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Junior Football

From Under 12s players play 11 a side games on standard pitches with standard goal posts. 

MANAGERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH ANY LEAGUE NOTES DISTRIBUTED DURING THE SEASON. THESE CAN BE FOUND ON THE "LEAGUE NOTES" PAGE.

Age Guidance
Team CategorySchool yr No of HPR teamsteam sizepitch sizeGame time ball size no of subs Cup extra time
 Under 12 1 11 full 35 mins e/w 4 5 7 mins e/w
 Under 13 1 11 full 35 e/w 4 5 7mins e/w
 Under 14 1 11 full 40 e/w 5 5 10mins e/w
 Under 1510  1 11 full 40 e/w 5 5 10 mins e/w 
 Under 16    11 1 11 full 40 e/w 5 5 10 mins e/w
 Youth12/13  1 11 full 45 e/w 5  10 mins e/w

Leagues
The composition of leagues at under 12s is undertaken by the Cardiff and District league council and take views from a number of informed parties before selecting teams for the vairous divisions. The number of divisions is governed by the number of teams. Promotion and relegation issues are dealt with by the League. The number of teams involved in promotion/relegation can vary depending on the relative performance of teams in the divisions and of the total number of teams taking part in each age group. Currently, some age groups have 3 divisions and some 2.

Nets/flags
Home team supplies the goal nets and corner flags in league and cup games

Referees
The referee, (unless one is appointed by the league) is supplied by the home team. (except in cup games, see "cup rules" below)
Please make note of the following received from the League. 

"In league games, if a ref is not appointed, a qualified ref will be given priority. I.e. if the home team does not have a qualified person, the away team may supply a ref if they have a qualified person available."


A referee appointed by a club, qualified or otherwise, has the same responsibilty and authority as an official appointed by the league. All instances of misconduct, caution, dismissal or problems with club officials or spectators must be reported to the south wales fa by the referee. Reports should be succinct, only including the offence, not what happened previously and must be sent to:

Mr M. Adams, 24 Ty Crwyn, Church Village, Pontypridd. CF38 2HX.


It must also be noted that whoever starts refereeing the game, officiates for the whole game. It has been known for clubs to agree to referee half each."


Team colours

If both teams have predominantly the same colour kit, the away team is to wear a change strip.

 


Note on Substitutes
In junior football (U12 TO U16) a team may use a maximum of 5 substituutes. Please note that rolling subs ARE NOT allowed.

Cup Rules for Juniors
In junior cup Matches the away team should provide the referee if no official is appointed by the League. [nets/flags-home team]
Extra time to be played if teams are level at the final whistle; this is 7 mins e/w for U12 and U13 and 10mins e/w for U14, U15 and U16. If scores are level the usual penalty shoot out takes place. [Teams take 5 each, the 5 takers selected from players still on the pitch at the end of extra time. If the scores are still level, teams take one each until one team scores and one does not. No player shall take a second penalty unless all  players have already taken a penalty.]

Results/ Result Cards
Unlike in mini-football the league must be informed of results.  The home team must inform Robin Davies via email/tex/phone of the result of League or cup games by 5.30 on Saturdays and by 8.30 for Mid-week games. At HPR this has been achieved by managers informing Doug of all results straight after games. Doug will then collate all results so Robin receives one email. This also enables information to be placed on the website for the perusal by players/parents.
For every game a result card must be sent to Robin. These are provided by the Club Secretary at the start of the season. The card must be completed correctly. Fines are incurred by the club for advising of result and for not sending a the card in. Fines are also incurred for incorrectly filling out a card.


Failure to play matches.... The followings is an extract from the Cardiff and District Handbook
"Any Team in the Under 16, 15, 14, 13 & 12 Divisions failing to fulfil its League engagements shall at the discretion of the League Council have 3 points deducted from their record.  Any Team in the Senior, Under 18, Under 17 Divisions failing to fulfil its League engagements shall at the discretion of the League Management Council have  3 points deducted from their record. Any team failing to fulfil its league engagements shall at the discretion of the League Council befined a sum not exceeding £l2 for the first offence, £24 for the second offence and for the third offence shall be fined a sum not exceeding £36 and may be expelled from the League. When the game is not played, the Secretaries of both Clubs must advise the League Match Secretary in writing within 5 days and include full details regarding failure or will be dealt with as the League Council deem fit. In the case of the opponents failing to field a team, correspondence isnot required from the non offending club if they have been advised of the postponement by the relevant match secretary."

Fixtures are generally given out Monthly. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL FIXTURES ARE PUBLISHED IF YOU KNOW A DATE IS LIKELY TO CAUSE A PROBLEM. 
Basically, managers are asked to plan ahead. Inform the club or fixture secretary of any date that you know will be a problem. It is possible that the League can plan ahead causing minimum disappointment to clubs and players.




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