32.1 Except where these Regulations provide otherwise, Clubs must give priority to League Matches whether home or away. This means that a Club must not allow any matches or activities to interfere with or take precedence over League fixtures required to be played in accordance with these Regulations.
33 Conduct of Matches
33.1 Behind closed doors. Save with the consent of the Executive or as a consequence of any disciplinary or regulatory proceedings, no Club may play any League or Cup Match behind closed doors so that the public are excluded from the ground.
33.2 Duration of Matches. All League Matches shall be of 90 (ninety) minutes' duration but any League Match which from any cause whatever falls short of 90 (ninety) minutes' duration may be ordered to count as a completed fixture or be replayed in full or in part on whatever terms and conditions the Executive shall in their absolute discretion determine and shall be played in compliance with these Regulations and the Football Association Rules respectively and under the Laws of the Game as approved by the International Football Association Board. In the event of conflict between any such Rules, Regulations and Laws as aforesaid, the Football Association Rules shall prevail.
33.3 Duration of half-time interval. In all League Matches the half-time interval shall be fifteen minutes.
33.4 Substitute Players. In all League Competition Matches, each team is permitted up to seven substitutes of whom not more than three may take part in the Match. All substitutes must be nominated and included on the official Team Sheet handed to the Referee prior to the Match. Not more than three Players of each Club may warm up or warm down at the same time on the perimeter of the pitch on which the Match is being played.
33.5 List of Players to be handed to Referee. The Captain accompanied by the person in charge of his team on the day (i.e. the Manager or Assistant Manager if present) must hand copies of a list of names of Players taking part in the game (including the name of the nominated substitute or substitutes) ('Team Sheet') to the Referee and a representative of the opponents in the presence of the Referee in his dressing room at least 60 (sixty) minutes before the advertised time of kick-off. The Team Sheet shall indicate the full names of Players and shall indicate the colour of the Goalkeeper's shirt.
33.6 Replacement of injured Players prior to kick-off. Should any nominated Player or substitute sustain an injury or become otherwise incapacitated after the submission of the Team Sheet to the Referee and before the kick-off, he may be replaced; the Referee shall be informed. Should there be any other extenuating circumstances which require a nominated Player or substitute to be replaced during the aforementioned period, the Referee shall allow such replacement and report the full circumstances to the Executive. The Executive shall then initiate any inquiries it may deem fit so as to satisfy itself as to the bona fide nature of the replacement.
33.7 Home Grown Players. Each Club shall, with effect from the commencement of Season 2011/2012 be required to nominate a minimum of six Home Grown Players on their Team Sheet of Players for all League Competition Matches (including Play Off Matches).
33.8 'Home Grown Player' shall mean a Player who irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with:-
33.8.1 his current Club; and/or
33.8.2 a Club and/or any other football club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales, for a period, continuous or not of three Seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21). For the purposes of this definition of Home Grown Player only, a Season will be deemed to commence on the date on which the first Transfer Window in that Season closes and expire on the date of the final League Match of the Season.
33.9 For the purposes of Regulation 33.8.2, but not otherwise, a Player who was at all times registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to the Football Association of Wales shall be treated as having been registered with a Club (or club) affiliated to The Football Association, and vice versa.
33.10 Numbering of Players' Shirts. When playing in a Match each Player shall wear a shirt on the back of which shall be prominently displayed his shirt number and above that his name. At the start of each Season each Club must provide to the Executive on the appropriate form details of shirt numbers allocated to each squad Player. Each Player will retain his designated number for the Season unless he leaves the Club in which case his number may be re- allocated to a new Player. Each time a squad number is allocated during the Season the Club must provide full details on the appropriate form.
33.11 Numbering of Players' Shorts. Players' shorts must be numbered to correspond with the number on his shirt. The number will be on the front left leg of the shorts, measure no more than 4 inches and be clear and visible.
33.12 The size, style, colour and design of shirt numbers and lettering appearing on a Player's shirt and shorts shall be determined by the Executive from time to time.
