This combination of participating Association Football Clubs (each a “Club”) shall be called “The Adran U19s” and being an Associate Member of the FAW is for all purposes of interpretation hereinafter referred to as the “League”.
The League shall comprise of two (2) Divisions of the League, currently known as “The Adran U19s North” and “The Adran U19s South”.
The FAW will own and control the League Rules, implemented by League Management Committees (LMC). The Clubs will observe these rules (“Rules”). In addition, the Clubs will observe the FAW Rules and Regulations and the Laws of the Game, as amended from time to time. In the event of a conflict between these Rules and the then current FAW Rules and Regulations, the FAW Rules and Regulations will apply.
The League shall be split into a League (North) division and a League (South) division, each comprising a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 Clubs for each season, the precise geographical split being decided by the FAW. Should any area have more teams wishing to partake, the LMC may apply to the FAW for permission to run a second division.
Each club must be registered with its relevant Area Association. No Club shall be allowed more than one team in the League.
Each club in each division shall play each other twice, on a home and away basis, with three points awarded to the winner of a game and one point to each Club in the event of a draw. The Club with the highest number of points at the end of the season in League (South) will be the League (South) Champions. The Club with the highest number of points at the end of the season in League (North) will be the League (North) Champions. In the event of two or more Clubs in the same division having the same number of points, the League (South) or League (North) Champions (as applicable) will be decided by which Club has the highest difference between goals scored and goals against. In the event of more than one Club in the same division having the same goal difference, the Club that has scored the highest number of goals will be the Champions.
A Play-Off match will be arranged between the winners of the League (North) and League (South) each season. The winning Club will be the overall League Champions for that season.
If a club wishes to resign from the League after being accepted at the League AGM and before completing its fixtures, it will be fined £200.
If a club wishes to resign from the League at the end of the season, it must do so by 1st April each year. If notice is served after this, and before the League AGM the Club will be liable to a fine of £100.
Each Division shall be managed by a League Management Committee, which shall be shared with the Tier 2 Management Committees in their respective areas and shall be bound by their rules for participation of the League Management Committee.
The Secretary for each League shall be appointed by the FAW. Such an Official shall be an Officer of the League, and not directly or indirectly, connected with any Club in membership with the League nor shall they be allowed to exercise voting power at any meeting held under its jurisdiction.
The League Management Committee shall have jurisdiction over all matters whether specially provided for in these rules or not. They shall have power to form any Sub-Committee they may consider necessary and may delegate all or any of their powers to any such Sub-Committee.
The LMC shall meet every month, if necessary. No resolution shall be rescinded at the meeting at which it is passed.
Officials and Members of the Management Committee shall have free access to any part of the Football Grounds during the progress of all League and Cup matches.
A member club, or player, ordered by the League to provide a written response to a charge preferred by the League or a protest, appeal, claim or complaint lodged with the League by a club or player must do so within seven Business Days of the date of the letter from the League requesting the written response.
Such written response must stipulate whether or not the club requires a personal hearing. Should a club or player fail to provide a written response within the stipulated seven Business Days, they will be deemed to have denied the charge of misconduct or allegation contained in the protest, appeal, claim or complaint lodged and the League will take the required steps to convene a hearing at which the club or player will be required to attend.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the league shall be held each year at a time and place to be determined by the League Management Committees; there shall be provision for each division to host its own AGM.
Notice of such general meetings shall be sent to all clubs in membership of the League, together with an agenda at least 14 business days prior to the date set for the meeting and such notice shall also state the objective for which the meeting is convened.
Each Club in membership must be represented at all Annual General, Extraordinary General and Special General Meetings and shall be entitled to one vote. Each Club shall notify to the Secretary its probable voting representative by name at least 48 hours before a meeting of Clubs. Clubs failing to attend, in the proscribed manner, may be liable to a fine of £50 in accordance with the Standard Scale of Fines.
At the Annual General Meeting, or any Extraordinary General Meeting called for that purpose, it shall be competent for a majority of the Delegates present and voting thereat to exclude from membership any Club whose conduct has, in their opinion, been objectionable.
