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Section 5 - Fixtures



Requirement to Play Full Strength Sides in League Matches


Each Club shall play its full strength in all Matches played under the auspices of The League unless some satisfactory reason is given. In the event of the explanation not being deemed satisfactory the Board shall refer the matter to a Disciplinary Commission which has the power to impose such penalties as it shall think fit.


Misconduct in Pre-Arranging the Result of Matches


No Club, Official or Player may, in connection with betting on an event in, or on the result of, any match played under the auspices of The League or any matches in competitions that form part of the Games Programmes or Professional Development League (as those terms are defined in Youth Development Rules):


offer or receive a payment or any form of inducement to or from any Club or the Official or Player of any Club; or


receive or seek to receive any payment or other form of inducement from any Person.


Administration and Arrangement of Fixtures


All League Matches shall be arranged as soon as practicable. The intellectual property rights and all other rights in all lists of arrangements of such fixtures (if any) shall be vested in The League.


Any dispute between two or more Clubs as to the arrangement of League Matches shall be referred to and decided by The League, and The League shall have absolute discretion in that respect. All re-arrangements of League Matches must be submitted to and approved by The League.


However, where a Club is selected to play in a televised Match played under the auspices of The League on a Thursday evening, and that Club is also scheduled to play on the immediately following Saturday (‘Saturday Match’), the Club shall have the right to request that The League reschedule the Saturday Match to the immediately following Sunday i.e. a 24 hour postponement. Approval for any such request shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed. Where applicable the provisions of Regulation 26.4 will also apply.


Further, where:


a League Match is scheduled to be played on a Tuesday (‘Tuesday Match’);


the Home Club and/or the Away Club in that Tuesday Match is required to play on the immediately preceding Sunday (‘Sunday Match’) because of matters outside its control including, by way of example and without limitation, police requirements, television or cup commitments;


the Sunday Match was not scheduled to be played on that Sunday in the first i.e. the draft fixture list published by The League in the immediately preceding Close Season;


neither the Home Club nor the Away Club are scheduled to play on the immediately following Thursday or Friday; and


either the Home Club or Away Club in the Tuesday Match requests (giving not less than 28 Clear days’ notice prior to the originally scheduled Tuesday date) that the Tuesday Match be rescheduled,

(together the ‘Conditions’ and each a ‘Condition’) the, provided all Conditions are satisfied the Tuesday Match shall automatically be rescheduled to take place on the immediately following Wednesday i.e. a 24 hour postponement. For the avoidance of doubt, where one Condition (or more) is not satisfied, the matter shall be determined by The League in its absolute discretion, whose decision shall be final and binding.


Dislocation of League Matches from any cause whatever shall be immediately reported to The League by the Clubs concerned and it shall be the duty of the Home Club in each instance immediately to notify the appointed Referee and Assistant Referees of such dislocation.


Kick-Off Times


The Home Club shall fix the time of kick-off:


between 11.30am and 3.15 pm for Saturday matches;


between 7.00pm and 8.05 pm for midweek matches; and


between 11.30am and 8.05pm for Bank Holiday matches.


Once the kick-off time has been fixed, any amendment or variation thereto can be made only by agreement with the Away Club and with the approval of The League.


Home Clubs shall notify:


the Away Club at least seven days prior to; and


Match Officials, as soon as practicable after notification of their appointment, of the date and time of kick-off the date of the Match concerned, and the Referee and Assistant Referees must acknowledge the receipt five days before such Match.


All kick-offs must adhere to the time advertised by the Home Club. Clubs and Referees must report any delays to The League. It is the responsibility of the Away Club to organise its travel arrangements so as to ensure that it arrives in sufficient time to enable the advertised kick-off time to be adhered to.


Should a kick-off at 12.00 noon or earlier necessitate the Away Club incurring overnight hotel expenses, the Away Club shall be entitled to claim the hotel expenses incurred (at the rate and as determined by The League from time to time, per person per night for a party not exceeding twenty four in number) against the gross gate, any dispute to be determined by The League.


