Rules

1. Name of the Association

The Association shall be called the Kent Schools’ Football Association and shall be affiliated to the English Schools’ Football Association and the South East England Schools Football Association and registered with the Charity Commissioners.

2. Object of the Association

The object of the Association shall be the mental, moral and physical development of schoolchildren through the medium of Association Football.

3. Membership & Affiliation Fees

Membership of this Association shall be open to Schools' Football District Associations in the County of Kent and its vicinity, the Unitary Authority of Medway and the London Boroughs of Bexley and Bromley; these District Associations shall pay an annual affiliation fee as determined by the KSFA Executive Committee and payable on or before the AGM for the forthcoming season. All individual schools participating in KSFA competitions will be deemed, by virtue of their participation, to be affiliated directly to the KSFA. All member Schools’ Football District Associations must be affiliated to the English Schools’ Football Association. Schools that host a School Sports Partnership that wishes to organise football activities shall pay an annual fee as determined by the KSFA Executive Committee.

4. Executive Committee

An Executive Committee consisting of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, General Secretary, Treasurer, Match Manager, Individual Schools’ Competitions Secretary, Inter-Association Competition Secretary and Primary Competitions Secretary, together with two other elected members shall control the affairs of the Association. Only past and present members of the Education Service are eligible to serve on the Executive Committee, which shall also have the power to co-opt. At an Executive Meeting five members shall form a quorum. An Emergency Committee of three appointed by the Executive Committee shall be competent to deal with matters of an emergency nature. At least three members of the Executive will serve as Trustees and fulfil all the legal requirements of this Office. The Executive Committee shall be empowered to appoint and employ such professional expertise, as they deem necessary. The Executive Committee shall have power to deal with all matters not covered in these rules.

5. Life Membership & Vice-Presidents

Life Membership of the Association may, by resolution passed at a General Meeting, be conferred on any member who has retired from the teaching profession and who has rendered long and outstanding service to the Association. A Vice-Presidency of the Association may, by similar resolution, be conferred on any member of the teaching profession who has rendered meritorious service to the Association. An Honorary Vice-Presidency of the Association may, by similar resolution, be conferred on any person outside the teaching profession who has rendered equally meritorious service to the Association.

6. Officers

The Officers of the Association shall be a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, a General Secretary, a Treasurer and a Match Manager, who shall be elected annually at the AGM, together with two members for the Executive Committee. Nominations for these Officers and Committee members, which must be in writing and whose consent shall first be obtained, may be named by an Affiliated District Association or individually affiliated School to the General Secretary not later than May 7th. At the AGM there shall also be elected: (a) A President; (b) Two Auditors; (c) Primary Competition Secretary; (d) Inter-Association Competition Secretary (Secondary); (e) Individual Schools’ Competition Secretary; (f) Referees’ Secretary; (g) A representative on the Kent County FA; (h) A representative on the Kent County Playing Fields Association; (i) A representative on the Kent Schools’ Sports Council; (j) Representatives on the South East England Schools' Football Advisory Council; (k) Child Welfare Officer. Nominations for all elected positions at the AGM shall be deemed automatic as far as current post holders are concerned unless notice to the contrary has been given to the General Secretary by April 7th.

7. Annual General Meeting & Special General Meetings

The Annual General Meeting shall be held in June and the date shall be published no later than 1st October of the preceding year. The General Secretary shall give 14 clear days notice to all affiliated District Associations and individually affiliated Schools of the place, day and hour of such meeting and other General Meetings. An agenda, specifying the nature of the business to be transacted, shall also be sent. At any General Meeting one vote for each District Association shall be allowed. Members of the Executive Committee will have one vote each. Notice of any business or proposition - other than those proposed by the Executive - shall be submitted to the AGM and given to the General Secretary no later than 28 days before the published date of the AGM.
The Secretary shall convene a Special General Meeting at any time on receiving a requisition stating the objects of the meeting and signed by the representatives of not less than seven affiliated District Associations. Alternatively, the Secretary shall convene a Special General Meeting should it be deemed necessary and desirable by the Executive Committee. Such meetings shall be held with 28 days of the Secretary receiving the requisition.
For the transaction of business at a General Meeting ten members shall form a quorum. The Executive Committee may appoint such committees or commissions as it may consider necessary and delegate all or any of its powers to such committees or commissions.
Standing Orders at meetings shall be those of the English Schools’ Football Association.

