MATCH RELATED RULES FOR HORSHAM AND DISTRICT YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE
QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS 18.
(A) (i) A Player is one who, being in all other respects eligible, has: - (a) signed a fully and correctly completed Competition registration form in ink, countersigned by his /her parent or guardian and by an Officer of the Club, and who has been registered with the (Registrations) Secretary 7 days prior to the Player playing and whose completed registration counterfoil has been received by the Club prior to playing in a Competition Match. The registration document must incorporate emergency contact details of the Player’s parents or guardians. These details must be available at matches and training events the Player attends within the management of the Club or Competition; or (b) N/A or (c) registered through WGS. Any registration form which is sent by either of the means set out at Rules 18(A) (i)(a) or (b) above that is not fully and correctly completed will be returned to the Club unprocessed. If a Club attempts to register a player via WGS but does not fully and correctly complete the necessary information via WGS, the registration will not be processed. For Clubs registering Players under Rules 18(A) (i) (a) or (b) registration forms will be provided in a format to be determined by the Competition. For Clubs registering Players via WGS (under Rule 18 (A) (i) (c)) Clubs must access WGS in order to complete the registration process. (ii) Registration forms may also be submitted to the (Registrations) Secretary by electronic mail or facsimile machine prior to the Player playing in a Competition Match. The original document must be forwarded by post to the appropriate Officer of the Competition within three days of the Competition Match. The registration document must incorporate a current passport-size photograph of the Player seeking registration together with confirmation that the Player’s proof of date of birth has been checked by the Club and is accurate. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. (B) (i) Contract Players are not permitted in this Competition with the exception of those Players who are registered under contract with the same Club who have a Team operating at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System. It is the responsibility of each Club to ensure that any Player registered to the Club has, where necessary, the required International Transfer Certificate. Clearance is required for any Player aged 10 and over crossing borders including Wales, Scotland and Ireland. (ii) A Player registered with a Premier League or English Football League Academy under the Elite Player Performance Plan contained within Youth Development Rules will not be permitted to play in this Competition. Details of the Youth Development Rules are published on The FA website. A Player registered with a FA Girls’ Regional Talent Club may play in this Competition subject to the FA Programme for Excellence (Female) Regulations. (iii) Each Team must have the following number of Players registered 14 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
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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:
(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 taking into account the following. (i) A Player shall not be permitted to register for more than one Club subject to the exceptions set out in Rule 18 (E)(iii) below. (ii) In the event of a Player signing a registration form or having a registration submitted for more than one Club priority of registration shall decide for which Club the Player shall be registered. The Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to register the Player of the fact of the previous registration subject to the exceptions set out in Rule 18 (E)(iii) below. (iii) A Player is only permitted to register for more than one Club provided that: a.The Team(s) in which the Player plays in are not in the same age group; or b. Except for the purpose of a transfer. And the Player meets the requirements in Rule 18(C). (F) It shall be a breach of these Rules for a Player to: - (i) Play for more than one Team in the same age group in the Competition in the same Playing Season without first being transferred. (ii) Having registered for one Club in the Competition, register for another Club in the Competition in that Playing Season, except if the provisions set out in Rule 18 (E)(iii) apply. (iii) Submit a signed registration form or submit a registration through WGS for registration that the Player had willfully neglected to accurately or fully complete. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. (G) (i) The Management Committee shall have the power to accept the registration of any Player subject to the provisions of Rule 18(G)(ii) and (iii) below. (ii) The Management Committee shall have power to refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any Player, the exercise of such power being without prejudice to the Management Committee’s ability to fine a Club at its discretion (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) that has been charged and found guilty of registration irregularities (subject to Rule 7). (iii) The Management Committee shall have the power to refuse or cancel the registration of any Player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct (subject to Rule 7) subject to the right of appeal to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA. Where the Management Committee does not have enough information to enable it to make a decision pursuant to the above power, it may apply, in its absolute discretion, to the Sanctioning Authority or The
