THE ASSOCIATION RULE 1 The Association The association of clubs shall be called the “Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League”. RULE 2 GENERAL AIMS The aim of the League is to promote the interests of youth football incorporating fair play, honesty and respect. Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League will not tolerate foul or abusive language, sectarian, sexist, racist abuse or any form of bulling, directed at or by any person connected with the league. A.G.M. AND COMMITTEE Rule 3 A.G.M. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held not later than 30 th June each year, each member club shall be entitled to a primary and secondary representative each representative shall be entitled to one vote. The club representatives attending t his meeting shall elect the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Fixtures Secretary, Registration Secretary and an appointed qualified Child Protection Officer and Committee for the following season. Rule 3a Nominations for executive All nominations for executive committee positions must be in writing and with the league secretary or appointed person one month before the annual general meeting. LEAGUE COMMITTEE POWERS Rule 4 League committee powe rs. The committee is A. Empowered to delegate executive powers to individual members of the committee as it see fit. B. Empowered to conduct the entire business of the league and be the final court of appeal on all matters with their decision(s) being binding on all clubs and members. C. Empowered to co-opt additional delegates to serve on sub-committees as required D. Empowered to form sub-committees and delegate that committee to conduct certain aspects of the League business on its behalf. E. Empowered to make checks at any time on clubs/teams in order to ensure rules are being adhered to and to assist the smooth running of the League. Should any club fail to comply with this check (providing the person has made themselves known as a committee member and that the person in charge of checking the team on the day is not connected to the club that team is playing). All teams attached to that club will be suspended until a full investigation has been carried out by the committee and may be liable to expulsion from the league for the remainder of the season. Reinstatement to the league after such action shall be at the discretion of the committee. F. Empowered to expel, suspend, fine or otherwise deal with any club, team, Manager or player infringing the league rules or bringing the League into disrepute G. Empowered to enforce any club to deal with any of their supporters. H. Empowered to deal with all matters not covered by the rules of the League, the committee’s interpretations of all rules shall be deemed as final. I. In all cases the League Committee/Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to deal with offending clubs, players or officials as it see fit and to deal with any matter not provided for in these rules. J. In certain cases appeals may be lodged under article 26 of the Disciplinary codes. K. Any league representative found in breach of disciplinary regulations by the league executive committee will be ineligible to run for, or hold any official league office for two years. L. Empowered to amend rules, add rules or remove rules from this rulebook as it see fit during the playing season. League meetings Rule 5 League meetings A league meeting will take place at least once every month during the playing season (during this meeting each club will receive their fixtures for the following month). Each club is entitled to send two representatives, namely their primary and secondary representatives. Failure of at least one representative from a given club attending will result in a fine as set out at the beginning of the season. (Unless an apology has been received in advance by the league Secretary). If the club fail to attend or apologies more than 3 occasions in one season then a further financial penalty may be applied. PAYMENTS Rule 6 Payments During each league meeting payment will be made by each club to the league for pitch fees and fines and any other outstanding monies from the previous month, a fixtures list for the following month will then be issued to the club representative. If payment is not made, only when authorised by Fixtures Secretary will the non- paying club receive their fixtures. Matches may be forfeited until payment has been received. Rule 6A Non-payme nts Any club, who default on payment by way of a “REFER TO DRAWER” / bounced cheque, will have their fixtures withdrawn until the outstanding dept has been paid and shall be fined as set out at the beginning of the season. CORRESPONDENCES Rule 7 Correspondences All correspondence between clubs and the executive / executive and the clubs must be in writing via the league representatives except in the case of match results or rearranged fixtures. CLUB CHAIRPERSON RESPONSIBILITY Rule 8 Club Chairperson Club chairpersons are responsible for all aspects of behaviour within their clubs while participating in Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League or competitions under their jurisdiction. Registration Forms Rule 9 Registration Forms It is the clubs responsibility to correctly complete any registration forms