The Rule Book

STANDARD CODE OF RULES FOR MINI SOCCER AND YOUTH FOOTBALL COMPETITIONS

Season 2018 – 2019

This document contains the Standard Code of Rules developed by The Football Association, for Mini Soccer and Youth Football Competitions.   Such Competitions may add to the core of the Standard Code, which is mandatory, providing the additions are approved by the sanctioning Association and do not conflict with the mandatory Rules or any relevant principles and policies established by The FA.   Guidance from the sanctioning Association should be sought in advance if there is any doubt as to the acceptability of additional Rules.

This Standard Code of Rules is mandatory for all Mini Soccer and Youth Football Competitions.  Mini Soccer and Youth Football Competitions seeking sanction must draft their Rules in conformity with the code putting them in the correctly numbered Rule and showing the standard heading. The mandatory element is printed in normal text and the optional elements in italics.

It should be noted that in many cases Rules are so printed because they are alternatives and the procedure to apply should be retained and the others omitted. In all cases where a line is shown the necessary name, address, number or wording to complete this Rule must be inserted.

1. (A) In these Rules:

“Affiliated Association” means an Association accorded the status of an Affiliated Association under the rules of The FA.

“AGM” shall mean the annual general meeting held in accordance with the constitution of the Competition.

“Club” means a club for the time being in membership of the Competition.

“Competition” means the Dorset Youth Football League.

“Competition Match” means any match played or to be played under the jurisdiction of the Competition.

“Contract Player” means any Player (other than a Player on a Scholarship) who is eligible to play under a written contract of employment with a Club.

“Deposit” means a sum of money deposited with the Competition as part of the requirements of membership of the Competition.

“Fees Tariff” means a list of fees approved by the Clubs at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any matters for which fees are payable under the Rules, as set out at Schedule A.

“Fines Tariff” means a list of fines approved by the Clubs at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any breach of the Rules, as set out at Schedule A.

“Ground” means the ground on which the Club’s Team(s) plays its Competition Matches.

“Management Committee” means in the case of a Competition which is an unincorporated association, the management committee elected to manage the running of the Competition and where the Competition is incorporated it means the Board of Directors appointed in accordance with the articles of association of that company.

“Match Officials” means the referee, the assistant referees and any fourth official appointed to a Competition Match.

“Mini Soccer” means those participating at ages under 7s to under 10s.

“Non Contract Player” means any Player (other than a Player on a Scholarship) who is eligible to play for a Club but has not entered into a written contract of employment.

“Officer” means an individual who is appointed or elected to a position in a Club or Competition which requires that individual to make day to day decisions.

“Participant” shall have the same meaning as set out in the rules of The FA from time to time.

“Player” means any Contract Player, Non Contract Player or other player who plays or who is eligible to play for a Club.

“Playing Season” means the period between the date on which the first competitive fixture in the Competition is played each year until the date on which the last competitive fixture in the Competition is played.

“Rules” means these rules under which the Competition is administered.

“Sanctioning Authority” means the Dorset County Football Association Limited.

“Scholarship” means a Scholarship as set out in Rule C 3 (a) (i) of the rules of The FA.

“Season” means the period of time between an AGM and the subsequent AGM.

“Secretary” means such person or persons appointed or elected to carry out the administration of the Competition.

“SGM” means a special general meeting held in accordance with the constitution of the Competition.

“Team” means a team affiliated to a Club, including where a Club provides more than one team in the Competition in accordance with the Rules.

“The FA” means The Football Association Limited.

“WGS” means the Whole Game System and the procedures for the operation thereof as determined by The FA from time to time.

“written” or “in writing” means the representation or reproduction of words or symbols or other information in a visible form by any method or combination of methods, whether sent or supplied in electronic form or otherwise.

“Youth Football” means those participating at ages under 11s to under 18s.

1(B) Unless stated otherwise, terms referring to natural persons are applicable to both genders. Any term in the singular applies to the plural and vice-versa.

2.(A) The Competition will be known as “Dorset Youth Football League“. The Clubs participating in the Competition must be members of the Competition. A Club which ceases to exist or which ceases to be entitled to play in the Competition for any reason whatsoever shall thereupon automatically cease to be a member of the Competition

(B) This Competition shall consist of not more than 60 Clubs approved by the Sanctioning

(C) The geographical area covered by the Competition membership shall be within 30 miles radius from the centre of Dorchester or as determined from time to time by the League Management Committee, as shown in Appendix C .

(D) The administration of the Competition under these Rules will be carried out by the Competition acting (save where otherwise specifically mentioned herein) through the Management Committee in accordance with the rules, regulations and policies of The FA

(E) All Clubs shall adhere to the Rules. Every Club shall be deemed, as a member of the Competition to have accepted the Rules and to have agreed to abide by the decisions of the Management Committee in relation thereto, subject to the provisions of Rule 7

(F) The Rules are taken from the Standard Code of Rules for Youth Competitions (the “Standard Code”) determined by The FA from time to time. In the event of any omissions from the Standard Code then the requirements of the Standard Code shall be deemed to apply to the Competition.

(G) All Clubs must be affiliated to an Affiliated Association and their names and particulars shall be returned annually by the appointed date in a manner prescribed by the Sanctioning Authority and must have a constitution approved by the Sanctioning Authority. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Sanctioning Authority and the constituent Teams of Clubs may be grouped in divisions, each not exceeding 12 in number.

Dorset Youth Football League is a Respect League, it requires all of the competing clubs to have achieved or retained FA Charter Standard, and the League Management will expel any club that has failed to achieve or retain Charter Standard Status.  New member clubs have one year to achieve the Charter Standard award, the League will refuse membership to a club if it fails to demonstrate commitment to achieving the award.

(H) Inclusivity and Non-discrimination

(i) The Competition and each Club must be committed to promoting inclusivity and to eliminating all forms of discrimination and should abide and adhere to The FA Equality Policy and any legislative requirements (to include those contained in the Equality Act 2010).

(ii) This Competition and each Club must make every effort to promote equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community, irrespective of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability or investigation

(iii) Any alleged breach of the Equality Act 2010 legislation must be referred to the appropriate Sanctioning Authority for investigation

(I) Clubs must comply with the provisions of any initiatives of The FA which are adopted by the Competition including, but not limited to, Charter Standard and RESPECT Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Dorset Youth Football League is a Respect League which means that teams must prior to the match take part in the Respect Handshake, participating teams and officials shall conduct a handshake prior and after the game. The home club shall make arrangements for the provision of a designated area for spectators. This area can be marked by an additional painted line, the use of cones, a roped off area or use of temporary spectators barrier. Coaches must stand on the opposite side of the pitch to the spectators.

(J) All Participants shall abide by The Football Association Regulations for Safeguarding Children as determined by The FA from time to time.

(K) Clubs shall not enter any of their Teams playing at a particular age group in the Competition in any other competition (with the exception of FA and County FA Competitions) except with the written consent of the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines

(L) At the AGM or a SGM called for the purpose, a majority of the delegates present shall have power to decide or adjust the constitution of the divisions at their discretion. When necessary this Rule shall take precedence over Rule

CLUB NAME

3. Any Club wishing to change its name must obtain permission from the Sanctioning Authority and from the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

4. (A) Applications by Clubs for admission to the Competition or the entry of an additional Team(s) from the same Club must be made in writing to the Secretary and must be accompanied by an entry fee per Team as set out in the Fees Tariff, which shall be returned in the event of non-election.

At the discretion of the voting members present applications, of which due notice has been given, may be received at the AGM or a SGM or on a date agreed by the Management Committee.

