Kildare & District Underage League (K.D.U.L) rules for season 2017/2018 as amended at AGM of 28th June 2018
Rules of Kildare and District Underage League as amended at AGM of 28th June 2018

Rules of Kildare and District Underage League as amended at AGM of Thursday 21st September 2017

1. Title
The league shall be known as the Kildare and District Underage League Limited hereinafter referred to as Kildare & District Underage League (K.D.U.L.)

2. Address
The address of the league shall be the address of the Hon. Secretary elected to the office for the particular season or as the executive may deem fit.

3. Catchments Area
The catchments are of the league shall be Co. Kildare and surrounding area.

4. Colours
The official colours of the league shall be Red, Yellow, Black and White or any colour from the League Logo of any design the Executive Committee may from time to time determine

5. Objects
5 (a) The main Object of the league shall be:

(a) To promote, foster and develop the game of Association football among its members and to promote the aims of the Football Association of Ireland as outlined in its charter and general rules

5 (b) Subsidiary Objects:
In furtherance exclusively of the foregoing main objects the League shall have the following subsidiary objects:

(a) To promote a spirit of sportsmanship and community spirit amongst the members through the development of physical skills, teamwork, cooperation and self -discipline.

(b) To promote the game of soccer in County Kildare and surrounding areas, to provide competitions for boys and girls as determined by the executive committee.

(c) To cater for coaching under the Academy School of coaching.

6. Membership
(a) Membership of the league is open to all football clubs within the said area provided that all schoolboy teams from the club are entered in the Kildare and District Underage League

(b) The Executive committee reserve the right to refuse an application for membership to the League. Clubs/ officer/members shall not at any time make disparaging or critical comments about the League, its officers or other personnel which are contrary to the interests of the League. The League reserve the right to as they deem fit to suspend, fine, expel, or otherwise deal with any club or members or officials of a Club for failing to obey the above or any order or decision made by the Executive Committee

(c) Annual applications on the required form must be submitted to the Hon. Secretary by all teams/clubs who wish to participate in the league by 30th June- 30th July each year.

(d) Each club, their respective officials managers players and members shall be bound by the decisions of the league which shall be final and binding on all concerned, subject to all existing rights of appeal to the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (S.F.A.I.,Leinster Football Association of Ireland L.F.A., Women’s Regional Football Committee and FAI in accordance with their rules.

(e) Each club shall register with the league secretary

(i) the names and address of the hon. secretary, Chairman and treasurer of the club. The club must nominate two representatives and the Secretary who will be the only three members that will be entitled to correspond with the League in any respect on any matter concerning the Club or League business. Alterations to these names during the season must be submitted on headed paper by the Club secretary.

(ii) An E mail, address of the club or an individual that will be used for all correspondence from the league including disciplinary action from the league and or fines.

(iii) situation of ground,

(iv) team colours

(v) telephone number and any other information that may be required from time to time.

In the event of a club changing secretary the club must notify the hon. Secretary of the league in writing. (Club e mail acceptable)

(f) Each club must also register the manager’s name and Results Official contact (mobile) number for each team with the league. In the event of the manager/ result official changing the hon. Secretary of the league must be notified in writing.

(g) Clubs wishing to play matches, compete in or organise tournaments, summer camps, coaching clinics etc. must obtain approval of the executive committee prior to the event.

(h) Each club to indicate on application form their preference for use of photographic equipment for their Club allowing for the fact that the League have authority to authorise their own photographers who may use the material for promotion of the League in publications as decided by the League Executive Committee

7 Income and Property
The income and property of the League shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the main object(s) as set forth in this Constitution. No portion of the League’s income and property shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit to members of the League. No officer shall be appointed to any office of the League paid by salary or fees, or receive any remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth from the League. However, nothing shall prevent any payment in good faith by the League of:

a)reasonable and proper remuneration to any member or servant of the League (not being an officer) for any services rendered to the League;
b)interest at a rate not exceeding 1% above the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) per annum on money lent by an officer or other members of the League to the League;
c)reasonable and proper rent for premises demised and let by any member of the League (including any officer) to the League;
d)reasonable and proper out-of-pocket expenses incurred by any officer in connection with their attendance to any matter affecting the League;
e)fees, remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth to any Company of which an officer may be a member holding not more than one hundredth part of the issued capital of such Company;

8. Winding Up
If upon the winding up or dissolution of the League there remains, after satisfaction of all debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, it shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the League. Instead, such property shall be given or transferred to some other institution or institutions having main objects similar to the main objects of the League. The institution or institutions to which the property is to be given or transferred shall prohibit the distribution of their income and property among their members to an extent at least as great as is imposed on the League under or by virtue of the Income and Property clause hereof. Members of the League shall select the relevant institution or institutions at or before the time of dissolution, and if and so far as effect cannot be given to such provisions, then the property shall be given or transferred to some charitable object. Final accounts will be prepared and submitted that will include a section that identifies and values any assets transferred along with the details of the recipients and the terms of the transfer.

