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DEESIDE SUNDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE RULES
1. Name and Constitution
This amalgamation of clubs shall be called the Deeside Sunday Football League and shall consist of clubs whom the Management Committee shall be eligible for membership. It shall consist of such number of Divisions as the Annual General Meeting shall decide. If two or more Divisions are established, there shall be a system of promotion and relegation to and from each Division. The League shall be affiliated to the North Wales Coast Football Association and all member clubs shall be affiliated to the Association in whose area they are situated
2. Admission, Claims and Resignations
No application for admission to the League shall be valid if received after the Annual General Meeting. Clubs who are resigning from membership of the League must do so in writing on or before the 31st May each year and all claims against the League by any member club must be submitted by 31st May each year. Similarly, by any club against any other club in membership of the League. All claims must be submitted through the General Secretary of the League. In the event of any team resigning from the Division One of the League, then no club who resigns shall be readmitted to the League until after a period of two seasons following their resignation.
New applicants to the League must remit their Annual Subscription deposit and cup fees in accordance with both Rules 2 and 9 of the League respectively, with their application which should give details of their club’s officials, club colours and their ground and changing rooms. Member clubs must apply for re-election before the date of the Annual General Meeting in each season.
The following officers shall be appointed annually by the Annual General Meeting. They are as follows; Patron, President, Deputy President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, General Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Registration Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Referee’s Secretary and any other Assistant Secretaries the League may require.
The League shall be governed by an Executive Committee consisting of Officers, Three independent members and one representative from each Division of the League who are elected by the Management Committee of the League and the DSFL rep on the Association
The Executive Committee shall deal with all administrative and disciplinary matters and any other duties which may be allocated from time to time by the Management Committee as per rule 6 of the League and subject to the voting procedure outlined therein.
Otherwise and generally, the League shall be governed by a Management Committee which shall consist of members of the Executive Committee together with two representatives from each member club. Only one of whom shall be entitled to vote and one representative from the Clwyd Referee’s Association. Should the need arise, an emergency committee with a minimum of five members shall be appointed by the Executive Committee, as per paragraph three, to deal with all matters of an urgent nature.
The Management Committee shall have the power to fill any vacancies that may arise out of the resignation of any appointment at the Annual General Meeting.
Resolutions of the Management Committee on behalf of the League shall be binding on all clubs whether present at the meeting or not as the case may be.
5. Management Committee Jurisdiction
The Management Committee shall have the jurisdiction over all matters whether specially provided for within the rules or not. They shall have the power to appoint any Sub-Committee they may consider necessary, and may delegate all or any of their power to any such Sub-Committee. Such delegation of powers shall be duly expressed in the minutes of the Management Committee Meeting.
A Quorum of any Sub-Committee shall be two-thirds of its members unless otherwise ordered. Any infringement of the League rules shall be dealt with in such manner, as the Management Committee may think fit.
In the event of the voting at any meeting of the Management Committee of the League being equal then the Chairman of the meeting shall have the casting vote and this shall also apply to any voting of any Sub-Committee of the League. The Management Committee of the Deeside Sunday Football League shall meet every six weeks or such period as they shall consider convenient. No resolution shall be rescinded at the meeting at which it is passed, unless the motion to rescind shall be carried by at least a Majority of those members present at the meeting.
Meetings shall be held at a place as the Management Committee shall decide or in the case of a Sub-Committee, where such Sub-Committee shall decide. The Executive Committee or any such other Committee shall meet at the discretion of the Chairman or General Secretary of the League, and where possible, each club or persons shall be given seven days notice of such meetings.
6. Subscription and Deposits
All clubs will pay an annual subscription of £40-00 and all clubs shall submit the Application to the League fund raising at the same time as the application for the League membership. This is to be the sum of £10-00 per club, also the sum of £5-00, the latter being a way of deposit or guarantee that the club will duly perform and keep its obligation in full to the League in accordance with the rules in force whilst the club is in membership of the League or its subsidiary competitions. All deposits or guarantees shall be placed to the credit of each club in a deposit account and shall be used exclusively for the benefit of the club in whose name the deposit was made. The first charge upon a club’s credit will be made against a club for a breach of rules. Secondly, amounts due to the League in respect of other accounts which may be due. Thirdly, such accounts which may be due in connection with the League to any club or club default is insufficient to fully liquidate the claims due to clubs, and then such amounts shall be distributed pro rata to the certified claims. Any payments by the Committee under this, the clubs concerned shall accept rule as final and binding. No further claims shall be acknowledged by outside sources whatever. Any sum remaining to the credit of the defaulting club shall be paid to a Legal representative of such club whom shall be given indemnity therefore against any claims in law or otherwise.
