1.4.Coiste na nÓg shall incorporate a CCC consisting of the Cathaoirleach, Leas Cathaoirleach, Rúnaí Rebel Óg, Cúntóir Runaí, a representative from each of the 4 regions and a referees co-ordinator. Each Region should have its own C.C.C. comprising of the officers of that Region and two Board delegates. Each club affiliated to the Region shall have one vote per affiliated code.
1.5.The C.C.C. shall have the power to investigate the constitution of any team at any time.
1.6.No officer or C.C.C. member shall take part in any investigation or inquiry involving his/her own club or team.
1.7.Team lists for each game must contain the player’s name, in Irish, and date of birth (T.O. Cumann Lúthchleas Gael). Team sheets must be submitted to the Referee prior to the commencement of the game. (T.O. Cumann Lúthchleas Gael)
1.8.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 both clubs are in agreement on an alternative arrangement which must be approved by the relevant C.C.C.
1.9.Clubs are responsible for their player’s, mentors’, supporters’ and all known partisans’ behaviour towards the referee and opposing Club members. Anti-social behaviour is not permitted on the pitch, sideline, end-line areas or dressing rooms. Clubs may be fined per offence committed.
1.10.For Coistena nÓg purposes, the Team Officials of Coiste na nÓg teams other than Fé 18 and 16 shall be recognised as the official officers. All correspondence for Fé 18, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12 and 11 teams shall be signed by the Club Rúnaí or under-age club Runaí, except for team lists which shall be signed by the team Runaí.
1.11. (a) All players must be under 18, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, and 11 years respectively on 1st January of the current year of competition. In the case of teams found in breach of (a), the following penalties shall apply
Leagues—loss of all points up to and including the match in which the offence was committed without the awarding of points to their opponents. A fine may also be imposed where the CCC feels such a fine is merited.
ii) Championships—Disqualification from all championships in which the player or player competed. A fine may also be imposed where the CCC feels such a fine is merited.
iii) The C.C.C. may also recommend suspensions on players or officials in accordance with general rule.
1.12 (i) Where Clubs have sufficient players to cater for two or three teams in an age group, the second and third teams will play in the C3 grade.
ii) In the case of a club entering two teams, a panel of 10 players must be nominated as Team 1 players, 8 players must be nominated in Fe12 as it is 13-a-side only) the remaining players being permitted to play in the C3 grade as Team 2 players and are permitted to play in Team 1 without affecting their status. This situation is applicable to all C3 competitions. All C3 competitions shall be League only.
iii) The 10 nominated players in Fe18, 16 and 15 must be drawn from the starting fifteen players of the same team in their last Championship game at the next lower age group in the relevant previous year, e.g. for Fe18 in 2020, the relevant game is in Fe16 in 2018, for Fe16 in 2020, the relevant game is in Fe14 in is 2018, for Fe15 in 2020, the relevant game is Fe14 in 2019.
iv) Any player who has represented Cork in the Munster or All-Ireland Minor (Fé 17) championship must be nominated as one of the 10 players irrespective of his participation in the previous Championship game referenced above.
v) Any player who is training with the Cork Fé 17 panel in the same code in January or February of the competition year must be nominated as one of the 10 players irrespective of his participation in the previous Championship game referenced above.
vi) In Fe14, 13 and 12, the nominated players must be the most capable players. As this is a subjective judgement, Rebel Óg must rely on the integrity of the clubs in this matter. This is vital to facilitate meaningful C3 competitions.
vii) The 10 nominated players in Fe18, 16 and 14 must play in the first round of the Championship for Team 1. If, for any reason, a nominated player can’t play in that game, the Rúnaí of Rebel Óg must be notified of the reason, by email, before the game is played.
viii) The list of 10 nominated players must be submitted to the Rúnaí of Rebel Óg for approval of the CCC before competitions in C3 begin. If a team fails to nominate the 10 players before the date of the fixture, the points will be awarded to their opponents; if both teams fail, the game is void.
ix) The list of nominated players for each team will be available to participating Clubs.
x) Where a club believes that it has sufficient players to enter 3 teams in an age group, the club must nominate 10 players (8 in Fe12) as Team 1 players as above and then divide their C3 panel into 2 separate panels. These panels must be submitted to the Runaí of Rebel Óg for approval of the CCC prior to the start of competitions.
