WC1N Football League
The Constitution
General organisation of the League
Nomenclature The League will be known as “WC1N Football League” and will be identified in this document as “the League” and on the website www.8asidefootball.com
Statement of Principles
The League supports the aims and objectives of Coram’s Fields.
The League will be affiliated to Thomas Coram’s Fields.
Administration: the League Management Committee
The League Management Committee (“LMC”) will administer the League in accordance with the Rules, Regulations and Practices of the Football Association.
The LMC will consist of the Chairman, Treasurer, the Fixtures/Results Secretary and the Referee’s Secretary.
The members of the LMC will be elected at the League General Meetings.
Membership and organisation of Clubs
The League will comprise 20 Clubs, divided into two Divisions of 10. Each Club will nominate a representative (Manager) who will act as a contact between the Club and the LMC in all League business during the season and will represent the Club at all General Meetings unless another member from his Club attends in his place.
If a Club Manager changes, the new one must inform the Secretary immediately.
A contact list for all Club Managers is published on the website. Any amendments must be emailed to the LMC.
General rules of membership
League Subscriptions: The League Subscriptions will be set by the LMC and are payable to the Treasurer on demand. The Level of the subscription will be ratified at every AGM. Subscriptions will be used for general League expenditure. (Currently at £30 per team per season).
Any new club entering into the league will have to pay £100 to secure against non payment of pitch fees following a possible expulsion in the first year.
Club names and Team Colours: Managers must inform the League Secretary of any changes to their Club or Team Colours: the Contact List will be updated to reflect any such changes and is available on the website.
Withdrawal of Clubs from the League: Any Club wishing to withdraw from the League must inform the LMC as soon as possible to allow a replacement to be found. If a Club withdraws from the League during the season, League subscriptions and Coram’s Fields charges will remain due and no money paid will be refunded.
Competition Rules
All fixtures will be played at Coram’s Fields.
All matches will kick-off at the time stated on the fixture list. They will be split into two halves of equal duration. If any match starts later than the stated kick off time, extension to finish later is entirely at the discretion of Coram’s Fields staff.
Matches will be played between two Teams of eight players each. Each Team will be allowed to make an unlimited number of substitutions in each match.
If one Team has less than six players present at Coram’s Fields at 18.10, that Team will forfeit the match with a result of 0-3 see Forfeits section below), and will be liable to pay the full referee’s fee.
This is subject to any contrary agreement between the Team Managers prior to kick-off. Such an agreement is binding on both Teams and cannot be changed after kick-off.
Each Team should provide at least one match ball of good quality.
The two Teams will wear shirts of distinguishable colours. If there is a clash of colours, bibs will be held at Coram’s Fields for the use of one of the Teams.
Shin pads must be worn by all players.
Any type of ‘blade’ soled boots, whether metal or rubber are prohibited.
Playing Seasons, Fixtures and Cancellations
The calendar year will be split into two seasons, the first to run from January to June and the second to run from September to December.
The Fixtures Secretary will circulate a Fixture List to all Clubs, the LMC and Coram’s Fields Administration.
Managers who are aware that certain dates will be unsuitable for their Clubs must notify the Fixtures Secretary by email prior to the Fixture List being compiled. After circulation of the Fixture List, alterations can only be made in exceptional circumstances.
As pitch availability is limited at Coram’s Fields, postponements can only be due to bad weather and must be made on the referee’s recommendation with the agreement of Coram’s Fields ground staff.
If a match is cancelled within 24 hours of the kick off time then the cancelling team must also pay the opposition’s Referee’s fees.
If a match is cancelled within 5 working days of the kick off time then the cancelling team must also pay the opposition’s pitch fees.
Laws of the Game; Referees; Sin Bin; Referee’s Match Report
All matches will be played in accordance with the FA Laws of the Game except that:
At the kick-off the ball may be played backwards.
There will be no Offside Rule.
Goal Kicks will be taken from any point on the goal line.
The nearest permissible distance at free kicks will be 7 yards.
Cautionable offences will be punished using a Sin Bin system (see below).
The Referees’ Secretary will appoint referees for all matches.
The referee’s fee will be determined by the LGM and must be paid prior to the start of the match.
If a referee does not arrive for a match, a substitute referee may be appointed by agreement between the Team Managers. Such substitute referee must be paid the full referee’s fee, unless they take part in the match.
In the event that a referee is not available to officiate, the match will abide by the league rules, and any result will stand. Matches will not be classed as Friendlies.
Sin Bin – if the referee deems a player to have committed a caution-able offence, that player will be expelled from the match for ten minutes, and may not be replaced by a substitute during that time. If the ten minutes extends into the half-time break, the player will be expelled for a total of ten minutes playing time (either side of half time).
A second caution-able offence by the same player will result in a sending-off. The referee will complete a Referee’s Match Report form after the match on which he will mark the result and the names of any players Sin-Binned or sent off. The referee may also choose a Man of the Match, who will be indicated on the Report.
Referee’s can use a straight Red card and also impose a 3 match ban for persistent or violent conduct. They then email the offence to the LMC and the player’s manager. If the banned player turns up and plays during his ban the team will be expelled from the league forthwith.
Notification of Results, Points Awarded, Forfeits, League Placings
Team Managers must notify the Fixtures & Results Secretary of match results and goal scorers within three working days of the match.
Points will be awarded for each match as follows:
Win 3 points; Draw 1 point; Defeat 0 points
A Team will be deemed to have forfeited a match if any of the following circumstances hold:
Team does not arrive for a match that has not been previously postponed (see section on postponements above).
