8.1 The Board shall fix the date on which the Playing Season shall commence.

8.2 All matches shall be played under the Rules and Regulations of The FA and in accordance with the Laws of the Game as

determined by the International Football Association Board.

8.3 All Competition matches shall be arranged as soon as practicable. The copyright in all lists of arrangements of such fixtures shall

be vested in the Company.

8.4 All matches shall be played on the home and away principle and the Board shall determine how the fixtures shall be arranged.

Saturday fixtures in the Competition shall take precedence over all other competitions in which a Club may engage with the

exception of:

  • The FA Challenge Cup/Welsh Cup

  • The FA Challenge Vase Competition

  • The Nominated Cup Competition for which the club is eligible, of the Affiliated Association to which it was first affiliated.

Scheduled Saturday fixtures in the Competition must not be re-arranged without permission of the Competition Secretary. Clubs may be ordered to re-arrange outstanding matches, at the discretion of the Board, and where necessary their prospective opponents instructed accordingly. Clubs with open dates on Saturdays may be instructed to play any outstanding Competition fixture on such date. A minimum of seven (7) days’ notice will be given in respect of any such arrangement.

Midweek fixtures in the Competition shall not take precedence over fixtures in the Nominated Cup Competition of the Affiliated Association to which it was first affiliated.

8.5 In the event of any Club being required to play an FA Cup or FA Trophy match within 48 hours of a scheduled Competition

fixture it shall have the right to apply in writing as soon as practically possible (but in any event no later than 48 hours after

becoming aware of the relevant Cup fixture) to have its Competition fixture postponed with or without the consent of its

opponent. At the same time as it makes the application a copy shall be sent to its opponent who shall raise any objection

within a further 24 hours of notification. Thereafter the Competition shall decide in its absolute discretion as soon as

reasonably possible as to whether or not the application is approved.
8.6 The standard kick-off times shall be as follows:
Saturday matches – 3.00 pm

Midweek matches – 7.45 pm

All agreed changes to time of kick-off to be notified to the Board immediately for confirmation. Clubs with ground sharing

agreements must arrange for home matches to be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If a clash of fixtures occurs with the

sharing Club and for any reason a match is unable to be played on a Saturday, the match must be played on either the day

before ie on Friday, or the day after ie on Sunday. If Clubs are unable to agree on the date then it will be played on the

Sunday unless the Board decides otherwise. The decision of the Board shall be final and binding. Official bank holidays and

Sundays – 3.00pm or 7.45pm unless agreed otherwise by the two Clubs and the Board; application shall be made to the

Competition Secretary by both Clubs at least 21 days before the relevant date.

To re-schedule a midweek fixture for an evening other than a Club’s usual midweek night will require written agreement of

both Clubs and the Competition Secretary.

The Competition Secretary reserves the right to amend scheduled fixtures and kick-off times to meet television requirements as

necessary. Notification will be provided by the Competition Secretary in writing to both Clubs for fixtures so rescheduled.

8.7 The Board may change any Competition fixtures during the season to suit the overall interests of the Competition and shall have

the power to decide whether a ground is suitable for Competition matches and to order a Club whose ground is deemed

unsuitable to play its home matches at an alternative suitable ground. 8.8 Two (2) weeks’ notice is required from Clubs wishing to re-arrange a Saturday match to Friday evening or Sunday. A request

made in less than this period of time will only be considered by the Board in exceptional circumstances and granted at their

sole discretion.

8.9 A Club may not enter its first team in any outside competition, other than those listed in Rule 8.4, without the prior permission

of the Board. The Competition Secretary must be informed of all fixtures, postponements and results of all matches

played in any other competition.

8.10 When a Club obtains the consent of the Board to postpone a fixture because of an epidemic affecting the availability of their

Players, that Club shall be liable to pay any direct expenses incurred, if any, to the opposing Club. The amount of claim will

be at the discretion of the Board. Requests for the postponement of a match for any reason will not be considered more than

forty-eight hours before the scheduled time of kick-off.

Medical certificates for those Players affected, signed by the Players’ own doctor, must be forwarded to the Competition

Secretary within fourteen days of the postponement, along with a full list of contract and Non-Contract Players currently

registered by the Club at the date of the match which was postponed, giving full reasons against each name for the Player’s

8.11 Each Club must take every precaution to keep its ground in good playing condition and amenities including floodlights in good

working order and complying with the Criteria Document throughout the Playing Season.