1.13.Where a club enters a second team, other than that covered by 1.12 above, in any of the Regions, 12 players must be nominated until Championship thereafter General rule applies. Second teams will be graded by the relevant Regions, in consultation with Coiste na nÓg.Any player who has represented Cork in the Munster or All-Ireland Minor (Fé 17) championship must be nominated as one of the 12 players. No second teams in regions
1.14.13 a side competition is for teams/clubs that are struggling to field 15 a side teams
All Division 3 teams are only permitted to play up to a maximum of 12 players within the two-year bracket of the competition age and can use as may players 3 and 4 years younger as required.
Any team with 13 or more players within the 2 years must play in Division 2 or higher.
While the panel size for the players within the 2 years is limited to 12 the total panel is unlimited when using players 3 and 4 years younger than the age of the competition in hand.
By having less than 12 players within the 2-year bracket does not automatically qualify your team for Division 3. Only teams graded by the Grading committee for Division 3 will be allowed enter. Reason for the change.
To prevent teams entering teams with all up to age players and not needing players 3 or 4 years younger to make up the teams.
To encourage teams to bring the younger players to the matches of the year above them as it is a great learning experience for them and helps Clubs to Field teams where possible on their own.
Rules of the competition
All clubs must send a team sheet to the Regional Secretary overseeing the competition with a maximum list of 12 players within 2 years of the age of the competition. I.E for u16 all u16 and u15 players must be named on the team sheet submitted to the Secretary.
All players 3 years or younger are permitted to play as required but must still be on the team sheet. There is no restriction in how many of these players can play
As before any of the 12 players can be removed from the list but may not be put on again for the rest of the year.
Clubs must then stay within that panel for that competition. However, they may apply to replace a member of that panel to the relevant Region that governs that competition in the event that the club wishes to replace a member of the panel on a permanent basis. This could occur, for example, where a player incurs a long-term injury or where a member of the panel is no longer interested in continuing to play. A player removed from the nominated panel will no longer be eligible to play in that competition and shall not be re-instated to that panel Penalty for breach of this regulation 13 a side Hurling / Football Clubs playing in these 13 a side games are advised that they must not go outside the panel of players submitted.
Any club found guilty of breach of this regulation shall forfeit any game won with teams fielding any players not listed in their application. A club fine will also be considered
1.15. (a) In a 15 a-side game, a team may commence with 13 players but shall have fielded 15 players, inclusive of players ordered off or retired injured, by the start of the second half; then the game shall continue. (Rial 2.2 Rules of Specification). Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of game. In a league game the points will be awarded to the opponents.
(b) In 13 a-side competitions, a team may commence with 11 players but shall have fielded 13 players, inclusive of players ordered off or retired injured, by the start of the second half; then the game shall continue. (Rial 2.2 Rules of Specification). Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of game. In a league game the points will be awarded to the opponents.
(c) Should a situation arise in 11 a-side competitions 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 11 players
(d) Only 8 Officials and 30 players allowed on the field during games.
In secondary competitions at Fé 15, 14, 13, and 12, unlimited substitutions are allowed on each team. In secondary competitions at Fé 16 and minor levels, up to nine (9) substitutions shall be permitted in the playing of normal time in all secondary competitions. In the event of extra-time being required in a secondary competition, substitutions in the period of extra-time shall be in accordance with general rule (3 substitutes).
1.17. If a pitch is unplayable, this must be notified to the board and the opposition at least 4 hours before the starting time. If the opposition pitch is playable, the fixture will go to the opposition venue. If the game goes off due to weather and is not re-fixed before the next fixture meeting, the CCC will decide on the fixture.
2. Presentation of Games
Pitches are to be properly lined and flagged. The National flag is to be flown at all games.
All teams are to be numbered properly and clubs are requested to dress uniformly, i.e. wear matching club socks and shorts.
Where clubs are requested for (a) teams / substitutes and/or (b) team panels for programmes, they are requested to supply team panels correctly numbered and ensure that the players taking the pitch for the game are numbered in accordance with the programme. Failure to comply with this request will result in the Club(s) being fined €100.00 for each offence.
3.1.All applications for Transfer shall be made on an official form. These applications may be considered at any meeting of Coiste na nÓg.
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 Coiste Chontae meeting on last Tuesday in January.
b) A player under the age of 16, not later than the last day of January.
3.2.A player who has not taken part in any official or trophy competition in the previous number of weeks stipulated below, shall be granted a transfer:
a) A player over the age of 16 – 96 weeks.
b) A player eligible for Under 16 and Younger Grades – 48 weeks.
