North Devon Association Football League - League Rules
The Rules not within boxes are the Standard Code of Rules produced by the FA and are mandatory. Rules in boxes are the League's local rules and are identified by the prefix ND.
League Rules - Season 2013/14
This includes the changes to the FA Standard Code of Rules that we are obliged to adopt for Season 2013/14.
1. Nomenclature And Constitution
2. Entry Fee, Subscription, Deposit
4. Management, Nomination, Election
5. Powers Of Management
6. Annual General Meeting
7. Agreement To Be Signed
8. Qualification of Players
9. Club Colours, Club Name
10. Playing Season, Conditions Of Play, Times Of Kick-Off, Postponements, Substitutes
11. Reporting Results
12. Determining Championship
14. Continuation Of Membership Or Withdrawal Of A Club
15. Protests And Complaints
16. Board Of Appeal
17. Exclusion Of Clubs Or Teams. Misconduct, Clubs, Officials, Players
18. Trophy:- Legal Owners, Conditions Of Taking Over, Agreement To Be Signed, Awards
19. Special General Meetings
20. Alteration To Rules
ND 23. Benevolent Fund
ND 24. Cup Competition Rules
Fines Quick Reference List
Nomenclature And Constitution
1. (A) This competition shall be designated the North Devon Association Football League and known as the North Devon Gazette Football League and shall consist of not more than 64 Clubs approved by the sanctioning authority.
(B) 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 Devon/Cornwall County Football Association. The area covered by the Competition Membership shall be within a 50 mile radius of Barnstaple.
This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Devon County Football Association and the constituent teams of Member clubs may be grouped in divisions.
|ND 1.1. The divisions shall be equally made up from a maximum number of 64 teams in total for all divisions. The Management Committee shall have the power to vary this figure in special circumstances.|
(C) This Competition shall only permit one team from a Club to participate in the same division unless there is no viable alternative because of logistical issues and/or reasons linked to participation and geographical boundaries. This Competition will obtain the prior approval of the sanctioning Association in the event of a division comprising of more than one team from the same Club. This Competition will ensure that, where permission is given, teams from a Club operating in the same division are run as separate entities with no interchange of players other than via transfers of registration in accordance with Competition Rules.
(D) Inclusitivity and Non-discrimination
(i) This Competition and each Member Club must be committed to promoting inclusivity and to eliminating all forms of discrimination.
(ii) This Competition and each Member Club does not and must not [by its rules or regulations or] in any manner whatsoever unlawfully discriminate against any person within the meaning and scope of the Equality Act 2010 or any law, enactment, order or regulation relating to discrimination (whether by age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability or otherwise).
(iii) [This Competition and each Member Club must make every effort to promote equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community, irrespective of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability or otherwise).]
(E) This Competition wishes to become a designated Charter Standard League. Existing Member Clubs have two years (until the end of the 2014-15 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.
Entry Fee, Subscription, Deposit
2. (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 £25 per team which shall be returned in the event of non-election.
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 shall apply.
When Rule 12 (B) is applied or a team seeks a transfer or is compulsorily transferred to another division no Entry Fee shall be payable.
|ND 2.1. Applications for new clubs and clubs already playing in another league must be received no later than 15th May. Applications from existing Clubs for the entry of additional teams must be received by 22nd May.|
(B) The Annual Subscription shall be £45 per team, payable on or before the 22nd May in each year.
(C) Each Club shall within seven days of election pay a Deposit of £25 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.
(D) A Club shall not participate in this Competition until the Entry Fee, Annual Subscription and Deposit have been paid.
(E) Clubs must advise annually to the Secretary in writing by the date of the AGM of its appropriate County Football Association affiliation number for the forthcoming Season, failing which they shall be fined £5.00. 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.
| ND 2.2. As a condition of entry to the Premier Division the following ground standards are required:
(i). An enclosed and well maintained playing area.
(ii). Separate changing rooms for two teams on, or adjacent to, the ground with adequate heating, warm washing facilities and toilets.
(iii). Separate changing room for match officials on, or adjacent to, the ground with shower or other warm water washing facilities.
