League Rules 2016-17

Here are the OMYFL Rules for 2016-17 as laid down by the Football Association, agreed at the League AGM and approved by the Oxfordshire FA. Users can either download the complete set of rules (in PDF format) using the link below, or go straight to a particular section by clicking the appropriate expand link below.

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1. 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 Oxford Mail 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 Oxfordshire 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 the Oxford Mail Youth Football 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.
(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.

2. Name and Constitution

(A) This Competition shall consist of not more than 100 Clubs 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 the City of Oxford and the surrounding district.
This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Oxfordshire County Football Association and the constituent Teams of member Clubs may be grouped in divisions. (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.

3. Entry Fee, Subscription, Deposit

(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 of £0.00 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 31st May in each year.
(C) Not adopted
(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 31st August 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.

4. Management, Nomination, Election

(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 30th April 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 1st June 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).
(F) Any member of the Management Committee failing to attend three (3) consecutive meetings without good cause shall be deemed to have resigned.
(G) No telephone calls should be made to an Officer or Committee member of the League before 9.30am or after 9.00pm other than by prior arrangement.

5. Powers of Management

(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) 50% 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 be transacted by electronic mail or facsimile.
(M) Any item of post that has to be collected from Post Office due to underpaid postage will, in addition to the PO underpayment charge, incur an administration charge of £5.00.

6. Annual General Meeting

(A) The AGM shall be held not later than 30th June in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least 55% 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.

7. Agreement to be Signed

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:
(i) Where a Club is an unincorporated association, the Club Chairman and secretary; or
(ii) 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).

8. Qualification of Players

(A) 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 appropriate Registrations Secretary two (2) days prior to playing and whose completed ID card has been received by the Club prior to playing.
The ID card must incorporate a current passport-size photograph of the Player seeking registration together with proof of the Player’s date of birth. A photocopy of birth certificate, passport or other official document issued by a Government Agency attesting to the Player’s date of birth.
(Proof of date of birth is only required for players registering with the League for the first time or a registration presented with a new card).

Under 7
A new ID card is being introduced from this season for Under 7. Players will be issued with a credit card sized ID card which will be valid for 3 years (i.e. until Under 10) unless player is transferred during season or changes club in the closed season.
A digital colour passport photo is required. This should be emailed to Under 7 Registration Secretary clearly labelled with player’s name, club age group & team. (registrations@oyfl.org.uk; put Under 7 in subject line)
All other documentation (except for ID card) as Under 8-16

Under 8-Under 16
The completed registration form, ID card, proof of DOB and an S.A.E should be submitted to the appropriate Registration Secretary. Any incomplete submissions will be returned unprocessed.
A new and current photograph must be provided when the player first registers and then renewed at Under 10 and Under 13
Players must be registered before they can play in ANY fixture scheduled by the League Fixtures Secretary. This includes Development games, Trophy Events and Futsal.

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) Each Team must have the following number of Players registered seven (7) 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

 Min. Pitch Sizes in Yards

 Max. Pitch Sizes in Yards

 Recommended Goal Sizes in feet

 Ball Size

6 Under 7 5 v 5 30 x 20 40 x 30 12 x 6 3
Under 8
7 Under 8
Under 9 7 v 7 50 x 30 60 x 40
8 Under 9
Under 10 4
9 Under 10
Under 11 9 v 9 70 x 40 80 x 50 16 x 7
10 Under 11
Under 12
11 Under 12
Under 13 11 v 11 90 x 50 100 x 60 21 x 7
12 Under 13
Under 14
13 Under 14
Under 15 110 x 70 24 x 8 5
14 Under 15
Under 16
15 Under 16
Under 17 100 x 50 130 x 100
Under 18
16 Under 17
Under 18
Open Age

