IFA League Rules

These rules are specific to the IFA League and run alongside and in addition to the General IFA Rules and the IFA Spirit statement

1. Format

The IFA League is open to any Member Team of the IFA. Member Teams are all bona-fide internet-based supporters teams.

The IFA committee reserves the right not to accept a team into the IFA and its League.

The 2017/18 IFA League season runs from Saturday 23rd July 2017 to Saturday 7th July 2018.

Competing teams may play up to 24 matches to count for League records. The same team can only be played twice in the same season for League purposes. The exception to this rule is in Scotland, where teams may play each other up to three times in League games.

Any team wishing to travel to the same venue twice during the course of the season is able to count the second meeting as their ‘home’ game, if the other team is in agreement.

Fixtures and results must be announced in full accordance with IFA general rule 3, without exception.

Points are allocated based on the score after “normal” time (applicable where a match is scheduled to count towards a League and Cup competition simultaneously) as follows:

• 3 points for a win
• 2 points for a draw
• 1 point for a loss

The League Table, maintained by Stu Evans on the IFA website, is sorted in order of points, goal difference, goals scored and alphabetically.

2. IFA English and Scottish Leagues

The IFA English and Scottish Leagues run alongside the IFA League and all fixtures between two English or two Scottish teams will count towards the regional tables, as well as the IFA League.

All three tables will be maintained by Stu Evans on the IFA website and will also be sorted in order of points, goal difference, goals scored and alphabetically.

Cross-border games will only count for the IFA League.

Welsh clubs are welcome to join the English League if they so wish, as the majority of their games will be played against English teams.

Fixtures and results must be announced in full accordance with IFA general rule 3, without exception.

The English and Scottish league seasons run from the same dates as the IFA league.

Competing teams may play up to 24 matches to count for League records.

3. “B” Teams

Any participating Member Team wishing to enter a B team into the League must first seek the permission of the IFA Committee.

A player must complete the entire season playing for the same team – switching between first and second teams is not permitted.

Where a Member Team has two teams in the League, no matches against each other can count towards the League unless otherwise agreed by the IFA Committee.

In order to continue to be eligible, “B” teams must complete at least 10 IFA League matches during a season, and their “A” team at least 15 IFA League matches – this is to ensure that there is still sufficient demand for two teams.

4. Mid-Season Tournaments

Teams are welcome – and indeed actively encouraged – to host their own tournaments during the course of the season. No IFA League points are awarded for doing so, nor are tournament matches eligible for League points. Tournaments should be open to all (within reason), and they should be advertised in advance on the mailing list.

5. League entry

In order to enter the IFA League, all teams will be required to submit their details via the League Entry Form, which also confirms that the rules and IFA Spirit intentions have been communicated to all players.

Any team who has not submitted an entry form will not be able to participate in IFA League matches until they have done so. League entry will open on Friday 7th July 2017 and the entry form can be found here