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RULES RULES 61 RULES OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE CONTENTS RULES Section A: Introduction 66 Section B: The League 78 Section C: Finance 84 Section D: Directors & Directors Reports 100 Section E: Fixtures 108
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RULES RULES 61 RULES OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE CONTENTS RULES Section A: Introduction 66 Section B: The League 78 Section C: Finance 84 Section D: Directors & Directors Reports 100 Section E: Fixtures 108 Section F: Player Identification and Strip 114 Section G: Match Officials 118 Section H: Medical 122 Section I: Ground Criteria 126 Section J: Customer Charter 134 Section K: Players Contracts 138 Section L: Players Registrations 144 Section M: Transfers of Players Registrations 150 Section N: Youth Development 158 Section O: The Safeguarding of Children 180 Section P: Scouts 184 Section Q: Managers 186 Section R: Disciplinary Procedures 192 Section S: Arbitration 202 Section T: Premier League Appeals Committee 208 Section U: Criminal Records Bureau 212 Section V: Miscellaneous 216 Form 1: List of Authorised Signatories (Rule A.1) 222 Form 1A: Notification of Club Bank Account (Rule C.46) 223 Form 2: Appeal under Rule C Form 2A: Director s Declaration (Rule D.1.9) 225 Form 3 (1): Auditors Report (Rule D.1.2) 226 Form 3 (2): Directors Report (Rule D.1.14) 228 Form 4: Team Sheet (Rule E.22) 229 Form 5: Notice of Kick-off Time (Rule E.30) 230 Form 6: Notification of League Match Result (Rule E.41) 231 Form 7: Gate Statement (Rule E.42) 232 Form 8: Notification of Shirt Numbers Allocated (Rule F.6) 233 Form 9: Registration of Strips (Rule F.16) 234 Form 9A: Notification by Visiting Club to Home Club of Strip (Rule F.23) Form 10: Appointment of Match Officials (Rule G.3) 236 Form 11: Referee s Match Report (Rule G.11) 237 Form 12: Registration of Pitch Dimensions (Rule I.23) 238 Form 13: Player s Contract (Rule K.9) 239 Form 13A: Player s Contract (Rule K.9) 246 Form 14: Return of Players Wages (Rule K.14) 268 Form 15: Amateur Registration Form (Rule L.10) 269 Form 16 (1): List of Players (Rule L.27.1) 270 Form 16 (2): List of Players (Rule L.27.2) 271 Form 16 (3): List of Players (Rule L.27.3) 272 Form 16 (4): List of Players (Rule L.27.4) 273 Form 16 (5): List of Players (Rule L.27.5) 274 Form 16 (6): List of Players (Rule L.27.6) 275 Form 16 (7): List of Players (Rule L.27.7) 276 Form 16 (8): List of Players (Rule L.27.8) 277 Form 16 (9): List of Players (Rule L.27.9) 278 Form 17: Transfer Agreement (Rule M.11.1) 279 Form 18: Offer of New Contract (Rule M.17.2) 280 Form 19: Application for Free Transfer (Rule M.20) 281 Form 20: Contingent Sum Notification (Rule M.36.2) 282 Form 21: Scholarship Agreement (Rule N.9) 283 Form 22: Football Academy Licence Application (Rule N.16) 293 Form 23: Centre of Excellence Licence Application (Rule N.17) 294 Form 24: Notification of Trialist s Particulars (Rule N.37.2) 295 Form 25: Notice of Ending of Trial Period (Rule N.40) 296 Form 26: Pre-Registration Agreement (Rule N.42) 297 Form 27: Football Academy Student Registration Application (Rule N.49) 299 Form 28: Centre of Excellence Student Registration Application (Rule N.50) 301 Form 28A: Football Academy/Centre of Excellence Ethnic Monitoring Questionnaire (Rule N.51) 303 Form 29: List of Students (Rule N.59) 305 Form 30: Retention/Termination Notification (Rules N.60.1) 306 Form 30A: Retention/Termination Notification (Rule N.60.2) 307 Form 31: Extension of Student Registration (Rule N.64) 308 Form 32: Student Registration: Mutual Cancellation Notification (Rule N.65.2) 309 Form 33: Scholarship Offer (Rule N.72) 310 Form 34: Response to Scholarship Offer (Rule N.73) 311 Form 35: Children s Officer Notification (Rule O.11) 312 Form 36: Staff Register (Rule O.13.4) 313 Form 37: Parents Consent Form (Rule O.17) 314 Form 38: Notification of Child Protection Referral (Rule O.19) 316 RULES 63 Form 39: Scout Registration Form (Rule P.3.1) 317 Form 40: Cancellation of Scout Registration (Rule P.6) 318 Form 41: Fixed Penalty Notice (Rule R.4) 319 Form 42: Summary Jurisdiction Notice (Rule R.9) 320 Form 43: Complaint (Rule R.18) 321 Form 44: Answer (Rule R.20) 322 Form 45: Appeal against Fixed Penalty (Rule R.51) 324 Form 46: Appeal against Commission Decision (Rule R.52) 325 Form 47: Request for Arbitration (Rules Q.19 or S.4) 326 Form 48: Appointment of Arbitrator (Rules Q.22 or S.7) 327 Form 49: Appointment of Single Arbitrator (Rule S.10) 328 Form 50: Notice of Preliminary Meeting (Rules Q.29 or S.15) 329 Form 51: Dual Interest Notice (Rules V.11 and V.12) 330 Form 52: Lead Disclosure Officer Notification (Rule U.6.1) 331 RULES Appendix 1: Standard Clauses for Inclusion in Replica Strip Manufacturers Contracts (Rule J.13) 334 Appendix 2: Notice to Manufacturer Licensed to Manufacture and Distribute Club Replica Strip (Rule J.14) 336 Appendix 3: The Health and Safety of Students on Residential Tours, Festivals, Tournaments and Visits Code of Practice (Rule N.121) 337 Appendix 4: Code of Conduct for Football Academy Students