SEESFA COUNTY COMPETITION RULES

1. Competitions

The Council shall organise the following competitions:

Under 14 Boys: C.E. Knowles Cup Girls: The Essex Cup

Under 15 The London Cup

Under 16 Boys: L.C. Hill Cup Girls: Victoria Dodds Trophy

Under 18 A Corinthian Casuals Trophy

Under 18 B St. Clement Danes Trophy

Where two leagues are played in competitions leading to participation in English Schools’ F.A. competitions, the winner of each league shall be nominated to represent SEESFA in the appropriate English Schools’ F.A. Competition., (subject to Rule 5 (b)). If only one league is played in any such competition, the top two teams shall be nominated.

League positions will be determined in accordance with Competition Rule 5, as at the limit as set by Council.

In the event of an English Schools’ F.A. competition requiring only one representative from SEEEFA, the winner of a one league competition shall be nominated. A two-league competition will require a play-off between the two league winners.

2. Trophies

All Trophies shall be the property of the Council.

3. Counties Holding a Trophy


A County holding a Trophy shall be responsible for its safe-keeping and for its engraving as soon as possible after the Final. Trophies shall be returned to SEESFA as directed. All costs shall be met by the holders. Where a Trophy is shared, the County taking the Trophy first, shall be responsible for payment.

4. Mementoes

Seventeen suitably engraved mementoes, one of which shall be for the team manager, shall be presented to each County taking part in a final. Extra mementoes may be purchased for squad members of counties concerned. Mementoes shall be presented to match officials at all finals. If a competition is played as a single league, seventeen suitably engraved mementoes shall be presented to the winning county.

5. Organisation of the Competitions

a. i. Normally the competitions shall be played on a league basis in one, two, or four groups, each county playing every other county once. When there are two or four groups they shall be arranged in geographical areas.

ii. As far as is practical the groups shall remain the same for a two-year cycle so that a game played at home one year will be played away the following year.

b. i. Three points shall be awarded for a win and one for a draw. The team with the greatest number of points will be the winner of the league except that any county that has not played all of its games shall not qualify to contest a semi-final or final, or be nominated for a place in an English Schools’ F.A. competition. (A game decided by Emergency Committee shall be considered a game played in this context, and the county awarded the match shall be credited with a 2 - 0 win.)In the event of a tie the positions will be decided by: a. Goal difference b. Goals scored

Should two counties still be tied, the league result between those counties shall decide the league position. If that match has been drawn the away team shall be declared the winner. Where three or more counties are tied, qualification shall be determined by compiling a mini-league of existing results between those counties in a tying position. In any more complicated situation an Emergency Committee shall decide and have the power to order additional games/play-offs etc.

b. ii. Progression to SEESFA semi-finals, final or nomination for a place in the English Schools’ F.A. national competition. The following should apply where two leagues are used to determine progression:

Where all counties in a league have not completed their fixtures by the required deadline (and an Emergency Committee has deemed that no game or games can be awarded which would enable any county in the said league to complete), two counties highest placed, satisfying the SEESFA criteria for league completion from the other league, should be the only counties allowed to progress. In the case of the English Schools’ F.A. national competition both counties in the other league should be nominated. In the case of the corresponding SEESFA competition, both counties progressing by this means from the other league should play each other in the corresponding SEESFA final.

c. i. Arrangements for league matches and for semi-finals and finals once they have been determined by Council shall be in the hands of the secretary of the home county who shall, after consultation with opponents, notify the appropriate Competition Secretary of the date and venue of the game. In under statutory games will be played on Saturdays but mid-week, holiday and evening games are acceptable if both counties agree. Matches may be played on Astroturf or all-weather pitches provided that both counties agree before the match venue is decided.

ii. The result of a match must be notified by First-class mail, e-mail or Fax to the appropriate Competition Secretary using an official form, where supplied, not later than 48 hours after the end of the game. Failure to do so may, at the discretion of an Emergency Committee, result in the offending county not receiving any points for the game though such a game shall be deemed to have been played.

iii. Both counties must inform the appropriate Competition Secretary when a match has been postponed giving the reason for the postponement. All postponed matches must be rearranged within 10 days of the postponement and the new date submitted to the Competition Secretary.

iv. Abandoned matches shall likewise be notified in writing using an official form where supplied, giving the time of the abandonment with reasons, and the score at the time of the abandonment.

