creating an understanding of what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in Football

– Respect is about those involved taking responsibility for the consequences of their own actions

– Respect is about supporting match officials to do their job.

– Respect is not a slogan. It is a collective responsibility of those involved in football to create a safe, fun and inclusive environment in which the game can take place.

The following Respect Codes of Conduct outline the types of behaviour that will support a safe, fun and inclusive game in this country. They also identify a range of sanctions which may be taken if these codes are not abided by.

YOUNG PLAYERS – RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT

When playing football, I will:

– Always play to the best of my ability and for the benefit of my team

– Play fairly

– I won’t cheat, dive, complain or waste time.

– Respect my team-mates, the other team, the referee or my coach/team manager.

– Play by the rules, as directed by the referee

– Be gracious in victory and defeat

– I will shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game

– Listen and respond to what my coach/team manager tells me

– Understand that a coach/team manager has to do what is best for the team and not one individual player

– Talk to someone I trust or the club welfare officer if I’m unhappy about anything at my club.

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA:

I may:

– Be required to apologise to my team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager

– Receive a formal warning from the coach/team manager or the club committee

– Be dropped or substituted

– Be suspended from training

– Be required to leave the club

In addition:

– My club, County FA or The FA may make my parent or carer aware of any infringements of the Code of Conduct

– The FA/County FA could impose a fine and suspension against my club

SPECTATORS – RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT

We all bear a collective responsibility to set a good example and help provide a positive environment in which children can learn and enjoy the game.

Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for spectators at all times

I will:

– Remember that children play for FUN.

– Applaud effort and good play as well as success.

– Respect the Referee’s decisions even when you don’t agree with them

– Appreciate good play from whatever team it comes from

– Remain behind the touchline and within the Designated Spectators’ Area            (where provided)

– Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do

– Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials

– Support positively. When players make a mistake offer them encouragement not criticism

– Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA:

I may be:

– Issued with a verbal warning from a club or league official

– Required to meet with the club, league or CFA Welfare Officer

– Required to meet with the club committee

– Obliged to undertake an FA education course

– Obliged to leave the match venue by the club

– Requested by the club not to attend future games

– Suspended or have my club membership removed

– Required to leave the club along with any dependents

In addition:

– The FA/County FA could impose a fine and/or suspension on the club

COACHES, TEAM MANAGERS AND CLUB OFFICIALS – RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT

We all bear a collective responsibility to set a good example and help provide a positive environment in which children can learn and enjoy the game. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct at all times.

On and off the field, I will:

– Use my position to set a positive example for the young people I am responsible for

– Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators

– Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game

– Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour

– Respect the match official’s decision

– Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission

– Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour

– Be gracious in victory and defeat

When working with players, I will:

– Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning

– Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying

– Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance

– Ensure all activities I organise are appropriate for the players’ ability level, age and maturity

– Co-operate fully with others in football (e.g. officials, doctors, physiotherapists, welfare officers) for each player’s best interests

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA:

I may be:

– Required to meet with the club, league or County Welfare Officer

– Suspended by the club from attending matches

– Suspended or fined by the County FA

– Required to leave or be sacked by the club

In addition:

– My FA Coaching Licence may be withdrawn

MATCH OFFICIALS

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. The behaviour of the match officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game – both on the pitch and on the side-lines. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct of match officials at all time. 

I will:

– Be honest and completely impartial at all times

– Apply the Laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently

– Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner

– Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour, foul play and other misconduct

– Never tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from players and officials

– Support my match official colleagues at all times

– Set a positive personal example by promoting good behaviour and showing respect to everyone involved in the game

– Communicate with the players and encourage fair play

– Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by the team captains

– Prepare physically and mentally for every match

– Complete and submit, accurate and concise reports within the time limit required for games in which I officiate.

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my County FA or The FA:

I may be:

– Required to meet with The FA/County FA Refereeing Official

– Required to meet with The FA/County FA Referees Committee

ADULT PLAYERS

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for players at all times.

On and off the field, I will:

– Adhere to the Laws of The Game

– Display and promote high standards of behaviour

– Promote Fair Play

– Always respect the match official’s decisions

– Never engage in public criticism of the match officials

– Never engage in offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour

– Never engage in bullying, intimidation or harassment

– Speak to my team-mates, the opposition and my coach/manager with respect.

– Remember we all make mistakes.

– Win or lose with dignity. Shake hands with the opposing team and the referee     at the end of every game.

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA:

I may:

– Be required to apologise to team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager

– Receive a warning from the coach

– Receive a written warning from the club committee

– Be required to attend an FA education course

– Be dropped or substituted

– Be suspended from training

– Not be selected for the team

– Be required to serve a suspension

– Be fined

– Be required to leave the club

In addition:

– The FA/County FA could impose a fine and/or suspension on the club