Rules of the West Lancashire Foorball League

Season 2017/2018

1 (A) In these Rules
“Affiliated Association” means an Association accorded the status of an Affiliated Association under the Rules of the F.A. “AGM” shall mean the Annual General Meeting held in accordance with the constitution of the Competition. “Deposit” means a sum of money deposited with the competition as part of the requirements of membership of the Competition. “Club” means a club for the time being in membership of the Competition and “Team” means a side from a club especially where a Club provides more than one Team in a division in accordance with the Rules. “Competition” means THE WEST LANCASHIRE LEAGUE. “Competition Match” means any match played or to be played under the jurisdiction of the Competition “Secretary” means such person or persons appointed or elected to carry out the administration 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. “Fee’s Tariff” means a list of fee’s approved by the Club’s at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any matters which fees are payable under the Rules. “Fines Tariff” means a list of fee’s approved by the Club’s at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any breach of the Rules. “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 articles of association of that company. “Match Officials” means the Referee, the assistant Referees and any forth Official appointed to a Competition Match. “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. “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 F.A.][The Competition][The Lancashire County Football Association Limited]. “Scholarship” means a Scholarship as set out in Rule C3(a)(i)of the Rules of the F.A. “Team Sheet” means a form provided by the Competition on which the names of the Players taking part in a Competition match are listed. “The F.A. means The Football Association Limited. “WGS” means the Whole Game System and the procedures for the operation thereof as determined by the F.A. 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.

(B) The Rules are taken from the Standard Code of Rules (the standard code) determined by the F.A. 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

(C) 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 16.

(D) The Competition will be known as “The Bay Radio West Lancashire League” (or such other name as the Competition may adopt). 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

(E) 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 F.A.

NONCLAIMATURE AND CONSTITUTION

2. (A) This Competition shall consist of not more than Sixty Four Clubs who shall be Full Member Clubs and not less than Six Clubs approved by the sanctioning authority.

(B) All Clubs must be affiliated to an Affiliated County Football Association and their names and particulars shall be returned annually by the appointed date on Form (D) to the Lancashire County Football Association and must have a constitution approved by the Sanctioning Authority.

This competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Lancashire Football Association and the constituent teams of Member Clubs may be grouped in division, each not exceeding sixteen in number.

(C) This Competition shall only permit one team from a Club to participate in the same division, unless there is no viable alternative because of logistical issues and/or reasons linked to participation and geographical boundaries. This Competition will obtain the prior approval of the sanctioning Association in the event of a division comprising of more than one team from the same Club. This Competition will ensure that, where permission is given, teams from a Club operating in the same division are run as separate entities with no interchange of players other than via transfers of registration in accordance with Competition Rules.


(D) Inclusivity and Non Discrimination

(i) This Competition and each Member Club must be committed to promoting inclusivity and eliminating all forms of discrimination.

(ii) This Competition and each Member Club does not and must not (by its rules or regulations or) in any manner whatsoever unlawfully discriminate against any person within the meaning and scope of the Equality Act 2010 or any law, enactment, order or regulation relating to discrimination (whether by age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability or otherwise).

Any alleged breach of the Equality Act 2010 legislation must be referred to the appropriate Association for Investigation.

(E) All Clubs must comply with the provisions of any initiatives of the F.A. which are adopted by the Competition including but not limited to, Charter Standard and Respect
Programs. As an F.A. Charter Standard League this Competition requires that all its Clubs to have achieved F.A. Charter Standard Club status by the end of Season 2015/2016. The League Management Committee may expel any Club that has failed to achieve Charter Standard by this date. New Member Clubs have one year to achieve the Charter Standard Club award. The League has the right to refuse membership to a Club if it fails to demonstrate commitment to achieving the award.

This Competition and its Club’s shall support the F.A.’s respect programme, As such it recognises that everyone in football has a collective responsibility to create a fair, safe, and enjoyable environment in which the game can take place. A respect League values the contribution of match officials, players and spectators and ensures that they are treated with courtesy and fairness by opposing players, club officials and spectators. The League and its Clubs will seek to play fixtures in a fair, competitive but not antagonistic environment.

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

(G) At the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, a majority of the delegates present shall have the 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

3. (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 on or before the 31st March and must be accompanied by an Entry Fee of £100 per team which shall be returned in the event of none-election. Any club applying for application to the West Lancashire League must have grounds and facilities to meet the Leagues Ground grading (FA step 7) requirements before the 31st March of the year of application

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 for a Club with 2 teams in the Competition £290, and for a Club with only one team it will be £190 payable on or before the 31st July each year. This includes one ticket to the Leagues Presentation Dance and unlimited Registration Forms (which can be downloaded from the League Web Site)

(C) In the event of any issue concerning the membership of any Club with the Competition the Management Committee may require a Deposit to be paid by or on behalf of the club on such terms and for such period as it may in its entire discretion think fit. Each New Member Club shall by 31st July pay a Deposit fee of £100. Which shall be returnable to the Club 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 the 31st July each year of its County Football Association affiliated number (s) for the forthcoming Season, failing which they shall be fined. Club’s must advise the Secretary in writing, or on the prescribed form, of details of its Headquarters, Playing Colours, Officers and any other information required by the Competition. This form is to be submitted at the Annual General Meeting of the League.


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 eight members who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. All Participants shall abide by the Football Association Regulations for Safeguarding Children as determined by the Association from time to time.

(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 31st March each year. Names of 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 at least quarterly.
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.

(F) No person may act as both Treasurer and Secretary without the written approval of the Lancashire Football Association.


POWERS OF MANAGEMENT

5. (A) The Management Committee may appoint sub-committees committees and delegate such powers as deemed 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 Football Association or affiliated Associations.

(B) Subject to the permission of the Lancashire 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.

(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 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, Any action by the Competition must be taken within 28 days of the Competition being notified.

With the exception of Rules 5(I), 6(I), and 19, for all breaches of Rule a formal written charge must be issued. The respondent shall be given seven days from the date of notice to reply to the charge and given the opportunity to:

(i) Accept the charge and await the decision
(ii) Accept the charge and wish to submit a written plea of mitigation
(iii) Accept the charge and wish to have a personal hearing for mitigation

All breaches of the Laws of the Game, Rules and Regulations of The Football Association shall be dealt with in accordance with F.A. Rules by the appropriate Association.

With the exception of Clubs playing at Step 7 of the Football Pyramid and the FA Women’s Premier League, the maximum fine permitted for any breach of a Competition rule is £250 and, when setting any fine, the Competition must ensure that the penalty is proportional to the offence, taking into account any mitigating circumstances.


(E) All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 16.

Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned within 10 days.

(F) More than fifty percent (50%) 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 posting of the written notification. Any Club failing to do so will be fined a maximum of £50. Further failure to pay the fine including the additional sum within 14 days will result in fixtures being withdrawn until such time as the outstanding payments are settled.

(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. Should any Member of the Management Committee be absent from three consecutive Management Meetings without an acceptable apology, then they shall cease to be a Member of the Management Committee.

