Constitution for season 2012/2013
Nomenclature and Constitution (includes area covered by League)
Entry Fee, Subscription, Deposit
Management, Nomination, Election
Powers of Management
Annual General Meeting
Agreement to be Signed
Qualification of Players
Club Colours, Club Name
Playing Season. Conditions of Play Times of Kick-off. Postponements. Substitutes
Continuation of Membership or Withdrawal of A Club
Protests and Appeals
Board of Appeal
Exclusion of Clubs or Teams. Misconduct, Clubs, officials, Players
Trophy:- Legal Owners, Conditions of Taking Over, Agreement to be Signed. Awards.
Special General Meetings
Alteration to Rules
Rules Binding On Clubs
NOMENCLATURE AND CONSTITUTION
1. (A) This Competition shall be designated the Wycombe & South Bucks Minor Football League (known The Bucks Free Press Junior League) shall consist of not more than one hundred (100) Clubs approved by the sanctioning Authority.
All such Member Clubs shall 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 Berks & Bucks County Football Association. The area covered by the Competition Membership shall be within fifteen (15) miles of Prestwood Sports & Social Club.
Clubs from outside this radius may apply for Membership. The Management Committee shall consider such applications, and providing all other entrance critera has been met, make the recommendation to the Annual General Meeting, and shall be subject to acceptance at the Annual General Meeting.
This shall not affect any Club affiliated to the League at the commencement of the 1993/94 season who are outside this radius as long as they remain in continuous membership of the League.
The Competition shall be regarded as a Sunday Competition subject only to Rule 10(B).
(B) This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Berks & Bucks Football Association and the constituent teams of Member Clubs may be grouped in divisions, each not exceeding twelve (12) in number. No Club shall have more than one (1) Team in each age group.
(C) Member Clubs shall not enter any of their teams playing in the Competition in any other Competitions (with the exception of FA and County FA Competitions) except with the written consent of the Management Committee of the Competition. The competition shall provide 11-a-side football for players who have attained the age of ten (10) as at midnight 31st August in a playing season.
Clubs requiring Management Committee authority to take part in any Competition outside the jurisdiction of the League shall give twenty-eight (28) days notice in writing to the Secretary. This covers matches against foreign opposition, at home or on foreign soil. Matches against Clubs from Scotland, Ireland and Wales fall into this category. Any Club failing to forward this information within 48 hours of it becoming known to the Secretary shall be fined £25.00.
ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT
2. (A) Applications by Clubs for admission to this Competition, or the entry of an additional team(s) from existing member Clubs shall be made in writing to the Secretary by 31st May and shall be accompanied by an Entry Fee of £25.00 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.
Any application received after the Annual General Meeting shall, in addition to the application fee, be subject to a £30.00 administration fee. When 12(B) is applied and a Team seeks a transfer or is compulsory transferred to another Division no Entry Fee shall apply.
(B) The Annual Subscription for Teams shall be £55.00 per Team playing 11-a-side football, payable on or before the 31st May in each year. The subscription shall include entry to any League/Subsidiary Cup Competition within the Wycombe & South Bucks Football League with the exception of the Mayors Cup and Referees Cup.
(C) Each Club shall, within fourteen (14) days of election, pay a Deposit of £15.00 per new Team, 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 in full.
(E) Clubs shall advise annually to the Secretary in writing by 1st July of its County Football Association affiliation number for the forthcoming Season, failing which they shall be fined £10.00. Clubs shall advise the Secretary in writing, or on the prescribed form, of details of its Headquarters, Officers and any other information required by the Competition.
3. The Officers of the Competition shall be the President, Vice-President, Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, County Liaison Officer, Registration Secretary, Referees Secretary, Fixture Secretary and Result & Press Secretary to be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. (N.B. Verifiers are not Officers).
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 up to six (6) Members who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
All participants shall abide by The Football Association Regulations for Safeguarding Children as determined by the Association from time to time.
Management Committee Members may be required to stand down if they fail to attend 50% of a seasons Management Committee Meetings.
(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 (2) 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 as often as is necessary to deal with business as it arises.
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 shall be conducted through their nominated Officers.
POWERS OF MANAGEMENT
5. (A) The Management Committee may appoint Sub-Committees as they consider necessary and may delegate such of their powers as they deem necessary. The decisions of all such 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.
With the exception of Club, playing at Step 7 of the Football Pyramid and the FA Women’s Premier League, the maximum fine permitted for any breach of Competition Rule is £250 and, when setting any fine, the Competition shall ensure that the penalty is proportional to the offence, taking into account any mitigating circumstances.
(B) Subject to the permission of the Berks & Bucks 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 (1) 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 any breaches of Rule a formal written charge shall be issued. The respondent shall be given seven (7) days from the date of notice to reply to the charge and given the opportunity to:-
(i) Accept or deny the charge
(ii) Submit in writing a case of mitigation, or
(iii) Put their case before the Management Committee
All breaches of the Laws of the Game, Rules and Regulations of The Football Association shall be dealt with in accordance with Football Association Rules by the appropriate Association.
(E) All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to the right of appeal to the Board of Appeal in accordance with Rule 16.
Decisions of the Management Committee shall be notified in writing to those concerned within fourteen (14) days.
(F)Five (5) Members of the Management Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the Management Committee and three (3) Members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by any sub-committee of the Competition.
(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 a sum not exceeding £25.00 or otherwise penalised at the discretion of the Management Committee.
(I) All fines and charges shall be paid within fourteen (14) days of the date of posting of the written notification.
