Nomenclature & Constitution
1. There shall be a Supplementary Cup Competition for teams competing in Divisions of the League that have a membership of ten (10) teams or less at the discretion of the LMC. The competition shall be known as The Macron Store Wakefield Cup and shall be administrated by Wakefield & District Sunday Football League. Each team in the appropriate Divisions (as designated by the Management Committee no later than the AGM each year) shall compete in the competition. No team from outside the designated divisions shall be permitted to enter. Entry is compulsory and by invitation only.
Entrance Fee, Subscription, Deposit
2. The annual subscription shall include entrance to the Supplementary Cup Competition.
Management, Nomination, Election
3. The competition shall be governed by the LMC in accordance with the Rules, Regulations and Practices of the Football Association.
Qualification Of Players
4. (A) Any bona-fide member of a club (as defined in League Rule 8) shall be eligible to play for that Club in this Competition (subject to other relevant clauses in these Rules).
(B) No player is eligible to play in this competition for more than one team.
(C) The Management Committee shall decide all qualification disputes.
(D) A Club shall keep a record of the games in which its players have played in the Macron Store Wakefield Cup Competition. Clubs having more than one team shall keep separate records for each team in that competition.
(E) A player shall not be eligible to play for a team in a semi-final or final unless he has registered with his Club before 1st March in the playing season and has played at least one (1) competitive match for his Club in the Wakefield & District Sunday Football League and in the event of this semi-final or final match involving a second or lower team that the player has played the greater number of his games for the second or lower team and is not otherwise cup-tied, subject to appeal to the LMC prior to the playing of the match.
(F) Any team playing an ineligible player or players shall be fined a minimum of thirty pounds (£30) and disqualified from the competition.
Times Of Kick-Off, Postponements, Substitutes etc.
5. (A) The Management Committee shall fix the dates in the season on which the rounds of the competition shall take place.
(B) Except by permission of the management committee all matches must be played on the dates originally fixed but priority shall be given to The Football Association, County Association and District F.A. Competitions. All other matches must be considered subservient. Any Club failing to play the team against which it is drawn shall be fined thirty pounds (£30) and disqualified from the Competition. All rounds of the competition up to and including the final should be played on a Sunday except where circumstances beyond the control of the LMC dictate otherwise. Kick-off times for semi-finals and finals may be varied from those indicated in League Rule 10(B).
When the semi-finalists are known the Clubs concerned shall sign a binding agreement in regard to the date(s) upon which the semi-final(s) and final will be played.
(C) Group Stage
The teams taking part in the competition will be divided into four groups of equal, or as near to equal, number as possible.
The LMC will divide the teams into groups by drawing lots.
The league format will be used: each team playing home and away fixtures against each of the other teams in the same group, with three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat.
The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:
a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;
b) goal difference in all group matches;
c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:
d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
g) A deciding match(es) to played at the management committee’s discretion.
The highest ranking team from each group will proceed to the knockout stage.
(D) Knockout Stage
The number of knockout rounds will depend on the constitution of the Competition and time constraints as determined by the LMC on or before the date of the AGM.
All rounds and the semi-finals shall be played on the ground of the first drawn team. Extra-time, if necessary, of fifteen (15) minutes each way will be played in all ties. If the scores are still level at the completion of extra-time, the tie shall be decided by a penalty competition in accordance with F.I.F.A. Rules.
(E) In the event of a match not being played or abandoned owing to causes over which neither Club has control, it shall be replayed in it’s entirety on a date given by the Management Committee.
(F) In the event of a match not being played or abandoned owing to the actions of either or both Clubs, the Management Committee shall reserve the right to fine the offending Club or Clubs thirty pounds (£30) and disqualify them from the Competition.
(G) The final tie shall be played on a neutral ground appointed by the LMC and where practicable an entrance charge shall be made.
(H) Mementoes may be presented to members of each competing team in the final and the match officials. Normal match fees and traveling expenses shall be paid by the League to the match officials in accordance with Rule 13(E).
(I) After payment of all expenses incurred in the playing of the final any residue shall become part of League funds.
All other relevant League Rules shall be applied to this competition.
NOTE: For the purposes of Referee expenses and match fees, the Group stages are treated as a League match so the home team pays the match official.
The Knockout stages are treated as a Cup game so each Club pays half.
All in accordance with Rule 13(E).