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2017/18

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE HANDBOOK


WAYNE DELLER, CHAIRMAN, ESSEX COUNTY FA

FOREWORD


Wayne DellerIt is both a pleasure and a privilege to have been asked, once again, to write a few lines as a foreword to the Essex Senior League handbook for season 2017-2018.

Once again your hard working committee have brought another season to a successful conclusion and on your behalf I would like to thank them all for their hard and often little appreciated work   Volunteers are the lifeblood of grassroots football and increasingly hard to come by. The Essex Senior League are indeed fortunate to have the quality and experienced people at the helm that they do.

These are exciting times for football at Step Five and above with the proposed major overhaul, by the Football Association, of Supply and Contributory League football which should see some clubs moving to new pastures at the end of the coming season. In addition we are assured that there will soon be, for the first time, a Step Six league, for Essex clubs wishing to progress up the pyramid.

I understand that the FA is to undertake a thorough review of the current ground grading system and we can only hope that the new requirements will not be any more onerous for our clubs.

The demise of the Essex South Midlands Referees pool has seen some significant additions to the Essex Senior League management committee and I am sure that all the clubs will want to support the new Referees Appointments and Observer Appointments Officers as they get to grips with their new roles.

On behalf of the Essex County Football Association I am delighted to wish you all, Clubs, League Officers and Match officials, a sporting, successful and enjoyable season 2017-2018.

 

 

COMMITTEE & LEAGUE OFFICERS 2017/18


PRESIDENT

Robert A Errington

LIFE MEMBERS

G Evans Esq,  D Hamilton Esq,
G Lever Esq,  L Llewellyn Esq,
DF Pond Esq, DJ Wingrove Esq,
R Curtis Esq

VICE PRESIDENT

DE Prentice Esq

AUDITOR

Tirmizey Da Costa Ltd.
30 Station Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6NJ

CHAIRMAN

Robert A Errington
H: 01702 613713
M: 07850 253117
E: rsouthendian@aol.com

VICE CHAIRMAN & HON. MATCH OFFICIALS SECRETARY

Lee Dorling
H: 01279 635740
M: 07816 609904
E: lee.dorling39@gmail.com

HON. SECRETARY & FIXTURES SECRETARY

For protests, suggestions, general correspondence, Rule queries, changes to Club details, and for all matters concerning fixtures and postponements.

Michelle Dorling
M: 07939 850627
H: 01279 635740
E: secretary@essexseniorleague.co.uk
E: michelle.dorling39@gmail.com

HON. TREASURER

For all financial matters, unless otherwise stated.

Robert A Errington
H: 01702 613713
M: 07850 253117
E: rsouthendian@aol.com

HON. REGISTRATIONS SECRETARY  

For all registrations, result sheets and player transfers.

Guiseppe La Rezza
70 Muscal, Field Road, London, W6 8HT
M: 07802323046 
E: g.larezza@gmail.com

LEVEL 4 MATCH OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS OFFICER

For all matters relating to the appointment of referees, including their non-appearance.

Richard Dowden
H: 01438 313929
M: 07745 399288

ADMINISTRATION & FINES OFFICER

David Wingrove
H: 01992 522147
M: 07719 711271
E: davew2@btinternet.com

HON. PUBLICITY SECRETARY

For all items of interest.

Scott Lanza
M: 07814 744 836
E: scott_lanza@hotmail.co.uk

GROUND GRADING OFFICER

Kevin Curran
M: 07778 152 023
E: kevc-southendreferees@sky.com

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE CLUB REPRESENTATIVES

Mark Wiggs (Enfield 1893 FC)
M: 07957 647 820
E: enfieldfc@ntlworld.com

Jimmy Flanagan (Barkingside FC)
M: 07956 894 194
E: confclothing@aol.com

Tom Williams (Stansted FC)
M: 07921 403 842
E: tom.williams16@btinternet.com

Steven Robinson (Southend Manor FC)
M: 07788 580 360
E: southendmanor@btinternet.com

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS REPRESENTATIVE

TBA

LEAGUE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Peter Butcher
M: 07918 645 109

Jimmy Flanagan
M: 07956 894 194

Adam Richardson
M: 07535 858 493

Martyn Fitch
M:07956 839 680

 

ROBERT ERRINGTON

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2016/17


Robert Errington, Chairman, Essex Senior LeagueI cannot write this report without first thanking every single person albeit club, committee and players alike for their overwhelming kindness shown to me during the very hard months of our late President and Treasurer, my wife, Margaret’s illness and the tributes shown at her funeral and in Minutes silences all around the County subsequent to her passing in December. This just proved what a wonderful institution the Essex Senior League is and meant so much to her.

Whilst I took a break from day to day running of the League from August until December I would like to take this opportunity of thanking my Committee for keeping the ship afloat but in particular to Michelle and Lee Dorling for their own work during those dark days. I was kept fully aware of everything going on with the interest for the well-being of the League never far from my thoughts.

The season has been very interesting particular in respect of the weather in comparison to previous years and so little was lost to inclement conditions that, in some instances we actually finished early and the original terminating date of 22nd April was nearly accomplished but with all the ground sharing that we have, a few more games up to 29th were somewhat inevitable.

Going back to the beginning it was very unfortunate that a number of errors appeared in the Handbook, particularly in the Standardised Rules and Statistics but I was able to go through the whole work and correct the vast majority of these for a revamped version to appear on the Internet for the second part of the year. This was no fault of the Printers and Publishers their co-operation in correcting everything was much appreciated and we shall continue using their services.  The funding we received from the FA for this publication was very welcome and showed how they are encouraging all Leagues, financially, to offer digital handbooks.

I congratulate Barking FC on their Championship success, very worthy of the title as it is always a season long campaign to achieve such a promotional place and they battled well during the whole time to achieve their goal. It was very sad that Ron Debenham did not live to see his clubs success but in John and George they have two of the most enthusiastic supporters that I have had the privilege to know and as for Rob O’Brien’s very successful chairing of his club through a myriad of issues over the years, was just reward and the cameo appearance on the field of play at Southend, a bonus.   We all hope that they continue their success like Bowers & Pitsea have done in the Isthmian League this past season.

Clapton rallied very well to take the Runners Up spot in front of massive home crowds but readers of our Attendance table will also note that many of our other clubs highest attendances were against Clapton meaning welcome revenue to them all.

We welcomed West Essex to the League this season and yet another club that successfully made the mighty jump from Step 7 to 5 football after Bethnal Green and Wadham Lodge and a lot to do with this is the experience they gained at the lower level coupled with excellent administration, it is therefore very sad that we are saying farewell to Martyn Fitch and last year’s Administrator of the Year Sharon Fitch from Wadham Lodge. Also retiring after very many years of unstinting work for Waltham Forest FC is Tony Brazier and a special award was presented to Len Cordell of Redbridge FC at our Cup Final. A number of Managers will come and go as we see every season and we only hope that they are appreciated for the work they have done at their clubs. The addition to the constitution of Barkingside FC and Redbridge FC and the excellent facilities that they have enhanced the standards of the League.

At the beginning of the season Takeley will have wanted to do well but may not have envisaged that they would come away with both the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and the Challenge Cup and we congratulate Marc Das and his side for that and Charlie Cole who, in scoring 54 League and Cup goals broke the all-time League record and won the Don Douglas Trophy for League leading scorer.

It was good to see the number of clubs that have made their way up the pyramid of football bringing or retaining Reserve sides in the League and we congratulate Thurrock on their title success and Sawbridgeworth Town on winning the Shield.

The situation regarding the Step 6 division in 2018-19 my be clearer by the AGM and I will be happy to announce any updated news at that time.

Rumours abound regarding our Constitution which, again will be clearer at the AGM suffice to say as I write this report that there could be a number of changes through incoming clubs, outgoing clubs and maybe even a merger?

On the Committee side I am sorry to lose the services of Peter Butcher as Registration Officer as he has done a sterling job on what can be a minefield of issues in keeping up with player eligibility, international clearance and general checking of suspensions etc. but all is not lost with his expertise as I have asked him to continue in a new role on League Development, a section that already encompasses Ground Grading.  Additional roles are also to be taken which will be covered by our League Secretary.

Finally we never forget past members of the ESL and some come to mind, first Danny and Nicky Cowley whose fantastic achievements with Lincoln City see them due to sample Football League Management which they so richly deserve. Dwight Gayle returns to the Premier League with Championship winners Newcastle United and Neil Harris found himself with another Wembley appearance in the Division One play off v Bradford.  As for the present , folk not to forget are18 year old Max Watters of Barking FC played for England and Adam Richardson of Tower Hamlets FC who hosts East London Radio’s Thursday night Football Show which I had the privilege to appear on this season along with many other well-known guests on previous shows. All good publicity for the League as was a number of mentions of where Leyton Orient may end up but let’s leave that one to the future?

I would like to thank Derek Bird who is retiring his role as Publicity Officer and publisher of Centre Spot the task of which will be taken over by a new administrator to hopefully continue a tradition of sharing news amongst us all.

The ending of the Pooling of Match Officials Scheme by the Spartan South Midlands League was very disappointing  to us and the figures will show that the average this season of £109 were actually just down from last season. As I write this report, further details of the Pool closing are being received from the FA and full details of the Pool, and future appointing of Match Officials will be in the Vice Chairman’s Report.

As I write this report other things relevant to the League may change but that is part and parcel of the close season, whatever happens I wish you all well and wish to say that I very much hope to continue doing my very best to keep the name of the Essex Senior Football League foremost in peoples thoughts and minds, a legacy so wished by my late wife.

 

MICHELLE DORLING

HONORARY LEAGUE SECRETARY’S REPORT 2016/17


Michelle DorlingI wish to extend my congratulations to our League Champions, Barking FC particularly with achieving 100 points; Double League Challenge Cup & Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Winners, Takeley FC; the Reserve Shield Final Winners, Sawbridgeworth Town Reserves.   I’d also like to congratulate the runners up for their success in the various competitions – Eton Manor FC; Sawbridgeworth Town FC & Stansted Reserves and League Runners Up, Clapton FC.

It’s been a very steep learning curve to get up to speed with the new role of League Secretary this season and a ‘real baptism of fire’ (Rob’s description) this season with unfortunate events unfolding during the season; the League Handbook production error, losing Margaret Errington in December and the incidents with player eligibility in the cup competitions really were testing times both personally and for the League.  Margaret was a mentor and friend to many of us and her presence was greatly missed at the cup finals this season.  Rob’s promise to Margaret to carry on the good works they had jointly undertaken for in excess of thirty years is most welcome as his invaluable knowledge is frequently called upon.  Behind the scenes there’s been unending correspondence and communication with outside organisations; the FA and even supporters which kept me very busy.

Unfortunately we lost Eton Manor FC at the end of the season, when Reg Curtis decided after fifty plus years that he needed to focus his efforts elsewhere and withdraw the club from the League.   Essex Senior League would like to thank him for his commitment and dedication to both the club and the league during that time.

The League was approached by a number of clubs – Woodford Town FC (non-playing member of Spartan South Midlands League) and Saffron Walden Town FC are the two who qualify.   The FA League’s Committee decided on 23rd May 2017 to not allocate either club to ESL so we shall enter the new season with an odd number of clubs at 21.  The Reserve Division is looking to be stronger than ever with letters of intent from existing members; past members and even new clubs.   Depending on the numbers, it may be necessary to split the Reserve Section into two divisions again however we’ll know more a week before the AGM when all members MUST complete their League Registrations (to comply with the new FA Standardised rules) seven days prior to the AGM.

With the FA competitions again commencing early, it’s very likely that the FA will announce another early start to the forthcoming season, which is suspected to be Saturday 29th July 2017.

A reminder – there have been several breaches of the League’s Procedural Arrangements this past season and something that the League will be seeking to correct in the forthcoming season.

I would like to draw your particular attention to :-

  • 2(c) All match officials, visiting club officials, visiting League Officers and boardroom guests shall be handed a programme.
  • 2(e) Provision of similar refreshments on arrival and at half time within a segregated area of the club house or Committee Room to those with passes and liquid refreshments and sandwiches will be provided at full time.2(g) Clubs unable to be represented by any of its officials at an away match must inform the home club at least 48 hours prior to kick off.    Where an away club fails to provide 48 hours notice and are not represented, the Management Committee may order that club to compensate the home club for reasonable expenses.  Clubs who fail to provide official representation at away matches must provide sufficient explanation to the Management Committee.
  • 6(c) That no spectator or unauthorised persons are permitted to persistently stand in a seated area, smoke in any area of the stadium where smoking is not permitted, possess or consume alcohol in any part of the ground from which the event can be directly viewed or enter a part of the ground reserved for supporters of the opposing team.

It’s a great time to be in Grassroots football with the changes that are coming in 2018/19, the new Step 6 League in the South East area is something that Essex Senior League has been very supportive of for a number of years; including the addition of the New Step 3 and 4 Divisions; both Rob and I have attended several meetings over the course of the season, looking forward, there will likely be compulsory promotion and relegation at the end of the season 2017/18 with ESL likely to lose up to four members to the Step 6 League.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first season as League Secretary, I won’t wish you a relaxing summer, as I am fully aware that close season tends to be a very busy time; with pre-season friendlies, player trials, registration paperwork to complete in time for the new season etc., but please keep happy and healthy and enjoy as much of the summer as possible.

 

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2017/18


VENUE
Redbridge FC, Oakside Stadium, Barkingside, Essex IG6 1NB.

TIME
8.00pm

DATES
» Wednesday 19 July 2017
» Thursday 19 October 2017
» Thursday 18 January 2018
» Thursday 22 March 2018
» Thursday 21 June 2018  – AGM for season 2018/19
» Thursday 19 July 2018 – pre-season meeting 2018/19

 

NOTES TO SECRETARIES


Secretaries are requested to make themselves conversant with the Rules of the League and Cup Competitions. Your attention is particularly drawn to Rule 6, Registration of Players, and Rule 8, Playing of Matches, with particular reference to the fitness of grounds.

Do not forget to give the Referee and assistant Referees due notice of the match, with directions as to reaching the ground. Ensure that your result is telephoned to the Result Service or Publicity Officer in good time. The League requires all the publicity it can get and your co-operation in this direction is essential.

Ensure that result sheets are completed fully and correctly, and posted or e-mailed within the time limits to the Registration Secretary. Pay particular and careful attention to the marking of your referee. Do not be prejudiced by a decision which goes against you, but give an honest, considered judgement of their overall performance.

In short, you are asked to co-operate with all your League Officers. If you can, avoid telephoning them on a Sunday or after 9:30pm at night.

Match results should be submitted by text to Scott Lanza on 07814 744 836.

Above all, remember that this is a Senior League and your actions are seen at all times as not only representing your club, but your League, your County and all your fellow Clubs. Appropriate hospitality must be offered to your visitors, both players and Officials.

The Management Committee will not hesitate to deal with Clubs or individuals who transgress the Rules of the League and, above all, Clubs must adopt a SENIOR ATTITUDE in all they do.

 

LEAGUE CLUBS FOR 2017/18


PREMIER DIVISION

  • Barkingside FC
  • Basildon United FC
  • Burnham Ramblers FC
  • Clapton FC
  • Enfield 1893 FC
  • Eton Manor FC (Non Playing Member)
  • FC Romania
  • Great Wakering Rovers FC
  • Hackney Wick FC (formerly London Bari FC)
  • Hullbridge Sports FC
  • Ilford FC
  • Redbridge FC
  • Sawbridgeworth Town FC
  • Southend Manor FC
  • Sporting Bengal United FC
  • Stansted FC
  • Takeley FC
  • Tower Hamlets FC
  • Wadham Lodge FC
  • Waltham Forest FC
  • West Essex FC
  • Woodford Town FC

 

RESERVES DIVISION

  • AFC Sudbury Development FC
  • Bishop’s Stortford Reserves FC
  • Burnham Ramblers Reserves FC
  • East Thurrock Reserves FC
  • Grays Athletic Reserves FC
  • Great Wakering Rovers Reserves FC
  • Heybridge Swifts Reserves FC
  • Hullbridge Sports Reserves FC
  • Redbridge Reserves FC
  • Sawbridgeworth Town Reserves FC
  • Southend Manor Reserves FC
  • Stansted Reserves FC
  • Takeley Reserves FC
  • Thurrock Reserves FC
  • Waltham Abbey Reserves FC
  • Woodford Town 2017 Reserves FC

LEAGUE STANDING ORDERS


1 Officers, Management Committee members and delegates attending any meetings shall sign the attendance register.
2 All voting to be by show of hands unless, in the opinion of the Chairman or the majority of the meeting, a ballot should be taken unless otherwise determined within these Rules.
3 In the case of equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
4 That the proposer of a motion be allowed five minuted for his speech, and the seconder and all succeeding speakers three minutes each.
5 Any member seconding a motion or amendment without remark shall not be considered to have spoken.
6 Whenever an amendment is made upon any motion, no second amendment shall be taken into consideration until the first amendment has been disposed of. If that amendment is carried, it shall then be put as a substantive motion, upon which a further amendment may be moved to the original motion, but only one amendment shall be submitted for discussion t one time.
7 That the decision of the Chairman on any point shall be binding upon the meeting but, upon notice being given at such meeting, it may be called in question at the next meeting and rescinded by two-thirds of those present and voting.
8 The Chairman shall, at his discretion, or upon request, submit to the meeting any question as to the eligibility of delegates to vote upon, or be present at, the discussion of any matter with which they personally, or their Clubs, are concerned.
9 If the Chairman at any meeting shall be of the opinion that any motion proposed to be made thereat is of an objectionable character, it shall be competent for him, either before or after the same is brought forward, to put it to the vote (on which no discussion shall be allowed) whether the same be entertained or not, and if two-thirds of the members present, and entitled to vote, decide not to entertain such motion, the same shall be considered as disposed of.
10 That no member be permitted to speak more than once on the same proposition, except the proposer, who shall have the right to reply. Upon the Chairman rising to speak, all other members must resume their seats.
11 That any questions may be closed by a resolution “that the question now be put” being moved, seconded and carried, such resolution to be submitted without debate.
12 Any Standing Order may be suspended upon motion o that effect, provided such motion be duly seconded and carried by two-thirds of those present and voting.
13 A resolution shall not be rescinded at the meeting of the Management Committee at which it is passed unless such decision is carried by three-fourths of those present and voting.
14 All monies paid to the League shall be by either cheque, postal order or bank transfer.

 

PROCEDURAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR  LEAGUE MATCHES


1   The Secretary of the home Club must give notice in writing of full particulars of situation of the ground, time of kick off, and means of reaching ground to the Match Officials and the Secretary of the opposing Club at least seven clear days prior to the playing of the match. Notice must also be given of intended playing kit, including goalkeeper’s colours.
  The away Club must also confirm the match with their opposition in writing, submit a list of players and intended playing kit, including goalkeeper’s colours, at least five clear days before the playing of the match. Any Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to a fine.
2   (a) Grounds, including dressing rooms, must be open to visiting teams at least one hour prior to kick off.
  (b) Officials of the Home Club must be available to receive visitors.
  (c) All Match Officials, visiting Club Officials, visiting League Officers and boardroom guests shall be handed a programme.
  (d) Tea/coffee and biscuits shall be provided at half time within a segregated area of the Clubhouse or Committee Room to those with passes and liquid and liquid refreshments and sandwiches will be provided at full time.
  (e) Provision of similar refreshments on arrival and at half time within a segregated area of the Clubhouse or Committee Room to those with passes and liquid refreshments and sandwiches will be provided at full time.
  Failure to comply with (a) to (e) above may result in the Management Committee taking such action as is necessary.
  (f) Provision must be made for the sale of refreshments, including hot drinks, to paying spectators within the ground.
  (g) Clubs unable to be represented by any of its officials at an away match must inform the home Club at least 48 hours prior to kick off. Where an away Club fails to provide 48 hours notice and are not represented, the Management Committee may order that Club to compensate the home Club for reasonable expenses. Clubs who fail to provide official representation at away matches must provide sufficient explanation to the Management Committee.
3   (a) For all League and Cup matches, that Clubs are expected to enter full match details on the FA Full Time web site within thirty (30) minutes of the conclusion of the match. Both Clubs to provide their goal scorers, their team line-up and marks for the Match Officials. The home Club (or the away Club if representing the League in an outside Competition) to also provide the match result and attendance.
  (b) For all League and Cup matches, that home Clubs (or the away Club if representing the League in an outside Competition) should provide the result, attendance and goal scorers to the Publicity Secretary, in accordance with League Rule 8.20, by text message within fifteen (15) minutes of the conclusion of the match.
  (c) That written or electronic Result/Report forms must still be completed in accordance with League Rule 12.
4   For all League and Cup matches, the fees and travelling expenses of Match Officials shall be pooled, each Club rendering on the Result Sheet details of all payments made. Match Officials expenses paid in respect of abandoned or cancelled matches shall be included. The Hon. Treasurer shall at the conclusion of the season divide the total cost of the Officials by the total of Clubs and where the total payment made by the Clubs is less than equal share of the pool, the Club shall pay the difference. Where the sum paid by the Clubs is more than the equal share of the pool the League will reimburse the Club accordingly.
5   In the event of the non-appearance of appointed Assistant Referees, substitutes shall be agreed upon. In the event of an Assistant Referee not being available, this shall not prevent the match being played as a League or League Cup fixture.
6   (a) That no spectator or unauthorised persons are permitted to enter a stadium when drunk or in possession of alcohol or when in possession of a firework, flare or other pyrotechnic device.
  (b) That no spectator or unauthorised persons are permitted to encroach on to the pitch area without lawful excuse, throw any object at or towards the pitch or spectator areas, engage in any form of threatening behaviour, indecent, racist, homophobic or foul and abusive language; either verbally or displayed via posters or banners.
  (c) That no spectator or unauthorised persons are permitted to persistently stand in a seated area, smoke in any area of the stadium where smoking is not permitted, posses or consume alcohol in any part of the ground from which the event can be directly viewed or enter a part of the ground reserved for supporters of the opposing team.
7   That any specific equipment, other than bench kit (see League Rule 35), required to be used under the terms of any League sponsorship arrangement is used in all relevant matches.
8   (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 £1,000 shall be approved by the Management Committee. Cheques shall be approved by at least two Officers nominated by the Management Committee.
  (c) The financial year of the Competition will end on 30th April.
  (d) The books, or a certified balance sheet, of the Competition shall be prepared and shall be audited annually by some suitable person(s) who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting.
9   Whenever a commemorative or fundraising event or similar function is held on behalf of the League, the Management Committee reserves the right, as deemed appropriate, to:
  a) set event ticket prices;
  b) order Clubs to compulsorily purchase a minimum number of tickets;
  c) offer a set number of complimentary tickets.
10   That the Essex Senior League official website be advertised in the match programme for all home matches and also on official Club websites.

 

ALTERATIONS TO THE RULES 2017/18


RESERVE DIVISION – STANDARD CODE OF RULES

The Reserve Division to adhere to Standard Code of Rules (SCOR) as directed by The FA from season 2017/18 onwards.

Subject to any limits/provisions laid down by the sanctioning Association, Referees appointed shall be paid a match fee of £35 and travel expenses of 30p per mile (capped mileage at 70 miles roundtrip); Assistant Referees appointed shall be paid a match fee of £27 and travel expenses of 30p per mile (capped mileage at 70 miles roundtrip).  Where possible, match officials will be required to travel together to reduce match officials costs to clubs.

RULE CHANGE TO PROCEDURAL RULES

The League can relegate up to four clubs from the Premier Division at the end of the season 2017/18.

3 (b) Add Semi Final to go to extra time as well as Final for all ESL Cup Competitions including the Premier Division & Reserve Division

5 (a) “Premier Division” add ‘can’ include those who have Reserve teams in our League and not outside our League”

5 (a) add Reserve Division only “2 ESL Reserve Division competition games”

7  INCREASE TROPHIES TO 20 that’s 19 plus one for Manager for all ESL cup competitions; League Winners and Runners Up.

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.

“The Association” means The Football Association Limited.

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

“Competition” in these Regulations means a League in the NLS

“Conditional Licence” means a Licence with conditions attached to be met by a Club within a period determined by the Competition in which the Club holding the Licence is allocated by the Leagues Committee.  Such period is not to exceed 1 March in the Membership Year to which the Licence relates.  Save in exceptional circumstances a Conditional Licence cannot be granted to a Club for successive Membership Years in respect of the same Criterion.

“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.

“Licence” means an annual licence required to be held by a Club to be a member of a Competition that may be either an Unconditional Licence or Conditional Licence.

“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 Match(es)” 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 qualifies that 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 Association’s Standardised Rules or The Association’s Standard Code of Rules under which a League is administered.

“Step” means the level at which a Club participates in the NLS.

“Unconditional Licence” means a Licence without any conditions attached.

2.         The NLS shall be operated in accordance with the Regulations.

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.

2.4          A co-ordinated approach between Leagues regarding the final date of the Playing Season

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.

All Clubs are required to hold a Licence to be a member of a Competition at Steps 1 to 4 of the NLS.3.

3.

3.1  The current structure of the NLS is set out below:

National League System chart

The Leagues currently at Steps 5, 6 and 7 are set out at the end of the Regulations.

3.2          With effect from the commencement of the 2018/19 season the structure of the NLS will be as set out below:

National Leagues System from 2017-18

Divisions at Steps 3 to 5 shall have the following number of Clubs: Step 3 – 22, Step 4 – 20, Step 5 – 20. At Steps 6 and 7 the number of Clubs in each division will be decided by the LC taking into account all relevant factors. Notwithstanding this, at Step 6 each division shall have no more than 20 Clubs and at Step 7 each division shall have no more than 16 Clubs.

3.2          Any league wishing to become part of the NLS must apply to The Association by 31st December in the relevant year in such form and/or providing such information as shall be required by the LC from time to time.  The decision as to whether or not a league should be admitted to the NLS shall be made by the LC which will then decide on the Step at which the League will compete.

3.3         Any League wishing to propose an adjustment to its position within the NLS must apply in writing to the LC by 31st December in any year for such proposal to be determined by the LC in order, if approved, to have effect in the following Playing Season.

4.         Rules and Regulations for Promotion and Relegation

The LC shall provide for the seasonal promotion, relegation or lateral movement of Clubs.  A League must be committed to promoting and relegating Clubs at the conclusion of each Playing Season.

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

These regulations do not deal with 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. The Clubs finishing in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th positions shall be eligible to take part in the Play Off Matches. The Play Off Matches shall be played so that in each Step 2 division there is a qualifying round, semi-finals and a promotion final with all ties being played over a single leg at the ground of the higher placed Club. The winner of the promotion final in each Step 2 division will be promoted. If a Club is not eligible to enter Step 1 then it shall not take part in any Play Off Matches. In that event, such Club shall not be replaced and the Play Off Matches structure and draw shall be adjusted as necessary by the Competition on the basis of the remaining Clubs’ final league positions.

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 Step 2, the Club finishing in 2nd position shall be promoted. The Clubs finishing in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th positions in each Step 3 division shall be eligible to take part in the Play Off Matches. Where one or more of the Clubs finishing in 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th positions does not meet the criteria for participation at Step 2, the next eligible Club shall take part in the Play Off Matches, save that no Club finishing below 7th position shall be eligible to 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 in semi-final matches over a single leg at the grounds of the higher placed Clubs.  The winners of each semi-final match will play each other in a promotion final over a single leg at the ground of the higher placed Club 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 promotion final where it will play the winner of the other semi-final match and the winner of that promotion final match will be promoted.

