1. (A) This Competition shall be designated The Alliance
Football League and shall consist of the teams of all
full member clubs. All such Member Clubs must be affiliated
to an affiliated County Football Association and their
names and particulars shall be returned annually by
the appointed date on the Form 'D' to the Leicestershire
& Rutland County Football Association. The area
covered by the Competition Membership shall be Leicestershire
& Rutland and adjacent counties. This Competition
shall apply annually for sanction to the Leicestershire
& Rutland County Football Association and the constituent
teams of Member Clubs may be grouped in divisions, each
not exceeding fourteen in number. Member Clubs shall
not enter any of their teams playing in the Competition
in any other Competitions (with the exception of F.A.
and County F.A. Competitions) except with the written
consent of the Management Committee of this Competition.
FEE, SUBSCRIPTION, DEPOSIT
2. (A) Applications by Clubs for admission to this
Competition or the entry of an additional team(s)
must be made in writing to the Secretary and must
be accompanied by an Entry Fee of £5 per team
(B) The Annual Subscription shall be £70 per
team. The first instalment of £40 shall be paid
not later than the date of the Annual General Meeting
and the second instalment of £30 shall be paid
not later than 31st January of the season concerned.
(C) Clubs must advise annually to the Secretary in
writing by 1st May of its Leicestershire & Rutland
County Football Association affiliation number for
the forthcoming season, failing which they shall be
fined £10. Clubs must also advise the Secretary,
on the prescribed form, of details of its officers,
pitch, any other information required by the Competition
together with the signed agreement referred to in
Rule 7 by the date of the Annual General Meeting.
3. (A) The Officers of the Competition shall be the
President, Vice- Presidents, Chairman, Vice-Chairman,
Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Registration
Secretary, Referees Secretary and Press Officer(s)
to be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting.
(B) Life membership shall be granted to any member
of the Management Committee who has been a member
of the Committee for a minimum of twenty years.
4. (A) The Competition shall be governed in accordance
with the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association
by a Management Committee comprised of the Officers
and no more than seven members who shall be elected
at the Annual General Meeting.
(B) Retiring Officers shall be eligible to become
candidates for re-election without nomination. All
other 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 May 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 often as
is necessary to deal with business as it arises. 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.
5. (A) The Management Committee may appoint such other
subcommittees as they may consider necessary and may
delegate such of their powers as they deem necessary
to such committees. The decisions of all such committees
shall be reported to the Management Committee for
(B) Subject to the permission of the Leicestershire
and Rutland County Football Association 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. (See
(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. (This shall apply to the procedure
of any subcommittee). 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 the Rules of the Competition
and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters
affecting the Competition, including any not provided
for in the rules. Except where these rules provide
for the imposition of a set penalty, any club, official
or player alleged to be in breach of a Competition
Rule must be formally charged in writing and given
the opportunity to present their case, in writing,
before the Management Committee. All breaches of the
Laws of the Game, Rules and Regulations of The Football
Association shall be dealt with in accordance with
(E) All decisions of the Management Committee shall
be binding subject to the right of appeal to the Board
of Appeal in accordance with Rule 16. Decisions of
the Management Committee must be notified in writing
to those concerned within seven days.
(F) Four members of the Management Committee shall
constitute a quorum for the transaction of business
of the Management Committee and three members shall
constitute a quorum for the transaction of business
by any sub-committee of the Competition.
(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 having failed to comply with an order or
instruction of the Management Committee, or failing
to satisfactorily attend to the business and/or the
correspondence of the Competition, within ten days
shall be liable to be fined £5 or otherwise
penalised at the discretion of the Management Committee.
(I) All fines and charges shall be paid within 14
days of the date of posting of the written notification,
clubs, officials or individuals committing a breach
of this rule will be suspended and incur a further
fine of £5
(J) The Management Committee shall have the power
to fill any vacancy that may occur in the membership
of the Competition.
