Rules of the Wexford & District Schoolboys League

1 TITLE:

a. The League shall be known as “Wexford & District Schoolboys League”, hereinafter referred to as “the League” and where appropriate shall be deemed to be the Committee.

b. Subject to (a) above the Committee may include the name of a sponsor in the title.

2 OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the League shall be to promote the game of Association Football through the setting up and playing of fixtures and competitions for teams up to and including the age of sixteen (16) years of age for boys and girls, girls may play on boys teams in accordance with the current rules of the SFAI.

3 MEMBERSHIP

a. Membership of the League shall be open to clubs in the County Wexford area having a suitable playing ground and subject to the powers of the Committee under rule.

b. Membership for existing clubs in good financial standing with the League is renewable prior to the start of each season by way of completion of the official League application form.

c. All member clubs must have in force a current and valid third party public liability insurance policy which must be returned with application form

d. The official League application form must be returned by the date specified and must be accompanied by the affiliation fee as laid down by the League.

e. That no League of Ireland Club be allowed to enter teams in the Wexford & District Schoolboys League.

4 JURISDICTION

All matches shall be played under the jurisdiction of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland and according to the Laws of the game as modified for Schoolboys Football.

5 LEAGUE COMMITTEE

a. Control of the League and its competitions shall be vested in the Committee which shall consist of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and eight other Committee members, all of whom shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting of the League.

b. Each candidate for Committee must be nominated and seconded by two clubs affiliated at the Annual General Meeting. In accordance with rule 9(e)

c. Where circumstances dictate the committee shall have the power to deal with and make decisions regarding matters not specifically covered within these rules regardless of how such matters come to the attention of the committee all such decisions shall be final and binding subject to onward appeal.

d. The committee may set up and administer a web site dealing with the operations of the League and it shall have sole discretion over the content published on any such website.

e. The committee shall have the sole rights to utilise the leagues assets on behalf of the League.

f. The committee at its first meeting of each season shall define the roles of Registrar, Fixtures Secretary/s, PRO and any other roles or duties deemed suitable from amongst those committee members elected at the most recent Annual General Meeting, the role of child protection officer shall be subject to all relevant and current FAI rules and State legislation.

g. The committee shall have the full authority to act outside regular meetings on any matter as required.

h. Current membership of a club shall not disbar any individual from serving on the committee in any capacity but any committee member or officer must absent him/herself from, and not partake in, any matter coming before the committee in relation to his/her club.

i. Two-thirds of the standing Committee members shall form a quorum for Committee meetings. The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the League at which he/she is present, in the absence of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman shall act as Chairman and in the absence of both Chairman and Vice-Chairman the committee shall appoint a member from those present to act as Chairman for the duration of that meeting only.

j. The Chairman shall have a direct vote on any matter and a casting vote should he/she choose to exercise that casting vote.

k. The Committee shall meet at least once every month during the course of the Schoolboys Football season and a delegate meeting for club members shall be held at least twice during the current season.

l. The Committee shall have power to admit to membership, fine, suspend, expel or otherwise deal with any club, player or member who does not, in their opinion, act in a manner in conformity with the Rules, or in any manner which could be regarded as bringing the League into disrepute.

m. In the event of any office or role on the Committee becoming, or declared, vacant during the season, that the position can be filled by the Committee subject to ratification by the member clubs at the club next delegate meeting.

n. The Committee shall have power to appoint such sub-committee as they may consider necessary and define the scope of their duties.

o. To raise money by subscription and otherwise.

p. To carry on or conduct any proceedings or business which may seem to the League capable, directly or indirectly, of advancing the objectives of the League

q. To do all or any of the above things by, or through, agents or otherwise and either alone or in conjunction with others

r. The Committee shall have the sole power to appoint and dismiss team managers or management structures for teams representing the League, such positions may or may not be advertised publicly and no monetary reward or professional contract will be entered into with any such appointee/s.

s. Appointed team managers shall have the right to recommend assistants and structures but only the Committee shall have the right to agree to implement such structures and make any appointments.

t. No member of any representative team management shall have the right to fund raise without prior application to and the approval of the Committee.

u. Where Committee permission has been granted for such fundraising all monies collected must be returned to the League Hon. Treasurer and only the Committee shall decide upon its disbursement.

v. Where vacancies arise within the representative team management structures the Committee shall have the sole right to appoint any such replacement/s.

w. All team managers and or their backroom staff shall be responsible for the entire actions of the relevant squad/s of players and shall attend any meeting called by the Committee in relation to team matters.

