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League Constitution 2015-16

The League concluded the 2014-15 season with division sizes of 15-16-16-14, a total of 61 teams. There have been two withdrawals, Barnstaple AAC Reserves and Lynton & Lynmouth Reserves which leaves 59 teams that have entered for next season, plus 3 additions that, following a vote at the AGM, would come from:
Appledore Lions (a team currently playing in the Kingsley League)
Combe Martin Reserves (a reserve team from Combe Martin)
Ilfracombe Town Thirds (a third team from Ilfracombe Town)

This would give 62 teams, three equal divisions of 16 teams and one division of 14.
Starting with two up two down promotion and relegation, and using the customary procedure for filling vacancies, gives:
Barnstaple AAC Relegated
Landkey Town and Woolsery Promoted
There is one vacancy in the Premier due to Dolton folding. The vacancy will be filled by Shebbear United being excused relegation.
Senior-Intermediate One
South Molton Relegated
Chivenor and Pilton Academicals Promoted
There is one vacancy in the Senior due to Shebbear United being excused relegation from the Premier. The vacancy will be filled by Lynton & Lynmouth being excused relegation.
Intermediate One-Intermediate Two
Northam Lions Reserves Relegated
Appledore Academy, Landkey Town Reserves and Woolacombe & Mortehoe Reserves Promoted
There are two vacancies in Intermediate One due to the knock on effect of Dolton’s withdrawal from the Premier and the withdrawal of Barnstaple AAC Reserves. The vacancies will be filled by Torrington Reserves being excused relegation and Woolacombe & Mortehoe Reserves being promoted.
Intermediate Two
This leaves 11 remaining teams, and four new teams, to make 15 teams in Intermediate Two.
This would give the following constitution for next season:






Barnstaple AAC (R)


Boca Seniors




Braunton Reserves


Park United

Georgeham & Croyde


Bideford CAFC

Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves


Ilfracombe Town

Torridgeside Reserves


Shamwickshire Rovers

Woolacombe & Mortehoe


North Molton Sports Club

North Molton Sports Club Reserves









Combe Martin


Appledore Reserves



Barnstaple FC

Northam Lions


Shebbear United

Lynton & Lynmouth


Landkey Town (P)

Chivenor (P)


Woolsery (P)

Pilton Academicals (P)





Intermediate One

Intermediate Two


South Molton (R)

Northam Lions Reserves (R)


Ilfracombe Town Reserves

Bideford CAFC Reserves


Anchor Chiefs

Hartland Reserves


Braunton Thirds

Fremington Reserves


Sporting Barum

Braunton Fourths



Woolsery Reserves


North Molton Sports Club Thirds

Putford Reserves


Haxton Rangers

Anchor Chiefs Reserves


Barnstaple FC Reserves

Georgeham & Croyde Reserves


High Bickington

Merton Reserves


Morwenstow Reserves

South Molton Reserves



Appledore Lions (new team)


Torrington Reserves

Combe Martin Reserves (new team)


Appledore Thirds (P)

Ilfracombe Town Thirds (new team)


Landkey Town Reserves (P)



Woolacombe & Mortehoe Reserves (P)


Under League Rules this is presented to the AGM, a majority of delegates can adjust the constitution at their discretion (Rule 2G). The constitution is also subject to the vote of the AGM for the new teams at the meeting.
Procedure for determining the league constitution

The procedure used to determine the constitution of the League for the following season is this:
(i) Two up two down is applied to the previous season’s final League tables.
(ii) New applicant teams are provisionally placed in a Division in accordance with precedent; new clubs/teams automatically go into Intermediate Two, existing teams transferring from another League are placed in the Division thought to be appropriate to their playing strength.
(iii) To determine the number of teams in the League, withdrawals are then deleted from the Divisional lists.
(iv) Should the number of teams then be less than 64, the sizes of the Divisions are then determined.
(v) The procedure for filling vacancies is then applied, starting with the Premier Division and working down, subject to (vi):
1st Vacancy; the next to bottom team in the higher division is not relegated,
2nd Vacancy; the third team in the lower division is promoted,
3rd Vacancy; the bottom team is not relegated,
4th Vacancy; the fourth team is promoted etc.
(vi) When a team is to be not relegated or promoted from outside the top/bottom two in each division, the League Management Committee shall take into account their playing record and position regarding the retention of players and ability of the club to compete for the following season in the interests of football.

