Underage Competition Rules and Regulations

Specific Regulations Applicable to all U16 and U18 Football Leagues 

1.   As the last round of League Games will be played simultaneously, no request for a postponement of any game to a date beyond the final round of fixtures will be granted (subject to 3 (c) of the general regulations). In addition the 10 day rule will not apply to Play-offs, Decider Games, Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals if it would result in the Competition being put back.

2.       Where two teams are tied on points the positions on the table will be determined as follows:

 

2.1 In the first instance by result of the match between the two teams and if that resulted in a draw in the next instance by the following means and in the order specified:

2.2 scoring difference (subtracting the total scores against from the total scores for).

2.3 the highest total score for

2.4 Scoring average (divide total score against into total score for).

 

Where three teams are tied on points the positions on the table will be determined by the following means and in the order specified:

2.5  scoring difference (subtracting the total scores against from the total scores for).

2.6 the highest total score for

2.7 Scoring average (divide total score against into total score for).

 

Where a double round League is played, the combined scores of the two games shall be taken into account when applying rule 2.1 above.

 

3.     All ‘Division 1 and 2’ Leagues are 13-a-side, but with the option to play 15-a-side on agreement of both teams. 

4.     All ‘Division 3’ Leagues are 11-a-side, but with option to play 13-a-side on agreement of both teams.

5.     Where games are played as 11-a-side, sidelines must be moved inwards by 10 metres on each side.

6.     All games 30 minutes per half. (However for games played as 11-a-side, 25 minutes per half applies)

7.     An unlimited number of substitutions may be made in the initial phases (round stages) of the league.  However a maximum of 6 substitutes can only be made at quarter, semi, and final stages of the league football competitions.

8.     The u18 round of fixtures (Round 7) (scheduled for the 24th June) shall be played without the 24 players listed on the minor county match day panel for the first round of the Connacht Championship. 

 

Specific Regulations Applicable to U14 Football League Only

 

1.      As the last round of League Games will be played simultaneously, no request for a postponement of any game to a date beyond the final round of fixtures will be granted (subject to 3 (c) of the general regulations). In addition the 10 day rule will not apply to Play-offs, Decider Games, Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals or Finals if it would result in the Competition being put back.

2.      Where two teams are tied on points the positions on the table will be determined as follows:

 

2.1 In the first instance by result of the match between the two teams and if that resulted in a draw in the next instance by the following means and in the order specified:

2.2 scoring difference (subtracting the total scores against from the total scores for).

2.3 the highest total score for

2.4 Scoring average (divide total score against into total score for).

 

Where three teams are tied on points the positions on the table will be determined by the following means and in the order specified:

2.5  scoring difference (subtracting the total scores against from the total scores for).

2.6 the highest total score for

2.7 Scoring average (divide total score against into total score for).

 

Where a double round League is played, the combined scores of the two games shall be taken into account when applying rule 2.1 above.

 

3.      All ‘Division 1, 2 and 3’ Leagues are to be 13-a-side, but with the option to play 15-a-side on agreement of both teams. 

4.      Normal scoring rules apply (i.e. goal = 3 points)

5.      Only 2 plays of the ball allowed.

6.      Size 4 football to be used.

7.      All kickouts from the hand or from the ground from the thirteen metre line (after a score or wide).

  1. All games 30 minutes per half.

9.      Games shall be played on full length pitch.

  1. An unlimited number of substitutions may be made in the initial phases (round stages) of the league.  However a maximum of 6 substitutes can only be made at quarter, semi, and final stages of the league football competitions.

Competition Formats U14, U16 and U18 Football Leagues

Divisions 1 and 2 (Groups of 8 teams)

7 league games

QFs-Draw from Pot 1 (Teams placed 1-4) V Pot 2 (Teams placed 5-8).

Draw for home advantage for quarter finals.

Semi finals - 4 quarter final winners to Cup, 4 quarter final losers to Shield

Semi Final 1 (Cup and Shield): (Winner/Loser Quarter Final 1 (Home) V Winner/Loser Quarter Final 4)

Semi Final 2 (Cup and Shield): (Winner/Loser Quarter Final 2 (Home) V Winner/Loser Quarter Final 3)

Finals

Total rounds - 10.  

The two Division 2 Cup finalists will take part in the A championship.

The two losing Division 1 Shield semi finalists will take part in the B championship.   

 

Division 3 u16

There will be a double round of games.

Semi Final 1: Team 1st Group (Home) V Team 3rd Group

Semi Final 2: Team 2nd Group (Home) V Team 4th Group

Final

Division 3 at U14 and U18

There will be a single round of games with the top two teams in Division 3 qualifying directly to the semi finals and getting home advantage.  The remaining four teams will compete for the other two semi final places as follows:

 

Quarter Final 1:  3 (Home) V 6

Quarter Final 2:  4 (Home) V 5

Semi Final 1: Team 1st Group (Home) V QF2

Semi Final 2: Team 2nd Group (Home) V QF1

Final

Specific Rules applying to U14, U16 Hurling Leagues

  1. Matches to be 11-a-side with unlimited substitutions.  However, where both teams have sufficient players available, games should be played as 13-a-side or 15-a-side.          