and return these to the registration secretary, each player and club official will then be issued with an official Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League identity card, these cards must be retained by the team manager to be shown at every game. Loss of a card must be reported to the league registration Secretary immediately. (The cost of a replacement ID card will be £5.00). Details of requirements for registration of players/ club officials can be obtained from the registration secretary. Managers and club officials Rule 10 Managers and Coaches All managers must have completed or be in the process of completing the vetting procedure and have completed a child protection course.ie IRISH FOOTBALL ASSOCATION’S “SAFE GUARDING CHILDREN IN FOOTBALL”. Rule 10a Manager’s Codes of Conduct All managers must sign and abide by the League’s Code of Conduct. Rule 10b Managers responsibility (during match) All managers are responsible for behaviour on match days (including players, club officials and spectators) ensuring at all times that the game is not brought into disrepute by any such person. It is of paramount importance that all club officials remember these rules and principles, and whilst constructive criticism of young players is fully accepted, outright or excessive criticism/verbal abuse during matches will not be tolerated. Rule 10c Managers responsibility (after match) All managers are responsible for behaviour after a match has taken place (including players, club officials and spectators). It is of paramount importance that all players are fully supervised when making their way back to the changing rooms after the game has finished. It is advised that all players leave the pitch with their team and under supervision of their Manager and coach. Player should not be left unsupervised at any time. Rule 10d Referees Both managers must agree if no official referee attends then either coach can officiate the match, if an agreement can not be made then the match will not take place. Rule 10e Fixture All Clubs are obliged to insure their team fulfil all the fixtures issued by the league at the time and venue stated failure to field a team will result in the offending team having to pay any relevant fees and any fine which the league may impose. A repeat may lead to expulsion from the league. Rule 10f Misconduct by Manage r / Club Official A manager/club official who is dismissed from the field of play must serve a suspension and pay a fine (as set out at the beginning of the season). The manager/club official will receive a letter notifying them the date the suspension will commence. (The minimum suspension will be two matches). During this suspension the manager/ official may not be involved with any team in any capacity on match days, (including entering dressing rooms, giving team talks etc) or officially attend any match under the jurisdiction of the Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League until such times as the team he was with when dismissed has completed two full competitive matches under the jurisdiction of the Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League. The committee / disciplinary committee reserve the right to increase the suspension. All suspensions carry over to the next season. Players Rule 11 Registering a player A player will only be permitted to register in one league. i.e., If a club has teams in the Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League and teams in the N.I.B.F.A. league a player must not attempt to register in both Leagues, the player may deregister from one and then register in the other. Rule 11a Players age group To be eligible for a certain age group, players must have been under that age at 31 st December of the relevant year Rule 11b Numbe r of Signings Each club will be permitted to register twenty-one players per age group. A team with twenty-one players must cancel a registered player with the registration secretary if they wish to register new players, only a further five player’s may be signed in any one season. No player can be registered in the Belfast and East Antrim League between the 31st of January and the end of the playing season. Rule 12c Playe r Transfers part 1 Players when eligible to transfer from one club to another who wish to transfer must obtain a transfer form from the registration and ID card from their team manager and return the form and card to the registrations secretary. The player may not play for his new club until a new registration card has been issued. Disciplinary points and / or suspensions accumulated by a player seeking a transfer will be carried over to their new club. Each player may only transfer once in each season and no transfers will be allowed after the 31st January in each season. Any player leaving a club and being de- registered cannot join another club in the same season without a transfer form. Transfer administration fee will be set out at the beginning of each season and transfers will only happen on registration days. Rule 12d Player transfers part 2 Any player registered within the Belfast And East Antrim Youth League will not be permitted to transfer to another club under the jurisdiction of the Belfast And East Antrim Youth League once he/she has played six games for his/her club in one season. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Executive Committee waive this rule following review. Rule 13 Signing and Transfer for Cup / Sheild / Plate /Rosebowl Any player signed within four weeks of their first Knockout cup match CANNOT play in that round but is eligible for any subsequent rounds. (i.e. players who sign between the quarter and semi- final cannot play in the semi final but would be eligible for the final). The league committee may decide due to SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES a ne w playe r may be registered after 31st January, and play in any competition straight away. (Players who have not been registered for anothe r team that season will qualify). Cautions Rule 14 Caution (article 9a disciplinary codes and conducts) A player who is cautioned (Yellow carded) during a match will be automatically fined, as set out at the beginning of the season. Rule 14a Two Cautions (article 9b of the disciplinary codes and conducts) A player who receives 2 cautions during the same match will automatically incur a dismissal and an automatic suspension from the next match and must also pay a fine as set out at the beginning of the season. Dismissals The disciplinary committee will deal with rule 16 to 17d; the club with the player involved will receive a letter stating any further suspensions for that player. (Under article 9 of the disciplinary rules) (i.e. players sent off will only be suspended from the next competitive game, the club will then received a letter stating the reason the player was sent off, and any further match suspensions). Rule 15 Dismissals (articles 10a 10b 10c of the disciplinary codes and conducts) A player who receives a straight red card will be dismissed from the field of play and will automatically incur a suspension from the next match and the disciplinary committee will decide on any further suspensions or fines to be paid. Rule 15a Dismissal (article 10d of the disciplinary codes and conducts) A player who is dismissed from the field of play for using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/ or gestures will be suspended for a minimum of one additional match. (A minimum of two games in total and must also pay a fine as set out at the beginning of the season) Rule 15b Dis missal serious foul play and violent conduct (article 10d of the disciplinary codes and conducts) A player who is dismissed from the field of play for serious foul play or violent conduct will be suspended for a minimum of two additional matches. (A minimum of three games in total and must also pay a fine as set out at the beginning of the season) Rule 15c Dismissals for head butting, s pitting etc. (article 10f of the disciplinary codes and conducts) A player who is dismissed from the field of play for head-butting or attempting to head-butt an opponent or any other person other than the match official or for spitting at an opponent or any other person other than a match official will be suspended for a minimum of six additional matches. (A minimum of seven games in total and must also pay a fine as set out at the beginning of the season) Accumulation of cautions Rule16a Accumulation of five Cautions A player who accumulates 5 cautions in the same season will be suspended for 1 match and must also pay a fine as set out at the beginning of the season. Rule 16b Accumulations of ten Cautions A player who accumulates 10 cautions in the same season will be suspended for a further 2 matches and must also pay a fine as set out at the beginning of the season. Rule 16c Accumulations of fifteen Cautions A player who accumulates 15 cautions in the same season will be suspended for a further 3 matches and must also pay a fine as set out at the beginning of the season. Rule 16d Accumulation of twenty Cautions A player who accumulates 20 cautions in the same season will be asked to attend a disciplinary meeting along with his/her club representative. The committee will deal with in the event of every further 5 cautions the player receives. SUSPENSIONS Rule 17 Suspensions All suspensions carry over to the next season. (Full details on Cautions, Dismissals and suspensions can be read under Article 9, Article 10 and Article 11 of “The Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League Disciplinary Code”) Disciplinary Rule 18 Disciplinary Any club appearing in front of the Disciplinary Committee and is found in breach of discipline twice in one season may be suspended. Protests Rule 19 Protests Any protest should be lodged with the League Secretary within seventy-two hours of receiving the disciplinary committee findings (Sundays not included), by recorded delivery. The secretary will forward the protest to the disciplinary committee, a cheque for an amount as set out at the beginning of the season must also be enclosed, and this will be returned if the protest is upheld. Should a club appeal the protest, then any decision made by the Disciplinary Committee will be set aside until the appeal is heard by the full League Committee. In the case of a team wishing to claim the points for a match for whatever reason this must be done in the form of a protest as outlined above. Match rules Rule 20 Match rules All matches in the BELFAST and EAST ANTRIM INVITATIONAL YOUTH LEAGUE will be played in accordance with