Paisley Johnstone & District Youth Football League
Constitution and Rules
Office Bearers 2012 - 2013
POSITION NAME CONTACT
01505 345 340
Chairperson John Carty or
01505 355 581
Vice Chairperson George Morrison or
Elizabeth Canning or
0141 887 1256
Treasurer David Mushet or 07866
01505 329 945
Small Sided Co-ordinator Derek Torrance or
Child Protection Officer Elizabeth Canning or
Name - The League of Clubs shall be called the Paisley Johnstone & District Youth Football League
(PJ&DYFL) and shall be affiliated to the Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA).
Object - The object of the League shall be to legislate for, foster, develop and improve the game of League
Football among all classes of Youth Football Clubs.
Admission to membership -
(a) Membership is open to all invited Youth clubs.
(b) All Clubs must be members of the Scottish Youth Football Association.
(c) A club which is found to be run wholly or in part for the financial gain of a person or persons, whether or not
such person or persons are members of the said Club may not be eligible for membership and if in
membership, such club may have its membership withdrawn.
(d) All clubs in membership must be controlled and managed by a committee approved by the Scottish Youth
Football League. This committee must be not less than two in number and at least one member of the
committee shall be in possession of a current Scottish Football League Coaching Certificate. The relevant
minimum Certificate is as follows:
For clubs up to and including age 12 Young Coaching Certificate
For clubs age 13 and over Youth Coaching Certificate
At least one member of the committee shall have a current First Aid Certificate or Sports Injuries Certificate.
These conditions as to certification must be met at the latest within one year of the club’s initial acceptance
into membership. The names, addresses and dates of birth of all club officials shall be submitted by the club
when seeking membership and upon annual renewal. Any change of club official shall be immediately notified
to the League Secretary. All club officials will be subject to Disclosure procedures and must adhere to the
terms of the Scottish Youth FA Player Protection Policy.
(e) Member clubs re-applying to the league must forward their affiliation email from the SYFA to the League
Secretary within 7 days of receipt. Teams failing to fulfil these criteria will automatically be suspended from the
league until match secretaries have received completed forms.
Clubs who do not comply with the above criteria will not be eligible for membership. Clubs in membership who
fail to comply with the criteria during the term of its membership will be reported to the SYFA and may have
their membership suspended until they comply with the criteria.
Any change of club secretary must be intimated in writing to the League & Association and any
subsequent appointment must be similarly notified within 48 hours to the League Secretary and the
National Secretary of the S.Y.F.A. Clubs failing to properly notify such changes will be fined £10.00.
Any club wishing to make alteration to its name must first obtain the prior written consent of the National
Secretary of the Scottish Youth F. A.
All new clubs shall pay an entry fee of £20.00 along with their annual subscription.
Resignation from the League –
(a) When a Team intimates its resignation from the League, such Team must notify the League Secretary and
The National Secretary of The Scottish Youth F.A. in writing. The Team must also notify their opponents and
the Referee, until such time as their resignation has been accepted by the Executive Committee, and failing
which they will be treated as a defaulting Team.
(b) All fixtures concerning that Team shall be classified as null and void and points deducted from the
opponents that they have played.
1 Breach of rules - For breach of any of the rules of the League, the Executive Committee may suspend a club
until the Annual General Meeting, when the retention of that club in the League shall be considered. Any
decision arrived at by the Annual General Meeting under this rule shall not be the subject of revision by a
Special General Meeting convened under the terms of Rule 5.
2 Annual Subscription - The annual subscription of each team shall be fixed at the A.G.M.
3 Subscriptions - Subscriptions shall be paid along with the registration. Failure to do so may result in
exclusion from the ensuing season’s competitions. Failure to pay the subscription will result in the Club
concerned being debt suspended by the Disciplinary Secretary.
4 Annual General Meeting - The A.G.M. shall be held in June each year. The agenda shall be as follows: -
1) Minutes of the previous A.G.M.
