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LEAGUE HANDBOOK AND RULES

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LEAGUE & CUP RULES FOR 2016 - 2017 SEASON

 

NOMENCLATURE AND CONSTITUTION

1.     (A)  This Competition shall be designated the Bedford & District Sunday Football League and known as the Michael R. Peters and shall consist of 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 County Football Association. The area covered by the Competition Membership shall be 50 miles from the Borough of Bedford.

This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Football Association(s) and the constituent teams of Member Clubs may be grouped in divisions, each not exceeding 16 in number.

        (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)   Inclusivity 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).

(iv)  Any alleged breach of the Equality Act 2010 legislation must be referred to the appropriate sanctioning Association for investigation.

   (H)  A player, club official, official referees, assistant referees, shall not be allowed to participate in the competition until they are 16 years

             old .The competition will provide under 21 years of age football for players who have attained the age of 16 years of age to play in the

             Competition and the upper age limit will be that a player will not have attained the age of 21 by the 31st August. Clubs may register and

            play a maximum of three ‘over aged’ players and these three players cannot have attained the age of 23 by the 31st August

                      

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 £50 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.

        (B)    The Annual Subscription shall be £50 per team payable on or before the 31st May in each year.  Subscription will include a result sheet book and also 30 players’ registration forms – all league rules are available on the League website. League/Clubs/Referee information will be published on the League website.

        (C)   Each Club shall within 21days of election pay a Deposit of £100 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 of its County Football Association affiliation number for the forthcoming Season, failing which they shall be fined                 £10. Clubs must advise the Secretary in writing, or on the prescribed form, of details of its Officers and any other information required by the Competition.

OFFICERS

3.            The Officers of the Competition shall be determined by the Annual General Meeting and elected thereat. (N.B. Auditors/Verifiers are not Officers).   Officers of the league shall consist of Chairman, Deputy Chairman, General Secretary, Treasurer, Fixture Secretary, and Registration Secretary. President, Vice President, Life Vice Presidents and Auditor shall also be elected at the AGM.

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  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 Member Clubs, not later than 31st May in each year.  Names of the candidates for election shall be circulated with the notice of the Annual General Meeting.  In the event of there being no nomination in accordance with the foregoing for any office, nominations may be received at the Annual General Meeting.

(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.

 

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 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 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 FA 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 7 days via League minutes.

(F)   Five 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.

(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 time as the outstanding payments are 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 may be transacted by email, in writing, or via league minutes.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

6.     (A)   The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than 31st July in each year.  At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least five 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 there from.

(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 duly audited/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 County Football Association(s).

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

(D)   Each Member Club/team 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. This provision will not apply to Clubs expelled in accordance with Rule 17.

(F)   All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot is demanded by at least half 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 the Secretary of each Club shall complete and sign the following agreement which shall be deposited with the Competition together with the Application for Membership for the coming season, or upon indicating that the Club intends to compete.

“We, (A), (Chairman) and (B) (Secretary) of the _______ Football Club have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the Competition and do hereby agree for and on behalf of the said Club 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)   (i)    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 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.

                 (ii)    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 the Club.

        (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 Registration Secretary at least 1 (one) day prior to playing and whose completed registration counterfoil has been received by the Club prior to playing.

(ii)    If a club wishes to sign a player on the day of a league match (Excluding all cup matches) then a registration form as described above in (i) must be singed either by the match referee or an official of the opposition.  A maximum of 3 players per team may register in the

        day on the day of a league match, the name and date of birth of any player singed on the day of the league match must be forwarded or received (Phone/email) to the league’s registration secretary by 8pm on the day of the match to be registered by the league.  The club signing on the player(s) will then fully complete their result sheet on the League FA Full Time Website. The registration form must then be submitted to the league’s registration secretary within two days of the match (excluding Sunday).

 

        NOTE No player is allowed to sign on the day and take part in cup matches. Cup matches require that players must be registered with the league at least 1 day prior to the cup match, and clubs must follow the separate cup rules governing eligibility – see cup rules on league website.

        Clubs failing to comply with Rule B (i) and Rule B (ii) will be fined £10.

