League Rules

(This version supersedes all previous versions – sections in italics added after AGM 31/01/2024)

  1. In the event of a player moving from the area of one Club to another during the season, he shall remain eligible to play for the Club for whom his Registration was accepted at the Registration Meeting. That is, there will be no transfer of Registration of a player during a Summer League season. If a player moves outside the Summer League area during the Summer League season, his Registration will cease on the day he moves.
  2. Registered players shall be resident at their given address from the 1st March of the playing year. The Executive Committee reserve the right to request 3 forms of proof of residential status, and their decision in such matters is final. Such proof to include a driving licence if the player has one, plus two other documents. If the player is not in possession of a driving licence then three items of proof to the satisfaction of the Committee. Players not registered, or whose Registration is not accepted at the Registration Meeting, will not be eligible to play during that season. There will be no late registration of players (unless voted to allow this by Clubs at AGM/Registration Meeting).
  3. All Clubs shall submit a list of all of the players that they wish to register to the General Secretary in writing/by email by no later than the 10th March. The General Secretary will then circulate the lists by email to all clubs, and members of the Executive Committee prior to the first registration meeting. If required a second registration meeting will also be held. Clubs may apply to register players at the first registration meeting, if it is intended to do this the club representative(s) who are present at the meeting must submit the names of any additional players in writing and must provide copies of the names that are submitted for all of the clubs and members of the Executive Committee. If the names are not provided in writing they will not be accepted for consideration for registration. A fine of £100 will be imposed on any club that submits its player list after the stated date. Failure to pay the fine would mean that the team would not be admitted to the league for that season, and payment of the fine would be required at the first registration meeting. Names on this list should include familiar names or nicknames. Players whose registration is accepted at the Registration meeting shall be deemed to be “bona fide” residents for the duration of that season. Clubs will field a team in the forthcoming season from this list of “bona fide” registered players. If, during the season, a player is suspected to be not living at the address noted at Registration, or has since moved to a residence outside of the Clubs’ specified area, complaints can be put forward to the Executive Committee as follows: a) The Executive Committee receives a formal complaint or notification in writing of the breaking of the residency rules; b) Committee writes to the relevant Club detailing the complaint; c) Club will then need to provide proof, as per rule 2 above, that the player does live at the address noted; d) If satisfactory proof of address is provided – Committee will discuss and most likely agree for the player to continue playing; e) If proof is provided and the complainant is still not satisfied – then they should provide contrary evidence – i.e. proof that they do not live at the address noted; f) If proof of address cannot be provided – the Committee would then discuss what sanctions, if any, need to be applied. Players whose Registration is not accepted at the Registration meeting shall attend in person at a second Registration meeting where his circumstances will be presented to the member Clubs present who will ultimately make a decision on the validity of his Registration. There will be no facility to apply for any concession to these Rules of Registration.
  4. In the event of a Club playing a person ineligible to play for any reason, this will incur a minimum penalty of a three (3) point deduction, per player per match, for playing in a League match or expulsion from that season’s Shield Competition for playing in a Shield tie.
  5. Matches shall normally last for 90 minutes, but, where it is deemed necessary by the match referee, prior to kick off, a shorter period may be played, but such matches shall be of two equal halves. No match shall be played for a shorter period than 60 minutes. If, due to unforeseen circumstances (weather/injury etc), the referee has to abandon a game, although not of two equal halves, if the game has lasted a minimum of 60 minutes, it will be deemed to have been completed. Any match that is uncompleted or abandoned, by the match official or others (at any time during the match) due to unacceptable behaviour by one or both clubs – either by players, club officials or supporters, will be considered by the Executive Committee. The sanctions against one or both clubs will be: a) to replay match (venue to be agreed by said committee), or b) award the game and points to one of the teams (including notional goal difference). Separately, one or both clubs could be subject to additional sanctions, at the discretion of the Committee, which could result in a points deduction, fines and (in serious cases) suspension or expulsion of a player/players or Club from the competition (league and/or shield . All cases of uncompleted matches shall be reported by the referee to the Referee’s Secretary within a period of 48 hours. The Executive Committee shall have the discretion to order the match to be replayed, should they see fit.
  6. All ties in the Shield competition will be played to a finish on the night. If the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes then 15 minutes each way of extra time will be played and if the scores are still level then the best of 5 penalties each will be taken. If the scores are still level then sudden death penalties will decide the tie. In order to facilitate these arrangements, Shield ties will kick off at 7-00pm. The Shield Semi Finals and Final shall be played on neutral grounds, that the Executive Committee deems suitable. The host Club at the Semi-final and Final will be expected to keep spectators away from the touchline, preferably by means of a post and rope fence. The winners of the Senior 7 a side tournament will receive an automatic bye in the Shield Preliminary round and go straight through into the main draw.
  7. Each Club shall be responsible for providing a suitable pitch and for its proper marking. The measurements and markings shall conform as near as possible to the requirements of the Football Association of Wales. Similarly, Clubs shall endeavor to provide suitable changing accommodation as close as possible to their pitch. The referee shall report to the Referee’s Secretary within 48 hours any instances of unsuitable playing surface, e.g. long grass; improperly marked pitch, e.g. lines missing or marked in inappropriate materials or late kick offs etc.