All Clubs must inform the League Secretary of their desire to join by 1st June preceding the start of the season. Should there be space available the League Management Committee can permit teams who fulfil the following criteria:
a) Any Tier 1 Club.
b) Clubs outside of Tier 1 will be accepted in the following order:
i. Clubs relegated from the Tier 1 into Tier 2;
ii. Clubs who have been awarded the Tier 1 Licence, but not been promoted;
iii. Clubs who have established U16 and Women’s teams (where the U16’s will be trasitioning from junior football;
iv. Clubs who have an established U16 team (who will transitioning from junior football).
c) Further Clubs may be accepted at the absolute discretion of the LMC for reasons of sporting integrity of the League.
Each Member Club shall pay an Annual Subscription of Fifty Pounds (£50). The Subscription to be received by the League Secretary by 1st July each year.
The League Secretary shall by 1st June, inform all Members Clubs of Annual Subscriptions / Entrance Fees due. AII Entrance Fees to be received by the League Secretary by 1st July.
Clubs failing to pay any debt owing to The League by the due date will automatically incur a fine of £10.
The League Funds shall be banked in the name of “The Adran U19s” and shall be administered by the Treasurer of the League Management Committee.
The League Balance Sheet, duly audited shall be forwarded to each Club before the date of the AGM.
Any infringement of The League Rules shall be dealt with in such a manner as the League Management Committee may think fit. Any appeal against the decision of the LMC shall be to the Area Association to which the club is registered in accordance with its Rules.
No alteration of or addition to existing Rules shall be made, except at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting convened on a requisition signed by not less than thirds of the Clubs comprising the League, and then only upon such resolution being carried by a two-thirds majority of the Members present and voting thereon. Notice of alteration or addition must be sent to the Secretary not less than fourteen days before the date of such Meeting, the same to be printed and forwarded to the Clubs at least seven days before the Meeting.
Note: Notice of alteration of Rules for the Adran U19s Annual General Meeting must reach the League Secretary by the 31st of March each year.
Any rule changes submitted by a club must be signed by the Club Secretary (as listed on COMET) and also by the chairman or a committee member.
All protests, appeals, claims or complaints must be sent to the League Secretary in duplicate and accompanied with a fee of £25, which shall be forfeited in the event of a protest, appeal, claim or complaint not being upheld. AII matters relating to a particular match must be lodged with the League Secretary within TWO DAYS of the match in question (excluding Sundays & Bank Holidays).
All questions regarding eligibility, qualification of players or interpretation of the rules of the League shall be decided by the relevant League Management Committee, but no objection relative to the dimensions of the ground, goalposts, crossbars or other appurtenances of the game shall be entertained unless a written protest is lodged with the referee prior to the game
Where there is evidence of a breach of the League’s rule by a club or player, the LMC will investigate the matter and when considered appropriate, prefer a charge of an alleged breach of rule against the club or player(s) concerned. Alternatively, the League, in its absolute discretion, may elect to refer any such matter to the Compliance Department of the Football Association of Wales for investigation. Any proceedings resulting from such an investigation will be in accordance with Section E of the Association’s Rules.
Where the League has elected not to refer a matter to the Compliance Department, the League will appoint a Panel consisting of THREE persons, one of which will be appointed as Chair of the Panel, elected from members of the LMC (excluding the League Secretary) to consider all protests, appeals, claims or complaints lodged by a club or player(s) as well as charges preferred by the League of an alleged breach of rule.
Where a club or player(s) elect to have a personal hearing as provided for in League Rule 14, the appointed panel will conduct its business in accordance with the provisions as set out in the Football Association of Wales memorandum on Procedure at Personal Hearings.
a) In the case of a protest, appeal, claim or complaint, the Panel shall have the power to grant or deny the protest, appeal, claim or complaint (in whole or in part) as well as the power to order any such penalty or sanction as the Panel shall reasonably deem fit.
b) In the case of a charge for an alleged breach of a League rule being found proven, the Panel shall have the power to order any such penalty or sanction as the Panel shall reasonably deem fit.
c) In all matters, the Panel shall have the discretion to impose a costs order against any of the parties involved.