(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 or team in the Competition in the same Playing Season without first being transferred.
(ii) Having signed for one Club or team in the Competition, sign for another Club or team 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 Registration Secretary accompanied by a fee as set out in the Fees Tariff and an S.A.E. 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 Registrations 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 two (2) 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.
A player who is transferred is subject to Rule 8.O regarding Cup eligibility.
(I) A Player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after 31st March 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) only if they have been transferred or have been deregistered and then subsequently registered for their new team.
(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 three (3) 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:
(a) Award the points available in the Competition Match in question to the opponents, subject to the Competition Match not being ordered to be replayed.
(b) Levy penalty points against the Club in default; or
(c) Order that such match or matches be replayed (on such terms as are decided by the Management Committee).
(iv) Where a club is found to have played an ineligible player in a Cup game then the offending team will be removed from the Competition and the game awarded to the opponents and have levied upon it a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).
(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.
(O) A player may only play for one team in any Cup competition. It is the responsibility of the manager to check a player’s eligibility to play in a Cup competition.
(P) Players are regarded as being registered for a TEAM within a Club and may not play for another TEAM within that Club unless transferred.
(Q) At any one time:
A 5 v 5 team shall register no more than fourteen (14) players.
A 7 v 7 team shall register no more than fourteen (14) players.
A 9 v 9 team shall register no more than eighteen (18) players.
A 11 v 11 team shall register no more than eighteen (18) players.
(R) (i) A player who is registered with a Club may be de-registered by that Club. The Registration documents must be returned to the Registration Secretary.
(ii) If having been de-registered a player wishes to sign for another team the consent of the Registrations Secretary will be required.
Such a player is subject to Rule 8.O regarding Cup eligibility.
(S) (i) If a team withdraws from the League during the playing season all players shall be deemed to have been de-registered. The Registration documents must be returned to the Registration Secretary.
(ii) If a player subsequently wishes to register for another team the consent of the Registrations Secretary will be required and that further registration will be regarded as a new registration.
Such a player is subject to Rule 8.O regarding Cup eligibility.

9. Club Colours, Club Name

(A) Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by 31st August 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 seven (7) days before the 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 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).

10. Playing Season, Conditions of Play, Kick-Off times, Postponements. Substitutes

(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.
Under 7 & Under 8
Structure is development focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per season over 2 week periods
Minimum playing time per half, 10 Minutes
Maximum playing time per half, 20 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all organised development fixtures, 40 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all tournaments & trophy events, 60 Minutes

Under 9 & Under 10
Structure is development focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per season over 4 week periods
Minimum playing time per half, 20 Minutes
Maximum playing time per half, 30 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all organised development fixtures, 60 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all tournaments & trophy events, 90 Minutes

Under 11
Structure is development focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per season over 6 week periods
Minimum playing time per half, 20 Minutes
Maximum playing time per half, 30 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all organised development fixtures, 80 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all tournaments & trophy events, 120 Minutes

Under 12
Structure-Any including a season long table
Minimum playing time per half, 20 Minutes
Maximum playing time per half, 30 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all organised development fixtures, 80 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all tournaments & trophy events, 120 Minutes

Under 13 & Under 14
Structure-Any including a season long table
Minimum playing time per half, 25 Minutes
Maximum playing time per half, 35 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all organised development fixtures, 100 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all tournaments & trophy events, 150 Minutes

Under 15 & Under 16
Structure-Any including a season long table
Minimum playing time per half, 25 Minutes
Maximum playing time per half, 40 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all organised development fixtures, 100 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all tournaments & trophy events, 150 Minutes

Under 17 & Under 18
Structure-Any including a season long table
Minimum playing time per half, 25 Minutes
Maximum playing time per half, 45 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all organised development fixtures, 120 Minutes
Maximum playing time in one day in all tournaments & trophy events, 180 Minutes

For this Competition the duration of matches is as detailed below:


For Mini-Soccer
Under 7 & Under 8 15 minutes per half
Under 9 & Under 10 20 minutes per half


For Youth football
Under 11 and Under 12 30 minutes per half
Under 13 and Under 14 35 minutes per half
Under 15 and Under 16 40 minutes per half

Extra time where needed shall be:
For Under 11 - 12 inclusive Two halves of 5 minutes per half
For Under 13 - 16 inclusive Two halves of 10 minutes per half


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 League Fixtures Secretary at least seven (7) days prior.