6. (A) The Annual General Meeting shall be held not
later than 1st July in each year. At this meeting
the following business shall be transacted provided
that at least six members are present and entitled
(i) To receive and confirm the Minutes of the preceding
Annual General Meeting.
(ii) To consider any business arising therefrom.
(iii) To receive and adopt the Annual Report, Balance
Sheet and Statement of Accounts.
(iv) Election of Clubs to fill vacancies (as recommended
by the Management Committee).
(v) Election of Officers and Management Committee.
(vi) Appointment of Auditors.
(vii) Alteration of Rules, if any (of which notice
has been given).
(viii) Fix the date for the commencement and conclusion
of playing season.
(ix) Other business of which due notice shall have
been given and accepted as being relevant to an Annual
(B) A copy of the duly audited Balance Sheet, Statement
of Accounts and Agenda shall be forwarded to each
club at least fourteen days prior to the meeting.
(C) A signed copy of the duly audited Balance Sheet
and Statement of Accounts shall be sent to the Leicestershire
& Rutland County Football Association within fourteen
days of its adoption by the Annual General Meeting.
(D) Each team of a full member club shall be empowered
to send one delegate to an Annual General Meeting.
Each delegate shall be entitled to one vote only.
Not less than seven days notice shall be given of
(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.
(F) All voting shall be conducted by a show of voting
cards unless a ballot be demanded by at least two
thirds of the delegates qualified to vote or the Chairman
(G) No individual shall be entitled to more than one
vote unless he is also entitled to vote as an officer
or member of the Management Committee.
(H) Any team of any continuing member club failing
to be represented at the Annual General Meeting shall
be fined £15.
(I) Officers and Management Committee members shall
be entitled to attend and vote at an Annual General
TO BE SIGNED
7. The Chairman and the Secretary of each Club shall
complete and sign the following agreement, which shall
be deposited with the Competition together with details
prescribed under Rule 2(E). "We, A, (name)_____________of
(address) ________________ (Chairman) and B (name)________________________________
of (address) _________________________________ (Secretary)
of the ____________________________________Football
Club have been provided with a copy of the Rules and
Regulations of The Alliance 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 Leicestershire
& Rutland County Football Association(s) to which
the club is affiliated and to the Secretary of this
8. (A) Contract players, as defined in Football Association
Rules, are not permitted in this Competition.
(B) A registered playing member of a club is one who,
being in all other respects eligible, has:-
(1) Signed a fully and correctly completed Player
Registration Form in ink, countersigned by an officer
of the club, and who has been registered with the
Secretary or Registration Secretary prior to playing,
(2) Signed a fully and correctly completed Player
Registration Form in ink on a match day prior to playing,
countersigned by an officer of the club and by an
officer of the opposing club, and submitted to the
Secretary or Registration Secretary within four days
(Sundays excluded) subsequent to the match. A maximum
of six players may be registered in this way, prior
to any one game. Registration forms may also be submitted
to the Registrations Secretary by facsimile machine
prior to the player playing.
(C) A player having taken part in matches for any
club affiliated to any County Football Association
shall not be allowed to join, be transferred to, or
sign for a club in the Competition without first proving
to the officials of the intended club that the player
has discharged all reasonable financial liabilities
to the previous club or clubs, and a club official
may not accept such player's signature without first
ascertaining whether such claims have been discharged
to the satisfaction of the club, or clubs, for which
the player last played.
(D) Player Registration Forms shall be obtained from
the Secretary or Registration Secretary on prepayment
of £10 per book of 20 forms.
(E) 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
or Registration Secretary shall notify the club last
applying to register the player of the fact of the
(F) It shall be deemed misconduct for a player to:-
(i) Play for more than one club in the Competition
in the same season without first being transferred.
(ii) Having signed for one club in the Competition,
sign for another club in the Competition in that season
except for the purpose of a transfer.
(iii) Submit a signed registration form for registration
that the player had wilfully neglected to accurately
or fully complete.