All monies other than deposits received by the office of the League shall be placed to the credit of the League in a current account at a bank sanctioned by the Management Committee of the League and in the name of the League.
Withdrawals on behalf of the League shall only be made on the signature of any two of the following; the Chairman, Treasurer and General Secretary of the League and who, for the time being, shall be trustees for and on behalf of the Management Committee of the League. Also, including all assets, cups, monies and other property, which may hereafter, come into possession of the League. The responsibility in the first count of all monies paid to the League be that the appointed Treasurer in so much as any deficiencies are his responsibility, subject to a decision of the Executive Committee of the League.
League Benevolent Fund
Each club in membership of the League will submit the sum of £10-00 in each season, together with its annual membership fee. This sum will be entered into a separate account run by the League entitled “The Deeside Sunday Football League Benevolent Fund”. This fund is to benefit Registered players, Club Officials and any other member of the Deeside Sunday Football League who due to injury, ill health or such other suitable reasons, are in need of emergency financial aid. This fund is to be administered by the League Treasurer, together with Three Independent members and two nominated club secretaries appointed by the League Management Committee. Proper accounts of this fund are to be made available to the clubs at the end of each season in time for the League’s Annual General Meeting. Other funds may be placed within this fund if so required, subject to the approval of the Management Committee of the League.
7. Fees to be paid
All member clubs must pay all League fees before the 1st June in each year.
8. Withdrawals from the League Funds
The League funds shall be banked in the name of the League and all withdrawals from the deposit accounts shall be signed by any of the following; Chairman, Treasurer and General Secretary and on the withdrawal or then by such other person as the Management Committee by resolution shall appoint in lieu thereof. The bank into which all League monies shall be deposited shall be such joint stock the Management Committee shall select. Prior to payment, the foregoing officers pass all due accounts and details will be submitted to the next available meeting of the Management Committee of such payments.
9. Cup Dates
The Executive Committee shall decide all cup final dates prior to the commencement of the season. Once these have been finalised, no club participating in any final shall be granted an open date for the fixture.
10. Fund Raising
All clubs must take part in the League fund raising scheme as may be resolved by the Management Committee of the League.
Two auditors shall be appointed by the Management Committee at the Annual General Meeting (one an accountant in public practice) who shall be responsible for the due audit of the accounts from the past season for presentation to the Annual General Meeting.
12. Annual Statement of Accounts
The Annual report and balance sheet, which has been duly audited, shall be forwarded to each club at least seven days before the date of the Annual General Meeting. A copy of such balance sheet shall be forwarded within seven days after the Annual General Meeting to the General Secretary of the North Wales Coast Football Association.
13. Alteration to the Rules
No alteration of or addition to these rules shall be made except at the Annual General Meeting or such adjournment thereof, or at any special meeting convened for the purpose. No special meeting shall be convened without requisition, signed by no less than a majority of the clubs in membership of the League. Such requisition shall contain the full nature of any suggested alteration or amendment to the rules contemplated. Upon receipt of any requisition under the rules, the General Secretary shall call the necessary special meeting by giving the time and the place of such meeting and such notice fully describing the nature of any amendment or alteration to the rule or rules under discussion. The alteration or amendment shall be declared carried, by a majority of those present at the meeting who are entitled to vote. All votes shall be recorded for such amendment or alterations. The same proceedings shall apply to the Annual General Meeting save that all suggested alterations must reach the General Secretary on or before the 30th April of each year.
14. Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the League shall be held during the month of June of each year for the purpose of receiving the Treasurer’s Statement of Accounts, consideration of such amendments of the rules as may have been properly notified in accordance with rule 16 of the League. The election of officers and Executive and Management Committee in accordance with rule 3 and 4 of the League, and any such other business which the Management Committee considers it is competent under the rules may be transacted, but all business to be brought before the meeting shall appear upon the agenda and circulated to each club and in no circumstances shall any business that has not been notified be transacted.
