The below rules have been provided to all team captains and are binding on teams and players taking part.
1.1 Each match is a maximum of 8-a-side or 6-a-side (we’ll let you know before each league starts)
1.2 The minimum amount of players that a team can start a game with is 5
1.3 If a team has less than half of their players from their team on the night (less than 4 in 8-a-side and 3 players in 6-a-side games) then the game will be played as a friendly and will count as a 3-0 loss to the team with less than half a team.
1.4 If a team joins the league in place of an old team that has dropped out of the league they shall assume the position, points and goal difference of the former team in the league.
2.1 All matches will be 35 or 40 minutes long (check league handbook for length of game in your league)
2.2 At the referees discretion a half-time interval may take place during a match. This will last a maximum of 1 minute.
2.3 No injury or stoppage time will be added to the match length
3.1 The match will start at the designated fixture time. If a team is late they risk forfeiting the game at the discretion of the league organisers.
3.2 The referee will decide which team kick-offs in a match.
3.3 Kick-offs should be taken from halfway on the pitch
3.4 If the ball crosses a side line, a throw-in will be awarded. Throw-ins must be taken with both feet on the ground and the ball going behind the players head. The referee will make all decisions regarding foul-throws
3.5 If the ball crosses a goal line (when the ball has not entered the goal), a goal kick or corner kick will be awarded. If the ball is last touched by the attacking team, a goal kick will be awarded. If the ball is last touched by the defending team, a corner kick will be awarded.
3.6 Goal kicks should be taken from the goal line
3.7 Opposition players must be a minimum of 2 referee paces from a throw in, goal kick or corner
3.8 Opposition players must be a minimum of 4 referee paces from a free kick
3.9 There are no offside. All players may enter any part of the pitch including outfield players entering goal areas and goalkeepers vacating goal areas. When a goalkeeper leaves the goal area they are treated under the same rules as an outfield player
3.10 Penalty kicks shall be taken from 6 referees paces from the goal line
3.11 Goals cannot be scored directly from a throw in
3.12 There are no head height restrictions
3.13 No slide tackles are permitted. A free-kick or penalty will be given against any slide tackles
3.14 If a ball is kicked off the grounds then a player from the team who kicked it out of the grounds must go and collect the ball
4.1 Goalkeepers are allowed out of their areas. Once they leave their area they will be treated as an outfield player
4.2 The goalkeeper is not permitted to pick up a ball that is passed to him to by his own player
5.1 No slide tackles are permitted in any matches. Any slide tackles will result in a free kick or penalty to the opposition (depending whether the slide takes place)
5.2 Players may slide to intercept a ball but they cannot be within 1 metre of an opposition player
5.3 If a player persistently uses slide tackles they may be yellow or red carded by the referee
5.4 Ultimately, the referee has the discretion to evaluate each individual incident and decide whether a slide tackle was made
6.1 Referees will carry yellow and red cards
6.2 A player who receives a yellow card will be removed from the match for a period of 4 minutes
6.3 A player who receives a red card will be removed from the rest of the match and could also receive subsequent bans from future fixtures under the discretion of the referee and league organisers
7.1 No studed footwear is permitted (this includes moulded studs). Astroturf boots or trainers are recommended.
7.2 A player who is found to be wearing studs may be asked to change footwear by the referee or league organiser. If the player has no alternative footwear they may then be removed from the match completely
7.3 Shin pads are highly recommended but are optional. Players choose to play without shin pads at their own risk.
7.4 All removable jewellery should be taken off prior to the match starting. The player will be liable for any injury inflicted onto themself, or the opposition, that is caused as a result of jewellery worn in a match
7.5 It is strongly recommended that glasses are not worn during matches. . The player will be liable for any injury inflicted onto themself, or the opposition, that is caused as a result of glasses worn in a match
7.6 The league carries a small cash box on match nights. We may be able to store items such as phones and keys in the box (depending on room) but we accept no responsibility for the items left with us
8.1 Teams are permitted to make unlimited substitutions during a match
8.2 Referees should be informed before any substitution takes place
8.3 Any player may change with the goalkeeper but the referee should be informed before this takes place
8.5 Substitutes must stand at least 1 metre from the edge of the pitch at all times
8.6 If a match is abandoned the result shall be determined by the referee and league organisers based on the circumstances surrounding the match abandonment.