(G) (i) The Management Committee shall have power
to accept the registration of any player. The Management
Committee shall have power to refuse, cancel or suspend
the registration of any player or may fine any player
at their discretion proved guilty of registration
or other irregularities. (Subject to Rule 16).
(ii) The Management Committee shall have power to
refuse or cancel the registration of any player found
guilty of undesirable conduct and to disqualify the
player in question from participating in all games
in the Competition. (Subject to Rule 16). (Note: Action
(ii) shall not be taken against a player for misconduct
on the field of play until the matter has been dealt
with by the appropriate Association, and then only
in cases of the player bringing the Competition into
(H) Subject to The Football Association Rules dealing
with players without a written contract, when a player
desires a transfer, the club to which the player wishes
to transfer shall submit a Player Transfer Form to
the Secretary or Registration Secretary accompanied
by a fee of £10. The player will only be transferred
when a correctly and fully completed form has been
received by the Secretary or Registration Secretary.
(I) A player may not be transferred before 1st October
and a player may not be transferred or registered
after the last day of February.
(J) 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
(K) A register containing the names of all players
registered for each club, with the date of registration,
shall be kept by the Registration Secretary and shall
be open to the inspection of any duly appointed Club
Secretary at a time mutually arranged.
(L) At no time, may a club play more than 3 first
team players in a reserve team. A player becomes a
first team player as soon as he has played 5 first
team games in any one season. Any club not complying
with this rule shall be fined £10 and the Management
Committee may order the game to be replayed at the
expense of the defaulting club. In addition the club
shall be removed from the Competition if the game
concerned is part of a Cup Competition.
(M) Any club playing while suspended, causing a game
to be abandoned or playing an unregistered, suspended,
contract or otherwise ineligible player may be fined
up to £50 and shall have 3 points deducted.
The Management Committee may order the game to be
replayed at the expense of the offending club, without
the player concerned taking part.
COLOURS. CLUB NAME
9. (A) Every club must register the colour of its
shirts and shorts with the Competition Secretary by
the date of the Annual General Meeting who shall decide
as to their suitability. Any changes during the season
shall be advised to the Competition Secretary. Goalkeepers
must wear colours, which distinguish them from other
players and the referee. 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 the colours in which they will play to
its opponents at least four days before the match.
If, in the opinion of the referee, two clubs have
the same or similar colours, the away team shall make
the change. Any team not having a change of colours
or delaying the kick-off by not having a change shall
be fined £5 or in accordance with Rule 10(B).
Shirts must be uniquely numbered, failing which a
fine of £5 shall be imposed. (B) Any Club wishing
to change its name must seek permission from its affiliated
County Association and from the Management Committee
SEASON - CONDITIONS OF PLAY
TIMES OF KICK-OFF - POSTPONEMENTS - SUBSTITUTES
10.(A) 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.
All matches shall have a duration of 90 minutes unless
a shorter time (not less than 70 minutes) is mutually
arranged by the two captains in consultation with
the referee prior to the commencement of the match,
and in any event shall be of equal halves. The times
of kick-off shall be fixed by the Management Committee.
Any club failing to commence at the appointed time
shall be fined a sum not exceeding £15. Referees
must order matches to commence at the appointed time
and must report all late starts to the Competition
Secretary unless playing conditions are unacceptable
at the prescribed kick off time, in which case the
kick off may be delayed by up to 30 minutes. Goal
nets must be used, otherwise a fine of £5 shall
(B) 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 all relevant 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 Management Committee.
(C) The Secretary of the home club must give notice
in writing 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 four clear days prior to the playing
of the match. Any club failing to comply with this
Rule shall be liable to a fine of £5. Each team
shall play eleven players in all matches. Teams breaking
this rule shall be reported by the referee to the
Competitions Secretary and shall be liable to a fine
of £5 for each player short of full strength
at the kick off. No game shall start where a team
fields less than nine players.
