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LTRINCHAM & DISTRICT AMATEUR FOOTBALL LEAGUE
LEAGUE RULES

NOMENCLATURE AND CONSTITUTION
1.
(A) This Competition shall be designated the Altrincham & District Amateur Football League/Cup and known as the Altrincham & District Amateur Football League and shall consist of not more than 42 Clubs who shall be Full 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 Cheshire County Football Association. The area covered by the Competition Membership shall be Altrincham and District.

This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Cheshire County Football Association(s) and the constituent teams of Member Clubs may be grouped in divisions.

Member Clubs shall not enter any of their teams playing in the Competition in any other Competitions (with the exception of FA and County FA Competitions) except with the written consent of the Management Committee of the Competition.

(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.
ENTRY FEE – SUBSCRIPTION – DEPOSIT
2.
(A) Applications by Clubs for admission to this Competition or the entry of an additional team(s) must be made in writing to the Secretary and must be accompanied by an Entry Fee of Ł50.00 per team, which shall be returned in the event of non-election.

At the discretion of a majority of the accredited voting members present applications, of which due notice has been given, may be received at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting. The Entry Fee shall apply.
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 Ł60.00 per team payable on or before the 31st July in each year.
(C) Each Club shall within fourteen days of election pay a Deposit of Ł50.00, which shall be returnable to Clubs on leaving the Competition provided they have fulfilled their fixtures and complied with all orders of the Management Committee.
(D) A Club shall not participate in this Competition until the Entry Fee, Annual Subscription and Deposit have been paid.
(E) Clubs must advise annually to the Secretary in writing by 31st May of its parent County Football Association affiliation number for the forthcoming Season, failing which they shall be fined Ł10.00. 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.
OFFICERS
3.
The Officers of the Competition shall be the President Vice-Presidents, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Registration Secretary, Fixtures Secretary, Referees Secretary and Press Secretary to be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. (N.B. Auditors are not Officers).
MANAGEMENT, NOMINATION, ELECTION
4.
(A) The Competition shall be governed in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association by a Management Committee comprised of the Officers and up to six club representatives’ 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

(C) The Management Committee shall meet as often as is necessary to deal with business as it arises.
On receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds of the Members of the Management Committee the Secretary shall convene a meeting of the Committee.

(D) Except where otherwise mentioned all communications shall be addressed to the Secretary who shall conduct the correspondence of the Competition and keep a record of its proceedings.
(E) All communications received from Clubs must be conducted through their nominated Officers.
POWERS OF MANAGEMENT
5.
(A) The Management Committee may appoint such other 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 Cheshire County Football Association having been obtained the Management Committee may order a match or matches to be played each season, the proceeds to be devoted to the funds of the Competition and, if necessary, may call upon each Club (including any Club which may have withdrawn during the season) to contribute equally such sums as may be necessary to meet any deficiency at the end of the season. (See Rule 6(e)).
(C) Each Member of the Management Committee shall have the right to attend and vote at all Management Committee Meetings and have one vote thereat, but no Member shall be allowed to vote on any matters directly appertaining to such Member or to the Club so represented. (This shall apply to the procedure of any sub-committee). In the event of the voting being equal on any matter, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.
(D) The Management Committee shall have powers to apply, act upon and enforce the Rules of the Competition and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Competition, including any not provided for in the Rules. 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 and Regulations of The Football Association shall be dealt with in accordance with FA Rules.
(E) All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to the right o-f 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 seven days.
(F) Five Members of the Management Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the Management Committee and Three Members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by any sub-committee of the Competition.
(G) The Management Committee, as it may deem necessary, shall have power to fill in an acting capacity, any vacancies that may occur amongst their number.
(H) A Club having failed to comply with an order or instruction of the Management Committee, or failing to satisfactorily attend to the business and/or the correspondence of the Competition shall be liable to be fined or otherwise penalised at the discretion of the Management Committee.
(I) All fines and charges shall be paid within 14 days of the date of posting of the written notification.
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 any expenses incurred refunded by the Competition.
(K) The Management Committee shall have the power to fill any vacancy that may occur in the membership of the Competition between the Annual General or Special General Meeting called to decide the constitution and the commencement of the Competition season.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
6.
(A) The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than 30th June in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least ten members are present and entitled to vote:-
(I) To receive and confirm the Minutes of the preceding Annual General Meeting.
(II) To consider any business arising there from.
(III) To receive and adopt the Annual Report. Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts.