If dissatisfied with any decision given by the Management Committee or a Sub Committee or Panel appointed by the Management Committee, a club or player shall have the right of appeal to the Area Association to which they are registered in accordance with their rules.
All clubs must register a minimum of 14 players by 1st September each year. Clubs failing to play scheduled fixtures because they have insufficient players registered will be dealt with by the League as failing to fulfil a fixture.
Provisions relating to Player registrations, contracts and transfers shall (if as so far as applicable) be dealt with in accordance with these Rules and the FAW Rules and FAW Regulations including Rules 55-91 of the FAW Rules.
All Player registration and transfer forms and any other applicable documents must be received by the FAW (in each case, using the systems and procedures set by the FAW from time to time) by 5pm on the last Business Day prior to the Match in which the Club wishes the Player to participate.
To initiate a player transfer, seven days’ notice must be served to the current club via COMET. Unless permission is granted by the current club, negotiations with the player may only commence after seven days have passed and must cease 21 days after the initial notice was served.
Only one player from one club may be approached at a time and at least 21 days must have passed between the initial notice on the first player and notice being given for a second player. Should the approach be rejected, the club may not approach the same player again (subject to them remaining at the same club) for the remainder of the season. Registration periods must be observed and player transfers concluded before the applicable period ends.
Any club found guilty of inducing or attempting to induce, directly or indirectly, a player to join their club outside of the regulations shall be guilty of misconduct and be liable for such penalty as the LMC shall decide.
a) To be defined as an U19 player and be eligible to play in the League a player must be female and:
i) must be aged over the age of 16 years on the day the match is played, and
ii) must not have attained the age of 19 years before 1st September in the relevant year in order to play in the League for that season, unless she is a designated 'over age' player.
b) There are two exceptions to this rule:
i) As per the rules regarding 15-year-old players, clubs in Tier 1 may play their nominated 15 year old players in this League.
ii) Clubs may nominate up to five ‘over-age’ players, defined as those who are 19 years or over on the 1st September in the relevant year.
iii) The number of over-age players allowed to be nominated shall correspond
to the number of U19 players in the squad as per the below.
No team can have more than three over age players on the field of play at any one time.
Total No. of Players in a squad
Minimum Number of U19
Maximum Number of over 19
iv) In a four-day period, no player shall play more than 120 minutes of competitive football in either the WPWL and U19 leagues or a combination of both.
c) Any Club playing an ineligible player shall have three points deducted from its League record for each offence and be liable to a fine in accordance with the Standard Scale of Fines.
Each club shall be required to register the following staff on COMET:
a) First Team Manager - As a minimum, the First Team Manager must hold a valid ‘FAW C Licence’. They must hold the correct safeguarding documentation to work with U18’s as defined by the FAW Safeguarding Department.
The First Team Manager should be in attendance for at least 70% of the matches, should they not be available a suitably qualified replacement should be present.
b) Safeguarding Officer – to have completed the appropriate safeguarding courses and be familiar with the required processes as proscribed by the FAW, and which may change from time to time.
c) First-aider – A qualified first aider will be required to be nominated for every match. As a minimum this individual will hold the FAW First Aid Award or FASE 1. Home team first-aiders will have the responsibility to treat any non-playing injuries in addition to those of their players (e.g. spectators, officials etc).
Each Club in the League shall register its colours with the Secretary. In the event of any two Clubs having similar playing colours, the visiting team shall make a change, unless otherwise agreed upon by the League Secretary. Goalkeepers shall play in colours distinct from other members of the teams. No Club shall be permitted to register or play a Match in shirts the colour of which is likely to cause confusion with the outfits worn by Referees and Assistant Referees. All kits for Matches must comply with FAW Kit Regulations.
If undershorts or tights or undersocks or undershirts are to be worn by a Player in a Match, they must be of a colour approved by the Panel in relation to the applicable Authorised Kit prior to the relevant season. The colours of the clothing worn by any ball kids and/or other personnel for each Match must not clash with those of either of the competing teams or Match Officials.
The players of each team must wear individually numbered shirts. Numbers worn by players must correspond with the team sheet submitted to the referee.
All matches shall be played under the rules of The Football Association of Wales, and shall be of 90 minutes duration. Clubs shall not mutually agree to play a match in lieu of a League match.
