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Football Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011

Football Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND
Rules of the AssociationFootball Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
Rule 1 Name
Rule 2 Offices
Rule 3 The Objectives and Principles of The Association
Rule 4 Members‟ Obligations
Rule 5 Definitions
Rule 6 Affiliation
Rule 7 Honorary Life Vice-Presidents
Rule 8 Honorary Life Members
Rule 9 Rulebooks
Rule 10 Rules of National Bodies, Divisional Associations, Leagues & the Society
Rule 11 Rulebooks & List of Members
Rule 12 Power to form Divisions
Rule 13 Bodies of The Association
Rule 14 Composition of The FAI National Council
Rule 15 Role of Council
Rule 16 Election of Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary
Rule 17 Role of the Honorary Treasurer
Rule 18 Role of the Honorary Secretary
Rule 19 Election of Honorary President and Honorary Vice President
Rule 20 Role of the Honorary President
Rule 21 Role of the Honorary Vice President
Rule 22 Governance of The Association
Rule 23 Composition of the FAI Board
Rule 24 Operations of the FAI Board of Management
Rule 25 Standing Committees/FAI National League Executive Committee
Rule 26 The Honorary Officers of The Association
Rule 27 Removal from Membership
Rule 28 Expenses Allowed to Members
Rule 29 Annual General Meeting (AGM) / Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)
Rule 30 Alterations to Rules
Rule 31 Amateur or Professional Players
Rule 32 Registration
Rule 33 Registration/Transfer periods for Professional Game
Rule 34 Registration/Transfer Periods for Amateur Game
Rule 35 Unregistered players
Rule 36 Age Eligibility
Rule 37 Player passportFootball Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
Rule 38 Loan of Professionals
Rule 39 Special Provisions relating to contracts between Professionals and clubs
Rule 40 Insurance of Amateur Players
Rule 41 Playing Seasons
Rule 42 Professional Players‟ Agreements
Rule 43                          Limitation on Players Participation
Rule 44 Professional Contract Stability
Rule 45 Cancellation of Registration of Professional
Rule 46 Reinstatement & Re-Grading
Rule 47 Professional Referees or Players Ineligible
Rule 48 Players Entering & Leaving the Area or Jurisdiction of The Association
Rule 49 Training Compensation and Solidarity Mechanism
Rule 50 Testimonials to be Sanctioned
Rule 51 Charity and Benefit Matches
Rule 52 Artificial Lighting & Artificial Turf
Rule 53 Grounds, Players and Arranging of Matches
Rule 54 Power to Deal with Players Refusal to Play in Representative Matches
Rule 55 Clubs and Players cannot play under Rules other than those of The Association
Rule 56 Associations and Leagues to be Approved by Council
Rule 57 Member‟s AGM
Rule 58 Free Admission to Matches
Rule 59 Keeping of Books
Rule 60 Appointment of Auditors
Rule 61 Auditor‟s fees
Rule 62 Production of Books
Rule 63 Members to Various Bodies
Rule 64 Indemnities
Rule 65 Small Sided Matches
Rule 66 Friendly Matches
Rule 67 Match Authorisation
Rule 68 League Transfers
Rule 69 Mandatory Obligation to Provide Insurance
Rule 70 Anti-Discrimination Policy for Football
Rule 71 The Protection and Welfare of Children
Rule 72 Scouting
Rule 73 FAI National League
Rule 74 Multi-Ownership of Clubs
Rule 75 Referees RegulationsFootball Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
DISCIPLINARY
PART I  DISCIPLINARY RULES
SECTION 1  GENERAL
Rule 76 Scope of Disciplinary Rules
SECTION 2  OFFENCES
Rule 77 Match and Competition Reports/Cards
Rule 78 Misconduct by Players
Rule 79 Misconduct by Officials
Rule 80 Match Officials and Disciplinary Action
Rule 81 Brawl/Fighting
Rule 82 Unidentified aggressors
Rule 83 Team misconduct
Rule 84 Inciting hatred or violence.
Rule 85 Provoking the general public
Rule 86 Ineligibility
Rule 87 Failure to play and abandonment
Rule 88 Offensive Behaviour
Rule 89 Racism
Rule 90 Intimidation / threats
Rule 91 Coercion
Rule 92 Discrimination
Rule 93 Bringing the game into disrepute
Rule 94 Disparaging comments
Rule 95 Protection and Welfare of Children
Rule 96 Forgery / Falsification
Rule 97 Corruption
Rule 98 Doping
Rule 99 Manipulating Match ResultsFootball Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
Rule 100 Betting/Gambling
Rule 101 Complaints
Rule 102 Spectator Conduct
Rule 103 Match and Player Safety Obligations
Rule 104 Other Obligations
SECTION 3  SANCTIONS
Rule 105 Culpability
Rule 106 Involvement
Rule 107 Sanctions Applicable
Rule 108 Warning
Rule 109 Reprimand
Rule 110 Fines
Rule 111 Return of Awards
Rule 112 Caution (Yellow Card)
Rule 113 Expulsion
Rule 114 Match Suspension
Rule 115 Ban from dressing rooms and/or substitutes bench
Rule 116 Stadium ban
Rule 117 Ban on taking part in football related activity
Rule 118 Transfer Ban
Rule 119 Playing a match without spectators
Rule 120 Playing a match on neutral ground
Rule 121 Ban on playing in a particular stadium
Rule 122 Annulment of the result of a match
Rule 123 Exclusion from a competition
Rule 124 Demotion to a lower division
Rule 125 Deduction of points
Rule 126 ForfeitFootball Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
SECTION 4  RULES RELATING TO SANCTIONS
Rule 127 Combined sanctions
Rule 128 Partial suspension of implementation of sanction
Rule 129 Calculation of time sanctions
Rule 130 Limitation period for prosecution
Rule 131 Commencement of the limitation period
Rule 132 Interruption
Rule 133 Limitation period for the enforcement of sanctions
SECTION 5  DETERMINING THE SANCTION
Rule 134 General Rules
Rule 135 Repeated Infringements
Rule 136 Concurrent Infringements
PART 2  DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE
A ORGANISATION
SECTION 6  DISCIPLINARY AUTHORITIES
Rule 137 Referee
Rule 138 Disciplinary Bodies
Rule 139 Arbitrator
Rule 140 Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
SECTION 7           JURISDICTION OF FAI DISCIPLINARY BODIES
Rule 141 Disciplinary Committee
Rule 142 Appeal Committee
SECTION 8  JURISDICTION OF FAI DISCIPLINARY REGULATIONS OFFICER
Rule 143 Disciplinary Regulations Officer (DRO)
SECTION 9  COMPOSITION OF FAI DISCIPLINARY BODIES
Rule 144 CompositionFootball Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
SECTION 10 PROVISIONS
Rule 145 Hearings
Rule 146 Majority
Rule 147 Secretariat/ Disciplinary Control Unit
Rule 148 Publication of Decision
Rule 149 Independence
Rule 150 Incompatibility of office
Rule 151 Withdrawal
Rule 152 Confidentiality
Rule 153 Exemption from Liability
B PROCEDURE
SECTION 11 PROCEDURE OF DISCIPLINARY BODIES
Rule 154 Investigation
Rule 155 Disciplinary Committee Procedure
Rule 156 Appeal Committee Procedure
Rule 157 Conclusion to the Appeals Proceedings
SECTION 12 GENERAL PROCEDURAL RULES FOR FAI DISICPLINARY BODIES
Rule 158 Evidence / Proof
Rule 159 Documentation Provided in Protests & Disciplinary Hearings
Rule 160 Representation and Assistance
Rule 161 Obvious errors
Rule 162 Costs and Expenses
Rule 163 Notification of Decisions
Rule 164 Enforcement of Decisions
Rule 165 Form and contents of the decision
Rule 166 Failure to respect decisions
SECTION 13 ARBITRATION
Rule 167 Arbitration ProcedureFootball Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
Introduction
Appendix 1 Code of Best Practice for Administrators
Appendix 2 Code of Best Practice for Mentors
Appendix 3 Code of Best Practice for Players
Appendix 4 Code of Ethics for Referees
Appendix 5 Code of Best Practice for Parents
Appendix 6 Code of Best Practice for SpectatorsFootball Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
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RULE 1. NAME
(a) The Name of The Association shall be CUMANN PEILE na h-EIREANN or in the English language: THE
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND, hereinafter referred to as “the FAI”.
(b) The FAI is a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital.
(c) Copies of the Memorandum and Articles of Association are available to the members of The Association for
inspection at the offices of The Association, subject to suitable notice being given.
RULE 2. OFFICES
The principal offices of The Association shall be in the Republic of Ireland.
RULE 3. THE OBJECTIVES AND PRINCIPLES OF THE ASSOCIATION
The objectives for which The Association is established are: –
1. To promote, foster and develop, in all its branches, the game of Association Football in Ireland, and to take
such steps as may be deemed necessary or advisable for preventing infringements of the  Rules of The
Association and the Laws of the Game, or improper methods or practices in the game and for protecting it
from abuses and to do such things as are conducive to the attainment of the objects herein before mentioned
as the Council may determine.
2. The Association shall affiliate to UEFA and FIFA. Accordingly, the Association undertakes to:
(a) Observe the principle of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship in accordance with the fair play rule;
(b) Comply with the Laws of the Game issued by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and
with the Futsal Laws of the Game issued by the FIFA Executive Committee;
(c) Respect at all times the Statutes, Regulations, Directives and Decisions of FIFA and UEFA;
(d) Recognise the jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne (Switzerland), as
specified in the relevant provisions of the FIFA and UEFA Statutes;
(e) Refer in the last instance any dispute of national dimension arising from or related to the application of the
Rules or Regulations of the FAI only to an independent and impartial Court of Arbitration, which will settle
the dispute to the exclusion of any ordinary court, unless expressly prohibited by Irish Law;
(f) Ensure that its leagues, clubs, players, officials, match and players agents – through their statutes, licence,
registration or any other written document – acknowledge and accept all the above mentioned obligations as
well as agree to be bound by and observe the rules, regulations, directives and decisions of the FAI.
3. Principles
i) Members and Leagues shall agree to comply fully with any decisions passed by the relevant FIFA bodies
which, according to FIFA Statutes, are final and not subject to appeal.
ii) Members and Leagues shall take every precaution necessary to ensure that their own members, Players and
Officials comply with these decisions.
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iv) Members of The Association shall not take legal action against The Association on any issue  relating to
the application of The Association‟s Rules, until redress through all relevant bodies of The  Association  have
been exhausted.
RULE 4. MEMBERS’ OBLIGATIONS
The Members of the Football Association of Ireland have the following obligations
a) To comply fully with the statutes, rules, regulations, codes, directives and decisions of FIFA, UEFA and the
Football Association of Ireland at all times and to ensure that these are also respected by its members
b) To ensure the election of its decision-making bodies;
c) To respect the Laws of the Game as laid down by IFAB and to ensure that these are also respected by its
members through a statutory provision;
d) To adopt a statutory clause specifying that any dispute requiring arbitration involving itself or one of its
members and relating to the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, UEFA, the Football
Association of Ireland or the League(s) shall come solely under the jurisdiction of the appropriate Arbitration
Tribunal of FIFA, UEFA or the Football Association of Ireland and that any recourse to Civil Courts is
prohibited and shall result in a sanction by the Association which shall be verified by the relevant Arbitration
Panel or sole Arbitrator.
RULE 5. DEFINITIONS
In the interpretation of these Rules the following words and expressions shall have the meanings so defined; and
words importing the singular shall include the plural, and vice versa, words importing the masculine include the
feminine and words importing persons shall include bodies Corporate.
Any Definitions not provided hereunder but contained within FIFA and UEFA Statutes, Regulations and Codes are
incorporated into FAI Rules where appropriate. In addition, the following terms and expressions shall, unless the
context otherwise requires, have the following meanings:
“A Championship” is one of the FAI National League competitions.
“Affiliates” shall mean other affiliated National and Provincial bodies.
“AGM” and “EGM” mean the Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting of the
Association respectively
“The Association” or “the FAI” shall mean the Football Association of Ireland.
“The Board” means the Board of Management of the FAI
“Chief Executive Officer” shall mean the Chief Executive Officer of The Association.
“The Council” means the National Council of the FAI.
“Days” shall exclude Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
“DCU” means the Disciplinary Control Unit.
“Divisional Associations” shall include the Councils of such Divisional Associations.
“Domestic Competitive Match” shall mean all competitions within the League the Player is registered
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“The FAI National League” means the competitions owned, run and promoted by the FAI.
“Futsal” is football played in accordance with the Futsal Laws of the Game that have been drawn up by
FIFA.
“The Honorary Officers” shall mean the Honorary President otherwise the “President”; The Honorary
Vice-President otherwise the “Vice-President”, The Honorary Secretary, The Honorary Treasurer and
The Chairperson of The FAI National League Executive Committee.
“Junior Council” means The Junior Council of the FAI.
“Legal Persons” means entities or bodies not being individuals
“Manager” means the Official of a Club responsible for selecting a team
“Match Agent” means a natural person employed to arrange matches and is licensed in accordance with
  FIFA    regulations.  “Match” means a football match sanctioned by the Association or an Affiliated
  body.
“Match Officials” means referees and assistant referees and includes reserve officials and fourth officials.
“Members” of The Association shall mean:
(1) National Associations; Divisional Associations and Leagues who have affiliated to the FAI.
(2) Clubs in Leagues who are currently affiliated to their Divisional/National Association.
(3) Players who are currently registered to play for their Club on League Registration Forms obtainable
from a member League.
(4) Clubs participating in the FAI National League and Affiliated to their Divisional Associations.
(5)  Other members who may be appointed by the Council from time to time.
(6) Participants.
“National Club Cup Competitions” shall mean those competitions designated as such by the Association
as amended from time to time.
“Natural Persons” shall mean an individual human being as distinct from a corporate body or entity
“Official” means any official, technical official, director, secretary, servant or representative of an
affiliated body or competition.
“Participant” means an affiliated Association, League, Club, Club official, Player, Official, Match
Official and all such persons who are from time to time participating in any activity sanctioned either
directly or indirectly by The Association.
“Participation Agreement” sets out the terms and conditions which each Participant Club in the FAI
National League agrees to adhere to, including inter alia; the FAI National League‟s format and
operation, its Disciplinary Procedures, Commercial Rules and the FAI Club Licensing Scheme.
“Players‟ Agent” means a natural person who, for a fee, on a regular basis introduces a player to a club with a
view to employment or introduces two clubs to one another with a view to concluding a transfer contract, and
is licensed in accordance with FIFA regulations.
“Special Meeting” means any Council Meeting convened for special purposes outside the scheduled Council
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“The Society” means the Irish Soccer Referees Society
RULE 6. AFFILIATION
(a) Divisional Associations, Affiliates, Leagues and The Society in membership of The Association shall pay the
prescribed annual affiliation fee, set from time to time by the AGM of The Association.  For the winter
season this shall be paid on or before the 31st December in any year; for the summer season this shall be paid
on or before the 31
st
of August in any year.
(b) Clubs shall pay the prescribed annual FAI affiliation fee to their appropriate Divisional Association or
Affiliate on or before a date to be determined by that Divisional Association or Affiliate, who shall pass on
the fee to the FAI on or before December 31st in any year.
(c)  Members agree to be bound by the Rules of FAI.
(d) Any member whose prescribed annual affiliation fee is not paid by 31st December in each year is liable to be
suspended.
(e) A Club in an area not within the jurisdiction of any Divisional Association may be permitted to
affiliate directly to The Association.
RULE 7. HONORARY LIFE VICE-PRESIDENTS
The Council may appoint Honorary Life Vice Presidents at its opening meeting each season on the
recommendation of the Board.  No more than two appointments may be made at any one meeting.
RULE 8. HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
(a) The Association may appoint Honorary Life Members at the AGM of the Association on the recommendation
of the Board.
(b) Members of the Council and/or the Junior Council or other National bodies who have given in aggregate 20
years service as a member of either Council shall be considered by the Board as eligible for Honorary Life
membership.
(c)  The Board may recommend to the AGM that other members of The Association or other appropriate
individuals may be appointed Honorary Life Members.
(d) Such membership shall entitle the holder to enjoy full  privileges such as stand  accommodation and board
room invitations to all representative matches played under the jurisdiction of The Association.
RULE 9. RULEBOOKS
(a) Rulebooks of The Association shall be available from the principal office of the Association at a reasonable
commercial price to be set from time to time by that office or on the Association‟s website free of charge.
(b) The Association accepts no responsibility for the non-possession of Rulebooks by Participants nor can the
non-possession be pleaded as ignorance of the Rules of The Association.
RULE 10. RULES OF NATIONAL BODIES, DIVISIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, LEAGUES & THE
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(a) The Rules of all National Associations, Divisional Associations, Affiliated Leagues and The Society must be
in conformity with the Rules of the FAI and the statutes and regulations of FIFA and UEFA. In the event of
any discrepancy between the Rules of the FAI and National Associations, Divisional Associations, Affiliated
Leagues or the Society, the Rules of the FAI shall prevail.
(b) The Association shall have the power at any time to make inquiries into the working of such affiliates and to
deal with same as it thinks fit provided that all proper procedures are duly followed.
(c) The Rules of the FAI National League in addition to being in compliance with the FAI Rules must comply
with all of the conditions of the FAI Participation Agreement, FAI National Club Licensing Manual and the
statutes and regulations of FIFA and UEFA.
RULE 11. RULEBOOKS & LIST OF MEMBERS
Approved rulebooks of all affiliates together with a list of the current membership of National Bodies, Divisional
Associations, Leagues and The Society shall be requested by the Association on an annual basis.  The Association
shall have the power to review the Rules of all these bodies.
RULE 12. POWER TO FORM DIVISIONS
(a) For the  governance of Association Football, Ireland shall be divided into Divisions designated as Leinster,
Munster, Connaught and Ulster.
(b) The Council shall have the power, with the consent of the Divisions concerned, to vary the area and boundary
of these Divisions and/or to create new Divisions. Representation on the Council of the various Divisions
shall be in accordance with rule. Clubs or teams in Ireland not situated within the area of jurisdiction of a
Divisional Association shall be under the direct control of The Association.
RULE 13. BODIES OF THE ASSOCIATION
The bodies are the most important parts of an Association.  Only the bodies, or persons who are authorised by
them, can act with legally binding force for the Association. The Association shall ensure the separation of
powers and respect the principles of corporate governance (e.g. checks and balances). Using the FIFA Statutes as
a reference, these bodies are referred to below as the  AGM,  Council, Executive Committee, Standing
Committees, General Secretariat, Disciplinary Committee and Appeal Committee.
1. The AGM is the supreme and legislative body.
2. The Council  is a body  comprised of members as defined in Rule 14  and is empowered to monitor the
Association in accordance with Rule 15.
3. The Executive Committee is the Board of Management.
4. Standing and ad-hoc Committees shall advise and assist the Board of Management in fulfilling its duties.
Their duties, composition and function are defined in these Rules and /or special regulations drawn up by
the Board of Management.
5. The General Secretariat is the administrative body.
6.  1. The judicial bodies are composed of the Disciplinary Bodies and the Club Licensing Bodies.
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3. The club licensing bodies are the FAI Club licensing Committee and the FAI Club licensing
Appeals Committee. At least one member of each of these bodies shall be a chartered accountant  and
at least another one shall be a Solicitor or Barrister in accordance with Club Licensing Rules.
4. Moreover, the composition, areas of authority and functions of the judicial bodies are the subject of
specific regulations drawn up by the Board.
7.  The bodies of the Football Association of Ireland shall be either elected or appointed by the Football
Association of Ireland itself without any external influence and in accordance with the procedures
described in these Rules.
RULE 14. COMPOSITION OF THE FAI NATIONAL COUNCIL
The Council of the Association shall consist of: –
1.
             (a)   The President of The Association
       (b)  The Vice President of The Association
(c)  The Honorary Treasurer of The Association
       (d)  The Honorary Secretary of The Association
       (e)  The Chairperson of the FAI National League Executive Committee.
        (f)  1 representative to be appointed by each of the 22 participant clubs in the Premier and First Divisions of
the FAI National League provided they are holders of a current FAI National League Club licence and in
compliance with the terms of their Participation Agreement.
(g) 9 representatives to be appointed by the Leinster Football Association,
(h) 5 representatives to be appointed by the Munster Football Association,
(i) 2 representatives to be appointed by the Connaught Football Association and
(j) 2 representatives to be appointed by the Ulster Football Association.
(k) 2 representatives to be appointed by the FAI Junior Council.
(l) 1 representative to be appointed by the Defence Forces.
(m) 1 representative to be appointed by The Colleges Football Association.
(n) 4 representatives to be appointed by The Schoolboys FAI.
(o) 1 representative to be appointed by Irish Universities Football Union.
(p) 2 representatives to be appointed by the Football Association of Irish Schools.
(q) 2 representatives to be appointed by The Women‟s Football Association of Ireland.
(r) The FAI Chief Referees Observer
(s) 1 representative from the Irish Soccer Referees Society.
      (t)  1 representative from the “Football for All” Body.
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(u)  Any member of the Board not otherwise so entitled shall be entitled to attend Council Meetings on a non
voting basis.
(v)  In the case of death or resignation of a member of Council, the Club or affiliate concerned shall have the
right to appoint a person to act in his place.
(w)  In the event of a representative being unable to attend a Council Meeting, his nominating Club or
Affiliate may appoint a substitute to attend that particular Council meeting in his place, providing they
notify the Chief Executive of The Association in writing, prior to the meeting.
(x)  In relation to clause (f) to (t) inclusive, the representatives or substitutes appointed must be members of
the affiliate that appoints them. The appointment of representatives must be notified to the Chief
Executive of The Association within one week after The Association‟s AGM.
(y) No person shall be eligible to be a representative or substitute on the FAI National Council, if they are an
FAI employee or retained contractor or a person who receives a substantial part of their income from any
FAI activity, unless otherwise approved by the Board.
2.  No person shall be eligible to be first appointed an Honorary Officer or a member of Council if at the time of
appointment that person has attained the age of 70 years. An Honorary Officer or member of Council shall
vacate office at the AGM after attaining the age of 75 years.
RULE 15. ROLE OF COUNCIL
(a) The Council shall be responsible for monitoring the activities of the FAI and for monitoring the Board‟s
governance of the Association. The Board shall be empowered to take such decisions as are necessary for the
effective governance and control of The Association in accordance with the provisions of Rule 22.
(b) The Council shall empower the Board to appoint Standing Committees in accordance with rule. Terms of
reference for Standing Committees shall be established by the Board in consultation with the Chairperson of
each Standing Committee and the Chief Executive Officer.
(c) The Council shall empower the Board and the Standing Committees to appoint Resource Groups, where
necessary – such groups shall deal with specific projects or issues, and shall be purely temporary in nature.
(d) The Council shall have the power to remove the Board and/or the Honorary Officers and/or any individual
member of the Council by a two-thirds majority vote of those present and voting on a motion submitted 14
days in advance of a meeting of the Council and signed by at least 20 Council members.
(e) The Council shall approve or otherwise the election of all Honorary Officers and other elected Board
members not directly elected by Council.
(f) The Council shall establish written Codes of Practice for its own members.
(g) Members of the Council  shall retain the privileges stated in the Code of Practice applicable to Council
members, unless the Council itself decides otherwise by majority vote.
(h) The Council shall meet a minimum of four times each year to discuss reports presented by the Board
(including the activities of the various Standing Committees) and to respond to requests for its views from the
Board. The opening Council meeting shall take place no earlier than 14 days after the AGM.
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(j) The President shall chair all meetings of Council.  In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall
chair the meeting. In the absence of both the President and the Vice President, Council shall select an
Honorary Officer to chair the meeting.
(k) Each  member of the Council, present and entitled to vote at a Council meeting, shall have one vote. The
President shall have a casting vote only and not an original vote at Council meetings.
(l) A complete record of the draft minutes of the previous Council meeting and reports of the Standing
Committees shall be distributed to Council members in advance of each meeting.
(m) Special meetings of the Council may be convened at the request of the Board or on receipt of a written
request signed by 20 Council members. A special meeting shall transact the business specified in the notice
convening that meeting and shall be convened within 14 days of receiving the request.
(n) The quorum for Council meetings shall be one half of the total number of Council members appointed at the
time, rounded up to the nearest whole number.
(o) The Council may fill any casual vacancy in the office of President, Vice-President, Honorary Secretary,
Honorary Treasurer or Auditors in accordance with the Rules.
(p) The Financial Year of The Association shall end on 31st December each year.
(q) At any meeting, a resolution put to the vote of the meeting shall be decided on a show of hands, unless a poll
is demanded on any question. A simple majority shall be deemed to pass a resolution except as otherwise
provided for. A declaration by the President that a resolution has been carried, or carried unanimously, or by
any particular majority or lost, or not carried by a particular majority, and an entry to that effect made in the
Minute Book of the proceedings of The Association, shall be sufficient evidence of the fact, without proof of
the number or proportion of the votes recorded. A like declaration and entry of the result of a ballot shall have
a like effect.
A poll may be demanded by not less than one-fifth of the duly nominated representatives present, and it shall
be taken in such manner as may be determined by the President and the result of such poll shall be deemed to
be the resolution of The Association. A poll demanded on the election of a President or on the question of an
adjournment shall be taken forthwith. Representatives or their substitutes may only give votes in person, and
voting by written proxy shall not be permitted.
If any votes are given or counted at a meeting which shall afterwards be discovered to be improperly given or
counted, the same shall not affect the validity of any resolution passed or done at the meeting, unless the
objection to such votes be taken at the same meeting, and not in that case, unless the President shall then and
there decide that the error is of sufficient magnitude to affect such resolution.
RULE 16. ELECTION OF HONORARY TREASURER AND HONORARY SECRETARY
(a) No person other than a retiring Honorary Treasurer or Honorary Secretary shall be eligible for election to
these offices unless, not later than 30th April in each year they have sent by registered post to the  Chief
Executive a nomination in writing signifying their candidature for such office. The nomination shall be signed
by the candidate and by a proposer and seconded (who shall be members of The Association).
(b) When an election is needed because an officer-holder has reached the end of his term of office or a vacancy
has occurred, the Chief Executive shall summon a special meeting of the members of Council immediately
after the AGM and submit the nominations of the candidates for the positions. If only one candidate is
nominated for either position, he shall be declared elected on receiving a vote of the majority of those voting.