8. Competitions

The rules of all competitions arranged by the Association shall be published and each competition shall be registered with the ESFA. All Local Associations and schools in the County of Kent, the Unitary Authority of Medway and the London Boroughs of Bexley and Bromley, shall compete only in competitions or tournaments organised by the KSFA or ESFA or approved by the KSFA Executive Committee. Schools that host School Sports Partnerships are responsible for ensuring that any football competitions (including festivals) that the SSP wishes to organise are approved in advance by the KSFA.
Schools that enter into partnerships with clubs that employ contract players must apply to the KSFA before the start of each season for permission to enter into or continue with such an arrangement and must ensure that, at all times, priority is given to schools football: KSFA competitions will take precedence over all others, and players attending those schools must give priority to schools’ football.

9. County Matches

The Executive Committee shall have the power to arrange county matches and shall have first claim upon the services of any player selected to play in any such matches. Players selected for county matches shall not take part in any game during the two days prior to the day of the county match.
Players selected to represent the County must abide by the requirements of the KSFA as published in the Players Information Booklet and approved by the Executive Committee. Players who infringe these requirements may be required to attend a Disciplinary Commission, and will be dealt with at that Commission’s discretion. Players attending schools within the area of the KSFA's jurisdiction must not participate in more than one full-sided match on any particular day. Any player selected to play for a County representative team must not play for any other team on the day of a match for which s/he has been selected, or in the 48 hours prior to a County match, unless permsssion to do so is sought and given. Players who infringe this rule, or who fail to appear for a County match or training without having provided a satisfactory reason in advance may be required to attend a Disciplinary Commission of the Association and may be dealt with at that Commission's discretion.
Players who do not make themselves available for district and county teams will not be eligible to play for their schools in KSFA competitions.
All Local Associations, their affiliated schools and schools affiliated directly to the KSFA by virtue of their participation in KSFA competitions shall make their players available for County selection and, if possible, their pitches and other facilities available to the KSFA on request and without payment.

10. District Associations

No school shall be registered by more than one District Association. All affiliated District Associations and separately affiliated Schools must abide by the rules of the Kent Schools’ Football Association.
Players, officials, spectators and all affiliated District Associations and Schools are required to observe and enforce the rules, regulations and byelaws of the Football Association.
Every District Association and School is responsible to the Kent Schools’ F.A., through its Executive, for the actions of its players, officials and spectators, and will be required to meet the cost of any Disciplinary Commission which finds any misconduct proven. A Disciplinary Commission made up of no fewer than three and no more than five persons may be set up by the Executive Committee to investigate matters of alleged misconduct. The jurisdiction of the Association in dealing with alleged misconduct extends to all matches involving affiliated schools and/or affiliated Associations and their affiliated schools. The Association will follow the rules, procedures and sanctions of the Football Association in dealing with cases of alleged misconduct for which the FA recommended administration fee will be charged, together with any applicable fines as set out by the FA.
District Associations or Schools that fail to satisfactorily attend to the business and / or the correspondence of the KSFA shall be dealt with under the discretionary powers of the Executive, which shall include a fine not exceeding £10.

11. Insurance

District Associations and Schools that participate in KSFA activities are responsible for ensuring that they have adequate insurance policies in place for players, staff, and spectators.

12. Alteration to Rules

These rules shall not be altered except at a General Meeting and then only by resolution carried by a majority of those present and voting. Notice of any proposal or any amendment or alteration in these rules shall be given in writing to the General Secretary at least 28 days before the date of the General Meeting; provided that no alteration shall be made to rule 2 and rule 21 or this clause until the approval in writing of the Charity Commissioners or other authority having charitable jurisdiction shall have been obtained; and no alteration shall be made which would have the effect of causing the Association to cease to be a charity in law.

13. Financial Year

The financial year of the Association shall be from 1st June to 31st May.

14. Dissolution of the Association

The Association may be dissolved by resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose, of which at least 14 days notice shall be given. Such resolution may give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the name of the Association, provided that if any property remains after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities such property shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Association, but shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to some or all of the objects of the Association as the Association may determine and if and insofar as effect cannot be given to this provision then to some other charitable purpose.

COMPETITION RULES - GENERAL

The following are applicable to all County Competitions - Inter - Association and Inter - School (including the Under 19 Leagues).