6 CLUB DELEGATE MEETINGS a. A meeting of delegates from all member clubs will be called by the committee subject to Rule 5(k) above, notification of which will be sent to all current member clubs

b. Any club failing to be represented at a delegate meeting of the League shall render itself liable to a fine of €50 per each such failure.

c. Two delegates per member club are entitled to attend Delegate Meetings with voting rights.

d. A committee member cannot represent his/her club at any delegate meeting.

7 CHILD WELFARE

All member clubs of the League are bound to comply with the current requirement of the FAI Child welfare rules and policies which include the appointment of relevant personnel to fill the required roles as laid down in those rules and policies, the names and contact details of whom must be submitted to the League Honorary Secretary before the comencemnt of the coming season.

8 RIGHT OF APPEAL

Decisions of the Committee on all matters shall be binding, on each club, its officials, managers, players and members subject to onward appeal to the S. F.A.I.

9 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

a. The Annual General Meeting of the League shall be held not later than the month of December in each season.

b. The notice convening the Annual General Meeting shall be sent to each club in membership not less than 28 days before the meeting and the agenda for the AGM shall be:

1 The official notice of the Annual General Meeting.

2 Opening address by: League Chairman.

3 Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting

4 Hon. Secretary’s report followed by its adoption.

5 Hon. Treasurer’s report followed by its adoption.

6 Proposed alterations to rules.

7 Election of the League officers and Committee members

8 Any other business

c. Each club in current membership, and financial good standing with the league shall be entitled to send two delegates to represent it and vote at the AGM.

d. Only delegates and committee members aged over 18 years shall be entitled to vote: proof of age may be required.

e. All nominations for officer/s and or committee must be forwarded in writing to the League Hon. Secretary 21 days before the relevant AGM and must state that any such nomination/s have the consent of the nominee/s.

f. All such nomination/s must be signed by the current Hon. Secretary of the proposing club.

g. The Honorary league Secretary shall send due notice of all nominations received to each club at least 14 days in advance of the relevant AGM.

10 EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

a. An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be convened by the Hon. Secretary if directed by the Committee to do so at any time.

b. A request for an EGM can be submitted by the member clubs and any such request must be made in writing to the League Hon. Secretary giving at least 28 days notification of such a request and be signed by the Hon Secretary of at least six (6) current member clubs of the League

c. A request for an EGM must be accompanied by a non-returnable fee of €200

d. Where a request from member clubs for an EGM has been granted by the Committee the League Hon. Secretary shall give at least 14 days notification of the date, venue, time and agenda of the EGM to member clubs

e. No business shall be discussed at any Extraordinary General Meeting except that specified in the club/s request or (if called by the Committee) as that which is contained in the Agenda issued by the Hon. Secretary.

11 AMENDMENT TO RULES

a. These Rules cannot be repealed or amended except at the Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary General Meeting convened for that purpose.

b. Notice of any proposed new rules or amendments must be sent by post or email not later than 21 days before the Annual General Meeting to the Hon. Secretary who shall send due notice of same to each club at least 14 days in advance of the relevant AGM.

c. All proposed amendments/ additions/deletions of these rules for consideration at the AGM or a specially convened EGM can only be submitted by the current Hon. Secretary of a current member club.

d. A majority of two thirds (2/3) of the official delegates present and voting shall be necessary to amend any of these rules or to enact new rules.

e. Numbering/lettering of these rules shall be amended by the committee as a result of any changes made at AGM or EGM.