(iv). Adequate dug-outs, or covered shelter, for team officials and substitutes.
The Management Committee shall have the power during the playing season to (a) fine any club not meeting the standards £25.00 and/or, (b) order a club to play home matches on another ground that is up to standard and (c) at the end of the season, where a Premier club's ground has fallen below standard, to relegate the club to the Senior Division.
As a condition of entry to the Competition the following minimum ground standards are required for Clubs not playing in the Premier Division:
(v). All clubs are required to have a separate changing room for match officials on, or adjacent to, the ground with warm washing facilities.
|ND 2.4. The Competition will not permit the sharing of one pitch by more than two Saturday League teams.|
|ND 3.1 The Officers of the Competition shall be the President, Vice-Presidents, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Registration Secretary, Referees Secretary, Fixtures Secretary and Assistant Secretary.|
Management, Nomination, Election
4. (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 twelve 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.
(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 Members Clubs, not later than 1st June 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.
|ND 4.1. Nominations may also be signed by current League Officers or Committee Members.|
(C) The Management Committee shall meet at least quarterly.
On receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds of the Members of the Management Committee the Secretary shall convene a meeting of the Committee.
(D) Except where otherwise mentioned all communications shall be addressed to the Secretary who shall conduct the correspondence of the Competition and keep a record of its proceedings.
(E) All communications received from Clubs must be conducted through their nominated Officers.
|ND 4.2. Where these Rules state “written” it is also allowable to use email.|
|ND 4.3. No person shall be permitted to fill the role of a Club Secretary in this league for the first time without first having either (i) attended a meeting called by the League Secretary to acquaint him/her of the duties involved, or (ii) met the League Secretary individually for the same purpose.|
Powers Of Management
5. (A) The Management Committee may appoint sub-committees and delegate such of their powers as they deem necessary. The decisions of all such sub-committees shall be reported to the Management Committee for ratification. The Management Committee shall have power to deal only with matters within the Competition and not for any matters of misconduct that are under the jurisdiction of the Football Association or affiliated Association.
(B) Subject to the permission of the Devon 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)).
(C) Each Member of the Management Committee shall have the right to attend and vote at all Management Committee Meetings and have one vote thereat, but no Member shall be allowed to vote on any matters directly appertaining to such Member or to the Club so represented or where there may be a conflict of interest. (This shall apply to the procedure of any sub-committee).
In the event of the voting being equal on any matter, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.
(D) The Management Committee shall have powers to apply, act upon and enforce the Rules of the Competition and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Competition, including any not provided for in the Rules.
With the exception of Rules 5(I), 6(H), 10(A), 11 and 19, for all breaches of Rule a formal written charge must be issued. The respondent shall be given seven 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.
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.
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.
(E) All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 16.
Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned within 14 days.
(F) Six Members of the Management Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the Management Committee and three Members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by any sub-committee of the Competition.
(G) The Management Committee, as it may deem necessary, shall have power to fill in an acting capacity, any vacancies that may occur amongst their number.
(H) A Club 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 or otherwise penalised at the discretion of the Management Committee.
|ND 5.1. Unless otherwise stated in the order or instruction of the Management Committee, Clubs have 7 days from the date of the order or instruction to respond to the Management Committee. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £10.|
(I) All fines and charges shall be paid within 14 days of the date of posting of the written notification.
Any Club failing to do so will be fined a maximum of £50. Further failure to pay the fine including the additional sum within 14 days will result in fixtures being withdrawn until such times as the outstanding payments are settled.
|ND 5.2. With regard to Rule 5(I) any fine not paid within 14 days of the date of posting of the written notification shall be trebled (to a maximum of £50). Rule 5(I) also applies to individual players and if, after the fine has been trebled, it has not been paid within a further 14 days the player shall be suspended until such time as the outstanding payment is settled.|
(J) A member of the Management Committee appointed by the Competition to attend a meeting or match may have any expenses incurred refunded by the Competition.