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meeting, and the candidate receiving an absolute majority of votes, after an elimination process if necessary,
shall be declared elected.
(c) In the event of there being no nominations for the positions, the Special Meeting may fill any vacancy from
the membership of The Council  or from other members of the Association. No other business shall be
transacted at this meeting.
(d) The Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary elected under this Rule shall hold office until their
successors are elected.
RULE 17. ROLE OF THE HONORARY TREASURER
(a) The Honorary Treasurer shall, together with the Director of Finance,  oversee  the financial strategy of the
Association  on a continuous basis, on behalf of The Association. This strategy must be presented to the
Finance Committee for discussion/input and subsequently to the Board for their approval or otherwise.
(b) The Honorary Treasurer shall oversee the implementation of the financial strategy. The Chief Executive
Officer and the Director of Finance shall be responsible for its implementation.
(c) The Honorary Treasurer shall oversee the management of the Association assets with the Chief Executive
Officer and Director of Finance.
(d) The Honorary Treasurer shall, together with the Director of Finance,  sign off the expenses of the Chief
Executive Officer, the President and other officers. The Honorary Treasurers expenses shall be signed off by
the Chief Executive Officer and the Director of Finance.
(e) It is the responsibility of the Honorary Treasurer and the Director of Finance to ensure that all significant
financial matters brought to their attention are placed before the Finance Committee and/or the Board as
appropriate.
(f) The Honorary Treasurer shall ensure that an Audit Committee be established annually, comprising of four (4)
members of the Finance Committee one of whom shall act as chairperson. This committee shall meet at least
twice (2) each year with a representative of the External Auditors. The Chief Executive Officer, the Honorary
Treasurer and the Director of Finance shall be available to attend if required to do so by the Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee shall see the External Auditors draft and final management letters.
(g) The Honorary Treasurer and the Director of Finance shall provide a copy of the audited accounts of the
Association to all those entitled to attend the AGM at least 7 days prior to that meeting.
RULE 18. ROLE OF THE HONORARY SECRETARY
(a) The Honorary Secretary shall meet with the CEO on a regular basis to be kept updated on continuing
activities within the Association.
(b) The Honorary Secretary shall, if requested to do so by the CEO, assist the CEO on an issue by issue basis on
matters pertaining to the affairs of the Association.
(c) The Honorary Secretary shall keep himself appraised of football Rules, FIFA / UEFA Directives, company,
employment and other appropriate legislation.
(d) The Honorary Secretary shall be responsible for the  preparation of all minutes of all AGM/EGM meetings
and all of the meetings of the Council and the Board. The minutes shall be recorded in a minute book with
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RULE 19. ELECTION OF HONORARY PRESIDENT AND HONORARY VICE PRESIDENT
(a) Following their first election to the positions, the Honorary President and Honorary Vice President shall serve
for a single term of 2 years, but shall be eligible to seek a nomination for a further two year period.
(b) Immediately after the election of the Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary, a meeting of the Council
shall be held to elect from their number a President and a Vice President.
(c) The Honorary Secretary or Honorary Treasurer shall act as Chairperson at that meeting until the election of
the President. The presiding Honorary Officer shall then vacate the chair and the President shall proceed with
the election of the Vice President.
(d) To be nominated for the office of President or Vice-President a person must have been a member of Council
for at least three years, which service need not necessarily have been consecutive. No person shall be eligible
for election to these offices unless, not later than 30th April in each year they have sent by registered post to
the Chief Executive a nomination in writing signifying their candidature for such office. The nomination shall
be signed by the candidate and by a proposer and seconded (who shall be members of The Association).
(e) When an election is needed because an officer-holder has reached the end of his term of office or a vacancy
has occurred, the Chief Executive shall summon a special meeting of the members of Council immediately
after the AGM and submit the nominations of the candidates for the positions. If only one candidate is
nominated for either position, he shall be declared elected on receiving a vote of the majority of those voting.
In the event of there being more than one candidate for any office a vote shall be taken by those present at the
meeting, and the candidate receiving an absolute majority of votes, after an elimination process if necessary,
shall be declared elected.
(f) In the event of there being no nominations for the positions, the Special Meeting may fill any vacancy from
the membership of The Council or from other members of the Association. No other business shall be
transacted at this meeting.
RULE 20. ROLE OF THE HONORARY PRESIDENT
(a) The President shall be required to lead by example and devote time and effort into ensuring that The
Association and its members under his direction are progressing in the propagation of the game of
Association football at all levels. The President, as the senior Honorary Officer, shall represent The
Association at all times in a manner appropriate to the position.
(b) The President should have  knowledge of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the FAI and the
Rules and Standing Orders of The Association.
(c) The President in conjunction with the  Chief Executive/Honorary Secretary ensures that all scheduled
meetings are held, with advance notice of agenda given to all members.
(d) The President shall chair all meetings of the Council and the Board in a non-partisan manner. At meetings,
the President shall ensure that the minutes of previous meetings are passed, adopted and reviewed. He should
ensure that the agenda is strictly adhered to and allows all members a fair opportunity to speak on each topic
before a consensus is reached or calls for a vote to determine the decision.
(e) The President shall have a casting vote only at Council meetings and not an original vote.
(f) At the conclusion of each Council and Board meeting, the President shall review the decisions made and
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(g) The President shall ensure that all decisions taken by Council and the Board are acted upon as quickly as
possible and that all matters discussed within the confines of a meeting shall stay confidential until the Chief
Executive has dealt with the appropriate matter.
RULE 21. ROLE OF THE HONORARY VICE PRESIDENT
In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall undertake the duties of the President. The Vice President,
once elected, shall automatically be Chairperson of the Development Committee.
RULE 22. GOVERNANCE OF THE ASSOCIATION
(a) The governance and control of The Association is vested in the Board.
(b) The Board shall carry out  its duties and exercise its powers to achieve the objects of The Association as
defined elsewhere in these  Rules. It shall have the power to deal with such matters concerning The
Association as are not expressly provided for in these Rules, but must report on such matters to the next
meeting of Council.
RULE 23. COMPOSITION OF THE FAI BOARD
The FAI Board shall have a maximum of ten members as follows:
a. The President of the FAI
b. The Vice President of the FAI , who shall chair the Development Committee
c. The Honorary Secretary of the FAI
d. The Honorary Treasurer of the FAI, who shall chair the Finance Committee
e. The Chairperson of the FAI National League Executive Committee
f. The Chairperson  of the International Committee
g. The Chairperson of the Domestic Committee
h. The Chairperson of the Legal and Corporate Affairs Committee
i. The Chairperson of the Underage Committee
j. The Chief Executive Officer
RULE 24. OPERATIONS OF THE FAI BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
1. The Board shall act as the Board of Directors of the Football Association of Ireland in compliance with the
current provisions of the Rules of the Association, the Memorandum and Articles of Association, company law
and the requirements of regulatory bodies and shall adopt best practice in corporate governance of the
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2. The President of the FAI shall chair the meetings of the Board.  In the absence of the President, the Vice
President shall take the chair. In the absence of both the President and Vice President, those Directors present
shall choose one of their number to chair the meeting.
3. A quorum for the transaction of business of the Board shall be six. As a Board member, the President shall have
an original vote and a casting vote.
4. The Board shall meet as required, in accordance with the Articles of the Association, to govern the affairs of
the Association, and such meetings shall normally be held once a month. The Board shall be responsible for
ensuring delivery of the objects of the Association, setting its strategic direction and upholding the values of the
Association.
5. The Board shall establish at its opening meeting a set of Standing Orders, in writing, indicating how it shall
conduct the business of the Association.
6. Board members shall comply with the written Codes of Conduct for Board members approved by Council.
7. No substitutions shall be permitted at Board meetings.
8. The Chief Executive Officer shall circulate a bi-monthly report of all Board Meetings and of all meetings of
Standing Committees to all Council Members.
9. The Board shall report on its work to the Council at each meeting of that body and shall  also consult, as
necessary, with the Council in developing and progressing major policies of the Association.
10. The Board shall be entitled to place proposals for changes in FAI Rules before an AGM or EGM for acceptance
or rejection by that body.
11. The Board shall approve regulations or codes of practice  which are required to  implement FAI Rules as
required from time to time.  These regulations shall be binding on all members.
12. The Board may delegate any of their powers to Standing Committees consisting of such members as authorised
by Council. Any Standing Committees so formed shall, in the exercise of the power so delegated, conform to
any limitation that may be imposed on it by the Board.  The Chairperson  of each Standing Committee shall
report on its work to the Board of the Association.
13. The Board shall have the authority to define and approve in specific regulations the various criteria to be
fulfilled by a club in order to be admitted to participate in the FAI top domestic competitions and in the UEFA
club competitions as well as the licensing process to be observed by the FAI club Licensing bodies.
14. The Board shall appoint both the Chair and other members of the FAI Club Licensing Committee and the FAI
Club Licensing Appeals Body.
15. As a Board member, the President shall have an original vote and a casting vote.
RULE 25. STANDING COMMITTEES/FAI NATIONAL LEAGUE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
A.
25.1 The following Standing Committees shall be formed at the opening meeting of Council after the AGM on the
following basis:
(i)   Finance,  2007 and every two years thereafter
(ii)   Legal and Corporate Affairs,   2007 and every two years thereafter
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(v)   Domestic  2007 and every two years thereafter
(vi)  Underage  2008 and every two years thereafter.
25.2 In accordance with the provisions of 25.1 a meeting of each Standing Committee shall where necessary be
convened by the Honorary Secretary with the Chief Executive or his nominee in attendance, to elect its
Chairperson  before the  opening meeting of the Board. The Chairperson of each of the Standing
Committees shall be a member of the Board. The Board shall duly approve the new Board members and
the terms of reference of each Standing Committee.
25.3 A Standing Committee may meet and adjourn as it thinks proper. Questions arising at any meeting shall
be determined by a majority of votes by the members present. The Chairperson shall be entitled to vote at
Standing Committee meetings. Where there is an equality of votes, the Chairperson shall have a casting
vote. The quorum shall be 6 persons.  In the absence of the Chairperson, the members present shall select
one of their number to chair that meeting.
25.4 In the event of a nominated representative to a Standing Committee being unable to attend a meeting, his
nominating affiliate may appoint a substitute to attend that particular meeting, providing
(a) the Chairperson or the Chief Executive Officer is notified in writing, prior to the meeting and;
(b) the substitute is an active member of the Association and;
(c) the substitute was nominated in writing by the body competent to nominate the representatives at the
time the Standing Committee was appointed. For the avoidance of doubt the substitute shall be nominated
in writing after the election of the representative but before the opening meeting of the Standing
Committee.
  25.5 The Chief Executive  shall be a voting member of the Finance and Legal and Corporate Affairs
Committees.
  25.6          Positions on Standing Committees to be filled by election shall be determined at the opening Council
meeting.
  25.7  The remaining positions on Standing Committees shall be selected by a Selection Sub Committee.
  25.8 Nominations from Members of the Association for election must be in the hands of the Chief Executive
no less than five days in advance of the Council meeting in question.
The official FAI nomination form should be signed by the candidate stating their willingness to serve on
such Committee.
Such nominees shall be formally proposed and seconded at the said Council meeting.
In the case of an equality of votes between two or more candidates, a further vote shall be held and if that
fails to produce a result, the result shall be determined by the drawing of lots.
Each member of a Standing Committee must be conversant with and experienced in dealing with those
aspects of the Association‟s business which has been designated by the Board as being appropriate to that
particular Committee.
25.9      At the opening Council meeting, Council shall elect one of its members who shall not be an Officer to sit
on a Selection Sub Committee to select the remaining members of the relevant Standing Committees.  In
exercising its right to select members of the Standing Committees, the selection Sub Committee cannot
select a member from one affiliate to a Standing Committee where another member or members of the
affiliate has been elected to that Committee.
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   25.11      The quorum for Standing Committees shall be 6 persons.
   25.12      The terms of reference for the six Standing Committees shall be established by the Board in
     consultation with the Chairperson of each Standing Committee and the Chief Executive.
   25.13        Following the opening meeting of Council, a meeting of the selection Sub Committee comprising the
President, Chief Executive and the member elected by Council shall meet to select the relevant members
of the Standing Committees.  Members who put themselves forward for selection but were not elected to a
Standing Committee shall be eligible for selection as shall other persons who are put forward for selection
to the selection Sub Committee. The selection of persons to a Standing Committee shall be open to nonmembers of Council provided they are active members of the Association. The decision of the selection
Sub Committee shall be final and binding.
25.14 The process for nominating representatives to sit on the six Standing Committees shall be determined by
each nominating body, and confirmed in writing to the Chief Executive Officer five days in advance of the
opening Council meeting.
25.15      In cases where Provincial Associations are entitled to less than four representatives on any Committee by
right, the Presidents/Chairmen for the time being of the four Provincial Associations shall meet to decide
which Provincial Associations shall be represented on those Committees.
25.16        In the case of Standing Committees where the Provincial Associations have four representatives, the four
representatives shall comprise of one representative from each of the four Provincial Associations.
25.17    COMPOSITION OF DOMESTIC COMMITTEE
a. Four representatives from the Provincial Associations
b. Three representatives from the FAI National League participant clubs
c. One representative from an affiliate not otherwise automatically represented
d. Two representatives to be elected by Council
e. Two representatives to be selected by the Selection Sub Committee
With reference to 25.17 (c) above, a meeting to elect this representative shall be presided over by the
Honorary Secretary, with the Chief Executive Officer or his nominee in attendance, who shall formally
call the meeting and notify the Association of the outcome of the election.
25.18   COMPOSITION OF UNDERAGE COMMITTEE
a. Four representatives from the S.F.A.I.
b. Two representatives from the F.A.I.S.
c. Two representatives from the W.F.A.I.
d. One representative from the FAI National League participant clubs
e. One representative from the Youth Committee
f. One representative to be elected by Council.
g. One representative to be selected by the Selection Sub Committee.
In selecting this member, the Selection Sub Committee shall select only from the S.F.A.I, F.A.I.S and
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members on this Committee. The person selected may not be a representative of the same affiliate as the
person elected.
25.19 COMPOSITION OF LEGAL & CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
a. The Honorary Secretary.
b. The Honorary Treasurer.
c. The Chief Executive Officer
d. Two representatives from the FAI National League participant clubs
e. Four representatives from other strands not otherwise automatically represented.
f. One external member.
g. One member to be elected by Council
h. One member to be selected by the Selection Sub Committee.
In the case of this Committee, a meeting of one representative from each of the four Provincial
Associations, together with one representative from the S.F.A.I., F.A.I.S., W.F.A.I. and one
representative on behalf of the other bodies, namely the Defence Forces, I.U.F.U., the C.F.A.I. and the
Irish Soccer Referees‟ Society, shall be convened as soon as possible after the AGM to decide which four
persons shall serve on this Committee representing these  bodies. With reference to 25.19 (e) above, a
meeting to elect these representatives shall be presided over by the Honorary Secretary, with the Chief
Executive Officer or his nominee in attendance, who  shall  formally call the meeting and notify the
Association of the outcome of the  election. The External member to sit on the Legal and Corporate
Affairs Committee shall be elected by the Committee at its opening meeting.
25.20    COMPOSITION OF INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE
a. The Honorary Secretary (excluded from Chairmanship)
b. Two representatives from the FAI National League participant clubs
c. Two representatives from the Provincial Associations / Junior Council.
d. One representative from the S.F.A.I.
e. One representative from the F.A.I.S.
f. One representative from the W.F.A.I.
g. Two representatives to be elected by Council.
h. Two representatives to be selected by the Selection Sub Committee.
25.21    COMPOSITION OF DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
a. The Vice-President of the Association, who shall be the Chairperson of the Committee.
b. Two representatives from the FAI National League participant clubs
c. Four representatives from the Provincial Associations.
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e. One representative from the W.F.A.I.
f. One representative from the F.A.I.S.
g. One representative to be elected from the other affiliates not otherwise automatically represented.
h. One representative to be selected by the Selection Sub Committee.
In the case of the Development Committee, the person elected must be from either the Defence Forces,
the C.F.A.I., I.U.F.U., or the Irish Soccer Referees Society.
With reference to 25.21 (g) above, a meeting to elect this representative shall be presided over by the
Honorary Secretary, with the Chief Executive or his nominee in attendance, who shall formally call the
meeting and notify the Association of the outcome of the election.
25.22 COMPOSITION OF FINANCE COMMITTEE
a. The Honorary Treasurer who shall be the Chairperson of the Committee.
b. Two representatives from the FAI National League participant clubs
c. Two representatives from the Provincial Associations.
d. One representative from the W.F.A.I.
e. One representative from the S.F.A.I.
f. One representative from other affiliates not otherwise automatically represented.
g. The Chief Executive
h. Two members to be elected by Council.
i. One member to be selected by the Selection Sub Committee.
In the case of a Finance Committee, a meeting shall be held as soon as practicable following the AGM
comprising one representative, each from the Defence Forces, C.F.A.I., I.U.F.U and the Irish Soccer
Referees Society to decide who, from these bodies, shall fill the one position available on this Committee.
With reference to 25.22 (f) above, a meeting to elect this representative shall be presided over by the
Honorary Secretary, with the Chief Executive Officer or his nominee in attendance, who shall formally
call the meeting and notify the Association of the outcome of the election.
B.
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a. The Chairperson elected at the participant Clubs‟ Annual Convention
b. The Vice-Chairperson elected at the participant Clubs‟ Annual Convention
c. The Chief Executive Officer
d. One member to be elected by Council at its opening meeting who shall not be an active member of any of
the participant clubs.
Nominations from Members of the Association for election must be in the hands of the Chief Executive
no less than five days in advance of the Council meeting in question.
The official FAI nomination form should be signed by the candidate stating their willingness to serve on
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Council members of participant clubs are not entitled to nominate or vote.
Such nominees shall be formally proposed and seconded at the said Council meeting.
In the case of an equality of votes between two or more candidates, a further vote shall be held and if that
fails to produce a result, the result shall be determined by the drawing of lots.
e. Two External Specialists to be co-opted by the Committee at its opening meeting and approved by  the
Board.
With reference to 25 B (d) the member elected by Council shall take up his/her position on 1
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January
and serve a term of two Calendar years.
RULE 26. THE HONORARY OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION:
The Honorary Officers of the Association shall be:
1.
(a) The President
(b) The Vice President
(c) The Honorary Secretary
(d) The Honorary Treasurer
(e) The Chairperson of the FAI National League Executive Committee
2.
The Honorary Officers as a group shall not exercise any collective responsibility as a “Board”.
(a) The President shall serve for a single term of 2 years, but shall be eligible to seek a nomination for a further
two year period immediately following his first term.
(b) The Vice President shall serve for a single term of 2 years, but shall be eligible to seek a nomination for a
further two-year period immediately following his first term.
(c) The Honorary Secretary shall serve a term of 4 years and be entitled to seek re-election for further terms.
(d) The Honorary Treasurer shall serve a term of 4 years and be entitled to seek re-election for further terms.
(e) During the term of office of the above named Honorary Officers, they shall have no direct or indirect capacity
with any members of The Association except the Chairperson of the National League.
(f) The Chairperson of the National League shall serve a term or terms determined by that body.
RULE 27. REMOVAL FROM MEMBERSHIP
(a) The AGM is responsible for removing or suspending  a Member from membership of the Association. The
Board may, however, suspend a Member that seriously and repeatedly violates its obligations as a member.
on the terms detailed in the notice of suspension. This suspension shall be confirmed at the next AGM by a
two thirds majority of the votes taken. If it is not confirmed, the suspension is automatically lifted.
(b)  Any member suspended from Membership of The Association shall not, during the period of suspension, play
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RULE 28. EXPENSES ALLOWED TO MEMBERS
Members of the Council and persons assisting The Association in its functions shall be paid such expenses
and/or fees in line with the policy laid down by  the Finance Committee, and as approved by it.
RULE 29. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) / EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
(EGM)
(a) The AGM of The Association shall be held not later than the 31st July in each year, and shall transact any
business of which notice may appear on the Agenda of the Meeting. In exceptional circumstances the Council
may defer the AGM and opening Meeting of Council for a period of not more than one calendar month.
(b) The following only shall be entitled to attend the AGM or EGM of The Association:-
1. FAI National League – Two Representatives from each Club participating in the FAI National League
provided the Clubs are holders of a current FAI National League licence and in compliance with the
terms of their Participation Agreement and Affiliated to their Divisional Associations.
2. Leinster FA – Nine representatives, of which not more than five shall be from the Dublin area.
3. Munster FA – Five representatives of which not more than three shall be from the Cork area.
4. Connaught FA – Two Representatives
5. Leinster Senior League – One representative from each non-FAI National League Club, in the highest
section of its highest division.
6. Munster Senior League – One representative from each non-FAI National League Club in the highest
section of its highest division.
7. Junior Council of the FAI – Five direct representatives.
8. Defence Forces FA – Two Representatives.
9. Schoolboys’ FAI – Four Representatives.
10. The Football Association of Irish Schools – Four Representatives.
11. Irish Universities’ Football Union – Two Representatives.
12. Ulster Football Association – Two Representatives.
13. Women‟s Football Association – Two Representatives.
14. The Colleges’ Football Association – Two Representatives.
15. Ulster Senior League – One Representative from each non-FAI National League Club in the highest
section of its highest division.
16. Each League in membership of The Association shall be entitled to one Representative at the AGM or
EGM.
17. The FAI Chief Referees Observer
18. Irish Soccer Referees Society – Two Representatives.
19. Football for All – One Representative
20. In addition, members of the Board, outgoing Council and Honorary Life Members shall also be entitled to
attend the AGM but shall not be entitled to vote unless they are also acting in the capacity of
representatives in accordance with the provisions of this rule.
21. No member shall have a right to representation unless such member’s subscription shall have been received
by the Chief Executive Officer in accordance with rule. In the case of Clubs formed after 1st September,
such Clubs shall be entitled to representation at the AGM (or EGM) provided their subscriptions have been
paid within 15 days of election to membership.
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1. All members must submit, in writing, to the Chief Executive Officer, the names of its representatives at
the AGM, not later than 14 days before the AGM or 7 days for an EGM.
2. The Chief Executive Officer shall inform the members of The Association of the time, date and venue of
the forthcoming AGM, at least 14 days in advance of same or 7 days for an EGM.
3. Where necessary, the Chief Executive Officer shall inform the AGM or EGM at the beginning of that
meeting whether the Affiliation Fees of members present had been received in full and on time.
4. The President or, in his absence, the Vice President shall preside as Chairman at every AGM or EGM of
the Association. In the event that neither the President nor the Vice President is available, the  Board
members present (the Directors) shall choose one of their number to preside as Chairman.
(d) Future Venue
      The venue for the next AGM shall be decided each year at the AGM.
(e)  Extraordinary General Meeting
1. An EGM may be called by The Council, as it may deem necessary.
2. An EGM shall  be called upon receipt by the Chief Executive Officer of a requisition signed by at least 50
representatives entitled to vote at an AGM or EGM, accompanied by a deposit of €3000 to defray
expenses. No business shall be transacted at any such meeting except that specified in the requisition or
contained in the Agenda issued by the Chief Executive Officer.
3. For any matters involving fresh principle or policy, an EGM of all members of The Association may be
called by The Council. Seven days’ notice of such meeting shall be given by the Chief Executive Officer
to all members of The Association entitled to attend.
4. An EGM may be called by the Board.
RULE 30. ALTERATIONS TO RULES
(a) Rules may only be amended at an AGM or an EGM.
(b) The Council or any member shall have the right to submit alterations to the Rules of The Association which
must be formally proposed and seconded and sent by registered post, to the Chief Executive so as to reach
him not later than the 31st January.   These proposed alterations to Rules shall be  considered by the Rules
Commission and the Board and then circulated to those entitled to attend the AGM or, if necessary, an EGM.
It shall be open to those persons to submit amendments to the Chief Executive by registered post on or before
30
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April.
(c) At any other time, the Council or any member shall have the right to submit alterations to the rules of The
Association.  These must be formally proposed and seconded and sent by registered post to the Chief