1. Laws of the Game

The Laws of the Game shall be those of the Football Association except as otherwise stated.

2. Control & Management of Competitions

The entire control and management of the Competitions shall be vested in the Executive Committee. These rules may be altered only as provided for in the General Rules, but the Executive Committee shall have full power to decide any point not provided for in these rules.

3. Entries & Fees

Entries must be made by a date determined by the Executive Committee and shall be subject to the approval of the Executive Committee. The entry fee for each competition entered by an Association or an Individual School shall be determined by the Executive Committee. The KSFA shall have the right to refuse entries.

4. Trophies

All trophies are the property of the KSFA. The Trophies shall be offered for annual Competition among the affiliated District Associations and Schools. The Executive Committee will decide conditions for the presentation, safekeeping and return of KSFA Trophies.

5. Mementoes

In 11-a-side County Competition sixteen mementos shall be provided for each of the finalist teams (winners and runners-up in the Under 19 Leagues). In small-sided Competitions, ten mementos shall be provided for each of the finalist teams. Additional mementos may be purchased. A player sent off in a final shall only receive a medal at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
Four mementoes shall be provided to the match officials (referee, two assistants and reserve official) in lieu of a match fee

6. Control & Management of Teams

All teams shall be under the control and management of the District Association or the Individual School competing. In all competition matches, a past or present member of the education service must accompany teams.

7. Eligibility of Players

No player shall play for more than one Association or School during the season except by permission of the Executive Committee.
Players who spend any part of the normal school day at a football club are ineligible to play in KSFA competitions. (The only exception to this shall be recognised work experience of a single period not exceeding ten consecutive school days.) The current FA rules and regulations appertaining to mixed football shall apply.
Players who do not make themselves available for district and county teams will not be eligible to play for their schools in KSFA competitions.
Only players whose names are on the roll of the appropriate school affiliated to a District Association (or individually affiliated school) and in full-time attendance at school at the time the match is played, and who are within the appropriate age at midnight on the previous 31st day of August shall be allowed to take part in the competition. Age limits are as follows:

Under 19 White CupUnder 19 and over 15 (i.e. Years 14, 13, 12 and 11)
Under 19 2nd XIUnder 19 and over 16 (i.e. Years 14, 13 and 12)
Under 19 LeagueUnder 19 and over 15 (i.e. Years 14, 13, 12 and 11)
Under 18 GirlsUnder 18 and over 15 (i.e. Years 13, 12 and 11)
Under 17Under 17 and over 16 (i.e. Year 12 only)
Under 16Under 16 and over 14 (i.e. Years 11 and 10)
Under 15Under 15 and over 13 (i.e. Year 10 and 9)
Under 14Under 14 and over 12 (i.e. Years 9 and 8)
Under 13Under 13 and over 11 (i.e. Years 8 and 7)
Under 12Under 12 and over 11 (i.e. Year 7 only)

 

If the Executive Committee has any doubt over the eligibility of any player taking part in a competition, it shall have the power to require the player’s District Association and/or school to which he or she belongs to prove that he or she is eligible according to the rules, and failing satisfactory proof the offending District Association or school may be disqualified from the competition and / or have points deducted.
In individual school competitions, a maximum of three players who attend FA Licensed Academies/Centres of Excellence can represent a school in a KSFA competition match.
The KSFA Executive Committee may stipulate eligibility criteria for specific competitions (e.g. players who represent a school in an A team competition will be ineligible to play for the B team), and will publish these annually.
The KSFA Executive Committee may require players to be registered to participate in its competitions, and to pay a registration fee.
Mixed gender matches may be played in line with current FA regulations.

8. Strength of Teams

Every Association and School shall play its best available team in all KSFA competition matches. (The intention of this rule is not to interfere with normal team selection, but to prevent deliberately weakened teams being fielded, and to prevent players being released to play in club football. It is not intended that Associations and Schools must field higher team players in lower teams when the higher team has no engagement.) If in the opinion of the Executive the substance or spirit of this Rule is disregarded, the Associations or Schools concerned will be liable to be disqualified from competitions.

9. Substitutes

In all KSFA eleven-a-side competitions, teams are permitted to use up to five named substitutes; substituted players may return to the field of play at any time and for any reason, except to replace a player who has been sent from the field of play by the referee under Law 12. In all KSFA small-sided competitions, teams are permitted to use up to three named substitutes; substituted players may return to the field of play at any time and for any reason, except to replace a player who has been sent from the field of play by the referee under Law 12.