v. Every effort shall be made before the end of September to fix dates and venues for inter-county matches. Details of all fixtures are to be submitted to respective Competition secretaries no later than 30th September

d. Difficulties in arranging or playing fixtures which cannot be resolved between secretaries must be referred to the Competition Secretary who will set a minimum of twenty-one days from the date that he has been notified or the Limit Date, in which time the match must be played. If further problems remain an Emergency Committee shall decide on the appropriate action to be taken which can include the power to award points in an unplayed game

e. The limit date for competitions leading to participation in English Schools’ F.A. competitions shall be as decided by the ESFA. In all other competitions the limit date by which all other league matches shall be played shall be the last Saturday in February. In cases of extreme mitigation affecting any matches that remain unplayed by that date and of which the Competition Secretary has been notified, an Emergency Committee shall be empowered to extend the limit date to the second Saturday in March. By this date authorised matches shall be played or an appropriate ruling on the outcome of any such match, still unplayed, shall have been made.

f. A Council meeting shall be convened within two weeks of the Limit date when part of the business shall be the arrangements for all competition semi-finals and finals based on league results at that date.

6. Management of the Competitions

The entire control and management of the competitions shall be vested in the Council. All questions of eligibility, qualifications of competitors, interpretations of rules and alleged breaches of conduct on and off the pitch, shall be referred to Council through the appropriate Competition Secretary. No objection relative to the ground, goal posts or cross-bars or other appurtenances of the game shall be entertained by Council unless a protest is made, in writing, to the referee before the match commences.

7. Laws of the Game

The Laws Of The Game shall be those of the International Football Association Board and as legitimately amended for use in Schools’ Football by the Football Association and the English Schools’ F.A.

8. Entry to Competitions

The entry to competitions shall be open to all counties in affiliation to SEESFA.

9. Age Qualifications

a. The age for all competitions shall be as at midnight between 31st August / lst September.

b. In all under-statutory boys’ competitions a player may play only within his own age group.

c. In all under-statutory girls’ competitions a player may play only within her own two-year age banding.

d. In over-statutory age competitions the rule will be that which applies in ESFA Under 18 inter-county competitions.

10. Match Officials

For all league and semi-final matches three qualified match officials should be appointed by the secretary of the home county. For all finals match officials shall be arranged by the respective Competition Secretary in cooperation with county secretaries.

11. Duration of Matches

Boys: In Under 14 matches: 35 minutes each way.

In Under 15 and 16 matches: 40 minutes each way

In Under 18 matches: 45 minutes each way.

In the event of a draw at full time in all semi-final and final matches an extra minutes each way will be played.

Girls: In all girls’ matches 35 minutes each way will be played.

In the event of a draw at full time in all semi-final and final matches an extra 10 minutes each way will be played.

12. Drawn Matches at the End of Extra Time

If a semi-final results in a draw after extra time, the result shall be decided by the taking of penalty kicks, in accordance with FIFA recommendations published in The Laws Of The Game. In all competitions, if the result of a final is a draw after extra time, the trophy shall be shared.

13. Size of Ball

In Under 14 years matches a size 4 shall be used. In all other games a size 5 ball is to be used.

14. Substitutes

In all matches substitution of players shall be as in ESFA Competitions for similar age-group competitions.

15. Similar Colours

Counties will be expected to play in their nominated colours unless mutually agreed beforehand. In the event of a similarity of colours, the home team shall have the right to retain their own colours.

16. Travelling Expenses

In all games, the travelling team shall be responsible for -their own travelling expenses.

17. Match Expenses

In all games, other than the finals, the home team is responsible for all match expenses, other than the travelling expenses of the travelling team, including the provision of suitable refreshments for the visiting team and officials, who shall not exceed more than 20 in number, and the match officials.

18. Arrangements for Semi-Finals and Finals

Venues for semi-finals for competitions consisting of two leagues will be determined as:

- the winner of one league will be at home to the runner-up of the other league.

- where one or both leagues in a two-league competition do not have four participants there shall be no Semi-finals and the winners of each league shall progress straight to the final.

Venues for all semi-finals from competitions of four leagues and all finals will be determined by a draw.

All semi-finals must be played within 28 days of the league’s limit date

19. Misconduct Reports

The Council may prefer charges against any county, county official, player etc. which/who is deemed to have committed, or is reported, for alleged misconduct.

County Secretaries will deal with any such case in line with standard F.A. procedure on discipline. A misconduct report arising from any game in a SEESFA competition shall be sent by the referee to the local Schools’ County Secretary within two days of the alleged offence. The General Secretary of SEESFA may also be required to deal with any offences when requested to do so by a County secretary.

The responsibility for informing match officials of the procedure shall be with the home county irrespective of the county of the alleged offender(s).

With any charge alleging misconduct (or for notifying a field caution), the Council may levy an Administration Charge against the county or an alleged offender’s county the amount to be the same as that currently stipulated by the Football Association in its Memorandum of Procedure to County F.A.s.

20. The Officers shall have the power to determine anything not provided in these Rules.



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