RULES

1    This amalgamation of Clubs shall be called the Fermanagh and Western Football League and shall be affiliated to the Irish Football Association Limited. All Member Clubs must be affiliated to a Divisional Football Association.
        
2    An Annual General Meeting will be held not later than 30th June each year.
    (a)    The following business shall be transacted at the Annual General Meeting provided that at least 50% of the Member Clubs are present.
        (i)    Receipt and Adoption of the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
        (ii)    Consideration of any Matters Arising therefrom
        (iii)    Presentation of the Annual Report of the Secretary
        (iv)    Presentation of the Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts
        (v)    Chairman’s Address
        (vi)    Consideration of Proposed Alterations and Additions to Rules (if any)
        (vii)    Election of Office Bearers
        (viii)    Appointment of Auditors and Trustees And Vice-Presidents
        (ix)    Appointment of Vice-Presidents, Life Members and Honorary Members
        (x)    Consideration of Entries
        (xi)    Election of Divisional Representatives to Management Committee
        (xii)    Consideration of Any Other Relevant Business
    (b)    (i)    One Delegate from each Team, together with all Office Bearers, will be eligible to attend and vote.
        (ii)    Clubs who have withdrawn from the League during the Season being concluded, or who are not continuing in Membership, shall be entitled to attend but shall vote only on matters relating to the Season being concluded.
        (iii)    All continuing Clubs must be represented. Any continuing Club not represented without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined £25.00. Any continuing Club not represented on two or more consecutive occasions, without satisfactory reason being given, shall be fined a minimum of £50.00. Persistent non-attendance may result in further action by the Management Committee as it deems fit.
    (c)    At least fourteen days notice in writing of the Annual General Meeting must be given to each Club by the Secretary of the League.
    (d)    Secretary’s and Treasurer’s Reports to be made up to 31st May each year. Copies of the Secretary’s Report and the Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts shall be forwarded to each Club at least five days prior to the Annual General Meeting.
    (e)    No person will be allowed to represent more than one Club.
    (f)    The Rules of the League can only be altered at the Annual General Meeting or an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting as detailed in Rule 3. Notice of any proposed alterations to Rules proposed by Member Clubs shall be sent in writing to the Secretary on or before 1st May each year. The Rules Revision Committee will also have the power to propose alterations to Rules. The Secretary will inform all Clubs of the proposed alteration(s) at least fourteen days prior to the Annual General Meeting. Alterations to Rules must be carried by a three quarters majority. Alterations to Rules, which must be approved by the Irish Football Association Limited, shall not become effective until the following Season.
    (g)    In the event of the voting being equal on any matter the Chairman, or Acting Chairman, shall have a second or casting vote.
    (h)    The Meeting will elect the following Office Bearers: President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Match Secretary, Assistant Secretary(ies), Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Registrar.
    (i)    Vice-Presidents, Life Members and Honorary Members may be appointed.
        (i)    VICE-PRESIDENTS: No person may be elected as a Vice-President unless he has been a Principal Office Bearer for a minimum of ten years. Only the Management Committee may recommend persons to be to be elected as Vice-Presidents at the Annual General Meeting. Vice-Presidents shall not be Office Bearers nor shall they be Members of the Management Committee. Vice-Presidents shall have such rights and privileges as the Management Committee shall from time to time prescribe.
        (ii)    LIFE MEMBERS: Life Members may be elected at an Annual General Meeting on the recommendation of the Management Committee. No person shall be eligible for election as a Life Member unless he has served as a Member of the Management Committee or has rendered assistance, financial or otherwise, to the League for at least ten years. Life Members shall have such rights and privileges as the Management Committee shall from time to time prescribe.
        (iii)    HONORARY MEMBERS: Honorary Members may be elected at an Annual General Meeting on the recommendation of the Management Committee. Honorary Members shall have such rights and privileges as the Management Committee shall from time to time prescribe.
    (j)    Auditors and Trustees may be appointed.
    (k)    Entries will be considered. The Meeting shall have the power to refuse the entry of any Club whose conduct has, in their opinion, been undesirable. Voting shall be conducted by a show of hands unless a ballot be demanded by at least two-thirds of the Delegates qualified to vote or the Chairman so decides. A Club whose conduct is the subject of the vote being taken shall be excluded from the voting.
    (l)    The Meeting will elect a minimum of eight and a maximum of twelve Divisional Representatives. No Club will have more than one elected Representative on the Management Committee.
    (m)    The Meeting will be open to the Press.

3    An Extra-Ordinary General Meeting can only be convened on receipt by the Secretary of a written request by at least one-third of Club Secretaries to have such a Meeting convened or by direction of the Management Committee. The request must state the agenda for the Meeting and the Meeting can only deal with that agenda.
    (a)    (i)    One Delegate from each Team, together with all Office Bearers, will be eligible to attend and vote.
        (ii)    Seven to form a quorum.
        (iii)    All Clubs must be represented. Any Club not represented without satisfactory reason being given shall be fined £25.00. Any Club not represented on two or more consecutive occasions, without satisfactory reason being given, shall be fined a minimum of £50.00. Persistent non-attendance may result in further action by the Management Committee as it deems fit.
    (b)    At least fourteen days notice in writing of an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting must be given to each Club by the Secretary.
    
4    The business of the League shall be conducted by a Management Committee which shall consist of the Office Bearers and Divisional Representatives elected at the Annual General Meeting.
    (a)    No Member of the Committee shall, during his term of Office, be a professional Referee.

5    At the first Meeting of the Management Committee the following Committees will be appointed:
        The Committee shall meet as required to deal with business as it arises but no less than four times during the Season.
    A    EMERGENCY
    B    FINANCE
    C    REFEREES
    D    REGISTRARS
    E    RULES REVISION
    F    YOUTH
    (a)    The Emergency Committee will consist of all the Office Bearers.
    (b)    All other Committees shall consist of the Chairman and Secretary and six elected Members except the Registrars Committee which will consist of the Chairman, Secretary, Registrar and five elected Members; the Finance Committee which will consist of the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and four elected Members and the Youth Committee which will consist of the Chairman, Secretary, two elected Members and four Representatives from Clubs in Membership of the Youth Division.
    (c)    Four Members of the Emergency Committee, Finance Committee, Referees Committee, Registrars Committee, Rules Revision Committee and Youth Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
    (d)    The decisions of the Emergency Committee, Finance Committee, Referees Committee, Registrars Committee, Rules Revision Committee and Youth Committee shall be reported to the Management Committee for information.
        
