Hampshire Premier League

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Officers Of The League

HAMPSHIRE PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE


THE NEW FOREST CARE HAMPSHIRE PREMIER FOOTBALL LEAGUE

OFFICERS

 

Life Vice President: John Moody

13 Tadfield Crescent, Romsey SO51 5AN

01794 500672 (H)

johnmoody45@gmail.com 

 

President                              Jim Garcia              

112 Falmouth Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth PO6 4JT

02392 642260 (H/F), 07901 655485 (M)

james.garcia1@ntlworld.com

 

Chairman                               George Mason

8 Spring Garden Lane, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 1HY

02392 589333 (H), 07962 139312 (M)

chairman.hpfl@hotmail.co.uk

 

Deputy Chairman                Bryan Clarke

25 Guest Road, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 6AP

02380 615713

clarkebf@hotmail.com 

 

Competition Secretary       Paul Proctor

2 Brisbane House, Nelson Road

Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 4NQ

0744 580 5122                                               

secretary.hpfl@hotmail.co.uk

 

Assistant Secretary            Mrs Karen Fletcher

29 The Green, Overton, Hampshire RG25 3NH

01256 770360 (H), 07773 390735 (M)

jim-karen_fletcher@tiscali.co.uk

 

Treasurer & League Development Officer          Peter Sowton

26 South Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 1QD

02392 387247 (H)

p.sowton@sky.com            

 

Fixture Secretary                Derek Hawkins

9 Plantation Drive, Marchwood, Southampton, SO40 4YL                                        

07557 857568 (M)

marchwooderek@gmail.com

 

Registration Secretary      Peter Lynes

15 Greenways Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RN

01590 623437(H), 07908 109696 (M)

regsec.hpfl@btopenworld.com

 

Results/Media Officer        Paul Harris  

harris_paul@btinternet.com 

 

Referees Appointment Sec.                              Antony Cross

07854 826978

refappointments@hotmail.com        

 

Ground Grading                   Dave Smith & Bryan Clarke (details as vice-chair)

Officers  54 Station Road, Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5AF

02380 454742 (H)

daveref@hotmail.co.uk

 

Welfare Officer                    Roger Allen

5 St Marys Close, Bransgore, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 8HU

01425 673465 (H), 07403 606808 (M)

allenrd29@hotmail.com

 

Club Representatives   >>>

 

Don Campbell

81 Lumsden Avenue, Shirley, Southampton SO15 5EJ

02380 781362 (H), 07801 550337 (M)

djcampbell1972@gmail.com

 

Stuart Wallis

32 The Coppice, Horndean, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO8 9PL

02392 618868 (H), 02392 230023 (W), 07765 238231 (M) stuartwalliscfc@btinternet.com

                                               

Mr Richard Chapman

1a Bembridge Road, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 9LU.

Tel: 07795 693893

Richardclfc@btinternet.com

                                     

Verifier    >>>                 John Kinghorn

8A Spring Garden Lane, Gosport, Hants PO12 1HY - 02392 504880(H)

jk23@hotmail.com    

 

League Management Meeting Dates

Meetings will take place at Fleetlands FC starting at 19.00 unless otherwise notified

Monday 07 August 2017

Monday 04 September 2017

Monday 02 October 2017

Monday 06 November 2017

Monday 04 December 2017

Monday 08 January 2018

Monday 05 February 2018

Monday 05 March 2018

Monday 02 April 2018

Monday 07 May 2018

 

Annual General Meeting

Sunday 10 June 2018

 

 

   
 
Bryan Clarke Dave Smith

John Harvey  
   
 
John Moody Pete Lynes

Peter Sowton  
george mason roger allen     derek hawkins
 
George Mason Roger Allen

Derek Hawkins  

FOR UPDATED CLUBS’ DETAILS AND FOR MATCH DETAILS REFER TO THE FULL-TIME WEBSITE 

http://full-time.thefa.com/Index.do?league=3845322" target="_blank">http://full-time.thefa.com/Index.do?league=3845322

or www.hpfl.co.uk

RESULTS’ PROCEDURES 

The League use the SMS texting system which is operated by The F.A.’s Full-Time programme. 

By 5.15 p.m. for Saturday matches, for all League & League Cup matches involving their 1st team or reserves, club SMS nominees are respond to the reminder text to Full-Time giving the match result in the following format:

Home score(hyphen)Away score 

If a nominee is registered for a 1st team and a reserve team the text will include a team code that needs to be added after the score. 

For matches with midweek and evening kick offs, the deadline for the above requirements is 10.00pm on match day. 

Club Secretaries are required to complete result information detailing players, used substitutes and goal scorers to Full-Time for all games from the match day team sheet which is returned to them by the match official. 

To ensure the League Newsletter and local media are kept up to date, Senior Division Clubs please also remember to text fixture secretary Derek Hawkins on 07557 857568 details of your result, goal scorers and minutes goals are scored no later than 30 Minutes after the end of your scheduled match. Failure to do so will invoke the fine under rule 11 (b). 

Match officials must return a completed copy of the referees report form to the league secretary.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The League operates a Facebook group which is used by members to update scores at matches they attend. To contribute contact the League Chairman who arrange for membership of the group.

The League also operates a Twitter account under the identity @nfchpfl


LEAGUE CONSTITUTION SEASON 2017/2018

AFC PETERSFIELD

Division One 

Chairman Nick Orr, 25 Noreuil Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 2BA

01730 265361 (H), 07860 152311 (M)

nicko22@tiscali.co.uk 

Secretary David Wands, 16 Butser Walk, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4NS

01730 269126 (H), 07958 194064 (M) > ptj.secretary@gmail.com 

Ground Love Lane, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4BU 

Floodlights No 

Directions Love Lane is situated off the circulatory one-way system in the centre of Petersfield. It is on the East side of the town & the ground is on the right just before Petersfield Town’s ground. 

Colours Blue shirts, shorts and socks 

Alternative Yellow shirts, shorts and socks 

Youth Protection Officer Chris Baker c.baker@steep.hants.sch.uk >07752 735361

Website www.pitchero.com/clubs/petersfieldtownjnrsafcpetersfield/  

 

BUSH HILL

Senior Division & Combination 

Chairman Edward Holdaway, 12 Nursling Street, Nursling, Southampton SO16 0XH

02380 402827 (H), 07711 406076 > info@ejhdecorating.co.uk 

Secretary Paul Crocker, 50 Maybush Court, Broughton Close, Southampton, SO16 4FE

07896 969 493 > paulcrocker47@sky.com

Ground Mansel Park, Evenlode Road, Millbrook, Southampton, SO16 9RS 

Directions From Junction 3 of the M27 Motorway take the M271. At roundabout junction with A35 take 1st exit towards Southampton city centre then exit via the next slip road. Take 1st exit at roundabout into Wimpson Lane then after 400m turn left into Kendal Avenue. Follow road round, ground is on the right opposite the The Saints P.H. 

Floodlights No 

Colours Red shirts & stockings, black shorts 

Alternative Blue shirts, shorts and socks 

Youth Protection Officer Richard Downes 07722 494590 > richard.downes@southampton.gov.uk 

Website www.bushhillfc.co.uk

 

CLANFIELD

Senior Division & Combination 

Chairman Shaun Dominy, 7 Linden Way, Clanfield, Horndean, Hampshire PO8 9DY

02392 599750 (H) 07985 273748 (M) > shaun.dominy@btinternet.com 

Secretary Stuart Wallis, 32 The Coppice, Horndean, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO8 9PL

02392 618868 (H), 02392 230023 (W), 07765 238231 (M) > stuartwalliscfc@btinternet.com 

Ground Peel Park, Chalton Lane, Clanfield PO8 0PR  

Directions Exit A3 sign posted Clanfield. Follow Chalton Lane into Clanfield. Ground is on the right on brow of the hill. 

Floodlights No 

Colours Blue and black striped shirts, black shorts & socks 

Alternative Yellow shirts, shorts & socks 

Youth Protection Officer Lee Bennett 07900 260035 

Website www.clanfieldfc.com

 

COLDEN COMMON

Senior Division  

Chairman David Hadfield, 10 The Tanyards, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh SO53 1TJ > 

 07719 361228 (M) > hadfielddavid@hotmail.com  

Secretary Ian Steele, Patra, Portsmouth Road, Bursledon, Southampton SO31 8ET

02380 405235 (H) 01962 842002 (B) 07506 459508 (M) > coldencommon1956@sky.com 

Ground Colden Common Park, Boyes Lane, Colden Common, Hants, SO21 1TA 

Directions From the South - at Junction 12 of the M3, take the A335 towards Eastleigh. At the next roundabout, take 1st exit (B3355) signed Brambridge & Colden Common. After 1½ miles, turn right into Church Lane. At roundabout junction of B3354 after 1 mile, take 2nd exit and Boyes Lane is on the right just before the traffic light junction with Spring Lane. Follow single track road to the end. From the North - at Junction 11 on the M3, turn left and follow road through Twyford into Colden Common. Boyes Lane is on the left just past the traffic light junction with Spring Lane. Follow single track road to the end.

Floodlights No 

Colours Red/white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks 

Alternative Yellow shirts (blue trim), blue shorts & socks 

Programme Editor Ian Steele (as Secretary) 

Youth Protection Officer Ryan Bragg 07590 639145 (M) > ryan.bragg@hotmail.co.uk 

Website www.coldencommonfc.non-league.org

 

FLEETLANDS

Senior Division & Combination  

Chairman   Sean Evans, 19 Pier Street, Lee On The Solent, Hampshire, PO13 9LD

                   02392 423954 (H) 0783 452 6124 (M)  Chairman.fleetlandsfc@gmail.com

Secretary:  George Mason, 8 Spring Garden Lane, Gosport, Hants, PO12 1HY

                   Tel: 0783 452 6124 or 0796 213 9312 Secretary.fleetlandsfc@gmail.com

Ground DARA Fleetlands, Lederle Lane, Gosport PO13 0AX 01329 239723 

Directions From Junction 11 M27 take the A32 to Gosport. Immediately after passing Kentucky Fried Chicken, turn left into Lederle Lane, ground is 25 yards on the right. 

Floodlights No 

Colours Red and black shirts, black shorts and socks 

Alternative All Sky Blue 

Youth Protection Officer:

Website: http://fleetlandsfc.non-league.org/

 

FOUR MARKS  

Division One & Combination 

Chairman Nick Spencer, 2 Fantails, Alton, Hampshire GU34 2LN  > 07957 454502 (M)

nick.fmfc@hotmail.com 

Secretary John Smith, 27 Hall Road, Alton, Hampshire GU34 2NX

01420 86462 (H), 07855 548124 (M) > john1362smith@gmail.com 

Ground The Recreation Ground, Uplands lane, Four Marks, Hampshire

GU34 5AF 

Directions Four Marks is situated on the A31 between Alton & Alresford. On entering the village from the south turn right into Lymington Bottom then 3rd right into Brislands Lane. Ground is on the right after the cemetery. 

Floodlights No 

Colours Tangerine shirts, black shorts and socks 

Alternative Grey shirts shorts & socks 

Youth Protection Officer

Website:

 

HAYLING UNITED  

Senior Division & Combination 

Chairman Mr Richard Chapman, 1a Bembridge Road, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 9LU.

Tel: 07795 693893

Secretary Mark Griffiths, 101 Station Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0EE > 07584 196719

Markgriffiths72@yahoo.co.uk

Ground The Hayling College, Church Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0NU 

Directions From A27 dual carriageway, east of Portsmouth take slip road signed for Hayling Island. Follow signs for Hayling Island (A3023). After crossing the bridge onto the island follow Havant Road to mini roundabout junction with Church Road (1st turn). The college is 450m on the left. 

Floodlights Yes 

Colours Black & white shirts, black & socks 

Alternative Red Shirts, Shorts and Socks 

Youth Protection Officer

Website www.haylingunitedfc.co.uk 

 

HEADLEY UNITED  

Division One & Combination 

Chairman Wayne Grover, 26 Phillips Crescent, Headley, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 8NU

01428 717599 (H), 07802 632043 (M) > wjgrover13@hotmail.com 

Secretary Jeff Wheeler, 73 Fairview Road, Headley Down, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 8HQ

01428 713768 (H), 07748 901381 (M) > jeffthevet@gmail.com 

Ground Headley Playing Fields, Mill Lane, Headley, Bordon, GU35 0PD 

Directions From A3 heading North take slip road onto A325 toward Farnham & Bordon. Take 1st exit on roundabout and follow A325 for 3.8 miles through Bordon to the traffic lights on the crossroads with the B3002 (adjacent to old Fire Station). Turn right at the lights onto the B3002 (Lindford Road). After 0.8 miles fork left behind the Royal Exchange Pub onto the B3002 toward Headley & Grayshott. Continue for 0.7 miles to Headley Playing Fields on the right opposite Churchfields Estate. 

Floodlights No 

Colours Yellow shirts, black shorts and socks 

Alternative White shirts, blue shorts and socks 

Youth Protection Officer

Website www.headleyfc.com 

 

HEDGE END RANGERS

Senior Division & Combination  

Chairman Chris Sharman, 45 Freegrounds Road, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 0HS,

07734 317117 > Chris.sharman@hedgeendrangers.co.uk

Secretary David Pescott, 23 Walker Gardens, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 2RH

01489 781348 (H), 07876 037653 (M) > dave.pescott@btinternet.com 

Ground Norman Rodaway Sports Field Heathhouse Lane Hedge End SO30 0LE 

Directions Leave the M27 at Junction 8 and take the exit off the roundabout signposted to Hedge End / Botley, Dodwell Lane. Follow for about ½ mile and at the bottom of the hill turn right into Heathhouse Lane. Ground is situated about ½ mile on your right. 