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

(M) Persons who have given distinguished service to the League may be invited to become Life Members, subject to approval by the Members at the Annual General Meeting. These individuals are entitled to attend any meeting organised by the Competition but may not vote.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

6. (A) The Annual General Meeting which any Management Committee Member may Chair, shall be held not later than 30th June in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least 50% of the 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 kick off times applicable to the Competition
(x) Other business of which due notice shall have been given and accepted as being relevant to an Annual General Meeting.

(B) A copy of duly audited/verified Balance Sheet, Statement of Accounts and Agenda shall be forwarded to each Club at least fourteen days prior to the meeting, together with any proposed change of Rules and to the Lancashire Football Association.

(C) A signed copy of the duly audited Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts shall be sent to the Lancashire Football Association within fourteen days of its adoption by the Annual General Meeting.

(D) Each 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. This provision will not apply to Clubs expelled in accordance with rule 17.

(F) All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot is 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 Member Club.

(H) Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at the Annual General Meeting/Extraordinary Meeting or a Secretary’s Meeting without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined.

(I) Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at an Annual General Meeting/Special General Meeting.

AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED (W.LL. form 9)

7. The Chairman and the Secretary of each Club which is an unincorporated Association and two Directors of each Club which is an incorporated entity 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, _________________ of _________________ (Chairman) and _________________ of _________________ (Secretary) of the _________________ Football Club have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the West Lancashire Football League Competition and do hereby agree for and on behalf of the said Club, to conform to those Rules and Regulations and to accept, abide by and implement the decisions of the Management Committee of the Competition, subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 16.

Any alteration of the Chairman and/or Secretary on the above Agreement must be notified to the County Football Association(s) to which the Club is affiliated and to the Secretary of the Competition.

(Note: The spaces above are intended for the inclusion of the names, signatures and addresses of officers and members).


QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

8. (A) (i) Contract players, as defined in Football Association Rules, 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) Each Club must have at least 11 Players registered Seven (7) days before the start of each playing season

(B) A registered playing member of a Club is one who, being in all other respects eligible has:-
(i) Signed a correctly completed Competition registration form in ink, countersigned by an Officer of the Club and either (A) which is submitted to the Registrations Secretary 1 day prior to the Player playing. And whose completed registration counterfoil has been received by the club prior to playing

(ii) Signed a fully and correctly completed Competition registration form in ink on a match day prior to playing ,which is countersigned by an Officer of the Club and witnessed by an Officer of the opposing Club and submitted to the Registrations Secretary within two days (Sundays excluded) subsequent to the match. The player shall not play again until the Club is in possession of the completed counterfoil. A maximum of 10 Ten players may be registered in this way.

(iii) Registered through W.G.S. Any registration form which is sent by either of the means set out at Rules 8(B) (i) or (ii) above that is not fully and correctly completed will be returned to the Club unprocessed, If a club attempts to register a Player via W.G.S. does not fully and correctly complete the necessary information via W.G.S. the Registration will not be processed.
For Clubs registering Players under Rules 8(B) (i) or (ii) registration forms will be provided in a format to be determined by the Competition. For Clubs registering Players via W.G.S. (under Rule 8(i) or (ii) Club must access W.G.S. in order to complete the registration process.

Registration forms may also be submitted to the Registrations Secretary by electronic mail prior to the player playing. The original document must be forwarded by post within three days of the match to the Registration Secretary, Failure to do so shall result in a fine. Clubs must have a minimum of 11 players registered per team at least seven days before the start of the season. The Registration Secretary will report any Club failing to have the minimum number of players registered to the Management Committee and this shall result in a fine.


(C) A team shall not include any player who has taken part in any 5 or more senior competition matches during the current season unless a period of 14 days has elapsed since they played. For the purpose of this Competition a senior competition are all Leagues Step 6 and above. This Rule is a Seasonal Rule.


(D) A Player that owes a Football Dept. (as Defined under the Football Debt Recovery Regulations) to any Club(s) shall be permitted to register and play for a club in the Competition, save that the Player may be liable to be suspended from playing for that club should the Player fail to comply with the terms of the Football Debt Recovery Regulations in respect of that Football Debt.

(E) There will not be any fee payable to the West Lancashire League for a player to be registered with the League. Registration forms can be downloaded from the West Lancashire League Website.

(F) The Management Committee shall decide all registration disputes.
In the event of a player signing a registration form or having a registration submitted for more than one Club priority of registration shall decide for which Club the player shall be registered. The Registration Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to register the player of the fact of the previous registration.

(G) It shall be a breach of Competition Rules for a player to:-

(i) Play for more than one Club in the Competition in the same season without being transferred.

(ii) Having registered for one Club in the Competition, register for another Club in the Competition in that season except for the purpose of a transfer

(iii) Submit a signed registration form or submit a registration through W.G.S. for registration that the player had wilfully neglected to accurately or fully complete.

(H) (i) The Management Committee shall have power to accept the registration of any player, subject to the provisions of clauses (ii) and (iii) below.

(ii) The Management Committee shall have power to refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any player 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 make application to refuse or cancel the registration of any player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct (subject to Rule 16) subject to the right of appeal to the FA or the relevant County Football Association. Undesirable conduct shall mean an incident of repeated proven misconduct, which may deter a participant from being involved in this Competition. Application should be made to the parent County of the Club the player is registered or intending to be registered with.

(iv) For a player who has previously had a registration removed in accordance with clause (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 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 and will in any case be subject to an Appeal to the Football Association. 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 a period of two years or less from the date of the first offence.

(I) Subject to FA Rule C2(a)(see Appendix A) 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 in a format as determined by the Competition to the Registration Secretary, accompanied by a fee of £5. 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 within THREE (3) days of the receipt of the notification? 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 Seven 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.

(J) A player may not be registered nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after 15th May except by special permission of the Management Committee.

(K) A club shall keep a list of the players it registers and a record of the games in which they have played, and shall produce such records upon demand by the Management Committee.

(L) A register containing the names of all players registered for each Club, with the date of the 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.

In the event of a player without a written contract 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 player without contract will automatically be cancelled and declared void unless the Club conforms to the exception detailed in Rule 8(A) (i).

(M) A player shall not be eligible to play for a team in any, special championship, Special Promotion or Special relegation deciding matches (as specified in Rule 12(A) unless the player has played 4 games for that TEAM in this Competition in the current season.

(N) Not Applicable


(O) ( Any Club found to have played an ineligible Player in a match or matches shall have any points gained from that match or matches deducted from its record, up to a maximum of 12 points, and have levied upon it a fine. The Management Committee may also order that such match or matches to be replayed on such terms as are decided by the Management Committee which may also levy penalty points against the club in default.

The Management Committee may vary this decision in respect of the points gained only in the circumstances where the ineligibility is due to the failure to obtain an International Transfer Certificate or where the ineligibility is related to the Players status.
In exceptional circumstances the Management Committee may, at its discretion, award the points available in the match in question to the opponents, subject to the match not being ordered to be replayed

(The following Clause applies to Competitions involving players in full-time secondary education)

(P) (i) Not Applicable

(ii) Not Applicable

(iii) To play open age football the player must have achieved the age of 16.