6    The Management Committee shall meet as required to deal with business as it arises but no less than four times during the Season.
    (a)    Six Members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
    (b)    Each Member of the Management Committee shall have the right to attend and vote at all Meetings of the Committee and have one vote thereat but no Member shall be allowed to vote on any matters directly appertaining to himself or to the Club so represented or where they may be a conflict of interest.
    (c)    In the event of the voting being equal on any matter the Chairman, or Acting Chairman, shall have a second or casting vote
    (d)    Any Member of the Committee absenting himself, without satisfactory reason being given, from two Meetings of the Committee in succession or four in total within the same Season shall cease to be a Member of the Committee. The Committee may appoint a successor.
    (e)    The Committee shall have power to fill, in an acting capacity, any vacancies that may occur among Divisional Representatives during the course of a Season.
    (f)    In the event that a vacancy occurs in any Office during the course of a Season the vacancy shall be filled by the Committee and the person so appointed shall hold Office until the next Annual General Meeting.
    (g)    The Committee shall have full power to act as it deems fit, including power to fine, levy, suspend, deduct points or expel any Club, Club Official or Player guilty of a criminal offence, misconduct, infringing or failing to observe the Rules of the Fermanagh & Western Football League or acting in a manner which could be construed as bringing the Game into disrepute and contrary to the best interests of the Fermanagh & Western Football League as a whole.
    (h)    Decisions of the Committee shall be notified in writing to the Clubs concerned within fourteen days.
    (i)    (i)    Where any Team is under investigation or disciplinary consideration by the Management Committee, or any other Committee of the Fermanagh & Western Football League, where that Team is liable to expulsion from the League, suspension from the League, have points taken away or a match awarded to any other Team, then that Team shall be given the opportunity of a personal appearance before said Committee except where Rule 16(e) applies.
        (ii)    Where any Team is under investigation or disciplinary consideration by the Management Committee, or other Committee of the Fermanagh & Western Football League, where that Team is liable to financial penalty, then that Team shall be given the opportunity to submit a written submission for consideration by said Committee except where Rule 16 (e) applies.
    (j)    All fines / levies must be received by the Treasurer within fourteen days of the date of notification of imposition. An additional fine / levy of £50.00 shall be imposed on any Club that defaults in the payment of a fine / levy. In the event of the cumulative fines / levies not being paid within seven days of the date of notification of imposition the defaulting Club shall be suspended forthwith and will only be reinstated on the Monday following the receipt of the cumulative fines / levies by the Treasurer.
    (k)    All fines / levies imposed by the Committee must be notified in writing to the Clubs fined / levied penalised within fourteen days of the date of imposition.
    (l)    APPEALS AGAINST COMMITTEE DECISIONS MUST BE LODGED WITH THE IRISH FOTBALL ASOCIATION LIMITED.
    (m)    In cases of Protests, Claims or Investigations of any kind any Member of the Committee who may have played or officiated as a Referee or Assistant Referee will not be allowed to be present at the Hearing other than as a witness or to vote or take part in any discussion. Where any Team or Member of a Team is involved in a Protest, Claim or Investigation of any kind the Representative of that Team shall leave the Committee Meeting and shall not take part in the discussions other than to give evidence on request. Office Bearers who are Members of a Club whose Team or Players are involved in a Protest, Claim or Investigation of any kind shall also leave the Meeting.
    (n)    Where a Rule describes a mandatory punishment the decision of the Committee shall be as per Rule and no vote shall be taken.
    (o)    All Meetings shall be open to the Press.

7    (a)    The Management Committee shall authorise the payment of Honoraria as deemed necessary.
    (b)    All Office Bearers shall be indemnified by the League against all Costs, Losses or Expenses incurred in or about the discharge of their respective Duties. All Claims to be presented to the Treasurer for his / her consideration.

