Season 2017/18 Rule Book

THE NORTHERN AMATEUR FOOTBALL LEAGUE


OFFICE-BEARERS AND COMMITTEES

President
S. J. SHAW

Vice-Presidents
S. COULTER MBE
G. GILLESPIE
G. HAMILTON
Miss S. JOHNSTONE
W. KANE
D. J. KEENAN
P. J. LUNN

Life Members
W. E. W. FURLONGER
Mrs P MURRAY
K. J. McMULLAN
M. SMITH

Chairman
T. E. PATEMAN
34 Rodgers Quay,
Carrickfergus BT38 8BE
07881 587550
terry.1pateman@hotmail.co.uk

Vice-Chairman
C. W. KIRKWOOD
16 Fort Road, Dundonald
Belfast BT16 1XR

Hon. Treasurer
D. J. MARTIN
29 Dromore Road
Hillsborough BT26 6HS
07730 951933

Hon. Asst. Treasurer
A. GRAY
21 Barclay Manor
Dromara BT25 2HX

Hon. Secretary
R. M. S. MARTIN
36 Todds Hill, Saintfield
Ballynahinch, BT24 7FB

Hon. Asst. Secretary
A. WEIR
36 Forge Hill Court,
Saintfield BT24 7LW

Hon. Auditors
M. PRESTON  R. STEWART

Fixture Secretary

W. E. W. FURLONGER

Cancellations and re-arrangements of fixture may be transmitted to the League by TEXT ONLY: 07714 304 247

All other matters concerning the League must be forwarded in writing to:

LEAGUE SECRETARY

DONNA DARLINGTON

 22 KIRKLISTON PARK

BELFAST  BT5 6EB

nafl.secretary@hotmail.com

Text Messages: 07702 913 360

League Player Registration Secretary

Mrs M. Shaw

3 Dunsona Avenue

Newtownabbey BT37 0SA

 

Committee Members

Division One:  J. T. Hamilton, W. Irvine, M. Mezza, J. M. Preston, R. Stewart, B. White, W. J. C. Wilson.

Division Two:  R. R. Doherty, K. Greenhill, R. Hadden, G. Reynolds, B. Wilson.

 

 

RULES OF THE NORTHERN AMATEUR FOOTBALL LEAGUE

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1.1 This amalgamation of clubs shall be called the Northern Amateur Football League (the "NAFL").

1.2 The Object of the NAFL is to promote the interests of Amateur Association Football in Northern Ireland.

1.3 The NAFL shall be confined to teams from Public Bodies, Private Associations, Works, and properly constituted Recreation Clubs.

2 COMPOSITION OF LEAGUE

2.1 The clubs approved by the Management Committee and the Annual General Meeting as comprising the NAFL will be divided into Divisions, namely First, Second, Third, and Ladies.

2.2 From the commencement of season 2014-15 clubs seeking entry to the NAFL must have a registered ground which meets the league standards as set out within the rules of the various divisions together with individual changing accommodation of at least 12 square metres (excluding shower and toilet areas) for both teams.

3 FIRST DIVISION

3.1 The First Division will be composed of a Premier Section of not more than 14 teams of clubs who have total control of their ground, and further Sections (A, B, etc) of not more than 16 teams in each section of clubs whose grounds have been passed as suitable for the I.F.A. Intermediate Cup and meet other standards set by the NAFL, which will include a satisfactory lease giving the club the control of their ground as required by the NAFL.

3.2 For membership of the Premier Section total control means the club can arrange, subject to its involvement in national/divisional associations' competitions, home league and/or league cup matches on any day of the season as directed by the NAFL without reference to any other body including Public Authorities.

3.3 To play in the First Division a Club must own or have a tenancy agreement for the ground they wish to register. The tenancy agreement must state clearly that the club has use of the ground from the 1st August until 31st May. The ground and facilities must be available to the visiting team at least one hour before kick-off and 30 minutes after the conclusion of the match.

3.4 Second Division member clubs seeking future promotion to the First Division should ensure the NAFL has approved their playing surface and other requirements before seeking Intermediate Status from the I.F.A.

3.5 No ground will be accepted for the First Division if the committee is dissatisfied with the playing history of the ground (e.g. matches frequently postponed due to water logging) over at least the previous two seasons.

3.6. For inclusion in the Premier Section of the First Division those clubs unable to show ownership of their registered ground must have together with Rule 3.2 a current minimum 10 year lease or a lease/agreement, which contains a provision permitting renewal of the lease/agreement on expiry, whilst otherwise maintaining eligibility for the Premier Section.

3.7 Teams on promotion to the Premier Section from Section 1A must have been playing for the whole of the previous season on the ground they wish to register, or had notified the NAFL before the start of the season in which they earned promotion of any proposed change of their registered ground.

3.8 Any club currently a non-member of the NAFL being by rule 3.14 invited to take a place in the First Division must have been playing for the past two seasons on the ground they wish to register.

3.9 Teams in the Premier and Section 1A should have reasonable facilities to entertain visiting clubs.

3.10 Should any club in the Premier Section, by use of the IFA Pyramid System, move to the NIFL Championship their position will be filled by the club they are replacing subject to that club meeting NAFL requirements. Should such club not be able or willing to take this position the vacancy will be filled on such occasion by substituting the Promotion and Relegation ruling to one down two up between the Premier Section and Section 1A and similarly between lower sections with the subsequent vacancy if necessary being filled in Section 1C by not demoting the bottom club of Section 1C and inviting the highest placed eligible club in the Second Division.

3.11 Should any club in the First Division during the season resign from the NAFL or lose their Intermediate Status Ground or control of such, and be unable to procure another they shall be recorded as dismissed from the NAFL with nil points for failing to fulfil and the subsequent vacancy after Promotion and Relegation will in the first instance be given to clubs in the Second Division of the NAFL.

3.12 Should any First Division Club, not in the Premier Section resign or lose their Intermediate Status which results in a vacancy, consideration in filling such vacancy after adjustment of the existing First Division clubs will in the first instance be given to clubs in the Second Division of the NAFL.

3.13 Second Division clubs must apply for any vacancies which occur and the Management Committee will consider applications in the order in which applicants finished the past season's league programme.

3.14 Should there be no clubs in the Second Division in a position to satisfy the conditions for Intermediate Status then the Management Committee may offer the vacancy or vacancies to suitable clubs outside the NAFL.

3.15 Should any club in either the First or Second Division resign from the NAFL after the season ends and before the AGM, Rule 3.12 will be invoked to fill the vacancy. Should such vacancy occur after the AGM Rule 3.14 may apply.

4 SECOND DIVISION

4.1 The Second Division may have four sections (A, B, C, D) with a maximum of 16 Teams in a section.

4.2 To be admitted to the League clubs must satisfy the Management Committee the ground which they are providing has on sit secure separate changing facilities for both teams, accessible showers, a suitable playing surface for all games with the provision of goal nets and corner flags. The playing surface must be marked with white lines of a dimension as laid down in the Laws of the Game. Any markings for other sports must be of a different colour. White markings other than those contained within the Laws of the Game are not permitted on the playing area. The club must have been competing in an IFA Affiliated league for at least the previous five years and have a satisfactory disciplinary history, and by production of relevant records ensure the Management Committee that their club is in sound financial state and has a sound club constitution. The Management Committee may weight this criteria and shortlist as they deem fit.

5 THIRD DIVISION

5.1 A Third Division comprising any number of sections, the composition of which will be decided annually by the Management Committee, will be provided for Reserve Teams of clubs competing in either the First or Second Divisions.

6 LADIES DIVISION

6.1 A women’s division comprising of any number of sections, the composition of which will be decided annually by the Management Committee

7 PROMOTION AND RELEGATION

Promotion and relegation will apply in the First and Second Divisions subject to the following criteria:

7.1 FIRST DIVISION

7.1.1 Provided the clubs concerned fulfil the required conditions the top two clubs in Section ‘A’ will be promoted to the Premier Section resulting in the bottom two clubs of the Premier Section being relegated to Section ‘A’. Due to the Premier Section conditions of entry the Management Committee may on occasion promote only one or no clubs from Section ‘A’, and therefore in such circumstances only one or no club will be demoted from the Premier Section.