(IV) Election of Clubs to fill vacancies (as recommended by the Management Committee).
(V) Constitution of the Competition for ensuing season.
(VI) Election of Officers and Management Committee.
(VII) Appointment of Auditors.
(VIII) Alteration of Rules, if any (of which notice has been given).
(IX) Fix the date for the commencement and conclusion of playing season.
(X) Other business of which due notice shall have been given and accepted as being relevant to the ‘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 Cheshire County Football Associations).
(C) A signed copy of the duly audited Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts shall be sent to the Cheshire County Football Associations) within fourteen days of its adoption by the Annual Genera! 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.
(E) Clubs who have withdrawn their Membership of the Competition during the season being concluded or who are not continuing Membership shall be entitled to attend but shall vote only on matters relating to the season being concluded.
(F) All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot be demanded by at least Six 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 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 Ł10.00.
(I) Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at an Annual General Meeting.
AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED
7.
The Chairman and the Secretary of each Club shall complete and sign the following agreement which shall be deposited with the Competition together with the Application for Membership for the coming season, or upon indicating that the Club intends to compete.
“We, A,_________________of ___________(Chairman) and B__________________of___________(Secretary) of the ________________________________Football Club have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the _____________________Competition and do hereby agree for and on behalf of the said Club to, if elected or accepted into
(Note: Action under clause (iii) shall not be taken against a player for misconduct until the matter has been dealt with by the appropriate Association, and then only in cases of the player bringing the Competition into disrepute).
QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS
8.
(A) Contract players, as defined in Football Association Rules, are not permitted in this Competition.
(B) A registered playing member of Club is one who, being in all other respects eligible, has:-
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 (Registrations) Secretary one day prior to playing and whose completed registration counterfoil has been received by the Club prior to playing.
(C) A player is not eligible to play in this Competition who receives any form or payment for playing, other than expenses as per Clauses 1, 2 and 3 of Article 2 of the FIFA Regulations Governing the Status and Transfer of Players. Clubs upon election must sign a declaration that they will conform to the said clauses and players of such Clubs are required to sign a declaration upon Registration that they are eligible under and will abide by, the FIFA clauses, which are as follows:
1. Players who have never received any remuneration other than for the actual expenses incurred during the course of their participation in or for any activity connected with association football shall be regarded as amateur.
2. Travel and hotel expenses incurred through involvement in a match and the costs of a player’s equipment, insurance and training may be reimbursed without jeopardising a player’s amateur status.
3. Any player who has ever received remuneration in excess of the amount stated under clause 2 in respect of participation in or an activity connected with association football shall be regarded as non-amateur unless he has reacquired amateur status under the terms of Act. 25.”
(D) A team shall not include any more than three players who have taken part in any of the two preceeding games of their senior team in this Competition.
(E) 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.
(F) Registration forms shall be obtained from the Secretary on prepayment of Ł1:00 per form.
(G) 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.
(H) It shall be deemed misconduct for a player to:-
(I)
(I) Play for more than one Club in the Competition in the same season without first being transferred.
(II) Having signed for one Club in the Competition, sign for another Club in the Competition in that season except for the purpose of a transfer.
(III) Submit a signed registration form for registration that the player had willfully neglected to accurately or fully complete.
(I) The Management Committee shall have power to accept the registration of any player.
(II) The Management Committee shall have power to refuse, cancel, or suspend the registration of any players or may fine any player at their discretion who has been charged and found guilty of registration irregularities. (Subject to Rule 16.)
(III) The Management Committee shall have power to refuse or cancel the registration of any player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct *subject to Rule 16).
Undesirable conduct shall mean an incident of repeated conduct, which may deter a participant from being involved in this competition.
(Note: Action under. Clause (2) 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.)
(J) Subject to The Football Association Rules 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 Ł2:00. 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 seven days of receipt of the transfer form. Upon receipt of the Club’s consent, or upon its failure to give written objection within seven days, the (Registrations) Secretary may, on behalf of the Management Committee, transfer the player who shall be deemed eligible to play for the new Club from such date or one 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.
(K) 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.
(L) 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.
(M) A register containing the names of all players registered for each Club, with the date of registration, shall be kept by the Registrations Secretary and shall be open to the inspection of any duly appointed Member Club representative at all Management Committee meetings or at other times mutually arranged. Registrations are valid for one Season only.
(N) A player shall not be eligible to play for a team in any special championship, promotion or relegation deciding match (as specified in Rule 12(A)) unless the player has played six games for that team in this Competition in the current season.