of Compulsory School Age (Rule N.126) 369 Appendix 5: Code of Conduct for Scouts (Rule P.8) 372 Appendix 6: Code of Conduct for Managers (Rule Q.1) 373 Appendix 7: Code of Conduct for Clubs (Rule Q.2) 376 Appendix 8: Standard Clauses for Inclusion in Managers Contracts of Employment (Rule Q.8.1) 377 Appendix 9: Anti-Discrimination Policy (Rule V.22) 378 Appendix 10: Rules governing applications for UEFA Club Licences 379 Appendix 11: Regulations of the Professional Football Compensation Committee 382 Appendix 12: Schedule of Offences (Rule D.2.4) 387 Appendix 13: Medical Examinations to be carried out on Contract Players and Students registered on Scholarship Agreements (Rule H.11) 65 RULES SECTION A INTRODUCTION Definitions 1. In these Rules: Academy Manager has the meaning set out in Rule N.1; Activity has the meaning set out in Rule O.3.1; the Acts means the Companies Acts 1985 to 1989 including any statutory modification or reenactment thereof for the time being in force; Agent means any Person who represents, negotiates on behalf of or otherwise acts for a Club or a Player (other than a solicitor giving professional legal advice only) in the context of either the registration or transfer of the registration of a Player or the employment of a Player by a Club; RULES: SECTION A Amateur Player means any player (other than a Student) who is registered to play or intends to be registered to play for a Club and who is registered with the Football Association as an amateur in accordance with the FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players; Appeal Board means the body having appellate jurisdiction under these Rules appointed by the Board under the provisions of Rule R.48; the Articles means the Articles of Association of the Company and reference to a number following the word Article is a reference to an article so numbered in the Articles; Artificial Surface means any playing surface which is not or not intended to be predominantly natural grass; Assistant Academy Manager has the meaning set out in Rule N.1; Associated Undertaking has the meaning set out in paragraph 20 of Schedule 4A of the Companies Act 1985; Auditors has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.1; Auditors Report has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.2; 66 Authorised Games has the meaning set out in Rule N.2; Authorised Signatory means an Official of a Club duly authorised by a resolution of its board of directors to sign Forms as required by these Rules whose particulars shall have first been submitted to the Secretary in Form 1; Bankruptcy Order has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.3; Bankruptcy Restriction Order has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.4; Basic Award Fund has the meaning set out in Rule C.1; the Board means the board of directors for the time being of the Company; Broadcaster means a Radio Broadcaster, a UK Broadcaster or an Overseas Broadcaster; Centre of Excellence has the meaning set out in Rule N.3; Centre of Excellence Manager has the meaning set out in Rule N.4; the Chairman means the non-executive chairman for the time being of the Board; the Chief Executive means the chief executive for the time being of the Company; RULES: SECTION A Child and Children have the meaning set out in Rule O.3.2; Children s Service Directorate has the meaning set out in Rule O.3.3; clear days in relation to the period of a notice means that period excluding the day when the notice is given or deemed to be given and the day for which it is given or on which it is to take effect; Close Season means the period between the end of one Season and the commencement of the next; Club means an association football club in membership of the League and for the purposes of Rules C.60 to C.70 inclusive includes any club which is entitled to be promoted from the Football League to the League; club means an association football club not in membership of the League; 67 Club Radio Contract has the meaning set out in Rule C.2; Club Shirt Sponsor Contract has the meaning set out in Rule C.3; Commercial Contract has the meaning set out in Rule C.4; Commercial Contract Money has the meaning set out in Rule C.5; Commission means a commission appointed by the Board under the provisions of Rule R.15; the Company means The Football Association Premier League Limited; the Company Secretary means the secretary of the Company; Compensation Fee means any sum of money or other consideration (exclusive of Value Added Tax) payable by a Transferee Club to a Transferor Club upon the permanent transfer of the registration of a Contract Player or in respect of an Out of Contract Player; RULES: SECTION A Compensation Fee Account means the account bearing that name at Barclays Bank Plc into which Compensation Fees, Loan Fees (including in both cases instalments thereof) and Contingent Sums are payable as set out in Rule M.29; Concert Party has the meaning set out in Rule D1.6; Conditional Contract means a playing contract between a Club and a Player which is determinable by the Player at any time; Connected Person has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.7; Contingent