7.1.2 The top two clubs of Section ‘B’ will be promoted to Section ‘A’, whilst the bottom two clubs of Section ‘A’ will be relegated to Section ‘B’.

7.1.3 The top two clubs of Section ‘C’ will be promoted to Section ‘B’, whilst the bottom two clubs in Section ‘B’ will be relegated to Section ‘C’.

7.1.4 Should the club winning Division 2A gain promotion, the bottom club in Section ‘C’ will be relegated to the Second Division Section ‘A’.

7.1.5 If, after enacting the Promotion and Relegation rule there remains a section with an uneven number, the Management Committee may promote the next highest eligible club. In determining the next highest placed eligible club the clubs relegated will be placed in order above the clubs in the section to which they were relegated.

7.2 SECOND DIVISION

7.2.1 The Club winning Section ‘A’ will on request, before the Annual General Meeting, be promoted to the lowest section of the First Division provided their ground has been registered as their HOME ground with the NAFL not later than 1st January in the current season, meets the criteria set by the NAFL for entry into the First Division, and has been approved by the IFA as suitable for the Intermediate Cup prior to the 20th May.

7.2.2 Including the bottom two clubs in Section ‘A’, at the end of the season the top two clubs of a Section will be promoted whilst the bottom two clubs will be relegated, excluding the bottom two clubs of the lowest Section who will apply, before the annual General Meeting, for re-election.

7.2.3 If necessary rule 7.1.5 can be applied

7.3 THIRD DIVISION

7.3.1 The Management Committee will decide the composition of the various sections required for the good management and best interests of member clubs.

8 LEAGUE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

8.1 The Management Committee, in the best interests of the NAFL’s development, may make proposals to the Annual General Meeting on the format of the various sections which take into account matters other than the league position gained by any club and expressed in the aforementioned.

9 EXCLUDED TEAMS

9.1 From the commencement of season 1984-85 second elevens or other reserve teams of clubs competing in leagues other than the NAFL will not be considered for admission irrespective of the name of the club making application. In addition clubs competing in the NAFL must not be sponsored by or be under the influence or auspices of any other football club.

9.2 The Management Committee will also have the power to investigate any apparent takeover of a club in the NAFL by any other club and to deal with such offending clubs as the Management Committee may deem appropriate.

10 SPONSORSHIP

10.1 Before accepting sponsorship, clubs should make application to the Management Committee through the Hon. League Secretary for permission to accept sponsorship. The application should indicate clearly the identity of the proposing sponsor and brief details of the arrangements negotiated and whether any such sponsorship provides for a body outside the club concerned to take over any functions of the club or exert influence over the functioning or control of such a club.

11 CLUB NAME

11.1 A club formed from within a public body or recognised works may, subject to request from the overall management of such body or works to the Management Committee, change its name from the start of a season provided its base remains within the same organisation.

11.2 A club with a minimum of five years' membership in the NAFL may, with the approval of the Management Committee, delete ancillary words from its name provided this does not reflect substantive change in the management of the club. Should permission be granted no further change would be considered for at least five years.

12 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

12.1 The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the NAFL shall be held not later than 30th June each year. Each club in continuous membership of the NAFL for three or more seasons shall be entitled to one voting representative. Clubs with a lesser period of membership may send one representative who may take part in the meeting but is not permitted to vote on any matter.

12.2 The representatives attending the AGM shall:

(i) appoint for the season the President, Vice-Presidents and Auditors;

(ii) elect the Hon. Chairman; Hon. Vice-Chairman; Hon. Treasurer; Hon. Secretary; and when considered necessary Asst. Hon. Secretary and Asst. Hon. Treasurer (the "Hon. Officials");

(iii) receive report from the League Secretary;

(iv) receive report from the Hon. Treasurer for the NAFL’s financial year which shall end on the 31st March.

(v) consider any proposed changes to League Rules;

(vi) elect new clubs;

(vii) elect members to the Management Committee; and

(viii) have the power by a vote of the majority to exclude from the NAFL any club whose conduct has,in their opinion, been objectionable and detrimental to the best interest of the NAFL.

12.3 The Hon. Officials will have a vote, the Chairman, in the case of a tie, being entitled to a casting vote. The Hon. Officials shall be ex-officio members of the Management Committee and any sub-committee.

12.4 A club on acquiring a requisition signed by half of all member clubs shall request the Hon. Secretary to call within fourteen days an AGM.

12.5 The Management Committee may call an AGM.

13 MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

13.1 The business of the NAFL shall be conducted by a Management Committee elected annually at the AGM, and the Management Committee may appoint any number of sub-committees responsible to the Management Committee. The “Hon. Officials will be ex-officio members of such committees.

13.2 The composition of the Management Committee will be:

(i) the Hon. Officials;
(ii) seven (7) representatives from the First Division; and
(iii) five (5) representatives from the Second Division,

with a minimum of seven (7) required to form a quorum.

13.3 The roles of the Hon. Officials shall be as follows:

(i) The Chairman shall preside over all meetings. If the Chairman is not present, the Hon. Vice-Chairman shall
preside. In the absence of such office-bearers the chair shall be taken by another member of the Management Committee. At all meetings the Chairman or acting Chairman shall have both a deliberative and a casting vote.

(ii) The Hon. Treasurer shall effect all money transactions and shall submit at each meeting a financial statement of the NAFL accounts and at the AGM a report for the NAFL's financial year.

(iii) The League Secretary shall notify club representatives in advance of the AGM, and shall present an annual report to the AGM.

13.4 At its first meeting after the AGM the Management Committee will elect three members to form a Grounds Sub-committee responsible to inspect and advise the committee on the suitability of new or existing grounds. Two members of the committee will constitute the minimum number required to carry out an inspection.

13.5 When as required by the I.F.A. and C.A.F.A. Articles the LMC will appoint league members to serve on relevant committees of either Association.

13.6 The NAFL Chairman in conjunction with either the Hon. Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary, or Hon. Treasurer may from time to time act to make decisions required when time constraints prohibit arranging a Management Committee meeting. This will be known as the League Emergency Committee.

13.7 The Management Committee of the NAFL may collectively put forward rule changes for consideration and decision at the AGM of the NAFL.

14 CLUB RESPONSIBILITIES

14.1.1    Each club must appoint an official representative who will attend all NAFL meetings to arrange fixtures. This official or substitute must be a person of standing within their club and have access to all facts required to arrange fixtures. In the event of a club being unrepresented, it shall be fined £30.00 for each meeting unattended.

14.1.2. To ensure all clubs can fulfil fixtures in a timely manner the Fixture Meeting Chair may arrange fixtures for a club not in attendance at a Fixture Meeting.

14.1.3 One representative from each of fifteen clubs will form a quorum.

14.2.1 Any alteration to the Club Secretary’s name or address or other contact details must be input to the League web-site and submitted for approval by the League Secretary. Such information must also be given to the I.F.A and relevant Divisional Association.

14.2.2 A club e-mail address must be registered by each club. Only one e-mail address may be registered to be used by the club secretary in communication regarding league matters. It should be registered as the name of the club e.g. yourclub@hotmail.com or secretary @yourclub.com. This e-mail address should be accessible by more than one club official including the Club Secretary. Clubs must check this e-mail address on a regular basis.

14.2.3. The postal address of the club secretary must be such that the Postal Authority can access the premises to deliver correspondence from either the league or a member club particularly that which requires receipted confirmation.

14.3 The on-line Ground Registration Form must be completed annually by all member clubs, and returned to the League Secretary not later than the 20th May. Clubs failing to make such return by the due date will be fined £50.00.

14.4 A club seeking approval to permanently change their registered ground must make written application to the League Secretary at least six weeks in advance of such proposed change.

14.5 The on-line League Affiliation Form (LAF) must be completed by all member clubs and returned to the League Secretary not later than the 20th June. Clubs failing to make such return by the due date will be fined £50.00. A separate form must be completed for each 1st and 2nd team playing in the league. Should the LAF not be received by the 30th June the NAFL may assume the club has resigned.
By completion of the LAF, the Club is agreeing to abide by all rules and regulations of the League and giving an undertaking that no registered details held by the League of any individual or club to which their Club has access, will be distributed or discussed by their club on any social media site. This includes any correspondence between clubs and/ or league pertaining to the good management of the League. Failure to comply with this undertaking may result in an unlimited fine, loss of points or dismissal from the league.

