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CUP COMPETITIONS RULES


RULES APPLICABLE AND GENERAL TO SENIOR, INTERMEDIATE, INTERMEDIATE SUNDAY,
YOUTH & JUNIOR CUP COMPETITIONS.

1. The Cups shall be called ’’The South Wales Football Association Senior Cup’’, ’’The South Wales Football Association Intermediate Cup’’, ’’The South Wales Football Association Intermediate Sunday Cup’’, "The South Wales Football Association Women's Cup", ’’The South Wales Football Association Youth Cup’’, ’’The South Wales Football
Association Junior Boys Cup’’, ’’The South Wales Football Association Under-14 Boys Cup’’, ’’The South Wales Football Association Junior Girls Cup’’, ’’The South Wales Football Association U-14 Girls Cup’’. An Association Cup shall not be Won Outright
2. The Competitions for the Cups shall be annual, and shall be open to the Affiliated Clubs in the area of the Association, whose entries are approved by the Council. The entire control and
management of the competitions shall be vested in the Council of The South Wales Football
Association.
3. Each affiliated club may be invited by the Association to enter the appropriate Cup competition. Clubs accepting such invitation shall send entrance fees as per Appendix 2. (This is in addition to the subscription to the Association.)
4. The Two Clubs which competed in the Final Tie in the previous season may be exempted from taking part in the competition until a later stage. The Clubs in the Competition shall be drawn together as the Council may determine and the winner of the Final Tie shall be the holder of the Cup for the current year.
5. Byes shall be drawn at the discretion of the Council.
6. All Clubs must make certain that All Players are eligible under Rule 26. Any Club found to have played an illegible Player shall be dealt with for misconduct.
Clubs requiring information regarding eligibility of player or players may receive same on payment of a fee of £15.00.
7. A Club may at its discretion use three substitute players (five substitute players in under-16 & under-14  matches) at any time in a match for any reason except to replace a player who has been suspended from the game by the Referee. The substitution can only be made when play has stopped for any reason, and only after the Referee has given permission. The substitute players shall be nominated prior to the commencement of the game. (Attention is drawn to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.)  A maximum of five substitutes can be nominated. The use of returning substitutes is not permitted in any South Wales FA Cup competitions.
8. The lots shall be drawn and the competition matches played as the Council of the Association may determine. Immediately after each drawing, the Secretary of the Association shall intimate to the Secretary of each club the name of the club it is drawn against, and the time within which the tie has to be played, and the time of kick-off.
The Home Secretary must send Opponents and Referee full particulars of the arrangements at
least seven days before the match and these arrangements must be acknowledged within two
days. A fine of £15.00 will be imposed upon offending clubs.
9. Duration of matches
Senior, Saturday Intermediate, Women's & Sunday Intermediate Cup      90 minutes
Youth Cup Competition                                                          90 minutes
Junior Boys’ Cup                                                                   80 minutes
U-14 Boys Cup                                                                     70 minutes
Junior Girls’ Cup                                                                    70 minutes
U-14 Girls’ Cup                                                                      60 minutes
Any match not completed may be ordered to stand as a completed match or replayed for the full period as stated above as the Council may direct. Any Club guilty of delaying the start shall be reported by the Referee, and the Council shall have the power to fine or otherwise deal with the offending Club if its explanation is unsatisfactory.
In all Cup Competitions Matches a extra half hour (15 minutes each way) in Senior & Youth
Matches and an extra 20 minutes (10 minutes each way) in all Junior and U-14 Matches, must be played in all drawn matches at the end of the appropriate full time. If necessary, a result will then be obtained by use of the Penalty Kick system.
For Sunday Intermediate, Youth and Junior Cup Matches played in November, December or
January the Council shall sanction completed matches of not less than 30 minutes equal halves, provided a written agreement signed by both Captains (or Secretaries) is handed to the Referee before the match. Where it is impossible to start extra time or the match is abandoned during extra time, the replay shall take place on the ground of the visiting team. Should either Club refuse to play again it shall be adjudged to have lost the match. Any Clubs drawn together in a competition having arranged to play on a certain date, either Club failing to comply shall be disqualified.