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FA for further information. Undesirable conduct shall mean an incident of repeated proven misconduct, which may deter a Participant from being involved in this Competition. (iv) For a Player who has previously had a registration removed in accordance with Rule 18(G)(iii) but has a registration accepted at the expiry of exclusion will be considered to be under a probationary period of 12 months. Whilst under a probationary period, should the Player commit a further act of proven misconduct under the jurisdiction of the Competition, (excluding standard dismissals), the Competition would be empowered to consider a further charge of bringing the Competition into disrepute. (Note: Action under Rule 18(G)(iii) shall only be taken against a Player in cases of the Player bringing the Competition into disrepute and will in any event be subject to an appeal to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA. All decisions must include the period of restriction. For the purpose of this Rule, bringing the Competition into disrepute can only be considered where the Player has received in excess of 112 days’ suspension, or 10 matches in match based discipline, in any competition (and is not restricted to the Competition) in a period of two years or less from the date of the first offence.) (H) Subject to compliance with FA Rule C2(a) when a Club wishes to register a player who is already registered with another club it shall submit a transfer form (in a format as determined by the Competition) to the Competition accompanied by a fee as set out in the Fees Tariff. Such transfer shall be referred by the Competition to the club for which the player is registered. Should this club object to the transfer it should state its objections in writing to the Competition and to the player concerned within 3 days of receipt of the notification. Upon receipt of the Club’s consent, or upon its failure to give written objection within 3 days, the Registration Secretary may, on behalf of the Management Committee, transfer the player who shall be deemed eligible to play for the new Club from such date when a new card has been received. Transfers are only permitted from 1st October to 31st January. In the event of an objection to a transfer the matter shall be referred to the Management Committee for a decision. (I) A Player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after 31st January except by special permission of the Management Committee. (J) A Club shall keep a list of the Players it registers and a record of all matches in which those Players have played for the Club, and shall produce such records upon demand by the Management Committee. In the event a Club has more than one Team in an age group, each Team must be clearly identifiable but not designated ‘A’ or ‘B’ or 1st or 2nd. In such cases, Players will be registered for one Team only. A Player so registered will be allowed to play for his Club in a younger or older age group within the provisions of Rule 18(C). (K) A register containing the names of all Players registered for each Club, with the date of registration, shall be kept by the (Registrations) Secretary and shall be open to the inspection of an Officer of the Club at all Management Committee meetings, or at other times mutually arranged. Registrations are valid for one Playing Season only. In the event of a Non- Contract Player changing his status to that of a Contract Player with the same 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 18(B)(i). (L) A Player shall not be eligible to play for a Team in any special championship, promotion or relegation deciding Competition Match (as specified in Rule 22(A)) unless the Player has played 3 Competition Matches for that Team in the current Playing Season. (M) A Team shall not include more than 1 Players who has/have taken part in 1 or more senior Competition Matches during the current Playing Season unless a period of 21 days has elapsed since they last played. (Rule not applicable in this league) For the purpose of this Rule a senior competition(s) is /are not applicable. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. (N) (i) Subject to Rule 18(N)(ii), any Club found to have played an ineligible Player in a Competition
Match or Matches where points are awarded shall have the points gained from that Competition Match deducted from its record, up to a maximum of 12 points, and have levied upon it a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. (ii) The Management Committee may vary the sanction as relates to the deduction of points set out at Rule 18(N)(i) only in circumstances where the ineligibility is due to the failure to obtain an International Transfer Certificate or where the ineligibility is related to the Player’s status. (iii) Where a Club is found to have played an ineligible Player in accordance with Rule 18(N)(i) above, the Management Committee may also, at its discretion: (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; or (b) Levy penalty points against the Club in default; or (c) Order that such Competition Match or Matches be replayed (on such terms as are decided by the Management Committee). (The following clause applies to Competitions involving Players in full-time secondary education):- (O) (i) Priority must be given at all times to school and school organisations activities. 4 weeks’ clear notice must be given to the Horsham and District Youth Football League Secretary. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. (ii) The availability of children must be cleared with their head teacher (except for Sunday league competitions). (iii) A child under the age of 15 as at midnight on 31 August in the relevant Playing Season, shall not be permitted to play in a Competition Match during that Playing Season where any other Player is older or younger than that child by two years or more. (iv) A club wishing to de-register a player must do so by application to the Registration Secretary, on the appropriate form, together with the old ID card, an updated squad list and the fee of £5.00.
NOTE: ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST FOLLOW THE COMPETITION REGISTRATION POLICY AS PUBLISHED ANNUALLY ON THE COMPETITION WEBSITE
NOTE: Any suspension of a Player MUST commence 7 days after a sending-off, even if the Club has not received the paperwork from the Sanctioning Authority.
CLUB COLOURS 19.
Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts along with an accompanying photo of the front and back of the playing shirt and goalkeeper jersey to the Rules Secretary by 30th June who shall decide as to their suitability with the Sanctioning Authority. Failure to do so could result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) and the kit not being sanctioned. Any Club wishing to change its colours during the Playing Season must obtain permission from the Management Committee. Goalkeepers must wear colours which distinguish them from all other Players and the Match Officials. No Player, including the goalkeeper, shall be permitted to wear black or very dark shirts. Any Team not being able to play in its normal colours as registered with the Competition shall notify its opponents the colours in which they will play (including the colours of the goalkeeper jersey) at least 5 days before the Competition Match. If, in the opinion of the referee, two Teams have the same or similar colours, the away Team shall make the change into alternate colours or bibs. Should a Team delay the scheduled time of kickoff for a Competition Match by not having a change of colours they will be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff. Shirts must be numbered and not duplicated, failing which a fine will be levied in accordance with the Fines Tariff.
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PLAYING SEASON CONDITIONS OF PLAY, TIMES OF KICK-OFF, POSTPONEMENTS, SUBSTITUTES 20.
(A) All Competition Matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board or, for Mini-Soccer, and 9v9 football, the Rules as set down by The FA. Clubs must take all reasonable precautions to keep their Grounds in a playable condition. All Competition Matches shall be played on pitches deemed suitable by the Management Committee. If through any fault of the home Team a Competition Match has to be replayed, the Management Committee shall have power to order the venue to be changed. The Management Committee shall have power to decide whether a pitch and/or facilities are suitable for Competition Matches and to order the Club concerned to play its Competition Matches on another ground. Football Turf Pitches (3G) are allowed in this Competition provided they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA’s Register of Football Turf Pitches. All Football Turf Pitches used must be tested (by a FIFA accredited test institute) every three years and the results passed to The FA. The FA will give a decision on the suitability for use and add the pitch to the Register. The home Club is also responsible for advising Participants of footwear requirements when confirming match arrangements in accordance with Rule 20(C). All Competition Matches shall have a duration as set out below unless a shorter time is mutually arranged by the two Clubs in consultation with the referee prior to the commencement of the Competition Match, and in any event, shall be of equal halves. Competition Matches should be played in accordance with the Laws appropriate to the relevant age group, as laid down by The FA, as detailed below.
Any varieties including one season long league table
For round robin/trophy events, the maximum duration of play per half cannot be exceeded, but the minimum duration of play per half may be adjusted. For trophy events, the Competition may award mementos. Matches will be allocated to one of two kick-off times (early or late). The times of kick-off shall be fixed at the AGM and can only be altered by the mutual consent of the two competing Clubs prior to the scheduled date of the Competition Match with written notification given to the Competition at least 5 days prior. If however the home team proposes a switch from one of the fixed kick off times agreed at AGM to the other agreed kick off time (e.g a switch from early to late kick off) the away team must agree to the switch. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff). Referees must order Competition Matches to commence at the appointed time and must report all late starts to the Competition. 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 Competition 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 Competition Match with the consent of the (Fixtures) Secretary. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. In the case of a revised fixture date, the Clubs must be given by the Competition 5 clear days’ notice of the Competition Match (unless otherwise mutually agreed). (C) (i) An Officer of the home Club must give notice of full particulars of the location of, and access to, the Ground and time of kick-off to the Match Officials and an Officer of the opposing Club at least 4 clear days prior to the playing of the Competition Match. If not so provided, the away Club shall seek such details and report the circumstances to the Competition. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. (ii) An Officer of the away Club must give notice of full particulars of the location of, and access to, the group and time of kick-off of the away venue which would be used in the event of a venue switch under rule 20 (E )(i) to the secretary or team manager of the opposing Club at least 4 clear days prior to the playing of the match. This includes informing the away Club if the away venue is unavailable. If not so provided, the home Club shall seek such details and report the circumstances to the Competition. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff).
