Posted By : Mr Ryan Lewis
Teams please be aware of the FA laws in place around playing games in the closed season. Specifically that no 11V11 games should be played until after June 30th.
THE PLAYING SEASON
8 (a) The Association to Determine
The Association shall determine annually the date on which the playing season shall commence and the season shall terminate not later than the following 1st June. Each Competition shall within the limit laid down by The Association, determine the length of its own playing season.
(b) The Close Season
The “Close Season” shall be defined as the period between 1st June and 30th June inclusive each calendar year, save where The Association makes an order to the contrary.
(c) Matches Which May be Played in the Close Season
No Matches other than the following may be played in the Close Season:
(i) small-sided Matches as specified in Rule B7, mini-soccer Matches or Matches played according to “The Laws of the Game – 9 v 9” and those organised in connection with works’ clubs sports days on private grounds and at fetes and similar sports functions;
(ii) Matches between Army, Navy and Royal Air Force teams and teams of the Auxiliary Forces in Competitions whilst in camp. Such Competitions shall be strictly confined to the units concerned and gate money shall not be taken;
(iii) Matches involving members of boys’ brigades, scouts and kindred organisations in Competitions whilst in camp;
(iv) Matches for national representative teams or clubs played under the auspices of FIFA or UEFA; and
(v) Matches between Clubs in the Premier League and the EFL for the following season, and between Clubs in The FA Women’s Super League. This sub-paragraph (v) shall also apply to any successor in title to any of the Leagues specified;
(vi) 11v11 matches in sanctioned Leagues or Competitions that meet the criteria in accordance with the “Regulations for the Sanction and Control of Competitions” and are approved by The Association or sanctioning Association;
(vii) Single day, weekend and bank holiday competitions and festivals meeting the criteria and receiving sanction; and
(viii) Pilot projects granted dispensation by The Association or sanctioning Association.
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