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					                            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.

				
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