(O)
(I) Any team playing an unregistered or otherwise ineligible player or players may have the points gained in the match deducted from its total and may be fined and/or otherwise dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee.
(II) In addition the team may have up to three points deducted from its total at the discretion of the Management Committee and may be dealt with in any further manner, which is thought to be fit.
(III) The Management Committee 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)
(I) Priority must be given at all times to school and school organizations 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 Rule will apply.)
CLUB COLOURS. CLUB NAME
9.
(A) Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by 31st May who shall decide as to their suitability.
Goalkeepers must wear colours, which distinguish them from other players and the referee.
No player, including the goalkeeper, shall be permitted to wear black or very dark shirts.
Any team not being able to play in its normal colours as registered with the Competition shall notify the colours in which they will play to its opponents at least three days before the match.
If, in the opinion of the referee, two Clubs have the same or similar colours, the home team shall make the change. Any team not having a change of colours or delaying the kick-off by not having a change shall be fined Ł10.00.
The Secretary of the Competition may request shirts to be submitted if complaints are received as to lack of distinguishing colours, and the Management Committee may refuse to permit any shirts or shorts as they think fit. Shirts must be numbered.
(B) Any Club wishing to change its name and/or colours must seek permission from its affiliated County Association and from the Management Committee.
PLAYING SEASON, CONDITIONS OF PLAY
KICK-OFF TIMES. POSTPONEMENTS, SUBSTITUTES
10.
(A) The Annual General Meeting shall determine the commencing and concluding dates for the ensuing season, which shall be in accordance with 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, to be held no later than 15th August, must not be arranged for a date 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.
Clubs must take all reasonable precautions to keep their grounds in a playable condition. All matches shall be played on pitches deemed suitable by the Management Committee. If through any fault of the home team a match has to be replayed, the Management Committee shall have power to order the venue to be changed.
The Management Committee shall have power to decide whether a pitch and/or facilities are suitable for matches in the Competition and to order the Club concerned to play its fixtures on another ground. All matches shall have a duration of 90 minutes unless a shorter time (not less than 80 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 shall be fined a sum not exceeding as Ł10.00 or be 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 must be used.
(C) Except by permission of the Management Committee all matches must be played on the dates originally fixed but priority shall be given to The Football Association and 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 Fixtures Secretary.
(D) The Secretary of the home Club must give notice in writing of full particulars of the location of, and access to, the ground and time of kick-off to the match officials and the Secretary of the opposing Club at least three clear days prior to the playing of the match. Any Club failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to a fine of Ł5.00.
(E) Every Club shall play its best available qualified team or teams in all matches in the Competition.
(Note: The intention of this Rule is not to interfere with normal team selection by Clubs, but to prevent Clubs deliberately fielding a weakened team in order to unreasonably reserve players for another game or to boost the strength of another or lower team. It is NOT intended that Clubs MUST field higher team players in lower teams when the higher team has no engagement. If, in the opinion of the Management Committee, the substance or spirit of the Rule is obviously being disregarded, the Club or Clubs concerned may be called to account for its/their actions and shall be subject to such decisions as the Management Committee may determine, despite the fact that Rule 8 has not been infringed.) In the event of a Club playing in any match with less than eleven players they shall be fined Ł0.00 for each missing player. A minimum of seven players will constitute a team for a Competition match.
(F) Home and away matches shall be played. In the event of a Club failing to keep its engagement the Management Committee shall have power to inflict a fine, 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. Not withstanding the foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall have power to order a match to be played on a neutral ground or on the opponent’s ground if they are satisfied that such action is warranted by the circumstances.
Any Club with more than one team in the Competition shall always fulfill its fixture, within the Competition, in the following order of precedence:- First Team, Reserve Team, A Team. Clubs in breach of this requirement shall be fined a sum not exceeding Ł25.00 or otherwise dealt with by the Management Committee.
Notice of postponement of any match must be given without delay by the postponing Club (or notice of a Club being unable to fulfil any match must be given 48 hours prior to the match by the Club) to the League Secretary, Fixtures Secretary, the Competition Referees Appointments Secretary, the Secretary of the opposing Club and the match officials). Any Club failing to comply shall be dealt with by the Management Committee who 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 Secretary within seven days the Management Committee shall have power to order the match to be played on a named date or on or before a given date.