(B) The annual subscription shall be payable in accordance with the Fees Tariff per Team (where a Club has more than one Team in membership of the Competition) and shall be payable on or before 31st May in each year.

Dorset Youth Football League will not accept paperwork after this date.

(C) A Deposit of £0.00 shall be payable in accordance with the Fees Tariff per Club/Team (where a Club provides more than one Team in membership of the Competition) and shall be payable on or before 31st May in each Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(D) A Club shall not participate in this Competition until the entry fee, annual subscription and Deposit (if required) have been paid.

(E) If requested by the Competition, Clubs must advise annually to the Secretary in writing by 31st July of its Sanctioning Authority affiliation number for the forthcoming Playing Clubs must advise the Secretary in writing, or on the prescribed form, of details of its headquarters, its Officers and any other information required by the Competition. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

5.(A) The Management Committee shall comprise the Officers of the Competition and 12 members who shall all be elected at the AGM.

(B) Retiring Officers shall be eligible to become candidates for re-election without nomination provided that the Officer notifies the Secretary in writing not later than 31st May in each year.

All other candidates for election as Officers of the Competition or members of the Management Committee shall be nominated to the Secretary in writing, signed by the secretaries of two Clubs, not later than 30th June in each year. Names of the candidates for election shall be circulated with the notice of the AGM. In the event of there being no nomination in accordance with the foregoing for any office, nominations may be received at the AGM.

(C) The Management Committee shall meet as and when required, save that no more than three calendar months shall pass between each meeting.

On receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Management Committee the Secretary shall convene a meeting of the Management Committee.

Dorset Youth Football League: Any member of the Management Committee who misses more than 2 meetings or league events per season consecutively, other than holiday or sickness will be deemed to have resigned from the Management 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 Officers and sent to the Secretary.

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

6. (A) The Management Committee may appoint sub-committees and delegate such of their powers as they deem necessary. The decisions of all sub-committees shall be reported to the Management Committee for ratification. The Management Committee shall have power to deal only with matters within the Competition and not for any matters of misconduct that are under the jurisdiction of The FA or Affiliated Association.

(B) Subject to the permission of the Sanctioning Authority 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.

(C) Each member of the Management Committee shall have the right to attend and vote at all Management Committee meetings and have one vote thereat, but no member shall be allowed to vote on any matters directly appertaining to such member or to the Club so represented or where there may be a conflict of interest. (This shall also apply to the procedure of any sub-committee).

In the event of the voting being equal on any matter, the Chairman of the Management Committee shall have a second or casting vote.

(D) The Management Committee shall have powers to apply, act upon and enforce these Rules and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Competition. Any action by the Competition must be taken within 28 days of the Competition being notified.

With the exception of Rules 6(I), 8(H) and 9, for all alleged breaches of a Rule the Management Committee shall issue a formal written charge to the Club concerned. The Club charged shall be given 7 days from the date of notification of the charge to reply. In such reply a Club may:-

(i) Accept the charge and submit in writing a case of mitigation for consideration by the Management Committee on the papers; or

(ii) Accept the charge and notify that it wishes to put its case of mitigation at a hearing before the Management Committee; or

(iii) Deny the charge and submit in writing supporting evidence for consideration by the Management Committee on the papers; or

(iv) Deny the charge and notify that it wishes to put its case of mitigation at a hearing before the Management Committee.

Where the Club charged fails to respond within 7 days, the Management Committee shall determine the charge in such manner and upon such evidence as it considers appropriate.

Where required, hearings shall take place as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of the reply of the Club as more fully set out above.

Having considered the reply of the Club (whether in writing or at a hearing), the Management Committee shall make its decision and, in the event that the charge is accepted or proven, decide on the appropriate penalty (with reference to the Fines Tariff where applicable).

The maximum fine permitted for any breach of a Rule is £100 and, when setting any fine, the Management Committee must ensure that the penalty is proportional to the offence, taking into account any mitigating circumstances.

No Participant under the age of 18 can be fined.

All breaches of the Laws of the Game or the Rules and Regulations of The FA shall be dealt with in accordance with FA Rules by the appropriate Association.

(E) All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 7.

Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned within 7 days.

(F) 50% of its members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by the Management Committee or any sub-committee thereof.

(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 must comply with an order or instruction of the Management Committee, and must attend to the business and/or the correspondence of the Competition to the satisfaction of the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(I) Subject to a Club’s right of appeal in accordance with Rule 7 below, all fines and charges must be paid within 14 days of the date of notification of the decision.

Any Club failing to do so will be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff. Further failure to pay the fine including the additional fine within a further 14 days will result in fixtures being withdrawn until such time as the outstanding fines are paid.

(J) A member of the Management Committee appointed by the Competition to attend a meeting or Competition Match may have any reasonable 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 AGM or SGM called to decide the constitution and the commencement of the Playing Season.

(L) The business of the Competition as determined by the Management Committee may be transacted by electronic mail or facsimile.

7.(A) (i)   All questions of eligibility, qualification of Players or interpretations of the Rules shall be referred to the Management Committee or a sub-committee duly appointed by 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 Competition Match.

(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 with the Secretary within 14 days (excluding Sundays) of the Competition Match or occurrence to which they 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) No protest of whatever kind shall be considered by the Management Committee unless the complaining Club shall have deposited with the Secretary a sum in accordance with the Fees 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 inquiry or to order that the costs to be shared by the parties.

(D) All parties to a protest or complaint must receive a copy of the submission and must be afforded an opportunity to make a statement at least 7 days prior to the protest or complaint being

(i) All parties must have received 14 days’ notice of the hearing should they be instructed to attend.

(ii) Should a Club elect to state its case in person then it should forward a deposit of £25 and indicate such when forwarding the written response.

(E) The Management Committee shall also have power to compel any party to the protest to pay such expenses as the Management Committee shall direct.

(F) Any appeal against a decision of the Management Committee must be lodged with the Sanctioning Authority within 14 days of the posting of the written notification of the decision causing the appeal, accompanied by a fee (as set out in the Fees Tariff), which may be forfeited in the event of the appeal not being upheld. A copy of the appeal must also be sent to the The procedure for the appeal shall be determined by the Sanctioning Authority, in such respect the Sanctioning Authority may (but is not obliged to):

(i) invite submissions by the parties involved; or

(ii) convene a hearing to hear the appeal; or

(iii) permit new evidence; or

(iv) impose deadlines as are appropriate.

Any appeal shall not involve a rehearing of the evidence considered by the Management Committee.

(G) No appeal can be lodged against a decision taken at an AGM or SGM unless this is on the ground of unconstitutional conduct.

8.(A) The AGM shall be held not later than 31st July in each At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least 40 members are present and entitled to vote:-

(i) To receive and confirm the minutes of the preceding AGM.

(ii) To receive and adopt the annual report, balance sheet and statement of accounts.

(iii) Election of Clubs to fill vanancies.

(iv) Constitution of the Competition for the ensuing Season.

(v) Election of Officers of the Competition and the Management Committee members.

(vi) Appointment of Auditors.

(vii) Alteration of Rules, if any (see Rule 14).

(viii) Fix the date for the commencement of the Playing Season and kick off times applicable to the Competition.

(ix) Fix the date for the end of the Playing Season.

(x) Other business of which due notice shall have been given and accepted as being relevant to an AGM.

(B) A copy of the duly audited/verified balance sheet, statement of accounts and agenda shall be forwarded to each Club at least 14 days prior to the meeting together with any proposed Rule changes.