9. Additions, alterations or amendments
No addition, alteration or amendment shall be made to the provisions of the main object clause, the income and property clause, the winding up clause, the keeping of accounts clause or this clause of the Constitution for the time being in force unless the same shall have been previously approved in writing by the Revenue Commissioners.

10 . Keeping of Accounts.
Annual accounts shall be kept and made available to the Revenue Commissioners on request.

11. Club AGM
No Club may hold its AGM later than the month of May unless by special permission of the Kildare & District Underage League

12. Appeals
Clubs shall have the right to appeal any fine of the fixture secretary to the appeal committee of the Kildare and District Underage League.

13. The Trustees
The trustees of the league shall be the President, Chairman, Secretary and or Treasurer or in their absence such officers as the executive may wish not exceeding 3 people.

14. Structure
The organisation and control of the league shall be conducted by the executive committee.

The executive committee shall consist of five Officers. Officers: President, Chairperson, Executive Secretary / Secretary, Treasurer, Registration Officer.

(a) The above with the exception of the President , Executive Secretary, Registration Officer and Assistant chairperson shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

(b) The President, registration officer, (who cannot be a member of a club within the Kildare and District Underage Leagues (K.D.U.L.) assistant chairperson Executive Secretary shall be appointed by the executive committee each year. The remaining members shall be elected from and by the general body at the Annual General Meeting (A.G.M). The Executive Committee shall meet at least fortnightly during the playing season or as deemed by the committee

(c) The total number of committee members (including the executive) not to exceed 1/3 the number of clubs subject to a minimum of 7 committee members in total.

15. Functions
The position of President is an honorary position. The President will be eligible to sit on the Committee.
The function of the Chairperson shall be to chair all of the Executive Committee Meetings and General meetings of the league. In the absence of the chairperson the vice chairperson shall take the chair in the absence of both a chairperson shall be elected from those present.

(b) The Chairperson shall be entitled to vote and in the event of a tie the chairperson will have the casting vote.

(c) The Executive Secretary shall be deemed to be the official representative of the league at all outside meetings or functions unless otherwise decided by the executive committee

(d) The Hon. Secretary shall keep the minutes of all Meetings. The Hon. Secretary shall keep records of the attendance at all meetings. The record of member’s attendance at executive meetings shall be read at the following A.G.M.

(e) The Hon. Secretary shall send notices of all meetings in accordance with the rules governing such meetings.

(f) The Hon Treasurer shall receive and take charge of the funds of the league keep regular accounts of income and expenditure report on same at Council Meetings and on the balance sheet at the Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.)

(g) The Hon Treasurer shall submit financial statements at each executive and council meeting. The hon. treasurer shall keep a record of all assets of the league.

(h) The registration officer shall receive registration forms and compile and maintain an orderly record of same, to be available at a specified time and place subject to the conditions governing the inspection of such forms.

(i) The League Committee may remove from the Committee of the League any member who in their opinion is not acting in the best interest of the league. The members will stay suspended until the decision is approved at the next council/special or general meeting in accordance with voting rules.

(j) Any member of the Executive Committee who absents him/herself from three consecutive meetings without reasonable explanation shall be deemed to have resigned from the Executive Committee.

(k) Should any member of the Executive Committee resign or his/her position otherwise lapse, the remaining members of the Executive Committee shall have the power to fill the vacancy. The committee may also co-opt members to fill vacancies which may occur from time to time.

(l) There shall be not more than three representatives of any one club on the Executive Committee.

(m) Where during the course of any league meeting a clash of interests arises between a league committees members club, another club in the league or the league itself then the said member must withdraw from the discussion taking place and from any decision making in regard to such a matter.

(n) The executive Committee shall be the official interpreter of the Constitution and Rules.

16 Sub Committees
(a) The President, Chairperson, Hon Secretary, and Hon. Treasurer shall be ex officio members of all sub committees.

(b) The Executive Committee shall have the sole right to appoint sub committees including any funds in the hands of such sub committees.

(c) The executive committee shall have the power to dissolve any sub-committee it has appointed.