8    Application for Membership of the League shall be made on the Official Form/s provided.
    (a)    (i)    Each Club must register the name, address and telephone number/s of its Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and League Representative with the League Secretary not later than 1st July each year.
            Any Club permanently changing its Secretary shall immediately notify in writing (by Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or e-mail) the League Secretary and the Secretaries of all Teams in its respective Divisions. Telephone calls, texts or ordinary mail will not be accepted.
            Any Club changing its Chairman, Treasurer or League Representative shall immediately notify in writing (by Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or e-mail) the League Secretary. Telephone calls or ordinary mail will not be accepted.
        (ii)    Each Team must register the situation of its ground; the colours of its shirts, shorts and socks with the League Secretary not later than 1st July each year.
            Any Team permanently changing the situation of its ground;
        (ii)    the colours of its shirts, shorts and socks shall immediately notify in writing (by Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or e-mail) the League Secretary and the Secretaries of all Teams in its respective Divisions. Telephone calls, texts or ordinary mail will not be accepted.
        (iii)    A Reserve or Third Team of a Northern Ireland Football League / Intermediate Club must register a ground alternative to that registered by their First Team.
    (b)    Except where otherwise mentioned all communications from Clubs to the League shall be addressed to the Secretary of the League and will only be acceptable if sent by the registered Secretary of the Club or in his / her absence by the registered Chairman of the Club.
    (c)    All communications from the League to a Club may be given either personally or by sending it by e-mail or by post to the registered address/es supplied by the Club for the giving of notices.
    (d)    All Clubs must provide at least one or more suitable e-mail addresses to receive information from the League. The League will accept communication by e-mail in all cases, except where communication is expressly requested under signature, subject to one of the following criteria being adhered to:-
        (i)     where the communication originates from an e-mail address bearing the domain name of a Club;
        (ii)     where the e-mail address is listed on the Club Entry Form lodged with the League and
        (iii)    where an attachment to an e-mail is on Club Headed Notepaper and includes a scanned copy of the Club Secretary’s signature.
    (e)    Suitable dressing accommodation, including adequate shower facilities, must be provided for the Away Team and Match Officials by the Home Team.
    (f)    In cases where there is persistent and continued interference by the partisans of any Team the Management Committee may fine, suspend expel or remove such Team from any Competition.
    (g)    Teams must wear their registered colours (shirts, shorts and socks). In the event of Teams having colours (shirts, shorts and socks) which are, in the opinion of the Referee, not distinguishable from those of their opponents the Home Team shall change unless mutually agreed not to do so. In the event of Teams having to play a match on a neutral ground and whose colours (shirts, shorts and socks) are clearly not distinguishable both Teams shall change unless mutually agreed not to do so.
    (h)    Any Team having been proved as a result of Protest under Rule13 to have played an unregistered Player or illegal Player in any Competition shall be fined a minimum of £75.00. In addition should the match(es) in question result in a win for the Team, or end in a draw, then such points shall be forfeited by the offending Team and its Opponents awarded three points in respect of that match and a score-line of 3-0 recorded in its favour. In addition the offending Team may have points deducted from its total at the discretion of the Management Committee. The Management Committee may, through any of its Members, take notice of a Club, Player, Member of a Club or Referee whose conduct may be deemed in any way prejudicial to the welfare of the Game and deal with the matter as they deem fit. The matter can be only dealt with at the next Management Committee Meeting after the incident. A copy of the complaint must be sent by the Secretary to the Club, Player, Member of a Club or Referee complained against.
    (i)    Teams shall only play on an alternative pitch with the permission of the Match Secretary which must be granted for each match so played.
        Applications from Teams seeking to play on an alternative pitch must be sent by email and received by the Match Secretary at least seventy-two hours before the date of a match.
        Teams may also play on an alternative pitch provided that agreement has been obtained from their Opponents and permission has been granted by the Match Secretary.
    (j)    The Management Committee will have the power to arrange Inter-League matches and can claim the use of the ground of any Club under its jurisdiction for at least three matches per Season.

GENERAL

9    Any objection to ground, goal posts or goal nets must be lodged with the Referee before the match is started, and the Referee shall have power to have such objections made right before the match is started.
        
10    Any notice sent by post from the League shall be deemed to have been served on the day following that on which the letter containing such notice was posted and in proving such service it shall be sufficient to produce a Certificate that the letter containing the notice was properly addressed and put into the Post Office.
        
11    Entries for any Competition received after the closing date shall be subject to a £50.00 extra charge.

PROTESTS & CLAIMS

12    (a)    All Protests or Claims must be signed by the Secretary (or in his / her absence by the Chairman) of the Club lodging the Protest or Claim.
    (b)    Protests and Claims must be received by the Secretary of the League by Special Delivery bearing postmark within four days after the cause of the Protest or Claim accompanied by a deposit of £75.00 which will be forfeited in all cases where the Protest or Claim is not upheld.
    (c)    An identically worded copy of the Protest or Claim must be sent by Special Delivery to the Secretary of the Club or Individual protested or claimed against bearing postmark within four days after the cause of the Protest or Claim.
    (d)    In lodging a Protest or Claim the appellant shall state fully, in writing, the grounds for the Protest or Claim.
    (e)    Protests or Claims in respect of ineligible Players must bear the names of the ineligible Players and the cause of the Protest or Claim.
    (f)    A Protest or Claim shall be declared “out of order” if the above conditions are not fulfilled. However the Management Committee shall have the right to investigate the subject and content of any Protest or Claim declared “out of order” and shall take any action it deems necessary.
    (g)    In the case of a Protest or Claim being upheld against a Team that has won or drawn a match by any violation of Rule points so won shall be forfeited by the offending Team and its Opponents awarded three points in respect of that match and a score-line of 3-0 recorded in its favour.
    (h)    A Team may be represented at the hearing of an Appeal or Claim by a maximum of three of its Members at any one time.
    (i)    Any person summoned to attend at the hearing of an Appeal or Claim must attend personally.

TROPHIES

13    (a)    Cups and Trophies are the property of the League. A Club declared Champions of its Division shall receive a Cup or Trophy which shall at all times remain the property of the Fermanagh & Western Football League and must be returned in good condition when requested by the League but not later than 1st April of the following Season.
    (b)    The League shall award eighteen medals to the Winners and Runners-Up for presentation to their Players. Additional medals may be purchased by the Teams concerned if so warranted.
        
14    A Club returning a Cup or Trophy in a damaged condition shall be liable to furnish the cost of repair and / or replacement of the Cup or Trophy to the League. No repair shall be effected by any Club. A Club may be fined if it fails to return a Cup or Trophy in a sound, cleaned and polished condition by the due date.