 

(iii) The qualification dates for the Under 21 Division shall be as follows:-

        Players must have attained 16 years of age to play in the competition, and the upper age limit will be that a player will not have 

      attained the age of 21 by the 31st August.  Clubs may register and play a maximum of 3 ‘over aged’ players and these 3 players can

      not have attained the age of 23 by the 31st August.

       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 maximum of 3 players who have played for the first team 5 times or more shall be permitted to take part in a reserve team match in    the current season.  Any players who has played in a senior cup match cannot play in a lower cup match within the competition in the current season.

        (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. Registration forms shall be obtained from the Registrations Secretary on prepayment of £3 per form.

        (F)    The Management Committee shall decide all registration disputes. In the event of a player signing a registration form or having a registration submitted for more than one Club priority of registration shall decide for which Club the player shall be registered. The Registrations Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to register the player of the fact of the previous registration.

        (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.

 

(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.

 

(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 prepaid.  Such transfer shall be referred by the Registration 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 Registration 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 th Management Committee, transfer the player who shall be deemed eligible to play for the new Club from such date or 1 (one) day 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.

(J)    A player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after 1st March 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 5 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 shall be fined £25 per player or otherwise dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee.

(ii)    In addition the team shall have 3 (three) points deducted from its total at the discretion of the Management Committee and may be dealt with in any further manner which is thought to be fit.

(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.

        (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.

       (R)   Not more than two players from a withdrawing club shall be allowed to join any club in the current season.

       (S)   A minimum of 13 forms per team to be with the Registration Secretary by the 15th August in each year.  Clubs failing to comply with this

              rule shall be fined £10 per team.

CLUB COLOURS.  CLUB NAME

9.     (A)   Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by 31st 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 5 (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 50p per minute.

Clubs failing to comply with this rule shall be fined £10 per player.

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 or socks as they think fit.  Shirts must be numbered 1 to 30..

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

             League’s Management Committee.

 

PLAYING SEASON.CONDITIONS OF PLAYTIMES OF KICK-OFF.POSTPONEMENTS.  SUBSTITUTES

10.   (A)   The Annual General Meeting shall determine the date for the commencement of the season in accordance with Football Association Rules. Original fixtures arranged by the League Fixture Secretary, or at a meeting specially convened for that purpose, to be held no later than 31st June must not be arranged for a date later than seven days preceding the concluding date.

(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.

When a club seeks a late change to an alternative pitch and facilities they must first inform the league Fixture Secretary of the proposed change, who will then, on behalf of the league, ascertain the suitability of the change of pitch/facilities – Rule 10b Para C.

Football Turf pitches (3G) are allowed in this Competition providing they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA’s Register of Football Turf pitches. For clubs playing at Step 7 and below a pitch 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 10(D).

All matches shall have duration of 90 minutes unless a shorter time (not less than 70 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 AGM – Remembrance Sunday only – all kick offs will be 11.05am.  Morning matches 10.30am kick off. Under 21 League and League Cup games played in the afternoon shall be 1.30pm kick off.  Midweek matches shall be played Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  The minimum kick off time for evening matches shall be 6.15pm.

No club of referee shall leave the ground until 30 minutes after the appointed kick off times

Referees must order matches to commence at the appointed time and must report all late starts to the league’s General Secretary.

Any Club failing to commence at the appointed time shall be fined a sum not exceeding 50p per minute or otherwise dealt with as the Management Committee may determine. 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.

 

(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 League’s 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).

(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 5 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 £10.

(E)   In the event of a Club playing in any match with less than 11players they will be fined £10 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 minimum fine of £30, 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 up to a maximum of £40, if the opponents make the claim within 7 days, 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.

        (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£30or 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 League’s 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 will inflict a fine of £10.

        (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 League’s Fixture Secretary within 2 (two) 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 either teams or their Club member(s), the Management Committee shall rule all points for the match as void. No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned match.

        (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.

 When a suspension is lifted by the County Association the league will have the right to lift the suspension or allow it to stand regarding the time limit of the lifting of the suspension by the Association.

(G)    A Club may at its discretion and in accordance of the Laws of The Game, use 5 roll on roll off (repeating) substitute players from a maximum of 5 named substitutes in any match in the competitions. A player who has been substituted himself becomes a substitute and may replace a player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of Associatopn Football.

The referee shall be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than 5 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 5 minutes duration, but it shall not exceed fifteen minutes. The half time interval may only be altered

with the consent of the referee.

