North Derbyshire
Youth Football League
formerly Rowsley & District Youth Football League

Rowsley & District Youth League - Rules 2012/13

ROWSLEY & DISTRICT YOUTH LEAGUE (RDYFL)

ADOPTION OF THE FA’s STANDARD CODE OF RULES

FOR YOUTH COMPETITIONS – SEASON 2012-13



This document contains the Standard Code of Rules developed by The Football Association and additions, for Youth Competitions and has been adopted by The Rowsley & District Youth League for Season 2012-13 and agreed at the RDYFL AGM held on Tuesday 3rd July 2012. They have also been accepted by the Derbyshire County Football Association.

 

Readers should:

a)            Note that in addition to the FA alpha/numeric numbering system, the RDYFL have added extra paragraph numbers for ease of reference. The order of the FA’s alpha/numeric numbering system has not been compromised;

b)            Note that Readers can request an un-amended set of FA Rules from the RDYFL Secretary;

c)            Note that the mandatory changes introduced by the FA for Season 2012-13 can be found at paras:

1.7 / 2.4 / 8.1(A) / 8.5 / 8.6 /8.13(H) / 8.14(I) / 10.2 / 10.12 // 10.24 / 10.27 / 10.34(J) / 10.35 / 13.5 / 13.6 / 22.1

d)            Note that there are additional RDYFL Rules known as Local Rules that Clubs/Teams are required to observe. These follow on from the Standard Code of Rules


SUMMARY INDEX


Introduction 1
RDYFL Committee 2
Season Timetable 3
Reporting of Results 4
Detailed Index 5
FA Standard Code of Rules as adopted by RDYFL 6-24
RDYFL Knock-out Cup Rules 25-26
RDYFL Local Rules 27-34
RDYFL League Fees (Schedule A) 29
RDYFL Disciplinary Penalties (Schedule B) 30

ROWSLEY & DISTRICT YOUTH LEAGUE (RDYFL)

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

The table below lists the Members and their contact details of the RDYFL for the season 2012-13. We have re-introduced a protocol for the new season which we would ask Clubs/Teams to adhere to – e.g.

  • if you have an issue about your club’s/team’s fixtures – then you should address your issue to the Fixtures Secretary;
  • if you have an issue about a referee for your team – then you should address your issue to the Referees Secretary;
  • if your team’s results have been published incorrectly – then you should address your issue to the Results Secretary and League Webmaster;
  • the general rule of thumb being specific issues addressed to the appropriate member on the Committee.
  • However, if you have a wider issue about rules; policies; complaints that may impact on other clubs/teams, or issues arising from a game (players, team officials, supporters, referees etc), then in the first instance address your comments to the RDYFL Secretary the main focal point for all general correspondence.

 

RDYFL COMMITTEE CONTACT DETAILS

Responsibility

Name

Telephone No

E-mail

Chairman

Jim Breider

01773 608124

chairman@rdyfl.co.uk

Secretary

Eric Gilson

01246 220721

secretary@rdyfl.co.uk

Treasurer

George Elliott

01246 865488

treasurer@rdyfl.co.uk

Registrar

George Elliott

01246 865488

registrar@rdyfl.co.uk

Referees

Jim Breider

01773 608124

referees@rdyfl.co.uk

Fixtures

Clive Pickles

e-mail contact only

fixtures@rdyfl.co.uk

Results

Sarah Pickles

01246 224682

results@rdyfl.co.uk

Child Welfare

Sarah Pickles

01246 224682

cwo@rdyfl.co.uk

Website

Andy Bagshaw

07563 017606

webmaster@rdyfl.co.uk

Trophies

Andy Bagshaw

07563 017606

trophies@rdyfl.co.uk

DCFA Representative

George Elliott

01246 865488

dcfa-rep@rdyfl.co.uk

Mini-soccer

Lee Hodkin

07546 458333

lee.hodkin@rdyfl.co.uk

Mini-soccer

Matt Hodkin

07546 458333

mini.soccer@rdyfl.co.uk

Committee

Sean Hoole

 

sean.hoole@rdyfl.co.uk

Committee

Leigh Knightley

 

leigh.knightley@rdyfl.co.uk

Committee

Sean Newton

07814 885155

sean.newton@rdyfl.co.uk

 

     Website:www.rdyfl.co.uk      www.facebook.com/rdyfl      @rdyfl

All Clubs/Teams should regularly review the RDYFL website, to keep up to date with news - announcements - fixtures - results - meetings etc.

ROWSLEY & DISTRICT YOUTH LEAGUE (RDYFL)

TIMETABLE - SEASON 2012-13

Playing Season

Start of Season (Mini-soccer)  Saturday 8th September 2012
Start of Season (aged U11’s to U18’s)  Sunday 9th September 2012
End of Season  Sunday 12th May 2013
Transfer Window - Opens  Monday 22nd October 2012 (see RDYFL LR6)
Transfer Window - Closes  Sunday 24th February 2013 (see RDYFL LR6 & FA Rule 8.16)


 

RDYFL Club Meetings (at Matlock County Hall) *

General Meeting  Tuesday 4th December 2012 (MCC)
General Meeting  Tuesday 26th March 2013 (MCC)
Annual General Meeting  Tuesday 25th June 2013 (MCC)
General Meeting  Tuesday 27 th August 2013 (MCC)
Mini-soccer Thursday 29 th August 2013 (CR1)


* MCC = Main Council Chamber
  CR1 = Committee Room 1

 

RDYFL Management /Nomination / Election
Nomination for election as Officers/Members of RDYFL Management Committee        Friday 31st May 2013 (Rules 4.2)

