Choiste na nÓg Regulations


Choiste na nÓg






1.            Coiste na nÓg shall operate under Treoraí Oifigiúl C.L.C.G. and in   accordance with the current Mion        Rialacha Coiste Chontae Chorcaí.

2.            Coiste na nÓg shall be a recognised unit of the G.A.A. and under the       jurisdiction of the An Coiste Chontae Chorcai.

3.            Coiste na nÓg shall consist of Cathaoirleach, Leas Cathaoirleach,   Rúnaí, Cisteoir, Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí and Oifigeach Cultura       together with one representative each from Reigiún Lárnach, Reigiún          Thoir, Reigiún Thuaidh and Reigiún Thiar, Bainisteóir na gCluichí,      Representative from Sciath na Scoil, Representative from the Post         Primary Schools (Colleges / Vocational) and Oifigeach Cultura Coiste          Chontae Chorcaí.

4.            C.C.C. recommendations shall only be overturned by two thirds (2/3)        Majority of those Board members present and voting.

5.            The C.C.C. shall have the power to investigate the constitution of any      team at any time.

6.            No officer or C.C.C. member shall take part in any investigation or           inquiry involving his own club or team.

7.            Team list for each game must contain the player's name, date of birth    and place of  birth in Irish. 

8.            All Clubs are to play in their registered club colours. Where a        clash of      colours occurs both teams are obliged under General Rule to change,         unless where both clubs are in agreement on an alternative          arrangement. 

9.            Clubs are responsible for their players, mentors and supporters     behaviour towards the referee and opposing Club members.

10.         For Coiste na nÓg purposes the Team Officials of Coiste na nÓg teams   other           than Fe 18 and 16 shall be recognised as    the official officers.     Clubs           shall notify the Board of it's Under- Age Committee Officers       and delegates within four weeks of Coiste na nÓg convention.  All      correspondence for Fe 18 and 16 teams shall be signed by the club      Runaí.  All correspondence for Fe 15, 14,13,12,11 teams shall be      signed by the under-age club Runaí, except for team lists which shall         be signed by the team Runaí.

a.            All players must be under 18, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, and 11 years respectively on the 1st January of current year of competition.

b.            In the case of teams found guilty of breaking the over-        age rule the following penalties shall apply:

(i)      Leagues-loss of all points up to and including the match in which the offence was committed.

(ii)         Championships-Disqualification from all championships in which the player or players competed.

11.          The C.C.C. may also recommend suspensions (if warranted) on players       or officials. Suspensions to apply for league and championship.

12      Where teams would have sufficient players to cater for two teams in Fe          15 and 13, i.e., 30 / 32 players, a panel of 10 players to be nominated as         team 1 players; the remainder permitted to be team 2 players but who would be permitted to play in team 1 without affecting their status    until they play Championship.  This situation,  which is applicable to    secondary competitions only, would ensure that more players are      encouraged to participate in our games.

13.     Where a club has a team in say: Premier 1 or 2 (Central) Leagues and a second team participating in one of the      other 3 Regions, then a facility to avoid direct clashes between the two teams in Leagues will have to be permitted.  A facility to play one game, on the Saturday and the second fixture on a Friday Night, Sunday or Monday Night must be accommodated.    

14.     Large Urban areas, i.e., towns and suburbs where one club who wish to compete at the Premier 1 or Premier 2 level at Under 15, Under 14 and Under 13 but do not have a full complement of players up to the age, that they, on application to Coiste na nÓg and supplying their total  number of players up to the age and available to play, be permitted to list players from the next lower age to play but not affecting their own age status.  The additional Players listed would be the only players allowed to participate in the higher grade. (Here I feel       we should stipulate a number).

15.     a team may commence a game with thirteen players but shall have fielded fifteen players. Inclusive of players ordered off or retired injured, by the start of the second half.  In the event of failure to comply with this, the game shall continue.  (Rial 2.2 Rules of Specification).

