If You Don’t Read This Page,
You Deserve All You Get !
This Page contains Help and Advice to assist you to get past some of the problems encountered by Team Managers.
These notes are to help but MUST NOT be taken as permission.
If you are still in doubt, contact a League Official.
First of all, let’s get something clear.
The rules are not written by some hideous, child eating bureaucrat.
They’re written by your club
YES, YOUR CLUB
Every club in the League decides the rules and votes on them each year.
Every club has the opportunity to change the rules each year.
The League Secretary and Committee do not write the rules, their job is simply to apply them.
So, if you don’t like the rules, complain to your club – Not the League.
Upon joining the League, you agree to abide by the rules so, Please try to take some time to understand the most common problems encountered by Team Managers during a season.
If you are in any doubt, ask a league Official – DO NOT ASSUME.
In order to understand why some rules are imposed, it’s important to understand Precedent.
In a nutshell Precedent means ‘What’s OK for one is OK for all’.
For instance, it’s not uncommon for teams to field an ineligible player in the Cup.
It’s very often an Honest Mistake and the manager has no intention of cheating.
The problem is that, if the League Committee allow the mistake, they are setting a Precedent.
The Precedent would then allow teams to play ineligible players at any time and simply say they made a mistake.
REPORTING PROBLEMS – REFEREE’S RESPONSIBILTY
The Referee, official or non-official, has a duty to report any unsavoury or unpleasant events that happen on or around the pitch before, during and after the game – including any yellow or red cards – directly to the County FA.
The League has little power to take any action unless procedures are followed.
If you are the opposition and the referee takes any action during a game it’s also your responsibility to report to the County FA that the referee was required to take such action.
If you are not sure how to make a report please contact the League Secretary.
Team Managers MUST have players I.D cards ready to show the opposition BEFORE the game commences.
FAILURE TO PRODUCE I.D CARDS PRIOR TO THE GAME MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF POINTS AND A FINE.
RETURN OF TROPHIES
28 Days Notice is required to postpone a game due to players on a school trip/event.
School trips are usually arranged months in advance.
Managers are advised to ask your Players & Parents if any school events are planned.
They, very often, will not think tell you until the last minute.
SHORT OF PLAYERS
Please phone ALL results, including County & District games in to the Results Secretary.
We can’t plan fixtures unless we know if your team is going to be in the next round.
The Counties DO NOT inform the League of their competition details.
ON OR BEFORE