Any Club failing to do so shall be fined a sum not exceeding £50.00. Further failure to pay the fine and the additional sum within fourteen (14) days shall 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 Management Committee may from time to time call a meeting of Clubs for administrative or information purposes only. The Management Committee together with one (1) Representative of each member Club shall attend. At least seven (7) days notice of the meeting shall be given. Failure to be represented without satisfactory reason being given, a Club shall be fined a sum not exceeding £25.00.
(M) No participant under the age of eighteen (18) can be fined.
(N) The business of the Competition as determined by the Management Committee may be transacted by electronic mail or facsimile.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
6. (A) The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than 30th June in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least thirty (30) Members are present and entitled to vote:-
(i) To receive and confirm the Minutes of the preceding Annual General
(ii) To consider any business arising therefrom.
(iii) To receive and adopt the Annual Report, Balance Sheet and Statement of
(iv) Election of Clubs to fill vacancies (as recommended by the Management
(v) Constitution of the Competition for ensuing season.
(vi) Election of Officers and Management Committee.
(vii) Appointment of Verifier of Accounts.
(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 Competition.
(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 verified Balance Sheet, Statement of Accounts and Agenda shall be forwarded to each Club at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting, and to the Berks & Bucks County Football Association.
(C) A signed copy of the duly verified Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts shall be sent to the Berks & Bucks County Football Association within fourteen (14) days of its adoption by the Annual General Meeting.
(D) Each Member Club shall be empowered to send two (2) delegates to an Annual General Meeting. Each Club shall be entitled to one (1) vote only. Not less than fourteen (14) days notice shall be given of any Meeting.
(E) Clubs who have withdrawn their Membership of the Competition during the season being concluded or who are not continuing Membership shall be entitled to attend but shall vote only on matters relating to the season being concluded.
(F) All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot be demanded by at least ten (10) 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 (1) Member Club.
(H) Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at the Annual General Meeting without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined £25.00.
(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, __________of __________ (Chairman) and B ___________ of ____________ (Secretary) of the ___________ Football Club have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the Wycombe & South Bucks Minor Football League and do hereby agree for and on behalf of the said Club, if elected or accepted into Membership, to conform to those Rules and Regulations and to accept, abide by and implement the decisions of the Management Committee of the Competition, subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 16.
Any alteration of the Chairman and/or Secretary on the above Agreement shall be notified to the Berks & Bucks County Football Association 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.
(ii) It is the responsibility of each Cub 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 twelve (12) and over crossing borders including Wales, Scotland and Ireland
(iii) While serving in any branch of Her Majesty’s Regular Forces a player shall first obtain the consent of his Association Secretary before signing a registration form to play for a Club.
No player registered with a FA Premier League or Football League Academy shall be permitted to play in this competition. A Player registered with a Centre of Excellence may only play in this Competition subject to the Regulations of the Programme for Excellence.
(B) A registered youth playing member of a Club is one who, being in all other respects eligible, has:-
Signed a fully and correctly completed Competition registration form in ink, countersigned by his/her parent or guardian and by an Officer of the Club, and who has been registered with the Registration Secretary five (5) days (subject to Rule 8(C)) prior to playing and whose completed registration card has been received by the Club prior to playing.
The registration document shall incorporate any known serious medical conditions of the player and emergency contact details of the players parents or guardians. These details shall be available at matches and training events the player attends within the management of the Club or Competition.
For all new players and those crossing the Under 14 threshold the registration document shall incorporate a NEW passport sized photograph of the player seeking registration together with proof of the player's date of birth with a photocopy/scanned copy of the player's original birth certificate or satisfactory evidence confirming date of birth at the initial date of registration. In the case of a player who has been previously registered with the League then the retention of the player's form is required, to include on the form each retained player's signature.
The qualification dates for the Competition shall be as follows:
Under 11 the player shall have attained the age of ten (10), but shall be under the age of eleven (11) as at midnight 31st August in the playing season.
Under 12 the player shall have attained the age of 10, but shall be under the age of 12 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.
Under 13 the player shall have attained the age of 11, but be under the age of 13 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.
Under 14 the player shall have attained the age of 12, but be under the age of 14 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.
Under 15 the player shall have attained the age of 13, but be under the age of 15 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.
Under 16 the player shall have attained the age of 14, but be under the age of 16 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.
Under 18 - the player shall have attained the age of 16, but be under the age of 18 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.
In accordance with the foregoing qualifications a player under the age of 15 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season shall not play in a match where any player is older or younger by two (2) years or more.
NOTE: A player shall register for ONE (1) Team only, subject to being transferred, see Rule 8(I).
(The above qualification dates are subject to the provisions contained in Football Association Rule C.4 (a), (v), (vi) and (vii).)
(C) Each Team shall have lodged with the Registration Secretary, a minimum of nine (9) completed Registration Forms no later than midnight 31st August to be eligible to play in a match in this Competition on the official published start date, whether or not a fixture has been scheduled. A Team shall not be permitted to play any match until they have registered a minimum of nine (9) players and the completed Registration Cards have been received by the Club.
In the event of Registration, Transfer or Renewal forms being received after 31st August and up to midnight of this Competition's first fixture date the player shall NOT be eligible to play until this Competition's SECOND fixture date, subject to Rule 8(B).
In the event of Registration, Transfer or Renewal forms being received after 31st August the player shall only be allowed to play in this Competition's SECOND fixture date, subject to receipt of Registration Card as Rule 8(B). A Team failing to have a minimum of nine (9) players registered to play on this Competition's first fixture date and/or subsequent fixture dates, shall be fined a sum not exceeding £50.00.
(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.
(E) A fee of £3.00 shall be paid for each player for a minimum of nine (9) players registered by midnight 31st July. A fee of £4.00 shall be paid for each player registered thereafter.
Registration forms shall be obtained from the Registration Secretary.
(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 (1) Club priority of registration shall decide for which Club the player shall be registered. The Registration Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to register the player of the fact of the previous registration.