(D) Home and away matches shall be played. However,
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. A club may
request a free date but this will only be granted
at the entire discretion of the Management Committee,
and providing the request is received at least three
weeks prior to the issue of the fixture booklet covering
the date concerned. Clubs with two teams shall play
the first team in preference to the reserve team,
failing which a fine of up to £50 may be imposed
in addition to any other action determined by the
Management Committee. Notice of postponement of any
match must be given without delay by the postponing
club to the Secretary or Assistant Secretary, the
Referees Secretary, the Secretary of the opposing
club and the match officials. Any club failing to
comply shall be dealt with by the Management Committee
who may inflict any penalty it may deem suitable.
Any team causing a postponement of any match shall
be fined up to £50 for each offence, shall have
one point deducted and be liable to pay all approved
expenses incurred. In the event of a match not being
played owing to causes over which neither club has
control, it shall be played in its entirety on a date
to be arranged by the Management Committee. The Management
Committee shall review all abandoned matches and in
a case where it is to the advantage of the Competition,
shall be empowered to order the score at the time
of the abandonment to stand. Otherwise the Management
Committee shall order the game to be replayed and
shall determine the venue and the costs.
(E) A club may at its discretion and in accordance
with the Laws of the Game use 3 substitute players
in any match in this Competition who may be selected
from up to seven players. The referee shall be informed
of the names of the substitutes before the start of
the 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.
(F) The half time interval shall be a minimum of five
minutes duration, but it shall not exceed fifteen
minutes. The half time interval may only be altered
with the consent of the referee.
11. (A) The Competition Secretary must receive within
four days of the date when the game was played, the
result of each Competition match in the prescribed
manner. This must include the surname of the team
players (in block letters) In cases where there is
more than one player with the same surname, the forename
shall be given. The Referee markings required by Rule
13, or any other information required by the Competition,
shall also be provided. Failure to submit a timely,
accurate or complete Player/Result Form will incur
a fine of £5 and a fine of £10 for any
subsequent offence. Clubs will be suspended if a Player/Result
Form has not been received within ten days of the
match taking place.
(B) All clubs shall telephone a report of each match
to the appropriate Press Officer during the prescribed
times failing which a fine of £5 will be imposed.
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 the event of an equal number of points, then the
team with the better goal difference shall take precedence.
In the event of points and goal difference being equal,
then a match or matches shall be played at a venue
decided by the Management Committee to determine the
Champions and Runners Up. Any team referring to play
in a play-off shall be judged to have lost and the
game be awarded to their opponents. Expenses shall
be shared equally between the clubs taking part. The
net proceeds shall go to Competition funds.
(B) Automatic promotion and relegation shall be applied
for the first two and last two teams in each Division
except as provided for hereunder, subject to the provisions
of Rule 1(b).
(i) Should one or more teams withdraw from any one
Division after the fixtures have commenced an equal
number of teams to those withdrawing in that Division
shall not be automatically relegated.
(ii) Vacancies occurring after the conclusion of the
season may be filled on any of the following ways:
(a) retention of otherwise relegated team(s)
(b) additional promotion of the next ranked team(s)
from the Division below
(c) as the Management Committee may determine.
(iii) Two teams from the same club shall not play
in the same division.
(C) In the event of a team not completing all of its
fixtures for the season the results of all games played
by such defaulting team shall be expunged from the
13.(A) Registered Referees and Assistant Referees
for all matches shall be appointed in a manner approved
by the Management Committee and by the sanctioning
(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. A referee thus agreed
upon shall, for that game, have the full powers, status
and authority of a registered referee.
(C) The Management Committee may, if they consider
it desirable, or upon application by the two competing
clubs, appoint Assistant Referees, if available, to
any match. Under these circumstances, the total fees
and expenses of the Assistant Referees shall be equally
shared by both clubs. Where Assistant Referees are
not appointed each team shall provide a club Assistant
Referee. Failure to do so will result in a fine of
£5 being imposed on the defaulting team.
(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 arbitor and whose decision must be accepted unless
the ground is declared fit for play by them.