Postponements, Abandonments and Re-Arrangements


In the event of any League Match not being played owing to Football Association Cup Matches, weather or other causes over which neither Club has any control or being ordered to be replayed it shall be played on a date to be mutually arranged, but at the earliest reasonable opportunity and in any event prior to the last scheduled round of fixtures in the Normal Playing Season. Both Clubs shall notify The League of such arrangements within seven days of the postponement being identified, for the approval of The League. Any League Match not so arranged shall have its date fixed by The League.


Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation 28.1, The League reserves the right at any time to reschedule a League Match after consultation with and consideration of representations from the Clubs involved.


Each Club must ensure that both:


its home ground (being the ground that is registered in accordance with Regulation 13.6); and


any Registered Players,


remain available to the Club during the period of four days commencing with the day after the day of the Club’s last fixture in the League Competition (including play off matches) so as to enable the fulfilment of any fixtures (in full or in part) ordered by The League to be played after the end of the Season (if any).


Every Club must have a publicly stated policy regarding ticket refunds or other arrangements for abandoned Matches.


When a League Match is postponed or abandoned the Visiting Club shall be entitled to receive from the Home Club out of the gate of either game, one set of travelling and/or hotel expenses (at the rate and as determined by The League from time to time) necessarily incurred by a party not exceeding twenty four and which in the opinion of The League are caused solely by the postponement or abandonment. This amount shall be a charge against the gate when calculating the 3% levy under Article 36. A Club shall only be entitled to claim hotel expenses where it would be necessary or desirable for the Visiting Club to leave its headquarters before 9am on the day of the match, alternatively, not be possible to arrive back at its headquarters within five hours travelling time, including a stop of not more than 30 minutes, of the conclusion of the League Match.




A Club may, at its discretion and with the prior consent of The League, allow the use of its ground for the purpose of a testimonial match to be arranged on behalf of any Player who has completed ten years or more in the service of the Club.


Re-Arrangement of FA Cup Ties


Football Association Cup Matches which from any cause are not decided on the dates for which they are scheduled, must be played on dates other than Saturdays except with the approval of The League.


Penalty for Non-Fulfilment of Fixture Obligations


Any Club failing to fulfil its fixture obligations in respect of any match under the jurisdiction of The League on the appointed date or dates or causing The League to suspend any fixture shall be deemed guilty of misconduct, unless the circumstances giving rise to such failure are outside the control of the Club and could not have been reasonably foreseen or reasonably anticipated and remedied prior to the match. Every Club shall carry out regular and appropriate maintenance and checks to ensure that its safety certificate is not suspended or withdrawn.


The Club failing to fulfil its fixture or causing The League to suspend such fixture shall be liable to pay compensation for any expenses actually incurred by the opposing Club as a direct result of the failure or suspension. The amount of compensation will be at the discretion of the Board who will consider every such case on its merits. The Board may refer the amount of compensation to be paid to the Disciplinary Commission dealing with the misconduct by the Club failing to fulfil its fixture or causing The League to suspend the same.


Clubs not to arrange activities to interfere with League Competition Fixtures


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.


Conduct of Matches


Behind closed doors. Save with the consent of The League 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.


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 Board 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.


Duration of half-time interval. In all League Matches the half-time interval shall be fifteen minutes.


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.


List of Players to be handed to Referee. A representative of each Club 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 the Referee’s dressing room at least 75 (seventy five) 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. Neither Club shall publish the teams or otherwise provide details of the teams to any third party (other than League appointed broadcast partners) until 60 (sixty) minutes before the advertised time of kick-off.


Pre Match Briefing with the Referee. At least 60 (sixty) minutes before the advertised time of kick-off of a match the Captain and either:


the person in charge of the team on the day (i.e. the Manager or Assistant Manager); or


another senior representative of the coaching staff,


shall attend a briefing with the Referee.


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 League. The League shall then initiate any inquiries it may deem fit so as to satisfy itself as to the bona fide nature of the replacement.