17. Appeals Committee

The Appeals Committee of the league will consist of the President, Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer or in their absence such officers as the executive may wish not to exceed 3 people.

18. Annual Subscription

(a)Annual membership shall be €25 per player. This will be the only subscription to be paid by Clubs in respect of membership of the League. €2 per player per year will be put into an Education Fund for distribution to Scholarship recipients only.

(b) Each club in membership of the league must be insured. Clubs must have appropriate Public Liability cover in place. Clubs by entering the League indemnify the Kildare and District Underage League in any action where the Public Liability Insurance has ceased during the year.
For clubs who do not have their own insurance the Hon.Secretary of the league will arrange insurance.

(c) Teams may be barred from participation in competitions until monies due have been fully discharged

(d) Clubs must have all monies from the previous season paid before affiliation may be accepted.

(e) Trophies will be withheld from Clubs who have any outstanding monies due to the League at time of presentation.

19. General Meeting notice

Not less than 14 days of notice of all general meetings annual or special, shall be given by the league Hon. Secretary to all fully registered members of the league.

20. Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.)
(a) The Annual General Meeting of the league shall be held on or before 10th June each year as arranged by the Executive Committee.

b) All motions must be in writing and be received by the hon. Secretary of the league not less than 14 days before the date for the Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.)

(b) Clubs who are in arrears are not entitled to nominate or second proposed changes to the Constitution and Rules.

(c) All nominations for positions on the committee to be received by the hon. Secretary of the league not less than 14 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.).

(d) Nominations for the Committee and proposed changes to the Constitution and Rules can only be submitted by

(i) the secretary of the affiliated club, duly signed on Club headed paper, and must be seconded by the secretary of one other affiliated club signed on Club headed paper.

(ii) the executive committee

(e) Adoption of proposed changes to constitution and rules require the approval of two thirds of those present and voting.

(f) Where no new nominations are received the sitting member shall be deemed to be elected unopposed.

(g) The following business shall be transacted at the A.G.M.

Minutes of the previous A.G.M.

Chairman’s Report

Annual Report of the Hon. Secretary

Financial Statement

Election of Auditor

Election of Executive Committee (if due)

Election of Committee (if due)

Notice of Motions

21. Special General Meeting

A special general meeting of the league may be called by:

i) The Executive Committee

ii) The hon. Secretary within three days of receipt by him of a requisition, duly signed by not less than half of the fully registered members which must state the business of the meeting and only such business will be discussed.

(a) A fee of €25 shall accompany this requisition by members calling for such meeting. This fee shall be forfeited to the funds of the league if the matter is adjudged too frivolous by the majority of all members present entitled to vote and voting at the Special General

Meeting.

22. General Meeting Quorum
10 fully registered members or 60% of the total numbers of clubs whichever is the least, affiliated to the league entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum at all general meetings, special or annual.

23. Voting
All matters going before the executive committee, and requiring a vote shall be decided by a simple majority of those present and voting.

(b) Adoption of proposed changes to constitution and rules require the approval of two thirds of those present and voting.

(c) Voting at executive and general meetings shall be by a show of hands but any two members entitled to vote may request and be granted a secret ballot.

(d) Each club affiliated to the league shall be entitled to one vote.

(e) Only fully paid up members of the league are entitled to vote at a general meeting of the league annual or council.

24. General Meetings
A fine of €50 will be imposed on all clubs (registered with the league) who are not represented at a general meeting of the league annual or council.

25. Property
(a) The league shall have the power to acquire hold, sell, lease, mortgage or change real and league property. Real property shall not be transferred sold, leased, conveyed, mortgaged or otherwise changed, dealt with, without the consent of a special or annual general meeting.

(b) The personal property of the league shall be vested with the President , Chairperson, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer for the time being of the league who shall hold same in trust for the league.

(c) All trophies in possession of league or league clubs are to be fully insured by the league.

26. Book of Account and Bank Accounts

The books of account shall be kept by the league showing the full record of all receipts and payments for the league.

(a) The Executive Committee shall open all necessary bank accounts on behalf of the league and all cheques drawn on the said accounts shall be signed by the Hon. Treasurer and counter signed by the Chairperson or Hon. Secretary.

(b) The league shall indemnify all members of the executive committee in respect of any loss or out of pocket expenses, bona fide, incurred by him/her in or about the execution of their duties.

27. Audit
An auditor (auditors) shall be appointed at the annual general meeting. No member of the league shall be appointed auditor.