CLUB COLOURS, CLUB NAME

9. (A) Every Club must register the colour of its shirts, shorts & stockings with the Secretary at the Annual General Meeting on the prescribed form, who shall decide as to their suitability.

Goalkeepers must wear colours that distinguish them from all other players, including the opposing goalkeeper and the referee.

No player including the goalkeeper, shall be permitted to wear black or very dark shirts.

Under Garments, if visible, must be the same colour as the player’s shorts.

Any team not able to play in its normal colours as registered with the Competition shall notify the colours in which they will play to its opponents at least five days before the match

If, in the opinion of the referee, two Clubs have the same or similar colours, the away team shall make the change. Any team not having a change of colours or delaying the kick-off by not having a change shall be fined.

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, shorts or stockings as they think fit, Shirts must be numbered, 1 to 17 (13 optional).

(B) Any Club wishing to change its name and/or colours must obtain permission from its affiliated County Association and from the Management Committee.


PLAYING SEASON, CONDITIONS OF PLAY, TIMES OF KICK-OFF, POSTPONEMENTS, SUBSTITUTES

10. (A) The Annual General Meeting shall determine the date for the commencement of the season in accordance with Football Association Rules. Original fixtures arranged by the Fixtures Secretary, or at a meeting specially convened for that purpose, to be held no later than 1st July, must not be arranged for a date later than seven days preceding the concluding date.


(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.

Football Turf pitches (3G/4G) are allowed in this Competition provided they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA’s Register of Football Turf pitches. For Clubs playing at Step 7 and below, a pitch 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 10(D).

Within the National League System (“NLS”) all matches shall have a duration of 90 minutes? All Matches outside of the N.L.S. shall have a duration of 90 minutes unless a shorter time (not less than 60 minutes) is mutually arranged by the two clubs in consultation with the referee prior to the commencement of the match, and in any event shall be equal halves. Two matches involving the same two teams can be played on the same day providing the total playing time is not more than 120 minutes.

The times of kick-off shall be fixed at the A.G.M. Any Club failing to commence at the appointed time may be fined 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 parent 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. By mutual consent of both Clubs and the Fixtures Secretary, fixtures may be reversed provided the Referees Secretary, Fixtures Secretary and the Press Secretary are informed at least 7 days prior to the date of the game. In case of a revised fixture date, the Clubs must be given by the Competition 5 clear days’ notice of the match (unless otherwise mutually agreed).

(D) The Secretary of the home Club must give notice in writing, by text, email or by Telephone call of full particulars of the location of and access to, the ground and time of kick-off, to the Secretary of the opposing Club and Match Officials at least five clear days prior to the playing of the match. The away club shall seek and acknowledge receipt of such particulars. Any club failing to comply with this rule shall be liable to a fine. Any difficulties must be reported to the Referees Appointment Secretary and General Secretary.

(E) In the event of a Club playing in any match with less than eleven players they may be fined £5 for each missing player. A minimum of seven players will constitute a team for a Competition match.

(F) (i) 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 from the match in question to the opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any expenses incurred by the opponents or otherwise deal with them except the award of goals. Notwithstanding the foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall 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.

(ii) Any Club with more than one team in the Competition shall always fulfil its fixture, within the Competition, in the following order of precedence: - First Team, Reserve Team and A Team. Clubs in breach of this requirement shall be fined or otherwise dealt with by the Management Committee.

(iii) Any Club unable to fulfil a fixture or where a fixture has been postponed for any reason must, without delay, give notice to the Fixture Secretary, the Competition Referees Appointments Secretary, Press 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 a fine.

(iv) In the event of a match not being played or abandoned owing to causes over which the Clubs have no control, it should be played in its entirety on a date to be mutually agreed by the two Clubs and approved by the Management Committee. Failing such agreement and notification to the Fixtures Secretary within ONE day, the Management Committee shall have the power to order the match to be played or on a named date 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.

(v) The Management Committee shall review all matches abandoned in cases where it is consequent upon the conduct of either or both Teams. Where it has been 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 opponent. In cases where a match is abandoned owing to the conduct of either teams or their Club member(s), the Management Committee shall rule all points for the match as void. No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned match.

(vi) The Management Committee shall review any match that has taken place where either or both teams were under a suspension imposed upon them by the Association 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 8(O) above. Where both teams were under suspension the game must be declared null and void.

(G) A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use three substitute players in any match in this Competition who may be selected from five players. All substitutes in Premier or Division One/Two shall wear a coloured substitutes bib supplied by the League.

The referee shall be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than 30 minutes (15 minutes for night fixtures) before the start of the match, along with a complete list showing the full names of players, including The number each player will be wearing, a player not so named may not take part in that match, the colour of the playing strip and the names of all persons allowed in the Shelter/Technical area in accordance with the Ground Grading Criteria.

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. If such players are listed on the result form sent by Clubs to the Registration Secretary they would be deemed to have taken part in the game.

In the Premier Division when a team is making a substitution it shall use the League’s Official Board to show the number of the player to be substituted and the number of his replacement. Referees are to report any failure to comply and the Clubs in default will be fined. These boards are the property of the Competition and must be handed back if the Club is relegated to Division One at any time.

(H) The half time interval shall be of ten minutes duration, but it shall not exceed fifteen minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee.

(I) The Competition shall require all players and Club officials to have signed the FA’s respect Code of Conduct and produce these if so requested by the League Management Committee. The participating Clubs taking part in the fixture shall identify a team Captain designated with a captain’s armband who has a responsibility to offer support in the management of the on field discipline of his/her team mates. Prior to each match the participating teams and officials shall conduct the Respect handshake

REPORTING RESULTS

11. (A) The Registration Secretary must receive within three days of the date played, the result of each Competition match in the prescribed manner. This must include the forename(s) and surname of the team players (in block letters) and also the Referee markings required by Rule 13, or any other information required by the Competition. Failure to do so will incur a fine of £10 and/or the Club being dealt with as the Management Committee decides.

(B) The Home Club shall send in the result of each match by TEXT Message (Preferable) or by Telephone, with goal scorers and times of goals to the Press Secretary within thirty minutes of the match concluding. including the results of games that have taken place in external Competitions (Away clubs must also ring in the result), Clubs in default shall be fined

(C) The match result notification, correctly completed, will be signed by a responsible member of the Club. Failure to do so will result in a fine up to £250 6(D).


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 circumstances where two or more teams are equal on points team rankings shall be determined by goal difference where goals scored by each team shall be deducted from the goals scored by that team and the largest positive difference shall be placed the highest. In the event of the goal difference being equal the highest placed team shall be the team which has scored the most goals. In the event that two or more teams have the same goal difference and have scored the same number of goals then the highest placed team shall be the team which has won the most matches.

In the event of the teams still being equal the team which has the better playing record against the other team in their head to head competition matches during the season will be the highest placed team.

If the records of two or more teams are still equal and it is necessary for any reason to determine the position of each then the teams affected shall play a deciding match or matches as determined by the Management Committee.

Furthermore, at the determination of the Management Committee, any team that is the subject of decisions made under Rules 8(O), 10F(i) and 10F(v) which results in them being negatively affected, then a deciding match(s) may be played under conditions determined by the Management Committee.

