The Cups shall be called
(a) The Huddersfield & District FA Challenge Cup
(b) The Huddersfield & District FA Challenge Trophy
(c) The Huddersfield & District FA Sunday Challenge Cup.
(a) The Huddersfield & District F.A. Challenge Cup Competition shall be open to the First / Senior/ Premier team of all Clubs playing in Saturday Football Leagues within the Association's area, subject to the conditions detailed below.
(b) The Huddersfield & District F.A. Challenge Trophy Competition shall be open to the Reserve / Second or other team of a Club whose first team compete in a League affiliated to this Association and playing in Saturday Football Leagues within the Associations area.
(c) The Huddersfield & District F.A. Sunday Challenge Cup Competition shall be open to Clubs playing in Sunday Football Leagues within the Association's area, subject to the conditions detailed below.
The Challenge Cup Competitions shall be open to all clubs belonging to this Association together with such other clubs with teams that play in Leagues that are in membership with this association. The exception being clubs who are members of other Associations affiliated to the West Riding County F.A.
All clubs in membership of this Association are required to enter either The Huddersfield & District F.A. Challenge Cup Competition or the Huddersfield & District F.A. Sunday Challenge Cup Competition. Exemption may be given to those Clubs who enter the West Riding County F.A. Challenge Cup Competitions, subject to applications for exemption being received and approved by the Association prior to the 3rd Saturday in August in that season.
Each club eligible to compete shall give notice to the Secretary of the Association on FORM C of the Association, which shall be supplied to each club at least 14 days before entries close.
"This form must be returned before the 1st September in that season in which such club proposes to compete, and with such notice shall forward an entrance fee of £25.00 per team."
Entries received after this date will incur a surcharge of £10.00.
Clubs shall be allowed to enter only one team in the senior challenge Cup Competition.
The Council may reject the entry of any club if they deem such a course desirable.
(a) Only players without written contracts are allowed to play in these competitions.
(b) Players shall not receive payment for playing in any of the above competitions.
(c) Only players registered by a Club during the current season for League purposes, and having PLAYED for that club during the current season in a league or bona-fide cup match shall be eligible. Pre season friendly matches do NOT qualify the player for these competitions.
(d) Substitutes MUST have qualified under section (c) above to play.
(e) Only those players who are qualified to play in rounds preceding the Semi-Final shall be
eligible to play in the Semi-Final or Final.
(f) No player shall play for more than one club in the Saturday Challenge Cup / Challenge Trophy Competitions. Players shall only be allowed to play in a competition senior to that in which they first played.
(g) No player shall play for more than one club / team in the Sunday Challenge Cup competition in any one season.
(h) Not less than 15 minutes before the time fixed for the commencement of the game, the Captains or Secretaries of each club shall supply on the Match Report Form to the Referee and the Captain or Secretary of the opposing Club a written list of players and substitutes taking part in the match.
Clubs must send their opponents team sheet with their own Match Report Form to the Competition Secretary.
Clubs failing to provide the Referee and/or their opponents with their list of players and substitutes shall be fined £10.00
(h) Substitutes named on the team sheet will be deemed to have NOT taken part in the match unless otherwise stated on the copy of the team sheet returned to the Competition Secretary.
(i) The Association shall accept only the match Report Form returned to the Competition Secretary as conclusive evidence of the players and substitutes named to take part in the relevant match. Any other player/substitute found to have taken part in the relevant match should be deemed as an "in-eligible player".
A Club may at its discretion use three substitute players at any time in a Challenge Cup Match except to replace a player who has been suspended from the game by the referee. The substitution can only be made when play is stopped for any reason and the referee has given permission.
Only three substitutes by each side will be permitted in any match (who may be chosen from not more than five who must be named to the referee before the commencement of the match).
The referee must not allow any other player to take his place once the match has started. A player who starts in a match (including substitutes) shall not take part in any other match until the match in which he starts has finished.
The Council shall have the power to punish by fine, or disqualify any competing club, or player, or players of any competing club who may be proved guilty of any breach of the rules of this competition, or this Association or the Football Association.
In the event of a match being played even if the match is abandoned before full time is reached then penalties outlined below shall apply.
(a) A winning team playing players either through ignorance, mistake or any other cause, without the qualifications of rule 4 shall be struck out of the competition without exception and shall be fined £15.00 for each ineligible player, and their opponents shall go forward to the next round providing all their players are eligible
(b) A team having drawn and played players either through ignorance, mistake or any other cause, without the qualifications of rule 4 shall be struck out of the competition without exception and shall be fined £15.00 for each ineligible player, and their opponents shall go forward to the next round providing all their players are eligible.
