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1. TITLE

a) Clare Schoolboys/Girls Soccer League hereafter referred to in these rules as the League or Clare SL is affiliated to and under the jurisdiction of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI). The name of a sponsor may be included in the title of the League. 

2. OBJECTIVE  

a) The objective of the League shall be to promote the game of Association Football (soccer) through the setting up and playing of fixtures and competitions for teams up to under 16.  Girls may play in mixed boys/girls teams one year below their age ie an under 17 girl can play with an under 16 mixed boys/girls team.  

3. LEAGUE COMMITTEE  

a) The League and its competitions shall be run by a League Committee (known throughout these rules as the Committee) to include an Executive Committee consisting of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon Secretary, Fixtures Secretary and Hon Treasurer each of whom shall be elected by the member clubs on an annual basis at the League AGM and eight Committee members, all of whom shall be elected by the member clubs on an annual basis at the League AGM.  

b) The Committee at its first meeting (or as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter) of each season shall define and allocate the roles of Registrar, SFAI delegate, and any other roles or duties, deemed suitable, from amongst those Committee members elected.The role of Children’s Officer is not required to be appointed from amongst committee members. Also, at this first meeting the committee shall sanction a protocol for the behaviour of committee members that shall be signed by all committee members.  

c) No more than two (2) members of any one-member club can serve at the same time on the Committee in any capacity.  In order to remain a member of the Committee all such club representatives must be a current member of their respective club.  

d) Membership of a current club shall not disbar any individual from serving on the Committee in any capacity, but any Committee member or officer must absent him/herself from, and not partake in, any discussion, debate or decision making on any matter coming before the Committee (or its sub-committees) in relation to his/her own club.  

e) Committee members cannot be deemed to be a delegate of their club.  

f) Committee members are not permitted to represent their club at disciplinary hearings, unless they are the subject of the investigation.  

g) The Committee shall have the sole right to utilise the League’s assets on behalf of the League however all purchases or leases of real estate shall require a budgeted proposal to be passed at a properly convened AGM or EGM 

h) The Committee shall have power to deal as it sees fit with any matter concerning the League, its member clubs and its competitions, not otherwise mentioned within these rules.    

i) The Committee shall meet at least once every six weeks during the season and at such other times as required, the Committee shall have the full authority to act outside of regular meetings on any matter required including the organisation and running of the League’s various competitions.  

j) The Committee (or its sub-committee/s) may investigate any cases of rough play or misconduct and deal with referee’s reports, club complaints and protests.  Any club having an issue with a referee should not take up the issue with the referee, but should, through their club secretary, write to the CSSL secretary for the committee to take appropriate action. In the case of an abandoned match, the committee may, at its discretion, order the match to be re-played in whole or part, or not at all.  

k) The Committee shall comply with all current SFAI rules relating to the forwarding of copies of requested information and records of the League to the SFAI.   

l) The Committee may set up structures for the provision of grants/loans to clubs.  

m) The Committee may set up and administer a web site dealing with the operations of the Clare SSL and it shall have sole discretion over the content published on any such web site.  

 

4. DUTIES of the LEAGUE OFFICERS and COMMITTEE MEMBERS  

a) Chairman: Shall chair all AGM, EGM, Committee, club delegate, and sub-committee (of which he/she is a member) meetings, he/she shall be entitled to be an ex officio member of all League sub-committees and have a vote on any matter requiring such at Committee (or sub-committee) meetings.  The chairman shall control all meetings.  

b) In the event of a tied vote he/she will also have the casting vote if he/she chooses to exercise that right.  

c) Vice-Chairman: Shall assist the Chairman, as required, in the carrying out of his/her duties and shall chair all meetings of the Committee in the absence of the Chairman, in the event of the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman being absent from any such meeting, the Committee shall appoint a person from those present to act as Chairman for the duration of that meeting only.  

d) Hon. Secretary: Shall keep accurate minutes of all Committee, club delegate, AGM, EGM and any other relevant meetings where he/she is in attendance, he/she shall be entitled to be an ex officio member of all League sub-committees and issue to all clubs the minutes of delegate meetings within ten (10) days of their completion.  

