Rules for the 2010 UMBRO/ FAI Women’s Cup competitions
RULES for 2010
The UMBRO/ FAI Football Association of Ireland’s Women’s Senior Challenge Cup, Junior Cup, Intermediate Cup, and Underage Cups ...
1 The Senior Cup shall be called "Corn Comórtais Peile Mná na hÉireann", (The Football Association of Ireland Women’s Senior Challenge Cup (hereinafter referred to as "UMBRO/FAI Women’s Senior Cup") and is the property of the Football Association of Ireland (hereinafter referred to as "the FAI").
The National Cup Competitions at all other levels shall be called the "UMBRO/FAI Women’s Junior Cup, UMBRO/FAI Women’s Intermediate Cup, and the UMBRO/FAI Women’s Under-Age National Cup Competitions.
2 In all references to the Council in the course of these Rules, it shall be understood and accepted that the words "the Council" shall read "the WFAI (Women’s Football Association of Ireland) Council", as per rule 7.1 of the WFAI rule book.
3 (a) The Football Association of Ireland owns all the commercial rights in relation to the FAI Women’s Senior Cup relating to television, broadcasting rights, specific title and peripheral sponsorship rights. As a condition of participation in the FAI Women’s Senior Cup, competing clubs shall acknowledge the FAI’s ownership of such rights.
(b) The FAI may exploit the commercial rights relating to the FAI Women’s Senior Cup itself. Alternatively, at its discretion, the FAI may from time to time assign certain of those rights such as, for example, perimeter advertising space and concessions at match venues to participating clubs to exploit directly, subject to the approval of The Association, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, provided that such commercial rights shall not be in conflict with any of The Association’s sponsorships.
(c) Participating clubs shall provide full support to the FAI in its exploitation of the commercial rights relating to the FAI Women’s Senior Cup and shall not themselves exploit any commercial rights other than those rights that have been specifically assigned to them by the FAI.
Delegation of powers
4. The Council shall have the power to delegate some or all of its powers or functions in relation to the running of the FAI Women’s Cup Competitions on a day to day basis to the FAI Domestic Committee, FAI Protest Committee or FAI Grounds’ Committee of Inspection or any other Committee that may be appointed by the Council from time to time.
5. The competitions shall be conducted in accordance with these Rules. In the event of a conflict between these Rules and the Rules of the FAI, the FAI Rules shall prevail, provided that such rules in all circumstances comply with the Laws of the Game as decreed by FIFA.
Information to be supplied by Clubs:
6. Each Club entering the Competitions must forward to the Secretary of the Association on or before a date to be determined from season to season by the Council, the following particulars:
(1) Whether ground is public or private.
(2) Name & Address of ground and Regular kick off time for each relevant team.
(3) Colours of Club Strip (Home & Away), ie; 1st and 2nd choice colours.
(4) Name,address,phone number and email address of both club Secretary and one other Club official.
(5) All Clubs participating in the competition must have adequate public liability insurance.
7(a) The competitions for the Cups shall be played on a seasonal basis and shall consist of teams as determined by the Council.
(b) All teams competing in the FAI Women’s Challenge Cup Competitions shall only play players who are properly registered to play in the competition. In all cases, irrespective of whether the player in question is an amateur or non-amateur, the player, in order to be eligible to play, must be properly registered to play 48 hours before the appointed match, and registration lodged with their respective league secretary. In addition clubs, leagues and players must observe the WFAI rules on registration and transfers.
(c) In the event of a conflict between the registration rules of the Leagues and Divisional Associations on the one hand and the registration rules as contained in the FAI Rule Book, the FAI Rules shall prevail.
(d) In order to participate in FAI Women’s Senior Cup, the Junior Cup and the Intermediate Cup allayers must have reached their sixteenth birthday. A player who is registered with a "senior" team is not eligible to compete in the Intermediate or Junior Cup Competitions.
(e) An Underage player in Under-age Cup Competitions will be restricted to playing in their respective age bracket and in the competition immediately above their qualifying competitive age, for example, a player who is under the age of 12 can play in the U12 Blitz Competition and also in the U14 Cup Competition, but is not permitted to play in the U16 or U18 Cup Competitions, etc. In any event no player may play in more than two (2) FAI Women’s Cup Competitions in any one season for which she is eligible.