2) Chairman’s Report
3) League Secretary’s Report
4) Treasurer’s Report
5) Disciplinary Report
6) Annual Subscription
7) Match Secretary’s Report
8) Alterations to Constitution and Rules
9) Election of Executive Committee
10) Election of Disciplinary Committee
11) Appointment of Auditors.
b) Items for discussion at the A.G.M. must be lodged with the League Secretary no later than the 31 May and
should be seconded by two clubs in membership. There shall not be more that one Club member on the
5 Special General Meeting - On a requisition signed by six clubs in membership, stating the business to be
considered & accompanied by a deposit of £300 which may be forfeited if that meeting so decides, the League
Secretary shall convene a Special General Meeting. Seven day’s notice shall be given to member clubs of
such a meeting stating the business to be dealt with
6 Executive Committee –
a) The minimum structure of the League shall consist of a Chair Person, a Vice-Chair Person,
Secretary/ Disciplinary Secretary, Treasurer, Small Sided Coordinator and a Child Protection
Officer. All office-bearers must be registered with The National Secretary of The Scottish Youth F.A.
The office-bearers shall be elected annually. No club should have more than one representative on
the Executive Committee. If a vacancy occurs during the season, the Committee shall have power to
fill such a vacancy but shall be responsible for informing the National Secretary of The Scottish Youth
F.A. All retiring office-bearers shall be eligible for re-election.
b) The Executive Committee shall be the authority of the interpretation of the Rules and its decisions
upon questions of interpretation and on matters affecting the League not provided for by these Rules
shall be final except as provided for in the SYFA Appeals Procedure
c) The Executive Committee shall have the power, as occasions shall require, to appoint from its own
members, such Sub-Committees as it may deem expedient, and to depute or refer to them such of its
powers and duties as it may from time to time determine.
7 Management - The management of the League shall be vested in a General Committee, consisting of
the office-bearers and registered representatives from each Club in the League (except where a Club is
represented by an office-bearer). Each Club shall be entitled to send two registered representatives to
all General Meetings, but shall have only one vote per SYFA Club ID Number.
8 Chair - At all meetings of the League the Chairman or Vice-Chairman shall preside. In the event of none of
these officials being present the chair shall be taken by another office bearer. The Chairman shall have both a
deliberative and casting vote at all meetings and his rule shall be final.
9 Retiral From The Meeting - A Member of the Committee shall retire from the meeting during the
consideration and while decision is being taken or any case involving his Club or Officials or players
connected with his Club
10 General Meetings – Meetings of the General Committee shall be held at a venue notified by the League
Secretary and the dates shall be as listed on the League website unless notified by the League Secretary. The
League will hold a minimum of four general meetings of member clubs including an Annual General Meeting in
each season. All clubs are required to send a representative to these meetings. Each club shall have one
vote. Such meetings shall be chaired by the Chairman or the Vice Chairman. In the event of both being
absent, a temporary Chairman may be nominated from the other office-bearers present. Anything to be
brought up under AOCB must be sent to League Secretary within 72 hours of General Meeting and must be
signed, have team name, age group and SYFA ID number for it to be admissible.
11 Disciplinary Committee – A Disciplinary Committee shall be appointed, which shall be responsible to the
Executive Committee, and which shall consist of office-bearers and three members to be elected at the Annual
General Meeting. Five members of the Committee shall form a quorum. In the event of a vacancy occurring in
the Disciplinary Committee during the season, the Executive Committee shall have the power to fill such
12 Alterations to the Constitution – No alteration to the Constitution and Rules of the League can be made
except at the A.G.M. or a Special General Meeting called for that purpose. Alterations to the Constitution and
Rules may only be made on a two-thirds majority of those present and eligible to vote. The Chairman shall
have both a deliberative and casting vote at all meetings and his rule shall be final.