(C) A signed copy of the duly audited/verified balance sheet and statement of accounts shall be sent to the Sanctioning Authority within 14 days of its adoption by the AGM.

(D) Each Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to an Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only. 14 days’ notice shall be given of any AGM.

(E) Clubs who have withdrawn their membership of the Competition during the Playing 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 This provision will not apply to Clubs expelled in accordance with Rule 12.

(F) All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot be demanded by at least 50% 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 Club.

(H) Any continuing Club must be represented at the AGM. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(I) Officers of the Competition and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at an AGM.

(J) Where a Competition is an incorporated entity, the Officers of the Competition shall ensure that the Articles of Association of the Competition are consistent with the requirements of these Rules.

9. Upon receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds (2/3) of the Clubs in membership the Secretary shall call a SGM.

The Management Committee may call a SGM at any time.

At least seven (7) days’ notice shall be given of a meeting under this Rule, together with an agenda of the business to be transacted at such meeting.

Each Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to all SGMs. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only.

Any Club failing to be represented at a SGM shall be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Officers of the Competition and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all SGMs.

10. 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), (name) [ ] of (address) [ ] (Chairman)/Director and (B) (name) [ ] of (address) [ ] (Secretary/Director) of [ ] Football Club (Limited) have been provided with a copy of the Rules and  Regulations of the [ ] Competition and do hereby agree for and on behalf of the said Club, 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 7.”

The agreement shall be signed by:

(i) Where a Club is an unincorporated association, the Club chairman and secretary; or

(ii) Where a Club is an incorporated entity, two directors of the Club.

Any alteration of the chairman and /or secretary of the Club on the above agreement must be notified to the Dorset County Football Association and the Dorset Youth Football League to which the Club is affiliated and to the Secretary.

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

11. (A) Any Club intending, or having a provisional intention, to withdraw a Team from the Competition must do so at least 14 days before the AGM. This does not apply to a Club moving in accordance with Rule 22(B). Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Dorset Youth Football League will refund the Entry Fee minus the cost of the Registration Cards that have been used; any un-used cards must be returned to the Registration Secretary.

(B) The Management Committee shall have the discretion to deal with a Team being unable to start or complete its fixtures for a Playing Season, including but not limited to, issuing a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(C) Notwithstanding the powers of the Management Committee pursuant to Rule 6(I), in the event of a Club failing to discharge all its financial obligations to the Competition in excess of £50, the Management Committee shall be empowered to refer the debt under The FA Football Debt Recovery provisions.

12. (A) At the AGM or SGM called for the purpose in accordance with the provisions of Rule 9, notice of motion having been duly circulated on the agenda by direction of the Management Committee, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to: (i) remove a member of the Management Committee from office, (ii) exclude any Club or Team from membership, both of which must be supported by more than two-thirds (2/3) of those present and voting. Voting on this point shall be conducted by A member of the Management Committee or Club which is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from voting.

(B) At the AGM, or at a SGM called for the purpose in accordance with the provisions of Rule 9, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude from further participation in the Competition any Club or Team whose conduct has, in their opinion, been undesirable, which must be supported by more than two-thirds (2/3) of those present and voting. Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot. A Club whose conduct is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from voting.

(C) Any Officer 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 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/or (B) of this Rule.

13. (A) The following agreement shall be signed on behalf of the winners of the cup or trophy:-

“We  A [name] and B [name], the Chairman and Secretary of [ ] FC (Limited), members of and representing the Club, having been declared winners of [ ] cup or trophy, and it having been delivered to us by the Competition, do hereby on behalf of the Club jointly and severally agree to return the cup or trophy to the Competition Secretary on or before [            ]. If the cup or trophy is lost or damaged whilst under our care we agree to refund to the Competition the amount of its current value or the cost of its thorough repair.”

Failure to comply will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(B) At the close of each Competition awards shall be made to the winners and runners-up if the funds of the Competition

Dorset Youth Football League will issue 16 awards for the Winners/Runners up for the U12-U16 League for each Division.

14. Alterations, for which consent has been given by the Sanctioning Authority, shall be made to these Rules only at the AGM or at a SGM specially convened for the purpose called in accordance with Rule 9. Any alteration made during the Playing Season to these Rules shall not take effect until the following Playing Season.

Notice of proposed alterations to be considered at the AGM shall be submitted to the Secretary by 31st December in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by 1st April and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by 1st May. The proposals and proposed amendments thereto shall be circulated to Clubs with the notice of the AGM. A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if 2/3rd of those present, entitled to vote and voting are in favour.

A copy of the proposed alterations to Rules to be considered at the AGM or SGM shall be submitted to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA (as applicable) at least 28 days prior to the date of the meeting.

15. (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 £2000 shall be approved by the Management Cheques shall be signed by at least two Officers nominated by the Management Committee.

(C) The financial year of the Competition will end on 30th April.

(D) The books, or a certified balance sheet, of a Competition shall be prepared and shall be audited/verified annually by a suitably qualified person(s) who shall be appointed at the AGM.

16. (A) All Clubs must have valid public liability insurance cover of at least ten million pounds (£10,000,000) at all times.

(B) All Clubs must have valid personal accident cover for all Players registered with them from time to time. The Players’ personal accident insurance cover must be in place prior to the Club taking part in any Competition Match and shall be at least equal to the minimum recommended cover determined from time to time by the Sanctioning Authority. In instances where The FA is the Sanctioning Authority, the minimum recommended cover will be the cover required by the Affiliated Association to which a Club affiliates.

Failure to comply with Rule 16(A) or 16(B) will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

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

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

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

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

(ii) If a Competition is discontinued for any reason a trophy or any other presentation shall be returned to the donor if the conditions attached to it so provide or, if not, dealt with as the Sanctioning Authority may decide.

18. (A) (i) A Player 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 (Registrations) Secretary 7 days prior to the Player playing and whose completed registration counterfoil has been received by the Club prior to playing in a Competition Match. The registration document must incorporate emergency contact details of the Player’s parents or guardians. These details must be available at matches and training events the Player attends within the management of the Club or Competition;

Any registration form which is sent by either of the means set out at Rules 18(A) (i)(a) above that is not fully and correctly completed will be returned to the Club unprocessed.

For Clubs registering Players under Rules 18 (A) (i) (a) registration forms will be provided in a format to be determined by the Competition.

The registration document must incorporate a current passport-size photograph of the Player seeking registration together with confirmation that the Player’s proof of date of birth has been checked by the Club and is accurate.

Dorset Youth Football League –

Player registration documentation for the Competition is in two parts:- League Registration Form and Player Photo-Identify Card.

(i) A Registered youth playing member of a Club is one who, being in all others respects eligible has:-

(a) Signed a League Player Registration form endorsed by his/her Parent/Guardian form, countersigned by the Club Secretary.

(b) Completed a Player Registration Card. The Club Secretary’s signature on this card signifies that the player details are correct. Both the Registration form and identity card must be submitted to the Registration Secretary 7 days prior to playing, and whose completed registration has been confirmed by the Competition prior to that Player playing in a Competition Match.
Such confirmation shall be receipt by the Club of the Player’s Photo-identity registration card endorsed by the Registrations Secretary.

(ii) Registration forms may be submitted to the Registrations Secretary by electronic mail prior to the player registration being completed.
The Photo-identity registration card must incorporate a current passport-size photograph of the player seeking registration.  Confirmation of the player’s date of birth is the Club Secretaries’ signature on the Registration card.
The Card must be completed in BLOCK CAPITALS using BLACK INK.  The photograph must be on photo-paper with a plain background.  A stamped-addressed envelope must be enclosed for the return of the card to the club.

