Rules & Guidelines

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1. Ethos:

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The Bristol Casuals League aspires for all teams playing within it to adhere to the ‘Corinthian Spirit.’ Trying to win is perfectly fine, but trying to win by any means necessary is not. In our league the spirit in which the game is played is more important than the result.

a. All games should be played in a friendly but competitive manner. Sportsmanship and good conduct of players and officials are the most highly prized commodities in our league.

b. Physical, sexual, racist or homophobic abuse of opponents and officials is completely unacceptable.

c. Violent conduct towards opponents or officials is also completely unacceptable.

d. Audible swearing should be kept to a minimum and whilst a competitive approach is to be encouraged, this should not be at the expense of the Corinthian ideal.


2. Players:

a. Players must be aged 35 years and over.

b. A maximum of 2 under age players may be fielded, but they should not be good enough to dominate a game or make a significant difference to the result because of their superior fitness or ability. As a matter of courtesy, opposition managers should be made aware of under age players before the game kicks off.

c. There is no limit to the number of subs or substitutions. Substitutions may be made during a break in play at the referee’s discretion on a roll on/roll off basis.

d. Mixed teams of men and women are permitted.

"Corinthians put fair play and moral values above such sordid, vulgar things as winning. They never argue with the ref, or enter any competition where there is a prize.

If by chance the other team lose a man, either sent off or through injury, they immediately and voluntarily send off one of their own men, just to keep things even."

Hunter Davies, writing in the New Statesman

3. Matches:

a. Teams are responsible for arranging their own fixtures. Teams must arrange home fixtures at the earliest opportunity and inform the league of any changes from the original fixture schedule.

b. Home teams must re-confirm with the opposition that the fixture is going ahead one week before the match.

c. Any issues with making contact with individual teams must be reported to the league at the earliest opportunity.

d. The fixtures computer cannot take into account whether any given tie is awarded to you as a home or away fixture. If your team has travelled away to a particular team and would rather not travel again in the current season, then a venue swap can be arranged by mutual consent between the two teams concerned.

e. Cup fixtures must take priority and must be completed by the cut off dates set by the league. The League reserves the right to award a walkover where a team has failed to make adequate efforts to play a cup match on time.

f. Games are preferably to be played on grass. They may be played on artificial pitches if these are of at least 3G standard. Teams may refuse to play on old style sand based AstroTurf pitches.

g. The cost of hiring a pitch for a match shall, unless otherwise agreed by both teams, be split 50/50, with the away team ensuring they pay their 50% on the day of the game.

h. Home sides are to provide a referee, both sides are to provide an assistant referee. If at all possible home sides should endeavor to provide a neutral referee. Referees fees are to be split between the home and away teams, with the away team ensuring they pay their 50% on the day of the game

i. All matches are to be played as per the date allocated on the League website. Clubs are welcome to rearrange fixtures but must notify the league of any new dates.

4. Administration:


a. All outstanding League subscriptions must be paid by the date agreed at the AGM. Clubs who fail to make this payment by this date will be deemed to have left the League.

b. Each club must provide TWO contact names Main Contact and Secondary contact), , to include mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses to be displayed on the league website.

c. Clubs must notify the League Secretary of address/postcode of their (main) pitch.

d. Each club is responsible for obtaining its own insurance cover.

e. Home AND away teams must report match results, Corinthian Score, (and goalscorers, plus brief match report if possible), to the League via their ClubManager Page on the league website. Should this page be unavailable for any reason, the above details must be emailed direct to bristolcasualsleague@gmail.com within 48 hours of the match date. Failure to do so will result in a ONE point deduction.

5. Corinthian Scores:

a. Both Home AND away teams must award their opponents a ‘Corinthian score’ after each game, via the result submission link on their ClubManager page. The Corinthian score is a mark out of ten that reflects the opponent’s attitude and approach to the game. This must be reported with the result within 48 hours of the game being played. A rough guide on how to rate your opponent is included with these rules.

b. Teams who are awarded a score of 4 or less will be contacted by the league and asked to improve their conduct in future games.

c. Three scores of 4 or less will result in a team being barred from entering the league in the following season.

d. In exceptional circumstances a team may be expelled from the league mid-season, at the discretion of the league.

e. At the end of the season each team will receive an average Corinthian rating. A trophy will be awarded to the team with the highest average.