League Rules CONSTITUTION AND RULES This League shall be conducted in accordance with the General Rules for Leagues as laid down by the Football Association, which are adopted by the Northumberland, Durham, Cumberland, Westmoreland and North Riding County Football Associations, together with the special rules which have been approved by the Joint Committees of the above Football Associations. STANDARD CODE OF RULES The following rules have been compiled for the use of Competitions and are mandatory for all new Competitions, and will be mandatory for all sanctioned Competitions at Level 4 or below of the National League System as from Season 2002/2003. Competitions seeking sanction must draft their Rules in conformity, putting them in the correctly numbered Rule and showing the Standard Headings. CLUBS TO NOTE: In order to preserve the status and good name of the Northern Football Alliance, rules governing the League will be strictly adhered to and enforced by the League's elected Officials and the Management Committee. Copies of the League Rules are provided to each Club in membership and ignorance of any particular rule will not be accepted as an excuse for breaking that rule Club Secretaries are therefore urged to consult the League Rules frequently so that unnecessary fines and penalties imposed by the Management Committee can be avoided. LEAGUE RULES QUICK REFERENCE RULE 1 NOMENCLATURE & CONSTITUTION 2 ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT 3 OFFICERS 4 MANAGEMENT, NOMINATION, ELECTION 5 POWERS OF MANAGEMENT 6 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 7 AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED 8 QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS 9 CLUB COLOURS, CLUB NAME 10 PLAYING SEASON, CONDITIONS OF PLAY, TIMES OF KICK OFF, POSTPONEMENTS, SUBSTITUTES 11 REPORTING RESULTS 12 DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP 13 REFEREES 14 CONTINUATl0N OF MEMBERSHIP OR WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB 15 PROTESTS AND COMPLAINTS 16 BOARD OF APPEAL 17 EXCLUSION OF CLUBS OR TEAMS, MISCONDUCT, CLUBS, OFFICIALS, PLAYERS 18 TROPHIES: LEGAL OWNERS, CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER, AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED, AWARDS 20 SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING 21 ALTERATION TO RULES 22 FINANCE 1 NOMENCLATURE AND CONSTITUTION A This competition shall be designated THE NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE LTD and known as the WADE ASSOCIATES NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE and shall consist of not more than 48 Clubs who shall be Full Member Clubs, and not more than 6 Clubs who shall be Associate Member Clubs. 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 Northumberland Football Association. The area covered by the Competition shall be Northumberland, Durham, Cumberland and North Riding The Competition shall apply annually for Sanction to the Northumberland Football Association and the constituent teams of Member Clubs may be grouped in divisions each not exceeding 18 in number. B At the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, a majority of the delegates present shall have power to decide or adjust the compilation of the divisions at their discretion. When necessary this Rule shall take precedence over Rule 12. C 2 ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT A Application 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 £150 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 and a team seeks a transfer or is compulsorily transferred to another Division no Entry Fee shall be payable. B The Annual Subscription shall be £100 per Club, payable on or before 1st August in each year. C Each Club shall within 7 Days of election pay a Deposit of £50 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, Deposit have been paid. E Clubs must advise annually to the Secretary in writing by First Thursday in June each year, of its County Football Affiliation number for the following Season, failing which they shall be fined £25. Clubs must advise the Secretary in writing, or on the prescribed form, of details of its Headquarters, Officers and any other information required by the Competition. 3 OFFICERS The Officers of the Competition shall be the President, Vice-Presidents, Chairman, Vice-Chairmen, Treasurer and Secretary, Insurance Secretary and Press Officer, to be elected at the Annual General Meeting. (N. B. Auditors are not Officers). 4 MANAGEMENT, NOMINATION, ELECTION 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 other Officials and a maximum of 8 Club Members, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting 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 1st 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. The Management Committee shall meet as often as is necessary to deal with business as it arises. C On receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds of the Members of the 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. 5 POWERS OF MANAGEMENT A The Management Committee may appoint such sub-committees as they may consider necessary and may delegate such of their powers as they deem necessary to such committees. The decisions of all such committees shall be reported to the Management Committee for ratification. B Subject to the permission of the Northumberland Football Association being obtained, the Management Committee may order a match/matches to 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 Members shall be allowed to vote on any matters directly appertaining to such Member or to the Club so represented. (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 the 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. Except where these Rules provide for the imposition of a set penalty any Club, Official, or player alleged to be in breach of a Competition Rule must be formally charged in writing and given the opportunity to present their case before the Management Committee. All breaches of the Laws of the Game, Rules & Regulations of the Football Association shall be dealt with in accordance with the F.A. Rules. E All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to right of appeal to the Board of Appeal in accordance with Rule 16. Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned within three days F Six Members of the Management Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the Management Committee and 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 the 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 v 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. Clubs, Officials or individuals committing a breach of this Rule will incur such penalties as the Management Committee may impose J A member of the Management Committee appointed by the Competition to attend a meeting or match may have the 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 Meeting or Special General Meeting called to decide the constitution and the commencement of the Competition season. 6 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING A The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than 14th June in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least two thirds of Member Clubs are present and entitled to vote:- (i) To receive and confirm the Minutes of the preceding Annual General Meeting. (ii) To consider any business arising therefrom. (iii) To receive and adopt the Annual Report, Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts. (iv) Election of Clubs to fill vacancies (as recommended by the Management Committee). (v) Constitution of the Competition for the ensuing season. (vi) Election of Officers and Management Committee (vii) Appointment of Auditors (or Responsible Persons). (viii) Alteration of Rules, if any (of which notice has been given). (ix) Fix the date for the commencement and conclusion of playing season. (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 Balance Sheet, Statement of Accounts and Agenda shall be forwarded to each Club at least fourteen days prior to the meeting, and to the Northumberland, Durham and Cumberland County Football Associations. C A signed copy of the duly audited Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts shall be sent to the Northumberland, Durham, and Cumberland County Football Associations within fourteen days of its adoption at the Annual General Meeting. D Each Full Member Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to an ~ Annual General Meeting. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only. Not less than fourteen days' notice shall be given of any meeting. Associate Member Clubs may be represented at an Annual General Meeting in the proportion of one representative for each six or part of six Associate Member Clubs and such representatives shall exercise the powers and rights of full Members at such meetings. 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 be demanded by at least two thirds of the delegates qualified to vote or the Chairman so decides. G No individual shall be entitled to vote on behalf or more than one Full Member Club, unless the individual is also appointed to vote as a representative of a group of Associate Member Clubs. H Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at the Annual General Meeting without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined Twenty Pounds. I Officers and Management Committee Members shall be entitled to attend and vote at an Annual General Meeting. 7 AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED The Chairman and Secretary of each Club shall complete and sign the following agreement which shall be deposited with the Competition together with the Application for Membership for the coming season, or upon indicating that the Club intends to compete: "We, A………………………………. .of……………………………….. (Chairman) and B……………………………………….of………………………………. (Secretary) of the.. ……………………..Football Club have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the Northern Football Alliance Competition 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 of the above Agreement must be notified to the 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). 8. QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS A Contract players as defined in Football Association Rules are permitted in this Competition. 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 one day prior to playing and whose completed registration counterfoil has been received by the Club prior to playing. (ii) Signed a fully and correctly completed Competition registration form in ink on a match day prior to playing, countersigned by an Officer of the Club and witnessed by an Officer of the opposing Club and submitted to the Registrations Secretary with the match result sheet within two days (Sundays excluded) subsequent to the match. The player shall not again play until the Club is in possession of the completed counterfoil. A maximum of two players per match may be registered in t his way. Registration Forms may also be submitted to the Registrations Secretary by facsimile machine prior to the player playing. C . OMITTED 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 25p shall be paid for each player registered. 