15. Objectionable Conduct of Clubs
At the Annual General Meeting, or at an Extraordinary General Meeting called for that purpose, it shall be competent for a majority of the Delegates present and voting there as to exclude from membership, any club whose conduct as, in their opinion, been objectionable. Before this rule can be implemented, all objections shall be first communicated in writing to the Management
Committee of the League who shall hear such evidence as they shall consider necessary to prove or otherwise that a prima facie case has been made out.
16. Club Colours
Each club in the League shall register its home and away colours with the General Secretary of the League. No club shall have the same colours, but if any club have at present the same or nearly the same colours and from a point of sentiment, desire to continue, then when such clubs meet in a fixture, the away team shall, for that fixture, adopt a different and distinctive colours to that of the home team. All goalkeepers shall play in colours different to the competing teams and the match referees.
17. Duration of Matches
All matches shall be played under the laws of the game as set out by the F.A. of Wales and shall be of ninety minutes duration (forty-five minutes each way). Clubs shall not mutually agree to play in any match in lieu of a League Fixture. If a match is played to a conclusion, it must be a League Match. Any match not completed may be ordered to stand as a completed match or be replayed for the full period of ninety minutes as the Executive Committee of the League direct.
18. Substitute Players
A club may at its discretion, use three substitute players at any time in a fixture except to replace a player who has been suspended from the fixture by the match referee. The substitution can only be made when play has been stopped for any reason by the match referee and the match referee must give his permission. The name(s) of the substitutes must only be entered on the official match report form if they have taken part in the Fixture.
19. Mid-week Fixtures
Should it be necessary for the Fixture Secretary of the Deeside Sunday Football League to request and have permission from the F.A. of Wales and the North Wales Coast Football Association to schedule Mid-week Fixtures on behalf of the League, then all fixtures scheduled to be played will be prescribed as per rules of the Deeside Sunday Football League, but the kick-off will be 6-30pm.
20. Open Dates
Application for an open date must be sent in writing to the General Secretary of the League at least six weeks in advance of the date being requested. All applications are as the General Secretary shall decide.
21. Champion Club
At the end of each season’s competition, the club who has scored the largest number of points shall be declared the Champion Club. Three points being counted for each game won and one point for each game drawn. Should two or more teams be equal on points, then the club have the best goal difference shall be Champions of the League. The bottom two teams of each Division shall be relegated each season and the top two teams from each Division are promoted at the end of each season, unless teams from a higher division resign from membership of the League before the Annual General meeting of the League.
22. Champions and Runners-up medals
The Champion club and the Runner-up in each Division will be provided with such mementoes, as the funds of the League will allow.
23. Guarantee of Safe Custody of All League Trophies
A guarantee of the safe custody of any cup or trophy won by any club must be given by the club winning the same and such guarantee shall be a personal one of such members of the clubs committee as shall be in office at the time that the cup or trophy was won. In the event of such guarantee not being given, then such shall be implied under the rules as banding against such committee members in the following amounts for the loss or damage to such cups or trophies for total loss and the sum of £50-00 for any damage to the same. Such amounts as will thoroughly repair and make good such damage to the same. Clubs are strictly prohibited from placing any inscription on the cup or trophy they may hold under a very severe penalty assessed under the foregoing rule, or the sum of £100-00, whichever the Management Committee of the League may decide. Each club, however, is expected to have the cup or trophy appropriately engraved with the clubs name and the season of winning the cup or trophy. Perpetual Cups or Trophies won in one season must be returned to the League General Secretary by no later than the 31st May of the following season. Any club who fails to return such cups or trophies shall be liable to a fine not exceeding the sum of £25-00 and payment of the cost of replacement of the cup or trophy.
DEESIDE SUNDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE RULES –MATCH DAY
24. Results of Fixtures
Each home club shall hand the match referee at the end of the fixture, a form, which will be supplied by the League, the result of the fixture, together with the full names of the players from both teams who competed in the fixture. This will also include the names of any substitutes who took part in the fixture. Also on the match form must be the name of all goal scorers and the name of the player who has been nominated as man of the match for his team. Any club who should fail to complete such form shall be liable for a fine of £10-00. The home club shall also provide the match referee with a stamped addressed envelope which shall be addressed to the General Secretary of the Deeside Sunday Football League. Any club failing to do so will be fined the sum of £10
25. Results and Fixtures
Both clubs that are taking part in the fixture shall mark the match referee forms, giving the match referee marks from 4 to 10 for his performance in the fixture. Marks of 4 or less must be sent with a written report as to why the club awarded such marks. Failure to forward the referee’s report to the General Secretary within five working days will result in the offending club being fined the sum of £10-00
Any club may e mail referees marks to the Gen Sec
26. Results and Scorers
Results and the name of all goal scorers must be telephoned to the North Wales Press Agency by 1:30pm on the day of the fixture. Any club who fails to do so will be deemed guilty of ungentle manly conduct and liable to be fined the sum of £10-00 for each offence.
