IRISH UNIVERSITIES FOOTBALL UNION

 

RULES, REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES


ELIGIBILITY:

Registered students, holding valid student's cards and pursuing a course lasting not less than one academic year are eligible to play IUFU competitions. If requested, each player must produce his student card for inspection prior to a game. A player unable to produce a valid student's card will not be allowed to participate (Amended summer meeting 2001)

 

HARDING MEMORIAL TROPHY:

Confined to registered undergraduate students in their first year at an Irish University/College. Repeat students or transfer students are not eligible. (Amended summer meeting 2001)

 

CROWLEY CUP:

Confined to registered students who did not play in the Collingwood Cup tournament of the same season.


PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS:


Players registered as professionals with their own University club are eligible to participate in IUFU tournaments, but players registered as professionals with another club are not eligible.

NOTE: USIT and ISIC cards are NOT acceptable as valid student cards.


MAXIMUM NUMBER OF YEARS OF ELIGIBILITY:

Players are eligible to play in IUFU competitions for a maximum of 6 years. (Summer meeting 2001)

 

TOURNAMENT RULES: (Amended AGM 2004)

Matches will normally last for 90 minutes, however, shorter matches may be played if round-robin formats are used as in the Crowley and Harding competitions. If a match is abandoned after 60 minutes have elapsed, the score at the time of the abandonment will stand as the match result. If a match is abandoned before 60 minutes have been played, and it is not possible to replay the game, the score will be recorded as 0 - 0

Knockout matches:

In knockout matches in which the score is tied after 90 minutes, extra time will be used only in competition semi-finals and finals and the period of extra time will be 10 minutes each way. If still tied after extra time a penalty shootout will decide the outcome. Knockout games prior to the semi-finals, tied after 90 minutes, will go straight to penalties. (Amended Summer Meeting 2005)

League format Matches:

In competitions played in league format e.g. the Collingwood groups, the League, round-robins etc., 3 points will be awarded for win and 1 point for a draw.

Rules for resolving league position ties:

The winning team will be: -

Team with greatest number of points. If tied then: -

Result of match(es) between the tied teams (if the teams played each other twice then aggregate scores. Away goals to count double in the event of a tie on aggregate). If still tied then: -

Goal difference. If still tied then: -

Goals for. If still tied then: -

Draw lots

If a league match cannot be played, or if it is abandoned before 60 minutes have elapsed, and one or both of the teams concerned are involved in a tie on points, then the league position will be decided by the result of the match(es) between the teams involved in the tie on points. If still tied then goal difference and goals for will NOT be used to resolve the tie. Instead the teams will take part in a play off game(s) if possible, or draw lots if a play off game is not possible.

COLOURS:

Teams to bring two sets of gear to matches to avoid clash of colours.


TROPHIES:

Trophies to be returned to IUFU at least one month prior to the appropriate tournament.


DISCIPLINARY RULES:

A player receiving a red card * shall be ineligible for the next game in the Tournament. A player receiving three yellow cards ** shall be ineligible for the next game in the Tournament. (Amended summer meeting 2001)

* Sent off * * Official cautions.


SUBSTITUTIONS:

FIFA substitution rules apply (5 out of 7 nominated substitutes) allowed. (Amended AGM 2004)


PLATE COMPETITION:

Plate qualifiers shall be the second placed teams in each group in the Collingwood Cup and the 1st match losers in the Harding and Crowley Competitions.


ACCOMMODATION ADDRESS:

Secretaries of participating teams in all competitions must notify the Secretary of the IUFU of their team's accommodation address during a Tournament, prior to the commencement of the Tournament.


WITHDRAWAL:

Any club which enters an IUFU competition and which subsequently withdraws, may stand suspended for the remainder of the season and for the following season (Amended AGM 1999)


INTERNATIONALS:

Official IUFU ties to be awarded at the end of each season to players selected on the International side.


AFFILIATION FEES:

The annual affiliation fees to be determined by the Hon. Treasurer each year, so that projected expenses can be met. Date of payment to be fixed and circulated by the Hon. Treasurer. Any club failing to pay its affiliation fee by the appropriate date may be liable to suspension from the Union.


MAXIMUM NUMBER OF TEAMS IN COLLINGWOOD:

Entries for the Collingwood Cup competition will be maximised at 16. All further applicants will have to pre-qualify.


AGM 1984/85: RE HARDING AND CROWLEY COMPETITIONS:

Where these competitions are played in Northern Ireland, the Tournament will conclude on a Saturday.
Where these competitions are played in the Republic of Ireland, the Tournament will conclude on a Sunday.


SHIN GUARDS:

All players in the IUFU Competitions must wear shin guards. The referee will report any player to the Union falling to comply with this directive. (Summer Meeting 1989).


LATE START:

Any club found responsible for the late start to any game under the auspices of the Irish Universities Football Union shall be fined not less than 100 for each offence. (May 1993)


TRAVEL TO TOURNAMENTS:

All teams competing in the Collingwood Cup must arrive in the city / town where the Tournament is being played on the day prior to their opening game (AGM 1994).


HOST TEAMS IN HARDING AND CROWLEY COMPETITIONS:

The host teams in the Harding Memorial Trophy and the Crowley Cup will automatically receive a bye into the first round proper if there are more than eight teams involved i.e. the hosts will not be drawn in the preliminary round of these competitions (AGM 1995).


BEHAVIOUR OF OFFICIALS:
Team officials who receive an official caution or are sent off by the referee will be subject to the same disciplinary sanctions as players i.e. one match suspension for a red card or three yellow cards. (Summer Meeting 1996, amended Summer Meeting 2001)

 

AMENDMENTS TO THESE RULES: (AGM 2004)
Amendments to these Rules can only be made at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) or at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). An EGM can be called by the Executive Committee or at the request of 5 or more of the member clubs. Upon receipt of such a request, the Hon Secretary will call an EGM within one month.
At an AGM or EGM a proposed rule change will succeed if it obtains a simple majority.
Proposed rule changes must be submitted to the Hon Secretary at least 14 days before a General Meeting.
Rule changes passed at an AGM or EGM will take effect at the start of the next season. Our season will run from 1st October until 30th September.

QUORUM: (AGM 2004)
A General Meeting will proceed only when at least half the member clubs are represented.

VOTING AT MEETINGS: (AGM 2004)
At an AGM or EGM each member club will have one vote. In the case of a tied vote the Chairman will have a casting vote.
Voting will normally be by show of hands but may be by secret ballot at the request of a majority of the representatives present

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