Under 7’s to Under 10’s will play on Saturdays
Unless changed by mutual agreement between the clubs & agreed by the League Fixtures Secretary a match will kick off no earlier than 10.30 am and no later than 12 noon.

Under 11’s to Under 16’s will play on Sundays
Unless changed by mutual agreement between the clubs and agreed by the League Fixtures Secretary a match will kick off no earlier than 10.30am and no later than 2.00pm.

The Competition reserves the right to require teams to play matches other than on a Saturday or Sunday. Evening games will kick off at 6.30pm unless mutually agreed by both teams and agreed by the League Fixtures Secretary.


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 League 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 secretary of the opposing Club at least twenty-eight (28) 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.
The home Club shall also give full particulars of the location of, and access to, the ground and time of kick-off to the match officials three (3) clear days prior to the playing of the match.
These particulars can be given to the match officials by either telephone or e-mail. If using e-mail, the referee will confirm receipt and attendance to the home club.
If an e-mail response is not received from the match official the home club must telephone the referee to seek confirmation of attendance at the game.

All Fixture Secretaries MUST supply an email contact.


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 6
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 League Fixtures Secretary, the Competition Referees Appointments Secretary, the secretary of the opposing Club and the Match Officials. Such notice must be given in writing together with the reasons at least seven (7) clear days preceding the date of the match. If due to player unavailability, then the notice to the League Fixtures Secretary must include the names of the players who are unavailable.
Players/managers non availability
Within seven (7) days of the date on which the match was due to have been played the Club causing the postponement must send a written explanation on the official postponement form to the Fixtures Secretary. Clubs may, instead of posting a postponement form, e-mail the Fixtures Secretary with the relevant information. If the postponement was due to lack of players then this must be supported by written evidence from parents, school, or medical practitioners stating why players were not available to play and sent to the Fixtures Secretary within seven (7) days of the date on which match was due to have been played.
Insufficient registered players alone is not a valid reason for a postponement. All registered players, including those who are suspended from football by a County FA, will be counted when deciding the number of registered players a team has available to play.
If a manager or coach is unavailable to run their team on day of match then the League will expect the club to assist and appoint a responsible adult to take charge of the team on the day of the match. If the game is postponed due to no adult being available then the game may be awarded to the opposition.
The non-offending Club must also inform, in writing, within seven (7) days of the date on which the match was due to have been played the reason for the postponement to the Fixtures Secretary.
Clubs must inform the League Fixtures Secretary of unavailability of players with names and/or managers at least three (3) weeks before cancelling matches scheduled during any school holiday. Any Club failing to comply shall be dealt with by the Disciplinary Committee.

Pitch conditions/Adverse weather
In the event of a postponement due to the condition of the pitch or adverse weather it is both Clubs responsibility to make all efforts to play the game. If an alternative pitch can be found or the fixture can be reversed then this must occur even if the fixture has already been reversed. (This may mean that teams play both fixtures at home or away). If either manager refuses to play at another venue the Disciplinary Committee will ask for a written explanation from the manager concerned. If the Disciplinary Committee decide that the written explanation invalid or it is not received, they may award the game to the opposing team.
When a fixture is reversed due to the condition of the pitch or adverse weather then the same kick off time should be kept unless a change is agreed with the Referees Secretary. The original named home team is responsible for phoning in the result, sending in the match card and paying the appointed officials.

Valid or Invalid Postponements
The Discipline Committee shall consider all postponed matches and decide whether or not the postponement was valid or invalid. If valid the match will be rearranged. If invalid the team that caused the postponement will be fined a Scale B fine and the Discipline Committee are empowered to award the game and points to the opponents or in the case of a Cup match award the game to the opponents.

