Rowsley & District
Youth Football League

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently asked Questions:

[ Cup Matches ] ^


Question 1.

What cup competitions do we have ?
Answer:
All teams enter a primary cup competition for their age group. Teams who are knocked out in the first round of the primary cup are automatically entered into a secondary cup competition. Each age group therefore has two cup competitions.
 

Question 2.

Do Cup Matches have priority over league matches ?
Answer:
Yes Cup Matches have priority.
 

Question 3.

Are there restrictions on players being eligible for cup matches ?
Answer:
Yes. Players who are cup tied (ie played for one team in a cup competition) cannot play for another team in that cup competition. Players must have played at least 4 league or cup games for their current team to qualify to play in a cup semi final or final.
 

[ Fixtures ] ^


Question 1.

What happens if the opposition doesn't turn up for the match ?
Answer:
The attending team should notify the Fixtures Secretary on the day of the match giving the circumstances. The League will investigate the case and take appropriate action. If a home team incurs ref fees (10) they should pay the ref. This plus any pitch fees will be reimbursed to them by the League, but the non-attending team will be charged for these costs plus any fine. Subject to circumstances the non-attending team may forfeit the match.
 

Question 2.

Can a team arrange a day to avoid a fixture?
Answer:
Yes. Teams can request up to a maximum of two 'free' dates in the season provided a written request is made to the Fixtures Secretary 28 days in advance giving the reasons for the request. The Fixtures Secretary will determine whether the request is approved.
 

Question 3.

Can we play a mid-week match ?
Answer:
Yes providing the opposition agrees. We try to avoid mid-week fixtures but teams may be asked to do them if there is a backlog of fixtures. The Fixtures Secretary must be notified in advance of any proposed mid-week fixture.
 

Question 4.

What happens if a match is abandoned ?
Answer:
Only the referee can abandon a match. FA rules apply on whether the result stands at the time of abandonment, otherwise the match is replayed. The home team must notify the Results Secretary of any abandoned match & score. If a replay is needed the Fixtures Secretary will arrange any replay & notify the teams.
 

Question 5.

If we have a backlog of fixtures & still have to play one team twice, can we count the first half as one match & the second half as another match ?
Answer:
No. All fixtures must be completed. Similarly a cup and league match cannot be 'doubled up'.
 

Question 6.

What happens if we finish our fixtures early in the season?
Answer:
If this is likely the League will determine if a medal competition is appropriate and will notify teams in the appropriate division.
 

[ Matches ] ^


Question 1.

What are 'match observers' ?
Answer:
The League can allocate independent observers to a match to assess whether teams are complying with the code of conduct, or if there are disciplinary offences, & the standard of refereeing etc. Their reports are submitted to the League Committee. If problems occur the observers reports will be used for any action that may need to be taken by the League Committee. Observers are to assist the League & teams maintain high standards of conduct.
 

[ Mini Soccer ] ^


Question 1.

What is the maximum squad size for mini soccer teams?
Answer:
Teams can register up to a maximum of 14 players in their team squad.
 

Question 2.

What is the team size?
Answer:
Seven players per side, with 'roll on roll off' substitutes allowed throughout the match.
 

Question 3.

What are the age requirements?
Answer:
Players must be aged 6 by midnight on 31st August at the start of the season to be registered to play mini soccer in under 7s. A maximum 2 year age band exists so that players registered in an age group cannot be 2 years older, or younger than another player in that age group.
 

Question 4.

What are the ball sizes for different mini soccer age groups?
Answer:
Under 9s play with a size 4 match ball. Under 7s & Under 8s play with a size 3 ball. Each team is to provide a match ball on match day.
 

Question 5.

How are matches decided for the different age groups?
Answer:
(i) For under 9s half of the points are allocated on the match result (3 points for a win; I point for a draw), together with up to 3 points per team allocated by the match referee for the sportsmanship of each team's players; spectators; and team officials. The divisional winners & runners up for the Cavendish, Matlock Centre; and for Langer Lane, Chesterfield Centre will be determined by the total points allocated in the season's league matches. (ii) For Under 7s and Under 8s teams are allocated points for sportsmanship by the match referee, and by the opposing manager. The referee and the team managers each allocate up to 5 points for each category of (i) sportsmanship by a team's players; (ii) team officials; and (iii) team spectators.Guidance will be sent to team managers on how to allocate sportsmanship marks. Sportsmanship awards are given at the end of the season.
 

Question 6.

Why isn't competitive match scores allowed for Under 7s & Under 8s age groups?
Answer:
Because the FA's mini soccer rules don't allow it. The concept of mini soccer at this age is to develop a leaning environment for players and get rid of the 'win at all costs' pressure that can be put on kids by parents, coaches etc.
 

Question 7.

Who do I contact for further information about mini soccer?
Answer:
Tony Chadbourne, Mini Soccer Co-ordinator, for the Cavendish Playing Fields Centre. Tel 01629 826466. E-Mail : chairman@rdyfl.co.uk Neil Howard Mini Soccer Co-ordinator, Langer Lane, Chesterfield Centre. Tel 01246 261239. E-mail: secretary@rdyfl.co.uk
 

Question 8.