10. Match Arrangements

After the closing of entries for the season’s competition the Executive shall arrange for the draw for fixtures, the first Association or School drawn in each fixture having the choice of grounds. The Executive shall fix the dates within which or on which such fixtures shall be played. In the case of matches for which limit dates have been fixed, they must be played on a Saturday unless both parties mutually agree otherwise. Association and Schools must obtain the permission of the Executive Committee, through the General Secretary, before arranging a competition match on a date when a county match, trial or final is due to take place. In the event of an Association or School withdrawing a team from a cup competition, that Association or School shall pay a withdrawal fee of £50. In the event of a School withdrawing from a league competition after the publication of fixtures, that School shall pay a withdrawal fee of £200.

11. Duration of Matches & Size of Ball

Duration of game and size of ball shall be as follows:

Under 1990 minutesSize 5 ball
Under 18 (girls)70 minutesSize 5 ball
Under 1790 minutesSize 5 ball
Under 1680 minutesSize 5 ball
Under 16 (girls)70 minutesSize 5 ball
Under 1570 minutesSize 5 ball
Under 1470 minutesSize 4 ball
Under 14 (girls)60 minutesSize 4 ball
Under 1370 minutesSize 4 ball
Under 13 (girls)60 minutesSize 4 ball
Under 1260 minutesSize 4 ball
Under 1150 minutesSize 4 ball

 

Extra time of 10 minutes each way (15 minutes each way for Under 19 games, and 5 minutes each way for Under 11 games) will be played in all games in which the scores are level at the end of normal time. During extra time, the first goal scored shall be the deciding goal. In the event of scores still being level at the end of extra time, the tie will be decided by penalties, in accordance with the procedure outlined in the Referees Chart. The referee, with the consent of both Schools or Associations, may reduce the match by no more than 5 minutes each half if deemed desirable. The Competition Secretary may, at his discretion in the case of a match taking place after the scheduled limit date, order the venue of the match to be reversed.

12. Field of Play

In each age group a pitch of appropriate size shall be provided. The minimum size of the field of play in 11-a-side matches at the Under 16 age group or above shall be 90 yards by 60 yards. Matches may be played on artificial grass pitches that conform to the FIFA 1 star standard, or the equivalent International Artificial Turf Standard (IATS) (This usually refers to 3G pitches and advancements introduced thereafter.)

13. Notification of Results

In Inter-Association Competitions results must be notified to the Competitions Secretary by the HOME Association within 24 hours of the conclusion of the match. In Inter-School Competitions, it shall be the responsibility of the WINNING School to notify results to the Competition Secretary within 24 hours of the conclusion of the match. Any Association or School failing to submit a result on time shall pay a fine of £10.

14. Players’ Attire

District Associations and Schools must wear their registered colours in competition matches. In the event of the colours of the two teams clashing the visiting team shall change, except in finals where both teams shall change.
In county finals, players’ shirts shall be numbered.
Attire worn by players and staff at county finals must only reflect the name of their District Association or School and not make any reference to other football institutions.

15. Finals

The Executive Committee shall have direct control of arrangements and finances connected with the finals. The finals shall be played in one leg. Extra time of 10 minutes each way (5 minutes each way for primary games) shall be played if the scores are still level at the end of normal playing time. If the match is still unresolved, the trophy will be shared.
Finals of County Competitions must be staged in accordance with the instructions issued by the Executive Committee.
In finals of Individual School Competitions, after payments of expenses as determined by the Executive Committee, any balance shall be divided as follows: 30 per cent to the home team, 20 per cent to the visiting team and 50 per cent to the KSFA. In other County Finals, the Executive Committee will determine any payments to be made.

16. Match Officials

Match officials shall be appointed as the KSFA Executive Committee shall direct. Their duties shall be in accordance with the Laws of the Game as sanctioned and enforced by the International Football Association Board.
In the event of a referee failing to appear, the Associations or Schools must agree mutually on an official who shall have the powers of a duly appointed referee.
For individual schools competition matches prior to the quarter-finals, the home school shall provide a suitable referee. From the quarter-finals onwards, the referee shall be appointed by the Referees' Secretary. Each school shall provide an assistant referee in all games except the final. .
For all Inter-Association group games the Secretary of the Home Association shall appoint referees. These referees shall be appointed in the first instance from the list of available referees shown in the current KSFA Handbook / KSFA website, or others approved by the Referees Secretary. The Association shall notify the Referees Secretary of the names of the referees appointed to these matches within seven days of the matches having been played. The referee for semi-final games and all the officials for the finals shall be appointed by the Referees' Secretary.
Match officials shall be entitled to match fees as determined annually by the KSFA Executive Committee

17. First Aid

The home Association or School is responsible for ensuring that an adequate first-aid kit is available at the side of the pitch.

