Leinster Football Association Rules
This Association shall be called the “Leinster Football Association” and shall be affiliated to the Football Association of Ireland
The objects for which this Association is established are to promote, foster and develop the game of Association Football in the province of Leinster, to take all such steps as may be deemed necessary and advisable for the prevention of infringement of the Rules of the Association and the Laws of the Game as amended from time to time or other improper practices in the game and for protecting them from abuses and to do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above mentioned objects or any of them as the Council may determine
Rule 2. Income and Property
The income and property of the Association shall be applied solely towards the promotion of its main objects(s) as set forth in these rules. No portion of the Association’s income and property shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit, to the members of the association. No Officer shall be appointed to any office of the Association paid by salary or fees, or receive any remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth from the Association. However, nothing shall prevent any payment in good faith by the association of:
a) reasonable and proper remuneration to any member of the association (not being an Officer) for any services rendered to the Association;
b) interest at a rate not exceeding 5% per annum on money lent by Officers or other members of the Association to the association;
c) reasonable and proper rent for premises demised and let by any member of the association (including any Officer) to the association;
d) reasonable and proper out-of-pocket expenses incurred by any Officer in connection with their attendance to any matter affecting the Association;
e) fees, remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth to any Company of which an Officer may be a member holding not more than one hundredth part of the issued capital of such Company.
Rule 3. Winding Up
If upon the winding up or dissolution of the Association, there remains, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, it shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Association. Instead, such property shall be given or transferred to some other institution or institutions having main objects similar to the main objects of the Association. The institution or institutions to which the property is to be given or transferred shall prohibit the distribution of its or their income and property among its or their members to an extent at least as great as is imposed on the Association under or by virtue of Rule 2 hereof. Members of the Association shall select the relevant institution or institutions at or before the time of dissolution, and if and so far as effect cannot be given to such provisions, then the property shall be given or transferred to some charitable object.
Rule 4. Additions, alterations or amendments
No addition, alteration or amendment shall be made to, or in the provisions of, rules two and three, for the time being in force unless the same shall have been previously approved in writing by the Revenue Commissioners.
Rule 5. - Interpretations.
In the interpretation of these Rules the following words and expressions shall have the following meaning, unless excluded by the subject or context:
(a) “This Association” (of the Association) wherever appearing in these rules shall mean The Leinster Football Association.
(b) “The Council” or “This Council” wherever it appears in these rules shall mean the Council of the Leinster Football Association.
(c) “Junior Committee” means the Junior Committee of the Leinster Football Association.
(d) “Youth Committee” means the LFA Youth Committee.
(e) “Days” shall exclude Saturdays, Sundays, Bank or Public Holidays.
Rule 6 - Membership
Members of the Association shall be Leagues and Clubs who have paid their annual affiliation fee and have been approved for membership by Council.
All Leagues and Clubs playing association football in the province of Leinster shall be eligible for membership. Each League, their elected officials, representatives, players and members shall be bound by the rules and decisions of the Association, such decisions shall be binding, subject to all existing rights of appeal. The rules for the time being of the Football Association of Ireland, so far as they affect the rules of this Association, shall be read and held as part of the binding rules.
Rule 7 - Club Transfers
A Club wishing to transfer to a League outside the geographical area of jurisdiction of its present League must seek a transfer on the official Leinster Football Association transfer form (available from the LFA Offices). The Club must state in writing, compelling reasons why they are requesting to do so, and submit together with the transfer form. The current League has to sign the form first, if they are consenting to the release
No Club shall have a reasonable request for release refused, but will be encouraged by all parties to remain in their geographical area of jurisdiction, with their parent or current League and they will have the right of appeal to the Association and / or the Football Association of Ireland in accordance with the rules of these bodies
Each League must satisfy itself that any new application to join its League is from a genuine new Club and is not from a group of persons associated with another Club in an affiliated League during the previous seasons who might be submitting an application under a new name of convenience. The form must be submitted to the Association for ratification. Such transfer requests must be made on or before 1st May in any year for Winter season and 1st December for Summer season.