The Management committee shall review all matches abandoned in cases where it is consequent upon the conduct of either or both Teams. Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and does no injustice to either Club, the Management Committee shall be empowered to order the score at the time of the abandonment to stand. In all cases where the Management Committee are satisfied that a match was abandoned owing to the conduct of one team or its Club member(s) they shall be empowered to award the points for the match to the opponents and/or take what other action they may deem necessary. In cases where a match is abandoned owing to the conduct of both teams and/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.
(G) 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 five players.
The referee shall be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than one minute before the start of the match.
A player who has been selected, appointed or named as a substitute before the start of the match but does not actually play in the game shall not be considered to have been a player in that game within the meaning of Rule 8 of this Competition.
(H) The half time interval shall be of five minutes duration, but it shall not exceed fifteen minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee.
REPORTING RESULTS
11.
(A) The Secretary must receive within four 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 any other information required by the Competition. Failure to do so will incur a fine of Ł10.00 and/or the Club being dealt with as the Management Committee decides.
(B) The Home Club shall telephone the result of each match to the Secretary by 6:00pm for afternoon games and 9:30pm for evening games.
(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.
DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP
12.
(A) Team rankings within the Competition will be decided by points with three points to be awarded for a win and one point for a drawn match. The teams gaining the highest number of points in their respective Divisions at the conclusion shall be adjudged the winners. Matches must not be played for double points.
In the event of two or more teams being equal on points team rankings may be decided in any one or more of the following ways:’
(I) Goal average
(II) Goal difference
(III) Goals scored
Deciding match(es) played under conditions determined by the Management Committee.
(B) Automatic promotion and relegation shall be applied for the first two and last two teams in each Division except as provided for hereunder, subject to the provisions of Rule 1(b).
(I) Should one or more teams withdraw from any one Division after the fixtures have commenced an equal number of teams to those withdrawing in that Division shall not be automatically relegated.
(II) Vacancies occurring after the conclusion of the season may be filled on any of the following ways:
(a) Retention of otherwise relegated team(s)
(b) Additional promotion of the next ranked team(s) from the Division below
(c) Election
(III) The last two teams in the lowest Division shall retire, but be eligible for re-election except as below, and be subject to the conditions of paragraph (B)(1) above.
(IV) When a senior team is relegated to a lower Division of which its reserve team is a member, or entitled to be a member, such reserve team must accept relegation to, or retain its position in, the next lower Division; and should the senior team be relegated to the lowest Division its reserve team automatically retires from the Competition.
(V) Should either or both of the leading teams in any of the Divisions have its senior team in the next higher Division, promotion shall fall, at the discretion of the General Meeting, to the next highest team or teams in the Division concerned.
(C) In the event of a team not completing all of its fixtures for the season all points obtained by or recorded against such defaulting team shall be expunged from the Competition table.
REFEREES
13.
(A) Registered Referees and Assistant Referees for all matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the sanctioning Association(s).
(B) In the event of the non-appearance of the appointed Referee the appointed senor 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.
(D) The appointed Referee shall have power to decide as to the fitness of the ground in all matches and the decision shall be final subject to either in the case of a ground of a Local Authority or the owners of a ground, the Representative of that body is the so/e arbiter and 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 NIL per mile and any other permitted expenses actually incurred together with the following match fees:’ Referee Ł15:00 Registered Referees appointed by the Management Committee as Assistant Referees Ł10:00, subject to any limits laid down by the sanctioning Associations). The Home Club shall pay the Officials their fees and expenses immediately after the match.
(F) In the event of a match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to half fee. Where a match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club shall be ordered to pay the Officials, if they attend the ground, their full fee 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) Referees and Assistant Referees shall be supplied, each Season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.
CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP OR WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB
14. (A) After 31st December in the current Season a Club intending, or having a provisional intention, to withdraw a team from the Competition on completion of its fixtures and fulfillment 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 Ł25.00.
All Clubs wishing to remain in membership of the Competition for the following Season must confirm their intention to do so, in writing, to the Secretary by 31st March.
(B) A Club shall not be allowed to withdraw any or all of its teams from the Competition after the Annual General Meeting for the following Season. Any Club infringing this Rule shall be liable to a fine not exceeding Ł50.00 per team and shall also be liable for its share of any call, which may be made under Rule 5(B).