33.13 The Executive may vary Regulations 33.10 and 33.11 in relation to a particular Division.
33.14 Identification of team captain. The Captain shall wear a distinguishing armband, provided by The League, to indicate his status.
33.15 Multiple Balls. No Club shall be entitled to utilise a 'multiple ball' system in any League Match.
33.16 Clubs to take field of play together. For all matches under the jurisdiction of The League, Clubs shall be required to take the field of play together preceded by the Match Officials not less than 5 (five) minutes before the advertised time of kick-off.
34 Facilities to be Provided
34.1 Trainers' bench facilities and conduct thereon. All Clubs must provide separate areas adjacent to the pitch for the exclusive use of team officials and substitute Players (and any substituted Players) for both the Home and Visiting Club. These areas shall have direct access to the pitch, shall be under cover and shall contain eleven (but from Season 2011/12 this shall, subject to any dispensations granted by the Board, increase to 13) seats. The layout, facilities and viewing positions for the Visiting Club bench shall be the same as for the Home Club. The following rules apply:
34.1.1 only those team officials and substitutes (and any substituted Player) listed on the team sheet are permitted to sit on the trainers' bench;
34.1.2 Clubs must clearly indicate on the team sheet the team official responsible for the conduct of personnel on the trainers' bench;
34.1.3 with the exception of the team manager, the team coach, substitutes who are warming up or any Players who are warming down, all other personnel are to remain seated on the trainers' bench;
34.1.4 the team manager or the team coach is allowed to move to the edge of the Technical Area to issue instructions to his team, but must then return to the trainers' bench; and
34.1.5 all such personnel must comply with any instruction under this Regulation from any of the Match Officials, including the Reserve/Fourth Official.
34.2 Facilities for visiting supporters
34.2.1 Each Club must make provision for at least 2,000 visiting supporters at every home match or such number as represents 10% of the Club's certified capacity, if less than 2,000. The Executive may, on the prior written application of a Club, suspend this Regulation or reduce the figure either for a particular League Match or for a period of time. With effect from the 2011/12 Season each Club shall, subject to any dispensations granted by the Board, make provision for at least 200 of the visiting supporters to be accommodated under cover. Any Club which fails to meet the requirement of 200 visiting supporters being accommodated under cover and which does not have a dispensation granted by the Board shall have such amounts as the Board shall determine (in its absolute discretion) withheld from that Club's central distributions from the Pool Account until such time as the Club can meet the requirement.
34.2.2 Clubs are required to sell tickets for their away matches if required to do so by the Home Club and similarly Home Clubs are required to supply tickets for their Home Matches to the Away Club for sale by the Away Club to its supporters if so requested by the Away Club. These tickets are to be made available on a sale or return basis and must be ordered by the Away Club at least five weeks before the League Match to which they relate. The Home Club must deliver those tickets to the Away Club at the latest four weeks before the League Match to which they relate. Where any match is arranged at shorter notice the above steps shall be taken as soon as is reasonably practicable. Visiting Supporters should also have the same opportunity to take advantage of pre-booking discounts that apply to home supporters.
34.2.3 For League Matches only, the Away Club shall be entitled to a commission representing 5 (five) per cent of the aggregate sales (exclusive of VAT) of tickets sold on behalf of the Home Club, unless otherwise agreed between the Clubs. The Away Club shall submit a VAT invoice, in respect of the commission due, to the Home Club within five working days of the date of the match taking place.
34.2.4 The Away Club may charge a booking fee or transaction charge to the customer providing this is exactly the same in every respect as that which it charges for tickets to its own home matches.
34.2.5 Each Club shall, not later than 30 June prior to the commencement of the following Season, provide to the Executive a ground/zone plan together with associated ticket prices ('Pricing Plan'). The Pricing Plan shall be accompanied by the Club's ground registration form.