26a. Fines for late starts
Clubs who are responsible for a late start in any League or Cup fixture, whether the match is completed or not shall be liable to a fine of sixty pence per minute up to thirty minutes.
27. Admission to Grounds
All members and officials of the Deeside Sunday Football League shall have free access to any part of the ground during League and Cup Fixtures.
28. Grounds and Changing Facilities
The grounds of all League clubs may be inspected at any time by order of the Management Committee and they may order such improvements to the ground that they consider such being within the means of the club concerned. No club shall change its registered ground without the express permission of the Executive Committee. All clubs must have a ground which complies with the laws of the game. No club shall be allowed to be members of the League unless it has adequate changing facilities for both the teams and the match referee and they must be situated within reasonable distance of the ground.
29. Representative Games
Any player selected to play in any inter-league fixture or other fixture arranged by the Management Committee and failing or refusing to play shall in the absence of any good or sufficient cause, shall be judged to be guilty of misconduct. Any club which has been found to encourage, or in any way instigate such conduct on the part of the player shall be deemed guilty of misconduct.
30. Reports upon the Conduct of Players, Officials and Spectators
In all cases where players are ordered off the field of play by the match referee or where the referee makes a special report on the misconduct of any spectator/s, then this report must be sent to the N.W.C.F.A. or the N.E.W.F.A. If required, the Management Committee of the League might deal with the club, players or officials.
31. Full Strength of Clubs to be Played
Each club shall play its full strength team in all League Fixtures unless it can give a satisfactory explanation as to why it did not. In no case shall a club give prominence to the fact that it is unable to play its strongest team, nor should such be communicated to the press. The fine for non-observance of this rule shall be such not exceeding the sum of £10-00 or as the Management Committee may decide.
32. Unfinished Fixtures
In the event of a fixture not being played to a finish owing to fog or any other causes over which neither club has control, nor such uncompleted fixture is ordered to be replayed under rule 20, then the home club shall take the first gate, and the gate of the replayed game shall be played on the terms approved by the Management Committee. In the event of a fixture not being started owing to causes which neither club has control or no gate money has been taken, then the re-arranged fixture is to be played as if it were an ordinary fixture and no compensation shall be claimed by the visiting club.
33. Scheduled time for Kick-off
The scheduled time of kick-off shall be 10-30am for all League fixtures, and failing both teams to being ready to kick-off by 10-45am, the referee shall, at his discretion, postpone the fixture or wait a further 15 minutes. The referee shall make a full report of any such postponed fixture in writing to the General Secretary of the League within five days of the fixture taking place, failing which, he shall be fined the sum of £5-00. No game shall be sanctioned after the referee’s decision to postpone the fixture has been made. The offending club(s) shall be dealt with in accordance with rules 22 and 36 of the League.
34. Registration and Transfer Forms
Each club shall be issued with a retained list at the end of the season which must be returned to the Registration Secretary by the date of the Annual General Meeting of the League each year. Every club will receive ten registration forms and ten transfer forms free of charge each season. Any further forms may be purchased from the Registration Secretary – twenty pence for each registration form and five pounds for each transfer form. In the event of a player signing for two or more clubs, priority of registration shall decide to which club the player belongs. The Registration Secretary will issue each club with a list of players registered with the club at the end of each season.
To be eligible to play on the opening day of each season, players must be registered at least ten days before the start of each season.
35. Players who are Eligible to Play
A bona fide playing member of a club is one who does not have a written contract and has signed a fully and correctly completed League Registration Form and has been registered with the League Registration Secretary during the current season or who has been transferred to such club and registration and transfer forms shall be sent to the Registration Secretary who shall send the counterfoils back to the club. No transfer shall be permitted after the last Sunday in March of each year. Another club within the terms of this rule means any other club who are in membership of the Deeside Sunday Football League.