(B) Automatic promotion shall be applied for the first two Teams and automatic relegation shall be applied for the last two teams in each Division except as provided for hereunder, subject to the provisions of Rule 2(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 teams(s)
(b) additional promotion of the next ranked team(s) from the Division below
(c) election

(iii) The Last 2 teams in Division 2 shall retire, but be eligible for re-election except as below, and be subject to the conditions of paragraph (B) (i) 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 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.

(vi) Existing Clubs must annually satisfy the Football Association’s Step 7 Ground Grading requirements on or before 31ST MARCH in each season in order to retain their Premier Division Status or be promoted into the Premier Division for the following season. Any Club who fails to satisfy the requirements will be relegated from/denied promotion to the Premier Division.

At its discretion, the Management Committee is empowered to reduce or increase the number of Clubs promoted or relegated between Divisions.

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

(D) Where a promotion and/or relegation link exists between Competitions two Clubs, providing they meet the appropriate grading criteria, will be eligible to make application to the North West Counties Football League Competition at their Annual General Meeting. Should the Champion Club not wish for promotion or, alternatively, not have the necessary grading criteria, then the second or third place Club will be eligible under the same conditions. At the end of each season and depending on the geographical location of Clubs gaining promotion to or being relegated from the North West Counties Football League Competition it may be necessary to accept a Club from the North West Counties Football League Competition.


REFEREES

13. (A) Registered Referees (and Assistant Referees where approved by the FA or County FA) 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 non-appearance of the appointed Referee the appointed senior Assistant Referee shall take charge and a substitute Assistant Referee appointed by the competing teams. In cases where there are no officially appointed Assistant Referees, the Clubs shall agree upon a referee. An individual thus agreed upon shall, for that game, 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.

(C) Where Assistant Referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club Assistant Referee. Failure to do so will result in a fine of up to £100 being imposed on the defaulting Team. Club Assistants Referees must wear a coloured bib, provided by the League, and to be the home clubs responsibility to supply on match day. Failure to supply the appropriate apparel may result in a fine.

(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 Local Authority or the owner of a ground, the Representative of the body is the sole arbiter and whose decision must be. To negate unnecessary travelling and expense, if there is any doubt regarding the ground and playing conditions, Club Secretaries must call in a West Lancashire League Referee or if none are available, a level 4/5 Referee to inspect the ground. The Official is entitled to claim mileage at the amount detailed in 13(E) that was incurred for the inspection. If upon inspection, the ground is declared unfit, the home club must submit to the League Secretary a preprinted form signed by the inspecting Referee.

(E) Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the sanctioning Association, Match Officials appointed under this rule shall be paid a match fee of:
For Premier Division Fixtures:
Referees A match fee of £33 and travel expenses of 28p per mile
Assistant Referees A match fee of £24 and travel expenses of 28p per mile

For fixtures in the remaining Divisions:
Referees A match fee of £27 and travel expenses of 28p per mile
Assistant Referees A match fee of £17 and travel expenses of 28p per mile

In addition, an Official instead of claiming mileage expenses is entitled to claim the costs incurred relating to the use of standard class public transport.

The Home Club shall pay the Officials their fees and expenses in the Officials Room 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 plus expenses. Where a match is not played owing to one Club being in default, the Club shall be ordered to pay the Officials, if they attended the ground, their full fee and expenses.

(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 Association with which he or she is registered.

(H) Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by the Football Association award marks to the Referee for each match and name of the Referee and marks awarded shall be submitted to the Competition on the prescribed Form provided. Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to be fined or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine.

(I) The Competition shall keep a record of markings and, on the Form provided by the prescribed date each season shall submit a summary to the Football Association/ County Association.

(J) Referees shall submit a report Form to the General Secretary within three days of the Match. Supplied by the Competition, giving the following information:
1) Result of the match
2) The number of players in each team
3) Actual kick –off time
4) Details of any player who changes their number without permission
5) The late or non-presentation of team sheets
6) The presentation of unofficial team sheets
7) Confirmation of both team colours
8) Providing of a Club Assistant were appropriate

In regards to the technical area, only two Club Officials may stand at any one time. If there are not enough seats available within the shelter, then those unable to be accommodated must stand behind the barrier. Any who Clubs are in default, are to be reported on the said form and dealt with in accordance with rule 7D and at the discretion of the Management Committee. Any Club who is in default of sections 4,5,and 6 of the above will be charged in accordance with rule 7D and dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee.

The actual expenses claimed and paid to the referee and his Assistants are to be shown clearly on this form and filled in correctly on the reverse along with the questions asked.

(K) Referee’s and Assistants who require information on The West Lancashire League Rules, These can be found on the League Website or contact Mr F Yates

(L) Referee and Assistant Referees shall have undertaken a respect briefing offered by the FA/County FA or the League

(M) Appointed Officials must be in attendance at the ground at least 60 minutes prior to the designated kick off time. All late arrivals along with any delay to the start of the game caused by the late arrival of an appointed Official/s must be reported to the League Secretary.

Match Officials are requested to attend any meeting called by the Management Committee or Referees Development Officer during the season for referees training or League business


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 fulfilment of all other obligations to the Competition must notify the Secretary in writing by 31st March each Season or be liable to a fine not exceeding £100.

(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 of up to £200 per team and shall also be liable for its share of any call that may be made under Rule 5(B).

(C) The Membership for the coming season having been decided at a Special General Meeting held for the purpose not earlier than 1st July nor later than 31st July or at 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 that is an un-incorporated association withdrawing and/or disbanding shall be immediately liable to discharge all its financial and other obligations to the Competition.

In the event that any such obligation remains undischarged after a period of twenty-one (21) days then such obligation shall be met by the then current Club Members, excluding those under the statutory school leaving age. Until a Members’ 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.

If the debt remains unpaid after eighty four (84) days the Competition may apply to the Club’s parent County Association for the debt to be recovered in accordance with the FA Football Debt Recovery System. Once the matter has been passed to the Club’s parent County Association the debt can only be cleared by payment to that County Association.


PROTESTS AND COMPLAINTS

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 decide that there are special circumstances, protests and complaints (which must contain full particulars of the grounds upon which they are founded) must be lodged in duplicate with the Secretary within seven days (excluding Sundays) of the match or occurrence to which they refer. A protest or complaint shall not be withdrawn except by permission of the Management Committee. A Member of the Management Committee who is a member of any Club involved shall not be present (except as a witness or representative of his Club) when such protest or complaint is being determined.

(C) 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 £35. This may be forfeited in whole or part in the event of the complaining or protesting Club losing its case. The Competition shall have power to order the defaulting Club or the Club making a losing or frivolous protest or complaint to pay the expenses of the enquiry or to order that the costs 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 heard.

(i) All parties must have received 7 day’s notice of the Hearing should they be instructed to attend.

(ii) Should a Club select to state its case in person then they should forward a deposit of £35 and indicate such when forwarding the written response.