(f) Teams playing in the most Senior Section of the DWSL (Premier) and the finalists of the previous three years in the Senior Cup and the Intermediate Cup Competitions are precluded from participating in any other National Cup Competition other than the FAI/UMBRO Senior Cup Competition.
The Finalists of the Junior Cup Competition in the previous three years are precluded from entering the current Junior Cup Competition.
(g) In order to participate in the FAI Women’s Under16 National Cup players must not have reached their 16th Birthday before January 1st in the year that the competition commences.
In order to participate in the FAI Women’s Under14 National Cup players must not have reached their 14th Birthday before January 1st in the year that the competition commences.
Rule 7(g) will equally apply to any additional underage competitions.
Qualification of players
8. While the players in each team may be changed from match to match, no individual shall play for more than one Club during any one season, and she must register with her League as a member of the Club for which she proposes to compete at least 48 hours before the appointed match, and registration lodged with league secretary.
(8a) A Club may be removed from any relevant competition if found to have played illegal/ineligable players.
Players must wear registered colours:
9. Players in each competing team must wear the registered colours of the Club for which they are playing, except when opposing teams have similar colours, in which case the visiting club shall change their strip. The colours of the Club shall be taken to be the colour of the shirt or jersey, which must also be numbered. A goalkeeper must wear a shirt or sweater of different colour, provided that said shirt or sweater is of a colour distinctive from that of her opponents.
Referees shall have the power to instruct a player to change a shirt or sweater if they consider the colours not sufficiently distinctive from that of her opponents. Referees shall have power to deal with any player refusing to comply with their instructions in this respect.
Drawing of Clubs:
10. The Clubs which are in each instance first drawn in the ballot shall have choice of ground. In the event that the ground nominated by the team drawn at home in any given tie not being approved by the Council within at least seventy two hours prior to the kick off time of the appointed match, the Council shall have the power, at its discretion, to nominate an alternative ground or to direct that the match be played at the ground of the team drawn second in the tie provided that the said ground shall also be approved by the Council and that both Clubs are given a minimum of seventy two hours notice of the venue and time of the match.
Clubs shall be drawn in lots:
11 (a)The lots shall be drawn and the Competition matches played as the Council may determine, and immediately after each drawing the competition secretary shall intimate to each of the Clubs drawn, the name and colours of the Club it is drawn against, and the date upon which the tie is to be played.
(b) All games must be played at the appointed time and on the appointed date(s).
In exceptional circumstances, the Competitions’ Committee reserves the right to alter any date or kick-off time of any match in any Competition covered by these Rules.
Drawing the Ties:
12(a) The Council may draw subsequent round or rounds before the winners of the previous rounds have been declared, and the winners according to such draw shall compete against each other as-in the first round.
(b) Byes may be given: The Council shall have power to exempt any number of Clubs from any number of rounds, and byes may be given so that eight Clubs shall compete in the quarter-finals.
(c) Draw after a bye: In the event of a Club getting a bye in any of the drawings, the Council at the subsequent drawing shall first draw a Club to play against it from the lot, the two shall again be put in the ballot-box and again drawn, and the Club first out of the box shall have choice of ground; but the Council may so arrange that eight clubs compete in the quarter-final rounds.
Ground unfit for Cup Tie:
13(a) In the event of one of the competing Clubs protesting that the ground of its opponent is not fit and proper to be played upon, a Committee of Inspection shall be appointed to investigate and decide the question. The protest must be lodged with the competition secretary of the women’s cups within four (4) days of notification of the venue together with the protest fee of €380. The Committee of Inspection shall, where at all possible, make a determination as to the suitability of the ground in question at least seventy two hours prior to the kick off in question.
(b) Cost of protest: In the event of a protest being upheld the protest fee shall be refunded. The protest fee shall be forfeited in all cases where the protest has not been upheld.