28. The Constitution and rules of the league
(a) Alterations and additions to this Constitution must be made at a general meeting of members, annual or special provided that the resolution proposing same is carried by a vote of two thirds of the fully registered members, present, entitled to vote at this meeting.

(b) Not withstanding rule 16 the Executive Committee may, at any time amend alter or add to these rules but only in so far as any such amendment, alteration or addition is properly required by reason of amendment, alteration or addition to the rules of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (S.F.A.I.) Leinster Football Association of Ireland L.F.A. Women’s Regional Football Committee, or the Football Association of Ireland (F.A.I.)

29. Meetings
(a) A meeting of club representatives hereinafter referred to as a council meeting shall be held as often as the executive committee consider but not less than 7 meetings per year. This meeting will consist of the reading of minutes, correspondence, disciplinary matters and any other business that may arise. A financial statement to be read at each meeting.

(b) Two or more clubs may not be represented by one and the same delegate.

• General Operational Rules •

30. Administration
The league shall administer divisional leagues for the age groups depending on the number of applications. Teams will be entered in appropriate divisions by the Fixture Secretary. Age eligibility shall be calculated from January 1st of the season in which the competitions finishes. The age groups are classed as at the 1st of January each year.

31 Affiliation
(a) Teams should be affiliated by 30th June- July in each season for Standard season and 28th February for Summer season football. Applications after this date may only be accepted at the discretion of the Executive Committee. Only official applications fully completed shall be accepted.

(b) Application forms shall be issued to each club not later than June 1st each year for Standard season and 1 February for Summer season. The Executive shall have the power to reject any application for affiliation.

(c) All teams must be registered before the start of the season. The Executive committee may register teams after the start date of the season at their discretion.

(d) A fine of €50 will be imposed for any late application of an 11 a side team.

(e) The executive may carry out checks of Match Cards with a view to highlighting player registration irregularities and or registration fee irregularities. The Executive may take the following action including forfeiture of League points, removal from Cup/Shield competitions and fine clubs for registration irregularities. Any such action will relate only to the particular match card scrutinised. A fine of €50 will be imposed in respect of every unregistered player, if any team is found guilty of playing unregistered players and will have their fixtures stopped until the players are registered.

32. Competitions
(a) There shall be two competitions league and cup. The committee may at its discretion run extra competitions.

(b) All teams playing in a competitive League within the Kildare & District Underage League will be eligible to compete in the Cup competition.

(c) Only teams competing outside of the Top (Premier) Division will be eligible to compete in the Shield competition.

(d) If there is only division at a specific age group teams that are beaten in their first Cup game will be entered in the Shield.

(e) In the event of a tie on points a play off will decide the places. If both teams are still level ten minutes each way extra time will be played. If both teams are still level FIFA penalty rule will apply.

(f) Extra time and ten minutes each way will be played in the event of a draw in normal time and the FIFA penalty rule will then apply if teams are still level in Cup Finals only. In all other rounds the game will go directly to FIFA Penalty rule

(g) All finals and play off games shall be played at a venue decided by the executive.

(e) If for any reason a match has been abandoned before the completion of the full period of time the executive committee shall have the power to

Order the match to be replayed

Leave the result stand.

Take other appropriate action

33. Player registration
(a) Registrations/Internal Transfer/Re-grading forms (or electronic registration) must be lodged with the Registrar accompanied by the appropriate fee at least 24 hours before kick off time of a League game.

(b) A player must be registered at least 1 (One) day before kick off for his club to be eligible to play in Cup Competitions. Proof of posting or electronic date will be accepted as date of registration.

The onus is on the Club Secretary/Officer to ensure that the Registration Forms/re-grading forms / Electronic registration and or transfer forms are completed properly. Forms which do not indicate the Kildare & District Underage League ID Number will be considered to be invalid.

Player registration/ re-grading forms or transfers forms between clubs within the League will only be accepted on Kildare and District Underage League official forms or by electronic registration

Each player must be properly registered with the appropriate team within the League before participating in any of its competitions.

Where a club has two or more teams at one age group and the player’s registration form does not clearly indicate the team for which he is registering the player will automatically be registered for the highest graded team from that Club at that age group.

Each Club must have a signed parents agreement to register a player to play for the Club and the League, Form must also indicate that the Parents/ Player agrees to be bound by the Rules of the Kildare & District Underage League . Parents must also agree that the League or its representatives may video/photograph any child within the League and that the video/photograph may be used by the League in local/national papers /brochures to promote the League as they deem fit.