(iii) No player shall play in any match until the team is in receipt of the Player’s Photo-Identity registration card.

(iv) Errors on cards are not acceptable and will be rejected. Any rejected card will not qualify as a player registration until a new card has been received by the Registration Secretary. Replacement cards may be raised by the Registration Secretary, subject to the picture being correct. Any replacement cards raised by the Registrations Secretary are subject to a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(B) (i) Contract Players are not permitted in this Competition with the exception of those Players who are registered under contract with the same Club who have a Team operating at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System.

It is the responsibility of each Club to ensure that any Player registered to the Club has, where necessary, the required International Transfer Certificate. Clearance is required for any Player aged 10 and over crossing borders including Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

(ii) A Player registered with a Premier League or English Football League Academy under the Elite Player Performance Plan contained within Youth Development Rules will not be permitted to play in this Competition. Details of the Youth Development Rules are published on The FA A Player registered with a FA Girls’ Regional Talent Club may play in this Competition subject to the FA Programme for Excellence (Female) Regulations.

(iii) Each Team must have the following number of Players registered by 15th July, before start of the season.

FORMAT MINIMUM NUMBER
5v5 5
7v7 7
9v9 9
11v11 11

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

The Dorset Youth Football League has a maximum number of players that can be registered for each team as follows: 9v9 – 18 players and 11v11 – 20 players.

If a registered player decides to stop playing football, his registration card can be returned to the Registrations Secretary.  This will allow additional players to be registered.  A maximum of 3 registrations per team are allowed in this manner.  The fee for the extra registration is listed in the Fees Tariff.

The Registration card of the player that has been returned will be held by the Registrations Secretary, the player will remain signed to that team.  Should he/she wish to play again for this Club/team his/her card may be returned subject to playing numbers.  Should he/she wish to play for another Club/team then he/she would have to go through the Transfer process.

The transfer process is only available between 31st October to 31st January in any playing season.

(C) A child who has not attained the age of 6 shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match of any kind.

The relevant age for each Player is determined by his or her age as at midnight on 31 August of the relevant Playing Season i.e. children who are aged 6 as at midnight on 31 August in a Playing Season (together with those who attain the age of 6 during the Playing Season) will be classed as Under 7 Players for that Playing Season. Children who are aged 7 as at midnight on 31 August in a Playing Season will be classed as Under 8 Players for that Playing Season, and so on.

Notwithstanding the above, a child is permitted to play up in the age group above his or her chronological age group, irrespective of any changes of format or competition structure, save that a child who attains the age of 6 after 31 August is permitted to play only in the Under 7 age group, and may not play in the Under 8 age group, for that Playing Season.

The age groups that children are eligible to play in are set out in the table below, along with the permitted football formats for each of those age groups. Children shall not play, and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play, in a match between sides of more than the stated number of players, according to their age group:

 

Age  on 31 August of the relevant

Playing Season

Eligible Age Groups Maximum Permitted Format Minimum Pitch Sizes Maximum Pitch Sizes Recommended Goal Sizes

in feet

 

Ball Size

Yards Metres Yards Metres
6 Under 7 5v5 30 x 20 27.45 x 18.3 40 x 30 36.3 x 27.45 12 x 6 3
Under 8 30 x 20 27.45 x 18.3 40 x 30 36.3 x 27.45 12 x 6
7 Under 8 5v5 30 x 20 27.45 x 18.3 40 x 30 36.3 x 27.45 12 x 6 3
Under 9 7v7 50 x 30 45.75 x 27.45 60 x 40 54.9 x 36.6 12 x 6
8 Under 9 7v7 50 x 30 45.75 x 27.45 60 x 40 54.9 x 36.6 12 x 6 3
Under 10 50 x 30 45.75 x 27.45 60 x 40 54.9 x 36.6 12 x 6 4
9 Under 10 7v7 50 x 30 45.75 x 27.45 60 x 40 54.9 x 36.6 12 x 6 4
Under 11 9v9 70 x 40 64 x 36.6 80 x 50 73.15 x 45.75 16 x 7
10 Under 11 9v9 70 x 40 64 x 36.6 80 x 50 73.15 x 45.75 16 x 7 4
Under 12 70 x 40 64 x 36.6 80 x 50 73.15 x 45.75 16 x 7
11 Under 12 9v9 70 x 40 64 x 36.6 80 x 50 73.15 x 45.75 16 x 7 4
Under 13 11v11 90 x 50 82.3 x 45.75 100 x 60 91.44 x 54.9 21 x 7
12 Under 13  

11v11

90 x 50 82.3 x 45.75 100 x 60 91.44 x 54.9 21 x 7  

4

Under 14 90 x 50 82.3 x 45.75 100 x 60 91.44 x 54.9 21 x 7
13 Under 14  

11v11

90 x 50 82.3 x 45.75 100 x 60 91.44 x 54.9 21 x 7 4
Under 15 90 x 50 82.3 x 45.75 110 x 70 100.58 x 64 24 x 8 5
14 Under 15  

11v11

90 x 50 82.3 x 45.75 110 x 70 100.58 x 64 24 x 8  

5

Under 16 90 x 50 82.3 x 45.75 110 x 70 100.58 x 64 24 x 8
 

15

Under 16  

11v11

90 x 50 82.3 x 45.75 110 x 70 100.58 x 64 24 x 8  

5

Under 17 100 x 50 91.44 x 45.75 130 x 100 118.87 x 91.44 24 x 8
Under 18 100 x 50 91.44 x 45.75 130 x 100 118.87 x 91.44 24 x 8
 

16

Under 17  

11v11

100 x 50 91.44 x 45.75 130 x 100 118.87 x 91.44 24 x 8  

5

Under 18 100 x 50 91.44 x 45.75 130 x 100 118.87 x 91.44 24 x 8
Open Age 100 x 50 91.44 x 45.75 130 x 100 118.87 x 91.44 24 x 8

 

(D) A fee as set out in the Fees Tariff shall be paid by each Club/Team for each Player registered, if applicable.

(E) The Management Committee shall decide all registration disputes taking into account the following.

(i) A Player shall not be permitted to register for more than one Club subject to the exceptions set out in Rule 18 (E)(iii) below.

(ii) 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 The Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to register the Player of the fact of the previous registration subject to the exceptions set out in Rule 18 (E)(iii) below.

(iii) A Player is only permitted to register for more than one Club provided that:

(a) The Team(s) in which the Player plays in are not in the same age group;
or

(b) Except for the purpose of a transfer.

And the Player meets the requirements in Rule 18(C).

(F) It shall be a breach of these Rules for a Player to:-

(i) Play for more than one Team in the same age group in the Competition in the same Playing Season without first being

(ii) Having registered for one Club in the Competition, register for another Club in the Competition in that Playing Season, except if the provisions set out in Rule 18 (E)(iii) apply.

(iii) Submit a signed registration form or submit a registration through WGS for registration that the Player had willfully neglected to accurately or fully complete.

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(G) (i) The Management Committee shall have the power to accept the registration of any Player subject to the provisions of Rule 18(G)(ii) and (iii)

(ii) The Management Committee shall have power to refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any Player, the exercise of such power being without prejudice to the Management Committee’s ability to fine a Club at its discretion (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) that has been charged and found guilty of registration irregularities (subject to Rule 7).