FIFA except under 10 levels. Competitions Rule 20a Competitions In ALL competitions under the jurisdiction of the BELFAST and EAST ANTRIM INVITATIONAL YOUTH LEAGUE, teams may name 11 players and five substitutes at all levels. Rule 20b In any competition a player is deemed to have played in a match only if he actually takes to the field of play. Rule 20c Players may only play for the club named on the registration card at the age level indicated thereon or older, and players not holding a card may not play in any match under the jurisdiction of the Belfast and East Antrim invitational Youth League. Rule 20d In a cup, shield plate competition (i.e. any competition outside the League Championship itself) players may play for only one team in each competition. A player playing for his club at a given age group in a match in one of these competitions may not then play at a different age group or for a different club for the remainder of that competition. Rule 20e Teams wishing to participate in overseas competitions must inform the League registration secretary. Fixtures Rule 21 Fixtures Schedule’s The Fixtures Secretary will schedule matches; Games must kick off at the time allocated. Should a team not take to field in reasonable time, the opposing team shall be entitled to the match. (Reasonable time should be understood to mean that kick off should not be delayed more than fifteen minutes after the official time for starting). At least seven players for each team must be present on the pitch. Cases of matches kicking off late or teams not vacating pitches promptly should be reported to the fixtures secretary immediately by the referee. Teams are requested to vacate changing rooms as quickly as possible, leaving them in as good a condition as possible for the following teams. Rule 22 Bad Weather In the event of adverse weather conditions i.e. heavy prolonged rain, snow or freezing conditions the venue will be inspected by an official referee the evening before the game at around 5:00pm, if pitch is not playable the game will be postponed and teams will be notified that evening. Rule 23 Match abandonment Before a game, the grounds man or referee must decide if the pitch is playable. If the referee decides pitch is playable but both managers agree the match should not be played due to pitch conditions they must consult with the referee, if no agreement can be found the match must be postponed and a report sent by each manager and the referee to the League secretary. Games should be played where at all possible. Rule 23a Match Postponements 72 hours notice must be given to the fixtures secretary if a team requires a game to be postponed, if a team wishes to play in competitions outside the Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League they must inform the Fixtures secretary of dates etc., otherwise they may have to forfeit their league or cup fixture within the Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League and pay the costs of pitch and referee fees. Rule 24 Kit Colours In the event of both teams having the same kit or colours the HOME team must change. Training kit is acceptable under these circumstances. In the case of a dispute as to whether or not kits clash the referees decision is final and must be strictly adhered to. Rules 25 Ball Size Size four footballs must be used up to and including Under 13s, size five balls must be used for all age groups from Under 14s and above. Each home team must provide at least three match balls of the appropriate size. Footballs must be in good condition and inflated to the correct pressure, preferably bearing an approved FIFA logo. Poor quality training balls or plastic balls are not permitted. Rule 26 Duration of Games The duration of games in all competitions is A. Under 10s = 30 minutes each way B. Under 11s and under 12s = 30 minutes each way C. Under 13, under 14s and under 15 = 35minutes each way D. Under 16s and under 17s = 40 minutes each way E. Under 18s = 45 minutes each way Rule 27 Extra Time In knockout games extra time of ten minutes each way will be played if the scores are level at the end of normal time. If still level after the full period of extra time, games will be decided on penalties in accordance with FIFA rules. (The referee can make a decision to go straight to penalties after normal time in cases of low light or adverse weather conditions). Rule 28 Match Cards Before a game commences both managers must each complete an official match card provided by the Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League. Details must include Full name, registration numbers and shirt numbers of the players involved in the match. At least two named responsible adults (i.e. manager and coaches) along with their league registration number (they must be registered with the League). The card must then be signed by the manager and handed to the referee. Managers must then retain their opponents Registration I.D. cards for the duration of the game. Failure to complete the match card correctly and fully will result in three points being deducted and a fine being imposed as set out at the beginning of the season. If only one manager, coach or responsible adult is named on the match card the game will be forfeited by the offending team the result will be 3-0 to their opponents. Rule 