7.1 On or before a date specified by the Company each year,
every Club shall notify the Competition Secretary, in writing, of
details of their first choice colours (shirts, shorts and socks) and
such details shall be printed in the Handbook published by the
Company for the ensuing Playing Season. The colours registered
by each Club shall be worn during the following season when
playing at home. Shirts must be numbered 1-16 (or 17 where 13 is
excluded) such that the numbers can be clearly identified by
officials and spectators. Striped, hooped or otherwise patterned
shirts shall have numbers affixed to contrasting patches or
numbers in a contrasting colour with bold outline. No changes to
the first choice colours or combination of colours shall be permitted
without the consent of the Board
7.2 When the registered colours of shirts, shorts or socks of two
competing Clubs are alike or similar the visiting Club shall change
the relevant item to a colour which does not clash with the
corresponding item of the home club. Neck and cuff trim colours
on shirts shall not be regarded as a basic colour for the purpose of
Subject to the foregoing a Club may, if they wish, wear colours not
registered with the Competition for away matches. It is the
responsibility of the visiting Club, if they do not intend to play in
their registered colours, to notify the home team and check that
their colours will not clash.
7.3 The goalkeeper shall play in kit clearly distinguishable from
the colours of the shirts worn by all other players in the match and
the Match Officials.
7.4 No Club shall be permitted to register or play in shirts the
colour of which is likely to cause confusion with the outfits worn by
the Match Officials (i.e. black or dark blue).
7.5 The players’ shirts must be clearly numbered in accordance
with the list handed to the referee before a match and there must
be no change of numbers during the match except for a change of
7.6 The Captain shall wear a distinguishing armband to indicate
7.7 Both sleeves of the shirts of all players in matches played
under the jurisdiction of the Company shall carry a Competition
logo as supplied by the Competition on an annual basis if so
decided by the Board.
Shirt advertising must comply with FA. Regulations.
PLAYING OF MATCHES
8.1 The Board shall fix the date on which the Playing Season
8.2 All matches shall be played under the Rules and Regulations
of The FA and in accordance with the Laws of the Game as
determined by the International Football Association Board.
8.3 All matches shall be of ninety minutes’ duration. Any match
not complying may be ordered to stand as a completed match or
replayed for the full period of ninety minutes or the match awarded
the Club not at fault, as the Board may decide, on such terms as the
shall decide. All claims for compensation shall be received by the Competition
Secretary within 14 days of the date of the match to which
the claim relates.
The half-time interval in all matches shall not exceed 15 minutes.
Where a match is abandoned for reasons over which neither Club
has control, the home Club shall retain the gate receipts of such
uncompleted match and the Board shall decide the terms upon
which any replayed match shall be played.
In the event of a match having to be postponed for any reason due
to problems arising from one of the Clubs involved their prospective
opponents shall be compensated by them. In the case of the
visiting Club, should it have undertaken all or part of the journey,
travelling expenses may be claimed, based on the total mileage
involved on the whole journey. If the Clubs fail to agree a figure
Board will have absolute discretion in the matter.
[Where a match is abandoned because of the conduct of one team or
its Club Members the Board shall be empowered to award the match to
the opponents and fine them in accordance with the Fines Tariff. Where
an abandonment is caused by the conduct of both teams or their Club
members the Board will take such action as they consider appropriate
and both shall be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff].
8.4 In the event of the match being postponed, not completed
or abandoned, the HOME Club must immediately telephone or
facsimile the Competition results service, the Competition
Secretary and, in the case of a match postponement, the
Appointing Authority, the visiting Club and the Match Officials.
When a postponement occurs in any FA. or County Cup
competition, the HOME Club if two Clubs are playing the tie, or
Club if the match involves a team outside of the Competition,
also follow this procedure.
8.5 Each Club must take every precaution to keep its ground in
good playing condition and amenities (including floodlights)
working order throughout the Playing Season.
8.6 Where a match has been postponed for ANY REASON, the
Competition Fixtures Secretary shall determine the new date.
Any Club without just cause failing to fulfil an engagement to
Competition match on the appointed date shall for each offence
liable to expulsion from the Competition and/or such other
disciplinary action the Board may determine, including the
deduction of up to a maximum of three points from the offending
Club’s record, any expenses incurred by their opponents, and
in accordance with the Fines Tariff.