8.12 All Clubs must have a mobile telephone and an email address operational at all times. These will be listed in the Competition

Handbook unless a Club requests otherwise.

8.13 The home Club shall advise the visiting Club and the Match Officials of the date and time of kick-off of each match and the

team colours, including the colour of the goalkeeper’s jersey, it will be wearing, to be received at least five days prior to the

match and the visiting Club and the Match Officials must acknowledge receipt to be received at least three days before the

match. The visiting Club must include in its acknowledgement the team colours, including the colour of the goalkeeper’s jersey,

it will be wearing.

8.14 The home Club is responsible for publishing a full match programme acceptable to the Board for each of its Competition

matches. A full match programme available electronically only shall be acceptable providing that each Club has approval from

the Board before the commencement of the Playing Season and must be continuous for the whole of that Playing Season.

A Team Sheet will not be considered sufficient to comply with this Rule.

The visiting Club must send in writing to the home Club details of the proposed team they plan to field together with their Club

history and up-to-date pen pictures of their current Players registered with the Competition for the season at least five

days before the scheduled date of the match between the two Clubs.

The home Club programme must include the details sent by the visiting Club in the match day programme and a copy of each

match day programme shall be sent by the home Club to the Competition Secretary within 3 days of the match with the relevant

match report form unless advised of an alternative arrangement by the Competition Secretary.

Clubs will be responsible for all comments in their match day programme in respect of the Competition, the Company or other

member Clubs, notwithstanding any disclaimers to the contrary. No part of a Club’s programme issued for a match in any

competition shall, in the opinion of the Board, bring the Competition or the Company into disrepute.

All Clubs will be responsible for their official website or similar computer related information system, which is within the public

domain. Nothing shall be included on the website which in the opinion of the Board brings the Competition or the Company into


8.15 The postponement of matches due to ground conditions must be carried out in accordance with Rule 14.2.

8.16 Where a match is re-arranged or cancelled after the officials have been appointed, it is the duty of the home Club to notify the

officials of the cancellation of their appointments immediately. Clubs in default of this Rule may be subject to any action

decided by the Board.

8.17 The Board shall determine the policy of the Competition for the issuing of match day passes. A home Club cannot refuse the

admission into the ground of an away Club Official, as defined in the Rules of the Association, save for that individual being

subject to a suspension or banning order from the Association or Competition.

8.19 All matches shall be of ninety minutes duration. The half time interval in all matches shall not exceed fifteen minutes. Any

match which is not of ninety minutes duration may be ordered to stand as a completed match or replayed for the full period of

ninety minutes or be awarded to the Club not at fault, as the Board may decide, on such terms as the Board shall decide.

8.20 Each Club must hand the Team Sheet containing names of Players taking part in a match including the names and numbers of

the nominated substitutes to the Referee and a representative of their opponents in the presence of the Referee at least forty-

five minutes before the scheduled time of kick-off. The Players’ numbers (in accordance with Rule 7) and the colours of the

playing strip must be clearly stated. Any Clubs in breach may be fined.

8.21 Any Club altering its team selection or numbering after Team Sheets have been exchanged may be fined. A Player who is named

on the Team Sheet may be replaced without fine if he is injured warming up after exchange of the Team Sheet. Any

subsequent changes must be notified to the referee and to a representative of the opponents before the actual kick-off.

8.22 Clubs taking the field of play – For all matches under the jurisdiction of the

Competition, Clubs shall be required to enter the field of play together, preceded by the Match Officials, not less than 5 (five)

minutes before the advertised time of kick-off.

8.23 Each Club shall be prepared to kick-off at the scheduled time unless a satisfactory explanation is offered. Any Club commencing

a Competition match with less than 11 Players may be subject to a fine. Each team participating in a match shall represent

the full available strength of each competing Club.

8.24 In all Competition Matches, the number of Clubs Players and officials seated on the team benches, in the designated technical

area, must not exceed 11 unless the team bench facility provides more than 11 individual seats.

8.25 Only one person at a time has the authority to convey tactical instructions to the Players during the match from within the

technical area.

8.26 All team officials and substitutes seated on the bench shall be listed on the official Team Sheet when it is submitted to the

Match Officials. Only those persons listed on the official Team Sheet shall be permitted in the technical area.

