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

  1. Format

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

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

1.3 The IFA league season 2021/22 will start on 24th July 2021 and run until 28th May 2022

1.4 Competing teams may play up to 20 matches to count for League records during this timeframe. The same team can only be played twice in the same season for League purposes. 

1.5 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.

1.6 Fixtures and results must be announced in full accordance with IFA general rule 4, without exception.

1.7 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

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

  1. IFA English and Scottish Leagues

2.1 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.

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

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

2.4 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.

2.5 Fixtures and results must be announced in full accordance with IFA general rule 4, without exception.

2.6 The English and Scottish league seasons run from the same dates as the IFA league. Competing teams may play up to 20 matches to count for League records.



  1. “Second” Teams

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

  1. League entry

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

4.2 Any team who has not submitted an entry form will not be able to participate in IFA League matches until they have done so.

Last update: 2 July 2021