(K) The Management Committee shall have the power to fill any vacancy that may occur in the membership of the Competition between the Annual General or Special General Meeting called to decide the constitution and the commencement of the Competition season.
(L) The business of the Competition as determined by the Management Committee shall be transacted by electronic mail or facsimile.
Annual General Meeting
6. (A) The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than the second Friday in July in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least 25 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.
(B) A copy of the verified Balance Sheet, Statement of Accounts and Agenda shall be forwarded to each Club at least fourteen days prior to the meeting, and to the Devon County Football Association(s).
(C) A signed copy of the verified Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts shall be sent to the Devon County Football Association(s) within fourteen days of its adoption by the Annual General Meeting.
(D) Each Member Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to an Annual General Meeting. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only. Fourteen days notice shall be given of any Meeting.
(E) Clubs who have withdrawn their Membership of the Competition during the season being concluded or who are not continuing Membership shall be entitled to attend but shall vote only on matters relating to the season being concluded.
(F) All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot be demanded by at least three quarters of the delegates qualified to vote or the Chairman so decides.
(G) No individual shall be entitled to vote on behalf of more than one Member Club.
(H) Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at the Annual General Meeting without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined £25.
(I) Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at an Annual General Meeting.
Agreement To Be Signed
7. The Chairman and 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 North Devon Football League Competition and do hereby agree for and on behalf of the said Club, 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 County Football Association(s) to which the Club is affiliated and to the Secretary of the Competition.
(Note: The spaces above are intended for the inclusion of the signatures and addresses of officers and members).
Qualification of Players
8. (A) Contract players, as defined in Football Association Rules, 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 higher level at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System.
It is the responsibility of each Club to ensure that any player signing a registration form for that Club has, where necessary, the required International Transfer Certificate. Clearance is required for any player aged 12 and over crossing borders including Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
(B) A registered 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 an Officer of the Club, and who has been registered with the (Registrations) Secretary prior to playing and whose completed registration counterfoil has been received by the Club prior to playing.
Registration forms may also be submitted to the (Registrations) Secretary by electronic email prior to the player playing. The original document must be forwarded by post within three days of the match to the (Registrations) Secretary.
(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.
(C) A team shall not include more than two players who have taken part in any seven or more senior competition matches during the current season unless a period of 56 days has elapsed since they played.
For the purposes of this Competition a senior competition is a league match or league cup match within the North Devon Football League.
(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.
|ND8(D)(1) For the purposes of standard rule 8D, 'reasonable' means that you must follow and use the Devon FA Debt Recovery System as detailed in the County Handbook. Any club that reports a player's debt to the League for the suspension of that player's registration, must, within 112 days, use the Devon FA Debt Recovery System. Upon the expiry of 112 days the player's registration suspension with the League will be lifted.|
(E) Registration forms shall be obtained from the (Registrations) Secretary.
(F) The Management Committee shall decide all registration disputes.
In the event of a player signing a registration form or having a registration form 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.
(G) It shall be a breach of Rule 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.
|ND 8.1. The penalty for breaches of 8G above shall be a fine of £10.00.|
(H) (i) The Management Committee shall have the power to accept the registration of any player subject to the provisions of clauses (ii) and (iii) below.
(ii) The Management Committee shall have power to refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any player or may fine any player, at their discretion 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 12 months. Whilst under a probationary period, should the player commit a further act of proven misconduct under the jurisdiction of the Competition, (excluding standard dismissals), the Competition would be empowered to consider a further charge of bringing the Competition into disrepute.
(Note: Action under Clause (iii) shall 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 112 days' suspension, or 10 matches in match based discipline, in a period of two years or less from the date of the first offence for the team playing in this Competition.)
(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 £5. 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 days of receipt of the transfer form. Upon receipt of the Club's consent, or upon its failure to give written objection within seven 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 nil days after receipt of such transfer.
In the event of an objection to a transfer the matter shall be referred to the Management Committee for a decision.
|ND 8.2. No player shall be granted more than two transfers in the current season.|
(J) A player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after March 31st except by special permission of the Management Committee.
(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.
(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.