8.27 The occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner at all times. Misconduct by occupants of this area will

be reported by the Referee to The FA, who shall have the power to impose sanctions as deemed fit. Any occupant dismissed

from the technical area shall immediately go to a location within the ground from which they cannot view the remainder of the


8.28 With the exception of the team manager, the team coach and any substitutes who are warming up or warming down, all other

personnel are to remain seated on the trainer’s bench. The team manager or team coach is allowed to move to the edge of

the technical area to issue instructions to his team.

8.29 All occupants of the technical area must wear the corporate bench kit supplied to Each Member Club. The only exception would

be the Team manager who will be allowed to wear suits and overcoats not displaying any sponsorship logos. Corporate

bench kit supplied to each Member Club must also be worn by the players and staff in warm-ups and warm-downs, and where

possible in media interviews on match days.

Failure to wear the bench kit will result in a fine.


8.31 Each Club shall enter information from the match result form by the method instructed by the Competition and shall submit the

fully completed copy of the appropriate match result forms by email, or the relevant IT system to the Appointing Authority and

the Competition immediately following completion of the match, or within 24 hours at the very latest. When a Club considers

that the Referee has discharged his duties incompetently and awards a mark of 60 or less, a detailed report must be sent to the

Appointing Authority within three days of the match by the method instructed by the Appointing Authority. Clubs in default of

any provision of the Rule will be subject to a fine for each offence.
8.32 In the event that a match is abandoned before half time the Club playing at home will issue a voucher to each spectator valid for

free admission if the match is ordered to be replayed. In the event that the match is abandoned during or after the half time

interval the Club playing at home is not obliged to issue such a voucher.
8.33 In the event that a match is abandoned for reasons over which neither Club has control the Club playing at home shall retain the

gate receipts for such uncompleted match and the Board shall determine the terms upon which any replayed match shall

be played.
8.34 In the event of a match being abandoned due to the conduct of one Club or its members or supporters the Board has the power

to order that the match is not replayed and to award either one or three points to the Club not at fault. It cannot levy a financial

penalty due to the conduct of a Club.
8.35 In the event of the match being abandoned due to the conduct of both Clubs or their members or supporters no financial penalty

can be applied by the Board to either Club and the Board shall determine whether the original match stands as a completed

match or is replayed and, if replayed, the terms upon which the match is to be replayed.
8.36 In the event of a match having to be postponed and one Club is found to be at fault then opponents for that match shall be

compensated by the Club at fault. In the case of a visiting Club where it has undertaken all or part of its journey then travelling

expenses and meal allowances may be claimed based on the total mileage involved in the whole journey. In exceptional

circumstances, expenses for overnight accommodation up to a maximum of 18 persons may be claimed. In some instances

compensation may also be claimed when neither of the Clubs is at fault. The Board will determine the amount of compensation

payments to be made, if any.

All claims for compensation by either Club in the case of either an abandoned match or a postponed match must be received by

the Competition Secretary within 14 days of the date of the match to which the claim relates.


8.37 The home Club shall be responsible for notifying the Competition immediately following the conclusion of each home Competition

match the result of that match together with the attendance, the times of all goals scored in the match and the scorer of each

goal. In any FA or AFFILIATED ASSOCIATION Competition the home Club if two Clubs are playing the tie, or the Club if the match

involves a team outside of the Competition, must also follow this procedure.

8.38 In the event of the match being postponed, not completed or abandoned, the home Club must immediately telephone the

Competition results service, the Competition Secretary and, in the case of a match postponement, the Appointing Authority, the

visiting Club and the Match Officials. When a postponement occurs in any FA or County Cup competition, the home Club, if two

Clubs are playing the tie, or the Club if the match involves a team outside of the Competition, must also follow this procedure.

8.39 Where a match has been postponed for any reason, The Competition Secretary shall determine the new date. Any Club without

just cause failing to fulfil an engagement to play a Competition match on the appointed date shall for each offence be liable to

expulsion from the Competition and/ or such other disciplinary action the Board may determine, including the deduction of up to

a maximum of three points from the offending Club’s record, any expenses incurred by their opponents, and a fine.

In the event of a Club being in breach of the previous paragraph of this Rule then the Board may award points to the Club not at

fault as if the match had been played and the League table shall reflect the position as if the match had been played with the

result awarded by the Board.