Club Colours & Club Name
Clubs to register the colour of its shirts and shorts with RDYFL Secretary                Sunday 30th June 2013 (Rules 9.1)

Continuation of Membership or Withdrawal of a Club
Intention to withdraw from the RDYFL after completion of fixtures/end of season     Sunday 31st March 2013 (Rules 14.1)

Trophy Returns
Return of Trophies to Trophy Secretary                                                                       Tuesday 26th March 2013 (Rules 18.2)

Registration for Season 2013-14
Registration of Clubs/Teams                                                                                         Sunday 2nd June 2013


ROWSLEY & DISTRICT YOUTH LEAGUE (RDYFL)

REPORTING OF RESULTS - SEASON 2012-13

 

1)            Home Team Manager prints off a team sheet from the RDYFL website
(www.rdyfl.co.uk League/League Documents/RDYFL Teamsheet);

2)            The team sheet to be completed in full and signed on the day of the match by both the Home and Away Team Managers;

3)            The completed team sheet posted by the Home Team Manager to reach the RDYFL Results Secretray by Wednesday at the latest following the match on the Sunday:

Mrs Sarah Pickles (RDYFL Results Secretary)
Hornbeam House
Mansfield Road
Hasland
CHESTERFIELD
S41 0JN

4)            Both the Home and Away Team Managers to report the match result (including any postponements) through to the RDYFL website by 18.00 (6.00pm) on the evening of the match.

5)            As regards the reporting of Referee marks and Sportsmanship marks, if a Manager awards marks below 5, it is mandatory to provide a brief explanatory report. Please note there is a maximum of 500 characters available.
The opportunity to write a more in depth report is available on the website.
(www.rdyfl.co.uk League/League Documents/Complaint Report Form)

 

ROWSLEY & DISTRICT YOUTH LEAGUE (RDYFL)

 

DETAILED INDEX para - para

1.Nomenclature and Constitution1.1 - 1.8
2.Entry Fee, Subscription, Deposit2.1 - 2.7
3.Officers of RDYFL3.1 -  
4.Management, Nomination, Election4.1 - 4.6
5.Powers of Management5.1 - 5.19
6.Annual General Meeting6.1 - 6.9
7.Club – Agreement To Be Signed7.1 -  
8.Qualification of Players8.1 - 8.25
 Mini-soccer8.4 -  
 Youth Football8.5 -  
 Transfer of Player8.14 - 8.16
 School Football8.25 -  
9.Club Colours & Club Name9.1 - 9.8
10.Playing Season Miscellany10.1 - 10.35
 Playing Season10.1 - 10.2
 Conditions of Play10.3 - 10.4
 Duration of Matches10.5 - 10.9
 Times of Kick Off10.1 - 10.11
 Ball Size10.12 -  
 Postponements10.14 - 10.17
 Sufficiency of Team10.18 -  
 Substitutions10.25 - 10.28
 Format by Age Group10.34 - 10.35
11.Reporting Results11.1 - 11.4
12.Determining Championship12.1 - 12.6
13.Referees13.1 - 13.12
14.Continuation of Membership or Withdrawal of a Club14.1 - 14.6
15.Protests and Complaints15.1 - 15.7
16.Board of Appeal16.1 - 16.2
17.Exclusion of Clubs or Teams / Misconduct / Clubs /   -  
 Officials / Players17.1 - 17.4
18.Trophy Miscellany18.1 - 18.4
19.Special General Meeting19.1 - 19.4
20.Alteration To Rules20.1 - 20.3
21.Finance21.1 - 21.4
22.Insurance22.1 -  

 

1. NOMENCLATURE AND CONSTITUTION

1.1 (A) This Competition shall be designated the ROWSLEY & DISTRICT YOUTH LEAGUE/CUP and known as the ROWSLEY & DISTRICT YOUTH LEAGUE; and shall consist of not more than 100 Clubs approved by the sanctioning authority.

1.2 All such Member Clubs must be affiliated to an affiliated County Football Association and their names and particulars shall be returned annually by the appointed date on the Form “D” to the Derbyshire County Football Association. The area covered by the Competition. Membership shall be 25 mile radius of Matlock Town Square.

1.3 This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Derbyshire County Football Association and the constituent teams of Member Clubs may be grouped in divisions, each not exceeding 12 in number.

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

1.5 This Competition wishes to become a designated Charter Standard League. Existing Member Clubs have one year (until the end of the 2012-13 season) to achieve the Charter Standard club award or face expulsion from the League. New Member Clubs have one year to achieve the Charter Standard club award. The League has the right to refuse membership to a Club if it fails to demonstrate commitment to achieving the award.

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

1.7 The Competition will provide 11-a-side football for players who have attained the age of 10 as at midnight 31st August in a playing season and Mini-Soccer for players who have attained the age of 6 years but not the age of 10 years as at midnight on 31st August in a playing season. For U11’s 9 v 9 will be provided for players who have attained the age of 9 as at midnight on 31st August 2012 (in accordance with Rule 8(B).

 

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

2. ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT

2.1 (A) Applications by Clubs for admission to this Competition or the entry of an additional team(s) must be made in writing to the Secretary and must be accompanied by an Entry Fee of (Schedule A) per team which shall be returned in the event of non-election.

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

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

2.4 (B) The Annual Subscription for per Club/Team playing:

11 v 11 football; 9 v 9 football; and Mini-Soccer (5 v 5 & 7 v 7) (Schedule A) payable on or before the 1st August in each year.