In the event of a club being in breach of the previous paragraph
this Rule then the Board may award points to the club not at fault
as if the match had been played and the League table shall reflect
the position as if the match had been played with the result
awarded by the Board.
8.6.1 The Competition Fixtures Secretary of the League shall
arrange all League Fixtures, and have power to make such fixture
arrangements as he may deem necessary either Saturdays or
Weekdays. Such arrangements shall be accepted at any time in the
season, excepting where pre-arranged precedent fixtures are
8.7 The postponement of matches due to ground conditions
must be carried out in accordance with Rule 15.2.
8.8 All Clubs must have a facsimile machine, a mobile telephone
and an email address operational at all times. These will be listed
the Competition Handbook, unless a club requests otherwise.
8.9 Each Club shall commence every Competition Match with
eleven players on the field of play and shall be prepared to kick-off
at the advertised time unless a satisfactory explanation is offered.
Each team participating in a match shall represent the full available
strength of each competing Club.
8.10 When a Club obtains the consent of the Board to postpone
a fixture because of an epidemic, affecting the availability of
players, that Club shall be liable to pay any direct expenses
incurred, if any, to the opposing Club. The amount of claim will
at the discretion of the Board. Requests for the postponement of
match for any reason will not be considered more than forty-eight
hours before the scheduled time of kick-off.
Medical certificates for those players affected, signed by the
players’ own doctor, must be forwarded to the Competition
Secretary within [fourteen days] of the postponement, along with
full list of contract and non-contract players currently registered
the Club at the date of the match which was postponed, giving full
reasons against each name for the player’s unavailability.
8.11.1 Each Club must hand copies of a list of name(s) of players
taking part in a match (including the name(s) and number(s) of
nominated substitute(s) to the Referee and a representative of
opponents in the presence of the Referee at least forty five minutes
before the scheduled time of kick-off. The players’ numbers (in
accordance with Rule 7) and the colours of the playing strip must
be clearly stated. Any Clubs in breach may be fined in accordance
with the Fines Tariff.
8.11.2 Any Club altering its team selection or numbering after
sheets have been exchanged may be fined in accordance with the
Fines Tariff. A player who is named on the team sheet exchanged
under Rule 8.11.1 may be replaced without fine if he is injured
warming up after exchange of the team sheet.
8.12.1 The home Club shall advise the visiting Club and the Match
Officials of the date and time of kick-off of each match, to be
received at least five days prior to the match and the visiting
and the Match Officials must acknowledge receipt to be received
least three days before the match.
8.12.2 Where a match is re-arranged or cancelled after the officials
have been appointed, it is the duty of the home Club to notify
officials of the cancellation of their appointments immediately.
Clubs in default of this Rule may be subject to any action decided
by the Board.
8.13 Unless mutually agreed by the Clubs concerned the time of
kick-off shall be:
Saturday matches – 3.00 pm
Midweek matches – 7.45 pm
Official bank holidays and Sundays – 3.00pm. Unless agreed
otherwise by the two Clubs and the Board; application shall be
made to the Competition Fixtures Secretary by both Clubs at least
21 days before the relevant date. All agreed changes to time of
kick-off to be notified to the Board immediately for confirmation.
To re-schedule a midweek fixture for an evening other than a Club’s
usual midweek night will require written agreement of both Clubs
and the Competition Fixtures Secretary.
The Competition fixtures Secretary reserves the right to amend
scheduled fixtures and kick-off times to meet requirements as
necessary. Notification will be provided by the Competition
Fixtures Secretary in writing to both Clubs for fixtures so
8.13.1 For Clubs without approved floodlighting the official starting
time of all afternoon matches shall be 3.00pm during August,
September, October, March, April and May: 2.30pm during
February and 2.00pm during November and December and
January. The Board may vary the start time for matches on the last
Saturday in October taking into account the change to GMT. Any
such changes will be notified to all Clubs.
8.14 All matches shall be played on the home and away principle
and the Board shall determine how the fixtures shall be arranged.
Such fixtures shall take precedence over all competitions in which
a Club may engage, with the exception of:
• The FA Challenge Cup / Welsh Cup.
• The FA. Challenge Trophy/Vase Competition.
• The Senior Cup Competition for which the Club is eligible,of
Affiliated Association to which it was first affiliated.