(E) Match Officials appointed under this Rule shall
be entitled to charge fees and expenses determined
by the Management Committee. The home club shall offer
the Officials their fees and expenses before the match,
failing which a fine of £5 shall be imposed.
(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 expenses only. 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 and expenses.
(G) A referee who fails to accept or declines his
appointment in writing to the Referees Secretary within
seven days of receipt, fails to attend his game or
causes a late start may be fined, suspended and/or
censored. Similar action may also be taken against
a referee who accepts an appointment and subsequently
declines within 4 days of the game without prior permission
of the Referees Secretary.
(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
on the prescribed Player/Result Form provided.
(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 Leicestershire &
Rutland County Football Association.
(J) The referee shall submit within two days of the
game taking place a Report Form, in duplicate, supplied
by the Competition, giving the details of any infringements
of these Rules.
(K) Referees and Assistant Referees shall be supplied,
each Season, with a copy of the Competition Rules
free of charge.
OF MEMBERSHIP OR WITHDRAWAL OF A CLUB
14. (A) A club intending 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 1st March each season
or be liable to a fine not exceeding £150 per
team unless the team then joins another Competition
in which case the fine may be increased to a maximum
of £250 per team.
(B) A Club shall not be allowed to withdraw any or
all of its teams for the following Season from the
Competition after the Annual General Meeting. Any
club infringing this Rule shall be liable to a fine
not exceeding £150 per team unless the team
then joins another Competition in which case the fine
may be increased to a maximum of £250 per team
The club shall also be liable for its share of any
call which may be made under Rule 2(B).
(C) In the event of a member club which is an un-incorporated
association withdrawing and/or disbanding it shall
be immediately liable to discharge all its financial
and other obligations to the Competition. In the event
that any such obligation remains undischarged after
a period of twenty-one days then such obligation shall
be met by the then current club members, excluding
those under the statutory school leaving age. Until
a Member's pro rata obligation is discharged in full
the Member shall not be allowed to participate in
the Competition, which may apply to the club's parent
County Association for a suspension order.
(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. Any club lodging such
protest and not proceeding with it shall be deemed
guilty of a breach of this Rule and shall be dealt
with by the Management Committee.
(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 in duplicate with the Secretary within three
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) Any dispute occurring between clubs in the Competition
shall be referred for determination by the Management
Committee whose decision shall be binding upon all
parties subject to Rule 16.
(D) No protest of whatever kind shall be considered
by the Management Committee unless the complaining
club shall have deposited with the Secretary a sum
of £20. 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.
(E) All parties to a protest or complaint must be
afforded an opportunity to make a statement when the
protest or complaint is being heard and must have
received seven days notice of the hearing, together
with a copy of the submission. When dealing with a
protest or complaint the Management Committee shall
take into consideration the possession by the protesting
or complaining club of any information which, if properly
used, might have avoided the protest or complaint.
16 .Within 14 days of the posting of written notification
of any decision of the Management Committee or the
Competition, a club, official or player against whom
action is taken may appeal against such decision by
lodging particulars in duplicate with the Secretary
of the Leicestershire & Rutland County Football
Association, including a fee, for adjudication of
a Board of Appeal. The grounds of appeal shall be
in accordance with FA Rules. The Board of Appeal may
order the appeal fee to be forfeited and shall decide
by whom the costs of the appeal shall be borne. The
decision of the Board of Appeal is final and binding
on all parties concerned.
OF CLUBS.OR TEAMS MISCONDUCT, CLUBS, OFFICIALS, PLAYERS
17.(A) 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, has been undesirable upon a
majority of two-thirds of the votes cast. 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.
(B) Any official or member of a club proved guilty
of either misconduct, 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.
(C) Any club or team failing to complete all of its
fixtures in any season shall, unless the conditions
are beyond their control, be debarred from membership
the following season.
LEGAL OWNERS, CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER, AGREEMENT
TO BE SIGNED. AWARDS.