MATCHES

15    (a)    All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game and under the Rules and Regulations of the Irish Football Association Limited and of the Fermanagh & Western Football League.
    (b)    The Season shall commence on the third Saturday in August each year.
    (c)    All matches shall be of ninety minutes duration (i.e. two equal periods of forty-five minutes) unless otherwise mutually agreed between the Referee and the two participating Teams and in any event shall be of equal halves. Any agreement must be made prior to the commencement of the match. No match shall be of less than seventy minutes duration.
    (d)    All matches shall be played on a home and away basis on the registered grounds of the Home Teams except as in Rule 8(i).
    (e)    A Team failing to fulfil a match shall be adjudged to have lost the match and a score-line of 3-0 shall be recorded in favour of its Opponents. A Team failing to fulfil a match shall be fined in the sum of £75.00. A Team failing to fulfil a second match in a Season shall be fined in sum of £100.00. A Team failing to fulfil a third match in a Season shall be fined in sum of £125.00. The Management Committee shall deal, as they deem fit, with any Teams failing to fulfil more than three matches in any Season.
    (f)    A Team failing to fulfil a match shall be liable to pay any expenses incurred by their Opponents provided the Opponents lodge a Claim for Expenses, in writing, to the League Secretary within fourteen days of the match. Such Claims will be assessed by the Management Committee.
    (g)    Any Club with one or more Teams in the League shall always fulfil its matches within the League in the following order of preference: First Team, Reserve Team, Third Team. Clubs in breach of this requirement may be fined a sum not exceeding £100.00 or otherwise dealt with by the Management Committee.
    (h)    Teams must get notice of a match at least forty-eight hours before the match.
    (i)    A match must be played on the date fixed except as in (k), (l), (m), (n), (r), (t) and (u). A Team failing to play on the date shall automatically lose the match.
    (j)    The hour of kick-off for all Saturday matches shall be 2.30pm unless otherwise mutually agreed by both Teams and sanctioned by the Match Secretary.
    (k)    Clubs playing in the various Challenge Cup Competitions organised by the Irish Football Association (i.e. Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Youth) will be facilitated in respect of requests for postponements of scheduled League matches for their (First / Reserve / Third) Teams on the same date provided that such requests are made in writing to the Secretary not later than the Friday of the week previous to the Challenge Cup Tie.
Requests for postponements of scheduled League matches for Reserve / Third Teams of Clubs playing in the various Divisional Challenge Cup Competitions will not be facilitated.
    (l)    The appointed Referee shall have the power to decide as to the fitness of ground for play in all matches except in the case of a ground of a local District Council or other Authority whose decision as to the fitness of ground for play must be accepted.
        A Club which has sole control of its own ground cannot decide as to the fitness of ground and must request an inspection by a Referee appointed by the League or any Agent it designates.
        A Referee who, under direction from the League, inspects the pitch of a Club that has sole control of its own ground shall be paid a £5.00 Inspection Fee plus Travelling Expenses by the Club requesting the pitch inspection. The Inspection Fee and Travelling Expenses will initially be paid by the League who will recoup same from the Club requesting the pitch inspection.
    (m)    Nothing but stress of weather such as frost, snow, fog or ground being declared unplayable by an Official Referee can annul a match.
    (n)    A match may be postponed in the event of the death of a Player,  Senior Club Official (i.e. Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer) or an Immediate Family Member of a Player or Senior Club Official (i.e. father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son or daughter).
    (o)    In the event of a Team not being on the field ready to commence the match at the appointed time, or within fifteen minutes thereafter, the match may be awarded to the opposing Team. A Team not being on the field of play at the appointed kick-off time shall be liable to be fined. Referees must report all late starts to the Match Secretary.
    (p)    The Match Secretary shall have the power to rearrange matches provided forty-eight hours notice is given to the Teams involved.
    (q)    Teams may rearrange matches that have previously been postponed and not rescheduled by the Match Secretary provided that:
        (i)    Agreement has been obtained from their Opponents;
        (ii)    Written advance notice of at least two weeks has been given to the Match Secretary and
        (iii)    Permission has been granted by the Match Secretary.
    (r)    Irish Football Association Limited and Divisional Association Competition matches will take preference over any Fermanagh & Western Football League matches.
    (s)    The half time interval shall be of at least five minutes but it shall not exceed ten minutes.
    (t)    The Management Committee / Match Secretary shall have the power to postpone or cancel any match.
    (u)    All Clubs shall be entitled to have one “free date” during the course of the Season. All Clubs shall also be entitled to additional “free dates” during the course of the Season when Home Northern Ireland ‘A’ Internationals are played on the same dates as scheduled matches. Applications for the granting of free dates must be made in writing to the Match Secretary at least four weeks before the date required. Once a “free date” has been granted it may not be cancelled for any reason.
    (v)    Official Team Sheets, provided by the League, must be completed by both Teams before a match starts and submitted to the Match Referee and the opposing Team prior to kick-off. The Club Secretary or other responsible Official shall enter the full names of the Players, including Substitutes, on the Official Team Sheets so as to conform with the official registered names of the Players and must certify the accuracy of the information supplied. Any Team not completing Official Team Sheets in the prescribed manner may be liable to a fine not less than £10.00 and / or be liable to further action as deemed appropriate.
The Players’ shirts must be clearly numbered on the back and must correspond exactly with the Official Team Sheets submitted to the Match Referee and the opposing Team before any match under the jurisdiction of the League.
    (w)    In the event of a match being abandoned by the Referee before the completion of the specified time due to the behaviour of a Team or Teams the Management Committee shall have the power to:
        (i)    award a forfeiture or
        (ii)    order the match to be replayed in full at a venue of its choice.
        Should the abandonment of the match take place due to circumstances beyond the control of the competing Teams the result at the time of termination shall stand provided more than seventy minutes have elapsed.
    (x)    The Home Team must provide at least two footballs fit for play and the Referee shall make a report to the Match Secretary if the footballs are unsuitable.
    (y)    Goal nets must be used at all matches.
    (z)    Teams may, with the agreement of their Opponents and sanctioned by the Match Secretary, alter the scheduled kick-off time of any match by up to forty-eight hours.
    (aa)    Matches may be played on natural turf or artificial turf provided that such artificial turf meets FIFA Recommended Standards.
    (bb)    If at any time during the season a Team withdraws, irrespective of reason, its record shall be expunged and points awarded shall be deleted except in cases where five or less matches remain, in which cases any remaining matches will, for this purpose, be treated as unfulfilled engagements and the points awarded to their Opponents. Any Team that withdraws shall be deemed to have been relegated.
    (cc)    Any Team withdrawing from the League must notify the Secretary of the League of its reasons in writing and forward such notification to the Secretary of the League by Special Delivery.
    (dd)    Any Team withdrawing from the League shall be fined a sum not exceeding £150.00 and may be debarred from Membership for the following two Seasons.
    (ee)    In the event of a Team withdrawing from the League the Management Committee shall declare that the number of Teams to be relegated from a Division be reduced by the corresponding number of defaulting Teams in that Division.
    (ff)    Each Team in Division 1, 2 and 3 Team shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by the League, mark the performances of its Opponents’ Players after every match. Teams failing to comply shall be liable to be fined or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine. The League shall keep a record of all marks awarded to Players.