Executive for consideration by the Rules Commission which may, at the discretion of the Board, submit them
to the  next  AGM or an EGM. These proposed alterations to  Rules shall be  considered by the Rules
Commission and the Board and then circulated to those entitled to attend. It shall be open to those persons to
submit amendments to the Chief Executive by registered post.
(d) The Board shall have the right to submit alterations to the Rules to the AGM of the Association or to an EGM
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(e) Proposed alterations, amendments and addenda shall be submitted to the members by post and or electronic
mail with the notice convening the AGM no later than one calendar month before the AGM, and seven days
for an EGM. It shall be the responsibility of Council members to notify their representative body of such
proposed changes.
(f) No alteration of Rules shall be made unless supported by at least two-thirds of those present and voting at the
AGM/EGM.
(g) When the AGM/EGM has considered and voted on the proposed changes, the President shall announce that
the changes shall take effect eight days after the AGM/EGM.  These new rules shall be available on the FAI
website and circulated by electronic mail within this timeframe.
RULE 31. AMATEUR OR PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS
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(a) Players are either Amateur or Professional upon signing the appropriate registration form. A Professional is a
player who has a written contract with a club and is paid more than the expenses he effectively incurs in
return for his footballing activity. The application for registration of a Professional must be submitted
together with a copy of the player‟s contract. All other players are considered as Amateurs.  (See Rule 46)
(b) Players must be registered on approved FAI League Registration Forms obtainable from a member League. A
bona-fide player of a club is one who has signed a properly completed registration form and paid the
appropriate registration fee (if any), duly witnessed by the Club Secretary and lodged with the League forty
eight (48) hours before kick-off. Registration procedures for the FAI National League shall be in accordance
with the terms of the prevailing Participation Agreement. An Amateur player under the age of 19, and playing
in the FAI Under 19 National League shall not lose his junior status whilst playing in this League.
(c) A League date stamp shall be the official date of registration. A player is eligible for a League match if his
Registration Form has been examined and considered to be properly completed and stamped by a League. In
Cup competitions the player must be signed with his club and registered with his league at least ten days, as
per Rule 5, for his club before the match in question to be eligible.
(d) Any Player, registered as an Amateur, receiving money or taking advantage over and above the reimbursement or payment for his account of expenses for travelling or hotel (duly justified), shall be deemed
to be in breach of his Amateur registration.
(e) In relation to players registered as Amateurs –
1. Travelling and hotel expenses are to be understood as those necessary for training or taking part in
matches, whether as playing members of a team or as a reserve.
2. A player may receive at the expense of his Club the advice of a coach and/or trainer, the care of masseurs
or specialists for his training, or when he is injured.
3. A player receiving any money prize in a football contest shall be deemed to be in breach of his Amateur
registration. Where the Council is satisfied that a player has been induced to sign a Professional Form for
the purpose of his Club without any agreement being entered into, or his Amateur status otherwise
interfered with, the Professional registration may, on the application of the player, be cancelled and he
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4. No Amateur shall be paid compensation in respect of broken time.
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a) Professionals who end their careers on expiry of their contracts and Amateurs who terminate their activity
shall remain registered at the Association of their last club for a period of 30 months.
b) This period begins on the day the player made his last appearance for the club in an Official Match.
RULE 32. REGISTRATION
a) In accordance with the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, a player must be
registered with  The Association to play for a club as either a Professional or an Amateur in
accordance with the Rules. Only registered players are eligible to participate in  organised football.
By the act of registering, a player agrees to abide by the Statutes and regulations of FIFA, UEFA and
the Football Association of Ireland.
b) A player may only be registered for one club at a time. No club may sign more than three players on
Amateur forms from the same club during the latter club‟s current season except with the  written
consent of the Secretary of the club from which the players are being signed.
c) Players may be registered for a maximum of three clubs during  the current season.    During this
period, the player is only eligible to play in Official Matches for two clubs. As an exception to this
rule, a player moving between two clubs belonging to Associations with overlapping seasons (i.e.
start of the season in summer/autumn as opposed to winter/spring) may be eligible to play in official
matches for a third club during the relevant season, provided he has fully complied with his
contractual obligations towards his previous club. Equally the provisions relating to registration
period as well as to the minimum length of contract must be respected.
d) No player either Amateur or Professional shall play for two Clubs during his current season without
first obtaining a transfer from his original Club and League with the exception specified under Rule
34(d). Original shall mean the Club which the player has signed a form and first registered with a
League during any one season.  Players shall complete an FAI approved transfer form. The Transfer
Form must be signed/stamped in the following order: a) by the player, b) by the Secretary of the Club the
player is leaving, c) by the Secretary of the club the player is going to, d) by the Registrar/Secretary of the
League the player is leaving together with the appropriate fee, if any, e) finally the transfer form and the new
registration form shall then be presented to the League the player is going to for processing.   The League
from which the player is leaving is obliged to furnish in writing, if requested in writing, full details of the
player‟s disciplinary record for that season.
e) If the claims of any Club are considered exorbitant, the player concerned or Club seeking his transfer
shall have the right to report same to the Governing Authority of the League, the latter shall make an
enquiry and if the claims are excessive they shall fix a transfer and suspend, fine or otherwise deal
with the offending Club.
RULE 33. REGISTRATION/TRANSFER PERIODS FOR PROFESSIONAL GAME
a) Players may only be registered during one of the two annual Registration Periods fixed by the
Association.  As an exception to this rule, a Professional whose contract has expired prior to the end
of a Registration Period may be registered outside that Registration Period. Leagues are authorised to Football Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
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register such Professionals provided due consideration is given to the sporting integrity of the
relevant competition.  In case of just cause for termination of a contract, the Association may take
provisional measures in order to avoid abuse and in accordance with FIFA regulations.
b) The first Registration Period shall begin after the completion of the season and shall normally end
before the new season starts.  This period may not exceed twelve weeks.  The second Registration
Period shall normally occur in the middle of the season and may not exceed four weeks. The two
Registration Periods for the season shall be communicated to FIFA at least 12 months before they
come into force.
c) Players may only be registered – subject to the exception as foreseen in paragraph 1 of this rule – if
an application from the club is validly submitted to the Association during a Registration Period.
d) The provisions concerning Registration Periods do not apply to competitions in which only Amateurs
participate.
e) An Amateur Player may be registered on a Professional Contract for the Professional Game  during
the Professional Registration Periods
RULE 34. REGISTRATION/TRANSFER PERIODS FOR AMATEUR GAME
a) The registration period for the Amateur game, other than the SFAI, shall be 1
st
June to the 31
st
of March inclusive for the winter season and 1
st
of December to the 30
th
of September inclusive for
the Summer Season.
b) The two transfer periods for the Amateur game shall be 1
st
June to 30
th
September inclusive
and the 1
st
December to the 31
st
of January inclusive with the exception of (c) below. However, an
Amateur Player may be  signed on a Professional Contract  for the Professional Game  during the
Professional Registration Periods.
c) The transfer period for all football under the jurisdiction of the SFAI up to and including the Under 16
grade shall be 1
st
August to 15
th
October inclusive in the current season. The registration period shall
be as defined by the SFAI from time to time.
d) If a player‟s registration/contract  expires naturally at the end of his current season (i.e. 31st May
Winter Season/ 30
th
November Summer Season) a Transfer Form is not required for the player to
register with another club in another League. Players registered with clubs whose fixtures extend
beyond the above dates are committed to these clubs until those fixtures are completed.
e) If a club disbands during the Season the player registrations shall come under the direction of the
League concerned. The players may be allowed, at the discretion of the League, to register with other
clubs within that League. The deadline for such registrations shall be the 31
st
January for the Winter
Season and the 30
th
September for the Summer Season.
RULE 35. UNREGISTERED PLAYERS
In accordance with the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players if a player who has not been
registered with the Association appears for a club in any Official Match, that player will be considered as
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such an appearance, sanctions may also be imposed on the player and/or the club.  The right to impose such
sanctions lies with the Association or the organiser of the competition concerned.
RULE 36. AGE ELIGIBILITY
As and from August 1, 2011, in all under-age competitions under the jurisdiction of the Association and its
affiliates, age eligibility shall be calculated from January 1 of the season in which the competition finishes.
RULE 37. PLAYER PASSPORT
The registering Association is obliged to provide the club for which the player is registered with a player
passport containing the relevant details of the player.  The player passport shall indicate the club(s) for which
the player has been registered since the season of his 12
th
birthday.  If a birthday falls between seasons, the
player shall be listed in the player passport for the club for which he was registered in the season following
his birthday.
RULE 38. LOAN OF PROFESSIONALS
a) A Professional may be loaned to another club on the basis of a written agreement between him and
the clubs concerned.  Any such loan is subject to the same rules as apply to the transfer of players,
including the provisions on training compensation and solidarity mechanism.
b) Subject to Rule 33the minimum period of loan shall be the time between two Registration Periods.
c) The club that has accepted a player on a loan basis is not entitled to transfer him to a third club
without the written authorisation of the club that released the player on loan and of the player
concerned.
RULE 39. SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO CONTRACTS BETWEEN PROFESSIONALS
AND CLUBS
(a) If an agent is involved in the negotiation of a contract, he shall be named in that contract.
(b) The minimum length of a contract shall be from the date of its entry into force to the end of the season, while
the maximum length of a contract shall be five years.  Contracts of any other length shall only be permitted if
consistent with national laws.  Players under the age of 18 may not sign a Professional contract for a term
longer than three years.  Any clause referring to a longer period shall not be recognised.
(c) A club intending to conclude a contract with a Professional must inform his current club in writing before
entering into negotiations with that Professional.  A Professional shall only be free to conclude a contract with
another club if his contract with his present club has expired or will expire within six months.  Any breach of
this provision shall be subject to appropriate sanctions.
(d) The validity of a contract may not be made subject to a positive medical examination and/or the granting of a
work permit.
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(a) An Amateur player injured while playing football in circumstances approved by his club and not otherwise in
conflict with the Rules of The Association shall be permitted by The Association to have his medical, dental
and physiotherapy fees/loss of earnings reimbursed by his club.
(b) A club MAY arrange insurance to provide for such fees/loss of earnings. It is not compulsory for a club to
      make such arrangements.
RULE 41. PLAYING SEASONS
(a) The Winter Season shall be 1
st
August  ending 31
st
May except for competitions under the auspices of the
SFAI which shall end the 30
th
June.
The Summer Season shall be 1
st
March ending 30
th
November
The Current Season shall be defined by the calendar year in which every League commences
(b) The Association shall have power to suspend or extend the season either sectionally or entirely and to alter
the period of playing as may from time to time in their discretion be deemed necessary or desirable and
agreements between Clubs, Players and Officials shall be subject to such decisions.
RULE 42. PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS’ AGREEMENTS
(a) All agreements between Clubs and players must be in writing and in the agreed format.
(b) For the purpose of this Rule all Professional Registration Forms and Agreements shall be deemed to be in the
hands of the Chief Executive Officer of The Association and the FAI National League as from the time they
are posted by registered post and the postmark shall be conclusive evidence thereon. Contracts, schedules and
registration papers may be copied and shared with the FAI Club Licensing Department in order to satisfy
licensing requirements. These documents shall be held in the strictest confidence by the FAI Club Licensing
Department.
(c) A Professional Player is eligible to play in competitions other than Cup Competitions, for the Club by which
he is registered, if his  Professional Form and Agreement have been in the hands of the Chief Executive
Officer of The Association and the National League one day prior to such match. A player cannot be
registered as a Professional until the transfer has been completed by the National Association with which he
has been previously registered, and the one day above mentioned is to count from the date of registration with
The Association. The word „play‟ shall be understood to mean engage in a match or competition in which the
number of players in each side is more than five and where a charge for admission is made.
(d) No player under the age of 16 years shall be registered as a Professional player under the provisions of this
Rule.
(e) The Club engaging a  Professional player must ensure that the terms of the agreement and  Professional
registration forms are read over by the player and that he understands the nature of his contract and further
that he is subject to the Rules, Regulations and Bye-Laws of The Association and the National League. If
signing for a club other than an FAI National League Club, a separate Registration form must be signed by
the player and returned the Chief Executive Officer.
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RULE 43. LIMITATION ON PLAYERS PARTICIPATION
(a) In Competition games (Cup-Ties and League Matches) a player shall play for the Club for which he is
registered. In “friendly” games a player may play only for another Club with the written consent of the Club
for which he is registered.
(b) A player who has been transferred to another National Association shall not be re-registered with this
Association by his former Club for a period of eight weeks from the date of his transfer.
       (c) Any player having signed a registration form may not sign another form unless as provided in these Rules.
(d) Registered players (Amateur or Professional) are prohibited from playing in Football Competitions for
which permission has not been granted. Players so doing shall be subject to penalties decided by the
Association.
RULE 44. PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT STABILITY
The terms and conditions of contracts between professional players and clubs should be respected at all times.
RULE 45. CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION OF PROFESSIONAL
(a) The Council shall, subject to these Rules, have power to cancel the registration of a Professional, with the
exception of professional players contracted to participant clubs in the FAI National League, at any time upon
the application of the player or his Club, or may transfer him from one Club to another.
(b) A Professional who is transferred must be re-registered by the Club to which he is transferred.
RULE  46. REINSTATEMENT & RE-GRADING
(a) The FAI Domestic Committee shall have the power to reinstate any Professional player to Amateur status.
(b) Any  Professional player may apply to be reinstated as an Amateur player provided at least 30 days has
elapsed since his/her last match as a  Professional. Applications for reinstatement must be forwarded in
writing to the FAI Domestic Football Department for consideration by the FAI Domestic Committee.   Only
after the reinstatement has been approved can a player sign as an amateur.
(c) No compensation is payable upon reacquisition of Amateur status.  If a player re-registers as a Professional
within 30 months of being reinstated as an Amateur, his new club shall pay Training Compensation in
accordance with FIFA directives.
(d)  Re-grading to Junior Status
Any player who has played (5) five or more matches in the current season at Senior / Intermediate level may
be re-graded by his league to play at junior level.
All Leagues must facilitate application for re-grading, which must be submitted before 31
st
January.
RULE 47. PROFESSIONAL REFEREES OR PLAYERS INELIGIBLE
(a) A Professional player or referee, during the period of their registration, or a paid representative of a Club
outside the jurisdiction of The Association is not eligible to act as a Director of a Club or as a member of the Football Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
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Management Committee of a Club or sit on Council or act as a representative at any meeting of National
Associations, Divisional Associations or Affiliated Leagues.
(b) Nominated representatives from The Society shall be permitted to serve on Council and Standing Committees
as provided for elsewhere in these Rules.
(c) Amateur and Associate Referees are also exempt from this rule.
(d) Players, who are registered with an affiliate, shall be entitled, upon successful completion of the appropriate
FAI refereeing course(s), to officiate at fixtures, except those  involving their own club and those in any
competition in which they are playing or have played in that season or any fixture the refereeing of which
may carry a conflict of interest.
RULE 48. PLAYERS ENTERING & LEAVING THE AREA OF JURISDICTION OF THE
ASSOCIATION
(a) Any player wishing to leave the area of jurisdiction of The Association to play for a club in the area of
jurisdiction of another National Association must obtain a certificate of clearance from The Association.
Before The Association can provide such certificate it must have received the agreement to provide same
from the club within the area of jurisdiction with whom the player was last registered.
(b) Should a club withhold such agreement, thereby resulting in the non-issue of a certificate of clearance by The
Association, the club must indemnify The Association for all damages, costs and for all expenses accrued by
The Association as a result of the non-issue of the certificate of clearance. Should it be established that a club
withheld agreement without reasonable cause, The Association shall be empowered to deal as it sees fit with
such clubs.
(c) An International Transfer Certificate shall  only  be granted by The Association for players  under the
following conditions:
(i) The Player is aged between 16 and 18 and the transfer takes place within the EU or EEA and the new
club comply with the obligations provided by FIFA in the FIFA Regulations on the Status and
Transfer of Players.
(ii) The Player is under 18 but the Players parents move to the Country in which the new club is located
for reasons not linked to football.
(iii) The Player is under 18 but the Player lives no further than 50km from a national border and the new
club is also within 50km of that border. The maximum distance between the players domicile and the
clubs headquarters shall be 100km. In such cases the player must continue to live at home and both
Associations must give explicit consent.
(iv) The Player is aged 18 years of age or over.
(d) Players leaving the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Ireland may not be permitted to return to the
jurisdiction of The Association until a period of 8 weeks has elapsed from date of clearance from The
Association.
(e) Any player wishing to be registered within the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Ireland having last
been registered within another jurisdiction must obtain an International Transfer Certificate. If the
Association does not receive a response to the ITC Request within thirty days, it shall immediately register
the player with the New Club on a provisional basis (“Provisional Registration”). A Provisional Registration
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Registration, if, during this one-year period, the Former Association presents valid reasons explaining why it
did not respond to the ITC Request.
RULE 49. TRAINING COMPENSATION AND SOLIDARITY MECHANISM
The FAI shall regulate a system for domestic training compensation and a solidarity mechanism which shall
be governed by specific binding regulations as amended from time to time
RULE 50. TESTIMONIALS TO BE SANCTIONED
(a) No player or official of a Club can accept or receive any testimonial whatever, without the sanction of The
Association and no Club, or Council, or member of same, or player of any Club is permitted to contribute to
any testimonial that does not receive the sanction of The Association.
(b) No Honorary Officer or member of The Association may accept or receive any testimonial, honorarium, grant
or such like, from The Association without the consent of The Council.
(c) Any application for a Testimonial game must be accompanied by a list of the Testimonial Committee
members, a list of all persons and companies whose services are to be used by the Committee and any other
information which The Association may request.
RULE 51. CHARITY AND BENEFIT MATCHES
Benefit matches for Amateur players, may, under special circumstances, be sanctioned by The Council.
(a) The promoter of every charity or benefit match  must furnish to The Association particulars of the charity
and/or benefit match on official forms available from the Chief Executive Officer. All such promoters shall
observe the Rules and Regulations of The Association and no Club shall play or take part in any charity or
benefit match until same has been sanctioned by The Association. The Secretary of every charity and/or
benefit match committee shall within fourteen days after the close of a match or competition forward to the
Chief Executive Officer a duly audited balance sheet and the voucher from the beneficiary, together with a
list of the Clubs, with secretaries’ names and addresses, that have played in the match or competition. No
charity or benefit match can be approved by The Association unless the promoter or promoters is or are a
member or members of The Association. Charity or Benefit Matches may be played on any date approved of
by The Association.
(b) A Professional player must have five years continuous service as such with his Club before being eligible for
a benefit match. Applications for permission for such matches should be made by each Club on or before the
three months before date of match.
RULE 52. ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING & ARTIFICIAL TURF
a) Artificial Lighting
Matches under the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Ireland  can be played with the use of
artificial lighting provided that they are installed as per FIFA directives for Leagues and Clubs (class 2)
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Matches under the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Ireland  can be played on an artificial turf
surface only where the surface  has been certified in accordance with the FIFA/IATS (International
Artificial Turf Standard) or FAI Standards appropriate to the relevant competition.
RULE 53. GROUNDS, PLAYERS AND ARRANGING OF MATCHES
(a) Each Club, League and Divisional Association shall, when required, place its players and grounds at the
disposal of The Association.
(b) Terms and conditions of ground rental to be negotiated between the parties.
(c) No matches shall be arranged in a Divisional Association’s area which is hosting a designated game which
would finish less than 2 hours before the kick-off of that game or would start less than 2 hours after the end of
that game unless express permission is given by The Association.
(d) For the purpose of this rule a designated game shall be a Senior International, the FAI Cup Final or Replay, or
any other game which the Board shall declare as designated.
RULE 54. POWER TO DEAL WITH PLAYERS REFUSAL TO PLAY IN REPRESENTATIVE
MATCHES
Any player selected to play in any International or other match arranged by The Association and who without good
and sufficient cause refuses to comply with the arrangements for the playing of the match, or fails to play in such
match, may be adjudged to be guilty of misconduct, and such player, or any Club which may be deemed to have
encouraged such player to such misconduct, may be dealt with as the Disciplinary Bodies shall deem appropriate.
RULE 55. CLUBS AND PLAYERS CANNOT PLAY UNDER RULES OTHER THAN THOSE OF THE
ASSOCIATION
(a) All Clubs and Players in membership of The Association shall play under the Rules of The Association and
Clubs or players playing under Rules other than those of The Association or playing with Clubs and players
not members of The Association, without permission, shall be liable to be expelled, suspended, fined or
otherwise dealt with as The Association shall deem fit.
(b) In cases of emergency, the Chief Executive Officer may – after consultation, where feasible, with the Board –
grant permission to a player or players wishing to play outside the jurisdiction of The Association, but all
such cases must be reported at the next ensuing meeting of the Board.
RULE 56. ASSOCIATIONS AND LEAGUES TO BE APPROVED BY COUNCIL
(a) Associations, Leagues or other Combinations of Clubs, Players or Officials, shall not be formed without the
consent of The Association.
(b) All applications for formation shall be made through the Divisional Associations or on application to the
relevant National Bodies. Any Associations or Leagues formed shall be subordinate to the Association.
RULE 57. MEMBER’S AGM
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RULE 58. FREE ADMISSION TO MATCHES
(a) Members of Council and Junior Council of this Association, Members of Council and Junior Council of
Leinster, Munster, Connaught & Ulster Football Association shall on production of current membership card
be admitted without payment to all matches under the jurisdiction of this Association.
(b) Leagues, Clubs and others organising matches in the Republic of Ireland must provide seating
accommodation if available, for all members as enumerated above.
RULE 59.  KEEPING OF BOOKS
Councils, Leagues, Divisional Associations, National Affiliates, The Society and/or Clubs and similar organisations
shall keep minutes of their meetings and the election of members and shall enter in detail in their cash books all
financial transactions.
RULE 60. APPOINTMENT OF AUDITORS
The Association at the AGM shall appoint a firm who are members of a recognised body of Accountants and they
shall hold office as Auditors until the next AGM.
RULE 61. AUDITOR’S FEES
The remuneration of the Auditor shall be agreed by the Finance Committee and the Board.
RULE 62. PRODUCTION OF BOOKS
(a) The Association shall have power to call upon Councils, Clubs, Divisional Associations, Leagues,
National Affiliates, The Society and other Organisations, Officers and members of same and players of a
Club to produce any books, letters or documents and other evidence which The Council may desire.
(b) Affiliated Leagues and Divisional Associations and the Society must notify the Football Association of
Ireland of the date on which their financial year ends and must submit to the FAI a copy of their
appropriately certified or audited accounts within three months of the end of their financial year together
with a relevant tax clearance certificate if applicable.
RULE 63. MEMBERS TO VARIOUS BODIES
The Council shall elect each year from their number:
(a) 3 members to the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland.
(b) 1 member to the Women‟s Football Association of Ireland.
(c) It may elect members to other affiliates, as it may deem desirable from time to time.
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The Board shall, be empowered to provide indemnities ,where it sees fit, to any    Officer, Member of Council,
Commission or Committee, Secretary or other Official or Servant of The Association in pursuit of the discharge of the
objectives and functions of the Association by them, such indemnity to be recorded in a Register of Indemnities of the
Association.
RULE 65. SMALL SIDED MATCHES
(a) Small-Sided Matches and Competitions, Indoor or Outdoor, can only be arranged provided permission is
obtained from The Association, through Divisional Associations or Affiliates.