14.6 A club having a team in the Third Division must play their 1st XI’s match in the event of being unable to field both teams. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the 2nd XI’s fixture irrespective of the score in the game.

14.7 Should either a First or Second Division club be suspended by the Irish Football Association or a Divisional Association arranged fixtures (league or cup) and also those for their 2nd XI team, as members of the Third Division, shall be forfeited to their opponents during such suspension periods.

14.8 Clubs will be required to furnish the NAFL with printed copies of their Rules, and also required to keep minutes of their meetings showing names and dates of election of new members, and be prepared to produce same at the request of the NAFL.

14.9 A club wishing to resign from the NAFL at the end of the season must do so in writing on or before the date of the AGM, otherwise it will be deemed to be a member of the NAFL for the ensuing season. In the event of this rule not being complied with the guarantee fee will be forfeited.

14.10 All clubs must show receipt for payment of affiliation fee to their respective Divisional Association before fixtures can be played.

15 FEES

15.1 The Annual Subscription for the League and Cup Competitions shall be: First and Second Divisions £120.00, Third Division £100.00. Each club must give a guarantee of £25.00 per team that they will fulfil all their fixtures; otherwise the guarantee fee will be forfeited in respect of the team not complying with the Rule.
The Management Committee shall have the power to remove any club from the Competition whose subscription and/or guarantee is unpaid on the 31st October of the current season.

15.2 All clubs being admitted to the NAFL must pay an entrance fee of £50.00 for each team entered.

15.3 When Local Council Regulations necessitate, the NAFL will on agreement with clubs act as their agent in renting pitches. Clubs so assisted will settle all rental accounts within 10 days of receiving an invoice from the League Treasurer. The NAFL has no legal responsibilities to any Council hiring grounds to members. Clubs requiring the league to act as their agent will be required to complete a contract, arranged by the NAFL solicitor, between their club and the NAFL. This contract will absolve the NAFL from any legal responsibilities regarding use of Local Council facilities and all costs in completing such contract will be borne solely by the club. From the 2015 Annual General Meeting no ground/facility agreement will be entered into with clubs entering the league for Season 2015-16 onwards.

15.4 League fees and fines levied by the Management Committee must be paid by the due date otherwise penalties as in Appendix ‘I’ will be imposed.

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16.1 The NAFL may order a match to be played each season, the proceeds to be devoted to the funds of the league, or call on each club to contribute such sum as may be necessary to meet any deficiency at the end of the season.

16.2 To promote the interests of the NAFL and also to provide a recognised means of communication to member clubs, the NAFL will maintain a website “thenafl.co.uk”. Clubs playing in final ties will assist by introducing advertisers when programmes are produced. Clubs must ensure any resulting payments due to the league are paid within 21 days of an invoice being received.

16.3 The NAFL will, through a relevant insurance broker/agent, provide insurance for all clubs in membership and players registered with the NAFL and the cost of such groups insurance will be recovered through the charge for R6 Registration forms as in Appendix ‘H’.

16.4 A Rule Book will be issued to each team in the NAFL at actual cost of same.

17 COMPLAINTS

17.1 Arising from reports submitted by Referees, clubs or members of the Management Committee concerning players, officials, or any other person in connection with any match under the jurisdiction of the NAFL the Management Committee, in the interests of maintaining good discipline within the NAFL, may deal with any such player, official or club to which they are connected as may be deemed necessary. This may include dismissal, fines, deduction of points, the withholding of player registration or permission to officiate in any capacity in relation to any match or matches within the league for a stipulated period.

17.2 Complaints under this Rule must be received by the League Secretary, per Royal Mail special delivery bearing postmark within five days of the cause, enclosing a deposit of £20.00, which shall be forfeited in all cases where the complaint has not been sustained. A copy of the complaint must also be sent at the same time, by Royal Mail special delivery, to the Secretary of the club concerned in such complaint. Note Appendix 'K'.

17.3 Members of the Management Committee having knowledge of any possible wrong doing by any Player, Club Official or Referee connected with the NAFL should make such information available to the Management Committee. If necessary the League Secretary will give due notice to the party concerned of such complaints. Matters arising from matches concerning members' own club must be submitted as in part (17.2) above.

The Management Committee Member’s Club must not be in a position to gain from any submission under this rule.

18 LIFE MEMBER

An Honorary Official or Management Committee member having more than ten years of service, on retirement from the League, shall be made a Life Member.

19 POWERS OF COMMITTEE

The Management Committee shall have power to deal with offending club or clubs, player or players, official or officials, as they may deem fit, and to deal with any matters not provided for in these Rules, and matters also noted in the attached Appendices.

20 COMMUNICATION

20.1 All communications must be addressed to the League Secretary at the published address, who shall conduct the correspondence of the competition.

20.2 Except for lodging Protests or Complaints communication to the League Secretary may be by e-mail. As in all circumstances of communication, proof of sending will rest with the sender.

20.3 All communications from clubs to the NAFL will only be acceptable if from the registered Club Secretary, or such person previously notified to the league to act in the absence of the registered secretary.

20.4 All subscriptions, guarantees and accounts must be paid to the Hon. League Treasurer.

20.5 A banking account shall be opened in the name of the Northern Amateur Football League and funds shall be lodged to the credit of this account. Cheques to be signed by two out of the following; the Hon. League Treasurer, Hon.League Chairman, Hon League Vice-Chairman, or the nominated committee person.

21 ALTERATION of RULES

No alteration shall be made in these Rules, except at the AGM. Notice must be given to the League Secretary before the 30th April, in each year, of any proposed alteration in the Rules, the same to be forwarded to the Clubs at least seven days before the AGM for the revision of rules. These Rules shall be in force until the AGM. A seventy-five per cent majority (¾) of those present and voting shall in all cases be necessary.

 

Rules of the Northern Amateur Football League
---1st Division---

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1.1 1 All matches shall be played under the jurisdiction of the Irish Football Association Ltd., (IFA) and subject to the Laws of the Game.
Any bona fide amateur member, as specified in current FIFA articles, of a Club shall be allowed to play, subject to the approval of the League Management Committee, provided he has not played in more than nine (9) Senior competitive matches in any senior competition during the current season.
A bona fide amateur member of a Club is one who has been duly elected a member in accordance with the Rules of such Club and who has signed a League Registration Form (such signature to be witnessed by a responsible Club official) and also signed by an accredited Club official which means either the Chairman or Secretary of the Club and has been registered by the League Registration Secretary (appointed by the League Management Committee) two days before playing.
1.1.2 No player can be registered with, or transferred to a Club within the league after the 31st March in each season.
1.1.3 For the purpose of the Rule, forms may be posted in bulk to the League Registration Secretary (LRS) or handed in at all League meetings on or before 31st March.
1.1.4 Players will be eligible to play two days after the Registration, or Transfer form has been received by the LRS. Such date will be determined as date handed into a League meeting or the date of post mark.

1.2 1 Registration of players is governed by the IFA Central Registration System as defined in the IFA Articles of Association. Players registered within the league can only register with one Club at any point of time.
1.2.2 The League Registration Secretary (LRS) shall keep a full record of all registrations.
In the case of protest the LRS shall provide the registration form(s) to the investigative committee.
1.2.3 Players shall be registered each season as and from the Annual General Meeting of the League.
No Club shall be allowed to register any player after the 31st March in each season.
1.2.4 In the event of a player signing two or more forms for two or more Clubs, priority of registration shall decide to which Club the player belongs. The LRS shall notify the Club last registering such player of the previous registration.
1.2.5 A Secretary or Representative of a Club can receive information from the LRS regarding registration of any player on application by writing accompanied by a fee of £5.00 for each player.

