2001/02 Rules & Regulations
8 FIELDS OF PLAY, FOOTBALLS
8.1 The League shall inspect the fields of play and all clubs shall ensure that their fields of play comply with the Laws of the Game and the directives of FIFA.
8.2 Each club shall register it’s home ground/grounds with the League and no club shall relocate to another ground without first obtaining the written consent of the League, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld.
8.3 The minimum illumination necessary for night matches shall be 200 lux.
8.4 The dimensions of the fields of play shall be as follows:-
8.4.1 maximum length 120 metres; minimum length 100 metres;
8.4.2 maximum width 75 metres; minimum width 68 metres.
8.5 Clubs must register their pitch dimensions with the League prior to the start of each season. It will be deemed misconduct for a club to alter its pitch dimensions during the season unless with the prior written consent of the League. The Board may at any time require a club to submit a report from a qualified independent source certifying the pitch dimensions.
8.6 Each club shall take all reasonable steps to maintain its pitch in good order. The League may require a club to take such steps as the League shall specify if it is not satisfied that an adequate standard of pitch is being maintained.
8.7 Each club shall provide separate areas adjacent to the pitch for the sole use of team officials, medical staff and substitutes. Such designated areas shall be clearly marked “home” and “visitors”, have direct access to the pitch, be located equidistant from the halfway line, and be capable of seating not less than eight (8) persons from each club.
8.8 It is the responsibility of the home or host club to ensure that a qualified medical practitioner and a qualified physiotherapist are in attendance throughout a match.
8.9 The referee is the sole judge of whether or not a match should be postponed or abandoned due to the unsuitability of the ground caused by inclement weather or any other factor.
8.10 The footballs used shall be in accordance with the Laws of the Game, and shall be FIFA approved balls. The match ball shall be supplied by the home team (the team named first in the fixture), provided that the referee may accept a ball from the away team if the home team is unable to provide a ball of suitable quality.
8.11 A fixture may be played partly or wholly under floodlights.
8.12 In normal circumstances the referee shall be the sole judge as to whether or not a pitch is fit for a fixture. In circumstances considered extraordinary by the Manager of the League or his duly appointed representative for this purpose, he may order the postponement of any game/s provided such announcement is made before noon (12h00) on the date of the match. It is stressed that in normal circumstances the referee shall be the sole judge as to whether a game shall be played or not.
8.13 If a fixture is postponed through weather or the state of the pitch, the League shall set another date on which the game shall be played.