Signing Service Personnel

Clubs should ensure they have read this message before attempting to register any member of HM Forces.
AT LEAST 14 DAYS BEFORE SIGNING THE PLAYER you must get proof of postage (remembering to enclose a s.a.e unless the contact is by e-mail):
FOR ROYAL NAVY PERSONNEL (INCLUDING THE ROYAL MARINES). Send a completed notice of approach official form (either by post or as an e-mail attachment) to the RNFA.
FOR ARMY PERSONNEL. Send a letter giving similar information to that on the RNFA form to the Army FA.
FOR RAF PERSONNEL. Send a letter to a player's Commanding Officer.
The League willl also require a copy (either a photocopy or e-mail) of your communication to the appropriate Service.
On a player's registration form his rank must be given.


In view of events at more than one game recently, can clubs be reminded that if there is something relating to the events surrounding a game about which you wish to submit a protest or complaint, there is no point just writing in complaining. You have to follow the relevant paragraph(s) of League rule 15..........and there are key differences between a protest, a complaint, and an appeal.

Guide to Marking Referees

The mark awarded by a club must be based on the Referee’s overall performance. It is most important that the mark is awarded fairly and not based upon isolated incidents or previous games. The Referee’s performance should be determined by the table below which should act as a guide for the overall mark which should fall within the mark range for each standard of performance.

100-86 The Referee demonstrated very accurate decision-making and controlled the game very well using management and communication skills effectively to add value to the game.
85-76 The Referee demonstrated accurate decision-making and controlled the game well using management and communication skills to contribute positively to the game.
75-61 The Referee demonstrated reasonably accurate decision-making and despite some shortcomings generally controlled the game well.
60 and below The Referee demonstrated shortcomings in the accuracy of decision-making and control which affected the game.

 Club officials should use the full range of marks within each category to help distinguish between different performance levels, e.g. within the 85-76 category a mark of 84 indicates a better performance than a mark of 77.
 While some Referees may have below average performances, there will usually have been some positive aspects of their performance, so extremely low marks should be very rare.
 When club officials are marking a Referee, they should always look at the game as a whole and not isolated decisions. The result of the match should not influence the mark and disciplinary action should be judged objectively.
 When a mark of 60 or lower is awarded, an explanation must be provided to the Competition by letter or using the form PDF document (PDF 140kb). The purpose of this is to assist Referees to improve their performance levels, so the comments should be as helpful as possible.

The following questions focus on the key areas of a Referee’s performance. They are intended as an “aide memoire”, are not necessarily comprehensive and need not be answered individually. It is, however, worth
considering them before committing yourself to a mark for the Referee.

 How well did the Referee control the game?
 Were the players’ actions recognized correctly?
 Were the Laws applied correctly?
 Were all incidents dealt with efficiently/effectively?
 Were all the appropriate sanctions applied correctly?
 Was the Referee always within reasonable distance of incidents?
 Was the Referee well positioned to make critical decisions, especially in and around the penalty area?
 Did the Referee understand the players’ positional intentions and keep out of the way accordingly?
 Did the Referee demonstrate alertness and concentration throughout the game?
 Did the Referee apply the use of the advantage to suit the mood and temperature of the game?
 Was the Referee aware of the players’ attitude to advantage?
 Did the Referee use the assistants effectively?
 Did the officials work as a team, and did the Referee lead and manage them to the benefit of the game?

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

 Always try to be objective when marking. You may not obtain the most objective view by marking immediately after the game.
 Judge the performance over the whole game. Don’t be too influenced by one particular incident.
 Don’t mark the Referee down unfairly because your team was unlucky and lost the game or some disciplinary action was taken against your players.

Train to be a Referee with assistance from the North Devon League

When a referee has undertaken fifteen games in the North Devon League, the League will refund them 75 as a contribution towards the course fee.

Information on this Site

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Signing Players from Other Countries

International Clearance - International clearance is required by all players moving across borders to play football. It applies to all players over the age of 12. Please be vigilant when registering players. If you think they have played abroad they will need clearance back before they can play in England. "Abroad" even applies to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland!! Download/Open Form

Devon FA Debt Recovery Procedure

The Devon FA are starting to receive clubs requesting to recover money on their behalf for unpaid subs and discipline as well as other things. Following the discipline conference in January the Devon FA were told by The FA to apply the rules of Football Debt Recovery very strictly, in the last few days they have had to reject several requests from clubs. They are keen to help these clubs as they do not like seeing players getting away with large amounts of money however most clubs are unaware of the rules, which can be found in the Devon FA Handbook page 169. One common problem is that people want to chase registration fees which the County FA are not allowed to do as per rule 15.2. The main problem though is the timing issue which is covered on page 169 of the County Handbook rule 15.6 – The Parent Association should be approached as soon as it is clear there is a problem. In all cases this should be within 28 days of formal payment being requested and 56 days of the debt being incurred.