Sum means any sum of money (exclusive of Value Added Tax) additional to a Compensation Fee payable upon the happening of a contingent event by a Transferee Club to a Transferor Club consequent upon the transfer of the registration of a player; Contract Player means any player (other than a Student) who has entered into a written contract of employment with a Club; Control has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.8; CRB has the meaning set out in Rule U.1.1; Declaration has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.9; 68 Development Centre has the meaning set out in Rule N.5; Director has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.10; Disclosure has the meaning set out in Rule U.1.2; Events of Insolvency means the events set out in Rule C.50; the Extranet means the secure online area maintained by the League for the purpose of the communication of information between the League and Clubs; Facility Fees Fund has the meaning set out in Rule C.6; F.A. Cup means the Football Association Challenge Cup competition; FIFA means the Federation Internationale de Football Association; Football Academy has the meaning set out in Rule N.6; the Football Association means The Football Association Limited; the Football Association Rules means the Rules and Regulations for the time being of the Football Association; RULES: SECTION A Football Creditor has the meaning set out in Rule C.56; the Football League means The Football League Limited; the Football League Cup means the cup competition organised by the board of the Football League; Form means the appropriate form or substantially the same form as that prescribed in these Rules; Full Time Education has the meaning set out in Rule N.7; General Meeting means any meeting of the members of the Company duly called in accordance with the provisions of Article 18; Holding means the holding and/or possession of the beneficial interest in, and/or the ability to exercise the voting rights applicable to, shares or other securities in the Club (whether 69 directly, indirectly (by means of holding such interests in one or more other persons) or by contract including without limitation by way of membership of any Concert Party) which confer any voting rights exercisable at general meetings of the Club; For the purposes of the above, any rights or powers of a nominee for any Person shall be attributed to that Person, that is to say any rights or powers which another Person possesses on his behalf or may be required to exercise at his direction or on his behalf and any rights or powers of any other Person which is a Connected Person to any Person shall be attributed to that Person. Home Club means the Club on whose ground a League Match is or was or should be or should have been played or, where the Clubs participating in that League Match share a ground, the Club whose name first appears in respect of that League Match on the League s fixture list; Image Contract means any contract whereby a Player transfers to any Person ( the transferee ) the right to exploit his image or reputation either in relation to football or non footballing activities; and RULES: SECTION A Image Contract Payment means any payment made or liability incurred by or on behalf of a Club to a transferee in order to acquire that right; Individual Voluntary Arrangement has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.11; Interim Bankruptcy Restriction Order has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.4; International Transfer means the transfer of the registration of a player to a Club in respect of which an international registration transfer certificate is required under the provisions of the FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players; the League means The Premier League; League Match means a match played under the jurisdiction of the League; League Office means the registered office for the time being of the Company; Licensing Manual means the manual in which are set out procedures agreed between the Football Association and the League relating to applications for and the granting of licences enabling Clubs (or clubs) to play in UEFA club competitions; 70 Loan Fee means any sum of money (exclusive of Value Added Tax) payable by a Transferee Club to a Transferor Club upon a Temporary Transfer; Manager means the Official of a Club responsible for selecting the Club s first team; Match Officials means referees and assistant referees and includes reserve officials and fourth officials; Material Transactions has the meaning set out in Rule D.14; Memorandum means the Memorandum of Association of the Company; Merit Payments Fund has the meaning set out in Rule C.7; New Registration has the meaning set out in Rule L.9; Objectives has the meaning set out in Rule D.22; Official means any director, secretary, servant or representative of a Club, excluding any Player, Agent or Auditors; Out of Contract Player means a Contract Player whose contract of employment with a Club has expired; RULES: SECTION A Overseas Broadcaster means a Person with whom the Company has entered into an