Floodlights No 

Colours Royal Blue shirts, shorts & socks (with white trim) 

Alternative Red shirts (with black trim), black shorts & socks (with red trim)  

Youth Protection Officer Megan Hill 07741 251540

megs.hill@msm.com

Website www.hedgeendrangers.clubbuzz.co.uk

 

INFINITY  

Senior Division 

Chairman Paul Collins, 20A Exton Gardens, Portchester, Fareham PO16 8EB

07831 841417 (M) 

Secretary Craig Piper, 48 Cunningham Avenue, Bishops Waltham, Southampton SO32 1DB

01489 896867 (H), 07718 152473 (M) > c.piper63@hotmail.co.uk 

Ground Knowle Sports Ground, Knowle Avenue, Knowle, Fareham PO17 5GR 

Floodlights No 

Directions From Junction 10 of the M27 motorway head north on the A32 towards Alton. At the first roundabout, take the 1st exit to Knowle. Follow the road into the village and the ground is on the right. Please do not park on the road but in the car park to the ground.

Note: Junction 10 only has an access on the westbound carriageway so travelling from the west go to Junction 11 and double back onto the motorway. 

Colours Yellow shirts, black shorts & socks 

Alternative Blue shirts , Black Shorts and Socks

Youth Protection Officer: Barbara Piper 07979 803484 > barbie442@aol.com 

Website 

 

LIPHOOK UNITED

Senior Division & Combination  

Chairman Angela Walters, 8 Idsworth Road, Cowplain, Waterlooville, PO8 8BD

07721 521126 chairman@liphook-united.org  

Secretary Andy Ewen, 4 Hugo Platt, Rogate, Hants, GU31 5HD

07801 442505 > lemmyewen@yahoo.co.uk  

Ground The Recreation Ground, London Road, Liphook GU30 7AN  

Directions From A3 take the Liphook exit onto London Road (B2171) the ground is on the left just before the town centre 

Floodlights No 

Colours Royal blue shirts, shorts and socks (white trim) 

Alternative Yellow shirts, shorts and socks 

Youth Protection Officer Elaine Allum 07920 144704 (M) > child-welfare@liphook-united.org 

Website www.liphook-united.org 

 

LISS ATHLETIC

Senior Division  

Chairman Peter Storrie, 31 North Shore Road, Hayling Island PO11 0HL

07725 133233 (M)

Peterfranst2003@gmail.com or lissathletic@outlook.com

Secretary As Chairman.

Ground Newman Collard Playing Fields, Hillbrow Road, Liss GU33 7LH 

Directions A3 North to the Ham Barn roundabout, turn right, after 1 mile turn left into Station Road opposite the Blue Bell Public House, across the railway to the mini roundabout turn right at the Whistle Stop Public House. Ground situated 250 yards on your left opposite Andlers Ash Road. 

Floodlights Yes 

Colours Royal blue shirts, shorts & socks 

Alternative Green Shirts, Shorts and Socks 

Youth Protection Officer: Doug Utting > lafc.cwo@virginmedia.com

Website www.lissathletic.co.uk  

 

LOCKS HEATH FC

Senior Division  

Chairman Brooklyn Smee, 24 Cutter Avenue, Warsash, Southampton,

SO31 9BB

07933 575304

Brooklynsmee@gmail.com  

Secretary Alan Cooper, 6 The Farthings, Titchfield Common, Fareham, Hampshire PO14 4FF

01489 808517 (H), 07732 663053 (M) > alan.cooper@talktalk.net 

Ground Locks Heath Recreation Ground, 419 Warsash Road, Titchfield Common, Fareham, Hampshire PO14 4JX  

Directions Leave the M27 at Junction 9 and follow the A27 towards Fareham. Go past the Eaton factory on your left and at the next roundabout take the 4th exit into Warsash Road, Leave next roundabout at 1st exit continuing on Warsash Road. Next roundabout, leave at 1st exit and the ground is situated approx ½ mile on the right. 

Floodlights Yes 

Colours Red/black shirts, Black shorts and socks 

Alternative Yellow shirts, blue shorts & yellow socks 

Youth Protection Officer: Tracy Noonan 07761 325219 > t.noonan@sky.com 

Website 

 

LYNDHURST  

Division One 

Chairman Steve West, 115 Mercury Close, Lordshill, Southampton SO16 8BJ

02380 903572 (H)

lyndhurstfootballclub@gmail.com 

Secretary Paul Abrahams, 12 Warren Place, Totton, Southampton SO40 2SD

02380 483556 (H), 07849 319278 (M) > lyndhurstfootballclub@gmail.com 

Ground Wellands Road, Lyndhurst SO43 7AD 

Directions From Junction 1 of the M27 follow the signs for Lyndhurst. On entering the village (shortly after passing the garage on the left) turn left into Wellands Road. Ground is at the end of the road. 

Floodlights No 

Colours Green & Black Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks 

Alternative Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts & Socks or all light blue

Youth Protection Officer

Website www.clubwebsite.co.uk/lyndhurstfc01 

 

MICHELMERSH & TIMSBURY  

Division One & Combination 

Chairman Mr Michael Cardy, 7 Oakwood Close, Romsey, SO51 7TU

01794 514146 

Secretary Mrs Maureen Cardy, 7 Oakwood Close, Romsey SO51 7TU 

01794 514146 (H) > m.cardy@sky.com 

Ground Timsbury Recreation Ground, Mannyngham Way, Timsbury, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0NJ 

Directions From Romsey travel north on the A3057 road. On reaching Timsbury and passing Hunts Farm Sports Ground on the right, turn right into New Road then right again into Mannyngham Way. The ground is on the right. 

Floodlights No 

Colours Amber & black Quartered Shirts, Black Shorts, Amber/Black shorts 

Alternative Red shirts, shorts and socks or Pale Blue Shirts, Navy Shorts and Socks 

Youth Protection Officer

Website

  

NETLEY CENTRAL SPORTS 

Division One 

Chairman James Langdown, Wolverine, Priors Hill Lane, Bursledon, Southampton SO31 8FG

07775 908694 (M) > jslangdown@me.com 

Secretary Ben Calder, 70 Inkerman Road, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 9DA

07909 241898 (w) 0775 9136751 (m) > ben.calder76@gmail.com 

Ground Station Road, Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5AE 

Directions Exit M27 Junction 8 then follow the signs to Hamble. On taking Hamble Lane (at Tesco supermarket) proceed to 3rd roundabout, then take 2nd exit (Hound Way) towards Netley. After crossing the humped railway bridge turn right into Sellwood Road. At the end turn left into Queens View and the ground is at the next junction on the left, next to the shops. 

Floodlights No 

Colours Royal blue & white shirts, royal blue shorts, royal blue socks 

Alternative Yellow shirts, shorts & socks 

Youth Protection Officer

Website

 

OVERTON UNITED

Senior Division & Combination 

Chairman Derek Burry, 9 The Green, Overton, Basingstoke, RG25 3NH

Burrydm@airproducts.com 

Secretary Mrs Karen Fletcher, 29 The Green, Overton, Basingstoke RG25 3NH

01256 770360 (H), 07773 390735 (M) > jim-karen_fletcher@tiscali.co.uk 

Ground Overton Recreation Centre, Bridge Street Overton RG25 3AB

01256 770561 

Directions From the A34 take the B3400 to Overton. Turn left at the traffic lights into Kingsclere Road, left at the church and the ground is opposite. 

Floodlights No 

Colours Blue and White shirts, white shorts, blue socks 

Alternative Green shirts, shorts and socks 

Youth Protection Officer Robert Stone 07739 684435 (M)

stone30@btinternet.com 

Website  

 

PAULSGROVE

Senior Division & Combination 

Chairman Mr Richard Bessey, 9 Staunton Road, Havant, Hants, PO9 1NH

07880 368471 > Richard.bessey@carcall.co.uk  

Secretary Jim Garcia, 112 Falmouth Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth PO6 4JT

02392 642260 (H) 07901 655485 (M) > james.garcia1@ntlworld.com 

Ground Marsden Road Paulsgrove Portsmouth PO6 4JB 

Directions Leave the M27 Junction 12 by the Marriott Hotel. Following the signs for the A3 to Paulsgrove and Cosham. Once on the dual carriageway turn left at the first set of traffic lights into Allaway Avenue. Continue on this road for approx one mile and you will come to a row of shops on your left. In the middle of these shops turn left into Marsden Road and the ground is situated at the bottom on your right.  

Floodlights No 

Colours Navy blue shirts, shorts & socks with white trim 

Alternative All Red with white trim 

Youth Protection Officer:  

Website 

 

QK SOUTHAMPTON FC

Senior Division & Combination  

Chairman Gavin Naish, 46 Norbury Close, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh SO53 1PZ > 07762 773228 (M)

gavin.naish@aviva.com 

Secretary Don Campbell, 81 Lumsden Avenue, Shirley, Southampton SO15 5EJ

02380 781362 (H), 07801 550337 (M) > Djcampbell1972@gmail.com

Ground Lordshill Recreation Centre, Lordshill, Southampton SO16 0XN 

Directions Leave M27 at Junction 3 – travel towards Southampton - leave M271 at Junction 1. At the roundabout take the 1st exit to Lordshill then at the 2nd large roundabout take the 1st exit towards Romsey then take the first turning left into Redbridge Lane. Ground situated on the left hand side just after the 30mph sign and Cedar School. 

Floodlights No 

Colours Yellow shirts & socks, black shorts 

Alternative All Orange 

Youth Protection Officer : Don Campbell (as Secretary) 

Website: www.qksouthamptonfc.co.uk 

 

SOUTH WONSTON SWIFTS

Division One

Chairman Murray Budd, 8 Long Barrow Close, South Wonston, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 3ED

01962 889427 (H), 07933 259758 (M)

murraybudd63@gmail.com 

Secretary Tim Gardner, 26 Stavedown Road, South Wonston, Winchester

Hampshire, SO21 3HA. 01962 881861 (H), 07730 161685 > Tim@barney7ashridge.plus.com

Ground South Wonston Recreation Ground, West Hill Road South, South Wonston, Winchester, Southampton SO21 3HP 

Directions Leave M3 at Junction 9 – travel towards Newbury on A34. Take the first exit (signed A30 Salisbury) and at the roundabout turn back over the dual carriageway. Follow the road round to the mini roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto Christmas Hill. After 1.25 miles turn right into Downs Road then at the end of the road turn right into West Hill Road South. The Recreation Ground is at the end of the road. 

Floodlights No

Colours Black and white shirts, black shorts and socks

Alternative All Yellow

Youth Protection Officer : Jackie Sankey 07719 595843 (M) > jjsankey72@gmail.com

Website: 

 

STOCKBRIDGE

Senior Division

Chairman Mr Glenn Curtis, Yew Tree Cottage, High Street, Stockbridge, Hants SO20 6HD

07585 112523 E mail: curtisx4@outlook.com

Secretary Mr Gregory Wilcox, 10 Spray Leaze, Ludgershall, Wiltshire, SP11 9PH

07768 266 288  > stockbridgefc@hotmail.co.uk

Ground Stockbridge Recreation Ground, High Street, Stockbridge SO20 6EU Directions The ground is located at the Winchester (east) end of Stockbridge High Street. Turn into the ground at the BT sub-station.

Floodlights Yes

Colours Red shirts, shorts and socks

Alternative Yellow shirts, black shorts and yellow & black socks

Youth Protection Officer: As Secretary

Website www.stockbridgefc.wordpress.com 

 

SWAY

Senior Division

Chairman Andrew Blackwell, 19 Cruse Close, Sway, Hampshire SO41 6AY

07770 573503 (M) > blackers50@hotmail.co.uk

Secretary Mike Steadman, Meadow End, Arnewood Bridge Road, Sway, Hants SO41 6DA

01590 681730 (H), 0777 386 8988 (M) > swayfcsecretary@gmail.com

Ground Jubilee Field, Station Road, Sway Hampshire SO41 6BE

Directions From Junction 1 of the M27 Motorway take the A337 into the centre

of Lyndhurst. Follow the one-way system taking the A337 towards Brockenhurst. On entering Brockenhurst, turn right onto Grigg Lane (B3055) opposite the Careys Manor Hotel. Go straight across the staggered cross roads in the centre of Brockenhurst into Sway Road. Follow this road through Sway and Station Road is on the right (signed Village Centre & railway station). The ground entrance is on the right.

NOTE: Lyndhurst is a notorious traffic bottleneck so leave plenty of time during holiday periods.

Floodlights No

Colours Red shirts, shorts and socks

Alternative Yellow shirts, blue shorts and yellow & blue socks

Youth Protection Officer: Emma Monk, emmonk@hotmail.com > 07967 114063

Website www.swayfc.weebly.com

 

UPHAM

Division One

Chairman Rob Cunningham, 1 Elm Crescent, Upham, Southampton, Hampshire SO32 1JG

01489 860555 (H), 07801 840066 (M) > robert.cunningham@colasrail.co.uk

Secretary Roger Cooper, 66 Granada Road, Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 4AN

01489 783373 (H), 07925 054873 (M) > racooper@dsl.pipex.com

Ground Upham Recreation Ground, Rays Farm, Upham, Southampton SO32 1JJ

Directions From West. From M3 Junction 11, take B3335/B3354 through Twyford to Fishers Pond. Turn left onto B2177 (Portsmouth Road) for approx 2.5 miles to Lower Upham. Turn left into Upham Street for approx 1 mile then left at fork (Recreation Ground signpost) for 0.2miles. Pitch entrance is straight across at shap left bend.