e) All correspondence to the League from member clubs must issue through the relevant club Hon. Secretary, correspondence from other sources may not be dealt with at the Committee’s discretion,  

f) all outgoing correspondence from the Committee must be issued through the League Hon. Secretary, where he/she is absent or unavailable the Committee shall appoint a substitute for such duration as it sees fit

g) The Committee shall have discretion over the method of correspondence to be used including the use of emails.  

h) Hon. Treasurer: Shall be responsible for all financial matters concerning the League, he/she shall sign all payment cheques which must also be signed by one other co-signatory, those co-signatories shall be the current Chairman and Hon. Secretary.  

i) Shall present a financial report to all Committee and club delegate meetings and be responsible for the timely lodgement of all incoming funds with the League’s designated bankers.  

j) Shall prepare and present a yearly financial report to the member clubs at the AGM, all such reports shall require to be formally adopted by the members clubs at the relevant AGM.  Such accounts shall be signed off by a qualified accountant prior to the AGM  

k) Shall recommend to the Committee the level of membership and registration fees to be implemented for the coming season. Any changes to registration fees must be passed at a properly convened AGM or EGM. 

l) Fixtures Secretary/s: Shall be responsible for the setting of all fixtures, the keeping of accurate League tables in his/her relative age group/s and have the final decision in all matters relating to his/her relevant fixtures including requests for postponements but with the exception of awarding walkovers which decisions shall be the preserve of the Committee.  

m) P.R.O. Shall work under the sole direction of and be responsible to the League Committee for the promotion of all League activities within the policies and guidelines laid down by the Committee.  

n) S.F.A.I Delegate: Shall represent the League to and liaise with the SFAI on all relevant matters and shall report as required to the Committee.  

o) Registrar: Shall keep and store an accurate record of all team and player registrations, make such records available to any current member club for inspection as per the rules governing any such request, provide clubs with details of their registered players as per registration rules. He/she will not be accountable for the accuracy or veracity of any details entered by member clubs on any player/team registration form/s received and accepted.  

p) Committee Members: Shall carry out all duties and responsibilities assigned to them by the Committee and report as required to the Committee.  

 

5. SUB-COMMITTEES and APPOINTMENTS  

a) The Committee shall appoint personnel to the following roles and bodies and all such personnel must be current members of the Committee:  

b) Delegate to the SFAI.  

c) Public Relations Officer.  

d) Disciplinary Committee which shall comprise of three (3) members.    

e) The League shall establish League/Club Development/Working Groups to cater for the following:  

FAI/CSSL Emerging Talent Programme comprised of the following personnel: 

FAI CDO, Max 3 Committee Members and invited/selected Club Representatives.   

CSSL Autumn/Winter Futsal comprised of the following personnel: 

FAI CDO, Max 2 Committee Members and invited/selected Club Representatives.  

CSSL SSG (U6 – 10) comprised of the following personnel:  

FAI CDO, Max 2 Committee Members and invited/selected Club Representatives.  

CSSL Girls Programme comprised of the following personnel:  

FAI CDO, Max 2 Committee Members and invited/selected Club Representatives.  

CSSL League/Club Development comprised of the following personnel:  

FAI CDO, Max 2 Committee Members and invited/selected Club Representatives.  

6. CLUB MEMBERSHIP  

a) Membership of the League is open to any soccer club that satisfy the Committee regarding their playing area, changing facilities, structure and officers and whose membership would not adversely impact on the membership of existing clubs.  Entry into the league may be given subject to conditions.  

b) Membership for existing clubs is renewable prior to the start of each season by way of completing the official application form and club information form which must be forwarded to the Hon. Secretary of the League by March 1st each year.  

c) It shall be a strict condition of the granting of applications for League membership that each club shall have completed the relevant application and club information form and supplied the information required thereon. Non-receipt by the League of the completed relevant application form will be taken to mean that the club/s concerned do not seek re-admission for the new season.  

d) All member clubs must notify the Hon. Secretary of the League in writing immediately of any subsequent change/s to the details on its application form.  

e) All member clubs must have in force a current, and valid, third party liability insurance policy a copy of which must be produced if requested by the Committee.  

f) The Committee shall have the power to remove any team or club from membership of the League for misconduct subject to all rights of appeal to the SFAI.  

g) The Committee shall have sole control over the right of entry into the League and shall have the power to refuse to accept the entry of any team or club into the League for the following season/s if in the opinion of the Committee such a team or club’s previous misconduct warrants such a refusal.  

7. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)  

a) The Annual General Meeting of the League shall be held on the first Monday of December on a date set by the Committee, at least twenty-eight (28) days notification shall be issued to all current member clubs of the date of the relevant AGM, the agenda for which shall consist of:  

  1. Minutes of the previous AGM 
  2.  Matters arising from same  
  3. Chairman’s address  
  4. Hon. Secretary’s report and its adoption.
  5. Hon. Treasurer’s report and its adoption
  6. Amendments/additions/deletions to these rules.  
  7. Election of League Committee.
  8. Any other business.   

b) Each club in current membership of, and financial good standing with, the League shall be entitled to send one delegate per registered team to represent it and vote at the AGM.  

c) These rules may only be changed at the AGM or a valid EGM and all proposed amendments/additions/deletions to these rules must be submitted in writing, to the Hon. Secretary of the League no later than twenty-one (21) days prior to the relevant AGM or valid EGM.  

d) All proposed amendments/additions/deletions to these rules for consideration at an AGM can only be submitted by:   

         1. The current Hon. Secretary of a current member club and must also be signed by the current Hon. Secretary of one other current member club, both of which clubs must be in financial good standing with the League or  

         2. The committee (committee proposals do not require to be seconded)  

e) A simple majority of those present and voting shall suffice to carry or defeat any proposed amendments/additions/deletionsto these rules, provided such amendments/additions/deletions have been forwarded and received in the prescribed manner.  The only exception to this will be that a return to winter soccer by the CSSL would require a two thirds majority of those present and eligible to vote at the EGM/AGM.  

f) All nominations for election to the Committee must be received by the secretary, by post or email, no later than 21 days prior to the relevant AGM.  All such nominations must be seconded independently by another club.  Both clubs must be in financial good standing with the League. All those nominated must be compliant with FAI rules on Garda vetting and basic awareness training.  

g) In the event that all committee positions are not filled, up until the 31st December following the AGM, a club may nominate a person for election, by post or email.  All such nominations must be seconded independently by another club.  Where such bona fide nomination is received, the committee shall convene an EGM, giving 4 weeks’ notice.  Any other seconded nominations for such an EGM must be received, by post or email, 21 days prior to such EGM. In the event that all Executive Committee positions on the committee still remain unfilled, the elected committee may make such appointments from within their number. 

h) In the event that there is more than one bona fide nomination for a position, a simple majority of those present and voting at the AGM/EGM shall decide the person/people elected.  

i) In the event that there is only one bona fide nomination for a position, a simple majority of those present at the AGM/EGM shall be required to elect that person.  

j) The new committee shall be in place immediately following an AGM.  They shall serve until the conclusion of the following AGM.  

k) In order to facilitate members who, wish to get involved but are unable to commit to attending all meetings, up to 2 committee members can declare themselves to be non-voting members of the committee, in all aspects.  

l) All voting for committee positions shall be by means of a secret ballot.  

m) Numbering/lettering of these rules shall be amended as a result of any changes made at an AGM or EGM.  

n) Member clubs not in good financial standing with the League may be refused admission to, and/or representation at, any AGM, Club Delegate Meeting or EGM.  

8. EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETINGS (EGM)  

a) An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the League may be called at any time by the Committee.  

b) A request for an EGM can be submitted by the member clubs and any such request must be made in writing to the League Hon. Secretary, giving at least thirty (30) days notification of such a request and be signed by the Hon. Secretaries of at least six (6) current member clubs of the League all of which clubs must be in financial good standing with the League.  

c) Any such request from the member clubs to stage an EGM must state the business to be discussed at that EGM and only such business can be discussed at that EGM.  

d) A non-returnable fee of €100 in the form of a bank draft only must accompany any such request.   

e) Where a request from the member clubs to call an EGM has been granted by the Committee the League Hon. Secretary shall give at least 14 days notification of the date, venue and time of that EGM to the member clubs.  

f) Any proposed amendments/additions/deletions to these rules which form the basis of a request from the member clubs to call an EGM must be submitted in writing and must accompany such request as per the procedures for requesting an EGM.  

g) Each club in current membership of, and financial good standing with, the League, shall be entitled to send one delegate per registered team to represent it and vote at the EGM.  

h) A simple majority of those present and voting shall decide any matter subject to a vote at an EGM.  The only exception to this will be that a return to winter soccer by the CSSL would require a two thirds majority of those present and eligible to vote at the EGM.  

9. CLUB DELEGATE MEETINGS  

a) Club delegates meetings shall be held as called by the league committee. During the playing season, they shall be held at least bi-monthly.  

b) Each member club must send one (1) delegate to such meetings; he/she must be a current member of the relevant club and must sign the attendance book to verify their attendance at any such meeting.   

c) Member clubs which fail to be represented at AGM, EGM’s or delegate meetings shall be fined €50 for each non-attendance unless they have requested and received prior permission to be excused from attending that meeting. No member club can be granted more than two excused absences. The Committee shall investigate any further absences and may impose additional sanctions.  

d) The CSSL Secretary shall give the clubs a minimum of 14 days notice of the date of the next delegate meeting. This notification shall name the date (which will be 7 days prior to the meeting) by which the clubs must submit items to be included for discussion at the delegate meeting. The agenda will then be issued to the clubs at least 3 days before the meeting. This agenda will always include A.O.B. as issues may arise within the 7 days prior to the meeting. 

10. MEETING QUORUM  

a) The quorum for all committee and sub-committee meetings (and any portion of such a meeting) shall be two thirds of those members eligible to vote.  

b) The quorum for all AGM, EGM and delegates meetings shall be a majority of member clubs and two thirds of committee members eligible to vote.  

11. CHILD WELFARE  

a) All member clubs of the League are bound to comply with the current requirements of the FAI child welfare programme and policies which include the appointment of a club child officer, the name and contact details of whom must be submitted to the League Hon. Secretary by March 1st each year. 

12. REPRESENTATIVE TEAM MANAGEMENT and STRUCTURES  

a) The Committee shall have the sole power to appoint and dismiss team managers or management structures for teams representing the League.  Such positions will be advertised publicly, and no monetary reward or professional contract will be entered into with any such appointee/s.   

b) Appointed team managers shall have the right to recommend assistants and structures but only the Committee shall have the right to agree to such structures and make any appointments.  

c) No member of any representative team management shall have the right to fund raise without prior application to and the approval of the Committee.  

d) Where Committee permission has been granted for such fundraising all monies collected must be returned to the League Hon. Treasurer and only the Committee shall decide upon its disbursement.  

e) Where vacancies arise within the representative team management structures the Committee shall have the sole right to appoint any such replacement/s.  

f) All team managers and or their backroom staff shall be responsible for the entire actions of the relevant squad/s of players and shall attend any meeting called by the Committee in relation to team matters.  

13. TEAM and PLAYER REGISTRATIONS  

a) It shall be the sole responsibility of the member clubs to ensure the accuracy of the details entered on any registration form submitted to the League for the purposes of competing in the Clare SSL or the SFAI’s competitions.  

b) Registration Process – For a registration application to be bonafide 

        1. It must include the form as specified by the registrar, fully completed  

        2. It must include the relevant fee. Clubs shall have the option to pay registration fees by cheque, bank transfer, on-line or other suitable methods offered by the committee.   

