Sandon Soccer Ltd

1.         Definitions
1.1       ‘SSL’ means Sandon Soccer Limited, company number 12130005.
1.2       “Team Manager” means the representative and organiser of group hiring a pitch(es).

2.         The League
2.1       The League will consist of a minimum of 4 teams and a maximum of 16.
2.2       A season will consist of each team in each league playing each other twice, (however this may have to be adapted at the discretion of SSL i.e. in  cases of a reduced league).
2.3       In each League, three (3) points will be awarded for a win, one (1) point for a draw, and no (0) points for a loss.
2.4       League positions will be decided at the end of each season by (i) total points,(ii) goal difference and (iii) goals scored. Point (ii) shall only used in occurrences of (i) being equal, point (iii) is only used in occurrences of (i) and (ii) being equal. 

If at the end of a season any two teams are equal on (i), (ii), and (iii) the aggregate of their results against each other will determine the league winner

3.         Entry of Teams to Leagues
3.1       To enter a team into a league the Team Manager must complete their registration form and agreements as required by SSL. Along with the correctly completed form and agreements, SSL must receive, in full payment of the registration fee and the deposit.  No team will be permitted to play in any League until that season’s registration fee and deposit has been received in full by SSL.
3.2       Registration fees for the following season must be paid on the first match of the new season.
3.3       In certain circumstances, SSL reserves the right to enter new teams into vacated League spaces at any time during a season. Such teams will take over the points, league position, etc of the replaced team. SSL also reserves the right to enter new teams into empty spaces during the season.
3.4       Any team in arrears of payment to SSL will not be permitted to enter a new season. Records of all monies received and/or owed are kept by SSL and shall be provided to the Team Manager if requested.

4.         Player Registration and Availability
4.1       Each player in the SSL adult leagues must be a minimum of 16 years of age on the date the player commences play in any League.
4.2       Up to eight players can be selected for each match, 5 players and 3 substitutes.
4.3       Players are not allowed to play for more than one team per league unless approved by SSL. Any team found to be playing a player who has played for another team, their team will lose 10-0.
4.4       In the event a team is found using a suspended player, that team will have the match awarded to their opposition 10–0 and may have one point deducted per suspended player.
4.5       Persistent or serious breaches of ‘c’ and/or ‘d’ may result in expulsion from the League.

5.         Pre match formalities
5.1       The Team Manager shall pay the match fee in full before the commencement of any game (for the avoidance of doubt no later than 10 minutes before), unless agreed with SSL in writing.
5.2       The referee will not begin any match until they have received confirmation from SSL that all match fees have been paid.

6.         Failure to Show
6.1       If a team is late kicking off, their opponents will be given one goal for every two minutes that the opposing team is late from the scheduled kick-off time. The time is taken from the referees watch -  there will be no exceptions.
6.2       If a team fails to appear within 10 minutes of its scheduled kick off time, the opposing team will be awarded 3 points and a 10 – 0 win, and reimbursement of the match fee.
6.3       If, after the 10 minute time limit, the team arrives, the teams upon mutual agreement can agree to play the match for the remainder of the time that is scheduled for that match.
6.4       If both teams fail to turn up for a scheduled match, the game will be declared null and void with neither team receiving any points.  In such instances both teams will be fully liable to pay the full match fee.
6.5       A game will be abandoned in instances where a player is found consuming alcohol/drugs prior to or during a game (or is reasonably suspected of doing so).  In these circumstances, SSL shall take appropriate action against the team and/or the player in question as it deems necessary.

7.         Cancellations, Postponements and Re-arrangements
7.1       All games shall be played in accordance with the original fixture list which appears on the website, however this is subject to change and should be checked no more than 24 hours prior to a scheduled kick off, unless one or more of the following exceptions applies ( in each instance, SSL’s decision shall be final and binding):

  • Adverse weather conditions leading to unplayable pitches, in this instance the game will be re-arranged within a suitable timescale by SSL.
  • If SSL is closed due to a Public Holiday or a school event, games will be re-arranged within the corresponding season.

7.2       Teams are permitted one postponement per team per season, on the condition that any such postponement is re-arranged.  A minimum of 24 hours’ notice must be given, and the match will be re-scheduled by SSL. Postponed games must be played within the corresponding season.
7.3       Under no circumstances will the last two games of the season be postponed.
7.4       In accordance with these terms, failure for a team to turn up for a fixture, will result in the game being forfeited 3 points and a 10–0 score line awarded to the opposition, and will lose their deposit, which must be paid back at their next match.
7.5       In circumstances of a game being abandoned at no fault of either team, a full replay will be arranged with score line commencing 0–0. The fees paid for the match will be refunded by SSL.
7.6       If a team does not turn up for 2 games (without prior advise to SSL) they may be removed from the league and replaced with a team from the waiting list. The team removed will still be liable for any outstanding match fees.