In the event of a player without a written contract 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 player without a written contract will automatically be cancelled and declared void unless the Club conforms to the exception detailed in Rule 8 (A) (i).
(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 9 games for that team in this Competition in the current season.
(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 and/or otherwise dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee.
(ii) In addition the team shall have 3 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.
(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.
|ND 8.3. Any Club fielding a player under an assumed name will incur a fine of £100 per offence.|
(The following Clause applies to Competitions involving players in full-time secondary education):-
(P) (i) Priority must be given at all times to school and school organisations activities.
(ii) The availability of children must be cleared with the Head Teachers (except for Sunday Leagues).
(iii) To play open age football the player must have achieved the age of 16.
| ND 8.4. A clerical error on a team sheet involving a player’s surname or first name will be dealt with as follows:
(i) The Registration Secretary shall contact the offending club to obtain a list of players and substitutes that played in the respective match.
(ii) The Registration Secretary shall forward that list to the opposing side.
(iii) The opposing side must respond within 3 days to either confirm that they agree with the list or that they dispute the list.
(iv) If they agree the list, the result shall stand and the offending team shall be fined £5 per clerical error.
(v) If the opposition dispute the list, the matter shall be referred to a sub-committee who will review the matter at a specially convened meeting to occur within 7 days of the receipt of the opposition’s dispute. That sub-committee’s decision shall be final but subject to appeal under Rule 16.
Club Colours, Club Name
9. (A) Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by 22nd May who shall decide as to their suitability.
Goalkeepers must wear colours which distinguish them from other players and the referee.
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 the colours in which they will play to its opponents at least five days before the match.
If, in the opinion of the referee, two Clubs have the same or similar colours, the home 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 £5.
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. Shirts must be numbered.
(B) Any Club wishing to change its name and/or colours must obtain permission from its affiliated County Association and from the Management Committee.
Playing Season, Conditions Of Play, Times Of Kick-Off, Postponements, Substitutes
10. (A) The Annual General Meeting shall determine the date of the commencement of the season in accordance with Football Association Rules. Original fixtures arranged by the (Fixtures) Secretary, or at a meeting specially convened for that purpose, to be held no later than 31st July must not be arranged for a date later than seven days preceding the concluding date.
If mutually arranged at a meeting a list of fixtures must be forwarded to the (Fixtures) Secretary within seven days of the meeting. Fixtures are deemed to be accepted unless objections are received by the (Fixtures) Secretary within fourteen days of their issue.
Any Club failing to be represented at a fixture meeting or otherwise infringing this Rule shall be liable for a fine of £25 and the Management Committee or the (Fixtures) Secretary shall arrange that Club's fixtures.
(B) All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board.
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.
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.
Artificial Football Turf pitches are allowed in this Competition providing they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA’s Register of Football Turf pitches. To meet the criteria a Football Turf pitch must pass a test every three years as defined in the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf.
The home Club is also responsible for advising participants of footwear requirements when confirming match arrangements.
All matches shall have a duration of 90 minutes unless a shorter time (not less than 80 minutes) is mutually arranged by the two captains in consultation with the referee prior to the commencement of the match, and in any event shall be of equal halves.
The times of kick-off shall be fixed at the Annual General Meeting. Any Club failing to commence at the appointed time may be fined a sum not exceeding £10 or be otherwise dealt with as the Management Committee may determine.
Referees must order matches to commence at the appointed time and must report all late starts to the Competition.
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. Goal nets must be used.
|ND 10.1. The home team must supply and use corner flags. Each team must be equipped to provide basic first aid to any injured player. Any teams failing to comply with any of the match requirements in this paragraph will incur a fine of £10 per offence.|
|ND 10.2. All matches must be played on the ground allocated by the Fixtures Secretary unless permission is given by him to play on an alternative ground, and any Club not complying with this rule shall be fined £20.|
(C) 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 parent County Association Cup Competitions. All other matches must be considered secondary. Clubs may mutually agree to bring forward a match with the consent of the (Fixtures) Secretary.
