IFA Challenge Cup Rules

These rules are specific to the IFA Challenge Cup and run alongside and in addition to the General IFA Rules, available elsewhere on this website.

1. Format

Entry to the 2017/18 IFA Challenge Cup is now closed.

All rounds of the IFA Cup are drawn on a national basis, meaning all teams understand that their tie may result in a long journey.

Each round has a deadline by which matches must have been played (barring any weather problems), and failure to agree dates, times and venues will be scrutinised by the IFA Committee and the match will be forfeited if one of the teams has not co-operated fully in agreeing match arrangements.

Matches must be reported to the IFAWorldNET mailing list as per the General IFA Rules.

The deadline for first round match to be played is 7th October 2017. Deadlines for the remaining rounds will appear here in due course.

The date and venue for the Final will be confirmed in due course.

2. Referee/Officials

It is the home team’s responsibility to provide a competent referee.

3. Switching

With the consent of both teams, the away team can act as the home team or a neutral venue can be sought. This is to allow those who like to travel to do so, and also to cover for any logistical problems the drawn home team may have in booking a venue for the match, or for drawn away teams to accommodate onwards travel to their senior teams match on any given date.

4. Match Conditions

The match must be played over the full 90 minutes unless both teams agree before kick-off.

No extra time will be played. If scores are level after 90 minutes, a penalty shoot-out will take place.

5. Disciplinary

All teams are expected to resolve their disputes amicably and in a grown-up manner. Should this not be the case, the IFA Committee will reluctantly step in. Committee decisions on disputes are final.