From South. From M27 Junction 7 take A334 the 1st exit at roundabout onto Tollbar Way (B3342). Continue straight across all roundabout until roundabout on B3354 taking 1st exit towards Fair Oak. Turn right onto Mortimers Lane (B3037) to B2177 junction at Lower Upham. Turn right then immediately left into Upham Street and follow same directions as above.

Floodlights No

Colours Red/White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Alternative Royal Blue/White Shirts Shorts and Socks

Youth Protection Officer

Website www.pitchero.com/clubs/uphamfc

 

WINCHESTER CASTLE

Senior Division & Combination

Chairman Craig Marshall, 13 Capon Close, Mansbridge, Southampton, SO18 2LH

07570 760 3451 > craig.marshall@allianz.co.uk

Acting Secretary Chick Adams, 13 Southwick Close, Harestock, Winchester, SO22 6JR. Tel: 07914 431855. chicksue@ntlworld.com

Ground Hampshire County Council Sports Ground, A31 Petersfield Road, Chilcomb, Winchester

Tel: 01962 866989

Directions Leave to M3 at Junction 9, follow signs for the Alton / Alresford / Petersfield. (A31 / A272). Upon leaving roundabout the road runs South parallel with the Motorway for one mile. At the roundabout take the 1st exit still signed Alton / Alresford / Petersfield (A31 / A272). After 50 yards use centre of road space to turn right up track to the top of the hill where the ground is situated. If travelling south on A31 turn left immediately after the large road sign a just before the roundabout at the bottom of the hill.

Floodlights No

Colours Red and black striped shirts, red shorts & socks

Alternative Yellow shirts, shorts & socks

HAMPSHIRE PREMIER LEAGUE RULES 2017/18 

DEFINITIONS

1. (A)   In these Rules:

“Affiliated Association” means an Association accorded the status of an affiliated Association under the Rules of The FA.

 “AGM” shall mean the annual general meeting held in accordance with the constitution of the Competition.

 “Deposit” means a sum of money deposited with the Competition as part of the requirements of membership of the Competition.

“Club” means a Club for the time being in membership of the Competition and “Team” means a side from a Club especially where a Club provides more than one Team in a division in accordance with the Rules.

“Competition” means the New Forest Care Hampshire Premier Football League.

“Competition Match” means any match played or to be played under the jurisdiction of the Competition.

“Secretary” means such person or persons appointed or elected to carry out the administration of the Competition.

“Contract Player” means any Player (other than a Player on a Scholarship) who is eligible to play under a written contract of employment with a Club.

“Fees Tariff” means a list of fees approved by the Clubs at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any matters for which fees are payable under the Rules.

“Fines Tariff” means a list of fines approved by the Clubs at a general meeting to be levied by the Management Committee for any breach of the Rules.

“Ground” means the ground on which the Club’s team(s) plays its Competition Matches.

“Management Committee” means in the case of a Competition which is an unincorporated association, the management committee elected to manage the running of the Competition and where the Competition is incorporated it means the Board of Directors appointed in accordance with the articles of association of that company.  

“Match Officials” means the referee, the assistant referees and any fourth official appointed to a Competition Match.

“Non Contract Player” means any Player (other than a Player on a Scholarship) who is eligible to play for a Club but has not entered into a written contract of employment.

“Officer” means an individual who is appointed or elected to a position in a Club or Competition which requires that individual to make day to day decisions.

“Player” means any Contract Player, Non Contract Player or other Player who plays or who is eligible to play for a Club.

“Playing Season” means the period between the date on which the first competitive fixture in the Competition is played each year until the date on which the last competitive fixture in the Competition is played.

“Rules” means these rules under which the Competition is administered.

“Sanctioning Authority” means the Hampshire County Football Association Limited.

“Scholarship” means a Scholarship as set out in Rule C 3 (a) (i) of the Rules of The FA.

“Team Sheet” means a form provided by the Competition on which the names of the Players taking part in a Competition match are listed.

“The FA” means The Football Association Limited. 

“WGS” means the Whole Game System and the procedures for the operation thereof as determined by The FA from time to time.

 “written” or “in writing” means the representation or reproduction of words or symbols or other information in a visible form by any method or combination of methods, whether sent or supplied in electronic form or otherwise.

    (B)   The Rules are taken from the Standard Code of Rules  (the “Standard Code”)determined by The FA from time to time. In the event of any omissions from the Standard Code then the requirements of the Standard Code shall be deemed to apply to the Competition.

    (C)   All Clubs shall adhere to the Rules.  Every Club shall be deemed, as a member of the Competition to have accepted the Rules and to have agreed to abide by the decisions of the Management Committee in relation thereto, subject to the provisions of Rule 16.

    (D)   The Competition will be known as The Hampshire Premier Football League or such other name as the Competition may adopt).  The Clubs participating in the Competition must be members of the Competition.  A Club which ceases to exist or which ceases to be entitled to play in the Competition for any reason whatsoever shall thereupon automatically cease to be a member of the Competition.

    (E)    The administration of the Competition under these Rules will be carried out by the Competition acting (save where otherwise specifically mentioned herein) through the Management Committee in accordance with the rules, regulations and policies of The FA.

NOMENCLATURE AND CONSTITUTION

2. (A)   This Competition shall consist of not more than 34 Clubs approved by the Sanctioning Authority.

    (B) All Clubs must be affiliated to an Affiliated Association and their names and particulars shall be returned annually by the appointed date on the Form “D” to the Hampshire County Football Association and must have a constitution approved by the Sanctioning Authority.                                                                                                                                                                                      

This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Hampshire County Football Association(s) and the constituent teams of Member Clubs may be grouped in divisions, each not exceeding 18 in number.

    (C) Only one team shall be permitted from any Club to participate in the same division as another team from the same Club unless there is no viable alternative because of logistical issues and/or reasons linked to participation and geographical boundaries. The Competition will obtain the prior approval of the Sanctioning Authority in the event of a division comprising of more than one team from the same Club. This Competition will ensure that, where permission is given, teams from a Club operating in the same division are run as separate entities with no interchange of players other than via transfers of registration in accordance with these Rules.

    (D)   Inclusivity and Non-discrimination

(i) The Competition and each Club must be committed to promoting inclusivity and to eliminating all forms of discrimination

(ii)Any alleged breach of the Equality Act 2010 legislation must be referred to the appropriate Sanctioning Authority for investigation.

    (E)    Clubs must comply with the provisions of any initiatives of The FA which are adopted by the Competition including, but not limited to, Charter Standard and RESPECT programmes.              

    (F)    Clubs shall not enter any of their teams playing in the Competition in any other Competitions (with the exception of FA and County FA Competitions) except with the written consent of the Management Committee.

    (G)   At the Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, a majority of the delegates present shall have power to decide or adjust the  constitution of the divisions at their discretion.  When necessary this Rule shall take precedence over Rule 12.

ENTRY FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT

3. (A)   Applications by Clubs for admission to the Competition or the entry of an additional team(s) from the same Club must be made in writing to the Secretary and must be accompanied by the Entry Fee £50 per team set out in the Fees Tariff  per team which shall be returned in the event of non-election. 

At the discretion of a majority of the accredited voting members present applications, of which due notice has been given, may be received at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting.

When Rule 12(B) is applied or a team seeks a transfer or, is compulsorily transferred to another division, no Entry Fee shall be payable.

(B) The Annual Subscription shall be £50 per team payable on or before the Annual General Meeting of the Competition   in each year.

(C)   In the event of any issue concerning the membership of any Club with the Competition the Management Committee may require a Deposit to be paid by or on behalf of the Club on such terms and for such period as it may in its entire discretion think fit.

(D)   A Club shall not participate in this Competition until the Entry Fee, Annual Subscription and Deposit (if required) have been paid.

(E)    Clubs must advise annually to the Secretary in writing by June 15th of its Sanctioning Authority affiliation number for the forthcoming Season. Clubs must advise the Secretary in writing, or on the prescribed form, of details of its Headquarters, Officers and any other information required by the Competition.

MANAGEMENT, NOMINATION, ELECTION

4. (A)   The Management Committee shall comprise the Officers of the Competition and 3 ordinary members who shall all be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

    (B)   All  candidates for election as Officers or Members of the Management Committee shall be nominated to the Secretary in writing, signed by the Secretaries of two Member Clubs, not later than  1st April in each year.  Names of the candidates for election shall be circulated with the notice of the Annual General Meeting.  In the event of there being no nomination in accordance with the foregoing for any office, nominations may be received at the Annual General Meeting.

(C)   The Management Committee shall meet as and when required with no more than three calendar months between each meeting.

On receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds of the members of the Management Committee the Secretary shall convene a meeting of the Committee.

(D)   Except where otherwise mentioned all communications shall be addressed to the Secretary who shall conduct the correspondence of the Competition and keep a record of its proceedings.

(E)    All communications received from Clubs must be conducted through their nominated Officers.

POWERS OF MANAGEMENT

5. (A)   The Management Committee may appoint sub-committees and delegate such of their powers as they deem necessary.  The decisions of all sub-committees shall be reported to the Management Committee for ratification. The Management Committee shall have power to deal only with matters within the Competition and not for any matters of misconduct that are under the jurisdiction of The Football Association or Affiliated Association.

(B)   Subject to the permission of the Sanctioning Authority having been obtained the Management Committee may order a match or matches to be played each season, the proceeds to be devoted to the funds of the Competition and, if necessary, may call upon each Club (including any Club which may have withdrawn during the season) to contribute equally such sums as may be necessary to meet any deficiency at the end of the season.

(C)   Each Member of the Management Committee shall have the right to attend and vote at all Management Committee Meetings and have one vote thereat, but no Member shall be allowed to vote on any matters directly appertaining to such Member or to the Club so represented or where there may be a conflict of interest. (This shall apply to the procedure of any sub-committee).

    In the event of the voting being equal on any matter, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

(D)   The Management Committee shall have powers to apply, act upon and enforce these Rules and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Competition. Any action by the Competition must be taken within 28 days of the Competition being notified. 

With the exception of Rules 5(I), 6(H), and 19, for all breaches of Rule a formal written charge must be issued to the Club concerned The Club charged shall be given seven days from the date of notification of the charge  to reply to the charge and given the opportunity to:-

        (i)     Accept or deny the charge

        (ii)    Submit in writing a case of mitigation, or

        (iii)   Put their case before the Management Committee at a personal hearing             

All breaches of the Laws of the Game, or the Rules and Regulations of The FA shall be dealt with in accordance with FA Rules by the appropriate Association.

        Any fines levied shall be in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

    The maximum fine permitted for any breach of a Rule is £250 and, when setting any fine, the Competition must ensure that the penalty is proportional to the offence, taking into account any mitigating circumstances.

(E)    All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 16.

        Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned within ten days.

 (F)   More than fifty percent (50%) of its members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by the Management Committee or any sub-committee thereof.

(G) The Management Committee, as it may deem necessary, shall have power to fill in an acting capacity, any vacancies that may occur amongst their number.

(H)   A Club must comply with an order or instruction of the Management Committee and must attend to the business and/or the correspondence of the Competition to the satisfaction of the Management Committee.

 (I)   All fines and charges are payable forthwith and must be paid within 21 days of the date of notification of the decision. Any Club failing to do so will be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff. Further failure to pay the fine including the additional fine within 14 days will result in fixtures being withdrawn until such time as the outstanding fines are paid.

(J)    A member of the Management Committee appointed by the Competition to attend a meeting or match may have any reasonable expenses incurred refunded by the Competition.

(K)   The Management Committee shall have the power to fill any vacancy that may occur in the membership of the Competition between the Annual General or Special General Meeting called to decide the constitution and the commencement of the Competition season.

(L)    The business of the Competition as determined by the Management Committee may be transacted by electronic mail or facsimile.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

6. (A)   The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than June 14 in each year.  At this meeting the following business shall be transacted provided that at least 60% Members are present and entitled to vote:-

(i)     To receive and confirm the Minutes of the preceding Annual General Meeting.               

(ii)    To receive and adopt the Annual Report, Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts.

(iii)   Election of Clubs to fill vacancies.

(iv)   Constitution of the Competition for ensuing season.

(v)    Election of Officers and Management Committee.

(vi)   Appointment of Auditors.

(vii)  Alteration of Rules, if any.

(viii)  Fix the date for the commencement of the season and kick off times applicable to the Competition.

(ix)   Other business of which due notice shall have been given and accepted as being relevant to an Annual General Meeting.

(B)   A copy of the duly verified Balance Sheet, Statement of Accounts and Agenda shall be forwarded to each Club at least fourteen days prior to the meeting, together with any proposed change of Rules.

(C)   A signed copy of the duly verified Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts shall be sent to Sanctioning Authority within fourteen days of its adoption by the Annual General Meeting.

(D)   Each Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to an Annual General Meeting.  Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only. Fourteen days’ notice shall be given of any Meeting.

(E)    Clubs who have withdrawn their Membership of the Competition during the season being concluded or who are not continuing Membership shall be entitled to attend but shall vote only on matters relating to the season being concluded. This provision will not apply to Clubs expelled in accordance with Rule 17.

(F)    All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting cards unless a ballot be demanded by at least  50% of the delegates qualified to vote or the Chairman so decides.

(G)   No individual shall be entitled to vote on behalf of more than one Member Club.

(H)   Any continuing Club must be represented at the Annual General Meeting.