Rule 8 - Affiliation Fees
Each League, Club/ Team(s) shall pay an Annual affiliation Fee as decided each season at the Annual General Meeting of the Football Association of Ireland. All affiliation fees must be paid to the Honorary Treasurer of the Association by 15th December in each season, or in the case of a Summer League, by 15th August. Payment of the prescribed affiliation fee shall confirm that the affiliate accepts and agrees to be bound by the Rules of the Association. Any member, whose affiliation fee is not paid by 15th December, or 15th August where applicable, in each year, is liable to be suspended.
Rule 9 – Levies
The Association shall have the power to impose levies for specific purposes, in addition to affiliation fees.
Rule 10 - Hon. Officers of the Association
The Hon. Officers of the Association shall be President, Vice-President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, and Assistant Hon. Treasurer
To be eligible for nomination as an Honorary Officer, a person must have served at least three full years as a member of the Council of the Leinster Football Association.
Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. Hon. Patrons/Life Members not exceeding in five in number may be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
Nominations for the positions of Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer must be forwarded on official forms, supplied by the Association, to the General Secretary / Administrator, not later than the 30th April in each election year.
Rule11 – Association’s powers to deal with Breaches, etc.
The Association shall have jurisdiction in all matters connected with the game of soccer in the Province of Leinster. They shall have power to deal, as they think fit, with Leagues, Clubs, their Officials, Members or Players.
Rule 12 – Management
A Council elected in accordance with rule shall conduct the business of the Association. The quorum shall be one third, plus one, of which one must be a Hon. Officer of the Association. It shall decide the dates and times of meetings. Each member shall receive at least two days notice of meetings, which may be called by telephone, facsimile or e-mail, if necessary. The General Secretary / Administrator may call such other meetings as may be necessary.
Rule 13 - Constitution of Council
Representation on Council shall be as follows. One direct representative from the National League of Ireland, such nomination to be submitted through the Football Association of Ireland.
The following leagues will have representatives as per affiliated teams from the previous season. Leinster Senior League, Leinster Football League, Athletic Union League, Amateur Football League, United Churches League, Dublin & District Schoolboy League, North Dublin Schoolboy/Girls League, Kildare & District Football League, Wicklow & District Football League, Carlow & District Football League, Kilkenny & District League, Wexford Football League, Combined Counties League, Meath & District League, UCD Super League and Chairman of the LFA Junior Committee
36 to 70 Teams 1 Representative
71 to 140 2 Representatives
141 to 200 3 Representatives
201 to 300 4 Representatives
Over 300 5 Representatives
Should a vacancy occur in Council membership, the League affected shall be empowered to elect a successor.
Professional Players and Professional Referees are ineligible.
Rule 14 - Vacancy in Council
Should a vacancy occur in the office of President, Vice-president, Hon. Secretary, Assistant Hon. Treasurer, the Council shall have the power to appoint a person from aforesaid members to fill the vacancy. No alteration can be made in this Rule except at the Annual General Meeting.
Rule 15 - Election of President, etc. –
At the first meeting of the Council after the Annual General Meeting, which shall be held not later than the 12th June in each year, they shall elect from their number a President and Vice-President to act for the season. The President, or in his absence, the Vice-President, shall preside at all meetings of the Council at which he is present, and shall conduct the business in accordance with the ordinary Rules of procedure, of which he shall be the judge. In the absence of the President and Vice-President the Council shall appoint a member to act as President. The President shall have a casting vote only.
To be nominated for the office of President or Vice-President a member must have been at least three full years a member of Council. An eligible member nominated for office who is not present at the time of his nomination shall have given notice in writing that he is willing to accept the nomination. The outgoing President shall be ex-officio a member of the Executive Committee for the two years immediately following his term of office. During his term of office as President the organisation which he represents on Council shall be entitled to nominate a substitute to act in the Presidents place on Council.
Rule 16 - Election of Committees
The Council shall have the power to appoint such Committees or Commissions as they may consider necessary and may by resolution of the Council delegate all or any of their powers to such Committees or Commissions.
Each Committee shall at its first meeting elect one of their members to act as its Chairman for the season.
Rule 17 - Appointment of paid Officers, etc.
The Council may appoint and remove such officials as may be necessary and fix their remuneration and confer on them such powers and impose such duties as they may think fit.
