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Disciplinary Rules​

1.    Players may be sent to the ‘sin bin’ at the referee’s discretion depending on the offence. The duration of the sin bin will be 2 mins for which a blue card will be shown. A player may only be sin binned once per game as a second offence would involve a second blue card which would automatically be followed by a red card and a sending off.

2.   A player sent off for a second offence will be suspended for a minimum of 1 week. In the case serious foul play, foul or abusive language the suspension will be extended to 2 weeks or longer should LFA deem this necessary. The player concerned may also face local FA disciplinary action.

3.    If a player is given a red card whilst off the field of play (for unacceptable conduct on the side-line), the team must correspondingly reduce the number of players on the field.

4.   If a team is permanently reduced by 2 players, or temporarily reduced by 3 players the game will end. The match will be awarded 5-0 to their opponents and they will be deducted 3 points. If the score at the time produces a goal difference greater than 5-0 then that score will stand (for 6 a side add one player, for 7 a side add two players).

5.   If a match is abandoned for any reason the team at fault will receive a 5-0 defeat and be deducted 3 points unless the opposing team already has a greater advantage in which case the score will stand. If both teams are judged to be at fault the game will be void and no points will be awarded.

6.   Violent conduct on or off the pitch will result in the immediate suspension of the individual and could result in a ban from all LFA premises. LFA reserve the right to ban an individual or team from further participation in all competitions. All leagues are affiliated to the local County FA to whom all such matters will be reported. This may result in the individual concerned being banned from all affiliated competitions if the Referee’s report deems this necessary. To ensure that LFA remain aware of all suspensions and bans imposed by the County FA all correspondence will be issued to teams via LFA. Teams not cooperating with LFA or the County FA will be removed from the league programme.

7.   Referees must be treated with respect from all teams. Teams found guilty of abusing Referees will be removed from the Leagues, as will Teams in material or persistent breach of these Rules.

8.   The decision of LFA management in all matters pertaining to the administration of the league is final.

9.   LFA management may overturn any rule if they feel a team is deliberately using an interpretation of the rules to gain an unfair advantage.

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