12 FINANCE

a. The Honorary Treasurer shall keep a record of all income and expenditure and present an account and balance sheet at the Annual General Meeting.

b. The financial year of the League shall end not later than 30th November each year.

c. Disbursements shall, as far as possible, be made by cheque only.

d. The League’s Bankers shall be decided by the Committee.

e. All cheques must be signed by the Hon. Treasurer and one other designated League Officer

f. Fines that are not subject to onward appeal and not paid within 30 days of receipt of notification may be doubled.

13 REGISTRATIONS

a. All players playing in any age group under the jurisdiction of the Wexford and District league must be registered before being eligible to play

b. An original Birth certificate (or copy), or any other officially recognised documentation (eg Passport) must accompany Registration Forms of any player registering with the League.

c. All players must be registered online on the FAInet website and upload the official forms required (League Registration and official ID). All details required on the form must be completed.

d. A player shall only be deemed registered when the Registrar has approved all documentation on FAInet.

e. No player can be registered after 4th April. No player can be transferred after 31st January. (Season 2018-19 only).

f. Players seeking registration to participate in non-trophy or award age groups who have never been registered with the League may register throughout the season subject to compliance with rule 13a, 13b, 13c & 13d

g. Players registered under rule 13f are only eligible to participate in non-trophy or award age groups.

14 TRANSFERS

a. All player transfers must be completed by the use of an official transfer form as issued by the League, all transferred player/s must be re-registered to his/her new club on FAInet, no player may transfer between clubs more than once in any one season.

b. When a player becomes a registered player with a club in the League in any season it shall be an offence for anyone acting on behalf of any other club in the League to request, encourage or influence that player, or approach his parent/s with same intent, during the season, to seek to transfer to another club without the prior permission of the player’s current club.

c. The player being approached in such regard cannot participate in any training, coaching or games under the auspices of another club without the prior permission of the player’s current club.

d. Such offences shall be called “poaching” and any person found culpable of same by the League Management Committee shall make himself/herself or his/her club liable to a fine, and/or suspension and/or removal from the League.

15 SUSPENDED PLAYERS ETC.

a. Any player, member of a club or the Committee who has been suspended cannot, during the period of his/her suspension, take part in any football activities subject to the terms of the suspension imposed.

DISCIPLINE:

b. Any player who receives a red card or two yellow cards in a game will automatically miss next match as per FIFA rules, and may be liable to further suspension.

c. All disciplinary reports will be dealt with by the committee members and any relevant person or body dissatisfied with any decision issued by the committee shall have the right to onward appeal to the SFAI subject that body’s current rules on appeals

d. Players under suspension must serve their total suspension in the age group that the offence leading to that suspension took place.

e. Players under suspension by the League are suspended from competitions under the jurisdiction of the W&DSL, suspensions imposed by any outside body are subject to the relevant body’s current rules on suspensions.

16 PROTESTS

a. Protests must be forwarded by registered post within three days (Saturdays Sundays & Public Holidays excluded) following the date of the relevant game and must be accompanied by a fee of €50 which will be returned only in the event of the protest being upheld. The protest must be signed by the Club Secretary.

b. An exact copy of the protest must also be sent by registered post within the same time frame as rule 16(a) to the Hon. Secretary of the club being protested against.

c. In the case of any protest regarding an over-age player/s, the club protested against must produce the player’s original Birth Certificate, or other satisfactory evidence, otherwise the Committee shall award the game to the protesting club.

d. If, on production of the original Birth Certificate or any other officially recognised documentation, the player protested against is found to be under age in accordance with the Rules of the competition the protesting club, as well as losing its deposit must also pay for expenses incurred by the club protested against or as determined by the League.

e. Protests against the eligibility of a player or players in any match must be accompanied by a fee of €50 in respect of each player protested against.

f. Any team found guilty of playing an over-age player in any competition under the League’s jurisdiction shall render that team/s club subject to sanction by the committee which may include the suspensions of manager/s and fine/s, the level of which shall be at the discretion of the committee

g. If a club has any doubt about the eligibility of any player on the opposing team they shall be at liberty to secure from the opposing manager the signature of that player via an approach to the match referee.

h. Any such approach must be made at half time in the relevant game and players introduced to the game following half time can be dealt with via an approach to the match referee following the end of the relevant game.

i. A refusal to comply with any such request made via the match referee may be regarded as an admission of guilt.

j. No decision of the committee on protests may be appealed to the League itself, all appeals must be directed to the SFAI in accordance with the current rules of the SFAI.

k. Decisions made by the committee dealing with any protest will be issued via e-mail or registered post to all relevant parties, all such decisions will be issued by the League Hon. Secretary or his/her nominee.