13 Appeal - A club, player or registered club official may appeal to the Appeals Committee against the decision of
a league, League, club, Executive, General Purposes or Regional Executive Committee affecting such club,
player or registered club official. Such appeals, complete with a copy of the written notice of decision to be
appealed against, shall be dispatched to the National Secretary of the SYFA, Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42
9BF by recorded or registered delivery and in duplicate within seven days of receipt of written notice of the
decision of the league, League or club concerned. A deposit shall be lodged with each appeal. In the case of a
player lodging an appeal this shall be £30, and in the case of any other appellant lodging an appeal it shall be
£60.00. This deposit may be forfeited if the Appeals Committee so decides. The grounds of appeal must be
specifically stated and if the Appeals Committee considers the appeal frivolous or trivial, the appellant may be
liable to a financial levy the scale of which shall be fixed annually by the Appeals Committee. The decision
against which any appeal is made will only be set aside when the appeal is received by the National Secretary
and found to be in order and confirmation of such from the National Secretary is received in writing by the
parties concerned. Appeals, which relate to any matter affecting the result of a cup-tie or which would interrupt
the playing of a competition shall not be entertained as per the Articles of League of the Scottish Football
14 Finance - Funds shall be lodged in a bank account in the name of the League. Operation of the bank account
to be by the Treasurer(s) and either Chairman, Vice Chairman, League Secretary or Disciplinary Secretary.
Two signatures are required for all financial transactions one of which must be the Treasurer. The Treasurer
shall present a financial report at each meeting and a financial statement at the A.G.M. The accounts of the
League shall be audited annually by persons appointed at the A.G.M. Books of the League close on the 31
15 Absence from meetings - Clubs failing to be represented at a General Meeting shall be liable to a fine of £10
unless telephone or email apologies are received by the League Secretary along with Club and SYFA
Registration No. An administration charge, to cover any postage, will be levied on teams who fail to pick up
League Correspondence. Clubs failing to comply with this request may be called before the Disciplinary
Committee of the League. A £2 administration fee will be levied on all teams who fail to pick up League
Correspondence. Clubs failing to comply with this will be called before the Disciplinary Committee of the
16 Fixtures - Clubs shall receive from the Match Secretary a list of their League fixtures, which shall be played
on the date stipulated. If a Club wishes to be excused from playing a game on any particular date throughout
the season, such Club must make application in writing or by email to their Match Secretary not less than
seven days before the fixture. No club shall be allowed more than two relief of fixtures in a season. In
extraordinary circumstances, relief of fixture may be granted not less than five days before the date stipulated
on application to the League Secretary. Any Club seeking relief of fixture less than five days before the date
stipulated shall be responsible for any relevant match fees incurred by their opponents for the listed fixture on
receipt of proof of such fees. All matches shall be played according to the Laws of the Game as adopted by
the Scottish Football League Ltd and the SYFA. No team given a relief will be permitted to play a friendly. No
club, player or registered club representative shall be permitted to take part or be involved in any
match or competition which is not authorised by The Scottish Youth Football Association. There will
be no fixture’s played on Easter Saturday and no fixtures played on the night of a General Meeting unless the
Executive Committee have given permission.
17 Competitions - The composition of the various Leagues shall be decided at the Formation Meeting in August
meeting by the relevant Executive Committee in agreement with the majority of the team secretaries present
for each relevant age group. Should two or more teams finish a League with the same amount of points then
play-offs involving said teams must take place. In the event of three or more teams finishing level, the
Executive Committee will determine the order of play. Goals scored, goal difference etc., or the results
between the teams during the season will not count.
18 Match Rules – See Rules For Relevant Levels See Appendix 1 & 2
19 Referees Fee –
(a) The Referee's Fee shall be decided by the Annual General Meeting, and shall be shared equally by both
(b) Where no referee has been appointed or the referee fails to turn up, the home club is responsible for
supplying a responsible adult to referee the match, except the following circumstances where matches shall
be cancelled all Cup matches and at the following age groups 19, 17 & 16’s age groups. In such cases the
Match Secretary shall inquire as to the reasons why the allocated referee was not available. Clubs found to be
abusing this rule will be dealt with by the Disciplinary Committee.