Rule 18 - Attendances at Meetings
Any member of the Council failing to attend three consecutive meetings of Council without giving a satisfactory explanation shall forthwith cease to be a member of Council.
Rule 19 - Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting, which shall consist of the President, Vice-President and Council of the Association and one representative from each League/Club in membership, shall be held no later than the 12th June each year. At least seven days notice shall be given of such meetings and notification shall be by means of advertisement in the national and provincial (Leinster) newspapers. The same individual shall not represent two Leagues or Clubs. Hon. Patrons/Life Members shall be entitled to be present and speak at all meetings, but shall not be entitled to vote except as representatives of Leagues or Clubs.
Rule 20- Special General Meeting
Special General Meetings may be called by the Council as they may deem necessary.
A Special General Meeting shall also be called upon receipt by the General Secretary / Administrator of this Association of a requisition signed by the Secretaries of at least forty Clubs, accompanied by a deposit of €1,000, to defray expenses incurred, balance, if any, to be refunded. Notification to be sent by post to each club at least 14 days before the holding of the special general meeting. No other business shall be transacted except that stated on the requisition.
Rule 21 - Those eligible to attend Annual General Meetings or Special General Meetings
No Club or League shall have a right to a representative to the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting unless their FAI Affiliation Fee has been paid by 15th December, or 15th August where applicable, previous.
Rule 22 - Leagues & Clubs dissatisfied
Leagues, Clubs, players and officials, dissatisfied with decisions of any affiliated body shall have the right to appeal to this Association.
1 Appeals must be sent by registered post within four days of the date on which the written notification of the decision being appealed against was received by the appellant. Appeals must be addressed to the Administrator of the Association. In the event of a postal dispute or similar emergency, the appellant shall contact the Administrator to ascertain what temporary alternative arrangements have been put in place by the Association. The initial appeal documents must include a copy of the decision being appealed against and the appellant must indicate the date upon which such decision was received by the appellant. An exact copy of all documents submitted to the Divisional Association in connection with the appeal must be simultaneously sent by registered post to the body whose decision is the subject of the appeal..
2 It shall be accompanied by the appropriate appeal fee which may be determined by the Association at its last AGM, in the form of a Bank Draft, Postal or Money Order only which should be crossed and made payable to the Divisional Association. Should Cheque or Cash be submitted the appeal will be rendered invalid. This fee shall be refunded only if the appeal is fully successful.
3 The appellant must state in writing the substance of the appeal and supply the pertinent evidence.
4 The body against whose decision the appeal is made must send to the Divisional Association at least two (2) days before the hearing, a true copy of the minutes of the meeting in which the decision being appealed against was made and any proof of notification or delivery of such decision to the appellant. Such body shall also send reasons for making that decision, plus any other requested documentation or other documentation relevant to the appeal,. Failure to comply with the correct procedure as outlined above may result in disciplinary action being taken.
5 All appeal hearings shall commence within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the appeal, by the Divisional Association. The Divisional Association shall inform all parties to the appeal of the venue, date and time of the Appeal Committee hearing.
6 All parties in an appeal shall be notified by the Administrator of the Leinster Football Association within four days by fax and/or electronic mail and/or registered post, of the decision of the Appeals Committee
In urgent matters, the Chairperson may issue or direct the Administrator to issue an oral decision in advance of written notification.
7 In cases of urgency, the Divisional Association may amend the time limits indicated above, with the exception of the time limit to file an appeal, in order to facilitate an expedited appeals process
8. Any party involved in the appeal, which fails to attend an Appeal hearing if requested to do so by the Appeal Committee may be subject to disciplinary action.
9 Any omissions or errors in this Rule will always be superseded by the Rules of F.A.I.
Rule 23. Hearings
1 The appeals committee shall consist of a minimum three members of Council and a maximum of five, selected by the Administrator, one of whom shall act as Chairman.