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) (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 League Fixtures Secretary within seven (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.
Within seven (7) days of the date on which the match was due to have been played both Clubs must send a written explanation as to why the game was not played or abandoned to the Fixtures Secretary. If this was due to players being unavailable then this must be supported by written evidence from parents, school, or medical practitioners stating why players were not available to play.
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 5 may be selected from 5 substitute Players.
Where a Competition does allow repeat substitutes (this Competition does):
For Under 11s - Under 16s – 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 (U7 -U10) – 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 ten (10) 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 five (5) 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).
(I) The manager or person appointed responsible for a team will carry the official identity card of their players to all fixtures and must produce them to the opposing manager or appointed person before the match starts.
A player will not be allowed to play if their identity card is not available for inspection. If all a team’s identity cards are not available for inspection the opposing team can refuse to play the match. If the match is not played then both Clubs must, within seven (7) days of the date that the match was due to have been played, send a written explanation to the Fixtures Secretary. The Discipline Committee is empowered to award the match to the non-offending Club and take any other action as they consider appropriate.
A member of the Management Committee, if present and carrying an official League ID card, is permitted to inspect the identity card of any player.
(J) All Cup matches will be on a single match basis. In the event of a draw at full time extra time will be played in accordance with Rule 10.A. If the score is still level at the end of 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. Up to the semi-final the first team drawn shall have choice of ground.
Clubs with two or more teams in the same age group will be seeded to avoid each other in the 1st round of the Cup.
In the Cup competition A-League teams will only enter the competition after the first round. (K) During the playing season all teams must be available to play every weekend, including those shown as "free" weekends on the published fixtures. At least 7 clear days notice will be given by the League Fixture Secretary for any games arranged for "free" weekends.
(L) Each Club must have a First Aid kit available at all games.
(M) Players must wear shin pads at all times during matches

11. Reporting Results

(A) The League Fixtures Secretary must receive from the HOME club within three (3) 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 shall telephone/SMS/email/notify the result of each match to the League Fixtures Secretary by 6.00pm on day of the match or for mid-week games by 9.00 pm on the day of the match. Clubs in default shall be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

Email: fixtures@oyfl.org.uk
Text: 07876682501

Submission of the match result and match card applies to ALL GAMES organised by the Competition.
The Home team must also submit to the Fixtures Secretary by 9.00pm on the Monday after the match the match result together with the first name and surname of the goal scorers of both teams.
N.B. This part of the rule only applies to the age groups U12 and above.
Failure to do so will incur a fine (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.

12. Determining Championship

(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 then team rankings shall be decided by the points won in matches between the tied teams.
If still unresolved then goal difference in the matches between the tied teams shall decide.
If still unresolved then the Management Committee will determine other ways in which League positions or competitions will be decided.

(B) Not adopted
(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.
(D) Any team that withdraws from the Competition shall have all points and goals obtained by or recorded against them expunged from the league table.

13. Referees

(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).
Referees will be appointed for all Cup semi-finals and finals by the Referees Secretary.
When Referees and Assistant Referees are appointed then Clubs must always use them.

Failure to do so will incur a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).

(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 immediately before the game 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 half fee plus expenses. 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.

If a referee is marked 60 or below then a written report must be sent to the Referees Secretary within three (3) days of the match being played. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff). (N.B. The purpose of this is to assist referees to improve their performance levels, so the comments should be helpful as possible).
For a complete guide to marking see Appendix 1

(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) Not adopted

(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.

14. Continuation of Membership, Withdrawal of a Club

(A) Any Club wishing to resign from the Competition must do so at least twenty-eight (28) 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.

15. Protests and Appeals

(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 League Secretary within seven (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. 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 £35.00 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 (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 £20.00 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.

16. Appeals

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):

(i) Invite submissions by the parties involved;
(ii) Convene a hearing to hear the appeal;
(iii) Permit new evidence; or
(iv) 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.

17. Exclusion of Clubs or Teams. Misconduct: Clubs, Officials, Players

(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.

