By-Laws

FOOTBALL (SOCCER)

BY-LAWS

(AMENDED August 2012, March 2014, March 2016)

Grades

1.
The competition shall be known as the Metropolitan Catholic Schools Football Competition and shall be administered by the Football Convenor in accordance with these rules.

2. The competition shall be played under the laws of the game as set out by F.I.F.A World Soccer body and as amended herein.

3. There shall be eight Grades:

SENIOR - A & B GRADE, YR 10 & YR 9.

JUNIOR - YR 8A, YR 8B, YR 7A & YR 7B.


If 7-10 Schools elect to participate, they may compete in the following grades:

· YR 10, YR 9, YR 8A, YR 8B, YR 7A & YR7B.

 

Eligibility of players

4. The Seniors - A & B Grade is restricted to schools with students in Year 11 and Year 12 only.

5. A)  The Year 7 Grade is open to any player currently in Year 7 only.

B)  The Year 8 Grade is open to any player currently in Year 8 only.

C)  The Year 9 Grade is open to any player currently in Year 9 only.

D)  The Year 10 Grade is open to any player currently in Year 10 only.

E)  Year 10, 11 and 12 students are eligible for the Senior competition.

YEAR 9 MAY ONLY PARTICIPATE IN MCS REPRESENTATIVE TRIAL MATCHES WITH THE WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE CONVENER.

6. Once a player has played three (3) games in the higher division, he must stay in the higher grade.

If a college wishes to downgrade a player at any stage of the season an application writing must be made to the convenor stating the reasons.

A player may only play in one (1) game each afternoon, (a player may not be used as a reserve for another team or grade).

To be eligible for the semi-finals and finals a player must have played two (2) of his last three (3) competition games in that grade or lower. If a player cannot abide by this bylaw due to injury, his college can apply in writing to the convenor for exemption.

7. Four (4) substitutes may be used in any one match; subject to the conditions of Rule 6 above (unlimited substitution of 4 is permitted in all grades).

IF A TEAM IS FOUND TO HAVE BREACHED THESE BY-LAWS THEN THAT TEAM WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE LOST THE GAME, RELEVANT POINTS  AND 3 “GOALS AGAINST”. THE TEAM NOT IN BREACH WILL BE AWARDED 3 COMPETITION POINTS AND 3 “GOALS FOR”.

 

Preparation of the field of play

8. The home teams are responsible for the preparation and marking of the field of play.  The coaches or managers should make sure that the field is clearly marked, goal posts are in good condition and correct dimensions, corner posts are well positioned and nets erected.

Failure to observe the above conditions may, if the coach/manager from the opposing team lodges a complaint and is verified, cause the home team(s) to forfeit the three points.

A forfeit will only be considered by the convenor if;

· The complaint is lodged prior to the commencement of the game

 

Referee

9. A referee shall, where possible, be appointed by the M.C.S Soccer Convenor for all grades. Where no official referee is appointed by the Convenor, or a referee fails to attend, the procedure shall be that a mutually acceptable person(s) be appointed.  (Must be aged 2 years over the age of the players eg. Year 8 ref - 16+, Year 10 ref - Year 12 or adult.)  The Year 9 match is to be refereed by a person from School A.  Whilst the Year 10 Opens match will be refereed by a person from School B or vice Versa.  The same applies for Year 7 & 8 matches.

10. No protests need be lodged to the Convenor regarding decisions made by the referee on the field of play re the result of the match. A Report on the referees’ performance may be sent to the convenor.  This will in no way have a bearing on the result of the match.

11.
The match shall consist of two equal halves of 30 minutes for A Grade and 25 minutes each half for B Grade, Year 10, Year 9, Year 8 and Year 7.  In all grades, 5 minutes will be allowed for half time.

12. A) B Grade, Years 9, 8B and 7B will commence their match at 1.00pm (15 minutes grace is allowed, i.e. these games cannot start any later than 1.15pm) immediately followed by the A Grade, Years 10, 8A and 7A.  The second game MUST start at 2.15pm and as such the playing time for first games may need to be adjusted accordingly.

B) 15 minutes grace may be allowed, after which time the team arriving late will be deemed to have forfeited the match.  The intention to claim a forfeit must be made prior to the commencement of the match and should be duly noted and signed by both schools on the team sheet.  The convenor must be notified by 10.00am the day after the match.

IF FOR ANY REASON A GAME IS NOT PLAYED THEN A REPORT MUST BE FORWARDED TO THE CONVENER BY BOTH COLLEGES BY 12PM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE CONVENOR WILL THEN APPLY THE PROCESS AS OUTLINED IN THE MCS DISPUTES POLICY

13. A) There will be no time off for injury.  In the event of deliberate time wasting the referee should first warn the offending team and on the next subsequent occasion use the Yellow Card against the player/s responsible.

B) In Semi-Final and Finals, time off for injury will apply and the referee shall be the sole judge of time.

 

Points

14. Points shall be awarded as follows:

WIN (BY A RESULT OR FORFEIT)          3 POINTS (AND A SCORE OF 3-0 WILL BE RECORDED)

A SCORED DRAW                                   1 POINT
A SCORELESS DRAW                              1 POINT
LOSS                                                       0 POINTS
WASHOUT                                              1 POINT
BYE                                                         0 POINTS

 

Wet Weather

15.

A)   A wet weather committee shall consist of the Convenor of the MCS Soccer competition and the Sports Co-ordinators' Chairman and the Association Secretary.  They have the power to cancel a round due to inclement weather. The round will be cancelled if the majority of matches in a division cannot be played. This will also be the case for semi finals. For the purpose of wet weather the competition shall be split into 2 divisions, Junior and Senior.