(I)   Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at an Annual General Meeting. 

AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED

7.     The Chairman and the Secretary of each Club which is an unincorporated Association and two directors of each Club which is an incorporated entity shall complete and sign the following agreement which shall be deposited with the Competition together with the Application for Membership for the coming season, or upon indicating that the Club intends to compete.

“We, (A) (name)  ________________ of (address) ________________________________  (Chairman)/(Director)and (B) (name) _________________of (address) ____________________(Secretary)/(Director)of  ___________________Football Club (Limited) have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the Hampshire Premier Football League Competition and do hereby agree for and on behalf of the said Club to conform to those Rules and Regulations and to accept, abide by and implement the decisions of the Management Committee of the Competition, subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 16.”

Any alteration of the Chairman and /or Secretary on the above Agreement must be notified to the Hampshire County Football Association to which the Club is affiliated and to the Secretary of the Competition.

QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

8. (A) (i) Contract players are not permitted in this Competition with the exception of those Players who are registered under Contract with the same Club who have a team operating at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System.

           It is the responsibility of each Club to ensure that any Player registered to the Club has, where necessary, the required International Transfer Certificate. Clearance is required for any Player aged 10 and over crossing borders including Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

        (ii) Each Club must have at least 15 Players registered 14 days before the start of each Playing Season.

    (B) A Player is one who, being in all other respects eligible, has:

        (i) signed a fully and correctly completed Competition registration form in ink, countersigned by an Officer, which is submitted to the Competition 24 hours prior to the Player playing and whose registration has been confirmed by the Competition  prior to that Player playing in a Competition Match;

        (ii) signed a fully and correctly completed Competition registration form in ink on a match day prior to playing which is countersigned by an Officer of the Club and witnessed by an Officer of the opposing Club, and submitted to the Competition within two days of the match.  The Player shall not play again until the Club is in possession of the approval of the Competition.  A maximum of 2 players may be registered in accordance with this paragraph 8(B)(ii); or  

        (iii) registered through WGS. 

Any registration form which is sent by either of the means set out at Rules 8(B) (i) or (ii) above that is not fully and correctly completed will be returned to the Club unprocessed. If a Club attempts to register a player via WGS but does not fully and correctly complete the necessary information via WGS, the registration will not be processed.

For clubs registering players under Rules 8(B) (i) or (ii) registration forms will be provided in a format to be determined by the Competition. For Clubs registering players via WGS (under Rule 8 (B) (iii)) Clubs must access WGS in order to complete the registration process.

    (C)   A team shall not include any player/more than 4 players who has/have taken part in any senior competition matches during the current season unless a period of 14 days has elapsed since they played.

        For the purpose of this Competition  a senior competition match is/are The FA Cup, The FA Vase, The FA Trophy or any match at steps 1-3 of the National League system. (these being the National League, National League North and South divisions, The Southern Premier, Isthmian Premier and Northern Premier Leagues).

    (D)A Player that owes a Football Debt (as defined under the Football Debt Recovery Regulations) to any Club(s) shall be permitted to register and play for a Club in the Competition, save that the Player may be liable to be suspended from playing for that Club should the Player fail to comply with the terms of the Football Debt Recovery Regulations in respect of that Football Debt.

    (E)    A fee as set out in the Fees Tariff shall be paid by each Club/team for each player registered.

    (F)    The Management Committee shall decide all registration disputes.

In the event of a player signing a registration form or having a registration submitted for more than one Club, priority of registration shall decide for which Club the player shall be registered. The Secretary shall notify the Club last applying to register the player of the fact of the previous registration.

    (G)   It shall be a breach of Rule for a player to:-

(i) Play for more than one Club in the Competition in the same season without first being transferred.

(ii) Having registered for one Club in the Competition, register for another Club in the Competition in that season except for the purpose of a transfer.

(iii) Submit a signed registration form or submit a registration through WGS for registration that the player had wilfully neglected to accurately or fully complete.

(H)   (i) The Management Committee shall have the power to accept the registration of any player subject to the provisions of clauses (ii) and (iii) below. 

(ii) The Management Committee shall have power to refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any player or may fine any player, at their discretion who has been charged and found guilty of registration irregularities (subject to Rule 16).

(iii) The Management Committee shall have power to make application to refuse or cancel the registration of any player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct (subject to Rule 16) subject to the right of appeal to the FA or the relevant County Football Association. Undesirable conduct shall mean an incident of repeated proven misconduct, which may deter a participant from being involved in this Competition. Application should be made to the parent County of the Club the player is registered or intending to be registered with.

    (iv) For a player who has previously had a registration removed in accordance with clause (iii) but has a registration accepted at the expiry of exclusion will be considered to be under a probationary period of 12 months. Whilst under a probationary period, should the player commit a further act of proven misconduct under the jurisdiction of the Competition, (excluding standard dismissals), the Competition would be empowered to consider a further charge of bringing the Competition into disrepute.

(Note:  Action under Clause (iii) shall not be taken against a player for misconduct until the matter has been dealt with by the appropriate Association, and then only in cases of the player bringing the Competition into disrepute and will in any case be subject to an Appeal to the Football Association. All decisions must include the period of restriction. For the purpose of this Rule, bringing the competition into disrepute can only be considered where the player has received in excess of 112 days’ suspension, or 10 matches in match based discipline, in a period of two years or less from the date of the first offence.)

(I) Subject to compliance with FA Rule C2(a) when a Club wishes to register a Player who is already registered with another Club it shall  submit a transfer form (in a format as determined by the Competition) to the Competition accompanied by a fee as set out in the Fees Tariff  . Such transfer shall be referred by the Competition to the Club for which the player is registered. Should this Club object to the transfer it should state its objections in writing to the Competition and to the Player concerned within three days of receipt of the notification.  Upon receipt of the Club’s consent, or upon its failure to give written objection within three days, the Competition Secretary may, on behalf of the Management Committee, transfer the Player who shall be deemed eligible to play for the new Club from such date or  7 days after receipt of such transfer.

In the event of an objection to a transfer the matter shall be referred to the Management Committee for a decision.

(J)    A player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after 6pm on 31st March  except by special permission of the Management Committee.

(K) A Club shall keep a list of the players it registers and a record of the games in which they have played, and shall produce such records upon demand by the Management Committee.

(L) A register containing the names of all players registered for each Club, with the date of registration, shall be kept by the (Registrations) Secretary and shall be open to the inspection of any duly appointed Member Club representative at all Management Committee meetings or at other times mutually arranged.  Registrations are valid for one Season only.

In the event of a player without a written contract changing his status to that of a contract player with the same Club, another Club in the Competition or with a Club in another Competition his registration as a player without a written contract will automatically be cancelled and declared void unless the Club conforms to the exception detailed in Rule 8(A)(i).

(M)A player shall not be eligible to play for a team in any special championship, promotion or relegation deciding match (as specified in Rule 12(A)) unless the player has played 10  games for that team in this Competition in the current season.

(N) Not Applicable to This Competition.

     (O)Any Club found to have played an ineligible Player in a match or matches shall have any points gained from that match or matches deducted from its record, up to a maximum of 12 points, and have levied upon it a fine.  The Management Committee may also order that such match or matches be replayed on such terms as are decided by the Management Committee which may also levy penalty points against the Club in default. 

        The Management Committee may vary this decision in respect of the points gained only in circumstances where the ineligibility is due to the failure to obtain an International Transfer Certificate or where the ineligibility is related to the Player’s status.  

        In exceptional circumstances the Management Committee may, at its discretion, award the points available in the match in question to the opponents, subject to the match not being ordered to be replayed.

 (P)(The following Clause applies to Competitions involving players in full-time secondary education):-

    (i) Priority must be given at all times to school and school organisations activities.

(ii) The availability of children must be cleared with the Head Teachers (except for Sunday Leagues).

(iii) To play open age football the player must have achieved the age of 16.

CLUB COLOURS.  CLUB NAME

9. (A) Every Club must register the colour of its shirts and shorts with the Secretary by June 1st who shall decide as to their suitability.

Goalkeepers must wear colours which distinguish them from all other players and the match officials.

No player, including the goalkeeper, shall be permitted to wear black or very dark shirts.

Any team not being able to play in its normal colours as registered with the Competition shall notify its opponents the colours in which they will play  (including the colour of the goalkeepers jersey) at least Five (5)  days before the match.

If, in the opinion of the referee, two Clubs have the same or similar colours, the home team shall make the change. A club must not delay the scheduled time of kick off for a competition match by not having a change of colours.  Shirts must be numbered.

    (B) Any Club wishing to change its name must obtain permission from the Sanctioning Authority and from the Management Committee. Any Club wishing to change its colours during the Playing Season must obtain permission from the Management Committee.

PLAYING SEASON.  CONDITIONS OF PLAY, TIMES OF KICK-OFF.  POSTPONEMENTS.  SUBSTITUTES

10.   (A)   The Annual General Meeting shall determine the date for the commencement of the season.         

(B)   All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board.

Clubs must take all reasonable precautions to keep their grounds in a playable condition. All matches shall be played on pitches deemed suitable by the Management Committee. If through any fault of the home team a match has to be replayed, the Management Committee shall have power to order the venue to be changed.

The Management Committee shall have power to decide whether a pitch and/or facilities are suitable for matches in the Competition and to order the Club concerned to play its fixtures on another ground.

Football Turf pitches (3G) are allowed in this Competition providing they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA’s Register of Football Turf pitches. For clubs playing at Step 7 and below a pitch must be tested (by a FIFA accredited test institute) every three years and the results passed to the FA. The FA will give a decision on the suitability for use and add the pitch to the Register.

The home Club is also responsible for advising participants of footwear requirements when confirming match arrangements in accordance with Rule 10(D).

Within the National League System (“NLS”) all matches shall have a duration of 90 minutes. All matches outside of the NLS shall have duration of 90 minutes unless a shorter time (not less than sixty (60) minutes) is mutually arranged by the two Clubs in consultation with the referee prior to the commencement of the match, and in any event shall be of equal halves. Two matches involving the same two teams can be played on the same day providing the total playing time is not more than 120 minutes.

The times of kick-off shall be fixed at the AGM and can only be altered by the mutual consent of the two competing clubs prior to the scheduled date of the match with written notification given to the Competition at least 7 days prior. 

Referees must order matches to commence at the appointed time and must report all late starts to the Competition.

The home team must provide goal nets and at least three footballs fit for play and the referee shall make a report to the Competition if the footballs are unsuitable.

(C)   Except by permission of the Management Committee all matches must be played on the dates originally fixed but priority shall be given to The Football Association and parent County Association Cup Competitions. All other matches must be considered secondary. Clubs may mutually agree to bring forward a match with the consent of the (Fixtures) Secretary.

In the case of a revised fixture date, the Clubs must be given by the Competition 5 clear days’ notice of the match (unless otherwise mutually agreed).

 (D) The Secretary of the home Club must give notice of full particulars of the location of, and access to, the ground and time of kick-off to the match officials and the Secretary of the opposing Club at least 5  clear days prior to the playing of the match.  If not so provided, the away club shall seek such details and report the circumstances to the competition. 

 (E)A minimum of 7 players will constitute a team for a Competition match.

 (F)   (i) Home and away matches shall be played. In the event of a Club failing to keep its engagement the Management Committee shall have power to inflict a fine, deduct points from the defaulting Club, award the points from the match in question to the opponents, order the defaulting Club to pay any expenses incurred by the opponents or otherwise deal with them except the award of goals.  Notwithstanding the foregoing home and away provision, the Management Committee shall have power to order a match to be played on a neutral ground or on the opponent’s ground if they are satisfied that such action is warranted by the circumstances.

    (ii)    Any Club with more than one team in the Competition shall always fulfil its fixture, within the Competition, in the following order of precedence:-  First Team, Reserve Team, A Team. 

    (iii)   Any Club unable to fulfil a fixture or where a fixture has been postponed for any reason must, without delay, give notice to the (Fixtures) Secretary, the Competition Referees Appointments Secretary, the Secretary of the opposing Club and the match officials.         

    (iv) In the event of a match not being played or abandoned owing to causes over which neither Club has control, it should be played in its entirety on a date to be mutually agreed by the two Clubs and approved by the Management Committee.  Failing such agreement and notification to the (Fixtures) Secretary within Three (3) days the Management Committee shall have power to order the match to be played on a named date or on or before a given date. Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and the Clubs involved agree, the Management Committee shall also be empowered to order the score at the time of an abandonment to stand.

    (v)    The Management Committee shall review all matches abandoned in cases where it is consequent upon the conduct of either or both Teams. Where it is to the advantage of the Competition and does no injustice to either Club, the Management Committee shall be empowered to order the score at the time of the abandonment to stand.  In all cases where the Management Committee are satisfied that a match was abandoned owing to the conduct of one team or its Club member(s) they shall be empowered to award the points for the match to the opponent.  In cases where a match has been abandoned owing to the conduct of both teams or their Club member(s), the Management Committee shall rule all points for the match as void. No fine(s) can be applied by the Management Committee for an abandoned match.

    (vi) The Management Committee shall review any match that has taken place where either or both teams were under a suspension imposed upon them by the Association or Affiliated Association. In each case the team that was under suspension would be dealt with in the same manner as if they had participated with ineligible players in accordance with Rule 8(O) above. Where both teams were under suspension the game must be declared null and void.

 (G)A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use three (3) substitute players in any match in this Competition who may be selected from five (5) players.

The referee shall be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than thirty (30) minutes before the start of the match and a Player not so named may not take part in that match.