8.7 If a match is abandoned due to the actions of a team, they will forfeit the match.
Player code of conduct
Code of conduct:
When participating in the Charity Football League, I will:
– Adhere to the rules of the league
– Display good standards of behaviour
– Promote fairness and sporting behaviour
– Respect the referees’ decisions
– Never argue with the referee or publicly criticise them
– Never use offensive, insulting or abusive language
– Support my team-mates and encourage them
– React sportingly to all match outcomes and shake hands with the opposition and referees at the end of the match
Should any players not adhere to this code of conduct the following actions may be taken:
– A verbal or written warning may be given by the league to the player/team involved
– The player or team may be suspended from league games
– The player or team may be removed from the league
Terms and Conditions
THE CHARITY FOOTBALL LEAGUE
c/o JACARI , 16-17 TURL STREET, OXFORD, OX1 3DH
Signing up to the League or Tournament
Please read these terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) carefully before entering into the league or tournament operated by the Charity Football League Limited (with registered company number 08144132) (“CFL”). Your participation of the league as a “Participant” is conditional on your acceptance of, and compliance with, these Terms and Conditions.
Terms and Conditions
- The Participant will abide by the rules of the league and the tournament (the “Rules”) and the CFL code of conduct (the “CFL Code”) which are set out at www.charityfootballleague.co.uk (which may change from time to time without notice). If the Participant does not abide by the Terms and Conditions, the Rules or the CFL Code the Participant may at the absolute discretion of CFL be (i) suspended from tournament or league games and/or (ii) excluded from the league or tournament.
- If a Participant is suspended or excluded from a game or the league or tournament no refund of any fees paid by a Participant will be made.
- CFL may at its absolute discretion exclude a team and any or all of its Participants from the league or tournament for any or no reason.
- CFL will provide referees to monitor games and will organise the league or tournament including pitch hire. CFL will publish results of matches at charityfootballleague.co.uk/league-tables.
- CFL may subcontract the performance of its obligations under these Terms and Conditions to a third party without notice. CFL will select the sub-contractor with appropriate care and will satisfy itself that its obligations under these Terms and Conditions are properly carried out.
- In order to participate the Participant is required to pay a fee.
- Each team is required to pay an annual sign up fee of £10 as part of our affiliation with the Oxfordshire FA. This will register the team with the Charity Football League from July to June
- Each team may be required to pay a deposit which shall be payable before the commencement of the league. Such deposit will be forfeited in the event of any non-attendance by a team and such team shall not be permitted to continue in the league until a further deposit in the same amount has been advanced. The deposit shall be returned at the end of the league.
- Should a team wish to pull out of the league mid-competition they will continue to be charged until we find a replacement team (we’ll try our best but can’t guarantee this).
- We will also do our best to find additional players if a team is under-strength one week but the team will still be charged the full match fee.
- Fees may be subject to change in the future.
Fitness to Participate and Exclusion of Liability
- The Participant confirms that they are fit and healthy enough to participate in the league or tournament. The Participant shall disclose (in a written format suitable to the CFL) any relevant medical conditions that may affect their ability to participate in the league or tournament safely. The CFL reserves the right to refuse entry to any Participant it deems would be unsafe to participate in the league or tournament.
- The Participant confirms that they are 18 years of age or over.
- The Participant agrees that CFL shall not be liable for any loss or damage to property which occurs whilst participating in the league or tournament.
- The Participant shall be liable for any loss suffered by CFL resulting from the Participant’s breach of contract, negligence, bad faith or wilful misconduct.
- The Participant agrees that except for death or personal injury caused by CFL’s negligence, bad faith or wilful misconduct, CFL shall under no circumstances whatsoever be liable to the Participant for any loss including any personal injury or death.
- Without prejudice to the exclusion of liability, the liability of CFL for losses caused by breach of these Terms and Conditions or general law will be limited to the fees paid by the Participant.
- CFL may at any time and without notice suspend or abandon the league or tournament and/or any game and CFL shall not be required to refund any fees paid by any Participant.