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 finishing in last place 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.  Nineteen Clubs will be promoted from Step 4 comprising of the twelve Clubs finishing in 1st and 2nd position in each division, together with the highest ranked 3rd place Club on the basis of points per game during the Playing Season plus six further Clubs determined by a series of Play Off Matches..  Where a Club finishes in 1st or 2nd position but does not meet the criteria for participation at Step 3, the Club finishing in 3rd position shall be promoted. If neither the 1st or 2nd place Club meets the criteria for participation at Step 3 then the 3rd and 4th placed Clubs shall be promoted.   The Clubs finishing in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th position in each Step 4 division shall be eligible to take part in the Play Off Matches. Where a Club finishing in 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th position does not meet the criteria for participation at Step 3, the next eligible Club shall take part in the Play Off Matches, save that no Club finishing below 8th position will be eligible to take part in 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 in semi-final matches over a single leg at the grounds of the higher placed Clubs.  The winners of each semi-final match will play each other in a promotion final over a single leg at the ground of the higher placed Club 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 the promotion final match where it will play the winner of the other semi-final match and the winner of that promotion final match will be promoted.

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

In the event of vacancies arising at Step 3 on completion of the season, the losing Step 4 Play Off finalists shall be ranked on a points per game basis during the regular Playing Season, with vacancies being filled by the highest ranked Club(s).

Step 4 and Step 5

At the end of the Playing Season the Clubs finishing in last place in each of the six divisions at Step 4 administered by the Northern Premier League, Southern League and Isthmian League will be relegated and placed in the most geographically appropriate League at Step 5.    These relegated Clubs will be replaced by the highest placed Club in each Step 5 division which is eligible to enter Step 4 together with the twelve highest ranking 2nd placed Clubs on the basis of points per game during the Playing Season.  The Clubs to be promoted from Step 5 will be allocated to the most geographically appropriate division at Step 4.

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.  In order to be eligible for promotion Clubs must finish in 1st position in their Step 6 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 for promotion from each League. 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.

All promotions and relegations between Steps 5, 6 and 7 must be authorised by the LC. All proposed Club movements must be submitted to the LC by no later than 8 May 2018.

5.3         Where a vacancy occurs within the NLS either before, during or after the Playing Season, the LC shall decide how such vacancy shall be filled at its sole discretion.

5.3.1         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.

5.3.2         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 D by 31st March 2019.

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

That by 30th September following promotion the floodlights are installed and in working order.

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          For 2017/18, the following applies only to Steps 1 to 4: 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 NLS 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.  A Club may appeal the decision of the LC to an Appeal Board and such appeal shall be conducted in accordance with the Appeal Regulations.

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 wishing 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, 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 Premier League or English 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.

(ii)    If a Club is removed from its League and wishes to remain in the NLS it shall apply to the LC within five 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 party’s 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 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) exceptional circumstances, (b) a vacancy within its constitution, (c) the club meets the entry criteria and (d) promotion and relegation issues have been satisfied. Such request must be received from the league by no later than 1st February. Any decision shall only be capable of Appeal to The Association by the affected League.

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 certification 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 2.  The LC may require the attendance at a meeting or the written observations of at least one officer 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.

(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.

(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 Association’s Judicial Services Department within seven days from the date of the written decision outlining the Grounds of Appeal, with a copy to The Association’s 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.

8.3          The LC may, at its discretion, delegate the resolution of any matter, dispute or difference arising under these Regulations to anybody 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 NLS and the Rules, the Regulations take precedence.

 

LEAGUES/DIVISIONS AT STEPS 5, 6 & 7 OF THE NLS (Season 2017/18)

Step 5

Combined Counties League Premier Div
Eastern Counties League Premier Div
Essex Senior League
Hellenic League Premier Div
Midland League Premier Div
North West Counties League Premier Div
Northern League Div 1
Northern Counties East League Premier Div
Southern Counties East League Premier Div
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Div
Southern Combination Football League Premier Div
United Counties League Premier Div
Wessex League Premier Div
Western League Premier Div

Step 6

Combined Counties League Div 1
East Midlands Counties League
Eastern Counties League Div 1
Hellenic League Div 1 East
Hellenic League Div 1 West
Midland League Div 1
Northern Counties East Div 1
North West Counties League Div 1
Northern League Div 2
South West Peninsula League Premier Div
Spartan South Midlands League Div 1
Southern Combination Football League Div 1
Southern Counties East League Div 1
United Counties League Div 1
Wessex League Div 1
West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Div
Western League Div 1

Step 7

Anglian Combination Premier Div
Bedfordshire County League Premier Div
Cambridgeshire County League Premier Div
Central Midlands League Div North
Central Midlands League Div South
Cheshire League Premier Div
Dorset Premier League
Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div
Essex Olympian League Premier Div
Gloucestershire County League Premier Div
Hampshire Premier League Senior Div
Herts Senior County League Premier Div
Humber Premier League Premier Div
Kent County League Premier Div
Leicestershire Senior League Premier Div
Lincolnshire Football League
Liverpool County Premier League Premier Div
Manchester Football League Premier Div
Middlesex County League Premier Div
Midland League Div 2
Mid-Sussex Football League
Northamptonshire Combination Premier Div
Northern Football Alliance Premier Div
Nottinghamshire Senior League Senior Div
Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Div
Peterborough & District League Premier Div
Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Div
Somerset County League Premier Div
Southern Combination Football League
South West Peninsula League Div 1 East
South West Peninsula League Div 1 West
Spartan South Midlands League Div 2
Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Div
Suffolk & Ipswich League Senior Div
Surrey Elite Intermediate League  Intermediate Div
Teesside League Div 1
Thames Valley Premier League Premier Div
Wearside League
West Cheshire League Div 1
West Lancashire League Premier Div
West Midlands (Regional) League Div 1
West Riding County Amateur League Premier Div
West Yorkshire League Premier Div
Wiltshire Football League Premier Div
York Football League Premier Div

 

STANDARDISED RULES

CONTENTS

Definitions | Membership Requirements | Membership – Annual Subscriptions | Power of the Board | Interests in more than one Club | Registration of Players | Club Colours | Playing of Matches | Registered Intermediaries | Financial Records | Football Creditors | Champion, Relegation | Insolvency Provisions | Match Officials | Withdrawal of Clubs | Protests, Appeals | Misconduct of Clubs, Officers, Players | Trophy | Alterations to Rules | Admission Charges | Long Service | Centenary Awards | Playing Surfaces | Insurances | Player Transfers Between Clubs | Membership Form for each Season | Provision for Full & Associate Members | Promotion Agreements | General Meetings | Management Committee | Competition Officers |


These Rules have been compiled by the Sanctions and Registrations Committee of The Football Association for the mandatory use of all sanctioned Competitions at Steps 1 to 6 inclusive of the National League System.


1  DEFINITIONS

1.1        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 Articles of the Competition.

“Appointing Authority” means The Football Association and/or Essex Senior Football League.

“Articles” means the Articles of Association of the Company and reference to a number of following the word “Article” is a reference to an Article so numbered in the “Articles”.

“Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company appointed in accordance with the Articles or, in the case of a Competition which is an unincorporated association, the management committee elected to manage the running of the Competition.

“Board Directive” means an order or instruction issued by the Board.

“Bond” 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 Company (including a Club which has had a transfer of membership approved under Rule 2.9 below).

“Company” means The Essex Senior Football League  which administers the Competition and shall, where the Competition is an unincorporated entity, include that entity.

“Company Secretary” means the person appointed by the Board and registered at Companies House as the Company Secretary of the Company.

“Competition” means the Essex Senior Football  League.

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

“Competition Office” means the registered Offices or addresses where League business is transacted.

“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.

“Control” means the power of a natural person, legal entity or any other body to exercise, or to be able to exercise or acquire, direct or indirect control over the policies, affairs and/or management of a Club, whether that power is constituted by rights or contracts (either separately or in combination) and having regard to the considerations of fact or law involved, and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, Control shall be deemed to include:

  1. a) the power (whether directly or indirectly and by any means including without limitation by way of those that in the opinion of the Board are acting in concert) to appoint and/or remove all or such of the members of the board of directors of the Club as are able to cast a majority of the votes capable of being cast by the members of that board; and/or
  2. b) the holding and/or possession of the beneficial interest in, and/or the ability to exercise the voting rights applicable to, shares (or other equity securities) in the Club (whether directly, indirectly (by means of holding such interests in one or more other persons) or by contract including without limitation those that in the opinion of the Board are acting in concert) which confer in aggregate on the holder(s) thereof 30 per cent or more of the total voting rights exercisable at general meetings of the Club;

For the purposes of the above, any rights or powers of a nominee or of an associate (as defined in the Rules of The FA Challenge Cup) of a person shall be attributed to that person.

“Criteria Document” means the document entitled “National Ground Grading Document” issued by The FA from time to time and shall, unless stated to the contrary, mean the latest edition of the document.

“CVA” shall mean an agreement reached by a Club under a Company Voluntary Arrangement (under the Insolvency Act 1986) or a Scheme of Arrangement (under the Companies Act 1985 or Companies Act 2006).

“Day” means any day on which the Competition Office is open for normal business but excluding, unless the Board determines otherwise, a Saturday, a Sunday or a Bank or Public Holiday.

“Embargo” means a ban placed by the Board on a Club in respect of player registrations, as more fully defined in Appendix H.

“Embargoed Club” means any Club subject to an Embargo.

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

“FIFA Quality Concept” means the:

(a)   FIFA Quality Concept Handbook of Requirements for Football Turf Surfaces (January 2012 Edition); and

(b)   FIFA Quality Concept – Handbook of Test Methods for Football Turf (January 2012 Edition), and any amendment or modification thereof.

“FIFA Recommended One / IATS or Two Star Certificate” means the certificate of that name awarded by FIFA following compliance with the applicable requirements of the FIFA Quality Concept.

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

             “Football Creditor” means any one of the following:

  • The Football Association Limited.
  • Any Club affiliated with an Affiliated Association.
  • Any League sanctioned by The Association or an Affiliated Association.
  • Any full time or part time employee of a Club, or former full time or part time employee of a Club, in respect of sums due to such person by way of arrears of remuneration or expenses. This excludes for these purposes all and any claims for redundancy, unfair or wrongful dismissal or other claims arising out of the termination of the contract or in respect of any period after the actual date of termination.
  • The Professional Footballers’ Association Limited.
  • The Football Foundation.
  • Any Affiliated Association.
  • Any pension scheme or plan administered by or on behalf of the Competition.

“Football Turf (3G) Pitch (FTP)” means a field of play (as that term is defined in the Laws of the Game) that has, following installation and prior to the commencement of each subsequent Playing Season, been awarded a FIFA Recommended One Star / IATS (International Artificial Turf Standard) or Two Star Certificate and which otherwise conforms to the requirements of the Laws of the Game.

“Grass Pitch” means a field of play (as that term is defined in the Laws of the Game) that is natural grass, predominantly natural grass or intended to be predominantly natural grass and which conforms to the requirements of the Laws of the Game.

“Ground” means the ground on which the Club’s first team plays its Competition fixtures.

“Insolvency Event” means any one of the following:

(a)   entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement pursuant to Part 1 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (“the 1986 Act”) or a compromise or arrangement with its creditors under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 or any compromise agreement with its creditors as a whole; or

(b)   lodging a Notice of Intention to Appoint an Administrator or Notice of Appointment of an Administrator at the Court in accordance with paragraph 26 or paragraph 29 of Schedule B1 to the 1986 Act, an application to the Court for an Administration Order under paragraph 12 of Schedule B1 to the 1986 Act (other than paragraph 12 (1)(c)) or where an Administrator is appointed or an Administration Order is made in respect of it (“‘Administrator” and “Administration Order” having the meanings attributed to them respectively by paragraphs 1 and 10 of Schedule B1 to the 1986 Act); or

(c)   an Administrative Receiver (as defined by section 251 of the 1986 Act), a Law of Property Act Receiver (appointed under section 109 of the Law of Property Act 1925) or any Receiver appointed by the Court under the Supreme Court Act 1981 or any other Receiver is appointed over any assets which, in the opinion of the Board, are material to the Club’s ability to fulfil its obligations as a member of the League; or

(d)   shareholders passing a resolution pursuant to section 84(1) of the 1986 Act to voluntarily wind up; or

(e)   a meeting of creditors is convened pursuant to section 95 or section 98 of the 1986 Act; or

(f)   a winding up order is made by the Court under section 122 of the 1986 Act or a provisional liquidator is appointed under section 135 of the 1986 Act; or

(g)   ceasing or forming an intention to cease wholly or substantially to carry on business save for the purpose of reconstruction or amalgamation or otherwise in accordance with a scheme of proposals which have previously been submitted to and approved in writing by the Board; or

(h)   being subject to any insolvency regime in any jurisdiction outside England and Wales which is analogous with the insolvency regimes detailed in (a) to (g) above; and/or

(i)    have any proceeding or step taken or any court order in any jurisdiction made which has a substantially similar effect to any of the foregoing.

“Intermediary” means any natural or legal person who carries out or seeks to carry out Intermediary Activity and has registered with The Association in accordance with The FA Intermediaries Regulations.

“Intermediary Activity” means acting in any way and at any time, either directly or indirectly, for or on behalf of a Player or a Club in relation to any matter relating to a Transaction. This includes, but is not limited to, entering into a Representation Contract with a Player or a Club. For the avoidance of doubt, a Club Official is not acting as an Intermediary when he carries out any Intermediary Activity in relation to any matter relating to a Transaction for or on behalf of that Club. Similarly, a Lawyer is not acting as an Intermediary when he solely and exclusively undertakes or provides Permitted Legal Advice in relation to any matter relating to a Transaction.

“Long Term Loan” means a loan transfer in excess of 93 days of a Player who is a qualifying Player within the terms of the Rules.

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

“Membership Year” means the period in each calendar year from the holding of one annual general meeting of the Company to the holding of the next annual general meeting.

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

“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 required to make an Owners’ and Directors’ Declaration by The FA.

“Owners’ and Directors’ Declaration” means a declaration to The FA required from an Officer from time to time.

“Paid in Full” shall mean when a Club has either:

paid (in cleared funds) to the supervisor of its CVA or its administrator, sufficient funds to pay all its creditors in full (100p in the £) and to cover the costs of the CVA or the administration and confirmation of this fact has been received in writing from the supervisor/administrator; or

paid (in cleared funds) sufficient to settle in full (100p in the £) any debts owed to  creditors outside a CVA.

“Pitch” means a Grass Pitch or Football Turf Pitch.

“Pitch Test” means the test(s) conducted by a FIFA accredited field test institute or UKAS accredited test institute in accordance with the requirements of the FIFA Quality Concept or IATS.

“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 league fixture in the Competition is played each year until the date on which the last league fixture in the Competition is played. For Clubs participating in play off matches this does include the period when play off matches are played.

“Play Off Position” means the position of a Club in the table at the end of each Playing Season which is provided for in Rule 12as qualifying the Club to take part in a play off match to qualify for promotion to the next step of football for the next Playing Season.

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

“Satisfied” shall mean that a creditor has consented, and provided evidence of such, to accept a sum in full and final settlement of its debt from a Club. For the avoidance of doubt, a vote to approve a Company Voluntary Arrangement (‘CVA’) by the creditors of a Club, held in accordance with Insolvency Law in operation from time to time, shall deem those debts admitted to the CVA as being Satisfied. The Board shall determine at its absolute discretion whether an amount is satisfied under the Rules.

“Scholar” means a player aged sixteen or over who has signed a Scholarship with a Premier League or Football League Club or licensed National League Club, and who has completed a registration form for Scholars in accordance with FA Rules and Regulations.

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

“Secured” shall mean that one of the following legally recognised undertakings has been provided for the payment of the specified sum in full by the AGM at the end of the Playing Season in which the transfer of membership takes place:

(i)    A solicitor’s undertaking for the full amount outstanding;

(ii)   A bank guarantee is held for the full amount outstanding;

In each case to be paid and satisfied in full by no later than the AGM at the end of the Playing Season in which the transfer took place.

The Board shall determine at its absolute discretion whether an amount is Secured or Satisfied under the Rules.

“Short Term Loan” means a loan transfer for a period of no fewer than 28 days and no more than 93 days in any one season.

“Significant Interest” means the holding and/or possession of the legal or beneficial interest in, and/or the ability to exercise the voting rights applicable to, shares or other securities in the Club which confer in aggregate on the holder(s) thereof ten (10) per cent or more of the total voting rights exercisable in respect of the Shares of any class of Shares of the Club. All or part of any such interest may be held directly or indirectly or by contract including, but not limited to, by way of membership of any group that in the opinion of the Board are acting in concert, and any rights or powers held by an Associate (as defined in the Rules of The FA Challenge Cup) shall be included for the purposes of determining whether an interest or interests amounts to a “Significant Interest”.

“SSAP” means a sporting sanctions appeal panel to be appointed to determine an appeal against a deduction of points under Rule 13.

“Team Sheet” means a form provided by the Competition referred to in Rule 8.18.

“The FA” means The Football Association Limited.

“Transaction” means any negotiation or other related activity, including any communication relating or preparatory to the same, the intention or effect of which is to create, terminate or vary the terms of a player’s contract of employment with a Club, to facilitate or effect the registration of a player with a Club, or the transfer of the registration of a player from a club to a Club (whether on a temporary or permanent basis). A completed Transaction is one that has so achieved the creation, termination or variation of the terms of the player’s contract of employment with a Club, the registration of the player with a Club or the transfer of the registration from a club to a Club.

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

“Work Experience Player” means a Player whose registration is held by a competition other than the Competition and is registered under a Scholarship. The Club taking the Player on work experience will register the Player Non Contract with a league in which they take part to fulfil the football element of the Scholarship, not the educational part.

“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.

1.2        Words or expressions used in these Rules shall, if not inconsistent with the subject or context, bear the same meanings as in the Articles.

1.3             All Clubs shall adhere to the Rules.  Every Club shall be deemed, as a member of the Company to have accepted the Rules and to have agreed to abide by the decisions of the Board in relation thereto, subject to the provisions of Rule 16.

1.4        The Competition will be known as “ The Essex Senior Football League ”   The Clubs participating in the Competition must be members of the Company in accordance with the Articles.  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 Company.

1.5        The administration of the Competition under these Rules will be carried out by the Company acting (save where otherwise specifically mentioned herein) through the Board in accordance with the Rules Regulations and Practices of The FA.

1.6        The Company shall be part of the National League System established by The FA and shall sign such documents as are required from time to time to confirm such membership[s].

2  MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

2.1        Each Club shall register its Ground, and its pitch dimensions, with the Competition prior to the start of each Playing Season. It will be misconduct on the part of a Club to alter its pitch dimensions during a season unless with prior written consent of the Board. The Board may at any time require a Club, at its own cost, to submit a report from a qualified independent source certifying the pitch dimensions.

Dimensions of the field of play for all Competition matches shall be:-

Length –   Maximum 120 yards (110 metres) – Minimum 110 yards (100 metres)

Width –     Maximum 80 yards (75 metres) – Minimum 70 yards (64 metres)

No Club shall remove to another Ground without first obtaining written consent of the Board; such consent not to be withheld unreasonably. In consideration whether to give such consent the Board shall have regard to all the circumstances of the case and shall not grant consent unless it is reasonably satisfied that such consent:-

  • would be consistent with the objectives of the Competition as set out in the Memorandum of Association;
  • would be appropriate having in mind the relationship (if any) between the locality with which by its name or otherwise the applicant Club is traditionally associated and that in which such Club proposes to establish its Ground;
  • would not adversely affect such Club’s Officials, Players, supporters, shareholders, sponsors and others having an interest in its activities;
  • would not have an adverse effect on visiting Clubs;
  • would not adversely affect Clubs having their registered Grounds in the immediate vicinity of the proposed location, and
  • would enhance the reputation of the Competition and promote the game of association football generally.

The Club must disclose, as soon as practicable, plans and details of any proposed move to a new stadium. The location of the proposed new stadium must meet with the approval of the Board.

Without prejudice to the provisions of Rule 4.12 a Club shall forthwith notify the Competition of any proposed change in its circumstances relating to the occupation of its Ground. By way of example, and without limitation, a proposed change may include a sale of any freehold interest (with or without subsequent leaseback) or any surrender or variation or a lease or licence.

2.2            All Clubs shall have Grounds and headquarters situated in England, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man if applicable or Wales and the Competition Secretary shall send their names and particulars to The FA annually by the date appointed by, and in the format required by, The FA. Clubs playing in England shall be duly affiliated at all times to a recognised County Football Association. Welsh Clubs shall be affiliated to The FA of Wales. Each Club shall notify the Competition Secretary of its affiliation number each year as soon as practicable after it has received same. Each Club shall return to the General Manager a fully completed questionnaire relating to Form “D” required by The FA by the date given in the circular letter accompanying the questionnaire issued by the Competition Secretary.

2.3.1      A Club’s Ground may be shared with another Club or any other club (including a club engaged in another sport) providing, where sharing with a football club the Club or club playing in the most senior competition has priority of fixtures at all times and, where sharing with a club engaged in another sport, the Club has priority of fixtures[unless agreed otherwise by the Competition at its sole discretion, applicable only to that Competition, and valid only for one season at a time but open to annual renewal. A Club will not be permitted to ground share to gain promotion or to avoid relegation. Ground sharing may not be permitted when one of the sharers retains the use of another ground unless that club can show by means of a refused planning permission or similar that it cannot meet the requirements of the Criteria Document at that ground. Any Club wishing to share a Ground or intending to move to a new Ground must obtain the written consent of the Board. Any Ground sharing for a period exceeding thirteen (13) weeks must be in  writing and a written agreement must first be approved by the Board before being entered into and (except in an emergency) must be completed by 31 March in any year to be effective for the following Playing Season. A copy of the completed signed and dated agreement must be received by the Competition within fourteen days of the approval being sent to the Club.

2.3.2        The Club as at 31 March in any year shall either:

(i)    Own the freehold of the Ground, or

(ii)   Have a lease for the Ground that extends uninterrupted for a minimum of the next Playing Season, or

(iii)  Possess an agreement for the use of the Ground that is acceptable to The Football Association following consultation with the relevant Competition.

In each case the Club must provide to the Competition of which it is a member and to The Football Association:

If the Ground is freehold either currently dated Official Copies of the freehold title at the Land Registry in the name of the entity in membership of the Competition or, if unregistered, a Certificate of Title from the Club’s solicitor showing that the Ground is owned by the entity in membership of the Competition, or

If the Ground is held leasehold a copy of the signed and dated lease in the name of the entity in membership of the Competition; if the expiry date of the lease has already passed or is dated before the end of the next full Playing Season, a certificate from the Club’s solicitor as to whether or not a notice has been given by the landlord to terminate the lease. In addition the Club must provide evidence of registration at the Land Registry, or explain why the Lease is not registered.

If the Ground is subject to an acceptable agreement a copy of the signed and dated agreement for the use of the Ground together with confirmation from The Football Association, following consultation with the relevant Competition, that the agreement is acceptable.

The Club must disclose whether the Club’s occupation of the Ground is subject to any third party option, whether the ground is charged by way of security and whether or not any break clauses in the lease or agreement have been exercised either by the landlord or the tenant.

In all cases The Football Association and the Competition of which it is a member have the right to call for further information.

2.3.3      A Club’s Ground must comply with the Criteria Document for the step in the National League System at which the Club is playing.

2.4        No club which is a “nursery” club [or a reserve side] of a football club shall be eligible for membership of the Company.

A club shall be deemed to be a “nursery” club if it is under obligation, written or otherwise, to a football club by reason of which it has not the sole and entire control of its own management, finance and Players.

2.5            Clubs seeking membership or applying to retain membership of the Company must comply with the requirements provided for in the Criteria Document for the step at which the Club is playing.  Only clubs which meet these criteria in full will be eligible for membership. All Clubs visited by representatives of the Competition in pursuance of the document will pay a non-returnable fee. In the absence of a procedure for application for membership being established by The FA, the Board shall establish such procedure.

The Board shall establish a procedure for inspecting Clubs’ grounds from time to time to ensure that the grade attained by that ground is maintained.

2.6            The Competition and the FA shall determine a time scale whereby all Clubs in membership must attain the grade provided for in the Criteria Document.  The grade applicable for each Club for the commencement of a Playing Season shall be that existing at the previous 31st March, such grading to be ascertained by an inspection carried out on or before 31st March or as soon as practicable thereafter. Any Club not maintaining the grade set for the Competition may be relegated at the end of the Playing Season to a step determined by The FA.

Any delay in inspection shall in no way release a Club from its obligation to have its ground ready for inspection.  If for any reason a Club’s existing ground, or any new ground in which it proposes to play its home matches in the season following inspection, is not available for grading by 31st March prior to commencement of the relevant season then the Club must, by the 31st March, submit to the Board in writing its proposals for a venue for its home matches in the following season (“alternative proposal”), such alternative proposal to be considered (and  if appropriate) approved at the next Board Meeting after 31st March.  The alternative proposal must, inter alia, contain documentary evidence in support of any ground sharing arrangements and evidence that the proposed ground is demonstrably suitable at a level which the relevant club will be competing. The alternative proposal may not be for a continuation of any ground share arrangement if the Club has had a ground sharing arrangement for the previous 2 seasons, or any part thereof, even if those arrangements have related to more than one ground.

Any approval of the alternative proposal will be subject to the issue of a grading certificate.  The Board will use all reasonable endeavours to inspect the ground after receiving the alternative proposal and prior to the Board meeting, but if it is unable to do so then any approval of the alternative proposal will be subject to the issue of a satisfactory grading certificate.  In the event of a Club not having received a grading certificate by 31st March and not having had its alternative proposal approved at the relevant Board Meeting, it shall be relegated forthwith at the end of the playing season to a level determined by The Football Association.

2.7        Any Club which is incorporated must be incorporated in England and Wales. Any Club wishing to incorporate shall notify The FA, its Affiliated Association and the Company Secretary before it makes any resolutions in this regard. Any person wishing to be appointed as an Officer to a Club must comply with the requirements of The FA Owners’ and Directors’ Test Regulations and send to the League Secretary a copy of the Owners’ and Directors’ Declaration within 5 days of sending the same to The FA.

2.8        In the event that any Club which is an unincorporated association incorporates itself it shall notify the League Secretary in writing within 14 days of the passing of the resolution to take this action and shall with such notice provide the League Secretary with a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company. Any amendments to the Memorandum and Articles of Association of a Club must be notified to the Competition Secretary in writing within 14 days of the passing of the resolution with a copy of the change(s).

Transfer of Membership

Transfer as a Going Concern

2.9.1      In the event that any Club which resolves to transfer its membership of the Competition from one legal entity to a different legal entity, other than in the circumstances shown at 2.9.2 below,  the Board will use the following minimum criteria in deciding whether to approve that transfer:

(a)   The shareholders or members of the Club have voted to agree to the transfer of the Club’s membership to the new entity.

(b)   All Football Creditors in the Club must be paid in full or transferred in full (with each creditor’s consent) to the new entity, and evidenced as such.

(c)   All other creditors in the Club must be paid in full or Secured or transferred in full (with each creditor’s consent) to the new entity and evidenced as such.

(d)   The proposed new entity has provided financial forecasts to The FA and the Competition showing its ability to fund the Club for the next twelve (12) months or to the end of the Playing Season following transfer (whichever is the longer) and that evidence of funding sources has been provided.

(e)   The FA must have given approval for the transfer to take place.

