(A) (i) All players competing in matches under the jurisdiction of the League must be registered playing members of their Club.
(ii) Before the start of the season, each Club must send a list of all its players including those playing in veterans or friendly match teams to the League’s Honorary Registration Secretary. The information required for each player is: full name, address, and date of birth.
Additional players may be registered on the day of a match provided that full information is received by the Honorary Registration Secretary within 4 days of the match.
(iii)The Registration of any player leaving a Club, by way of resignation, expulsion or for any reason whatsoever, must be cancelled by notification to the Honorary Registration Secretary within 7 days of the player leaving that Club.
(iv) The Management Committee shall determine all registration disputes.
(v) The Management Committee shall have power to accept the registration of any eligible player. The Management Committee shall have power to refuse or cancel the registration of any player found guilty of undesirable conduct and to disqualify the player in question from participating in all games in the Competition. (Subject to Rule 16).
Undesirable conduct shall mean an incident of repeated conduct, which may deter a participant from being involved in this Competition.
(Note: Action under this clause shall not be taken against a player for misconduct on the field of play until the matter has been dealt with by the AFA, and then only in cases of the player bringing the Competition into disrepute and will in any case be subject to an appeal to the Football Association.)
For the purpose of this rule, bringing the Competition into disrepute can only be considered where the player has received in excess of 112 days suspension, or 10 matches in match based discipline, in a period of two years or less from the date of the first offence.
(B) Clubs must keep a record of the players selected and those who actually played for each team to be available for production to the Management Committee as required.
(C) A register containing the names of all players registered for each Club, with the date of registration, shall be kept by the Registrations Secretary and shall be open to the inspection of any duly appointed Member Club representative at all Management Committee meetings or at other times mutually arranged. Registrations are valid for one season only. Failure to keep an accurate and up-to-date record of registered players may result in the Club being fined (see Schedule of Fees, Payments and Fines)
In the event of a player without a written contract changing his status to that of a contract player with the same Club, another Club in the Competition or within a Club in another Competition his registration as a player without a written contract will automatically be cancelled and declared void
(D) Any team playing an unregistered or otherwise ineligible player or players may have the points gained in the match deducted from its total, and may be fined and/or otherwise dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee.
(i)The Management Committee reserve the right to instruct any team found guilty of fielding unregistered or ineligible players to replay the match(es) in which these players have participated.
(ii) In addition, the team may have points deducted from its total at the discretion of the Management Committee and may be dealt with in any further manner which is thought to be appropriate.
(E) A player having taken part in matches for any Club affiliated to any County Football Association, shall not be allowed to join a Club in the Competition without proving to the officials of the intended Club that the player has discharged all reasonable financial liabilities to the previous Club or Clubs.
In the event that a Player could be required to pay a proportion of a debt due under The FA Football Debt Recovery System then, whether or not the debt has been referred to the relevant County FA, the Competition must not affect the player’s registration in any way or refuse to register a transfer due to that debt being outstanding. The Competition cannot refuse to register a Player for an unpaid non-footballing debt.
(F) (i) A player shall not be allowed to play for more than one Club in the Competition during any one season without the consent of the Management Committee.
(ii) A player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after the 31st March except by special permission of the Management Committee.
(G) To play open age football the player must have achieved the age of 16.
(H) Contract players, as defined in The Football Association Rules, are not permitted to play in this Competition.
A player registered with a F.A. Premier League or Football League Academy will not be permitted to play in this Competition. A player registered with a Centre of Excellence may only play in this Competition subject to the Regulations of the Programme for Excellence.
(I) (i) In all matches in which it competes, each Club shall play its strongest team in its 1st XI, its second strongest team in its 2nd XI and so on.
(ii) Sectional Strength. If on any match day a Club is not fielding all its sides the team(s) that do play must, including any substitute players, be of a relative sectional strength for each fixture.
(iii) Clubs are expected to hold regular selection meetings or a comparable electronic selection programme to select sides of relative sectional strength ( A Club shall play its strongest team in its 1st XI, its second strongest team in its 2nd XI and so on) . Any team not selected in accordance with sectional strength rules as stated above may have any championship, promotion or SAL Cup revoked by the Emergency, Discipline and General Purposes Sub Committee.
(J) Any Club found to have played an ineligible Player in a match or matches shall have any points gained from that match or matches deducted from its record, up to a maximum of 12 points, and have levied upon it a fine. The Management Committee may also order that such match or matches be replayed on such terms as are decided by the Management Committee which may also levy penalty points against the Club in default.
The Management Committee may vary this decision in respect of the points gained only in circumstances where the ineligibility is due to the failure to obtain an International Transfer Certificate or where the ineligibility is related to the Player’s status.
In exceptional circumstances the Management Committee may, at its discretion, award the points available in the match in question to the opponents, subject to the match not being ordered to be replayed.