If a match is played to a conclusion it must be a League match. Any match not completed may be ordered to stand as a completed match, or be replayed for the full period of 90 minutes as the Management Committee may direct.
A Club may at its discretion use three substitute players from five nominated substitute players at any time in a match for any reason (injury or otherwise), adhering to the over-age player regulations, except to replace a player who has been suspended from the game by the Referee.
The substitutions can only be made when play is stopped for any reason and the Referee has given permission.
The substitute players shall be nominated prior to the commencement of the game.
Clubs responsible for a late start, shall be liable to a fine in accordance with the standard scale of fines.
The League Management Committee shall arrange the Fixture List annually. The season will commence in September.
The Fixtures will be played on Sundays, unless, where both teams are in agreement, a Sunday fixture may be brought forward to a midweek evening to be played under floodlights, but only during the preceding week of the original fixture.
Any Club without just cause failing to fulfil an engagement to play its League matches on the appointed date or causing a game to be abandoned without giving a reason deemed to be satisfactory by the LMC, shall have three points deducted, be liable for any reasonable expenses as deemed necessary by the LMC and shall be fined £50. Any subsequent charges will be doubled.
The League reserves the right to arrange matches for those clubs who do not have a scheduled fixture.
The Home Club shall be responsible for notifying opponents and match officials of the venue and team colours at least five days before a game, this may be done via COMET. The Away Club shall also indicate their kit colours via COMET at least two days before the game. If this is not done the club may be liable to a fine of £10. An away club or referee not receiving confirmation of a fixture must contact the home club for guidance and advise the League of their actions – clubs and officials are expected to travel to all fixtures unless instructed to the contrary.
Each club shall be entitled to request two league fixture-free dates per season without penalty. Requests must be made to the League Secretary, in writing, at least 14 days prior to the requested date; clubs should note requests are guaranteed and shall only be considered as confirmed if communicated as such by the LMC. Cup Conference dates are not applicable and shall be adhered to.
No match may be postponed without the sanction of the LMC. Clubs are responsible for alerting the Fixture Secretary as soon as possible should a fixture need to be postponed in the seven days leading up to a game.
If a pitch is considered unfit to play by the local authority or Club prior to match day then the Fixture Secretary must be notified immediately so as to consider an alternate venue or fixture before any team postpones the match.
If a pitch is unfit owing to weather conditions on matchday, photographic evidence must be forwarded to the Fixture Secretary highlighting the affected area(s) from differing angles and allowing for clear identification of the ground from which to photos were taken as well as being dated and timed. Should a club have reason to suspect their pitch may be unplayable an inspection should be performed at a reasonable time as to notify the opponent prior to travelling. It is the home team’s responsibility to inform the opposition and referee(s) of a postponement in these circumstances; failure to do so carries a £20 fine.
In the event of both teams arriving at the venue, the referee is the sole judge as to the state of ground and conditions.
Should a club be required to postpone a fixture due to participation in The FAW Women’s Cup, relevant Area Association Cup or League Cup, must give the Fixture Secretary and the Clubs affected at least seven-days clear notice.
Clubs affected by the selection of two or more players (or single player if the individual is their regular goalkeeper) for International Duty by their National Association may request a postponement by the LMC of its League fixture provided at least ten days’ notice is given to the League Secretary in writing. Activities that fall into this category only include Senior, Under 19 and Under 17 UEFA and FIFA competitive matches or international friendlies and trials or camps during scheduled international dates.
Similarly, if a club has two or more players invited to join a representative team, clubs may request a postponement and should do so at least ten days in advance of the fixture to the Fixture Secretary. It is expected that clubs shall encourage their players to take part in representative fixtures, if so selected. Any player selected to play in any representative match or other match arranged by the LMC or refusing to play, shall in the absence of good and sufficient cause be judged guilty of misconduct and any club which shall be found to have encouraged or instigated such conduct on the part of the player shall also be deemed guilty of misconduct. No player under suspension shall be selected to represent the League. A representative match is one defined as being under the auspices of the FAW, League or Area Association to which the club is registered.