A player who has been selected, appointed or named as a substitute before the start of the match but does not actually play in the game shall not be considered to have been a player in that game within the meaning of Rule 8 of this Competition.

(H)   The half time interval shall be of ten (10) minutes’ duration, but it shall not exceed fifteen minutes. The half time interval may only be altered with the consent of the referee.

(I)    The Cubs taking part in fixture Competition Match shall identify a team captain who has a responsibility to offer support in the management of the on-field discipline of his team mates.

REPORTING RESULTS

11.   (A)   The Leagues’ Full Time Website must receive within 3 days of the date played, the result of each competition match in the prescribed manner. This must include the forenames and surnames of the team players and also the referee markings required by rule 13, or any other information required by the competition. 

    (B)   Both Clubs shall SMS the result of each match to the fixture secretary within 30 minutes of conclusion of the match.   

    (C)   The match result notification, correctly completed, shall be signed by a responsible member of the Club. 

DETERMINING CHAMPIONSHIP

12.   (A)   Team rankings within the Competition will be decided by points with three points to be awarded for a win and one point for a drawn match. The teams gaining the highest number of points in their respective Divisions at the conclusion shall be adjudged the winners.  Matches must not be played for double points.

        In circumstances where two or more teams are equal on points team rankings shall be determined by goal difference where the goals scored against by each team shall be deducted from the goals scored by that team and the largest positive difference shall be placed the highest. In the event of the goal difference being equal the highest placed team shall be the team which has scored the most goals. In the event that two or more teams have the same goal difference and have scored the same number of goals then the highest placed team shall be the team which has won the most matches.

        In the event of the two teams still being equal the team which has the better playing record against the other team in their head to head Competition matches during the Season will be the highest placed team.

        If the records of two or more teams are still equal and it is necessary for any reason to determine the position of each then the teams affected shall play a deciding match or matches as determined by the Management Committee.

    (B)   All Promotions and demotions shall be determined and agreed within the workings of the Hampshire Inter-Leagues Conference.

    (C) Not Applicable to this competition. 

 (D) In the event of a team withdrawing from the Competition before completing 75% of its fixtures for the season all points obtained by or recorded against such defaulting team shall be expunged from the Competition table. For the purposes of this Rule 12(D) a completed fixture shall include any Competition Match(es) which has been awarded by the Management Committee.

(E)    Where a promotion and/or relegation link exists between Competitions two (2)  Clubs, providing they meet the appropriate grading criteria, will be eligible to make application to the Sydenhams Football League Competition at their Annual General Meeting.  Should the Champion Club not wish for promotion or, alternatively, not have the necessary grading criteria, then the second, third, fourth or fifth placed Club will be eligible under the same conditions.

At the end of each season and depending on the geographical location of Clubs gaining promotion to or being relegated from the Sydenhams Football League Competition, it may be necessary for the Competition either (a) to accept a Club from the other step 7 Competitions, or (b) have a Club transferred to the same Competition.

Subject to the rulings of the Hampshire Inter-League Conference The bottom two (2) Clubs in the Senior Division Competition will be relegated.  Each relegated Club will be allocated either to the First Division Competition or to the Competition recommended as most appropriate by the Joint Liaison Committee.                                     

Subject to the rulings of the Hampshire Inter-League Conference One (1)  Club will be promoted to the Senior Division Competition from the First Division Competition, and one from the Divisional feeder leagues which are members of the Hampshire Inter-Leagues Constitution the various Competitions providing that each Club is either the Champion Club or Runner-up or third (3rd) placed Club and has the necessary grading criteria.

In the event of there being no eligible Club from the various Divisional feeder leagues wishing promotion or not having the necessary grading criteria from any of the Competitions, and subject to the agreement of the Hampshire Inter-League Conference, a 2nd club from Division 1 may be considered for promotion, otherwise this will reduce the number of Clubs to be relegated from the Senior Division Competition.

If no Clubs are eligible, or wish for promotion, no Clubs will be relegated from the Senior Division  Competition.

In the event of a  Senior Division Competition Club not being placed in the bottom two (2) Clubs at the end of the season, wishing to resign from the Competition at the end of the season, or having been excluded under Rule Seventeen (17)   only One (1)  Club will be relegated at the end of the season.

In the event of a Senior Division Competition Club opting to be relegated or being relegated under Rule Seventeen (17)   such Club or Clubs will replace the Club or Clubs otherwise due for relegation.

REFEREES

13.   (A)   Registered Referees (and Assistant Referees where approved by the FA or County FA) for all matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the Sanctioning Authority.

    (B)   In the event of the non-appearance of the appointed Referee the appointed senior Assistant Referee shall take charge and a substitute Assistant Referee appointed by the competing Teams.  In cases where there are no officially appointed Assistant Referees, the Clubs shall agree upon a Referee.   An individual thus agreed upon shall, for that game, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered Referee. Individuals under the age of 16 must not participate either as a Referee or Assistant Referee in any open age competition.

(C)   Where Assistant Referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club Assistant Referee

(D)   The appointed Referee shall have power to decide as to the fitness of the ground in all matches and the decision shall be final subject to either in the case of a ground of a Local Authority or the owners of a ground, the Representative of that body is the sole arbiter and whose decision must be accepted.

    (E)    Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the sanctioning Association, Match Officials appointed under this Rule for Senior Division Fixtures shall be paid a match fee of £40 inclusive travel expenses. Officials for First Division and Combination matches shall be paid £35 inclusive of travelling expenses. When appointed by the appointments secretary, an assistant match official shall be paid £30 inclusive of travelling expenses. In addition where applicable, a match official travelling to or from the Isle of Wight will be entitled to charge the ferry fare at the cheapest rate available.

    The Home Club shall pay the Officials their fees immediately after the match.

(F)    In the event of a match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to half fee. Where a match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club shall be ordered to pay the Officials, if they attend the ground, their full fee.

(G)   A Referee not keeping his or her engagement, and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, may be reported to the Association with which he or she is registered.

    (H) Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by The Football Association, award marks to the Referee for each match and the name of the Referee and the marks awarded shall be submitted to the Competition via Full Time.  Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to be fined or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine.

    (I) The Competition shall keep a record of the markings and, on the Form provided by the prescribed date each season, shall submit a summary to The Football Association/County Association.

(J)    The Referee shall submit a report Form, supplied by the Competition, giving the result of the match, the number of players in each team and the time of kick-off to the (Registration) Secretary within two days of the match.

(K)   Referees and Assistant Referees shall be supplied, each Season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.

(L)    Referees and Assistant Referees shall have undertaken a Respect briefing offered by the FA/County FA or the League.

CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP OR WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB

14.   (A)   A Club intending, or having a provisional intention, to withdraw a team from the Competition on completion of its fixtures and fulfilment of all other obligations to the Competition must notify the Secretary in writing by 31st March each Season.

(B)   The Management Committee shall have the discretion to deal with a team being unable to start or complete its fixtures for a Playing Season.

    (C)   In the event of a Member Club failing to discharge all its financial obligations to the Competition in excess of £50, the Management Committee are empowered to refer the debt under The FA Football Debt Recovery provisions.

PROTESTS AND COMPLAINTS

15.(A)   (i) All questions of eligibility, qualifications of players or interpretations of the Rules shall be referred to the Management Committee.

(ii)    Objections relevant to the dimensions of the pitch, goals, flag posts or other facilities of the venue will not be entertained by the Management Committee unless a protest is lodged with the Referee before the commencement of the match. 

(B)   Except in cases where the Management Committee decide that there are special circumstances, protests and complaints (which must contain full particulars of the grounds upon which they are founded) must be lodged with the  Secretary within    three (3) days (excluding Sundays) of the match or occurrence to which they refer.  A protest or complaint shall not be withdrawn except by permission of the Management Committee.  A Member of the Management Committee who is a member of any Club involved shall not be present (except as a witness or representative of his Club) when such protest or complaint is being determined.

(C)   No protest of whatever kind shall be considered by the Management Committee unless the complaining Club shall have deposited with the Secretary a sum in accordance with the Fees Tariff.  This may be forfeited in whole or in part in the event of the complaining or protesting Club losing its case.  The Competition shall have power to order the defaulting Club or the Club making a losing or frivolous protest or complaint to pay the expenses of the enquiry or to order that the costs to be shared by the parties.

(D)   All parties to a protest or complaint must receive a copy of the submission and must be afforded an opportunity to make a statement at least 7 days prior to the protest or complaint being heard.

    (i)     All parties must have received Seven (7) days’ notice of the Hearing should they be instructed to attend.

    (ii)    Should a Club elect to state its case in person then the Club should indicate such when forwarding the written response.

PROTESTS, APPEALS

16.   (A)All protests, claims or complaints relating to these Rules and appeals arising from a Player’s contract shall be heard and determined by the Management Committee, or a sub-committee duly appointed by the Management Committee. The Clubs or Players protesting, appealing, claiming or complaining must send a copy of such protest, appeal, claim or complaint and deposit a fee which shall be forfeited in the event of the protest, appeal, claim or complaint not being upheld, and the party not succeeding may, in addition, be ordered to pay the costs at the direction of the Management Committee.

    (B)   All such protests claims complaints and appeals must be received in writing by the Secretary within fourteen days of the event or decision causing any of these to be submitted.

    (C)   The Management Committee shall also have power to compel any party to the protest to pay such expenses as the Management Committee shall direct.

    (D)Any appeal against a decision of the Management Committee must be lodged with the Sanctioning Authority within fourteen (14) days of the posting of the written notification of the decision causing the appeal, accompanied by a fee which may be forfeited in the event of the appeal not being upheld. A copy of the appeal must also be sent to the Secretary.

    (E)    If so requested the Management Committee may arbitrate on any disputes, protests, appeals, claims or complaints between two Clubs in which event both Clubs shall send a non-returnable fee. Such arbitration shall be final and binding upon the parties to the arbitration.

    (F)    No appeal can be lodged against a decision taken at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting unless this is on the ground of unconstitutional conduct.

EXCLUSION OF CLUBS OR TEAMS

MISCONDUCT, CLUBS, OFFICIALS, PLAYERS

17.   (A)   At the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting called for the purpose, Notice of Motion having been duly circulated on the Agenda by direction of the Management Committee, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude any Club or Team from membership which must be supported by (more than) two thirds (2/3) of those present and voting.  Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot. A Club which is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from voting.

(B)   At the Annual General Meeting, or at a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 19, the accredited delegates present shall have the power to exclude from further participation in the Competition any Club whose conduct has, in their opinion, been undesirable, which must be supported by (more than) two-thirds (2/3) of those present and voting.  Voting on this point shall be conducted by ballot.

A Club whose conduct is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from voting.

(C)   Any official or member of a Club proved guilty of either a breach of Rule, other than field offences, or of inducing or attempting to induce a player or players of another Club in the Competition to join them shall be liable to expulsion or such penalty as a General Meeting or Management Committee may decide, and their Club shall also be liable to expulsion in accordance with the provisions of Clause (A) of this Rule.   

TROPHY:-

LEGAL OWNERS, CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER, AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED, AWARDS.

18.   (A)   The following agreement shall be signed on behalf of the winners of the Cup or Trophy:-

“We (A) (name) and (B) (name), the Chairman and Secretary of FC (Limited), members of and representing the Club, having been declared winners of Cup or Trophy, and it having been delivered to us by the Competition, do hereby on behalf of the Club jointly and severally agree to return the Cup or Trophy to the Competition Secretary on or before 1st March. If the Cup or Trophy is lost or damaged whilst under our care we agree to refund to the Competition the amount of its current value or the cost of its thorough repair.”

(B)At the close of each Competition awards shall be made to the winners and runners-up if the funds of the Competition permit.

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS

19.       Upon receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds (2/3) of the Clubs in membership the Secretary shall call a Special General Meeting.

The Management Committee may call a Special General Meeting at any time.

At least seven days’ notice shall be given of either meeting under this Rule, together with an agenda of the business to be transacted at such meeting. Each Member Club shall be empowered to send two delegates to all Special General Meetings.  Each Club shall be entitled to one vote only, as will members of the Management Committee.

Any continuing Member Club must be represented at a Special General Meeting.

Officers and Management Committee members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all Special General Meetings.

ALTERATION TO RULES

20.       Alterations, for which consent has been given by the Sanctioning Authority, shall be made to these Rules only at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting specially convened for the purpose called in accordance with Rule 19.  Any alteration made during the Playing Season to these Rules shall not take effect until the following Playing Season.

        Notice of proposed alterations to be considered at the AGM shall be submitted to the Secretary by February 1st  in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs by 1st March and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary by 15th March. The proposals and proposed amendments thereto shall be circulated to Clubs with the notice of the AGM. A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if a majority of 2/3rds of those present, entitled to vote and voting are in favour.

        A copy of the proposed alterations to Rules to be considered at the AGM or Special General Meeting shall be submitted to the Sanctioning Authority or The FA (as applicable) at least 28 days prior to the date of the meeting or by 1st April whichever is sooner.              

 FINANCE

21.   (A)   The Management Committee shall determine with which bank or other financial institution the funds of the Competition will be lodged.

(B) All expenditure in excess of £100 shall be approved by the Management Committee. Cheques shall be signed by at least two Officers nominated by the Management Committee.

(C)   The financial year of the Competition will end on December 31st

(D)   The books, or a certified balance sheet, of a Competition shall be prepared and shall be verified annually by some suitable person(s) who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting. 

INSURANCE

22.       All Clubs must have valid public liability insurance cover of at least 10 million pounds (£10,000,000) at all times.

