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SARFL LEAGUE RULES LIST
Match Rules & Regulations
Match Rules & Regulations
1.1 These rules are to be read in association with the Laws of Australian Football as set down by the Australian Football League.
1.2 The interpretation and application of these rules shall be at the discretion of the SARFL Committee and for the development of the game in Scotland in mind.
1.3 Any application of these rules can be appealed by the party or parties concerned to the Committee. Where on the Committee will discuss and respond to the relevant party through their Club Secretary or designated club point of contact.
2. Competition Format
2.1 The SARFL league is to be a National League format.
2.2 Within the national league, the teams shall play each other 2 times, once home once away.
a) In a 3 team League the highest finishing teams will qualify for the Grand Final automatically. The teams that finish 2nd and 3rd will play a one off game (semi – final) in a venue determined by the SARFL committee, however it will be neutral.
The winner will play the first placed team in Grand Final at a venue which will be determined at the previous years SARFL AGM
b) In a 4 or more team League after the Home and Away rounds the team that finishes top of the ladder will play at home in the 1st Semi-Final , their opponent shall be the team that finishes 4th on the ladder after the home and away rounds. The winner shall go into the Grand Final.
The 2nd placed team on the ladder after the Home and Away rounds will play at home in the 2nd Semi-Final against the 3rd placed team. The winner will meet the winner from Semi-Final 1 in the Grand Final at a venue which will be determined at the previous years SARFL AGM
3. Match Duration and Rule differences for 9-a-side league
3.1 All AFL rules will be abided and followed by umpires as far as possible barring any of those listed below
3.2 A National League match shall consist of four quarters. Each quarter shall be 20 minutes with no time added on.
3.3 Scoring Zones is to be 40m from goal and marked clearly with poles.
3.4 If a goal or behind is kicked from outside of scoring area a kick in will be given to the non offending team and no points awarded.
3.5 Unlimited bounces every 10m is permitted.
3.6 In the event of the ball going into touch via a bounce or by hand then a ball up 10yards in from the touchline will be played.
3.7 A mark will be given only if the ball travels at least 10m in the air.
3.8 All infringements that would normally result in a 50 metre penalty under standard AFL rules will result in a 25 metre penalty in SARFL.
4. Number of Players per Team
4.1 Prior to each match, the competing clubs shall fill out a team sheet and hand it to the pitch manager. Only players whose names appear on this list shall be allowed to participate in the match. The match will not commence until both teams representatives and the umpire have signed both sheets. A register of players having played matches will be created and circulated to all clubs after each game within 1 week
4.2 The maximum number of players allowed on a club’s team sheet is 15. To qualify as having played a game a player must have stepped onto the pitch as a player. There is no minimum time which must be played. The player does not need to be present at the start of the game but MUST be on the teamsheet i.e. to allow for delays with transport etc.
4.3 There must be a minimum of two Scottish and two non-Australian (See note below.) players on the field at all times. If this is not possible the game will continue and finish, but the game will be given with a 50 point winning margin to non-offending team.
Note: A Scottish player shall be determined as meeting all of the following criteria;
a) Born in Scotland
b) Holds a current UK Passport
c) Spent the majority of his time between the ages of 10 yrs old and 16 yrs old in Scotland.
d) Has lived in Scotland for 10 years minimum
Players who meet three of the four criteria may make an application to the committee to be considered as being Scottish for the purposes of the league. The Committee will decide and inform the individual of the outcome.
Going forward, in 2014 it was agreed will be Three Scottish and Two non- Australian players.
Any new team joining the competition after 2013 must have the original 2 Scottish and 2 Non Australians to begin with and will be given the same grace awarded to the other teams should new rules be adopted.
4.4 In all games, the maximum number of players allowed on the field shall be 9.
4.5 Only registered players are allowed to play an official league match.
5. Player Eligibility
5.1 All SARFL National League players must correctly fill out and sign a SARFL National League Membership Form.
5.2 Membership forms may be handed to the pitch manager on the day of their first game for submission to the Committee along with the match documents.