3.3.All underage 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.
3.4.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.
3.5.The Coiste Chontae Chorcaí 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.
3.6.If difficult Transfer applications cases involving extenuating circumstances remain unresolved, they are to be referred to Coiste Chontae Chorcaí for final adjudication, in the shortest possible time.
4. Independent Minor, Under 16 & Lower Age Teams
4.1.Applications to field an Independent Minor, Under 16 and/or Under 14 team are to be made annually with all relevant details supplied with application, i.e. number of players complete with date of birth from each of the participants.
4.2.In the case of any club involved in an Independent team, all of its players shall play only with that one Independent Minor, Under 16, Under 15 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.
4.3.In the case of two clubs forming an Independent, Under 16, Under 15 or Under 14 team, the same clubs shall be allowed to join together to form an Independent Minor team the appropriate years later.
Clubs forming the Independent Under 16, Under 15 and/or Under 14 team shall not be allowed to change to join with other clubs in an Independent Minor Team Formation.
Isolated Players: Permission can be given for this derogation where an “isolated player” can play with another club under General Rule: Attachment to First Club : 6.4 (e) (Report Ard Comhairle Meeting 11/02/2012)
5.1.Winning teams must return all trophies won in the previous season before May 1st of the following year or one month prior to the final for which the trophy is required whichever is the earlier. All trophies are to be returned in presentation condition.
5.2.Failure to comply with Regulation 5.1 may result in a €50 fine being imposed on the defaulting club for each outstanding trophy for each defaulting week.
5.3.The expense incurred by the Coiste/Region in repairing or replacing through damage or loss of any trophy shall be borne by the club concerned.
6. Games / Fixtures
6.1. All communication between the Board and the Clubs will only be done by the Club Secretary through the Secretary’s or Fixtures Secretary’s GAA Email Address, whichever is applicable.
6.2. The CCC shall endeavor to fix all games in accordance with the Fixture Plan. The CCC has the discretion to change the date and time of any and all fixtures as it deems appropriate. All fixtures in the Fixture Plan are provisional until they are ratified by the CCC.
6.3.Where a difficulty arises, the Board Fixtures Secretary should be informed as soon as possible. Clubs are encouraged to have their fixtures times agreed with their opponents and notified to the Fixtures Secretary at least 24 hours prior to a Board Meeting.
6.4.All fixtures, once ratified at a Board Meeting, may not be altered or by any party other than the CCC, the Chairperson or, in his/her absence, the Vice-Chairperson, except in exceptional circumstances, following the procedures outlined under “Postponement of League Games”
6.5.All fines to be paid by the next Board meeting. Any club or team not having paid its previous year’s fees or fines shall not be accepted for entry to the leagues or championships in hurling or football the following year in Coiste na nÓg competitions.
6.6.Anti-social behaviour is not permitted on the pitch, sideline, end-line areas or dressing rooms. Clubs may be fined per offence committed.
6.7.It is the policy of Coiste Chontae Chorcaí that no underage game should be postponed to facilitate an adult competition.
6.8.In relation to a clash arising with Fé 21 Championship and Minor League games in February and March, if Fé 21 Championship games are played on Saturdays, the Fé 18 League games will be played on Sundays.
6.9.Clubs who enter but withdraw from competition prior to commencement of competition will be fined €150.
6.10.Gates shall be taken up at all Championship games and all clubs are expected to make their venues available, on request, to the Board for championship games. All championship games and league finals are to be played at enclosed and neutral venues, as far as possible.
6.11.Where a club has two teams playing in the same age group, a facility to avoid direct clashes between the two teams in leagues will be permitted.
6.12.Central 3 (C3) Competitions are 13 a-side competitions unless both teams agree to play 15 a-side.
6.13. (a) Games in Fé 18,16,15,14 and13 competitions shall be 30 minutes a half. Fé 12 games shall be 25 minutes a half.
(b) The Fair Play rule: Where teams are struggling to field a team in leagues not including semi-finals or finals, clubs are permitted to play up to 2 less than officially stated for that competition except in semi-finals, finals and Championship. Any team using the fair play rule cannot have players on the side line when playing using the fair play Rule. If a team wishes to avail of the fair play rule, they must inform the opposition in plenty time to avoid the disappointment of players being picked and then told they won’t be
6.14.Fé 12 competitions are 13 a-side. Fé 12 and Fé 13 games will be played from 20 M line to 20 M line with small goal posts and size 4 footballs and size 4 sliotars except where the Fé 13 competition is 15 a side (Coiste Region).