17 ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS a The referee’s match card must be filled in prior to start of game and signed by the official in charge of each team who shall certify as to the eligibility of his players, the official in charge who signs the referee’s card must be over 18 years of age. It is the responsibility of the match referee to ensure completed match cards are returned to the league registrar within 7 days of each completed fixture.

b The person who signs the referee’s match card on behalf on any club is automatically accepted as acting on behalf of and with the authority of the relevant club.

c Clubs playing unregistered players will forfeit game to their opponents plus incur a fine the level of which shall be at the discretion of the investigating committee.

d Entering an incorrect name/s on the match card may be deemed as playing an unregistered player.

18 WITHDRAWAL OR REMOVAL OF TEAMS FROM THE LEAGUE a Where a team withdraws or is removed from the League, for whatever reason, the Committee may grant permission for players of that team to be registered by another team or club.

b Any team that shall be suspended, removed or otherwise withdrawn from any League competition shall have their record therein expunged

c The results of any games of a knock-out type competition played by any subsequently withdrawn or removed team shall be recorded as valid and standing for the purposes of the completion of any such competition/s.

19 INDEMNITY OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Each member of the Committee shall be indemnified by the League against all costs, damages, compensation and expenses incurred by him in the discharge of his duties except insofar as such may accrue from his own wilful acts or negligence.

20 Abuse of match referees

Abuse of Referees will not be tolerated and any reports regarding that matter will be dealt by the League under its disciplinary procedures and rules.

21 SUBSTITUTIONS

- A maximum of 16 players may be named on the match card for U/12 age group games, all players named on the match card are eligible to be used as part of the roll on-roll off substitution system.

- A maximum of 18 players may be named on the referee’s match card for any 11-a-side game, all players named on the match card are eligible to be used as part of the roll on-roll off substitution system.

- All substitution can only be made on the halfway line following notification to the match referee, it is the responsibility of each team’s management to ensure that only the maximum number of players allowed are playing for their team at any one time in any game.

22 POSTPONEMENT

a No club shall have the power to postpone any fixture. Any club doing so may be adjudged to have given a walk-over and will be dealt with by the committee

b Postponements sought will only be granted for exceptionally good reasons and must be requested five clear days prior to the game.

c Games will be postponed in the event of the death of a player, official or member of their immediate family.

23 NEW CLUB APPLICATIONS a Where new club applications are made for admission to the League the granting of such admission shall be at the sole discretion of the League.

b New applicant clubs must have a committee consisting of at least, a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and three other members (total number required is six).

c New applicant clubs must have the use of a playing pitch.

d New applicant clubs must have enough players to compete the Leagues competitions (League committee to decide on number required).

e New applicant clubs cannot use any player who was on the Leagues registration list for any existing club in the previous season.

f New applicant clubs must have resources, finances, gear, etc, to fulfil their commitments to the League

g New applicant clubs (if successful) must comply with the Rules, Terms and Conditions as laid down by the League.

h All new applicant clubs on been granted entry into the Wexford and District Schoolboys League will enter the league on the following basis;

- In year one they compete in the non-competitive u11 league.

- In year two they can only compete in one or both of the u11 & u12 leagues

- In year three they can only compete in one or any of the u11, u12 & u13 leagues

- In year four they can only compete in one or any of the u11, u12, u13 & u14 leagues

- In year five they can only compete in one or any of the u11, u12, u13, u14 & u15 leagues

- In year six they can compete in one or any of the u11, u12, u13, u14, u15 & u16 leagues

24 COMPETITION RULES a League play-offs will be played on neutral ground where possible. The venue to be decided by the fixtures secretary. In the event of a draw extra time and penalties will be used to decide the game on the day.

b Cup finals will be played on neutral venues to be selected by the Committee. All affiliated clubs must make their grounds available to the League if requested to do so.

c Home clubs shall be responsible for pitch markings and maintenance (particularly height of grass and goalpost safety) and must change if their team colours clash with their opponents.

d Match duration and football sizes:

Under 11: 25 minutes each half (size 5 football 320gms).