(D) The minimum number of Players that will constitute a Team for a Competition Match is as follows:
FORMAT MINIMUM NUMBER 5v5 4 - 7v7 5 - 9v9 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. Any match likely to be postponed by weather must be switched to the opponent’s venue as agreed under rule 20 (B). Clubs should prepare for changes every week of the season. Failure to comply will result in the offending team being fined £100.00 and the Management Committee will have the power to award the game to their opponents. In the event of a Club failing to keep its engagement the Management Committee shall have the power to impose a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff), deduct points from the defaulting Club, award the points from the Competition Match in question to the opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any reasonable expenses incurred by the opponents or otherwise deal with them except the award of goals. Notwithstanding the foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall have power to order a Competition Match to be played on a neutral ground or on the opponent’s Ground if they are satisfied that such action is warranted by the circumstances. (ii) Any Club unable to fulfil a fixture or where a Competition Match has been postponed for any reason must, without delay, give notice to the (Fixtures) Secretary, the Competition Referees Appointments Secretary, the secretary of the opposing Club and the Match Officials. (iii) In the event of a Competition Match not being played or abandoned owing to causes over which neither Club has control, it should 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 7 days, the Management Committee shall have the power to order the Competition Match to be played on a named date or on or before a given date. Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and the Clubs involved agree, the Management Committee shall also be empowered to order the score at the time of an abandonment to stand. Providing gate money is taken and retained the visiting Club shall receive their actual standard class rail or bus fares or the equivalent for 20 persons, or hire charge of a coach (receipt to be submitted). The residue (if any) to be equally divided between the two Clubs after deducting the cost of advertising, printing, posting, police and Match Officials charges. The home Club shall take the whole of the proceeds of the second Competition Match. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. (iv) The Management Committee shall review all Competition Matches abandoned in cases where it is consequent upon the conduct of either or both Teams. Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and does no injustice to either Club, the Management Committee shall be empowered to order the score at the time of the abandonment to stand. In all cases where the Management Committee are satisfied that a Competition Match was abandoned owing to the conduct of one Team or its Club member(s) they shall be empowered to award the points for the Competition Match to the opponent. In cases where a Competition Match has been abandoned owing to the conduct of both Teams or their Club member(s), the Management Committee shall rule that neither Team will be awarded any points for that Competition Match and it shall not be replayed. No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned Competition Match. (v) The Management Committee shall review any Competition Match that has taken place where either or both Teams were under a suspension imposed upon them by The FA or Affiliated Association. In each case the Team that was under suspension would be dealt with in the same manner as if they had participated with ineligible players in accordance with Rule 18(N)(i) above. Where both Teams were under suspension the Competition Match must be declared null and void and shall not be replayed. (F) A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use substitute Players in any Competition Match. Where a Competition does not allow return substitutes: For Under 17s and Under 18s – a Club may name up 5 substitute Players of whom not more 5 may be used. Where a Competition does allow return substitutes: For Under 11s - Under 18s – a Club may use up 5 from 5 substitute Players. A Player who has been substituted becomes a substitute and may replace any Player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of Association Football. For Mini-Soccer – any number of substitutions may be used at any time with the permission of the referee. Entry onto the field of play will only be allowed during a stoppage in play. A Player who has been replaced may return to play as a substitute for another Player. A Team must not have a match day squad greater than double the size of its team in an age group.
Under 11 to Under 16 can only name a maximum of 5 substitutes who can be used as many times as required (with the referee’s permission)
Any team naming / using more than 5 will be in breach of Rule 18 N (Playing an ineligible player) for which a fine of £100, loss of points gained and awarding of the match to your opponents can be the punishment.
Under 8 – 5 Substitutes per match.
Under 9 & Under 10 – 7 substitutes per match.
Any team naming / using more than 5 (7 for U9 & U10) will be in breach of Rule 18 N.
At Under 11 & Under 12 Cup games if the score is level at the end of the match the game must go to penalties immediately.
There is No Extra Time at 9-a- side.
In Youth Football only, the referee shall be informed of the names of the substitute Players not later than 10 minutes before the start of the Competition Match and a Player not so named may not take part in that Competition Match. Failure to name substitutes 10 minutes prior to the match will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) A Player who has named as a substitute before the start of that Competition Match but does not actually play in the game shall not be considered to have been a Player in that Competition Match within the meaning of Rule 18 of this Competition. (G) The half time interval shall be of at least 5 minutes’ duration, but it shall not exceed 15 minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee. (H) The Teams taking part in Under 7s to Under 11 or 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) 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 either or 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. Failure to have any provision will result in a fine in accordance with the fines tariff. (J) Before every match the two managers of the participating teams will check the identity cards of all players nominated to play for the opposing team including substitutes, and check the players against the Full Time Registration List. Any player without an identity card or with a defaced or altered identity card will not be permitted to play. Any team with a player with no ID card cannot use that player or they will be classed as having played an ineligible player in accordance with rule 18 (N). Any team with no identity cards must concede the game. (A friendly may be played to ensure football for the participants). If the match is reported to have been played as a league match despite no cards being shown by either or both teams then both teams will be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) for Rule 18 (N) and the match declared void.
REPORTING RESULTS 21.