 

REPORTING RESULTS

11. (A) The League Registration Secretary must receive within 2 days by 6pm of the date played, the result of every match played by league

  clubs in the competition(s) in the prescribed manner by completing the result sheet on the League’s FA Full Time Website, This must

   include the names of all the players used in the match, that is the players starting, and players coming onto the field of play during the  

   match as a substitute. In addition the players scoring in the match and being players given a caution (yellow card), or sent off (red card),

    also the referee’s  mark required by Rule 13, or any other information on the result sheet required by the competition.  Failure to do so will

     incur a fine of £10 or the club being dealt with as the management committee decide.

(B)   The Home Club shall telephone or text the result of each league match and league cup played on the day of the match to the Fixture Secretary by 1.30pm, evening matches by 8.45pm – Under 21 Division to the General Secretary by 4pm.  In County Association Cups ALL clubs,  BOTH home and away to telephone or text the result to the League Fixture Secretary of every match played on the day of the match  by 1.30pm and club in default shall be fined £10

(C)  Clubs completing a false result sheet shall be fined £25.

DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP

12.   (A)   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 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 team shall be deducted from the goals scored by that team and the largest positive difference shall be placed the highest. In the event of the goal difference being equal the highest placed team shall be the team which has scored the most goals. In the event that two or more teams have the same goal difference and have scored the same number of goals then the highest placed team shall be the team which has won the most matches.

                 In the event of the two teams still being equal the team which has the better playing record against the other team in their head to head Competition matches during the Season will be the highest placed team.

                 If the records of two or more teams are still equal and it is necessary for any reason to determine the position of each then the teams affected shall play a deciding match or matches as determined by the Management Committee.

 

        (B)   Automatic promotion and relegation shall be applied for the first and last 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 on any of the following ways:

(a)    Retention of otherwise relegated team(s)

(b)    Additional promotion of the next ranked team(s) from the Division below

(c)    Election

(iii)         The last 2 (two) teams in the lowest Division shall retire, but be eligible for re-election except as below, and be subject to the conditions of paragraph (B)(1) above.

(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. In the event of a team withdrawing from the league having completed 75% or more of its 

League fixtures, then the remaining unplayed matches will be awarded to their opponents with a 0 – 0 score and 3 points.

 

REFEREES

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 Bedfordshire Football Association (League Management Committee to appoint officials to League Cup finals).

        (B)   In the event of the non-appearance of the appointed Referee the clubs shall agree upon a substitute referee.  A referee thus agreed upon shall, for that game, will have the full powers and authority of a registered referee.  Individuals under the age of 16 must not participate either as a referee of assistant referee in any open age competition.

                 Failure to do so will result in a fine of £10 being imposed on the defaulting team.

     (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 arbiter and whose decision must be accepted..

        (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 £32 referee inclusive of travel expenses, and £19 for assistant referee(s) where appointed inclusive of match expenses.

        The Home Club shall pay the Officials their fees immediately after the match. Clubs failing to comply with this rule shall be fined £10.

(F)   In the event of a match not being played match because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to half fee. 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.

(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 1 - 100 shall be submitted to the Competition on the League FA Full Time website result sheet.  Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to be fined or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine.

        (I)     If a referee’s mark is 60 or below a letter must be submitted to the Referee Liaison Officer explaining the reason for the low marking. The League’s Registration Secretary shall keep a record of the referee’s markings and each season and shall, as and when requested, submit a summary to The County Association.

  (K)        Referees may be supplied with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge if requested otherwise review all rules listed on the League’s Website.

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 1st March each Season or be liable to a fine not exceeding £10 .

(B)   A Club shall not be allowed to withdraw any or all of its teams from the Competition after the Annual General Meeting/arrangement of fixtures 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 be made under Rule 5(D).

        (C)   The Membership for the coming season having been decided at a Special General Meeting held for that purpose not earlier than the 1st May and not later than 31st May, or at the Annual General Meeting held not later than 30th June.

(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  7 (seven) 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 7 days prior to the protest or complaint being heard.

        (i)     All parties must have received 14days’ 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.