Transfer from Insolvency

2.9.2      In the event that any Club that is subject to an Insolvency Event resolves to transfer its membership of the Competition to a new entity, the Board will use the following minimum criteria in deciding whether or not to approve that transfer:

(a    The shareholders or members of the Club have voted to agree to the transfer of the Club’s membership to the new entity and/or a licensed insolvency practitioner(s) appointed to the Club has agreed to sell or transfer some or all of the Club’s assets to the new entity;

(b)   All Football Creditors in the Club must be Paid in Full and evidenced as such;

(c)   The proposed new entity has provided financial forecasts to The FA and the  Competition showing its ability to fund the Club for the next twelve (12) months or to the end of the Playing Season following transfer (whichever is the longer) and that evidence of funding sources has been provided;

(d)   The FA must have given approval for the transfer to take place; and

(e)   All other creditors in the Club must be satisfied and evidenced as such (This provision to be read in conjunction with 2.9.3 below.)

In the event that requirement (a) and/or (e) is not fully complied with, and only where the Board, at its absolute discretion, deems there to have been exceptional circumstances surrounding the application for the transfer, it may approve the transfer (subject to compliance with all other provisions above) and may apply such conditions as it deems appropriate including, without limitation, the deduction of points.

2.9.3      Nothing in Rule 2.9.2 above shall limit in any way the application of Rule 13B of these Rules.

2.10       The Competition shall allow for up to 44 member Clubs. There will be 2 divisions of 22 Clubs in each division where possible. The divisions will be called Premier and Division One. The Clubs competing in each division each season will be confirmed by the Annual General Meeting of the Company each year. A Club entered into membership at the Annual General Meeting shall be subject to the application of the Rules until the date of the following Annual General Meeting. It shall be allowed for these numbers to be increased to accommodate any anomaly in the National League System.

2.11       Any Club or Club representative found guilty of serious irregularities regarding Players Contract payments under The FA Rules may be expelled from the Company in accordance with [the Articles or] these Rules and, in addition, may be fined such sum as the Board shall determine.

2.12       The Company will hold a membership register of the full name of the company/unincorporated entity constituting each Club. If the Club is an incorporated entity, it must provide the Company with its company name and registration number. If the Club is an unincorporated entity, it must provide the Company with the name of an individual in whose name the membership of the Company will be vested. A Club must notify the Company of all proposed changes to the information held by the League in the membership register in respect of the Club including any proposed change of company name or the name of an individual in whose name the membership of the Company is vested. Clubs are required to submit a fully completed membership form prior to the Annual General Meeting each Season.

The Company will provide a copy of its membership register to The FA annually.

Ownership and Change of Control

2.13       Each Club shall publish its legal name, form (e.g. unincorporated association, company limited by shares or guarantee etc) and any identifier (e.g. company number). In addition for those Clubs that are owned, then the Club shall also publish the identities of the ultimate owner (i.e. the name of an individual) of each Significant Interest in the Club.  Such information shall as a minimum be published on the Club’s official website on a page accessible directly from the home page of that official club website and within the Club’s official matchday programme.

2.15         In the event that an Insolvency Event occurs in relation to any Club, that Club must inform and keep informed the League Secretary and The FA immediately.

2.16       An Officer must submit an Owners’ and Directors’ Declaration to The FA in accordance with the Reporting Requirements set out in The FA’s Owners’ and Directors’ Regulations that apply from time to time. The Club must provide a copy of any such Owners’ and Directors’ Declaration to the Competition at the time it is submitted to The FA.

No individual will be permitted to act as an Officer if they fail to meet any of the requirements of the Owners’ and Directors’ Declaration, as set out in the Rules of The FA.

In the event that an individual/entity is found to have either:

  • Completed false or misleading statements on their Owners’ and Directors’ Declaration;
  • acted as an Officer when in breach of the requirements of the Owners’ and Directors’ Declaration;
  • Acted as an Officer without The FA having given written confirmation to the Club in accordance with The FA’s Owners’ and Directors’ Regulations that the individual may so act; then the individual/entity or Club shall be subject to such fine or other sanction as may be determined by The FA.

In the event that the Competition receive a Notice from The FA issued in accordance with The FA’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test Regulations for the suspension of that Club’s Competition membership, then that Club shall be suspended from the Competition with effect from 14 days from the date of the Notice. An appeal of the effect of the Notice is to The FA and can only be made by the affected Club and in accordance with the appeal procedures set out in the FA Owners’ and Directors’ Test Regulations. The effect of the Notice shall be suspended pending the outcome of an appeal.

The FA shall advise the Competition and the Club in writing where it becomes satisfied that a Disqualifying Condition as defined in the FA Owners’ and Directors’ Test no longer applies. Upon receipt of this written notification from The FA, the Competition may remove the suspension of the Club’s Competition membership.

Where a Club is suspended and that causes a match in the Competition not to be played, the Board shall determine how the outcome of that match shall be treated.

2.17       Within fourteen days of a change in a Significant Interest at a Club or the appointment or removal of any director of a Club, written notice thereof, together with such details as are required to be filed with the Registrar of Companies, shall be deposited at the Competition Office.

2.18       If during the course of a season the Board decide that the organisation and management or finances of a particular Club fall below the standards appropriate to membership of the Competition, the Competition Secretary shall be instructed to warn the Club at once that it may be excluded from membership of the Competition at the end of that playing season. Such a Club shall have the right to appeal to The FA within 14 days of the date of notification of the Board’s decision.

2.19       The Competition, through the Board shall be empowered from time to time by subscription, levy or otherwise to require Clubs to contribute such sum or sums of money to the funds of the League as may be necessary for the proper conduct of the business of the League. Such contributions by Clubs may be collected by deduction from sums due to Clubs under any promotion agreement [commercial contract] or from sponsorship money due or by whatever means the Board shall think fit. There shall be added to any sums to be contributed from Clubs, if applicable, Value Added Tax at the then prevailing rate.

2.20       Any Club failing to be represented at an Annual General Meeting or any other General Meeting called in accordance with the Rules without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff.  Whenever required to do so all Club Managers, or an Assistant Manager, will be required to attend in person any General Meeting of Clubs to receive a presentation by the Board. Failure to do so without just cause shall be a breach of these Rules and be dealt with in accordance with the Fines Tariff.

2.21       The Competition and each Club must be committed to promoting inclusivity and to eliminating all forms of discrimination.

2.22         The Competition and each Club does not and must not  in any manner whatsoever unlawfully discriminate against any person within the meaning and scope of the Equality Act 2010 or any law, enactment, order or regulation relating to discrimination (whether by way of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability, or otherwise).

2.23       The Competition and each Club shall make every effort to promote equality by treating people fairly and with respect, by recognising that inequalities may exist, by taking steps to address them and by providing access and opportunities for all members of the community, irrespective of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability, or otherwise.

2.24       Any alleged breach of the Equality Act 2010 legislation must be referred to the appropriate sanctioning Association for investigation.

1 MEMBERSHIP – ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

3.1        Any Club applying for membership of the Company shall submit to the Company a fully completed Membership application form and the application fee [and non-refundable ground inspection fee].

3.2            Clubs which have qualified for membership of the Company must confirm their acceptance of membership on the appropriate Competition form to be received by the Company at least 14 days prior to the next Annual General Meeting of the Company accompanied where appropriate by the membership fee.

The annual subscription shall be paid by each Club to the Company no later than 7 days before the Annual General Meeting of the Company in each year.

POWER OF THE BOARD

4.1        The Board shall have power to deal with all matters of management of the Competition covered by the Rules. The Board shall conduct the business of the Competition and shall meet as often as is necessary for this purpose.

The Board may appoint such committees as it deems appropriate which shall be fully empowered to act on the Board’s behalf subject to ratification by the Board. The Board 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.

4.2        Save where specifically provided otherwise in these Rules, the Board shall have power to apply, act upon and enforce these Rules and shall have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Company or the Competition including any not provided for in these Rules. The Board shall also have the power to issue an order or instruction, by way of a Board Directive, in the best interest of the Competition, on any matter not provided for in these Rules, with which Clubs must comply or be subject to sanction under Rule 4.6, save where any such Directive is inconsistent with a Rule or Regulation of The FA, in which event the Directive will not create a binding obligation on Clubs.

4.3        All decisions of the Board shall be binding, subject to a right of appeal to The FA pursuant to Rule 16. Decisions of the Board must be notified, in writing, to all concerned within fourteen days of the making of such decision.

Upon becoming aware of any breaches of these Rules the Board shall write to the entity suspected of a breach formally charging the party giving at least 7 days’ notice of the time, date and venue of the meeting at which the charge shall be considered.

The party charged will respond in writing to the Board within 7 days stating whether or not the charge is admitted and in default the Competition will deal with the case on the evidence it has at the time. If the charge is disputed or if the party admitting the charge wishes to present a plea in mitigation, it shall have the right to a personal hearing. The party charged also has the right to waive the 7 day requirement and allow the charge to be considered in less than 7 days after the party has been charged.

If the party charged disputes the charge or wishes to have a personal hearing to present a plea in mitigation then it shall submit its case in writing to be received by the League Secretary at least 7 days prior to the date of the meeting set to consider the charge and in default the Board will be at liberty to proceed to hear the charge without the benefit of written submissions from the party charged.

4.4        Where the Rules provide for the imposition of a financial penalty under the Fines Tariff then the Notice of Charge given by the Board under Rule 4.3 above shall refer to the penalty provided for in the Fines Tariff.

If the Rule provides that the penalty for such a breach is in the discretion of the Board then the notice shall also state as such. If the penalty set by Rules is not a financial penalty then such penalty must still be referred to in the Notice of Charge.

All breaches of the Laws of the Game Rules and Regulations of the Football Association shall be dealt with in accordance with FA Rules by the appropriate Association prior to any action by the Competition in accordance with FA Regulations.

4.5        All fines and charges imposed by the Board shall be received by the Company within twenty-eight days of the date of notification of imposition (unless otherwise ordered). Any Club or person breaking this Rule shall be liable to such penalties as the Board may impose.

4.6        If a Club fails to comply with a Board Directive within fourteen days of notification of such order or instruction, or within fourteen days of an operative date specified in that order or instruction, it shall not be allowed to play or take part in the business of the Company until the expiry of 7 days from the day the order or instruction is complied with.

4.7        Except where otherwise mentioned, all communications shall be addressed to the Competition Secretary, who shall conduct the correspondence of the Competition [and keep a record of its proceedings].

4.8        A Club must at all times attend satisfactorily to the business of the Competition and/or the correspondence of the Competition or Company.

4.9        If a Club is asked to submit a report in relation to any alleged violation of these Rules it may have a personal hearing, providing it notifies its intention of such within fourteen days of the date of notification from the Company, or the case will be dealt with in its absence.

4.10       The Board shall have the power to arrange representative matches at their discretion.

4.11       A match may be played each season [year] between two clubs nominated by the Board. All matters concerning the match will be decided by the Board.

4.12       In the event of any issue concerning the membership of any Club with the Competition the Board may require a Bond 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.

5 INTERESTS IN MORE THAN ONE CLUB

Except with the prior written consent of the Board no person, company or business institution (including insolvency practitioners) may at any time be interested in more than one Club or in a Club and any other club playing in a Competition sanctioned by The FA. The definition of “interested” shall be the same as provided for by the Rules of the FA Challenge Cup Competition in force from time to time.
6 REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS

6.1        A QUALIFYING PLAYER REGISTRATION

The Football Association’s rules will apply in respect of all matters concerning players.

6.1.1        A Player is one who has:

(i)    signed a registration form supplied by the Competition (such signature to be witnessed by a second person) and where:-

  • the form has been completed and signed by an Officer of the Club;
  • has been approved and registered by the Competition; and
  • a registration number has been allotted; or

(ii)   registered through WGS.

A Player will only be eligible to play in a match organised by the Competition if his registration form; transfer form, or loan transfer form, has been received by the Company, or the necessary information has been submitted via WGS, not less than four hours before the scheduled kick-off of the match in which the player is required to play and found to be in order, and so registered. It is the responsibility of all Clubs to ensure any player signing a registration form, or registering via WGS, has, where necessary, the required International Clearance Certificate and in the case of Contract Players, including those on loan, must have approval from The Football Association. Clubs are also responsible for all players being correctly registered before fielding any player. Failure to do so constitutes misconduct and the Club will be charged with fielding an ineligible player.

Where a Club opts to register a Player via WGS, the Club must access WGS in order to complete the registration process.

ALL COMPETITIONS

Registration forms will be made available to Clubs by the Competition and charged in accordance with the fees tariff. The status of a player must be clearly stated on the registration form. The registration form must be received at the Competition office within five days of having been signed by the Player.

The registration of a Player will be valid from the date of registration to the end of that Playing Season only or, if in the case of a Contract or Loan Player whose contract or loan expires before the end of the Playing Season, for the term of the said contract or loan.

6.1.2      A Player may only play under his correct status. Any change of a Player’s status during the currency of a registration must be notified to the Competition within five days of the change of registration being affected.

In the event of a Player changing his status with the same Club either from Contract to Non-Contract or from Non-Contract to Contract then that Player must sign a new registration form, or submit the necessary information via WGS, and be re-registered. In default the Player re-registering will be ineligible to play in a match under the jurisdiction of the Competition and Rule 6.9 will be applied in such circumstances where a Club is found guilty of playing a Player who has changed status without re-registering.

A Player whose registration under Contract is cancelled by mutual consent and immediately re-registered by the same Club or a different Club on a non-contract basis shall not subsequently be registered as a Contract player with the Club for which his Contract was cancelled, within three months of the date of the cancellation except with the consent of the Board.

6.1.3      The Board shall have the power to make application to refuse or cancel the registration of any Player charged and found guilty of undesirable conduct subject to the right of Appeal to the FA or the relevant County Football Association. Undesirable conduct shall mean an incident of repeated conduct, 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 with.

(Note:- action under this clause 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. For the purposes 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.)

6.1.4        The Board shall also have the power to place an Embargo on the registration, transfer or loan transfer of Players by any Club deemed to be in breach of these Rules. Where a Club has been subject to an Embargo that is ongoing (if applied by the Competition or another) then the Embargo shall continue to apply until the Club can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board that the circumstances that resulted in the Embargo no longer apply.

6.2        REGISTRATION PERIOD

6.2.1      After 5.00pm on the 31st March each  Playing Season new registrations, new loans, and transfer of registrations will be declined or will be approved subject to such limitations and restrictions as the Board may determine and, if so determined, the Player shall only be eligible to play in the matches for which permission is granted by the Board.

6.3        PLAYER STATUS

The status of a player may be:-

  • Contract Player
  • Non-Contract
  • Work Experience
  • Scholar
  • Short Term Loan
  • Long Term Loan
  • Youth Loan

6.4        REGISTRATIONS AND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

A Player will only be eligible to play in a match organised by the Company under these Rules if the appropriate form(s) is (are) received by the Company (including [by facsimile or] electronically), or the necessary information has been submitted to WGS, at least four (4) hours before the scheduled kick-off time of such match. No Player whose registration, including Loan registrations, is received by the Company or submitted via WGS less than four (4) hours before the match organised by the Company in which he is required to play will be eligible. Any loan registration must also be approved by the Football Association before that Player can be considered eligible to play.

The registration of a Player by facsimile or electronic transmission or WGS is not automatically valid and it is the responsibility of the Club to ensure the player is NOT registered with any other Club. When the Player involved was previously registered with another Club it is necessary for that Club to complete the standard Competition transfer form or to have completed the standard Competition cancellation of registration form prior to or at the same as the registration to the new Club.

Where a Club opts to register a Player via WGS, but does not fully and correctly complete the necessary information, that registration will not be processed.

Where a registration form is sent to the Company [by facsimile or] electronically, e.g. email, the originating form must subsequently be received by the Company within five (5) Days of the sending of the [facsimile or] electronic transmission. In default of this Rule the player shall not be eligible to play in the Competition unless and until a valid registration form is received. The form when received must contain the same information as that received by [facsimile or] email. It is an offence to falsify a competition form.

Any Club found to have been in breach of any part of Rule 6.4.1 will be deemed to have played an ineligible player and will be dealt with in accordance with Rule 6.9.

6.4.2       Each Club must have at least eleven (11) Players registered fourteen (14) days before the start of each Playing Season.

6.4.3      A registration form, when submitted to the Competition, must be accompanied by the financial details, i.e. the appropriate page of the contract for Players under written contract or the standard Competition form for Players not under written contract.

6.4.4       In the event of a Player signing registration forms for more than one Club, priority of registration shall decide for which Club he is entitled to play. The Club submitting the latter form shall be notified of the prior registration of the Player, and the circumstances under which the registration forms were signed shall be investigated by the Board. Any Player found to have signed registration forms for more than one Club, or any Club found to have knowingly induced a registered Player of another Club to sign a registration form, shall be dealt with by the Board in such a manner as it shall think fit.

6.4.5      Except when specific approval has been given by the Board a Club cannot register more than one Player, contract or non-contract, from another Club at any one time unless a period of 14 days has elapsed between each registration.

6.4.6      If a non-contract Player also registers for a club not in membership of the Competition, his registration for the Competition may be retained by the Club.

6.4.7      A Club may register any number of Work Experience players but only two (2) may play in any one match, in accordance with FA Rules.

6.4.8       A Club may name up to a maximum of five (5) players on a Team Sheet who are either Short Term Loan, Long Term, Youth Loan or Work Experience.

6.4.9      The Company may, at its discretion, refuse any further registration of players, i.e. place under a registration embargo, any Club which has not completed payment of a transfer or loan arrangement made with another Club (or club) or arranged for the payment to be adequately secured. The Club (or club) which holds the Player’s Contract will continue to pay the Player in accordance with his Contract.

6.5        TRANSFERS

6.5.1      The transfer of a registration of a Player under written Contract from one Club to another must be in writing, on the Competition transfer form, signed by the Contract Player and the two Clubs, and the form must be forwarded to the Company for approval and registration. Such Contract Player does not become a bona-fide Player of the Club seeking his transfer until the form has been approved and registered by the Competition. The registration of a Contract Player whose Contract is cancelled by mutual consent shall be automatically cancelled upon receipt by the Competition of a copy of the relevant FA form.

Where a Club cancels the registration of a Player, Contract or Non-Contract, for any reason whatsoever, the Club must notify the Competition [General Manager] immediately, in writing or on the relevant Competition form. To be valid such notification must be signed by an authorised signatory of that Club.

6.5.2      The transfer of a registration of a Non-Contract Player from one Club to another must be in writing, on the Competition transfer form, signed by the Non-Contract Player and the two Clubs, and the form must be forwarded to the Company for approval and registration. Such Non-Contract Player does not become a bona-fide Player of the Club seeking his transfer until the form has been approved and registered by the Competition. A Non-Contract Player whose registration for a Club is cancelled or transferred for any reason whatsoever cannot, without the consent of the Board, return to his original Club until a minimum of fourteen (14) days has elapsed from the date of the cancellation or transfer.

6.5.3      A Club cannot register the transfer of a Contract Player or Non-Contract Player unless that Player has been registered with the transferor Club for at least 14 days, unless that Player is a goalkeeper.

6.6        TEMPORARY TRANSFERS (LOANS)

6.6.1      Short Term Loans, Youth Loans and  Long Term Loans of Contract players shall be allowed to or from Clubs in membership of:-

  • The Premier League
  • The Football League
  • The National League
  • The Isthmian Football League
  • The Northern Premier League
  • The Southern Football League
  • Any other Leagues which have been authorised by the FA [as shown in Appendix K]

on such terms and conditions as shall be mutually agreed by the two clubs and the player. For Loan Transfers between Clubs in the same Competition the transfer must be completed on the National League System Temporary Transfer Form. For Loan Transfers between Clubs in different Competitions the transfer must be completed on FA Form H3 together with a registration form applicable for the Competition of the transferee club.

The player being taken on loan, [including Youth Loan,] must sign a Competition contract registration form which will be valid for the full period of the loan, including any extension to the loan period. The Competition’s standard cancellation form must be used to prematurely end the temporary transfer period. The temporary registration for the borrowing Club will automatically be deemed to be cancelled upon maturity of the temporary transfer period.

Where a Short Term Loan,  or Youth Loan expires, and is not renewed simultaneously, any subsequent Short Term Loan, or Youth Loan of that Player to the same Club will be subject to a minimum duration of 28 days.

No more than four (4) Players (Short Term, Long Term or [Youth]) may join one Club from another Club (or club) in any Playing Season. An additional Youth Loan Player may be added to this figure.

6.6.2      Short Term Loan Transfers – A Club can have up to a maximum of twelve (12) Short Term Loans during a Playing Season. The minimum period of a Short Term Loan transfer must be twenty-eight (28) days with a maximum of ninety-three (93) days in any one Playing Season.

The Competition shall not approve more than two (2) Short Term Loan transfers to or from any one Club, including Premier League and Football League Clubs, at any one time.

On completing the National League System Temporary Transfer Form or FA form H3, a Club must send the original to the FA, one copy to the Company, and a third copy to the secretary of the League with which the player is registered.

To extend the period of any Short Term Loan transfer a further National League System Temporary Transfer Form or FA form H3 must be completed and copies sent as directed above. If the Short Term Loan transfer is extended only the Club for whom the Player was originally registered will be allowed to cancel the agreement at any time within the extension period, i.e. after 28 days. In the case of a goalkeeper Clubs may mutually agree, if they so wish, to include a recall clause in the agreement to enable the Club for who the Player was originally registered to recall the Player at any time during the loan period. Players other than goalkeepers may not be recalled within the first month, i.e. 28 days, of any loan.

Any Short Term Loan transfer which may terminate after the last day for registrations may be extended for a further period provided the maximum period of 93 days is not exceeded.

Short Terms Loan Transfers which become permanent before their expiry date shall not count against a Club’s quota of days or Players.

6.6.3      Long Term Loan Transfers – Clubs may have up to a maximum of six (6) Long Term Loan Transfers of any age during a Playing Season.

Long Term Loan Transfers shall be for a full Playing Season; or from any date prior to 31st August to any date between 1st and 31st January; or from any date between 1st and 31st January (the January transfer window) to the end of the Playing Season.

A Player on Long Term Loan may not be recalled, except for a goalkeeper or where the Player is to be transferred permanently by the Club (or club) holding his registered contract. A Player other than a goalkeeper so recalled cannot be permitted to play for the Club (or club) holding his registration after such recall until the end of the Playing Season. Players so recalled can only be replaced by a further Long Term Loan with permission from the Company. Long Term Loan Transfers will not count against the number of Short Term Loan Transfers.

To extend the period of any long term loan transfer a further National League System Temporary Transfer Form or FA form H3 must be completed and copies sent as directed above.

The Competition shall not approve more than two (2) Long Term Loan transfers to or from any one club, including Premier League and Football League Clubs, at any one time.

6.6.4      Youth Loan Transfers

[Youth Loan Transfers apply to:-

  • Scholars in their second or third (if that option is exercised) year of their Scholarship agreement, or
  • Contract Players aged 20 or under on 1 July immediately preceding the Playing Season in question.

Where the Rules of the relevant League permit, unlimited Youth Loan Transfers shall be allowed to or from Clubs in membership of the National League, National League North and National League South, the Premier League and the Football League. Players may also be sent on Youth Loan to Leagues at Steps 1 to 4 of the National League System.

At  Steps 1 to 4 of the National League System, Youth Loans are permitted at any time during the Registration Period.

It shall be a condition of any Youth Loan involving a Scholar or a Contract Player to whom Football League Youth Rules apply that for the duration of the period of the Youth Loan the Player continues to fully comply with the programme of education in place for that Player.

A Player registered on a Youth Loan may, provided it is agreed between the two clubs and the Player, continue to train with and/or play for his loaning Club (or club) in any match other than matches played as part of the Premier League Competition, Football League Competition, Football League Cup, FA Cup or Football League Trophy (i.e. First Team matches.) Participation by the Player in First Team matches for the borrowing Club shall take precedence.

Any days on which the Player participates in a Reserve Team match and/or attends any training sessions for the loaning Club (or club) shall still count towards the period of the Youth Loan.

The minimum period of a Youth Loan shall be 28 days, thereafter a break clause may be included. Youth Loans cannot extend beyond the date of the Player’s 21st birthday and/or the contract period with the parent club.]

6.7        CLUB LIST OF PLAYERS AND TRANSFER LIST

Clubs shall furnish the Competition Secretary by 1st June with the following details:

6.7.1        a list of Contract Players whose agreements do not terminate at the end of the current season;

6.7.2      a list of contract Players in respect of whom the Club has exercised its option in accordance with Football Association Rule C1 (j);

6.7.3        a list of Contract Players in respect of whom the existing agreements do not include an option to renew but which the Club is desirous of offering further engagements, in accordance with Football Association Rule C1 (j);

6.74       a list of Contract Players in respect of whom the Club has exercised its option in accordance with Football Association Rule C1 (j) but whose registration the Club is prepared to transfer;

6.7.5        a list of Contract Players the Club has released;

6.7.6        a list of all Players whose registration the Club wishes to be cancelled;

Clubs shall also complete the standard Competition forms and return these by this date.

A Club relegated from the Football League Limited shall advise the Competition Secretary by 30th June the names of Players retained by that Club for the season, taking into consideration the contents of Football League Rule 53.]

6.8        SUBSTITUTE PLAYERS

A Club at its discretion may use three substitute Players at any time in a match. Substitution can only be made when play is stopped for any reason and the Referee has given permission.  When a Club is making a substitution it shall use a Board to show the number of the Player to be substituted and the number of the substitute Player.

A maximum of  3  SUBSTITUTES may be nominated and they must be included on the official Team Sheet handed to the Referee before the match in accordance with Rule 8.18.  A substitute may not be used to replace a Player who has been suspended from the match by the Match Officials.

If a Player does not take part in the match for which he is a nominated substitute he shall be deemed as not having played for the Club in that match.

6.9        PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER

Any Club found to have played an ineligible Player in a match or matches shall, save for exceptional circumstances, 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 Board may also order that such match or matches be replayed on such terms as are decided by the Board which may also levy penalty points against the Club in default.

The Company 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.

6.10       FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS

6.10.1    Subject to clauses 6.10.2 to 6.10.7 and to the Rules and Regulations of The FA, a Club may negotiate a financial arrangement with its Players.

6.10.2    All Players under a written contract must be registered with the Competition and The FA.

6.10.3    All payments and benefits due and/or made to the Player must be shown in the contract.

6.10.4    All payments made to Players must be made by the Club and fully recorded in the accounting records of the Club.

6.10.5    All salaried payments (whether to Contract or Non-Contract Players) must be subject to PAYE and National Insurance.

6.10.6    All salary payments due on written Contracts must be stated gross, before PAYE and National Insurance deductions.

6.10.7    Any Players paid expenses should be reimbursed via an expense claim form.  The club should retain all expense records in a format acceptable to the HM Revenue and Customs.

7 CLUB COLOURS

7.1        On or before a date specified by the Company each year, every Club shall notify the Competition Secretary, in writing, of details of their first choice colours for outfield players and their goalkeeper (shirts, shorts and socks) and such details shall be printed in the Handbook published by the Company for the ensuing Playing Season.

The colours registered by each Club shall be worn during the following season when playing at home. Shirts must be numbered  1 to 20  or in accordance with the Competition squad numbering provision such that the numbers can be clearly identified by officials and spectators. Striped, hooped or otherwise patterned shirts shall have numbers affixed to contrasting patches or numbers in a contrasting colour with bold outline.  No changes to the first choice colours or combination of colours shall be permitted without the consent of the Board.

7.2        When playing away from home, clubs must play in colours (shirts, shorts and socks) which are clearly distinguishable from those of their opponents and the Match Officials, in particular the goalkeeper must play in kit clearly distinguishable from the colours of the shirts worn by all other Players in the match and the Match Officials.