In the case of a revised fixture date, the Clubs must be given by the Competition 5 clear days notice of the match (unless otherwise mutually agreed).
|ND 10.3 Two clubs may postpone a League match by mutual agreement. Written notification must be given by both clubs to the Fixtures Secretary in advance of the scheduled date of the match, and the match rearranged in accordance with Rule 10(F). A fine of £10 shall be imposed on any club failing to do this. This paragraph does not apply to League Cup matches.|
(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 clear days prior to the playing of the match. The away Club shall seek and acknowledge receipt of such particulars.
Any Club failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to a fine of £5.
(E) In the event of a Club playing in any match with less than 11 players they may be fined £5 for each missing player. A minimum of 7 players will constitute a team for a Competition match.
(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, deduct points from the defaulting Club, award the points from the match in question to the opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any expenses incurred by the opponents or otherwise deal with them except the award of goals. Notwithstanding the foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall have power to order a match to be played on a neutral ground or on the opponent's ground if they are satisfied that such action is warranted by the circumstances.
| ND 10.5. In a breach of Rule 10(F) above, both the home and away Club shall submit written notification of the circumstances to the Fixtures Secretary. A fine of £10 shall be imposed on either club for failure to do this. Should the match not be played in relation to a League Fixture, the following penalties shall apply:
(i) Three points shall be deducted from the offending team.
(ii) The match shall be awarded to the opposing club.
(iii) A fine shall be imposed on the offending club as follows: £25 if the match was scheduled for a date before April 1st in the current season, £50 if scheduled for a date in April or May.
If a club is unable to raise a team to fulfil a league cup match on any date, it shall be fined £25 and the match awarded to its opponents.
| ND 10.6. In bad weather conditions which make ground or travelling conditions impracticable, the Management Committee shall accept the agreed decision of both clubs to postpone the fixture, or the opinion of a qualified referee (which may be requested by either club) that the condition of the ground on match day is not suitable for the match to be played. No club shall inform its own selected players that a match has been postponed for such reasons until agreement on the postponement has been reached with the opposing club. If the clubs fail to agree and are unable to obtain the prior opinion of a qualified referee such decision shall be taken by the match referee on arrival, except where the owners of the ground forbid its use, such decision shall be binding on all concerned. Written confirmation of the owner's decision may be requested by the League.
When the Management Committee is satisfied that there has been abuse of this rule, a fine of £40 shall be imposed on the offending club.
(ii) Any Club with more than one team in the Competition shall always fulfil 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 £25 or otherwise dealt with by the Management Committee.
(iii) Any Club unable to fulfil a fixture or where a fixture 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. Any Club failing to comply shall be dealt with by the Management Committee who may inflict a fine.
(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 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.
(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 members, 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.
(vi) 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.
(G) A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use 3 substitute players in any match in this Competition who may be selected from 5 players.
The referee shall be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than 10 minutes before the start of the match.
A player who has been selected, appointed or named as a substitute before the start of the match but does not actually play in the game shall not be considered to have been a player in that game within the meaning of Rule 8 of this Competition.
(H) The half time interval shall be of 10 minutes duration, but it shall not exceed 15 minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee.
|ND 10.7. No club may be forced to play a game on a Sunday, Christmas Day or Good Friday, however if a Club has agreed in writing to do so, or has accepted a fixture on any of these days, then it cannot use the terms of this rule as cause for failing to fulfil the fixture.|
|ND 10.8. All teams must be prepared to play a minimum of three evening matches during August and September.|
|ND 10.9. The number on the shirt of each player must be inserted on the teamsheet next to their name. The shirt number must be inserted on to the teamsheet prior to the kick off. Referees must report all breaches of this rule to the competition. Any Club failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to a fine of £5.|
11. (A) The (Registrations) Secretary must receive within five 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 £5 and/or the Club being dealt with as the Management Committee decide.
(B) The Home Club shall SMS the result or postponement of each match to the League's Results Service within one hour of the match being completed or in the case of a postponement as soon as it is declared postponed. Clubs in default shall be fined £10.
(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 £10.