REFEREES

16    (a)    Referees must affiliate to the Irish Football Association Limited each Season. The Affiliation Fee is £15.00. Affiliation Fees fall due on 31st July each Season.
    (b)    The appointment of Referees for matches in all Competitions will be made by the Referees Committee or any Agent it designates.
    (c)    Referees must send completed Official Team Sheets to the Match Secretary within three days of the match.
    (d)    (i)    In the event of a match being postponed by the Referee at kick-off time the Referee must submit a Report to the Match Secretary within three days of the match.
        (ii)    In the event of a match having to be abandoned as a result of a serious injury to a player or adverse weather conditions the Referee must submit a Report to the Match Secretary within three days of the match.
        (iii)    In the event of a match having to be abandoned as a result of the misconduct / indiscipline of either or both Teams the Referee must immediately submit a Report to the Match Secretary.
    (e)    All Reports of Misconduct must be sent to the Disciplinary Secretary of the Fermanagh & Western Football Association within three days of the incident.
    (f)    In the event of the appointed Referee not attending the match and the two Teams mutually agree to a Referee at the ground such a Referee will be considered the Official Referee.
        When Teams fail to agree on a Referee when the appointed Referee does not attend each Team shall nominate a person to referee and the toss of a coin will determine who shall referee the match. He / she shall be considered the Official Referee.
        In all cases where one or both Teams nominate an individual who is a qualified Referee and that person is currently affiliated to the Referees’ Association he / she will take precedence over any other nominee
        Once chosen the person appointed as the Official Referee should officiate for the duration of the match and should only be replaced in the event of an injury preventing them from completing the match.
        When there is no officially appointed Referee available for a match it is the responsibility of the mutually agreed / nominated Referee to ensure that the fully completed Official Team Sheets, endorsed with the result and any other relevant details, are returned to the Match Secretary within three days of the match.
        All complaints against the Referee must be made in duplicate to the Secretary of the League within three days of the date of the match.
    (g)    An appointed Referee who does not attend a match, without satisfactory reason being given, shall be dealt with by the Management Committee as it deems fit.
    (h)    Referees’ Charges will be as laid down by the Irish Football Association.
    (i)    All Match Officials shall be entitled to claim Travelling Expenses or Motoring Expenses actually and necessarily incurred on a scale to be decided by the Irish Football Association. Where two or more Match Officials travel together by car only one shall be entitled to claim Motoring Expenses.
    (j)    The Home Team shall pay the Referee’s Charges within a reasonable time after the conclusion of the match. Referees shall submit a written claim for Expenses to the Home Team before each match.
    (k)    When a match is postponed by the Referee at kick-off time or abandoned before completion the Referee’s Fee shall be half Match Fee plus Expenses.
    (l)    An Assistant Referee, when appointed by the League, shall be paid half Match Fee plus Expenses.
    (m)    Each competing Team shall provide an Assistant Referee in all matches unless otherwise arranged by the League.
    (n)    Each Team shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by the League, award marks to the Referee of each match. Teams failing to comply shall be liable to be fined or dealt with as the Management Committee shall determine. The League shall keep a record of all marks awarded to Referees.

PLAYERS - REGISTRATIONS

17    The Registrars / Management Committee shall have the power to accept, refuse, cancel or suspend the registration of any Player.
    (a)    A Club must lodge, by Recorded Delivery or Special Delivery, the full name and address of any Member joining the Club during the Season with the Registrar on the Official Registration Forms which are available from the Registrar on request or which can be downloaded (in PDF format) from the League’s website.
    (b)    The minimum length of a registration shall be from its start date until the end of the Season while the maximum length shall be two years.  A start date and end date must be included for all Registrations. The start date must be within seven days of the postmark on the envelope bearing the Registration Form.
    (c)    A Player must personally sign his name on the Registration Form. Such signature must be verified by the Club Secretary or Club Chairman and duly witnessed – the Club Secretary or Club Chairman and Witness shall not be the same person. The completed Form must be lodged with the Registrar by Recorded Delivery or Special Delivery. The Registration Fee will be determined by the Registrars Committee / Management Committee. Clubs will be charged periodically throughout the Season for their accrued Registration Fees. All Registration Fees must be paid by Cheque or Postal Order. Cash will not be accepted.
    (d)    A Player may only be registered with one Club at a time. In the event of a Player signing Registration Forms for more than one Club priority of Registration shall be the deciding factor. The Club submitting the latter Form shall be notified of the prior Registration and the circumstances under which the Registration Forms were signed shall be investigated by the Registrars Committee.  A Player found to have wilfully signed Registration Forms for more than one Club shall be dealt with as the Committee may determine.
    (e)    Players may be registered with a maximum of three Clubs during one Season. During this period, the Player is only eligible to play 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 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 Clubs.
    (f)    In order to be able to play in the first scheduled League match of the Season a Player’s Registration Form must be lodged with the Registrar in accordance with Rule 18(c) not later than 31st July (i.e. the last acceptable postmark is 31st July) and thereafter not less than five days prior to a match.
    (g)    A Player’s Registration will become effective five days from the date and time of the postmark on the envelope bearing his Registration. A Club playing a Player must satisfy themselves as to the eligibility of the Player.
    (h)    A Club may request a copy of the List of Registrations of an opposing Club on the payment of £10.00 to the Registrar.
    (i)    No Player may be registered after 31st March in any Season (i.e. the last acceptable postmark is 31st March).
    (j)    All information must be entered correctly on the Registration Form as requested – otherwise the Registration Form will be declared void and may be returned.
    (k)    An updated List of a Club’s eligible Registered Players will be sent by e-mail to each Club by the Registrar before the start of each Season and thereafter at regular intervals.
    (l)    The Registrars Committee shall have the power to punish any offenders against Registration Rules as they deem fit.
    (m)    The Registrar shall liaise with the Irish Football Association in all cases where an International Transfer Certificate is required. A Player shall not be permitted to play in any match until receipt of an International Transfer Certificate is confirmed by the Registrar.