Each club in membership of the League must insure their players against injury whilst playing in the Deeside Sunday Football League through the League block insurance scheme. All clubs to pay an administration fee of £5 for the purposes of handling club insurance, to be collected along with the league fees.
37. Speedy Registration or Transfers
Players wishing to be registered must ensure that their completed registration or transfer form is lodged with the League Registration Secretary by no later than 12-00 noon on the Friday before the Sunday match in which he intends to play, except on the first day of the season when rule 38 will apply.
38. Registration of Players Minimum Period
The registration of a player without a written contract shall be for a minimum period of two months from the date of registration and can only be terminated for as follows:-
39. Approaching a Player in Close Season
A player who does not hold a written contract with his club shall not be approached except during the period known as the close season by any club or person. Attempting to induce such players for another club or clubs without at least seven days notice in writing to the Secretary of the club for which the player was last known to have played for and the negotiations with the player must cease at the expiration of
twenty-one days of such notice being issued. The notice must be forwarded by recorded delivery or registered post. A written acknowledgement must be obtained. The same club in respect of the same player shall not give a second notice during the current season.
When a player is concurrently a playing member of a Saturday club or a Sunday club, formal notice of approach need only be given to the Sunday club or clubs for which the player is a playing member in the League. The approaching club or person shall not give notice of intention to approach more than one player of the club at the same time and shall not give notice of any intention to approach another player of the same club within twenty-eight days of the prior notice. A club issuing a notice of approach must forward a copy of such notice to the Registration Secretary of the League within three days of its issue.
40. First Approach by a Player
Except with the written consent of the club, a minimum of seven days notice is necessary by the player, but this consent makes the first approach shall not be withheld were there circumstances of a special character exist e.g. change of residence, or non-selection for any team of the club to which he is a playing member for three consecutive weeks. In addition to any other penalty imposed under rule 45 of the Deeside Sunday Football League for a breach of the rule, the registration of the player shall be cancelled and he shall not be eligible to play for the offending club except with permission of the Management Committee of the League.
41. Approaching Players
Any club who is found guilty of inducing or attempting to induce directly or indirectly a player or players from another club in membership of the League shall be guilty of misconduct and be liable to expulsion or such other penalty as the Management Committee of the League shall decide.
42. Inducement to Players
Any club or players offering or receiving any inducement to or for another club to win, draw or lose a fixture shall be guilty of misconduct and may be dealt with, as the Management Committee of the League shall decide.
The home club must provide two goal nets, four corner flags, a match ball and have at least two other spare match balls on hand.
44. Referees and Assistant Referees
Only properly registered and qualified Referees and Assistant Referees shall be appointed to League and Cup Fixtures. Referees and Assistant Referees failing to fulfil their appointed fixtures shall be fined the equivalent to their respective fee unless a satisfactory explanation is received.
45. Club Linesman
Clubs must provide a linesman for each game and up to and including semi-finals in all League Cup competitions. It will be in order for the substitute to act in this capacity if no other person is available. A fine of £10-00 will be placed against each club which fails to comply to this rule.
46. Members of the Management Committee
No member of the Management Committee of the Deeside Sunday Football League shall be appointed to officiate as a referee or assistant referee in any League or Cup fixture.
47. Match Officials and Referee’s Fees
The home club shall pay the referee who officiates at their home fixture a combined fee and travelling expenses as determined by the Management Committee. The home club is the club entitled to the home fixture, whether or not the match is to be played on the ground of the visiting club or on any other ground with the approval of the Management Committee of the League.
48. Referee’s fee in Abandoned Fixtures
The home club will be responsible for half the referee’s fee where the fixture has been postponed or abandoned after duly inspecting the ground as per rule 52, but where the match is abandoned for any reason, then the match referee is entitled to the whole fee.
49. Payment of Match Fees
The Referee and Assistant Referee must be paid within fifteen minutes of the end of the fixture as per rule 51.
50. Referee’s List
The Management Committee of the League shall cooperate with the North Wales Coast F.A. in ascertaining the necessity of presenting candidates for examination as a referee under the rules of the F.A. of Wales and this should be done no later than the 1st October in each year.