1.3.1 Registration (R6) will be from the present to the end of the current season. Transfers (R9) within or into the League will be from the present to the end of the current season.
1.3.2 A player may sign for the same Club within the NAFL, no more than twice in the same season.
1.3.3 No NAFL Club may transfer either directly or indirectly more than four players from any other N.A.F.L. club in any season.
1.3.4 A player having played ten league games (accumulatively 1st and 2nd Team games) for an NAFL Club in any season cannot be registered for another NAFL Club in that season by either transfer within the NAFL or by transfer from a Club outside the NAFL.
1.3.5 Clubs must keep a record of matches in which players have participated, and if requested provide same to any Club in the NAFL to which the player is seeking to transfer
1.3.6 Clubs must agree to transfer a player within seven (7) days of request unless they can show good reason why the player should be retained.
1.3.7 A player will be considered transferred when the Transfer Form (R9) has been signed by both Clubs and the player concerned, and such player will be eligible to play two days after the Transform Form has been received by the LRS (Date of postmark will determine the date of registration).
1.3.8 A player whose last Club is from outside the jurisdiction of the IFA, submitting a registration form for a club within the League must have an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) prior to playing in the League. The Club signing the player is responsible for ensuring that the ITC has been received prior to playing the player concerned.

1.3.9 All players shall be registered on forms supplied by the League Honorary Treasurer as follows:
Form R6: Registration of an Amateur Player
Form R9: Transfer of an Amateur Player
The cost of such form will be determined annually by the League Management Committee. NB: Appendix ‘H’

2 Ineligible Player
2.1 Any team playing an ineligible player or players (whether through non-registration or otherwise) shall be fined £50.00 for each ineligible player played and shall forfeit any points won in such a match together with any points won in previous matches in which the player(s) played. In the case of a protest being upheld against a Club which has won a match by any violation of rule, points so won will be deducted from them and awarded to their opponents.
2.2 Protests under this rule giving particulars of protests, must be received by the League Secretary bearing postmark within five days from date of match, enclosing a deposit of £20.00 which shall be forfeited in the event of the protest not being sustained.
Note:- Particulars of protest must include written proof of any allegation of violation of this rule, supported, if necessary by eye-witness account.
2.3 A copy of the protest must be sent to the Secretary of the Club protested against at the same time. All protests and copies under this Rule must be sent by Royal Mail special delivery. Post Office registration receipts shall be conclusive evidence as to time of posting. Note: Appendix 'K'.
2.4 Members of the League Management Committee are at liberty to lodge a protest in writing under this rule without payment of a fee, provided the Club they represent does not stand to gain, and the league Secretary shall give due notice of same to the Club protested against.

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3.1 Playing of Matches
Clubs must play fixtures on dates arranged by the League unless by mutual agreement the match is played on an earlier date, except the ground be covered by snow or declared unplayable by the Referee, or is taken by Senior or Parent Associations. The Referee shall inspect the ground prior to kick-off, and shall immediately give his decision as to fitness of ground for play. In case of ground being covered with snow, the League Officials shall have power to postpone such fixtures provided sufficient proof is put before them that the ground is snow-bound. First Division Clubs concerned as to the state of their playing surface may request on the day of the match an early Ground Inspection from a Referee approved by the League Fixture Secretary before having the match cancelled. In such circumstances the referee shall be paid the recognised fee and expenses by the club concerned.

3.2 When Clubs must Play
Clubs must play on all available Saturdays. On or up to the Monday prior to the Saturday involved, the League may organise or re-organise for any Club or Clubs, a Saturday fixture and notify the Club of such change. Note:- This applies to the Second and Third Divisions from the First Saturday in September.
3.3 Match Result
The Home club is responsible to ensure the result of match is input to the League Text Result service. Should the result not be returned within 80 minutes of the match finishing the club will be fined £10.00. The committee may consider extenuating circumstances causing breach of this requirement.
3.4 Request for Match Dispensation
Should a club due to lack of players or managerial difficulties seek dispensation for a period without fixtures the League Management Committee may grant such request. The club will acknowledge in writing they understand in requesting the dispensation that at the end of the season, on completing their fixtures, the club will be demoted, regardless of position, to the next lower section.

3.5 Notice of any change
At least three (3) days notice in writing must be given to the League Secretary and the Secretary of the opposing club in the event of a change in venue or postponing of a fixture.
No fixture can be postponed unless both clubs are agreeable and signify same, in writing, to the League Secretary, and the sanction of League Management Committee or Emergency Committee obtained.

3.6 Completion of fixtures
Clubs must have their League fixtures completed at least three playing days prior to the termination of the season as determined by the League Management Committee.

3.7 Mid-week Matches
To enable clubs complete their League programme, fixtures will be arranged Monday-Friday inclusive once British Summer Time (BST) is declared. By agreement clubs may bring fixtures forward. Should a fixture be postponed due to weather or other conditions the clubs must agree to play on the first available date, or on a date set by the League Management Committee or Emergency Committee.

3.8 Excluded Dates
Clubs must not arrange fixtures on the date on which League Representative Matches or the Semi-final or Final Ties of the Leagues’ Cup competitions are to be played, except by the express permission of the League.

3.9.1  Unfulfilled Matches
Should a team not turn up in reasonable time, or fail to fulfil their fixture arranged by the League, such club must advise the league secretary, in writing, within three (3) days of the arranged date as to the circumstances for the non fulfilment of the fixture, whilst their opponents if having not agreed to the fixture being re-scheduled must within four (4) days of the arranged date claim the match in writing. In the case of a match not being re-arranged the League Management Committee in considering the matter will impose a fine of £75.00 and may also include costs incurred by the non-defaulting club.  The committee will award the match to the team not at fault.
3.9.2 Should a Club at a league meeting arrange a league match for the same date as a cup competition in which they are still competing the league match will be forfeited and awarded to their opponents and the offending club fined £75.00.
3.9.3 A team failing to fulfil a fixture a second time in the current season will be dismissed from the League. The Committee will award the fixture to the team not at fault.
3.9.4 Reasonable time shall be understood to mean the kick-off shall not be delayed more than 20 minutes after the official time for starting.

3.10 Unfinished or Abandoned Matches
If for any reason stated in Law 5, (Laws of the Game) a match has been terminated by the Referee and at least sixty minutes have been played, the League Management Committee may permit the result at the termination to stand provided they adjudge there was no obvious intent to seek an advantage by either team which resulted in the termination. If less than an hour was played the match will be replayed.
Should a match within the first sixty (60) minutes be delayed over twenty (20) minutes by injury to a player and unless both teams agree to continue the game the LMC may declare the game void and reschedule.
If a game is abandoned due to indiscipline from one or both teams involved then the League Management Committee after due consideration will impose appropriate penalties as outlined in Appendix ‘G’ to these rules.
If a match has been terminated before the recognised ‘full-time’ both Clubs will submit a report to the League Secretary within three days.

3.11 Permitted Substitutes
A Club may at its discretion use three substitute players at any time in the match, except to replace a player who has been suspended from the game by the referee. The substitutions can only be made when play is stopped for any reason and the referee has given permission.
Only three substitutions by each side will be permitted in any match and the substitute players shall be nominated prior to the commencement of the game.

3.12 Reported Indiscipline
Subject to not impacting the League’s ability to organise forthcoming games the following will apply.
For all discipline issues involving the League, the League Management Committee will not deal with or adjudicate on the outcome of such issues or games until the discipline issues have been dealt with by the IFA Disciplinary Committee or relevant Divisional Committee and outcome of same has been transmitted in writing, to the League.

3.13 Powers of Committee
Subject to Rule 3.12 the League reserves the right to consider any matter reported directly by the referee concerning the behaviour of player(s), officials or spectators which are adjudged as bringing the League into disrepute. The League Management Committee may impose fines, suspensions, deduction of points or dismissal from the league as it may deem necessary. The committee in the best interests of both the league and club may at its’ discretion suspend for a period not exceeding three years, and subject to terms, the implementation of a fine or dismissal.

3.14 Non-affiliated/suspended
A club arranging/or playing a fixture whilst not affiliated or under suspension with the divisional or national associations will have such fixture awarded to their opponents and fined £25.00.

3.15 Awarding Fixture
On awarding a fixture, the score shall be recorded in favour of the club winning the Committee decision and shall be as per the IFA Disciplinary Code, or greater goal difference gained if applicable.