In addition to the above, in exceptional circumstances the LMC may grant a postponement. All postponed matches will be re-arranged by the Fixture Secretary.
Any team failing to fulfil its League fixtures will be liable to a fine as per the scale of fines. Teams committing a subsequent offences in the same season shall be dealt with by the LMC as they see fit and may be liable to expulsion from the League.
The kick-off times for matches shall be between 10am and 4pm on a Sunday.
No kick-off times later than the scheduled time will be permitted, unless under floodlights and both clubs are in agreement.
Applications for a different kick-off time and / or day of the week for a match must be made in writing to the Fixture Secretary no later than 14 days before the date of the match. Midweek and Holiday fixtures may kick off at mutually agreed times subject to League approval.
Each Club in the League shall register its ground (and alternative ground if required) with the Secretary. All clubs in membership, and those applying for membership, must have grounds that are acceptable to the League Management Committee.
The Pitch size must comply with the Laws of the Game.
a) Dressing Rooms
(i) Players Dressing Rooms
The dressing rooms for both teams must be heated, well ventilated, free of damp, secure and must be situated within the boundaries of the ground.
Separate changing rooms must be provided for both teams, capable of accommodating a minimum of 16 persons.
Clubs must have toilet facilities of at least one W/C and one hand basin with hot and cold running water within the immediate vicinity of the dressing room complex. A separate shower area must be provided for each team with a minimum of four shower heads.
(ii) Match Officials Dressing Room
A separate area must be provided for the exclusive of match officials, which must be capable of accommodating at least four persons.
There must be a separate shower for Match Officials and a W/C and wash basin with hot and cold running water in the immediate vicinity.
All clubs must have first aid equipment which must include a stretcher. The location of this equipment must be clearly marked in all dressing rooms and ideally a separate First Aid Room should be available.
Clubs should arrange for suitably trained first aid personnel to be provided for players and spectators at all matches.
Emergency vehicles must be able to drive into the stadium. The access and egress point(s) must not be blocked. A parking space must be identified for an emergency vehicle to park, which must not be occupied by any other vehicle or used for any other purpose.
Unobstructed access leading from a spectator area in the stadium to the playing area must be provided to allow access and egress for a stretcher. It is recommended that this access is located as close as possible to the area designated for the access/egress of the emergency vehicle(s).
c) Covered Areas
Clubs must provide two covered dugouts adjacent to and on the same side of the playing area.
They must be capable of accommodating a minimum of six seated persons, and the floor must be of solid foundation.
A technical area must be marked in accordance with the Laws of the Game in front of both dug outs.
The Management Committee will have plenary powers to remove any club from League membership should it fail to meet the accepted ground criteria of the League. Clubs must rectify any failures from the published ground criteria within thirty days of being advised in writing by the League Management Committee. Any club failing to meet the ground criteria can have its membership of the League removed the following season.
No Referee shall take part in the Management of any League Club.
a) List, Fees and Expenses -
Match Officials Fees will be paid directly by the home club. Referees fees £35, Assistant Referees fees £ 25.
The Home club shall pay the Referee and Assistant Referees fees and traveling expenses of 45p per mile in the Match Officials Dressing Room immediately after the game.
Any Club paying a Referee more than his just fee and travelling allowance shall be deemed guilty of misconduct and shall be dealt with by the Management Committee.
b) Fitness of Ground
The Referee shall have the power to decide as to the fitness of grounds in all matches, and each Club must take every precaution to keep its ground in a playing condition, and, if necessary, the Home Club may request the referee to visit the ground two hours before the advertised time of kick-off. No club shall postpone the playing of a league match on account of apparent unfitness of its ground, a League Match Official being the sole person to decide as to the fitness after inspection.
Decisions in respect of ground fitness must be taken as late as possible, however due consideration must be given in respect of the distance being travelled by the visiting team and match officials.
An official asked to carry out a pitch inspection by a home club prior to any match will be reimbursed his/her travelling expenses at the League rate by the club involved. An official asked to carry out a pitch inspection by a League official prior to any match will be reimbursed his/her travelling expenses by the League at the League’s current rate.