(b) The Association may from time to time give directions in relation to the participation of teams at under age
level in small-sided games. The Association may also direct in relation to the Rules under which small-sided
games are to be played.
RULE 66. FRIENDLY MATCHES
(a)  Friendly matches involving clubs  affiliated to the Association held inside or  outside the jurisdiction of The
Association must be sanctioned in advance by the FAI. The FAI may delegate this function as it deems appropriate.
(b) Friendly matches involving clubs not affiliated to the Association, intended to be held inside the jurisdiction of the
Association, must be sanctioned in advance by the FAI. The FAI may delegate this function as it deems appropriate,
with the exception of professional clubs.
(c) Domestic Friendly matches shall be sanctioned by the League of the hosting team.
RULE 67. MATCH AUTHORISATION
(a) The Association and its leagues shall comply with the International Match  Calendar as compiled by the FIFA
Executive Committee after consultation with the Confederations. The FIFA Executive Committee shall be responsible
for issuing provisions for organising international matches and competitions between Association teams and between
Leagues and/or club teams. No such match or competition shall take place without the prior permission of FIFA. The
FIFA Executive Committee may draw up further technical provisions.
(b) The Association, League or club that is affiliated to the Association cannot belong to another Association or
participate in competitions on the territory of another Association without the authorisation of its current and
prospective Association and of FIFA or UEFA, except in exceptional circumstances.
(c) Domestic Competitive Matches (with the exception of any matches played in the City of Derry involving teams
from the FAI licensed entity from that City) shall not take place outside the jurisdiction of the Association without the
approval of the FAI.
RULE 68. LEAGUE TRANSFERS
(a) A team or club desiring to transfer to a different league at the end of a season must obtain a transfer on an
official form (supplied by the Divisional Association) and signed by the Club, the League from which they Football Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
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are departing and the League they propose to enter. Such a request must be made on or before 1st May for the
Winter Season and on or before 1
st
December for the Summer Season.
(b) Clubs and teams shall not be unreasonably refused such a release and they shall have the statutory rights of
Appeal to their Divisional Association and/or the FAI, in accordance with the Rules of Appeal of these
bodies.
RULE 69. MANDATORY OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE INSURANCE
(a) The Association accepts no responsibility for any member of the public (which shall be deemed to include
members of The Association) for any personal injury or damage to property sustained at any football ground
whatsoever, unless arising directly from an actual match organised by this Association.
(b) Every affiliated club must have in force Public Liability Insurance including, where appropriate, Property
Owners Insurance providing insurance cover in respect of all the clubs activities. In addition, where a club
engages any person under a contract of service or apprenticeship, the club must have in force an appropriate
Employers Liability Policy.
(c) No team/club/affiliate shall be admitted to membership of The Association or to any affiliate of The
Association that fails to comply with (b) above. Where a team/club/affiliate are already in membership but
subsequently allow the insurance referred to in (b) above to lapse or discontinue they are liable to be expelled
from membership at the discretion of the Board.
RULE 70. ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY FOR FOOTBALL
(a) As the Governing Body of Association Football in Ireland, The Association is responsible for setting
standards and values to apply throughout the game at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed
by everyone equally. Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of
gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.
(b) The Association is an equal opportunities employer. They are committed to equality of opportunity within the
organisation and to encouraging similar commitment for every organisation or individual acting within the
game.
(c) Equality of opportunity at the FAI means that in all our activities we shall not discriminate or in any way treat
anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour,
religion or disability. This includes:
(1) The advertisement of jobs
(2) The selection of candidates for employment or promotion
(3) Job location or working environment
(4) Pay and employment terms and conditions
(5) Internal training and development activities
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(9) Appointment to honorary positions
(d) The FAI shall not tolerate sexual or racially-based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether
physical or verbal, and shall work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate disciplinary action in
whatever context it occurs.
(e) The FAI is committed to the development of a programme of ongoing training and awareness –raising events
and activities to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation and, in the  wider
context within football as a whole.
RULE 71. THE PROTECTION AND WELFARE  OF  CHILDREN
(a) In line with legislation and Government Guidelines (The Child Care Act 1991 and the Protection for Persons
Reporting Abuse Act 1998) in relation to child protection and welfare, it is mandatory that all  participants,
clubs, leagues, divisional associations and other football bodies shall be bound by the FAI recommended
codes of conduct and best practice guidelines
(b) Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk of
harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the game into disrepute.
(c) Breaches shall become a disciplinary offence. Any member issued with a ban from football activity shall have
their name notified to all League Secretaries for onward dissemination to all Club Secretaries. The
notification shall state the name of the individual and the fact a ban has been issued.
(d) Any participant who is the subject of a Statutory Inquiry in relation to any child welfare concern must stand
down from all football activities pending the outcome of that inquiry and any subsequent internal disciplinary
proceedings.
(e) Any member convicted of an offence by the Irish Courts or Courts of any other jurisdiction involving the
welfare of children shall be automatically banned from membership of the Association. For the avoidance of
doubt no disciplinary or other hearing shall be necessary in order to implement this automatic ban.
RULE 72. SCOUTING
The regulation of Scouts and Scouting under the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Ireland shall be
governed by FAI scouting regulations, which may be amended from time to time, as approved by The Board.
RULE 73. FAI NATIONAL LEAGUE
(a) The FAI National League is the annual League competitions owned, run and promoted by the FAI.
(b) The policy and operations of the FAI National League shall be the exclusive responsibility of the FAI
National League Executive Committee. All Disciplinary matters of the FAI National League shall be under
the remit of the FAI Disciplinary Bodies.
(c) The FAI shall convene an Annual Convention for the FAI National League Clubs at which all current
participant FAI National League Clubs shall be entitled to attend and participate.  At this Annual Convention,
the FAI National League clubs shall elect a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the FAI National League
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(d) The FAI National League Executive Committee shall comprise the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson as
elected at the participating Clubs‟ Annual Convention, the Chief Executive Officer, one nominee of the FAI
Council who shall not be an active member of any of the participating clubs and two external specialists to be
co-opted by the Committee and approved by the FAI Board.
(e)  Subject to the consent of  the Board, the Chairperson shall  be entitled to attend Board meetings until
approved by Council as per Rule 15(e).
(f)  The Terms of Reference of the FAI National League Executive Committee shall be established by the FAI
Board in consultation with the Chairperson of the Committee and the Chief Executive Officer.
(g)  At its opening meeting each year, the Committee shall consider its terms of reference as handed down by
the FAI Board. In the event that a change is required, such changes must be approved by the FAI Board.
(h) The Chairperson of the FAI National League Executive Committee shall report on the work of the
Committee to the FAI Board.
(i) In the event of any discrepancy between the FAI National League Rules or the Participation Agreement
and the FAI Rules, the FAI Rules shall prevail.
(j) Clubs accepted as participants in the FAI National League are deemed to be Members of the FAI.
RULE 74. MULTI- OWNERSHSIP OF CLUBS
The FAI Board is competent to lay down specific  rules prohibiting any commercial enterprise (including holding
companies and subsidiary companies), private persons, or any other legal entity from exercising control or influence
over more than one club participating in the same competition organised by the FAI.
RULE 75. REFEREES REGULATIONS
The regulation of Referees under the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Ireland shall be governed by
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DISCIPLINARY
PART I DISCIPLINARY RULES
SECTION 1  GENERAL
RULE 76. SCOPE OF DISCIPLINARY RULES
1. The rules set out in the Disciplinary section of this rulebook apply:
a) to every match and competition under the jurisdiction of the FAI;
b) if the rules, codes or rules of the FAI are violated;
c) to Appeals from all affiliated bodies.
d) to Arbitrations
2. The following are subject to these rules:
a) members of the FAI;
b) participants;
c)  affiliates;
d)  officials;
e) players;
f) managers;
g) match officials;
h) licensed match and players‟ agents;
i) anyone with an authorisation from the FAI, in particular with regard to a match, competition or other
football activity or event under the jurisdiction of  the FAI;
j) spectators.
3. These rules do not apply to club licensing which has an independent and separate disciplinary and appeals
system as provided for under club licensing rules. These rules do not apply to Doping Offences which are
sanctioned by the Irish Sports Council.
4.  If there are any omissions in these rules, the disciplinary bodies shall decide in accordance with the FAI‟s
custom or, in the absence of custom, in accordance with the rules as a whole.
5. In order to protect the integrity of competitions, amendments made to disciplinary sanctions during the
course of any competition shall not apply for the duration of the said competition.
6. Every Affiliate, League and Club is responsible for the actions of its players, officials and spectators. In
particular, clubs are required to take all precautions necessary to prevent spectators threatening or
assaulting officials and/or players while in the vicinity of their playing ground.
7.   Except where otherwise provided for, time limits referred to in these rules shall begin from the day after
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SECTION 2  OFFENCES
RULE 77. MATCH AND COMPETITION REPORTS/CARDS
1. Disciplinary offences may be reported in a Referee‟s Report.   Referees may be requested to clarify their
report.
2.               Disciplinary offences may be reported in a Match Delegate‟s report.  Match Delegates may be requested to
clarify their report.
3. It shall be an offence  for any person to intentionally complete a match  card/team sheet/ report/
inaccurately.
RULE 78.  MISCONDUCT BY PLAYERS
1. Including the automatic suspension incurred, the overall suspension imposed on any player receiving a
direct red card shall be for:
a)  at least one match for denying the opposing team a clear goal-scoring opportunity (particularly by
     deliberately handling the ball);
b)  at least  one match for unsporting conduct.
c)  at least two matches for serious foul play (particularly in the case of the use of excessive or brute
    force);
d)  at least three matches for assaulting  (deliberately pushing, pulling, striking, butting,  elbowing,
punching, kicking etc. Touching is not an assault) an opponent or a person other than a match official;
e)  at least six matches for assaulting by spitting at an opponent or a person other than a match official.
f)  at least 12 months for assaulting (deliberately pushing, pulling, spitting, striking, butting, elbowing,
punching, kicking etc. Touching is not an assault) a match official.
2. A fine may also be imposed in all cases.
3. The right is reserved to punish an infringement which has escaped the match official‟s attention.
4. A player whom the referee has reported as having committed an assault on a match official before, during
or immediately after a match shall automatically stand suspended until the disciplinary process has been
completed.
5. All suspensions imposed by affiliates relating to assaults on match officials must be notified by them
immediately to the Disciplinary Control Unit of the FAI and to all other relevant bodies.
RULE 79.  MISCONDUCT BY OFFICIALS
1. The overall suspension imposed on any Official shall be for:
a) at least  one match for unsporting conduct;
b)  at least  three matches for assaulting (deliberately pushing, pulling, striking, butting,  elbowing,
punching, kicking etc. Touching is not an assault) an opponent or a person other than a match official;
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d)  at least  12 months for assaulting (deliberately pushing, pulling, spitting, striking, butting, elbowing,
punching, kicking etc. Touching is not an assault) a match official;
2. An official  whom the referee has reported as having committed an assault on a match official before,
during or immediately after a match shall automatically stand suspended until the disciplinary process has
been completed.
3. A fine may also be imposed in all cases.
4. The right is reserved to punish an infringement which has escaped the match official‟s attention.
5. All suspensions imposed by affiliates relating to assaults on match officials must be notified by them
immediately to the Disciplinary Control Unit of the FAI and to all other relevant bodies.
RULE 80.  MATCH OFFICIALS AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION
1. Match Officials are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the FAI Rules and FAI Referee
Regulations.  Match Officials shall be sanctioned as a minimum in accordance with Rule 79 but the
disciplinary bodies may impose any other sanction they deem appropriate.
2. Sanctions issued against Match Officials must be notified immediately to the Disciplinary Control Unit of
the FAI, the Referees Committee and to all other relevant bodies.
3. In cases of reported assaults on a Match Official, the reporting referee shall be furnished with a copy of the
decision of the disciplinary body.
4. Where a Participant has been found guilty of an assault on a Match Official and the disciplinary body
hearing the case has failed to impose the minimum sanction provided for in these Rules, the Match
Official shall be entitled to appeal the decision in accordance with the relevant rules.
RULE 81.   BRAWL / FIGHTING
1.  Involvement in a brawl / fight is sanctioned with a suspension for at least six matches.
2. Anyone who has tried merely to prevent a brawl / fight, shield others or separate those involved in a brawl
is not subject to punishment.
RULE 82.   UNIDENTIFIED AGGRESSORS
If it is not possible to identify the perpetrator(s) of an offence, the body may sanction the club to which the
aggressors belong.
RULE 83.   TEAM MISCONDUCT
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a) when at least five players are cautioned or sent from the field of play during one match;
b) when at least three players are sent off during one match;
c) when several players together make threats or show force against a match official.
2. When determining the amount of the fine, the type of competition shall be taken into account.
RULE 84.   INCITING HATRED AND VIOLENCE
A player or official who publicly incites others to hatred or violence may be sanctioned with a suspension
and/or a fine.
RULE 85.   PROVOKING THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Any player or official who provokes the general public shall be suspended for two matches and sanctioned
with a fine.
RULE 86.   INELIGIBILITY
1.  If a player takes part in an official match despite being ineligible, his team shall be sanctioned  by
forfeiting the match and paying a fine. A sanction may also be imposed on a player and/or the person in
charge of the team if they knew or ought to have known of the ineligibility.
2.  If a player takes part in a friendly match despite being ineligible, his team shall be sanctioned by forfeiting
the match and paying a fine.
3. Unregistered Players and Suspended Players are deemed to be ineligible.
RULE 87.   FAILURE TO PLAY AND ABANDONMENT
1. If a team refuses to play a match or refuses to continue playing one which it has begun, it shall be
sanctioned with a fine and shall forfeit the match.
2. In serious cases, the team shall also be disqualified from the competition in progress and may be
disqualified from future competitions.
3. Any player selected to play in any International or any other match arranged by the FAI or its Affilitates
and who without good and sufficient cause refuses to comply with the arrangements for the playing of the
match, or fails to play in such match, may be adjudged to be guilty of misconduct, and such player, or any
Club which may be deemed to have encouraged such player to such misconduct, may be dealt with as the
Disciplinary Bodies shall deem appropriate.
RULE 88.   OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOUR
Any Participant who insults someone in any way, especially by using offensive gestures or language, may
be sanctioned with a suspension and/or fine and/or a ban on performing any football related activity.
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1. Any Participant, who publicly disparages, discriminates against or denigrates someone in a derogatory
manner on account of race, colour, language, religion or ethnic origin, or perpetrates any other racist and/or
contemptuous act, shall be subject to disciplinary sanction. The relevant disciplinary body shall consider
and have the power to impose a suspension, fine and/or other sanction as deemed appropriate. In the case
of individuals, the minimum suspension shall be for a period of five matches.
2. If spectators engage in racist behaviour, including chanting or displaying racist slogans at a match, the
relevant disciplinary body shall  sanction the affiliate or club which these spectators support. If the
spectators can not be identified as supporters of one or other club/affiliate the host club/affiliate maybe
sanctioned.
3. Spectators engaging in racist behaviour may be subject to a disciplinary sanction.
RULE 90.   INTIMIDATION / THREATS
Anyone who intimidates a match official with serious threats shall be sanctioned with a fine and a
suspension.
RULE 91.   COERCION
Anyone who uses violence or threats to pressurise a match official into taking certain action or to hinder
him in any other way from acting freely shall be sanctioned with a fine and a suspension.
RULE 92.   DISCRIMINATION
The FAI shall not tolerate sexual or racially-based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether
physical or verbal, and such behaviour shall result in disciplinary action.
RULE 93.   BRINGING THE GAME INTO DISREPUTE
Any member who has  brought the game of football or the FAI into disrepute by any means, written,
verbal, by action or otherwise shall be  sanctioned with a suspension and/or fine and/or a ban on
performing any football related activity or other sanction deemed appropriate.
RULE 94.   DISPARAGING COMMENTS
Public comment of the following nature may result in disciplinary sanction:
1. Comments which are offensive or threatening in any way;
2. Comments causing damage to the game or bringing the game into disrepute;
3.              Unsubstantiated allegations which question any person or bodies integrity or are disparaging in any way.
RULE 95.   PROTECTION AND WELFARE OF CHILDREN
1. All participants, clubs, leagues, divisional associations and other football bodies shall be bound by the FAI
rules, codes of conduct and guidelines  governing the protection and welfare of children, and breaches of
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2. The disciplinary body may impose any sanction it deems appropriate.
3. Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk of
harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper and brings the game into
disrepute.
4. Any participant who is the subject of a statutory  inquiry in relation to any child welfare concern must
stand down from all football  activities pending the outcome of that inquiry and any subsequent internal
disciplinary proceedings.
RULE 96.   FORGERY / FALSIFICATION
1. Anyone who, in football-related activities, forges a document or falsifies an authentic document or uses a
forged or falsified document to deceive in contractual or legal relations shall be sanctioned with a
suspension of at least six matches.
2.  If the perpetrator is an official, the body shall impose a ban on taking part in any football-related activity
for a period of at least twelve months.
3.  A fine may also be imposed.
RULE 97.   CORRUPTION
1.  Anyone who offers, promises  or grants an unjustified advantage to a body or employee of the FAI, a
match official, a player or an official on behalf of himself or a third party in an attempt to incite it or him
to violate the rules of the FAI, the Confederations or FIFA shall be sanctioned:
a) with a fine, and/or;
b) with a ban on taking part in any football-related activity and/or;
c) with a ban on entering any stadium.
2.  Passive corruption (soliciting, being promised or accepting an unjustified advantage) shall be sanctioned
in the same manner.
3.  In serious cases and in the case of repetition, sanction 1b) may be imposed for life.
4.  In any case, the disciplinary bodies may order the confiscation of any assets involved in committing the
infringement which are within the remit of the FAI or of any assets which may be due to the offender from
the FAI for any other football activities. These assets shall be used for football development programmes.
RULE 98.   DOPING
1.  The Anti-Doping Rules of the Football Association of Ireland are the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as amended
from time to time Doping and doping offences are sanctioned under the Irish Sport Anti-Doping
Programme Rules and Procedures as provided by the Irish Sports Council.
2. Decisions of the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Bodies are recognised by the FAI and such
decisions shall be rendered effective by the FAI.Football Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
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3. In the event of any contradictions between national regulations and the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations,
the provisions set out in the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations shall prevail
RULE 99.   MANIPULATING MATCH RESULTS
Anyone who conspires to influence the result of a match in a manner incompatible with sporting ethics
shall be sanctioned with a suspension and a fine. The disciplinary body may also impose a ban on taking
part in any football-related activity; in serious cases this sanction shall apply for life.
RULE 100.   BETTING / GAMBLING
Anyone who directly or indirectly bets, instructs someone to bet on their behalf, or provides others with
information for the purpose of betting or gambling on a result, conduct or progress of a match or
competition in which that person or his club is participating or has  control over, shall be subject to
disciplinary sanctions.
RULE 101.   COMPLAINTS
Any complaint made in writing may be investigated by the Disciplinary Regulations Officer (DRO) and
may result in disciplinary sanction if not otherwise provided for.
RULE 102.   SPECTATOR CONDUCT
1.  The home club / team is liable for any improper conduct among all spectators, regardless of the question
of culpable conduct or culpable oversight and depending on the situation, may be fined. Further sanctions
may be imposed in the case of serious disturbances.
2. The visiting club / team is liable for improper conduct among its own group of spectators, regardless of
the question of culpable conduct or culpable oversight and  depending on the situation, may be fined.
Further sanctions may be imposed in the case of serious disturbances. Supporters  occupying the away
sector of a stadium are regarded as the visiting supporters, unless proven to the contrary.
3. Improper conduct includes but is not limited to violence towards persons or objects, letting off incendiary
devices, throwing missiles, use  of smokebombs, flares or fireworks, displaying insulting slogans in any
form, uttering insulting sounds, racist behaviour or invading or encroaching onto the pitch.
4. The liability described in par. 1 and 2 also includes matches played on neutral grounds, especially
during finals of competitions.
RULE 103.   MATCH AND PLAYER SAFETY OBLIGATIONS
When organising matches members shall also:
1. Assess the degree of risk posed by matches and notify the bodies of the FAI of those matches
that are especially high-risk;
2. Comply with and implement existing safety rules and take every safety precaution demanded by
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3. Ensure the safety of players and officials of the visiting team;
4. Keep authorities informed and collaborate with them actively and effectively to that law and order are
maintained in the stadiums / grounds and immediate surroundings and that matches are organised
properly;
5. Vet the age of players at competitions that are subject to age limits;
Any member that fails to fulfil its obligations may be fined or in the case of a serious infringement the
body may impose other sanctions, such as a stadium ban or order a team to play on neutral ground.
The right is reserved to impose certain sanctions for safety reasons, even if no infringement has been
committed.
RULE 104.   OTHER OBLIGATIONS
Members should ensure no one is involved in their management who is under sanction or has been found
guilty of an offence of corruption, forgery, serious misconduct or other serious behaviour or other offences
which would bring the game into disrepute.
SECTION 3 SANCTIONS
RULE 105.   CULPABILITY
1.  Unless otherwise specified, infringements are punishable regardless of whether they have been committed
intentionally or negligently.
2.  Exceptionally, a match may have to be played without spectators or on neutral  ground, or a certain
stadium may be banned purely for safety reasons, without any infringement having been committed.
RULE 106.   INVOLVEMENT
1.  Anyone who intentionally takes part in committing an infringement, either as instigator or accomplice, is
subject to disciplinary proceedings.
2. The disciplinary body shall take account of the degree of guilt of the party involved and may reduce a
sanction accordingly. It shall not go below the minimum sanction applicable.
RULE 107. SANCTIONS APPLICABLE
1. The following sanctions are applicable only to natural persons:
a) caution;
b) expulsion;
c) match suspension;
d) ban from dressing rooms and/or substitutes‟ bench;
e) ban from entering a stadium;
f) ban on taking part in any football-related activity.
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a) transfer ban;
b) playing a match without spectators;
c) playing a match on neutral territory;
d) ban on playing in a particular stadium;
e) annulment of the result of a match;
f) exclusion;
g) forfeit;
h) deduction of points;
i) demotion to a lower division;
j)  suspension from membership of the FAI.
3. In addition to the sanctions listed above the following sanctions are applicable to both natural and legal
persons;
a) a warning;
b) a reprimand;
c) a fine;
d) the return of awards.
RULE 108.   WARNING
A warning is a reminder of the substance of a disciplinary rule allied with the threat of a sanction in the
event of a further infringement.
RULE 109.   REPRIMAND
A reprimand is an official written pronouncement of disapproval sent to the perpetrator of an
infringement.
RULE 110.   FINES
1.  The body that imposes the fine decides the terms and time limits for payment and the level of the fine if
not otherwise provided for in these rules or in specific competition rules.
2. Clubs are liable for fines imposed on players or officials from their teams. The fact that the person subject
to the fine has left the club will not negate the responsibility of the club to pay the fine.
RULE 111.   RETURN OF AWARDS
The person or body required to return an award shall return all of the benefits received, in particular sums
of money and symbolic objects (medal, trophy etc.).
RULE 112.   CAUTION (YELLOW CARD)
1.  A caution (yellow card) is a warning from the referee to a player during a match to sanction  offences as
identified by Law 12 of the Laws of the Game.  Cautions shall result in fines. One point shall be recorded
against the player. Fines may be applied on  an accumulative basis. A caution in any game must be
reported to the League concerned and a record must be kept by that league. No caution or mandatory
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2.  Two cautions received during the same match incur an expulsion and, consequently,  an automatic
suspension. The two cautions that incurred the red card are rescinded.
3. The following also incur a one (1) match mandatory suspension:
a) 4 cautions received in the season (4 Points);
b) 8 cautions received in the season (8 Points);
4. The following incur a two (2) match mandatory suspension:
a)  12 cautions received in the season (12 Points);
5. The following incur a three (3) match mandatory suspension:
a) 16 cautions received in the season (16 Points);
b) Every four cautions following the 16th caution.
6. If an abandoned match is to be replayed, any caution issued during that match shall be annulled. If the
match is not to be replayed, the cautions received by the team responsible for causing the match to be
abandoned are upheld; if both teams are responsible, all of the cautions are upheld.
7.  If a player is guilty of an offence as defined by Law 12 of the Laws of the Game and is sent off (direct red