(iii) The Management Committee shall have the power to refuse or cancel the registration of any Player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct (subject to Rule 7) subject to the right of appeal to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA. Where the Management Committee does not have enough information to enable it to make a decision pursuant to the above power, it may apply, in its absolute discretion, to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA for further information.
Undesirable conduct shall mean an incident of repeated proven misconduct, which may deter a Participant from being involved in this Competition.

(iv) For a Player who has previously had a registration removed in accordance with Rule 18(G)(iii) but has a registration accepted at the expiry of exclusion will be considered to be under a probationary period of 12 months. Whilst under a probationary period, should the Player commit a further act of proven misconduct under the jurisdiction of the Competition, (excluding standard dismissals), the Competition would be empowered to consider a further charge of bringing the Competition into disrepute.

(Note: Action under Rule 18(G)(iii) shall only be taken against a Player in cases of the Player bringing the Competition into disrepute and will in any event be subject to an appeal to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA. All decisions must include the period of restriction. For the purpose of this Rule, bringing the Competition into disrepute can only be considered where the Player has received in excess of 112 days’ suspension, or 10 matches in match based discipline, in any competition (and is not restricted to the Competition) in a period of two years or less from the date of the first offence.)

(H) Subject to compliance with FA Rule C2(a) when a Club wishes to register a player who is already registered with another club it shall submit a transfer form (in a format as determined by the Competition) to the Competition accompanied by a fee as set out in the Fees Such transfer shall be referred by the Competition 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 Competition and to the player concerned within 3 days of receipt of the notification. Upon receipt of the Club’s consent, or upon its failure to give written objection within 3 days, the Registrations Secretary may, on behalf of the Management Committee, transfer the player who shall be deemed eligible to play for the new Club from such date or 7 days after receipt of such transfer.

In the event of an objection to a transfer the matter shall be referred to the Management Committee for a decision.

(I) A Player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after 31st January except by special permission of the Management

Dorset Youth Football League – Players can transfer from 31st October to 31st January and registering new player’s cutoff date is 31st March.

(J) A Club shall keep a list of the Players it registers and a record of all matches in which those Players have played for the Club, and shall produce such records upon demand by the Management Committee.

In the event a Club has more than one Team in an age group, each Team must be clearly identifiable but not designated ‘A’ or ‘B’ or 1st or 2nd. In such cases, Players will be registered for one Team only. A Player so registered will be allowed to play for his Club in a younger or older age group within the provisions of Rule 18(C).

Dorset Youth Football League – Teams must register the players they would like to Dual Register to both teams, so they hold registration cards for both teams. Teams must be aware that players who are dual registered cannot play in more than 1 Competition game in a day.

(K) A register containing the names of all Players registered for each Club, with the date of registration, shall be kept by the (Registrations) Secretary and shall be open to the inspection of an Officer of the Club at all Management Committee meetings or at other times mutually arranged. Registrations are valid for one Playing Season

In the event of a Non Contract Player changing his status to that of a Contract Player with the same Club, another Club in the Competition or with a club in another competition his registration as a Non Contract Player will automatically be cancelled and declared void unless the Club conforms to the exception detailed in Rule 18(B)(i).

(L) A Player shall not be eligible to play for a Team in any special championship, promotion or relegation deciding Competition Match (as specified in Rule 22(A)) unless the Player has played League games for that Team in the current Playing Season.

(M) A Team shall not include more than Players who has/have taken part in or more senior Competition Matches during the current Playing Season unless a period of 21 days has elapsed since they last played.

For the purpose of this Rule a senior competition(s)  – this rule is not relevant to Dorset Youth League

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(N) (i) Subject to Rule 18(N)(ii), any Club found to have played an ineligible Player in a Competition Match or Matches where points are awarded shall have the points gained from
that Competition Match deducted from its record, up to a maximum of 12 points, and have levied upon it a fine in accordance with the Fines

(ii) The Management Committee may vary the sanction as relates to the deduction of points set out at Rule 18(N)(i) only in circumstances where the ineligibility is due to the failure to obtain an International Transfer Certificate or where the ineligibility is related to the Player’s status.

(iii) Where a Club is found to have played an ineligible Player in accordance with Rule 18(N)(i) above, the Management Committee may also, at its discretion:

(a) Award the points available in the Competition Match in question to the opponents, subject to the Competition Match not being ordered to be replayed; or

(b) Levy penalty points against the Club in default; or

(c) Order that such Competition Match or Matches be replayed (on such terms as are decided by the Management Committee).

(The following clause applies to Competitions involving Players in full-time secondary education):-

(O) (i) Priority must be given at all times to school and school organisations Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(ii) The availability of children must be cleared with their head teacher (except for Sunday league competitions).

(iii) A child under the age of 15 as at midnight on 31 August in the relevant Playing Season,shall not be permitted to play in a Competition Match during that Playing Season where any other Player is older or younger than that child by two years or more.

19. Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by 31st May who shall decide as to their suitability.

Any Club wishing to change its colours during the Playing Season must obtain permission from the Management Committee.

Goalkeepers must wear colours which distinguish them from all other Players and the Match Officials.

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 its opponents the colours in which they will play (including the colours of the goalkeeper jersey)  at least 3 days before the Competition Match.

If, in the opinion of the referee, two Teams have the same or similar colours, the Away Team shall make the change. Should a Team delay the scheduled time of kick-off for a Competition Match by not having a change of colours they will be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Shirts must be numbered, failing which a fine will be levied in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Dorset Youth Football League does not allow children name’s on their playing shirts.

20. (A) All Competition Matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board or, for Mini-Soccer, and 9v9 football, the Rules as set down by The FA.

Dorset Youth Football League will issue the playing calendar at the AGM and clubs must expect a fixture every Sunday (Except the 2 weeks over the Christmas Period). With regard to Remembrance Sunday, teams having insufficient players through involved in Remembrance activities will be entitled to have the scheduled game re-arranged without charge providing 21 days noice is given in writing to the League Secretary.

Clubs must take all reasonable precautions to keep their Grounds in a playable condition. All Competition Matches shall be played on pitches deemed suitable by the Management Committee. If through any fault of the home Team a Competition 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 Competition Matches and to order the Club concerned to play its Competition Matches on another ground.

Football Turf Pitches (3G) are allowed in this Competition provided they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA’s Register of Football Turf Pitches. All Football Turf Pitches used must be tested (by a FIFA accredited test institute) every three years and the results passed to The FA. The FA will give a decision on the suitability for use and add the pitch to the Register.

The home Club is also responsible for advising Participants of footwear requirements when confirming match arrangements in accordance with Rule 20(C).

All Competition Matches shall have a duration as set out below unless a shorter time is mutually arranged by the two Clubs in consultation with the referee prior to the commencement of the Competition Match, and in any event shall be of equal halves.

Competition Matches should be played in accordance with the Laws appropriate to the relevant age group, as laid down by The FA, as detailed below.

 

Age Group Minimum duration of play per half (minutes) Maximum duration of play per half (minutes) Maximum playing time in one day in all organised development fixtures (minutes) Maximum playing time in one day in all tournaments and trophy events/festivals (minutes) Competition structure
Under 7 and

Under 8

10 20 40 60 Development focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per season over 2 week periods

(6 weeks)

Under 9 and

Under 10

20 25 60 90 Development focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per season over 4 week periods

(12 weeks)

Under 11 20 30 80 120 Development focussed with a maximum of 3 trophy events per season over 6 week periods

(18 weeks)

Under 12 20 30 80 (if applicable) 120 Any varieties including one season long league table
Under 13 and

Under 14

25 35 100 150 Any varieties including one season long league table
Under 15 and

Under 16

25 40 100 150 Any varieties including one season long league table
Under 17 and

Under 18

25 45 120 180 Any varieties including one season long league table

Dorset Youth Football League Matches, the duration of the matches shall be:

Under 11/12 – 30 minutes each way, Under 13/14 – 35 minutes each way, Under 15/16 – 40 minutes each way.