51. Emergency Officials
In the event of the Referee appointed to the fixture not attending or not being on time to commence the fixture, the following procedure must be adopted. The two clubs must agree to one amongst those present on the ground and in all cases, preference must be given to a registered referee. Clubs who fail to agree to play the fixture from amongst those present will be dealt with under rule 22 of the League. All emergency officials shall be considered as League officials during the period for which they officiate. On the arrival of a permanent official, they shall be relieved of their duties, but a report of the late arrival of the match official shall be submitted by both of the clubs to the Management Committee of the League who shall deal with the whole circumstances connected with the fixture and decides the results thereof.
52. Fitness of Grounds
The Referee shall have the power to decide as to the fitness of the ground for the fixture to be played or not. Each club must take every precaution to keep their ground in a playing condition and if necessary, the home club may require the referee to visit the ground for the purpose of making the necessary inspection at least twenty-hours before the advertised time of kick-off. Should the match official, after carrying out the inspection, be of the opinion that the ground will be in a fit condition to play the fixture, he must hand a written report thereof to the secretary of the home club or to such other official who represents the home club. As soon as the official of the home club has the report, he or she must inform the visiting club of the report. If this is possible, it may prevent the away team from travelling to the fixture or failing to travel to the fixture. Should the home club be of the opinion that the weather conditions are so bad on the morning of the fixture, that it would be impossible to play the fixture at the advertised time of kick-off, then the home club is empowered to invite a registered referee to inspect the ground without waiting for the appointed match official to declare the ground unfit for the fixture to proceed. Clubs are only to use this privilege under exceptional circumstances. Should the home club’s ground not be private and is declared unfit by the landlord’s groundsman, the home club shall be responsible for
Submitting a report to the General Secretary of the League within three days of the inspection taking place.
53. Reports on Fixtures by Referees, Late Starts and Results
The match official shall, within three days of the fixture taking place, forward a written report to the General Secretary of the League of any match which has been postponed or abandoned for whatever cause that may have arisen or any late starts etc. He shall also forward a copy of any report he may have to make to the N.W.C.F.A. or to the N.E.W.F.A. In the cases of the misconduct of players, officials or spectators etc, he must in all cases forward the result of the fixture to the General Secretary of the League on the day of the fixture taking place in accordance with rule 27. Match officials shall inform the team captain or any other responsible official of a team that they are responsible for a late start and inform them of the exact time of the kick-off.
54. Referees causing a Late Start
Referees who are the cause of the late start of a fixture shall be subject to a fine of thirty pence a minute unless the Management Committee of the League, after considering the reports and the evidence, are satisfied that the delay was unavoidable.
55. Infringement of League Rules
The Executive and Management Committee of the League shall have jurisdiction over all matters whether specifically provided in these rules or not and any infringement of the League rules shall, where no specific penalty is named, be dealt with as the Management Committee of the League shall decide.
DEESIDE SUNDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE RULES OF THE LEAGUE CUP COMPETITIONS
56. Name of Trophies
There shall be a knock-out cup competition for each Division of the League and another knock-out competition, which shall be known as the Queensferry Sports Challenge Cup, and for which all clubs in membership of the League shall enter and shall be decided on the day of the fixture, by playing extra time and penalties as laid down by the F.A. of Wales. The Divisional Cup Competition shall be of one for each Division of the League. Only clubs playing in the League shall be allowed to compete and it shall be compulsory for each club in the League to enter both competitions. The Management or Executive Committee of the League shall make all draws and all competitions shall be played on a –knock-out basis.
Derek Fleming Memorial Trophy
The Derek Fleming Memorial Trophy shall be competed for by clubs who have been knocked out of the first round of the Queensferry Sports Challenge Cup, which shall be an open draw and thereafter, players shall not be eligible to play in both cup competitions. A team, which has been dismissed from the Queensferry Sports Challenge Cup for contravention of any rules, shall not be eligible to play in the Derek Fleming Memorial Trophy.
Auxiliary Cup Competition
The Auxiliary Cup Competition may be competed for by those teams who have a shortage of fixtures towards the end of each season, and is to be played as per the Rules of the Deeside Sunday Football League.
The Charity Fixtures shall be competed for by the Champions and the Cup winners of each division, with the proceeds being donated to a charitable purpose. In the event of the same team winning both competitions, the runners-up in the cup competition shall play the League Champions. The home team shall be the League Champions who shall be responsible for the collection of gate money, which must be forwarded to the League’s Hon. Treasurer within three days of the fixture being played.