        3. In the case of a first-time registration, it must include a good photocopy of the players birth certificate or passport  

        4. It must include any additional backing documents specified by the league.  

        5. Unless they are already in possession of an identity card, the club must have uploaded the Identity Card information and ordered the card in accordance with a scheme advised by the committee

c) Rules 13 (b) 1-4 are satisfied the day a bona fide paper registration application is received by the registrar.  Soft copies are not bona fide.  In the case of a form sent by post, the registration form shall be deemed to have been received the day following posting.   

d) TIMESCALES  

Season Commencement – The CSSL season shall commence on the day of the first official match in any age group (U10 & older)  

Team Entries – The registrar shall provide clubs with a date when all team registrations shall be complete.  Clubs must advise the secretary of their team entries.  A team shall be deemed to be entered if the secretary has been advised in writing.  

Team Entry Cut-off Date – Shall be 2 weeks before the Season Commencement  

Late Team Entries – A club entering a team after the cut-off date shall be required to pay a late entry fee of E50 (in addition to any other registration fee set).  

Withdrawal – A club withdrawing a team from the league after the cut-off date shall be required to pay a withdrawal fee of E150.  

Transfer Deadline – Shall be 6 weeks from the season commencement.  

Late Commencement – Where a division or divisions commence, in a pre-set manner, substantially later than the others (eg U15 or 16s) then their season commencement date shall be the date of the first official match in any such age group.  All the preceding rules shall be construed accordingly for those divisions.  

e) The registrar shall provide club secretaries with a list of players registered.  At the discretion of the registrar, this may be either hard, soft format or via a suitable online service.  

f) Identity Cards-With the proviso on first time registrations noted below, a player is only eligible to play in a match where the team manager has in his possession, at the match, an official identity card issued by the league.  Providing a player is registered as above (including ID Card requirement) the player will be eligible to play without an identity card until the team manager has received the Identity Card (which shall be deemed to be 4 working days after posting).  In this case the manager should note “ID ORDERED” against the player’s name on the match card.  Prior to the commencement of the match, the manager shall hand the identity cards for all players listed on the official match card to the referee for checking.  If at any time up to 10 minutes after the match, a manager considers that the opposition has fielded an ineligible player, they shall request the referee to review the identity card of that player and report on it to the committee.  Should a club wish, they should register a protest.  

g) No player can sign for and be registered to more than one-member club in any one season without being properly transferred from his/her original club on an official League transfer form.  Original club shall mean the club to which the player has been first registered to for the relevant season.  All transferred players must be re-registered to his/her new team.  

h) No player can play for more than one team in his/her club at the age group at which he/she is registered without being transferred on an official transfer form. All transferred players must be registered to his/her new team. A player may only play for one team at each age group above which he/she is registered.  A girl registered with a girl only team may only play in one boys team at each age group, but, subject to the following, with any number of age groups. A girl can play with a boys’ team, no more than a year younger than her age group i.e. an U17 girl can play with an U16 boys team.  

i) In respect of a player who is registered with a team in a different league in the winter before the commencement of the CSSL season, such a player cannot be registered to a club in CSSL before 1st July or completion of his club fixtures (whichever is the later).  

j) Players cannot play for more than one team in the same knock out type competition in the same season.  

k) To be eligible to represent the League in any match, a player must be registered with a club in the League for the season commencing in the year of the tournament.  

l) A player who participates or has participated in the Clare Emerging Talent Programme may not register with another club without the permission of the “donor” club.  This consent will apply for the duration of that player’s eligibility to play Clare Schoolboys/Girls Soccer.  The donor club being the club which held the players registration at the time of first entry into the Clare Emerging Talent Programme.   

m) A current member club Hon. Secretary can request a search of player registrations upon payment of a fee of €10 to the League Hon. Treasurer, a maximum of three (3) player’s names shall only be searched on any one team, the search shall be conducted at a time and place suitable to the Hon. Registrar.  

n) Any club found guilty of recording an ineligible player on a match card shall be fined €20 for each ineligible player; this fine is in addition to any other penalties imposed which may include the awarding of the match to the opposition, deduction of points or additional fines.   