2.5 (C) Each Club shall, within fourteen (14 days) pay a Deposit of (Schedule A) which shall be returnable to Clubs on leaving the Competition provided they have fulfilled their fixtures and complied with all orders of the Management Committee.

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

2.7 (E) Clubs must advise annually to the Secretary in writing by 31st July of its County Football Association affiliation number for the forthcoming Season, failing which they shall be fined (Schedule A). 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.

3. OFFICERS

3.1 The Officers of the Competition shall be: President; [Vice-Presidents], Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Child Welfare Officer, Treasurer, General Secretary, Registration Secretary, Referees Secretary, Fixtures Secretary, Results Secretary, RDYFL Web Secretary, Trophy Secretary, DCFA Representative and determined by the Annual General Meeting and elected thereat. (N.B. Auditors/Verifiers are not Officers).

4. MANAGEMENT, NOMINATION, ELECTION

4.1 (A) The Competition shall be governed in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association by a Management Committee comprised of the Officers and up to 6 members who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. All Participants shall abide by The Football Association Regulations for Safeguarding Children as determined by The Association from time to time.

4.2 (B) Retiring Officers shall be eligible to become candidates for re-election without nomination. All other candidates for election as Officers or Members of the Management Committee shall be nominated to the Secretary in writing, signed by the Secretaries of two Member Clubs, not later than 31st May in each year. Names of the candidates for election shall be circulated with the notice of the Annual General Meeting. In the event of there being no nomination in accordance with the foregoing for any office, nominations may be received at the Annual General Meeting

4.3 (C) The Management Committee shall meet at least quarterly or as often as it is necessary to deal with business as it arises. .

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

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

4.6 (E) All communications received from Clubs, must be conducted through their Secretary.

5. POWERS OF MANAGEMENT

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

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

5.3 (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.

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

5.5 (D) The Management Committee shall have powers to apply, act upon and enforce the Rules of the Competition and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Competition, including any not provided for in the Rules. With the exception of Rules 5(i), 6(h), 10(a), 11 and 19 for any breaches of Rule, a formal written charge must be issued. The respondent shall be given seven (7) days from the date of notice to reply to the charge and given the opportunity to:-

(i) accept or deny the charge;

(ii) submit in writing a case of mitigation; or

(iii) put their case before the Management Committee;

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

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

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

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

5.10 (F) Four (4) ­Members of the Management Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the Management Committee and Three (3) Members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by any sub-committee of the Competition.

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

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

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

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

5.15 (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.

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

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

5.18 (M) Leagues who organise Mini Soccer for teams playing U7 and U8 football may not, with the exception of Rules 6, 10(a), 11(d), 14 and 19 fine clubs for breaches of League Rules.

5.19 (N) The business of the Competition as determined by the Management Committee shall be transacted by electronic mail or facsimile (facsimile not available within RDYFL).

6. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

6.1 (A) The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than the last Tuesday of June (unless circumstances dictate otherwise) in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least four (4) Members are present and entitled to vote:-

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

(ii) To consider any business arising therefrom;

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

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

(v) Constitution of the Competition for ensuing season;

(vi) Election of Officers and Management Committee;

(vii) Appointment of Auditors;

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

(ix) Fix the date for the commencement of the season and kick off times applicable to the Competitions;

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

6.2 (B) A copy of the duly audited/verified Balance Sheet, Statement of Accounts and Agenda shall be forwarded to each Club at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting, and to the Derbyshire County Football Association.

6.3 (C) A signed copy of the duly audited/verified Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts shall be sent to the Derbyshire County Football Association within fourteen (14) days of its adoption by the Annual General Meeting.

6.4 (D) Each Member Club/team shall be empowered to send two (2) delegates to an Annual General Meeting. Each Club shall be entitled to one (1) vote only. Fourteen (14) days’ notice shall be given of any Meeting.

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

6.6 (F) All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot be demanded by at least two thirds (2/3) of the delegates qualified to vote or the Chairman so decides.

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

6.8 (H) Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at the Annual General Meeting without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined (Schedule B).

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

 

7. AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED

 

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

"We, A,_____ _____________of _________________________(Chairman) and

B________________________of _________________________(Secretary) of the _________________________________Football Club 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."

Any alteration of the Chairman and /or Secretary on the above Agreement must be notified to the Derbyshire County Football Association(s) to which the Club is affiliated and to the Secretary of the Competition.

NB: The spaces above are intended for the inclusion of the signatures and addresses of officers and members).

8. QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

8.1 (A) Contract players, as defined in Football Association Rules, are not permitted in this Competition. It is the responsibility of each Club to ensure that any Player signing a registration form for that Club has, where necessary, the required International Transfer Certificate. Clearance is required for any Player aged 12 and over crossing borders including Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

(ii) No player registered with a F.A. Premier League or Football League Academy will be permitted to play in this competition. A Player registered with a Centre of Excellence may only play in this Competition subject to the Regulations of the Programme for Excellence.

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

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

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

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

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

8.3 The qualification dates for the competition shall be as follows:

8.4 Mini-Soccer

To play in a KO Cup game or a game where points are awarded, or results published, a player must have achieved the age of 8 on or before 31st August in the playing season.

Under 7 – the player must have attained the age of 6 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season but must be under the age of 7 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

Under 8 – the player must be under the age of 8 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

Under 9 – the player must be under the age of 9 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

Under 10 – the player must be under the age of 10 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

In accordance with the foregoing qualifications a player in the above age ranges must not play in a match where any other player is older or younger by two (2) years or more.