18. Trophy: Legal Owners, Conditions of Taking Over, Agreement to be Signed. Awards

(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 1st March. 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 be made to the winners and runners-up if the funds of the Competition permit.

(C) Clubs winning trophies shall at their own expense engrave the name of their Club and the year on the trophy. Alternatively the Management Committee will arrange for the engraving, the cost of which will be borne by the club concerned

19. Special General Meetings

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).

20. Alteration to Rules

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 31st March in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by 30th April and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by 31st May. 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) seven (7) days prior to the date of the meeting.

21. Finance

(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 £200.00 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 March 31st.

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

22. Insurance

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).

23. Dissolution

(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.

24. Tours and Outside Competitions

Any Club wishing to proceed on tours during the playing season must make application, in writing, to the League Secretary no later than December 31st of the season in which they wish to tour. The Management Committee will consider such applications and inform the Club of the outcome within twenty-eight (28) days of receipt.

25. Constitution of Divisions in the Age Group Leagues

(A) At the start of each season the Management Committee will determine the size of the various divisions taking into account the number of teams entered, the number of days available for playing fixtures, the dictates of cup competitions and County Cup competitions.

(B) (i) Automatic promotion and relegation shall be applied to the first two (2) and last two (2) teams in each division.
(ii) Additional teams may be promoted or relegated to balance the divisions.
(iii) New teams entering the League will be placed in a division that, in the opinion of the Management Committee, best meets the needs of the League.

27. Trophy Events

.(A) All competition rules will apply to Trophy Events.

(B) The dates of each Trophy Event will be published prior to the start of the season and these dates will not be changed.

(C) All teams will be entered to play in their appropriate Trophy Event UNLESS they inform the League Fixtures Secretary twenty-eight (28) days prior to the published start date of the event that they DO NOT wish to enter.

(D) Teams that are unable to play, for whatever reason, on all the dates of their Trophy Event will be excluded from the Trophy Event.

(E) The actual format, within the rules laid down by the F.A., of each Trophy Event will be decided by the Management Committee and clubs will be informed of these prior to the start date of the event.

Fees Tariff

 RULE NUMBER

 DESCRIPTION

 MAXIMUM FEE

3 (A)  Entry Fee £0.00
3 (B)  Annual Subscription U7 & U8 £60.00 per team
U9 & U10 £80.00 per team
U11 to U16 £100.00 per team
3 (C)  Deposit £0.00
8 (D)  Registration Form £0.00
8 (H)  Transfer Form £10.00
13 (E)  Referee Fees U7 to U12 £20.00
U13 to U15 £25.00
U16 £30.00
13 (E)  Assistant Referee Fees U7 to U12 £20.00
U13 to U15 £25.00
U16 £30.00
15 (C)  Protest/Appeal Fees £35.00
 