(G) It shall be deemed misconduct for a player to:-
(i) Play for more than one (1) Club in the Competition in the same season without first being transferred.
(ii) Having signed for one (1) 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 power to accept the registration of any player subject to the provisions of Rule 8(H)(ii) and Rule 8(H)(iii).
(ii) The Management Committee shall have power to refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any player who has been charged and found guilty of registration irregularities. (Subject to Rule 16).
(iii) The Management Committee shall have power to make application refuse or cancel the registration of any player found guilty of undesirable conduct (Subject to Rule 16) subject to the right of appeal to The Football Association 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 Rule 8(H)(iii) but has a registration accepted at the expiry of exclusion shall be considered to be under a probationary period of twelve (12) months. Whilst under a probationary period, should the player commit a further act of proven misconduct under the jurisdiction of the Competition, (excluding standard dismissals), the Competition would be empowered to consider a further charge of bringing the Competition into disrepute.
(Note: Action under Rule 8H(iii) shall not be taken against a player for misconduct on the field of play 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 shall in any case be subject to an Appeal to The Football Association. All decisions shall include the period of restriction. For the purpose of this Rule, bringing the Competition into disrepute can only be considered where the player has received in excess of one-hundred and twelve (112) days suspension, or ten (10) matches in match based discipline, in a period of two (2) years or less from the date of the first offence for any Team playing in this Competition.)
(I) Subject to The Football Association 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 complete and submit a transfer form to the Registration Secretary. Such transfer shall be referred to the Registration Secretary together with the players current registration card, duly signed by a Senior Official of the players current Club, accompanied by a fee of £3.00 if before midnight 31st July or £4.00 thereafter. 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 (7) days of receipt of the transfer form. Upon receipt of the Club's consent, or upon its failure to give written objection within seven (7) days, the Registration Secretary may, on behalf of the Management Committee, transfer the player who shall be deemed eligible to play for the new Club from such date 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 midnight 1st February 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.
In the event a Club has more than one (1) Team in an age group, each Team shall be clearly identifiable but not designated ‘A’ or ‘B’ or 1st or 2nd. In such cases, players shall be registered for one (1) Team only. A player so registered shall be allowed to play for his Club in a younger or older age group within the provisions of Rule 8(B).
(L) A register containing the names of all players registered for each Club, with the date of registration, shall be kept by the Registration 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 (1) season only.
(M) A player shall not be eligible to play for a team in any special championship, promotion, runners-up or relegation deciding match (as specified in Rule 12(A)) unless the player has been registered with his Club by midnight Sunday four (4) weeks prior to any of the above mentioned match(es), subject to Transfer and Registration deadline (Rule 8(J)).
(N) All Managers or their nominated representative shall have their Team’s Registration/Identity Cards at ALL games and offer to exchange them with the opposing Team prior to the start of the match. Failure to have Registration Cards available prior to the start of any match in any Competition organised by this
League shall make a Team liable to a fine of £5.00 per missing Registration Card up to a maximum of £25.00.
Each Manager or his nominated representative shall sign the Match Card and enter the opposing Team’s “Team Code” on the Match Card to verify that he has seen the opponent's Registration Cards. Failure to sign the Match Card and/or enter the opponent's “Team Code” on the Match Card shall result in a fine of £25.00.
In the event of a player’s eligibility being challenged by the opposition and the necessary Registration Card or Cards not being present at the match, the Management Committee shall have the discretion to either award the League match to the opposition or to order the match to be replayed in addition to any fine they may impose.
From time to time Management Committee members may attend matches and shall be shown the Registration Cards upon such request.
(O)(i) Any team playing an unregistered or otherwise ineligible player or players shall have the points gained in the match deducted from its total and may be fined a sum not exceeding £25.00 per player and/or otherwise dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee.
(ii) In addition the team shall have three (3) points deducted from its total at the discretion of the Management Committee and may be dealt with in any further manner which is thought to be fit.
(iii) The Management Committee may, at its discretion, award the points available in the match in question to the opponents, subject to the match not being ordered to be replayed.
(The following Clause applies to Competitions involving players in full-time secondary education):-
(P) (i) Priority shall be given at all times to school and school organisations activities.
(ii) The availability of children shall be cleared with the Head Teachers (except for Sunday Competitions).
(iii) Children under fifteen (15) shall not play in a team involving players who are more than two (2) years older.
(Note: For players under the age of eighteen (18) the provisions contained in Football Association Rules shall apply.)
(Q) Scanned originals of registration forms, transfer forms and renewal forms are acceptable.
CLUB COLOURS. CLUB NAME
9. (A) Every Club shall register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by 31st May who shall decide as to their suitability.
Goalkeepers shall 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 shall play to its opponents at least two (2) days before the match.
If, in the opinion of the referee, two (2) 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 £10.00.
The Secretary of the Competition may request shirts to be submitted if complaints are received as to lack of distinguishing colours, and the Management Committee may refuse to permit any shirts or shorts as they think fit. Shirts shall be uniquely numbered.
(B) Any Club wishing to change its name and/or colours shall obtain permission from its affiliated County Football Association and from the Management Committee.
PLAYING SEASON. CONDITIONS OF PLAY
TIMES OF KICK-OFF. POSTPONEMENTS. SUBSTITUTES
10. (A) The Annual General Meeting shall determine the commencement of the season, which shall be in accordance with Football Association Rules. Original fixtures arranged by the Fixture Secretary or at a meeting specially convened for that purpose, to be held not later than 31st August, shall not be arranged for a date later than seven (7) days preceding the concluding date determined by the Annual General Meeting.
Original fixtures, having been circulated or published, shall be deemed to have been accepted unless Rule 10(B) paragraph 8 applies.
