Development League Rules

Development League (Under 20)

  1. The Competition shall be known as the Lowland Under 20 Development League and will be open to Clubs as defined in the Terms of Reference. This name may from time to time be changed in terms of any sponsorship agreement or agreements that may be concluded.

NOTE: No Club may enter more than one team in the competition.

  1. The Competition will be administered by the Secretary and the Fixture Secretary

of the Under 20 Development League. The Secretary shall refer any matter to an Emergency Sub Committee (as defined in the Terms of Reference) for determination.

  1. The format of the league and any ensuing promotion or relegation which

may be required will be decided by the Under 20 Development League Sub

Committee prior to the commencement of the season.

  1. The league competition shall be played on a home and away principle, three

points for a win and one for a draw. At the end of each season, the Club with

the highest points total in each division (if there is more than one division)

will be declared champions of their respective division, ‘goal difference’ and

‘goals for’ to decide where necessary. If two or more Clubs are equal in goal

difference the Club scoring the highest number of goals shall be declared the

winners. If all three of ‘points’, ‘goal difference’ and ‘goals for’ are exactly

the same the respective championships will be decided by the aggregate

results of the ‘head to head’ matches between the Clubs concerned in the

league competition during the season and if there is still a tie a play-off will

take place between the Clubs concerned at a neutral venue over ninety

minutes followed by penalty kicks if necessary to decide a winner. The cost of Officials, Ground Rent, Catering etc., for the play-off will be met from the gate receipts and any surplus thereafter will accrue to the Under 20 Development League.

The winners of each division will have a one off play off match on a neutral venue to determine the overall league champions. This match will be played over ninety minutes and followed by penalty kicks, if necessary to determine the overall champions

  1. Clubs are not allowed to play a Home league match on their opponents

ground. All grounds must comply with the following minimum criteria:

(1) Registered ground to be available as and when required throughout the

season.

(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.

  1. Home Clubs will be responsible for deciding on the level of admission

charges and will retain all gate receipts.

  1. Any decision to declare a ground unplayable must, where possible, be made

by a qualified, practicing Referee.

  1. [a] To be eligible to play in a Lowland Under 20 Development League match all players must comply with the eligibility criteria as set out in the Terms of Reference.

Note: Playing is defined as being listed either in the starting eleven or being

a named substitute on the team lines.

[b] 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.

[c] 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.

[d] 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.

  1. Twenty (20) players and one (1) manager of the championship winning team

will be presented with mementoes which shall be of a quality and pattern

approved by the Under 20 Development League. Clubs may apply to the

Under 20 Development League to purchase additional mementoes if they so

desire.

  1. The Championship winning team will be presented with a Trophy to be held

for one year. The trophy must be returned at least one month before the last

league match of the following 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 Under

20 Development League which will then invoice the winning Club as

appropriate. The winning teams of each division will received a shield which will be held for one year. The shields must be returned at least one month before the last

league match of the following 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 Under

20 Development League which will then invoice the winning Club as appropriate.

  1. The Scottish Football Association will deal with all disciplinary matters in

relation to field offences by players and other misconduct reports submitted

by referees.

  1. 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

deem fit.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Any Club which refuses or fails to play an allocated fixture will be reported

to the Under 20 Development League Sub Committee by the Fixture

Secretary and the Under 20 Development League Sub Committee will take

such action as they deem appropriate.

  1. In all cases where a match does not take place as allocated by the Fixture

Secretary, except where it is not played because of an unplayable pitch, both

Clubs are required to submit their comments to the Fixture Secretary, in

writing, as to why the match did not take place within three days of the

appointed dated of the match.

  1. Any club, official, player or other person, who is found to be in breach of

any of these rules or of the Terms of Reference, shall be liable to a fine,

suspension, deduction of points or such other sanction(s) as The Emergency

Committee deem appropriate.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

 

LOWLANDS UNDER-20 DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

TERMS OF REFERENCE AND PRINCIPLES

TITLE

  1. This combination of clubs participating at Under-20 age level shall be known as

“The Lowlands Under 20 Development League” hereinafter referred to as the

“Under 20 Development League”. This name may from time to time be changed

in terms of any sponsorship agreement or agreements that may be concluded.

OBJECTS

  1. The Objects of the Lowlands Under 20 Development League shall be to:-

2.1 Foster and develop the game of Association Football for talented youngsters at

Under 20 Development level.

2.2 Establish a development and competitive structure for the best young players in

the Lowland and East of Scotland Football League areas at Under-20 age levels.

2.3 Provide a series of competitive matches at this age level between clubs in

membership of the Lowland and East of Scotland Football Leagues and invited

clubs.