NB. If the fixed penalty exceeds £20 the Club must be charged as detailed in Rule 5(D).
|ND 11.1. All results shall be reported by the home team only. Should an away team decide to report a result this is acceptable but reporting an incorrect result will incur a £10 fine.|
|ND 11.2. The home team is responsible for obtaining the away team’s signature and shall be held liable with the away team to a fine of £10 each for failure to comply with this rule. If it is only the home team’s signature that is missing, only the home team will be fined £10.|
12. (A) Team rankings within the Competition will be decided by points with 3 points to be awarded for a win and 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 circumstances where two or more teams are equal on points team rankings shall be determined by goal difference where the goals scored against by each Club shall be deducted from the goals scored by that Club and the largest positive difference shall be placed the highest. In the event of the goal difference being equal the highest placed Club shall be the Club which has scored the most goals. In the event that two or more Clubs have the same goal difference and have scored the same number of goals then the highest placed Club shall be the Club which has won the most matches.
In the event of the two Clubs still being equal the Club which has the better playing record against the other Club in their head to head Competition matches during the Season will be the highest placed Club.
(B) Automatic promotion and relegation shall be applied for the first two and last two teams in each Division except as provided for hereunder, subject to the provisions of Rule 1(B).
(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.
(ii) Vacancies occurring after the conclusion of the season may be filled in any of the following ways:-
(a) Retention of otherwise relegated teams(s).
(b) Additional promotion of the next ranked team(s) from the Division below.
(iv) When a senior team is relegated to a lower Division of which its reserve team is a member, or entitled to be a member, such reserve team must accept relegation to, or retain its position in, the next lower Division; and should the senior team be relegated to the lowest Division its reserve team automatically retires from the Competition.
(v) Should either or both of the leading teams in any of the Divisions have its senior team in the next higher Division, promotion shall fall, at the discretion of the General Meeting, to the next highest team or teams in the Division concerned.
(C) In the event of a team not completing 75% of its fixtures for the season all points obtained by or recorded against such defaulting team shall be expunged from the Competition table.
(D) Where a promotion and/or relegation link exists between Competitions two Clubs, providing they meet the appropriate grading criteria, will be eligible to make application to The South West Peninsula League Competition at their Annual General Meeting. Should the Champion Club not wish for promotion or alternatively, not have the necessary grading criteria, then the 2nd or 3rd place Club will be eligible under the same conditions.
At the end of each season and depending on the geographical location of Clubs gaining promotion to or being relegated from The South West Peninsula League Competition, it may be necessary for the Competition either (a) to accept a Club from another Competition, or (b) have a Club transferred to the same Competition.
13. (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).
(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, 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. Referees under the age of 16 should not participate either as a Referee or Assistant Referee in any open age competition.
(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 £10 being imposed on the defaulting Team.
(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.
(E) Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the sanctioning Association Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be paid a match fee of £25 and travel expenses of 30p per mile.
The Home Club shall pay the Officials their fees and or expenses immediately after the match.
|ND 13.2. Payments to Officials must be made using cash unless previously agreed by the Club with the Officials. Failure to pay the Officials their fees and expenses after the match, unless agreed otherwise by the Officials, will incur a fine of £5.|
|ND 13.3. In League Cup Finals, referees and assistant referees will receive an award in lieu of fees and travel expenses.|
(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 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.
(G) A Referee not keeping his or her engagement, and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, may be reported to the Association with which he or she is registered.
(H) Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by The 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 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 Football Association/County Association.
|ND 13.4. Any Club failing to mark a referee under Rule 13H will result in a fine of £10.|
|ND 13.5. Any Club marking a referee 60 or below must submit a report in support of such low marking within 5 days of the match to the Registration Secretary. Failure to comply will result in a fine of £10.|
(K) Referees and Assistant Referees shall be supplied, each Season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.
Continuation Of Membership Or Withdrawal Of A Club
14. (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 £50.