The Fixture Secretary shall review annually, prior to issue of Fixture Grids, matches for any of the three (3) Sundays over Christmas and New Year period and the first Sunday of the Autumn and Spring Half-Terms.
Matches shall not be scheduled for the Easter weekend, except when requested by Clubs to the Secretary in writing. On all other Sundays matches shall be allocated at the discretion of the Fixture Secretary.
Each Team shall be allowed one (1) free date (scheduled Cup games excepted) for any reason during the season. Ten (10) clear days notice shall be given to the Fixture Secretary in writing prior to the scheduled fixture date.
Failing to give ten (10) clear days notice and the match not being played it shall be treated as an unfulfilled fixture and shall be dealt with under Rule 10(F).
The Fixture Secretary shall give at least ten (10) clear days notice of a rearranged fixture(s) (Sunday/Week Commencing).
(B) All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board as set down by The Football Association.
Clubs shall 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. It is acceptable to play matches on 3G synthetic pitches providing all types of approved footwear is permitted.
All matches shall have a duration as set out below unless a shorter time 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 duration of play shall be as follows unless it is mutually agreed by all parties to reduce the time. For Under 11 and Under 12, thirty (30) minutes each half; for Under 13 and Under 14, thirty-five (35) minutes each half and Under 15 and Under 16, forty (40) minutes each half, and Under 18, forty-five (45) minutes each half.
The minimum time for any game shall not be less than twenty (20) minutes each half for players in the Under 14 age group and below and twenty-five (25) minutes each half for all other age groups.
The Competition shall allow the playing of two (2) separate matches, one-hundred (100) minutes per day. In the Under 11’s to Under 14’s inclusive, two (2) matches of forty (40) minutes (twenty (20) minutes each half). In the Under 15’s and Under 16’s, two (2) matches of fifty (50) minutes (twenty-five (25) minutes each half). Two (2) match Result Cards shall be submitted (one (1) for each match). The match Result Cards shall state they are double headers and numbered one (1) and two (2). The earliest scheduled fixture date between the two (2) Teams shall be the date on which the two (2) matches shall be played. Once the two (2) matches have been agreed notice shall be given by BOTH Clubs/Teams to the Fixture Secretary in writing. In the event that any of the matches are not played then Rule 10(F) shall apply.
The times of kick-off shall be fixed at the Annual General Meeting and shall be no earlier than 9-30am on Sundays. Any Club failing to commence at the appointed time shall be fined a sum not exceeding £10.00 or be otherwise dealt with as the Management Committee may determine.
Kick-off times shall be agreed by the opposing Club by 9-00pm on the Wednesday prior to a Sunday match and four (4) days prior to a midweek match. If a Club wishes to change the kick-off time after this then both Teams shall agree. Failure to agree then the original kick-off time shall be adhered to.
Midweek games shall be arranged by the Fixture Secretary where necessary on a “Week Commencing” basis giving a minimum of ten (10) clear days notice. Once midweek games are arranged and agreed, Rule 10(F) applies to any subsequent postponement.
If the date of the match cannot be agreed in the week allocated by the Fixture Secretary then the date given by the Home Team in that week shall be the date of the fixture.
The time of kick-off for midweek games shall be no earlier than 6-30pm, unless mutually agreed by both Teams.
Referees shall order matches to commence at the appointed time and shall report all late starts to the Competition.
Corner posts with flags complying with FA Regulations shall be provided by the home Club. Failure to comply shall result in a fine of £10.00.
The Home Team shall provide at least two (2) footballs fit for play and the referee shall make a report to the Competition if the footballs are unsuitable. The size of football to be used shall be: size 4 for those playing Under 11, 12, 13 and 14 age groups; size 5 for all other age groups.
The referee shall inspect the players' studs and shin pads prior to match kick-off.
A set of Assistant Referee “flags” shall be made available for the match Referee to use. Failure to comply shall result in a fine of £10.00.
All Clubs competing in all sections of the League shall provide goal nets for all matches. Failure to comply shall result in a fine of £10.00.
(C) Except by permission of the Management Committee all matches shall be played on the dates originally fixed but priority shall be given to The Football Association and all relevant County Association Cup Competitions. All other matches shall be considered secondary. Clubs may mutually agree to bring forward a match with the consent of the Fixture Secretary.
In the case of a revised fixture date, the Clubs shall be given by the Competition five (5) clear days notice of a match (unless otherwise mutually agreed).
(D) The Secretary of the home Club shall give notice in writing, telephone, fax or by e-mail, 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 four (4) clear days prior to the playing of the match.
Any Club failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to a fine of £10.00.
(E) In the event of a Club playing in any match with less than eleven (11) players they shall be fined £0.00 for each missing player. A minimum of nine (9) players shall constitute a team for a Competition match.
(F) Home and away matches shall be played. In the event of a Club failing to keep its engagement the Management Committee shall have power to inflict a fine not exceeding £15.00, deduct points from the defaulting Club, award the points from the match in question to the opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any expenses incurred by the opponents or otherwise deal with them except the award of goals.
Postponement forms shall be accepted due to:
(a) Local Council pitches closed as a result of Council instruction except adverse weather conditions.
(b) School activities, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Club/Scout, provided this is accompanied by letter(s) from the school(s), organisation(s) concerned, on headed paper and clearly naming the individuals involved no later than Wednesday after the scheduled fixture to be postponed.
Failure to comply shall be dealt with under Rule 10(F).
Insufficient registered players, illness, injuries or holidays shall not be accepted as a satisfactory reason for postponing matches accept in exceptional circumstances.
