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Competition Rules

NOMENCLATURE AND CONSTITUTION

1. The Competition shall be called “The West Essex Sunday Charity Cup ” and shall be managed by a Committee comprising the Officers of the Competition and representatives of the competing clubs, all to be elected at the Annual General Meeting, with four members forming a quorum for the transaction of any business.

The Competition, affiliated to the Essex County Football Association, shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the Football Association and, on Cup Tie principle, shall consist of the Clubs whose names are annually returned by the appointed date on the relevant form to the Essex County Football Association.  The area covered by the competition shall be approved by the Management Committee.

Unless otherwise agreed by the Management Committee, the Competition shall comprise of two knock-out cup competitions, namely the “West Essex Sunday Charity Cup” and “West Essex Sunday Charity Trophy” with qualification for entrance to each competition being decided on an annual basis at the AGM.”


ENTRANCE FEE
2.  Applications for Membership are to be made by the 31st of May with an annual entrance fee of £30. Fee to be refunded if the club is not elected into the competition. Entrance fees for all clubs must be paid by the Annual General Meeting and any club in default shall be fined £10.00 or otherwise dealt with as the Management Committee may determine. Notice of withdrawal from Membership of the Competition must be made in writing to the Secretary by the 31st of May and any club in default shall be fined £10.00.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 
3. The Annual General Meeting shall be held no later than the 30th June each year and at this meeting the following business shall be transacted:-    

i) Minutes of the previous A.G.M. read, confirmed and agreed.     
ii) Presentation of Annual Report, Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts.                
iii) Election of Clubs to fill vacancies.            
iv) Election of Officers, Committee and Auditors       
v) Alteration of rules, if any, (prior notice having been given).                
vi) Donation to Charity or Charities as decided by Members
vii) Cup Draw for ensuing season’s Competition shall be made.   
viii) Agree Latest Dates for each round
ix) Any other business                

Each Club shall be entitled to send two representatives to the Annual General Meeting but only one representative shall have entitlement to vote on any matter that may arise. Any club failing to be represented at the Annual General Meeting shall be fined £25.00.

POWERS OF MANAGEMENT 
4. (a) The Officers and Management Committee shall have the powers to apply and enforce the Rules of the Competition and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Competition.  A club having failed to comply with an order or instruction of the Management Committee shall be liable to be fined or otherwise penalised at the discretion of the Management Committee. All decisions of the Management Committee shall be binding subject to the right to appeal to the Board of Appeal in accordance with rule 11.  Decisions of the Management Committee must be notified in writing to those concerned.  All fines are to be paid within 14 days of the date of written notification.

(b) No member, in any circumstances, shall be allowed to vote on any matter relating to the Club he represents. In the event of any dispute or protest be representative of the Club shall not be eligible to sit on the Management Committee whilst such dispute or protest is being determined.

QUALIFIATION OF PLAYERS 
5. All players must be bonafide members of the Club that they represent, registered with their respective league prior to competing in this competition, and shall have played in at least 5 competitivr matches for the Club in the same season  to be able to play in the final. 

No player shall play for more than one Club in the Competition in the same season.

Contract players shall not be allowed to take part in any match in this competition. 

CLUB COLOURS
6. Every club must register its colours with the Secretary. Goalkeepers must wear colours to distinguish themselves from other players and the referee. No player, including the goalkeeper, shall be permitted to wear black or very dark shirts.  Any team not playing in its normal registered colours must notify the colours in which they are to play to their opponents.  In the event of a colour clash the away team is to change.   

PLAYING SEASON, CONDITONS OF PLAY, KICK OFF TIMES , POSTPONEMENTS SUBSTITUTES
7. (a)The AGM shall determine the commencing and concluding dates for the ensuing season which shall be in accordance with the Football Association Rules. No club shall be compelled to play after the concluding date. 

The first drawn club in each round (prior to the Final) shall have the choice of ground and shall be regarded as the “home” Club. The clubs in each tie shall mutually agree a date for the tie in keeping with the agreed dates for rounds to be completed.  In the event of the Club first drawn not being able to provide a suitable pitch for the date agreed, the opposing club shall have the choice of ground.  Where neither club can provide a venue, a neutral pitch may be used.  Expenses for neutral pitches will be shared.

(b) The matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board. All matches shall have a duration of 90 minutes ( 45 minutes eash way) unless a shorter time has been mutually agreed not less than 60 minutes duration (30 minutes each way).              
In the event of a drawn match, extra time of 30 minutes (15 minutes in each half) must be played. If the game is then still drawn, a result must be obtained by penalty kicks, which are to be taken according to the Rules of the Football Association.          
The Kick off time is 10.30am. £10.00 fines for late kick-off will be levied on the Club causing the late kick-off. Referees are not expected to wait beyond 20 minutes. All Referees fees, and Assistants if appointed, will be paid and levied against the offending team. The Committee shall decide the outcome of the match.  Where inclement weather conditions prevail such as ground frost, fog, flooding etc, the referee is permitted to extend the kick off to 11.00am.
The home team shall provide goal nets and also corner flags which conform to the laws of the game. The home team must also provide at least two match balls fit for play. Both clubs shall provide a fully equipped first aid box. Failure to supply will mean a fine of £10.00.