PLAYERS - TRANSFERS

18    Transfers will only be accepted during the periods from 1st June to 31st August and from 1st January to 31st January in each Season.
    (a)    The Transfer of the Registration of a Player from one Club to another must be made in writing on the Official Transfer Form issued by the League, duly signed by both Clubs and the Player concerned and forwarded to the Registrar in accordance with the procedures detailed in Rule 18.
        In the event of the Club holding the Player’s Registration refusing to sign the Transfer Form the Club the Player wishes to transfer to may request the Registrar to act on its behalf. A Club requesting the Registrar to act on its behalf must provide a suitable explanation for such request and must have made one contact with the Secretary of the Club holding the Registration.
        The Registrar shall refer such Transfer to the Secretary of the Club holding the Player’s Registration and should this Club object to the Transfer it must state its objections, in writing, to the Registrar within five days of the date of the receipt of the Transfer Form by the Registrar. Upon receipt of the Club’s consent or upon its failure to give written objection within five days the Registrar may transfer the Player who shall be deemed eligible to play for the new Club from such date.
        In the event of an objection to the Transfer the matter shall be referred to the Registrars / Management Committee for a decision. If an objection to a Transfer is deemed trivial by the Registrars / Management Committee a minimum fine of £30.00 may be imposed on the Club objecting to the Transfer.
    (b)    Official Transfer Forms are available from the Registrar on request or can be downloaded (in PDF format) from the League’s website.
    (c)    The Transfer Form must be lodged with the Registrar by Recorded Delivery or Special Delivery. The Transfer Fee will be determined by the Registrars Committee / Management Committee. Clubs will be charged periodically throughout the Season for their accrued Transfer Fees.  All Transfer Fees must be paid by Cheque or Postal Order. Cash will not be accepted.
    (d)    The Transfer of a Player’s Registration will become effective seven days from the date and time of the postmark on the envelope bearing the Transfer of his Registration. A Club playing a Player must satisfy themselves as to the eligibility of the Player.
    (e)    All information must be entered correctly on the Transfer Form as requested – otherwise the Transfer Form will be declared void and shall be returned.
    (f)    The Registrar will inform both Clubs concerned if a Transfer is not in order.
    (g)    If any Club is expelled, resigns or ceases to be a Member of the League the Players whose Registrations are held by such Club shall be immediately released from their Registration and free to register with another Club subject to compliance with the League’s Registration Rules.
    (h)    The Registrars Committee will have the power to punish any offenders against Transfer Rules as they deem fit.

PLAYERS – EMERGENCY REGISTRATIONS

19    (a)    Each Club will be allowed to make one Emergency Registration Transaction (i.e Registration or Transfer of a Registration) per Season. An Emergency Registration will become effective three days from the date and time of the postmark on the envelope bearing a Player’s Registration / the Transfer of a Player’s Registration and such Registration has been recorded on the Irish Football Association’s Central Registration System. Clubs must provide written confirmation of their desire to transact an Emergency Registration which must be lodged by Special Delivery.
    (b)    The Emergency Transfer of a Registration will only be accepted during the periods from 1st June to 31st August and from 1st January to 31st January in each Season.
        
20    (a)    The Management Committee shall, except as to the return by Clubs, have power to alter Competition Rules.
    (b)    Save where specifically provided otherwise in these Rules, the Management Committee shall have power to apply, act upon and enforce these Rules and shall have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the League including any not provided for in these Rules.
    (c)    All questions of interpretation of the Rules or Laws will be referred to the Management Committee whose decision will be FINAL notwithstanding the right of appeal to the Irish Football Association.

MERCER LEAGUE

1    The Competition shall be called the Fermanagh & Western League Division I and the Trophy shall be the Mercer Cup. The Competition shall be administered by the Fermanagh & Western Football League.
2    The Competition will be decided by points – three points for a win and one point for a draw. In the event of Teams being equal on points the Teams concerned shall, if necessary, play off a deciding match or matches on Neutral Ground(s).
3    The Team having choice of Ground will take the entire Gate Receipts and (i) shall pay the Referee his Fee and Travelling Expenses and (ii) pay all Ground Expenses.
4    The Entry Fee shall be £90.00.
5    The Teams finishing in the bottom two places in the Final League Table shall be relegated to Division II. In the event of one of the Teams promoted from Division II refusing promotion the second last Team may seek re-election. In the event of both Teams from Division II refusing promotion both relegated Teams may seek re-election.
    The Management Committee shall have the power to promote third and / or fourth placed teams in Division II if necessary. For the purpose of this Rule a Team having withdrawn or having been suspended to the end of the current Season shall have been deemed to have finished in bottom place in the Final League Table.
6    The Competition is annual and open to Teams in Full Membership of the Fermanagh & Western Football League.
7    No Team may play more than three recognised Senior or Intermediate Players in any one match. A recognised Senior or Intermediate Player is one who has played more than six matches for an acknowledged Senior or Intermediate Club in the current Season.
8    Where a Club whose First Team does not have a match on a given matchday no more than three Players who played in the First Team’s last match shall be allowed to play for the Club’s Reserve Team on that given matchday.
9    Only Amateur Players may play in this Competition.
10    Each Team may name up to five Substitutes – three of whom will be eligible to play in any match.
11    No more than fourteen Teams may compete in Division I in any Season.
12    All Rules of the Fermanagh & Western Football League, where appropriate, apply to this Competition.