This agreement must be produced at the league’s offices within forty eight (48) hours from the date of a request for same.

Failure to produce this agreement within the prescribed time (unless there is an acceptable reason) will be taken as an acceptance of guilt and the player will treated as an unregistered player

(c ) A registered player may then play for any team in his club in the League provided he is under age subject to:

No team may play more than 4 players from a small sided team in an 11 a side (Competitive league) team unless they receive permission in writing from the Executive Committee

In the 11 a side game Competitive League where a club has two or more teams at the same age group a player once registered with a team or where rule 29c applies a player must receive a re-grading in the month of January -July in respect of Summer Soccer if he wishes to play for any other one team at that age group.

In small sided games each team may play a maximum of 2 players from another team at the same age group provided that all players on the day play a minimum of one half of a game.

A re-grading of players within a club from one team to another may be completed in the calendar month of January- July for Summer Soccer - subject to a maximum re-grading of 3 players per club

If a team wishes to sign more than two players who were registered with another club in the previous season it must state in writing, compelling reasons why they are requesting to do so, and submit together with the registration forms for the Executive Committee to decide on the registration of the players.

In the event that a club ceases to exist or cannot facilitate a specific age group of players, then the registration of such players will be decided by the Executive Committee.

Transfers from one team to another or re-grading of players must be forwarded to the Registrar (accompanied by the appropriate fee) on the official League Transfer/ Re-grading / Electronic registering in accordance with Registration rules. Failure to notify the registrar of such transfers or re-grading will render any or all transfers /re grading invalid.

A fine of €50 will be imposed in respect of every player entered on a match card that is not registered / incorrectly registered in accordance with Rule 29.

Teams found to be playing players who are not registered or are incorrectly registered in accordance with Rule 29 may forfeit the game/ have match points deducted against them and or be removed from the competition(s) from that stage.

Proof of player registration will be the confirmation email produced on electronic registration

Clubs may not sign more than two (One) players at any age group from Under 12 to Under 16) in any given season who have been registered as a member of the KDUL Academy whilst being a registered player of another club in the previous season

For Information an Academy player is a player who has represented the League in a competitive Inter League game in the previous year between the ages of 12 and 15

(d) The onus is on the club to be responsible for all player registrations

(e) No player may play in a competitive match for more than one club during the same season without being transferred from the original club by the completion of an official transfer /Electronic Registration form. Breach of this rule will result in the suspension of the team manager, the team and loss of points or match

(f) The date stamp of the League/Electronic Registration will be regarded as the official date of registration of the player. Where a player completes two or more registration forms the team the player plays his first competitive game for will be deemed the official registered team.

(g) Action may be taken against players who complete more than one registration form in a season without receiving a transfer including fine, suspension and or both.

(h) Players who play for another club without receiving an appropriate transfer form will invalidate their original registration and will make themselves ineligible to participate for any team in the League

34. Transfers
(a) Players wishing to transfer from or to any other league must complete the appropriate transfer form and have the said form stamped by the appropriate League. The Club wishing to transfer/register the player to play must pay the club from whom the player is being transferred a transfer fee of €25. Transfer form must accompany electronic registration of player.

(b) The transfer deadline is football The transfer period for all football under the jurisdiction of the SFAI up to and including the Under 16 grade shall be:
a) From 1st August to 31st December when transferring between teams both competing in the winter
season;
b) From 1st August to 31st January when transferring from a team competing in the winter season to a
team competing in the summer season;
c)From 1 st January to 30th April when transferring from a team competing in the summer
season to a team competing in the summer
season; and
d)From 1st August to 31st August when transferring from a team competing in the
summer season to a team competing in the winter season.
For the avoidance of doubt
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The registration period shall be as defined by the SFAI from time to time
The transfer period for Girls and Youths football shall be as the FAI Rule book
(c) The players of a team withdrawn or removed from the league become the property of the league and shall remain so until such time as a transfer is sanctioned. The league may allow other affiliated clubs to sign a maximum of three such players.

(d) A player may not transfer more than once in a season without permission from the executive committee. Breach of this rule may result in loss of points or match.

(e) Any irregularities will be dealt with by the Executive Committee or by elected Committee members nominated by the Executive.

35. Team colours
(a) Each team must register its team colours (and alternate colours) with the league.

(b) In the event of a fixture between two clubs, playing in similar colours the home team shall change colours. In the event of a cup fixture where neither team is at home the team drawn as the home team must change.

(c) All gear must be numbered in accordance with the rules in effect at time of fixture.

(d) Goalkeepers must wear colours that will distinguish them from other players and the referee.