League Rules to Apply
In addition to these rules and unless otherwise stated, the rules of the League will apply to all fixtures.
57. Entrance Fee
The entrance fee for all cup competitions shall be the sum of £5-00.
58. Number of Players and Colours
As per the League rules no. 16 and 39.
59. Definition of Playing Members
The members of each team may be changed during the series of matches if thought necessary, but no individual shall play for more than one competing team during the season and he must have been a registered playing member of the club for which he proposes to compete and no playing member is one who complies on full with rules 39 and 41 of the League except that all players taking part in a cup tie shall have been registered with the club that they intend to play for in the cup tie at least seven days prior to the conference date.
60. Postponed or Drawn Fixtures
In the case of a postponed or replayed fixture, only those players shall be allowed to play who were eligible to play on the conference date.
If a game is postponed twice the DSFL may switch grounds to the away team
61. Duration of Fixtures
The duration of each cup fixture shall be ninety minutes (forty-five minutes each way). If the fixture is a draw after ninety minutes, then an extra thirty minutes must be played, and if the fixture is still a draw, then penalties will decide the result laid down by the F.A. of Wales to decide the tie on the day of the fixture.
Byes shall be drawn at the discretion of the Management or Executive Committee.
The lots shall be drawn and the competition matches played on the conference dates set by the League’s Fixture Secretary either by resolution or by delegation of such decisions to the Chairman and General Secretary of the League. As soon as possible after each draw, the General Secretary shall inform the secretaries of each club by notice the name of the club it has been drawn against, the date on which the tie will take place and the time of the kick-off. Clubs shall not mutually arrange to play a fixture in lieu of a cup-tie. If a fixture is played to a conclusion, it must be a cup-tie. The League Fixture Secretary shall arrange postponed fixtures. After two postponements of a fixture, the Fixture Secretary of the League shall decide the venue for the next fixture.
64. Failing to Play
In the event of any club drawn together in any tie and failing to play the fixture on the appointed date and without a satisfactory explanation, shall be struck out of the competition and be liable to a fine ( minimum £25 )
65. Choice of Grounds for Cup Ties
Unless otherwise by mutual arrangements, the club which is in the first instance drawn in the ballot shall be the home side, and in the event of any club failing to play its fixture when ordered to do so, will have deemed to have been adjudged to have lost the fixture, and will be dealt with by the Executive Committee of the League for misconduct. In all cup ties, extra time of thirty minutes (fifteen minutes each way) shall be played and id the scores are still level at the end of this time, the fixture will be decided on penalties in accordance with the rules of the F.A. of Wales. All persons attending the Cup Final shall be subject to pay an entrance fee to the Ground. Teams who take part in the Final will be given a refund for sixteen players and official which will be given to the two Secretaries of the clubs playing in the final.
66. Match Balls
In the final ties, both clubs shall provide a match ball, which must be handed to the match official before the scheduled kick-off time.
67. Referees and Assistant Referees
The match official in all cup fixtures shall not belong to either of the competing clubs, but shall be appointed by the Referees’ Secretary of the League. In the Final tie, the Match Official and his Assistants will be provided with a suitable memento in place of a fee.
68. Question of Eligibility
All questions of eligibility, qualification of competitors or interpretation of the rules or laws of the game shall be referred to the Executive Committee of the League whose decision shall be final.
No protest relative to the playing ground, goal posts or bars or any other appurtenances of the game shall be entertained by the Executive Committee of the League, unless it is laid with the match official before the commencement of the fixture nor shall any protest relative to the interpretation of the rules or laws of the game be entertained unless laid with the match official on or before the commencement of the fixture, nor shall any protest relative to the interpretation of the rules or laws of the game be entertained unless laid with the match official on or before the conclusion of the game. Such protests may be made verbally, but must be handed to the match official in writing before he has left the ground or changing rooms.
69. Playing Ineligible Players
In the case of any player being found to be ineligible, the club playing him must be adjudged to have lost the fixture. Any club leaving the ground before the expiration of the fixture must be adjudged to have lost the fixture, and shall be liable to be dealt with by the League’s Executive Committee for misconduct and be liable to a minimum fine of £25
70. Match Officials Powers as to Players
The Match Official shall have the power to disqualify any player for misbehaviour during the fixture, and the team to which such player belongs, shall play the remainder of the game without him, nor shall any substitute be allowed to play in his place in accordance with League rule 18.