Neck and cuff rim colours on shirts are not regarded as basic colours for the purpose of this Rule. Subject to the foregoing a Club may, if it wishes, wear colours not registered with the Competition for away matches. It is the responsibility of the visiting Club to check that their colours will not clash.

The goalkeeper may wear tracksuit trousers acceptable to the Match Referee.

7.3        No Club shall be permitted to register or play in shirts the colour of which is likely to cause confusion with the outfits worn by the Match Officials (i.e. black or dark blue).

7.4        The Players’ shirts must be clearly numbered in accordance with the Team Sheet handed to the match referee before a match and there must be no change of numbers during the match except for a change of goalkeeper or if permitted by the match referee because of a blood injury.

7.5        The Captain shall wear a distinguishing armband to indicate his status.

7.6        Both sleeves of the shirts of all Players in matches played under the jurisdiction of the Company shall carry a Competition logo as supplied by the Competition on an annual basis if so decided by the Board. When playing in other competitions the shirts of all Players must include the Competition logo.

Shirt advertising must comply with FA Regulations.

7.7        The colours of clothing worn by ball boys/girls must not clash with the colours of either competing Club and the Match Officials.

8 PLAYING OF MATCHES

ARRANGEMENT OF FIXTURES

8.1         The Board shall fix the date on which the Playing Season shall commence.

8.2         All matches shall be played under the Rules and Regulations of The FA and in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board.

8.3 A      ll Competition matches shall be arranged as soon as practicable. The copyright in all lists of arrangements of such fixtures shall be vested in the Company.

8.4         All matches shall be played on the home and away principle and the Board shall determine how the fixtures shall be arranged.

Steps 5/6 only

Saturday fixtures in the Competition shall take precedence over all other competitions in which a Club may engage with the exception of:

The FA Challenge Cup/Welsh Cup

The FA Challenge Vase Competition

The Nominated Cup Competition for which the club is eligible, of the Affiliated Association to which it was first affiliated.

Scheduled Saturday fixtures in the Competition must not be re-arranged without permission of the Competition Secretary. Clubs may be ordered to re-arrange outstanding matches, at the discretion of the Board, and where necessary their prospective opponents instructed accordingly. Clubs with open dates on Saturdays may be instructed to play any outstanding Competition fixture on such date. A minimum of seven days’ notice will be given in respect of any such arrangement.

Midweek fixtures in the Competition shall not take precedence over fixtures in the Nominated Cup Competition of the Affiliated Association to which it was first affiliated.

8.5         In the event of any Club being required to play an FA Cup or FA Trophy match within 48 hours of a scheduled Competition fixture it shall have the right to apply in writing as soon as practically possible (but in any event no later than 48 hours after becoming aware of the relevant Cup fixture) to have its Competition fixture postponed with or without the consent of its opponent. At the same time as it makes the application a copy shall be sent to its opponent who shall raise any objection within a further 24 hours of notification. Thereafter the Competition shall decide in its absolute discretion as soon as reasonably possible as to whether or not the application is approved.

8.6         The standard kick-off times shall be as follows:

Saturday matches – 3.00 pm

Midweek matches – 7.45 pm [unless a Club notifies the Competition Secretary in writing before the commencement of each Playing Season to state that it wishes all its home midweek matches to kick off at pm]. All agreed changes to time of kick-off to be notified to the Board immediately for confirmation.

Clubs with ground sharing agreements must arrange for home matches to be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If a clash of fixtures occurs with the sharing Club and for any reason a match is unable to be played on a Saturday, the match must be played on either the day before ie on Friday, or the day after ie on Sunday. If Clubs are unable to agree on the date then it will be played on the Sunday unless the Board decides otherwise. The decision of the Board shall be final and binding. Official bank holidays and Sundays –  unless agreed otherwise by the two Clubs and the Board; application shall be made to the Competition Secretary by both Clubs at least 21 days before the relevant date.

All Competition midweek fixtures will be scheduled for Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday Evenings, 7.45pm Kick-Off.

To re-schedule a scheduled midweek fixture for an evening other than specified in the League Handbook will require written agreement of both Clubs and the Competition Secretary.

The Competition Secretary reserves the right to amend scheduled fixtures and kick-off times to meet television requirements as necessary. Notification will be provided by the Competition Secretary in writing to both Clubs for fixtures so rescheduled.

8.7         The Board may change any Competition fixtures during the season to suit the overall interests of the Competition and shall have the power to decide whether a ground is suitable for Competition matches and to order a Club whose ground is deemed unsuitable to play its home matches at an alternative suitable ground.

8.8         Two weeks’ notice is required from Clubs wishing to re-arrange a Saturday match to Friday evening or Sunday. A request made in less than this period of time will only be considered by the Board in exceptional circumstances and granted at their sole discretion.

8.9         A Club may not enter its first team in any outside competition, other than those listed in Rule 8.14, without the prior permission of the Board. The Competition Secretary must be informed of all fixtures, postponements and results of all matches played in any other competition.

8.10       When a Club obtains the consent of the Board to postpone a fixture because of an epidemic affecting the availability of their Players,  that Club shall be liable to pay any direct expenses incurred, if any, to the opposing Club. The amount of claim will be at the discretion of the Board. Requests for the postponement of a match for any reason will not be considered more than forty-eight hours before the scheduled time of kick-off.

Medical certificates for those Players affected, signed by the Players’ own doctor, must be forwarded to the Competition Secretary within [fourteen days] of the postponement, along with a full list of contract and Non-Contract Players currently registered by the Club at the date of the match which was postponed, giving full reasons against each name for the Player’s unavailability.

PRE-MATCH ARRANGEMENTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

8.11       Each Club must take every precaution to keep its ground in good playing condition and amenities (including floodlights) in good working order and complying with the Criteria Document throughout the Playing Season.

8.12       All Clubs must have  a mobile telephone and an email address operational at all times. These will be listed in the Competition Handbook unless a Club requests otherwise.

8.13       The home Club shall advise the visiting Club and the Match Officials of the date and time of kick-off of each match and the team colours, including the colour of the goalkeeper’s jersey, it will be wearing, to be received at least five days prior to the match and the visiting Club and the Match Officials must acknowledge receipt to be received at least three days before the match.

The visiting Club must include in its acknowledgement the team colours, including the colour of the goalkeeper’s jersey, it will be wearing.

8.14       The home Club is responsible for publishing a full match programme acceptable to the Board for each of its Competition matches. A Team Sheet will not be considered sufficient to comply with this Rule.

The visiting Club must send in writing to the home Club details of the proposed team they plan to field together with their Club history and up-to-date pen pictures of their current Players registered with the Competition for the season [and the latest team photograph] at least five days before the scheduled date of the match between the two Clubs.

The home Club programme must include the details sent by the visiting Club in the match day programme [and a copy of each match day programme shall be sent by the home Club to the Competition Secretary within 3 days of the match with the relevant match report form unless advised of an alternative arrangement by the Competition Secretary.]

Clubs will be responsible for all comments in their match day programme in respect of the Competition, the Company or other member Clubs, notwithstanding any disclaimers to the contrary. No part of a Club’s programme issued for a match in any competition shall, in the opinion of the Board, bring the Competition or the Company into disrepute.

All Clubs will be responsible for their official website or similar computer related information system, which is within the public domain. Nothing shall be included on the website which in the opinion of the Board brings the Competition or the Company into disrepute.

8.15       The postponement of matches due to ground conditions must be carried out in accordance with Rule 15.2.

8.16       Where a match is re-arranged or cancelled after the officials have been appointed, it is the duty of the home Club to notify the officials of the cancellation of their appointments immediately. Clubs in default of this Rule may be subject to any action decided by the Board.

8.16       The Board shall determine the policy of the Competition for the issuing of match day passes.

MATCH MANAGEMENT

8.17       All matches shall be of ninety minutes duration. The half time interval in all matches shall not exceed fifteen minutes. Any match which is not of ninety minutes duration may be ordered to stand as a completed match or replayed for the full period of ninety minutes or be awarded to the Club not at fault, as the Board may decide, on such terms as the Board shall decide.

8.18       Each Club must hand the Team Sheet containing name(s) of Players taking part in a match (including the name(s) and number(s) of the nominated substitute(s) to the Referee and a representative of their opponents in the presence of the Referee at least forty five minutes before the scheduled time of kick-off. The Players’ numbers (in accordance with Rule 7) and the colours of the playing strip must be clearly stated. Any Clubs in breach may be fined.

8.19       Any Club altering its team selection or numbering after Team Sheets have been exchanged may be fined. A Player who is named on the Team Sheet may be replaced without fine if he is injured warming up after exchange of the Team Sheet. Any subsequent changes must be notified to the referee and to a representative of the opponents before the actual kick-off.

8.20       Clubs taking the field of play – For all matches under the jurisdiction of the Competition, Clubs shall be required to enter the field of play together, preceded by the Match Officials, not less than 5 (five) minutes before the advertised time of kick-off.

8.21       Each Club shall be prepared to kick-off at the scheduled time unless a satisfactory explanation is offered. Any Club commencing a Competition match with less than 11 Players may be subject to a fine. Each team participating in a match shall represent the full available strength of each competing Club.

8.22       In all Competition Matches, the number of Clubs Players and officials seated on the team benches, in the designated technical area, must not exceed 11 unless the team bench facility provides more than 11 individual seats.

8.23       Only one person at a time has the authority to convey tactical instructions to the Players during the match from within the technical area.

8.24       All team officials and substitutes seated on the bench shall be listed on the official Team Sheet when it is submitted to the Match Officials. Only those persons listed on the official Team Sheet shall be permitted in the technical area.

8.25       The occupants of the technical area must behave in a responsible manner at all times. Misconduct by occupants of this area will be reported by the Referee to The FA, who shall have the power to impose sanctions as deemed fit.

8.26       With the exception of the team manager, the team coach and any substitutes who are warming up or warming down, all other personnel are to remain seated on the trainer’s bench. The team manager or team coach is allowed to move to the edge of the technical area to issue instructions to his team.

8.27       All occupants of the technical area must wear the corporate bench kit supplied to each Member Club. Failure to wear the bench kit will result in a fine. The only exception would be the Team manager who will be allowed to wear suits and overcoats not displaying any sponsorship logos.

8.28       Match Videos.

A National Division Home Club in all League and League Cup Matches played under the jurisdiction of The Competition shall film the game in its entirety with an uninterrupted view and provide to the visiting Club, the Match Referee (or Observer), a DVD recording of the match as soon as reasonably practicable following the end of the Match, but in any event on the day of the Match. The Away Club shall not be permitted to duplicate any footage of such DVD for financial gain without first obtaining the written permission of the providing Club and the Competition.

POST MATCH MANAGEMENT

8.29       Each Club shall enter information from the match result form by the method instructed by the Competition and shall submit the fully completed copy of the appropriate match result forms by first class post, or email to the Appointing Authority and the Competition within 3 days of the match. When a Club considers that the Referee has discharged his duties incompetently and awards a mark of 50 or less, a detailed report must be sent to the Appointing Authority within three days of the match by the method instructed by the Appointing Authority. Clubs in default of any provision of the Rule will be subject to a fine for each offence.

8.30       In the event that a match is abandoned before half time the Club playing at home will issue a voucher to each spectator valid for free admission if the match is ordered to be replayed. In the event that the match is abandoned during or after the half time interval the Club playing at home is not obliged to issue such a voucher.

8.31       In the event that a match is abandoned for reasons over which neither Club has control the Club playing at home shall retain the gate receipts for such uncompleted match and the Board shall determine the terms upon which any replayed match shall be played.

8.32       In the event of a match being abandoned due to the conduct of one Club or its members or supporters the Board has the power to order that the match is not replayed and to award either one or three points to the Club not at fault. It cannot levy a financial penalty due to the conduct of a Club.

8.33       In the event of the match being abandoned due to the conduct of both Clubs or their members or supporters no financial penalty can be applied by the Board to either Club and the Board shall determine whether the original match stands as a completed match or is replayed and, if replayed, the terms upon which the match is to be replayed.

8.34       In the event of a match having to be postponed and one Club is found to be at fault then opponents for that match shall be compensated by the Club at fault. In the case of a visiting Club where it has undertaken all or part of its journey then travelling expenses and meal allowances may be claimed based on the total mileage involved in the whole journey. In exceptional circumstances, expenses for overnight accommodation up to a maximum of 18 persons may be claimed. In some instances compensation may also be claimed when neither of the Clubs is at fault. The Board will determine the amount of compensation payments to be made, if any.

All claims for compensation by either Club in the case of either an abandoned match or a postponed match must be received by the League Secretary within 14 days of the date of the match to which the claim relates.

POST MATCH ADMINISTRATION

8.35       The home Club shall be responsible for notifying the Competition immediately following the conclusion of each home Competition match the result of that match together with the attendance, the times of all goals scored in the match and the scorer of each goal. In any FA or AFFILIATED ASSOCIATION Competition the home Club if two Clubs are playing the tie, or the Club if the match involves a team outside of the Competition, must also follow this procedure.

8.36       In the event of the match being postponed, not completed or abandoned, the home Club must immediately telephone [or facsimile] the Competition results service, the Competition Secretary and, in the case of a match postponement, the Appointing Authority, the visiting Club and the Match Officials. When a postponement occurs in any FA or County Cup competition, the home Club, if two Clubs are playing the tie, or the Club if the match involves a team outside of the Competition, must also follow this procedure.

8.37       Where a match has been postponed for any reason, [the two Clubs concerned must agree within 7 days of the postponement a new date (which shall, save in exceptional circumstances, be within 42 days of the original date) and in default the Board is empowered to order Clubs to play on a date it considers suitable. The Competition Secretary shall determine the new date.

Any Club without just cause failing to fulfill an engagement to play a Competition match on the appointed date shall for each offence be liable to expulsion from the Competition and / or such other disciplinary action the Board may determine, including the deduction of up to a maximum of three points from the offending Club’s record, any expenses incurred by their opponents, and a fine.

In the event of a Club being in breach of the previous paragraph of this Rule then the Board may award points to the Club not at fault as if the match had been played and the League table shall reflect the position as if the match had been played with the result awarded by the Board.

9 REGISTERED INTERMEDIARIES

9.1        An Intermediary cannot have an involvement in any Club in an official capacity (as defined by the Board) nor may he hold office with the Competition.

9.2        All Clubs must comply with The FA Regulations concerning Intermediaries.

10 FINANCIAL RECORDS

10.1       All Clubs shall keep their accounting records for recording the fact and nature of all receipts and payments so as to disclose with reasonable accuracy, at any time, the financial position including the assets and liabilities of the Club.

10.2         The home Club shall retain all gate receipts. Where a match is declared all ticket the Away [visiting] Club shall be entitled to 10% of the total number of tickets available or a minimum of 600, whichever is the greater, subject to any stipulation by the relevant safety authority affecting these figures. A reasonable allocation of the total disabled spectator accommodation where appropriate shall be made available to disabled supporters of the Away Club.

Clubs must ensure that all gate receipts are fully and properly recorded and accounted for in the accounting records of the club.

Clubs should have a system in operation for home games that enables them to accurately report on the following;

  • A record of all tickets sold in advance
  • A reconciliation of cash received by category of entrant through each turnstile
  • The number of entrants through each turnstile
  • A schedule of the numbers admitted to parts of the stadium that do not pass through a turnstile
  • A list of complimentary tickets authorised

This documentation should be reconciled to the overall takings and declared attendance for each home game.

10.3       For Competition league matches only, the travelling expenses of match officials shall be pooled, each Club rendering on the match report details of all payments made.  The Company shall, at the conclusion of the season, divide the total cost of officials in each division by the total number of Clubs in that division and where the total payment made by the Club is less than the equal share of the pool, the Club shall pay the difference within 14 days of the date of posting of the written notification to the Club.  Where the sum paid by the Club is more than the equal share of the pool, the Club will be reimbursed from the pool of monies received from all the other Clubs.

10.4         In the event of a transfer of a Player where a consideration is agreed, the consideration can only be paid between the two clubs (the transferor and transferee clubs).

The full name of each contracting club should be stated in the transfer agreement.  The full consideration involved must be recorded in the accounting records of both clubs.

10.5       Any Club temporarily transferring a Player’s registration to another club should invoice the receiving club in accordance with the terms of the loan agreement. The Player concerned should remain on the payroll of the Club holding his permanent registration for the period of the loan.

10.6       All loans extended to a Club must be documented in full in the accounting records of the Club.Documentation supporting each loan must be retained and should include the following information:-

  • The value of the loan
  • The length of the loan
  • The interest rate charged, and whether this is fixed or variable
  • Repayment terms
  • The full names of the individual or corporate body extending the loan
  • The terms in the event of a default on the loan

The document should be signed by two directors, Officers or Executive Committee Members who are independent of the party extending the loan.

10.7       Within nine months of its accounting reference date, each Club shall submit to the Company a copy of its full financial statements as presented to its members/shareholders with confirmation that the accounts have been approved at a duly convened general meeting.

11 FOOTBALL CREDITORS

Where a Club defaults in making any payments to any Football Creditor, the Club shall be subject to such penalty as the Board may decide, including, but not limited to, an Embargo; a points deduction; a Bond; a suspension; or any combination thereof.

12 CHAMPION, RELEGATION

12.1       Three points will be awarded for a win at home or away and one point for a drawn match at home or away.

12.2         At the end of the Playing Season of each competition a table will be compiled showing the playing record of each Club in each division of the Competition. The playing record of each Club must include any points deduction made by the Competition or by the FA and in any situation where points per game are calculated the calculation will be made after taking into account the deduction of any such points.

The position of each Club in the table so compiled shall be determined in order with the Club being awarded the highest number of points being first and the Club being awarded the second highest number of points being placed second and so on.  In the event of two or more clubs being awarded the same number of points the highest placed Club shall be decided as follows:

12.2.1    Goal difference – The goals scored against by each Club shall be deducted from the goals scored by that Club and the largest positive and smallest negative difference shall be placed the highest.

12.2.2    In the event of the goal difference being equal the highest placed Club shall be the Club which has scored the most goals;

12.2.3     In the event that two or more Clubs have the same goal difference and have scored the same number of goals then the highest placed Club shall be the Club which has won the most matches.

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

12.2.5     If the records of two or more Clubs are still equal and it is necessary for any reason to determine the position of each then the Clubs concerned shall play off a deciding match or matches on a neutral ground or grounds with the net gate money after deducting the usual matches expenses being divided equally between the two competing Clubs.

12.3       Promotion, relegation and lateral movement of Clubs shall be in accordance with the principles established by the Leagues Committee of The FA.

12.5       If no Clubs are eligible or wish promotion, the number of Clubs to be relegated will be reduced.

12.6       In the event of a Club, not being placed in a relegation position at the end of the season, wishing to resign from the Competition at the end of the season, or having been removed from membership under the Articles the number of Clubs to be relegated shall be reduced accordingly.

12.7       In the event of a Club opting to be relegated or being removed from membership under the Articles such Club or Clubs will replace the Club or Clubs otherwise due for relegation in accordance with Regulation 5.4 in the Regulations for the Establishment and Operation of the National League System.

12.8       If any Club ceases to operate between the annual general meeting of the Company and the commencement of the following Playing Season, no adjustments to the number of Clubs participating in the Competition will be made.  The remaining Clubs will participate in the Competition for that season.

12.9       A Club which for any reason ceases to operate at any time during the Playing Season may have its playing record expunged, and any monies due to them from the Company shall be forfeited.  From the date of the withdrawal no further payment shall become due to them. From the date of the withdrawal, that Club shall cease to be a member of the Company.

13 INSOLVENCY PROVISIONS

13.A.       SPORTING SANCTIONS

13.A.1     If an Insolvency Event shall occur in relation to any Club that Club shall be deducted 10 (ten) points.

13.A.2    Where a Club takes or suffers an Insolvency Event:-

13.A.2.1 during the Playing Season but prior to 5:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday in March, the points deduction shall apply immediately;

13.A.2.2 during the Playing Season but after 5:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday in March then Rule 13.3 shall apply; and

13.A.2.3 outside the Playing Season, the points deduction shall apply in respect of the following Playing Season such that the Club starts that Playing Season on minus 10 points (including a Club or Clubs Relegated from the Isthmian League, where such Club shall be subject to Rule 13 of the isthmian League Rules or where it has been necessary under the National League System Regulations for a Club or Clubs to be moved from one league to another and such Club would have been subject to Rule 13).

13.A.3     Where the circumstances set out in Rule 13.2.2 apply and at the end of that Playing Season, having regard to the number of Competition points awarded (ignoring any potential deduction):-

(a)   the Club would be relegated in accordance with The Essex Senior Football League Rules, the points deduction will apply in the next following Season; or

(b)   the Club would not be relegated as aforesaid, the points deduction will apply in that Playing Season and Essex Senior Football League Rules will then apply (if appropriate) following the imposition of the points deduction.

13.A.4    For the purposes of this Rule 13

(a)   where any Insolvency Event is taken or suffered other than on a Business Day (as defined by the Insolvency Rules 1986 as amended from time to time) then for the purposes of determining the timing of any points deduction only the action taken or suffered will be deemed to have been taken or suffered on the immediately preceding Business Day; and

(b)   if a Company Voluntary Arrangement is approved, then approval of that Company Voluntary Arrangement shall be deemed to have been given at the date of the first meeting of creditors called to consider that Company Voluntary Arrangement, and not the date of any adjourned meeting of the creditors or the meeting of shareholders.

13.A.5    For the avoidance of doubt, where a Club is subject to more than one Insolvency Event (for example Administration followed by a Company Voluntary Arrangement), the Club shall only be deducted one set of 10 points, such deduction to apply with effect from the first Insolvency Event.

13.A.6    The Competition shall serve the Club with written notice of the points deduction (the ‘Notice’).

13.A.7    A Club may appeal against such a points deduction. Any such appeal will be conducted in accordance with the Regulations for Football Association Appeals, save that the following paragraphs of those Regulations will not apply – 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 3.3 and 3.5. In place of those Regulations, the following Rules 13.A.8 to 13.A.12 will apply.

13.A.8    The Notice of Appeal shall be lodged with the FA within 7 days of the date of the Notice.

13.A.9    A Club may appeal against an automatic deduction of points solely on the ground that the insolvency proceedings arose solely as a result of a Force Majeure event (the ‘Appeal’). For the purposes of this Rule 13, a ‘Force Majeure’ event shall be an event that, having regard to all of the circumstances, is reasonably considered to have been unforeseeable and unavoidable.

13.A.10  The Appeal Board shall have the power to:-

13.A.10.1     Confirm the deduction of ten points; or

13.A.10.2     Set aside the deduction of ten points and substitute a deduction of such lower number of points as it shall deem appropriate; or

13.A.10.3     Order that there shall be no sanction at all.

13.A.11  The decision of the Appeal Board shall be final and binding. Any costs incurred by any party in appeal proceedings brought before the Appeal Board shall be met by the Club in any event and shall be considered as a sum due to the Company.

13.A.12  Any sanctions imposed pursuant to these provisions shall not be taken into account in respect of any other sanctions, penalties or fines that may be imposed by the Competition in respect of any breaches of its Rules, Regulations or Articles of Association by the Club.

13.B.     GENERAL INSOLVENCY

13.B.1    In the event of a Club entering an Insolvency Event between the end of the AGM and start of the AGM immediately following thereafter (‘the next AGM’) then it shall automatically be relegated by one Step at the next AGM, unless one of the following requirements has been met, namely:

(i)    Prior to the next AGM it has Paid in Full all its creditors (including but not limited to Football Creditors); or

(ii)   Prior to the next AGM it has Paid in Full its Football Creditors and entered a compliant CVA.

For the purposes of this Rule, a CVA shall be considered compliant if it provides for the following:

–      That all Creditors will be paid in Full;

–      The first payment under the terms of the CVA shall be made within 28 days of the approval of the CVA and shall constitute a minimum of 10% of the total sum payable;

–      The balance shall be paid in equal amounts over the remaining period of the CVA;

–      The period of the CVA shall not extend beyond three years from the date of approval.

Notwithstanding the above, in the event of a Club being subject to an Insolvency Event at the date of the AGM, then the Club may be subject to such sanction as the Board may determine, (including expulsion from membership of the Competition) unless the Board is satisfied that by no later than 5pm on 31 July (or, if the 31 July falls on a weekend, 5pm on the immediately preceding Business Day) that the Club (or any new entity to which its membership is subsequently transferred under 2.9.2 above) is in a financial position to complete all of its fixtures for the immediate following Playing Season.

This sanction shall apply in addition to any Club being relegated pursuant to its playing record in the same period namely that in the event of the Club having already been relegated by one Step it shall be relegated two Steps.

This provision is subject to Rule 2.9.1 in respect of Clubs which have transferred their membership pursuant to an Insolvency Event and in that case where there is any conflict between any provision of Clause 14 and Rule 2.9.1 then this Clause 14 shall prevail.

13.B.2    A Club shall not be eligible for promotion or to compete in the Play Offs at the end of a Playing Season if at 5pm on the date on which the last scheduled League fixture is due to be played that Club:

(i)    has entered an Insolvency Event between the date of the AGM and 5pm on the date on which the last scheduled League fixture is played and has not Paid in Full all its creditors to which the Insolvency Event applies (including but not limited to Football Creditors) or Paid in Full all its Football Creditors and entered a CVA to have Paid in Full all other creditors over an agreed period not extending more than three years following the date of approval of the CVA: or

(ii)   has not complied with the terms of a CVA by which it is bound or is to seek to extend the period of the CVA.

13.B.3    The sanctions contained herein shall be in addition to and not in substitution for any other sanctions contained within the Rules and, in particular, the sanctions set out in rule 13.A. For the avoidance of doubt, where a Club is subject to more than one connected Insolvency Event, for example Administration followed by a Company Voluntary Arrangement, any sanction applied to it in accordance with Rule 13.B.1 shall be applied in one Playing Season only except as provided for in Rule 13.B.1

COMPLIANCE WITH/EXTENSION OF CVA’S

13.B.4    Any Club must inform the Competition in writing (and provide supporting evidence) within seven (7) days of the Club:

(i)    making a payment under the terms of a CVA and provide evidence of that payment;

(ii)   becoming aware of any failure to comply with the terms of any CVA entered into by it (including the failure to make a payment by the due date);

(iii)  making an application to extend or vary the terms of the CVA entered into by it and provide a copy of the application,

(iv)  completing all its obligations under an Insolvency Event and receiving confirmation of such from the relevant Insolvency Practitioner, or

(v)   becoming aware of any consent by creditors to compromise the whole or part of the debt admitted into the CVA.

13.B.5    Following the approval of a CVA, if creditors subsequently consent to compromise the whole or part of the debt admitted to the CVA or if any Club makes a successful application to vary the terms of its CVA so that the CVA is not compliant as provided for in Rule 13.B.1 then that Club shall be automatically relegated by one Step at the end of the Playing Season in which the event takes place. If the Club has already been relegated due to its position in the final table of the Division in which it is competing then it shall be relegated two Steps.

13.B.6    In the event of any Club

(i)    Failing to comply with the terms of any CVA entered into it (whether securing Payment in Full of all of its creditors or not) including the failure to make a payment by the due date; and/or

(ii)   Breaching any of the provisions of Rule 13.B.4 or failing to notify the Competition of any consent by creditors to compromise the whole or part of the debt admitted thereby rendering the CVA as non-compliant as required in Rule 13.B.1.

Then the Board shall have the power to impose such sanction as it deems appropriate, including, but without limitation to expulsion of that Club, the relegation of that Club, the deduction of points and an Embargo.