36. Fixtures
(a) Clubs will be notified of fixtures by publication of the same in a national and or provincial paper or as by whatever means deemed appropriate by the executive committee.

(b) All games must be played on the date specified by the fixture secretary. Grounds must be marked. Nets and corner flags must be erected.

(c) Times of matches shall be arranged at the discretion of the section secretary.

(d) The home or away team may appeal against the kick off time of a match to the section secretary whose decision on the matter shall be final.

(e) If an away team is not ready to commence the game 15 minutes after the official starting time of a game the waiting team may disband and claim a walk over.

(f) Teams arriving more than 10 minutes late for a fixture will be subject to a €25 fine.

(g) A team claiming a walk over must notify the fixture secretary in writing within 72 (seventy two) hours of the match of their intention to claim a walk over (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday’s excluded)

(h) Where appropriate the team claiming a walk over should complete the referee’s card and pay the appropriate fee.

(i) Where a team has failed to fulfil a fixture the committee may award the points/game to the opposition at their discretion.

(j) A section secretary does not have the authority to call off a fixture.

(k) It is the responsibility of the home team to notify the referee of any alterations in fixtures. Failure to observe this rule will result in a fine of not less than €60. No excuses will be accepted for the referee not being notified.

(l) The executive at the formation meeting or subsequent meetings will advise Clubs of the method of reporting games. The home team - or in the event of an SFAI Cup competition the KDUL team must report the result of the game. Result of game to be submitted by 7pm on date of game or in the event of an evening game within 12 hours of the kick off time. Failure to observe this rule will result in a fine of not less than €50. The Secretary or club contact will be notified by text that the result was not received and if a result is not received within 24 hours an additional fine of €100 will be imposed.

(m) Clubs will be fined a minimum of €250 where a result official submits a result for a game that did not take place and results official may be suspended from all duties under the jurisdiction of the Kildare and District Underage League.

(n) In the event of a match being played at a neutral venue the manager of the winning team to report on game in accordance with rule 36(L).

(o) Where a pitch is unavailable the match will revert to the opponents ground.

(p) In all Cup and shield games if the ground is unplayable, the home team must find an alternative ground or travel to the opponents ground. If this is not possible on the appointed day the game must be played on the opponents ground as directed by the fixture secretary.

(q) Matches may only be changed to a date prior to the advertised date and time provided agreement is received from the opposition and the league. If the game does not take place on the new date the original fixture date applies.

(r) Any team failing to fulfil two games in any one season may be removed from all competitions.

37. Match Card.

(a) The secretary, team manager or other responsible person of the home club shall prior to the start of a match, complete the full team sheet in block capitals and give the match card to the opposition officials who shall complete the team sheet in block capitals and return the completed card to the referee before the start of the game.

(b) The official named on the referee’s card of either team shall be at liberty, at half time only to request the signatures and date of births of not more than three players on the opposing team

(c) The names and signatures of any substitutes used in the second half of a game may be obtained when the game has concluded. The referee should be consulted before any names or signatures are requested.

(d) Teams failing to agree to players supplying their signature will be taken as an admission of guilt and the executive committee will deal with the matter in accordance with rule

(e)The executive committee may at their discretion attend a match and request the signatures of any of the players participating. If the executive committee discover any discrepancies they will be at liberty to take action in accordance with rule 30(e).

38. Substitutes
Substitutes are allowed at any time during the game on a roll on roll off basis.

39. Postponements
(a) Definitions: Postpone, Call off, cancel or free day referred to as postponement. A team wishing to postpone a game must have prior approval of the committee. The request for the postponement must be submitted in writing no later than 10 days prior to proposed date of fixture subject to a maximum of 2 postponements before Christmas and two postponements after Christmas.

(b) Games postponed due to bad weather or for any other reason must be reported to the fixture secretary or person as designated by the executive committee by the home team in accordance with rule 36 (L).

(c) It is the responsibility of the team failing to fulfil a fixture to notify the referee in respect of any alterations to match arrangements. Failure to observe this rule will result in a fine of not less than €60.

(d) No excuses will be accepted for the referee not being notified.

(e) Teams travelling outside the jurisdiction of the Kildare & District Underage League must obtain written approval from the league hon. Secretary (S.F.A.I. and the FAI) at least 14 days in advance of fixture.

(f) No permission will be granted to teams to cancel a league fixture in order to play a friendly match.

(g) No club/team is allowed to make or break an official fixture.