card), any other caution he has previously received in the same match is upheld and incurs the relevant
suspension, fine and point as referred to above.
8. Prior to the commencement of each playing season, a player‟s accumulated cautions/points total shall be
reduced to zero. Any outstanding suspensions must be served in accordance with rule 114.7.
9. A suspension imposed under Rule 112 (3)(a) shall not apply to  the Final of all National  Club  Cup
Competitions and replays if applicable.
RULE 113.   EXPULSION
1.  An expulsion is the order given by the referee to someone to leave the field of play and its surroundings,
including the substitutes‟ bench, during a match. The person who has been sent off may be allowed into
the stands unless he is serving a stadium ban.
2.  Expulsion takes the form of a red card for players including substitutes. The red card is regarded as direct
if it sanctions offences as defined by Law 12 of the Laws of the Game; it is regarded as indirect if it is the
result of an accumulation of two yellow cards.
3. A direct or indirect red card incurs a one match automatic suspension. This automatic suspension is not
subject to appeal unless in the case of mistaken identity as provided for in Rule 113.11.
4. a) In all FAI National League competitions,  FAI National Cup Competitions and Divisional Associations
Competitions, an expulsion automatically incurs a one match suspension from the subsequent match of the
same competition.
b) If it is not possible to impose the automatic one match suspension on a player in the current season, the
automatic one match suspension shall be served in the next domestic competitive match.
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5. In all other matches played under the auspices of the FAI an expulsion automatically incurs a one match
suspension from the next domestic competitive match. A player sent from the field of play shall serve an
automatic suspension at the same level of football i.e. a player sent from the field of play in a 1
st
team
fixture may not serve an automatic suspension in a reserve team fixture or U20 fixture and vice-versa.
6. In all friendly matches sanctions imposed shall be applied as directed by the body making the decision.
7. An Official dismissed from the Technical area by the Referee must take no further part in the match by
managing, directing, assisting or communicating with his team in any way.
8.  The automatic suspension applies notwithstanding the pending decision of the Disciplinary Committee.
9. Should the same player be dismissed again in the same season  including the automatic suspension  the
following  minimum suspension shall apply:-
      2nd sending off   suspended for 1 match (automatic)
     3rd sending off suspended for 2 matches (automatic plus 1)
     4th sending off suspended for 4 matches (automatic plus 3)
                 5 or more dismissals          suspended for 6 matches (automatic plus 5)
10.   A player who has been sent off in a match will be notified, through his club, of the offence reported by the
Referee, and at the same time advised that he will be subject to a decision of the appropriate disciplinary
body.
11. In the case of a claim of alleged mistaken identity concerning a player sent off in a match, the Player
concerned and his Club must, within 24 hours of receiving the referee‟s report, submit in writing to the
Disciplinary Control Unit, particulars upon which the claim is founded including the identity of the person
responsible. The particulars must also include a signed statement by the Player reported by the
Referee that he was not responsible for the offence reported. If the Disciplinary Committee is satisfied
that the claim warrants further investigation,  a Disciplinary Committee shall be convened to meet before
any automatic penalty is due to take effect. If the Disciplinary Committee is satisfied that mistaken identity
has been proved in a case, the record of the offence will be transferred to the appropriate offender, who
shall be subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with the provisions of the current procedures. Video or
independent authoritative evidence must be produced by person(s) seeking the appeal.
12. An expulsion automatically incurs an automatic suspension even if imposed in a match that is later
abandoned and/or annulled. The Disciplinary Committee may extend the duration of the suspension.
RULE 114.   MATCH SUSPENSION
1.  A suspension from a match is a ban on taking part in a future match or competition and on attending it in
the area immediately surrounding the field of play.
2. The suspension is imposed in terms of matches, days or months.
3.  Suspensions of 12 months duration or longer must be notified immediately to the Disciplinary Control
Unit of the FAI and to all other relevant bodies by any affiliate handing down such a suspension. Such
suspension shall be accompanied by a copy of the Referees Report. No such suspension can be amended
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elapsed.
4.  If the suspension is to be served in terms of matches, only those matches actually played count towards
execution of the suspension. If a match is abandoned or forfeited, suspension is only considered to have
been served if the team to which the suspended player belongs is not responsible for the facts that led to
the abandonment or forfeiture of the match.
5.  If a suspension is combined with a fine, the suspension may be prolonged until the fine has been paid in
full.
6. A player must be eligible to have played in a match in order to have the suspension served.
7. Any suspension or part thereof which remains outstanding at the end of the season must be served at the
commencement of the following season.
8. Suspensions can only be served in matches and on the  terms as determined by the decision of the
Disciplinary Bodies taking into account the competition rules applicable. A suspension may be deemed
not served by a Disciplinary Body if a match has been rearranged for the primary purpose of enabling a
player to complete a suspension.
9. All of the foregoing suspensions are the minimum penalties. The Disciplinary Bodies or Leagues may
impose suspensions above this minimum depending on the nature of the offences committed.
10. All suspensions, except where otherwise provided for in these Rules, may be appealed through the various
Divisional Associations and in accordance with the Rules of the FAI, FIFA and UEFA.
11. Players or other technical staff, including managers under suspension are not permitted to be included in
the list of officials on the Technical Bench. Breaches of this regulation will be reported to the Disciplinary
Committee for further possible sanction.
12. Officials suspended by the Disciplinary Committee shall have the terms of the suspension clearly outlined
to them in the notice of suspension.
RULE 115.    BAN FROM DRESSING ROOMS AND/OR SUBSTITUTES BENCH
A ban from dressing rooms and/or substitutes‟ benches deprives someone of the right to enter team‟s
dressing rooms and/or the area immediately surrounding the field of play, and in particular to sit on the
substitutes‟ bench.
RULE 116.   STADIUM BAN
A stadium ban prohibits someone from entering the confines of one or several stadiums.
RULE 117.   BAN ON TAKING PART IN  FOOTBALL-RELATED ACTIVITY
Any Participant may be banned from taking part in  all or  any  part  of football-related activity. The
Disciplinary Body issuing such a ban shall ensure the extent and remit of the ban is clearly provided for in
the decision.
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A transfer ban prevents a club from registering any player during the period in question.
RULE 119.   PLAYING A MATCH WITHOUT SPECTATORS
The obligation to play a match behind closed doors requires a member or club to have a certain match
played without spectators.
RULE 120.   PLAYING A MATCH ON NEUTRAL GROUND
The obligation to play a match on neutral ground requires a member or club to have a certain match
played in another venue.
RULE 121.   BAN ON PLAYING IN A PARTICULAR STADIUM
A ban on playing in a certain stadium deprives a member or club of the right to have their teams play in a
certain stadium.
RULE 122.   ANNULMENT OF THE RESULT OF A MATCH
The result of a match is annulled if the result reached on the field of play is disregarded.
RULE 123.   EXCLUSION FROM A COMPETITION
Exclusion is the deprivation of the right of a member or club to take part in the current and/or a future
competition.
RULE 124.   DEMOTION TO A LOWER DIVISION
A club may be demoted to a lower division.
RULE 125.   DEDUCTION OF POINTS
A club may have points deducted from those already attained in the current or a future competition.
RULE 126.   FORFEIT
1. Teams sanctioned with a forfeit are considered to have lost the match by 0-3.
2.  If the goal difference at the end of the match in question is greater than 0-3, the result on the pitch is
upheld.
SECTION 4 RULES RELATING TO SANCTIONS
RULE 127.   COMBINED SANCTIONS
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RULE 128.   PARTIAL SUSPENSION OF IMPLEMENTATION OF SANCTION
1. The body that imposes a match suspension, a ban on access to dressing rooms and/or the substitutes‟
bench, a ban on taking part in any football-related activity, the obligation to play a match without
spectators, the obligation to play a match on neutral ground or a ban on playing in a certain stadium, may
examine whether it is possible to suspend the implementation of the sanction partially.
2. Partial suspension is permissible only if the duration of the sanction does not exceed six matches or six
months and if the relevant circumstances allow it, in particular the previous record of the person
sanctioned.
3.  The body decides which part of the sanction may be  suspended. In any case, half of the sanction is
definite.
4.  By suspending implementation of the sanction, the body subjects the person sanctioned to a probationary
period of from six months to two years.
5. If the person benefiting from a suspended sanction commits another infringement during the probationary
period, the suspension is automatically revoked and the sanction applied; it is added to the sanction
imposed for the new infringement.
RULE 129.   CALCULATION OF TIME SANCTIONS
The duration of a time sanction can be interrupted by rest periods during or between seasons.
RULE 130.   LIMITATION PERIOD FOR PROSECUTION
1.  Offences committed during a match may no longer be prosecuted after a lapse of two years. As a general
rule, other offences may not be prosecuted after a lapse of ten years.
2.  Prosecution for offences against children or for corruption are not subject to a limitation period.
RULE 131.   COMMENCEMENT OF THE LIMITATION PERIOD
The limitation period runs as follows:
1. From the day on which the perpetrator committed the offence;
2. If the offence is recurrent, from the day on which the most recent offence was committed;
3. If the offence lasted a certain period, from the day on which it ended.
RULE 132.  INTERRUPTION
The limitation period no longer applies if the Disciplinary Committee commences proceedings before it
has expired.
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1. The limitation period for the enforcement of sanctions is five years.
2.  The limitation period for the enforcement of sanctions begins on the day on which the decision comes into
force.
SECTION 5  DETERMINING THE SANCTION
RULE 134.  GENERAL RULES
1.  The body pronouncing the sanction decides the scope and duration of it provided it does not fall below the
minimum sanction applicable.
2.  Sanctions may be limited to a geographical area or to one or more specific categories of match or
competition.
3.  Unless otherwise specified, the duration of a sanction is always defined.
4.  The body shall take account of all relevant factors in the case and the degree of the offender‟s guilt when
imposing the sanction.
RULE 135.  REPEATED INFRINGEMENTS
Unless otherwise specified, the body may increase the sanction to be imposed as deemed appropriate if an
infringement has been repeated.
RULE 136.  CONCURRENT INFRINGEMENTS
1.  If several fines are imposed against someone as a result of one or more offences, the relevant body bases
the fine on the most serious offence committed first and, depending on the circumstances, may increase
the sanction.
2.  The same applies if a person incurs several time sanctions of a similar type (two or more match
suspensions, two or more stadium bans etc.) as the result of one or several infringements.
3. The body that determines the fine is not obliged to adhere to the general upper limit of fines in cases of
concurrent infringements.
PART 2.   DISCIPLINARY PROCEDUR E
A ORGANISATION
SECTION 6 DISCIPLINARY AUTHORITIES
RULE 137.  REFEREE
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2.  In certain circumstances, the jurisdiction of the  disciplinary bodies may apply, for example in decisions
involving an obvious error such as mistaken identity.
RULE 138.   DISCIPLINARY BODIES
1. The organs for the administration of discipline are:
(a) The disciplinary bodies of the FAI:
      (i)  the Disciplinary Committee;
      (ii) the Appeal Committee.
(b) The Disciplinary Regulations Officer
2. Disciplinary matters relating to FAI competitions currently under the jurisdiction of another FAI
disciplinary committee or body shall remain under the jurisdiction of that body until the disciplinary remit
of that body is transferred to the FAI Disciplinary Bodies.
3 Disciplinary matters relating to other competitions currently under the jurisdiction of another disciplinary
committee or body shall remain under the jurisdiction of that body.
RULE 139.   ARBITRATOR
1. Any decision of the  Appeal Committee may be referred to arbitration by any party to the appeal
procedure.
2. Any other dispute between two or more members or affiliates of the FAI may be referred to Arbitration
provided all parties agree to proceed to arbitration and to be bound by the Arbitration decision.
Disciplinary matters must proceed through the FAI Appeals process prior to proceeding to Arbitration.
RULE 140.   COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT (CAS)
Decisions of certain bodies may be appealed to the CAS in Lausanne, Switzerland as provided under the
rule of such bodies.
SECTION 7 JURISDICTION OF FAI DISCIPLINARY BODIES
RULE 141.   DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
1. The Disciplinary Committee is authorised to sanction any breach of the rules of the FAI and its
competitions which do not come under the jurisdiction of another body.
2. The Disciplinary Committee is responsible for:
a) sanctioning offences recorded in all Referee and Match Delegate reports not otherwise automatically
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c) sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials‟ attention;
d) rectifying obvious errors in the referee‟s disciplinary decisions;
e) extending the duration of a match suspension incurred automatically by an expulsion;
f) imposing additional sanctions, such as additional suspensions or fines or other sanctions.
RULE 142.   APPEAL COMMITTEE
The Appeal Committee is responsible for:
a) deciding appeals against decisions of the Disciplinary Committee;
b) deciding appeals against decisions of any league, national association, divisional association or other
FAI body with the exception of Club Licensing bodies and bodies ruling on Doping Offences.
SECTION 8 JURISDICTION OF FAI DISCIPLINARY REGULATIONS OFFICER
RULE 143.  DISCIPLINARY REGULATIONS OFFICER (DRO)
The Disciplinary Regulations Officer is responsible for:
a) representing the FAI in all FAI disciplinary proceedings;
b) conducting investigations and charging persons or bodies with breach of rules;
c) lodging appeals against decisions of FAI disciplinary bodies;
d) settling disputes where appropriate;
SECTION 9 COMPOSITION OF FAI DISCIPLINARY BODIES
RULE 144.  COMPOSITION
1.  The FAI Board appoints persons to a Disciplinary Pool. The members of this pool shall be made up of
Council members, other football persons not otherwise members of Council, and qualified members of the
legal profession. Procedures shall be adopted to ensure members of this pool are appointed in a fair,
equitable and transparent manner.
2. The Disciplinary Pool members shall be appointed for a renewable one-year period.
3. Members of the Disciplinary Pool shall be required to provide details of their football  and professional
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4. Members of each Disciplinary Committee and each Appeal Committee shall be drawn from the
Disciplinary Pool based on their availability, independence and professional and football background, to
meet the needs of each specific case. The composition of any Disciplinary or Appeal Committee shall be a
decision made by the Disciplinary Control Unit of the FAI.
5. Each committee shall consist of a panel of  three persons: one  member of Council, one other football
person and one member of the legal profession. The Chairperson of each Committee shall be the person
from the legal profession. A Chairperson may also be selected to act as a Chairperson of the Disciplinary
Pool to advise the DRO on any matter pertaining to these Disciplinary Rules or as otherwise required.
6. In order to facilitate the expeditious and consistent handling of disciplinary matters, the Chairperson may
be selected from a panel of chairpersons who are not legally qualified persons.
SECTION 10  PROVISIONS
RULE 145.  HEARINGS
1.  The committee hearings are deemed to be valid if the  three  selected members are in attendance or
available pursuant to Rule 145.4 below.
2.  Hearings shall be arranged by the FAI Disciplinary Control Unit.
3. A Disciplinary Committee  hearing shall take place every week to deal with match reports.  Additional
hearings of the Disciplinary Committee may be convened should the need arise.
4. If the circumstances so require, the secretariat may arrange for the deliberations and decision-making to be
conducted via telephone conference, videoconference or any other similar method.
RULE 146.  MAJORITY
The Disciplinary and Appeals Committees shall decide by simple majority.
RULE 147.  SECRETARIAT/ DISCIPLINARY CONTROL UNIT
1.  The Disciplinary Control Unit (DCU) of the FAI provides the disciplinary bodies with a secretariat.
2.  The DCU designates the secretary for every hearing.
3.  The secretary takes charge of the administrative work and writes the minutes of the hearing.
4.  The decisions issued by the Disciplinary and Appeal Committee and a copy of the relevant files shall be
kept by the DCU for at least ten years.
5. All communication from the DCU shall be conducted through the Secretary of the relevant party only. All
communications from a player to the DCU must be sent by the Secretary of the player‟s club unless the
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RULE 148. PUBLICATION OF DECISION
1. The decision issued in each case shall be provided to all parties to the procedure.
2. The DCU may decide to publish decisions on the FAI website or to issue press releases in relation to
decisions.
RULE 149.  INDEPENDENCE
1. The disciplinary bodies of the FAI issue their decisions entirely independently; in particular, they shall not
receive instructions from any other body of the FAI in relation to decision making.
2.  A member of another body of the FAI may not stay in the meeting room during the disciplinary bodies‟
deliberations unless they have been explicitly summoned to attend.
RULE 150.  INCOMPATIBILITY OF OFFICE
The members of the disciplinary bodies may not be an employee of the FAI or belong to the FAI Board.
RULE 151.  WITHDRAWAL
1.  Members of the  disciplinary bodies of the FAI shall decline to participate in any hearing concerning a
matter where there are serious grounds for questioning their impartiality.
2.  This applies in the following cases (among others):
a) if the member in question has a direct or indirect interest in the outcome of the matter;
b) if he is associated with any of the parties;
      c) if he has already dealt with the case under different circumstances.
3.  Members against whom an objection might be raised shall notify the  DCU and the  Chairperson
immediately. Each party may also raise an objection to a member. The DCU shall make a final decision in
such a case.
RULE 152.  CONFIDENTIALITY
1.  The members of the disciplinary bodies shall ensure that disclosures made to them remain confidential to
the disciplinary body and the relevant staff of the DCU involved in the case.
2.  Only the contents of those decisions already notified to the parties may be made public.
RULE 153.  EXEMPTION FROM LIABILITY
Members of the disciplinary bodies of FAI may not be held personally liable for any deeds or omissions
relating to any disciplinary procedure.
B . PROCEDURE
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RULE 154. INVESTIGATION
1. The Disciplinary Regulations Officer (DRO) investigates violations of FAI Rules and decisions which are not
otherwise automatically dealt with by the rules.
2. Such investigations are conducted by written and oral inquiries and by the examination of individuals if
necessary.  Expert opinion and/or reports from any department or any committee of the FAI may be sought
and an inspection of documents or files may be necessary. The DRO may  conduct any enquiry he deems
necessary in order to fully investigate a case.
3. The DRO may request the DCU to provide secretarial support in this regard.
4. On completing his investigation the DRO shall decide if a charge for breach of a rule or regulation needs to
be issued against anyone. In the event such a charge is brought, the case will be submitted for consideration at
a Disciplinary Committee hearing.
5. A case may be reopened by the DRO if new evidence emerges, subject to the time limits set down in these
rules.
RULE 155.  DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE PROCEDURE
A GENERAL RULES
1. The Disciplinary Committee shall deal with disciplinary matters as follows:
a) on the basis of match reports;
b) if a complaint or protest is lodged;
c) reported violations of FAI rules.
2. Proceedings are initiated by way of request from the DRO to the Disciplinary Committee following any of the
matters arising under (1) above.
3.  Except where otherwise provided for, time limits referred to in these rules shall begin from the day after
receipt of notification.
B. PROCEDURE
1. The DCU must inform all parties to the case of the venue, date and time of the hearing and all parties are
entitled to attend the hearing.
2. Notification is not required in the case of cautions and expulsions
3. A Player shall  not be  afforded a personal hearing in respect of an individual caution  except in the case of
mistaken identity.
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5. A party shall not be prejudiced if they do not wish to attend a hearing unless they have specifically
been requested to attend by the Disciplinary Body and fail to do so.
6. All parties involved in the hearing must confirm to the  DCU in writing the name and the role within, or
relationship to the party, of all persons who will be attending the hearing on their behalf, or at their request
within time limits as stated in the notification.
7. All parties shall be notified by the DCU within three days by fax and/or electronic mail and/or registered post,
of the decision of the Disciplinary Committee. In urgent matters the Chairperson may issue or direct the DCU
to issue an oral decision in advance of the written notification.
8. A hearing can be postponed if the appointed Disciplinary Committee requires additional information prior to
proceedings commencing or to allow technical or other issues to be addressed.
C. REMIT
1. The Disciplinary Committee shall make its decision and may issue a sanction pursuant to these rules.
2. The Disciplinary Committee may adjourn or suspend proceedings for further deliberation or to seek further or
additional evidence or expert advice or where it is  otherwise  considered necessary to do so, provided an
adjournment does not unduly  prejudice any party.  Following an adjournment the Disciplinary Committee
must reconvene within ten days.
3. The Disciplinary Committee shall consider all evidence that it deems relevant to the case.
4. The Disciplinary Committee shall hear all witnesses‟ evidence that it considers relevant to the case.
5. The Disciplinary Committee shall give reasons for its decisions, with reference to any relevant rules.
RULE 156.  APPEAL COMMITTEE PROCEDURE
A. General Rules
1. An appeal may be lodged to the Appeal Committee against  a decision of the Disciplinary Committee.
2. An appeal in respect of the FAI National League and the FAI Senior Cup must be lodged in accordance with
Rule 156.C.
3. No appeal may be lodged in respect of the following:
a)  a warning;
b)  a reprimand;
          c)  a match caution;
          d)  an automatic suspension;
e)  a mandatory suspension;
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4. An appeal may be ruled out of order by the DRO if it is a matter not open to appeal under these Rules. No
appeal can be lodged against the decision of the DRO in such cases and such decision is final.
5. Decisions of any League, National Association, Divisional Association or other FAI body, with the exception
of Club Licensing bodies and bodies ruling on Doping Offences, may be appealed to the Appeal Committee.
6. The DCU has discretion to rule an appeal „out of order‟ if it is clear that such appeal was legitimately ruled
“out of order” by a lower body.
7. An Appeal will be ruled out of order if the appeal is not filed correctly in accordance with the provisions of
156(B)(1-4) or 156(C)(1-4).  The Appeal fee will be returned in such cases.
8. No appeal can be made, under any circumstances, regarding the appointment of Referees, Assistant
Referees or Fourth Officials to matches under the jurisdiction of the FAI or its affiliates.
9. The scheduling or rescheduling of all fixtures and re-arranged matches, shall not be subject to appeal.
10. Clubs may appeal against decisions sanctioning their players, officials or members, unless the person
concerned submits a written objection to this. All appeals  must be made by the  Club  Secretary unless
permitted by the DRO in exceptional circumstances.
11.        All parties in an appeal shall be notified by the DCU within three days, by fax and/or electronic mail and/or
registered post, of the decision of the Appeals Committee. In urgent matters, the Chairperson may issue or
direct the DCU to issue an oral decision in advance of written notification.
B. GENERAL APPEALS PROCEDURE
1. Appeals, other than those which must be lodged in accordance with Rule 156.C, must be sent by registered
post within four days of the date on which the written notification of the decision being appealed against was
received by the appellant.    For the avoidance of doubt time limits begin from the day after receipt of the
notification.  Appeals must be addressed to the FAI Disciplinary Control Unit. In the event of a postal dispute
or similar emergency,  the appellant shall contact the DCU to ascertain what temporary alternative
arrangements have been put in place by the DCU. The initial appeal documents must include a copy of the
decision being appealed against and the appellant must indicate the date upon which such decision was
received by the appellant, and must confirm that an exact copy of  all documentation has been sent in
accordance with Rule 156(B)(2), and that the Appeal Fee  has been enclosed in accordance with Rule
156(B)(3).
2. An exact copy of all documents submitted to the DCU in connection with the appeal must be simultaneously
sent by registered post to the body whose decision is the subject of the appeal, unless the decision being
appealed against is a decision of the FAI Disciplinary Committee. Additional copies of all documents shall be
supplied  to any other parties to the procedure by the DCU, who shall determine the relevant parties.
3. Appeals must be accompanied by a Bank Draft or Postal Order for the Appeal Fee of €500, made payable to
the FAI. This fee shall be refunded only if the appeal is successful.
4. Within two days of sending the initial appeal documents, the appellant must submit to the DCU, by registered
post, proof of the time and date of posting the initial appeal documents to the DCU and the exact copy to the
appropriate body.  The appellant must also submit all additional documentation or submissions upon which it
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documentation has been sent to the other parties to the procedure, as determined by the DCU, by registered
post, in accordance with Rule 156(B)(2).
5. The body against whose decision the appeal is made must send to the DCU, by registered post, within three
days following receipt of notification of the appeal from the DCU, a true copy of the minutes of the meeting
in which the decision being appealed against was made and any proof of  notification or  delivery of such
decision to the appellant. Such body shall also send  reasons for  making that decision, any requested
documentation or other documentation relevant to the appeal, and all additional documentation or
submissions upon which it intends to rely at the Appeal Committee hearing.   An exact copy of all
documentation submitted to the DCU should also be sent to the appellant and any other party to the procedure
by registered post.  Failure to comply with the correct procedure as outlined above may result in disciplinary
action being taken.
6. Any other party to the appeal must send to the DCU, by registered post, within  three days  following receipt
of notification of the appeal from the DCU, any documentation or submissions upon which it intends to rely
at the Appeal Committee hearing. An exact copy of all documentation submitted to the DCU should also be
sent to the appellant and any other party to the procedure by registered post.
7. All appeal hearings shall commence within fifteen days of receipt of the appeal by the DCU.  The DCU shall
inform all parties to the appeal of the venue, date and time of the Appeal Committee hearing.
8. All parties involved in the appeal must, at least three days before the hearing, confirm in writing, by post, fax
or email to the DCU the name and the role within, or relationship to the party, of all persons who will be
attending the hearing on their behalf, or at their request.
9. Any party involved in the appeal, which fails to attend an Appeal hearing if requested to do so by the
Appeal Committee may be subject to disciplinary action.
10. In cases of urgency, the Appeal Committee, or if the Appeal Committee has not yet been appointed, the DCU,
may amend the time limits indicated above, with the exception of the time limit to file an appeal, in order to
facilitate an expedited appeals process.
C.         APPEALS PROCEDURE FOR  THE FAI  NATIONAL LEAGUE COMPETITIONS AND FAI
SENIOR CUP
1. The FAI National League competitions and the FAI Senior Cup are subject to this appeal process.