16          Similarly in 12 aside competitions, a team with 10 for the second half then the game should be allowed continue, with the winning team being the side that wins out the fixture and are awarded the points.  Should a situation arise whereby a team can only field 9 for the second half, the game can still continue but the points are automatically awarded to the side with a full twelve. In such circumstances the team with more than 12 players available may, with the permission of the referee, make unlimited substitutions during the second half of the game.  

17.         In Fe 15, 14, 13, and 12 competitions the number of substitutions allowed on each team is unlimited.  This          would apply to the Fé 13, Fé 14 and Fé 15 grades for secondary competitions only. 

18                Football - Under 14 and Lower: A player in possession of the Ball is         entitled to 1 hop, 1 hand to toe and he then has to release the Ball and   not play it again until another player plays it.  Players may not dribble      the ball more than 20 metres without another player, from either side touching or playing the ball.

19          The first named team in Leagues has HOME VENUE, but if same is not available, they may avail of an alternative venue which is not further away from their opponents than their own, otherwise the game must be played at the opponent's venue.

20          Where the appointed Referee fails to attend, agreement must be reached on a substitute Referee by either tossing or by agreement.         Failure to comply with this Rule will result in the forfeiture of the   league points by the Club failing to agree.

21          Suspension for players ordered off the field in all competitions shall be           in accordance with penalties as laid down in the Official Guide.

22          Clubs are encouraged to have their fixtures agreed with their opponents          prior to a Board Meeting.  Where a difficulty arises, the Board Secretary should be informed as soon as possible.  In the absence of a       club delegate at a Board meeting the opposing team has the right to          nominate the date and time for all fixtures at that meeting or the C.C.C.           shall then fix the game.

23          All fixtures once ratified at a Board Meeting may not be altered or        postponed except in exceptional circumstances.

24          Where there is a First Round losers round in the Championship, when a   team has two           defeats they are out of the Championship.

25          In Fe 14, and 13 football competitions the player taking the kick-out       may have the option of kicking the ball from his hands from the 20 metre line.

26          Games in Fe 18,16,15,14 and 13 competitions shall be    30 minutes a         half.

27          For failure to fulfil any fixture, a Club will be fined €50. Referee's         expenses will be paid by the offending Club.

(a)     Where a Club fails to fulfil TWO games in the same competition

          they shall be ruled out of that competition, and will incur a  €50 fine in respect of each outstanding game.


28.     Postponement of Games:

Request for postponement of a League fixture to be made in writing or via e-mail directly to the Rúnaí at least 5 days prior to the original league fixture.  When a postponement is sought a definite date must be agreed by both sides for the re-fixture and submitted with the request for the postponement. 


29      Presentation of Games:        

       (a)     All pitches to be properly lined and flagged

          (b)     National Flag to be flown for all League games.

          (c)     All teams in all League games should be numbered properly and                Clubs are requested to dress uniformly, i.e., Matching socks and                    shorts.




30          Accepting applications for Transfer  below, this shall be considered at any meeting of the County Committee, no application shall be considered unless received after January 1st and in the case of:

a        A player over the age of 16 not later than the County Committee Meeting on the Last Tuesday in January.

b        A player under the age of 16 - not later than the last day of February.

31.     A player who has not taken part in any official or trophy competition in the previous number of weeks stipulated         below:

a.            A player over the age of 16 - 96 weeks.

b.            A player eligible for Under 16 and Younger Grades - 48 weeks. 


The Establishment of an Coiste na nÓg Transfer Adjudication Committee


32          All under age transfer applications will be made to Coiste na nÓg for consideration. Adjudications can be made by Coiste na nÓg on applications that are in accordance with General Rule and County Committee Bye Law.

33.     In the event of Coiste na nÓg referring a case to the Transfer Adjudication Committee, this Sub-Committee must adjudicate and make recommendations, to Coiste na nÓg within a specified time.

34.        The Coiste hontae Chorcai Transfer Adjudication Committee's recommendations will be made to Coiste na nÓg on an individual case basis and decisions are to be taken in isolation and without the creation of precedent which may affect any of its future decisions or findings.