3.16 Club Colours
Each Club in the League shall register its colours with the League Secretary. No two opposing Clubs shall play in the same colours. In the event of two clubs having the same registered colours, the home Club must change their colours. With the exception of the goalkeeper all players shirts must be numbered. A goalkeeper must wear a shirt or jersey of distinctive colour from that of his own club, of his opponents and also the referee.
Should either club through non-compliance with this rule cause a match to be postponed, the LMC will award the game to their opponents.

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4.1 Match Venues
All matches must be home and away and played on the registered ground of the Club. The ground must be private, and registered with the League Secretary and no Club shall be allowed to register another ground without special permission from the League Management Committee. Private means that the pitch and ancillary facilities are totally enclosed and entry is by a controlled entrance at which an admission fee may be taken. Each Club shall retain its’ own gate receipts.

4.2 Objection to Ground
Objections as to ground, goal posts, or ball must be lodged by the Captain with the Referee, in writing before the game is started, and the referee shall have power to have such objections made right before the game starts. Protests must be received by the Royal Mail special delivery, bearing post mark within five days enclosing a deposit of £20.00, such fee will be forfeited in all cases where the protest has not been sustained.
A copy of the protest must be sent to the Club protested against, at the same time, by Royal Mail special delivery. Post Office Registration Receipts shall be conclusive evidence as to time of posting. Note Appendix 'K'.

4.3 Ground Validity
Should any matter arise concerning the validity of the ground on which a match was played other than those matters covered by the Laws of the Game, and which may have affected the result a protest must be lodged within five days of the match. Such protest must be received by the League Secretary in the manner as set out in 1st Division League Rule 2.

4.4 Floodlighting
Where a Club has floodlighting approved by the League, and the League has not previously stated the match is to be played under such lighting, the referee shall have the right to use the floodlighting to complete the match.

4.5 Artificial Surface
Matches shall only be played under the jurisdiction of the N.A.F.L. on an artificial surface when it meets with an FIFA approved standard.

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5.1 Referees

The League will only appoint Referees from the IFA list or Club Referees registered with the League.
As all matches must be played on dates agreed by the League, if the Referee fails to turn up and neither Club has a qualified Club Referee registered with the League available to officiate, the Clubs must agree to one or toss to decide which Club will provide the Referee and the match under such circumstances will be considered a League fixture.
The home Club must in these circumstances, provide a whistle acceptable for use by the Referee.

5.2 Match Card
The Secretary or other Responsible Official of each competing Club shall, before the commencement of the match, enter the full names of players with corresponding shirt numbers on the referee’s official match card and must certify the accuracy of the information supplied. The Referee’s official card may be inspected on the match day by the Secretary or other Responsible Official of either competing Club.

A Club submitting a falsified match card shall be fined a minimum of £100.00 and the club Official signing such card will be suspended for a minimum of twelve months.

5.3 Fee/Card
The home Club shall supply the Referee with a match card, and pay the referee his fee and travelling expenses. Any Club paying a referee more than his just fee and travelling expenses shall be deemed guilty of misconduct and fined.
The referees fees and expenses will be as determined by the relevant committee of the Irish Football Association. NB: Tariff for Referees

5.4 Unplayable Ground
Where no play is possible owing to causes over which neither Club has control the Referee, if present, shall only be entitled to his travelling expenses and half fee.
Should the referee declare the ground unplayable for any reason over which the Home Club has control, the LMC on consideration of the facts will decide whether to re-arrange or award the fixture. In such circumstances both clubs must within four days of the fixture date provide to the League Secretary their observations as to why the match was not played.

5.5 Absent Referee
In the event of the official referee failing to arrive, the home team shall ensure that the list of players, name of Referee and match result is forwarded to the League Secretary immediately after the match.
If this information is not with the League Secretary within 8 days of the match, the Club will be fined £5.

5.6 Cautions/Dismissals
In the event of the Referee issuing a caution or dismissing a player or Club Official the Secretary or Responsible Official of the Club concerned shall, at the conclusion of the match, ensure the Referee has the correct name and spelling of the Player or Official’s name and address if required.
Players or Club Officials dismissed during a match by the Referee must immediately go to the Changing Rooms.

5.7 Referee unable to Fulfil
Should the referee due to illness or injury be unable to continue, the teams must agree, or toss to decide which ‘qualified Club referee’ if available or Club official will referee, to ensure completion of the match.

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Allocation of Points

6.1 At the end of each season’s Competition the Club attaining the highest number of points shall be declared the Champion Club of the League. The method of scoring in all matches shall be three points for a win and one for a draw.

6.2 In the case of a Club, having played in the League during the current season, and failing to fulfil its fixtures due to resignation, suspension or dismissal from the League all record of matches played will be deleted from the current season’s records of the League. At the end of the season for the purpose of Relegation such Clubs will be considered as bottom Club of their section, but will not exist in the next lower section in the ensuing season.

6.3 In the case of a Club having failed to play any matches in the League during the current season either through resignation, suspension, or dismissal it will be considered for the purposes of Promotion and Relegation that such Clubs have not existed in the League during the current Season.

6.4 Should two or more Clubs be equal in points, ‘goal difference’ will be used to determine their finishing position. If Clubs are still equal on ‘goal difference’ then goals scored ‘for’ shall be used to determine finishing position.

6.5 Should the Clubs still be equal then they must, ‘play off’ on a ground decided by the League Management Committee to decide the winner, the proceeds of such a game to divided between the two competing Clubs and the League, in the following proportions: 50 per cent (net) to the League, and 25 per cent (net) to each of the Clubs.

7 Trophies
7.1 When the winning Clubs have been declared the League shall hand the S. M. Jefferson Cup to the Premier Section winners, the ‘Barron Cup’ to the winners of Section 1A, the ‘Athletic Stores Cup’ to the winners of Section 1B, the ‘Smithwicks Cup’ to the winners of Section 1C on receiving a document as set out in Appendix A, and subscribed to by three persons whose names shall be previously submitted to and approved of by the League Management Committee of the League:

7.2 If a Trophy is damaged whilst in the possession of a Club, they will immediately inform the League’s Secretary, and return the trophy to the League for repair. The cost of repair will be the responsibility of the offending Club. Any violation of this requirement may result in the Club being dismissed from the League.

7.3 In addition, the Cup is to be insured by the winning Club against all risks, premium to be paid by the Club. And policy handed to the League with the approved agreement.

7.4 In addition to the Cup, the League may present Mementoes to the winners.

8 Additional Rules
Constitutional Rules of the League where applicable shall also apply.

 

Rules of the Northern Amateur Football League
----2nd Division----

1
This Competition shall be under the control and in connection with the Northern Amateur Football League, and shall be confined to teams from Public Bodies, Private Associations, Works and properly constituted
Recreation Clubs.

2

All matches shall be played under the jurisdiction of the Irish Football Association Ltd., and subject to the Laws of the Game.

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3.1 Any bona fide amateur member of a club shall be allowed to play, but no club shall be allowed to play more than four recognised Intermediate Grade Players in any one match. A recognised Intermediate Grade Player is one who has taken part in more than 10 Intermediate Grade matches during the current season.
3.2 A bona fide amateur member of a Club is one who has signed a registration form as supplied by the Honorary Treasurer of the League and is otherwise qualified in accordance with Rule 1 of the First Division.

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4.1 Postponed Matches
No fixture can be postponed unless both Clubs are agreeable and signify same, in writing, to the League Secretary, and the sanction of the League Management Committee or Emergency Committee obtained.

4.2 Completion of fixtures
Clubs must have their League fixtures completed at least three playing days prior to the termination of the season as determined by the League Management committee.

5 Venues
No ground or dressing accommodation shall be accepted by the League, unless inspected and passed by the League Management Committee.
Where the registered ground of any club is under the control of a council, corporation or such other public authority and where such playing pitch is in a complex containing other pitches then any such pitch within the boundary of that complex which may be allocated to the club for any fixture will be recognised as the registered ground of the club concerned always providing that all alternative pitches in the same complex have been inspected and approved by the League Management Committee.

6 Trophies

6.1 When the winning clubs have been declared the League shall hand the ‘Louis Moore Cup’ to the winners of Section 2A, the ‘John Lunn Cup’ to the winners of Section 2B and the ’ Fleming Cup’ to the winners of Section 2C on receiving a document as set out in Appendix A , and subscribed to by three persons whose names shall be previously submitted to and approved by the Management Committee of the League.