Fines Tariff

 RULE NUMBER

 DESCRIPTION

 MAXIMUM FINE

2 (B)  FAILURE TO AFFILIATE £15.00
2 (D)  FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH FA INITIATIVES £100.00
2 (E)  UNAUTHORISED ENTRY OF TEAMS INTO COMPETITIONS £15.00
3 (C)  FAILURE TO PAY A DEPOSIT £0.00
3 (E)  FAILURE TO PROVIDE AFFILIATION NUMBER/DETAILS FORM £10.00
4 (E)  COMMUNICATIONS CONDUCTED BY PERSONS OTHER THAN NOMINATED OFFICERS £15.00
5 (H)  FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN INSTRUCTION OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE £25.00
5 (I)  FAILURE TO PAY A FINE WITHIN 14 DAYS OF NOTICE Double original fine up to £100.00
6 (H)  FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT AGM £20.00
7  FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT OR TO NOTIFY CHANGES TO SIGNATORIES £10.00
8 (A)  FAILURE TO CORRECTLY REGISTER A PLAYER £10.00
8 (B)(iii)  FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PLAYERS PRIOR TO THE SEASON COMMENCING £10.00
8 (F)  SIGNING OR PLAYING FOR MULTIPLE CLUBS, OR INACCURATE COMPLETION OF A REGISTRATION FORM £15.00
8 (G) (ii)  REGISTRATION IRREGULARITIES £25.00
8(M)(i)  PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER £25.00
8 (N)(i)  FAILURE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES £0.00
9 (A),
10 (A)
 DELAYING KICK OFF/NO NETS/NO CORNER FLAGS £15.00
9(A)  FAILURE TO NUMBER SHIRTS £10.00
9 (B)  FAILURE TO OBTAIN CONSENT FOR A CHANGE OF CLUB NAME £10.00
10 (B)  FAILURE TO PLAY MATCHES ON THE DATE FIXED £15.00
10 (C)  FAILURE TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF A FIXTURE £20.00
10 (D)  FAILURE TO HAVE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS THAT WILL CONSTITUTE A TEAM £15.00
10 (E) (i) (ii) & (iii)  FAILURE TO PLAY FIXTURE £20.00
10 (H)  NO CAPTAIN’S ARMBAND £10.00
11 (A) & 11 (C)  LATE TEAM SHEET £10.00
11 (B)  FAILURE TO PROVIDE RESULT £10.00
11 (D)  FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH RULE £10.00
11 (E)  FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH RULE £10.00
13 (C)  FAILURE TO PROVIDE CLUB ASSISTANT REFEREE £15.00
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 £20.00
13 (H)  FAILURE TO PROVIDE WRITTEN REASON FOR A REFEREE MARK OF 60 OR LESS £20.00
14 (A)  FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH RULE £25.00
14 (B)  FAILURE TO COMMENCE OR COMPLETE FIXTURES £25.00
18 (A)  FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE TROPHY £25.00
19  FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING £25.00
22  FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE £25.00
 

Appendix 1 Guide to Referee Marking

The following questions focus on the key areas of a referee’s performance. They are intended as an !aide memoire!, are not necessarily comprehensive and need not be answered individually. It is, however, worth considering them before committing yourself to a mark for the referee. Always try to be objective when marking. Judge the performance over the whole game. Don’t be too influenced by one particular incident. Don’t mark the referee down unfairly because your team was unlucky and lost the game or some disciplinary action was taken against your players.
CONTROL AND DECISION MAKING
• How well did the referee control the game?
• Were the players’ actions recognised correctly?
• Were the Laws applied correctly?
• Were all incidents dealt with efficiently/effectively?
• Were all the appropriate sanctions applied correctly?
• Was the referee always within reasonable distance of incidents?
• Was the referee well positioned to make critical decisions, especially in and around the penalty area?
• Did the referee understand the players’ positional intentions and keep out of the way accordingly?
• Did the referee demonstrate alertness and concentration throughout the game?
• Did the referee apply the use of the advantage to suit the mood and temperature of the game?
• Was the referee aware of the players’ attitude to advantage?
• Did the referee use the assistants effectively?
• Did the officials work as a team, and did the referee lead and manage them to the benefit of the game?

COMMUNICATION AND PLAYER MANAGEMENT
• How well did the referee communicate with the players during the game?
• Did the referee’s level of involvement/profile suit this particular game?
• Did the referee understand the players’ problems on the day – e.g. difficult ground/weather conditions?
• Did the referee respond to the changing pattern of play/mood of players?
• Did the referee demonstrate empathy for the game, allowing it to develop in accordance with the tempo of the game?
• Was the referee pro-active in controlling of the game?
• Was the referee’s authority asserted firmly without being officious?
• Was the referee confident and quick thinking?
• Did the referee appear unflustered and unhurried when making critical decisions?
• Did the referee permit undue questioning of decisions?
• Did the referee deal effectively with players crowding around after decisions/incidents?
• Was effective player management in evidence?
• Was the referee’s body language confident and open at all times?
• Did the pace of the game, the crowd or player pressure affect the referee negatively?