(c) A Loosing team playing players either through ignorance, mistake or any other cause, without the qualifications of rule 4 shall be struck out of the competition without exception and shall be fined £15.00 for each ineligible player.
(d) Should both teams play players either through ignorance, mistake or any other cause, without the qualifications of rule 4, they shall both be struck out of the competition and fined £15.00 for each ineligible player, and their opponents in the next round shall receive a bye.
The ties shall be drawn, the dates fixed and the matches played as the Council may determine and immediately after each drawing the Secretary of the Association shall intimate to each of the Clubs drawn, the name of the Clubs against which it is drawn, and the date and hour on which the tie is to be played. Any Club interested in the draw shall be allowed to be present, and shall intimate in writing to the secretary who will notify the time, place and date where the draw will be made at least three days previously.
All teams must fulfil their matches on the date arranged unless prevented by order of the Referee or Competition Secretary. Any team failing to comply with this rule shall be fined £15.00 and dismissed from the competition and shall also pay the referee's fee and expenses, also the assistant referee's fee and expenses when officially appointed.
The home club must advise the visiting team and the referee as to the clubs colours and directions to the ground and dressing rooms if the clubs do not play in the same league, by three days prior to the match. Clubs failing to comply will be fined £10.00.
Unless otherwise mutually arranged, the Club, which is in each instance first drawn in the ballot, shall have a choice of ground.
Except by mutual consent, the contending club shall not be allowed to select any ground other than that on which they are accustomed to play.
If the ground of the club having the choice of ground is considered unsuitable for the Cup-tie, its opponents may appeal to the Council within seven days of receipt of the official intimation of the draw, and shall deposit with the secretary of the association the sum of £15.00 to cover the cost of the enquiry.
If the appeal be upheld, the council may order the match to be played on the ground of the appealing club, or on a neutral ground, if the appeal be not sustained, the £15.00 shall be forfeited.
The referee shall have the power to decide as to the fitness of the ground in all matches, and each club must take every precaution to keep its ground in playing condition, and if necessary, either club may require the referee to visit the ground two hours before the advertised time of the kick off, for which travelling expenses should be paid by the requesting club.
Clubs shall not mutually arrange to play a match in lieu of a Cup-tie. If a match is played to a conclusion it must be a Cup-tie.
It is the home club's responsibility to ensure that changing accommodation is available and that the ground is suitably marked.
The dimensions and marking out of a ground shall be in accordance with Law 1 of the Football Association. The field of play must be kept clear of spectators, the goal nets securely pegged, must be used in all matches. The home club must provide two match balls in all rounds up to the Semi - Finals. Any Club reported for failing to comply with these instructions will result in a fine of £10.00 for each separate offence.
Where the colours of the two competing teams are the same, the Home team must change, in the Semi-Final and Final ties both teams must change.
Player's shirts shall be numbered 2 to 11 for outfield players and the substitutes numbered 12 upwards. Players and substitutes must wear the shirt as numbered and listed on the Team Sheet and Match Report Forms.
Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine of £10.00 for each offence.
Referees and where applicable Assistant Referees & "Fourth Official" shall be appointed by the Associations Referees Committee, and their duties shall be as defined by Laws 5 and 6 of the F.A.'s Laws of the Game.
||Assistant Referee and 4th Official
In all matches up to and including the Quarter Finals
Semi -Final Matches
Referees, Assistant Referees and Fourth Official - 20p per mile.
All fees and expenses must be paid prior to the commencement of the game.
Referees and Assistant Referees Fees and Expenses are to be paid by the home club up to but NOT including the quarter final round matches.
In the quarter final round matches or replays thereof, the Fees and Travelling expenses of the match officials shall be borne equally by the two competing clubs.
All Fees and Travelling Expenses for the match officials for the Semi-Final and Final ties will be paid by the Association.
In the event of postponement, owing to weather or ground conditions, the Referee and Assistant Referees shall be paid half fee and travelling expenses.
Where a game is commenced and abandoned for whatever reason, the Referee and Assistant Referees shall be paid full fee and Travelling Expenses.
In all rounds prior to the Quarter Finals, both clubs must provide a Club Linesman. A Club failing to provide a Club Linesman must be reported by the Referee to the Competition Secretary, and the club will be fined £10.00.
Neutral Assistant Referees will be appointed for the Quarter Final, Semi Final and Final round matches by the Association.
The circumstances of postponed or abandoned matches these must be reported to the Competition Secretary in writing within 4 days of the match by the Referee.