(Exception: Where a team has less than 11 players, games played during the round-robin phase must be played as 9-a-side or 10-a-side. This exception does not apply during knockout phases including any play-offs, semi-finals and finals)

  1. Games to be played on full size pitch.

(Exception:  Where games are played as 9-a-side or 10-a-side, the pitch width should be reduced by 10m on both sides) 

  1. All games 30 minutes per half.

      (Exception:  Where games are played as 9-a-side or 10-a-side, 25 minutes per half applies).

 

Competition Format for U14 and U16 Hurling League

One group only.

·         Top two teams qualify for Cup Final

·         Third and fourth placed teams qualify for Shield Final

Rules applying to Under 12 Go-Games

Specific Regulations Applicable to BOTH U12 Football and U12 Hurling

 

1.       AS PART OF THE RESPECT INITIATIVE ALL TEAMS SHALL LINE UP AND SHAKE HANDS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME.  Manager must wear the respect Bib (Provided to all clubs by Liam Og Gormley) on the sideline during all games.

2.       The sin-bin will be introduced for verbal abuse of referees, officials, other players and coaches.  The offending player will be sin-binned for the remainder of the quarter in which the incident takes place and for the following quarter.  No player is allowed to replace the player that is sin-binned. 

3.       Games to be played on a reduced size pitch (Either across main pitch or between the two 20 metre lines on the main pitch.  Pitches generally should be where possible 90 metres X 50 metres.

4.       Games will consist of 4 Quarters (12 Minutes per Quarter).  Interchange at the end of each quarter (no sub slips required)

  1. Team sheets (including dates of birth) must be produced from the GAA on-line registration system and must be given to the referee before the start of the game. In addition, a separate sheet must be handed to the referee after the game concludes clearly indicating that each player has played at least two quarters (or at least one quarter in the case of an U10 player) except in the case of injury.  

6.       A goal counts as a score and a point counts as a score. i.e. (5 – 11 will count as 16 not 26)

7.       There shall be no formal team talks at 1st and 3rd Quarter intervals.

  1. Two points will be awarded for a win and one point for a draw.
  2. Scoring difference will not apply. If two teams finish equal on points, the result of the league game between the two sides will determine the placings. If that game ended in a draw, Coiste na nÓg will determine the placings by drawing lots or otherwise. If three or more teams finish equal on points, Coiste na nÓg will determine the placings by drawing lots or otherwise.
  3. There will be one round of fixtures only.

Coiste na nÓg may organise a further competition for the losing teams that do not make the final stages.

  1. Coiste na nÓg reserve the right to alter the format of the competition(s) as and when needed.
  2. Winners medals are not provided for U12 Go Games competitions.

 

Additional Regulations Applicable to U12 Football Only

 

1.       Division 1 games are 11-a-side, with the option to play 13-a-side if both clubs agree.

Division 2 (A and B) are 11-a-side but with the option to play 13-a-side on agreement of both teams. 

Division 3 games are 9-a-side (but on any given day may be 11 or 7-a-side).

2.       Size 4 football to be used.  The use of non approved GAA footballs (training balls) is prohibited.

3.       All kickouts from hand from small square to be taken by the Goalkeeper

4.       Only 2 plays of the ball allowed.

5.       The number of consecutive hand-passes shall be limited to three.

6.       Clubs fielding teams in Divisions 1 and 3 shall submit a list of their top 8 players before 9pm 22nd March 2016 via online form system.  The top 8 players listed will not be eligible to play in the second team at any stage in the competition.  No player outside of the top 8 can play in both the Division 1 and 3 finals. i.e. a player who plays an u12 Division 1 final cannot play in an u12 Division 3 final and vice versa.

7.       Player fouled must take their own free.

8.       Player nearest the Ball takes the Sideline Ball

9.       When player is penalised, player nearest ball takes free.

10.   Div 1 and 3: (9 rounds league).  Top 4 teams play cup semi finals, i.e. 1st V 4th, 2nd V 3rd. Winners to meet in Finals.  Teams placed 5 to 8 to play shield semi finals, i.e. 5th V 8th, 6th V 7th.  Winners to meet in Finals.  Teams that do not make semi finals (9 and 10) and the losing semi finalists will also play in Markievizc Park (subject to availability).  11 rounds in total.

11.   Div 2A and 2B (5 rounds initial league): all teams to play five games.  Top 2 teams in Div 2A to play against top 2 teams Div 2B in a round robin format (3 more rounds) plus a semi final and final (cup).  Similar cross over arrangement for teams 3 and 4 in each group with a semi final and final (Shield 1) and the same for teams placed 5th and 6th in each group (Shield 2).  10 rounds in total.

E.g. Teams 1 and 2 in Div 2A and 1 and 2 in Div 2B will play in a further mini league. 3 rounds.  This will be followed by a semi final 1v4 and 2v3.

Additional Regulations Applicable to U12 Hurling Only

 

1.       Matches are 11-a-side, with the option to play 13-a-side if both clubs agree.  (However, on any given day must be reduced to 9-a-side if one club has less than 11 players).

2.       Smart Touch sliotar to be used. (If none available, size 4 sliotar may be used)

  1. A player may kick the sliotar on the ground once only.

4.       Players are not permitted to kick the sliotar from the hand at any stage during the game.

5.       No scores may be taken by kicking the sliotar.

6.       All frees/65s to be taken by lifting and striking the sliotar.

7.      Players are permitted to solo with the sliotar on the hurley for a maximum distance of 10m.

8.      Finals as follows based on league placings as follows:

1 V 2, 3 V 4,

6 (Home) V 7 Semi Final, winner to final V 5



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