Rules and Regulations of the Inter-College Leagues and Cuppers

Contents

1Constitution

All Inter-College Leagues and Cuppers within the University of Oxford shall be run by Oxford University Association Football Club (hereafter OUAFC), and OUAFC shall have jurisdiction over all resident and associate members of the University who, by their very participation, are bound by these rules.

Only Colleges which are members of the University of Oxford (and OxILP by special dispensation of the FA and Oxfordshire County FA) shall be eligible to enter any competition run by OUAFC or by Competition Secretaries appointed by and acting on behalf of OUAFC.

Faculties and Institutes of the University of Oxford may apply for written permission to enter a competition run by OUAFC, so long as they otherwise satisfy the entry criteria of that competition, as stated from time to time by OUAFC. Such requests must be made to the Secretary of OUAFC no later than 1st October of the relevant academic year.

2Affiliation Fees

Each College XI must pay a 20 GBP OUAFC affiliation fee to an OUAFC Treasurer in order to be eligible to take part in a competition run by OUAFC.

3Entry Fees

Entry fees shall be decided upon after consultation between each Competition Secretary and the Sabbatical Officer, Senior Treasurer, Treasurer, and Vice-Treasurer of OUAFC and approved by the Sports Strategy Committee of Oxford University.

For the season 2012/13 Entry Fees will be:

League

JCR 1st Teams32 GBP
JCR Reserve Teams32 GBP
MCR Teams32 GBP
Women's Teams32 GBP

Cuppers

JCR 1st Teams20 GBP
JCR Reserve Teams20 GBP
MCR Teams20 GBP
Womens Teams20 GBP

All fees and affiliations shall be paid (via cheque payable to OUAFC) to a Treasurer of OUAFC by 13th November 2012.

4Management

The Competitions run by OUAFC shall be overseen by the OUAFC Sabbatical Officer on behalf of the OUAFC Committee. The Sabbatical Officer shall have the power to appoint or co-opt any other person that he/she deems necessary to efficiently and effectively discharge his/her duties and responsibilities. The Sabbatical Officer shall adjudicate on any matter brought to his/her attention and his/her decision shall be final and binding on all parties involved.

5Competitions

OUAFC may organise and run any competition as it wishes. Competition Secretaries shall be appointed by the Sabbatical Officer and ratified by the OUAFC Committee to run each competition on behalf of OUAFC. These Competition Secretaries shall have primary responsibility for organising and running these competitions, subject to the approval of the Sabbatical Officer.

In the 2012/13 season the following competitions shall be run by OUAFC:
  • JCR League and Cuppers
  • JCR Reserves League and Cuppers
  • MCR League and Cuppers
  • Women's League and Cuppers
  • 5-a-side Cuppers

All competition rules should be submitted for approval and ratification by the OUAFC Committee no later than 31st October annually.

6Conditions of Play

All games played under the rules and regulations of the OUAFC shall be played in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Football Association and the Laws of the Game, taken in conjunction with each competition's rules.

FA Laws of the Game: http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/RulesAndRegulations/FIFALawsOfTheGame/Postings/2002/05/12111.htm

The rules and regulations of the Football Association, the Laws of the Game and the competition rules shall be binding on all participants. However, OUAFC shall have the power to override competition rules whenever it is deemed necessary by the OUAFC Committee.

Reports of misconduct outside the scope of the Schedule Guide to Recommended Punishments A-F (below) or misconduct deemed by the Disciplinary Secretary to be of a serious nature and committed before, during or after a game shall be dealt with as a breach or breaches of FA Rules E1 or E3, with no imposition of punishment but a charge under the appropriate FA Rule. The recommended punishments for these offences (or some of these offences) are shown in the Schedule Guide to Recommended Punishments at G-K (below). For further details of E1 and E3 see the FA Handbook (2006-2007), page 74. The playing season for all competitions run by the OUAFC shall be the same as that laid down by the Football Association. No games shall be allowed outside this period.

7Referees

Subject to competition rules, registered referees shall be appointed to all competitive matches so far as possible by the OUAFC Referees Secretary. All appointed referees shall be registered with either a County or Service FA, and may from time to time be asked to provide such proof of registration.

Referees (and assistant referees, where appropriate) shall be paid a match fee which shall be decided upon from time to time by the Senior Treasurer, Treasurer and Vice-Treasurer of OUAFC and the Competition Secretary. For the current season the match fees shall be:

JCR 1st Teams25 GBP
JCR Reserve Teams25 GBP
MCR Teams25 GBP
Women's Teams25 GBP
Cuppers Matches25 GBP

OUAFC shall have jurisdiction over all match officials whilst they are officiating for or on behalf of OUAFC, and shall have the power to report any alleged misconduct or perceived impropriety to their County or Service FA.

A list of all the referees of OUAFC competitions, together with their parent County or Service FA details, shall be retained by the OUAFC Referees Secretary and the Sabbatical Officer, and shall be updated annually.

8Player Eligibility

All cases of a player representing a College other than their current one must be communicated via email to the Competition Secretary and the Sabbatical Officer and via registration on www.ouafc.com within 48 hours of their first appearance.

8.1General Eligibility

8.1.1

Only resident and associate members of the University of Oxford and its constituent Colleges will be
eligible to compete in competitions organised for or on behalf of OUAFC.

8.1.2

Full-time employees of the University and the Colleges are considered 'associate members' for this purpose.

8.1.3

All visiting students shall be considered 'associate members' for this purpose.

8.2Eligibility Rules Specific to JCR League and Cuppers

8.2.1

Any player is only eligible to represent one College JCR in OUAFC Competitions for the duration of the season.