PROTESTS, APPEALS

16. (A) All protests, claims or complaints relating to these Rules and appeals arising from a Player’s contract shall be heard and determined by the Management Committee, or a sub-committee duly appointed by the Management Committee. The Clubs or Player(s) protesting, appealing, claiming or complaining must send a copy of such protest, appeal, claim or complaint and a deposit fee of £35 which shall be forfeited in the event of the protest, appeal, claim or complaint not being upheld, and the party not succeeding may in addition, be ordered to pay the costs at the direction of the Management Committee.

(B) All such protests, claims, complaints and appeals must be received in writing by the Secretary within fourteen days of the event or decision causing any of these to be submitted.

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

(D) Any appeal against a decision of the Management Committee must be lodged with the Sanctioning Authority within fourteen days of the posting of the written notification of the decision causing the appeal, accompanied by a fee of £35 which may be forfeited in the event of the appeal not being upheld. A copy of the appeal must also be sent to the Secretary.
(E) If so requested the Management Committee may arbitrate on any disputes, protests, appeals, claims or complaints between two Clubs in which event both Clubs shall send a non-returnable fee of £35. Such arbitration shall be final and binding upon the parties to the arbitration.

(F) No appeal can be lodged against a decision taken at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting unless this is on the ground of unconstitutional conduct


EXCLUSION OF CLUBS OR TEAMS
MISCONDUCT, CLUBS, OFFICIALS, PLAYER

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 which must be supported by upon a majority of more than two-thirds (2/3) of those present and voting. 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 which must be supported by upon a majority of 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 official 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 expulsion or such penalty as a General Meeting or Management Committee may decide, and their Club shall 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 3 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 (AWARD ‘S) (W.L.L. form 5a)

18. (A) The following agreement shall be signed on behalf of the winners of the Cup or Trophy:

“We ______________ and ______________ 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 the 31st March. 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 as determined by the Management Committee.

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

The Following Trophies shall be awarded:

Premier Division: Champions: Eccles Shield
Runners-up: Kenny Cup

Division One: Champions: Harry Johnstone Cup
Runners-up: George Bamber Cup

Division Two: Champions: Challenge Cup
Runners-up: Tricket Cup

Division Three: Champions: Ward Shield
Runners-up: Young Shield

The Wilson Carradus Trophy

The Secretary of the Year Trophy

The Exceptional Merit Award

The Fair Play Cup

The Wilf Carr Trophy


SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS

19. Upon receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds (2/3) 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 day’s notice shall be given of either meeting under this Rule, together with an agenda of the business to be transacted at such meeting. Each Member Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to all Special General Meetings. Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only as will members of the Management Committee.

Any continuing Member Club failing to be represented at a Special General Meeting shall be fined.

Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all Special General Meetings.


ALTERATIONS TO RULES

20. Alterations for which consent has been given by the sanctioning Association 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 qualification of players shall not take effect until the following playing 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 21st April. The proposals and proposed amendments thereto shall be circulated to Club’s with the notice of the Annual General Meeting. A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if a majority of those present entitled to vote and are voting 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.


FINANCE

21. (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 £250 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 30th April

(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.


INSURANCE

22. All clubs must have public liability insurance cover of at least 10 million pounds (£10,000,000)

All Clubs must have valid personal accident cover for all Players registered with them from time to time, The Players personal accident 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 Association. In instances where the Football Association is the sanctioning Association, the minimum recommended cover will be required by the Affiliated Association to which a Club Affiliates.


FEES TARIFF
RULE NUMBER DESCRIPTION MAXIMUM FEE
3 (A) ENTRY FEE £100 per team
3 (B) ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION £190/290 1/2/team
3 (C) DEPOSIT £100
8 (E) REGISTRATION FORM Free
8 (I) TRANSFER FORM £5
13 (E) REFEREE FEES £33 Premier
13 (E) ASSISTANT REFEREE FEES £24 Premier
13 (E) REFEREE FEES £27 Division 1,2,& Reserves
13 (E) ASSISTANT REFEREE FEES £17 Division 1,2,& Reserves
15 (C),16(A),16(G) PROTEST/APPEAL FEES £35
FINES TARIFF
RULE NUMBER DESCRIPTION MAXIMUM FINE
2 (B) FAILURE TO AFFILIATE £250
2 (E) FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH FA INITIATIVES £250
2 (F) UNAUTHORISED ENTRY OF TEAMS INTO COMPETITIONS £250
3 (C) FAILURE TO PAY A DEPOSIT £250
3 (E) FAILURE TO PROVIDE AFFILIATION NUMBER/DETAILS FORM £250
4 (D) COMMUNICATIONS CONDUCTED BY PERSONS OTHER THAN NOMINATED OFFICERS £250
5 (H) FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN INSTRUCTION OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE £250
5 (I) FAILURE TO PAY A FINE WITHIN 21 DAYS OF NOTICE £250
6 (H) FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT AGM £250
7 FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT OR TO NOTIFY CHANGES TO SIGNATORIES £250
8 (A) (ii) FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PLAYERS PRIOR TO THE SEASON COMMENCING £250
8 (B) FAILURE TO CORRECTLY REGISTER A PLAYER £250
8 (C) FIELDING MORE THAN THE PERMITTED NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN SENIOR COMPETITIONS MATCHES £250
8 (G) SIGNING OR PLAYING FOR MULTIPLE CLUBS, OR INACCURATE COMPLETION OF A REGISTRATION FORM £250
8 (H) (ii) REGISTRATION IRREGULARITIES £250
8 (O) PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER £250
8 (P) FAILURE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES £250
9 (A),10 (B) DELAYING KICK OFF/NO NETS/ NO CORNER FLAGS £250
9 (B) FAILURE TO OBTAIN CONSENT FOR A CHANGE OF CLUB NAME £250
10 (C) FAILURE TO PLAY MATCHES ON THE DATE FIXED £250
10 (D) FAILURE TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF A FIXTURE £250
10 (E) PLAYING MATCH WITH LESS THAN REQUIRED NUMBER OF PLAYERS £250
10 (F) (i) & (iii) FAILURE TO PLAY FIXTURE £250
10 (I) NO CAPTAIN’S ARMBAND £250
11 (A) & 11 (C) LATE TEAM SHEET £250
11 (B) FAILURE TO PROVIDE RESULT £250
13 (C) FAILURE TO PROVIDE CLUB ASSISTANT REFEREE £250
13 (E) FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS’ FEES AND EXPENSES £250
13 (F) FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS WHERE A MATCH IS NOT PLAYED £250
13 (H) FAILURE TO PROVIDE REFEREE’S MARK £250
14 (A) WITHDRAWAL FROM LEAGUE AFTER 31ST MARCH £250
14 (B) FAILURE TO START/COMPLETE FIXTURES £250
18 (A) FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE TROPHY £250

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

(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 the 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 the winding up, and approved in writing by the sanctioning Association.

(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 Association may decide.


RULES OF THE CHALLENGE CUP COMPETITIONS

(A) All Cup Competitions shall be conducted in accordance with the aforementioned Competition Rules where applicable and their structure, either League or Divisional shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting to suit the overall needs of the Competition.