(C) The Membership for the coming season, the Annual General Meeting held not later than 30th June the Competition shall have the right, irrespective of other provisions in this Rule, to refuse to permit a Club to withdraw its team/s) in order to join another Competition and may hold the Club to its engagements
(D) In the event of a Member Club, which is an un-incorporated association, withdrawing and/or disbanding it shall be immediately liable to discharge all its financial and other obligations to the Competition. In the event that any such obligation remains un-discharged after a period of twenty-one days then such obligation shall be met by the then current Club Members, excluding those under the statutory school leaving age. Until a Member’s pro rata obligation is discharged in full the Member shall not be allowed to participate in the Competition, which may apply to the Club’s Parent County Association for a suspension order.
PROTESTS AND APPEALS
15. (A)
(I) All questions of eligibility, qualifications of players or interpretations of the Rules shall be referred to the Management Committee.
(II) Objections relevant to the dimensions of the pitch, goals, flag posts or other facilities of the venue will not be entertained by the Management Committee unless a protest is lodged with the Referee before the commencement of the match. Any Club lodging such protest and not proceeding with it shall be deemed guilty of a breach of this Rule and shall be dealt with by the Management Committee.
(B) Except in cases where the Management Committee decides that there are special circumstances, protests and complaints (which must contain full particulars of the grounds upon which they are founded) must be lodged in duplicate with the Secretary within fourteen 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 Ł15:00. This may be forfeited in whole or in part in the event of the complaining or protesting Club losing its case. The Competition shall have power to order the defaulting Club or the Club making a losing or frivolous protest or complaint to pay the expenses of the enquiry or to order that the costs to be shared by the parties.
(E) All parties to a protest or complaint must be afforded an opportunity to make a statement when the protest or complaint is being heard and must have received seven 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 that, if properly used, might have avoided the protest or complaint.
BOARD OF APPEAL
16.
Within 14 days of the posting of written notification of any decision of the Management Committee or the Competition a Club, Official or Player against whom action is taken may appeal against such decision by lodging particulars in duplicate with the Secretary of the Cheshire County Football Association, including a fee of Ł25:00, for adjudication of a Board of Appeal. The grounds of appeal shall be in accordance with FA Rules. The Board of Appeal may order the appeal fee to be forfeited and shall decide by whom the costs of the appeal shall be borne. The decision of the Board of Appeal is final and binding on all parties concerned.
EXCLUSION OF CLUBS. OR TEAMS
MISCONDUCT CLUBS, OFFICIALS, PLAYERS
17.
(A) At the Annual General Meeting, or Special General Meeting called for the purpose, Notice of Motion having been duly circulated on the Agenda, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude any Club or Team from further membership 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 at a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 19, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude from further participation in the Competition any Club whose conduct has, in their opinion, been undesirable 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 a Special General Meeting decide otherwise by a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast) be debarred from membership the following season.
TROPHY: – LEGAL OWNERS. CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER, AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED. AWARDS.
18.
A 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 __________________FC, 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 February. 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.”
SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS
19.
Upon receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds of the Clubs in membership the Secretary shall call a Special General Meeting.
The Management Committee may call a Special General Meeting at any time.
At least seven 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. Not less than seven days’ notice shall be given of any Meeting.
Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at a Special General Meeting without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined Ł10.00.
Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all Special General Meetings.
ALTERATION TO RULES
20.
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 31st March in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by 14th April and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by 30th April. The proposals and proposed amendments thereto shall be circulated to Clubs with the notice of the Annual General Meeting. A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if two thirds of those present and entitled to vote are in favour.
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 twenty eight 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.
RULES BINDING ON CLUBS
21.
Each Member Club shall be deemed to have given its assent to the foregoing Rules and agreed to abide by the decisions of the Management Committee subject to Rule 16. Each Member Club must abide by any issued Football Association Code of Conduct.
FINANCE
22.
(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 Ł50.00 shall be approved by the Management Committee. Cheques shall be signed by at least two Officers nominated by the Management Committee.
(C) The financial year of the Competition will end on 31st December.
(D) The books, or a certified balance sheet, of a Competition shall be prepared and shall be audited annually by some suitable person(s) who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting.
LEAGUE CUP/SUPPLEMENTARY AND REPRESENTATIVE COMPETITIONS
THE LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP
23A The League Challenge Cup shall be competed for annually by one team from each member club, entry to be compulsory, and is on the knock out principle. Home clubs will retain any gate money and pay out expenditure incurred, with the exception of the semi-finals and final, when the Management Committee will determine the allocation of receipts and payments. Entry fee will be determined at the AGM.