10. The Secretary of each competing club shall, within two days after the match, send notice of the result, in writing, together with the full Christian and Surnames of the players and substitutes nominated in each team, to the Secretary of the Association. Clubs failing to comply with this rule shall be subject to a fine of £20.
11. The Club which is first drawn in the ballot, shall play on its home ground. In the event of the ground of the first drawn club not being available on the conference date the match will be played at the ground of the second drawn Club, or in the event of the ground of the last drawn Club not being available, the game must be played on a mutually agreed ground. In the event of pitch non-availability due to bad weather, the match must be played within seven days at the same ground. In the event of such a re-arranged fixture not being played due to bad weather, the match reverts to the ground of the original second drawn Club. In All Association Cup Matches, all rounds will be played to a conclusion on the conference date.
If the ground of the club having choice of ground shall not comply with Rule 23, or in any other way be considered unsuitable for a cup-tie, their opponents may appeal within seven days of the draw to the Council, who, if such appeal be sustained, shall order the match to be played on the ground of the appealing club, or on a neutral ground. If such appeal be not sustained, the complaining club may be called upon at the discretion of the Council to pay the expenses incurred in deciding such appeal.
A club at the time of entering the Cup Competition shall register the name and location of its home ground, or in the event of a club playing on public parks, shall play on the ground allocated to it by its parent League or Local Authority.
Referee’s fee and expenses are to be paid by both competing teams in equal parts. It is the
responsibility of the Home Club to pay the Referee his fee and expenses immediately following the match.
12. The Final Ties of all Cup Competitions (and Semi-Final Ties of all Senior Competitions) shall be played on a neutral ground which will be decided by the Council who shall appoint Referees and Assistant Referees who must be duly registered with the Association.
13. The Final Tie dates arranged by the Council shall be strictly adhered to. (Council Resolution 5th May 1965). Each club competing in the Final Tie must provide three stewards.
14. Clubs affiliated to this Association shall be compelled to give their ground to the Association for the purpose of playing the Final Tie at a fee not exceeding:-
of gross gate.
In Youth and Junior Cup Competitions ...............10 per cent
In Senior Cup Competition................................20 per cent
In Intermediate, Women's & Sunday Intermediate Cup Competitions  15 per cent
15. All questions of eligibility, qualification of competitors or interpretations of the Rules or Laws of the Game shall be referred to the Council, whose decision shall be final. Should any club in connection with any dispute or protest have a member on the Council, the said member shall not be eligible to sit on the Council while such dispute or protest is being considered. No protest relative to the playing ground, goal posts or bars, or other appurtenance of the game shall be entertained by the Council unless it is laid with the Referee before the commencement of the match, nor shall any protest relative to the interpretation of the Rules or Laws of the Game be entertained unless laid with the Referee on or before the conclusion of the match. Protests may be made verbally, but must be confirmed in writing, and handed to the Referee before he has left the ground. A written notice of such protest or protests, and three copies thereof, must be sent to the Secretary of the Association within two days (Sundays excepted) after the conclusion of the match, within which time a written protest against the eligibility of any player must be lodged. The sum of £20.00
must be deposited with the Secretary of the Association, together with all such protests, which sum may be forfeited to the funds of the Association in the event of such protest not being sustained.
16. The Council may order any club engaged in a protest to pay such sum as may be considered necessary towards defraying the expenses incurred. No objection or protest shall be withdrawn except by leave of the Council.
