Development League Challenge Cup (Under 20)
- The Competition shall be known as the Lowland Under
20 Development League Challenge Cup. This name may from time to time
be changed in terms of any sponsorship agreement or agreements that may
be concluded. The competition will be held annually and will be open to all
Member Clubs of the Lowland and East of Scotland Under 20 Development
League (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Under 20 Development League’).
NOTE: No Club may enter more than one team in the competition.
- The Competition will be administered by the Secretary of the Under 20
Development League. The Secretary shall refer any matter to an Emergency
Sub Committee comprising himself/herself along with the members of the
sub committee of the Under 20 Development League.
- The format of the Challenge Cup competition will be played on a straight
knock-out basis and the following rules will apply.
The Clubs drawn to compete in all rounds except the final shall play on the
ground of the first named Club drawn in the ballot. If the ground of the Club
drawn at home in the ballot is unavailable on the date and at the time
allocated for the tie, with the exception of being unplayable due to weather
conditions, then, the match shall be played as a home tie on the ground of the
Club drawn second in the ballot. Once a tie has been switched due to ground
unavailability it will remain as a home tie for the Club drawn second in the
ballot, subject to the foregoing conditions regarding date and time, unless or
until their ground becomes unavailable at which time the Emergency
Committee will decide on the venue.
In the event of any Club’s ground being declared unplayable for three
consecutive days on which a tie has been scheduled the tie may be switched
to their opponents ground at the discretion of the Emergency Committee.
All grounds must comply with the following minimum criteria:
(1) Registered ground to be available as and when required throughout the
(2) Separate and exclusive changing accommodation for two teams.
(3) Separate changing accommodation for up to four match officials.
(4) Spectators must be separated from the field of play by a wall, a rope, a
railing or a fence.
(5) Goal nets and corner flags shall be used at all matches.
- In all except the Final tie the Home Club will be responsible for deciding on
the level of admission charges and will retain all gate receipts.
- Except in circumstances where the re-arranged date clashes with the date set
for one of the clubs concerned to play a match in the Scottish Football
Association Youth Cup Competition, in the event of a tie being postponed it
will normally be played on the following Friday, unless the Clubs
involved agree to play it during either the prior or following mid-week or
unless the Emergency Committee decide otherwise.
Any decision to declare a ground unplayable must, where possible, be made
by a qualified, practicing Referee.
- All matches in this competition shall be played to a finish over ninety
minutes followed, if necessary, by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark as
defined by International FA. Board Rules.
- Referees shall be appointed by The Scottish Football Association. The match
fee and travelling expenses for the referee shall be as per the current East of
Scotland Football League rates and will be paid by the home Club. Where
Assistant referees are appointed they will be paid the current East of
Scotland Football League rate again by the home Club who can then recover
half of this from the visitors.
- The Final Tie will be played on a ground selected by the Emergency
Committee. All gate receipts from the Final will accrue to the Under 20
Development League who will be responsible for the following costs:
Stewarding if required.
The host Club will receive a ground rental for hosting the match and may
organize such other fund raising activities as they desire (subject to approval
of the Emergency Committee).
- [a] No player may take part in the Competition for more than one Club
during any one season.
Note: Taking part is defined as being listed either in the starting eleven or
being a used substitute on the team lines.
[b] No player may take part in the Competition without having first been
registered with the Scottish Football Association for the Club for which he is
[c] Only players eligible under the Terms of Reference of the Lowland and
East of Scotland Under 20 Development League may play for any Club in
[d] In all matches Clubs may list up to seven substitutes of whom five can be
used and the only team lines acceptable will be as issued by the Secretary.
[e] Should any nominated player or substitute sustain an injury or due to
extenuating circumstances be unable to participate after the submission of
the list of players to the referee and prior to the kick-off, permission should
be sought from the opposing club in consultation with the referee to replace
that player either in the team list or list of substitutes.
[f] The maximum number of occupants of the Technical Area will be twelve
including substitute players. All occupants of the Technical Area (except
substitute players who must be clearly indicated in the team section) must be
named and their designation shown in a separate section of the team line and
each must have a clearly defined reason for being therein.
- Eighteen (18) players and one (1) manager of the winning team will be
presented with mementoes following the Final Tie. The same number of
mementoes will be presented to the runners-up. Mementoes shall also be
presented to the match officials. All mementoes shall be of a quality and
pattern approved by the Development League. Clubs may apply to the
Development League to purchase additional mementoes if they so desire.
- When the winning team is declared, the Secretary or other Official or invited
guest shall hand the Trophy to the Representatives of the winning team who
shall be required to provide a written undertaking signed by the President,
Secretary and a Member of the Winning Club to return the Cup 42 days
before the Final Tie in the succeeding season is due to be played, in like
good order and condition. On no account should any engraving to, or
alteration of, the Cup be undertaken by any Club, this will be the
responsibility of the Development League which will then invoice the
winning Club as appropriate.
- The Scottish Football Association will deal with all disciplinary matters in
relation to field offences by players and other misconduct reports submitted
- When a Club intends to lodge a protest they must do so by writing to the
Secretary by recorded delivery letter within three days of the playing of the
match (Sunday not included) and at the same time send, also by recorded
delivery, an exact copy of the protest to the Club protested against. The
protest to the Secretary should include a deposit of £100 which may be either
wholly or partially retained as the Emergency Committee think fit and the
Emergency Committee shall have the power to order either Club to pay such
sum towards defraying the expenses incurred and take such action as they
- No individual who is connected with a Club involved in a protest may take
any part in the hearing of the protest other than in the presentation of their
Club’s case to the adjudicating body.
- Any objection to the ground, goal posts, crossbars or other appurtenances of
the game must be intimated to the referee and Secretary or other recognized
official of the opposing team prior to the start of the match. The Home Club
shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with Law 1 of the Laws of the
Game – The Field of Play.
- Any Club which refuses or fails to play the Club against which it is drawn,
without, in the opinion of the Emergency Committee, having sufficient
reason for so doing shall be adjudged to have lost the tie.
- A Club which intends to scratch shall give notice to the Secretary and to the
Secretary of the Club against which it is drawn, at least four days before the
date fixed for playing the tie.
All cases of Clubs scratching shall be reported to the Emergency Committee,
who shall have power to order the said Club to reimburse its opponents for
any expenditure, loss or damage incurred, or to take such other action as it
Any Club which fails to give a satisfactory reason for scratching, or which
withdraws from the competition without first obtaining the consent of the
Emergency Committee, shall not be allowed to take part in the competition
in the following season.
- Any club, official, player or other person, who is found to be in breach of
any of these rules, shall be liable to a fine, suspension, or both or such other
sanction(s) as The Board of the Scottish Lowland Football League deem
- In all matches Clubs shall play in their registered first choice strip unless the
first choice colours of both Clubs are the same or similar in which case the
away Club shall change and play in distinctive colours.
- The home Club must confirm details of the fixture, colours, travel directions
and kick-off time etc., with both the visiting Club and the match Referee at
least four days prior to the date of the match.
- By participating in Lowland and East of Scotland Under 20 Development
League competitions all Clubs agree to conform to all of the Terms of
Reference and all of the specific competition rules in their entirety.
- The Board of the Scottish Lowland Football League shall have the power to
temporarily suspend, amend or add to the rules as circumstances may dictate
from time to time, as it deems appropriate in its reasonable discretion, to
facilitate the smooth running of the competition.