(c) In the case of non-fulfillment of any fixture, except under (d) below, the Home Club shall pay the Referee's
Fee, which shall be recoverable from the defaulting Club.
(d) Should a ground be considered unplayable, the Referee shall, after inspection of same, receive half fee
which shall be shared equally by each Club.
20 Unfulfilled fixtures - The Disciplinary Committee shall investigate the reason for non-fulfilment of any fixture
and if the reasons are deemed to be unsatisfactory, the defaulting club shall forfeit the points and pay the
referee’s fee in full. In addition a fine up to, but not exceeding £100 may be imposed, the whole or part of
which may be awarded to the aggrieved club. All fixtures will be played on the dates set out by the Match
Secretary unless either club has a Scottish Cup or West Region Cup Tie outstanding when the onus of
notifying the Match Secretary will be on the club or clubs involved.
21 Team Lines –
(a) In all 11-a-side games, two copies of team lines must be handed to the referee prior to the commencement
of the game. Team lines shall be completed in ink giving the players Full Name, Address, Postal Code,
Place of Registration, Player Registration Number (if known) and Date of Birth. All team lines should
quite clearly show Substitutes and any Trialists playing.
(b) At competitive level failure to comply with (a) will result in a fine of £1.00 per omission.
22 Home Ground - The Home Club is responsible for the condition of the ground and laws of the game regarding
same being complied with, failing which it is liable to be disqualified. On points of fact connected with the
game and fitness of the ground for play, the decision of the referee shall be final, except in an event of a club
travelling outwith an area of seven miles, when the inspection of the ground by a local referee will decide.
Where Clubs have an appointed groundsman in charge of the ground such groundsman's decision will be
final. The Home Club Secretary must immediately notify the referee and Secretary of the Visiting Club if a
postponement is necessary, in default of which the Home Club may at the discretion of the Committee, is
required to pay the referee's half-fee and the traveling expenses, in whole or part of the Visiting Club.
The playing surface in all age groups should be grass, third or fourth generation Astro Grass, any other
surface may be used as long as both teams are agreeable to the surface.
For all matches to be played under the jurisdiction of the League/ SYFA/ SYFA West Region, it will be deemed
the responsibility of the Home Club to supply changing accommodation for their opponents and the referee.
The changing accommodation should be adjacent to the pitch where the match is to take place and should
contain washing and toilet facilities. If the changing accommodation is at a different location to that of the pitch
where the match is to take place, the home club must provided transport for their opponents and the referee.
23 Colours – Where colours of opposing teams are similar, the away club shall change unless mutually agreed
24 Conduct – Managers / Coaches are responsible for the discipline of their teams. Club officials will be
responsible for the conduct of their players and supporters. When it can be proved that spectators in a match
under the auspices of the League, conducted themselves in such a manner as to interfere with the players or
referee, causing the match to be stopped or abandoned the Executive Committee has the power to order the
game to be re-played on another ground and to take any further action it deems necessary.
All players, officials, parents and spectators of a team must occupy the opposite touchline from their
In no circumstances is alcohol permitted on the touchline or in the dressing room at any match played under
the auspices of the League or SYFA.
25 Communications to clubs - Clubs failing to reply to communications from League officials (necessitating a
reply) within seven days of notification they will be will fined the sum of £10. All communications to the
League necessitating a reply must enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
26 Complaints – Complaints against a club should be sent to the Disciplinary Secretary with a verbatim copy
being sent to the club concerned. On receipt of the same, the club complained against should reply to the
Disciplinary Secretary stating their defence.
27 Protests –
(a) All protests pertaining to ground, kick off time and other appurtenances of the game must be formally
intimated to the referee and the secretary of the opposing team at the time of the alleged violation of the rules
takes place. If this does not satisfy, then a written protest should be submitted after the match.