2 No member of Council shall take part in any appeal affecting his Club or League.directly or indirectly
3 The committee hearings are deemed to be valid if a minimum of three selected members are in attendance
4 The Appeals Committees shall decide by simple majority
Rule 24. Remit of the Appeal Committee
1 The Appeal Committee shall re-hear the case in question.
2 The Appeal Committee shall consider all evidence that it deems relevant to the case.
3. The Appeal Committee shall hear all witnesses’ evidence that it considers relevant to the case.
4. The Appeal Committee shall have the power to uphold or reject the appeal and/or to replace or vary the decision of the previous decision making body, deduct points or award a match; if they are satisfied the appeal was frivolous or lodged to seek to gain the use of a player in a fixture, provided the decision of the Appeal Committee is not in conflict with any of the rules of the FAI, which shall take precedence at all times.
5. The Appeal Committee may adjourn or suspend proceedings for further deliberation or to seek further or additional evidence or expert advice,. Following an adjournment the Appeal Committee must reconvene within ten days.
6 The Appeals Committee may, at its discretion, rectify any obvious calculation error or typographical error contained in its decision. Any request by a party for such a rectification must be submitted to the Divisional Association within five days of receipt of the decision in question.
Rule 25. Notification of Decisions
1. The Divisional Association shall notify a copy of each decision to all parties to the procedure.
2. Decisions and other documents intended for players or officials may be addressed to the club, or other body concerned.
3. Decisions shall be communicated by fax and/or electronic mail and/or by registered post. A fax or electronic delivery report or registered post receipt is sufficient evidence that a decision has been properly notified.
4. Notification by the Divisional Association of the Appeals Committee shall be sent by fax and/or, electronic mail and/or registered post within four days (4) of the hearing.
Rule 26. Enforcement of Decisions
Decisions come into force as per the terms of the notified decision.
Rule 27. Failure to Respect Decisions
1. It shall be an offence not to comply with a decision of the Appeals Committee, and any party that fails to respect such a decision may be fined.
2. In addition to imposing a fine, the disciplinary bodies of the Divisional Association may grant a final deadline in which the party must comply with the decision. If the party does not comply with the decision within the final deadline, the disciplinary bodies may impose a further sanction, including an additional fine, deduction of points, relegation to a lower division, a transfer ban, or a ban on any football-related activity
Rule 28. Appeals by a Player:
In no circumstances can an appeal by a player against a decision of this association be reviewed except by appeal to the FAI and must be in accordance with the rules of that Association.
Rule 29 – Voting
At any meeting, a resolution put to the vote of the meeting shall be decided on a show of hands, unless a poll is demanded on any question. A declaration of the Chairman that a resolution has been carried, or carried unanimously, or by a particular majority or lost, or not carried by a particular majority and an entry to that effect made in the Minute Book of the proceedings of the Association, shall be sufficient evidence of the fact, without proof of the number or proportion of the votes recorded. A like declaration and entry of the result of a ballot shall have a like effect. A poll must be demanded by not less than one-fifth of the duly nominated representatives present, and it shall be taken in such a manner as maybe determined by the Chairman and the result of such poll shall be deemed to be the resolution of the Association. A poll demanded on the election of a President or on the question of adjournment shall be taken forthwith. Representatives may only give votes personally, and voting by proxy shall not be permitted. If any votes are given or counted at a meeting which shall afterwards be discovered to be improperly given or counted, the same shall not affect the validity of any resolution or thing passed or done at the meeting, and not in that case, unless the Chairman shall then and there decide that the error is of sufficient magnitude to affect such resolution or thing.
Each representative, duly nominated, present and entitled to vote, shall have one vote, provided that the Chairman, being a representative appointed by a member for the purpose of the meeting, shall have a casting vote as well as the original one. The Chairman shall at a meeting if he has not been appointed by a member as representative for the purposes of the meeting, have a casting vote only, and not an original vote.
Rule 30– Delegates
The Council shall have power to appoint representatives to other Associations, or delegates to any conference of Association.
Rule 31 – Funds
The Hon. Treasurer shall take charge of the Funds for and on behalf of the Association and keep regular accounts of it. He shall submit statements of receipts and disbursements to the Executive / Finance Committee, the Council and the Annual General Meeting. The funds of the Association shall be lodged in such financial institutions as may be approved by the Council. All payments must be made by cheque, which must be signed by any three of the four nominated persons, i.e. the President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and General Secretary/Administrator. The statement of accounts and balance sheet of the Association shall be audited and made available to each member at the Annual General Meeting. The Council may order intermediate audits at any time. Annual audited accounts shall be kept and made available to the Revenue Commissioners on request.