        All Clubs must have valid personal accident cover for all Players registered with them from time to time. The Players’ personal accident cover must be in place prior to the Club taking part in any Competition match and shall be at least equal to the minimum recommended cover determined from time to time by the sanctioning Association. In instances where The Football Association is the sanctioning Association, the minimum recommended cover will be the cover required by the Affiliated Association to which a Club affiliates. 

DISSOLUTION

23.   (A) Dissolution of the Competition shall be by resolution approved at a Special General Meeting by a majority of three quarters (3/4) of the members present and shall take effect from the date of the relevant Special General Meeting.

    (B) In the event of the dissolution of the Competition, the members of the Management Committee are responsible for the winding up of the assets and liabilities of the Competition.

    (C) The Management Committee shall deal with any surplus assets as follows:

(i)        Any surplus assets, save for a Trophy or any other presentation, remaining after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Competition shall be transferred only to another Competition or Affiliated Association or The Football Association Benevolent Fund or to such other charitable or benevolent object in the locality of the Competition as determined by resolution at or before the time of winding up, and approved in writing by the sanctioning Association.

(ii)    If a Competition is discontinued for any reason a Trophy or any other presentation shall be returned to the Donor if the conditions attached to it so provide or, if not, dealt with as the Sanctioning Authority may decide.  

ADVISORY NOTES

  1. Rule 2.

The competition shall have three/four Divisions as follows:

a) Senior Division, only open to teams from clubs at the Step 7 standard of the FA’s National League System.

b) First Division open to other clubs.

c) Combination Division(s) is/are open only to the reserve sides of those teams in either of the Competition’s Senior or Division One.

Clause a) and b) are subject to the approval of the Joint Liaison Committee

2.

Elected Officers shall be a President, Chairman, Deputy Chairman (Operations), Deputy Chairman (Development), Treasurer, Competition Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Registration Secretary, Assistant Registration Secretary, Referees Secretary, League Development Officer, League Welfare Officer, Media Officer and Results Secretary.

Note: Each time the term Registration Secretary is used in these Rules, if appropriate it will be taken to include the Assistant Registration Secretary.

  1. Rule 9(A)

Shirts must be clearly numbered 1-16, or 17 where 13 is not used, and there shall be no change of numbers with the exception of a change of goalkeeper. The size of the numbers shall be approximately 10” high. Failure to comply may result in a fine of £25.00.

4.  Rule 10(B)

The home team must provide sufficient footballs, minimum standard Mitre max or equivalent. Kick off times on a Saturday through the season will be:

August-October: 3pm, November -February 2pm, March-End of Season – 3pm.

  1. Rule 13(C)

Assistant Referees appointed by the Club cannot be used as ‘substitutes’ except in Division One and the Combination Division. The Management Committee may, if they consider it desirable or on such application by the two (2) competing Clubs appoint Assistant Referees if available to any match.

  1. COMPETITION SECRETARY’S POWERS

Where not inconsistent with the foregoing the Competition Secretary or his/her nominated deputy may take such arrangements as he/she thinks fit from time to time for the arranging of matches.

  1. OTHER RULES

Where applicable and not inconsistent with the forgoing Rules of the Competition, the Rules of the Hampshire FA Ltd shall apply and be given effect to as if here inserted.

  1. GROUND GRADING

To facilitate the achievement of the Grading Standards, Clubs will be required to enter into a formal agreement with the Management Committee to carry out a phased programme of works. All Clubs must conform to the following ground specifications and an Inspection fee of £50.00. All decisions on Ground Grading by the Management Committee shall be final. There shall be no appeal on Ground Grading. See Ground Grading requirements below.

Any club applying to join the Senior Division must have the ground grading requirements for Step 7 (as laid down by The Football Association) in place by 31st March in the year of application.

  1. CHILD PROTECTION

(A) Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the game into disrepute.

(B) In these Regulations the expression “Offence” shall mean any one or more of the offences contained in Schedule 1 to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and any other criminal offence which reasonably causes the Association to believe that the person accused of the offence poses or pose a risk of harm to a child or children.

(C). Upon receipt by the Association of:

1 notification that an individual has been charged with an offence; or

2 notification that an individual is the subject of an investigation by the Police, Social services or any other authority relating to an offence; or

3 any other information, which causes The Association reasonably to believe that a person poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children then The Association shall have the power to order that the individual be suspended from all or any specific football activity for such period and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.

4. In reaching its determination as to whether an order under Regulation 3

should be made, The Association shall give consideration, inter alia, to the

following factors:

     (D) 1 whether a child is or children are or may be at risk or harm;

2 whether the matters are of a serious nature;

3 whether an order is necessary or desirable to allow the conduct of any

investigation by The Association or any other authority or body to proceed

unimpeded.

(E) The period of an order referred to in 3 above shall not be capable of lasting beyond the date upon which any charge under The Rules of The Association or any offence is decided or brought to an end.

(F) Where an order is imposed on an individual under Regulation 3 above the Association shall bring and conclude any proceedings under The Rules of The Association against the person relating to the matters as soon as reasonably practicable.

(G) Where a person is convicted, or is made the subject of a caution in respect of an offence that shall constitute a breach of the Rules of the Association and The Association shall have the power to order the suspension of the person from all or any specific football activity for such a period, including indefinitely, and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.

(H) For the purpose of these Regulations The Association shall act through its Council or any Committee or Sub-Committee thereof, including the Board.

(I) Notification in writing of an order referred to above shall be given to the person concerned and/or any Club with which he is associated as soon as reasonably practicable 

CUP COMPETITIONS

The following Rules shall apply, except where specified, to all the Hampshire Premier Football League Cup Competitions which shall be played annually.

NAMES AND CONTROL

1. The Cup Competitions shall be known as the Hampshire Premier Football League Cup and Hampshire Premier Football League Combination Cup.

Cups shall not be won outright and shall be returned to the donors in the event of no Competition.

The Competition shall be managed by the Officers and Management Committee of the Hampshire Premier Football League whose decisions on all matters shall be binding subject to the right of appeal to the Board of Appeal in accordance with League Rule 16.

The Competition shall observe the Rules and Regulations of the Football Association and all matches played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as settled by the International Association Board.

ENTRIES AND ENTRANCE FEES

2. All Clubs wishing to compete must make a written application accompanied by the appropriate fees by 1st June or as directed by the Management Committee. Offending Clubs may be fined £25.00. The following are the entrance fees per team:
Hampshire Premier Football League Senior Cup £20.00
Hampshire Premier Football League Combination Cup £20.00

ELIGIBILITY OF CLUBS

3. Hampshire Premier Football League Senior Cup
Open to all Clubs with teams playing in the Senior Division & First Division of the Hampshire Premier Football League. 
Hampshire Premier Football League Combination Cup
Open to all Clubs with teams playing in the Combination Division(s) of the Hampshire Premier Football League.

PLAYERS QUALIFICATIONS

4. (a) Except as hereby varied, the player’s qualifications shall be those as defined in League Rule 8 for Senior Division matches as far as it applies to Club eligible for both these Competitions.

(b) No player shall play for more than one (1) team in any one (1) Cup Competition during the same season.

(c) In the event of a Cup Tie being postponed only those players eligible to play on the original date shall be eligible to play when the re-arranged game takes place.

(d) Any team playing an unregistered or otherwise ineligible player or players shall be removed from the Competition and the game awarded to the opponents, and shall be fined a sum not less than £50.00 and further dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee.

(e) A player who plays first in the Combination Cup can then play in the Senior Cup for his Club, but then cannot return to play any further part in the Combination Cup. A Player who plays first in the Senior Cup is not eligible to play in the Combination Cup(This rule does not apply to the League phase of the Combination Cup competition providing the player has played at least one previous game in the Combination Cup)


KICK OFF TIMES, DRAWN TIES, EXTRA TIME AND CHOICE OF GROUNDS

5. (a) The times off kick off shall be the kick off time as stated in League Rule 10 and fixed by the annual general meeting.

(b) Except as hereby varied, in all rounds, excluding Semi-Final and Finals the Club first drawn will be the Home Club. If the designated home Club ground is not available the Fixture Secretary may reverse the fixture otherwise the home drawn team shall have two (2) attempts before the game is reversed. In the event of neither ground being available the tie will be played on the ground of the first drawn Club the week immediately following or as directed by the Fixture Secretary. The Management Committee shall decide upon which grounds the Semi-Final and Final matches shall be played on.

(c) In the event of a draw at 90 minus or the agreed time having been played the match shall be decided by penalty kicks in accordance with Hampshire FA County Cup rule 38. Extra time will not be played in any tie.

If circumstances and conditions do not permit penalty kicks to be taken and in matches where they are begun but not completed, the match will be replayed.

REFEREES

6. League Rule 13 shall apply and be given effect to as if here inserted.

REPORTING RESULTS

7. League Rule 11 shall apply and be given effect to as if here inserted.

ALLOCATION OF PROCEEDS

8. Except as hereby varied, in the Final Tie the whole of the proceeds of the match, after payment of expenses, shall be devoted to the Competition Funds. The Competition shall pay the expenses of the hire of the ground but if it incurs a loss the participating Clubs shall pay the difference.

CUPS AND AWARDS

9. Winners and Runners-up shall each receive sixteen (16) awards. Where applicable League Rule 18 shall apply. When a player in the Final Tie is ordered to leave the field of play for misconduct the award to which he may be entitled may be withheld at the discretion of the Management Committee.

OTHER RULES

10.Except as hereby varied or as may be inconsistent or irrelevant, the remainder of the Rules of the Hampshire Premier Football League shall apply to these Competitions and be given effect to as if here inserted.

COMPETITION SECRETARY’S POWERS

11. Where not inconsistent with the foregoing the Competition Secretary or his/her nominated deputy may take such arrangements as he/she thinks fit from time to time for the arranging of matches. 

FEES TARIFF

RULE NUMBER

DESCRIPTION

 MAXIMUM FEE

3 (A)

ENTRY FEE

£ 50.00

3 (B)

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

£50.00

3 (C)

DEPOSIT

£100.00

8 (E)

REGISTRATION FORM

£1.50

8 (I)

TRANSFER FORM

£20.00

13 (E)

REFEREE FEES (Senior Division)

£40.00

13 (E)

REFEREE FEES

(1ST Division & Combination)

£35.00

13 (E)

ASSISTANT REFEREE FEES

£30.00

15 (C),16(A),16(G)

PROTEST/APPEAL FEES

£50.00

 

 FINES TARIFF                           

RULE NUMBER

DESCRIPTION

MAXIMUM FINE

2 (B)

FAILURE TO AFFILIATE

£50.00

2 (E)

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH FA INITIATIVES

£25.00

2 (F)

UNAUTHORISED ENTRY OF TEAMS INTO COMPETITIONS

£25.00

3 (C)

FAILURE TO PAY A DEPOSIT

£25.00

3 (E)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE AFFILIATION NUMBER/DETAILS FORM

£25.00

4 (D)

COMMUNICATIONS CONDUCTED BY PERSONS OTHER THAN NOMINATED OFFICERS

£25.00

5 (H)

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN INSTRUCTION  OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

£20.00

5 (I)

FAILURE TO PAY A FINE WITHIN 21 DAYS OF NOTICE

£50.00

6 (H)

FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT AGM

£50.00

7

FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT OR TO NOTIFY CHANGES TO SIGNATORIES

£25.00

8 (A) (ii)

FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PLAYERS PRIOR TO THE SEASON COMMENCING

£25.00

8 (B)

FAILURE TO CORRECTLY REGISTER A PLAYER

£25.00

8 (C)

FIELDING MORE THAN THE PERMITTED NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN SENIOR COMPETITIONS MATCHES

£25.00

8 (G)

SIGNING OR PLAYING FOR MULTIPLE CLUBS, OR INACCURATE COMPLETION OF A REGISTRATION FORM

£20.00

8 (H) (ii)

REGISTRATION IRREGULARITIES

£25.00

8 (O)

PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER

£50.00

8 (P)

FAILURE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

£25.00

9 (A),10 (B)

DELAYING KICK OFF/NO NETS/ NO CORNER FLAGS

£20.00

9 (B)

FAILURE TO OBTAIN CONSENT FOR A CHANGE OF CLUB NAME

£20.00

10 (C)

FAILURE TO PLAY MATCHES ON THE DATE FIXED

£100.00

10 (D)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF A FIXTURE

£20.00

10 (E)

PLAYING MATCH WITH LESS THAN REQUIRED NUMBER OF PLAYERS

£15.00

10 (F) (i) & (iii)

FAILURE TO PLAY FIXTURE

£100.00

10 (I)

NO CAPTAIN’S ARMBAND

£20.00

11 (A) & 11 (C)

LATE TEAM SHEET

£20.00

11 (B)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE RESULT

£20.00

13 (C)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE CLUB ASSISTANT REFEREE

£20.00

13 (E)

FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS’ FEES AND EXPENSES

£20.00

13 (F)

FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS WHERE A MATCH IS NOT PLAYED

£20.00

13 (H)

FAILURE TO PROVIDE REFEREE’S MARK

£20.00

14 (A)

WITHDRAWAL FROM LEAGUE AFTER 31ST MARCH

£250.00

14 (B)

FAILURE TO START/COMPLETE FIXTURES

£250.00

18 (A)

FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE TROPHY

£20.00

22

FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE

£100.00

 

GROUND GRADING REQUIREMENTS (ADVISORY NOTE 9) 

(Unless noted, these requirements relate to matches in all Divisions) 

(A) Playing Area:

          Minimum size: 100 metres x 64 metres.