o) Players must have been born on or after 1st January of the relevant year to be under age.  Breach of this rule i.e. the playing of over age player/s, shall be dealt with by the full committee.  Sanctions may include removal of the offending team from all Clare SL competitions for that season, the suspension of the team manager for the remainder of that season and the forfeiture of all positions, points gained, and cup matches won for that season.  

p) Where a team has been removed under the terms above the players registrations will then become the property of the League and teams from within member clubs may make application to re-register such players subject to a maximum of three (3) such players being allowed to be signed by any one team.  

q) Transfer requests must be posted to the CSSL Registrar.  A Transfer Form in an envelope bearing a post stamp later than this date/transfer deadline as outlined by the CSSL shall be deemed to be invalid.  A player shall be allowed only one transfer in any one season.  The Committee shall set the transfer deadline and notify the Clubs accordingly.  Where a team with which a player has registered has completed all its CSSL fixtures, a player may transfer to another club, before any SFAI deadline.  Such a player may not assist his new club in any CSSL competitions.  

r) Where any player/s is the subject of a protest regarding non-registration or being over age the Committee shall have the power to require the submission of any and all documentation as it sees fit to assist in the investigation of such cases, all member clubs shall be bound to produce such documentation and deliberate failure to do so may be judged as an attempt to hinder any such investigation and considered an admission of wrong doing.  

s) When a player becomes a registered player with a team in the League, it shall be an offence for any official, member of any other club or any other person to request, encourage or influence that player, or to approach his/her parents/guardian/friends to seek a transfer to another team or to participate in any training, coaching or games under the auspices of another team.  Such offences shall be deemed to be “poaching” and any person/club found culpable shall render himself/herself and /or his/her team liable to a fine and/or suspension and/or removal from the League.  

t) The Committee shall have full power to impose whatever sanction it deems appropriate on clubs which fail to meet their financial obligations to the League.  

u) There shall be no limit to the amount of eligible players signed and registered to any team.  

14. APPEALS  

a) Each club, its officials, managers, players and members shall be bound by the decisions of the League subject to any onwards appeal, any such appeal must comply with the SFAI’s current rules on appeals  

15. PROTESTS & COMPLAINTS  

a) This rule does not apply to those issues covered by the FAI protocol on Racism.  

b) It shall be open to current member clubs to lodge a protest/complaint against any team suspected of playing ineligible or un-registered players, or other breach of rules, or make a complaint concerning behaviour etc.  

c) During a game any team in doubt as to the eligibility of its opposition’s player/s shall be at liberty to secure, at half time, through the match referee, the names, signatures and dates of birth of any three players.  Refusal by any team to comply with such a request will be regarded as an attempt to conceal an irregularity.  At the end of a game a club is at liberty to secure the names, signatures and dates of birth of any substitutes who played after the half-time interval.  

d) Irrespective of the above, where the Committee has grounds to suspect a breach of rules has occurred, and the offended against club could not reasonably have been aware such a breach arose, it shall have the power to investigate and impose sanctions.  

e) Protests/Complaints from member clubs must be sent by registered post to the League Hon. Secretary within three (3) days following the date of the game in question, for the purposes of this rule Saturdays, Sundays and bank or public holidays shall not count.  

f) All protests/complaints must be accompanied by a fee of €50, in the form of a bank draft or postal order, made payable to the Clare SSL., any other method of payment or non-payment of this fee or the sending of such fee by any other method shall render the protest/complaints out of order and will not be dealt with.  

g) An exact copy of the protest/complaint (minus the fee) must be sent by registered post to the Hon. Secretary of the opposition club, within the same time frame, in writing by registered post and be signed by the current Hon Secretary of the club lodging the protest/complaint.  

h) Any club in receipt of a protest/Complaint against it shall have the right to lodge a counter protest/complaint which must comply with the same time constraints, fee, postage system and all other procedures as those set out for lodging a protest/complaint.  

i) Any sanction imposed by the Committee under this rule shall relate solely to the fixture quoted in the original protest/complaints counter lodged by the relevant member club/s.  

j) No protest or complaint will be dealt with from a third-party club i.e. a club not involved in the fixture in question.  

k) Protests/Complaints or counter protests/complaints shall not be entertained from any club not in good financial standing with the League.  

l) All fines imposed by the Committee (and not the subject of an onward appeal) must be paid within 14 days of the issuing of such notice.  