6.2 If a Trophy is damaged whilst in the possession of a club, they will immediately inform the League’s Secretary and return the trophy to the League for repair. The cost of repair will be the responsibility of the offending club. Any violation of this requirement may result in the club being dismissed from the League.

6.3 In addition the Cup is to be insured by the winning Club against all risks, premium to be paid by club, and policy handed to the League with the approved agreement.

7 Additional Rules
Constitutional Rules of the League and Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the First Division where applicable shall also apply.

 

Rules of the Northern Amateur Football League
----Third Division----

1
This Competition shall be under the control and in connection with the Northern Amateur Football League, and shall be confined to reserve teams of those Clubs competing in Divisions One and Two.

2

All matches shall be played under the jurisdiction of the Irish Football Association Ltd., and subject to the Laws of the Game

3 Players
3.1 Any bona fide amateur member of a club shall be allowed to play, but no Club shall be allowed to play: (a) more than four recognised Intermediate Grade Players in any one match. A recognised Intermediate Grade Player is one who has taken part in more than 10 Intermediate Grade matches during the current season.
(b) and or name more than four (4) recognised 1st team players in any one match. A recognised 1st team player is one who has taken part in more than ten league games for the 1st XI team during the current season.

3.2 A bona fide amateur player of a Club is one who has signed a registration form supplied by the League Hon. Treasurer, and is otherwise qualified in accordance with Rule 1 of the First Division.

4 Section Winners
Should two or more clubs be equal in points they must play off on a ground to be decided by the League Management Committee to decide the winner, the proceeds of such game to be divided between the two competing Clubs and the League in the following proportions: 50 per cent (net) to the League, and 25 per cent (net) to each of the Clubs.

5 Trophies
When the winning clubs have been declared the League shall hand the ‘RUC Cup’ to the winners of Section 3A, The ‘Wilton Cup’ to the winners of Section 3B, The ‘Britton Cup’ to the winners of Section 3C, and the ‘Tri-Sport Cup’ to the winners of section 3D, and the ‘Carlisle Cup’ to the winners of Section 3E, and the ‘George Pateman Cup’ to the winners of section 3F on receiving a document as described in Appendix A, and subscribed by three persons whose names shall be previously submitted and approved of by the Management committee of the League.

6 Free Saturday
Applications to be excused playing on a particular day (except designated cup dates for clubs section) will be considered by the LMC. Such applications (except in the event of 1st XI playing in semi-final or final) must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the “free date” sought. Granting such free dates will be at the discretion of the LMC depending on circumstances pertaining at the time. Clubs will be permitted a “free date” on the date of their 1st XI playing in a League Cup competition. “Free Dates” will not be granted after the 31st March of the present season or may not be granted if a team has more than 30% of its league programme outstanding.

7 Additional Rules
Constitutional Rules of the League and Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the 1st Division where applicable shall also apply.

  

Rules of the Northern Amateur Football League
-----Ladies Division----

1
This Competition shall be under the control and in connection with the Northern Amateur Football League, and shall be confined to Ladies teams of those Clubs competing in Divisions One and Two.

2
All matches shall be played under the jurisdiction of the Irish Football Association Ltd., and subject to the Laws of the Game.

3
Any bona fide amateur member of a club shall be allowed to play. A bona fide amateur player of a Club is one who has signed a registration form supplied by the League Hon. Treasurer, and is otherwise qualified in accordance with Rule 1 of the First Division. No player may be transferred after the 31st of July.

4 Section Winners
Should two or more clubs be equal in points they must play off on a ground to be decided by the League Management Committee to decide the winner, the proceeds of such game to be divided between the two competing Clubs and the League in the following proportions: 50 per cent (net) to the League, and 25 per cent (net) to each of the Clubs.

5 Trophies
When a winning club has been declared the League shall hand a Cup to the winners on receiving a document as described in Appendix A, and subscribed by three persons whose names shall be previously submitted and approved of by the Management Committee of the League.

6 Additional Rules
Constitutional Rules of the League and Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the 1st Division where applicable shall also apply.

 

THE CLARENCE MAYES CHALLENGE CUP
(Instituted 1923)

1 Name
This Competition shall be called the Northern Amateur Football League Clarence Mayes Challenge Cup Competition and shall be governed by the League Management Committee or a Sub-Committee of same, together with the Hon. Officials of the League (hereafter called the Committee).

2 Annual Competition
The Competition for the Cup shall be annual and open to all Clubs in full membership of the League except those Clubs in the Third and Ladies Divisions. The Competition shall be conducted on a knock-out system and shall be conducted under I.F.A. Articles of Association, the Laws of the Game, and the Competition Rules, and where applicable the Rules of the Northern Amateur Football League.

3 Player Eligible
3.1 Each player must be a duly elected Member of the Club for which he proposes to compete.
3.2 A player shall not be allowed to play for more than one club in this competition. A player shall be ineligible to play in this competition if he has:-
(a) Ever played in a Senior International (Amateur International not to disqualify)
(b) Played in a Senior Inter-League game, or Won a Senior Medal or Memento, in connection with a Senior Competition under the jurisdiction of any National Association or Combinations of Associations during the current season or during the past three (3) seasons. This will not apply if won while playing for a qualifying club.
(c) Played more than six (6) Competitive matches for a Senior Club (appendix J) during the current season.

4 Protests for playing ineligible Players
4.1.1 Protest giving particulars of protests against an ineligible player or players, must be received by the League Secretary, bearing postmark, within five (5) days after the date of the match in which the player/players was/were ineligible thereby giving rise to cause of protest, enclosing a fee of £20.00 which shall be forfeited in event of the protest not being sustained. Note: Appendix 'K'.
4.1.2 A copy of the protest must be sent to the offending club at the same time.
4.1.3 All protests and copies under this Rule must be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery.
4.1.4 If the protest is upheld, the defaulting Club shall be removed from the Competition and fined a minimum of £50.00.

4.2 Members of the League Management Committee are at liberty to lodge a protest in writing under this rule without payment of a fee, provided the Club they represent does not stand to gain, and the League Secretary shall give due notice to the Club protested against.

5 Drawing the Ties
5.1 The names of the Clubs approved for the competition shall be placed in one lot, or in lots as the committee may determine, and shall be drawn and played in couples, the first drawn to have choice of venue. The Committee may draw the subsequent round or rounds before the winners of the previous rounds have been decided, and the winners according to such draw shall compete against each other as in the first round.
5.2 Byes may be Given
The Committee shall have power to exempt any number of Clubs from any number of rounds and byes may be given so that four clubs shall compete in the Semi-final ties.

6 Venue
6.1 A Club must play on the ground it has registered with the League. No Club shall be allowed to register another ground without special permission from the Committee.
6.2 In the initial match in any round prior to the semi-final, should the registered ground of the club having choice of ground not be available, they will have to play on their opponent’s ground.
6.3 Should the registered ground of neither club be available, the first drawn Club, shall be at liberty to secure an alternative ground acceptable to the Committee or Emergency Committee.
6.4 For the re-play of any drawn match prior to the semi-final, the Club which played away in the first instance shall have choice of ground, and so on alternately, until the tie is decided. Where the registered ground of any club having choice of ground after a drawn game is not available, that Club shall be at liberty to secure and alternative ground acceptable to the Committee or Emergency Committee, but in the event of such Club being unable to secure such acceptable alternative ground, they must play on their opponent’s ground. When in these circumstances the ground of their opponents is not available, the Committee or Emergency Committee shall decide upon the course of action to be adopted.

6.5 Advice to Secretary
Change of venue in accordance with this Rule shall be notified by both Clubs to the League Secretary, two clear days before the match.

6.6 Any alteration in the Club Secretary’s name or address must be given in writing to the Secretary of the League and copied to both the I.F.A. and relevant Divisional Association.