8.5 Youth Football

Under 11 (and format is 11 v11) – the player must have attained the age of 10 but must be under the age of 11 by midnight 31st August in the playing season.

Under 11 (and format is 9 v 9) - the player must have attained the age of 9 but must be under 11 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

Under 12 – the player must be under the age of 12 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

Under 13 – the player must be under the age of 13 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

Under 14 – the player must be under the age of 14 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

Under 15 – the player must be under the age of 15 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

Under 16 – the player must be under the age of 16 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

Under 17 – the player must be under the age of 17 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

Under 18 – the player must be under the age of 18 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

In accordance with the foregoing qualifications a player under the age of 15 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season must not play in a match where any other player is older or younger by two (2) years or more.

8.6 (The above qualification dates are subject to the provisions contained in FA Rule C.4(a)(v),(vi) and (vii).

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

8.8 (E) A fee of (Schedule A) shall be paid for each player registered.

8.9 Registration forms shall be obtained from the (Registrations) Secretary (on prepayment of £0.00 per form). See instructions on RDYFL website (www.rdyfl.co.uk).

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

8.11 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 Registrations Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to register the player of the fact of the previous registration.

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

(i) Play for more than one Club in the Competition in the same season without

first being transferred.

(ii) Having signed for one Club in the Competition, sign for another Club in the

Competition in that season, except for the purpose of a transfer.

(iii) Submit a signed registration form for registration that the player had wilfully

neglected to accurately or fully complete.

8.13 (H) The Management Committee shall have the power to:

(i) 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 who has been charged and found guilty of registration irregularities. (Subject to Rule 16).

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

(iv) For a player who has previously had a registration removed in accordance with clause (iii) but has a registration accepted at the expiry of exclusion will be considered to be under a probationary period of twelve (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.

NB: Action under Clause (iii) shall not be taken against a player for misconduct until the matter has been dealt with by the appropriate Association, and then only in cases of the player bringing the Competition into disrepute and will in any case be subject to an Appeal to the Football Association. All decisions must include the period of restriction. For the purpose of this Rule, bringing the competition into disrepute can only be considered where the player has received in excess of one hundred and twelve (112 ) days suspension, or ten (10) matches in match based discipline, in a period of two (2) years or less from the date of the first offence for the team playing in this Competition).

8.14 (I) Subject to FA Rule C2(a) dealing with players without a written contract when a player desires a transfer, the Club the player wishes to transfer to shall submit a transfer form to the Registrations Secretary accompanied by a fee of (Schedule A). Such transfer shall be referred by the Registrations Secretary to the Club for which the player is registered. Should this Club object to the transfer it should state its objections in writing to the Registrations Secretary and to the player concerned within seven (7) days of receipt of the transfer form. Upon receipt of the Club's consent, or upon its failure to give written objection within seven (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 five (5) days after receipt of such transfer.

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

8.16 (J) A player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after the last Sunday in February except by special permission of the Management Committee.

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

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

8.19 (L) 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 Season only.

8.20 (M) A player shall not be eligible to play for a team in any special championship, promotion or relegation deciding match (as specified in Rule 12(A)) unless the player has played four (4) games for that team in this Competition in the current season.

8.21 (N) A player who has played for a team in the First Division five (5) times or more shall not in that season be eligible to play in a lower Division except by permission of the Management Committee.

 

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

8.23 (ii) In addition the team shall have three points deducted from its total

at the discretion of the Management Committee and may be dealt with in any further manner which is thought to be fit.

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

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

8.25 (P) (i) Priority must be given at all times to school and school organisations’ activities. This is not applicable for U17/18 football.

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

              (iii) Children U15 shall not play in a team involving players who are more than 2 years older.

9. CLUB COLOURS & CLUB NAME

9.1 (A) Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by 30th June who shall decide as to their suitability.

9.2 Goalkeepers must wear colours which distinguish them from other players and the referee.

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

9.4 Any team not being able to play in its normal colours as registered with the Competition shall notify the colours in which they will play to its opponents at least five (5) days before the match.

9.5 If, in the opinion of the referee, two Clubs have the same or similar colours, the AWAY team shall make the change. Any team not having a change of colours or delaying the kick-off by not having a change shall be fined (Schedule B).

9.6 The Secretary of the Competition may request shirts to be submitted if complaints are received as to lack of distinguishing colours, and the Management Committee may refuse to permit any shirts or shorts as they think fit. It is recommended that

(i) all shirts must be numbered; AND

(ii) no shirts should bear the player’s name on it;

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

10. PLAYING SEASON / CONDITIONS OF PLAY / DURATION OF MATCHES / TIMES OF KICK OFF / SIZE OF BALL / POSTPONEMENTS / SUFFICIENCY OF TEAM / SUBSTITUTES

PLAYING SEASON

10.1 (A) The Annual General Meeting shall determine the date for the commencement of the season in accordance with Football Association Rules. The Fixtures Secretary will publish fixtures by the 31st August in a playing season. If circumstances dictate, the Fixtures Secretary reserves the right to make alterations to the Fixtures, but make such alterations known by the most equitable method.

10.2 (B) All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board or, for Mini-Soccer and

9 v 9 football, the Laws as set down by The Football Association.

CONDITIONS OF PLAY

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

10.4 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.

DURATION OF MATCHES

10.5 All matches shall have a duration as set out below unless a shorter time (not less than forty (40) minutes) 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.

10.6 For Mini-Soccer – The maximum duration of play shall be two halves of twenty (20) minutes each way. The maximum playing time in any one day for U7 and U8 age groups is forty (40) minutes and for U9 and U10 age groups is sixty (60) minutes.