Overseas Broadcasting Contract and who is entitled to effect the Transmission of League Matches in accordance with the terms of that Contract; Overseas Broadcasting Contract has the meaning set out in Rule C.8; Overseas Broadcasting Money has the meaning set out in Rule C.9; the Panel has the meaning set out in Rule R.12; Parents has the meaning set out in Rule O.3.4; Parent Undertaking has the meaning set out in section 258 of the Companies Act 1985; Person includes any legal entity, firm or unincorporated association and in the case of a Person which is incorporated any of its Associated Undertaking, Parent Undertaking or Subsidiary Undertaking; 71 PGMOL has the meaning set out in Rule G.1; Player means any Contract Player, Out of Contract Player, Amateur Player or Student who is registered to play for a Club; Player s Image means the Player s name, nickname, fame, image, signature, voice and film and photographic portrayal, virtual and/or electronic portrayal image or representation, reputation, replica and all other characteristics of the Player including his shirt number; Premier Academy League has the meaning set out in Rule N.8; the Premier League Appeals Committee means the committee constituted in accordance with Rule T.2; the Professional Football Compensation Committee means the committee constituted in accordance with the Regulations of the Professional Football Compensation Committee; Radio Contract has the meaning set out in Rule C.10; RULES: SECTION A Radio Contract Money has the meaning set out in Rule C.11; Radio Broadcaster means a Person with whom the Company has entered into a Radio Contract and who is entitled to effect the Radio Transmission of League Matches in accordance with the terms of that Contract; Radio Transmission has the meaning set out in Rule C.12; Relegated Club has the meaning set out in Rule C.13; Report has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.14; Representation Contract means an agreement to which a Club and an Agent are party and pursuant to which the Agent acts for the Club or a Player in the context of either the registration or transfer of the registration of a Player or the employment of a Player by a Club; Resolution has the meaning set out in Article 1.2; Respondent has the meaning set out in Rule R.16.2; Retired Player means a Player who has stopped playing competitive football; 72 these Rules means the rules for the time being of the League and a letter and a number following a reference to a rule identifies the Section in which it is comprised and its number within that Section; Safeguarding Officer has the meaning set out in Rule O.13.9; Scholarship Agreement has the meaning set out in Rule N.9; Scout has the meaning set out in Rule P.1; Search and Intervention Steward has the meaning set out in Rule U.1.3; Season means the period commencing on the date of the first League Match on the League fixture list and ending on the date of the last; the Secretary means the general secretary of the League; Section means a Section of these Rules; Significant Interest means the holding and/or possession of the beneficial interest in, and/or the ability to exercise the voting rights applicable to, shares or other securities in the Club (whether directly, indirectly (by means of holding such interests in one or more other persons) or by contract including without limitation by way of membership of any Concert Party) which confer in aggregate on the holder(s) thereof ten (10) per cent or more of the total voting rights exercisable in respect of the Shares of any class of Shares of the Club; RULES: SECTION A For the purposes of the above, any rights or powers of a nominee for any Person shall be attributed to that Person, that is to say any rights or powers which another Person possesses on his behalf or may be required to exercise at his direction or on his behalf and any rights or powers of any other Person which is a Connected Person to any Person shall be attributed to that Person. Signing-on Fee means a lump sum payment payable under the terms of a contract between a Club and a Contract Player and which is expressed to be a signing-on fee; Staff has the meaning set out in Rule O.3.6 and, for the purpose of Section U only, Rule U.1.4; Strip means Players shirts, shorts and stockings; Student has the meaning set out in Rule N.10; 73 Subsidiary Undertaking has the meaning set out in section 258 of the Companies Act 1985; Temporary Transfer has the meaning set out in Rule M.5; Third Party Payment has the meaning set out in Rule D.1.16; Title Sponsor means the Person granted the right to have its agreed brand identity associated with the name of the League s first team competition; Title Sponsorship Contract has the meaning set out in Rule C.14; Title Sponsorship Money has the meaning set out in Rule C.15; Transfer Agreement means an agreement between a Transferor Club and a Transferee Club for the permanent transfer of the registration of a Contract Player; Transfer Windows has the meaning set out in Rule M.1; RULES: SECTION A Transferee Club means a Club (or club) to whi
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