ENDA LOVE CUP

1    The Competition shall be called the Fermanagh & Western League Division II and the Trophy shall be the Enda Love Cup. The Competition shall be administered by the Fermanagh & Western Football League.
2    The Competition will be decided by points – three points for a win and one point for a draw. In the event of Teams being equal on points the Teams concerned shall, if necessary, play off a deciding match or matches on Neutral Ground(s).
3    The Team having choice of Ground will take the entire Gate Receipts and (i) shall pay the Referee his Fee and Travelling Expenses and (ii) pay all Ground Expenses.
4    The Entry Fee shall be £80.00.
5    The Teams finishing in the top two places will be offered election to Division I the following Season.
6    The Teams finishing in the bottom two places in the Final League Table shall be relegated to Division III. In the event of one of the Teams promoted from Division III refusing promotion the second last Team may seek re-election. In the event of both Teams from Division III refusing promotion both relegated Teams may seek re-election. The Management Committee shall have the power to promote third and / or fourth placed Teams in Division III if necessary. For the purpose of this Rule a Team having withdrawn or having been suspended to the end of the current Season shall have been deemed to have finished in bottom place in the Final League Table.
7    The Competition is annual and open to Teams in Full Membership of the Fermanagh & Western Football League.
8    No Team may play more than three recognised Senior or Intermediate Players in any one match. A recognised Senior or Intermediate Player is one who has played more than six matches for an acknowledged Senior or Intermediate Club in the current Season.
9    Where a Club whose First Team does not have a match on a given matchday no more than three Players who played in the First Team’s last match shall be allowed to play for the Club’s Reserve Team on that given matchday.
10    Only Amateur Players may play in this Competition.
11    Each Team may name up to five Substitutes – three of whom will be eligible to play in any match.
12    Should more than twelve Teams apply for Membership in any Season to Division II the Management Committee may, at its discretion, divide the Competition into two Sections with not more than twelve Teams in any Section.
13    All Rules of the Fermanagh & Western Football League, where appropriate, apply to this Competition.

DIVISION III – BRENDAN KEOGH MEMORIAL CUP

1    The Competition shall be called the Fermanagh & Western League Division III and the Trophy shall be the Brendan Keogh Memorial Cup. The Competition shall be administered by the Fermanagh & Western Football League.    
2    The Competition will be decided by points – three points for a win and one point for a draw. In the event of Teams being equal on points the Teams concerned shall, if necessary, play off a deciding match or matches on Neutral Ground(s).    
3    The Team having choice of Ground will take the entire Gate Receipts and (i) shall pay the Referee his Fee and Travelling Expenses and (ii) pay all Ground Expenses.    
4    The Entry Fee shall be £70.00. New Clubs seeking entry must pay an initial non- refundable Deposit of £200.00.    
5    The Teams finishing in the top two places will be offered election to Division II the following Season.    
6    The Competition is annual and open to Teams in Full Membership of the Fermanagh & Western Football League.    
7    No Team may play more than three recognised Senior or Intermediate Players in any one match. A recognised Senior or Intermediate Player is one who has played more than six matches for an acknowledged Senior or Intermediate Club in the current Season.    
8    Where a Club whose First Team does not have a match on a given matchday no more than three Players who played in the First Team’s last match shall be allowed to play for the Club’s Reserve Team on that given matchday.    
9    Only Amateur Players may play in this Competition.    
10    Each Team may name up to five Substitutes – three of whom will be eligible to play in any match.    
11    Should more than twelve Teams apply for Membership in any Season to Division III the Management Committee may, at its discretion, divide the Competition into two Sections with not more than twelve Teams in any Section.    
12    All Rules of the Fermanagh & Western Football League, where appropriate, apply to this Competition.

RESERVE DIVISION I – PETE KEANE MEMORIAL CUP

1    The Competition shall be called the Fermanagh & Western League Reserve Division I and the Trophy shall be the Pete Keane Memorial Cup. The Competition shall be administered by the Fermanagh & Western Football League.
2    The Competition will be decided by points – three points for a win and one point for a draw. In the event of Teams being equal on points the Teams concerned shall, if necessary, play off a deciding match or matches on Neutral Ground(s).
3    The Team having choice of Ground will take the entire Gate Receipts and (i) shall pay the Referee his Fee and Travelling Expenses and (ii) pay all Ground Expenses.
4    The Entry Fee shall be £70.00.
5    The Teams finishing in the bottom two places in the Final League Table shall be relegated to Reserve Division II. In the event of one of the Teams promoted from Reserve Division II refusing promotion the second last Team may seek re-election. In the event of both Teams from Reserve Division II refusing promotion both relegated Teams may seek re-election. The Management Committee shall have the power to promote third and / or fourth placed Teams in Reserve Division II if necessary. For the purpose of this Rule a Team having withdrawn or having been suspended to the end of the current Season shall have been deemed to have finished in bottom place in the Final League Table.
6    The Competition shall be restricted to Reserve Teams excepting the Reserve Teams of Northern Ireland Football League Premiership or Northern Ireland Football League Championship Clubs.
7    No Team may play a recognised Senior or Intermediate Player in any match. A recognised Senior or Intermediate Player is one who has played more than four matches for an acknowledged Senior or Intermediate Club in the current Season.
8    No Team may play more than three recognised Division I, II or III Players in any one match. A Division I, II or III Player is one who has played more than six matches in Division I, II or III in the current Season.
9    Where a Club whose First Team does not have a match on a given matchday no more than three Players who played in the First Team’s last match shall be allowed to play for the Club’s Reserve Team on that given matchday.
10    Only Amateur Players may play in this Competition.
11    Each Team may name up to five Substitutes – three of whom will be eligible to play in any match.
12    No more than fourteen Teams may compete in Reserve Division I in any Season.
13    All Rules of the Fermanagh & Western Football League, where appropriate, apply to this Competition.