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

U11 & U12 - thirty (30) minutes each half;

U13 & U14 - thirty-five (35) minutes each half;

U15 & U16 - forty (40) minutes each half;

U17 & U18 - forty-five (45) minutes each half;

10.8 The minimum time for any game will not be less than twenty (20) minutes each half for players in the U14 age group and below and twenty-five (25) minutes each half for all other age groups.

10.9 No player participating in an U17 division or lower age group shall be permitted to play more than one game or, in the event the competition allows the playing of a double-header, i.e: two separate matches, one-hundred (100) minutes per day in this Competition.

TIMES OF KICK OFF

10.10 The times of kick-off shall be fixed at the AGM. Any Club failing to commence at the appointed time shall/may be fined a sum not exceeding (Schedule B) or be otherwise dealt with as the Management Committee may determine. Where a Club / Team wishes to change their allotted Kick Off time, they must give fourteen (14) days notice of such change, in writing to the Fixtures Secretary.

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

BALL SIZE

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

a) Ball sizes by age group:

U7 – U8 Size 3;

U9 Size 4 for Season 2012-13 only;

U10 – U14 Size 4;

U15 – U18 Size 5;

b) For 2013-14 the RDYFL propose to comply with FA:

U7 – U9 Size 3

U10 – U14 Size 4

U15 – U18 Size 5

10.13 Goal nets must be used.

POSTPONEMENTS

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

NB: RDYFL Local Rule (LR 9) - All Clubs/Teams are required to give four (4) weeks notice to the Fixtures Secretary to postpone/defer a match.

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

10.16 (D) The Secretary of the home Club must give notice in writing of full particulars of the location of, and access to, the ground and time of kick-off to the match officials and the Secretary of the opposing Club at least five (5) clear days prior to the playing of the match. The Away Club shall seek and acknowledge receipt of such particulars.

10.17 Any Club failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to a fine of (Schedule B).

SUFFICIENCY OF TEAM

10.18 (E) In the event of a Club playing in any match with less than eleven (11) players: they may be fined for each missing player. For:

11 v 11 - a minimum of Eight (8) players will constitute a team;

9 v 9 - a minimum of Seven (7) players will constitute a team;

Mini-soccer - a minimum of Five (5) players for Mini-Soccer will constitute a team;

5 v 5 - a minimum of Four (4) players will constitute a team;

10.19 (F) (i) Home and Away matches shall be played. In the event of a Club failing to keep its engagement the Management Committee shall have power to inflict a fine (Schedule B), 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. Not withstanding the foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall have power to order a match to be played on a neutral ground or on the opponent's ground if they are satisfied that such action is warranted by the circumstances.

10.20 (ii) This is an FA mandatory Rule – but does not apply to the RDYFL as the Constitution is not set up to include First Teams and Reserve Teams. Any Club with more than one team in the Competition shall always fulfill its fixture, within the Competition, in the following order of precedence:- First Team, Reserve Team, A Team. Clubs in breach of this requirement shall be fined a sum not exceeding [?] or otherwise dealt with by the Management Committee.

10.21 (iii) Any club unable to fulfil a fixture must, without delay, give notice to the (Fixtures) Secretary, the Referees Secretary, the Secretary of the opposing Club and the match officials. Any Club failing to comply shall be dealt with by the Management Committee who may inflict a fine (Schedule B).

10.22 (iv) In the event of a match not being played or abandoned owing to causes over which neither Club has control, it shall be played in its entirety on a date to be mutually agreed by the two Clubs and approved by the Management Committee. Failing such agreement and notification to the Fixtures Secretary within fourteen (14) days the Management Committee shall have power to order the match to be played on a named date or on or before a given date. Providing gate money is taken and retained the visiting Club shall receive their actual standard class rail or bus fares or the equivalent for [TBA] persons, or car allowance at [TBA]p per mile for transporting [TBA] persons, or hire charge of a coach (receipt to be submitted)., The residue (if any) to be equally divided between the two Clubs after deducting the cost of advertising, printing, posting, police and match officials charges. The home Club shall take the whole of the proceeds of the second match.

10.23 (v) The Management Committee shall review all matches abandoned in cases where it is consequent upon the conduct of either or both teams. Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and does no injustice to either Club, the Management Committee shall be empowered to order the score at the time of the abandonment to stand. In all cases where the 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. In cases where a match has been abandoned owing to the conduct of both teams, or their Club member(s), the Management Committee shall rule all points for the match as void. No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned match. Teams may be fined at the discretion of the Management Committee.

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

10.25 (G) A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use five (5) substitute players in any match in this Competition who may be selected from seven (7) players.

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

10.27 For Youth Football – for teams in the U18 age group and below, a player who has been substituted himself becomes a substitute and may replace another player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of Association Football. The referee shall be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than fifteen (15) minutes before the start of the match.

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

10.29 (H) The half time interval shall be of at least five (5) minutes duration, but it shall not exceed fifteen (15) minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee.

10.30 (I) On successful application to the RDYFL, all Clubs (inclusive of Officials; Team Managers; Players and Parents/Supporters) are all deemed to have signed up to the FA’s Respect Code of Conduct.

10.31 Prior to each match the participating teams and officials shall conduct the ‘Respect’ handshake and participating teams to offer ‘three cheers’ and handshakes to the opposing team after the match.

10.32 The participating clubs taking part in the fixture shall identify a team captain designated with a captain’s armband who has a responsibility to offer support in the management of the on-field discipline of his/her team mates. If the participating players are considered to be too young to take on this role a member of the team coaching staff should provide this support.