35.     If difficult Transfer applications cases involving extenuating circumstances remain unresolved, they are to be referred to Coiste Chontae Chorcai for final adjudication, in the shortest possible time.  


Independent Minor, Under 16 and Lower Age Teams


36.               Applications to field an Independent Minor, Under 16 and or Under 14    team to be made annually with all relevant details supplied with    application, i.e., number of players completed with date of birth from     each of the participants.

37.              In the case of any club involved in an Independent Minor, Under 16         and or Under 14 team, all its players shall play only with that one         Independent Minor, Under 16 and or Under 14 team, and may not be       split up by forming more than one  Independent Minor, Under 16 and         or Under 14 team.



38.              In the case of two clubs forming an Independent, Under 16 and or          Under 14 team, the same clubs shall be allowed to join together to form an Independent Minor team two years later.  Clubs forming The      Independent Under 16 and or Under 14 team shall not be allowed to      change to join with other clubs in an Independent Minor Team      Formation.

          Rule 6.4 (1) Permission was given once again for this derogation where     "isolated player" can play with another club. (Report Árd Comhairle         Meeting 11/02/'12)

39          Winning teams be compelled to return all trophies won in the previous season before June 1st of the following year or one month prior to the final for which the trophy is required whichever is the earlier. All trophies to be returned in presentation condition. The expense involved by the Board in repairing or replacing through damage or loss of any trophies shall be borne by the club concerned.

40          Failure to comply with bye-law 39 shall result in a €50 fine being imposed on the defaulting club for each outstanding trophy for each defaulting week.

41          All games to be played in accordance with the official          Fixture       Calendar.

42          The expense incurred by the Board in repairing or replacing through       damage or loss of any trophy shall be borne by the club concerned. 

43          Any club or team not having paid its previous year's entry fees (or           fines) shall not be accepted for entry to the leagues or championship in       hurling or football the following year in any Coiste na nÓg        competition..

44          In Fe 14, 13, 12 and 11 competitions a size 4 football shall be used and    in hurling a Size 4 sliother shall be used.

45          In Fe 18 and 16 and 15 competitions a size 5 football shall be used and    in hurling a senior sliother shall be used.

46          That all championship Games and league finals be played on enclosed       and neutral venues as far as possible. 

47          Minor, Under 16, Under 15 and under 14 are to take place on full sized    pitches.

a.            Games at Under 13 Premier (where played), A, and B. will also take place on full sized pitches.

b.            Games at Under 14 and Under 13 C and D (12 a side) will take place from 13 metre to 13 metre, full width and with smaller goals.

c.            Games at the Proposed Under 12 Structures will take place in accordance with the Scheduled programme of games listed at this level. 



48          To facilitate Munster Colleges / Vocational games during October /        November / January / February, club games should not take place on       Monday / Tuesday / prior to the Colleges / Vocational games.  If the           Colleges / Vocational fixture is made for a Thursday or Friday, the          clubs of the players representing the College / Vocational school must          make a fixture within 48 hours of the College / Vocational fixture.            Where a College / Vocational fixture takes place on a Monday /     Tuesday the club fixture for the prior weekend must stand.  Exceptions          for College / Vocational team(s) in Munster Semi Finals and beyond   can be agreed provided the Chairman and Secretary of the relevant         boards agree and the clubs involved agree a re-fixture within the following four weeks.

49          Home Team is responsible for texting the score of the game to      the Runaí. Where a game is played at a neutral venue, BOTH teams are      to ring /text the result. 

50          In the event of a club having a team in Premier Championship with a        second team in the Regional Championship, should the Regional Championship game be scheduled prior to the Premier game then that           Club should be obliged to list  players of Premier Status prior to the         clubs second participation in Championship.  The named players on           this list shall be deemed to be graded Premier and will be ineligible to         play in the lower championship for that season. 

51          Where a league is not completed by the deadline, (16th Sept. Central       and 30th Sept. Regions) a team be nominated.  That team would partake       in the league to conclusion and if successful would be declared league          champions and would not have to defend the title in their own region   subsequently. 


Rebel Og Central 



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