71. Committee’s Doubt as to Qualifications of Players
If the committee have any doubt as to the qualifications of any player competing in either team, it shall have the power to call upon such player or the club to which he belongs or for which he has played to prove to the satisfaction of the Committee that the player is properly qualified in accordance to the rules of the League. Failing such satisfactory proof, the Committee shall have the power to disqualify such player from taking part in the respective competition and also remove such club from the competition.
72. Professional Not Allowed to Play
No player who should have a written contract shall be eligible to take part in these competitions.
GENERAL FINES OR APPEALS
73. Fines – Non-attendance
Any club failing to send a representative to a meeting of the Management Committee, shall be fined the sum of £25-00. No apologies accepted.
In all cases where misconduct is found against any club or any other person or persons, then the penalty shall be as such as the Executive or Management Committee shall decide.
75. Protests, Claims, Complaints and Protest Fees
All protests, claims and complaints must be lodged with the General Secretary of the League within five days after the conclusion of the fixture taking place. Three copies of such protest or claim must be sent together with a fee of £2-00 which will be treated as a deposit pending the hearing of the protest or claim, and the fee may be declared forfeited should such protest or claim not be sustained at the hearing of the Executive Committee. No protest regarding the ground dimensions, goal posts, crossbars or any other appurtenances shall be considered unless a protest is lodged with the match referee before the commencement of the game and confirmed in writing to the match referee before the commencement of the game and confirmed in writing to the referee at the end of the fixture taking place.
An appeal may be made against any decision of the Executive Committee or Sub- Committee of the League, there of with has been given powers delegated to them by the North Wales Coast Football Association, but such appeal must be lodged with the General Secretary of the North Wales Coast Football Association as per their rules.
All fines to be paid within 14 days of receipt, failing which an administrative charge of £10-00 will be added for each subsequent seven days up to a maximum of twenty-one days. Thereafter, a fine of £20-00 will be added and the offending club shall take no further part in the League Fixtures until such time that all accounts are cleared.
All fixtures shall be arranged on a system to be decided upon by the Management Committee of the League, and shall be arranged as not to clash with the Conference dates as set out by the N.W.C.F.A. and the N.E.W.F.A. Sunday Challenge Cup Competitions. Clubs who fail to keep their arranged fixtures without rendering a satisfactory explanation shall be liable to have three points deducted from their total and shall also be liable to be fined the minimum sum of £25-00. Clubs who are engaged in Cup Competitions, which affected their League engagements must give the Fixture Secretary of the League and all clubs who may be affected immediate notice and if they are the home club, they must notify the match referee of the postponement. All clubs that have a home fixture must inform the match referee and their opposition club by telephone by no later than 7-00pm, on the WEDNESDAY prior to the date of the fixture giving full particulars of the location of their ground and of their club colours. Clubs who fail to do so may be fined the sum of £10-00.
78. Fixtures Postponed
No club shall be allowed to postpone a fixture with another club unless it is to play a conference fixture in the N.W.C.F.A. or N.E.W.F.A. Sunday Challenge Cup Competition or in the event of three or more players being selected for international or representative fixtures or international trials. Clubs who wilfully break this rule shall be liable to have three points deducted from their total and shall also be liable to a minimum fine of £10-00 and not exceeding £30-00
79. Teams Withdrawing
In the event of any team withdrawing from the League during the playing season, then all points obtained by or against such defaulting team shall be deleted and the defaulting team will be fined a sum not exceeding £75-00.
80. Playing Ineligible Players
Any clubs playing an ineligible player or players will have three points deducted from their total in respect of each match in which the ineligible player has played and also be liable to a fine of £25-00 and not exceeding £50-00 for each offence and the fixture may be ordered to be replayed. A player signing more than one Registration or Transfer form or a club or clubs official knowingly inducing a player to sign shall be liable to be dealt with by the League’s Management Committee.
81. NEW RULES-Failing to reply
Failing to reply to correspondence within the time stipulated will result in a £10 fine
82. The home club must inform the gen sec if their game has been called off by 12 noon on the day of the match. Failure to do this will result in a £10 fine