(b) Protests arising from (a) and concerning the eligibility of players must be forwarded to the Disciplinary
Secretary within three days excluding Sunday by registered or recorded delivery letter accompanied by a
cheque or postal order to the value of £50. A verbatim copy of the letter should be sent in the same fashion to
the club protested against within the same time limit.
(c) On receipt of a protest, a club shall reply within seven days to the Disciplinary Secretary by registered or
recorded mail stating their defence. Failure to do so may result in the protest being heard in the absence of a
28 Girls playing football –
(a) That clubs in membership who are entering the 13’s age group and have as players female members must
appoint an adult female (16 years old or over) to their committee to be responsible for the safety and treatment
of injuries of female players. Clubs must register female members in the same manner as males and they will
be subject to the rules of the League and Disciplinary Committee.
(b) Where females are taking part in matches, whether they are League, Cup-Ties or friendly matches they
must be provided with separate and secluded changing and washing facilities. Each club will be responsible
for the presence of an adult female committee member to oversee the female players and as such MUST be
present in the dressing rooms at ALL TIMES whilst in use before the rooms are vacated for the duration of the
game and at the females conclusion of their part of the match.
(c) Training facilities must also meet the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b).
(d) Transport of female members to and from matches must be by separate transport except where a P.S.V.
or mini-bus type of transport is provided and the adult female committee member can oversee her charges.
(e) Treatment of injuries whether at matches or training MUST be supervised by an adult female.
29 Property – The property, effects and funds of the League howsoever derived, shall be applied solely towards
the promotion of the objects of the League, and no portion thereof shall be paid, transferred directly or
indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit to the members of the League. If
upon the winding up or dissolution of the League there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and
liabilities any property whatsoever, the same shall be given or transferred to some other organisation(s) having
similar objects of this League. Such organisation(s) to be determined by the members of the League by
resolution passed at a General Meeting at or before the dissolution, and if and so far as effect cannot be given
to such provision then to some charitable organisation.
30 All items not covered by this Constitution will be dealt with according to the rules and constitution of the
Scottish Youth Football League.
General Meeting dates for season 2012/13
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13 August, 2012, 1 October, 2012, 3 December, 2012, 4 February, 2013, 8 April, 2013
and AGM on 17 June, 2013
All meetings will be held in the Renfrew Town Hall, Renfrew at 6.45pm or alternative venue notified by Chairman
1 Any correspondence to the Chairman, League Secretary, Disciplinary Secretary or Treasurer etc., which
necessitates a reply must contain a pre-addressed stamped envelope. Failure to comply will mean no reply will
2 Tours, tournaments and friendly matches – Permission to play against clubs not in membership of the S.Y.F.A.
or out-with Scotland must be obtained by completing the online application forms found on SYFA web site. The
League Secretary will, by signing the printed copy of the application form be giving said Club permission to play.
Clubs participating in International Tournaments require insurance cover. An early application should be made.
Permission is only granted providing that the friendly match or tournament does not interfere with competitions
organised by this League. Permission to play Clubs within the League can be obtained by emailing the League
Secretary with opponents, referee, venue and time of kick-off information whereby a permit will be issued. Teams
must give at least 72 hrs notice for a permit and at least 7 days before a Tournament.
3 Sponsorship on shirts etc., – It shall not be permissible in any match played under the auspices of the Scottish
Youth Football League, for football strips, track suits or other apparel to display the name or logo or brand of a
sponsor which can be associated directly with alcohol, tobacco or gambling product or other such advertisement
the Executive Committee of the Scottish Youth Football League shall consider inappropriate to youth football (See
Rule 76 of current S.Y.F.A. Constitution).
Appendix 1 Rules Development Football
1) COMPOSITION OF THE LEAGUE The Paisley Johnstone & District Youth Football League committee have the
right to organise leagues based on ability of teams. This will be done to protect less able teams and to ensure
young people have an enjoyable experience. Members can highlight teams to the match secretaries whom they
feel would be better placed in a two tier league. But at no time would the separate leagues ever be referred to as a
first and second league or highlighting a stronger or weaker league.