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 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 (2/3) of 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 (2/3) 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  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 (2/3) 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)   The following agreement shall be signed on behalf of the winners of the Cup or Trophy:-

“We the representatives of (CLUB NAME), 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 agree on behalf of the Club jointly and severally agree to return the Cup or Trophy to the Competition Secretary on or before date advised by the league.  If the Cup or Trophy is lost or damaged whilst under our care we agree to refund to the Competition the amount to pay for a suitable replacement at its current value or the cost of its repair to a standard appropriate for the trophy.

Failure to comply will result in a fine or punishment as determined by the League Management Committee.

 

(B) At the close of the season competition awards may be given to the winners and runners up if funds of the competition permit.

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS

19.  Upon receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds (2/3) 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 the 1st January in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by 14th January   and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by the 31st January. 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, entitled to vote, and when voting, 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 7days prior to the date of the meeting.

 

FINANCE

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 £100 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 31st December.

 

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

INSURANCE

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

                 All Clubs shall be members of a Players’ personal accident scheme. The policy cover shall be at least equal to the minimum recommended cover determined from time to time by the sanctioning Association. In instances where The Football Association is the sanctioning Association, the minimum recommended cover will be the cover required by the Affiliated Association to which a Club affiliates.

DISSOLUTION

23    (A)          Dissolution of the Competition shall be by resolution approved at a Special General Meeting by a majority of three quarters (3/4) of the members present and shall take effect from the date of the relevant Special General Meeting.

        (B)          In the event of the dissolution of the Competition, the members of the Management Committee are responsible for the winding up of the assets and liabilities of the Competition.

        (C)         The Management Committee shall deal with any surplus assets as follows;

(i)             Any surplus assets, save for a Trophy or any other presentation, remaining after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Competition shall be transferred only to another Competition or Affiliated Association or The Football Association Benevolent Fund or to such other charitable or benevolent object in the locality of the Competition as determined by resolution at or before the time of winding up, and approved in writing by the sanctioning Association.

(ii)            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.

 

 

 

                                           LEAGUE CUP RULES

  

BRITANNIA HARRISON & ROWLEY                                                                                                                                                                                                          

(Presented by League and sponsored by Britannia Harrison & Rowley Ltd)

 

The following Competition Rules must be read and acted upon in conjunction with the Standard Code of League Rules.

 

1. The cup shall be called the Britannia Harrison Rowley Cup.

2. Cup

The cup cannot be won outright being the property of the Bedford & District Sunday Football League.  Clubs failing to return the cup to the League General Secretary, in clean condition, and engraved up to date by the 1st February will be fined £10.

3. Control

The control of the competition shall be vested in the League Management Committee.

4. Eligibility

All clubs in the Premier Division must enter the competition, except that no player shall be eligible to play in any group round unless he has been registered with the league registration secretary at least 1 day prior to playing the game. No player shall play in a semi-final or Final unless he has played in at least four league games or one Britannia Harrison & Rowley cup match in the current season for his competing club.  No player shall play in the cup for more than one club in one season.

Substitutes

A club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game, and the Britannia Harrison & Rowley cup Rule (4) use five roll on roll off (repeating substitutes) from a maximum of five named substitutes in any Britannia Harrison & Rowley Cup match in this competition. Clubs playing ineligible players(s) in this competition will be fined £25 in respect of each ineligible player and will be disqualified from the cup competition.

5. Fixtures

The fixtures will be arranged by the league fixture secretary and the cup shall be on a group stage knockout basis.  The teams at the group stage will be split into two groups that are determined by the League Management Committee, and drawn at random.

Special kick off times may apply to the competition, and these times to be notified at the same time that details of the draw are circulated.  All matches to be 90 minutes duration (45 minutes each way), the teams in the groups will play each other just once. Teams being equal on points at the end of the group stage, team rankings will be decided by one of the following ways:- i) goal difference or ii) most goals scored, or iii) goal average - if rankings cannot be determined by i) ii) or iii) then the highest placed club shall be the club that has won most matches. In the event of both teams still have equal status the League Chairman will decide the winner by the drawing of lots.

Winners and Runners up of the two groups will move into semi-finals of the competiton. The winners of a group will play at home to the Runners Up of the other group.

In the semi-finals and final extra time of 15 minutes each way to be played in ALL rounds in the event of a draw at full time.  If the result of the game in equal at the end of extra time, the game will be decided on the taking of penalty kicks, the best of five by each team.  Scores still being level additional penalty kicks will be taken until one side has scored a goal more than the other – both sides having taken the same number of penalty kicks. The final will be played at a ground decided by the league Management Committee.