16. COMPETITIONS  

a) The season for CSSL competitions will end at the CSSL AGM.  The season for SFAI competitions will end as stipulated by the SFAI.  

b) The control and management of all competitions shall be vested solely in the Committee, each member club of the League shall be entered into all relevant competitions run by the League, and the Committee shall have the sole right to determine the competitions to be run each season.  

c) Teams travelling to play outside this jurisdiction must request and be granted permission to do so firstly by the Committee and then the SFAI.   

d) Member clubs shall at all times be responsible for the behaviour of their team/s, officials and supporters, reports of misconduct on or off the field of play shall be dealt with by the Committee or its sub-committee/s and proven breaches of this rule shall render those found guilty liable to be fined and or suspended and the removal of their team from all competitions in the Clare SL for the remainder of that season.  

e) Where a team has been removed under this rule the players involved shall have their registrations catered for under the terms of rule 12 above. 

f) U13-16 matches shall be 11-a-side except as varied in these rules as permitted by the Laws, or as required by the FAI player development plan (PDP), 11-a-side matches shall be governed by FIFA Laws of the Game.  

g) For 11-a-side matches, other than in the case of a player receiving treatment on the side-line, a game cannot commence or continue, with less than 7 players on each team.  

h) For 11-a-side matches the following rules/laws shall apply: – 

      1. Aim for a team panel of 16.  A team panel may consist of a maximum 18 players.  

      2. All players must be entered on the Referee’s match card in block capitals.  All playing kit must be uniquely numbered.  It is not necessary for the starting 11 players to wear jerseys numbered 1 to 11. Any                      combination of numbers can be used on the jerseys to start the match  

       3. Substitutions are to be made on a roll-on, roll-off basis, at the halfway line, only with the referee’s permission, and at a break in play. All players named on the match card may be used. 

       4. Clubs must meet the FAI PDP minimum playing time requirements.   

       5. Duration: U13 – 2×30 mins; U14 & 15 – 2×35 mins; U16 – 2×40 mins  

       6. Ball: U13 & 14 – Size 5 (370 gms); U15 & 16 – Size 5 (450 gms)   

i) Prior to the commencement of each season, the rule book is to be updated. Hard copies in the form of a booklet are to be issued to clubs, 1 per team plus 2 for the club. A downloadable version is to be made available online. 

j) The team manager shall have in his possession at every match a current CSSL rule book and list of players along with their emergency contact numbers.  

k) Under 10,11 and 12 – CSSL shall organise 7/9-a-side groups in accordance with a structure presented to and passed at a delegates meeting prior to the commencement of each season (or amended at a subsequent delegate meeting).  All rules contained in this rule book shall apply except as varied in the structures document passed at the delegates meeting (which shall also comply with the FAI PDP).  Where girls only divisions exist, they shall be managed the same as the boys.  

l) Any player red carded or sent off from the field of play shall be automatically suspended from his/her next competitive game in the competition in which he/she was sent off, where it is not possible to serve that suspension under those terms he/she will stand suspended from his/her next competitive game in the age group at which he/she is registered.  

m) All players sent off will be subject to further sanctions which may include fines and/or further suspension.  

n) Where players are sent off in SFAI or any other bodies competitions their case shall be subject to the current rules of that body.  

o) A player who receives 4 yellow cards in one season shall be automatically suspended for 1 match.  Such suspension shall come into force upon issue of the notice of suspension.  The player shall be suspended at the age group at which he/she is registered.  Where it is not possible to serve that suspension under those terms he/she will stand suspended from his/her next competitive game in the age group at which he/she is registered, the following season.  

p) The club secretary must advise the league secretary, by email, as to which game/games a player serves his suspension.  