13.B.7    Where a Club has transferred its membership under Rule 2.9.2 the provisions of Rule 13.B in relation to a CVA shall be applied to the former entity that was subject to the Insolvency Event and/or the new entity

14 MATCH OFFICIALS

14.1       Match Officials for all Competition matches shall be appointed by the Appointing Authority.

14.2       No Club shall postpone a Competition match on account of the apparent state of the ground. In the event that such circumstances prevail, Clubs should comply with procedures provided for in the document published by The FA “Recommended procedure for the guidance of Clubs and Referees in determining the suitability of grounds in adverse weather conditions”. Should the ground be declared unfit it is the responsibility of the home Club to immediately advise the Competition, the Appointing Authority, the visiting Club and the Match Officials.

14.3       In the event of any of the Match Officials appointed for a match not being in attendance at the match or becoming unable to complete the match it shall be completed under the control of the remaining Match Officials unless the competing Clubs are able to agree upon a substitute who is acceptable to the Match Referee; should the appointed Match Referee fail to appear then the senior Assistant Referee must take charge. Any substitute agreed for a match shall be considered a Match Official for the purposes of that match.

In the event that a Club causes a match to be abandoned in relation to the operation of this Rule then that Club shall be charged with failing to fulfil a fixture (Rule 8.37 refers).

14.4       Match Officials should be present at the appointment at least 60 minutes prior to the scheduled time of kick-off. The appointed Referee may be required to visit the ground earlier if requested to do so by the home Club.

14.5       In cases where it is found necessary to stop play owing to the weather or other cause, the Referee must wait a reasonable length of time before deciding on abandonment.

14.6       Referees must report on the relevant form all cases where teams commence a match late or without eleven Players on the field of play. Referees must also report their own or any assistant referees’ late arrival in any matches, and notify those concerned at the time of their intention.  Assistant referees must also send an explanation of their late arrival to the Appointing Authority in writing by the method instructed by the Appointing Authority within 3 days of the match.

14.7       The home Club will be responsible for paying the Match Officials the fees and match expenses set by the Appointing Authority on the day of the match in their dressing room, within a reasonable time after the conclusion of the match (including matches abandoned for any reason).  In the case of a postponed match, whether or not gate money is taken, any Match Official who has travelled to the match will be entitled to claim travelling expenses and half their match fee from the home Club. Where provided by the home Club, each Match Official must complete and submit a claim form for expenses.

14.8       The home Club shall be responsible for providing Assistant Referees with distinctive flags of a suitable size in an acceptable condition.

14.9       Three match balls proposed to be used in the match and, if applicable, supplied by the Company under a ball sponsorship agreement must be submitted to and approved by the Referee before the commencement of the match in his/her dressing room.

It is the responsibility of the Club playing at home in each match played under the jurisdiction of the Competition to provide match balls in accordance with any match ball agreement signed by the Company.

14.10     The home Club shall supply to the visiting Club a minimum of three practice balls for use prior to the start of the match.  The balls provided must be in good condition and, if applicable, as supplied by the Competition under a ball sponsorship agreement.

14.11     Referees must report all breaches of Rule to the Competition Secretary in writing within three days of the match on the appropriate form by first class post or electronically.

15 WITHDRAWAL OF CLUBS

A Club must notify the Company not later than 31st March each year of its intention to withdraw from the Competition at the end of that Playing Season.  Failure to do so will make a Club liable to a fine.

This Rule shall not operate so as to preclude promotion, relegation or lateral movement of any Club to another competition in accordance with Rule 12.

  1. PROTESTS, APPEALS

16.1       All protests,  claims or complaints relating to these Rules and appeals arising from a Player’s contract shall be heard and determined by the Board, or a sub-committee duly appointed by the Board. The Clubs or Players protesting, appealing, claiming or complaining must send two copies 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 Board.

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

16.3       The Board shall also have power to compel any party to the protest to pay such expenses as the Board shall direct.

16.4       Any appeal against a decision of the Board must be lodged with The FA within fourteen 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 Competition Secretary.

All appeals to The FA must be lodged in accordance with the appeals procedure detailed in the Appendix to these Rules or that in force at any one time.

16.5       A Club, on giving fourteen days’ notice to a Player to terminate his Player’s contract, must state in the notice his right of appeal to the Board and also the address of the Competition Secretary to whom he must appeal. The notice must advise the Player of the necessity of forwarding two copies of his appeal with the deposit fee specified in the Fees Tariff, to the Competition Secretary within seven days of the receipt of the notice from the Club. A copy of such notice must be received by the Competition Secretary within seven days of the sending of the notice in order to be valid.

16.6       A Player on giving fourteen days’ notice to his Club to terminate his Player’s contract must also notify the Company and The FA of the reasons for the termination of the agreement. A copy of such notice must be received by the Competition Secretary within seven days of the sending of the notice in order to be valid.

16.7       If the recipient of a notice referred to in Rules 16.5 and 16.6 above wishes to do so, he may appeal against the relevant notice within seven days of the date of sending of the notice in writing in duplicate to the Competition Secretary with an appeal fee.

16.8       The Club or the Player as the case may be shall have further right of appeal as set out in Rule 16.4 above.

16.9       An appeal by a contract Player against a fine or suspension imposed by his Club under Football Association Rule C1m must be made within seven days to the Competition Secretary.

16.10     If so requested the Board may arbitrate on any disputes, protests, appeals, claims or complaints between two member 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.

  1. MISCONDUCT OF CLUBS, OFFICERS, PLAYERS

(a)   Undertakings to be given by Club Employees

All Clubs must incorporate in any contracts of employment with their employees, including Player, an undertaking on the part of the employee not to bring The Competition or any Club into disrepute and an undertaking on the part of the employee not knowingly to do anything or omit to do anything which will cause the Club to be in breach of the Laws of the Game, the Rules of The Football Association or the Rules of the Competition.

Without prejudice to the generality of this rule, all Clubs must ensure they, and where appropriate any Officers of the Club, comply with the obligations of The Football Association’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test.

(b)   Misconduct in pre-arranging the result of matches.

Any Club, Official or Player offering or receiving a payment or any form of inducement to or from any Club or the Official or Player of any Club; or any Club, Official or Player receiving or seeking to receive any payment or other form of inducement from any other person or organisation to win, lose, or draw a Match under the jurisdiction of the Competition or in which the Club participates by reason of membership of the Competition shall be deemed guilty of misconduct.

(c)   Any person charged and found guilty of bringing the Competition into disrepute and any Club, Officer or Member charged and found guilty of misconduct as defined by the Board or of inducing or attempting to induce a player of another Club to join his own Club shall be liable to such penalty as the Board shall deem appropriate.

  1. TROPHY

The Company shall present to the Winners and Runners Up of all divisions in the Competition 20 souvenirs,  19 for the Players and 1 for the team manager   Additional souvenirs cannot be presented except by consent of the Board, and then at the expense of the requesting Club.

In addition, a Competition championship trophy and runners-up trophy will be presented as and when the Board determine.

The Clubs concerned will also receive a permanent souvenir.

The trophies are the property of the Company and may never be won outright.

The recipient Club shall be responsible for engraving their details on the trophy before returning same.

The following agreement shall be signed on behalf of the winners of the trophies:

“We, A.B. the   of   Football Club, C.D. and E.F members of and representing the said Club, having been declared winners of the [] Trophy and the same having been delivered to us by the said Competition, do hereby on behalf of the said Club, jointly and severally agree to return the same to the Competition Secretary, on  or before 1st March next in good order and condition, suitably inscribed, in accordance with the Rules of the Competition and if the said 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.”

Any Club not returning the Competition trophy by the due date, returning them in poor condition or without being engraved will be fined.

  1. ALTERATIONS TO RULES

No alteration to the Rules shall be made until they have been approved by The FA.  Alterations to Rules shall be approved at a general meeting of the Company.

Proposals for alterations to Rules, together with the name of their proposers and seconders, shall be received by the League Secretary not later than 31st January prior to the date fixed for the annual general meeting of the Company in each year or not later than eight weeks before the holding of an extraordinary general meeting called for the purpose of amending the Rules.

  1. ADMISSION CHARGES

The minimum charge for admission to all matches shall be determined from time to time by the Board.

Admission charges, excluding home Club concessions as appropriate, must be the same for home and visiting supporters at Competition matches.

Clubs may, with the written permission of the Board, have a maximum of three Competition Match days each Playing Season during which they can vary admission charges for adults including allowing free admission.

[The minimum charge shall apply pro-rata to any Season Ticket albeit with a discount of up to 15%. A Club may provide its Sponsors with complimentary tickets at any time but the value of the said complimentary tickets shall not exceed 10% of the value of the relevant sponsorship per season,]

  1. LONG SERVICE

21.1       The Board shall be empowered to grant a long service award for 21 years’ service with a member Club, providing such an award has not already been made by any other competition.

21.2       Clubs may enter into agreement with Players after five years continuous service providing for a testimonial. Players shall be qualified for a second testimonial after a further five years continuous service.  If a Player is eligible for and entitled to a testimonial, his Club may grant him a monetary consideration, sanctioned by the Board of Directors, in lieu of such testimonial.

  1. CENTENARY AWARDS

A Club celebrating its centenary whilst in membership of the Competition shall be presented with a commemorative award by the Board.

  1. PLAYING SURFACES

23.1       The Pitch

With effect from the commencement of Season 2016/17 Competition Matches may be played on:

(a)   Grass Pitch; or

(b)   Football Turf Pitch in Steps 1 to 6

23.2         Ground Maintenance

The Club is to be responsible for the maintenance of the Pitch and for the general maintenance of the ground. The Club must ensure that adequate arrangements are in place to maintain its Pitch in good order, as required under these Rules.

23.3       Pitch Standards

All Pitches must be flat and free from surface depressions and excessive undulations.  The maximum slopes allowable shall not exceed an even gradient of vertical to horizontal 1:41 in any direction.

The Competition may require a Club to take such steps as the Board shall specify if not satisfied that an adequate standard of the Pitch is being maintained, including but not limited to the Board commissioning an independent report (including a Pitch Test) on the state of the Pitch, the cost of such independent report to be borne by the Club concerned.

23.4       Where a Club proposes to install a Football Turf Pitch (or replace an existing Football Turf Pitch) the following shall apply For matches played at Step 3 and below of the National League System:-

(f)   the Club shall disclose to the Competition, as soon as reasonably practicable full details of the proposed contractor installing the Football Turf Pitch and the timescales for installation. The proposed Football Turf Pitch must have a design and specification that is capable of attaining the FIFA Recommended One Star Certificate / IATS (International Artificial Turf Standard) or Two Star Certificate following installation;

(g)   no installation works shall commence until such time as the Competition has approved the proposed installation and the timetable thereof;

(h)   the Club shall procure that:

(i)    a Pitch Test is carried out on the newly installed Football Turf Pitch; and

(ii)   the FIFA accredited field test institute provides the Competition with a copy of their official reports to FIFA immediately following completion of the Pitch Test; and

(i)    the Club shall provide a copy of the FIFA Recommended One Star / IATS or Two Star Certificatewithin 7 days of receipt to the Competition in which it is in membership.

23.5       Only Clubs with FIFA Recommended Two Star certified Football Turf Pitches will be eligible to take part in matches under the auspices of The National League at Step 1 &2 of the National League System SAVE THAT a Club which has a ground with the recommended FIFA One Star / IATS Certificate installed by 31 July 2016 can be promoted to Step Two of the National league System providing that it undertakes that upon renewal of the Pitch the Club will install a Pitch with a FIFA Recommended Two Star Certificate or be relegated to the appropriate Step.

23.6       Without prejudice to the obligations set out in Paragraph23.3 above, Clubs that have a Football Turf Pitch shall:-

(a)   take such steps and/or refrain from such actions as are necessary to ensure that the Football Turf Pitch continues to meet the requirements for a FIFA Recommended One / IATS or Two Star Certificate (as applicable) at all times during each Playing Season including, without limitation, complying with all requirements of the FIFA Quality Standard;

(b)   where required to undertake Pitch Tests:

(i)    procure that the FIFA accredited field test institute undertaking any Pitch Test provides to The Competition a copy of their official reports to FIFA immediately following completion of the Pitch Test;

(ii)   provide a copy of the FIFA Recommended One / IATS or Two Star Certificate by 31st May prior to the commencement of each Playing Season (as applicable); and

(c)   co-operate with all reasonable requests made by the Competition, the Association or FIFA for the performance of the Football Turf Pitch to be measured.

23.7       Where the Board is aware, by whatever reason, a Football Turf Pitch fails to meet the requirements of the FIFA Recommended One / IATS or Two Star Certificate, including following any Pitch Test, the Club shall forthwith, at its cost, take such steps as the Board shall specify to ensure the Football Turf Pitch is restored to the requirements of the FIFA Recommended One / IATS or Two Star Certificate (as applicable).

23.8       The Competition shall have the right to order the postponement of a match where the Football Turf Pitch fails to meet the requirements of the FIFA Recommended One / IATS or Two Star Certificate (as applicable).

23.9       Where a Club has a Football Turf Pitch, any visiting Club is allowed to train, at no intention to exercise this right no later than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled match (or within 48 hours of the arrangement of the fixture, if later).

23.10     A breach of any of the requirements of Rule 23 which results in cost to that Club, on the Football Turf Pitch on the day before the relevant match or at a mutually agreed time. The length of this training session may not exceed one hour, unless agreed otherwise with the home Club. The visiting Club must notify the home Club of its the postponement or abandonment of a match shall be dealt with in accordance with Rule 8.37.

23.11       Pitch Protection

In order to protect any Pitch, unless otherwise mutually agreed between both participating Clubs, the following procedures shall be adopted by Players and Officials in the periods immediately before and after a Match and at half time:

(a)   the Pitch shall only be used for warming up or warming down by Players named on the Team Sheet;

(b)   pre-match warming up by either team shall not commence until 45 minutes before the kick-off time at the earliest, shall not last for more than 30 minutes, and shall end no later than 10 minutes before the kick-off time;

(c)   if portable goals are provided they shall be used for all goalkeeping drills other than crossing practice;

(d)   the goalmouth area shall be used by goalkeepers only if portable goals are not provided or for crossing practice and then only for not more than 20 minutes;

(e)   for the purposes of warming up and warming down each team shall use only part of the Pitch between the edge of a penalty area and the half way line or as otherwise directed by the groundsman;

(f)    all speed and stamina work shall be undertaken off the Pitch parallel to the touchline opposite the side to be patrolled by the assistant referee or, in the absence of sufficient space, in that part of the Pitch described in paragraph (e) above or as otherwise directed by the groundsman;

(g)   Players using the Pitch at half time as aforesaid shall give due consideration to any other activity or entertainment taking place on the Pitch at the same time;

(h)   the Home Club may water the Pitch at half time provided it gives reasonable notice to the referee and the other Club that it intends to do so and that any such watering is carried out evenly over the entire length and width of the Pitch; and

(i)    any warming down after the conclusion of the Match shall last for no longer than 15 minutes and for that purpose neither penalty area shall be used].

  1. INSURANCE

24.1         PLAYERS

All Clubs shall be members of a Players personal accident insurance scheme.  The policy cover shall be at least equal to the minimum recommended cover determined from time to time by The Football Association.

Each Club shall submit to the Board a copy of the insurance policy document together with the last premium payment receipt fourteen days prior to the start of the Playing Season.

24.2         PUBLIC LIABILITY

All Clubs must have Public Liability cover of at least ten million pounds (£10,000,000).

Each Club shall submit to the Board a copy of the insurance policy document together with the last premium payment receipt fourteen days prior to the start of the Playing Season.

  1. PLAYER TRANSFERS BETWEEN CLUBS

When Players are transferred (Contract, Non-Contract, Scholars or loan on temporary transfer) between member Clubs (or between member Clubs and clubs) it is the responsibility of each Club to ensure that the Competition receives copies of all relevant documents pertaining to the transfer including full details of any payment schedules agreed in writing or otherwise between the two Clubs. Should a Club fail to meet the payment schedules lodged with the Competition on receipt of notification an embargo on further Players registrations will be placed upon the defaulting Club together with a 1% levy per day on the outstanding payments as detailed in the…

28 PROVISION FOR MEMBERSHIP FORM TO BE SIGNED BY EACH CLUB EACH PLAYING SEASON

“We, the Officers of ……………………………. Football Club, have been provided with a copy of the Rules and Regulations of the Essex Senior Football League and do hereby agree for and on behalf of the said Club to, if elected or accepted into membership, conform to those Rules and Regulations and to accept, abide by and implement the decisions of the Management of the League for a period of 12 months until 1st August 20.. subject to the right of appeal in accordance with Rule 17. Signed …………………………………………………………………………………………….. Chairman …………………………………………………………………………………………….. Secretary …………………………………………………………………………………………….. Treasurer …………………………………………………………………………………………….. Member.”

29 PROVISION FOR FULL & ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

Clubs in membership of the Premier Division shall be Full Member Clubs. Clubs in membership of the Reserve Division only shall be Associate Members.

  1. PROMOTION AGREEMENTS

This Rule is not applicable in this competition

  1. GENERAL MEETINGS

(a) The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than 30th June in each year. At this meeting the following business shall be transacted:- (1) The minutes of the preceding Annual General Meeting read and confirmed, and business arising therefrom dealt with. (2) Adoption of Standing Orders. (3) Chairman’s Report. (4) Presentation and adoption of the Annual Report, Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts. (5) Constitution of the League for the ensuing season. (6) Election of Clubs to fill vacancies. (7) Election of Officers, Management Committee, Auditors and Vice-Presidents. (8) Alterations of Rules, if any (of which due notice has been given in accordance with Rule 20). (9) Fix date for commencement and conclusion of playing season. (10) Other business of which 21 days notice shall have been given, to enable this to be included on the Agenda. (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 Football Association within seven days of its adoption by the Annual General Meeting. (d) The Chairman and Secretary shall act as club Delegates or failing that, other Officers of whom the Hon. Secretary has been notified shall represent the Club. (e) Clubs who have withdrawn their membership of the League 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 hands, unless a ballot be demanded by at least one third of the delegates present, or the Chairman so decides. (g) Officers shall be entitled to attend and vote at all General Meetings. Essex Senior Football League 65.

32 MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

(a) The League shall be governed in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Football Association by a Management Committee comprising the Officers together with four delegates from four different competing Clubs. Where the League is running a Reserve Section, an extra delegate from one of the Reserve Section Clubs may be appointed to represent Associate Member Club interests. These delegates shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall be serving Officers of their Clubs. All Clubs shall provide two delegates to each meeting. All delegates shall be serving Officers of their Clubs. (b) Election as Officers shall be nominated in writing, by two members, to the Secretary, not later than 21st May in each year. Names of those nominated shall be circulated with the notice of the Annual General Meeting. In the event of their 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 deal with business as it arises. (d) Except where otherwise mentioned, all communications shall be addressed to the Secretary who shall conduct the correspondence of the League and keep a record of its proceedings. (e) The Management Committee shall appoint annually an Emergency Committee and such other sub Committees ad they may consider necessary, and may delegate all or any of their powers to such Committees. The decision of all such Committees shall be reported to the next following Management Committee. (f) The Management Committee may (subject to the permission of the Football Association having been obtained) order a match or matches to be played each season, the proceeds to be devoted to the funds of the League 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. (g) Each member of the Management Committee shall be entitled to attend all Management Committee meetings and have one vote thereat, but no member shall be allowed to vote on any matters directly appertaining to himself or to the Club he represents. This principle shall apply to the procedure of any Committee. In the event of the voting being equal on any matter the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote. (h) The Management Committee shall have powers to apply, act upon, and enforce the Rules of the League and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the League, including any not provided for by the Rules. (i) All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding, subject to the right of appeal to the Board of Appeal (in accordance with Rule 15). Decisions must be notified in writing to all concerned within fourteen days. (j) Eight members of the Management Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business buy any sub-Committee of the League. (k) The Management Committee, as it may deem necessary, shall have power to fill any vacancies that may occur, including any vacancies in the constitution. (l) A Club failing to be represented at a Management Committee or General Meeting, or a Special General Meeting, shall be fined as per the fines tariff, and failing to be represented at three consecutive meetings without satisfactory reasons being given shall be further dealt with as the Management Committee may determine. Not less than seven days notice shall be given of any meeting. (m) A Club having failed to comply with an order or instruction of the Management Committee within twenty eight days of receipt of such order, or within twenty-eight days of an operative date specified in that order, shall not be allowed to ply or take part in the business of the League until the order has been complied with, and a reason for the delay has been furnished to the Secretary, who shall submit it to the Management Committee for their adjudication. (n) A Club failing to satisfactorily attend to business and/or correspondence of the League shall be liable to be fined as per the fines tariff and/or otherwise penalised at the discretion of the Management Committee (subject to Rules 4 and 17). (o) A member appointed by the League to attend a meeting or match may have his expenses refunded by the League at 31p per mile. (p) Clubs or individuals summoned to attend a Management Committee meeting must arrange to be represented. Failure to attend may result in the matter being decided in their absence, and they shall also be liable to such penalties as the Committee may determine. (q) The Management Committee may grant a Long Service Award to any Officer, Management Committee Member or Auditor who has served for 15 (fifteen) years. The Management Committee may also grant a Long Service Award to a Match Official who has been in membership of the League for at least ten years. The Management Committee shall be empowered to grant a Long Service Award for fifteen years service as a duly appointed Officer of a Club which has been in membership of the League for at 66 Essex Senior Football League least ten years. A duly appointed Officer shall be recognised as being either the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer or Committee member. Applications for consideration must be received by the League Secretary by 31st December in any season. (r) If, during the course of a season, the Management Committee decide that the organisation and maintenance of a particular Club fall below the standards appropriate to membership of the league, the secretary shall be instructed by the Management Committee to warn the Club at once that it may be excluded from membership of the League at the end of that season. Such a Club shall have the right to appeal within fourteen days of the Management Committee’s decision.

  1. COMPETITION OFFICERS

The Management Committee shall comprise the Officers of the Competition and 5 ordinary members who shall all be elected at the Annual General Meeting

  1. Each Club shall at all times comply with all reasonable requests by the Competition to ensure due compliance by the Competition with its commercial agreements and shall not enter into any new agreements with any direct competitor to the Competition’s title sponsor or any third party with whom the Competition has entered into a commercial agreement.
  2. Each Club shall be obliged to utilise any match boards provided by the Competition’s sponsor and further shall be obliged to procure that any bench kit provided by a sponsor shall be worn during competitive and first team matches. In the event of any Club having an existing agreement with a competitor to the Competition’s sponsor in respect of match boards and bench kit, they should be entitled to honour that agreement but shall not renew the same.
  3. Each Club shall permit photography, filming and audio and web broadcasting at their home ground to enable the Competition to comply with the terms of any Commercial Contract (as defined in the Articles), which may be entered into by the Company and will provide all necessary facilities as may reasonably be requested by the Competition or any broadcaster as may be nominated by the Competition.[Appendix…..]
  4. Any distribution of any income received by the Company from any source whatsoever shall be entirely at the discretion of the Board.
  5. The Company shall be entitled either directly or through its duly appointed agents to inspect the books, accounts and financial records of any Club and that Club shall make available to the Company all information as may be required from time to time in that respect.

 

LEAGUE RULES INDEX


Abandonments 8.30 – 8.36, 14.3, 14.5, 14.7
Admission charges 20
Agents 9.1, 9.2
Annual match, champions v cup winners 4.11
Appeals 4.3, 13.5-13.4, 16.4
Arbitration 16.10
Ballboys/girls 7.8
Balls, match 14.9
Balls, practice 14.10
Bench kit 34
Board, the 4.1-4.13
Cancellation, of contracts 6.5.1
Cancellation, of matches 8.16
Ceasing to operate, a club 12
Centenary awards 22
Champion club, declaration of 12
Club colours 7.1-7.7
Contributions, to league funds 2.16
Creditors 2.9.2,2.9.3, 4.5, 11
Criteria document 2.5, 2.6
Dates, of matches 8.13
Deduction of points 13.A.1, 13.A.2
Definitions 1.1
Directors, change of 2.15
Duration, of matches 8.17
Fees, to match officials 14.7
Filming 35
Financial arrangements, with Players 6.10
Financial records 10.1
Financial statements 10.7
Fines 4.5
Fixtures, precedence of 8.4
Form D 2.1
Form H3 6.6.2
Gate receipts 10.2
General meetings 2.19
Ground sharing 2.1, 4.12, 8.6
Incorporation, by a club 2.8, 2.12
Ineligible Players 6.9
Insolvency event 2.14, 13A, 13B
Inspection, of grounds 2.5
Instructions, of the Board 4.6
Insurance 24.1, 24.2
Interests, in more than one club 5
International transfer certificate 6.11
Kick-off time 8.6
List of Players 6.7
Loans 10.6
Loan Transfers  6.6
Long Service 21
Match boards 34
Match officials 14.1-14.11
Medical certificates 8.10
Medical personnel 25
Medical records 25
Membership 2.1
Misconduct 17
Number of clubs 2.10
Number of Players 8.21
Nursery club 2.4
Owners’ and Directors’ Declaration 2.15
Passes 8.16
Photography 35
Playing conditions of grounds 8.5
Playing season 8.1
Playing surfaces 23
Postponements 8.3-8.7 8.20 14.2
Programmes  8.21
Promotion and Relegation 12
Protests 16.1-16.10
Publication of ownership 21.3
Re arranging matches to Friday or Sunday   8.6
Registration forms 6.4
Registration closing date 6.21
Representative matches 4.10
Result/Report Forms  8.29
Results of matches 8.29
Rules, alterations to 19
Scholars  6.3
Sponsors 34
Standards appropriate to membership  2.17
Status of players 6.3
Subscription  3.1 3.2
Substitute players 6.8
Suspension of a club  2.16
Team sheets 8.18
Technical Area 8.23
Temporary Transfer 10.5
Termination of contract 17
Transfers 6.5  20.4  27
Travelling expense 10.3 14.7
Trophy 18
Withdrawal 15

 

FEES TARIFF

Rule Subject Amount
(£)
2.3 Grading 100
3.1 Application for Membership 100
3.1 Grading 100
3.2 Membership 50
3.2 Annual Subscription: Premier 350
3.2 Annual Subscription: Reserves/Associate Members 120
6.1.1 Registration Forms: 2 each (Full members) 1 each (Associate/Reserve)
6.1.1 Additional Forms:2 each (Full members)  1 each (Associate /Reserve)
6.4.1 Transfers 15
14.A.7 Sporting sanctions appeal 100
15.7 Match Officials – Referees –
35 plus standard class rail or bus fare actually paid paid or 30p per mile for use of own transport (capped at 70 miles round trip )
15.7 Match Officials – Assistant Referees 27 plus expenses as per referees.
17.1 Appeal to Board 50
17.4 Appeal to the FA 75
17.5 Appeal by Player 50
17.6 Appeal by club 50
17.10 Arbitration 10

FINES TARIFF FOR 2017/18


Any monies owed to the Essex Senior Football League may be paid directly by bank transfer into the League’s National Westminster Bank account.