Under 12: 30 minutes each half (size 5 football 370gms).

Under 13: 30 minutes each half (size 5 football 370gms).

Under 14: 35 minutes each half (size 5 football 370gms).

Under 15: 35 minutes each half (size 5 football 450gms).

Under 16: 40 minutes each half (size 5 football 450gms).

e To be eligible to play in an under-age competition, a player must have reached that age after January 1st in the year the competition ends.

f Jerseys must be numbered.

g Each team must provide one football of the correct size and quality on match days.

h Cup Games: Cup games will finish on the day. If a game ends in a draw, extra time and if necessary followed by a penalty shot-out, as per FIFA rules, will decide the game.

i Official notification of games will be on the Leagues web site.

j Where clubs have more than one team in any one age group, the club must send in a panel of eleven (11) players after its first competitive game in any W&DSL competition, in the highest division and this panel cannot move down for the duration of the league games. This rule will apply to all age groups from the u13 (11 aside leagues) up. For the purpose of this rule matches played in SFAI competitions apply if this is a team’s first match.

k Where clubs have more than one team in the under-12 (9-a-side leagues), the club must send in a panel of nine (9) players after its first competitive game in any W&DSL competition, in the higher age group, and this panel cannot move down for the duration of the league games. For the purpose of this rule matches played in SFAI competitions apply if this is a team’s first match.

l Where clubs have more than one team in the under-11 (7-a-side league), the club must send in a panel of seven (7) players after its first competitive game in any W&DSL competition, in the higher age group, and this panel cannot move down for the duration of the league games. For the purpose of this rule matches played in SFAI competitions apply if this is a team’s first match.

m Where clubs have more than two teams in any age group in leagues from u13 up panels of 11 players must be submitted for all teams except for their lowest league placed team and players on these panels cannot move down for the duration of the league games. Where clubs have more than two teams in any age group in leagues u12 competition, panels of 9 players must be submitted for all teams except for their lowest league placed team and players on these panels cannot move down for the duration of the league games. Where clubs have more than two teams in any age group in the under-11 7-a-side leagues panels of 7 players must be submitted for all teams except for their lowest league placed team and players on these panels cannot move down for the duration of the league games.

n In U-11 Cup games, where penalties are required to complete a game, penalty takers can be chosen from any player listed on the match card.

o Any home team that has to change the venue for a match which is different from the website must inform the relevant W&DSL fixtures secretary and the opposing club a minimum of two hours before kick-off.

p In Cup competitions, all 1st teams may be excluded from prelim rounds where possible.

q All registered teams will be eligible and automatically entered to play in all relevant WDSL competitions as set out by the Committee.

r When a knock-out type game is called off due to the home team’s pitch being unplayable, the away team gains home advantage with the game being played on the original fixture date where possible or a date as decided by the relevant League fixture secretary.

s Requests for match postponements on account of religious ceremonies will be granted provided any such request is forwarded to the fixtures secretary at least four weeks in advance.

t The under 9, under 10 and under 11 competitions are non-trophy or award age group games.

u The League is the sole owner of all trophies competed for under its jurisdiction, clubs shall be responsible for the safe keeping of trophies whilst in their possession, and all trophies must be returned to the League by a date designated by the League each year, any club failing to return any trophy within this time frame shall render itself liable to a fine.

v Girls can play on boy’s teams at all age groups and can also play one year below the girl’s nominal age group, for example a girl, eligible to play at U/14, can play on an U/13 boys team.

Rules for U9 - 5v5The u9 format will be run in line with the FAI guidelines in the player development plan.