q) All Clare SL competitions run on a League basis, i.e. those with points awarded for a win or draw, and where more than one team finishes on the same points total shall be decided by the playing of a one off knock out game at a venue to be decided by the Committee, where a similar tie arises in the runner up position the same system shall be used to decide the issue, if deemed necessary.  

r) Any team failing to show for Clare SL fixtures will render itself liable to having conceded a walkover, no fixture secretary shall have the power to award a walkover, all such decisions shall be the preserve of the Committee.  

s) Any club wishing to claim a walkover must do so within three (3) days following the fixture date, all such claims must be in writing signed by the club Hon. Secretary and sent to the League Hon. Secretary, for the purposes of this rule Saturdays, Sundays and bank or public holidays shall not count.  

t) Any team conceding more than two (2) walkovers in any competition in any one season shall render itself liable to removal from that competition; this sanction may be increased to include a fine the level of which shall be at the discretion of the Committee.  

u) Where a team withdraws, or ceases to exist for whatever reason, shall have its players registrations become the property of the League and those players shall then be catered for under the terms of rule 12 above.  

v) The winners and runner up teams in all Clare SL Cup competitions and winners in league competitions shall receive a suitable medal or trophy for a squad of players the number of which shall be determined by the Committee.  Awards for winners of other competitions shall be at the discretion of the committee.  

w) The winners of any Clare SL competition shall be presented with the relevant perpetual trophy which shall become the responsibility of the holder club for the length of time determined by the Committee.  All perpetual trophies are the property of the League and all such clubs will be liable for the repair of damage to or the replacement costs of any such trophy whilst in that club’s possession.  

x) All fixtures in Clare SL knock out type competitions shall, in the event of a tied score be decided on the day of the initial fixture by the use of extra time of ten minutes each way and if necessary followed by FIFA penalty kicks rule, this rule shall also apply to play off type games.  

y) In the event of a fixture between two teams, playing in similarly registered colours, the home team shall change colours.  Should the home team fail to make a suitable change, the home team shall pay all referees charges and the fixture will be re-scheduled for the other team’s home venue. In the event that a clash of colours occurs away due to the away team arriving in different colours to those registered, and the match cannot take place, then the away team will be deemed to have failed to fulfil the fixture. At neutral venue type fixtures (e.g. cup finals, league playoffs, etc) in the event of there being a clash of registered colours, the team to change colours shall be decided on the toss of a coin.  

17. FIXTURES  

a) No club or team shall have the power to postpone a fixture.  

b) Games must be played on the day and at the time appointed unless otherwise amended by the Fixtures Secretary.  The Committee shall have the power to deprive both clubs of the match points and to fine or otherwise sanction any club found guilty of breaching this rule.  

c) The fixtures shown on the official CSSL fixtures website for any day shall be deemed to be set 120 hours before KO. Following this: 

  1. Unless the relevant club agrees, a team without a fixture shall not be provided with a fixture; 
  2. Any changes to fixtures (including postponements) shall be notified to the relevant club secretary by phone call or text. 
  3. Unless both clubs agree, no changes to kick off time, venue, or opposition shall be made closer than 72 hours to a fixture. Unless both clubs agree, no midweek fixture shall commence before 6.30pm. 

d) Results of all games must be telephoned/texted by the home team to the relevant Fixture Secretary on completion of the relevant game, failure to do so will incur a fine of €30.  No calls will be accepted after 9.00pm on game day.    

e) Requests for match postponements shall only be considered where same are received in writing by the League Hon. Secretary at least seven (7) days in advance of the published fixture date.   

f) Where such requests are based on school tours or religious ceremonies the Committee shall have the power to request, and be furnished with, documentary evidence of such an event.  Such documentary evidence must contain the names of the individual players concerned and be issued by the relevant authority or body.  

g) No postponement request is to be considered as having been granted without the prior permission of the Fixture Secretary.  

h) Emergencies will be dealt with on a case by case basis.  

i) The results of all matches will be posted onto the league website and will also be published in the local papers weekly.  

18.COMPLIANCE

a)  The CSSL shall uphold all obligatory SFAI/FAI Rules, notwithstanding any CSSL rule.