29 Match Card Irregularities Managers are free throughout the game to check that the players taking part are in fact those named on the match card. Any irregularities should be reported to the referee who will report it to the League immediately after the match. In the case of a team wishing to claim the points for a match an official protest should be lodged in accordance with Article 29 of the Disciplinary Code. Teams found to be playing illegible players in cup matches will be disqualified from that competition. Teams found to be playing an illegible player in a league game will forfeit that game to the opponents 3-0 and a report will also be sent to the disciplinary committee under Article 18 of the disciplinary codes and conducts. Rule 30 Match Results The home team manager or repersentative must telephone the results of all matches to the fixtures secretary or person appointed by the league within 2 hours of the final whistle. Failure to do so will result in the home team being fined as set out at the beginning of the season. Please state clearly the competition age group, the teams involved, the venue and the result. The referee will retain the match card and return it to the fixtures secretary. Rule 31 Injuries The Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League accepts no responsibility for injuries received by any player in any competition under its jurisdiction. Players taking part do so at their own risk and competing teams must arrange their own insurance. Rule 32 First Aid Both teams must bring a first aid kit to every game and have this available for inspection if asked for by any representative sent by the Belfast And East Antrim invitational Youth League. Referees Rule 33 Referee’s The Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League will endeavour to provide independent or official referees where possible, however in the event of an official referee not being available it is the responsibility of the home team to provide a referee who must act fairly and impartially towards both sides. Club referees are not permitted to coach their teams whilst refereeing. The referee must not be changed during the course of a match unless the original referee is unable to continue through injury. Rule 33a Referee’s and child protection All referees must have completed or be in the process o f completing the vetting procedure and have completed a child protection course. Rule 33b Referee’s and code of conduct All referees must have signed the Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League’s code of conduct. Rule 33c Referee’s match card The referee must record in pen on the match card in the space provided all cautions and dismissals. Substitutes used must be recorded. In the case of a dismissal, a report outlining the exact circumstances should also be sent to the referee coordinator by t he referee with- in seventy-two hours of the match. (Sundays not included). Rule 33d Payment to referee’s Official referees must be paid their fee as set by the league either before the match or in agreement with the referee. It is up to teams to approach the referee and have the correct money. Failure to pay the referee will result in a fine as set out at the beginning of the season. Rule 33e Referee abuse It is of paramount importance that all club officials, players and supporters remember that the referee’s decision is final, constant harassment, Constance criticism, verbal abuse, threatening behaviour towards match officials will not be tolerated by the league. Any club/ team reported by the referee for these offences will be dealt with under the Belfast and East Antrim invitational Youth League Disciplinary Codes. (This also includes abuse after a game has taken place). Photography Rule 34 Photography at Venues Whilst it is not illegal to take photos of players/ officials /spectators during a match in a public place, we would ask out of courtesy that both team managers and the referee are informed before the match begins. We would also ask if pictures are to be used in a publication i.e. newspapers, magazine, advertising etc. that permission is granted from the club officials attending the match. (If for any reason, suspicions arise about any individual taking photos at a match and they are not connected to a club, please inform a member of the league committee who will investigate and report to the correct authorities.) It is advised managers and coaches read guidelines drawn up by the (CPSU) Child Protection in Sport Unit. (Copy available from League) It is advised Clubs get the parents/guardians to sign a consent form with reference to photographs being taken of their child. (Sample available from League) Spectators Rule 35 Spectators Spectators must stand at opposite sides of the pitch and not behind the goal line. Rule 36 Smoking Smoking is prohibited within 10 yards of the playing area and changing area. Trophies Rule 37 Trophies All trophies won must be returned to the league by 31 st January the following season. Failure to do so may result in a fine. Insurance Rule 38 Insurance The league shall take out Public Liability Insurance on behalf of all members of the League Committee, officials and also insurance to cover all member teams participating in the Belfast and East Antrim Invitational Youth League.