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 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. The Management Committee shall have the power to refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any player due to any irregularities (Subject to Rule 16). (ii) The Management Committee shall have power to refuse or cancel the registration of any player found guilty of undesirable conduct and to disqualify the player in question from participating in all games in the Competition. (Subject to Rule 16). (NOTE: Action under Clause (ii) 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). I Subject to the Football Association 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 one pound (£1) Such transfer shall be referred by the Registrations Secretary to the Club for which the player is registered. Should this Club object to the transfer it should state its objections in writing to the Registrations Secretary and to the player' concerned within 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 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 or 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 31st 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 Registration Secretary, and shall be open to inspection by any duly appointed Member Club at all Management Committee Meetings or at other times mutually arranged. 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 12A unless the player has played three games for that team in this Competition in the current season. N - OMITTED O Any team playing an unregistered or otherwise ineligible player or players (i) will have the points gained in the match deducted from its total and will be fined £20 by the Management Committee. (ii) In addition the team will have three points deducted from its total by the Management Committee and may be dealt with in any further manner which is thought to be fit. (iii) The Management Committee in exceptional circumstances may. at its discretion, award any points deducted from a Club under this rule to the opponents in the match in question, subject to the match not being ordered to be replayed P Players in full time secondary education (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) Children under 14 shall not play in a team involving players who are more than 2 years older. (NOTE: for players under the age of 18 the provisions contained in Football Association Rules will apply). 9 CLUB COLOURS, CLUB NAME A Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary 5 days prior to the Annual General Meeting of the League, who shall decide as to their suitability. Goalkeepers must wear colours which distinguish them from other players and the referee. No player, including the goalkeeper, shall be permitted to wear black or very dark shirts Any team not being able to play in its normal colours as registered with the Competition shall notify the colours in which they will play to its opponents at least five days before the match. If, in the opinion of the Referee, two Clubs have the same or similar colours, the away 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. The Secretary of the Competition may request shirts to be submitted if complaints are received as to lack of distinguishing colours and the Management Committee may refuse to permit any shirts or shorts as they think fit. Shirts must be numbered. B Any Club wishing to change its name and/or colours must obtain permission from its affiliated County Association and from the Management Committee. 10 PLAYING SEASON, CONDITIONS OF PLAY, TIMES OF KICK OFF, POSTPONEMENTS, SUBSTITUTES. A The Annual General Meeting shall determine the commencing and concluding dates for the ensuing season which shall be in accordance with the Football Association Rules. No Club shall be compelled to play after the concluding date. Original fixtures arranged by the Fixtures Secretary, or at a meeting specially convened for that purpose, must be arranged for a date not later than seven days preceding the concluding date determined by the Annual General Meeting. B All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board. C 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. D The Management Committee shall have the 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. All matches shall have a duration of 90 minutes unless a shorter time ((not less than 70 (seventy) 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 by the AGM or the Management Committee. Any Club failing to commence at the appointed time will be fined a sum not exceeding £10 or otherwise dealt with as the Management Committee may determine Referees must order matches to commence at the appointed time and must report all late starts to the Competition. The home team must provide at least two footballs fit for play and the referee shall make a report to the Competition if the footballs are unsuitable. Goal nets and Corner Flags must be used. E 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 all relevant 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 Secretary. The Secretary of the Home Club must give notice in writing of full particulars of the location of, and access to, the ground and time of kick-off to the Match Officials and the Secretary of the opposing Club at least five clear days prior to the playing of the match. The away Club shall seek and acknowledge receipt of such particulars. Every Club shall play its best available qualified team in all matches of the Competition. In the event of a Club playing in any match with less than 11 players they shall be fined £20. A minimum of seven players will constitute a team for a Competition match. Home and away matches shall be played. In the event of a Club failing to keep its engagement the Management Committee shall have the power to inflict a fine, deduct points from the defaulting Club, award the points to the opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any expenses incurred by the opponents or otherwise deal with them except the award of goals. Notwithstanding the foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall also have the power to order a match to be