Should the appointed Referee fail to arrive at the ground by the Kick-off time notified by the Competition Secretary, and where no Assistant Referees have been appointed, the clubs may mutually agree upon a Referee. A Referee thus agreed and taking charge of the match shall have full powers, status and authority of a Registered Referee and shall be entitled to the Fee and Expenses in line with the above.
If the clubs are unable to agree the appointment of an alternative Referee, other than the appointed Referee who has failed to arrive - then the match is "postponed" and the circumstances must be reported to the Competition Secretary by means of the Match Report Form, by both clubs. The teams cannot play any other match in the event of a Cup Match being postponed due to the above circumstances.
The Duration of each match shall be 90 minutes, (45 minutes each way) and the referee shall allow time for time wasted or lost through accident or other cause. The interval at half time shall be five minutes except by special permission of the referee.
When the match has resulted in a draw after 90 minutes have been played, an extra 15 minutes each way must be played, should the match then result in a draw - The match shall be decided by the taking of penalties in accordance with F.A. Rules.
If a match is abandoned after completing 90 minutes then the match shall be replayed on the opponent's ground, (Except Semi-Final and Final ties where grounds shall be decided by Council).
Postponed matches shall be played on a date and ground fixed by the Council.
Kicks from the Penalty Mark
For details of the correct procedure relating to the taking of penalties after the match has resulted in a draw the "Laws of Association Football - Guide for Players and Referees" will apply.
Any Club intending to "scratch" prior to the semi-final round ties must give intimation to the Secretary of the opposing club and to the Secretary of the Association, not less than eight days before the date fixed for playing, or shall be reported to the Council, who shall compel such offending club to pay the expenses incurred by their opponents or take such action as they deem expedient. If a club decides to scratch after a drawn game, intimation must be given to its opponent and to the Secretary of this Association not later than the following Wednesday noon.
Any team scratching from this competition shall not be allowed to play any other match on the date appointed for the cup match.
The result of each match with the names of the players of each club including substitutes, Referees name and mark, correctly filled in accompanied by your opponents copy (see Rule 4 (h) and posted so as to reach the Secretary not later than the first post on Wednesday after the match (if the match is played on a Saturday/Sunday or 48 hours later should the match be a week night game). After this time it will be classified as being received late.
A club who sends in a late or incomplete reports will be fined £10.00.
Should a club fail to return a Match Report Form, then they shall be dealt with by the Council at their discretion.
The referee shall report all late starts in writing within four days of the match. The captain of the team at fault should be informed before the match commences.
Clubs held responsible for late starts shall be fined £10.00 for a period of not exceeding 10 minutes and £3,00 for each additional 5 minutes or part thereof up to 30 minutes. The Council shall deal with cases in which the start is delayed more than 30 minutes, at their discretion. No referee shall be expected to wait more than 20 minutes, after the stipulated kick-off time, except in extreme circumstances, after this period of time the referee shall be free from his obligation to the match, providing that he reports the facts to the F.A. Secretary in writing. The Council shall then decide on the matter as they deem fit.
(a) No objection relative to the ground, goalposts, bars or other appurtenances of the game shall be entertained by the Council unless a protest is lodged in writing by the captain of the protesting club with the referee before the commencement of the match, nor shall any reference or protests of any kind relating to the above, be entertained by the Council unless the Club lodging the protest shall have deposited by registered letter or recorded delivery , with the Secretary of the Association the sum of £20.00 which shall be forfeited to the funds of the Association in the event of the protest not being sustained.
(b) All protests not covered by rule 17(a) must be signed by the Chairman, besides the Secretary of the club protesting, and shall be lodged per registered letter or recorded delivery with the secretary of the Association accompanied by a fee of £20.00 within three days of the match, excluding Sunday, and a written copy of the protest shall be sent to the Secretary of the Club protested against per registered letter or recorded delivery.
(c) In all cases of protest, if the Council deem fit they may also order the protesting club to pay such sums, as they may consider necessary towards defraying the expenses of the club protested against, or any other expenses incurred in hearing the protest.
No objection or protest shall be withdrawn except by leave of the Council. Protest must be lodged within three days of the match (Sundays not included).
Each club may support its own case by witness, Should a protest be improperly lodged, the protest fee shall be forfeited.
18. Appeals against decisions
Any appeal against a decision of the Committee shall be made in accordance with the appropriate Rule of Appeal to the County Association to whom they are affiliated.
The proceeds of matches (except replayed matches in consequences of breach of rules, and Semi-Final and Final Ties) shall be equally divided between the competing clubs, after paying there out the ground expenses. In the event of a second replay, the costs shall be shared by both competing Clubs.