10.33 Each home club shall make arrangements for the provision of designated areas for spectators. This area can be marked by an additional painted line, the use of cones, a roped off area or use of a temporary spectator barrier. The area for spectators should start two metres from the touchline on both sides of the pitch. Each area should run the full length of the pitch. It is recognised, however, that the alignment of some public pitches does not allow for this arrangement in which case other appropriate arrangements should be made.

10.34 (J) The format below will be the maximum format allowed for each age group for the 2012/13 season.

U7 5 v 5 U8 7 v 7

U9 7 v 7 U10 7 v 7

U11 9 v 9 U12 11 v 11

U13 U18 – up to 11 v 11

10.35 From the beginning of the 2013/14 season the format below will be adopted.

U7 5 v 5 U8 5 v 5

U9 7 v 7 U10 7 v 7

U11 9 v 9 U12 9 v 9

U13 U18 – up to 11 v 11

 

11. Reporting Results

11.1 (A) The Results Secretary must receive 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 of (Schedule B) and / or the Club being dealt with as the Management Committee decide.

11.2 (B) The Home Club shall notify the result of each match to the Results Secretary by 6.00pm on the day of the match using the prescribed RDYFL reporting system. Clubs in default shall be fined (Schedule B).

11.3 (C) The match result notification, correctly completed, shall be signed by a responsible member of the Club. Failure to do so will result in a fine of (Schedule B).

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

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

12. DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP

12.1 (A) Team rankings within the Competition will be decided by points with Three (3) points to be awarded for a win and one (1) point for a drawn match. The teams gaining the highest number of points in their respective Divisions at the conclusion shall be adjudged the winners. Matches must not be played for double points. In Mini Soccer points can only be awarded for Under 9 Competitions onwards.

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

(i)            goal difference;

(ii)           goals for difference;

(iii) deciding match(es) played under conditions determined by the Management

Committee;

12.3 (B) Automatic promotion and relegation shall be applied for the first two (2) and last two (2) teams in each Division except as provided for hereunder, subject to the provisions of Rule 1(b).

12.4 (i) Should one or more teams withdraw from any one Division after the fixtures

have commenced an equal number of teams to those withdrawing in that Division shall not be automatically relegated.

12.5 (ii) Vacancies occurring after the conclusion of the season may be filled on 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

(c) election

 

12.6 (C) In the event of a team not completing its fixtures for the season all points obtained by or recorded against such defaulting team shall be expunged from the Competition table.

 

13. REFEREES

 

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

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

13.3 (C) Where Assistant Referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club Assistant Referee. Failure to do so, will result in a fine of (Schedule B) being imposed on the defaulting Club.

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

13.5 Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the sanctioning Association Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be paid a match fee of (Schedule A) inclusive of travel expenses.

13.6 The Home Club shall pay the Officials their fees and expenses immediately after the match.

13.7 (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 inclusive of expenses only. Where a match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club, shall be ordered to pay the Officials, if they attend the ground, their full fee and expenses.

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

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

13.10 (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 Football Association/County Football Association.

13.11 (K) Referees and Assistant Referees shall be supplied, each Season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.

13.12 (L) Referees and Assistant Referees shall have undertaken a Respect briefing offered by the FA/County FA or the League.

14. CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP OR WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB

14.1 (A) After 31st December in the current Season a Club intending, or having a provisional intention, to withdraw a team from the Competition on completion of its fixtures and fulfilment of all other obligations to the Competition must notify the Secretary in writing by 31st March each Season or be liable to a fine not exceeding (Schedule B).

14.2 All Clubs wishing to remain in membership of the Competition for the following Season must confirm their intention to do so, in writing, to the Secretary by 31st March each Season.

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

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

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

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

15. PROTESTS AND COMPLAINTS

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

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

15.3 (B) Except in cases where the Management Committee decide that there are special circumstances, protests and complaints (which must contain full particulars of the grounds upon which they are founded) must be lodged in duplicate with the Secretary within 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.

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

 

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

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

(i) All parties must have received Fourteen (14) 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 (Schedule A) and indicate such when forwarding the written response;

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

 

16. BOARD OF APPEAL

 

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

16.2 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

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

17.2 (B) At the Annual General Meeting, 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 of a Club whose conduct has, in their opinion, been undesirable, which must be supported by more than two-thirds (2/3rds) of those present and voting. Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot. A Club whose conduct is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from voting.

17.3 (C) Any official 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.

17.4 (D) Any Club or Team failing to complete all of its fixtures in any season shall (unless the conditions are beyond their control, or the accredited delegates present at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting decide otherwise by a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast) be debarred from membership the following season.

18. TROPHY:- LEGAL OWNERS / CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER /

AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED / AWARDS

 

18.1 (A) 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.

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

“We A_________________and B______________________, the Chairman and Secretary of ________________________FC, 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.”

18.3 Failure to comply will result in a fine (Schedule B) as determined by the Management Committee.

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

19. SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS

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

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

19.3 At least seven (7) days notice shall be given of either meeting under this Rule, together with an agenda of the business to be transacted at such meeting.

Each Member Club shall be empowered to send two (2) delegates to all Special General Meetings. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only, as will members of the Management Committee.

19.4 Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at a Special General Meeting without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined (Schedule B).

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

 

20. ALTERATION TO RULES

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

20.2 Notice of proposed alterations to be considered at the Annual General Meeting shall be submitted to the Secretary by 31st May in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by a minimum of two (2) weeks before the AGM 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 Annual General Meeting. A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if a majority of those present and entitled to vote are in favour.