  8. The safety and wellbeing of the Referee is the responsibility of the Home Club and, if necessary, he shall be escorted safely away from the ground. Nobody should approach the Referee in a threatening manner during or after the game has ended.
  9. Each Club shall be responsible for appointing a suitable person to act as a linesman. Great care should be exercised when making this appointment. If no such person is forthcoming prior to kick-off, then the referee may appoint a player/substitute from that team to act as linesman. Any Club which repeatedly fails to appoint a suitable person to act as Linesman will render themselves liable to a punishment, the nature of which will be determined by the Executive Committee.
  10. Referee’s reports will be considered at the next available Executive Committee meeting which are held every two weeks during the season. Any suspension imposed at an Executive Committee meeting will be served commencing the Monday/Tuesday following that Meeting. The “Monday following that Meeting” may be the first Monday of the following season, in which case any such suspension will be carried over and served at the start of the next season.
  11. Any Club wishing to protest about the result of a match, the composition of the opposition team or a decision of the Executive Committee shall do so, in writing/by email, within 72 hours of the match or decision. Any such protest will be accompanied with a £10.00 fee and details of the grounds or reasons for the protest. In the absence of this fee, or reasonable grounds, the protest will not be considered. In the event of a protest in respect of a disciplinary matter concerning a player, the player will be expected to attend in person. A protest will not be considered in his absence. Failure of the player to attend will result in a doubling of the protest fee. No protest against a suspension will be considered where that suspension has been incurred under the points “totting up” procedure. The Executive Committee will consider all properly lodged protests, and their decision will be final and binding. Should a protest fail, then the protest fee will be forfeited and credited to League funds. If a Club is still not satisfied with the result of such a protest then they are entitled to invoke the Appeals process and have their case considered by an independent Appeals Tribunal. Details of this process are contained in the “Disciplinary Proceedings, Disputes and Appeals” document. All Clubs shall be notified of any such duly lodged protest and the decision made upon it.
  12. When a Club has a genuine reason for wishing to postpone a match, e.g. where an important function in the village involving players clashes with a match, a written request should be made to the League Secretary at least seven days before the fixture. Full reasons shall be given for seeking a postponement, and the opposing team and Referee’s Secretary should be informed of the actions taken. Only in exceptional circumstances should Clubs apply for a postponement of a fixture and failure to fulfil a fixture due to the absence of one or more players will not normally be accepted as sufficient reason for seeking a postponement. In the event of a special case arising, due to unforeseen circumstances, both Clubs may agree to a postponement and agree a suitable date for playing the postponed match, providing the approval of the League Chairman or General Secretary has been obtained and the Referee’s Secretary is notified accordingly and can obtain availability of a referee. Failure to reach agreement in a situation of this nature should be referred to the full Executive Committee for determination. If such a postponement is agreed, then the re-arranged fixture MUST be played in the same half of the season in which the original fixture was scheduled and before the commencement of the Shield competition. Any Club who fails to fulfil a fixture will be fined and be deducted six (6) points. The amount of any such fine shall be determined by the Executive Committee, giving due regard to the circumstances and the previous conduct of the Club.
  13. In the event of a clash of colours, the home team shall be required to change. If the clash occurs in the Shield semi-final or final, then it shall be left to the Clubs concerned to agree a compromise. Clubs should ensure that goalkeeper’s jerseys are of a neutral colour to the satisfaction of the referee. Clubs must indicate their playing colours with their list of players each season.
  14. Neutral linesmen will be appointed for Shield semi-final and final matches. If a Club wishes to have a neutral linesman for any other match, and is willing to pay his fee, then the League will make such an appointment.
  15. In the various seven-a-side competitions, if a player receives two cautions he will be suspended from the next game. If a player is dismissed he will be suspended from the remainder of the competition.
  16. In the League and Shield competitions, a player who is dismissed from the field of play will be automatically ineligible to play in the next League or Shield match. The Referee’s report/report from the Clubs will then be discussed at the next Executive Committee meeting in the normal way to see if any further punishment/sanction is warranted. The name of the offending player will be communicated to his next opponents by the General/Referee’s Secretary
  17. Five substitutes, of any age, shall be allowed in any game.
  18. The referee will order the match to commence if the two sides have a minimum of eight players each.
  19. Failure of Clubs to pay all duly notified fines to the League within 28 days following their final match in any season will result in an increase of 10% per month or part of a month thereafter. Further failure to pay may lead to their expulsion from the League for the following season.
  20. The results of all matches should be communicated to the League’s nominated representative (media/press officer) immediately after the match by the home Club. Failure to do so may lead to disciplinary action being taken against persistent repeat offenders.
  21. The Executive Committee will award £100.00 to the Champions to provide a celebration buffet at The Champions versus The Rest match.
  22. League Officials, Club Officials, Clubs and their players shall conduct themselves in such a way so as not to tarnish the spirit or the image of Llandyrnog and District Village Clubs Summer Football League. Failure to do so will render transgressors liable to a charge of bringing the game or the League into disrepute.