- CFL will not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations under these Terms and Conditions that is caused by an event outside CFL’s control. An event outside CFL’s control means any act or event beyond CFL’s reasonable control, including without limitation, civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack, war, flood or other acts of god.
- The Participant consents to pictures and videos being taken by CFL whilst participating in the league or tournament and thereafter being used in marketing with the purpose of raising the awareness of the league, tournament, CFL and/or the charity Jacari.
Other Important Terms
- These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales. The Participant and CFL both agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
- These Terms and Conditions apply between the Participant and CFL only. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms and the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 is excluded accordingly.
- If CFL fails to insist that the Participant perform any of its obligations under these Terms and Conditions, or if CFL does not enforce, or delays in enforcing, its rights against the Participant that will not mean that CFL has waived its rights against the Participant and does not mean that the Participant does not have to comply with those obligations.
- If any provision (or part of a provision) of these Terms and Conditions is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If such modification is not possible, the relevant provision (or part of a provision) shall be deemed deleted. Any modification to or deletion of a provision (or part of a provision) under this clause shall not affect the legality, validity and enforceability of the rest of the Terms and Conditions.
By signing up to and/or playing in the league, the Participant accepts and agrees to be bound by the CFL Terms and Conditions.
Maintaining your privacy is important to us. You entrust us with your information, and we take that responsibility seriously.
Version 1.0: This policy was last updated on 12th May 2018 in line with GDPR requirements. It may be updated in the future and we’ll post the new version here on our website.
1. General Information
2. What information do we collect?
Your personal data
When we say your “personal data”, we mean any information that identifies any person, that you provide to us during when signing up to the league as an individual, captain of a team, or that is contained in any other information that you provide to us (or that you authorise a third party to give to us on your behalf).
When it comes to your personal data, we comply with our obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation and any other applicable data protection legislation from time to time.
Information you provide – Your personal data includes the information you provide, or that you authorise someone else to provide, when you sign up to the league as captain of a team, or register your interest as an individual, or during a support enquiry about you and/or your team. It also includes information you provide when you complete any forms which you submit to us.
Examples of this personal data include your name, your email address, and your mobile number;and any correspondence when you contact us. It could also include your bank account details when you sign up to a direct debit.
We do not collect or process special categories of personal data, as defined under GDPR. Also, we do not knowingly collect or solicit any personal data from anyone under the age of sixteen or knowingly allow such persons to register for the Charity Football League. The Charity Football League is not directed at children under the age of sixteen. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal data from a child under age sixteen without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible.
Information Others Provide to Us – We may receive information from others (e.g. GoCardless) that you have authorised that third party to provide to us. This could include the initial information to enable us to contact you about the league and to set up your direct debit account (e.g. your full name, your email address).
3. What do we use for data for?
Delivering the Charity Football League We use your personal data to enable us to add you and/or your team to the league and provide you with details of upcoming fixtures. It will also enable us to contact you by email, fax, post, SMS, social media or telephone where necessary concerning the league; to record your time preferences; to personalise our services to you (such as whether you are interested in specific leagues).
We may use third parties to assist us in delivering the Charity Football League from time to time, and in those cases may pass on your personal data to them. In such cases we will only share your data with third parties that we trust, and where there are assurances in place as to how they will protect the data.
Improving the Charity Football League– We will also use and analyse your personal data and financial data so that we can administer, support, improve and develop the league. We may use third parties to assist us in doing these things from time to time, and in those cases may pass on your personal data to them. We will only share your data with third parties that we trust, and where there are assurances in place as to how they will protect the data.
Contacting you for Marketing Purposes – We may use your personal data to contact you by email, fax, post, SMS, social media and/or telephone to let you know about our other Charity Football League and/or third party services, content, offers or product ranges which may be of interest to you. We will only use your data in this way where you have provided consent, we have legitimate business reasons for doing so, or where we are otherwise entitled by law to do so. If you would like us to stop providing you with such notifications, just contact us using the details below. Please note, this may take up to one working day to take effect.
We may contact you if the specific arrangement we have in place with a third party which impacts you is changing and / or coming to an end and to let you know what will take place next.
Legal Requirements – We may use your personal data to comply with any legal obligations to which we are subject.