18.(A) A Competition Cup or Trophy shall be vested
in the Association sanctioning the Competition as
Trustees. If a Competition be discontinued for any
cause the Cup or Trophy shall be returned to the Donor,
if the conditions attached to it so provide, or otherwise
dealt with as the Association may decide. At the close
of each Competition awards shall be made to the winners
and runners-up if the funds of the Competition permit.
The following agreement shall be signed on behalf
of the winners of the Cup or Trophy:- "We A_________________and
B_____________________, the Chairman and Secretary
of ________________________FC, 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.
Clubs resigning from the League shall return the trophy
at the time of resignation. Clubs failing to return
the cups or trophies by the due date may be fined
up to £25. 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
19.Upon receiving a requisition signed by two-thirds
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 14 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 team of a member
club shall be empowered to send a delegate to all
Special General Meetings. Each delegate shall be entitled
to one vote only. Any continuing member club failing
to be represented at a Special General Meeting shall
be fined £15. Officers and Management Committee
members shall be entitled to attend and vote at all
Special General Meetings.
TO RULES 20.
Alterations 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 the Rule relating to the qualification of
players shall not take effect until the following
season. Notice of proposed alterations to be considered
at the Annual General Meeting shall be submitted to
the Secretary by 15th April in each year. The proposals,
together with any proposals by the Management Committee,
shall be circulated to the Clubs by 30th April and
any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary
by 15th May. The proposals and proposed amendments
thereto shall be circulated to Clubs with the notice
of the Annual General Meeting. A proposal to change
a Rule shall be carried if a majority of those present
and entitled to vote are in favour. A copy of the
proposed alterations to Rules to be considered at
the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting
shall be submitted to the sanctioning Football Association
7 days prior to the date of the meeting. Any alterations
or additions decided upon at any meeting shall not
become operative until the approval of the Association
issuing sanction shall have been obtained.
BINDING ON CLUBS
21.Each Member Club shall be deemed to have given
its assent to the foregoing Rules and agreed to abide
by the decisions of the Management Committee subject
to Rule 16. Each Member Club must abide by any issued
Football Association Code of Conduct.
22. (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 £500 shall
be approved by the Management Committee. Cheques shall
be signed by two Officers nominated by the Management
(C) The financial year of the Competition will end
on 30th April.
(D) The books, or a certified balance sheet, of a
Competition shall be prepared and shall be audited
annually by some suitable person( s) who shall be
appointed at the Annual General Meeting.
(E) Any deficiency in the league accounts at the end
of the season shall be made good by all clubs in equal
- MEMBERS REGULATIONS
(a) All clubs shall register a minimum of 12 players
per team by 31st July, failing which their membership
of the League will be reviewed by the Management Committee
and shall be fined £10.
(b) Clubs who mark a referee, four or less must set
out their reasons in writing to the Competition Secretary
within four days of the match taking place.
(c) Annual trophies cannot be won outright. Any club
failing to return the cup or trophy by the date specified
or on resignation shall be fined £15. Each club
which receives a cup or trophy shall pay the cost
of engraving its name and the year on the base.
(d) The pitch fee for any League or cup game played
under floodlights and on a neutral ground shall be
shared between the two clubs taking part.
(e) The Management Committee shall have power to arrange
representative matches and to call upon the services
of any player of any member club for such matches.
A player is registration may be suspended for one
or two games if he fails to attend any representative
match after indicating availability and selection
unless a satisfactory explanation has been given prior
to the game.
(f) Clubs must be able to meet all financial obligations,
have adequate dressing room accommodation and a satisfactory
ground. (g)Each team shall provide a suitable first
aid kit for each game.
FOR CUP COMETITIONS
1. The Competitions shall be called 'The Arthur Moore
Cup Competition', 'The E W Foster Cup Competition'',
or 'The Stokes Cup Competition'.