2.4 Establish a properly co-ordinated training and development structure.

2.5 Provide a good standard of training and playing facilities.

MEMBERSHIP

  1. Membership shall be open to the Under-20 Development teams of all the clubs in

membership of the Lowland / East of Scotland / South of Scotland Football

Leagues and invited clubs who are Full or Registered Members of the Scottish

Football Association Ltd. There can at no time be less than half of the

participating Clubs which are either Full or Associate Members of the Lowland /

East of Scotland / South of Scotland Football Leagues. Participating Clubs will be

required to complete a Membership Return Form, obtainable from the

Development League Secretary, and this must be completed in full and returned

to the Development League Secretary by 15th June. The annual subscription to the

under 20 Development League will be £100 and this must be received by the

under 20 Development League Treasurer by 5pm on 15th June in any year.

3.1 Any club that fails to complete its fixtures for the season, once the matches have

commenced, will be liable for a £250 fine which must be paid within 14 days

from the date the Development League secretary has been notified in writing of

the club’s decision to withdraw. If the club decides to apply to enter the league the

following season, or any future season after that, then it will be liable to pay a

bond of £500 which will be repaid at the end of that season provided it has

completed all its fixtures. No such bond will apply to the club for any season after

that provided it completes all its fixtures.

3.2 Clubs that have a poor disciplinary record in any season will be cited to appear before the Development League’s sub committee and the sub committee has the right to place a sanction or sanctions against said club

CONTROL

  1. The Under 20 Development League shall be governed by The Board of the

Scottish Lowland Football League who shall have full powers in all matters

relating to the League. The Board shall delegate the administrative affairs of the

Under 20 Development League to a Sub-Committee comprising of one Lowland

Board member, Under 20’s Secretary and 6 other members from any of the Clubs

participating in the Under 20 Development League.

Decisions of the Sub-Committee shall be binding on all participating clubs,

subject to the right of appeal in the first instance to The Board of the Scottish

Lowland Football League and subsequently under the provisions of the current

Appeals procedure of the Scottish Football Association.

All appeals to The Board must be submitted by Recorded Delivery letter to the

Secretary of the Scottish Lowland Football League within seven days of the

meeting at which the decision appealed against was taken, if the appellant was

present at the meeting, or within seven days of the date on which the decision was

intimated to the appellant by Recorded Delivery letter if they were not present at

the meeting and must be accompanied by an appeal fee of £25 which may at the

discretion of The Board be retained. In any dispute or appeal which affects the

progress of a cup competition the decision of The Board will be final and binding.

These Terms of Reference and Principles shall be subject to the approval of The

Scottish Football Association.

SUB-COMMITTEE

  1. The administrative affairs of the Under 20 Development League shall be vested in

a Sub Committee hereinafter called the Under 20 Development League Sub-

Committee.

The Sub Committee shall comprise of a member of the Lowland board, the Under

20’s league secretary and 6 other members from any of the Clubs participating in

the Under 20 Development League, and be chaired by an Office Bearer of the

Scottish Lowland Football League. At least seventy five percent of the Members

of the Sub Committee are required to be present to form a quorum and at least

fifty percent of those present must represent Member Clubs of the Lowland or

East of Scotland Football Leagues. Each club participating in the Under 20

Development League must nominate a representative to serve on the Sub

Committee and all representatives must be listed on the Board or Committee of

the Club which they represent, be that a Lowland or East of Scotland or South of

Scotland league or an invited Club. No Club may have more than one

representative at any meeting with the exception of the Club with which the

Chairman is attached but in any event no Club may cast more than one vote

should any votes be required. The Chairman shall have no vote, either

deliberative or casting, at meetings of the Under 20 Development League Sub

Committee. The Sub Committee shall elect from within its membership a

Secretary, a Secretary and a Treasurer who shall be responsible for the day to

day administrative functions required. The Secretary, Treasurer and Fixture

Secretary shall be elected from within the membership of the Development

League Sub Committee at a general meeting held prior to the commencement of

the season. In addition any matters which require urgent consideration will be

referred to an Emergency Committee comprising the Under 20 Development

League Secretary, the Under 20 Development League Fixture secretary, the Under

20 Development League Treasurer and two members of The Board of the Scottish

Lowland Football League.

ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS

6 6.1 Eligibility

In order to be eligible to participate in the Under 20 Development League players

must be registered for the Club for which they intend to play under the terms of

the Registration Procedures as laid down by the Scottish Football Association for

Non-Recreational Football with the exception of a player playing as a Trialist in

accordance with the terms of Clause 6.3 hereunder. The transfer of players and

transfer deadlines are governed by the relevant rules of the Lowland/ East of

Scotland / South of Scotland Football Leagues.