20.3 A copy of the proposed alterations to Rules to be considered at the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting shall be submitted to the sanctioning Football Association seven (7) days prior to the date of the meeting.

21. FINANCE

21.1 (A) The Management Committee shall determine with which bank or other financial

institution the funds of the Competition will be lodged.

21.2 (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.

21.3 (C) The financial year of the Competition will end on the last Tuesday in June.

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

22. INSURANCE

 

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


ROWSLEY & DISTRICT YOUTH LEAGUE (RDYFL) KNOCKOUT CUP RULES

The Competition
1) The RYDYFL operate two knock-out cup competitions for U10’s through to U18’s:

 

Primary Cup ALL teams are eligible and are entered at First Round unless given a bye. Progression through to Semi-finals and Finals;

Secondary Cup All First Round losers and those who had a bye but lost in the second round of the Primary Cup, will be entered into the Secondary Cup, which will progress through to Semi-finals and Final;

 

2) All matches shall be carried out in accordance with Rowsley & District Youth League

Rules.

 

Control of the Competition

3) Save as set out below, Rules of the Rowsley & District Youth League shall apply. The entire control and management of the Primary and Secondary Cup Competitions shall be vested in the RDYFL Management Committee of the Competition.

 

Subscription

4) The entrance fee for both competitions are included in the annual subscription.

 

Eligibility of Players
5) The eligibility of players are determined by:

 

a)            No player shall play for more than one team in any one competition during the same season;

b)            A player must be registered with the RDYFL by the Club at least 7 clear days prior to the scheduled date for the match. For clarification if the match is postponed for any reason, then the initial scheduled match date applies for the registration of players.

c)            No player shall be deemed eligible to play in the Semi-finals or Final unless his registration has been completed at least 28 days prior to the scheduled date for the match.

d)            In the event the match is postponed, only those players eligible to play on the original scheduled date of the match shall be eligible to play in any reaaranged match;

e)            Any Club proved to have played an ineligible player shall be automatically be removed from the Competition;

 

Notification of Team Selection for Semi-final and Final Ties

6) In the Semi-final and Final Ties for each competition:

 

a)            The competing Clubs shall submit to the League no later than seven (7) days prior to the scheduled date for the match, a list of players from which their team will be selected;

b)            Only players on the list will be eligible to participate in the match providing no objection has been raised;

c)            Any objection to the qualification of a player must be given in writing at least three (3) days prior to the opponents and to the RDYFL Management Comment (via the Secretary of the RDYFL). The decision of the RDYFL Management Committee shall be binding on all parties;

d)            Prior to the start of the match, all ID checks will be carried out in accordance with RDYFL rules.

Draw and Grounds

7) All cup rounds (except the Final) will be played on the choice of ground of the team being drawn first. In the event that the original Home venue is unavailable, then with the mutual consent of the two teams and the agreement of the Management Committee, the game may be switched to the opponents ground.

 

8) All cup games including Semi-finals and Finals, to be concluded on the day.

 

Extra-time and Penalties

9) At the end of normal time if scores are level then 5 minutes extra time (each way) will be will be played.

 

10) If scores are still level after extra time the tie will be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark as per FA Directives..

 

a)            Teams will nominate five (5) players who are already on the pitch, to take the penalty kicks;

b)            If after the conclusion of the first five (5) penalty kicks the scores remain level, the remaining unused players will take a penalty kick until all players have taken one penalty kick;

c)            If the scores remain level, the penalty kicks will resume in any order and so on until a result is reached;

Match Officials
11) Neutral assistant Referees are to be used for all semi-finals and finals. Both sides are

equally liable to pay the costs of the two assistant Referees, equally.

 

Trophies
12) The winners of the Primary and Secondary Cups in their respective age groups will

receive a Team trophy. In addition the Management Committee will provide:

 

U10’s - 14 individual medals awarded to Winners and Runners-up;

U11’s through to U18’s – 16 individual medals to Winners and Runners-up;

 

13) The Management Committee shall determine all matters with regards to the trophies.

14) The Management Committee may at their discretion and after receiving permission

from the Derbyshire County FA organise Medal Competitions.


ROWSLEY & DISTRICT YOUTH LEAGUE

 

RDYFL Local Rules

 

LR1) The following rules are additional to the FA Standard Code of Rules adopted by

the RDYFL and all Clubs are bound to observe them..

 

LR2) In addition to the AGM, the RDYFL hold General Meetings (dates specified at the start of the season), which each Club is required to be represented by their Secretary or nominated deputy. Failure to attend will result in the Club being fined (Schedule B).

 

LR3) All Teams are required to register a minimum number of players with the RDYFL Registrations Secretary by the 1st August prior to the start of the playing season. Failure to do so will result in a fine (Schedule B):

 

11 v 11 minimum of 8 players;

9 v 9 minimum of 7 players;

Mini-soccer minimum of 5 players;

5 v 5 minimum of 4 players;

 

LR4) Before the start of the match, all Team Managers should have in their possession their RDYFL Player ID Cards ready for inspection;

 

a)            It is MANDATORY for each Team Manager (not the match officials) to undertake an ID Card check. The Team Manager who is denied the opportunity to undertake an ID check of the opposition team, should report this to the RDYFL Secretary;

b)            Failure to produce ID cards will be subject to a fine (Schedule B);

c)            In the event a player’s ID card is not produced, the player is not permitted to play;

 

LR5) Following the transfer of a player to a new Club/Team, the Transferring Team are required to forward on the player’s RDYFL ID Card to his new Team Manager within five (5) days of the date of transfer. Failure to do will result in a fine (Schedule B);

 

LR6) In addition to FA Rules 8.14 to 8.16 as regards the transfer of players between RDYFL teams, the RDYFL operate a transfer window from the penultimate Sunday in October until the last Sunday in February. For Season 2012-13 - No transfers are permissible from the start of the season Saturday 08/09/12 up until and including Sunday 21/10/12 AND from Monday 25/02/13 until the end of the season on Sunday 12/05/13.