played on a neutral ground or on the opponents’ ground if they are satisfied that such action is warranted by the circumstances. F 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 or otherwise dealt with by the Management Committee Notice of postponement of any match must be given without delay by the postponing Club. Such notice must be given 72 hours by the Club to the Fixtures Secretary, the Referees Appointments Secretary, the Secretary of the opposing Club and the match officials. Any Club failing to comply shall be dealt with by the Management Committee who may inflict any penalty it may deem suitable. In the event of a match not being played or abandoned owing to causes over which neither Club has control, it shall be played in its entirety on a date to be mutually agreed by the two Clubs and approved by the Management Committee. Failing such agreement and notification to the Fixtures Secretary within 3 days the Management Committee shall have the power to order the match to be played on a named date on or before the 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 Club, shall be empowered to order the score at the end 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 opponents and/or take what other action they may deem necessary. In all cases where a match is abandoned owing to the conduct of both teams or their Club members, the Management Committee shall take such action as they consider appropriate. Such action is subject to any disciplinary action taken by the appropriate County Association. A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use 3 substitute players in any match in this Competition who may be selected from 5 players. G The referee will be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than 15 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 ten minutes duration, but shall not exceed fifteen minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee. 11 REPORTING RESULTS A The Registrations Secretary must receive within three days of the date . played, the result of each Competition match in the prescribed manner. This must include the forename(s) and surname of the team players (IN BLOCK LETTERS) and also the referee markings required by Rule 13, or any other information required by the Competition. Failure to do so will incur a fine of £10 and/or the Club being dealt with as the Management Committee decide. B The Home Club will telephone the result of each match in to the specified League Official by 5.00p.m. for Saturday matches, and by 9.00p.m. for midweek matches. C The match result notification, 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. 12 DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP 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 the event of two or more Clubs being equal on points, team rankings will be decided by the Club having the best goals difference. 13 REFEREES A Registered Referees and Assistant Referees for matches shall be appointed in a Manner approved by the Management Committee and by the sanctioning Association(s). B In the event of the non-appearance of the appointed Referee, the appointed senior Assistant Referee shall take charge and a Substitute Assistant Referee appointed by the competing Teams. In cases where there are no officially appointed Assistant Referees, the Clubs shall agree upon a Referee. A Referee thus agreed upon shall for that game, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered Referee. C The Management Committee may, if they consider it desirable, or upon application by the two 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 will result in a fine of £10 being imposed on the defaulting team. D The appointed Referee shall have the 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 whose decision must be accepted unless the ground is declared fit for play. E Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be entitled to charge standard class public transport expenses or private car expenses of 18 p per mile and any other permitted expenses actually incurred together with the following match fees: Referee: Premier division: £20. First and Second Divisions:- £15. Registered Referees appointed by the Management Committee as Assistant Referees in the Premier Division £12, subject to any limits laid down by the Sanctioning Associations. 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 plus expenses. When a match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club shall be ordered to pay the Officials, if they attend the ground, their full fee and expenses. G A Referee not keeping his 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 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 fined £10, or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine. 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 County Association. I The Referee shall submit a report Form, supplied by the Competition, giving the result of the match, the numbers of players in each team and the time of kick-off to the Registrations Secretary within two days of the match. J Referees and Assistant Referees shall be supplied, each Season, with a copy of the Competition’s Rules free of charge. 