(c) Clubs who do not fulfil an arranged fixture on the day because of reasons beyond their control must inform the Competition Secretary on the day.  The date of rearranged matches shall be fixed by the Management Committee unless mutually agreed by the Clubs.  In the event of any match being abandoned owing to causes which neither Club has control, it shall be replayed on the ground of the Club that had the choice of venue in the first instance, unless the Clubs mutually agree to some other arrangement.  Any Club failing to keep to the agreed date of any round, without valid and acceptable reason shall forfeit the match to their opponents and be fined £10.00.

(d) A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use 5 substitute players in any match in this Competition who may be selected from 5 players. A player who has been substituted himself becomes a substitute and may replace another player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of Association Football.

(e) Semi final matches must be played at least 14 days before the final. The Competition Final tie shall be played on such ground as the Management Committee may determine, with the Committee making all the arrangements in connection therewith.  Finalists shall be responsible for supplying two match balls each on this occasion. 

(f) Each finalist will be responsible for purchasing a minimum of 20 programmes each, no later than 7 days prior to the date of the Competition Final. 

REPORTING RESULTS
8. Each Club competing must send to the Secretary of the Competition, within three days of the tie, the result of the game together with the names of the players who took part therein, failing which the Club shall be fined £20.00, and then £10.00 per week thereafter until the result sheet  has been received by the Secretary.

The winning club is to phone in the result to the competition‘s  secretary by 5pm on the day of the match.

REFEREES 
9. (a)  Registered Referees are to be appointed to act in all matches throughout the Competition in a manner approved by the Management Committee. In the event of the non-appearance of the appointed Referee, the Clubs shall mutually agree upon a Referee and provided the game can be played to a finish it shall rank as a cup-tie.        

(b) The Referee’s inclusive charge shall be £35.00 and shall be jointly defrayed by the two competing Clubs while Assistant Referees, where appointed, shall receive £20.00 each.             

(c) In the event of a match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to half of their match fee, but where a match is not played owing to one Club being in default, that Club shall pay the Officials, if they reasonably attend the ground, their full fee. 

(d). Any Club or player reported for misconduct by a Referee will be dealt with by the appropriate authority. Clubs and/or players serving suspensions under appropriate County FAs will not be able to participate in the Competition until their suspension has been lifted by the appropriate County Association.        

PROTESTS AND COMPLAINTS
10. (a) All questions of eligibility, qualifications of players or interpretation of the rules or any point not provided for by these rules shall be referred to the Management Committee whose decision shall be binding upon all parties subject to rule 11. 

(b) No protest shall be entertained unless lodged in duplicate with the Secretary of the Competition within three days of the match and a cheque of £10.00 must be enclosed, which deposit shall be forfeited to the funds of the Competition should the protest not be sustained.


BOARD OF APPEAL 
11. A Club may appeal to the Board of Appeal appointed by the sanctioning Association against a decision made by the Competition’s Management Committee within seven days of such decision by lodging the appropriate fee, which sum shall be retained or returned in whole or in part at the discretion of the Board of Appeal concerned. 

TROPHY : LEGAL OWNERS, CONDITIONS OF TAKING OVER, AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED
12.  When the winning Club has been ascertained the Competition Cup shall be handed to the representative of that Club and the following agreement shall be signed:           

"We A B, the Secretary of..........................Club and C D, E F and G H Members of and representing the said Club, having been declared the winners of the West Essex Sunday Charity Cup/Trophy (delete as appropriate), and the same having been delivered to us in good order and condition by the Honorary Secretary of the Competition do hereby on behalf of said Club, both individually and collectively, engage to return the same to the Honorary Competition Secretary on or before the 28th of February, in  a like good order and condition, and in accordance with the rules of the Competition to which we have also subscribed our name's.”  Failure to return the trophy in re-presentable state by the said date will result in a £25 fine.         

ALTERATION TO RULES
13. No alterations shall be made to these Rules except at the Annual General Meeting or at a Meeting specially convened for the purpose. Seven days notice, minimum, to be given of all meetings under this Rule. 

RULES BINDING ON CLUBS
14. Each competing Club shall be deemed to have given its assent to the foregoing Rules and shall abide by the decisions of the Management Committee. Subject always to Rule 11. Each Member club must abide to the Football Association Code of Conduct.

FINANCE
15.(a)  All entrance fees from the Competition Final tie shall go to the funds of the competition. No salary or honorarium shall be paid to any person connected with the Competition. 

(b) All monies shall be paid to the Treasurer. A statement of the finances of the Competition shall be submitted at each meeting of the Management Committee.

(c) The proceeds of the Competition less reasonable working expenses, shall be given to the charity or charities as decided by the members at the Annual General Meeting.