5.3 A person must be at least 16 years old to play in an open-age SARFL National League match.
5.4 A player registered for a particular club may make a guest appearance for another club if that club’s opponents do not object.
5.5 In finals games only registered players who have played at least one league matches are able to play.
Note: The 1 game eligibility for finals should apply only while the league remains a 4 game ‘Home and Away’ season, when the competition increases to a 4 or more team League the number of qualifying games should also increase accordingly keeping a minimum of 25% of matches as qualification i.e. 4 Teams means 6 Home and Away games qualification would be 2 games minimum.
5.6 Players wishing to transfer from one club to another must first obtain approval from the first club to do so. If such approval is not granted, the Committee shall step in and arbitrate the matter.
6. Umpires and Officials
6.1 The Committee shall attempt to provide a field umpire for all matches. While 1 umpire is adequate 2 umpires would be the preferred option. Clubs should be encouraged to train players as umpires in the event of shortages and to develop their game knowledge.
6.2 It is the responsibility of both home and away team to pay the field umpire. The umpires should be paid £15 per team regardless of the number of players they field on that day, before the match commences
6.3 In all matches the home club must supply two (2) competent goal umpires where possible.
7. Match Result
7.1 The winner of a match shall receive four (4) match points.
7.2 In a drawn match, each club shall receive two (2) points.
7.3 If a club is unable to field a side at the commencement of a match, then that club shall forfeit that match.
7.4 When a match is forfeited, the non-offending club receives four (4) match points. The offending club shall receive zero (0) points and a 50 point win will be given to non-offending team
8. Best and Fairest Awards
8.1 At the conclusion of each home and away match, the field umpire(s), in collaboration if there is more than one, shall award 3, 2 and 1 votes respectively to the three players who in their opinion were the fairest and best in the match. This is to be marked on the team sheets, also a tick placed in the best Scottish player
8.2 The votes shall be counted at the end of the season. The player with the most votes in each division shall be awarded the leagues Best and Fairest Award and also best Scottish player award.
8.3 If more than one player share the most amount of votes, then they player with the most 3 point votes shall receive award. If this is the same then both players will receive the award
9. Reports and Ordering Off
9.1 The SARFL and its member clubs are committed to ensuring foul play is treated seriously and the discretion of the umpire to make decisions is respected. As such a player may be reported – at his discretion – by the umpire for an incident of serious foul play and the umpire may also order that player off the field for the remainder of the quarter, the match, or any other specified time period. That player may not be replaced by another player. Such incidents, as set out in the Laws of Australian Football (Europe) are:
a. intentionally, recklessly or negligently making contact with or striking an Umpire;
b. attempting to make contact with or strike an Umpire;
c. using abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene language towards or in relation to an Umpire;
d. behaving in an abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene manner towards or in relation to an Umpire;
e. disputing a decision of an Umpire;
f. use of an obscene gesture;
g. intentionally, recklessly or negligently:
i) kicking another person;
ii) striking another person;
iii) tripping another person whether by hand, arm, foot or leg;
iv) engaging in time wasting;
v) Charging another person;
vi) throwing or pushing another Player after that Player has taken a Mark, disposed of the football or after the football is otherwise out of play;
vii) engaging in rough conduct against an opponent which in the circumstances is unreasonable;
viii) engaging in a melee, except where a Player’s sole intention is to remove a teammate from the incident;
ix) kicking or otherwise causing the football to hit any part of a stadium roof’s structure;
x) spitting at or on another person; or
xi) bumping or making forceful contact to an opponent from front-on when that Player has their head down over the football.
h. attempting to kick another person;
i. attempting to strike another person;
j. attempting to trip another person whether by hand, arm, foot or leg;
k. intentionally shaking a goal or behind post when another player is preparing to kick or is kicking for goal or after the player has kicked for goal and the football is in transit;
l. wrestling another person;
m. using abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene language;
n. failing to leave the playing surface when directed to do so by a field umpire;
9.2 In particular a player engaging in extreme foul play – defined as striking with intent to injure – must be ordered off an reported. Such a player will miss at least one subsequent SARFL match.