34.2.6 The Executive shall provide copies of each Pricing Plan to all other Clubs within the relevant Division. For the avoidance of doubt this will only be done once all Pricing Plans have been received for the relevant Division.
34.2.7 A Club may not depart from the Pricing Plan without the prior consent of the relevant Away Club. In the event that the Home Club and Away Club are unable to reach agreement the dispute shall be referred to the Executive whose decision shall be final and binding.
34.2.8 No Club shall charge higher admission prices for visiting supporters for accommodation that is ranked as comparable with or inferior to that used by supporters of the Home Club in the same or next highest ranked accommodation. For the purposes of this Regulation, accommodation shall be allocated a ranking as indicated by the table below (where 1 represents the best available and 5 the lowest) having regard to the following criteria:
(a) Covered seating;
(b) Uncovered seating or covered terracing;
(c) Uncovered terracing;
(d) Behind the touchline;
(e) Behind the goal line; and
(f) In the corners of the stadium (i.e. behind both the touchline and the goal line).
Type of Accommodation
Uncovered Seats / covered terrace
Area of Accommodation
34.2.9 Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation 34.2.8:
(a) if the visiting supporters have use of the only standing area in the ground, the admission prices charged for this area must be at least 10 per cent lower than the price charged for the cheapest covered seats. This arrangement does not apply to designated family sections; and
(b) if the visiting supporters have use of accommodation that is of an equivalent ranking (using the table set out in Regulation 34.2.8) to that available to the home supporters, but the accommodation used by visiting supporters is reasonably considered to be of a higher standard for other reasons then the admission prices charged for this accommodation may be higher than the price charged to those home supporters in the equivalently ranked accommodation. Any such increase shall be limited to such amount as is reasonably justifiable but in any event shall be no greater than 10 per cent of the value of the price charged to those home supporters. In the event of any dispute between two Clubs as to what amount is reasonable, the dispute shall be referred to the Executive whose decision shall be final and binding.
34.2.10 Concessionary admission prices for senior citizens and children, if available to supporters of the Home Club, must also be available on a similar basis to visiting supporters.
34.2.11 Discounts or special promotions (in each case for one match only) made available to supporters of the Home Club must also be made available on a similar basis to visiting supporters provided always that each Club shall be permitted to designate four (4) Matches per Season as 'local promotion' Matches where this Regulation shall be deemed not to apply. Clubs shall notify the Executive of the Matches so designated as and when they are designated.
34.2.12 At every home match, a minimum of 10 per cent of the total disabled spectator accommodation must be made available to disabled supporters of the Away Club.
34.2.13 Payments for tickets sold by an Away Club together with details of tickets sold and the return of unsold tickets, must be made to (i.e. receipt of cleared funds by) the Home Club within seven working days of the date of the match taking place. Any Club making late payment shall:
(a) pay interest to the Home Club at the rate of 5 (five) per cent per annum over Barclays Bank base rate in force from time to time calculated on a daily basis, on the outstanding sum from the due date to the actual date of payment to the Home Club; and
(b) forfeit their entitlement to the 5 (five) per cent commission detailed in Regulation 34.2.3.
34.3 Match DVD's. Upon request the Home Club shall provide to the Visiting Club, the Match Referee and The League, free of charge, a DVD recording of any Match played under the jurisdiction of The League as soon as reasonably practicable following the end of the Match but in any event on the day of the Match. The Visiting Club shall not be permitted to duplicate any footage of such Video for financial gain without first obtaining the written permission of the providing Club and of The League.
34.4 Giant Screens. Except with the prior written consent of the Executive, giant screens or the like at a Club's ground shall not be used to relay to spectators closed circuit pictures of the Match at which they are present. Any consent given under this Regulation shall be subject to the following conditions:
34.4.1 the screen shall be located so that it does not interfere with the Match at which it is used or distract the Players and Match Officials;
34.4.2 it shall be operated by a responsible person who is fully aware of the conditions covering its use;
34.4.3 the screen may be used to show live action and, when the ball is not in play, action replays of positive incidents;
34.4.4 The screen shall not be used to show:
(a) action replays of negative or controversial incidents;
(b) any incident which may bring into question the judgement of any Match Official;
(c) the area of the trainers' bench;
(d) until substitute boards have been displayed, pictures of any substitute Player warming up or preparing to enter the field of play; and/or
(e) any material which would tend to criticise, disparage, belittle or discredit The League, any Club or any Official, Player or Match Official or to bring the game into disrepute.