We shall periodically check that the personal data we store for you is accurate. If you would like to update the personal data we hold about you, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
4. Why do we use your personal data?
We collect and use your personal data for a variety of reasons. We need some data to enter into and perform our contract with you and deliver the league for you – for example your contact details and other information requested during the sign up process. If you fail to provide such data we will be unable to provide our service to you.
Other information we collect because we have legitimate business interests, for example, in:
- Ensuring that we can onboard you as a player in the league;
- Understanding and responding to your feedback;
- Improving the league
In some circumstances we may process your personal data because it is required for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation.
5. Who do we share your information with?
We will share your personal data with third parties in certain circumstances:
- We may disclose your data to any member of our group (which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries) and other companies which may be added to our group from time to time;
We may also share your personal data with third parties:
- in the event that we, our business, or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party (in which case personal information about customers will be one of the transferred assets);
- if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation; to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the investigation of unlawful activities of Charity Football League players or relating to Charity Football League playersl or in order to enforce or apply any contract with you; or to protect our rights, property, or safety of our employees, customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
We also utilise a number of carefully selected third parties to help provide our services to you. Examples of these functions include email, data management, and handling direct debit transactions. In choosing to work with any such third parties, we will always ensure that the security policies and confidentiality arrangements of those third parties adhere to the same requirements we ourselves impose and expect, as a minimum. No ownership rights to the data will be transferred to any third party.
6. How long do we store your data for?
We only store your data for as long as necessary for the purposes of processing set out in this policy. If you do not respond to emails about the league or upcoming leagues we will delete your data one year after you initially signed up or registered your interest.
To ensure the integrity of our systems and your data, we utilise various technologies to continually take secure backups. This data, such as fixtures and captain’s details will be deleted after the existing league.
7. You can request your data at any time
You can export a copy of your data whenever you like – this will include your personal data and that of your clients, contacts and suppliers, your financial transactions, invoices, and expenses. We recommend that you use the export functionality to keep a backup of your data. While we regularly back up your data (see our Security Section), we can’t restore backups on an individual basis.
You can ask us for a copy of your personal data that we hold and we will endeavour to send you an accessible, digital copy within five working days. You can request your data by emailing [email@example.com].
8. You can request us to delete your data at any time
You can ask us to delete your personal data by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will delete your data if we have no legitimate interest for holding your data, such as a to deliver our services.
9. What are your rights?
- Access to your personal data: You can ask us to confirm if we are processing your personal data and you may request a copy of your personal data by emailing email@example.com.
- Right to change or withdraw your consent: Where you have given us consent to make use of your personal data for any of the purposes outlined in this policy, you may withdraw that consent by contacting us using the details located at section 13 of this policy. If you wish to change your contact preferences or no longer wish to be contacted for marketing purposes, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Right to Rectification: You may ask us to update out of date or inaccurate information we hold about you. To do so email email@example.com.
- Right to Erasure: In certain circumstances you may ask us to erase your Personal Data. If you would like us to erase the personal data we hold about you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying why you would like us to do so.
- Right to Data Portability: In certain circumstances you may ask us to provide you with the personal data that we hold about you in a structured, commonly used, machine readable form, or ask for us to send such personal data to another data controller. To request this please email email@example.com.
- Right to object: In certain circumstances you may object to our processing of your personal data. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Right to restrict processing: You can ask us to restrict the processing of personal data we hold about you in certain circumstances. Please email email@example.com.
- Make a complaint: You may make a complaint about our data processing activities to a supervisory authority. In the UK this is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Further details can be found on their website at https://ico.org.uk.
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11. Security and data storage
We take security and privacy seriously. We will endeavour to take all reasonable steps to keep your personal data secure once it has been transferred to our systems. We are actively working to make your data as secure as possible, including implementing password protection and two-factor authentication on email accounts.
Where we utilise third parties to help provide our services, we will always ensure that the security policies and confidentiality arrangements of those third parties adhere to the same requirements we ourselves impose and expect, as a minimum.
Please note that the internet is not a secure medium and although we will do our best to protect your data, we cannot guarantee the security of any data transmitted to the Charity Football League website or through Charity Football League itself. Any transmission is at your own risk.
13. Getting in touch