(B) All teams shall be compelled to enter the Cup Competitions as directed by the Management Committee. The Challenge Cups shall be competed for as follows:
• The Richardson Cup shall be competed for by teams from the Premier Division.
• The Presidents Cup shall be competed for by teams from Division 1
• The Challenge Cup shall be competed for by teams from Division 2
• The Stewart Rowe Memorial Cup shall be competed for by teams from Division 3


(C) The Club drawn first shall be designated as the home team with the game being played at their regular venue. However when circumstances dictate, the venue and other arrangements relating to the playing of the game, may be changed by mutual consent of the teams concerned and with the approval of the Management Committee.

(D) The Management Committee shall decide when the matches are played and Clubs who receive a bye in any round shall not be entitled to a bye in the following round.

(E) Each competing team shall consist of only bona fide playing members of their Club and who have registered in accordance with Competition Rule 8B and no individual shall play for more than one Club in the same season, in the same Competition. In addition Competition Rule 8M will apply in regards to all Cup Competitions.

(F) In ALL cup competitions the following shall apply: - in the preliminary and first rounds of all cups, players may be registered on the day of the fixture. For all other rounds registered players who have played 2 games in the West Lancashire League Competition(s) for the club are allowed to participate in any further rounds of the Competitions, however to be eligible for any semi-final or final ties, the player must have played in a minimum of 4 Competition fixtures. Furthermore, in the event of a fixture being abandoned: only those players eligible to take part in the original fixture are eligible to participate in the rescheduled tie.

(G) All Questions of eligibility, Qualification of competitor’s interpretation of the rules or laws, shall be referred to the Management Committee, whose decision shall be final, subject to the Appeals Committee, Any team found to have played an ineligible player will be expunged from the competition and will be fined and their opponents will take their place in the Competition, In the case of a losing club playing an ineligible player they will be fined and may be further dealt with.

(H) All protests, claims, and complaints must be in writing and two copies sent to the Secretary within 48 hours (exclusive of Sundays) of the alleged offence or cause for a claim or complaint. The Secretary shall thereupon notify all parties concerned, and inform them when such protest, claim or complaint will be heard, or decided upon. No barrister or solicitor shall be allowed to represent any club, unless he/she is the secretary of the club concerned and his name appears in the official list of secretaries or in the rule book. A deposit of £35 must accompany each protest, claim or complaint. In the event of such protest, claim or complaint, being upheld, the offending club may be held responsible for all the expenses necessitated by inquiry, and be further dealt with as the Management Committee may decide; but should a protest, claim or complaint be not upheld, the deposit may be forfeited and paid over to the funds of the League.

(I) Any objection relative to the ground, goal-posts, bar, or other appurtenances of the game, must be made to the referee and captain before the time fixed to kick-off. If possible, the fault must be remedied.

(J) A player having played in the Richardson Cup Competition shall not be eligible to play in the President’s Cup or Challenge Cup Competitions, a player having played in the President’s Cup shall not be eligible to play in the Richardson Cup or Challenge Cup; and a player having played in the Challenge Cup shall not be eligible to play in the Richardson Cup or President’s Cup, during the same season. Note: A player, having played in the Houston Cup, may play in one of the first team cups, but may not then play again in the Houston Cup. A player having played in the Richardson, President’s or Challenge Cup, may not then play in the Houston Cup.

(K) The duration of each match shall be 90 minutes in all games, unless Rule 11B is applied. All matches shall be completed on the day and if the scores are level after 90 minutes, the tie shall be determined by the taking of penalties in accordance with the procedure adopted by The International Football Association Board.

(L) All arrangements for all semi-final and final ties shall be at the discretion of the Management Committee who reserves the right to nominate the ground on which these games will be played. For all such ties, the Management Committee shall retain the balance of receipts after payment of the costs incurred to facilitate the fixtures has been made. Clubs contesting semi-final and final ties shall each submit a “match ball of good quality” to the Referee in charge at least 15 minutes prior to the time of the commencement of the game via their nominated Club Officers.

(M) For all Final ties, in addition to the fee listed in Competition Rule 12E, Referees and Assistant Referees will receive a trophy.


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GROUND GRADING CRITERIA – STEP 7 MINIMUM GRADING GUIDELINES


1. GROUND

1.1 Security of Tenure - Where a club does not own the freehold of their ground then evidence of adequate security of tenure must be provided.

1.2 Ground Share - Ground sharing would be at the discretion of each league within the National League System, taking into account local circumstances. Where ground sharing is permitted the club must have sole control over and use of facilities on match days.

Ground sharing must not be allowed in order for a club to gain promotion.

1.3 Capacity - There is no stated ground capacity.

1.4 Boundary of Ground - There is no requirement for a ground to be enclosed in any way.

1.5 Clubhouse - A clubhouse facility, whilst being desirable, is not compulsory. If a clubhouse facility exists, either on or adjacent to the ground, this should be open on match days to provide refreshments to spectators.

1.6 Car Parking - There should be adequate car parking facilities on or adjacent to the ground.

1.7 Pitch Perimeter Barrier - As a minimum, there must be post and rope surrounding the pitch on all those sides that may be occupied by spectators. WLL amendment; - For Premier Division Clubs, must have pitch Barriers that are of a rigid / permanent nature. The barrier, if other than solid wall type of construction may be in filled. Advertising boards may be acceptable as a means of infill. Ideally, there should be a minimum of 1, 83 metres, ideally 2 metres between the touchline, goal line and the pitch perimeter barrier.

1.8 Pitch Standards - The playing surface will be grass, unless otherwise authorised by the respective League Rules and must be of an acceptable standard. It must be free from surface depressions and excessive undulations. In addition, as per FA SCOR 11B, Football Turf Pitches (3G) are allowed providing they are registered and approved by the Football Association.

The maximum slope allowable shall not exceed an even gradient of vertical to horizontal 1: 41 in any direction.

1.9 Playing Area
The playing area is to be in accordance with the requirements of the Laws of the Game. Law states that the length of the touchline must be greater than the length of the goal line.
Length = Minimum 90m (100yds) Maximum 120m (130yds)
Width = Minimum 45m (50yds) Maximum 90m (100yds)

It should be noted that at Grade H the playing area must be a minimum of 100 metres x 64 metres.

Goal posts and goal net supports should be of professional manufacture and conform to the current safety requirements and to the requirements of the Laws of the Game.

Reference should be made to the Goalpost Safety Information booklet published by The Football Association.

1.10 Technical Areas - Portable trainer’s boxes are permitted and must be securely fixed when in use. It is desirable for a Technical Area to be marked out in accordance with the guidelines contained in the “Laws of the Game” booklet.

1.11 Secure Walkway - A secure walkway is not a requirement. WLL amendment;- For admittance to the WLL Premier Division, an acceptable safe distance of passage must be available for players & officials between the changing rooms & the field of play.

1.12 Floodlighting - Floodlighting is not compulsory at this Grade. However, where it is provided it must be to an average lux reading of 120. No single reading can be less than one quarter of the highest reading so as to ensure an even spread of light.

Reading shall be on a grid of 88 markings (8 across, 11 down) evenly spaced with the outside readings falling on the pitch boundary line. The average of all the readings is taken to be the average illumination level in lux of the floodlighting installation

The lux values must be tested every two years in accordance with current guidelines by an approved independent contractor

When new or improved installations are being planned, an average lux reading of 180 should be provided.