17. Any Club intending to scratch, must give information of its intention to do so to the Secretary of the opposing club not less than eight days before the date fixed for playing, or shall be reported to the Council, who shall have power to compel such offending club to pay the expenses incurred by their opponents or of taking such action as may be deemed expedient. If a club decides to scratch after a drawn game, intimation must be given to its opponents at the close of the match and to the Secretary of the Association.
18. Any Club failing to play a Cup Fixture when required will be removed from the Competition. In the event of any club scratching or declining to play from any cause in a Semi-final tie, the Council may, if time and circumstances permit, select any other club of the original entrants for the Competition to play. Other things, being equal, preference may be given to the club which was next in merit, judged from the result of the rounds, and if more than one club has equal claims, the club should be selected by lot from those having equal claims if there is not time to permit of their playing off.
19. In the case of any player being found ineligible, the club playing him must be adjudged to
have lost the match. Any club leaving the field of play before the expiration of the game must be adjudged to have lost the match.
Any club found guilty of playing an ineligible player will be fined and may be refused entry to the following Season’s competition at the Council’s discretion.
20. If the Council has any doubt as to the qualification of any player competing in this competition, it shall have power to call upon such player or the Club to which he belongs or for which he has played, to prove to the satisfaction of the Council that he is properly qualified according to the Rules, and failing such satisfactory proof, the Council shall have power to disqualify such player and remove such club from the competition.
21. When the winning club shall have been ascertained, the Association shall
deliver the Cup to the representative of such club upon receiving a document to the
following effect, subscribed by the three persons whose names shall be previously
submitted and approved by the Council:
"We, A.B., C.D., and E.F., members of and representing the...................................
Club, which has now been declared to have won The South Wales Football
Association Senior (Intermediate, Youth or Junior) Challenge Cup, and the same
having been delivered to us by ........................... Secretary of the Association, do
hereby, on behalf of the said club, and individually and collectively, engage to
return the same to the Secretary of the Association for the time being, 28 days
before the Final match of next season, in good order and condition, and in
accordance with the conditions of the annexed Rules, to which also we have
subscribed our respective names, and providing the said Cup is destroyed or
damaged by fire whilst under our care or custody, we agree to refund the
Association the amount of its current value, or the cost of thorough repair, and
should the said Cup be lost or destroyed from any other cause whilst under our
care or custody, we hereby individually and collectively undertake to pay the
Association the sum of £200 as and for liquidated damages, and also to refund to
the Association the amount of the current value of the Cup".
22. The Laws of the Game to be observed in the Competition shall be those of
"The Football Association of Wales".
23. The ground for the Cup Ties shall not be less than 100 yards by 50 yards,
and not more than 130 yards by 100 yards, the ground, if possible, to be roped off
three yards from the touch and goal lines, which are to be clearly defined. Goal nets
must be used in all Senior, Intermediate and Sunday Intermediate Cup Matches.
Pitches with artificial surfaces will be acceptable for the playing of Association Cup
Matches, subject to the pitch being nominated on the annual affiliation form.
24. The Home Club must provide the ball and the marking of the ground and
provide suitable and private accommodation for the officials.
25. The competing teams shall number eleven players each. Every player must
wear the distinctive colours of the Club for which he is a playing member and should
two Clubs have similar colours, the Home Club shall change its colours. Should both
Clubs in a Semi-final or Final Tie have similar colours then both teams must change
and in the event of such clubs not agreeing upon the colours to be worn the
Association shall decide.
26. The members of each team may be changed during the series of matches if
thought necessary, but (a) an individual shall not play for more than one competing
club during the season, and (b) he must be a registered playing member of the Club
with which he proposes to play. A registered playing member is one who has signed
a League Form and has had his registration for that club accepted by the League
seven days prior to the Conference date and is a properly qualified League player.