2. Minimum sanctions imposed under Rule 78 and Rule 79 shall not be subject to appeal and may be ruled out
of order by the DRO.
3. Notification of the intention to appeal must be sent by email by 1pm on the next day after the written
notification of the decision of the Disciplinary Committee being appealed against was emailed to the
appellant.
4. The appellant must also submit the appeal fee of €500 and all additional documentation or submissions upon
which it intends to rely on at the Appeal Committee hearing by 1pm on the day after notification as stated at
Rule 156.C.3 above. The appeal fee must be paid by Bank Draft or Postal Order, made payable to the FAI, or Football Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
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by Inter Bank Transfer. Confirmation of transfer will be required for the appeal to proceed. This fee shall be
refunded only if the appeal is successful.
5. An Appeal is received once confirmation of receipt has been issued by the DCU by email. This confirmation
does not certify that the Appeal is in order but that the relevant deadline has been met. An Appeal can be
ruled out of order even if the confirmation of receipt has been issued.
D. Remit of the Appeal Committee
1. The Appeal Committee shall re-hear the case in question.
2. The Appeal Committee shall consider all evidence that it deems relevant to the case.
3. The Appeal Committee shall hear all witnesses‟ evidence that it considers relevant to the case.
4. The Appeal Committee shall have the power to uphold or reject the appeal and/or to replace or vary the
decision of the previous  decision making body, provided the decision of the Appeal Committee  is not in
conflict with any of the rules of the FAI, which shall take precedence at all times. The Appeal Committee
shall also have the power to send a case back to a previous  decision making body to be re-heard, where
appropriate in exceptional circumstances.
5. The  Appeal Committee may adjourn or suspend proceedings for further deliberation or to seek further or
additional evidence or expert advice or where it is  otherwise  considered necessary to do so, provided an
adjournment does not unduly prejudice any party.  Following an adjournment the  Appeal Committee must
reconvene within ten days.
RULE 157.  CONCLUSION TO THE APPEALS PROCEEDINGS
1.  The Appeal Committee makes its decision, in principle, as a body of final instance.
2.  Notwithstanding the above, Appeal Committee decisions may be appealed to an Arbitrator or, where the
applicable regulations provide, to the CAS.
SECTION 12   GENERAL PROCEDURAL RULES FOR FAI DISCIPLINARY BODIES
RULE 158.  EVIDENCE / PROOF
1. Any type of proof may be produced unless it violates human dignity or does not serve to establish relevant
facts.
2.  The following are, in particular, admissible: reports from referees, assistant referees, match delegates and
referee observers, declarations from the parties and witnesses, material evidence, expert opinions and
unedited audio or video recordings.
3. The disciplinary bodies will have absolute discretion regarding proof.
4.  The disciplinary bodies decide on the basis of the rules and the proof before them.
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Such a request shall be complied with.
6.  Facts contained in match officials‟ reports are presumed to be accurate.
7.  Proof of the inaccuracy of the contents of match officials‟ reports may be submitted for consideration by
the disciplinary bodies.
8.  If there is any discrepancy in the reports from the various match officials and match delegates and there
are no means of resolving the different versions of the facts, the referee‟s report is considered authoritative
regarding incidents that occurred on the field of play; the match delegate‟s report is considered
authoritative regarding incidents that took place outside the field of play.
9. The disciplinary bodies may draw on principles and precedents already established by sports doctrine and
jurisprudence.
RULE 159.  DOCUMENTATION PROVIDED IN PROTESTS & DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS
Any party who is protesting or taking a case to an FAI  Disciplinary Hearing, may request in writing,
appropriate information from any body necessary to substantiate their case.  Any fee imposed to supply
such requested information should not exceed €30 per individual request.
RULE 160.  REPRESENTATION AND ASSISTANCE
1.  The parties may arrange to be assisted by a third party.
2. Parties may be represented at a hearing by a third party, but should appear personally where requested to
do so by the disciplinary body.
3.  The parties are free to choose their own assistance and representation.
RULE 161.  OBVIOUS ERRORS
A disciplinary body may, at its discretion, rectify any obvious calculation error or typographical error
contained in its decision. Any request by a party for such a rectification must be submitted to the DCU
within five days of receipt of the decision in question.
RULE 162.  COSTS AND EXPENSES
All parties shall bear their own costs.
RULE 163.  NOTIFICATION OF DECISIONS
1. The DCU shall notify a copy of each decision to all parties to the procedure.
2. Decisions and other documents intended for players or officials  may be addressed to the club,  league,
association or other body concerned.
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electronic delivery report or registered post receipt is sufficient evidence that a decision has been properly
notified.
4. Notification by the DCU of cautions, accumulated points and expulsions shall be sent by fax and/or,
electronic mail and/or registered post within two days of the disciplinary hearing if a hearing has taken
place.
5. Except where otherwise provided for, time limits referred to in these rules shall begin from the day after
receipt of notification.
RULE 164.  ENFORCEMENT OF DECISIONS
Decisions come into force as per the terms of the decision.
RULE 165. FORM AND CONTENTS OF THE DECISION
1. The decision contains:
a) the composition of the committee;
b) the names of the parties;
c) a summary of the facts;
d) the reasons for the decision;
e) the terms of the decision, including the date of coming into force;
f) notice of the channels for appeal.
2. The original decision is signed by the members of the Disciplinary Body and a typed notification of
decision shall be forwarded to all parties by the Disciplinary Control Unit.
RULE 166.  FAILURE TO RESPECT DECISIONS
1. It shall be an offence not to comply with a decision of the disciplinary bodies, and any party that fails to
respect such a decision may be fined.
2.  In addition to imposing a fine, the disciplinary bodies of the FAI may grant a final deadline in which the
party must comply with the decision. If the party does not comply with the decision within the final
deadline, the disciplinary bodies may impose a further sanction, including an additional fine, deduction of
points, relegation to a lower division, a transfer ban, or a ban on any football-related activity.
SECTION 13.   ARBITRATION
RULE 167. ARBITRATION PROCEDURE
A. General Rules
1. Any decision of the Appeal Committee or DRC may be appealed to an arbitrator by any party to the appeal
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2. Any other dispute between two or more members  or affiliates of the FAI may be referred to Arbitration
provided all parties agree to proceed to arbitration and to be bound by the Arbitration decision. Disciplinary
matters must proceed through the FAI Appeals process prior to proceeding to Arbitration.
3. In accordance with the FIFA Statutes and the UEFA Statutes, members undertake not to refer disputes with
any other members or the FAI to a Court of Law.   Such disputes must be  processed in the first instance
through the Appeals System of the FAI then, where applicable, by way of referral to FAI Arbitration and
finally where applicable through CAS.
4. At its opening meeting each year, the Board shall appoint a panel of Five Arbitrators all of whom must
have dispute resolution  experience and none of whom shall be members of Council.
B.     Procedure
1. Any party referring a dispute to Arbitration arising out of a decision of the Appeal Committee must do so
within ten days of the notification of the Appeal Committee decision.
2. When seeking Arbitration, the requesting party must do so in writing by registered post to the DCU, setting
out the basis upon which Arbitration is sought and sending a bank draft or money order for  €3000, together
with a separate bank draft or money order of €2000 by way of surety in respect of costs.
3. An exact copy of this request shall be sent to all other interested parties in the dispute by registered post.
4. The registered post receipt shall be proof of time and date of posting in all cases.
5. Prior to the hearing, the Arbitrator shall fix his own terms of reference and determine the issues to be heard,
direct who the appropriate parties to the Arbitration are and who is entitled to be heard.
6. The Arbitrator may, at his discretion, invite all relevant parties to attend a preliminary hearing to deal with
any preliminary issues.
7. Prior to the hearing commencing, the Arbitrator shall obtain written confirmation from all of the parties to
the Arbitration that the decision of the Arbitration is final and binding on all parties provided the decision is
not in breach of any of the Rules of the FAI.
8. The Arbitration hearing shall take place within ten days of the appointment of the Arbitrator and a decision
shall be issued within five days of the date of the hearing.
9. At the conclusion of the arbitration, the Arbitrator shall decide which party shall bear the arbitration costs, or
in what proportion the arbitration costs shall be borne by the parties.
10. In all cases, the Arbitration shall be subject to the provisions of the Arbitration Acts 1954-1998.Football Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
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INTRODUCTION
The FAI lists among its objectives  the promotion, development and fostering of the game of Association Football within Ireland. It also
confirms its affiliation to UEFA and FIFA and its commitment to be bound by the rules of both bodies.
An essential aspect of the promotion, development and fostering of the game is the promotion and
implementation of best practices and pursuits by all involved in the game at every level, permeating down
through each of the affiliates, thereby ensuring that the rules of the game are upheld in spirit and in fact
and that the manner in which those associated with the game do business, is a positive advertisement for the
game in the wider community.
To this end the Association has endorsed the following as its Code of Best Practice for all involved in every level of the game and has enshrined
it within the rules of the FAI. The purpose of the code is to assist in attaining the objectives of the Association, to promote and foster the
continued development of right relationships between those involved in the game and to promote and safeguard a positive image for the game in
the wider community.
Where it is alleged that a body, a person or persons have by virtue of an act or utterance violated the Code of Best Practice, an injured or
interested party may make a complaint pursuant to Rule 27 of the Rules of the Association and the matter shall be dealt with by the Rules
Compliance Commission. Where the complaint is upheld, the body, person or persons shall be deemed to have brought the game into disrepute.
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APPENDIX  1
CODE OF BEST PRACTICE FOR ADMINISTRATORS
Administrators at all levels in the game be they committee members in a league or members of Senior Council, have a responsibility to act to
uphold the highest standards of integrity within the game and to ensure that the reputation of the game and the Association and each Affiliate is
and remains beyond reproach. It is their duty to ensure that the game is run in an orderly and seemly manner, thereby encouraging the maximum
levels of participation and enjoyment by all players and spectators, regardless of the level of the game at which they compete or support. It is
further the duty of Administrators to ensure that the Association maximises the earning potential which the game enjoys, thereby providing the
finance required to improve standards and facilities throughout the entire game.
1. An Administrator must appreciate that football is an important part of the community at large and accordingly must take into  account
community feelings when making decisions.
2. An Administrator must emphasise that the Association is opposed to discrimination of any form and promote whatever measures are
necessary to prevent discrimination, either direct or indirect from infiltrating the game.
3. When called upon to represent the game in the wider community an Administrator should seek to promote a positive view of the
game.
4. Administrators are there to firstly serve the interests of the game and not their own self interests or any particular sectional interest.
5. Administrators must be constantly mindful of the best interests of the game in the decisions they make.
6. The appropriate Administrators must ensure that monies spent in the name of the game and in the pursuit of the interests and
objectives of the game are monies well spent.
7. All monies spent must be fully accounted for within the game.
8. Administrators must carry on the business of the game in a seemly and orderly fashion.
9. Meetings must be carried on in a cordial and businesslike manner through the chair.
10. An Administrator must abide by the standing orders regulating the conduct of meetings.
11. It is the duty of the appropriate Administrator to ensure that a complete and accurate set of minutes is available in respect of all
meetings held in the name of the game.
12. An Administrator must recognise the sense of ownership felt by those who participate at all levels in the game including players,
mentors, those who help out in many different ways, those who officiate as well as supporters.
13. An Administrator must acknowledge that public confidence demands the highest standards of financial and administrative propriety
within the game and accordingly shall not tolerate corruption or improper practices of any kind at any time.
14. An Administrator must seek to foster and uphold a relationship of trust and respect between all involved in the game.
15. An Administrator must abhor and reject the use of violence of any nature by anyone involved in the game.
16. An Administrator must be committed to fairness in dealing with all involved in the game.
17. An Administrator must set a positive example for others particularly players, supporters and mentors.
18. An Administrator must promote and develop the game of Association Football, having particular regard to the interest of players,
supporters, mentors and the reputation of the game in Ireland.
19. An Administrator must share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interests of the body that has
requested these rather than personal or sectional interests.
20. An Administrator must show due respect to others involved in the game.
21. An Administrator must avoid all forms of inappropriate behaviour and must be seen to challenge the use of inappropriate behaviour
within the game.
22. An Administrator must refrain from making contributions to the media which are likely to lead to unfair criticism of other people
within the game.
23. An Administrator must refrain from making contributions to the media which are likely to portray the game unfairly, incompletely or
inaccurately.
24. Administrators must safeguard the confidentiality of information imparted to them in the exercise of their functions.
25. Administrators should promote adherence to the Code of Practice by those within the game with whom they come into contact.
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APPENDIX  2
CODE OF BEST PRACTICE FOR MENTORS
Managers/Coaches are key to the establishment of good practices in football. Their attitude to the game directly informs the  attitude of the
players under their supervision. Mentors must speak and act in a manner consistent with this reality.
1. A Mentor must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
2. A Mentor must not subscribe to the ethos of “win at all costs”.
3. A Mentor must place the health, well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations.
4. A Mentor must abide by the rules of the game.
5. A Mentor must strive to develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
6. A Mentor must have particular regard for the code when working with young players in the game.
7. A Mentor must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
8. A Mentor must guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
9. A Mentor must ensure that the activities and strategies they direct and advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and
ability of players involved.
10. A Mentor must at the outset of each season, clarify with the players (and where the players are under the age of 18, their parents)
exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from the Mentor.
11. A Mentor must co-operate with specialists within the game e.g. other coaches, officials, sport scientists, doctors, and physiotherapists
etc. in the best interest of players.
12. A Mentor must honour the terms of the agreement with his/her club and shall eschew any interest in alternative employment within
the game whilst under contract, save insofar as such interest enjoys the consent of that club.
13. A Mentor must not act or speak (directly or indirectly) so as to induce a mentor or an employee of any other club to breach the terms
of their agreement with that other club.
14. A Mentor must be conversant with the laws of the game and the rules of any competition in which a team under his/her stewardship is
participating.
15. A Mentor must exercise authority and control over the players under his/her stewardship particularly whilst on the field of play and
with regard to the decisions of match officials.
16. A Mentor must observe the highest standards of integrity and fair dealing.
17. A Mentor must always promote a positive approach to the game e.g. fair play, honest endeavour and genuine teamwork.
18. A Mentor must not encourage or condone violations of the laws of the game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the game, or the use of
questionable strategies or tactics.
19. A Mentor must not encourage or condone the use of prohibited substances.
20. A Mentor must consistently display high standards of behaviour and comment.
21. A Mentor must not use or tolerate the use of inappropriate language.
22. A Mentor must demonstrate due respect towards match officials.
23. A Mentor must accept the decisions of the match officials.
24. In making public comments on a particular fixture or on the game in general a mentor must be mindful  of upholding and promoting
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APPENDIX  3
CODE OF BEST PRACTICE FOR PLAYERS
As players are constantly in the glare of public attention and are widely recognised as the most important people in the sport, there is a
considerable onus upon them to speak and act in a manner which promotes all that is good about the game.
1. A Player must make every honest effort to develop their sporting ability, to include fitness, skill, technique and tactical ability.
2. A Player must strive to set a positive example for younger players and supporters.
3. A Player should safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and where possible help injured
opponents.
4. A Player must give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during each game.
5. A Player must avoid all forms of gamesmanship, and time wasting.
6. A Player must refrain from using inappropriate language particularly to referees/officials and other players during games.
7. A Player must make every effort consistent with fair play and the laws of the game to help their own team win.
8. A Player must resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question their commitment to the team winning.
9. A Player should know and abide by the laws, rules of the game and of any given competition, both in fact and in spirit.
10. A Player should accept victory and defeat with equanimity.
11. A player must resist any temptation to consume or otherwise imbibe any banned substances.
12. A Player must treat opponents with respect at all times, irrespective of the outcome of any game.
13. A Player must demonstrate due respect towards match officials.
14. A Player must accept the decisions of the match officials without protest.
15. A Player must avoid words or actions which may mislead a match official.
16. A Player must abide by the lawful instructions and directions of mentors and team officials.
17. A Player must act towards the mentors and officials of the opposing side in a respectful manner.
18. A Player must demonstrate due regard for the interest of supporters.
19. A Player must not act or speak so as to incite or encourage supporters to act in a manner that may endanger the safety of anyone
attending or participating in the game.
20. A Player should not either directly or indirectly place a bet on the outcome of any game in which he is involved.
21. A Player must always have regard to the best interests of the game when publicly expressing an opinion on the game or on others
involved in the game.
22. In making public comments on a particular fixture or on the game in general a Player must be mindful of upholding and promoting the
good name of the game and others involved in it in the wider community.Football Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
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APPENDIX  4
Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct
for
Referees
of the
Football Association of Ireland
The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Referees should guide all registered referees
1
,
Observers
2
, association officials
3
and members
4
of the Football Association of Ireland with regard to
ethical behaviour and professional conduct. The Code should be read in conjunction with the FAI Rules.
Preamble
Integrity in sport is a core value underpinning the notion of „Fair Play.‟ Integrity is also a fundamental and
core value underpinning the task of refereeing. Failure to uphold this value can result in the principles of
objectivity, honesty and independence breaking down. Consequently everyone associated with the sport has
a duty and responsibility to ensure that the core values associated with fair play are upheld.
It is not alone the practice and art of refereeing a football game that these values apply but also to all
administrative, training and development functions.
The code equally applies and should be adhered to by all personnel immediately associated with these
functions and also to all participants in the sport both actively and administratively.
5
1
Referee refers to a registered match official regardless of duties assigned in a particular game.
2
Observer refers to all personnel involved in instruction, training and development of referees.
3
Association Official refers to all administrative personnel including appointments officers,
disciplinary committee members, league officials and employees of the FAI.
4
Members of the FAI refers to registered players, technical staff, managers, directors and
  administrators of teams and clubs.
5
For ease of writing the term „referee‟ is used throughout the code but all of the values principles and
  standards of behaviour referred to apply equally to the personnel mentioned in footnotes 1, 2, 3 &4.Football Association of Ireland Rules effective from 2 March 2011
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Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct for Referees
This Code consists of four overall ethical principles, which subsume a number  of specific ethical
standards.
1.0 Integrity
Principle: Referees are obliged to be honest, impartial, objective and professional in carrying out their
duties as outlined in the Laws of the Game and in terms of representing the Football Association and the
League to which they are assigned.
Specifically, referees shall: –
1.1 Conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times and carry out their duties to the best of their ability
1.2 Seek support/ guidance advice from peers, colleagues, mentors and / or Observers with regard to issues that
may hamper their performance as a referee.
1.3 Avoid situations or engage in activities or behaviour, which might oblige them or lead to them contravening
the provisions of this Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
1.4 Ensure that they and others accurately represent and reflect the body of knowledge and training of their
profession.
1.5 Not accept or attempt to secure fees or benefits over and above those agreed with the Football Association of
Ireland and their representatives.
1.6 Honour all refereeing commitments except in the case of serious illness or unexpected circumstances whereby
their ability to perform their duties would be impaired and in such circumstances to notify, in a timely
manner, the appropriate personnel or where appropriate to make alternative arrangements.
1.7 Not exploit any relationship to further their own or others personal or professional interests including the
soliciting of appointments.
1.8 Be aware of the nature of dual relationships and where possible avoid such positions that could lead to the
undermining of the Integrity of Refereeing or the good name of the Football Association of Ireland.
1.9 Act to stop or limit the activities of a colleague, Observer or official that is clearly harmful or unethical and
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2.0 Competence
Referees shall strive to ensure and maintain high standards in the application of their duties. They shall
adhere to the professional standards and attain the relevant competencies required appropriate to the level of
football at which they are qualified to officiate. They must maintain and update their professional
knowledge and skills in accordance with the licensing system. They shall recognise the limits of their
competence in the context of the licensing system and take care not to exceed these limits by officiating at
games outside the parameters of their particular license.
Specifically referees shall: –
2.1 Comply with the rules of the licensing system and develop the skills and knowledge required appropriate to
the level they wish to officiate at.
2.2 Engage in continuing professional development in terms of all aspects of refereeing, e.g. physical fitness;
knowledge, application and interpretation of the Laws of the Game.
2.3  Accept the obligation to know, understand and to operate the provisions of this Code of Ethics and
Professional Conduct.
2.4 Recognise the limits of their competence and take care not to exceed these limits by officiating at games
outside the parameters of their particular license.
2.5 Participate in and contribute to the continuing development of refereeing.
2.6 Refrain from officiating when their ability to carry out their duties in a professional and competent manner is
impaired by physical, medical or other reason.
2.7 Seek relevant, competent and professional assistance to ameliorate and remedy any difficulty that prevents or
inhibits their ability to carry out their duties in a professional and competent manner.
3.0 Respect
Referees shall honour, respect and uphold the fundamental rights, dignity and worth of all participants, officials and
spectators of the sport. They shall be mindful and respect difference based on age, gender, ethnicity, race, culture,
religious belief or other difference.
Specifically, referees shall: –
3.1 Treat all players, coaches and officials as persons of intrinsic worth and respect any difference based on age,
gender, ethnicity, race, culture, religious belief or other difference.
3.2 In the course of their duties safeguard the respect of players and coaches based on age, gender, ethnicity,
race, culture, religious belief or other difference and deal with any infringements of these rights in the context
of the Laws of the game or the rules of the Football Association of Ireland.
3.3 When involved with children adhere to Child Care Legislation, „codes of conduct‟ and the policy and
procedures of the Football Association of Ireland.
3.4 Take the necessary preventative actions so as not to allow themselves to be compromised by events or
situations where individuals respect or dignity could be undermined in the context of age, gender, disability
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4.0  Responsibility
The „Laws of the Game‟ and the Football Association of Ireland bestows authority and power on Referees.  Thus this
privileged position must be taken seriously and managed with dignity, respect, responsibility and professionalism.
Referees carry responsibility to themselves, their profession, the Football Association and the League in which they
operate.
Specifically, referees shall: –
4.1 Be aware of their professional responsibilities to the players and teams in the game at which they are
officiating and to the League to which they are assigned and to the Football Association of Ireland.
4.2 Shall be responsible for their actions, and assure themselves, as far as possible, that they carry out their duties
to the best of their ability.
4.3 Shall carry out their duties in a responsible, professional and respectful manner.
4.4 Behave in professional activities in such a way as not to undermine public confidence in their profession.
4.5 Protect the reputation of the profession and the Football Association of
Ireland by ensuring that all professional activities carried out conforms to the provisions of this Code of
Ethics & Conduct.
APPENDIX 5
CODE OF BEST PRACTICE FOR PARENTS
Parents have a powerful influence on the level of fun and enjoyment which children derive from the game
and on the degree of enthusiasm with which they participate in it. Positive encouragement is the key to a
child’s enjoyment of the game, their sense of personal achievement, the development of their skill levels and
their self-esteem.
1. Parents should avoid coaching their child during the game.
2. Parents should not shout and scream.
3. Parents should respect the decisions of the match officials.
4. Parents should give attention to each participating child, and not just to the most talented.
APPENDIX 6
CODE OF BEST PRACTICE FOR SPECTATORS
Spectators convey to the wider community the values of the game.
1. Spectators should appreciate the opposition as well as their own team.
2. Spectators should be respectful towards all players whilst on the field of play, regardless of nationality, race, religion or other
affiliations.
3. Spectators should show appreciation of the efforts of all players who are substituted.
Schoolboys Rules

