(DRAFT) UCFL General Guidelines – article 2: Postponements

  • Teams requesting no game on a particular future weekend must go through formal postponement request process as per rules
  • Late postponement request (i.e. after fixture already published) requires consent from Emergency Committee
  • No postponements/ changes to fixtures permitted without consent of Fixtures Secretary (on behalf of Executive)

The UCFL has operated a standard procedure for postponements for many years. Teams included in the League are expected to be available on all weekends (with certain rare exceptions, e.g. over the Christmas period) during the season to fulfill fixtures scheduled for them by the League (Fixtures Secretary). Any team wishing to have a particular future weekend free, must request a postponement by going through the formal process outlined in the rules (and re-printed below). The standard postponement fee currently applying is €30.

30/01/2022 15:00
(DRAFT) UCFL General Guidelines - article 1: Fixtures

  • Home team to contact opposition and referee after fixtures released
  • Venue switches to away team’s pitch if home team’s pitch unavailable
  • Referee to be paid before kick-off
  • Changes to kick-off times only permitted in certain circumstances
  • Fixtures Secretary to be kept informed of any changes
Fixtures for the following week are circulated to club secretaries and contacts via email each weekend. They are also posted on the UCFL website and can be accessed at the following link: Weekly fixtures list


The home team should contact the opposition and referee in good time to check that all is in order. This should be done as early as possible after publication of the fixtures to allow any unexpected problems to be addressed.

The referee should be paid his match fee prior to kick-off. If the referee appears and the match fails to take place for any reason (e.g. pitch unplayable), the referee is entitled to half the regular match fee.

08/01/2022 19:03
Team application forms for season 2020/21

Applications are open for all teams, including any prospective new teams, to participate in the UCFL in season 2020/21. To download a form, please click on the following link:

31/03/2020 12:45
09/03/2020: Reminder and clarification of requirement to switch if home team’s pitch unavailable
Additional guidelines agreed at December management meeting concerning significant change of kick-off time

For many years, the UCFL has introduced a (minute) rule at the beginning of each season to the effect that, in the event of the home team’s pitch being unplayable, the game must be switched to the away team’s pitch and go ahead as otherwise scheduled.

Over the years, various scenarios have arisen which have required clarification of this rule. For example, it has been established that a match can go ahead on an alternative venue nominated by the home team, or indeed, on a pitch similarly sourced by the away team which is not necessarily its own usual venue. This is subject to the usual conditions, such as that the alternative venue be reasonable in terms of location and that a switch may be impossible in the event of a very late change etc.

09/03/2020 20:35
30/09/2016: Changes announced to the way postponements are granted
Following a steadily increasing number of problems and disputes relating to postponements over recent seasons, the UCFL has adopted, by way of a minute rule passed by the League Executive Committee, a number of changes to the way postponements are sought and granted. These changes come into effect from 1 October 2016 and will remain in force for the rest of the season. At this stage, it is envisaged that they may become part of the UCFL’s permanent rules at the 2017 AGM.
30/01/2020 15:50
Disciplinary Procedures

Any player dismissed from the field of play is automatically suspended for his team's next match.

The related red card report will be dealt with by the disciplinary sub-committee on receipt, when any additional suspension* and/or fine will be decided. If warranted, this sub-committee may request the attendance of nominated people following the red card report. However, any person who is the subject of a red card (or equivalent) report, may request a personal hearing. This must be done either by appearing in person on the Thursday night following the incident, or by contacting the Hon Sec in advance to confirm his wish to appear.

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