1.13 Public Address System - A public address system is not compulsory.

1.14 Entrances - There is no requirement for fixed entry points. However, where a turnstile is installed, it must be fully operational and of the controlled revolving type and offer protection and security to the operator.

1.15 Exits - Where fixed exit points are provided, there must be sufficient to ensure the safe evacuation of the ground if necessary. All exits must be clearly signposted.

1.16 Emergency Access - Access for emergency services should be provided.


2. SPECTATOR FACILITIES

2.1 Seated Accommodation - Seated accommodation is not a requirement.

2.2 Covered Standing Accommodation - Covered accommodation is not compulsory. Hard standing is not compulsory. However, where it is provided, it must be a minimum width of 0.9 metres, measured from the spectators side of the pitch perimeter barrier where provided.

2.3 Toilets - Provision should be made for adequate toilet facilities.

2.4 Refreshment Facilities - Refreshment facilities for spectators are not compulsory.


3. DRESSING ROOM FACILITIES

All dressing rooms must be secure and suitable for purpose.

3.1 Players - Separate dressing rooms must be provided for both teams. Existing dressing room dimensions will be in order, provided that they are of a minimum of 12 square metres, excluding shower and toilet areas.

However, clubs wishing progress should be aware of the need to increase to a minimum of 18 square metres. Where clubs are planning to build new changing rooms, these must be planned to a minimum size of 18 square metres, excluding shower and toilet areas.
Each dressing room should have the following:
A shower area comprising of at least 3 working showerheads – if not located in the dressing room then they must be located adjacent to it.
WLL amendment; - - For Premier Division Clubs, a shower area comprising of at least 4 working showerheads.

Adequate toilet facilities exclusively for the use of players - if not located in the dressing room then they must be located adjacent to it and must not be accessible to the general public.

Hot and cold running water.

Shared shower facilities are not acceptable.

Ideally separate toilet facilities should be provided for each team. It is not acceptable for players & match officials to share toilet facilities.

In order to be considered for promotion to Step 6, clubs must have en-suite shower & toilet facilities with a minimum of 4 showerheads.


3.2 Match Officials - Separate dressing rooms must be provided for match officials, the minimum size of which shall be 4 square metres excluding shower & toilet areas.

Each match official’s dressing room should have the following:
At least 1 working showerhead.

Adequate toilet facilities, exclusively for the use of match officials, which must be separate from those provided for the players. These do not necessarily need to be situated in the dressing room but must not be accessible to the general public.

Hot & cold running water.

Provision should be made for changing accommodation for both male and female match officials.

When new changing rooms are being planned or existing changing rooms refurbished, an area of 6 square metres and facilities for mixed gender match officials should be provided.

All dressing room areas to be maintained to a high level of cleanliness and secure on match days.


4. MEDICAL

There must be a suitable qualified person (minimum F.A. Save a Life) in attendance.

All clubs must provide first aid equipment at their ground.


END OF GROUND GRADING REQUIREMENTS

APPENDIX (A) – PLAYERS WITHOUT WRITTEN CONTRACTS

FA Rule C2

(a) 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:

(i) Competitions sanctioned by The Association under Regulation 3 of the “Regulations for the Sanction and Control of Competitions” may make their own regulations for the approach of Players between Clubs of the Competition

(ii) During the Current season any Club wishing to approach a Player known to be registered with or having played for any other Club must give to the Secretary of each such Club seven days’ formal written notice of the intention to approach the Player.

Formal written note of approach need be given by:
(A) a Saturday Club only to all Saturday Clubs
(B) a Sunday Club only to all Sunday Clubs
(C) a midweek Club only to all midweek Clubs

(iii) The written notice must be sent by Special Delivery or Recorded Post, or a written acknowledgment otherwise obtained from the Secretary or Chairman of the Club approached, Facsimile or e-mail transmission may be used provided a receipt of acknowledgment is also obtained.

(iv) Following the date of posting of the written notice of approach, or receipt of an acknowledgment:
(A) The player may be registered on or after the eighth day;
(B) The player must have been registered on or before the 21st day.

(v) The approaching Club (A) must not approach the same Player a second time in the same season; (B) may approach only one (1) Player at a Club at any time subject to (ix) below; (C) may not approach another Player at the same Club within 28 days of an earlier notice of approach or acknowledgment.

(vi) 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 or has played, seven days’ of notice of approach as set out in (i) to (iv) above before registering the Player.

(vii) 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 under FA Rule E1(b).

(viii) A Club proved to have breached the provisions of this Rule may have its current registration of the Player cancelled an be subject to such other penalty as The Association or Affiliated Association deems appropriate, in accordance with Regulation 8.1 of the Regulations for FA Disciplinary Action.

(ix) During the current season a maximum of two Players may be approached in the manner described above if invited to trial at a licensed Football Association / FA Premier League / Football League Academy or Centre of Excellence.

2(b) Conditions

(i) All payments made to players must be made by the Club and fully recorded in the accounting records of the Club.

(ii) All salaried payments must be subject to PAYE and National Insurance.

(iii) Any players paid expenses must be reimbursed via an expense claim form. The Club must retain all expense records in a format acceptable to the Inland Revenue.

(iv) 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.

(v) A player approached on or after 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.

(vi) While serving in any branch of Her Majesty’s Regular Forces, a Player may not hold a contract of employment with any Club under the jurisdiction of The Association or an Affiliated Association.

(vii) Neither a Club nor any person may attempt to induce a Player of a Club of any branch of Her Majesty’s Regular Forces to play for another Club during the current season* without at least 14 days’ written notice of approach - in the case of the Army to the Secretary of the Army Football Association, - in the case of the Royal Navy to the Secretary of the Royal Navy Football Association and in the case of the Royal Air Force to the Player’s Commanding Officer. The written notice must be sent by Special Delivery or Recorded Post, or a written acknowledgment otherwise obtained. Facsimile or e-mail transmission may be used provided a receipt of acknowledgment is also obtained.

(i) Players are required to inform Civilian Clubs of their rank and service number, which information must be stated on League or other registration forms.

Please note: a current season runs from 01 July to the following 31st May

APPENDIX (B) – GENERAL ADVICE

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 eight members who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. All Participants shall abide by the Football Association Regulations for Safeguarding Children as determined by the Association from time to time.

(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 31st March each year. Names of 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 at least quarterly.
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.

2E No person may act as both Treasurer and Secretary without the written approval of the
Lancashire Football Association.

8D The intention of this rule is to ensure that player’s discharge their responsibilities to clubs who may have paid fines/administration charges on their behalf, in respect of the current season or season just ended. Similarly, clubs are expected to report to their County Association, at the end of each season, players who have failed to reimburse them for such monies paid on their behalf.

10I For matches played under the rules and regulations of the West Lancashire League. The League Management Committee will not accept any lack of respect shown towards match Officials.

13J Any person who is dismissed from the technical/dugout area by the Referee shall leave the field of play and its vicinity immediately and retire to the dressing room area, where they shall remain for the duration of the match. It is not permissible for this person to have any contact or dialogue with the match officials during or after the game.