8.         Payment
8.1       Any fees owed by a team or outstanding in accordance with these terms are the responsibility of each Team Manager.  In the event that any fees or other payments owing to SSL are not paid on time this may result in a debt collection being filed against a Team Manager and the Essex FA will be notified.
8.2       If fees are owed by a team, the Team Manager of that team may be banned from all SSL leagues until payment is made. This is at the discretion of SSL.
8.3       Repayment schemes may be permitted for outstanding fees, at the complete discretion of SSL, and will have to be agreed in writing between the Team Organiser and a director of SSL/

9.         League Replacements, Withdrawals and Voids
9.1       If a team pulls out or is removed from a League during a season, SSL will endeavour to replace them from a team on its stand-by list.
9.2       At the sole discretion of SSL, any replacement team will take over the replaced team’s points, its league standing and all of its previous results. If a replacement team cannot be found all results will be awarded 10 – 0 to the opposition of the withdrawing team, as well as 3 points, the exiting team’s league points and standing and previous results will stand.
9.3       If a league has a void space from the start of a season, then teams playing that void will be awarded a 10-0 win and 3 points.

10.       Behaviour
10.1     SSL reserves the right to prevent anyone from entering any of its sites if it thinks their behaviour and/or appearance is unsuitable or is likely to become so.  At all times the Team Manager shall be wholly responsible for the actions of each player and/or guest.
10.2     All teams, players, and supporters must show consideration at all times and must adhere to all notices and signs on the site. SSL will not tolerate any rude or abusive language or the threat or use of violence.  Any player, guest and/or supporter who demonstrates any kind of physical or verbal violence whilst at an SSL site will, at SSL’s discretion be immediately banned from the site and their team may also be banned.
10.3     No pets (other than guide dogs) are allowed onto SSL site at any time and smoking is not permitted in any areas.
10.4     No alcohol or illegal substances shall be consumed a SSL site.  If any person is or is suspected of being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, they shall be banned from SSL indefinitely. 
10.5     Football must be played on the pitches only.  Should any damage be caused due to non-compliance of this clause, all damage shall be paid for in full.

11.       Health and Safety
11.1     Appropriate safety equipment must be worn by each player at all times when playing.  Should players not adhere to this, they will not be allowed to play until such time as they comply.  Appropriate footwear is considered to be either trainers, astro-turf trainers or moulded studs which SSL strongly advises. No metal studded, or bladed trainers/boots are allowed at any time.  Any damage caused to the sites as a result of incorrect footwear or other equipment shall be the full and sole responsibility of the team who have caused such damage.
11.2     No jewellery is permitted.
11.3     Shinpads must be worn at all times during any game, this includes goalkeepers.

12.       Liability
12.1     Except for death or personal injury caused by SSL’s negligence, SSL takes no responsibility for any accident or injury suffered to any persons during use of the sites and/or surrounding facilities.
12.2     SSL takes no responsibility for any theft, damage or loss of property during use of a site and/or surrounding facilities.  Any property brought onto a site is done so at each players/teams’ own risk.
12.3     No SSL employee shall guard any valuables or property of any kind on behalf of players and/or their guests. SSL does not accept any liability in cases where property is left with any of our employees or representatives.
12.4     In any incidents of injuries or accidents to players, their guests or children, players must report them, and the circumstances surrounding them to an SSL employee immediately.

13.       Physical Activity
13.1     Players and their guests should only undertake activity to a level which reflects their physical capabilities and every individual is responsible for monitoring their own physical condition. SSL cannot be held responsible for any injuries or illnesses which may be suffered whilst playing (unless it is due to SSL’s negligence).
13.2     If a player or guest suffers any injury or illness SSL strongly advises that they:       

  • stop the activity immediately, and carry out necessary first aid; and
  • inform SSL immediately who will then take applicable action.

14.       Lost Property
14.1     If any lost property is found on any site, it must be handed in immediately to an employee of SSL. Any items that are handed in can be obtained from SSL whilst the specific site is open. Any lost property is logged by SSL and will be held for a maximum of 3 weeks before being given to charity.

15.       Parking
15.1     Players and guests must park in the designated parking area and SSL reserves the right to clamp and/or remove infringing vehicles and charge a fee for removal. All vehicles must be removed before the site closes, and SSL shall not be liable in the event players/guests do not adhere to this.
15.2     All vehicles are parked at the owner’s risk and SSL cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any vehicle whilst at such premises.
15.3.    Care must be taken when driving in each of the car parks, and when arriving and leaving the site.  If a person is seen to be driving at excessive speeds or dangerously on site, they may be banned from SSL premises.

16.       Children (aged 0 – 17)
16.1     Players and guests are responsible for the behaviour and actions of children (aged 0 – 17 years old), whilst they are on SSL sites.
16.2     Children must be supervised by an appropriate adult (18 years +) unless they are participating in an organised children’s event. Children must use the designated changing rooms. These can be available upon request.

17.       Application and Change to Terms
17.1     SSL reserves the right to change these terms at any time, without prior warning, and it is each Team Manager responsibility to ensure that they have read and understood them.