Seniors Rules 2017/18

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Seniors Rules

  1. All squads to be a maximum of 14 players
  2. All squads to conform to Wallington Little League rulings as stated in National Little League rules
  3. Pitches are to be set up and ready by 9.15 which then leaves you as a manager and team 15 mins warm up/team talk time ready for a prompt 9.30 start.
  4. manager’s who are first kick off are to collect the nets, respect barrier, first aid kit, 4 corner flag poles, respect sign and in the absence of a referee the match ball from the rear of the cafe. If a referee is present he will collect and return the match ball. Manager’s who are last kick off must pack away all equipment and return to the storage area within the cafe.
  5. All matches must start on time to prevent late starts for the teams that follow and to allow for a prompt 1pm finish.
  6. If all players are present for kick off and all equipment is erected then the match should start on time at 9.30. If this is not the case then the match time must be reduced in order for the following matches to kick off on time.
  7. Once the match is finished all teams must clear the pitch immediately in order for the teams following to start their match on time.
  8. Matches are to be 30 minutes each half with a 5 minute half time break unless otherwise stated.
  9. Each team can field a maximum of 11 players at one time, one being a goalkeeper.
  10. If a team arrives pitch side with less then 14 players a 11-a-side game will go ahead providing the team can field 11 players. If a team arrives with 9 players the opposing team can still field 11 as per little league rules.If a team has less than 8 players at kick off time then a forfeit of a 1-0 win will be awarded to the opposing team and a friendly match will be played whereby players can be shared equally between the teams.
  11. If a manager knows that his team will have less than 8 players available, then it can be postponed 24hrs before kick off.
  12. There will be no loans and no player may play until the League Secretary tells the League Rep that they are registered.
  13. The lowest number each team may play with is 8 players.
  14. A match maybe cancelled up to 24 hours before kick off time, but after this time the game is forfeited and the opposing team is awarded the win with a 1-0 win.
  15. A substitution is a roll on, roll off strategy, this can be as many times as you wish during the game under supervision of a referee.
  16. Every player must be guaranteed at least half a match per week.
  17. Goal keepers can not pick up a back pass, this will result in a direct free kick from the alleged pass back.
  18. Goal kicks are to be taken from the edges of the small area within the penalty box. These are the stand alone kicks awarded when the ball goes out of play from an opposition player.
  19. If a child makes a foul throw in the throw than it will be awarded to the other team.
  20. All free kicks in your half are to be indirect and in the opposing half direct regardless of the offence.
  21. Every opposing player must be 4m from all free kicks/corner kicks.
  22. Any handball (intentional or unintentional) will be penalised with a free kick/penalty, this is to remove the issue of ball to hand etc.
  23. Full offside rules apply
  24. The spectators are to acknowledge the Respect line and all managers are to see this carried out.
  25. There will be cards, the officials are to speak to the managers regarding foul play, abusive or racial language and the managers are to talk/substitute the player and the League Rep is to be informed. If a red card is issued it can be appealed by discussing it with the committee.
  26. The officials word is FINAL any problems please find the League Rep if the problem is with the League rep please seek out the League Secretary.
  27. In the absence of a referee it is the managers/assistants responsibility to ref half a game and the opposition manager/assistant to ref half a game. If this is not possible then to seek a parent who can ref the match. Please ensure whoever is to ref the game is fully versed with the rules.
  28. Only one manager should coach the team when the game is in play.
  29. Please inform all parents/supporters we follow the Respect code of practice. Any violent, abusive and racial actions will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly and if necessary we will call the local authority. All parents are to remain behind the spectator barrier and are not allowed to stand behind the goal area or on the opposite side of the pitch, this area is for managers only.
  30. Any abusive or violent outbursts by parents will result in the team concerned being penalized and a 3 nil win being awarded to the opposing team regardless of the score at the time of the offence.
  31. Ball size is 4
  32. All cup matches if tied at full time will go to 5 minutes each way extra time with a 2 minute break at half time, in the event of the match still being drawn a penalty shoot out best of 5 will take place. If scores are still tied then it will go down to sudden death until a eventual winner is found.
  33. All players on the pitch at the end of extra time may may be considered for a penalty, no substitutes can take a penalty if they were not on the field of play in the second half.
  34. No team can change their goalkeeper if a penalty is awarded against them, the goalkeeper at the time of the infringement must face the penalty kick.
  35. No team can change their goalkeeper for a penalty shoot out. They must have the goalkeeper who was in goal in the second half of extra time.
  36. If the game is cancelled in the first half of the season due to bad weather/unable to field a team 24 hours before kick off time and we are unable to reschedule the match the corresponding fixture in the second half of the season becomes a double header. This means the first half of the match is counted as the match from the first half of the season and the second half of the match will count for the match of that day. (3 points for win or 1 point for a draw each match)
  37. In the event of both fixtures falling foul to the weather/unable to field a team 24 hours prior to kick off and the match can not be rescheduled then a score of 0-0 will be awarded to both teams and they will earn 1 point each.
  38. The season is made up up of 5 competitions. 1st half of the season League winners. 2nd half of the season League winners will play in the League play off to decide the League Champions. Cup competition, Plate competition, Shield competition.
  39. The first half of the season consists of each team playing each other twice and the final league standings will be taken once every game has been accounted for (double headers/points split). Winners of the first half of the season go into the League Play off at the end of the season. The League title is won with the most points. If tied then it will come down to goal difference, then goals scored, then result between the two sides and if they still can not be separated the most wins will count.
  40. Once the second half of the season starts all teams revert back to 0 points, 0 goals and they each other again. The winners of this league play the winners of the first half of the season in the league play off final. (same system as before).
  41. If the same team wins both half of the seasons they are crowned League Champions.
  42. The Cup competition consists of a quarter final played by 6 teams picked randomly with 2 teams receiving a bye and automatic place in the Cup semi finals. Four teams will reach the semis then compete later in the season for a place in the final. The 4 teams remaining at this point will be placed in the Plate semi finals. Once the semis of the Plate are played the remaining 2 teams will play in the final of the Shield.
  43. Managers are to ensure all players are wearing the correct foot wear and shin pads and to collect all team tops in at the end of every match.
  44. All kits inclusive of tops and shorts must be returned to the manager within 2 weeks of the end of season. Failure to so do may lead to the cost of the kit being reimbursed to the league by the parents.

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