For round robin/trophy events, the maximum duration of play per half cannot be exceeded, but the minimum duration of play per half may be adjusted.

For trophy events, the Competition may award mementos.

The times of kick-off shall be fixed at the AGM and can only be altered by the mutual consent of the two competing Clubs prior to the scheduled date of the Competition Match with written notification given to the Competition at least 5 days prior.

Dorset Youth Football League kick off time is between 12pm – 2pm, the home team will advise the away team the kick off time and advise the League Secretary and Referee Appointments Co-coordinator if kick off is not 2pm – If the League Secretary is not informed of the change of time and attends the match and the game has been played, the home team will be liable for the travelling expenses of the League Secretary any other Management Committee Member who has travelled.

Referees must order Competition Matches to commence at the appointed time and must report all late starts to the Competition.

The home Team must provide goal nets, corner flags and at least two footballs fit for play and the referee shall make a report to the Competition if the footballs are unsuitable. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Dorset Youth Football League request that the home team ensure that the pitch should have access to changing rooms for players and Match Officials and access to toilets.

(B) Except by permission of the Management Committee all Competition Matches must be played on the dates originally fixed but priority shall be given to The FA and parent County Association Cup Competitions. All other matches must be considered secondary. Clubs may mutually agree to bring forward a Competition Match with the consent of the League Secretary. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

In the case of a revised fixture date, the Clubs must be given by the Competition 5 clear days’ notice of the Competition Match (unless otherwise mutually agreed).

Dorset Youth Football League will allow teams to give notice to postpone a match; twice in a season, but must give 21 days’ notice in writing on the postponement form which must be submitted to the League Secretary. The League Secretary will re-arrange the fixture. All other postponements will be treated as a non- fulfillment of the fixture.

(C) An Officer of the home Club must give notice of full particulars of the location of, and access to, the Ground and time of kick-off to the Match Officials and an Officer of the opposing Club at least 5 clear days prior to the playing of the Competition Match. If not so provided, the away Club shall seek such details and report the circumstances to the Competition. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Dorset Youth League – the home team must advise the Away Team, Match Officials 5 days prior to the Competition Match.  Failure to comply with this Rule, will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(D) The minimum number of Players that will constitute a Team for a Competition Match is as follows:

FORMAT MINIMUM NUMBER
5v5 4
7v7 5
9v9 6
11v11 7

Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(E) (i) In competitions where points are awarded, 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 impose a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff), deduct points from the defaulting Club, award the points from the Competition Match in question to the
opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any reasonable expenses incurred by the opponents or otherwise deal with them except the award of Notwithstanding the
foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall have power to order a Competition Match to be played on a neutral ground or on the opponent’s Ground
if they are satisfied that such action is warranted by the circumstances.

(ii) Any Club unable to fulfil a fixture or where  a  Competition Match  has  been  postponed  for  any reason must, without delay, give notice to the (Fixtures) Secretary, the Competition Referees Appointments Secretary, the secretary of the opposing Club and the Match

(iii) In the event of a Competition Match not being played or abandoned owing to causes over which neither Club has control, it should be played in its entirety on a date to be mutually agreed by the two Clubs and approved by the Management Failing such agreement and notification to the (Fixtures) Secretary within 7 days the Management Committee shall have the power to order the Competition Match to be played on a named date or on or before a given date. Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and the Clubs involved agree, the Management Committee shall also be empowered to order the score at the time of an abandonment to stand.

(iv) Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(v) The Management Committee shall review all Competition Matches abandoned in cases where it is consequent upon the conduct of either or both Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and does no injustice to either Club, the Management Committee shall be empowered to order the score at the time of the abandonment to stand. In all cases where the Management Committee are satisfied that a Competition 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 Competition Match to the opponent. In cases where a Competition Match has been abandoned owing to the conduct of both Teams or their Club member(s), the Management Committee shall rule that neither Team will be awarded any points for that Competition Match and it shall not be replayed.  No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned Competition Match.

(vi) The Management Committee shall review any Competition Match that has taken place where either or both Teams were under a suspension imposed upon them by The FA 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 18(N)(i) above. Where both Teams were under suspension the Competition Match must be declared null and void and shall not be replayed.

(F) A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use substitute Players in any Competition Match.

Where a Competition does not allow return substitutes:

For Under 11s – Under 18s – a Club may use up to 5 from 5 substitute Players. A Player who has been substituted becomes a substitute and may replace any Player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of Association Football.

For Mini-Soccer – any number of substitutions may be used at any time with the permission of the referee. Entry onto the field of play will only be allowed during a stoppage in play. A Player who has been replaced may return to play as a substitute for another Player. A Team must not have a match day squad greater than double the size of its team in an age group.

In Youth Football only, the referee shall be informed of the names of the substitute Players not later than 15 minutes before the start of the Competition Match and a Player not so named may not take part in that Competition Match.

A Player who has named as a substitute before the start of that Competition Match but does not actually play in the game shall not be considered to have been a Player in that Competition Match within the meaning of Rule 18 of this Competition.

(G) The half time interval shall be of 10 minutes’ duration, but it shall not exceed 15 The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee.

(H) The Teams taking part in Under 7s to Under 11 or Youth Football shall identify a Team captain who may/shall wear an armband and shall have a responsibility to offer support in the management of the on-field discipline of his/her teammates. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(I) Dorset Youth Football League – Match Day and Card Procedure – Not less than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled kick-off of a match the Registration Cards accompanied by a list of the names in shirt number order of the players intended to play in the match must be handed to the opposing Team Manager who shall retain and safeguard the cards until returning them to the opposing Team Manager not more than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the match. It is the Team Manager’s responsibility to check the validity of the opposing Team’s players and substitutes and check the Registration Cards are for the correct team players and age group.

Any challenge to the eligibility of a player shall be made by the Team Manager to the Opposing Team Manager before the start of the match or after the conclusion of the match and such challenge shall be notified in writing to the League Secretary on the day of the match and then received by the General Secretary within 3 days of the match being played.

If the challenge is proven, then the Management Committee will apply Rule 18 n (i,ii,iii).

In the event of  the Registration Cards being unavailable for exchange prior to the match, the non-offending team, may at its discretion, refuse to play the match and this will be classed for the offending team as Rule 20 e (i), both clubs shall notify the occurrence to the League Secretary prior to commencement of the match if they choose to play the fixture and report on the Result Sheet that cards were not exchanged, the Management Committee will apply Rule 20 (I).

The offending Club/Team shall be liable to a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff, in addition to any other Rule.

21. (A) The League Secretary must receive within 3 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 and Opposition Manager markings required by Rule 2. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Dorset Youth Football League – the Result Sheet must be completed in full and if the Referee or Opposition Manager mark is below 50, the team must submit a report on why they have marked  below 50 which should be sent with the Result paperwork to the League Secretary.

(B) Both Clubs shall telephone/SMS/email/notify the result of each Competition Match to the League Secretary by 5.30pm on Sunday or within 2 hours of the game ending on any other day. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Dorset Youth Football League – teams must notify the League Secretary of all Competitions,  i.e League, League Cup and County Cup matches by 5.30pm on Sunday or within 2 hours of the game ending on any other day – Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(C) The match result notification, correctly completed in full, shall be signed by an Officer of the Club, or as prescribed by the Competition a Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Dorset Youth Football League – require the Completed Result Sheet and Oppositions Teams sheet to be sent to the League Secretary within 3 days of the match being played, this can be posted or emailed.