Any Club unable to fulfil a fixture shall, without delay, give notice to the Fixture Secretary, Referee Secretary, the Secretary of the opposing Club and the match officials. Any Club failing to comply shall be dealt with by the Management Committee who may inflict a fine.
Notice of postponement of any matches shall be given by BOTH CLUBS in the form of the League Postponement Notice (except unplayable pitches) and shall be sent to the Fixture Secretary within forty-eight (48) hours of the postponement date. A Club in breach of this Rule shall incur a fine not exceeding £10.00.
Clubs or Teams wishing to have their matches rearranged due to their Club or Team undertaking a tour, shall give twenty-eight (28) days notice, in writing to the Secretary, in addition to obtaining County Association and Football Association permission.
All matches not played due to a Club being suspended from the Competition shall be deemed “unplayed matches” and shall be dealt with under Rule 10(F).
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 (2) Clubs and approved by the Management Committee. Failing such agreement and notification to the Fixture Secretary within fourteen (14) days the Management Committee shall have power to order the match to be played on a named date or on or before a given date.
The Management Committee shall review all abandoned matches and in a case where it is to the advantage of the Competition and does no injustice to either Team, 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 (1) Team or its Club member(s) they shall be empowered to award the points for the match to the opponent. In cases where a match has been abandoned owing to the conduct of both teams or their Club members, the Management Committee shall rule all points for the match as void. No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned match.
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 shall be declared null and void.
All abandonments shall be reported to the Secretary BY BOTH TEAMS on the relevant form to be received by the Wednesday following the date of the game. It shall include the time of the abandonment, the reason and the score at the time. Failure to submit the form shall result in a fine not exceeding £10.00.
(G) A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use five (5) substitute players in any match in this Competition who may be selected from five (5) players.
For teams in the Under 16 age group and below, a player who has been substituted himself becomes a substitute and may replace another player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of the Game
The referee shall be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than five (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 five (5) minutes duration, but it shall not exceed fifteen (15) minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee.
(I) Under 11 9 v 9
Under 12 11 v 11
Under 13 to Under 18 up to 11 v 11
From the beginning of the 2014/15 season the format below shall be adopted:-
Under 11 9 v 9
Under 12 9 v 9
Under 13 to Under 18 up to 11 v 11
11. (A) The Registration Secretary shall receive within four (4) days of the date played, the result of each Competition match in the prescribed manner. This shall include the forename(s) and surname of the players (in block letters) and also the Referee markings required by Rule 13, and any other information required by the Competition. Failure to comply shall incur a fine not exceeding £25.00 and/or the Club being dealt with as the Management Committee deem suitable. All players named on the Match Result Card shall be deemed to have played in the match. Both Managers shall sign as proof that they have checked the Registration Cards. Scanned originals of the Match Result Card are acceptable. Match Result Cards shall record the following information in ink and in legible format:
(i) The score, home and away.
(ii) Initials, surname and REGISTRATION NUMBER, NOT their PERSONAL IDENTITY NUMBER of each player taking part including substitutes, up to a maximum of sixteen (16) players per team, see Rule 10(G).
(iii) The name of the referee.
(iv) Both Managers' signatures to confirm Registration Cards have been
(v) The Competition.
(vi) Age Group.
(vii) Division/Cup Round.
(viii) Time of kick-off.
(ix) FULL title of both home and away Teams.
(x) Referees' markings by both Managers.
(xi) Opposition Team Codes.
The Match Result Card entries of players not used shall be crossed through, failure to comply shall result in a fine of £10.00 for each player's name over and above the maximum of sixteen (16).
(B) The Match Result Card, correctly completed, shall be signed by a responsible member of the Club. The Management Committee shall have power to take such action as they deem suitable against a Club which submits an incomplete form or incorrect information including a fine not exceeding £25.00.
Result is defined as abandonment, postponed match, unplayed or match result.
(C) The Home Club shall telephone, email or text the result of each match to the Result Secretary by 6-30pm (9-30pm in case of midweek matches) on the day of the match.
Results of County Cup matches, or any other match in Competitions the Club has permission to enter, whether HOME or AWAY shall also be communicated in the same way to the Result Secretary. Failure to comply shall result in a fine of £10.00.
12. (A) Team rankings within the Competition shall be decided by points with three (3) points to be awarded for a win and one (1) point for a drawn match. The teams gaining the highest number of points in their respective Divisions at the conclusion shall be adjudged the winners. Matches shall not be played for double points.
In the event of two (2) or more teams being equal on points for the championship, runner-up, promotion or relegation at the close of the Competition, their position shall be determined by the number of points attained in their League matches against each other during the season. The Team with the most points being deemed to have the higher League position. Should this fail to determine winners, then a single deciding match shall be played at a venue decided by the Management Committee. If at the end of this match the scores are level, extra time of twenty (20) minutes, ten (10) minutes each half extra time shall be played and for Under 18 extra time of thirty (30) minutes, fifteen (15) minutes each half, extra time shall be played. Should the match remain undecided after the period of extra time, the winners shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with International Board Procedures.
(B) Automatic promotion and relegation shall be applied for the first three (3) and last three (3) Teams in each Under 11 Division. For the remaining age groups with more than one Division the winners and runner-up of the lower Divisions shall be automatically promoted to the higher Division for the following season.
The two (2) bottom placed Teams of the higher Division SHALL BE LIABLE for relegation to the lower Divisions, subject to the discretion of the Management Committee.
Notwithstanding the above, to ensure an even balance of Teams in each Division, the Management Committee may promote or relegate additional Teams over and above that stipulated.
(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.
13. (A) Registered Referees (and Assistant Referees where approved by The Football Association or County Football Association) for all matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the sanctioning Association(s).