9.3 A player can be reported without being ordered-off.
9.4 A player who is reported twice in the same match for similar serious offences must be ordered-off for the remainder of the match.
9.5 On the third and all subsequent occasions in the same season that a player is ordered off, that player shall be automatically suspended from the next match that he is eligible for.
9.6 All reports must be considered by the SARFL Committee at the soonest possible opportunity.
10. Match Details and Venue
10.1 The Home team shall inform the umpires and Away team no later than 6pm on the Monday of the corresponding weekend fixture of the following:
a) That Match will go ahead and they have a minimum of nine players
b) Match venue location
c) Match Start time
d) Any post match plans
10.2 The Away team shall inform the Umpires and the Home team no later than 6pm on the Wednesday of the corresponding weekend fixture of the following:
a) That they will be attending the fixture and have a minimum of nine players
Note: Should either of the teams fail to meet these requirements, this will result in them forfeiting the match.
If a team cancels ‘early enough’ (e.g. no expense has been incurred) then the non-offending team has the option to agree to re-arrange the fixture if they choose, or the non-offending team can take the forfeit.
10.3 From the 2013 season onwards all current SARFL Clubs shall provide Home venues which provide proper changing and showering facilities for both teams. New teams to the league will be given 1 years allowance before requiring to provide the same level of facility.
11. League Fees and Bond
11.1 Each Club shall pay SARFL the full amount of their League fees (as determined at previous years AGM) by February 28th each year. Failure to do this will result in the following;
a) The League secretary will send a reminder to any club delinquent from payment on or by March 7th.
b) If the Club still has not paid by the 15th March there case will be reviewed by the SARFL committee and barring extenuating circumstances their fixtures will be removed from the league fixtures and they will not be considered an active Club in SARFL for the remainder of that season.
c) Any Club that is removed from the League will be eligible to apply to rejoin at the end of that season but must meet the same criteria as any new Club applying to join the League.
11.2 Each Club will pass a £100 bond to the League as a “Forfeit Bond”; the bond will be passed to the league by February 28th and shall be governed by the same rules as the league fees mentioned in 11.1. The bond will be held in the League’s bank account until the end of the season when it will then be transferred back to the club in whole or part depending on the following criteria being met.
The bond is to prevent Clubs from forfeiting matches which could result in other teams or umpires incurring an unnecessary expense.
a) If an away club forfeits a game but provides adequate notice the league will remove £50 from that Club’s bond and transfer it to the club they were due to play to cover any costs incurred.
b) If an away club forfeits a game and does not provide adequate notice (see Match details 10.2) as well as losing £50 from Club bond mentioned in 11.2 a, they will also be responsible for providing any additional expense incurred in the opposing teams or umpires travel provided those affected can produce receipts.
c) If a home Club forfeits a game but provides adequate notice the league will remove £50 from that Club’s bond and place into the SARFL account.
d) If a home club forfeits a game and does not provide adequate notice (see Match details 10.1) as well as losing £50 from Club bond mentioned in 11.2 c, they will also be responsible for providing any additional expense incurred in the opposing teams or umpires travel provided those affected can produce receipts.
e) Any team forfeiting more than 2 matches will be ineligible for finals and will be responsible for providing remuneration for those affected in the forfeited game provided they can provide valid receipts
12. Match Review
12.1 At the end of each Match 30 minutes after the final siren a Match Review will take place. The Umpires will lead the review; each of the 2 Clubs will provide at least 1 but no more than 2 participants. The review will give the umpires and each Club the opportunity to discuss;
a) Reported players and incidents
b) General player behaviour
c) Rules and Decision interpretation
d) Any business arising from the game specifically
The Review is to be conducted at the match venue and should be limited to 20 minutes maximum. Any decisions or changes that are discussed should be minuted and sent to the league secretary who will send notification to all nominated Club representatives via email. Should a change be recognised as being required the secretary will add it to the Agenda for the next Committee meeting where it will be discussed and voted on by the Committee.
These meetings could be as quick as agreeing that the game went well and there are no complaints.