Account Name: Essex Senior League
Sort Code: 55-50-28
Account Number: 698384888


Rule Offence Min  Max
2.1 Failure to return correctly completed Form D £20 £80
2.8 Failure to notify change in Memorandum and Articles of Association in 14 days £25 £100
2.13 Failure to publish legal name and ownership £25 £100
2.15 Failure to notify insolvency Event £100 £400
2.20 Failure to be properly represented at any General Meetings £50 £200
3.1 & 3.2 Late payment fees/subscriptions £25 £100
4.5 None/Late payment of fines £25 + 10% £100 + 10%
4.8 Failing to attend to business/correspondence of the Company £25 £100
6.1 Failing to give notice of Players Status £15 £60
6.1.1 Submitting registration form without player’s signature £250 £1,000
6.1.2 Failing to notify change of players status £15 £60
6.4.1 Submission of form other than original £15 £60
6.4.1 Falsifying a competition form £250 £1,000
6.4.2 Failure to register 11 players prior to the start of season £50 £200
6.4.4 Player registering for more than one club in the competition £15 £60
6.8 Failure to use a board for substitutions in a match £25 £100
6.8 Named substitute not registered but not taking part £15 £60
6.9 Playing ineligible player £50 £200
7 Any offence regarding kit, colours or numbers £25 £100
7.5 Failure to wear captains armband £15 £60
8.4 Failure to notify postponement or abandonment £25 £100
8.11 Failure to keep ground in good condition £100 £400
8.36 Failure to fulfill fixture £250 £1,000
8.36 Failure to agree new date of postponed match in time set £25 £100
8.7 Failure to carry out pitch inspection in accordance with 14.2 £25 £100
8.21 Failure to have fax/phone/e-mail £25 £100
8.9 Failure to start with 11 players £50 £200
8.21 Failure to play full strength team £50 £200
8.18 Late/incomplete team sheet £15 £60
8.19 Altering team sheet after exchange (except for Player in warm up) £15 £60
8.13 Failure to notify details of match £15 £60
8.13 Failure to notify cancellation or re-arrangement to Match Officials £15 £60
8.6 Late kick off £15 + £2 per minute £30 + £2 per minute
8.6 Failure to notify/seek change to ko time £15 £60
8.4 Failure to play County Cup match midweek £50 £200
8.9 Playing in competition without permission £50 £200
8.6 Non/late notification within the required time £15 £60
8.18 This relates to clubs not having paperwork. £50 £200
8.6 Non/late notification within the required time £15 £60
8.14 Failure to submit programme £25 £100
8.21 Any other offence regarding a matchday programme £25 £100
8.14 Any Club publication (written or electronic) deemed to bring the Competition or Company into disrepute £100 £400
8.14 Failure to provide information for matchday programme £25 £100
8.14 Non publication of programme £50 £200
8.22 Technical area offences £25 £100
10.7 Failure to submit accounts within the required time £50 £200
8.35 Failure to send result form within time scale £15 £60
8.35 Incomplete/Incorrect result form £15 £60
14.2 Failure to carry out pitch inspection £25 £100
14.7 Failure to pay match officials on day of match in dressing room £25 £100
14.8 Failure to provide match officials flags £15 £60
14.9 Failure to play with official match balls £25 £100
14.10 Failure to provide practice balls to visitors £15 £60
15 Failure to give notice of resignation by due date £500 £2,000
18 Failure to return Trophy by due date £25 £100
18 Failure to return trophy engraved £25 £100
18 Failure to return Trophy in good condition £25 £100
24.1 Failure to insure players £100 £400
24.2 Failure to implement public liability insurance to required level £100 £400
25 Failure to have medical personnel as stated £25 £100
26 Failure to provide information on transfer £25 £100
33 Failure to comply with Commercial Agreement £50 £200
34 Failure to use bench kit £50 £100
35 Failure to allow filming at ground £50 £100
37 Failure to allow access to Club books etc £100 £400

RULE CHANGES FOR 2017/18

1.         Present RESERVE SECTION RULES be amended to RESERVE PROCEDURAL RULES.

Addition to Playing of Matches

Add 5.13    Where the facility exists clubs to provide a minimum post-match hospitality to consist of hot/cold drinks and at least sandwiches for players.


RESERVES DIVISION STANDARD CODE OF RULES 2017/18

Definitions | Nomencature & Constitution | Entry Fee, Subscription, Deposit | Management, Nomination, Election | Powers of Management | Annual General Meeting | Qualification of Players | Club Colours, Club Name | Playing Season, Conditions of Play, Time of Kick-Off, Postponements, Substitutes | Reporting Results | Referees | Continuation of Membership or Withdrawal of a Club | Protests & Complaints | Protests, Appeals | Exclusion of Clubs or Teams Misconduct, Clubs, Officials, Players | Legal Owners, Conditions of Taking Over, Agreement to be Signed, Awards | Special General Meetings | Alteration to Rules | Finance | Insurance | Dissolution | Fees Tariff | Fines Tariff


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 Essex Senior 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 Football Association.
“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 that procedures for the operation thereof as determined by the F A 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 form the Standard Code of Rules ( the ” Standard Code ” ) determined by the F A from time to time. In the event of any omission 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 Essex Senior League Reserve Section ”  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 18 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  Football Association and must have a constitution approved by the Sanctioning Authority.
This Competition shall apply annually for sanction to the Football Association and the constituent teams of Member Clubs may be grouped in divisions.

(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 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 £ 120 payable 7 days 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 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 5 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 22 days before the AGM 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), 10(A), 11 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 maybe transacted by electronic mail or facsimile.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
6.   (A) The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than June 30th in each year.  At this meeting the following business shall be transacted :-
(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 audited/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 audited/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 hands 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 [ ] 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 notifiedto the County Football Association(s) 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 signing a registration form for that 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 11 Players registered 7 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 four (4) 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 25 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) Not applicable

(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 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.

(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 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 14 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 5pm on March 31st  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 two games for that team in this Competition in the current season.

(N) Not applicable

(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 30th June 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 days before the match.
If, in the opinion of the referee, two Clubs have the same or similar colours, the away/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.
The home Club is also responsible for advising participants of footwear requirements when confirming match arrangements in accordance with Rule 10(D).

All matches 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  five  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 eight 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 shall 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 14 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.
(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 3 substitute players in any match in this Competition who may be selected from 5 players.

The referee shall be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than thirty 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 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/her team mates.

REPORTING RESULTS
11. (A) The Competition must receive within two days of the date played, the result of each Competition match in the prescribed manner. This must include the forename(s) and surname of the team players (in block letters) and also the Referee markings required by Rule 13, or any other information required by the Competition.

(B) The Home Club shall text FULL TIME  the result of each match within 15 minutes of completion as well as the Publicity Officer.

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.

(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.

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 shall be paid a match fee of referee £35 and travel expenses of 30p per mile capped at 70 miles roundtrip; assistant referee fees of £27 and travel expenses of 30p per mile capped at 70 miles roundtrip.
The Home Club shall pay the Officials their fees and/or expenses before/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 plus expenses/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 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 on the prescribed Form provided.  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  7 days prior to the AGM  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 14 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 14 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 grounds 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 March 1st .  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 21 days before the AGM in each year. The proposals, together with any proposals by the Management Committee, shall be circulated to the Clubs and any amendments thereto shall be submitted to the Secretary. 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 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  28days prior to the date of the meeting.

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 £ 1000 shall be approved by the Management Committee.

(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 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.

RESERVE DIVISION PROCEDURAL RULES

1          MEMBERSHIP

 1.1        The reserve section of the Essex Senior Football League is open to the reserve sides of all Clubs in Essex and bordering areas with first teams at Step 5 or higher of the National League System.

1.2        Clubs whose first team does not play in the Essex Senior Football League will be awarded “associate” status and offered limited voting rights, etc. at League Meetings.

1.3        All applications for associate membership from suitably qualified Clubs (see 1.1) received by the start of the Annual General Meeting will be considered and voted upon at said AGM.

2          SUBSCRIPTION

2.1        A separate annual subscription of £120 will be charged for reserve teams for associate membership.

3          FACILITIES

3.1        Clubs who have sole use of their first team ground will be expected to stage reserve fixtures at those grounds.

3.2        Clubs who ground share may use alternative venues provided pitches are railed/roped off and enclosed (i.e. not immediately adjacent to matches taking place on other pitches) with separate changing facilities for both clubs and the Referee.

3.3        Dugouts are not required but technical areas must be marked out and observed during matches.

4          REGISTRATIONS & PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

4.1        Players must sign an Essex Senior Football League reserve team registration form, irrespective of whether or not they are already registered as a first team player in the League.

4.2        Players appearing in the semi final or final of the Reserve Division Cup or Shield must have played in two or more reserve League or Cup/Shield matches during the current Season before the semi final. Teams shall not include more than three players who have played in ten, or more, of its first team’s League matches at Step 5 and above in the current Season in the semi final or final.

4.3        There will be no other restriction on player appearances at reserve level. Registration deadlines for signing reserve players will be the same as for first team matches.

5          PLAYING OF MATCHES

5.1        Fixtures will be arranged by the League.

5.2        Fixtures will be played between 1 August and 31 May each season. However, the initial fixture list generated by the League will be arranged within the agreed start and closing dates for the Premier Division.

5.3        Postponed fixtures must be rearranged within seven days of the date of postponement to a date agreeable by both clubs and at the earliest playing opportunity. Wherever practically possible, the new date should be on or before the closing date of the League season agreed at the AGM. If no date is agreed within seven days, the League shall set the date for the rearranged fixture and the clubs concerned may be charged with failure to adhere to League Rules.

5.4        Clubs are not permitted to postpone matches due to ground conditions. Only the Match Referee, or another Match Official of Level 5 status or above, can make a decision to postpone matches in such circumstances.

5.4        Abandoned fixtures will be referred to the League Board to make a decision based on the circumstances of the abandonment.

5.5        Where there are 16 teams or less, the reserve section will run as a single division. Where there are 17 teams or more, there will be agreement between the Clubs and the League Management Committee as to the number of divisions required.

5.6        As floodlights are not required, Saturday KO times will be:

Aug/Sep/Oct/Apr/May – 2:30pm League & 2:00pm Cup

Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar – 2:00pm League & 1:30pm Cup

5.7        Clubs who wish to play midweek under floodlights may do so provided the home Club is prepared to meet the cost of the floodlights, both Clubs are in agreement and at least 14 days notice is given to the League Fixture Secretary. These matches will KO at 7:45pm. Otherwise, any midweek matches required will KO at:

Aug/May – 6:30pm

Sep/Apr – 6:15pm

5.8        Midweek matches kicking off at 6:15pm or 6:30pm may be reduced to 40 minutes each way and the half time interval reduced to 10 minutes if the Referee deems this necessary in order to complete a fixture.

5.9        Clubs wishing to kick off at times other than those listed in 5.6 and 5.7 must receive written agreement from the League and their opponents at least 14 days prior to the date of the fixture.

5.10      Results in all reserve matches should be advised to the FA Full Time website immediately upon conclusion of the match and by text to League’s Hon. Publicity Officer within 15 minutes of the conclusion of the match.

5.11      Clubs may charge an admission fee for home matches but this is not a requirement.

5.12      Clubs may produce a match programme for home matches but this is not a requirement.

5.13. Failure to provide hospitality to visiting teams and/or Match Officials and where facilities allow, boardroom hospitality

5.13. Failure to provide hospitality to visiting teams and/or Match Officials and where facilities allow, boardroom hospitality.   FIne  25.00

6          LEAGUE TROPHY AND MEDALS

 6.1        Where there is a single division, the Reserve Division Trophy and medals shall be presented to the Champion Club. Where there is more than one division, there shall be a play-off match to determine the overall winner and the Reserve Division Trophy will be presented to the winning side. Medals will be awarded to the winning side in each division and, where League funds allow, to the runners up.

 7          CUPS

7.1        Any Cup or Shield competitions are to be played in accordance with format agreed at the Annual General Meeting.

8          MATCH OFFICIALS

8.1        The League will appoint one Match Official to Reserve Section matches who will charge a match fee and travel expenses as per first team matches.

8.2        The League will appoint three Match Officials for Cup/Shield semi final and final ties. The cost of these Officials to be shared by the two competing Clubs.

8.3        The League may appoint Assistant Referees to League fixtures if specifically requested, provided that the relevant County FA Rules permit and the Club(s) are prepared to cover the additional cost.

8.4        Players named as substitutes on the team sheet will not be permitted to act as Club Assistant Referees in any match.

9          WITHDRAWAL OF CLUBS 

9.1        Any Club wishing to resign its associate membership of the Essex Senior Football League must do so within 7 days of the advertised date of the Annual General Meeting. Withdrawal after this date will result in a fine for late withdrawal.

10         REPRESENTATION

 10.1      A Representative from an Associate Member Club may be voted on to the League Management Committee at the Annual General Meeting to represent the views of all Associate Member Clubs.

 


FEES TARIFF

RULE DESCRIPTION FEE
3 (A) ENTRY FEE £50
3 (B) ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION £120
3 (C) DEPOSIT £100
8 (E) REGISTRATION FORM £3 POSTAL / PAPER REGISTRATION PER REGISTRATION
8 (I) TRANSFER FORM £15
13 (E) ASSISTANT REFEREE FEES £27 plus 30p per mile (capped at 70 miles roundtrip)
15 (C),16(A),16(G) PROTEST/APPEAL FEES £50

 


FINES TARIFF

RULE DESCRIPTION MAX FINE
2 (B) FAILURE TO AFFILIATE £40
2 (E) FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH FA INITIATIVES £30
2 (F) UNAUTHORISED ENTRY OF TEAMS INTO COMPETITIONS £30
3 (C) FAILURE TO PAY A DEPOSIT £30
3 (E) FAILURE TO PROVIDE AFFILIATION NUMBER/DETAILS FORM £30
5 (H) FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN INSTRUCTION  OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE £40
5 (I) FAILURE TO PAY A FINE WITHIN 21 DAYS OF NOTICE £50
5.13 FAILURE TO PROVIDE HOSPITALITY 25
6 (H) FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT AGM £50
7 FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT OR TO NOTIFY CHANGES TO SIGNATORIES £50
8 (A) (iii) FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PLAYERS PRIOR TO THE SEASON COMMENCING £50
8 (B) FAILURE TO CORRECTLY REGISTER A PLAYER £50
8 (C) FIELDING MORE THAN THE PERMITTED NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN SENIOR COMPETITION MATCHES £50
8 (G) SIGNING OR PLAYING FOR MULTIPLE CLUBS, OR INACCURATE COMPLETION OF A REGISTRATION FORM £50
8 (H) (ii) REGISTRATION IRREGULARITIES £50
8 (O) PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER £100
8.4 PLAYING SUBSTITUTES AS ASSISTANT REFEREES £30
9 (A),10 (B) DELAYING KICK OFF/NO NETS/ NO CORNER FLAGS £30
9 (B) FAILURE TO OBTAIN CONSENT FOR A CHANGE OF CLUB NAME £50
10 (C) FAILURE TO PLAY MATCHES ON THE DATE FIXED £50
10 (D) FAILURE TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF A FIXTURE £30
10 (E) PLAYING MATCH WITH LESS THAN REQUIRED NUMBER OF PLAYERS £50
10 (F) (i) and (iii) FAILURE TO PLAY FIXTURE £200
10 (I) NO CAPTAIN’S ARMBAND £30
11 (A) and 11 (C) LATE TEAM SHEET £30
11 (B) FAILURE TO PROVIDE RESULT £30
13 (C) FAILURE TO PROVIDE CLUB ASSISTANT REFEREE £30
13 (E) FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS’ FEES AND EXPENSES £30
13 (F) FAILURE TO PAY MATCH OFFICIALS WHERE A MATCH IS NOT PLAYED £30
13 (H) FAILURE TO PROVIDE REFEREE’S MARK £30
14 (A) WITHDRAWAL FROM LEAGUE AFTER 31ST MARCH £250
14 (B) FAILURE TO START/COMPLETE FIXTURES £50
18 (A) FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED WRITTEN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE TROPHY £50
22 FAILURE TO HAVE THE REQUIRED INSURANCE £100

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE ERRINGTON CHALLENGE CUP RULES


1 (a) The Competition shall be designated the Errington Challenge Cup Competition and shall be open to Clubs competing in the Essex Senior Football League.
(b) The Competition shall be conducted on a knock-out or league basis as the Management Committee shall determine.
2 The Competition shall be managed by the League Management Committee, and the Officers of the Essex Senior Football League shall be the Officers of this Competition.
3 (a) The Competition shall be played on such dates as are determined by the Management Committee, the Clubs being drawn in pairs or arranged in sections.
(b) Unless the Management Committee agree a home and away basis before the draw, ties shall be played on the grounds of the first named Clubs. The duration of play in a match shall be 90 minutes (45 minutes each way). Should the result at the end of this time be a draw, then the tie shall be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the International Board Decision with the exception of the semi finals and final when an extra 30 minutes (15 minutes each way) will be played.  If the tie is still drawn at the end of extra time then the tie shall be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the International Board Decision.
(c) All matches shall be of 90 minutes duration (45 minutes each way) but, if in the opinion of the referee conditions or a late start do not permit full time to be played, he may reduce the playing time to 80 minutes (40 minutes each way).
(d) The kick off times shall be at the discretion of the Fixture Secretary.
4 (a) In all matches prior to the final, the home club shall retain all the proceeds from the gate and shall meet the fees and expenses of the officials. No charge to be made by the visiting Club for travelling expenses.
(b) In the final tie the account shall be prepared by the Club on whose ground the match is played, who may include the cost of a new ball for the match (if requested) and any other necessary expense to which they may have been put, subject to the approval of the Management Committee.
5 (a) Eligibility of players shall be as for the Essex Senior Football League, except that in the semi final and final ties all players shall have played for their Club in at least two ESFL competition games in the current season (prior to the first leg of the semi final). Clubs participating in final ties shall send to the Registration Secretary, to be received not later than seven days prior to the date of the final, a list of players from whom their team will be chosen, or in default be fined the sum of £20.
(b) Any Club playing an ineligible player in a knock-out cup match shall be fined not less than £100, and shall be struck out of the competition and the match awarded to their opponents. A player may not play for more than one competing Club.
6 Match Officials shall be appointed as for Essex Senior Football League matches.
7 The finalists shall receive 16 awards and an additional award for the Club Manager, the funds of the Competition permitting.
8 With the exceptions stated, the Rules of the Essex Senior Football League shall, wherever applicable, govern this Competition.
9 Each Club shall have deemed to give its assent to these Rules, and to abide by the decisions of the Management Committee, subject to Rule 17 of the Essex Senior Football League Rules.
10 These Rules shall be suspended and the Errington Challenge Cup Rules applied when the teams are competing on a points basis, except a player cannot represent more than one Club at any stage of the Competition.

 

GORDON BRASTED MEMORIAL TROPHY RULES


1 (a) The Competition shall be designated the Essex Senior Football League “Gordon Brasted’ Memorial Trophy Competition and shall be open to Clubs competing in the Essex Senior Football League.
(b) The Competition shall be conducted on a knock-out basis.
2 The Competition shall be managed by the Essex Senior Football League Management Committee, and the Officers of the said League shall be the Officers of the Competition.
3 (a) Unless the Management Committee agree on a home and away basis before the draw, ties shall be played on the grounds of the first named Clubs (with the exception of final tie). The final tie shall be played at Burnham Ramblers FC unless that venue is not available in which case a venue shall decided by the Management Committee.
(b) The duration of play in a match shall be 90 minutes (45 minutes each way). Should the result at the end of this time be a draw, then the tie shall be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the International Board Decision with the exception of the semi finals and final when an extra 30 minutes (15 minutes each way) will be played.  If the tie is still drawn at the end of extra time then the tie shall be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the International Board Decision.
(c) If, in the opinion of the referee, conditions or a late start do not permit full time being played, he may reduce the playing time to 80 minutes (40 minutes each way).
(d) The kick off times shall be at the discretion of the Fixture Secretary.
4 (a) In all matches prior to the final, the home club shall retain all the proceeds from the gate and shall meet the fees and expenses of the officials. No charge to be made by the visiting Club for travelling expenses.
(b) In the final tie the account shall be prepared by the Club on whose ground the match is played, who may include the cost of a new ball for the match (if requested) and any other necessary expense to which they may have been put, subject to the approval of the Management Committee.
5 (a) Eligibility of players shall be as for the Essex Senior Football League, except that in the semi final and final ties all players shall have played for their Club in at least two ESFL competition games in the current season (prior to the first leg of the semi final). Clubs participating in final ties shall send to the Registration Secretary, to be received not later than seven days prior to the date of the final, a list of players from whom their team will be chosen, or in default be fined the sum of £20.
(b) Any Club playing an ineligible player in a knock-out cup match shall be fined not less than £100, and shall be struck out of the competition and the match awarded to their opponents. A player may not play for more than one competing Club.
(c) The Competition shall be played on such dates as determined by the Management Committee, the Clubs being drawn in pairs.
6 Match Officials shall be appointed as for Essex Senior Football League matches.
7 The finalists shall receive 16 awards and an additional award for the Club Manager, the funds of the Competition permitting.
8 With the exceptions stated, the Rules of the Essex Senior Football League shall, wherever applicable, govern this Competition.
9 Each Club shall have deemed to give its assent to these Rules, and to abide by the decisions of the Management Committee, subject to Rule 17 of the Essex Senior Football League Rules.

 

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE RESERVES SHIELD RULES


1 (a) The Competition shall be designated the Essex Senior Football League “Reserve Shield Trophy’ Competition and shall be open to Clubs competing in the Essex Senior Football League.
(b) The Competition shall be conducted on a league basis leading to the quarter finals.
2 The Competition shall be managed by the Essex Senior Football League Management Committee, and the Officers of the said League shall be the Officers of the Competition.
3 (a) Unless the Management Committee agree on a home and away basis before the draw, ties shall be played on the grounds of the first named Clubs (with the exception of final tie). The final tie shall be played at a neutral venue decided by the Management Committee.
(b) The duration of play in a match shall be 90 minutes (45 minutes each way). Should the result at the end of this time be a draw, then the tie shall be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the International Board Decision with the exception of the semi finals and final when an extra 30 minutes (15 minutes each way) will be played.  If the tie is still drawn at the end of extra time then the tie shall be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the International Board Decision.
(c) If, in the opinion of the referee, conditions or a late start do not permit full time being played, he may reduce the playing time to 80 minutes (40 minutes each way).
(d) The kick off times shall be at the discretion of the Fixture Secretary.
4 (a) In all matches prior to the final, the home club shall retain all the proceeds from the gate and shall meet the fees and expenses of the officials. No charge to be made by the visiting Club for travelling expenses.
(b) In the final tie the account shall be prepared by the Club on whose ground the match is played, who may include the cost of a new ball for the match (if requested) and any other necessary expense to which they may have been put, subject to the approval of the Management Committee.
5 (a) Eligibility of players shall be as for the Essex Senior Football League, except that in the semi final and final ties all players shall have played for their Club in at least two ESFL competition games in the current season (prior to the first leg of the semi final). Clubs participating in final ties shall send to the Registration Secretary, to be received not later than seven days prior to the date of the final, a list of players from whom their team will be chosen, or in default be fined the sum of £20.
(b) Any Club playing an ineligible player in a knock-out cup match shall be fined not less than £100, and shall be struck out of the competition and the match awarded to their opponents. A player may not play for more than one competing Club.
(c) The Competition shall be played on such dates as determined by the Management Committee, the Clubs being drawn in pairs.
6 Match Officials shall be appointed as for Essex Senior Football League matches.
7 The finalists shall receive 16 awards and an additional award for the Club Manager, the funds of the Competition permitting.
8 With the exceptions stated, the Rules of the Essex Senior Football League shall, wherever applicable, govern this Competition.
9 Each Club shall have deemed to give its assent to these Rules, and to abide by the decisions of the Management Committee, subject to Rule 17 of the Essex Senior Football League Rules.

 

MATCH ATTENDANCE 2016/17


TEAM  PL  LOW  HIGH AVGE TOTAL
Clapton 21 17 684 315 6617
Barkingside 21 43 323 81 1691
Basildon United 21 44 113 74 1555
Takeley 21 34 127 65 1370
Enfield 1893 21 30 100 62 1292
Tower Hamlets 21 16 308 59 1237
Redbridge 21 18 142 58 1225
Barking 21 35 109 57 1206
Stansted 21 30 138 54 1140
Southend Manor 21 10 91 52 100
Ilford 21 21 143 52 1093
Hullbridge Sports 21 34 138 52 1091
Sawbridgeworth Town 21 18 110 45 940
Sporting Bengal  Utd 21 11 100 41 864
Waltham Forest 21 20 159 38 808
Burnham Ramblers 21 16 56 32 672
Wadham Lodge 21 18 89 32 672
West Essex 21 14 68 31 641
Haringey & Waltham 21 9 173 29 605
F C Romania 21 8 99 26 544
Eton Manor 21 2 50 18 384
London Bari 21 4 134 17 350

PREMIER DIVISION 2016/17

Average Match Fee   £ 109.84
League: £51028.35 |  Cups: £4322.26  |  Total Games: £533060.60
Average: 504  |  Owed to League: £55359.36  |  League Owes: £763.37  |  £764.61


 

CLUB BARKING BARKINGSIDE BASILDON
LEAGUE £2247.00 £2291.20 £2225.28
CUPS £620.00 £0.00 £302.80
TOTAL GAMES £2965.68 £2291.20 £2528.08
AVERAGE 27 21 24
OWED TO LEAGUE £98.18 £2306.04 £2636.16
LEAGUE OWES £0.00 £15.44 £108.08
CLUB BURNHAM CLAPTON ENFIELD 1893
LEAGUE £2477.30 £2224.14 £2348.40
CUPS £118.60 £103.00 £217.20
TOTAL GAMES £2595.90 £2327.14 £2565.60
AVERAGE 22 22 24
OWED TO LEAGUE £2416.48 £2416.48 £2636.16
LEAGUE OWES £179.42 £89.34 £70.56
   
CLUB ETON MANOR FC ROMANIA HARINGEY
LEAGUE £2418.00 £2308.76 £2396.63
CUPS £342.00 £114.66 £117.80
TOTAL GAMES £2760.00 £2423.42 £2514.43
AVERAGE 24 22 22
OWED TO LEAGUE £2636.16 £2416.48 £2416.48
LEAGUE OWES £123.84 £6.94 £97.95
   
CLUB HULLBRIDGE ILFORD LONDON BARI
LEAGUE £2242.94 £2298.30 £2300.90
CUPS £98.00 £315.82 £123.00
TOTAL GAMES £2341.44 £2614.12 £2423.90
AVERAGE 22 24 22
OWED TO LEAGUE £2416.48 £2636.16 £2416.48
LEAGUE OWES £75.04 £22.04 £7.42
   
CLUB REDBRIDGE SAWB’WORTH TOWN SOUTHEND MANOR
LEAGUE £2276.64 £2313.57 £230.20
CUPS £217.10 £211.27 £97.10
TOTAL GAMES £2493.74 £2524.84 £2327.30
AVERAGE 23 23 22
OWED TO LEAGUE £2526.32 £2526.32 £2416.48
LEAGUE OWES £32.58 £1.48 £89.18
   
CLUB SPORTING BENGAL STANSTED TAKELEY
LEAGUE £2331.10 £2464.50 £2442.20
CUPS £0.00 £241.00 £449.20
TOTAL GAMES £2331.10 £22705.50 £2891.45
AVERAGE 21 23 25
OWED TO LEAGUE £2306.64 £2526.32 £2746.00
LEAGUE OWES £24.46 £179.18 £145.50
   
CLUB TOWER HAMLETS WADHAM LODGE WALTHAM FOREST
LEAGUE £2381.65 £2263.70 £2269.14
CUPS £102.40 £218.30 £322.00
TOTAL GAMES £2484.05 £2482.00 £2591.14
AVERAGE 23 23 24
OWED TO LEAGUE £2526.32 £2526.32 £2636.16
LEAGUE OWES £42.27 £44.32 £45.02
   
CLUB WEST ESSEX  
LEAGUE £2276.80  
CUPS £22776.80  
TOTAL GAMES £0.00  
AVERAGE 21  
OWED TO LEAGUE £2306.64  
LEAGUE OWES £29.84  

 

RESERVES DIVISION 2016/17

Average Match Fee   £ 42.06
League: £5655  |  Cups: £528  |  Total Games: £6183
Average: 147  |  Owed to League: £6182.82  |  League Owes: £175.22


 

CLUB AFC SUDBURY BARKING BARKINGSIDE
LEAGUE £539.00 £415.00 £446.00
CUPS £0.00 £40.00 £42.00
TOTAL GAMES £539.00 £455.00 £488.00
AVERAGE 11 12 12
OWED TO LEAGUE £462.66 504.72 504.72
LEAGUE OWES £76.34 £49.72 £16.72
   
CLUB BISHOP’S STORTFORD HEYBRIDGE HULLBRIDGE
LEAGUE £470.00 £504.00 £448.00
CUPS £45.00 £42.00 £79.00
TOTAL GAMES £515.00 £546.00 £527.00
AVERAGE 12 12 13
OWED TO LEAGUE £504.72 £504.72 £546.78
LEAGUE OWES £10.28 £41.28 £19.78
   
CLUB REDBRIDGE SAWB’WORTH TOWN STANSTED
LEAGUE £436.00 £482.00 £520.00
CUPS £80.00 £38.00 £42.00
TOTAL GAMES £516.00 £520.00 £562.00
AVERAGE 13 13 13
OWED TO LEAGUE £546.78 £546.78 £546.78
LEAGUE OWES £30.78 £26.78 £15.22
   
CLUB TAKELEY THURROCK WALTHAM ABBEY
LEAGUE £495.00 £460.00 £440.00
CUPS £42.00 £40.00 £38.00
TOTAL GAMES £537.00 £500.00 £478.00
AVERAGE 12 12 12
OWED TO LEAGUE £504.72 £504.72 £504.72
LEAGUE OWES £32.28 £4.72 £26.72
   

“MIND YOUR LANGUAGE” INITIATIVE


For a period of time, the Essex Senior League Management Committee (ESL) has been very concerned about the level of bad language, both on and off the field of play. Committee Members have had first-hand experience of the excessive use of bad language, by players, bench officials and spectators. The League has decided to do something about this and wants to make watching matches in all Divisions of our League a more enjoyable and pleasant experience than it is at present.