Rule 32 - Counting of Gates
All moneys received at matches shall be counted at the conclusion of the game by the Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Secretary and a member of the Executive / Finance Committee, or, in absence of the Hon. Treasurer and Hon. Secretary by three members of the Council, one of whom must be a member of the Executive / Finance Committee, and the Hon. Treasurer shall give a receipt to the General Secretary/Administrator for the sum received.
Rule 33 - Borrowing
The Executive may from time to time borrow, raise or secure the payment of money, for the purpose of the Council in such manner or on such terms as may be expedient, provided always that they shall not at any time borrow a sum in excess of €10,000 without sanction of Council at a full meeting.
Rule 34 - Duties of General Secretary / Administrator
The Association may appoint a full-time Administrator (henceforth referred to as the Administrator) for such period as may be agreed by Council. The Administrator shall assume the role of General Secretary of the Association and will be charged with all the duties and responsibilities hither to assigned to the General Secretary. The Administrator will be entitled to be a non-voting member of Council and any sub-committees or commissions established by Council and will be entitled to represent the Association (in accordance with the role of General Secretary) at external committees, commissions, conferences and present a report of the season’s work at the Annual General Meeting.
Rule 35 - Information to be furnished by Leagues and Clubs
Each League and Club (through its League), shall forward to the General Secretary / Administrator of the Association, with its own affiliation fee, all particulars, and the situations of its ground and dressing room, stating whether ground is public or private. Leagues and Clubs shall be required to keep minutes of their meetings, showing the names and dates of election of new members. Every affiliated League and Club member is obliged to have appropriate Public Liability Insurance which must cover the premises they use and the grounds on which they train and play their matches, dressing rooms, stands, administrative buildings, and organised functions and or by the League or Club.
Rule 36- Dates reserved by the Association
Senior Clubs must not arrange fixtures for the date of the L.F.A Senior Cup Final Tie without permission of the Council. In case of a replay in the Final Tie the closing of the date shall only apply to the Clubs directly concerned. The Council shall have full power to deal with any offence under this Rule.
Rule 37 - Breach of the Rules, etc
An infringement of any of the Rules of this Association and/or the Laws of the Game shall render any Club or League and any member of same, and any player of a club liable to expulsion, suspension, fine or such other penalty as the Council may think just.
Rule 38 – Cautionable / sending off offences
(a) In the event of cautionable / sending off offences on the part of any player, such player shall be cautioned by the Referee, in any case of violent conduct, the Referee, shall rule the offending player out of play, and order him off the ground, transmitting his name to the General Secretary/Administrator of this Association.
This Association shall have power to deal, by way of fine, suspension or otherwise, as it may think right, with any player cautioned or sent off.
(b) In the case of an alleged assault on a referee or assistant referee, the person or persons concerned shall stand suspended from the moment the alleged offence was committed. They shall not play or take part in football activities until their case is heard (within five days). If proved guilty, the minimum period of suspension is twelve months (this is an F.I.F.A. directive). The start of the hearing of the alleged assault must commence not later than five days after the reported offence.
In the case of a claim of alleged mistaken identity concerning a player sent off in a match, the Club Secretary must write to the General Secretary / Administrator of the Association within 24 hours of the match taking place, who will have the claim investigated by the Executive Committee. If the claim is upheld, the record of the offence will be transferred to the person nominated by the Club as the correct person to be dealt with.
Every Club is responsible to the Council of this Association for the action of its players, officials and spectators, and is required to take all reasonable precautions to prevent verbal abuse, threatening or assaulting match officials and players or club officials before, during or after a match.
Rule 39 - Players’ or members Position During Suspension
A player or member of a Club or Council during his period of suspension shall not play or take part in any match or fixture under this Association, and shall not hold any office in his Club or act in any capacity under this Association.
Rule 40 - Suspended Person Ineligible for Council, etc
If a suspended person or a suspended member of a Club or Council is a member of the Council, Junior or Youth Committee the organisation which he represents may elect a person to act in his stead during the period of his suspension, but not beyond the time he would have acted under Rules.
