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Competition Rules

COMPETITION RULES   SEASON 2011/12

These were reviewed  Summer 2011

1) THE COMPETITION

a)      County matches shall have precedence over all other games except National competitions.

b)     All limit dates MUST be adhered to and results sent in to the secretary within 48 hours of the games being played.

2)     PLAYER  AGE GROUPS

a)     Players from Years 7 and 8 can take part in the Under 13 Boys/Girls County Cups

b)     Players from Years 8 and 9 can take part in the Under 14 Boys/Girls League Cups

c)     Players from Years 9, 10 and 11 can take part in the Under 16 Girls League and Cup

d)     Players from Years 10 and 11 can take part in the Under 16 Boys County Cup

e)     Players from Years 12 and 13 can take part in the Under 19 Boys League and Cup

3) MATCH OFFICIALS

a)      All matches MUST be controlled by a fully qualified and neutral referee. Up to and including the semi finals it is the home team’s responsibility to provide a neutral referee.

b)     Both teams, before commencing the game, should signify and accept the nominated referee.

c)     For ALL finals West Yorkshire Schools County FA will provide the officials.

4) DURATION OF MATCHES

a)      Matches shall be of two equal halves.Under 11 and Under 12 matches will be 30 minutes  each way, Under  13 and Under 14 matches will be 35 minutes each way, Under 15 and Under 16 matches will be 40 minutes each way and Under 17 and upwards matches will be 45 minutes each way. This is for Girls AND Boys competitions.

b)     If a Cup match is level at the end of full time extra time must be played. Under  13 games will play 7 minutes each way and Under 16 and 19 games will play 10 minutes each way.

c)     If the scores are level at the end of extra time the game will be decided by penalties. Each team will take 5 penalties, alternatively. If the scores are still level the first school to miss.

5) OTHER MATCH REGULATIONS

a)     All matches should be played on grass although 3G/4G artificial pitches may be used, providing BOTH teams agree prior to the game.

b)     For ALL matches goal nets, which are properly secured, must be used and corner flags, at regulation height, must be in place.

c)     For all matches, except Under 13 games, a size 5 ball should be used. Size 4 for Under 13 and Under 12 competitions.( Size 4 can be used for Under 14 games if agreed.)

d)     In the event of a clash of colours it is the HOME schools responsibility to change. Schools should check when confirming matches.

e)     Teams are permitted 5 substitutes with rolling subs during the game.

 

 

6) LIMIT DATES AND RESULTS

a)     All limit dates MUST be adhered to. Failure to do so could result in exclusion from the competition unless contact has been made to the Secretary with an explanation.

b)     Results MUST be sent to the Secretary within 48 hours of the game being played. Failure to do so could result in exclusion from the competition unless contact has been made with the Secretary with an explanation.

 

7) PROTESTS

a)     Any dispute concerning  a school game in a County competition should be put in writing and sent to the West Yorkshire Schools FA secretary within 48 hours of the game being played. The issue will be discussed by the Schools County Competitions Committee whose decision shall be binding by all parties. No objections relative to the ground, goal posts/nets, ground conditions or any other game arrangements shall be entertained unless a protest was made to the Referee, in writing, before the start of the game.

8) DISCIPLINE IN SCHOOLS FOOTBALL

 

All teams must be under the ultimate control of a practising teacher at the school. It is their responsibility to ensure that the team conforms to the laws of the game, as laid down by the Football Association, and that matches are properly supervised and controlled. It is also their responsibility to control any spectators to ensure the safety of all concerned. All staff should be aware of the FA Codes of Conduct for Coaches, Players and Spectators.

 

In the event of a player being sent off, match abandonment or when a member of staff has been reported for misconduct in a school match a report MUST be sent to the County Schools FA Secretary by both schools and the Referee. The Schools County FA Discipline committee will meet within 14 days of receiving the report. A ban, using ESFA and FA guidelines, will be instigated and all parties will be informed. Any ban will include local FA football and all schools matches. If a player takes part in a school/local FA game while suspended they will be liable to have the ban extended and could result in the school team being removed from that competition. West Yorkshire Schools FA will follow the guidelines laid down in the English Schools FA handbook, disciplinary procedures section pages 37-50.

 

West Yorkshire Schools FA and the English Schools FA have a reciprocal agreement with the Football Association and West Riding County FA. All cautions and suspensions are recorded on a Database and information shared by all parties.