6.2 Age Limit

To be eligible to participate in the Under 20 Development League, the

following criteria will apply:-

Players must be under 20 years of age on the 1st January immediately

preceding the start of the playing season. e.g. For season 2019/20 this

means players born on or after 1st January 2000.

Up to two over-age players will be allowed to play in the Under 20

Development League or Qualifying League for any club but must be

registered in terms of rule 6.1. Over-age players are not allowed to play in

the knock out stage of any Cup competition. No Trialist in terms of rule

6.3 is eligible to play in the Under 20 Development League as an overage

player.

Any over-age player who meets the criteria laid out in rule 6.1. can only

be listed on the team sheet for up to six matches in any season including

all listed competitions.

6.3 Playing of Players Without Registration

No more than 5 of the players listed on the team sheet of any Club may be

trialists in any one Lowland and East of Scotland Football League Under

20 Development League match or League Cup Section match. Each trialist

may be allowed to participate in the Under 20 Development League

providing he is otherwise eligible to do so. Any player who plays for a

Club on three or more occasions as a trialist will be deemed to be a

registered player of that Club and can only play for another Club in the

Lowland and East of Scotland Football Leagues under the terms of the

current Lowland and East of Scotland League rules.

Any club wishing to play a player registered for a club in membership of

The Scottish Youth Football Association as a Trialist in the Under 20

Development League must obtain the prior written consent of his club

beforehand. These players can play up to a maximum of 12 games in the

Under 20 Development League or Qualifying League for any club. They

cannot however, play in cup competitions.

6.4 Teamlines

All clubs must complete in duplicate the official Scottish Lowland

Football League teamlines containing the list of names and dates of birth

of all of the players participating and hand to the match referee at least 30

minutes before the scheduled kick-off time. Any player who is a trialist

should be clearly marked with the letter “T” on the teamlines and this

should also include their full postal address. Overage players should also

be clearly shown on the teamlines and the full name, postal address and

date of birth also included .

The match referee shall pass one copy of the teamlines to the opposing

Club prior to the commencement of the match and submit the top copy to

the Under 20 Development League Secretary within four days of the

playing of the match.

VENUES

  1. All matches in the Under 20 Development League must be played at a ground

which has a playing surface and changing accommodation that has been approved

and accepted by the Scottish Lowland Football League. Clubs must also ensure that there is a barrier between the playing pitch and spectators, this can be in the form of a permanent barrier or an area for spectators roped off. Failure to comply with this will result in spectators watching the match from outside the playing area (if the pitch is caged off).

Clubs will be required to designate the ground for their home matches and this

cannot be changed without the prior approval of the Emergency Committee of the

Under 20 Development League. In cup ties Clubs may give up their choice of

venue to their opponents but in league matches or sectional league cup matches a

Club cannot play their home match on their opponents ground.

DAYS OF MATCHES

  1. The Fixture Secretary shall have power to arrange matches as deemed necessary.

Matches will be scheduled for and will normally be played on a Friday night.

However, and with the mutual agreement of both Clubs and the Under 20

Development League as hereinafter provided, they may move the date of any

match to any date up to the Wednesday of the following week. Any such request

should be made to the Fixture Secretary who will then liaise with the Emergency

Committee whose decision will be final and binding.

KICK-OFF TIME OF MATCHES

8.1 Matches will kick-off at a time as intimated by the Fixture Secretary. However

provided both clubs agree it is permissible to change the kick-off time subject to

the approval of the Fixture Secretary. The home club will be responsible for

confirming match details to their visitors and the referee at least four days before

the match is due to take place.

MATCH OFFICIALS

  1. 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.

RESPONSIBILITY OF HOME CLUBS

  1. In the event of the home club not notifying the match referee of any change in the

arrangements for a match or its postponement and they travel to the venue they

will be entitled to receive half of their match fee plus expenses from the Home

Club.

All Clubs shall be required to appoint an Under 20 Development Co-ordinator

who will act as the principal point of contact for all administrative matters relating

to the Under 20 Development team. Additionally Clubs should nominate one

person to act as a deputy should the Development Co-ordinator be unavailable.

COMPETITIONS

11 All matches shall be played in the terms of the Laws of the Game as recognised

by the Scottish Football Association Limited.

LOWLANDS UNDER 20 DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

LOWLANDS UNDER 20 DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP

LOWLANDS UNDER 20 DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE CUP

LOWLANDS UNDER 20 DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE KNOCK OUT CUP