RESERVE DIVISION II – ROBIN PORTER MEMORIAL CUP

1    The Competition shall be called the Fermanagh & Western League Reserve Division II and the Trophy shall be the Robin Porter Memorial Cup. The Competition shall be administered by the Fermanagh & Western Football League.
2    The Competition will be decided by points – three points for a win and one point for a draw. In the event of Teams being equal on points the Teams concerned shall, if necessary, play off a deciding match or matches on Neutral Ground(s).
3    The Team having choice of Ground will take the entire Gate Receipts and (i) shall pay the Referee his Fee and Travelling Expenses and (ii) pay all Ground Expenses.
4    The Entry Fee shall be £60.00.
5    The Teams finishing in the top two places will be offered election to Reserve Division I the following Season.
6    The Teams finishing in the bottom two places in the Final League Table shall be relegated to Reserve Division III. In the event of one of the Teams promoted from Reserve Division III refusing promotion the second last Team may seek re-election. In the event of both Teams from Reserve Division III refusing promotion both relegated Teams may seek re-election. The Management Committee shall have the power to promote third and / or fourth placed Teams in Reserve Division III if necessary.  For the purpose of this Rule a Team having withdrawn or having been suspended to the end of the current Season shall have been deemed to have finished in bottom place in the Final League Table
7    The Competition shall be restricted to Reserve Teams excepting the Reserve Teams of Northern Ireland Football League Premiership or Northern Ireland Football League Championship Clubs.
8    No Team may play a recognised Senior or Intermediate Player in any match. A recognised Senior or Intermediate Player is one who has played more than four matches for an acknowledged Senior or Intermediate Club in the current Season.
9    No Team may play more than three recognised Division I, II, III or Reserve Division I Players in any one match. A Division I, II, III or Reserve Division I Player is one who has played more than a cumulative total of six matches in Division I, II, III or Reserve Division I in the current Season.
10    Where a Club whose First Team does not have a match on a given matchday no more than three Players who played in the First Team’s last match shall be allowed to play for the Club’s Reserve Team on that given matchday.
11    Where a Club whose Reserve Team does not have a match on a given matchday no more than three Players who played in the Reserve Team’s last match shall be allowed to play for the Club’s Third Team on that given matchday.
12    Where a Club whose First and Reserve Teams do not have a match on a given matchday no more than a cumulative total of three players who played in the First Team’s and / or Reserve Team’s last match shall be allowed to play for the Club’s Third Team on that given matchday.
13    Only Amateur Players may play in this Competition.
14    Each Team may name up to five Substitutes – three of whom will be eligible to play in any match.
15    Should more than twelve Teams apply for Membership in any Season to Reserve Division II the Management Committee may, at its discretion, divide the Competition into two Sections with not more than twelve Teams in each Section.
16    All Rules of the Fermanagh & Western Football League, where appropriate, apply to this Competition.

RESERVE DIVISION III – PATTON CUP

1    The Competition shall be called the Fermanagh & Western League Reserve Division III and the Trophy shall be the Patton Cup. The Competition shall be administered by the Fermanagh & Western Football League.
2    The Competition will be decided by points – three points for a win and one point for a draw. In the event of Teams being equal on points the Teams concerned shall, if necessary, play off a deciding match or matches on Neutral Ground(s).
3    The Team having choice of Ground will take the entire Gate Receipts and (i) shall pay the Referee his Fee and Travelling Expenses and (ii) pay all Ground Expenses.
4    The Entry Fee shall be £50.00.
5    The Teams finishing in the top two places will be offered election to Reserve Division II the following Season.
6    The Competition shall be restricted to Reserve Teams excepting the Reserve Teams of Northern Ireland Football League Premiership or Northern Ireland Football League Championship Clubs.
7    No Team may play a recognised Senior or Intermediate Player in any match. A recognised Senior or Intermediate Player is one who has played more than four matches for an acknowledged Senior or Intermediate Club in the current Season.
8    No Team may play more than three recognised Division I, II, III or Reserve Division I or II Players in any one match. A Division I, II, III or Reserve Division I or II Player is one who has played more than a cumulative total of six matches in Division I, II, III or Reserve Division I or II in the current Season.
9    Where a Club whose First Team does not have a match on a given matchday no more than three Players who played in the First Team’s last match shall be allowed to play for the Club’s Reserve Team on that given matchday.
10    Where a Club whose Reserve Team does not have a match on a given matchday no more than three Players who played in the Reserve Team’s last match shall be allowed to play for the Club’s Third Team on that given matchday.
11    Where a Club whose First and Reserve Teams do not have a match on a given matchday no more than a cumulative total of three players who played in the First Team’s and / or Reserve Team’s last match shall be allowed to play for the Club’s Third Team on that given matchday.
12    Only Amateur Players may play in this Competition.
13    Each Team may name up to five Substitutes – three of whom will be eligible to play in any match.
14    Should more than twelve Teams apply for Membership in any Season to Reserve Division III the Management Committee may, at its discretion, divide the Competition into two Sections with not more than twelve Teams in each Section.
15    All Rules of the Fermanagh & Western Football League, where appropriate, apply to this Competition.

YOUTH DIVISION

1    The Competition shall be called the Fermanagh & Western Youth League and the Trophy shall be the Fermanagh Shield. The Competition shall be administered by the Fermanagh & Western Football League.
2    The Competition will be decided by points – three points for a win and one point for a draw. In the event of Teams being equal on points the Teams concerned shall, if necessary, play off a deciding match or matches.
3    Referees’ Fees, Referees’ Travelling Expenses and Ground Expenses shall be borne equally by all Teams.
4    The Entry Fee shall be £40.00.
5    No Team may play a recognised Senior or Intermediate Player in any match. A recognised Senior or Intermediate Player is one who has played more than four matches for an acknowledged Senior or Intermediate Club in the current Season.
6    All Players must be registered in accordance with Fermanagh & Western Football League Rules and no Player will be eligible to take part in the Competition who is 18 years of age before the 1st day of January in the Season in which the Competition commences.
7    Each Team may name up to five Substitutes – all of whom will be eligible to play in any match.
8    The Youth Committee may, at its discretion, divide the Competition into two Sections with not more than twelve Teams in any Section.
9    All Rules of the Fermanagh & Western Football League, where appropriate, apply to this Competition.

KENNEDY CUP

1    The Kennedy Cup shall be contested annually between the previous Season’s Mercer League Champions and Mulhern Cup Winners.
2    Mulhern Cup the opposition will be determined by the Management Committee of the Fermanagh & Western Football League.
3    The Tie will be played on the Tuesday immediately preceding the commencement of the Fermanagh & Western Football League Season.
4    All suspensions in force at the time of the Tie shall remain in force.
5    The League may take the entire Gate Receipts and (i) may pay the Referee(s) Fee and Travelling Expenses and (ii) pay all Ground Expenses. Should there be a surplus following the payment of all Expenses the League may, at its discretion, donate this amount to recognised Charities nominated by the Competing Teams.
6    All Players taking part in this Tie must be registered according to the Rules of the Fermanagh & Western Football League.
7    Each Team may name up to five Substitutes – three of whom will be eligible to play in the Tie.
8    All Rules of the Fermanagh & Western Football League, where appropriate, apply to this Competition.