(B) A Club shall not be allowed to withdraw any or all of its teams from the Competition after the Annual General Meeting for the following Season. Any Club infringing this Rule shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £75 per team and shall also be liable for its share of any call which may bemade under Rule 5(B)
|ND 14.1. Any Club withdrawing a team under the context of this rule must withdraw its most junior Team. The playing record of the Team withdrawing shall be expunged. Such defaulting team will not be permitted to enter the Competition in the following Season.|
(C) The Membership for the coming season having been decided at a Special General Meeting held for that purpose not earlier then 1st June nor later than 30th June or at the Annual General Meeting held not later than 30th June 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.
(D) In the event of a Member Club, which is an unincorporated association, withdrawing and/or disbanding it shall be immediately liable to discharge all its financial and other obligations to the Competition.
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.
If the debt remains unpaid after eighty-four (84) days the Competition may apply to the Club’s parent County Association for the debt to be recovered in accordance with the FA Football Debt Recovery System. Once the matter has been passed to the Club’s parent County Association the debt can only be cleared by payment to that County Association.
Protests And Complaints
15. (A)(i) All questions of eligibility, qualifications of players or interpretations of the Rules shall be referred to the Management Committee.
(ii) Objections relevant to the dimensions of the pitch, goals, flag posts or other facilities of the venue will not be entertained by the Management Committee unless a protest is lodged with the Referee before the commencement of the match. 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.
(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 four days (excluding Sundays) of the match or occurrence to which they refer. A protest or complaint shall not be withdrawn except by permission of the Management Committee. A Member of the Management Committee who is a Member of any Club involved shall not be present (except as a witness or representative of his Club), when such protest or complaint is being determined.
(C) 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.
(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 £10. 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.
(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 days prior to the protest or complaint being heard.
(i) All parties must have received 7 days’ notice of the Hearing should they be instructed to attend.
(ii) Should a Club elect to state its case in person then they should forward a deposit of £10 and indicate such when forwarding the written response.
|ND 15.1. Protests against teams being strengthened must be submitted within 10 days of the match or, to allow for factors such as late teamsheets, at a number of days subject to the discretion of the Registration Secretary.|
Board Of Appeal
16. Within 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 Devon County Football Association, including a fee of £50, 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.
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.
Exclusion Of Clubs Or Teams. Misconduct, Clubs, Officials, Players
17. (A) At the Annual General Meeting, or Special General Meeting called for the purpose, 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 (2/3rds) of the those present and voting. Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot.
(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 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.
(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.
(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.
Trophy:- Legal Owners, Conditions Of Taking Over, Agreement To Be Signed, Awards
18. (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.
(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 the March Meeting of the Management Committee. If the Cup or Trophy is lost or damaged whilst under our care we agree to refund to the Competition the amount of its current value or the cost of its thorough repair.
Failure to comply will result in a fine as determined by the Management Committee."
|ND 18.1. Trophies must be returned to the League Secretary by the first Friday in April. Failure to do so shall be a fine of £50.00 per item.|
|ND 18.2. Trophies must be returned engraved and cleaned. Failure to do so shall be a fine of £50.00 per item.|
(C) At the close of each Competition awards shall be made to the winners and runners-up if the funds of the Competition permit.
Special General Meetings
19. Upon receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds of the Clubs in membership the Secretary shall call a Special General Meeting.
The Management Committee may call a Special General Meeting at any time.
At least seven 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 delegates to all Special General Meetings. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only, as will members of the Management Committee.
Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at a Special General Meeting without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined £25.
Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all Special General Meetings.
Alteration To Rules
20. 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.
Notice of proposed alterations to be considered at the Annual General Meeting shall be submitted to the Secretary by 1st May in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by 8th May and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by 15th 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.
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 14 days prior to the date of the meeting.
21.(A) The Management Committee shall determine with which bank or other financial institution the funds of the Competition will be lodged.
(B) All expenditure in excess of £500 shall be approved by the Management Committee. Cheques shall be signed by at least two Officers nominated by the Management Committee.
(C) The financial year of the Competition will end on May 31st.
(D) The books, or a certified balance sheet, of a Competition shall be prepared and shall be audited annually by some suitable person(s) who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting.
