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FOO i The BUCS Football Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the FIFA Laws of the Game.

FOO ii In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

FOO iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the FIFA Laws of the Game, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

FOO 1 Affiliations All institutions must affiliate with their National Governing Body and submit their affiliation number to BUCS by the deadline stated in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document. Failure to do so will lead to sanctions as outlined in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document and possibly further disciplinary action.

FOO 2 Minimum number of players for a fixture to start The minimum number of players per team required for a fixture to start will be 7.

FOO 3 There shall be separate Team Championships for Men and Women. The programme for each Championships shall include leagues and knockout competitions as per BUCS general regulations, Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’) and Appendix 10 (‘BUCS Promotion, Relegation and Knockout Information’).

FOO 3.1 In the Men’s Team Championships, for Tiers 4 and below, BUCS reserves the right to operate 4 leagues per Tier in a Conference (as opposed to the standard 2) should entry levels permit. In such an instance, an institution would be permitted to have 3 teams in the tier, regardless of whether it is the bottom tier.

FOO 4 Duration of play The game shall consist of 2 halves of 45 minutes. Teams shall change ends at half-time. In all matches the half-time interval will not exceed 15 minutes.

FOO 4.1 Tie in knockout matches In the event of a tie after normal time, 2 periods of extra time (15 minutes each way) shall be played. If at the end of the normal playing period of extra time, the teams are still tying the winner shall be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty spot as per the FIFA Laws of the Game.

FOO 5 Match officials Match officials should be appointed as per Appendix 5 (‘BUCS Match Officials Requirements’).

FOO 5.1 Assistant referees shall report to the referee prior to commencement of the match and will be provided with standard flags by the home team.

FOO 6 Matchday requirements The home team is responsible for providing a set of corner flags, and pegs for securing goal nets. Failure to do so may render the team liable to a fine and in the event of the match not being played due to lack of corner flags or pegs, the home team will be deemed to have not fulfilled the fixture.

FOO 7 Substitutes For Premier League/Championship and Tier 1/Trophy fixtures a maximum of 3 substitutions will be allowed from a maximum of 5 named substitutes. For Tier 2 and below leagues/Conference Cup, Plate and Bowl fixtures, a maximum of 5 substitutions will be allowed from a maximum of 5 named substitutes.

FOO 7.1 Players who have been substituted will not be permitted to return to the match, i.e. rolling substitutions are not permitted.

FOO 8 Suspensions No player, club or team official may participate in any BUCS Football fixture whilst serving a suspension imposed by any Association, if that ban applies to the type of football being played. E.g. A player serving a mid-week football ban will not be eligible for BUCS fixtures. A player serving a weekend ban will be eligible, if the BUCS fixture takes place mid-week. Any BUCS fixtures not played under this regulation do NOT count towards the number of matches the ban is imposed for.

FOO 8.1 In Scotland, no player, club or team official may participate in any student football fixture while serving a ban from a recognised football association or affiliate body (to include student, amateur, junior or senior football). Any bans issued by Scottish Student Sport (SSS) will be enforced in student football only, although SSS retain the right to pass any serious misconduct cases to the relevant association or affiliate body.

FOO 9 Behaviour of Teams The BUCS Football code of conduct must be adhered to in all BUCS Football league, knockout and representative fixtures. The code of conduct can be found on the Football pages of the BUCS website.

FOO 10 Additional Premier League/Championship specific requirements

FOO 10.1 Playing facilities should be of an appropriate quality for Premier League/Championship matches and should comply with National Governing Body regulations for matches of this standard.

FOO 10.2 Pitches should, as a minimum, be roped off to prevent spectator encroachment. This can be down 1 length of the pitch provided all spectators watch the match from this side. In this instance all team substitutes and team officials must be on the opposite side to the spectators.

FOO 10.3 Matches should be played on grass or a FIFA approved artificial surface. It is the duty of the home team when confirming the fixture to advise the away team on any footwear restrictions and the type of surface to be used.

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