(D) The Competition and Clubs are permitted to collect but NOT publish results or any grading tables for fixtures involving Under 7s, Under 8s, Under 9s, Under 10s, and Under 11s. Any Competition failing to abide by this Rule will be dealt with by the Sanctioning Authority, and any Club failing to abide by this Rule will be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff. The Competition and Clubs are permitted to collect and publish results for trophy events.

22. (A) In Competitions where points are awarded, 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 Competition Match. The Teams gaining the highest number of points in their respective divisions at the end of the Playing Season shall be adjudged the winners. Competition Matches must not be played for double points.

In the event of two or more Teams being equal on points at the end of the Playing Season, rankings may be determined by a deciding match or matches played under conditions determined by the Management Committee, or the position shared.

(B) Automatic promotion shall be applied for the first 2 Teams and automatic relegation shall be applied for the last 2 Teams in each division except as provided for hereunder, subject to the provisions of Rule 2(L).

(i) Should one or more Teams withdraw from any one division after the Playing Season has commenced an equal number of Teams to those withdrawing in that division shall not be automatically relegated.

(ii) Vacancies occurring after the conclusion of the Playing Season may be filled in any of the following ways:

(a) retention of otherwise relegated Team(s); or

(b) additional promotion of the next ranked Team(s) from the division below; or

(c) election

(iii) The last Teams in the lowest division shall retire, but be eligible for re-election except as below, and be subject to the conditions of Rule 22 (B)(i)

(iv) Should either or both of the leading Teams in any of the divisions have a Team in the next higher division, promotion shall fall, at the discretion of the General Meeting, to the next highest Team or Teams in the division concerned.

(v) Should either or both of the relegated Teams in any of the divisions have a Team in the next lower division, relegation shall fall, at the discretion of the General Meeting, to the next lowest Team or Teams in the division concerned.

(C) In the event of a Team withdrawing from the Competition before completing 75% of its fixtures for the Playing Season all points obtained by or recorded against such defaulting Team shall be expunged from the Competition table. For the purposes of this Rule 22 (D) a completed fixture shall include any Competition Match(es) which has been awarded by the Management Committee.

23. (A) Registered referees (and assistant referees where approved by The FA or County FA) for all Competition Matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the Sanctioning Authority.

Dorset Youth Football League – If the Referee Appointments Coordinator appoints a Referee to a Competition Match, the team cannot refuse the appointment.

(B) In cases where there are no officially appointed Match Officials in attendance, the Clubs shall agree upon a An individual thus agreed upon shall, for that Competition Match, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered referee. Individuals under the age of 16 must not participate either as a referee or assistant referee in any open age competition and individuals under the age of 14 must not participate either as a referee or assistant referee in any Competition Match. Referees between the ages of 14 and 16 are only eligible to officiate in competitions where the Players’ age band is at least one year younger than the age of the referee, for example a 15 year old referee may only officiate in competitions where the age banding is 14 or younger.

Dorset Youth Football League – Team Managers must not act as referees or assistant referees.

(C) Where assistant referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club assistant referee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) being imposed on the defaulting

(D) The appointed referee shall have power to decide as to the fitness of the Ground in all Competition Matches and that decision shall be final, subject to the determination of the Local Authority or the owners of a Ground, which must be accepted.

(E) Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the Sanctioning Authority, Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall be paid a match fee in accordance with the Fees Tariff and travel expenses of £0.35 per mile / or inclusive of travel expenses.

Match Officials will be paid their fees and/or expenses by the home Club before/immediately after the Competition Match, unless otherwise ordered by the Management Committee. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

Dorset Youth Football League –Expenses in the form of Mileage shall be paid in exceptional circumstances as determined by the League Referee Coordinator. See F Below

In the event of a Competition Match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to full fee. Where a Competition Match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club shall be ordered to pay the Match Officials, if they attend the Ground, their full fee and expenses. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

(F) Dorset Youth Football League – If the referee is not informed that the game has been cancelled and he/she turns up at the pitch, he/she will be entitled to the Full Match Fee in accordance with the Fees Tariff.

(G) A referee not keeping his or her engagement, and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, may be reported to the Affiliated Association with which he or she is registered.

(H) Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by The FA, award marks to the referee for each Competition Match and the name of the referee and the marks awarded shall be submitted to the Competition on the prescribed form Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to be fined (in accordance with the Fines Tariff) or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine.

(I) The Competition shall keep a record of the markings and, on the form provided by the prescribed date each Season, shall submit a summary to The FA/County

(J) The referee shall submit a report form, supplied by the Competition, giving the result of the Competition Match, the number of Players in each Team and the time of kick-off to the (Registration) Secretary within two days of the Competition Match.

(K) Match Officials shall be supplied, each season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.

(L) Match Officials shall have undertaken a RESPECT briefing offered by The FA/County FA or the Competition.

 

FEES TARIFF
RULE NUMBER DESCRIPTION MAXIMUM FEE
4 (A) CLUB ENTRY FEE £95.00
4 (B) CLUB/TEAM ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION £150.00
4 (C) DEPOSIT £100.00
7 (C), 7(E) PROTEST/APPEAL FEES £25.00
18 (B) (iii) REGISTRATION OF ADDITIONAL PLAYERS ABOVE MAXIMUM PERMITTED FOR TEAM £5.00
18 (D) PLAYER REGISTRATION FEE £1.00 (per player)
18 (H) TRANSFER FEE £10.00
23 (E) REFEREE FEES £20 U11-U13

£25 U14-U16

£0.35  Mileage per mile, (Max £5.00)

 

 

 

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23 (E) ASSISTANT REFEREE FEES £20 U11-U13

£25 U14-U16

£0.35 Mileage per mile, (Max £5.00)