SCHOOLBOY’S FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND
CORK SCHOOLBOY’S LEAGUE RULES

1. This amalgamation of Clubs shall be called the “Cork Schoolboys League” or such other name as may be decided at the A.G.M. All clubs in membership of the league must be affiliated to the S.F.A.I.

1A.    No club can have more than three players from the final panel of players submitted to the S.F.A.I. to participate in the previous seasons Kennedy Cup. Any club with more than three in that Kennedy Cup panel before the Kennedy Cup will be able to keep those players. If this rule affects a player who changes residence and wishes to join a club who already has players from the area in which he now resides, the Management Committee will have discretion to approve the transfer/registration not withstanding this rule.

2.              Any club in membership of the league has the right to appeal to the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland, in accordance with rules of that body, against the decision of the League, S.F.A.I. Appeal Fee €200. S.F.A.I. Protest Fee €100. If the clubs wish to appeal the decision of the S.F.A.I. to the F.A.I., the fee is €500.

3.    During the period of membership of the Cork Schoolboys League no player shall be at liberty to transfer to a Club outside its jurisdiction without the sanction of the Management Committee of the League.

4.      A player can only play for one club in the League in any one season unless he has received his transfer from the club he last played for. No player can be registered unless he has received the transfer duly authorised. A transfer form must be signed by both club secretaries. The closing date for the receipt of duly completed transfer forms shall be 15th October of each year. The transfer form must be posted by prepaid post and post mark shall be conclusive evidence. The transfer season shall be the period from 1st August to the 15th October in any year.

5.     In the event of a Club being suspended, removed or withdrawing from the League the Management Committee may grant permission for such Club’s players to be registered for another Club. Players then without a club  shall make written application to the league setting out the circumstances and name of the club they desire to assist.  No club shall secure the services of more than three such players. No player can assist a second club in a cup competition in which he has already played. Players who withdraw their services from their club the previous season must apply in writing the following season to the league and name the club they desire to assist. No club shall be permitted to avail of the services of more than two such players.

6.     In the event of a team being suspended, removed or withdrawing from the league, their record for played matches shall be void and they will be ineligible to participate in the next grade in the next season. The withdrawal of a team may not be accepted at the discretion of the League.

7.     Clubs found guilty of playing an over-age player or players shall be removed from the Association for the remainder of the season. If two teams from the same club are so removed in the same season, the club will be ineligible to participate in the league in the following season.

8.     All matches, venues and hours of kick-off shall be arranged by the Fixtures Secretary. No games will be fixed for St. Stephen’s Day or New Year’s Day. No Club or Clubs shall have the power to break or postpone a fixture and any Clubs not represented at delegate meeting shall be responsible for any fixture or fixtures made in their absence. Applications for cancellations of fixtures or changes in kick-off times will not be entertained. The Management Committee shall however be empowered to use their discretion in this matter if they deem circumstances so warrant.

9.     Each Club in the League shall register its colours with the Hon. Secretary. In the event of two Clubs playing in similar colour the home team shall change colours when such Clubs meet in competition. The first Club that appears on the fixture list shall be deemed the home Club. Goalkeepers must wear colours which distinguish them from the other players.

10.   Each Club must furnish to the Hon. Secretary of the League the name and address of its Hon. Secretary, names and addresses of all members of the Committee of the Club and its distinguishing colours. Clubs shall be required to keep minutes of meetings, showing the names and dates of election of new members, and to furnish same if called upon. All clubs must furnish on their entry form an email address in use by their Hon. Secretary. This will be the primary point of contact with the club.

COMPETITION

11.    All matches shall be played under the jurisdiction of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland and according to the laws of the game. No club or team or player shall take part in any competition, match or trials, outside the jurisdiction of the S.F.A.I. without prior sanction. Application for such permission must be forwarded to the Hon. Secretary at least two weeks prior to the suggested match or trial. Any player or team or club contravening this provision shall be fined or suspended by the Association. No club or team in the Cork Schoolboys League can play clubs or teams outside jurisdiction without prior sanction of the League. This provision shall apply to all tournament games involving clubs within or outside the jurisdiction of the league, but shall not apply to friendly games involving clubs affiliated to the league.

12.    The entrance fee for each team affiliated shall be decided annually. Fee to be paid on or before closing date for entries to each relevant age grouping.

13.    By June 30th the Management Committee will make available downloadable registration forms to each club on the CSL website. These forms only must be used by all clubs for registration purposes. No unregistered player will be entitled to participate in any fixture arranged by the League and each player must be registered at least 24 hours before participating in any match. It is the responsibility of each club to ensure that their players are properly registered and the Management Committee will not be responsible for any clubs failure to comply with this rule. Any team found to have played an unregistered player will automatically forfeit the points in favour of their opponents in league matches and forfeit the tie in cup matches. The League will arrange a registration meeting before the season commences to accept registrations which will only be valid when properly completed and stamped and countersigned by the Registrar. Single registration forms can only be accepted after all team registrations for the club have been submitted.

13a.  This rule only applies to local competitions. No player can play two grades above the grade for which he is primarily eligible. This restriction shall not apply to S.F.A.I national club competitions.

14.   The referee’s card must be filled in prior to start of game and signed by the official in charge who shall certify as to the eligibility of his players. The official in charge who signs the Ref. Card must be over 18 years of age. 16 players may be included on the Referees card. Clubs shall be authorised to introduce 5 substitutes in all grades.