2) AGE LIMIT The date for calculation of players shall be as per rule 130 of the SYFA Constitution. Any team
knowingly playing an over age player will be excluded from running or being involved in a team within the Paisley
Johnstone & District Youth Football League for life. Individuals will also be reported to the S.Y.F.A.
3) REGISTRATION – A Player Registration Form will count as player registration for insurance and player
registration purposes when disputes arise about poaching etc. These must be completed before the start of the
season and passed to League Secretary along with team Registration forms. If this is not possible teams have
one month after Registration to forward this information to the League Secretary. A player Registration Form must
be kept up to date during the season and must be forwarded to the League Secretary. New teams must complete
this within one month of acceptance of entry into Paisley & Johnstone Youth Football League.
4) TRANSFERS Refer to the SYFA constitution for registration procedures
5) PLAYING SEASON Matches will commence on the 1 March and will run to the last week in June and from August
to the last week in November. The SFA will carry out in-service training for all clubs during the period 1 December
to 28 February.
6) MATCH VENUES Match venues will be as determined by the Match Secretary. It is permissible to play matches
on either grass or third generation artificial turf with a rubber infill. Matches to be played on sand based artificial
surfaces must be agreed by both competing teams and the match referee.
7) NOTIFICATION OF OPPONENTS The home team named on the fixture list provided by the match secretaries
must contact their opponents 72 hours prior to a fixture to inform them of the kick off time and venue.
8) At 7 a side a coach or registered official from each club will referee one half each. At Fun Fours there is no
requirement for a referee to be present on the pitch as kids should be allowed to play in a fun relaxed atmosphere
9) DURATION OF GAMES Shall be as advised in the SYFA Match Guidelines.
10) PARENTS/ SPECTATORS All coaches are responsible for the conduct of their parents and players This includes
getting parents to read and sign the parent’s charter, encouraging parents to applaud good play from both sides
and never to get involved in verbal abuse of opposition players, coaches, parents or referees. Both coaches and
parents must stay on their respective sides throughout the duration of the game. Parents and coaches must never
stand and/or coach on their opponent’s side. Coaches should ask opposition coaches to ask their parents to return
to their own side of the park and not engage in confrontational dialogue. Failure to control the conduct of players
and parents is a disciplinary matter and all reported cases will be dealt with by the executive committee.
11) FOOTWEAR Metal studs and metal bladed studs are only permitted on grass playing surfaces in the Paisley
Johnstone & District Youth Football League. It is the responsibility of all coaches to ensure the young people’s
parents are notified of this rule. In 7 a side football it is the responsibility of the coaches to check young people’s
12) SAFETY No player will be allowed to wear spectacles, (unless they are prescribed Safety spectacles). No player
will be allowed to wear medallions, rings, earrings or watches during any match. No player whose hand or arm is
in plaster will be allowed to play. ALL PLAYERS MUST WEAR SHINGUARDS AT ALL TIMES DURING THE
MATCH. Games can only be played on grass, astro grass and, only when agreed by both teams, astro-turf.
Teams must never play on blaze. In adverse weather conditions young people’s wellbeing must always be the
priority. Each team must also carry a first aid kit which is fit for its purpose and have a designated first aider at
each football match.
13) MATCH BALL
(a) Age 6’s, 7’s 8’s Will Play With A Size 3 Leather Football
(b) Age 9’s 10’s 11’s, 12’s Will Play With A Size 4 Leather Football
14) MEDALS The league will provide all teams with the same medal for every player within the league. There will be
no distinction between age groups. The league will never provide or endorse any giving of trophies to young
people playing in their leagues as this goes against the ethos of the Paisley Johnstone & District Youth Football
League which is competition free and fun football.