(B) In the event of the non-appearance of the appointed Referee the appointed senior Assistant Referee shall take charge and a substitute Assistant Referee appointed by the competing Teams. In cases where there are no officially appointed Assistant Referees, or where the competition has been unable to appoint a Referee, the Clubs shall agree upon a Referee who shall not be the Manager of either Team. A Referee thus agreed upon shall, for that game, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered Referee.
For Under 15 and Under 16 age groups registered Referees shall be appointed for all matches by the Referee Secretary. In cases where it is not possible to appoint a registered Referee the Official may be supplied by either Club at the Referee Secretary’s discretion, AND WITH HIS AGREEMENT ONLY, providing the said Official has no association with that Team through its Management or Players. Any breach of this Rule shall incur a fine not exceeding £20.00.
(C) The Management Committee may, if they consider it desirable, or upon application by the two (2) competing Clubs, appoint Assistant Referees, if available, to any match. Where Assistant Referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club Assistant Referee. Failure to do so shall result in a fine of £5.00 being imposed on the defaulting Club.
(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 shall be accepted unless the ground is declared fit for play.
(E) Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the sanctioning Association Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be entitled to charge the following match fees:-
Referee £25.00 for Under 11, Under 12 and Under 13 age groups, £30.00 for Under 14, Under 15, Under 16 and Under 18 age groups. Registered Referees appointed by the Management Committee as Assistant Referees £10.00 for all age groups, subject to any limits laid down by the sanctioning Association. The fees are inclusive of expenses.
The Home Club shall pay the Officials their fees immediately after the match.
(F) In the event of a match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to half fee. 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 engagement, and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to his non-appearance, may have his name removed from the list of Referees and the fact reported to the County Football Association with which he is registered.
(H) Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by The Football Association, award marks to the Referee for each match and the name of the Referee and the marks awarded shall be submitted to the Competition on the prescribed Form provided. Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to be fined a sum not exceeding £10.00 or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine.
Any Club marking a Referee fifty (50) or below, shall, in writing to the Registration Secretary within seven (7) days of the match, giving the reasons for such marks. Failure to comply shall result in a fine of £10.00.
The Competition shall keep a record of the markings and, on the Form provided by the prescribed date each season, shall submit a summary to The Football Association/County Football Association.
(J) Referees and Assistant Referees shall be supplied, each Season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.
(K) A Referee shall be at least two (2) years older than the age group in which he/she is officiating.
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 shall notify the Secretary in writing by 31st March each Season or be liable to a fine not exceeding £15.00.
All Clubs wishing to remain in membership of the Competition for the following Season shall confirm their intention to do so, in writing, to the Secretary by 31st March.
(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 £25.00 per team and shall also be liable for its share of any call which may be made under Rule 5(B).
(C) The Membership for the coming season having been decided at the Annual General Meeting held not later than 30th June the Competition shall have the right, irrespective of other provisions in this Rule, to refuse to permit a Club to withdraw its team(s) in order to join another Competition and may hold the Club to its engagements. Should a team resign from the League to play in an alternative League for the following season, it shall not automatically be permitted to return to the League the following season.
(D) In the event of a Member Club which is an un-incorporated association withdrawing and/or disbanding it shall be immediately liable to discharge all its financial and other obligations to the Competition.
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.
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 shall 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 shall contain full particulars of the grounds upon which they are founded) shall be lodged in duplicate with the Secretary within seven (7) days (excluding Sundays) of the match or occurrence to which they refer. A protest or complaint shall not be withdrawn except by permission of the Management Committee. A Member of the Management Committee who is a member of any Club involved shall not be present (except as a witness or representative of his Club) when such protest or complaint is being determined.
(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 £10.00. 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 shall receive a copy of the submission and shall be afforded an opportunity to make a statement at least seven (7) days prior to the protest or complaint being heard.
(i) All parties shall have received seven (7) days notice of the Hearing should they be instructed to attend.
(ii) Should a Club elect to state its case in person then they should forward a deposit of £10.00 and indicate such when forwarding the written response.
BOARD OF APPEAL
16. Within fourteen (14) days of the posting of written notification of any decision of the Management Committee or the Competition a Club, Official or Player against whom action is taken may appeal against such decision by lodging particulars in duplicate with the Secretary of the Berks & Bucks Football Association, including a fee of £25.00, 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.
Clubs submitting an appeal against this Competition shall notify the League Secretary, in writing, of such action at the same time.
EXCLUSION OF CLUBS OR TEAMS. MISCONDUCT, CLUBS, OFFICIALS, PLAYERS
17. (A) At the Annual General Meeting, or Special General Meeting called for the purpose in accordance with the provisions of Rule 19, Notice of Motion having been duly circulated on the Agenda, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude any Club or Team from further membership which shall be supported by (more than) two-thirds 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 or team of a Club whose conduct has, in their opinion, been undesirable, which shall be supported by (more than) two-thirds 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 100% of its fixtures in any season shall unless the conditions are beyond their control, or the accredited delegates present at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting decide otherwise by a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast be excluded from membership the following season.
TROPHY:- LEGAL OWNERS, CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER,
AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED. AWARDS.
18. (A) If a Competition is discontinued for any reason a Trophy or any other presentation shall be returned to the Donor if the conditions attached to it so provide or, if not, dealt with as the sanctioning Association may decide. At the close of each Competition awards shall be made to the winners and runners-up if the funds of the Competition permit.
The following agreement shall be signed on behalf of the winners of the Cup or Trophy:-
We A ___________ and B ___________, the Chairman and Secretary of __________ FC, members of and representing the Club, having been declared winners of the Wycombe & South Bucks Minor Football League Cup or Trophy, and it having been delivered to us by the Competition, do hereby on behalf of the Club jointly and severally agree to return the Cup or Trophy to the Competition Secretary on or before the first Tuesday in March. If the Cup or Trophy is lost or damaged whilst under our care we agree to refund to the Competition the amount of its current value or the cost of its thorough repair.”