Home Grown Players. Each Club shall be required to nominate a minimum of seven Home Grown Players on their Team Sheet of Players for all League Competition Matches (including Play Off Matches).


‘Home Grown Player’ shall mean a Player who irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with:-


his current Club; and/or


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 Summer Transfer Window in that Season closes (including the Extended Period) and expire on the date of the final League Match of the Season.


For the purposes of Regulation 33.9.2, 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.


Club Developed Players. Subject to Regulation 33.12, with the effect from the commencement of the 2018/19 Season each Club shall be required to nominate at least one Club Developed Player on their Team Sheet of Players for all League Competition Matches (including Play Off Matches). Where any Club does not name a Club Developed Player on the Team Sheet, that Club will only be permitted to name up to six substitutes on that Team Sheet (rather than the seven as permitted by Regulation 33.4).


If any Club has prior to the date of the applicable League Competition Match (including Play Off Matches) transferred the registration of two or more Club Developed Players and:


in consideration for the transfer of each Club Developed Player’s registration, the Club receives an initial Transfer Fee, Compensation Fee and/or compensation in accordance with the Youth Development Rules on transfer of the registration; and


each of the transferred Club Developed Players:


are, as at the date of the applicable Match registered as a Contract Player with a Club (or club) in the same division or higher (including, in the case of a Championship Club, the Premier League); and


are or will be aged 24 or under on 1st January in the Season in which the applicable Match occurs,


then, the Club will not be required to comply with the requirements of Regulation 33.11.


For the avoidance of doubt, the same Player may qualify as a Home Grown Player and a Club Developed Player for the purposes of this Regulation 33.


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 League on the appropriate form details of shirt numbers allocated to each squad Player. Each Player will retain his designated number for the Season unless his registration is:


permanently transferred; or


cancelled (other than for the purposes of going on international loan), 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.


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.


The size, style, colour and design of shirt numbers and lettering appearing on a Player’s shirt and shorts shall be determined by The League from time to time.


The League may vary Regulations 33.14 and 33.15 in relation to a particular Division.


Identification of team captain. The Captain shall wear a distinguishing armband, provided by The League, to indicate his status.


Match Balls. In all matches played under the auspices of The League, the Home Club shall provide and the participating Clubs shall use only the official ball approved from time to time by The League.


Multiple Balls. No Club shall be entitled to utilise a ‘multiple ball’ system in any League Match.


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.


Facilities to be Provided


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, subject to any dispensations granted by the Board, contain thirteen 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:


only those team officials and substitutes (and any substituted Player) listed on the team sheet are permitted to sit on the trainers’ bench;


Clubs must clearly indicate on the team sheet the team official responsible for the conduct of personnel on the trainers’ bench;


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;


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


all such personnel must comply with any instruction under this Regulation from any of the Match Officials, including the Reserve/Fourth Official.


Facilities for visiting supporters


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 League 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. 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.


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.


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.


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.


Each Club shall, not later than 30th June prior to the commencement of the following Season, provide to The League a ground/zone plan together with associated ticket prices (‘Pricing Plan’). The Pricing Plan shall be accompanied by the Club’s ground registration form.


The League 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.


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 League whose decision shall be final and binding.


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 6 the lowest) having regard to the following criteria:


Covered seating;


Uncovered seating;


Covered terracing;


Uncovered terracing;


Behind the touchline;


Behind the goal line; and


In the corners of the stadium (i.e. behind both the touchline and the goal line).


Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation 34.2.8:


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


if the visiting supporters have use of accommodation that is of an equivalent or lower 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 or lower 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 League whose decision shall be final and binding.


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.


Subject to Regulation 34.2.7, 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.


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.


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:


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


forfeit their entitlement to the 5 (five) per cent commission detailed in Regulation 34.2.3.


Match DVD’s. Upon request the Home Club shall provide to the Visiting Club, the Match Referee, the PGMO match assessor 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.