(A) The Match Return Secretary must receive within 4 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), Sportsmanship Marks, any disciplinary offences (cards) and also the referee markings required by Rule 23, or any other information required by the Competition. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. (B) Both Clubs shall SMS the result of each Competition Match by 18:00 on a Saturday or within 24 hours for other matches to the prescribed number. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in 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. (Entered on to Full Time) Failure to comply with this Rule 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 Under 11s. Any Competition failing to abide by this Rule will be dealt with by the Sanctioning Authority, and any Club failing to abide by this Rule will be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff). The Competition and Clubs are permitted to collect and publish results for trophy events. (E) The Competition may require a Club to confirm that a set fixture has been played. A fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) may be imposed for a breach of this Rule.
DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP 22.
(A) In Competitions where points are awarded, Team rankings within the Competition will be decided by points with three points to be awarded for a win and one point for a drawn Competition Match. The Teams gaining the highest number of points in their respective divisions at the end of the Playing
Season shall be adjudged the winners. Competition Matches must not be played for double points. In the event of two or more Teams being equal on points at the end of the Playing Season, rankings may be determined by a deciding match or matches played under conditions determined by the Management Committee, or the position shared. (B) Automatic promotion shall be applied for the first 2 Teams and automatic relegation shall be applied for the last 2 Teams in each division except as provided for hereunder, subject to the provisions of Rule 2(L). (i) Should one or more Teams withdraw from any one division after the Playing Season has commenced an equal number of Teams to those withdrawing in that division shall not be automatically relegated. If a restructure of divisions is deemed necessary by the Management Committee, the Management Committee shall have absolute discretion to vary the number of teams that are promoted or relegated in order to achieve an appropriate divisional structure. (ii) Vacancies occurring after the conclusion of the Playing Season may be filled in any of the following ways: (a) retention of otherwise relegated Team(s); or (b) additional promotion of the next ranked Team(s) from the division below; or (c) election (iii) N/A (iv) N/A (v) N/A (C) N/A (D) In the event of a Team withdrawing from the Competition before completing 75% of its fixtures for the Playing Season all points obtained by or recorded against such defaulting Team shall be expunged from the Competition table. For the purposes of this Rule 22 (D) a completed fixture shall include any Competition Match(es) which has been awarded by the Management Committee.
MATCH OFFICIALS 23.
(A)Registered referees (and assistant referees where approved by The FA or County FA) for all Competition Matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the Sanctioning Authority. Whenever possible the League will appoint referees for all games from U11 to U16. Failure to use the appointed referee will result in 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 Competition Match, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered referee. If the two Clubs cannot agree upon a referee then the Home club are ultimately responsible for ensuring that a referee is provided. Games cannot be postponed for not having a referee. Individuals under the age of 16 must not participate either as a referee or assistant referee in any open age competition and individuals under the age of 14 must not participate either as a referee or assistant referee in any Competition Match. Referees between the ages of 14 and 16 are only eligible to officiate in competitions where the Players’ age band is at least one year younger than the age of the referee, for example a 15-year-old referee may only officiate in competitions where the age banding is 14 or younger. The competition may award the game if a referee is not provided and may issue a fine in accordance with the fines tariff under rule 6 (H). (C) Where assistant referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club assistant referee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) being imposed on the defaulting Club. (D) The appointed referee shall have power to decide as to the fitness of the Ground in all Competition Matches and that decision shall be final, subject to the determination of the Local Authority or the owners of a Ground, which must be accepted. (E) Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the Sanctioning Authority, Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be paid a match fee in accordance with the Fees Tariff and travel expenses in accordance with the Fees Tariff.
Match Officials will be paid their fees and/or expenses by the home Club before the Competition Match, unless otherwise ordered by the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. (F) In the event of a Competition Match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to half fee plus expenses. Where a Competition Match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club shall be ordered to pay the Match Officials, if they attend the Ground, their full fee and expenses. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. (G) A referee not keeping his or her engagement, and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, may be reported to the Affiliated Association with which he or she is registered. (H) Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by The FA, award marks to the referee for each Competition Match and the name of the referee and the marks awarded shall be submitted to the Competition on the prescribed form provided. Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine. (I) The Competition shall keep a record of the markings and, on the form provided by the prescribed date each Season, shall submit a summary to The FA/County FA. (J) The referee shall submit a report form, supplied by the Competition, giving the result of the Competition Match, the number of Players in each Team and the time of kick-off to the (Registration) Secretary within two days of the Competition Match. (K) Match Officials shall be supplied, each season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge. (L) Match Officials shall have undertaken a RESPECT briefing offered by The FA/County FA or the Competition.