6. Results

The home club in the competition must notify the league fixture secretary of the result on the day of the match by 1.30pm .Clubs failing to comply with this rule will be fined £10.

The League Registration Secretary must receive within 2 days by 6pm of the date played, the team sheet of every match played by league clubs in the competition(s) in the prescribed manner by completing the teamt sheet on the League’s FA Full Time Website, This must  include the names of all the players used in the match, that is the players starting, and players coming onto the field of play during the match as a substitute. In addition the players given a caution (yellow card), or sent off (red card), also the referee’s  mark required by Rule 13, or any other information on the result sheet required by the competition.  Failure to do so will incur a fine of £10 or the club being dealt with as the management committee decide. Clubs submitting a false result sheet will be fined £25. The home club in the competition must notify the league fixture secretary of the result on the day of the match by 1.30pm. Clubs failing to comply with this rule will be fined £10.

7. Protests

Refer to League Rule 15.

8. Colours

In the event of a clash of colours the home club will change.  In both the semi-final and the final the first named club shall be deemed to be the home club.

9.     Referees

The Referee fee and Reserve Referee will be £32.

Assistant Referees fee will be £19.

Officials’ fees are to be paid as per League Rule 13e.

Officials appointed to the final tie will each receive a suitable memento.

10.    Receipts, expenditure etc.

In all rounds except the final the proceeds of all matches shall be the property of the home club, who will be responsible for the payment of all expenses incurred on their ground.

All semi-finals will be played on the home clubs’ ground, the home club being the first named.  The home club will be responsible

for contacting the opposition, match officials, league officials as per league Rule 10d.  The home club will be responsible for providing two size 5 match balls and for all payments involved for the pitch as per League Rule 10b.  Match official’s fees to be shared equally between the two competing clubs.

The league management committee will be responsible for the organisation in respect of the final. Gate money – after the expenses of the ground hire, programmes, physio, match officials fees and the cost of officials mementoes are paid, the remaining gate monies taken to be shared between the two finalists 50% each.

In the event that a loss is made from the costs of staging the Britannia Harrison& Rowley cup final, the League Management Committee may decide that a portion of the loss incurred shall be paid by the two clubs and the league. The two competing finalists will be responsible for providing 3 size footballs each fit for using in the final as per League Rule 10b.

Admission – the minimum entry fee shall be £3, and £1 for concessions.

11.    Powers

The League Management shall have the power to alter or add to the above cup rules if they deem it expedient.

 

MICHAEL R. PETERS CUP                                                                                                                               

(Presented by League and Sponsored by Michael R. Peters)

 

The following Competition Rules must be read and acted upon in conjunction with the Standard Code of League Rules.

 

1. The cup shall be called the Michael R. Peters Cup.

2. Cup

The cup cannot be won outright being the property of the Bedford & District Sunday Football League.  Clubs failing to return the cup to the League General Secretary, in clean condition, and engraved up to date by the 1st February will be fined £10.

3. Control

The control of the competition shall be vested in the League Management Committee.

4. Eligibility

All clubs in the First Division must enter the competition, no player who has played in the Britannia Harrison & Rowley Cup or who has made five appearances in the League games in the Premier Division in the current season shall be eligible to enter, that no player shall be eligible to play in any group round prior unless he has been registered with the league registration secretary at least 1 day prior to playing the game. No player shall play in a semi-final or final unless he has played in at least four league games or one League cup match in the current season for his competing club.  No player shall play in the cup for more than one club in one season.

Substitutes

A club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game, and the League cup Rule (4) use five roll on roll off (repeating substitutes) from a maximum of five named substitutes in any Michael R Peters cup match in this competition. Clubs playing ineligible players(s) in this competition will be fined £25 in respect of each ineligible player and will be disqualified from the cup competition.

5. Fixtures

The fixtures will be arranged by the league fixture secretary and the cup shall be on a group stage knockout basis.  The teams at the group stage will be split into two groups that are determined by the League Management Committee, and drawn at random.