The duration of a match:
14(a) The duration of each match shall be 45 minutes each way in the case of matches at U18, Intermediate, Junior and Senior Cup levels. If the match ends in a draw then two (2) periods of fifteen (15) minutes extra-time shall be played. If the match is still level after extra-time then the match shall be decided by kicks from the Penalty Spot as per FIFA Penalty kicks rule.
The duration of games played at (a) U16 level shall be 40 minutes each way, and, (b) at U14 level 35 minutes each way. If the match ends in a draw then two (2) periods of ten (10) minutes extra-time shall be played. If the match is still level after extra-time then the match shall be decided by kicks from the Penalty Spot as per FIFA Penalty kicks rule.
All matches must be started at the time appointed by the Council, but no protest will be upheld for late starting, unless the Council is satisfied that the result of the match was affected thereby.
(b) Lost time: The Referee shall have power to allow lost time for stoppages, their decision thereon to be final.
(c) The Secretary, or an authorised official, of each contesting team shall complete the Referee’s match card 30 minutes before kick off, showing the first name and surname of the players and substitutes participating in the match. In all matches, the names of the substitutes must be given to the Referee prior to the start of the match. Substitutes not so named may not take part in the match. Failing to complete the Referee’s card in accordance with this rule, the defaulting team may be fined by the Council.
A club may at its discretion nominate seven (7) substitutes to the Referee before the match commences. At Senior, Intermediate, and Junior levels in the National Cup Competitions a team may use up to three (3) substitute players during a match and any period of extra time, except to replace a player who has been suspended from the game by the referee.
At U18, U16 and U14 levels a team may use up to five substitutes from seven named players during a match and any period of extra time, except to replace a player who has been suspended from the game by the referee.
Council may call upon players or clubs objected to for proof of Qualifications.
15. If the Council has any doubt as to the qualification of any player taking part in the Competitions, they shall have the power to call upon such player, or the Club to which she belongs and/or for which she played, to prove she is qualified according to the Cup Rules. Failing satisfactory proof the Council may disqualify such player and/or club or impose such other penalty as they may deem appropriate. Any Club making a frivolous objection will be liable to removal from the Competition or a fine to be decided by the Council.
Ground for Semi-finals and Final:
16. In the Semi-final and Final Ties the ground shall be chosen by the Council. In addition to arranging the venues at which the Semi-Finals and Finals shall be played, the Council shall decide the date and time and day of the week on which the match shall be played.
Appointment of Match Officials:
17. In all Senior Cup matches the Referees and Assistant Referees shall be appointed through the FAI Referees Department. For all competitions played on a "Provincial Basis" up to entry to the quarter-final stages of that Competition the Referees will be appointed by the WFAI Provincial Officer in the respective province of the Home Team, and there after by the referee’s department.
(a) Officials for all finals shall be from leagues other than those in which the participating teams are affiliated.
18(A) Protests must be received by the competition secretary of the women’s cups of the FAI per registered letter, bearing postmark, within four days (Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays excluded) after the cause of the protest, accompanied by a Bank Draft to the sum of €380.00 which shall be forfeited in all cases where the protest has not been sustained.
(B) Copies must be sent to Club protested against: A copy of the protest must also be sent by registered letter to the Club protested against, bearing postmark, within four days (Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays excluded) after the cause of the protest. A period of 4 days after the receipt of protest shall be afforded the club protested against to lodge a cross protest.
In all cases, the council shall arrange for a protest committee, of no less than three persons to hear the protest within ten days of the protest being received by the competition secretary, unless exceptional circumstances deem this not possible.
(C) Objection to ground, etc.: Goal-nets must be used in all Cup Ties. Any objection to ground, goal-posts, goal-nets or ball must be lodged in writing by the Club Secretary for the day with the Referee before the game is started, and the Referee shall have power to have such objection made right before the game starts.
(D) Referee to inspect ground: If required, the Referee shall inspect the ground at least two hours prior to the advertised time of kick-off, and shall immediately give a decision as to fitness of ground for play.
(E) Where one of the teams is travelling a distance of more than eighty miles, a pitch inspection must be arranged at least six hours before the match in question.