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7.1 Semi-finals and Finals
The Committee shall decide on the dates and times for playing the Semi-finals and Final and any replays in the case of drawn ties.
(Duration of matches as provided in Rule 8).
7.2 Neutral Grounds
In the semi-final and Final Ties the grounds shall be chosen by the Committee, and shall be neutral, but if the Clubs agree to play on the ground of either, the Committee may allow the match or matches to be played there.
7.3 Refusal to Play
Should either club refuse to play on the date decided by the Committee such clubs shall be removed from the Competition, and dealt with as the Committee may determine.

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Duration of Match
8.1 the duration of each match shall be one hour and a half (90 minutes). The match must be started at the time appointed by the Committee, but no protest will be upheld for late starting, unless the committee are satisfied the result of the match was affected thereby. The Referee shall have power to allow time for stoppages,his decision thereon to be final. The Committee shall have power to instruct Clubs to play extra time in the event of drawn matches, and at their discretion so as to obtain a result order a match to be decided by penalty kicks as provided in Appendix 'C'.
8.2 If in the opinion of the referee a the end of normal time there is insufficient light to play the required extra time he shall move directly to the taking of penalty kicks.

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9.1 Referees

The League Secretary will only appoint referees on the official IFA list. In case the Referee or substitute cannot officiate, the League Secretary must appoint one.
9.2 Referee to Inspect Ground
The Referee shall inspect the ground prior to the time appointed for kick-off, and shall immediately give his decision as to fitness of ground for play. If a match is played to a finish it must be a Cup Tie.
9.3 Referee's Fee
The home club shall pay the Referee his fee and travelling expenses. (NB. Tariff for Referees).
9.4 Referee fails to appear.
Ties must be played on the arranged date.
if the Referee fails to appear the Club must agree to one, or toss for one, and the match under such circumstances will be considered a Clarence Mayes Cup tie, except in the Semi-finals and Final which must be conducted by an official Referee. The committee shall appoint Referees and neutral Assistant Referees for Semi-finals and Final, and any other match considered necessary.

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10.1 Clubs failing to play

Should a team not turn up in reasonable time, or fail to play the club against which it has been drawn on the date fixed by the Committee, and without sufficient reasons for doing so, it shall be adjudged to have lost the match.
10.2 Clubs Withdrawing
Any club wishing to withdraw from the Competition must advise the League Secretary not later than eight (8) days before the date scheduled for the tie. A club seeking to withdraw at any other stage of the competition shall be fined £50.00 and may be excluded from the competition in the following season.
10.3.1 When Drawn or Postponed Games must be Played
In the event of a match not taking place on the date arranged owing to the ground being declared unplayable by the referee, the teams shall forthwith arrange to play the following Saturday (unless playing within Summer Time in which case they must arrange to meet on the fourth day after), unless the clubs mutually agree to play on a previous date.
10.3.2 In the event of the match not taking place on the second Saturday due to circumstances as in (10.3.1) the clubs will arrange to play on the following Saturday on the ground of the 'Away team' and if not played on this day due to weather conditions arrangements must be made to play at the same location on the following Saturday.
10.3.3 In the event of the match not taking place on the second attempt at the ground of the original 'Away team' the tie will revert from the following Saturday to alternate weeks at the 'Home' and 'Away' grounds.
10.3.4 In all cases the Secretary of the Team on whose ground the match was to be played must advise the League Secretary of any postponement and of the re-arranged venue and date.
10.3.5 This rule shall not apply while teams are engaged in National or Divisional Association matches. If a match is not played on the due date, ans a team's ground is not available, for whatever reason, on the net subsequent date, the tie will reverse to the other team if their ground is available.
10.3.6 In the event that a cup game is not played on the date it was scheduled to be played the Committee reserves the right to determine the venue of the re-arranged game.
10.3.7 Should a game not be played by the due date the League Management Committee shall have the power to procure a ground and organise the said game in order the competition will not be delayed.
10.4 Protested Ties
In the case of protested ties, or the replay of same, the Committee shall decide dates and venues.

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Powers of Committee

Notwithstanding anything in any Rule, if the Committee have any doubt before the next subsequent round after the alleged misdeed and, whether arising or of a Protest, or otherwise as to the qualification of any player taking part in the Competition, they shall have power to call upon such player, and the Club to which h belongs, or for which he played, to prove that he is qualified according to the Rules. Failing satisfactory proof they shall disqualify such player, and shall remove the club from the Competition, and impose such other penalty as they think fit in addition to a minimum fine of £50.00 per offence on the Club.
In addition the Committee shall have power to reinstate to the competition the last club the offending club played in the competition.

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12.1 Gate Receipts

In all Cup Matches, with the exception of Semi-finals and Final Ties, the home Club shall retain the gate or ground collection receipts. The home club shall be responsible for advertising and ground expenses. In case the expenses in the Semi-finals exceed receipts, the deficit shall be taken from the Final Tie receipts, same being considered expenses of match.
12.2 Division of Receipts
In the Semi-final Ties the net receipts shall be pooled and divided as follows: - One half to the League and the balance divided amongst the competing Clubs, but in the case of replayed ties, the League shall take 25 per cent, and the balance shall be divided between the two competing Clubs.
In the Final Tie the net receipts shall be divided as follows: - One half to the League and the balance divided between the competing Clubs. In the case of a replay the League shall take 25 per cent and the balance shall be divided between the competing Clubs. Where the amount to each club is less than two pounds all receipts will go to the League.

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Agreement for Cup

When the winning Club shall have been declared the League shall hand the Clarence Mayes Challenge Cup to its representatives on receiving a document as described in Appendix 'B'.
In addition to the Cup, the League may present fourteen (14) medals to the winners plus an additional medal for the Club Secretary, together with a similar number of suitable mementoes to the runners-up.

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Additional Rules

Constitutional Rules of the League and Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 of the 1st Division where applicable may apply.

15
Committee may alter Rules

The Committee shall have power to alter these Rules,but in no case shall they do so until after the Final Tie in any year has been played.

 

THE BORDER REGIMENT CUP
(Instituted 1936)

1
Name

The Competition shall be called the Northern Amateur Football League Border Regiment Cup Competition and shall be governed by the League Management Committee together with the Honorary Officials of the League.

2
Annual Competition

The Competition shall be annual and shall be open to Clubs, members of the First Division (all sections) and conducted on a knock-out system.
Each player must be duly elected Member of the Club for which he proposes to compete and registered with the League.

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Player Eligible

3.1 A player shall not be allowed to play for more than one club in this competition.
3.2 A player shall be ineligible to play in this Competition if he has: -
(a) Ever played in a Senior International (Amateur International not to disqualify).
(b) Played in a Senior Inter-League game during the current season or the previous season.
(c) Won an Irish Cup, Co Antrim Senior Shield, Irish Senior League, City Cup or other Senior Medal or Memento, in connection with a Senior Competition under Jurisdiction of any National Association or combination of Associations within the previous season. This will not apply if won while playing for a qualifying club.
(d) Played more than Nine Competitive matches for a Senior team (Appendix J) during the current season.

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Additional Rules

Where applicable rules 3 to 15 of the Clarence Mayes Challenge Cup will apply to this Competition.

 

THE COCHRANE CORRY CUP
(Instituted 1963-64)

1
Name

 This Competition shall be called the Northern Amateur Football League Cochrane Corry Cup Competition and shall be governed by the League Management Committee together with the Honorary Officials of the League.

2
Annual Competition

The Competition shall be Annual and shall be open to Clubs members of the Second Division (all sections) and conducted on the knock-out system.
Each player must be a duly elected Member of the Club for which he proposes to compete and registered with the League.

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Player Eligible

3.1 A player shall not be allowed to play for more than one club in this competition.
3.2 A player shall be ineligible to play in this competition if he has: -
(a) Ever played in a Senior International (Amateur International not to disqualify) or Senior Inter-League game.
(b) Won an Irish Cup, Co Antrim Senior Shield, Irish Senior League, City Cup or other Senior Medal or Memento, in connection with a Senior Competition under the jurisdiction of any National Association or combination of Associations within the past six (6) seasons. This will not apply if won while playing for a qualifying club.
(c) Played more than six (6) competitive matches for a Senior team (appendix J) during the current season or more than nine (9) Intermediate grade matches during the current season.
(d) Won any Intermediate grade Competition or a Junior International Cap during the current season or during the past three (3) seasons.

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Additional Rules

Where applicable Rules 3 to 15 of the Clarence Mayes Cup will apply.