Team has insufficient players to complete the match (see section on number of players above).
The match is abandoned by the referee as a result of improper conduct by one Team or by a player or players of one Team.
All forfeits will have a result of 0-3.
All forfeits may result in Sanctions being imposed on the offending Club (see section on Sanctions and Punishments below). In addition the offending Club will be held liable for the full referee’s fee.
The total number of points won by each Club during the current Season will determine League placing.
If a fixture cannot be played due to bad weather or matters outside the leagues control then a no score draw will be recorded for the result.
If two or more Clubs have the same number of points, positions will be determined using the following order of priority:
goal difference;
goals scored;
matches won;
aggregate result of that Season’s matches between the two Clubs;
drawing lots
Championship, Promotion, Relegation, And Play-offs
The Club with most points in their Division will be champions.
The two lowest placed Clubs in the First Division will be relegated to the Second, and the two highest placed Clubs in the Second Division will be promoted to the First.
Any Club finishing in last place in the Second Division in both the spring and Winter Seasons of the same calendar year will enter into a play-off match with a Team from the waiting list selected by the LMC.
Trophies and Presentations
Trophies will be awarded to the champion Club of each Division at the League General Meetings held after the end of each Season (see section on Meetings below). Trophies will also be awarded to individual players, under the following categories:
Individual players of the champion Clubs will receive Championship medals (12 to each Club unless a specific request is made to the League Treasurer);
Divisional Player of the Season trophies will go to the two individuals winning the most Man of the Match votes from the Referees (see section on Referee’s Match Reports above);
Two Divisional Top Goal scorers. 2. Trophies awarded to individuals become property of that person and do not need to be returned. 3. Trophies awarded to Clubs remain the property of the League and must be returned to the League in time for presentation to the new Champions. Any damage or loss of the trophies whilst in possession of the Clubs will be made good at that Club’s expense.
Management of the League
One League General Meetings will be held each calendar year in September.
All Clubs may submit items for inclusion in the Agenda of any League General Meeting. Such items should be communicated to the LMC, preferably in writing/email, at least one week before the Meeting.
Each Club must send at least one representative to all League General Meetings.
Non-attendance will result in a 6 point deduction within the forth coming season.
Notification of LGM’s will be done via the website www.8asidefootball.com and by email to each team’s Manager.
Quorum for League General Meetings will be seven attendees (a barely-quorate Meeting would therefore result in a 6 point deduction within the forth coming season).
Votes will be conducted by show of hands.
Each Club will have only one vote on any issue.
No Club may vote on any sanction or punishment directly pertaining to that Club.
LMC members cannot vote at League General Meetings, except in the event of a tied vote, when the casting vote will pass to a member of the LMC whose Clubs is not involved in the issue.
League Management Committee, Nomination and Election; LMC Meetings
The LMC will conduct the regular administration of the League. For this purpose it will meet at least twice during the Season. Any matters arising from this Constitution will be interpreted by the LMC in their absolute discretion.
Each Club may provide at least one member of the LMC at any time.
If an LMC member resigns between LGM’s, the Chairman may appoint a temporary replacement.
To remain in post, that member must be formally elected at the next LGM. Each candidate for election to the LMC must be nominated by one Club representative and seconded by another.
Membership of the LMC may only be permanently changed by election at the LGM.
Quorum at LMC Meetings will be three, one of whom must be the Chairman.
The LMC will have power of jurisdiction over any matters affecting the League but not covered in this Constitution.
In the event of the League’s finances resulting in a deficit, the LMC may call on all Clubs to make an equal contribution to restore the balance of figures.
Where the conduct of any Club, or of a player or players of any Club, is deemed to have contravened the spirit of the League as determined by the LMC, sanctions may be applied against that Club.
Sanctions will take the form of deduction of points or expulsion of a Club or player from the League – no fines will be imposed under any circumstances, although in some cases a Club may be held liable for the full referee’s fee. WC1N Football League;
Non-payment of referee's fee
Deduction of 3 points
Non-payment of league subs or Coram's Pitch Fee's within 30 days of invoice handout
Deduction of 6 points
Non-payment of league subs or Coram's Pitch Fee's within 44 days of invoice handout
Suspension of club and forfeit of all funds received to-date, i.e. expulsion of club
Failure to show at match
Deduction of 3 points & full payment of pitch & referees fee by forfeiting team
Abandonment of match due to serious misconduct
A) Forfeit match, B) Deduction of 6 points, and C) Possible expulsion
Persistent serious foul play by player/players
Deduction of 6 points, expulsion of player or club
Persistent, violent conduct
Straight red card - 3 match ban. Email of the offence to the LMC and players manager. If the banned player turns up and plays during his ban the team will be expelled from the league forthwith.
Non-attendance at League General Meeting
Deduction of 6 points
After receiving the Referee’s report, the LMC will meet and invite both team managers to discuss the offence.
Forfeits are classed as a 3 – 0 defeat
In the case of possible expulsion, a League Management Meeting will be called to determine the fate of the offending Club. At such a Meeting, a two-thirds majority vote will be required to expel the Club or individual whose conduct has been deemed unacceptable.
Protests and Appeals
Any dispute arising between Clubs will be referred to the LMC, whose decision on the dispute will be binding.
Membership Agreement
All Clubs will be deemed to have assented to abide by the rules embodied in this Constitution and to have agreed to abide by all decisions of the LMC.
Alterations to Constitution
Alterations to this Constitution can be made in 2 ways.
LGM and must be passed by majority vote.
Extra Ordinary Meeting – where Managers are emailed amended Constitution