2. The cup competitions shall be confined teams in
membership of The Alliance Football league as follows:
Premier and Division 1 teams - 'Arthur Moore Cup'
Divisions 2 and 3 teams - 'E W Foster Cup' Divisions
4 and 5 teams - 'Stokes Cup'.
3. A player who has played for one club in any one
of these Competitions may not play for any other club
in any of these Competitions. A player who has played
for a first team in any of these Competitions may
not subsequently play for the reserve team in any
of these Competitions.
4. With the exception of the preceding rules, the
Rules of the 'Bill Walton Cup Competition shall apply
to these Competitions.
of 'The Bill Walton Cup Competition'
NOMENCLATURE AND CONSTITUTION
1. The Competition shall be called 'The Bill Walton
Cup Competition'. 2. The Competition shall be confined
to clubs in membership of 'The Alliance Football League'.
3. The Competition shall be governed by the Management
Committee. Any decision of the Committee may be the
subject of an appeal in accordance with League Rule
16. 4. The Management Committee shall have the power
to arrange all matches.
3. No player may play for more than one club in each
season Competition. A player may not play for a reserve
team, having already played for the first team in
this Competition. RULES FOR CUP COMPETITIONS
4. All players are to be registered in accordance
with League Rule 8. In the semi-final and the final,
all players, with the exception of the goalkeeper,
must have played in at least 4 and 6 games respectively,
arranged by the League or County Football Association
for the team concerned.
5. Prior to semi-finals and the final, clubs shall
forward a list of players to their opponents with
a copy to the League Registration Secretary at least
ten days before the date of the game and no objection
to the qualification of any player in the list shall
be entertained unless notice is given, stating full
details to the club concerned and the General Secretary
in writing at least 48 hours before the game is to
be played. Any club failing to forward a complete
list of players in accordance with this rule shall
be fined £5 in addition to any other action
taken. Only players named in the list shall play in
the game concerned.
FOR AND CONDITIONS OF PLAY
6. The first named club shall advise the match officials
and the opposing club secretary by letter or personal
telephone call at least four days before the game,
of the location of the ground and dressing rooms and
the colours. In semi-final games, the first named
club shall also confirm arrangements with the host
club. Clubs not complying with this rule shall be
7. The period of play may be reduced to two equal
periods of not less than 35 minutes each if mutually
agreed between the referee and the competing clubs
before the start of play.
8. If the scores are level at the end of normal time,
extra time of 15 minutes each way shall be played.
If the scores remain level at the end of extra time,
kicks from the penalty mark shall be taken to decide
the winner. Both clubs may mutually agree to reduce
the period of extra time or dispense with extra time
completely if the weather conditions are adverse.
9. Any club refusing to play extra time or take kicks
from the penalty mark when ordered to do so, shall
be excluded from the com - petition and their opponents
shall be deemed to be the winners.
10. Any club causing the game to be postponed without
the express priority of the Management or Emergency
Committee, or abandoned or playing while suspended
or playing an unregistered, suspended, contract or
otherwise ineligible player may be fined up to a maximum
of £50 and shall be removed from the Competition.
The Management or Emergency Committee may decide that
the opponents shall go through to the next round provided
it has not already been played.
11. In the event of two clubs adopting the same colours,
the second named club shall change.
12. Prior to semi-finals, the first drawn club shall
have choice of ground.
13 Prior to semi-finals, each competing club shall
provide an Assistant Referee for the whole of each
game, failing which a fine of £4 will be imposed.
FOR SEMIFINALS AND FINAL
14. The semi-final and final games shall be played
on neutral grounds and on such dates and grounds and
under such control as the Management Committee shall
determine. In semi-final games, the host club shall
be paid £30 or the actual cost of pitch hire,
whichever is the greater. This payment together with
the fees and expenses of the match officials shall
be equally shared between the teams taking part. Failure
to make the necessary preparations by the host club
may result in a fine of £10.
15. The winning club shall receive a cup, which cannot
be won outright, subject to a declaration being signed
in accordance with League Rule 18. Each club shall
be responsible for the cost of appropriate engraving
which shall be arranged by the League.