The expenses of sellers and checkers shall not be a charge on the gate. A full statement must be returned to the Association Secretary. If the receipts not sufficient to cover the entire expenses of the match, the Home team shall pay the expenses of the officials.
If any match is ordered to be replayed, being in consequence of breach of rule, the club in default shall not receive any share of the proceeds of such. replayed match without the consent of the Council. If consent be not given, their share shall be taken by the Association.
In the Semi-Finals or replayed Semi-Final ties the Association shall take the whole of the proceeds of matches after paying there out the necessary expenses incurred.
In Quarter-Final matches or Quarter-Final replays the fees and travelling expenses of the match officials shall be bourn equally by the two competing clubs.
(a) No club shall be allowed to scratch, even after a drawn game.
(b) The ground or grounds shall be fixed by the Council.
(c) Any club failing to fulfil a Semi-Final or Final tie without showing good and sufficient cause shall be adjudged by the Council to have been guilty of serious misconduct, and the whole of the players and Committee shall be reported to the West Riding County Football Association Ltd.
(d) Any club playing a suspended player or players in a Final Tie shall not receive the cup or mementoes awarded by the Association, but shall be struck out of the competition and the cup and one set of mementoes shall be awarded to their opponents. The whole of the officials of the offending club together with the players of that club who took part in the match shall be reported to the West Riding County Football Association.
(e) Each club shall supply each other with a list of players taking part in the match, and a copy of both lists shall be given to the Secretary or other Council Official of the Association before the commencement of the match. Clubs failing to comply shall be fined £10.00.
Mementoes may be presented to the members of each competing team in the Final Tie provided each member is eligible to compete in that tie. Should it be found upon the protest of one of the competing clubs in the final or replayed final after cup and mementoes have been awarded, that any member of either team was not eligible to play in that tie, the whole of the mementoes together with the cup shall be returned and the Council shall decide what shall be done and if the match, if ordered to be replayed between eligible members of both teams the Cup shall be awarded to the winning club, and the mementoes to the members of the competing team or teams of the Final tie or any other team as the Council may decide.
When a player taking part in a Final match is ordered to leave the field of play for misconduct, the memento to, which he may be entitled will be withheld subject to application to the Council.
The grounds for the Semi-Final and Final ties shall be decided by the Council who shall make all the arrangements for the use of same.
When the winning club shall have been ascertained, the Cup shall be handed to the representative of such club on receiving a document to the following effect, and subscribe by three persons, whose names shall have been previously submitted to and approved by the Council.
“We A.B., C.D., and E. F. Members of and representing the .........................Club which has now been declared to have won the Huddersfield and District Football Association Saturday Challenge / Sunday Challenge Cup / Challenge Trophy, and the same being delivered to us by the said Association, do hereby, on behalf of the said club and jointly and severally engage to return the same to the Treasurer of the Association for the time being on or before the first day of February next in good order and condition, and in accordance with the conditions and rules of the Competition which we have read and understood Providing the said Cup is destroyed or damaged by fire or by any other cause, or lost while under our care, we agree to refund the Association the amount of its original value or cost of repairs."
Cups must be returned in good and clean condition to the Secretary of the Huddersfield & District F.A. on or before the 1st February of the following year. Any Club failing to comply with any part(s) of this rule shall be fined a sum not exceeding £50.00.
All questions of interpretations of rules, or matters not provided for in the foregoing Rules, shall be referred to the Council, whose decision shall be final, but subject to appeal.
All monies required by any of these rules shall be addressed to the Secretary of the Association at the address given in the handbook of the Association.
(a) Expenses for clearing the ground of snow and in other ways of preparing the ground must be borne by the home club.
(b) A Club may, at its own expense, erect temporary stands and take the proceeds, in cases where the opposing club decline to join in the expense of erection.
(c) A temporary stand becomes a permanent one if used after the match for which it is erected.
(d) A player who has been suspended may play in postponed, drawn, or replayed Cup-ties after the term of suspension has expired,
(e) The Council shall fix the charges for admission in all rounds of the competition, as they deem advisable.
(f) Ground expenses as referred to in rule 19, the Match Officials charges, printing, posting, advertising and police charges. Marking out the ground is not a charge on the gate.
(g) Where the colours of two competing clubs are the same, the home team must change, in the semi-Final or Final tie both teams must change.
(h) Where a tie has been postponed on two or more occasions due to the ground being unfit, Council may compel the home club to find a suitable alternative venue and be responsible for advising the Competition Secretary, the referee and their opponents of that alternative venue.