          Goal post and goal net supports are to be of a professional manufacture and to meet the requirements of the Laws of the Game.

          Metal cup hooks are not permitted.

          The distance between the touchline/goal line and perimeter is to be not less than two (2) metres.         

(B) Pitch Perimeter Barrier: 

          Senior Division: Of a solid construction and securely fixed to the ground at a recommended height of 1.1 metres, (or rope if sanctioned by the Management Committee), with a minimum width of one (1) metre hard standing on one side.

          First Division & Combination: A minimum of stakes and rope to completely surround the playing surface 

(C) Trainers Boxes:

          Senior Division: Two (2) trainer’s boxes clearly marked ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ are to be provided. They should be situated an equal distance apart either side of the halfway line a minimum distance of three (3) metres apart. Each box is to be able to accommodate eight (8) persons on fixed seats or benches. Portable trainer boxes are permissible.

A technical area, as defined within the Laws of the Game, should be marked around each trainer’s box. 

(D) Playing Surface Standard:

          To be of grass of a high standard, level and free from surface depressions and excessive undulations or Football Turf pitches (3G)  

Senior Division: The maximum slope is to be 1:41 in any direction. 

(E) Pitch Maintenance:

          A Part-time or full time grounds man is required together with the necessary ground equipment and suitable line marker. 

(F) Protection of Players and Officials:

          Clubs are to provide a safe passage for players and Match Officials from the dressing rooms to the field of play which should be adequately stewarded. 

(G) Floodlighting:

          Where floodlights are installed they must have an average lux reading of 120. Tests must be carried out every two (2) years.

          For new installations the average lux reading shall be 180. 

(H) Security of Tenure:

            Where a Club does not own the freehold of their ground then evidence of adequate security of tenure must be provided. 

(I) Boundary of the Ground:

          A fully enclosed single pitch ground, or if a multi pitch ground only one (1) to be in use. 

(J) Toilet Facilities (Spectators – Separate from players):

            Gents’ urinals 2: Gents’ W.C’s 1: Ladies W.C’s 2.

          In addition there must be at least one (1) hand basin in each gents and ladies toilet area; warm air hand driers and/or paper towels must be provided.

          Disabled toilet facilities must be provided.

          The provision of toilet facilities within a Clubhouse will be acceptable if these are available at all times on match days.

          All toilet areas are to be in working order and maintained to a high level of cleanliness. 

(K) Dressing Rooms:

          It is the responsibility of the home team to ensure that all dressing rooms are secured by lock and key.

          There must be separate dressing rooms for home and away teams together with separate dressing rooms for male and female Match Officials.

          The minimum size of dressing rooms excluding showers/toilets shall be;

          Players – 12 square metres

          Match Officials – 4 square metres

          Minimum number of showerheads in each dressing room shall be;

          Players – 3

          Match Officials -1

          Minimum number of W.C’s in each dressing room shall be;

          Players – 1,

          Match Officials 1

          Minimum number of wash basins in each dressing room shall be;

          Players – 1

          Match Officials – 1

          There must be a treatment table in each player’s dressing room.

          A stretcher and first aid equipment must also be available.

          An audible warning device linked to both players’ dressing rooms must be installed in the Match Official’s dressing room.

          All dressing rooms must be heated, well ventilated and free from damp and be maintained to a high level of cleanliness.

          Where new changing rooms are being planned or existing rooms refurbished the following minimum size of dressing rooms excluding showers/toilets should be provided;

          Players 18 square metres

          Match Officials – 6 square metres together with facilities for mixed gender Match Officials         

(L) Ground Refreshment Facilities:

          There shall be a refreshment room or social club available for players together with refreshment facilities for spectators ½ hour prior to kick off and during the game. These facilities may be of a temporary or mobile type. 

(M) Unobstructed Access for an Ambulance 

(N) Medical:

          There must be a suitably qualified person, minimum FA Save a Life, in attendance to assist with spectator problems, the person may be a Club Physiotherapist. 

(O) Safety Officer:

          All Clubs must have a nominated Safety Officer. 

(P) Car Parking:

          To be adequate on or adjacent to the ground. 

REGULATIONS FOR THE OPERATION OF THE

NATIONAL LEAGUE SYSTEM 

  1. Definitions 

In the interpretation of these Regulations:  any words and expressions, unless otherwise defined herein, shall be words and expressions as defined as follows:- 

“AC” means the Alliance Committee appointed by FA Council. 

“Association” means The Football Association Limited. 

“Club” means a football club for the time being in a League in membership of the NLS. 

“League” means any competition sanctioned by the Association and/or an Affiliated Association in membership of the NLS. 

“LC” means the Leagues Committee appointed by FA Council. 

“NLS” means the National League System of competitions controlled by the Association where promotion and relegation links exist between participating Leagues.  

“Playing Season” means the period between the date on which the first competitive fixture in the League is played each year until the date on which the last competitive fixture in the League is played.  For Clubs participating in Play Off Matches this does include the period when Play Off Matches are played. 

“Play Off Matches” means matches played between Clubs in a Play Off Position on a format to be determined by each League provided that the format is the same across each Step. 

“Play Off Position” means the position of a Club at the end of each Playing Season which is provided for in Standardised Rule 13 as qualifying the Club to take part in a Play Off Match to qualify for promotion to the next Step for the next Playing Season.  

“Regulations” means these regulations. 

“Rules” means the FA Standardised Rules or FA Standard Code of Rules under which a League is administered. 

“Step” means the level at which a Club participates in the National League System. 

The aims and objectives of the NLS are to provide: 

2.1       Clubs with a level of competitive football appropriate to their playing ability, stadium/ground facilities and geographical location.

2.2       A framework for discussion on matters of policy and common interest to Leagues and Clubs. 

2.3        The seasonal movement of Clubs. 

All Leagues are bound by the Regulations. A Club is bound by the Regulations from the date it has qualified for placement into the NLS until such time as it leaves the NLS for whatever reason.


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5.             Detailed Promotion and Relegation Issues

5.1          The criteria for entry to the NLS and the criteria for ground/stadium facilities and the criteria for participation in Play Off Matches shall be determined by the LC.  All criteria so determined shall be published by The Association from time to time. 

5.2        At the conclusion of each Playing Season, the following procedures will apply to promotion/relegation subject to the application of the Rules: 

Step 1 and Step 2 

The following does not apply to promotion from Step 1. 

The Clubs finishing in the bottom four places at Step 1 at the end of the Playing Season will be relegated to a feeder pool and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 2 for the following Playing Season.  They will be replaced by the Clubs finishing in 1st position in each of the divisions at Step 2 together with a further two Clubs determined by a series of Play Off Matches.  Where a Club finishes in 1st position but does not meet the criteria for participation at the next Step, the Club finishing in 2nd position shall be promoted and the Club finishing in the next eligible position shall take part in the Play Off Matches.  Where a Club finishes in a Play Off Position but does not meet the criteria for participation in Play Off Matches the Club finishing in the next eligible position shall take part in the Play Off Matches.  The Play Off Matches shall be played so that in each Step 2 division the highest placed of the eligible Clubs plays against the lowest placed and the other two Clubs play each other.  The aggregate winners will play each other and the winner of that match will be promoted.  If there are only three eligible Clubs then the highest placed shall receive a bye to a second match where it will play the winner of the other Play Off Match and the winner of that match will be promoted.  Clubs finishing below position 7 will not be considered for Play Off Matches. 

Step 2 and Step 3 

The Clubs in the bottom three places in each of the two divisions at Step 2 at the end of the Playing Season will be relegated to a feeder pool and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 3 for the following Playing Season.  They will be replaced by the Clubs finishing in 1st position in each of the divisions at Step 3 together with a further three Clubs determined by a series of Play Off Matches.  Where a Club finishes in 1st position but does not meet the criteria for participation at the next Step, the Club finishing in 2nd position shall be promoted and the Club finishing in the next eligible position shall take part in the Play Off Matches.  Where a Club finishes in a Play Off Position but does not meet the criteria for participation in Play Off Matches the Club finishing in the next eligible position shall take part in the Play Off Matches.  The Play Off Matches shall be played so that the highest placed of the eligible Clubs plays against the lowest placed and the other two Clubs play each other.  At Step 2 the aggregate winners will play each other and the winner of that match will be promoted and at Step 3 the winners of each first match will play each other and the winner of that match will be promoted.  If there are only three eligible Clubs then the highest placed shall receive a bye to a second match where it will play the winner of the other Play Off Match and the winner of that match will be promoted.  Clubs finishing below position 7 will not be considered for Play Off Matches.  

The promoted Clubs will be placed in a feeder pool and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 2. 

Step 3 and Step 4 

The Clubs in the bottom four places in each of the three divisions at Step 3 at the end of the Playing Season will be relegated to a feeder pool and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 4 for the following Playing Season.  They will be replaced by the Club finishing in 1st position in each of the divisions at Step 4 together with a further six Clubs to be determined by a series of Play Off Matches.  Where a Club finishes in 1st position but does not meet the criteria for participation at the next Step, the Club finishing in 2nd position shall be promoted and the Club finishing in the next eligible position shall take part in the Play Off Matches.  Where a Club finishes in a Play Off Position but does not meet the criteria for participation in Play Off Matches the Club finishing in the next eligible position shall take part in the Play Off Matches.  The Play Off Matches shall be played so that the highest placed of the eligible Clubs plays against the lowest placed and the other two Clubs play each other.  The winners of each match will play each other and the winner of that match will be promoted.  If there are only three eligible Clubs then the highest placed shall receive a bye to a second match where it will play the winner of the other Play Off Match and the winner of that match will be promoted.  Clubs finishing below position 7 will not be considered for Play Off Matches.  

The promoted Clubs will be placed in a feeder pool and placed in the most geographically appropriate division at Step 3. 

Step 4 and Step 5 

At the end of the Playing Season the Clubs in the bottom two places in each of the four divisions at Step 4 administered by the Northern Premier and Southern Leagues, together with the Clubs in the bottom three places in each of the two divisions administered by the Isthmian League will be relegated and placed in the most geographically appropriate League at Step 5.  Irrespective of any provision contained within the Rules the Clubs finishing in bottom position in each of the six Step 4 divisions will be relegated and will not be reprieved.  These Clubs will be replaced by the fourteen most suitable Clubs from the Leagues at Step 5 as determined by the LC.  The suitability shall be determined as the Club finishing in 1st position in each Step 5 League which meets the entry criteria and wishes to be considered for promotion.  In the event of the 1st placed Club not being eligible, the Clubs finishing in 2nd or 3rd position shall be subject to the same criteria.  In usual circumstances, no more than one Club will be promoted from any one League.  The Clubs to be promoted from Step 5 will be allocated to the most geographically appropriate division at Step 4. 

If vacancies remain, consideration will be given to reprieving those Clubs other than bottom placed clubs relegated from Step 4 who will be ranked according to the average number of points gained per games played and the Club with the highest average shall be reprieved first.  In the event of Clubs having an identical record the Club to be reprieved shall be determined by the LC. 

Any Club seeking promotion from Step 5 to Step 4 must make application to the Association on the prescribed form, copied to their existing League, by 30th November in the relevant year.  The application must be accompanied by the appropriate application fee, as determined by the LC, which is non refundable.  Applicant Clubs must achieve a minimum E Grade by 31st March in the Playing Season when promotion is sought.  

Step 5 to Step 6 and Step 6 to Step 7 

The promotion and relegation of Clubs between Steps 5, 6 and 7 shall be dealt with as follows. 

Movement of Clubs between Steps 5, 6 and 7, where a League operates at each Step, shall be included in their constitutional rules and regulations.  Irrespective of any provision contained within the Rules, the Clubs finishing in bottom position in each of the fourteen Step 5 divisions will be relegated to Step 6 and will not be reprieved, as determined by the LC. 

Clubs seeking promotion to Step 5 from a League at Step 6 which is not linked to Step 5, must make application using the prescribed form direct to the Association, copied to their existing League, by 31st December in the relevant year.  Each application must be accompanied by the agreed application fee, as determined by the LC, which is non refundable. 

Clubs seeking promotion to Step 6 from a League at Step 7 which is not linked to Step 6, must make application using the prescribed form direct to the Association, copied to their existing League, by 31st December in the relevant year.  In order to be considered for promotion Clubs must finish in 1st position in their Step 7 league.  If the Club finishing in 1st position does not wish to be promoted or fails to meet the entry criteria then the club finishing in 2nd position will be eligible for promotion.  If the club in 2nd position does not seek promotion or fails to meet the entry criteria then clubs down to 5th position may be considered for promotion provided that they meet the appropriate entry criteria.  Clubs finishing below 5th position will not be considered for promotion and only one club will be considered from each League.  Each application must be accompanied by the agreed application fee, as determined by the LC, which is non refundable. 

5.3        Where a vacancy occurs within the NLS the following procedures will apply:- 

5.3.1 (a)    Where a Club notifies its intention to resign from its League at the end of the Playing Season, then a vacancy is created on the date the notification of intention to resign is formally accepted by that League.  

In all cases, the Club will be placed in the bottom position in that division.   

In cases where the vacancy is created prior to the end of the Playing Season, the vacancy will be filled by the best ranked Club in that same division. 

In cases where the vacancy is created after the end of the Playing Season but before the League’s AGM, the vacancy will be filled in accordance with Regulation 5.3.2 below. 

5.3.1 (b)    Where, during the course of the Playing Season, a Club notifies its intention to resign from its League with immediate effect or where a Club is removed from the League for any other reason, then the playing record of that Club will be expunged and a vacancy is created on the date the resignation or removal is formally accepted or recorded by that League.  