LR7) All playing pitches must have 4 corner flags. Failure to provide (Schedule B).

 

LR8) All playing pitches must have adequate goals and nets as determined by the match referee. Failure to provide (Schedule B).

 

LR9) The Fixtures Secretary publishes each Team’s fixtures in advance of the start of the season. Each Club secretary or Team Manager should note the following:

 

a)            that they should review the complete listing of fixtures and ensure that their home pitch is available on the dates listed for all Home fixtures. If there is a problem, then they should look to reverse the fixture with the Away Team. They should notify the Fixtures Secretary with immediate effect of the change in venue;

b)            that they should review the complete listing of fixtures and take full account of school holidays; organized trips for scouts/cubs/beavers and similar organizations for girls; organized school trips; and any other organized event that might clash with their fixtures. They should contact the Opposition Team Manager and look to seek a suitable alternate, BUT must also seek permission for the rearranged date with the Fixtures Secretary;

c)            All Clubs/Teams are required to give at least four (4) clear weeks notice to the Fixtures Secretary to postpone/defer a match. Failure to so will result in a fine (Schedule B) and any other action that is deemed appropriate in the circumstances, by the Fixtures Secretary and General Secretary;

 

LR10) In the event a match is called off or whatever reason, it is the responsibility of the Home Team Manager to notify one or more of the following as circumstances dictate. Failure to do so will result in a fine (Schedule B):

 

a)            Opposition Team Manager;

b)            Match Referee;

c)            Fixtures Secretary;

d)            Results Secretary (if called off on the day of the match);

 

LR11) Any Club prematurely withdrawing a team or teams from the Competition before the completion of their fixtures will be subject to a fine (Schedule B) and may affect their Club’s application to rejoin the Competition the following season.

 

LR12) All teams are required to ensure they have an ‘emergency aid trained’ individual and first aid kit. Failure to do so will result in a fine (Schedule B).


 

Schedule A

 

RDYFL LEAGUE FEES (Season 2012-13)

RULE

DESCRIPTION

FEE (£)

2.1(A)

Entrance for New Clubs

20.00

2.4(B)

Annual Subscription (Secretary)

15.00

2.4(B)

Annual Subscription (per 11 v 11 Team)

Annual Subscription (per 9 v 9 Team)

Annual Subscription (per Mini-soccer 5 v 5 & 7 v 7 Team)

65.00

60.00

50.00

2.4(B)

Annual Subscription (per Mini-soccer including 9 v 9)

40.00

2.5(C)

Deposit (returnable on correct resignation from RDYFL

20.00

8.15

Transfer Fee

10.00

13.5

Referee Fees

Jim B to advise

 

15.5/15.6(ii)/16.1

Protest Fee

30.00

 


 

Schedule B

 

RDYFL DISCIPLINARY PENALTIES (Season 2012-13)

RULE

DESCRIPTION

FEE (£)

5.12(H)

Failure to comply with an order/instruction; attend business; correspondence;

10.00

5.14

Failure to pay fines on time (within fourteen [14] days)

original fine doubled (max 50.00)

6.8

Failure to attend RDYFL AGM

20.00

8.23

Playing of an unregistered or ineligible player

Up to 50.00

9.5

Failure of AWAY Team not having a change of colours in the event of a colour clash as determined by the Referee

10.00

9.6

Failure to wear numbered shirts

10.00

10.10

Failure to K.O. on time (team causing late K.O.)

10.00

10.17

Failure to comply with notification of location /access of ground and K.O. to match officials and opposition

10.00

10.19/10.21

Failure to keep an engagement (fulfil a fixture)

50.00

11.1/11.2/11.3

Failure to report match result on time & to prescribed manner

10.00

13.3

Failure to appoint an Assistant Referee

10.00

13.9

Failure to award marks on performance of Referee

10.00

14.1

Failure to notify by 31st March withdrawal from the Competition for the following season

20.00

14.3(B)

A Club withdrawing any or all of its teams from the Competition for the following season after the arrangement of fixtures

25.00/team

max of £100.00

18.2

Failure to clean & or engrave Trophy

Failure to maintain Trophy to good order

Loss of Trophy

10.00

full cost of repair

replacement cost

18.3

Failure to return Trophy on time

10.00

19.4

Failure to attend Special General Meeting

20.00

 

The following are penalties for breaches of RDYFL Local Rules

 

LR2

Failure to attend RDYFL General Meeting

20.00

LR3

Failure to register the minimum of players by the 1st August

max of 50.00

LR4

Failure to produce RDYFL Registration ID Cards for inspection

10.00

LR5

Failure to forward on RDYFL Player ID Card to new Team Manager

10.00

LR6

Failure to provide sufficient corner flags

10.00

LR7

Failure to provide adequate goals/nets

10.00

LR8

Failure to give appropriate notice to postpone/defer a match

max of 50.00

LR9

Failure to notify postponement of match

10.00

LR10

Failure of a Team to fulfil their allotted fixtures for the season

max of 100.00

LR11

Failure to provide an ‘emergency aid trained’ individual and or first aid kit

10.00

 

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