16. Cup final officials shall receive a memento in
lieu of fees and expenses.
OF LEAGUE RULES
17. Unless specifically provided for in these rules,
all applicable rules of 'The Alliance Football League'
shall apply to this Competition.
OF THE SIX-A-SIDE COMPETITION
1. The Competition shall be called The Alliance Football
League Six-a-Side Competition and shall be confined
to members of The Alliance Football League.
2. The Competition shall be organised by a sub-committee
of the league Management Committee which shall have
full powers delegated to it.
3. The General Secretary and Chairman shall be ex-officio
members of the sub-committee, with full voting powers.
4. The Competition shall, if possible, be completed
in one day.
5. An Entrance Fee of £15 shall be paid on application.
6. All players are to be registered as per League
Rule 11; any team play an unregistered, suspended,
contract or otherwise ineligible player shall be removed
from the Competition and may be fined by the Management
7. Any protest concerning eligibility of players shall
be made to a member of the organising sub-committee
at or before the end of the game concerned.
8. A player who has been sent from the field of play
in accordance with Law 12 of Laws of the Game shall
take no further part in the Competition.
9. All referees shall be appointed by the Referees
Secretary. Mementoes shall be awarded by the League
to all referees taking part.
10. All games shall be played at a time on a date
specified by the sub-committee. Any team failing to
appear shall be ruled out of the Competition and may
be fined by the Management Committee.
11. 'Billy Walton Cup' rules 14 and 15, and League
Rule 5 shall apply to this Competition.
12. In the event of scores being equal after extra
time has been played, in any knock-out stage of the
Competition, kicks from the penalty mark shall decide
the winner in accordance with FA regulations.
13. Appeals may be made against a decision of the
sub-committee or the Management Committee in accordance
with Rules of the County Football Association.
14. The sub-committee may place a restriction on the
number of teams accepted into the Competition. Acceptance
shall be at the sole discretion of the sub-committee.
In order to ensure that games are played whenever
possible and unnecessary travelling is avoided, the
following procedure will apply. If bad weather is
forecast and there is a possibility that the pitch
may be unfit:
o The Secretary of the HOME Club will contact the
AWAY Club Secretary BEFORE 6 p.m. on the evening before
the game and agree a telephone contact point for on
or before 0915 on the Sunday morning
o The HOME Club Secretary will contact the appointed
Referee BEFORE 6 p.m. on the evening before the game
to request a pitch inspection before 0915hrs on the
o If there is no League appointed Referee or if travel
of the appointed Referee is prohibitive the HOME Club
Secretary will contact the Referee is Secretary to
request a pitch inspection by a local Referee or a
o In all cases travel expenses will be paid to the
inspecting official. (League Rule 31)
o The HOME Club Secretary will meet the inspecting
official at the pitch and will advise the AWAY Club
Secretary of the decision by 0915hrs.
o If the pitch is declared to be unfit the HOME Secretary
will advise the Assistant Secretary (Dennis Roe).
o If this is done it is not necessary to send a press
o If the Assistant Secretary is not available then
the Referees' Secretary, (Dave Scragg) should be contacted.
In the case of slight frost or fog, where there is
a chance of completing the fixture:
o The match Referee is empowered to delay the kick
off until 1100hrs to avoid postponement.
o In this case, with the agreement of both teams and
the match Referee the duration of the game may be
reduced to 70 or 80 minutes, providing the game consists
of two equal halves. Only in exceptional circumstances
and with the General or Assistant Secretary is permission
may the game be postponed before the day of the game.
Local Authorities and schools have an over-riding
authority. Decisions that appear to be too early or
unreasonable should be discussed with the General
or Assistant Secretary who will advise on the action
to be taken. Oadby & Wigston Council may liaise
directly with the League, in which case their decision
will be advised to the clubs concerned by the League.
The above procedure will not apply to County Competition
games. Announcements on local radio only apply to