Rule 41 - Suspended Person Cannot Attend Meeting
A suspended player or a suspended member of a Club during the period of his suspension shall not be a representative at any General Meeting of the Association, or any meeting of any body under the jurisdiction of this Association. All leagues under the Jurisdiction of the Leinster Football Association should notify the Association of all players suspended for twelve months or more by the league. This information shall be forwarded on a regular basis by the General Secretary / Administrator to all other leagues under the umbrella of the LFA
A player or official while under suspension is not entitled to take part in any activity under the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Ireland.
Rule 42 - Club Suspended
A suspended Club during the period of suspension shall not have any representation at any General meeting of this Association.
Rule 43 - Date of Suspension
Suspensions shall commence on the date, and for the period specified, on the notice of suspension.
Rule 44 - Powers to deal with any player refusing to play in representative match, and a Club who may have encouraged such player
Any player selected to play in any Inter-Provincial or other match arranged by this Association, and without good and sufficient cause refusing to comply with the arrangements of the Council for the Playing of the match, or, failing to play in such match, may be adjudged by the Council to be guilty of misconduct, and any club who may have deemed to have encouraged or instigated such player to commit a breach of instructions or rules shall be deemed guilty of a similar offence an may be dealt with as the Council think fit.
Rule 45 - Club or player with any unaffiliated Club. Power to forbid
No Club or Player shall be permitted to play matches with any unaffiliated Club in Ireland without first obtaining the consent of the Council.
Rule 46 - Outside or Summer/ Winter Competitions
No club or team affiliated to this Association shall enter or compete in any league or competition outside the province of Leinster without the prior permission of the Association and no affiliated club or team may organise or take part in a Winter / Summer Competition without the prior sanction of the Association. Application must be made by an affiliated member and submitted on the official application form available from the Association.
Rule 47 - Power to deal with League
The Council may suspend or otherwise deal with any Committee, League or Competition under the jurisdiction of this Association or the Junior or Youth Committee who shall be deemed guilty of infringing these rules or of misconduct in connection with the management of the affairs of such Committees, League or Competition.
Rule 48 - Production of Documents
Clubs and Leagues must produce their books and documents for inspection at any time the Council may desire, and Leagues must present to the Council at the end of the season their balance sheet for inspection if requested. Any infringement of this Rule shall render any such Club or League liable to suspension.
Rule 49 - Cup Rules
The Cup Committee are authorised to make such Rules and Regulations with reference to the Challenge Cup Competitions as they deem expedient at their opening meeting, but in no way shall they alter the rules until the final game has been played in a season’s competition.
Rule 50 - Members of Council entitled to free admission to matches
Members of the Council of this Association shall be entitled to free admission to all matches played under the jurisdiction of this Association on producing their card of membership.
Rule 51 - Legal Owners of Cups, Funds and Property
The President, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer for the time of holding office in this Association shall be for all intents and purposes the Trustees and legal owners of the cups, moneys and property of this Association. They shall deal with it according to the decisions of the Council, of which an entry in the Minute Book of the Association shall be conclusive evidence.
Rule 52 - Duties of a Club Secretary
Clubs changing their Secretaries, or Secretaries changing their addresses, are required to advise the General Secretary / Administrator of the Association of the alteration at once.
Rule 53 - Communication to the F.A.I.
Communications by Leagues, Clubs, players, intended for consideration by the F.A.I. must be transmitted through the General Secretary / Administrator of the Association unless otherwise expressly provided for by these Rules or the Rules and Regulations of the Football Association of Ireland.
Rule 54 – Indemnity
Every Trustee, Officer, member of Council, Junior Committee or Youth Committee General Secretary / Administrator, or other Official or servant of this Association shall be indemnified by this Association against all costs, damages, compensations, losses and expenses incurred by him in or about the discharge of his duties, except such as accrues from their own respectful wilful acts and defaults.
Rule 55 - Referee’s Card
The Secretary or other responsible official of the club shall prior to the commencement of any match fill in on the referees card the full first names and surnames of participating players including substitutes placing the respective name on the card opposite to the number of the jersey which the particular player is wearing.