Giant Screens. Except with the prior written consent of The League, 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:


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;


it shall be operated by a responsible person who is fully aware of the conditions covering its use;


the screen may be used to show live action and, when the ball is not in play, action replays of positive incidents; and


the screen shall not be used to show:


action replays of negative or controversial incidents;


any incident which may bring into question the judgement of any Match Official;


the area of the trainers’ bench;


until substitute boards have been displayed, pictures of any substitute Player warming up or preparing to enter the field of play; and/or


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.


Medical Provisions


Nothing in this Regulation, elsewhere in these Regulations or the Youth Development Rules replaces, reduces or affects in any way the obligations imposed on Clubs by statute and/or common law in the fields of medicine, occupational health and/or health and safety.


Emergency Aid Provision at Matches


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 registered Medical Practitioner with the General Medical Council (‘Team Doctor’); and


at least one paramedic trained in emergency medicine dedicated to dealing with on field matters (‘Paramedic’),


each of whom must be sat in positions which allow immediate access to the pitch.


Team Doctors


Team Doctors must fulfil a programme of Continual Professional Development (CPD) as determined from time to time by the profession, attend education conferences and seminars organised by The Football Association and support the medical education functions of The Football Association.


Each Team Doctor shall have successfully undertaken the full Football Association Advanced Trauma Medical Management In Football (the ‘ATMMiF Certificate’) course (or an equivalent course that is recognised and approved by:


the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care as equivalent to the Area ATMMiF Certificate); and


the League), in the preceding 36 months.




Each Club shall appoint at least one therapist at that Club as that Club’s ‘Senior Therapist’.


Subject to Regulation 35.4.3, a Senior Therapist must be a registered physiotherapist member of The Health and Care Professions Council and hold as minimum, a current ATMMiF qualification or an equivalent or higher qualification as otherwise approved by the Football Association from time to time.


Where the Senior Therapist held the role of Senior Physiotherapist at a League Club prior to 1st June 2018 and holds a current Intermediate First Aid for Sport (IFAS) or Intermediate Trauma Medical Management in Football (ITMMiF) qualification, then that Senior Therapist may continue to hold the role of Senior Therapist at that League Club only but on expiration of their current IFAS or ITMMiF qualification must instead hold a current ATMMiF qualification.


All other therapists at a Club must be:


a registered physiotherapist member of The Health and Care Professions Council;


hold a degree in sports therapy and/or be registered with a recognised body entitling them to use the title ‘sports therapist’; or


hold a degree in sports rehabilitation and be registered with the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT); or


where appointed prior to 1st June 2011, have passed, as a minimum, The Football Association Diploma in the Treatment and Management of Injuries Course or an equivalent or higher professional qualification as otherwise approved by the Football Association from time to time,


and in each case hold as a minimum (and undertake yearly reaccreditation of) the ATMMiF qualification or an equivalent or higher qualification as otherwise approved by the Football Association from time to time.


Attending Players on the Field of Play.


The Team Doctor and Senior Therapist shall have primary responsibility for attending Players or Officials on the field of play.


Any other doctor, therapist or other medical practitioner who is involved in pitch side care or extrication from matches played under the auspices of the League should hold ATMMiF and undergo yearly reaccreditation. Any other, non-medically qualified individuals involved in pitch side care and extrication should hold ITMMiF.


Head Injuries and Concussion.


Each Team Doctor, Senior Therapist, Paramedic and any other Therapist shall, when present at any match or training, carry the pocket concussion tool as notified by The League from time to time.


Any Player who has sustained a concussive injury (whether in any match, at training or otherwise) shall not be allowed to resume playing or training (as the case may be) unless he has been examined and declared fit to do so by his Team Doctor or, if they are unavailable, by another medical practitioner who holds a current Football Association ATMMiF certificate or an equivalent or higher qualification as otherwise approved by the Football Association from time to time. In such circumstances, the welfare of the Player is paramount and the decision of the Team Doctor or other appropriately qualified medical practitioner as to whether the Player is fit to resume playing or training shall be final.


Non First Team Matches. For all matches at any level, other than the above (including at Academies), there must be in attendance, as a minimum, a holder of a valid Football Association Emergency First Aid in Football (EFAiF).