  

THE WALTER MOORE CUP
(Instituted 1970-71)

1
Name

This Competition shall be called the Northern Amateur Football League Walter Moore Cup Competition and shall be governed by the League Management Committee together with the Honorary Officials of the League.

2
Annual Competition

The competition shall be Annual ans shall be open to the Clubs Members of the Third Division Sections A, B and C and conducted on a Knock-out system.

3
Player Eligible

3.1 A player shall not be allowed to play for more than one club in this competition.
3.2 A player shall be ineligible to play in this Competition if he has: -
(a) Ever played in a Senior International (Amateur International not to disqualify) or Senior Inter-League game.
(b) Won an Irish Cup, Co Antrim Senior Shield, Irish Senior Shield, City Cup or other Senior Medal or Memento, in connection with a Senior Competition under the jurisdiction of any National Association or combinations of Associations within the past six (6) seasons. This will not apply if won while playing for a qualifying club.
(c) Won any Intermediate grade Competition or a Junior International Cap during the current or during the past three (3) seasons.
(d) Played more than six competitive matches for a Senior team (appendix J) during the current season. Recognised Intermediate Player is one who has taken part in more than ten (10) league games in Intermediate Grade competitions during the current season.
(e) No club shall be allowed to play more than four (4) recognised 1st team players in more than ten league games for the 1st XI team during the current season.

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Additional Rules

Where applicable Rules 3 to 15 of the Clarence Mayes Challenge Cup will apply.

 

THE TEMPLETON CUP
(Instituted 1973)

1
Name

The Competition shall be called the Northern Amateur Football League Templeton Cup Competition and shall be governed by the League Management Committee with the Honorary Officials of the League.

2
Annual Competition

The Competition shall be Annual and shall be open to Clubs Members of the Third Division Sections D, E and F and conducted on a Knock-out system.

3
Additional Rules

Rule 3 of the Walter Moore Cup will apply together with Rules 3 to 15 of the Clarence Mayes Challenge Cup where applicable.

 

TARIFF FOR REFEREES
LEAGUES

Division 1: -
All sections Referee £55.00 and travelling expenses to be paid by Home Club at 30p per mile.
The accumulative amount for fee plus expenses will not exceed £75.00.

 

Divisions 2 and 3: -
All Sections Referee £40.00 and travelling expenses to be paid by Home Club at 30p per mile.
The accumulative amount for fee plus expenses will not exceed £55.00.

 

Pre-Match Ground Inspection:
Fee: £5.00 plus travelling expenses at 30p per mile.

 

BORDER CUP & CLARENCE CUP
Referee £55.00 rounds up to semi-finals paid by Home Club.
Semi-final............Referee £60.00, Assistant Referee £30.00.
Final.......................Referee £65.00, Assistant Referee £35.00

 

COCHRANE CORRY CUP; WALTER MOORE CUP; TEMPLETON CUP
Referee £40.00 rounds up to semi-finals paid by Home Club.
Semi-final............Referee £45.00, Assistant Referee £30.00
Final.......................Referee £50.00, Assistant Referee £35.00.

 The agreed expenses are 30p per mile (return) from home to ground or actual fare by public transport.

 

APPENDIX 'A'


Section Champions
The winning club of any section shall complete a Winner's Agreement as follows; -
"We,..AB.., president/chairman of the ..YY..Club and ..CD..and..EF..members of and representing the said Club which have now been declared to have won the..name of section cup..and the said cup having been delivered to us by..JK, Secretary of the League, do hereby, on behalf of the said Club and individually and collectively, engage to return same to..JK..or to the Secretary of the League for the time being, on or before the first day of April next, in like good order and condition, and providing the said Cup is destroyed by fire or lost by any other accident whilst in our possession, we agree to refund the League the amount of its value".

 

 APPENDIX 'B'

Cup Competition Winners
The winning club of any cup competition shall complete a Winners Agreement as follows: -
" The winning club of any section shall complete a Winner's Agreement as follows; -
"We,..AB.., president/chairman of the ..YY..Club and ..CD..and..EF..members of and representing the said Club which have now been declared to have won the..name cup competition.., and the said cup having been delivered to us by..JK, Secretary of the League, do hereby, on behalf of the said Club and individually and collectively, engage to return same to..JK..or to the Secretary of the League for the time being, on or before the first quarter final date or as required by the League Secretary, in like good order and condition, and providing the said Cup is destroyed by fire or lost by any other accident whilst in our possession, we agree to refund the League the amount of its value".

 

 APPENDIX 'C'

DECIDING CUP COMPETITIONS
When the League Management Committee order matches to be completed by the taking of kicks from the Penalty Mark, the Referee will use the procedure, 'KICKS FROM THE PENALTY MARK' as set out in the FIFA Laws of the Game.

 

 APPENDIX 'D'

SUSPENSION
On receipt of a referee's report that he has been physically assaulted, the player or official named shall be suspended from the league, until such time as his case has been processed by the relevant higher authority. Whilst awaiting the outcome of this procedure such player or official named must reply to all correspondence from the league management committee who, if the person named is found guilty by the higher authority, shall declare that such player or official may be suspended for an additional period. Such additional period will not result in suspension from the league of more than 24 months from the time of the incident.

 

 APPENDIX 'E'

REPRESENTATIVES
Where gender is stated in the masculine form in these rules it shall also relate to feminine.

 

 APPENDIX 'F'

CLUB REFEREE
A Club referee is a person who has passed a recognised affiliated association's referees examination, and who is currently registered with an affiliated referee's association, and further attends annually a Rules Refresher Course approved by the League.
A Club may register members as Associate referees available only to officiate in matches of any section of the League not involving their Club.

 

 APPENDIX 'G'

LEAGUE PUNISHMENT SCALE 

A ABANDONED LEAGUE GAMES
(i) Caused by one team
Match awarded to opponents and
3 points deducted and
Guarantee fee forfeited
(ii) Caused by both teams
Match void no points to either team and
3 points deducted from both teams and
Guarantee fee forfeited by both teams
(iii) Second similar occurrence within Season
Punishment as for A or B and
A further 3 points deducted and
Fined a minimum of £100.00

B ABANDONED CUP MATCHES
In the case of a Cup Tie the Club adjudged of causing the abandonment shall be dismissed from the Competition, fined £75.00 and may be debarred from Cup Competitions in the following year.

 

 APPENDIX 'H'

REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS
(1) All players will be entered by the League Registration Secretary (LRS) on the IFA Central Registration System (CRS). All forms must be submitted by post with the postmark being used to determine the date of registration or handed in at a League Fixture meeting.
(2) As per League Rule 1(a), all players must register with LRS by completing a NAFL form R6. To be accepted all sections other than (3) must be completed.
(3) For transfers between clubs within the League (Rule xi), an NAFL form R9 must be submitted to the LRS.
(4) To sign a player whose name is on the IFA CRS, from a club outside the League, such player must either be released by that club (form R7) and a NAFL form R6 submitted to the LRS or a NAFL form R9 should be completed by all parties and submitted to the LRS.
(5) Players from outside the jurisdiction of the IFA submitting a registration form must await the issue of an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) before playing in N. Ireland.
(6) Clubs will receive an account towards insurance reflecting number of players registered.

 

 APPENDIX 'I'

Overdue Fees/Fines
If any fee or fine is not paid within 7 days of the due date the club will be required to pay such amount plus 50% within a further 10 days. Should the new sum not be paid by this revised date the club will stand suspended with immediate effect from the League.

 

 APPENDIX 'J'

Senior Team
A "Senior team" is defined as a team playing in the most senior league, recognised as such, within the jurisdiction of the Irish Football Association.

 

 APPENDIX 'K'

COMPLAINT OR PROTEST
When either a complaint or protest is being considered by the LMC both the club making the complaint or protest and the club defending the complaint or protest should have available to the committee any material or witnesses that they believe would be helpful in developing the case or providing a defence to such case. The club lodging the complaint or protest must always have available to the committee the Royal Mail receipt as proof of their posting a copy of the complaint or protest to the other club. The club defending the complaint or protest will be required to provide the committee with the copy correspondence received from the club submitting the complaint or protest.