A fine of £10.00 may be imposed for each week that a trophy is retained by a Club after that date at the Management Committee's discretion.
SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS
19. Upon receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds of the Clubs in membership the Secretary shall call a Special General Meeting.
The Management Committee may call a Special General Meeting at any time.
At least seven (7) days notice shall be given of either meeting under this Rule, together with an agenda of the business to be transacted at such meeting.
Each Full Member Club shall be empowered to send two (2) delegates to all Special General Meetings. Each Club shall be entitled to one (1) vote only as shall 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 £25.00.
Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all Special General Meetings.
All amendment of Rules can only be implemented once approved by the appropriate sanctioning authority.
ALTERATION TO RULES
20. (A) 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 alterations made during the playing season to the Rule relating to the qualification of players shall not take effect until the following season.
(B) Notice of proposed alterations to be considered at the Annual General Meeting shall be submitted to the Secretary by 28th February in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals from the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by 15th March and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by 31st March.
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 two-thirds of those present and entitled to vote are in favour.
(C) A copy of the proposed alterations and proposed amendments to be considered at the Annual General Meeting shall be submitted to the Berks & Bucks Football Association by not later than 14th April.
A copy of the proposed alterations and proposed amendments to be considered at a Special General Meeting shall be submitted to the Berks & Bucks Football Association by no later than twenty-eight (28) days prior to the date of the meeting.
(D) Any alterations or additions decided upon at any meeting shall not become operative until the approval of the Berks & Bucks Football Association shall have been obtained.
RULES BINDING ON CLUBS
21. Each Member Club shall be deemed to have given its assent to the foregoing Rules and agreed to abide by the decisions of the Management Committee subject to Rule 16. Each Member Club shall abide by any issued Football Association Code of Conduct.
22. (A) The Management Committee shall determine with which bank or other financial institution the funds of the Competition shall be lodged.
(B) Withdrawal of funds from Bank Accounts shall require joint signatures of any two (2) of the following League Officers:- Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Registration Secretary or Fixture Secretary. All expenditure in excess of £100.00 shall be approved by the Management Committee.
(C) The financial year of the Competition shall end on 31st May. The League Management Committee shall be empowered to organise social or fund raising events in order to further the League's objectives.
(D) The books, or a certified balance sheet, of the Competition shall be prepared and shall be verified annually by some suitable person(s) who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting.
23. All Clubs participating in the League SHALL register with the Management Committee, at least one (1) individual for each Team who is qualified to the basic level of an approved FA First Aid Course, covering life saving skills on the field of play. A copy of the valid certificate is to be registered with the League Secretary seven (7) days prior to the Teams first match in the Competition. Failure to do so shall mean the matches shall be postponed and shall be awarded to their opponents in accordance with Rule 10(F) for failing to fulfil a fixture.
24. The League shall be dissolved by a resolution passed at a General Meeting if the active member Clubs are such that it is impossible to continue. Under such circumstances, all monies held shall be handed over to the Berks & Bucks Football Association. All trophies held by the League shall at the time of the dissolution, be dealt with as provided for in Rule18(A) and shall become the property of Berks & Bucks Football Association in accordance with Football Association Regulations for the Control and Sanctioning of Competitions No 5 save where conditions of donation state that it shall be returned to the Donor.
25. All Clubs shall have Public Liability Insurance cover of at least ten million pounds (£10,000,000).
RULES FOR CUP COMPETITIONS
LEAGUE CUP(S), MAYORS CUP, REFEREES CUP, MEMORIAL CUP(S)
1. (a)(i) These Cup Competitions are subsidiary to the Wycombe & South Bucks Minor Football League and shall be confined to Clubs who are Full Members of the League.
(ii) The League Cup, Mayors Cup, Referees Cup and Memorial Cup Competitions and any arranged matches for the aforementioned Competitions shall take PRIORITY over any Invitation Cups outside our Competition.
(b)(i) The administration of the Cup Competitions shall be vested in the League Management Committee who shall have powers to deal with any matters for which no specific provision is made in these Cup Competition Rules.
(ii) In the event of additional knock-out Cup Competitions being organised within the Wycombe & South Bucks Minor League, each Team in membership shall, by age group or specified Divisions, be automatically entered, whether there is a fee or not, unless a request is made in writing not to enter. The Management Committee shall have the power to alter the format of these additional cup competitions if the number competing so justifies.
2 (a) All matches shall be played in accordance with the Rules of the League in so far as they are relevant.
(b) All matches shall be played on a knockout one (1) leg basis throughout the Competitions including the Final.
(c)In the event of the scores being level at full time, extra time of twenty (20) minutes, ten (10) minutes each half, shall be played. Under 18, extra time of thirty (30) minutes, fifteen (15) minutes each half, extra time shall be played. Should the match remain undecided after the period of extra time, the winners shall be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the International Board Procedures contained within the Laws of the Game.
(d) All matches shall be played to a conclusion and except where the Referee so decides, the failure to finish a match to a conclusion shall result in both Teams being removed from the Competition and subject to a fine not exceeding £25.00.
(e) In the event of any match being postponed or abandoned, the match shall be re-scheduled fourteen (14) days later. Any subsequent postponements shall be rescheduled seven (7) days later unless it is beneficial to the Competition until the match is concluded.
(f) Any player registered with a Team shall be eligible to compete in any round of a League Cup, Referees' Cup, Mayor's Cup or Dick Hopkins Memorial Cup Competition into which that Team has been entered. A player not registered with his Club by midnight four (4) weeks prior, shall not be eligible to compete in a semi-final or final match, subject to transfer and registration deadline, Rule 8(J).