8.2.2

The College for which a player is eligible shall be their current College (as stated on their University Card) subject to the following exceptions:

8.2.2.1

Undergraduate or Graduate members of Colleges without a JCR side entered in OUAFC competitions may represent any other College of their choosing

8.2.2.2

Graduate members of Oxford Colleges who were previously undergraduates at another College are still eligible to represent their previous College

8.2.2.3

Members of Oxford Institutions (e.g. OxILP) are eligible to play for OxILP or for their previous College.

8.2.3

Team-sheets must be filled out on www.ouafc.com by both teams within 48 hours of the final whistle.

8.3Eligibility Rules Specific to JCR Reserves League and Cuppers

8.3.1

Rules stated in Section 8.2.shall apply.

8.3.2

In the Cuppers Competition, no outfield player who started the College's previous JCR Cuppers match in the current season (except for the designated Reserve team captain) is eligible to play outfield in a JCR Reserve Cuppers match. Similarly, no goalkeeper who started the College's previous JCR Cuppers match in the current season (except for the designated Reserve team captain) is eligible to play as a goalkeeper in a JCR Reserve Cuppers Match

8.3.3

No player who has taken part in a match for the Blues or Centaurs during the current season is eligible to play for a College 2nd or 3rd Team.

8.4Eligibility Rules Specific to MCR League and Cuppers

8.4.1

Any player is only eligible to represent one team in the OUAFC MCR Competitions for the duration of the season.

8.4.2

The College for which a player is eligible shall be their current College (as stated on their University Card) subject to the following exceptions:

8.4.2.1

Graduate members of Colleges without an MCR side entered in OUAFC competitions may represent any other College of their choosing

8.4.2.2

Graduates who were previously members of another College are still eligible to represent their previous College

8.4.2.3

Members of Oxford Institutions (e.g. OxILP) are eligible to play for OxILP or for their previous College.

8.4.3

Each team shall field no more than 5 players who are not current members of the MCR at the College (or Colleges in the case of a joint team), but who must still be eligible to represent the College.

8.4.3.1

4th year students who have sat finals shall be considered members of the MCR for this purpose.

With the approval of the Football Association, OUAFC can also approve matches between scratch teams which consist of present and past members and associate members for the purposes of ceremonial or friendly matches between current University and College teams and 'old members' teams. Organisers of such events must declare in writing that no one currently serving a suspension shall participate.

9Cancellations & Rearranged Fixtures

9.1Cancellations and Forfeits

9.1.1

All competitive fixtures must be played by Saturday of the 8th week of Hilary Term.

9.1.2

If a fixture is cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled kick-off time, the opposition have the opportunity to claim a 3-0 win, unless an acceptable reason can be given (e.g. waterlogged pitches).

9.1.3

The opposition must inform the Sabbatical Officer of the cancellation within 48 hours of the scheduled kick-off time.

9.1.4

The opposition must input the forfeit into www.ouafc.com within 48 hours of the scheduled kick-off in order to claim the points.

9.2Rearranging Fixtures (for reasonable cancellations)

9.2.1

The home team captain must offer in writing 3 (three) reasonable dates on which the fixture can be played during the current season. This must be submitted to the opposition within 5 (five) days of the originally scheduled kick-off.

9.2.2

If the home team captain is unable contact the opposition within 5 (five) days, he must contact the Sabbatical Officer immediately.

9.2.3

The Sabbatical Officer will attempt to facilitate contact between the relevant captains, or will award points as he sees fit.

9.2.4

If the away team captain has not been contacted, he must initiate contact or inform the Sabbatical Officer immediately.

9.2.5

If the away team are unable to play on the dates offered, they must offer 3 (three) alternative dates within 5 (five) days of the home captain?s first contact.

9.2.6

If the fixture in question cannot be rearranged, both captains must contact the Sabbatical Officer who will mediate.

9.2.7

Captains must contact the Sabbatical Officer by Monday of the 6th week of Hilary Term if they experience or anticipate difficulty rearranging competitive fixtures.

9.2.8

Captains must endeavour to balance their fixture list throughout the season. Fixture congestion at the end of the season will not automatically represent a satisfactory reason for refusal to play a rearranged match.

10Cups and Trophies

All cups and trophies played for in any competition run under by or for OUAFC shall remain the property of OUAFC, and shall never be won outright by any College or Institute. The winners of each trophy shall retain that trophy for one year, until its return is requested by the Competition Secretary.

The holders must give a written undertaking for the safe custody of the trophy until its return, and shall be held financially responsible for any repairs or engraving that the trophy may require, other than provable normal wear and tear. Colleges are required to ensure that any OUAFC trophy in their custody is adequately insured.

11Protests and Appeals

Each competition run by the OUAFC, or on its behalf, shall include a rule whereby any questions or protests arising in that competition shall be referred directly to the Secretary of OUAFC, in writing, for arbitration. All questions of player eligibility and interpretation of competition rules shall be referred in writing to the Secretary of the OUAFC for consideration by its committee.

In any case where a College or Institute is not satisfied with a decision made by a Competition Secretary, it may appeal against that decision by writing to the Secretary of the OUAFC within 7 (seven) days of receiving that decision, stating on what grounds and why it wishes to appeal. The Secretary shall then convene a Commission, at a time and place to be determined, that shall hear evidence from any party it may call. The Commission shall then retire to consider its decision, and shall either convey that decision at the time of the hearing, or in writing to all parties within 3 (three) days. The decision shall be final and binding upon all parties.

This procedure is for use for disputes involving player eligibility and interpretation of competition rules only, and does not involve any 'on the field' matters, which are dealt with elsewhere in these regulations.

12Player Discipline

The Sabbatical Officer shall act as Disciplinary Secretary for all OUAFC competitions. All disciplinary matters will be handled according to OUAFC Disciplinary Procedures.