10C Clubs and competitions requiring details of Testing Institutes should Contact
facilitiesinfo@thefa.com

13 The referee shall inspect the player’s equipment and prevent any player wearing anything considered to be dangerous from playing until he complies with Law 5
This means the wearing of any kind of jewellery as shown in Law 5

13 Appointments given must be accepted within 3 days of receipt of fixtures to the Referees Appointments Officer either by email or post, failure to do so may incur a report to his/hers Association.

MERITORIOUS AWARDS

18 The Wilson Carradus Trophy is awarded to the club that receives the highest number of marks during the season marked on the weekly team sheet. These marks are awarded by the away clubs and match referees to the host club for reception, hospitality and sportsmanship shown to their visitors off the field.

The Secretary of the Season Trophy this is awarded by League Officers taking into account individual knowledge of each officer in his/her dealings with club secretaries.

The Exceptional Merit Award will be made when a club or individual has given service of distinction or exceptional merit to the competition.

The Fair Play Cup is awarded to the club with the best disciplinary record as decided by the Management Committee.

The Wilf Carr Trophy will be played for at the start of each season between the League Champions and the Richardson Cup winners at a ground decided by the Fixture Secretary.


CONSTITUTION OF THE JOINT LIAISON COMMITTEE

The following is the constitution of the Joint Liaison Committee of which the West Lancashire League is a member, and as such all member clubs are bound by this constitution:

THE NORTH WEST COUNTIES FOOTBALL LEAGUE
THE LIVERPOOL COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE
THE MANCHESTER FOOTBALL LEAGUE
THE MID-CHESHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE
THE MIDLAND LEAGUE
THE WEST CHESHIRE LEAGUE
THE WEST LANCASHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE

1. Policy: The committee is appointed to discuss matters of policy and common interest to those Leagues in membership and, where appropriate to make recommendations.

2. Membership: The committee shall consist of two representatives from each of the member Leagues, ideally the Chairman and Secretary. Those persons so nominated by their Leagues to be responsible for appointing substitutes in their absence.

3. Committee Nominations: The Management Committee of those Leagues in membership will, following each Annual General Meeting appoint members to serve on the Joint Liaison Committee, such nominations to be notified within 14 days to the Secretary of the Joint Liaison Committee.

4. Committee:
a) The Chairman and Secretary of the North West Football League will be the Chairman and Secretary of the Joint Liaison Committee.
b) The Chairman shall be entitled to vote on all resolutions and, in the event of equality of votes being recorded, shall have a second or casting vote.
c) A quorum for the conduct of any business shall not be less than five of the member Leagues.
d) In the event of the absence of the Chairman from the meeting, a Chairman will be appointed from the representatives of The North West Counties Football League present.
e) The Committee shall have power to co-opt further members, at its discretion. The co-opted members will have no voting powers.
f) The Committee shall have the power to set up Sub-Committees as it considers necessary. The members of such Sub-Committees need not be members of the main Committee.

5. Appeals: Any League or Club has the right of appeal to The National League System Committee in respect of any decision made by this Committee. The decision of The National League System Committee shall be final and binding. Any referral must be lodged at The Football Association within 7 days of the posting of the relevant decision and must be accompanied by a fee of £100.00

6. Meetings:
a) The Secretary will give fourteen days’ notice to member Leagues (who will notify their Representatives) of the venue, date and time for each Meeting along with a copy of the agenda specifying the nature of the business to be transacted.
b) On receipt of a request for an urgent meeting from a Member League, the Secretary will make the necessary arrangements to be held within 14 days.
c) Meetings will normally be arranged as and when necessary.
d) All meetings will be none smoking, with no alcohol allowed during the meeting.

7. Accounts: An audited balance sheet as at the 31st March each year will be presented to each of the Leagues in membership.


8. Finance: The operating costs of the Committee shall be met by the member Leagues on an equal basis, at a level as decided from time to time by the Joint Liaison Committee. Travelling expenses of members will be met by The Joint Liaison Committee.

9. Grading of Clubs:
a) The Committee shall establish a joint grading system for all member Leagues.
b) Each League shall be responsible for the grading of its own Clubs, and Clubs seeking membership, to a formula and procedure agreed by the Joint Liaison Committee.
c) The North West Counties Football League will prior to the 31st July in any year advise the Feeder Leagues of any changes to the Criteria for admission to Membership of The North West Counties Football League, subject to the changes having been approved by the Football Association.
d) All clubs applying for membership of The North West Counties Football League will be required to submit a completed application form (approved by the Joint Liaison Committee) together with a grading fee on or before the 1st February.

10. Promotion and Relegation:
a) The Joint Liaison Committee at the end of each season shall confirm the promotion and relegation of Clubs between the Leagues in membership. Two Clubs will be relegated from The North West Counties Football League. Two Clubs having applied for and with the appropriate Criteria for Membership will be promoted.
b) Where three or more Clubs have applied for and are eligible for promotion the Committee shall determine the Clubs to be promoted.
c) It may be necessary from time to time for a League to increase/decrease the numbers in its highest Division to accommodate a relegated/promoted Club where there is no equivalent promoted/relegated Club.

When considered appropriate due to the compliment of a League having been increased to 18+ or reduced to 16- due to relegation/promotion the Joint Liaison Committee has the power to transfer a Club from one League to another.

A Club so transferred will not be required to move again for a minimum of five years unless they volunteer to do so.

Order of priority of transfers:

A volunteer Club.

The Lowest Placed North West Counties Football League relegated Club.

The Lowest placed highest Division Club in the appropriate Feeder League.
(A Club promoted to or relegated from the highest Division does not quality for transfer).


Clubs with more than one reserve team in the Competition must observe the following
(1) The Management will determine in which reserve division each team shall play.

(2) Players from all reserve teams of one club shall be permitted to play for the first team of that club.

(3) Players may only play for the reserve team that has been nominated at the time of their original registration and may not represent any other reserve team of that club without first having been properly transferred in accordance with Rule 9. Any player causing a breach of this Rule may have his registration withdrawn at the discretion of the Management Committee.

Entry into the Premier Division can only be by promotion from Division One unless under the provisions of the National League System and the Rules of the North West Joint Liaison Committee. Entry into Division One can be by promotion from Division Two. Clubs intending to resign a team from membership must notify the Secretary of the League by on or before the 31st March each year. This Rule shall not operate so as to preclude the reasonable and justifiable promotion of any Club. No reserve team is to be accepted into the League unless the Club’s first team is a member of the League,
To be promoted to the Premier Division the Club seeking promotion must have step 7 ground grading requirements in place by the 31st March of the year of promotion.

Reserve teams must be the second most senior, in terms of playing strength, capable of being fielded by the member Club. In the case of Club’s with more than one team in the Reserve Division(s) these teams should represent either teams of equal strength, or should be teams in order of seniority according to playing strength, with only the first team being considered superior. The Management Committee has the right to accept or reject any application to the League they deem advisable. Any aggrieved Club under this Rule shall have the right to appeal to the County Association to which it is affiliated. All appeals must be in writing and accompanied by a deposit of £35. Applications from Clubs unable to play Saturday Home fixtures, early/late season will not be accepted.

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