Special kick off times may apply to the competition, and these times to be notified at the same time that details of the draw are circulated.  All matches to be 90 minutes duration (45 minutes each way), the teams in the groups will play each other just once. Teams being equal on points at the end of the group stage, team rankings will be decided by one of the following ways:- i) goal difference or ii) most goals scored, or iii) goal average - if rankings cannot be determined by i) ii) or iii) then the highest placed club shall be the club that has won most matches. In the event of both teams still have equal status the League Chairman will decide the winner by the drawing of lots.

Winners and Runners up of the two groups will move into semi-finals of the competiton. The winners of a group will play at home to the Runners Up of the other group.

In the semi-finals and final extra time of 15 minutes each way to be played in ALL rounds in the event of a draw at full time.  If the result of the game in equal at the end of extra time, the game will be decided on the taking of penalty kicks, the best of five by each team.  Scores still being level additional penalty kicks will be taken until one side has scored a goal more than the other – both sides having taken the same number of penalty kicks. The final will be played at a ground decided by the league Management Committee.

6. Results

The home club in the competition must notify the league fixture secretary of the result on the day of the match by 1.30pm. Clubs failing to comply with this rule will be fined £10.

The League Registration Secretary must receive within 2 days by 6pm of the date played, the team sheet of every match played by league clubs in the competition(s) in the prescribed manner by completing the team sheet on the League’s FA Full Time Website, This must  include the names of all the players used in the match, that is the players starting, and players coming onto the field of play during the match as a substitute. In addition the players given a caution (yellow card), or sent off (red card), also the referee’s  mark required by Rule 13, or any other information on the result sheet required by the competition.  Failure to do so will incur a fine of £10 or the club being dealt with as the management committee decide. Clubs submitting a false result sheet will be fined £25.

7. Protests

Refer to League Rule 15.

8. Colours

In the event of a clash of colours the home club will change.  In both the semi-final and the final the first named club shall be deemed to be the home club.

9.     Referees

The Referee fee and Reserve Referee will be £32.

Assistant Referees fee will be £19.

Officials’ fees are to be paid as per League Rule 13e.

Officials appointed to the final tie will each receive a suitable memento.

10.    Receipts, expenditure etc.

In all rounds except the final the proceeds of all matches shall be the property of the home club, who will be responsible for the payment of all expenses incurred on their ground.

All semi-finals will be played on the home clubs’ ground, the home club being the first named.  The home club will be responsible

for contacting the opposition, match officials, league officials as per league Rule 10d.  The home club will be responsible for providing two size 5 match balls and for all payments involved for the pitch as per League Rule 10b.  Match official’s fees to be shared equally between the two competing clubs.

The league management committee will be responsible for the organisation in respect of the final. Gate money – after the expenses of the ground hire, programmes, physio, match officials fees and the cost of officials mementoes are paid, the remaining gate monies taken to be shared between the two finalists 50% each.

In the event that a loss is made from the costs of staging the League cup final, the League Management Committee may decide that a portion of the loss incurred shall be paid by the two clubs and the league. The two competing finalists will be responsible for providing 3 size footballs each fit for using in the final as per League Rule 10b.

Admission – the minimum entry fee shall be £3, and £1 for concessions.

11.    Powers

The League Management shall have the power to alter or add to the above cup rules if they deem it expedient.

 

 

BRIAN CRADDOCK JUBILEE CUP                                                                                                                               

(Presented and sponsored by Mrs Pam Craddock)

 

The following Competition Rules must be read and acted upon in conjunction with the Standard Code of League Rules.

 

1. The cup shall be called the Brian Craddock Jubilee Cup.

2. Cup

The cup cannot be won outright being the property of the Bedford & District Sunday Football League.  Clubs failing to return the cup to the League General Secretary, in clean condition, and engraved up to date by the 1st February will be fined £10.

3. Control

The control of the competition shall be vested in the League Management Committee.

4. Eligibility

All clubs in the Second Division must enter the competition, no player who has played in the Britannia Harrison & Rowley Cup or Michael R Peters cup, or who has made five appearances in the League games in the Premier or the 1st Divisions in the current season shall be eligible to enter, that no player shall be eligible to play in any group round unless he has been registered with the league registration secretary at least 1 day prior to playing the game. No player shall play in a semi-final or final unless he has played in at least four league games or one Brian Craddock Jubille cup match in the current season for his competing club.  No player shall play in the cup for more than one club in one season.