14 CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP OR WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB A After 31st December in the current Season a Club intending, or having a . provisional intention, to withdraw a team from the Competition on completion of its fixtures and fulfilment of all other obligations to the Competition must notify the Secretary in writing by 31st March each Season or be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds. B A Club shall not be allowed to withdraw any or all of its teams from the Competition after the Annual General Meeting for the following Season. Any Club infringing this Rule shall be liable to a fine not exceeding One Hundred and Fifty pounds 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 a Special General Meeting held for that purpose not earlier than 15th June, nor later than 1st August, or at the Annual General Meeting held not later than 14th June, the Competition shall have the right, irrespective of other provisions in this Rule, to refuse to permit a club to withdraw its team(s) in order to join another competition and may hold the Club to its engagements. D In the event of a Member Club which is an 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 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. 15 PROTESTS AND APPEALS 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 League Secretary within 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 TWENTY POUNDS. This may be forfeited in whole or 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 be afforded an opportunity to make a statement when the protest or complaint is being heard and must have received 7 days notice of the hearing, together with a copy of the submission. When dealing with a protest or complaint the Management Committee shall take into consideration the possession by the protesting or complaining Club of any information which, if properly used, might have avoided the protest or complaint . 16 BOARD OF APPEAL 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 appropriate Football Association, including the appropriate fee, for adjudication by 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. 17 EXCLUSION OF CLUBS, OR TEAMS, MISCONDUCT, CLUBS, OFFICIALS, PLAYERS. 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 upon a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast. Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot. B At the Annual General Meeting, or 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 upon a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast. 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 misconduct, other than field offences, or of inducing or attempting to induce a player or players of another Club in the Competition to join them shall be liable to expulsion or such penalty as a General Meeting or Management Committee may decide, and their Club shall also be liable to expulsion in accordance with the provisions of Clauses (A) and (B) of this Rule. D Any Club or Team failing to complete all of its fixtures in any season shall (unless the conditions are beyond their control, or the accredited delegates present at the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting decide otherwise by a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast) be debarred from membership the following season. 18 TROPHY: LEGAL OWNERS, CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER, AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED. AWARDS. A Competition Cup or Trophy Shall be vested in the Association sanctioning the Competition as Trustees. If a Competition be discontinued for any cause the Cup or Trophy shall be returned to the Donor, if the conditions attached to it so provide, or otherwise dealt with as the 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 ___________________F.C., members of and representing the Club, having been declared winners of the ______________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 1st April. 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." 19 SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS. 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 7 (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 Full Member Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to all Special General Meetings. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only. Associate Member Clubs may be represented at all Special General Meetings in the proportion of one representative for each six or part of six Associate Member Clubs and such Representatives shall exercise the powers and rights of Full Members at such meetings. Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at a Special General Meeting without satisfactory reason shall be fined £20 (TWENTY POUNDS). Officers and Management Committee Members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all Special General Meetings. 20 ALTERATION TO RULES Alterations 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 of March in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by the 1st April, each year and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by 14th April of each year. The proposals and proposed amendments thereto shall be circulated to Clubs with the notice of the Annual General Meeting. A proposal to change a Rule shall be. carried if a majority of those present and entitled to vote are in favour. A copy of the proposed alterations to Rules to be considered at the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting shall be submitted to the sanctioning Football Association 14 (fourteen) days prior to the date of the meeting. Any alterations or additions decided upon at any meeting shall not become operative until the approval of the Association issuing sanction shall have been obtained. 21 RULES BINDING ON CLUBS 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 must abide by any issued Football Association Code of Conduct. 