Clubs playing in the FA. of Wales Challenge Cup, or a County
Senior Cup Competition which allows the option to play the tie
must arrange the match to avoid interference with Saturday
fixtures, providing the opposing club drawn at home has suitable
floodlighting. This applies to ALL Clubs who play in a League
competition which forms any part of the National League System
Football outside the Football League.
Scheduled Saturday fixtures must not be re-arranged without
permission of the Competition Fixtures Secretary. This excludes
FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase matches. Clubs may be ordered to
re-arrange outstanding matches, at the discretion of the Board,
where necessary their prospective opponents instructed
accordingly. Clubs with open dates on Saturdays may be
instructed to play any outstanding Competition fixture on such
date. A minimum of six days’ notice will be given in respect
8.15 A Club may not enter its first team in any outside
competition, other than those listed in Rule 8.14, without the prior
permission of the Board. The Competition Fxtures Secretary must
be informed of all fixtures, postponements and results of all
matches played in any other competition.
8.16 The Board shall determine the policy of the Competition for
the issuing of match day passes.
8.17 The Board may change any Competition fixtures during the
season to suit the overall interests of the Competition and shall
have the power to decide whether a ground is suitable for
Competition matches and to order a Club whose ground is deemed
unsuitable to play its home matches at alternative suitable ground.
8.18 21 days notice is required from Clubs wishing to re-arrange
a Saturday match to Friday evening or Sunday. A request made in
less than this period of time will only be considered by the Board
exceptional circumstances and granted at their discretion.
8.18.1 The Board shall allow two (2) home matches per season per
club to be played on a Friday or Sunday.
8.19 All Competition matches shall be arranged as soon as
practicable. The copyright in all lists of arrangements of such
fixtures shall be vested in the Company.
8.20 The home Club shall be responsible for notifying the
Competition immediately following the conclusion of each home
Competition match the result of that match together with the
attendance, the times of all goals scored in the match and the
scorer of each goal. In any FA or Affiliated Association Competition
the home Club if two Clubs are playing the tie, or the Club if
match involves a team outside of the Competition, must also follow
8.21 The home Club in the Premier Division and Division One is
responsible for publishing a full match programme acceptable to
the Board for each of its Competition matches.
The visiting Club must send in writing to the home Club details
the proposed team they plan to field together with their Club history
and up-to-date pen pictures of their current players registered
the Competition for the season at least five days before the
scheduled date of the match between the two Clubs.
The home Club programme must include the details sent by the
visiting Club in the match day programme and a copy of each
match day programme shall be sent by the home Club to the
Competition Secretary as required by the Board.
Clubs will be responsible for all comments in their match day
programme in respect of the Competition, the Company or other
member Clubs, notwithstanding any disclaimers to the contrary.
No part of a Club’s programme issued for a match in any
competition shall, in the opinion of the Board, bring the Competition
or the Company into disrepute.
All Clubs will be responsible for their official website or similar
computer related information system, which is within the public
domain. Nothing shall be included on the website which in the
opinion of the Board brings the Competition or the Company into
8.21.1 Clubs in the Combinations Divisions a match
day team sheet will be acceptable to the board
8.22.1 In all Competition Matches, the number of Clubs players
officials seated on the team benches, in the designated technical
area, must not exceed 11, unless the team bench facility provides
more than 11 individual seats.
8.22.2 Only one person at a time has the authority to convey
tactical instructions to the players during the match. This person
shall be the team manager or the team coach. He is allowed to
move to the edge of the technical area to issue instructions to
team but then must return to his position on the bench immediately
after giving these instructions.
8.22.3 All team officials and substitutes seated on the bench shall
be listed on the official team sheet when it is submitted to the
Match Officials. Only those persons listed on the official team
shall be permitted in the technical area.
8.22.4 The occupants of the technical area must behave in a
responsible manner at all times. Misconduct by occupants of this
area will be reported by the Referee to The FA, who shall have
power to impose sanctions as deemed fit.
8.22.5 With the exception of the team manager, the team coach
and any substitutes who are warming up or warming down, all other
personnel are to remain seated on the trainer’s bench. The team
manager or team coach is allowed to move to the edge of the
technical area to issue instructions to his team, but must then
to the trainer’s bench.