(h) Clubs failing to fulfil a fixture will be subject to a minimum fine of €125. Provision may also be made for compensation to be paid by the offending team to the travelling team.

(i) Clubs failing to fulfil any match may be removed from other competitions at the discretion of the executive committee.

(j) These postponements not to include Funerals, Communion or Confirmation. Only one postponement per team for Communion/Confirmation.

40. Referees
(a) The official referee for a game will be appointed by the league.

(b) Managers are not allowed officiate matches involving their own teams

(c) Referees match fees shall be paid in full by the home team for all league fixtures at the appropriate rate. The rate to be decided at the management meeting of the season.

(d) For knockout competitions the home team will pay the match fee.

(e) In the event of matches being played at neutral venues the responsibility for payment to the referee will be undertaken by the league.

(f) Where both teams are present and the fixture is not taking place due to the ground being unplayable the referee is entitled to half the match fee only.

(g) Where one team does not show the referee is entitled to the full match fee.

(h) Any complaints regarding the refereeing of fixtures must be made in writing and submitted within 72 (seventy two) hours of the said match. (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday’s excluded)

(i) No Club/Team is allowed to change the official referee for any game small side or 11 aside games without the permission from the Fixture Secretary. Minimum fine for this offence will be €250.

41. Protests
(a) Protests must be in writing from the club secretary/ chairman and forwarded by registered post to the hon. secretary within 72 (seventy two) hours of the date of playing the match in which the protest relates. (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday’s excluded)

(b) An exact copy of the protest must be forwarded by registered post at the same time to the secretary of the club against which the protest is being made.

(c) A bank draft or postal order or cheque for €25 to accompany each protest to league Hon. Secretary which will be refunded in the event of the protest being successful.

(d) The registrar of the league may be consulted by a club secretary on a Monday night from 7.30 to 9 p.m. or by appointment in respect of mid week games to examine the relevant player registrations forms. Search fee is €6.50.

(e) A search shall allow details of seven players to be checked for a single fee.

(f) Counter protests must be forwarded to the hon. Secretary of the league within 72 (seventy two) hours of receipt of a protest by any club, (Sundays and Public Holidays excluded) and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

(g) An exact copy of the counter protest must be sent by registered post at the same time to the secretary of the club against which the protest is being made.

(h) All matters relating to protests will be considered by the league disciplinary committee whose decision shall be final. All protests and counter protests must state the rule reference under which the protest or rule reference is being lodged otherwise the protest or counter protest cannot be considered.

(i) The birth certificate/ Passport of a player must be produced at the league’s offices within fourteen days from the date of a request for same.

Failure to produce the Birth Certificate/Passport within the prescribed time (unless there is an acceptable reason) will be taken as an acceptance of guilt

42. Appeals
Appeals concerning fines of the Fixture Secretary must be must be in writing from the club secretary/ chairman and forwarded by registered post to the hon. Secretary within 72 (seventy two) hours of the date of the decision in which the fine relates. (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday’s excluded)

A bank draft or postal order or cheque for €25 to accompany each appeal to league hon. Secretary. The money will be refunded in the event of the appeal being successful.

43. Over Age players
Any team found guilty of playing overage player/players may be expelled from all competitions with immediate effect and the club will be fined a minimum of €250

The manager/managers who play and overage player/players will be suspended from all activities under the jurisdiction of the KDUL for a period of not less than two years.

44. Suspended players.
(a) A player sent off is automatically suspended for the next fixture (in accordance with FIFA rules) following the match in which the player was dismissed.

(b) On receipt of referee’s report further disciplinary action may be instigated by disciplinary committee

(c) A team found guilty of playing a suspended player will have the match awarded against them and be fined a minimum fine of €100

45. Poaching
Any club representative, Club agent, third party, parent or guardian found poaching from other clubs or approaching parents with same interest during the playing season shall be (a) deducted 15 points for a first offence (b) relegated to a division lower than its current division for a further offence.

46. Teams withdrawing from league
a) In the event of a team having to withdraw from the league, their resignation should be tendered in writing to the hon. Secretary of the league and their opponents not less than 3 (three) days prior to the date on which a match was fixed. Failure to comply with this rule may result in the offending club having to pay all expenses incurred due to the withdrawal.

(b) If the team has completed one third of or more of their league fixtures their record in the league table shall stand. Points for un-played matches shall be credited to other teams within their league as they accrue. Teams who have completed less than one third of their league fixtures shall have their league records deleted from the league table.

(c) Teams withdrawing from the League shall be fined a minimum of €125.

