THE Clare and District soccer league has announced a number of rule changes for the new season.
The new rules were confirmed at the adjourned annual general meeting of the league last week.
“There are some new rules while others are tidied up,” league secretary Oliver Fitzpatrick told The Clare Champion this week
In future, clubs found guilty of playing players under false names or unregistered player/s will receive a fine of €100, lose points or cup tie if they won or drew and have a further three points deducted if it’s a league match. If both teams are found to be guilty, the match will be declared void and both teams will be fined €100 and deducted three points if it’s a league match.
A new rule added to the list states that no club or player shall be entitled to play any match, including friendlies, without getting the CDSL’s consent in writing. If two Clare League clubs are involved then both clubs must put a request to the league in writing. Only official referee’s appointed by the fixtures secretary or league secretary may officiate if matches take place within the jurisdiction of the CDSL.
In another new rule added to the league rules, postponements or cancellations will not be granted for injuries or illness to players. Regarding bereavements, postponements may be granted for the death of husband, wife, mother, father, brother, sister, son, and or daughter of a registered club officer or player at the discretion of the fixtures secretary. Postponements will not be granted on the day after the burial service has taken place. One minute silence may be observed as a mark of respect. In the event of a major tragedy or similar occurrence in any particular area, the fixtures secretary may exercise his discretion to cancel a fixture if the said occurrence affected a club in that area. Where postponements have been granted by the fixtures secretary for bereavements, the club that requested the postponement must supply in writing to the fixtures secretary within 14 days full details of how the bereavement affected his team on the day.
With regard to the regrading of players, those wishing to register in the CDSL from an Eircom League Club or league of a similar status must adhere to the following.
(a) The player must be re-instated from professional to amateur status by the FAI if required.
(b) The player must provide a letter of clearance from his last club and the Eircom League.
(c) He must be regarded to junior status by the CDSL.
(d) A regarded player who wishes to play in the FAI Junior Cup or Oscar Traynor competition must ask the league secretary to notify the secretary of the FAI Junior Council by registered post that he has been regraded by the CDSL.
With regard to the notification of clubs for games, official notification, including time, venue and referee, for all matches shall be through the official Clare League website www.claresoccer.net and the local press. In the event of a discrepancy, the website fixture takes precedence.
b) All games must be played on the days and times appointed, unless otherwise advised by the league’s secretary or fixtures secretary. If there are any changes to a fixture the clubs involved will be notified by email and phone.
c) If a cup final fixture is changed within three days of the original date of the fixture, both clubs have to agree on a new time and date for the fixture.
With regard to transfers, a player moving from one club to another within the league must complete an official FAI transfer form supplied by the league. An administration charge will be incurred by the player’s new club:
There are also new regulations with regard to the publication of a list of registered players. The register of the league will publish a list of all registered players on the official Clare league website. A bona fide representative of a club may have access to the documents of his club’s opponents of the previous weekend or in the case of midweek match, on Monday or day after match takes place.