22 FINANCE A The Management committee shall determine with which bank or other financial institution the funds of the Competition will be lodged. B All expenditure in excess of £500 shall be approved by the Management Committee. Cheques shall be signed by at least two Officers nominated by the Management Committee. C The Financial year of the Competition will end on 31st May each year. D The books, or a certified balance sheet, of a Competition shall be prepared and shall be audited by some suitable person(s) who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - THE NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE CUP COMPETITIONS REGULATIONS 1 Names and entry Requirements to Cup Competitions All Cup Competitions shall be under the entire control of the Northern Football Alliance Management Committee and the General Rules of Charity Competitions shall be applied along with the following rules. The League's titles of the five Cup Competitions are as detailed below, together with the entry requirements. (A) The Northern Football Alliance Stan Seymour League Cup (i) All Clubs in membership with the League must enter this Competition (ii) One Division of the League will be exempt from competing in the First Round of this Competition with each division afforded such exemption on the basis of a strict rotation season by season. (B) The Northern Football Alliance Challenge Cup (i) All Premier Division Clubs must enter this Competition (C) The Northern Football Alliance Combination Cup (i) All First Division Clubs must enter this Competition (D) The Northern Football Alliance Amateur Cup (i) All Second Division Clubs must enter this Competition (E) The Northern Football Alliance Subsidiary Cup (i) Clubs defeated in the early rounds of the Challenge, Combination, and Amateur Cup Competitions will be eligible to enter the this Competition (F) The Northern Football Alliance Charity Cup (i) All Clubs in membership with the League must enter this Competition 2 ENTRY FEES (a) The entry fees and dates for payments of these fees shall be in accordance with League Rule No. 11 relating to Annual Subscription. 3 MATCH ARRANGEMENTS (a) Ten per cent of the gross gate moneys from all matches prior to the semi finals shall be paid to League Funds (b) All Semi-finals will be played on the ground of the first-named club in all pairings drawn. If the home club's ground is not available, a neutral ground or the opponent's ground must be used. (c) Neutral assistant referees will be appointed for all semi final ties. (d) The Final Tie shall be played on a ground selected by the Management Committee. 4 MATCH EXPENSES (a) All Clubs shall be responsible for paying their own expenses. It will be the responsibility of the Home Club to pay all match expenses, including match official's fees in all ties prior to the Semi Finals (See Regulation 4.2) . (b) The visiting club will receive no contribution from the home club towards its travelling and other expenses 5 PLAYERS’ QUALIFICATIONS (a) In all matches prior to the semi finals, any player who has been registered with the League's Registration Secretary in accordance with the League Rule 8 shall be eligible. (b) To be eligible to play in the Semi Final and Final Ties, a player must have played for his Club in at least 3 games controlled by the Northern Football Alliance (c) A player can only play for one club in any one of the League's Cup Competitions. (d) A player shall be considered to be a bona fide player if he is registered with his club with the Northern Football Alliance in accordance with the provision of the League Registration Regulations except in the case of an abandoned match in which case a player must have been eligible to play in the aforesaid match.. However a player who has been suspended may play in a postponed or abandoned match after the term of his suspension has expired. (e) A Club may at its discretion use three substitute players in a match except to replace a player who has been suspended from the game by the referee. The substitution can only be made when the play is stopped for any reason and the Referee has given his permission (f) A maximum of five substitutes may be nominated of which three may be used. They must be included on the official Result Sheet and handed to the Referee fifteen minutes prior to the match commencing and substitutes not so named may not take part in the match. 6 CHANGE OF COLOURS (a) In the event of two teams competing in the Final Tie having strips of a similar nature, both teams must change. 7 RESULT SHEETS (a) A list of all players and substitutes taking part in any match must be sent to the League Registration Secretary within 72 hours of the conclusion of the match. (b) In all Cup ties in all League Competitions, including the Final Tie, where the scores are level at the end of normal time, extra time of fifteen minutes each way shall be played. If the scores are level at the end of extra time then the result will be decided by the taking of penalties. (c) In matches which have to be decided by the taking of penalties, the penalty competition shall be conducted in strict accordance with the procedure adopted by the Football Association Board. (d) The half time interval in any match shall be ten minutes. This may only be altered with the consent of the Referee. 8 CONDUCT OF CUP TIES (a) The duration of the match shall normally be ninety (90) minutes. However, in the event that normal time has to be reduced due to insufficient light or other reasonable cause, then agreement must be made between the Referee and the participating teams prior to the start of normal play. 9 MATCH OFFICIALS’ FEES (a) The Referee and Assistant Referee's fees shall be the same as those relating to League Matches as indicated in the League Rules. 10 CUSTODY OF TROPHY & AWARD OF MEMENTOES (a) The winners of a Competition shall hold the Cup for one season. Seventeen (17) medals or suitable mementoes will be presented to the winners and to the runners-up if circumstances permit. 11 DONATIONS (a) Part of the net proceeds from the Stan Seymour League Cup may, at the discretion of the Management Committee, be donated to charities or worthy causes. © 2008 SJR Computer Services Limited Contact Us
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