47. Representative Teams or Academy players
Each club shall place its players at the disposal of the Executive Committee. Any player selected to play in a representative match or selected for Academy Coaching should attend. If a club is found to be encouraging the player not to attend they shall be deemed to be guilty of misconduct and will be dealt with by the Executive Committee.

48 Teams Grounds

Each club shall place their grounds at the disposal of the Executive Committee.

49 Conduct
(a) (i) Managers and Club Officials are requested to show good example to their players, by not abusing match officials or opposing team mangers/officials from the sidelines. Disciplinary action will be taken against any club found in breach of this rule.

(ii) Where manager/assistant managers are reported by a referee for abuse towards a referee or players a minimum fine of €200 will be imposed. For a second offence a minimum fine of €400 will apply. For any subsequent report by a referee for abuse towards a referee or players the manager/assistant managers will be banned from participating in any games played under the auspices of the Kildare and District Underage League.

(iii) Where a club member or spectator is reported by a referee for abuse towards a referee or players a minimum fine of €200 will be imposed. For a second offence a minimum fine of €300 will apply. For any subsequent report by a referee for abuse towards a referee or players the committee reserve the right to take further action.

(iv) Reports of managers/Officials requesting referees to rescind cards of any colour given during a game shall be deemed as abuse of an official.

(v) Clubs are responsible for the action of Players, Managers and Spectators. Clubs failing to control players, managers or spectators shall be fined in accordance with the League rules as above.

(vi) Where Managers/Coaches/Players/Supporters are reported for serious abuse of any official of the League or referee the executive may ban Managers/Coaches/ Players/Supporters from participating in any capacity under the auspices of the Kildare and District Underage League.

(b) Where Managers/Coaches/Players/Supporters are reported for serious abuse of any official of the League or referee the Executive may ban Managers/Coaches/ Players/Supporters from participating in any capacity under the auspices of the Kildare & District Underage League.

50. Trophies
(a) All non competitive League participants to receive certificates.

(b) All competitive winners or runners-up in league, cup, shield and any other competitions organised by the League will receive medals.

(c) Sixteen medals will be presented to winners and runners up in competitive league, cup and shield competitions. Clubs may purchase a maximum of 4 further medals at their own expense

(d) One manager and one coach medal will be presented to the manager and coach of both the winning team and the runners-up.

(e) Clubs will sign for trophies presented to them.

(f) Clubs are responsible for trophies in their possession and will be fined the repair value if trophies are damaged on return or replacement value if trophies are lost.

(g) All league cups and shields should be returned to the league by the winning team not later than 1st February each year. Clubs failing to return cups after first warning will be invoiced to value of trophy.

51. Fines

(a) All fines regarding non fulfilment and no reporting of matches will be issued automatically by the Fixture Secretary or as decided by the Executive Committee.

(b) Clubs wishing to appeal against such fines can appeal to the appeals committee.

(c) Fines must be paid within seven days of notification.

52. General
Duration of games as per FAI Player Development Plan

53. Rule Book
(a) Ignorance of rules will not be accepted as reason for non compliance with the Constitution and Rules of Kildare & District Underage League.

(b) Rule book will be entered on website after each AGM

54 Management Committee
The Executive Committee of the league shall have the power to decide on all matters not covered by these rules.

55. Correspondence:
The League (K.D.U.L) to correspond only with the named officers of the Club. No correspondence will be accepted from a club unless it comes through one of the recognised officers.

56. Removal of team from field of play
Clubs removing teams from the field of play before the end of the game without the referees consent will be subject to a minimum fine of €200 or as decided by the executive.

57. Legal Action
No affiliated members of the League shall take any legal action against the League on any issue relating to the application of the League’s Rules until all the possibilities of sports jurisdiction within the FAI have been exhausted.

58. Academy Compensation
Where a player attends the KDUL Academy and the Club subsequently receives compensation as a result of the change of status of the player each club voluntarily agrees to pay the Academy 5% of the fee in respect of each year that the player attends the Academy. This notification will appear annually on the application form.

59 Video/Photography
Clubs are responsible for their parents/Supporters/ Club members/ Managers/Coaches taking photographs/Video of matches

60 Appeals to Other Bodies
Clubs players or members of clubs dissatisfied with any decision of the league shall have the right of appeal to the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI), Leinster Football Association of Ireland, Leinster Womens , Football Council and or Women’s Football Association of Ireland as appropriate in accordance with their rules.




Matt Lawlor Small Side Games

Coaching and Development guidelines

All rules in accordance with FAI Player Development Plan

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