Substitutes

A club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game, and the Brian Craddock Jubilee cup Rule (4) use five roll on roll off (repeating substitutes) from a maximum of five named substitutes in any M & DH Insurance cup match in this competition. Clubs playing ineligible players(s) in this competition will be fined £25 in respect of each ineligible player and will be disqualified from the cup competition.

5. Fixtures

The fixtures will be arranged by the league fixture secretary and the cup shall be on a group stage knockout basis.  The teams at the group stage will be split into two groups that are determined by the League Management Committee, and drawn at random.

Special kick off times may apply to the competition, and these times to be notified at the same time that details of the draw are circulated.  All matches to be 90 minutes duration (45 minutes each way), the teams in the groups will play each other just once. Teams being equal on points at the end of the group stage, team rankings will be decided by one of the following ways:- i) goal difference or ii) most goals scored, or iii) goal average - if rankings cannot be determined by i) ii) or iii) then the highest placed club shall be the club that has won most matches. In the event of both teams still have equal status the League Chairman will decide the winner by the drawing of lots.

Winners and Runners up of the two groups will move into semi-finals of the competiton. The winners of a group will play at home to the Runners Up of the other group.

In the semi-finals and final extra time of 15 minutes each way to be played in ALL rounds in the event of a draw at full time.  If the result of the game in equal at the end of extra time, the game will be decided on the taking of penalty kicks, the best of five by each team.  Scores still being level additional penalty kicks will be taken until one side has scored a goal more than the other – both sides having taken the same number of penalty kicks. The final will be played at a ground decided by the league Management Committee.

6. Results

The League Registration Secretary must receive within 2 days by 6pm of the date played, the team sheet of every match played by league clubs in the competition(s) in the prescribed manner by completing the team sheet on the League’s FA Full Time Website, This must  include the names of all the players used in the match, that is the players starting, and players coming onto the field of play during the match as a substitute. In addition the players given a caution (yellow card), or sent off (red card), also the referee’s  mark required by Rule 13, or any other information on the result sheet required by the competition.  Failure to do so will incur a fine of £10 or the club being dealt with as the management committee decide. Clubs submitting a false result sheet will be fined £25. The home club in the competition must notify the league fixture secretary of the result on the day of the match by 1.30pm. Clubs failing to comply with this rule will be fined £10.

7. Protests

Refer to League Rule 15.

8. Colours

In the event of a clash of colours the home club will change.  In both the semi-final and the final the first named club shall be deemed to be the home club.

9.     Referees

The Referee fee and Reserve Referee will be £32.

Assistant Referees fee will be £19.

Officials’ fees are to be paid as per League Rule 13e.

Officials appointed to the final tie will each receive a suitable memento.

10.    Receipts, expenditure etc.

In all rounds except the semi-final and final the proceeds of all matches shall be the property of the home club, who will be

responsible for the payment of all expenses incurred on their ground.

All semi-finals will be played on the home clubs’ ground, the home club being the first named.  The home club will be responsible

for contacting the opposition, match officials, league officials as per league Rule 10d.  The home club will be responsible for providing two size 5 match balls and for all payments involved for the pitch as per League Rule 10b.  Match official’s fees to be shared equally between the two competing clubs.

The league management committee will be responsible for the organisation in respect of the final. Gate money – after the expenses of the ground hire, programmes, physio, match officials fees and the cost of officials mementoes are paid, the remaining gate monies taken to be shared between the two finalists 50% each.

In the event that a loss is made from the costs of staging the M & DH Insurance cup final, the League Management Committee may decide that a portion of the loss incurred shall be paid by the two clubs and the league. The two competing finalists will be responsible for providing 3 size footballs each fit for using in the final as per League Rule 10b.

Admission – the minimum entry fee shall be £3, and £1 for concessions.

11.    Powers

The League Management shall have the power to alter or add to the M & DH Insurance cup rules if they deem it expedient.

 

 

M & DH INSURANCE CUP                                                                                                                               

(Presented by the League & sponsored by M & DH Insurance Services Limited)

 

The following Competition Rules must be read and acted upon in conjunction with the Standard Code of League Rules.