15) PUBLISHING OF MATCH RESULTS As the Paisley Johnstone & District Youth Football League is a development
league until under 13’s, no team, below Under 13’s, can ever publish scores from any of the games within the
league as this is against the ethos of development league football. Match reports may be added to web sites but
scores must not be published
Appendix 2 Rules Competitive Football
1) Registration –
(a) All players playing in the League must be registered on an official registration form. Registrations will only be
available online. Notification of registered players will be returned to each club as soon as possible as
evidence of player registration. A club may register twenty two players at any one time. The closing date for
player registration is 31 of March of the current season for cup-ties.
(b) A player can play in four league games as a trialist before being registered. A team in any one game can use
four trialists. The word trialist MUST appear on the team lines. Trialists are not allowed in knock out cup-ties.
(c) Ensuring the accuracy of all information on registration forms and team lines is the sole responsibility of each
(d) Member clubs may not approach or sanction approaches on their behalf to a player registered with another
club in the current playing season.
2) Substitutes – In all matches the substitution of players will be permitted in accordance with the following
stipulations, which must be adhered to; 13’s to 19’s age groups - 5 substitutes from 5 named substitutes. At all
age groups up to and including 19’s level, players substituted are available to retake the field of play at a later time
in the match. The substitutes’ names, addresses, dates of birth etc., must appear on the team list and be
numbered respectively. The referee will record on the team list the names and number of the substitutes who
actually participated in the match. Named substitutes who do not enter the field of play will not be considered to be
3) Trophies - All trophies are the property of the League. Cups and trophies must be returned to the League
Secretary 28 days after being won. Failure to do so will result in the club/team being fined the cost of a
replacement cup/trophy. Clubs/teams can on application to the League Secretary have any cups/trophies won for
presentation nights etc. The League shall have such cups/trophies engraved at an engraver of their choice. Two
registered committee members of the winning club/team shall sign a receipt for all cups/trophies won. They shall
receive a copy of receipt. The League Secretary will retain a second copy of the receipt.
4) Kick off – Morning kick off times shall be between 9.30am and 10am for League Fixtures and 9am for Cup
Fixtures. Afternoon kick-off times shall be between 2pm and 2.30pm unless sanctioned by the Executive
Committee. Mid week kick off times shall be no earlier than 6.00pm.
5) Ball – In all matches both teams must supply a playable size 5 leather football. Except in 13s where a size 4
leather football shall be used. The referee shall decide the ball to be used in the match.
6) Age limits – The qualifying dates for season 2012/13 are: - Age 13 born on or after 1 January 2000, Age 14 born
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on or after 1 January 1999. Age 15 born on or after 1 January 1998, Age 16 born on or after 1 January 1997,
Age 17 born on or after 1 January 1996 and Age 19 born on or after 1 January 1994.
7) League cup games – Trialists are allowed to play in Divisional League Cup matches. Trialists will not be
allowed at or beyond the semi-final stages. In the knock out stages of this or any other knock out competition a
player can only play for one team. In knock-out competitions, NO Trialists are permitted. Goal difference will
count in determining final positions at group stages of Divisional League Cups.
8) Results must be telephoned to the Match Secretary no later than 6pm on day of match and by 9.00pm if playing
a mid-week match. Failure to do so will mean you will incur an automatic £10 fine under rule 15 on the
Constitution. The Disciplinary Secretary will inform the club that they are fined and must pay within 7 days of the
date of the imposed fine. Clubs / Teams who fail to pay fines in a timeous manor will be lettered by the Disciplinary
Secretary and have a further £10 Administration fee per letter levied.
9) Duration Of Matches –
(a) All matches will be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as adopted by the Scottish Football
Association Ltd., but with this one exception, that prior to the start of the match, clubs may mutually agree to play
two equal periods of not less than thirty five minutes duration. A statement to that effect being signed on the back
of the team line by the respective team captains.
(b) In the under Nineteen and seventeen age groups the duration of play shall be of two equal periods of forty-five
minutes subject to the provision in paragraph (a).