In all such cases the Club will be placed in the bottom position in that division and the vacancy will be filled by the best ranked Club in that same division. 

5.3.2         Where a vacancy occurs at Step 1 following the completion of a Playing Season the best ranked Club in a relegation position in that division is reprieved.  

Where a vacancy occurs at Steps 2 and 3 following the completion of a Playing Season the best ranked Club in a relegation position across the particular Step is reprieved.  The ranking to be determined by the average points gained per game played and comparable league position.  The Club with the highest average shall be reprieved first.  In the event of Clubs having an identical record the Club to be reprieved shall be determined by the LC. 

Where a vacancy arises and clubs at Step 4 are to be reprieved, the four clubs in 21st position in the Northern Premier and Southern Leagues and the two clubs in 22nd position in the Isthmian League would be ranked by the average points per game played.  In the event of all of the above six clubs being reprieved and there are further vacancies available the next two places would be allocated to the clubs in 23rd position in the Isthmian League ranked on the average points per game played. 

5.3.3         Where a vacancy occurs after the date of a League AGM then a League is not able to replace the Club(s) concerned for the following Playing Season. 

5.3.4         In the event that for any reason whatsoever there are more vacancies in a division before the end of a Playing Season than relegation places in that division, the question of relegation and reprieves shall be dealt with at the sole discretion of the LC. 

5.4        Only internal changes to the constitution of a League are allowed following the holding of a League’s Annual General Meeting. 

5.5        Clubs are not allowed to enter into a ground share agreement in order to gain promotion or to retain membership at a particular Step where the Club has failed to attain or maintain the relevant Grade. 

5.6        Ground grading requirements will be in accordance with the Rules. 

In order to be considered for promotion, the following requirements will apply. 

Step 1 - Clubs must comply fully with the requirements of Grade A. 

Step 2 - Clubs competing at Step 2 must comply fully with the requirements of Grade B.  To be considered for promotion to Step 1 or to be included in the Play Off Matches, Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade B together with any additional requirements by 31st March in the year in which they seek promotion. Clubs must also attain Grade A by 31st March in the year following promotion. 

Step 3 - Clubs competing at Step 3 must comply fully with the requirements of Grade C.  To be considered for promotion to Step 2 or to be included in the Play Off Matches, Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade C and attain Grade B by 31st March in the year following promotion. 

Step 4 - Clubs competing at Step 4 must comply fully with the requirements of Grade D.  To be considered for promotion to Step 3 or to be included in the Play Off Matches, Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade D and attain Grade C by 31st March in the year following promotion. 

Step 5 - Clubs competing at Step 5 must comply fully with the requirements of Grade F. To be considered for promotion to Step 4, Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade E by 31st March in the year in which they seek promotion, and attain Grade D by 31st March in the year following promotion. 

Step 6 - Clubs competing at Step 6 must comply fully with the requirements of Grade G.  To be considered for promotion to Step 5 Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade G and attain Grade F by 31st March in the year following promotion. 

Step 7 - Clubs competing at Step 7 must comply fully with the minimum requirements in force.  To be considered for promotion to Step 6 Clubs must meet the requirements of Grade H and attain Grade G by 31st March in the year following promotion.  Clubs can be promoted from Step 7 to 6 without floodlights provided that all other requirements of Grade H are met by 31st March in the Playing Season in which the Club wishes to gain promotion and that the Club has the following in place:-

  • ·         Planning permission for floodlights
  • ·         Funding applications submitted if required
  • ·         Quotations/estimates for the work to be carried out
  • ·         A development/business plan
  • ·        

Failure to install floodlights in working order by 30th September following promotion will result in a sanction being imposed at the discretion of the League of which the Club is a member.  If by 31st March in the year following promotion the floodlights are still not installed then the Club will be a relegated Club and be dealt with accordingly. 

5.7        If a Club is relegated for not achieving the required Grade for the Step at which it is playing it will not be eligible for promotion again until it has attained the required Grade for the Step to which it wishes to be promoted.  The Club must have that Grade at 31st March in the year in which it seeks promotion.  

6.         The Movement of Clubs within the National League System other than by Promotion or Relegation 

6.1        Movement of a Club from participation in one League to another is not permitted other than by promotion and relegation or otherwise as set out in League Rules save with the approval of the LC.

It may be necessary from time to time to move Clubs laterally at the same Step.  Each year the LC will consider whether any lateral movements may be necessary at each Step; if so the Clubs likely to be affected shall be notified and given the opportunity to present a case if that Club does not wish to be moved laterally.  The final decision shall rest with a sub-committee of the LC. This sub-committee may include members of Step 5 or Step 6 Leagues if appropriate.  Any appeal shall be to the LC using members who have not been involved in the original decision.  The decision of that appeal shall be final and binding subject only to Arbitration under FA Rule K. 

In coming to its decision the LC will have regard to any representations made by any party, the distance to be travelled by any Club to be moved compared to the distance travelled in the Playing Season prior to movement; the financial impact on the Club to be moved, the frequency with which the Club has been moved in the past; the number of Clubs both in the division to which the Club is to be moved and in the division from which the Club is moved, and any other matter that it considers to be relevant. 

6.2        Any Club proposing to move from one League to another must make application in writing to The Association on or before 31st March in each year to be effective for the following Playing Season.  In the event of such application being successful the League from which the Club is moving shall not levy a financial penalty on that Club. 

6.3 (i)    If a Club (whether a Members’ Club or a Company) is wound up, liquidated, or is removed from its League or withdraws from football competition (‘the Former Club’), and a new Club (‘the New Club’) is established which wishes to be placed within the NLS, then unless otherwise determined by the LC, it will be allowed to make an application only to join a League/division at Step 5 of the NLS unless the Former Club was in either Step 4 or Step 5 when the event which caused it to cease its membership occurred in which case it must re-join the NLS at a minimum of two Steps below the level at which it was at the time the event occurred,  or withdrew from football competition, whichever is lower.  Where the Former Club was a member of The FA Premier League or Football League then the LC shall at its absolute discretion determine in which League the New Club shall be placed for the following Playing Season and will set out at its complete discretion the requirements to be met by the New Club.  

In order for consideration to be given to the placement in the NLS of the New Club in the following Playing Season, an initial application must be received by the LC by 1st March or within twenty-one days of the Former Club being wound up, liquidated, resigning or being removed from its League or withdrawing from football competition, if such date is later than 1st March. 

The full application accompanied by all necessary documents including evidence of security of tenure having been granted to the New Club and affiliation to a County Football Association must be received by 31st March or within twenty-one days of the Former Club being wound up, liquidated, resigning or being removed from its League or withdrawing from football competition, if such date is later than 1st March. The application shall be copied to the League of which membership is being requested.  The application will be determined by the LC.  

In considering any application, the LC will set out at its sole discretion the requirements to be met by the New Club. 

In the event of more than one application being received within twenty-one days of the Former Club being wound up, liquidated, resigning or being removed from its League or withdrawing from football competition, the LC will consider at its discretion which application will be considered in accordance with this Regulation. 

6.3 (ii)   If a Club is removed from its League and wishes to remain in the NLS it shall apply to the LC within two working days of it receiving written notification of its removal from its League.  The LC will consider such application and will place the Club in what it considers at its sole discretion to be the most appropriate League/division for the following Playing Season. 

6.4        If a Club (whether a Members’ Club or a Company) ceases to be a member of its league and that Club (that is not a New Club as defined at 6.3 above) wishes to be placed within the NLS for the immediately following Playing Season, then unless otherwise determined by the LC, it may be allowed to make an application to join a League/division below the most recent League/division of which the Club was a member. 

In order for consideration to be given to the placement in the NLS by the Club in the immediately following Playing Season, an initial application must be received by the LC in accordance with the procedures set out at 6.3 above. The application shall be copied to the League of which membership is being requested. The application will be determined by the LC at its absolute discretion. 

In considering any application, the LC will set out at its sole discretion the requirements to be met by the Club in determining whether to approve the application. 

6.5        If two or more Clubs (“the Merging Clubs”) are proposing a transaction or series of transactions that result in the merging or consolidation (“the Proposed Merger”) of those Clubs into one Club (“the Merged Club”) then a formal application to do so must be received by the LC and the league(s) of which the Merging Clubs are members by 31st December to be valid for the following Playing Season. 

A Deed of Agreement, which shall be legally binding on all parties must be submitted to The Association by 31st March in the year immediately following receipt of the application.  The LC shall determine at its absolute discretion where the Merged Club is to be included in the NLS for the following Playing Season subject to the provisions of item 6.5.5 below.      

In arriving at its decision the LC may apply the following minimum criteria: 

6.5.1       The requirements of Standardised Rule 2.9 for the current Playing Season must be met by each of the Merging Clubs.  If one or more of the Merging Clubs is subject to an insolvency event then Standardised Rule 2.9.2 shall be applied to such club(s), otherwise Standardised Rule 2.9.1 shall be applied;

6.5.2       The proposed playing name of the Merged Club must be acceptable to the LC; and 

6.5.3       The Merged Club must have security of tenure to a ground that meets the relevant ground grading requirements;   

6.5.4       Any other criteria that the LC may from time to time deem to be appropriate;

6.5.5       The Merged Club will ordinarily be placed at the lower of the Steps at which the Merging Clubs ended the Playing Season in which the application is made.  For the purposes of this Regulation, if one of the Merging Clubs has finished that Playing Season in a relegation place, then they will be deemed to have ended the Playing Season at the Step to which they would have been relegated without the Proposed Merger proceeding. 

Any decision regarding whether a proposed transaction or series of transactions falls to be considered under this Regulation shall be determined by the LC at its absolute discretion 

7.         Placement of a Club into a League 

7.1        Usually a club can only enter the NLS at Step 7.  However, in exceptional circumstances a League may seek approval from the LC to receive a club not currently in membership of a League within the NLS provided that there is: (a) a vacancy within its constitution (b) the club meets the entry criteria and (c) promotion and relegation issues have been satisfied.  Such request must be received by no later than 1st March.  

7.2  Reserve teams, including a team from a club or Club which is not considered by the LC to be sufficiently separate from another club or Club, will not be permitted to compete above Step 6 in the NLS.  There must be a minimum of two Steps between a first and reserve team.  This does not apply at Steps 6 & 7.  No two teams from the same Club can play at the same Step. Reserve teams currently at Step 5 can remain unless relegated, once relegated they will not be permitted to be promoted back to Step 5. 

7.3        Teams from Higher Education or Further Education establishments are not permitted to compete above Step 5.  This does not prevent any such establishment forming a Club which complies with all entry criteria and which is separate from the establishment itself. 

7.4        Where a Club moves from one League to another, for whatever reason, the League from which it is being moved must provide the League to which the Club is being moved with a certificate confirming that the Club being moved does not owe any money or other property of any nature to the League from which it is being moved.  The Club being moved cannot compete in its new League until such certificate has been provided and the onus will be on the Club being moved to ensure that it has cleared all indebtedness to its previous League. 

8. Procedures for the Determination of any Matter, Dispute or Difference by the Leagues Committee 

8.1        The LC may adopt such procedures for the determination of any matter, dispute or difference as it considers appropriate and expedient, having regard to the aims and objectives set out at Regulation 1.  The LC may require the attendance at a meeting or the written observations of any League or Club, as it considers appropriate to assist its determination. 

8.2(a)    Any dispute or difference between a League and a Club relating to promotion and relegation issues, lateral movement and/or other eligibility criteria must be referred for determination to the LC; such determination shall be final and binding subject only to Arbitration in accordance with Rule K. 

8.2(b)    Any decision of the LC shall be subject to a right of appeal to an Appeal Board.  The decision of that Appeal Board shall be final and binding on all parties. 

All referrals of appeals shall be conducted in accordance with the Regulations for Football Association Appeals save for appeals in relation to Ground Grading decisions where the procedures are outlined in 8.2(c) below. 

 

8.2(c)    Procedures for Ground Grading Appeals 

(i)    The ratification of the Ground Grading decision must be sent in writing within 14 days of the final decision date, currently 31st March. 

(ii)    Appeals in relation to Ground Grading Appeals must be submitted to The FA Judicial Services Department within seven days from the date of the written decision outlining the Grounds of Appeal, with a copy to The FA Leagues & Clubs Department. 

(iii)   The Ground Grading Technical Panel will appear before an Appeal Board with the Appellant to respond to the application and there is no requirement to make a formal response in writing. 

(iv)   In all cases the Ground Grading Technical Panel will submit any documentation including the Ground Grading report that was considered by the Ground Grading Technical Panel in relation to the Ground Grading decision, (which the appellant would already have received). 

(v)   Dates would be set annually in advance by the Judicial Services Department for the hearing of Ground Grading appeals and details of the dates would be notified to all Clubs in the correspondence from the Ground Grading Technical Panel notifying the decision of the Ground Grading assessment. 

(vi)   All Ground Grading Appeals are to be heard by the end of April each year.       

8.3        The LC may, at its discretion, delegate the resolution of any matter, dispute or difference arising under these Regulations to any body it considers to be appropriate (including a sub-committee or commission which may include members of council not on the LC or a body constituted by a County Football Association). 

9.         Arbitration 

The fact of participation in the NLS and signifying agreement to be bound by the Regulations shall constitute an agreement between each League and Club to refer to Arbitration any  challenge in law arising out of, or in relation to, the Regulations in accordance with the provisions of FA Rule K. 

10.        Precedence 

In the case of conflict between the Regulations for the Operation of the National League System and the Rules, the Regulations take precedence.