In the event of a match being called off by the appointed match referee at the normal time, all match officials will be entitled to claim half their match fee plus travelling expenses, to be paid by the home club. If a match is abandoned once the match has commenced, all match officials are entitled to claim their full match fee plus travelling expenses.
c) Late Starts and Reports
Match officials shall be present at their appointed match at least one hour prior to kick off time. If officials are aware of difficulties in adhering to this requirement, they must contact the League Secretary prior to the match.
Referees must report all cases where teams commence a game late, or without eleven players on the field, and also in cases of their own or assistant’s late arrival in any match, and notify those concerned at the time of their intention.
In the event of any misconduct, the officiating Referee, and Assistant Referees, must render his/her report to the Football Association of Wales.
d) Match Report Forms
Referees must post Match Report Forms on day of match. Each club must provide a list of names and players taking part in the game (including name(s) and number(s) of the nominated substitute(s)) to the referee, at least thirty minutes before the advertised time of kick off. The players’ numbers and the colours of the playing strip must be clearly stated. The standard League forms must be used for this purpose.
Referees and Assistant Referees must take advantage of travelling together when so requested or whenever possible.
Referees and Assistant Referees are requested to send their replies of acceptance or otherwise within four days following receipt of the Appointments List.
ln the event of any misconduct, the officiating Referee, and Assistant Referees, must render his/her report to the appropriate Area Association.
Should the appointed referee fail to appear, the most senior appointed assistant referee shall take control.
The senior assistant is the one with the highest grade or if both have similar grades, the one with the longest service as a referee on the League.
In the event of the Referee or Assistant Referees appointed not attending a match, and the two clubs agreeing to one on the ground, such Referee shall be considered to be a League Official for the time being. Referees or Assistant Referees failing to give a satisfactory reason for absence to the Management Committee shall not be appointed to any other Match during the season. No member of the Management Committee shall officiate in the League.
The Referee shall send the completed standard Referee’s Report Form to the League Secretary within sixty (60) minutes of the final whistle, using the systems and procedures set by the FAW from time to time. The Referee’s Report Form must be complete in all details, including the result of the Match, the full names of the Players taking part in the Match, the names of the substitutes and details of any substitutions made (including the Match time when the substitution was made), and details of any yellow cards and red cards issued (including the Match time when the card was issued).
The Championship Cup will be presented to the winning Club of the said competition.
Upon receiving the said trophy, the following agreement will be signed in connection with the safe keeping and eventual return of the trophy to the League.
We the undersigned Officials of the.............................................................Club do on their behalf receive The Adran U19s Cup and acknowledge that same has been delivered into our keeping in good and sound condition.
We agree that the Club will return the said trophy to the League within 28 days of the end of the following season or upon request by the League Secretary.
We further agree to indemnify the League against Loss of or Damage to the trophy while in our possession or otherwise to provide an exact replica of the Cup concerned.
Note: No inscription is allowed to be placed on the Cups by any Club.
A set of twenty trophies will be presented to the Clubs adjudged Winners and Runners-up in the championship. Additional trophies to the set of twenty can only be obtained by special sanction of The League Management Committee.
It is the responsibility of the Club that all insurance matters relating to the activities of the Club are covered. This should include players, staff, facilities, matches, travel and any other areas for which the Club may be liable. Insurance offered by the FAW in respect of COMET registration may form part of this provision. It is advised that Clubs seek professional guidance regarding all insurance matters.
Failure to fulfil a fixture - 1st offence plus deduction of points £50
Failure to fulfil a fixture - each additional offence plus deduction of points £100
Late presentation of team sheet to referee and/or opponents £10
By late arrival, causing match to be delayed £1.00 fine per minute, minimum £10
Failure of club to attend AGM or any Special General Meetings, or event proscribed as mandatory £25
Failure to reply to correspondence £10
Failure to advise on changes to details on the Club Affiliation form £20
Starting a fixture with only 10 players £10
Starting a fixture with only 9 players £20
Starting a fixture with only 8 players £30
Playing an ineligible player – 1st offence fine plus deduction of three points for each offence £25
Playing an ineligible player – each additional offence fine plus deduction of three points for each offence £50
Any infringement of the Rules and any other matter not provided for by the Rules shall be dealt with by the League Management Committee.