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Fixture Organisation and Administration


Fixtures are generally arranged by the League Match Secretaries, and published 10-12 days in advance. Clubs should note the following:-

* All teams are assumed to be available every Saturday during the season, and midweek evenings in April and May.

* Each team may request "no fixture" once during the season. Such request must be made at least four weeks in advance, and may be granted or declined at the League Match Secretary's discretion.

* County Cup Fixtures take precendence over other Cup Fixtures. Cup Fixtures take precedence over School and League Fixtures. School Fixtures take precedence over League Fixtures. League Fixtures take precendence over friendlies.

* Teams may not be entered in more than three Saturday Cup Competitions.

* Clubs must ensure their strongest team is the first team, second strongest team is the second team and so forth. If a team does not have a game one week, the club should not use that as an opportunity to "load up" lower sides with players from the higher team.

* If a team is shown as "spare" on the fixture list, don't arrange a friendly or assume you have no game until you have confirmed with the League Match Secretary.

* If you have to cancel a fixture due to lack of players, or availability of pitches, you must cancel the fixture of your lowest team.

Postponed Games

When a game is postponed (Cup or League), a lot of different people need to be told promptly:-

* The Opposition (check whether the game can be switched to their home ground).

* The Referee (and any Assistant Referees).

* For AFC and LOB Cup games, the Assistant Referees' Secretary (who may be able to find the referee another game) and reply to FT text if received.

* For Cup Games, the Cup Competition concerned.

* The League Match Secretary (who will need to re-arrange fixtures). This includes postponed Cup Fixtures, which must be notified by 9pm.

* Your own players.

Completing the Season

At the end of the season it may be necessary for League Match Secretaries to arrange double headers and/or midweek games to complete the fixture programme, either because of poor weather, or because of long cup runs for some teams.

* If a club wishes to withdraw a side it must do so by writing to the Chairman of the Fixtures Committee. Normally a club shall only be allowed to withdraw its lowest team.

* If a team is regularly cancelling fixtures due to lack of players, the Fixtures Committee may require it to withdraw from the league (as a rule of thumb, at least 25% of league games should be completed by the end of January).

* Teams who do not complete their fixtures will be fined, may have points deducted and may be refused entry into the league for the following season.

* Double headers are played 60 minutes each game, with each game counting separately. Referees should be offered a separate match fee by each club and substitutes should be nominated prior to each game. Clubs normally share the match expenses. You cannot play one match for "double points".

* Midweek evening games are played under natural daylight, so games must kick off promptly. The referee will reduce the match time if required (min. 60 minutes).

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