Enjoyment of watching a match is significantly affected by the constant sound of loud bad language. It can also affect those people who might be thinking about going to a match, especially young children with their parents. This reason, amongst others has been given as a major factor in affecting attendances at our level of football and therefore your club’s potential income. Also, as a League with a good reputation, we have a duty to tackle problems like this.

The aim of the initiative is to reduce significantly the level of bad language on and off the field of play. In addition by achieving this, we can educate players, bench officials and spectators that the use of bad language is not necessary, is very unpleasant and affects both the income generation of the clubs and affects attendances and reducing it makes for a better playing and watching experience.

The League wants the referees and assistant referees to lead this initiative, because improvements on the field of play can only help in improving behaviour elsewhere. However, we also want clubs to play their part by publicising the initiative, openly supporting it and working with club management teams and spectators to improve the level and frequency of bad language. As with the original Football Association initiative we are looking to you as a Club to be responsible for your club’s actions and any misbehaviour.

By bad language we mean constant use of the ‘f word’, the ‘c word’ and other words said or shouted on the field of play by players or nearby by bench officials and spectators.

Referees, working with assistant referees have powers and a duty to manage this bad language and we expect them to use those powers. As a League we expect the highest standards from our officials. If this initiative is to be a success, then the referees on the League must lead the way, and others will follow.
The League will be making a presentation about this at the AGM and we intend to provide publicity materials that we want you to use and put up in your club’s premises. We want each and every Club to commit to and support the stand the League is taking. This way, we can together make a real difference and improve our refereeing, our playing and watching experience.

ESSEX  SENIOR LEAGUE DISCRIMINATION POLICY


The Essex Senior Football League will not tolerate or condone any behaviour from its supporters, players, match officials or Club officials or anyone associated with the League any behaviour that is deemed to be of a discriminatory nature.

The policy of the Essex Senior Football League is that no one involved with the league will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, race, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion, to include verbal discrimination or gestures.

The Essex Senior Football League emphasises that discrimination is unacceptable conduct which may lead to disciplinary action under the organisation’s Disciplinary Procedures and/or ECFA (or other relevant County) Disciplinary Procedures. Reports of such will be forwarded to the relevant governing bodies for further action.

Could you all, therefore, ensure that you adhere to the above policy at all times, record and report any incidents witnessed to the senior match official (during or immediately after the match) and to further report any such occurrences via your immediate contact point (in the case of referees report to the Referee Appointments Officer, anybody else should report to the League Secretary).

 

NATIONAL GROUND GRADING – CATEGORY F

(Appropriate to NLS Step 5)


When considering any developments of the ground to comply with the requirements of this grade, clubs are recommended to bear in mind the criteria for higher gradings which might be achieved for minimal additional expense.

NB The suitability of all installations shall be at the sole discretion of the FA Ground Grading Technical Panel

1.   GROUND
The ground must give an overall appearance and impression of being a football ground suitable for the National League System.
It must be possible for spectators to view the match, either standing or seated, for the full length of at least 3 sides of the playing area but see also para 2.1.  Where any side is designated as spectator-free, measures must be in place to ensure there is no unauthorised access.
The location of the ground, in so far as its relation to the conurbation whose name the club bears, or is traditionally associated with, must meet with the approval of both The Football Association and the Board of Directors or Management Committee of the league of which it is in membership.
The club must disclose plans and details of any proposed future move to a new stadium or of any significant alteration to the existing ground to both the league of which it is in membership and The Football Association.
  1.1 Security of Tenure
The club must demonstrate security of tenure as required by The Football Association and the league of which it is a member. (Standardised rule 2.3.2)
  1.2 Ground Share
Ground sharing is permitted in accordance with the provisions of individual league rules and the Regulations for the Establishment and Operation of the National League System.
  1.3 Capacity
There is no minimum capacity at this level but a club should be mindful that the minimum requirement for Grade D is 1300.
  1.4 Boundary of Ground
The ground must be enclosed by a permanent boundary. As a general rule, the minimum height, when measured from outside the ground, must be 1.83 metres. It should be noted that at higher grades the boundary fence should be of a construction to prevent viewing from outside the ground.
Where any side of the ground is bounded by private land/property, the fixed boundary of that private land / property may be acceptable as the boundary of the ground
  1.5 Clubhouse
There must be a clubhouse facility either on or adjacent to the ground, which should be open on match days to provide refreshments to spectators.
  1.6 Car Parking
There should be adequate car parking facilities on or adjacent to the ground. Car parking within the ground may not be acceptable
  1.7 Pitch Perimeter Barrier
Subject to the provisions detailed below, there must be a permanent fixed barrier ideally 1.1 m high as measured from the spectator side, of sound construction (eg concrete and steel) and free from all sharp edges, surrounding the pitch on all sides that may be occupied by spectators. Existing barriers/rails not at 1.1m high may be acceptable, provided they meet the requirements set out in 1.7 of the Appendix.
The barrier, if other than solid wall type of construction may be infilled.  Plastic multi-purpose hi-vis fencing is not considered suitable for infill.
There must be a minimum of 1.83 metres, ideally 2 metres, between the touchline, goal line and the pitch perimeter barrier. In the case of new stadium, the minimum must be 3 metres.
Immediately in front of an area of seated accommodation the boundary of the playing area may be indicated by means other than a permanent fixed barrier, provided the Club is able to provide assurances that no spectator be allowed to stand in this area to watch the match.
Where there is a walkway in front of a standing terrace which is itself fronted by a crush barrier that has itself been subject to an annual risk assessment and, if necessary, tested, an alternative to a fixed barrier (e.g. A-frames) may be used, provided no spectators are allowed to stand in this area to watch the match. The Club must implement a safety management system to ensure this and also to protect the integrity of the playing area.
NB where A-frames are utilised instead of a fixed barrier, they must be continuous.
(See also Appendix)
  1.8 Pitch Standards
The playing surface must be grass, unless otherwise authorised by the Competition’s Board of Directors or Management Committee, and must be of the highest possible standard.  It must be level and free from surface depressions and excessive undulations.
The maximum slope allowable shall not exceed an even gradient of vertical to horizontal 1: 41 in any direction. NB When a new pitch is being developed or significant improvements made to a pitch, the gradient of 1:41 would not be acceptable and the pitch must be constructed in accordance with and with reference to the FIFA Performance Quality Standard.
The  playing surface must be maintained to a standard acceptable to the competition in which the club is playing or seeks to play.
  3G football turf
3G football turf may only be used provided conditions (i) to (v) below have been met (the “Performance Standard”):
(i) The pitch must be surfaced with 3G football turf that has laboratory type approval according to the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf (2012 & 2015 editions) – FIFA Recommended One Star/Quality level.
(ii) The 3G football turf pitch must be listed on The Association’s register of 3G football turf pitches by no later than 31 July and tested annually at the Club’s expense.
(iii) Where a 3G football turf pitch is not yet listed on The Association’s register (for example if it is newly installed pitch), a Club must obtain a Performance Test Certificate or Laboratory report and submit it to The Association by no later than 31 July.
(iv) The Association reserves the right to instruct a Club to have its pitch tested at any time in order to ensure that it meets the Performance Standard. All such tests shall be at the Club’s expense.
(v) The 3G football turf, including run-offs, shall be one continuous playing surface and shall be green in colour at least one metre from the outer edge of the touchline and goal line. All line markings shall be in accordance with the Laws of Association Football.
  1.9 Playing Area
The playing area to be a minimum of 100 metres x 64 metres and must conform to the requirements of the Laws of the Game.
Goalposts and goal net supports must be of professional manufacture and conform to the relevant safety requirements and to the requirements of the Laws of the Game.
(See also Appendix)
  1.10 Technical Area
Two covered trainers’ boxes clearly marked “Home” and “Away or Visitors” must be provided unless adequate provision is made in a seated stand.  They must be on the same side of the pitch ideally either side of the halfway line, ideally both equidistant from it and ideally a minimum of 3 metres apart and provide an unobstructed view of the playing area.
NB When new boxes are being constructed or installed, they must be on each side of the half way line, equidistant from it and a minimum of 3 metres apart.
Each box must accommodate at least 8 persons on fixed seats or benches. Where bench seating is provided, a minimum of 0.5 m must be allowed for each person (i.e. 8 persons require a minimum of 4 metres.).
Portable trainers’ boxes are permitted but must be securely fixed when in use.
A technical area must be marked out, in accordance with the guidance contained in the ‘Laws of the Game’ booklet.
  1.11 Secure Walkway
There must be a safe, unimpeded passage for players and match officials between the dressing rooms and the pitch.
The use of protection designed products such as permanent structures or retractable tunnels to separate players and spectators is recommended.
The design of the safe walkway will inevitably differ from ground to ground and it will rarely guarantee the safe passage of players and match officials unless supplemented by stewards. A club should implement procedures appropriate to the particular structure and be ready to respond to on the field situations which might affect spectator behaviour.
  1.12 Floodlighting
Floodlights must be provided to an average lux reading of at least 120.  No single reading can be less than one quarter of the highest reading so as to ensure an even spread of light. NB When installing a new system, clubs are advised to check any planning restrictions for its use.
Reading shall be on a grid of 88 markings (8 across, 11 down) evenly spaced with the outside readings falling on the pitch boundary line.  The average of all the readings is taken to be the average illumination level in lux of the floodlighting installation.
The lux values must be tested every two years in accordance with current guidelines by an approved independent contractor. Floodlights must be retested after any significant alterations. Existing certification will be accepted provided that the test was carried out within the last two years unless work has been carried out at the ground which may have affected previous readings.
It is also recommended that at the same time as testing the lights clubs also test the electrical supply within the ground to ensure that the system complies with current electrical standards and request a visual inspection of the columns for signs of corrosion, fatigue and overloading.
An example of an “approved” contractor is one which is in possession of the NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) Approved Contractors Award or ISO 9000/BS 5750 (International Standards/British Standards) or is a member of the Electrical Contractors’ Association. Alternatively, it can be a contractor deemed acceptable by the league.
The contractor must, when detailing the lux values, give confirmation in writing of the date when the illumination test equipment used was last calibrated.
When new or improved installations are being planned, an average lux reading of at least 180 must be provided.
When new or improved installations are being planned, the lighting procured must meet BS 12193 Class 2 and have an average lux reading of at least 200.
  1.13 Public Address System
A public address system must be provided which is clearly audible in all those areas of the ground which can be occupied by spectators.
  1.14 Entrances
There must be at least 1 fully operational turnstile (which must be of the revolving type) or a pay box where a charge for entry to the ground can be taken. In both cases adequate protection and security for the turnstile operator must be incorporated.
Electronic turnstiles with bar code readers are also acceptable but an emergency procedure must be in place in the event of a power failure.
Adequate protection and security must be incorporated for the turnstile operator or, where tickets are sold from a box office, the cashier.
It must be possible to gain access to the spectator viewing areas from the turnstiles via a bound surface to a minimum width of 0.9 metre.
  1.15 Exits
All exits must be clearly signed, ideally with “running man” signs, and are to be kept clear and free from obstructions. (For further information, reference should be made to the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds.)
There must be access via a bound surface to all exits from the nearest spectator viewing areas.
  1.16 Lighting
(See Appendix)
  1.17 Adjoining Pitches
Where deemed that they are likely to interfere with the playing of a match, ball games will not be played on adjoining pitches whilst a match is in progress.
  1.18 Emergency Access
Access must be provided for the emergency services and maintained free from obstruction.
2. SPECTATOR FACILITIES
  2.1 Spectator Accommodation
Covered accommodation, which should preferably be on 2 sides of the ground, must be of sound construction of timber/steel/brick/concrete or any combination of these materials.  Existing timber stands are only acceptable subject to a fire risk assessment conducted by a competent person.
The minimum covered accommodation must be 200, of which at least 100 must be seated.  These seats may be located in two stands, each with a minimum capacity of 50.  Whilst individual seats are preferred, bench seating may be permitted provided that it is in good repair and that individual spaces (min 500mm) are clearly marked.
These 100 seats must afford a good view of the pitch and be clean, functional and in good condition.
There must be a minimum of 16 seats provided for Directors/Committee and guests.  These seats must be clearly marked “Home” and “Away Directors”.
Additional seating may be provided in other areas of the ground. However, these seats are not to be classed as being “in lieu” of the number shown above.
Standing spectators are not allowed in or near a seated spectator stand where they can obstruct views.
Areas where spectators are not permitted to stand must be clearly marked with yellow hatched markings.  Alternatively, appropriate signage may be acceptable.
Hard standing to a minimum width of 0.9 metre, measured from the spectator side of the pitch perimeter barrier, must be provided on 3 sides of the ground. Existing athletics stadia may be exempt from this requirement. ). The surface must be tarmac, concrete, concrete paving or other approved materials which create a bound material.
Where a club shares its ground with a cricket club which limits the amount of permanent hard standing which can be installed, a maximum of one side or end of temporary flooring made of a polypropylene material or such like may be acceptable. Precise details of the specification must be supplied to the league and The Football Association before its installation.
Spectators must not be permitted to access any end/side without hard standing.
NB Where the facility is shared with cricket, hard standing on a minimum of two and a half sides may be acceptable.
  2.2 Press Seating
There is no requirement for dedicated press seating.
  2.3 Terracing
Where terracing is provided, it must comply with the requirements of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds. All terracing must be in a sound condition. Terracing that is crumbling, has grass/weeds growing through it or has broken or loose concrete will not be accepted.
Any level surface within the ground should ideally be hard standing, such as tarmac, concrete, concrete paving or other approved materials which create a bound surface. However, flat and well maintained grassed areas may be accepted.
The use of tree bark instead of grass may be acceptable, subject to prior permission being obtained from the league and The Football Association.
  2.4        Toilets
Toilets must be located within the ground and must be accessible both to male and to female spectators.   NB Where it is necessary to exit the ground to gain access to toilets located in an adjacent clubhouse, these may be deemed acceptable, provided no great distance is involved.
The following minimum toilet facilities must be provided:
Male:  2 urinals or equivalent and 1 WC
Female:  2 WC’s
In addition, wash hand basins, with running water, warm air hand driers and/or paper towels, together with a supply of toilet paper, must be provided in each toilet area. Whilst replaceable linen roller towels in a cabinet are acceptable, individual hand towels are not permitted.
The provision of toilet facilities within a clubhouse will be acceptable if these are accessible and available at all times on match days.
All toilet areas must be in working order, with a roof and operational lighting, supplied with toilet paper and maintained to a high level of cleanliness.
These facilities may be of a temporary or mobile kind but must be connected to the mains supply (ie water and power) and main drainage or an acceptable alternative drainage system.
They must be fully accessible with permanent access
Individual toilet units often known as ‘portaloos’ are permissible on a temporary basis but may not be included in the minimum toilet requirements.
The location of all toilet facilities must be indicated with appropriate signage
  2.5 Refreshment Facilities
2.5.1 Directors/Committee/Guests
A separate room or reserved area must be made available in which refreshments for
Directors/Committee and guests can be served.
2.5.2 Ground Refreshment Facilities
Refreshment facilities must be provided at the ground or in an adjacent clubhouse (See 2.4 Toilets).  These facilities may be of a temporary or mobile type.
  2.6 Disabled Facilities
(See Appendix)
  2.7        Segregation
When segregation is in operation, there must be adequate toilet facilities and refreshment facilities in each segregated area in addition to the appropriate means of egress and exit.
3.   DRESSING ROOM FACILITIES
  3.1 Players
Separate dressing rooms must be provided for both teams within the enclosed area of the ground.  The dressing rooms must be of sound construction and be of a permanent nature. Existing dressing room dimensions will be acceptable provided they are a minimum of 12 square metres, excluding shower and toilet areas. Where clubs are planning to build new dressing rooms these must be a minimum size of 18 square metres, excluding shower and toilet areas. NB: Clubs need to be aware of the increase at grade D to a minimum size of 18 square metres, excluding shower and toilet areas, as from 31st March 2019.
Each dressing room must have the following:
A shower area comprising of at least 4 showerheads
At least 1 wash hand basin located outside the shower are
(All the above must have hot and cold running water)
At least 1 WC in a cubicle
There must be a treatment table which is clean and in good condition in each dressing room.
  3.2 Match Officials
The size of the match official’s dressing room must be a minimum of 4 square metres, excluding shower and toilet areas.  When new dressing rooms are being constructed the match officials’ room should be a minimum of 6 square metres in size, excluding shower and toilet areas.
NB Clubs need to be aware of the increase at grade D to a minimum size of 6 square metres, excluding shower and toilet areas, as from 31st March 2019.
Each match officials’ dressing room must have the following:
At least 1 shower
At least 1 WC in a cubicle and 1 wash hand basin
Provision should be made for separate dressing rooms for both male and female match officials.
Where new dressing rooms are being constructed or existing are being re-designed, separate purpose built facilities for both male and female match officials must be provided.
There must be an audible electronic warning device (bell or buzzer) in working order located in the match officials’ dressing room, and which is linked to the players’ dressing rooms.
All dressing room areas must be maintained to a high standard of cleanliness and be heated, well ventilated, free from damp and secure on match days.
4. MEDICAL
A stretcher must be provided for the removal of injured players from the pitch.
NB For Grade D a dedicated medical room for the use of players and spectators is required.
(See also Appendix)
    APPENDIX
1.   GROUND
  1.7 Pitch Perimeter Barrier
It is important to distinguish between a pitch perimeter barrier/rail which exists to separate spectators from the playing area and a crush barrier which has been constructed and tested according to the requirements of the Green Guide. Where the structure cannot be designated as a crush barrier, e.g. its height exceeds 1.1m, the maximum depth of standing behind it is limited to 1.5m and this must be borne in mind in any capacity calculations.
It is recognised that the above may not be an issue for normal attendances but, when a larger crowd is anticipated, the Club should be mindful of the associated management issues and, if necessary, take professional advice.
Whatever system is employed, a club should be mindful of its responsibility to ensure spectator safety and minimise the possibility of unauthorised incursions on to the playing area.
  1.9 Playing Area
Reference should be made to the Goalpost Safety information published by The Football Association and, in particular, it should be noted that the use of metal cup hooks is prohibited.
  1.16 Lighting
Whilst their installation is strongly recommended, neither working nor emergency lighting is any longer a grading requirement. Clubs are reminded that they have a responsibility to ensure the safety of spectators entering, leaving and moving about the ground and, if a ground is used in non-daylight hours, adequate artificial lighting should be provided. Further, consideration must be given by a club to its procedures in the event of a power failure.
2.   SPECTATOR FACILITIES
  2.5 Disabled Facilities
A club must take full account of the needs of disabled spectators and be mindful of its obligations under the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Reference made should be made to the publications/data sheets issued by both The Football Association and the Football Foundation.
No specific requirement is currently included in the ground grading criteria but The Football Association strongly recommends that access is provided to both a covered viewing area and toilet and refreshment facilities.
4.   MEDICAL
All clubs must provide first aid equipment, including a stretcher, for the use of players and spectators. Its location in the ground, if other than in a dedicated treatment room, should be clearly marked by notices placed in the dressing rooms for teams and match officials.
There must be a nominated and suitably qualified person in attendance to assist with spectator problems unless the St John Ambulance Brigade, Red Cross Society or other capable agency are in attendance. The requirements of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds are for one first aider per 1000 anticipated spectators, with a minimum of two.
If a crowd of less than 2000 is anticipated, known and practiced arrangements should be in place to summon either a doctor or NHS ambulance alternative. For crowds of over 2000, an experienced crowd doctor should be in attendance.

 

NB The above in no way purports to be a comprehensive list of Health and Safety issues which it is the responsibility of a club to address. Clubs are recommended to arrange regular safety audits conducted by persons with the appropriate expertise.

 

PITCH TECHNICAL AREA


1 The Technical Area shall be considered as extending 1 metre on either side of the dugouts and shall extend forward up to a distance of 1 metre away from the touchline.
2 The Technical Area shall be marked to define this area with a white line or distinctive mark.
3 In all Competition Matches, the number of Clubs’ Players and Officials seated on the team benches, in the designated technical area, must not exceed 11 unless the team bench facility provides more than 11 individual seats.
4 Only one person at a time has the authority to convey tactical instructions to the Players during the match from within the Technical Area.
5 All team officials and substitutes seated on the bench shall be listed on the official Team Sheet when it is submitted to the Match Officials.  Only those persons listed on the official Team Sheet shall be permitted in the Technical Area.
6 The occupants of the Technical Area must behave in a responsible manner at all times. Misconduct by occupants of this area will be reported by the Referee to the relevant County FA, who shall have the power to impose sanctions as deemed fit.
7 With the exception of the team manager, the team coach and any substitutes who are warming up or warming down, all other personnel are to remain seated on the trainer’s bench. The team manager or team coach is allowed to move to the edge of the technical area to issue instructions to his team.
8 If more than eleven persons, including substitutes, are observed by any Match Official to be within the Technical Area the Referee shall have the power to stop the game and order the removal of all surplus persons.

 

PREMIER DIVISION

ESSEX SENIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE RECORDS


League Champions

5 Basildon United
3 Billericay Town, Bowers United (1), Bowers & Pitsea (2), Heybridge Swifts, Concord Rangers, Witham Town.
2 Canvey Island, Brightlingsea United, Ford United, Saffron Walden Town, Enfield Town, Brentwood Town,
Romford, Great Wakering Rovers.
1 Maldon Town, Purfleet,  Southend Manor,  Leyton, AFC Hornchurch,  Stansted, Enfield 1893,
Burnham Ramblers, Haringey Borough, Barking.