Players must be registered in accordance with the League rules with the following provisions:-
1) Players must have been registered in accordance with the League Rules, and have been registered for 7 clear days, with the League, and as a member of the club, previous to the original date set for the tie. For both semi-finals and final ties players must have competed in at least six games for that club under the jurisdiction of the League before being eligible for either or both ties.
2) A player shall not in the same season play for more than one competing club.
3) In the case of postponed, or replayed games only those players shall be allowed to play who were eligible to play on the date fixed for the playing of the round. A player who has been suspended by a County FA may play in postponed, drawn or replayed ties after the term of his suspension has expired.
4) Any club playing an ineligible player shall be struck out of the competition and will be liable to a fine as per appendix ‘A’.
5) In ties up to the semi-final round the game shall be played on the ground of the first drawn unless this ground is unavailable when the tie will be played on the ground of the second team drawn out. The Management Committee shall have the power to order the game to be played on their opponents or a natural ground if the ground of the first Club drawn is repeatedly unfit, thus hindering the progress of the competition.
6) In the event of extra time not being completed though no fault of the clubs concerned, the replay shall be on the ground of the club which was drawn to play away
7) In all cup ties played on grounds where the playing area is roped off, no person shall encroach within this area, without the permission of the match officials.
8) In the event of a club failing to field a team on the date fixed for the match that game may be awarded to their opponents.
9) Cup matches shall be played under similar rules to those governing the League matches, with the following exceptions:
a) In the case of a draw, extra time of 15 minutes each way shall be played in all ties. If still a draw after extra time the tie shall be decided by: –
b) The taking of penalty kicks to obtain a result as agreed by the International Board on 27 June 1970.
The duration of all matches shall not be less than equal periods of 45 Minutes.
Should a game not be completed due to the misconduct of one or more teams the Management Committee reserves the right to award the game as it sees fit.
10) The trophy cannot be won outright.
11) Up to fourteen medals or other suitable awards will be presented to the finalists (including named substitutes). Any player sent off in a final may have his award withheld until after the League Management Committee decides whether it is to be awarded. A player who fails to collect his medal at the conclusion of the final, for other than a genuine reason (e.g. serious injury) will not receive the medal at a later date.
12) The entire control and management of the competition shall be vested in the Management Committee who shall have the power to deal with any matter not provided for in these rules.
13) In the event of a colour clash in either the semi-final of final ties both teams must change to colours, which do not clash, unless mutually agreed. A club may at its discretion use three from seven substitute players in any match in this competition, the referee must be informed of their names before the match, but if called upon to play, his name must be entered on the team sheet.
14) Each member club will be liable for the sale of ten tickets per team for the final tie.
THE BROADHEATH CENTRAL CUP
23b The Broadheath Central Cup shall be competed for annually by all reserve teams and other individual entrants will be by invitation of the Management Committee and is on the knock out principle. Home clubs will retain any gate money and pay out expenditure incurred, with the exception of the semi-final and final ties when the Management Committee will determine the allocation of receipts and payments. Entry fee will be determined at the AGM.
The entrance fee for this competition must be paid by the date set each year; any club failing will be struck out of the competition.
Rules as laid down for the League Challenge Cup will be operative with the following exceptions
No team in this competition that has another team in a higher division of the League shall be allowed to play more that three players who have taken part in either of the two preceding games of the first team unless the Management Committee grant permission to do so.
Any further rules or alterations for the competition will be decided by the League Council or Management Committee as and when the competition is held.
23c Should circumstances arise the Management Committee shall have the power to consider and obtain permission of the League Council to promote a Supplementary Cup Competition within the League during the season.
23d The Management Committee shall have the power to arrange Inter-League or other games at their discretion and for the purpose may select any registered player in the League. All clubs must take an agreed quota of tickets for such games arranged.
REFEREES
The Referee Committee of the Altrincham & District Football Association are always pleased to receive applications to become referees.
Each course consists of eight evenings held within a four-week period. These lectures discuss the laws of the game, positioning on the field of play, how to deal with incidents that arise during the game. Experienced referees, people who are used to coaching in-service referees, give the lectures.
At the end of the course an examination for the Class Three-Referee Certificate is held, and successful candidates are awarded this certificate and will commence refereeing.
There is no charge for the courses, but a fee of Ł5.00 is payable, which covers the cost of an examination fee and a ‘Referee Chart & Players Guide to the Laws of Association Football’.
Applications to attend a course should be made to:-
The Hon. Referee Secretary of the Altrincham & District Football Association.