FINES TARIFF
RULE NUMBER DESCRIPTION MAXIMUM FINE
2 (G) FAILURE TO AFFILIATE £100.00
2 (I) FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH FA INITIATIVES £100.00
2 (K) UNAUTHORISED ENTRY OF TEAMS INTO COMPETITIONS £100.00
3 FAILURE TO OBTAIN CONSENT FOR A CHANGE OF CLUB NAME £30.00
4 (C) FAILURE TO PAY A DEPOSIT – not applicable to D.Y.F.L £100.00
4(E) FAILURE TO PROVIDE AFFILIATION NUMBER/DETAILS FORM £100.00
5 (E) COMMUNICATIONS CONDUCTED BY PERSONS OTHER THAN NOMINATED OFFICERS £25.00
6 (H) FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN INSTRUCTION OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE £100.00
6 (I) FAILURE TO PAY A FINE WITHIN REQUIRED TIMEFRAME DOUBLE THE ORIGINAL FINE UP TO £100.00
8 (H) FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT AGM £100.00
9 FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT SGM £100.00
10 FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT OR TO NOTIFY CHANGES TO SIGNATORIES £25.00
11 (A) FAILURE TO PROVIDE NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL BEFORE DEADLINE £100.00
11 (B) FAILURE TO COMMENCE/COMPLETE FIXTURES £100.00
13 (A) FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE TROPHY £25.00
16(A) FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE £100.00
 16(B) FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE £100.00
18 (A) FAILURE TO CORRECTLY REGISTER A PLAYER £40.00
18 (A) (IV) REPLACEMENT REGISTRATION CARD RAISED BY REGISTRATIONS SECRETARY £1.00
18 (B)(iii) FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PLAYERS PRIOR TO THE PLAYING SEASON COMMENCING £25.00
18 (F) REGISTERING OR PLAYING FOR MULTIPLE CLUBS OR INACCURATE COMPLETION OF A REGISTRATION FORM £25.00
18 (G)(ii) REGISTRATION IRREGULARITIES £100.00
18(M) FIELDING MORE THAN THE PERMITTED NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN SENIOR COMPETITIONS MATCHES £100
18 (N)(i) PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER £100.00
18 (O)(i) FAILURE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES £50.00
19 FAILURE TO NUMBER SHIRTS £10.00 (per shirt, up to an aggregate maximum of £30)
19 DELAYING KICK OFF TO DUE TO NO CHANGE OF COLOURS £30
20(A) DELAYING KICK OFF DUE TO FAILURE TO PROVIDE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT £30.00
20 (B) FAILURE TO PLAY MATCHES ON THE DATE FIXED £100.00
20 (C) FAILURE TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF A FIXTURE £50.00
20 (D) PLAYING MATCH WITH LESS THAN REQUIRED NUMBER OF PLAYERS £100.00
20 (E) (i) & (iii) FAILURE TO PLAY FIXTURE £100.00
20 (H) NO CAPTAIN’S ARMBAND £10.00
20 (I) NON EXCHANGE OF REGISITATION CARDS £10.00
21 (A) & 21 (C) LATE RESULT NOTIFICATION FORM £20.00
21 (B) FAILURE TO PROVIDE RESULT £20.00
21(D) PUBLISHING RESULTS/GRADING TABLES FOR FIXTURES INVOLVING U7S, U8S, U9S, U10S OR U11S £50.00
23 (C) FAILURE TO PROVIDE CLUB ASSISTANT REFEREE £25.00
23 (E) FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS’ FEES AND EXPENSES £25.00
23 (F) FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS WHERE A MATCH IS NOT PLAYED £25.00
23 (H) FAILURE TO PROVIDE REFEREE’S MARK £25.00

Not less than fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled kick-off of a match the Registration Cards accompanied by a list of the names in shirt number order of the players intended to play in the match must be handed to the opposing Team Manager who shall retain and safeguard the Cards until returning them to the opposing Team manager not more than fifteen minutes after the conclusion of the match.

It is the Team Managers responsibility to check the validity of the opposing Team’s players and substitutes.

Any breach of this Rule shall be deemed misconduct and shall be dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee.

Any challenge to the eligibility of a player shall be made by the Team Manager to the Opposing Team Manager before the start of the match or after the conclusion of the match and such challenge shall be notified in writing to the League Secretary on the day of the match, and then in writing to be received by the General Secretary within three days of the match being played.

If the challenge is proven, then the Management Committee will apply Rule 8M(i).

In the event of the Registration Cards being unavailable for exchange prior to the match the non-offending team may, at its discretion, refuse to play the match.

Both Clubs shall notify the occurrence to the League Secretary prior to the commencement of the match, and then in writing to be received by the League Secretary within three days.

The offending club shall be liable to a fine as shown in the Fines Tariff, in addition to any other rule.

The League shall require all players and club officials to have signed the FA’s Respect Codes of Conduct and produce these if so requested by the League Management Committee.

Prior to each match, the participating teams and officials shall conduct the RESPECT handshake. Participating teams are to offer ‘three cheers’ and/or handshakes to the opposing team after the match.

Each home club shall make arrangements for the provision of designated areas for spectators. This area can be marked by an additional painted line, the use of cones, a roped off area or use of a temporary spectator barrier.

The area for spectators should start two metres from the touchline on both sides of the pitch.

Each area should run the full length of the pitch.

It is recognised, however, that the alignment of some public pitches does not allow for this arrangement in which case other appropriate arrangements should be made.

The term ‘current season’ means 1st July to the following 31st May inclusive.  Regulations Concerning Approaches

Players who are not under written contract to a Club may be registered with a number of Clubs at any time, subject to the following provisions and those of the Competitions in which they play:

Competitions sanctioned by the Football Association under Regulation 3 of the ‘Regulations for the Sanction and Control of Leagues and Competitions’ may make their own regulations for the approach of players between clubs of the competition.

(Note: Regulation 3 refers to competitions that span three or more County FA boundaries and are therefore sanctioned by the Football Association itself.)

During the current season any Club wishing to approach a Player known to be registered with and having played for any other Club must give to the Secretary of each such Club seven (7) days, formal written notice of the intention to approach the Player. Formal written notice of approach to be given by:

a Saturday club only to all Saturday clubs

a Sunday club only to all Sunday clubs

a midweek club only to all midweek clubs

The written notice must be sent by Special Delivery or Recorded Delivery or a written acknowledgement otherwise obtained from the Secretary or Chairman of the Club approached. Facsimile or email transmission may be used provided a receipt of acknowledgement is also obtained.

Following the date of posting of the written notice of approach or receipt of acknowledgement:

the Player may be registered on or after the eighth (8th) day and (b) the Player must have been registered on or before the twenty-first (21st) day.

The approaching Club:

may not approach the same Player a second time in the same playing season

may only approach one (1) Player at a Club at any time subject to Rules below and

may not approach another Player at the same Club within twentyeight (28) days of an earlier notice of approach acknowledgement

If an approach is made by a Player to another Club during the current season, that Club shall give the Club(s) for which the Player is known to be registered and has played, seven (7) days’ notice of approach as set out in Rules  above before registering the Player.

A Club which is the subject of a complaint alleging failure to give notice in accordance with this Rule may be subject to a charge of misconduct by the relevant County Football Association under FA Rules.

A Club proved to have breached the provisions of this Rule may have its current registration of the Player cancelled and be subject to such other penalty as The Association or appropriate Affiliated Association deems appropriate, in accordance relevant regulations of The Association from time to time in force; and

During the current season a maximum of two (2) Players may be approached in the manner described above if invited to trial at a licensed Academy or “Centre of Excellence” of The Association, The FA Premier League or The Football League. C2b Conditions

A currently registered Player shall not be allowed to register with another Club without first satisfying the Club Officials of the intended Club that all reasonable financial and other liabilities have been discharged to the Club or Clubs with which the Player is or was known to be registered in the current and previous season.

A Player approached on or after the 1st May in the current season may not play in competitive football for the Club making the approach until the commencement of the following season.

In the Standard Code of Rules for Youth (SCORY) Competitions which is used as a basis for the Dorset Youth Football League (DYFL) rules allows the use 3G and 4G artificial pitches.

They are referred to Football Turf Pitches and are allowed in the Competition providing they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA’s Register of Football Turf Pitches. A list of approved pitches can be found on the Football Association’s web site (TheFA.com) on the following page 3g.thefa.me.uk.

The pitch must be tested (by an accredited test institute) every three years and the results passed to The FA. The FA will give a decision on the suitability for use and add the pitch to the Register.

When a game is scheduled to be played on a Football Turf Pitch, the home Club is also responsible for advising participants of footwear requirements when confirming match arrangements in accordance with Rules.

In additional to these standard requirements, the DYFL also requires that the following actions are taken

Before the match commences, the area must be safe –

All surplus equipment (i.e. spare goal posts) MUST be removed.

Guide Ropes for any netting must be taken down

Corner Posts must be in place

The size of the goal posts and pitch must meet the criteria as specified in Rules.