3 (a) Any player registered with a Team in the Wycombe & South Bucks Minor League shall be eligible to compete in any round of these subsidiary Cup Competitions into which that Team has entered.
(b) No player shall play for more than one (1) Team in these Competitions, irrespective of age group. Once a player has played for any Team in any Wycombe & South Bucks Minor League subsidiary Cup, he shall remain registered to that Team for the remainder of the season in that particular Cup Competition in all age groups. (Subject to League Rule 8 (J))
(c) A Team playing a player who has not been registered or is otherwise ineligible, shall be fined a sum not exceeding £25.00 and shall be removed from the Competition.
4 A Team may at its discretion and in accordance with League Rule 10(G) use five (5) substitutes who may be selected from five (5) players.
5 League Cup. The Entry Fee for this Competition is included in the League Annual Subscription. This shall be competed for at each age group of the Wycombe & South Bucks Minor Football League. Teams from First Division and Second Division Clubs shall be exempt until the last thirty-two (32) matches.
Mayor’s Cup. The Entry Fee for this Competition shall be £10.00 per Team with the Fee being donated to a charity of the Management Committee’s choice and shall be matched by the Competition. The Mayor’s Cup shall be competed for by Teams in the Under 12 age group.
First Division Clubs shall NOT qualify for this Competition. Division Two Teams shall enter at the last sixteen (16) stage.
Referee’s Cup. The Entry Fee for this Competition shall be £10.00 per Team with the Fee being donated to a charity of the Management Committee’s choice and shall be matched by the Competition. Division Two Teams shall enter at the last sixteen (16) stage.
The Referee’s Cup shall be competed for by Teams in the Under 15 age group.
First Division Clubs shall NOT qualify for this Competition. Division Two Teams shall enter at the last sixteen (16) stage.
Geoff Springell Memorial Cup. The Entry Fee for this Competition is included in the League Annual Subscription.
The Geoff Springell Memorial Cup shall be competed for by Teams in the Under 11 age group. First Division and Second Division Teams shall enter, at a later stage, at the discretion of the Management Committee.
Dick Hopkins Memorial Cup. The Entry Fee for this Competition is included in the League Annual Subscription. The Dick Hopkins Memorial Cup shall be competed for by Teams in the Under 13 age group.
First Division Clubs shall NOT qualify for this Competition.
Division Two teams shall enter at the last 16 stage
6 When conducting the draw for these subsidiary Cups, the first drawn of each pair shall be considered as the HOME Team inclusive of the Semi-Finals.
7 Match Officials appointed shall be entitled to charge match fees as in League Rule 13 (E) and shall be shared equally between the Home and Away Teams. The Home Team shall be responsible for payments to Officials. Failure to do so shall incur a fine not exceeding £10.00.
8 (a)The Management Committee shall present a total of sixteen (16) medals, plaques or other suitable mementoes to the players of the Winners and Runners-Up in the Cup Competitions organised by the League.
(b) Only players (or named substitutes) who played in the Final match shall be entitled to an award.
(c) A player sent off in the Final match shall have his medal withheld and it shall be the responsibility of his Club to appeal to the League Management Committee for it to be awarded.
9 Teams contesting the Semi-Final shall submit to the Registration Secretary, a list of players from whom their Team shall be selected, together with the Team colours by no later than seven (7) days prior to the match. Teams contesting a Final shall submit details fourteen (14) days prior to the match.
(1) All players shall only be eligible to play in the age group in which they are registered to play.
A maximum of eighteen (18) shall be selected for each Representative Team. Additional players may be added with the permission of the Management Committee.
1. Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the game into disrepute.
2. In these Regulations the expression “Offence” shall mean any one or more of the offences contained in Schedule 1 to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and any other criminal offence which reasonably causes The Association to believe that the person accused of the offence poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children.
3. Upon receipt by The Association of:
3.1 notification that an individual has been charged with an Offence; or
3.2 notification that an individual is the subject of an investigation by the Police, Social Services or any other authority relating to an Offence; or
3.3 any other information which causes The Association reasonably to believe that a person poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children then The Association shall have the power to order that the individual be suspended from all or any specific football activity for such period and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.
4. In reaching its determination as to whether an order under Regulation 3 should be made The Association shall give consideration, inter alia, to the following factors:
4.1 whether a child is or children are or may be at risk of harm;
4.2 whether the matters are of a serious nature;
4.3 whether an order is necessary or desirable to allow the conduct of any investigation by The Association or any other authority or body to proceed unimpeded.
5. The period of an order referred to in 3 above shall not be capable of lasting beyond the date upon which any charge under The Rules of The Association or any Offence is decided or brought to an end.
6. Where an order is imposed on an individual under Regulation 3 above, The Association shall bring and conclude any proceedings under the Rules of The Association against the person relating to the matters as soon as reasonably practicable.
7. Where a person is convicted, or is made the subject of a caution in respect of an Offence, that shall constitute a breach of the Rules of The Association and The Association shall have the power to order the suspension of the person from all or any specific football activity for such a period (including indefinitely) and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.
8. For the purposes of these Regulations, The Association shall act through its Council or any Committee or Sub-Committee thereof, including the Board.
9. Notification in writing of an order referred to above shall be given to the person concerned and/or any Club with which he is associated as soon as reasonably practicable.
10. The applicable standard of proof shall be the civil standard, of the balance of probability. The more serious the allegation taking into account the nature of the misconduct alleged and the context of the case the greater the burden of evidence required to find the matter proved. Save that for charges pursuant to The Football Association's Child Protection Policy, where the welfare and protection of children shall be paramount and the test shall be whether more likely than not.