In the case of postponed, drawn or replayed matches, only those players shall be
allowed to play who were eligible on the date originally fixed for the completion of
the round. (c) Any non-contract player may take part in the Senior, Saturday and Sunday
Intermediate, Youth and Junior Cup Competitions provided he has not played in the
F.A. Cup, Welsh Senior Cup or the FAW Trophy during the present
season. (d) A player registered with a League not directly affiliated to this
Association during the current season is not eligible to take part as a playing
member in the Sunday Intermediate Cup Competition.

26.1 Clubs will not be allowed to enter the South Wales FA Senior Cup or the South Wales Intermediate Cup if they have entered either the Welsh Senior Cup or the FAW Trophy in the same season.
27. Each Club shall play its recognised First Team in all Cup Matches, unless
satisfactory reasons are given to the Council. For non-observance of this rule the
Council shall have power to inflict a fine not exceeding £50 for each offence.

28. Postponed matches in all Cup Matches must be played on the following Saturday or Sunday in respect of Sunday Intermediate Cup Matches, unless the clubs at the conclusion of the match, in respect of Intermediate Youth and Junior Cup Competitions, agree to play mid-week, prior to the following Saturday and inform the Secretary of the Association immediately.
29. The Referee and assistant referees in all matches shall not belong to either of the competing clubs and shall be appointed by the Association. Referees’ fees shall be: Senior Cup £25.00; Saturday and Sunday Intermediate Cups £20.00; Youth and Junior Cups £15.00. Assistant referees fees (when appointed) shall be half of the referees’ fee. Travelling expenses for the Officials shall be second class rail or service bus fare, where a car is used 35p per mile will be paid. In the Finals the Referees and assistant referees shall receive mementoes in lieu of fees. Travelling expenses for Officials will be paid as above. If, through any cause the match is not played and the referee and linesmen attend the ground, they shall be paid half fee and expenses.
30. In the Finals the Association, after paying all expenses of each match, will divide the balance equally between the Association and the two competing clubs. The Association will only be required to meet travelling expenses of the teams when receipts permit. This applies to all Association Cup Competitions.
31. In addition to the Cup, the Association shall present mementoes to the players in the Finals, but such mementoes shall not be presented to more than sixteen players of each club except by permission of the Council.


INTERMEDIATE SUNDAY CUP
TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH GENERAL CUP REGULATIONS 1 TO 31

32. Only Bona Fide Sunday Clubs will be allowed to play in the Intermediate Sunday Cup
Competition.

YOUTH CUP
TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH GENERAL CUP REGULATIONS 1 TO 31

33. In all rounds, including Semi-Finals and Final, each Club must produce the birth
certificates of the team actually playing for examination by their opponents before the
kick-off.


Only Bona Fide Under 18 teams will be allowed to play in the Youth Cup Competition.
34. A Player must not have attained the age of 18 years by midnight on 31st August of each
season. A player registered as a contract player with any recognised Football Association shall be ineligible to play in this Competition.
35. In the event of a protest being laid against a Club for playing any player over age, such club playing him shall, within two days of receiving a copy of such protest, produce to the Secretary of the Association a copy of the birth certificate of any so claimed ineligible player, and should the protest fail under this heading, the Club laying the protest, in addition to forfeiting the protest fee or otherwise, may be held liable for the costs of the Commission of Enquiry.

 

JUNIOR CUP AND GIRLS’ UNDER-16 Cup

TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH GENERAL CUP REGULATIONS 1 TO 31


36. In all rounds, including Semi-Finals and Final, each Club must produce the birth certificate or official South Wales FA identity cards of the team actually playing for examination by their opponents before the kick-off.

37.A Player must not have attained the age of 16 years by midnight on 31st
August of each season. A player registered as a contract player with any recognised
Football Association shall be ineligible to play in this Competition.

38.In the event of a protest being laid against a Club for playing any player over age, such club playing him shall, within two days of receiving a copy of such protest, produce to the Secretary of the Association a copy of the birth certificate of any so claimed ineligible player and should the protest fall under this heading, the Club laying the protest, in addition to forfeiting the protest fee or otherwise, may be held liable for the costs of the Commission of the Enquiry.

 

BOYS AND GIRLS’ UNDER-14 CUPS
TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH GENERAL CUP REGULATIONS 1 TO 31

Only Bona Fide Under 14 teams will be allowed to play in the Junior Cup Competitions

39. In all rounds, including Semi-Finals and Final, each Club must produce the birth certificates or official South Wales F. A. identity cards of the team actually playing for examination by their opponents prior to kick-off.

40. A Player must not have attained the age of 14 years by midnight on 31st August of each
season. A player registered as a contract player with any recognised Football Association shall be ineligible to play in this Competition.
41. In the event of a protest being laid against a Club for playing any player over age, such club playing him or her shall, within two days of receiving a copy of such protest, produce to the Secretary of the Association a copy of the birth certificate of any so claimed ineligible player, and should the protest fall under this heading, the Club laying the protest, in addition to forfeiting the protest fee or otherwise, may be held liable for the costs of the Commission of the Enquiry

 

 


 


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