When is the start & finish of the Mini Soccer season?
Answer:
The first games are held on Saturday 13th September 2008. The season ends at the end of April 2009.
 

Question 9.

What is the Mini Soccer Festival?
Answer:
In May 2009, a one day mini soccer tournament is organised for all teams which is held at Cavendish Playing Fields, Matlock. Details of the Festival will be sent to all teams nearer the time.
 

Question 10.

Where can I get more information about the rules of mini soccer?
Answer:
By going to the Football Association's website www.FA.com (click on grassroots from their menu).
 

Question 11.

What happens about fixtures; referees; match fees?
Answer:
Team managers will be sent fixtures by e-mail for each mini soccer Centre, giving opposition; kick off times, pitch allocation. Information on fixtures will also be available on the League's website www.rdyfl.co.uk We provide and allocate qualified referees for all matches. Each team has to pay a match fee of 13 which covers pitch hire & referee fees.
 

Question 12.

What happens if matches are called off?
Answer:
We will e-mail all managers on Friday team time if matches are called off due to weather etc. Please check your e-mails to avoid a wasted journey!
 

Question 13.

What do I have to do on match day?
Answer:
Arrive 20 minutes before kick off. Each teams on the first phase of K.O's have to set up goals, nets & corner flags. Teams on the last round of kick offs take down the goals,nets,flags Each team completes a team sheet & hands it to their centre co-ordinator after the match.
 

Question 14.

What if I have a complaint?
Answer:
Hopefully you won't have. If you do, raise it with the Centre co-ordinator during, or immediately after the match. They will look into the matter & resolve it.
 

[ Players ] ^


Question 1.

How many players can I register ?
Answer:
Your team registration includes up to 16 players (Mini Soccer 14 Max). 11 a side Teams can sign as may players as they wish (but an extra fee of 2 per player over the 16 will be levied by the League). All teams should have sufficient players to fulfil their fixtures. Teams must have at least 8 players registered by 31 August to be able to fulfil their first fixture – teams will be fined if they cannot fulfil their fixtures due to shortage of players.
 

Question 2.

How is a player transferred between clubs ?
Answer:
A player already registered to another team in the League may be transferred - a player transfer form is available & must be submitted to the League Registrar for approval. A transfer fee of 10 is payable to the League Registrar by the team requesting the transfer The club with whom the player is registered must be approached & their approval obtained to the transfer. If a team objects to a transfer they should give their reasons in writing to the League Registrar - any disputes will be determined by the League Committee.
 

Question 3.

Can a player swop between teams in the same club ?
Answer:
No. Clubs with an A & B team in the same age group sign players for a specific team for the season. The only way players can move to another team is to go through the player transfer process.
 

Question 4.

Can I urgently register a player in the season ?
Answer:
Yes. If on match day a team is short of players they can sign up to 2 emergency registrations in a season, to bring the squad up to 11 available players. Emergency registrations must met the eligibility criteria, and a formal registration immediately submitted to the League Registrar.
 

Question 5.

Can I ask to see the opposition's players ID cards? What if they are not available?
Answer:
Yes. All teams should have their ID cards available at all matches & must be shown to the opposition manager upon request. It is an offence not to have them. If a team refuses to show their ID cards this should be reported to the League Secretary. If a player doesn't have an ID card get the manager & player to print the players name; signature & date of birth - this should be sent to the League Registrar who will check if they are a registered player. At cup final matches a player without an i/d card could be refused to play by the League.
 

Question 6.

What happens if I think the opposition is playing an ineligible player ?
Answer:
Ask to see their ID card. If not available follow the procedure outlined above. Any team playing an ineligible player will forfeit the match & be fined by the League.
 

Question 7.

What the minimum amount of players to play a match ?
Answer:
The minimum requirement for a match to go ahead is eight players.
 

[ Referees ] ^


Question 1.

Who informs the ref about the match & kick off times ?
Answer:
Referees will be allocated on your fixtures. The home team manager must contact the ref & confirm their availability; give details of k.o time. Do it asap. If the ref isn't available contact the Referees Secretary who will allocate another ref.
 

Question 2.

What happens if a ref isn't allocated to the match?
Answer:
The vast majority of matches are covered by an allocated ref. Where this isn't possible, the managers of both teams should agree who will ref the match (if they have someone who is a qualified ref this is preferable). Teams could share referring the match ie one half each. Teams should make every effort to play the fixture, but if they cannot agree on a ref, the match is cancelled and this must be immediately reported by the home team to the Fixtures Secretary & League Secretary.
 

Question 3.

What happens if the allocated ref doesn't turn up for the match ?
Answer:
A Referee should be agreed between the teams as above. The home team should notify the Referees Secretary that the allocated Referee didn't attend
 

Question 4.

Who pays the Referees fee ?
Answer:
The home team manager should pay the Referee immediately after the match.
 

Question 5.

If linesmen are allocated to the match by the league, who pays them ?
Answer:
On rare occasions the League will decide and allocated qualified linesmen to a match (to avoid potential problems). Each team will pay a lineman fee each. If a team requests linesmen to be allocated they should contact the Referees Secretary but may have to pay both of the linesmens fees
 

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