18. Protests

All protests shall be in writing and shall be received by the KSFA General Secretary within two working days of the match concerned, accompanied by a fee of £25, which shall be refunded if the protest is upheld.
No protest relative to the ground, goalposts or other appurtenances of the game unless protest is made in writing to the referee before the start of the game.
Any protest shall be signed by the Headteacher (in the case of Schools) or Association Chairman (in the case of District Associations) as acknowledgement of their approval of its submission.
The KSFA will gather evidence at its discretion and notify both parties of its decision, which shall be binding on both parties.

19. Safeguarding

All District Associations who run representative teams MUST have a named Association Welfare Officer who is fully compliant with FA/ESFA Welfare Officer requirements.

INTER-ASSOCIATION COMPETITIONS

In addition to the General Rules governing all County Competitions, the following will apply to Inter-Association Competitions.

1. The Competitions shall be organised as the KSFA Executive Committee may decide according to the number of entries. Association Secretaries will be informed of the groupings and of the method of obtaining a semi-final place when the draw is circulated. Should teams be equal on points then goal difference will decide. If there is still no outright winner then the team scoring the greater number of goals shall be declared the winner. When the competition format has two leagues, the winner of each league shall be at home in the semi-final ties.

2. Dates of matches will be arranged by the KSFA.

3. All group games should be played no later than 14 days before the scheduled date of semi-finals in that competition. Games not played by this date may be declared null and void. Semi-finals shall be played no later than 21 days before the last Saturday of the Spring Term (KCC). Failure to play a semi-final by this date shall result in the offending side forfeiting the game. The Competition Secretary shall be empowered to grant an extension in exceptional circumstances.

INTER-SCHOOL COMPETITIONS

In addition to the General rules governing all County competitions, the following will apply to Individual School Competitions.

1. The draw for competitions shall be determined by the KSFA Executive Committee. Draws in competitions that lead to ESFA national competitions shall be open. The draw for other competitions may be zoned up to the quarter-finals.

2. Subject to the number of entries the County is allocated the finalists in open draw competitions shall represent the County in the ESFA national competitions, providing they accept the entry conditions set out by the KSFA. In the event of the County being allocated only one entry, the Cup winners will be that entry. The Executive Committee reserves the right to withhold a school’s entry to the national competition for any reason it deems appropriate and in such instance will fill the vacancy as it wishes.

3. In the event of pitches at the home school being unfit, the away school shall be given the opportunity to stage the match on the same date. In the event of a complete postponement to the original fixture or a game being abandoned, the match shall be (re)played within 7 days from the date of the original fixture/match.

4. Games can only be arranged after the scheduled limit date if permission is obtained in advance from the Competition Secretary.

UNDER 19 LEAGUES

In addition to the General rules governing all County Competitions, the following will apply to the Under 19 Leagues
(note that the KSFA Academies League is governed by a separate set of regulations)

1. There shall be three points for a win, one for a draw. In the event of teams being level on points, the higher team will be that with i) highest goal difference; ii) most goals scored; iii) highest goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded).

2. Results must be submitted by the home school within 2 hours of the conclusion of the match. Any school failing to comply with this rule shall be fined £10

3. All schools competing in the Leagues must make their players available for County selection.

4. Schools may request a postponement of a league fixture if a goalkeeper or two players or more are selected for a KSFA representative team.

5. Dates of matches will be arranged by the KSFA. Matches in the East Kent League must be completed by the end of the Autumn Term, and those in the North Kent League by the end of the Spring Term. Matches that have not been played by these deadlines will be counted as 0-0, unless one of the schools involved is clearly at fault, in which case the opposing schools will be awarded the match by a score of 2-0.

6. In the event of a team not completing 75%of its fixtures all points obtained by or recorded against such defaulting team shall be expunged from the league table.