14a.  If a club has any doubt about the qualifications of any player on the opposing team they shall be at liberty to secure – at half time or full time a photograph of the opposing team on making representation to the Referee. The signature and date of birth of the player or players concerned must also be supplied on demand. Such signature to be made on the Referee’s Card and witnessed by him. Refusal to accede to such requests may be regarded as an admission of guilt.

15.    Matches shall be started at the appointed time of kick-off and clubs guilty of a breach of this rule will be dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee. Clubs failing to fulfil fixtures  may be removed from league should the Management Committee decide that circumstance so warrant.

15a.  In local Cup Competitions the 1st team drawn shall have the advantage of home venue up to and including the semi-final stage. The home team shall be solely responsible for the fees and expenses of the match officials.

15b.  In the event of a draw, 10 minutes each way Extra Time will be played. If there is still a draw after Extra Time, penalty Kicks as per F.I.F.A. Rules will apply. This procedure to apply to local Cup Competitions and any League Play-offs.

15c.   In the event of a team not fulfilling a fixture arranged by the League’s Fixtures Secretary, the Club will be automatically fined €100 for the first walkover and the Team will forfeit the points in a League Competition, or the tie in a Cup Competition. An explanation must be submitted by the Club Secretary to the Hon Secretary of the League within seven days. This explanation will be reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee who will take whatever action is considered necessary and appropriate in the interests of Schoolboy Football. Failure by a team to fulfill a second fixture within the same season could incur expulsion of the Team from all competitions in the League for that season. Following one walkover by any team in a club, subsequent walkovers by any team in that club will incur a fine increasing by €50 more per walkover, (i.e. 1st walkover €100, 2nd walkover €150, 3rd walkover €200 etc).

15d.  In Local Cup competitions, if a game is called off once, the location of the game reverts to the ground of the opposition.

15e.    DURATION OF GAMES

U11, U12 and U13 Grades  – 30 minutes each way

U14                               – 35 minutes each way

U15 and U16                   – 40 minutes each way

 

Size of Football

U11, and U12                    – Size 4

U13, U14, U15 and U16      – Size 5

 

15f.   Premier teams will be excluded from preliminary and 1st round Local Cup matches. The Premier teams will be included in the later rounds.

16.    Protests must be sent by registered letter by the protesting club to Hon Secretary of the League within three clear days (Sunday’s and Bank Holidays excepted) of the date of playing the match on which the protest arises, and must be accompanied by the Appropriate Fee. An exact copy of the protest must be forwarded at the same time by registered post to the Secretary of the Club protested against. A further 3 days will be granted for the purpose of a cross protest. Postmark to be taken as evidence of the time of posting. In the event of the protest being lost, the fee shall be forfeited. Certificates of Birth of opponents protested against must be paid for by protesting Club if these players are proved under age. All protests shall be decided by the Management, Committee and both Clubs, Club protesting and Club protested against shall be obliged to furnish evidence as required. Local Fee €30.

17.   The Disciplinary Committee, being a sub committee of the Management Committee, is empowered to study all referees reports. If they deem that the circumstances so warrant, they can request the appearance of any player, manager or club official at a disciplinary hearing. Three days notice must be given to the Hon. Secretary of the club and if the request is based on a referees report a copy of the report will accompany the request. They are empowered to take whatever action is considered necessary in the interests of schoolboy football. Any unsigned match card will result in an automatic fine of €10. Notice of a disciplinary hearing may be sent through email to the relevant club Hon. Secretary and a scanned copy of the referee’s report(s) may be attached. Results of the disciplinary hearing may also be sent by email to the relevant club Hon. Secretary.

17a.  Any player who receives a red card in a Cork Schoolboys League local league or local cup game will automatically miss the next local league or local cup game (whichever comes first) in the age group in which he was sent off.

Any Player who receives a red card in a National Cup game will automatically miss the next National Cup game in the age group in which he was sent off. If the team was beaten in the National Cup game, the player’s automatic suspension will apply to the next local league or local cup game (whichever comes first) in the age group in which he was sent off.

18.  Any official of a Club, suspended by the League, shall not hold office in his club or act in any capacity within the League.

19.   Information given to delegates at delegate meetings and recorded in the minutes will be deemed to have been given to all those entitled to attend including each club secretary. Delegates must be 18 years of age or over.

20.   An Honourary Treasurer and an Honourary Secretary shall be elected at the A.G.M. Nominations for these two posts must be forwarded by registered post not later then the 1st May in each year to the Hon. Secretary duly proposed and seconded by Secretaries of Clubs in membership of the League.

21. Control of the League shall be vested in a Management Committee consisting of not more than eleven members elected at the A.G.M. Powers of co-option are vested in the management Committee who may use such powers in appropriate circumstances. No person, not being a retiring Hon. Officer or management committee member shall be eligible for the election to the management committee unless he has not later than the 1st of May in each year, sent by registered post to the Hon. Sec. Of the League a notice in writing signifying his candidature and giving the names and address of his proposer and seconder (who shall be secretaries of clubs in membership of the league). The notice shall be signed by the candidate, his proposer, and his seconder.

22.   The A.G.M. shall be held not later than the 30th June of each year. Seven days notice of such meeting shall be given and each affiliated team shall be entitled to one representative. The business of the A.G.M shall be to receive the Annual Report and Statement of accounts, to elect Management Committee and transact such other business as may arise. Club delegates attending such A.G.M. must be over 18 years of age.

23.  Meetings of the Management Committee shall be held as the occasion demands all protests of investigations shall be conducted by the Committee. The Management Committee shall have the power to establish such Sub-Committee as it deems necessary and to delegate such functions as may be decided from time to time. Three members of the management committee will be sufficient for the purpose of forming a quorum.

23a.  The Management Committee shall at their first meeting after the A.G.M, to be held not later than the 30th June, elect from their number a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson to act for the season. The Chairperson or in his absence the Vice Chairperson, shall preside at all meetings and shall conduct the business in accordance with the ordinary rules of procedure of which he/she shall be judge. In all matters the Chairperson will have a casting vote as well as a deliberate vote. The Hon. Secretary or Hon. Treasurer shall chair the 1st meeting and the following positions will be filled: Fixture Secretaries, Registrars, Directors of Coaching, Representatives to S.F.A.I. Executive and Council, Disciplinary Secretary, Disciplinary Committee and PRO. Any Management Committee member who refuses to take up at least one position will be deemed to have resigned at that meeting.

24. The Management Committee shall examine the credentials of all Clubs and their personnel, and shall have the power to accept or reject any application for membership or registration. The Management Committee shall have full power to take any action they consider necessary in the interests of Schoolboy Football, and shall have power to fix all matches and to fine expel, caution, or suspend any player, official or member of a Club’s personnel who may be deemed guilty of misconduct. They shall decide all disputes, protests and any questions and/or provide for any contingency not provided for in these Rules. The Management Committee shall have the power to deal with any offending Club or Clubs, player or players, official or officials as they think fit, and to deal with any matter that is not provided for in these Rules.

25.   The Hon. Treasurer shall open an appropriate Bank Account as may be approved by the Management Committee, and all funds belonging to the Cork Schoolboys League shall be lodged thereto. All cheques as may occur must be signed by the Chairperson and Hon. Treasurer, or Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer. The Hon. Treasurer shall submit his accounts to the Management Committee as and when required.

26.   Each member of the Management Committee shall be indemnified by this League against all cost, damages, compensation and expenses incurred by him in or about the discharge of this League duties, except such as accrue from his own respective wilful acts and defaults.

27.    The properties of the League shall be vested on the Trustees who shall be the Chairman and Hon. Treasurer of the League for the time being.

28.   These Rules cannot be annulled, altered or added to except at the A.G.M. and such intended alterations must be forwarded to the League Secretary by March 31st in each year and circulated to the Clubs in membership.

29.   The Chairman, Hon. Treasurer and Hon. Secretary of the Management Committee, shall be for all intents and purposes the legal holders of the Cups in trust for the League. The Committee shall make appropriate arrangements to hand the various Cups to the representatives when the winning Clubs have been declared. They shall make such provision for the safe return of the Cups as they consider necessary. All Cups which are the League’s property must be returned by the winning Clubs prior to the 1st March of each year. Failure to return such cups will result in an automatic fine of €50.00 and an additional €50.00 for each subsequent week the cups remain in the clubs possession.

30.   Clubs wishing to remain in the League and those seeking admission must make formal application on a form provided by the League not later than 30th of June in each year.

 

Cancellation of Matches due to unplayable pitches ( 24/08/2010 )

Home club Hon. Sec. MUST do as follows in the event of a game being cancelled the night before:

Request permission to cancel from Eddie Doyle on (086) 8102848.

Once permission is granted:

Contact away teams Hon. Sec. by telephone.

Contact the referee by telephone.

This must be done no later than 9.30pm the night before the game.

Please ensure where possible that you actually speak to the person rather than just leaving a message (If you cannot get an answer on the phone send a text message as a last resort. If a text message is sent it must be copied to Eddie Doyle).

Home club secretaries MUST do as follows In the event of a game being cancelled the day of a match:

Should you not call off a game the night before, please ensure that if you are doing a pitch inspection on the day of the game, that it is done no later than 2.5 hours before the game (e.g. 8.00am for a 10.30am kick off). If pitch is unplayable, request permission to cancel from Eddie Doyle on (086) 8102848.

Once permission is granted:

Immediately contact the opposition and the referee to stop them from travelling.

Should you feel that the pitch is playable after an inspection 2.5 hours before the game, any subsequent decision about possible cancellations MUST then be left to the referee.

Of course all this will only work if ALL club secretaries and referees have their telephones turned on and are available to take calls either the night before and/or early morning on the day of a fixture.

Last season we had some situations where the away teams/referees turned up to games that had been called off but had not been informed by the home club. Please ensure that this does not happen this season in the event of cancellations.

 

THE LEAGUE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO INSIST ON AN INSPECTION OF ANY PITCH AT ANY TIME IN THE EVENT OF A CANCELLATION. THE COST OF THIS INSPECTION WILL BE BORNE BY THE HOME CLUB.

 

Promotion, Relegation and Playoff Procedure 2010/11.

Promotion and Relegation

Premier to Division 1 – 2 down to Division 1, 2 up to Premier.

Division 1 to Division 2 – 3 down to Division 2, 3 up to Division 1.

All other Divisions – 3 up and 3 down.

 

To decide League Winners

If two (or more) teams tie at the top of any league a play off (with extra time and penalties if necessary) will apply.

 

To decide all other League Positions (except winners)

If two (or more) teams tie for a position from runners up to last place

•(a)    the position will be decided on the teams result(s) against each other during the league

or if (a) does not give a clear cut decision

•(b)   goal difference between the two teams will apply

or if (b) does not give a clear cut decision

•(c)    overall goal difference will apply.

If at that stage the situation cannot still be decided a play off (with extra time and penalties if necessary) will apply.

Please note that the official score will be that written on the referee’s card should goal difference have to apply.

 

Signing Referees Cards ( 24/08/2010 )

All referees cards MUST be completed in block capitals.

The person who signs the card MUST both sign his name and write his name in BLOCK CAPITALS in the spaces provided at the end of the card.

Remember when you put your name to the card, you are confirming that all the players listed on it are totally legal.

Failure to sign a card will render the Club Hon. Secretary liable for any problems that may arise with the legality or otherwise of players on the card.

Failure to sign a card will also attract a fine of €10 per card.

Persistent failure to sign cards may lead to other further disciplinary action.

Suspected Overage/Illegal Players ( 24/08/2010 )

If a team manager suspects that a player on the opposing team is overage / illegal, he has the following course of action during a game:

At half time, the manager can ask the referee to go to the opposing manager and request that the suspected illegal player sign his name and date of birth on the match card.

If the suspected illegal player came on as a substitute in the second half, this same request can be made at full time.

A refusal by any team manager to such a request will be taken as an admission of guilt.

If a signature and date of birth has been obtained on a match card, please ensure that the CSL Hon. Secretary is informed by email to eddiefella@gmail.com after the match (same day) so that the sample can be checked and evaluated.

Suspensions ( 24/08/2010 )

All players red carded in games MUST serve an automatic ONE GAME suspension as follows:

Sent off in a local league or local cup game

The player automatically misses the next local league or cup game in the age group in which the card was received.Example – sent off in a local league U15 game – misses the next U15 local league or cup game automatically. If the player happens to be an U14 player, the automatic suspension only applies to the U15 grade, as that was the grade in which he received the red card.

 

Sent off in a National Cup Game

The player automatically misses the next National Cup game in the age group in which the card was received – if the team is still in the National Cup.

If the team was beaten in the game, the player automatically misses the next local league or local cup game in the same age group.

Suspensions may be increased following action by the Disciplinary Committee of the CSL.

Suspensions imposed by the Disciplinary Committee of the CSL may be imposed on the basis of (a) the number of games or (b) a specific time period. They may cover more than one age group. All suspensions are to be served as directed by the Disciplinary Committee of the CSL.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AN AUTOMATIC ONE MATCH SUSPENSION CANNOT BE APPEALED.

Walkovers ( 2012/13)

Any team giving a walkover will forfeit the game on a 3-0 score line and the club will incur a €50.00 fine. Each subsequent walkover by any team in the club will incur a fine of €75.

Any team who gives two walkovers may be expelled from the league at the discretion of the CSL Committee.

Any team who simply does not turn up for a game without informing anyone will face disciplinary action from the league.

Schoolgirls Rules

CORK WOMENS & SCHOOLGIRLS SOCCER LEAGUE CONSTITUTION

1    The league shall be known as the Cork Women’s & Schoolgirls Soccer League under the jurisdiction of the Women’s Football Association of Ireland.

2        The object of the League shall be to promote and improve the standard of Football through the medium of the league.

3        Membership of the League is open to all clubs in Cork City and County who have duly paid their affiliation fee   and   whose application the Committee has approved. Clubs must observe the League’s Constitution and the Rules of the League.

4        The Committee shall set the affiliation fee.

5        The league shall be governed by a Committee who shall be elected at the A.G.M. consisting of Chairperson, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Registrar, Underage Officer and P.R.O. The Committee may co-opt up to 4 people.

6        Each club shall be entitled to send two delegates to attend delegate meetings. Decisions of delegate meetings shall be taken as recommendations to the Committee

7        The A.G.M. shall be held not later than January 31st. The Secretary shall give at least 21 clear days notice in writing to all affiliated clubs. Clubs who enter an adult team are entitled to one voting delegates. In addition Clubs who enter the Underage Section are entitled to one delegate. Any club shall have the right to submit alterations to the rules, propose new rules and submit nominations but such proposals must be received by the Secretary 14 days before the A.G.M. The Secretary will notify all affiliated clubs of proposed alterations to the rules, proposed new rules and submitted nominations not less than 7 Days before the AGM. All proposals must be carried by at least 2/3 majority of those present.

8        An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called by either:

  1. a)The written request of at least 25% of the clubs in membership, stating the object and necessity for such or
  2. b)The Committee.

Seven clear days notice shall be given in writing to all clubs and the Agenda shall state the business to be discussed at the meeting.

9        The Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer for the time being shall be the trustees of the League, the custodians of all its properties and assets and shall deal with such at the direction of the Committee.

10    The treasurer shall be the custodian of all the funds of the league. He/She shall submit statements of accounts at the monthly delegate meetings and full accounts and balance sheet to the A.G.M.

11    Officers and members of the Committee shall not be liable for any costs, loss or expenses incurred by them in discharge of their appointed duties except such as are incurred by their own willful acts of neglect or default.

12    A Disciplinary Committee consisting of three people shall be appointed to deal with disciplinary matters.  No member who has a direct interest in a particular case may sit on the Committee for that case. Decisions of the Discipline Committee may be appealed directly to the WFAI in accordance with the rules of that body

13    An Underage Sub-committee shall be formed to promote and improve underage football. The Underage Officer shall chair this subcommittee.

14    All clubs, officers and players shall have the right to appeal to the Women’s Football Association of Ireland against decisions of the Committee of the Cork Women’s and Schoolgirls Soccer League in accordance with the rules of that body.

15    The Managers of the Cork League representative teams will be appointed by the Committee. The Managers are responsible to the Committee and shall furnish reports as required.

16    The Committee shall nominate representatives to the WFAI as required.

17    The Constitution of the League may only be altered at an A.G.M. or E.G.M.

 

RULES RELATING TO CLUBS, PLAYERS AND COMPETITIONS OF THE CORK WOMENS & SCHOOLGIRLS SOCCER LEAGUE

RULE 1: All Clubs shall

  1. a)Promote the game of Association Football and be governed by the rules of the Cork Women’s and Schoolgirls Soccer League and the WFAI.
  2. b)Be governed by regularly elected officers, the election of whom to take place at A.G.M.

 

RULE 2: No club or player shall play or cause to be played any match with any club outside the jurisdiction of the WFAI without the prior sanction of the League.

RULE 3: All clubs in membership of the C.W.& S.S.L shall be responsible for the actions of its players, officials and supporters. All clubs shall ensure their playing facilities are in proper playing order and are adequately insured

RULE 4: When a player becomes a registered player with a club in the League

In any season it shall be an offence for any member(s) of any other club in the   League to request, encourage or influence that player, or approach her parent/s with same intent during the season to participate in any training, coaching or games under the auspices of another club without the prior permission of the players own club and the League to request the player to do so. Any person found culpable of same by League Committee shall make themselves or their club liable to a fine and/or suspension and/or removal from the League.

RULE 5: Delegate Meetings shall be held on the first Thursday of every second Month unless otherwise advised.

RULE 6: No club shall have “Cork” in its name.

RULE 7: The Committee shall set the deadline for Transfers.

RULE 8: A Club found playing unregistered player(s) will be deducted points, fined and at the discretion of the Committee may be removed from the League.

RULE 9: Wednesday is the designated night for Ladies Football. All clubs should expect a game each week with the possibility of a fixture on Monday or Friday if required.

RULE 10: Any club giving a walkover will be fined €50 and each subsequent walkover will result in the fine increasing by an additional €50 per walkover

Any team giving two walkovers in the League will be expelled from all competitions that season.

RULE 11: Where there is a clash of colours, the Away Team will change. Jerseys must be numbered.

RULE 12: All players must be registered at least 24 hours before competing in C.W.S.S.L. competitions and registration forms must be received by Registrar or Hon. Secretary.

RULE 13: All players must be amateur. Clubs may not compete for cash prizes without approval from WFAI

RULE 14: Referees shall be members of the Irish Soccer Referees Society. The home team shall be liable for referee’s fees.

RULE 15: The referee’s card must be filled in by Half time and signed by the team official who shall accept full responsibility for any irregularities.

RULE 16: Matches:

  1. a)Must commence on time. Clubs failing to report within 15 minutes of kick-off shall be deemed to have given a walkover subject to investigation by the League.
  2. b)Results must be reported to the P.R.O. immediately after the game by both teams. Failure to ring in results will result in a €20 fine per incidence.

RULE 17: All protests must be sent by registered post within 3 days of when protest arose. The protest must be accompanied by a €15 fee which shall be returned if protests upheld.

RULE 18: In cases of dispute, Legal proceedings shall not be taken without first consulting the Cork Ladies League Committee.

RULE 19:  Clubs without a representative at a delegate meeting will be fined €20. Failure to attend two consecutive meetings will result in a club losing their right to vote at delegate meetings.

RULE 20: In the event of any situation arising, which is not covered by these rules, the committee, shall make a rule that shall remain in force until the next A.G.M

RULE 21: All players must have reached their 16th birthday to play in adult competition.

RULE 22: 5 Substitutions are permitted in all games under the Leagues jurisdiction.

At Under 12 and Under 14 Level roll on roll off subs are permitted.

RULE 23: A player who is Under 14 on the 1st January of the year the season begins may not play under 18 Football.

A player who is Under 13 on the 1st January of the year the season begins may not play under 16 Football

A player who is Under 11 on the 1st January of the year the season begins may not play under 14 Football

A player must at least reach their 10th birthday in the calendar year the season begins to play under 12 Football.

Rule 24: A player must have played two league matches before they can play in a Cup semi- final or final.

Rule 25: The executive committee has the power to appoint sub committees, who will report to the executive.

Rule 26: A club may only be excused from delegate meetings twice in one calendar year.

Rule 27: In the Schoolgirls League the home team must notify the fixture secretary and the visiting team of the time of their weekend game no later than midday on the Tuesday prior to the game, failure to do so will result in a €20 fine.

Rule 28: A club are entitled to have their game postponed if they have a player on International duty, i.e. playing with Irish Team. Trials and Training not included.

Rule 29: A schoolgirls club can sign the maximum of 2 players in total who have played with any other club in the C.W.S.S.L. in the previous season. The only exception will be if a player no longer has football at her club.

A club in the Senior League can sign a maximum of 2 players in total who have played with any other club in the C.W.S.S.L. in the previous season. The only exception will be if a player no longer has football at her club.

Rule 30: In the event that the pitch of the home team in a Cup Competition is deemed unplayable, the home team must find an alternative venue which is acceptable to the Executive Committee, failing this the Executive may, at its discretion, nominate that the match be switched to the Home ground of the opponents provided that their ground is suitable. In all cases if a match is postponed due to an unplayable pitch, the re-fixed match shall be played at the opponents ground.

Rule 31: The Executive Committee, at its discretion, can sanction any club who have not paid outstanding fines after 14 days of issue.

Rule 32: Any player sent off in a game will automatically be suspended for their next game in the C.W.S.S.L. irrespective of Competition.

Rule 33: At any official League function/event relevant clubs must be represented. Failure to do so will result in sanctions being taken.

Rule 34: All League Cup/Trophies to be returned to a member of the Committee by the winning team, properly inscribed from previous year and cleaned, not later than 31st March for schoolgirls and 31st July for Senior’s. Should a club return a Trophy in a bad state of repair all costs will be paid for by that club. Any club that loses a cup/trophy they shall pay for it to be replaced.

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