 

1. The cup shall be called the M & DH Insurance Cup.

2. Cup

The cup cannot be won outright being the property of the Bedford & District Sunday Football League.  Clubs failing to return the cup to the League General Secretary, in clean condition, and engraved up to date by the 1st February will be fined £10.

3. Control

The control of the competition shall be vested in the League Management Committee.

4. Eligibility

All clubs in the Third Division must enter the competition, no player who has played in the Britannia Harrison & Rowley Cup, Brian Craddock Jubilee cup, or Michael R Peters cup, who has made five appearances in the League games in the Premier or the 1st, and 2nd Divisions in the current season shall be eligible to enter, that no player shall be eligible to play in any group round unless he has been registered with the league registration secretary at least 1 day prior to playing the game. No player shall play in the final unless he has played in at least four league games or one M & DH Insurance cup match in the current season for his competing club.  No player shall play in the cup for more than one club in one season.

Substitutes

A club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game, and the M & DH Insurance cup Rule (4) use five roll on roll off (repeating substitutes) from a maximum of five named substitutes in any Under 21 Divisional cup match in this competition. Clubs playing ineligible players(s) in this competition will be fined £25 in respect of each ineligible player and will be disqualified from the cup competition.

5. Fixtures

The fixtures will be arranged by the league fixture secretary and the cup shall be on a group stage / knockout basis.  The teams at the group stage will be split into two groups that are determined by the League Management Committee, and drawn at random.

Special kick off times may apply to the competition, and these times to be notified at the same time that details of the draw are circulated.  All matches to be 90 minutes duration (45 minutes each way), the teams in the groups will play each other just once. Teams being equal on points at the end of the group stage, team rankings will be decided by one of the following ways:- i) goal difference or ii) most goals scored, or iii) goal average - if rankings cannot be determined by i) ii) or iii) then the highest placed club shall be the club that has won most matches. In the event of both teams still have equal status the League Chairman will decide the winner by the drawing of lots.

Winners of the two groups will move into the Final of the competiton.

In final extra time of 15 minutes each way to be played in ALL rounds in the event of a draw at full time.  If the result of the game in equal at the end of extra time, the game will be decided on the taking of penalty kicks, the best of five by each team.  Scores still being level additional penalty kicks will be taken until one side has scored a goal more than the other – both sides having taken the same number of penalty kicks. The final will be played at a ground decided by the league Management Committee.

6. Results

The home club in the competition must notify the league fixture secretary of the result on the day of the match by 1.30pm. Clubs failing to comply with this rule will be fined £10.

The League Registration Secretary must receive within 2 days by 6pm of the date played, the team sheet of every match played by league clubs in the competition in the prescribed manner by completing the result sheet on the League’s FA Full Time Website, This must  include the names of all the players used in the match, that is the players starting, and players coming onto the field of play during the match as a substitute. In addition the players given a caution (yellow card), or sent off (red card), also the referee’s  mark required by Rule 13, or any other information on the result sheet required by the competition.  Failure to do so will incur a fine of £10 or the club being dealt with as the management committee decide. Clubs submitting a false result sheet will be fined £25.

7. Protests

Refer to League Rule 15.

8. Colours

In the event of a clash of colours the home club will change.  In both the semi-final and the final the first named club shall be deemed to be the home club.

9.     Referees

The Referee fee and Reserve Referee will be £32.

Assistant Referees fee will be £19.

Officials’ fees are to be paid as per League Rule 13e.

Officials appointed to the final tie will each receive a suitable memento.

10.    Receipts, expenditure etc.

In all rounds except the final the proceeds of all matches shall be the property of the home club, who will be responsible for the payment of all expenses incurred on their ground.

Final

The league management committee will be responsible for the organisation in respect of the final. Gate money – after the expenses of the ground hire, programmes, physio, match officials fees and the cost of officials mementoes are paid, the remaining gate monies taken to be shared between the two finalists 50% each.

In the event that a loss is made from the costs of staging the M & DH Insurance cup final, the League Management Committee may decide that a portion of the loss incurred shall be paid by the two clubs and the league. The two competing finalists will be responsible for providing 3 size footballs each fit for using in the final as per League Rule 10b.

Admission – the minimum entry fee shall be £3, and £1 for concessions.

11.    Powers

The League Management shall have the power to alter or add to the above cup rules if they deem it expedient.