22. All Clubs must have public liability insurance cover of at least 10 million pounds (£10,000,000).
With effect from the 2013-14 season all Clubs must be members of a Players’ personal accident scheme which meets the minimum criteria set by the sanctioning Association.
|Fine||Rule No.||Cost||Additional Penalty|
|Failure to SMS Result or Postponement||11B||£10.00||None|
|Reporting an incorrect result by the away team||ND11.1||£10.00||None|
|Failure to notify details of a match to the opposing team||10D||£5.00||None|
|Failure to notify a match Referee||10D||£5.00||None|
|Player signing for 2 clubs||8G & ND8.1||£10.00||None|
|Failure to mark a Referee||ND13.4||£10.00||None|
|Late team sheet||11A||£5.00||None|
|Signing an incorrect team sheet||11C||£5.00||None|
|Failing to obtain away team’s signature on team sheet||ND11.3||£10.00||None|
|Failing to supply a letter in support of a low referee marking||ND13.5||£10.00||None|
|Failure to attend to League business||ND5.1||£10.00||None|
|Failure to sign a team sheet||ND11.3||£10.00||None|
|Failure to re-arrange a League game||10F||£5.00||None|
|Playing a match with less than 11 players||10E||£5.00 per player (discretionary)||None|
|Playing a strengthened team||8C||£25.00||Loss of game if Won or Drawn|
|Fielding unregistered players||8Oi||£10.00 (discretionary)||Loss of game if Won or Drawn|
|Fielding an 'otherwise ineligible player'||8Oi||£10.00 (discretionary)||Loss of game if Won or Drawn|
|Fielding a player under an assumed name||ND8.3||£100.00||None|
|Fielding unregistered, otherwise ineligible players in a Cup match||ND24.6||£20.00 per player||Game awarded to the opposing team|
|A club failing to commence a fixture at the appointed time||10B||Up to £10.00 (discretionary)||None|
|Failing to pay the match official their expenses prior to the match||ND13.2||£5.00||None|
|Not having a change of colours or delaying the kick-off by not having a change||9A||£5.00||None|
|Failing to supply goal nets, two match balls, corner flags or a basic first aid kit||10B & ND10.1||£10.00 per offence||None|
|Playing a fixture on an alternative ground without the permission of the Fixture’s Secretary||ND10.2||£20.00||None|
|Failing to notify the Fixture’s Secretary of a mutual postponement and its new date||ND10.3||£10.00||None|
|Failure to raise a team for a League Match||10F & ND10.5||£25.00||Game awarded to the opposing team and 3 points deducted|
|Failure to raise a team for a Cup Match||10F & ND10.5 & ND24.6||£25.00||Game awarded to the opposing team|
|Failure to attend an AGM or SGM||6H & 19||£25.00||None|
|Failure to attend a fixtures meeting (only if called)||10A||£25.00||None|
|Failure to raise a team for a League Match after 1st April||10F & ND10.5||£50.00||Game awarded to the opposing team and 3 points deducted|
|Failure to raise a team for a Cup Match after 1st April||10F & ND10.5||£50.00||Game awarded to the opposing team|
|Failing to consult with opposition prior to postponing a match||ND10.6||£40.00||None|
|Playing a lower team fixture over a higher team fixture||10F||£25.00 (discretionary)||None|
|Failure to return a Trophy to the League on time||ND18.1||£50.00 per item||None|
|Failure to return trophy engraved and clean||ND18.2||£50.00 per item||None|
|Not meeting Premier ground standards||ND2.3||£25.00 (discretionary)||Move home matches to other grounds, relegate club to the Senior Division|
|Failing to advise the League Secretary of a intention to withdraw from the league||14A||£50.00||None|
|Withdrawal of a club or team after the AGM||14B||Not exceeding £75.00||Liable for any outstanding expenses|
|Failing to supply a County Football Association affiliation number||2E||£5.00||None|
|Failure to pay fine within 14 days||5I & ND5.2||Fine trebled to a maximum of £50 and if no payment within a further 14 days the Club/player is suspended until payment is settled|
|Failure to provide a Club Assistant Referee||13C||£10.00||None|