Rule 56 - Notice of Alterations of Rules
In the event of any alteration in these Rules being deemed necessary, notice of the proposed alteration shall be sent in writing to the General Secretary / Administrator by requisition for a Special General Meeting, as provided for by Rule, or at latest by the 30th April in each year, and the General Secretary / Administrator shall at least one week prior to the Annual General Meeting inform each club of the proposed alteration and any alteration proposed by Council. A majority of two thirds of the members present and voting shall be necessary to carry any alteration in these rules.
Rule 57 - Council Power
The Council shall have the power to deal with any matter, not provided for in these Rules, by way of a Minute Rule. If the matter concerns a possible rule change, they shall submit their decision to the next meeting of the LFA Rules Sanction and Revision Committee for consideration. Nothing in these rules shall be contrary to the Rules of the Football Association of Ireland and said rules shall be read and held as part of these rules.
Rule 58 - Interruption of Postal Services
In the event of an interruption in the postal service, correspondence in connection with protests, appeals, investigations and nominations shall be with the General Secretary / Administrator of the Association at the registered office of the Association. in accordance with the provisions of the appropriate rule and a dated receipt obtained. Notification of Annual General Meetings or Special General Meetings and Meetings of Council shall be placed in the National and Leinster Provincial papers.
Appendix 1: Code of Paractice for Dual Registration
Dual Registration (Dual registration is permitted subject to all of the following conditions)
1. Affiliated Leagues may allow dual registrations, but only for Youth teams (U/17 and U/18) in their Domestic competitions only and with the agreement of a maximum of three registering Junior/Intermediate Clubs, the player, and the League.
2. Clubs cannot dual register players from any club registered in another League or registered under S.F.A.I. Rules
3. Youth teams (U/17 and U/18) using Dual Registrations are prohibited from entering any Divisional Association or National Association competitions. However the players are eligible for the Youths Inter – League and Oscar Traynor competitions.
4. Special dual registration rules must be implemented by the Affiliated League for a player to register with two or three Junior/Intermediate clubs from that Affiliated League
5. A dual registered player must have the approval of both his “primary” Club/s Secretary and “secondary” Club Secretary and the League. A dual registered player's “primary” team is his Junior/Intermediate registered Club/team and his “secondary” team is his Youth Club/team, which must be specified on Registration Form
6. All dual registered players on a Club team must be from the community of that Junior/Intermediate Club team, i.e. parish, neighbourhood, towns land or adjacent club/s.
7. In cases where player/s are registered with the Club and also with another Affiliated Club, the applicable insurance shall be determined by which event the Club team or player is participating in or training for.
8. Any Player can be called upon to prove his legal age to the League. A birth certificate, Adoption Certificate, or Certificate of Naturalization shall be sufficient for proof of age.
9. The expiration date of all Dual Registrations shall expire at the end of the Current Season in which the player is registered. The “Current season” is defined as per F.A.I. Rule
10. The player’s parents or guardian must sign both Registration Forms
11. The player/s and parents/guardians must be aware of all financial responsibilities they will incur with both teams, including but not limited to insurance, membership fees, affiliation fees, registration fees where applicable, cost of gear, travel or coaching expenses for both clubs
12. Clubs/players participating in a League’s Youths Domestic competitions under Dual Registration, only have the right of appeal as far as their Divisional Association. Dual registered players while playing with their “primary” team have full right of appeal as per F.A.I. Rules.
13. Players suspended (Red Carded) with their “primary” team, serve their suspension with the “primary team” and are available to play for the “secondary” team. Likewise players suspended (Red Carded) with their “secondary” team, serve their suspension with the “secondary” team and are available to play for the “primary” team.
14. Yellow cards/disciplinary points are calculated separately per team and not accumulated between both teams, therefore any suspension arising will be duly served with the appropriate team.
15. The League shall be the final arbitrator what Junior/Intermediate clubs may amalgamate to for a youths team.
16. The amalgamated youth’s team must not be named solely after one of the Junior/Intermediate clubs, but can adopt a combination of the Junior/Intermediate names in the youths team name or a completely neutral name if they so desire.