· Junior teams include Yr7A, Yr7B, Yr8A & Yr8B.

· Senior teams include Yr9, Yr10, A & B Grade.

It shall be the responsibility of the home school to notify the opposing college and the convenor by 9:30am if their grounds are closed. For the competition “round matches”, once a school declares that they have no available fields to play their designated “home” matches on, then those scheduled games will be deemed to have been “washed out”. For Semi Finals, if the home school cannot provide an alternate ground of a standard acceptable for the competition, the opposing school may provide a ground and will have until 10.00am to do so and in so doing, will assume home school status.  Where practically possible the offer should be accepted. Where a difference occurs the matter should be referred to the Convenor.

B)   If the Wet weather committee cannot reach a decision on the cancellation of a round, the President of the Association will arbitrate.  The decision to cancel a round will be made by 10.00am Thursday.

C)   In the event of the Grand Final being threatened by inclement weather an alternative ground, preferably a school, should be allocated.

 

Team Responsibilities

16. A) The home team will supply a team sheet as set down by the Convenor, listing player's names, scores, yellow and red cards and referee's signature/comment.

B) Each team competing will have shirts displaying the correct numbers. These shirt numbers will correspond with the team sheet.  Players with the same number or no number will not be permitted to play.

C) Team sheets plus results are to be faxed to the convening school by 11.00am the next day (Friday).

D) In the event of strip colour clashes, the away team will change their strip.  In semi-final/finals the lower placed team shall change their strip.

E) Bike pants or lycra shorts may be worn underneath player's shorts, but they must be the same colour as the predominant colour of the team's shorts.

F) Shin pads are compulsory for MCS players at all levels, including at training.

 

Semi Finals and Grand Finals

17. If there are any teams that are “EVEN” going into the Semi-Finals, they are to be differentiated by applying the following, in this order, until there is a “leading team” determined.

(a) For and Against.

(b) Head to Head results.

(c) Total “Points For” scored to be the final discriminator, if still needed.

(d) If goal difference is the same and goals scored for is the same for the two top teams, the top team for the semi final will be determined by a toss of a coin.

At the end of the FULL competition the top four teams on the competition table will participate in the semi-finals where:

Week 1: Semi-Final
First vs Fourth
Second vs Third

Week 2:

Winner First v's Fourth plays winner of Second v's Third

In the case of a drawn game in the Semi Finals and Grand Finals teams will play extra time.  They will play ten (10) minutes each way.  During this 10 minutes player numbers will be reduced in the following way:


At the start of the first period of extra time each team will reduce its team number by two (2).  That is they will start with nine (9) players as long as a player has not been sent off. If a player has been sent off they will start with eight (8) and they will always remain one (1) player less than the opposition.  The player sent off is not to take part in the extra time in any way.

After ten (10) minutes of play each team will again reduce its number by two (2), now having only seven (7) players on the field. At this time the coach may make substitutions.

The second half of extra time will continue with seven (7) players on each team.  At the five minute mark coaches can make substitutions.

If at the end of this second period of extra time in a Semi Final the game is still drawn, the higher placed team will progress to the final.

If after the second 10 minute period of extra time in a Grand Final no goal has been scored, the teams will be declared Joint Premiers.

The convenor of soccer will control the timing in the Grand Final.  An official will control the timing in the semi-finals.

The golden goal rule applies throughout extra time in both Semi Finals and Grand Finals.

18.
Goal difference shall be determined by subtracting goals for from goals against.

19.
If a semi-final is cancelled, the team finishing highest in the competition shall progress to the final.  If no finals series is played, the team finishing on the higher points in the round competition shall be deemed the winner.  However, if teams finish on the same points, then Joint Premiers will be declared.

 

Cautions and Send-offs

20. Three yellow cards (cautions) will earn a player an automatic one-match suspension.  Each additional yellow card will result in a one-match suspension.

A PLAYER CANNOT ACCUMULATE HIS 3RD YELLOW CARD FOR THE SEASON IN THE SEMI-FINAL. A PLAYER RECEIVING A RED CARD IN THE LAST ROUND, SEMI FINAL OR GRAND FINAL WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM THE FIRST COMPETITION ROUND OF THE FOLLOWING SEASON.

21. The M.C.S Judiciary shall comprise of the President or his/her nominee, Convenor and Secretary/Treasurer (or their nominee if their school is involved).  The Judiciary shall meet to consider the suspension of a player sent off in an M.C.S game.  The following guidelines will apply:

i) Any player permanently dismissed (Red Card) from the field will receive a one week match suspension.


ii) After evaluating the referee's report, the Soccer Convenor may convene a Judiciary meeting to consider a more severe suspension or a lesser penalty.

iii) Any appeal against a suspension must be lodged to the Convenor within 24 hours of the Judiciary meeting, signed by the coach, Sports Co-ordinator and Principal.

 

The playing area.

22. When the playing area is surrounded by a fence, coaches and spectators shall not be allowed to encroach within it. The only persons allowed inside the fence are the players, the referees, the linesmen and the ball boys.

Where no fences are provided, the ground is to be roped off 5 - 10 metres from the touch lines with teachers/coaches ensuring that spectators remain behind these marked areas.

 

Cancellation of matches

23. If a game has begun and is cancelled (due to poor weather or a serious injury), the following applies:

· Cancelled before half time – draw points awarded. Actual for and against recorded.

· Cancelled after half time – result at the time of cancellation is recorded.

If a game that has begun is cancelled for any other reason the matter is to be referred to the Soccer convenor for adjudication.

 

Disputes

24. Refer to the MCS disputes policy.

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