Pitch size min 40m x 25m max 45m x 25m

Match duration 4 x 12min

Ball: size 5 - 320gms

All games must be played as per the details published on the official League website, those fixtures details may also be published in the media. All club Hon. Secretaries of home teams must upload the relevant result to the WDSL Website within the specified time.

Certificates of participation are available to all players at the end of the season and are provided by the league in partnership with the leagues sponsor.

Rules for U10, 7-a-side non trophyThe rules are the same as the u11 rules but with the following amendments.

12 Each team will consist of 7 players with no limit to the number of subs used on a roll-on, roll-off, as often as required provided all such substitutions are made with the acknowledgement of the match referee. The League recommends that clubs should have a minimum of 10 - 12 players on each squad.

13 Duration of game - Two x 25 minutes.

14 All home teams must supply a referee, who must be over 18 years of age

15 No league tables or results will be recorded, emails to confirm game was played. Games are played on a non-trophy or award basis and no medals are presented, certificates of participation are available to all players and are provided by the league.

16 All games must be played as per the details published on the official League website, those fixtures details may also be published in the media. All club Hon. Secretaries of home teams must upload the relevant result to the WDSL Website within the specified time.

17 The u10 format will be run in line with the FAI guidelines in the player development plan.

18 BALL - Size 5 (320 grms)

Rules for under-11 for 7-a-side non-trophyThe laws of the game will apply with the following exceptions:

1 FIELD OF PLAY

a The field of play shall be rectangular, Maximum size 65m x 40m. Minimum size 60m x 35m or half a pitch playing across.

b A centre spot.

c A penalty spot – 8 metres from the goal line.

d A 9m x 23m penalty area (10 yard x 25 yard)

2 THE GOAL: 5m x 2m (16ft x 6ft) recommended as the appropriate size for children.

3 THE BALL: Size 5 - 320gms

4 THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS

Each team will consist of 7 players and subs can be used at any time during the game, in a roll-on, roll-off, as often as required. The League recommends that clubs should have a minimum of 10 - 12 players on each squad.

5 Duration of game - Two x 25 minutes halves. Five minute half-time break.

6 Offside - No offside rules shall be enforced.

7 Free Kick – All opposing players shall be at least 5 metres from the ball.

8 Penalty Kick - Penalties are taken from a mark 8 metres from the goal line.

9 Goal Kick - Goal kicks are taken from anywhere inside the penalty area.

10 Where games are played playing across one half of the normal pitch and goalposts cannot be removed from that playing area these goalposts must be padded.

11 In the event of Cup or knock-out type games finishing level after extra time the game shall be decided by using FIFA penalty shoot-out rules. Any 5 players named on the match card can be used in such a penalty shoot-out.

Rules for under-12 for 9-a-side footballThe laws of the game will apply with the following exceptions:

1 FIELD OF PLAY

a The field of play shall be rectangular, from 6 yard box to 6 yard box. flexibility is allowed as full size pitch lengths will vary so dimensions will be in the range of 70m to 85m in length and 50 m to 55m in width. Should a designated 9x9 pitch be available the minimum dimensions required are 70m x 50m.

b A centre spot.

c A penalty spot – 8m from the goal line.

2 THE GOAL 5m x 2m (16ft x 6ft) is recommended as the appropriate size for children.

3 THE BALL: Sixe 5 - 370gms (must be used)

4 THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS

Each team will consist of 9 players and subs can be used at any time during the game, in a roll-on, roll-off, as often as required. The League recommends that clubs should have a minimum of 12 to 14 players on each squad.

5 Duration of game - Two x 30 minutes halves. Five minute half-time break.

6 Offside - Normal rules apply

7 Free Kick – Normal rules apply.

8 Penalty Kick - Penalties are taken from a mark 8m from the goal line.

9 Goal Kick - Goal kicks are taken from anywhere inside the penalty area.

10 REFEREE - An official referee must be used.

11 In the event of Cup or knock-out type games finishing level after extra time the game shall be decided by using FIFA penalty shoot-out rules. Any 5 players named on the match card can be used in such a penalty shoot-out.

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