(c) In the under sixteen and fifteen age groups the duration of play shall be two equal periods of forty minutes
subject to the provision in paragraph (a).
(d) In the fourteen and thirteen age groups the duration of play shall be of two equal periods of thirty five minutes
subject to the provision in paragraph (a).
(e) The full duration of play must be played in all cup-ties.
(f) Knock out cup-ties must be played to a finish at the first time of asking. Extra time to be played if both teams
are level at the end of normal time. Penalty kicks will be taken from the penalty mark as laid down by the
International Football Board if both teams are still level at the end of extra time.
(g) Duration of extra time is as follows: Age 19s and 17s 15 minutes each way, 16s 15s, 14s and 13s age groups,
10 minutes each way.
10) Notification of opponents - Home club secretaries shall notify their opponents by letter, email or a telephone call
of the venue, kick-off time, travel directions and colours, 120 hrs before a weekend fixture and 72 hrs before a mid
week fixture. Where the Match Secretary has allocated the home club a referee the home club shall notify him in a
similar fashion 120 hrs before a weekend fixture and 72 hrs before a mid week fixture. Contact your referee early
and if necessary call him back with the venue etc. Failure to contact your referee within the times specified above
could result in you not having a referee for your fixture.
11) Referees - Referees for all matches will be appointed by the Match Secretary from a list drawn up by the League
Secretary. No referee should be appointed or used unless their name appears on this approved list. No club may
object to any referee so appointed. The referee will receive from each club two team lines, both lines will be
compared and signed by the referee, one line shall be given to the opposing club secretary prior to the kick-off.
The referee shall forward the other copy of the team line fully completed to the Disciplinary Secretary within 3 days
of the match (Sunday excluded.)
12) Field offences –
(a) Players cautioned on four occasions within the League or as notified to this League by other Leagues, will
be suspended for two games under advice from the Disciplinary Secretary. The club will be levied a £10
administration fee. A second batch of four cautions received by the same player will result in a four game
suspension. The club will be levied a £10 administration fee. A third batch of four cautions will result in a six
game suspension. The club will be levied a £10 administration fee. Appeals against cautions should be sent to
the Disciplinary Secretary within three days excluding Sundays of the date of the caution was received.
(b) A Club/team who has player(s) cautioned during a match shall be fined the sum of £1 per caution. The
Disciplinary Secretary shall advise teams of fines on a monthly basis. Such fines shall be payable within seven
days of receipt of the letter from the Disciplinary Secretary. Teams who fail to pay within the seven days will
have a £10 administration fee per letter levied.
(c) A club/team that has a player ordered off or appearing before the Disciplinary Committee and who is
subsequently found guilty of the offence(s) for which they were cited will be fined as per the SYFA Disciplinary
(d) A club/team who has an official/club member reported to or appears before the Disciplinary Committee and
who is subsequently found guilty of the offence(s) for which they were cited on will be fined as per the SYFA
Disciplinary Guidelines. Clubs/teams who fail to pay fines timeously will be lettered by the Disciplinary
Secretary and have a further £10 administration fee per letter levied
13) Claims for points – Such claims occur e.g. when an opponent fails to appear, lack of notification of fixture or
when a game failed to take place due to the alleged negligence of opponents etc. Such claims should be
forwarded to the Disciplinary Secretary by registered or recorded letter within three days excluding Sunday
following its occurrence, accompanied by a claim fee as per the SYFA Disciplinary Guidelines. A verbatim copy of
the letter should be sent in the same fashion to the opponents.
14) Playing an ineligible player –
(a) Where a Club is proved to have played an ineligible player such Club shall have three points deducted for each
infringement upon investigation by the Disciplinary Committee, together with such other penalty as such
Committee may decide, and the match or matches concerned may be replayed or the points awarded to the
(b) Where a Club has been proved to have played an ineligible player, such player will be reported to the National
Secretary of the Scottish Youth F.A.