Crowd Safety. Clubs shall ensure that they have in place appropriate arrangements for the provision of Crowd Doctors, paramedics, ambulances and other medical facilities together with appropriate emergency plans as are required under the terms of the safety certificate issued in accordance with the provisions of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975.


Notification of Results and Referees’ Marks


Clubs must submit the results of League Matches together with the names of the Players competing therein, in the manner directed by The League from time to time, within 72 hours of each League Match or no later than 12 noon on the next Normal Working Day immediately after the match (whichever is the earlier).


Clubs must submit their marking of the Referee’s performance, in the manner directed by The League from time to time, within six days of each League Match.


Championship Trophies and Medals


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 League on or before 1st 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 Senior Therapist 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 League.


Registration of Playing Colours


During the Close Season, each Club shall notify The League, in writing, details of its ‘home’ and ‘away’ colours (shirts, shorts and stockings) and if applicable any third ‘alternative’ set of colours. The League shall inform all other Clubs, Referees and Assistant Referees of such details. The Home 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.


When away from home a Club shall play in its registered colours and shall ensure that the registered colours (shirts, shorts and stockings) to be used are clearly distinguishable from those of their opponents.


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.


Upon receipt of the match official appointments it is the responsibility of both Home and Away teams to provide the Match Referee and their opponents with details of the colours of shirts, shorts and stockings of both outfield players and goalkeeper to ensure that any issues can be addressed before the match date.


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.


In adverse weather conditions the Goalkeeper may wear tracksuit trousers acceptable to the Referee.


‘Shirt’ in the context of this Regulation shall also include ‘Jersey’ where applicable.


The colours of clothing worn by ball assistants must not clash with the colours of either of the competing Clubs.


The shirts of all Players in matches played under the jurisdiction of The League shall include such sleeve badge(s) in such format as The League shall prescribe. There shall be no form of words, advertising, badge or other logo above or below the sleeve badge(s) except as permitted by The League.


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 League. Permission will only be granted for:


local promotions, campaigns or charity initiatives;


supporting The League’s nominated charity partner and/or other initiatives (as notified by The League from time to time);


discrete inclusion of a unique number for each Player that represents their place in the chronological list of players to appear for that Club; and/or


a discreet logo or wording used in conjunction with the Club’s crest to commemorate significant matches or the Club’s history,


and where such permission will not cause the Club to breach the requirements of any Football Association regulations relating to kit advertising.


Referees and Assistant Referees


The League 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 be actively engaged in refereeing senior competitions.




Subject to Regulation 40.4:


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.


all Managers in League One and League Two must hold a minimum of the UEFA B Licence and be working towards completing the UEFA A Licence within 3 years of appointment.


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.


Where a Club appoints a Manager on an interim basis that individual does not need to meet the qualifications set out in Regulation 40.1 above provided always that this dispensation shall not last beyond the end of the Season in which they are appointed. Further, Clubs may not appoint any individual who has already held an interim Manager position at a Club under this Regulation unless and until such time as they have acquired the qualification(s) required under Regulation 40.1.


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 40.1 must instead hold the Football Association Coaching Diploma (or suitable alternative, as approved by The League).


Contracts of employment between a Club and a Manager shall include the standard clauses set out in Appendix 6.


Pre-Season Meetings


All Clubs are required to procure that their Managers attends, in person, an annual pre-Season meeting organised by The League, and failure to do so without just cause shall be a breach of these Regulations.


By no later than 25th June in advance of each Season, each Club must notify the League of two dates (each of which shall be before the Club’s first League Match of the Season) on which each of its Contract Players will be available for a meeting to be attended by the League, Football Association and/or PGMOL. The League will then notify the Club as soon as possible thereafter on which of the two dates provided the meeting will take place. Failure to attend this meeting (in the case of a Contract Player) or to take reasonable steps to ensure the attendance of each of its Contract Players at this meeting (in the case of a Club), save in exceptional circumstances, shall be a breach of this Regulation.