Successive Championships

4 Basildon United 1976-77 to 1979-80
3 Heybridge Swifts 1981-82 to 1983-84
2 Billericay 1974-75 & 1975-76
2 Brightlingsea United 1988-89 & 1989-90

The “Treble”

League Champions, League Cup Winners and League Challenge Cup Winners

1972-73 Billericay Town

League Champions, League Challenge Cup Winner and
Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Winners

2005-06 AFC Hornchurch
2006-07 Brentwood Town
2011-12 Witham Town

The “Double”

League Champions and League Challenge Cup Winners

1977-78 Basildon United
1982-83 Heybridge Swifts
1987-88 Purfleet
1992-93 Canvey Island
1993-94 Basildon United
1995-96 Romford
1998-99 Bowers United
1999-00 Saffron Walden Town
2013-14 Great Wakering Rovers

League Champions and Harry Fisher Memorial Trophy Winners

1989-90 Brightlingsea United
1990-91 Southend Manor

League Champions and Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Winners

2001-02 Leyton
2002-03 Enfield Town
2007-08 Concord Rangers
2012-13 Burnham Ramblers

League Challenge Cup Winners and Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Winners

2004-05 Waltham Abbey
2009-10 Bethnal Green United
2016-17 Takeley

Best Home Wins

14-1 Bowers & Pitsea v. Stansted 2006-07
13-0 Concord Rangers v. Beaumont Athletic 2007-08

Best Away Win

1-15 Coggeshall Town v. Stansted 1983-84

Highest Scoring Draw

5-5 Brentwood v. Sawbridgeworth Town 1991-92
5-5 Brentwood v. Enfield Town 2003-04

Best Home Record

Basildon United 1979-80 15-0-0-36-1

Best Away Records

Witham Town 2011-12 13-4-0-51-9
Heybridge Swifts 1983-84 13-3-0-33-11
Barkingside 2007-08 14-0-2-52-14
Burnham Ramblers 2012-13 16-0-2-41-19

Worst Home Records

Stansted 2006-07 0-2-13-8-48
East Ham United 1995-96 0-2-12-10-51
Coggeshall Town 1984-85 1-0-14-5-56

Worst Away Records

Maldon Town 1987-88 0-0-16-13-64
Saffron Walden Town 1997-98 0-0-13-8-51
Stansted 1971-72 0-0-8-4-28

Most Clean Sheets

22 Basildon United 1979-80

Highest Number of Points

3 points a win

103 Haringey Borough 2014-15

2 points a win

57 Basildon United 1978-79
57 Heybridge Swifts 1983-84

Least Number of Points

3 East Ham United 1995-96

Best Scoring Record

129 Haringey Borough 2014-15
125 Barking 2016-17
125 FC Romania 2016-17
124 Bowers & Pitsea 2015-16

Best Goal Difference

+99 Haringey Borough 2014-15
+99 Bowers & Pitsea 2014-15

Fewest Goals Scored

8 Coggeshall Town 1984-85

Best Defensive Record

8 Basildon United 1979-80

Worst Defensive Record

132 Beaumont Athletic 2006-07
130 Burnham Ramblers 2016-17

Most Wins in a Season

34 Haringey Borough 2014-15

Fewest Wins in a Season

0 East Ham United 1995-96

Fewest Defeats in a Season

0 Billericay Town 1972-73

Most Defeats in a Season

31 Burnham Ramblers 2016-17
30 Tower Hamlets 2016-17
30 Haringey & Waltham 2016-17
29 Maldon Town 1987-88
29 London Bari 2013-14

Most Draws in a Season

14 Maldon Town 1978-79
14 Brightlingsea United 1983-84
14 Brightlingsea United 1986-87

Fewest Draws in a Season

0 Saffron Walden Town 1971-72
0 Stansted 1971-72
0 Coggeshall Town 1984-85
0 Brentwood 1985-86

 

1971-2017

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE ALL TIME SUCCESS


SEASONS CLUB PL W D L F A SUCCESS
 1 AFC Hornchurch 30 25 3 2 71 21 88.33
  2 Haringey Borough 76 63 5 8 232 61 86.18
  6 Billericay Town 182 138 22 22 44 131 81.87
  4 Enfield Town 120 83 24 13 28 112 79.17
  2 Purfleet 64 41 11 12 159 64 72.66
  4 FC Romania 158 96 26 36 409 227 68.99
  9 Great Wakering Rovers 272 160 45 57 656 306 67.10
12 Romford 358 200 75 83 752 454 66.34
  1 Tilbury 30 16 7 7 63 37 65.00
19 Witham Town 596 323 121 152 1152 642 64.35
  1 Colchester United ‘A’ 28 14 8 6 56 39 64.29
  7 Wivenhoe Town 220 113 53 54 415 267 63.41
  4 Waltham Abbey 120 65 20 35 220 135 62.50
17 Concord Rangers 500 265 84 151 1015 662 61.40
  2 Pegasus Athletic 32 15 9 8 70 53 60.94
12 Barking 386 201 68 117 784 514 60.88
19 Canvey Island 589 284 142 163 1003 706 60.27
  3 Leyton 88 45 15 28 170 21 59.66
10 Enfield 1893 356 176 55 125 705 574 57.16
14 Barkingside  420 197 86 137 773 619 57.14
  9 Takeley 324 153 60 111 595 531 56.48
12 Ilford 388 183 68 137 745 591 55.93
35 Basildon United 1098 509 203 386 2028 1634 55.60
  9 Tiptree United 278 128 52 98 377 438 55.40
33 Brentwood Town 992 445 201 346 1736 1461 54.99
13 Heybridge Swifts 402 185 72 145  650 556 54.98
42 Bowers & Pitsea 1306 577 281 448 2238 1899 54.94
30 Burnham Ramblers 934 417 182 335 1778 1476 54.39
23 Ford United 702 296 154 252 1112 941 53.13
13 East Thurrock United 406 159 108 139 612 544 52.46
  4 Stambridge 122 49 29 44 221 180 52.05
10 Saffron Walden Town 294 129 48 117 510 473 52.04
29 Southend Manor 914 382 187 345 1563 1436 52.02
  3 Waltham Forest 120 51 21 58 212 244 51.25
  2 Wadham Lodge 82 32 20 30 141 131 51.22
41 Sawbridgeworth Town 1291 518 258 515 2169 2143 50.12
  1 West Essex 42 17 7 18 77 79 48.81
  8 Halstead Town 254 96 51 107 433 428 47.84
  6 Tower Hamlets 296 109 59 126 453 518 46.79
  1 Redbridge 42 16 7 19 93 87 46.43
18 Brightlingsea United 558 183 133 242 789 950 44.71
13 Chelmsford City 410 136 91 183 585 659 44.27
46 Stansted 1441 462 278 701 2092 2795 41.70
14 Woodford Town 432 135 82 215 1097 896 40.77
11 Clapton 386 118 78 190 559 784 40.67
  5 London Bari 194 55 46 93 276 377 40.21
24 Maldon Town 736 214 151 371 97 1353 39.33
6 Sporting Bengal United 228 63 52 113 364 28 39.03
42 Eton Manor  1319 379 268 672 1890 2688 38.89
27 Hullbridge Sports 852 234 180 438 1161 658 38.03
23 East Ham United 694 166 139 389  866 1614 33.93
  9 Greenhouse London 314 77 57 180 442  710 33,60
13 Newham 432 96  84 252 500 972 32.62
16 Coggeshall Town  496 113 95 288 595 1163 32.36
  3 Southend United “A” 87 21 14 52 99 179 32.18
  2 Beaumont Athletic 62 10 6 46 77 245 20.97
  1 Haringey & Waltham 42 4 8 30 38 124 9.04
  1 Bury Football Academy 5  0  0  5 2 18 00.00

PAST HONOURS


  Senior Division Champions Runners Up Reserve Section Champions Runners Up
1971/72 Witham Town Billericay Town
1972/73 Billericay Town Basildon United Basildon United Billericay Town
1973/74 Saffron Walden Town Billericay Town Braintree & Critall Athletic Basildon United
1974/75 Billericay Town Basildon United Billericay Town Clacton Town
1975/76 Billericay Town Tiptree United Woodford Town Billericay Town
1976/77 Basildon United Brentwood Eton Manor Brentwood
1977/78 Basildon United Tiptree United Basildon United Heybridge Swifts
1978/79 Basildon United Canvey Island Brentwood Witham Town
1979/80 Basildon United Wivenhoe Town Heybridge Swifts Basildon United
1980/81 Bowers United Heybridge Swifts Witham Town Wivenhoe Town
1981/82 Heybridge Swifts Wivenhoe Town Witham Town Heybridge Swifts
1982/83 Heybridge Swifts Stansted East Ham United Heybridge Swifts
1983/84 Heybridge Swifts Bowers United Heybridge Swifts Bowers United
1984/85 Maldon Town Witham Town Loughton Athletic Wivenhoe Town

  Senior Division Champions Runners Up Division One Champions Runners Up
1985/86 Witham Town Wivenhoe Town Woodford Town Southend Manor
1986/87 Canvey Island Witham Town Southend Manor & Wivenhoe Town (joint)
1987/88 Purfleet Brentwood Southend Manor Stambridge
1988/89 Brightlingsea United East Thurrock Utd Southend Manor East Thurrock United
1989/90 Brightlingsea United Woodford Town Woodford Town Sawbridgeworth Town
1990/91 Southend Manor Brentwood Southend Manor Burnham Ramblers

 

  Senior Division Champions Runners Up Reserve Division Champions Runners Up
1991/92 Ford United Brentwood Sawbridgeworth Town Woodford Town
1992/93 Canvey Island Sawbridgeworth T Sawbridgeworth Town Bowers United
1993/94 Basildon United Ford United Great Wakering Rovers Sawbridgeworth Town

 

  Premier Division Champions Runners Up Reserve Section Champions Runners Up
1994/95 Great Wakering Rovers Sawbridgeworth T Basildon United Sawbridgeworth Town
1995/96 Romford Great Wakering R Canvey Island Brentwood
1996/97 Ford United Great Wakering R
1997/98 Concord Rangers Basildon United
1998/99 Bowers United Great Wakering R
1999/00 Saffron Walden Town Southend Manor
2000/01 Brentwood Saffron Walden T
2001/02 Leyton Enfield Town
2002/03 Enfield Town Concord Rangers
2003/04 Concord Rangers Ilford
2004/05 Enfield Town Burnham Ramblers Burnham Ramblers Basildon United
2005/06 AFC Hornchurch Waltham Abbey
2006/07 Brentwood Town Romford
2007/08 Concord Rangers Enfield
2008/09 Romford Enfield
2009/10 Stansted Witham Town
2010/11 Enfield Stansted
2011/12 Witham Town Southend Manor Barking Tilbury
2012/13 Burnham Ramblers Barkingside Enfield Town Canvey Island
2013/14 Great Wakering Rovers Haringey Borough Canvey Island Barking
2014/15 Haringey Borough Bowers & Pitsea Canvey Island Thurrock
2015/16 Bowers & Pitsea Basildon United Waltham Abbey Redbridge
2016/17 Barking Clapton Thurrock Heybridge Swifts

League Cup Finals

1972 Billericay Town (winners) Witham Town (runners up) Played in a League format
1973 Billericay Town 1 Stansted 0 @ Tiptree United (Ref: B Silvey)
1974 Billericay Town (winners) Witham Town (runners up) Played in a League format

 


League Challenge Cup Finals

1973 Billericay Town 2 Saffron Walden Town 1 @ Maldon Town (D Vickers)
1975 Colchester United 3 Billericay Town 1 @ Tiptree United (TH Lee)
1976 Brentwood 3 Basildon United 0 @ Bowers United (PL Foakes)
1977 Billericay Town 1 Bowers United 0 @ Basildon United (JH Moules)
1978 Basildon United 3 Bowers United 0 @ Basildon United (R Brooks)
1979 Brentwood 2 Brightlingsea United 0 @ Witham Town
1980 Canvey Island 1 Basildon United 1 @ Bowers United
Replay Canvey Island 0 Basildon United 0 @ Bowers United
2nd Replay Canvey Island 2 Basildon United 0 @ Brentwood (CT Kelly)
1981 Witham Town 4 Sawbridgeworth Town 2 @ Chelmsford City (DE Voller)
1982 Bowers United 2 Halstead Town 0 @ Witham Town (M Pearson)
1983 Heybridge Swifts 4 Bowers United 1 @ Chelmsford City (KA Miller)
1984 Stansted 1 Brentwood 0 @ Chelmsford City (DJ Mullen)
1985 Chelmsford City Reserves 2 Maldon Town 0 @ Chelmsford City (PL Foakes)
1986 Ford United 1 Coggeshall Town 0 @ Halstead Town (JE Clarke)
1987 Purfleet 2 Burnham Ramblers 0 @ Chelmsford City (AJ Montgomery)
1988 Purfleet 2 Canvey Island 1 @ Chelmsford City (M Shearman)
1989 East Thurrock United 3 Ford United 2 @ Chelmsford City (B Stubbings)
1990 Southend Manor 2 Burnham Ramblers 0 @ Chelmsford City (RK Garratty)
1991 Brentwood 2 Southend Manor 0 @ Basildon United (MA Ewen)
1992 East Thurrock United 2 Basildon United 0 @ Bowers United (R Crane)
1993 Canvey Island 3 Sawbridgeworth Town 1 @ Ford United (G Ives)
1994 Basildon United 3 Sawbridgeworth Town 0 @ Burnham Ramblers (J Wiffen)
1995 Sawbridgeworth Town 2 Stansted 0 @ Sawbridgeworth Town (M Postles)
1996 Romford 2 Southend Manor 0 @Burnham Ramblers (P Ruggerio)
1997 Concord Rangers 1 Ford United 0 @ Southend Manor (P Dunston)
1998 Basildon United 1 Burnham Ramblers 0 @ Great Wakering Rovers (N Kinseley)
1999 Bowers United 2 Great Wakering Rovers 0 @ Concord Rangers (S Leese)
2000 Saffron Walden Town 2 Southend Manor 1 @ Leyton (C Overall)
2001 Southend Manor 2 Sawbridgeworth Town 1 @ Burnham Ramblers (P Clarke)
2002 Enfield Town 1 Leyton 1 aet (4-2 pens) @ Basildon United (M Johnson)
2003 Ilford 1 Sawbridgeworth Town 0 @ Barkingside (A Biddulph)
2004 Enfield Town 3 Sawbridgeworth Town 2 @ Ilford (K Pratt)
2005 Waltham Abbey 4 Enfield Town 1 @ Barkingside (R Whitton)
2006 AFC Hornchurch 2 Brentwood Town 0 @ Grays Athletic (W Norcott)
2007 Brentwood Town 1 Romford 1 aet (5-4 pens) @ Barkingside (M Smith)
2008 Eton Manor 3 Concord Rangers 2 @ Bowers & Pitsea (T Goddard)
2009 Barkingside 2 Burnham Ramblers 0 @ Southend Manor (S Franklin)
2010 Bethnal Green United 4 Burnham Ramblers 1 @ Bowers & Pitsea (T Brooks)
2011 Stansted 3 Enfield 0 @ Barkingside (M Smith)
2012 Witham Town 2 Burnham Ramblers 1 @ Enfield 1893 (N Bond)
2013 Barkingside 9 Bowers & Pitsea 1 @ Grays Athletic (R Bloy)
2014 Great Wakering Rovers 1 Sporting Bengal United 0 @ Haringey Borough (S Parmenter)
2015 Bowers & Pitsea 7 Clapton 1 @ Great Wakering Rovers (D Skipper)
2016 Basildon United 3 FC Romania @ Ilford FC ( Dave Harrison)
2017 Sawbridgeworth Town 0 Takeley 1 AET (Tom Fell)

Harry Fisher Memorial Trophy Finals

1983 Stansted 2 Halstead Town 1 (Ref: D Mullen)
1984 Wivenhoe Town 4 East Thurrock United 3 (A Romain)
1985 Stansted 5 Sawbridgeworth Town 1 (N Gulliver)
1986 Wivenhoe Town 2 Witham Town 1 (R Garratty)
1987 Witham Town 2 Sawbridgeworth Town 0 (A Romain)
1988 Sawbridgeworth Town 1 Woodford Town 0
1989 Chelmsford City 1 Brightlingsea United 0 (M Ewen)
1990 Brightlingsea United 3 Bowers United 1 (D Chinnery)
1991 Southend Manor 2 East Thurrock United 0 (G Barrett)
1992 Bowers United 1 Southend Manor 0 aet (D Keys)
1993 Southend Manor 5 Stansted 1 (R Garratty)
1994 Canvey Island 4 Stansted 1 (M Postles)
1995 Ford United 1 East Ham United 0 (S Connor)
1996 Brentwood 1 Ford United 1 aet (4-2 pens) (P Durston)
1997 Burnham Ramblers 2 Stansted 1 (C Hay)
1998 East Ham United 0 Burnham Ramblers 0 aet (4-3 pens) (P Gorrie)
1999 Saffron Walden Town 2 Bowers United 1 (C Overall)
2000 Concord Rangers 3 Burnham Ramblers 2 aet (M LaForce)
2001 Barkingside 2 Leyton 1 (M Bull)

Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Finals (all played at Burnham Ramblers FC)

2002 Leyton 3 Burnham Ramblers 0 (K Pratt)
2003 Enfield Town 1 Saffron Walden Town 0 (K Ashley)
2004 Romford 3 Ilford 0 (R Whitton)
2005 Waltham Abbey 0 Burnham Ramblers 0 aet (5-3 pens) (L Dorling)
2006 AFC Hornchurch 1 Barkingside 0 (L Dorling)
2007 Brentwood Town 4 Barkingside 0 (L Wood)
2008 Concord Rangers 3 Eton Manor 2 (S Leaf)
2009 Burnham Ramblers 2 Enfield 1893 1 (S Connor)
2010 Bethnal Green United 2 Takeley 0 (C Pullen)
2011 Burnham Ramblers 4 Eton Manor 2 aet (P Shanahan)
2012 Witham Town 3 Southend Manor 0 (G Maskell)
2013 Burnham Ramblers 8 Enfield 1893 2 (J Whittaker Jnr)
2014 Hullbridge Sports 1 Haringey Borough 0 (K May)
2015 Barking 4 Clapton 2 (P Wilson)
2016 Clapton 4  Stansted 0 ( Edward Smith)
2017 Takeley 3 Eton Manor AET (Karl Sear)

Challenge Match

1971/72 Billericay Town 2 Witham Town 1 @ Maldon Town (Ref: D Axcell)

Charity Cup Finals

1999/00 Bowers United 3 Saffron Walden Town 1 @ Saffron Walden Town (Ref: P Durston)
2000/01 Concord Rangers 1 Saffron Walden Town 0 @ Concord Rangers (P Gorrie)
2001/02 Southend Manor 4 Brentwood 4 aet (5-4 pens) @ Brentwood (S Chittock)

 


Reserve League Cup

  Winners Runners Up
1973 Basildon United Billericay Town
1974 Basildon United Billericay Town

Reserve Challenge Cup

  Winners Runners Up
1975 Billericay Town Bowers United
1976 Woodford Town Brightlingsea United
1977 Eton Manor Witham Town
1978 Heybridge Swifts Brentwood
1979 Brentwood Tiptree United
1980 Basildon United Wivenhoe Town
1981 Witham Town Bowers United
1982 Maldon Town East Ham United
1983 Witham Town Halstead Town
1984 Heybridge Switfts Brentwood
1985 Bowers United Wivenhoe Town
1992 Eton Manor Brentwood
1993 Basildon United Burnham Ramblers
1994 Sawbridgeworth Town Canvey Island
1995 Maldon Town Brentwood
1996 Canvey Island Southend Manor

Division One Challenge Cup

  Winners Runners Up
1986 Woodford Town Southend Manor
1987 East Ham United Brentwood
1988 Southend Manor Stambridge
1989 East Thurrock United Halstead Town
1990 Burnham Ramblers Brightlingsea United
1991 Bowers United Brightlingsea United

Reserve Shield

  Winners Runners Up
1978 Witham Town Canvey Island
1980 Bowers United Heybridge Swifts
1987 Stambridge Bowers United
1991 Eton Manor Burnham Ramblers
1992 Canvey Island Hullbridge Sports
1993 Stansted Sawbridgeworth Town
1994 Maldon Town Brentwood
1995 Basildon United Burnham Ramblers
1996 Sawbridgeworth Town Brentwood
2005 Hullbridge Sports Stansted
2012 Tilbury Grays Athletic
2013 Thurrock Canvey Island
2014 East Thurrock United Southend Manor
2015 Tower Hamlets Thurrock
2016 Waltham Abbey Hullbridge Sports
2017 Sawbridgeworth Town Stansted

Sportsmanship Shield

1975-76 Eton Manor 1996-97 Burnham Ramblers
1976-77 Billericay Town 1997-98 East Ham United
1977-78 Ford United 1998-99 Saffron Walden Town
1978-79 Stansted 1999-00 Saffron Walden Town
1979-80 Ford United 2000-01 Brentwood
1980-81 Ford United 2001-02 Brentwood
1981-82 East Thurrock United 2002-03 Brentwood
1982-83 Halstead Town 2003-04 Stansted
1983-84 Canvey Island 2004-05 Brentwood Town
1984-85 Coggeshall Town 2005-06 Stansted
1985-86 Coggeshall Town 2006-07 Hullbridge Sports
1986-87 East Thurrock United 2007-08 Hullbridge Sports
1987-88 Maldon Town 2008-09 Southend Manor
1988-89 Maldon Town 2009-10 Clapton
1989-90 East Thurrock United 2010-11 Southend Manor
1990-91 Brightlingsea United 2011-12 Enfield 1893
1991-92 Hullbridge Sports 2012-13 Southend Manor
1992-93 Hullbridge Sports 2013-14 FC Romania
1993-94 Hullbridge Sports 2014-15 Sporting Bengal United
1994-95 Maldon Town 2015-16 Newham
1995-96 Great Wakering Rovers 2016-17 Stansted

Secretary of the Year

1990-91 Malcolm Harris (East Thurrock United) 2001-02 Clive Thomas (Basildon United)
1991-92 Colin Harris (Brentwood) 2002-03 Bill Robertson (Ilford)
1992-93 Frances Roche (Canvey Island) 2003-04 John Taylor (Barkingside)
1993-94 Rueben Gane (East Ham United) 2004-05 Shaun Pugh (Burnham Ramblers)
1994-95 Trevor Thomas (Basildon United) 2005-06 Shaun Pugh (Burnham Ramblers)
1995-96 Roger Sampson (Great Wakering Rovers) 2006-07 Lee Stevens (Bowerrs & Pitsea)
1996-97 David Kittle (Southend Manor) 2007-08 Terry Shoebridge (Stansted)
1997-98 Ernie Brown (Bowers United) 2008-09 John Faherty (Barking)
1998-99 Stephen Bond (Bowers United) 2009-10 Richard Mann (Basildon United)
1999-00 Tony Hampford (Leyton) 2010-11 Jimmy Flanagan (Barkingside)
2000-01 Beryl Petre (Hullbridge Sports)

Administrator of the Year

2011-12 Jimmy Flanagan (Barkingside) 2014-15 Lee Stevens (Bowers & Pitsea)
2012-13 Jimmy Flanagan (Barkingside) 2015-16 Sharon Fitch (Wadham Lodge)
2013-14 John Bacon (Haringey Borough) 2016-17 Dan Reading (West Essex)

Don Douglas Memorial Trophy (Overall leading goalscorer)

1992-93 Nicky Kemp (Sawbridgeworth Town) 2005-06 Steve Portway (Burnham Ramblers)
1993-94 Scott Ardley (Stansted) 2006-07 Danny Heale (Concord Rangers)
1994-95 Wayne Purser (Basildon United) 2007-08 Danny Heale (Concord Rangers)
1995-96 Steve Harding (Burnham Ramblers) 2008-09 Danny Demetriou (Stansted)
1996-97 Jeff Wood (Ford United) 2009-10 Anton Stephenson (Bethnal Green United)
1997-98 David Hope (Bowers United) 2010-11 Dwight Gayle (Stansted)
1998-99 David Hope (Bowers United) 2011-12 Billy Hunt (Witham Town)
1999-00 Ben Barnett (Southend Manor) 2012-13 Brad Hunter (Burnham Ramblers)
2000-01 Chris Stevens (Ilford) & Greig Taylor (Takeley) – joint winners
2001-02 Daniel Clarke (Enfield Town) 2013-14 John Bricknell (Enfield 1893)
2002-03 Simon Deakin (Bowers United) 2014-15 Lewis Manor (Bowers & Pitsea)
2003-04 Danny Heale (Concord Rangers) 2015-16 Bradley Warner (Basildon United)
2004-05 Billy Holland (Waltham Abbey) 2016-17 Charlie Cole (Takeley)

Representative Awards (three matches)

D Clarke (Basildon United), F Clayden (Billericay Town), A Coughlan (Billericay Town), K Gildea (Brentwood),

R Haynes (Basildon United), R Pratt (Brentwood), M Packer (Wivenhoe Town), D Stittle (Brentwood),

J Newman – Team Manager


Leading Goalscorers

1971-72 Not known 1994-95 Paul Flack (Great Wakering Rovers)
1972-73 Not known 1995-96 Neil Harris (Maldon Town)
1973-74 Not known 1996-97 Jeff Wood (Ford United)
1974-75 Not known 1997-98 David Hope (Bowers United)
1975-76 Not known 1998-99 David Hope (Bowers United)
1976-77 Not known 1999-00 Ben Barnett (Southend Manor)
1977-78 Tony Selwyn (Basildon United) 2000-01 Chris Stevens (Ilford)
1978-79 Not known 2001-02 Daniel Clarke (Enfield Town)
1979-80 Tony Selwyn (Basildon United) 2002-03 Simon Deakin (Bowers United)
1980-81 Paul Harrison (Wivenhoe Town) 2003-04 Danny Heale (Concord Rangers)
1981-82 Paul Harrison (Wivenhoe Town) 2004-05 Billy Holland (Waltham Abbey)
1982-83 Chris Guy (Halstead Town) 2005-06 Steve Portway (Burnham Ramblers)
1983-84 Dean Coney (Eton Manor) 2006-07 Danny Heale (Concord Rangers)
1984-85 Don Cutmore (Halstead Town) 2007-08 Danny Heale (Concord Rangers)
& Mark Farthing (Wivenhoe Town) 2008-09 Danny Demetriou (Stansted)
1985-86 Colin Mitchell (Witham Town) 2009-10 Anton Stephenson (Bethnal Green United)
1986-87 Terry Bellamy (Purfleet) 2010-11 Dwight Gayle (Stansted)
1987-88 Len Cook (Brentwood) 2011-12 Billy Hunt (Witham Town)
1988-89 Chor Cheung (Canvey Island) 2012-13 Brad Hunter (Burnham Ramblers)
1989-90 Tony Liddle (Sawbridgeworth Town) & Greig Taylor (Takeley)
1990-91 Jonathan Evans (Brentwood) 2013-14 John Bricknell (Enfield 1893)
1991-92 Tony Liddle (Sawbridgeworth Town) 2014-15 Lewis Manor (Bowers & Pitsea)
1992-93 Steve Harding (Burnham Ramblers) 2015-16 Bradley Warner (Basildon United)
1993-94 Paul Flack (Great Wakering Rovers) 2016-17 Charlie Cole (Takeley)

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE PAST AND PRESENT OFFICERS


PRESIDENT

1971-79 BR Baker Esq, JP, FA
1979-85 A Strathearn Esq
1985-96 DF Pond Esq, FCA
1996-03 AE Dimond Esq
2011-16 RA & M Errington (Joint)
2016- RA Errington

CHAIRMAN

1971-73 LA Liddle
1973-80 AE Dimond
1980-90 FS Wiseman
1990-93 AJ Montgomery
1993- RA Errington

VICE CHAIRMAN

1997-99 DC Hefford
1971-73 AJ Barnes
1973-80 FA Wood
1980-83 G Phillips
1983-90 D Walker
1990-93 RA Errington
1993-97 VA Sitch
1997-15 DE Prentice
2015- L Dorling

HONORARY FIXTURES SECRETARY

1971-72 DM Grounds
1972-74 R Pearson
1974-76 FS Wiseman
1976-77 RH Brooks
1977-81 FS Wiseman
1981-84 T Lee
1984-89 D Hamilton
1989-92 MA Ewen
1992-95 DJ Wingrove
1995-96 DR Grant
1997-98 Mrs A Rogers
1998-14 LD Llewellyn
2014- Mrs M Dorling

HONORARY REGISTRATIONS SECRETARY

1972-74 FS Wiseman
1974-76 LH Hutchison
1976-81 KD Wilkins
1981-95 VA Sitch
1995-13 DE Prentice
2013-16 P Butcher

HONORARY ASSISTANT REGISTRATIONS SECRETARY

2013-15 DE Prentice

ADMINISTRATION & FINES OFFICER

2010-  DJ Wingrove

HONORARY PUBLICITY SECRETARY

1971-72 WC Watson
1972-76 JP Hopkins
1976-77 D Brinkley
1977-84 D Hamilton
1984-14 RA Errington
2014-16 DJ Bird
2017- Scott Lanza

HONORARY SECRETARY

1971-72 LJ Forge
1972-75 M Tully
1975-79 FS Wiseman
1979-90 HG King
1990-93 DJ Metson
1993-97 DJ Wingrove
1997-08 DW Walls
2008-09 J Taylor
2009-10 RA Errington
2010-16 K Wilmot
2016- Mrs M Dorling

HONORARY ASSISTANT SECRETARY

1981-95 VA Sitch
1976-77 JP Hopkins
1977-79 LR Hutchinson
2004-05 Mrs D Walls

HONORARY TREASURER

1971-72 WJ Gilbert
1972-82 GA Lewis
1982-90 R Steggles
1990-16 Mrs M Errington
2016- RA Errington

HONORARY REFEREES APPOINTMENTS SECRETARY

1974-84 G Lever
1984-85 T Lee
1985-86 R Blackman
1986-89 DJ Mullen
1989-95 MA Ewen
1995-96 PM Ruggerio
1996-97 RJ Leishman
1997-99 DC Hefford
1999-09 D Walls
2009-14 L Dorling
2017- Richard Dowden

HON. ASSISTANT REFEREES APPOINTMENTS SECRETARY

1987-90 MA Ewen
1990- 93 PA Stack
1993-95 DR Grant
1995-96 GM Redway
1996-97 RJ Leishman
1997-99 SL Kerly
1999-00 G Redway
2000-01 DR Grant
2001-04 M Bull
2004-05 R Whitton
2005-09 L Dorling
2009-14 Mrs M Dorling

HON. REFEREE ASSESSING CO-ORDINATOR

2007-09 Mrs D Walls
2009-11 Mrs M Dorling
2011-14 D Quinlan
2017- C Whay

FA NOTIFICATION: USE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES


Participants should be aware that comments made on such sites may be considered public comment, and that further to FA Rule E3, any comments which are deemed improper, bring the game into disrepute, or are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting may lead to disciplinary action.

Comments which are personal in nature or could be construed as offensive, use foul language or contain direct or indirect threats aimed at other participants are likely to be considered improper.

Participants are required to act in the best interests of the game at all times and should be aware of this when using social networking websites. Furthermore, participants are reminded that postings on social networking sites which they believe to be visible to a limited number of selected people may still end up in the public domain and consequently, care should be exercised with regards to the contents of such postings.

In addition, we would remind participants that social networking postings could also lead to civil proceedings being brought by affected parties.