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Competition Rules

KNOCK-OUT CUP COMPETITION RULES

 

NOTE  :  matches in national competitions (organised by The English Schools Football Association  (ESFA) have priority over all local competitions in Leicestershire and Rutland.

1.  The laws of the game as defined by the Football Association  and The English Schools Football Association shall apply except as otherwise stated.

 

2.  The entire control and management of the competitions shall be in the hands of Council.  Rules as laid down herein must be adhered to throughout.

 

3.  The trophies shall be offered for annual competition amongst the schools  affiliated to Leicestershire & Rutland Sport (Team Leicestershire)

 

4. (a) Matches must be played on or before the date stated unless permission for a change of date has been given by the competition organiser.

(b) The home school shall give the visitors and the referee, if appointed, at least three days notice of the match arrangements.

(c)  Both teams are responsible for notifying the result to the competition organiser.

 

5. Competitions.

 

(a) The Rice Bowl (U11) (nine-a-side)

The age of this competition shall be under eleven at midnight between 31st August and 1st September in any year.  A size four ball shall be used and, where possible, 21ft  x  7ft goal posts.  The Rice Bowl shall only be open to children at primary and junior schools.  The duration of these matches shall be 25 minutes each way.  When a match ends in a draw extra time of five minutes each way shall be played.  If the scores remain level at the end of extra time then the result of the match will be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark (taken in accordance with the rules of F.I.F.A.  i.e five penalties to be taken by each team followed by "sudden death").  Note: Each kick is taken by a different player and all eligible players must take a kick before any player can take a second kick.

If the scores are level at the end of normal playing time in the final, then the trophy shall be shared.

 

(b) (Boys competitions)      The Leicestershire & Rutland Schools Cup (u16) The County Cup (U15), The Secondary Shield (U14), The Leicestershire Trophy (u13),   The Ron Jackson Trophy  (U12)  (eleven-a-side except the u12 competition which is nine-a-side).

The duration of these matches shall be:

u16 Leicestershire & Rutland Schools Cup  -  40 minutes each way           u15  County Cup - 35 minutes each way

u14 Secondary Shield, Under 13 Leicestershire Trophy and Under 12 Ron Jackson Cup : 30 minutes each way.

When a match has resulted in a draw ten minutes (seven minutes at u12 and u13) each way extra time shall be played, and should the scores again be equal, the result shall be determined by the taking of penalty kicks (taken in accordance with the rules of F.I.F.A.  -  as descibed above for the u11 Rice Bowl competition).

The ball used for each competition shall be size 5 (u15 and u16)), size 4 for other competitions.


(c)The Senior Cup (U18)

This is open to schools with over statutory school leaving age pupils. A player in the u19 age group may play if he has rejoined his school / college to resit examinations.   Matches shall be 45 minutes each way.  When a match has ended in a draw, extra time of ten minutes each way shall be played.  Should the scores again be equal, the result shall be determined by the taking of penalty kicks (taken in accordance with the rules of F.I.F.A.)

 

(d) Under 11 seven-a-side competition (Y5 and Y6)

This shall be organised to obtain a team to represent the County in the national competition.  The rules shall be as decided by E.S.F.A.

 

(e) Under 11 'small schools' seven-a-side competition (Y5 and Y6)

The competition is for primary schools with less than one hundred pupils on roll in Key Stage Two.  It shall be organised to obtain a winner to represent the county in the national competition.  The rules shall be as decided by E.S.F.A.

(f)  (Girls competitions).  The duration of matches shall be

u12 (Y7) nine-a-side Cup    25 minutes each way           u14 (Y8 & Y9)  (eleven-a-side)   30 minutes each way       u16     (Y10 & Y11)   (eleven-a-side)      40 minutes each way      u18  (Y12 & Y13)  45 minutes each way.

For all matches  -  when a match ends in a draw after normal playing time, extra time of ten minutes each way (7 minutes at u12 (Y7) shall be played.  If the scores remain equal then the result shall be detyermined by the taking of penalty kicks (taken in accordance with the rules of F.I.F.A.).  See notes for the u11 Rice Bowl competition (above).

The ball used  shall be size 4 (u12 and u14),  size 5  (u16)

(g) Girls Under 18 Cup (Y12, 13)

A player in the u19 age group may play if she has rejoined her school / college to resit examinations.  The duration of matches shall be 45 minutes each way. When a match ends in a draw, extra time of ten minutes each way shall be played. Should the scores remain equal the result shall be determined by the taking of penalty kicks (taken in accordance with the rules of F.I.F.A.)

(h) Futsal competitions.

The rules shall be the same as the rules for FA competitions.  The winner of each local competition shall meet for the County Final.

 

6.  The Council shall have direct control over all matters connected with the Finals.

 

7(a)  Referees and assistant referees.

Where possible neutral referees will be appointed by the competition secretary.  A standard match fee is payable by the home school. The teacher in charge of the team shall decide the fitness of the ground.  Postponed matches shall be played on a date to be mutually agreed, failing which, Council shall decide.  Each team should endeavour to appoint an assistant referee (linesman).

 

8.  The method of making the draws shall be decided by Council who shall have power over any other matter not provided for in these rules.

 

9. Substitutes.

In all outdoor matches, five repeated (or rolling) substitutions shall be allowed.   In all indoor matches, three substitutes shall be allowed.

 

10. In the event of a colour clash (to be decided by the referee if necessary) the home team shall change.