(F) Where an away team incurs expenses travelling to a cup tie where the pitch is deemed unplayable, or the match is postponed for reasons outside of the control of the away team, the said away team shall submit a list of its expenses to the Secretary and the Council shall decide what expenses if any are to be reimbursed to the away team.
(G) Any decision in relation to a protest may be appealed to the FAI in accordance with FAI rules.
Decision of Council:
19. All the questions of eligibility, or qualification or competitors or of application of these Rules or the Laws of the Game shall be referred to the Council, whose decision shall be final, always subject to the right of appeal and they shall have power to withhold the Cup and Medals.
Agreement for Cup:
20. The Cup shall be presented to the winning Club in each competition who shall be responsible for its return when requested to do so and the Cup shall be in good order and condition. Should the Cup be destroyed or damaged by fire or other accident whilst under the care or in custody of the Club, the Club shall be responsible for the full replacement value or the cost of thorough repair. Should the Cup be lost or destroyed from any other cause whilst under the care or in the custody of the Club, the Club shall, in addition to any other penalty which The Association may impose, pay a sum which, in the opinion of the Council, accurately reflects the full reinstatement value of the FAI Women’s Cups.
21. In addition to the Cup the FAI shall present Medals to the winners of the Final Tie. The FAI shall also present Medals to the runners-up. The cost of Medals is to be borne by the FAI, with 20 Medals to be awarded to the players and one medal to each member of the technical team to a maximum of 5.
Private Grounds for Semi-finals & Final Fixtures:
22. All semi-final and final fixtures shall be played on Private grounds. The criteria for a private ground shall be as follows:
Private ground: A private ground shall be taken to be a ground over which the Club has sole control, properly enclosed so as to prevent spectators entering the ground except by the admission gates. A rail or fence must also enclose the field of play and Dugouts must be in place for both Home and Away teams. Subject to the consent of the Council, a Club may register a private ground no later than 10 days prior to the date fixed for the particular tie. In the event of a Club not registering a private ground which, in the opinion of the Council, is adequate for the hosting of an FAI Women’s Cup match, the Council may, at its discretion, but not later than seventy two hours before the appointed kick off time of the match in question, nominate an alternative private ground upon which the match is to be played.
Division of receipts in Final:
23. The Final tie will be controlled by the Football Association of Ireland.
In the Final Tie the receipts, after all expenses have been paid, shall be divided as follows:
The FAI to take 40 per cent, balance to be equally divided between the two competing Clubs after all expenses have been paid.
Fixtures Controlled by the FAI:
24. The Council, at its discretion shall have the power to control any fixture in the FAI Women’s Cups at any stage of the competition if the Council deems it necessary.
25. Referees and Assistant Referees appointed to officiate at matches in the National Cup Competitions up to and including the Semi Finals are entitled to fees and expenses as laid down for the current season. In the Final, Referees shall be awarded medals and expenses only. The Council shall have power to vary these fees and make extra allowances in exceptional cases. It is the responsibility of the Home Team to pay these fees.
26. The Council may, at its discretion, appoint one or more match observers to a particular FAI Women’s Cup match.
27. The Council may for any round of the competition nominate minimum admission prices for each category of spectator, below which no club may charge for spectators attending an FAI Women’s Cup Match.
28. In the event that the pitch of the home team in any tie is deemed unplayable, the home team must find an alternative venue which is acceptable to the Council, failing this the Council 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 on the opponent’s ground.
Clubs failing to play:
29. Any Club refusing or failing to play the club against which it has been drawn on the date fixed by the Council and without sufficient reasons for so doing shall be adjudged to have lost the match, and the Council may suspend the team in question from competing in the next FAI Women’s Cup Competition that the team in question would otherwise have been eligible to play in. In addition a monetary fine will be applied.
Notice of fixing of FAI Women’s Cup Ties
30. Competing teams in all ties must be given a minimum of seventy-two hour’s notice of a decision to arrange a particular match in question. Notification by fax/e-mail shall be deemed sufficient notification.
Council may alter Rules:
31. The Council shall have power to alter these Cup Rules, but in no case shall they do so until after the Final Tie in any competition has been played.