2001/02 Rules & Regulations
5 DATES AND VENUES OF MATCHES
5.1 The dates and venues of matches shall be fixed by SAFA.
5.2 Clubs shall be notified of fixture changes in writing by no later than midday of the third working day or 72 hours prior to the match. Should such notification be given, then the League will advise clubs of the date, time and venue when the said fixture will be played.
5.3 Should any club wish to request a change to a fixture, such request must be submitted in writing by midday of the fourteenth day prior to the match. Fixtures will only be amended in extreme circumstances, at the discretion of the League Manager who may delegate this power in writing.
5.4 Save and except where permission to change a fixture has been given in terms of Rule 5.2 above, no fixture may be changed in any manner whatsoever.
5.5 The onus of securing a venue shall be with the home club, and save and except for ÒForce MajeureÓ, the clubÕs failure to secure a venue shall be regarded as misconduct, and the club shall be deemed to have failed to fulfil its fixtures.
5.6 In its application to the League for affiliation, a club shall name the ground at which it will play its home fixtures, as well as its alternative home ground. In this regard, the League may at any time prior to any game under its auspices (if the League is of the opinion that the safety of the public, players and officials cannot be guaranteed, for any reason whatsoever then and in such event), fixture such game at any alternative venue.
5.7 If for any reason a club is unable to play its home fixture at its home ground, the League may order the club to play the fixture at a ground selected by the club as its alternative home ground alternatively at a neutral venue determined by the League. All costs inclusive of ground rental, security shall be borne and paid for by the original home club.
6 MATCHES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE GAME
6.1 All matches shall be played according to the Laws of the Game authorised by the International Football Association Board and published by FIFA.
6.2 No more than five club officials who shall be so registered with the League in terms of the club’s registration with the League shall be allowed to be seated on the team bench, such officials shall be defined as including the coach, assistant coach, Medical Doctor and/or Masseur who shall be obliged to produce their official cards should they be so called upon to do so by the referee.
6.3 In the event of the persons referred to in 6.2. not being in possession of such card, alternatively, being in excess of the number referred to, they shall immediately be removed from the field and the club may be charged with misconduct.
7 DURATION OF MATCHES
7.1 All matches shall be played in terms of Rule 7 of the FIFA Laws of the Game, and as such the match shall last two (2) equal periods of forty-five (45) minutes, the Referee being the sole judge and adjudicator of time, inclusive of injury time, if any.
7.2 Players are entitled to an interval at half-time which must not exceed fifteen (15) minutes.