35 Attendance of Qualified Medical Practitioner/Physiotherapist at Matches
35.1 Emergency Aid Provision at Matches
35.1.1 It is the responsibility of the Home Club in matches played under the jurisdiction of The League to ensure that the following persons, as a minimum, are in attendance throughout the Match:
(a) a registered Medical Practitioner with the General Medical Council ('Team Doctor'); and
(b) at least one paramedic trained in emergency medicine dedicated to dealing with on field matters.
35.2 Team Doctors.
35.2.1 All newly appointed Team Doctors (not previously having held an appointment as a Team Doctor with a Club in The League or The Premier League prior to the 1st July 2003), are required to hold a Diploma in Sports Medicine or an equivalent higher professional qualification.
35.2.2 Team Doctors must fulfil a programme of Continual Professional Development (CPD) as determined from time to time by the profession; to attend education conferences and seminars organised by The Football Association and to support the medical education functions of The Football Association.
35.3.1 Each Club shall appoint at least one physiotherapist at that Club as that Club's 'Senior Physiotherapist'.
35.3.2 Subject to Regulation 35.3.3, a Senior Physiotherapist must be a chartered Physiotherapist and registered with The Health Professions Council entitling them to use the title 'physiotherapist'.
35.3.3 Where the Senior Therapist employed directly or by consultancy at a Club held the role of Senior Physiotherapist at a League Club or Premier League Club prior to 1st July 2005 then that Senior Therapist does not need to comply with Regulation 35.3.2, but must instead comply with the provisions of Regulation 35.3.4.
35.3.4 All other therapists at a Club must be:
(a) a chartered Physiotherapist and registered with The Health Professions Council entitling them to use the title 'physiotherapist';
(b) registered with The Health Professions Council entitling them to use the title 'physiotherapist';
(c) hold a degree in sports therapy and/or be registered with The Health Professions Council entitling them to use the title 'sports therapist'; or
(d) where appointed prior to 1st June 2011, have passed The Football Association Diploma in the Treatment and Management of Injuries Course (or its equivalent).
35.4 Only those qualified as above shall be permitted to attend Players or Officials on the field of play. In exceptional circumstances an unqualified official may assist.
35.5 Head Injuries. All Clubs shall ensure that any Player having left the field of play with a head injury shall not be allowed to resume playing or training without the clearance of a qualified Medical Practitioner. The same provision shall apply where a head injury is sustained in training.
35.6 Non First Team Matches. For all matches at any level, other than the above (including at Academies), there must be in attendance a holder of a valid Football Association approved Emergency Aid Certificate and valid First Aid at Work Certificate/FA First Aid for Sport Qualification.
35.7 Crowd Doctors. Any doctors employed as Crowd Doctors must have successfully undertaken:
35.7.1 the 2 day FA course in Immediate Medical Care or Pre-Hospital Care;
35.7.2 the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care; or
35.7.3 an equivalent.
36 Notification of Results and Referees' Marks
36.1 Clubs must send the results of League Matches with the names of the Players competing therein together with marking of the Referee's performance, to the Executive within six days of each League Match.
37 Championship Trophies and Medals
37.1 The Club declared the Champion Club of each Division shall hold the Championship Trophy of that Division until the next Season's League Competition is concluded. When the winners of the trophies shall have been ascertained they shall be handed over to such winners who shall return the same to the Executive on or before 1 May in the following year in like good order and condition, provided always that the winning Club shall, from time to time throughout the year, on request from The League, release the trophy to The League for such purposes as The League shall require. The League shall present to the Championship Club of each Division 23 souvenirs comprising 18 for the Players, one for the chief administrator/club secretary, one for the Manager, one for the Physiotherapist and two for Staff other than Players. It shall be the responsibility of the Club to determine to which of its Players the souvenirs should be presented. Additional souvenirs may be presented with the consent of the Executive.
38 Registration of Playing Colours
38.1 During the Close Season, the Executive shall obtain from each Club, in writing, details of its colours (shirts, shorts and stockings) and shall inform all other Clubs, Referees and Assistant Referees of such details. The colours so registered by each Club shall be worn for all Home Matches during the next following Season and no changes either in the colours or combination of colours shall be permitted during the course of the Season. Notwithstanding the aforementioned, each club is authorised on one occasion per Season to play a Home match in an 'away' or 'alternative' strip.
38.2 When away from home Clubs will play in colours (shirts, shorts and stockings) which are clearly distinguishable from those of their opponents.
38.3 When playing on neutral ground Clubs will determine either by agreement or the toss of a coin which of them should be deemed to be the Home Club.
38.4 The colour of the Goalkeeper's shirt must, in all cases, be clearly distinguishable from the colours of the shirts worn by the Match Officials and all other Players.
38.5 In adverse weather conditions the Goalkeeper may wear tracksuit trousers acceptable to the Referee.
38.6 'Shirt' in the context of this Regulation shall also include 'Jersey' where applicable.
38.7 The colours of clothing worn by ballboys must not clash with the colours of either of the competing Clubs.
38.8 Both sleeves of the shirts of all Players in matches played under the jurisdiction of The League shall carry a Football League logo. There shall be no form of words, advertising, badge or other logo above or below The Football League logo except as permitted by the Executive.
38.9 No other logos, words or other designs may be printed or embroidered on the shirts, shorts or stockings without the prior written permission of the Executive. Permission will only be granted for:
38.9.1 local promotions, campaigns or charity initiatives, but only one such permission can be granted each Season;
38.9.2 supporting the League's nominated charity partner (as notified by The League from time to time) on one occasion in each Season; and/or
38.9.3 a discreet logo or wording used in conjunction with the Club's crest to commemorate significant matches or the Club's history.
Note Clubs are reminded that shirt advertising must comply with F.A. Rules.
39 Referees and Assistant Referees
39.1 The Executive shall compile each Season a list of Referees and Assistant Referees selected from the National Lists of Referees and Assistant Referees respectively. Assistant Referees shall be registered as Level 3 Referees with a County Football Association and actively engaged in refereeing senior competitions.
39.2 All managers are required to attend in person an annual pre-Season meeting organised by the Professional Game Match Officials Board and failure to do so without just cause shall be a breach of these Regulations.
40 Manager Qualifications
40.1 Subject to Regulation40.4, with effect from 1st August 2012:-
40.1.1 all Managers in the Championship must hold a minimum of the UEFA A Licence and be working towards completing the UEFA Pro-Licence within 3 years of appointment or 1st August 2015 whichever is the later.
40.1.2 all Managers in League 1 and League 2 must hold a minimum of the UEFA B Licence and be working towards completing the UEFA A Licence within 3 years of appointment or 1st August 2015 whichever is the later.
40.2 Where a Club is promoted from League One to the Championship and that Club's Manager does not hold the UEFA A Licence, the Manager shall have until 31st July in the following Season in which to obtain the UEFA A Licence.
40.3 Where a Club appoints a Manager on an interim basis ('Interim Manager') the Interim Manager does not need to meet the qualifications set out in Regulation 38.1 above provided always that this dispensation shall not last for more than 3 months.
40.4 Where a Manager at a Club held the role of Manager at a Club or Premier League Club on or prior to the 10th June 2011 then that Manager does not need to comply with the provisions of Regulation 39.1 must instead hold the Football Association Coaching Diploma.
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