Fé 14 Div 3 and 4 competitions will also be played from 20 M line to 20 M line with small goal posts and size 4 footballs and size 4 sliotars.
6.15. Fé 12 competitions and lower; In football, 45m kicks may be taken from the hand. In football only, the player who is fouled takes the resulting free. In hurling, a player may not go on a “solo run” (i.e. may not run with the ball balanced on or hopping on his hurley) before striking the sliotar and may not play it again until another player plays it.
6.16.Football – Under 14 and lower: A player in possession of the Ball is entitled to 1 hop, 1 hand to toe but he must then release the ball and not play it again until another player plays it. The player taking the kick-out may have the option of kicking the ball from the hands and may not play it again until another player plays it.These apply to all competitions except Féile na nÓg (where normal rules apply)
6.17.Fé 15 and Fe13 Competitions; Clubs who enter competitions at Fe13 and Fe15 must be prepared to field and be capable of fielding at these age groups and at Fe12, Fe14 and Fe16 on consecutive days, where required to by the relevant CCC. Fe12, Fe14 and Fe16 games will not be rescheduled to facilitate Fe13 and Fe15 fixtures
6.18. Coiste na nÓg may introduce separate regulations to govern specific other competitions (e.g. non-examination leagues, Féile, IR Leagues, certain county competitions).
Permission for Challenge Games within and outside county. Permission must be obtained in order to play any challenge or tournament games. This applies to all ages and grades in every club, especially from U- 12 level upwards. For U11 and down, games, blitzes, etc can be played with referees available from the young referees list. It is most important to secure clearance as games played without permission could invalidate any potential insurance claim should a player receiving an injury in such a game wish to make a claim. There is a protocol for arranging permission and it is as follows: In all cases you must outline the following:
The teams, grade and code involved.
Date and time of game
Venue of Game
The Referee for the challenge game must be from an approved list of Referee’s and who have taken part in the various refresher courses. Challenge games SHOULD NOT be refereed by coaches who have no qualification to referee games. There are 3 jurisdictions involved in obtaining permission:
County email firstname.lastname@example.org & your regional secretary
Provincial email email@example.com
Nationwide email firstname.lastname@example.org
You need to give 2 clear working days’ notice
6.19. All games will be fixed generally in accordance with the Master Fixture Plan. The CCC has the right to change the date and time of any games as it deems appropriate,
6.20.The Referee is responsible for texting the score of the game to the Runaí/appropriate person/ Sports Manager system.
7. Regulations Governing League Competitions
7.1.The first named team has home venue, but if same in not available, the game must be played at the opponent’s venue or at a neutral venue.
7.2.Completion date for all regional competitions is as per the Master Fixture Plan.
Where a competition is not completed by the deadline, a team will be nominatedif that is requested by the CCC.That team will partake in the inter-Regional competition to conclusion, and if successful, will be declared inter-Regional champions and will not have to defend that title in their own region subsequently.
7.3.Where the appointed referee fails to attend, agreement must be reached on a substitute referee by either tossing a coin or by agreement. Failure to comply with this rule will result in forfeiture of the league points by the club failing to agree. In the event of a referee being agreed by both clubs it is the responsibility of the club of the referee to ensure that the Official Report of the game is submitted within three days of the game. Should the agreed referee not be a member of either participating club, the responsibility for ensuring the report is submitted shall rest with the home club.
7.4. FIXTURES: All Fixtures agreed in all League Competitions between clubs must be notified by GAA email to the Fixtures Secretary at least 5 days in advance of the fixture or 24 hours before a Board Meeting.
7.5. Unfulfilled fixtures – penalties
1st Walk over – €50 fine
2nd Walk over -€50 fine
3rd Walk over – €100 fine and disqualification plus €50 fine for each remaining fixture.
8. League Tables
8.1. (a)League results shall be credited as follows: five points for a win, three points for a draw and one point for fulfilling the fixture or, in the case of a walk over, five points for receiving a walk over and no points for giving a walk over.
(b)If a club is disqualified or retires during the course of the league stage of the competition, it’s played games shall stand and its unplayed games shall be awarded to the opposing teams.
(c)Where teams finish with equal points for qualification for the concluding stages, the tie shall be decided by the following means and in the order specified
(d) Where two teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two teams in the previous game in the competition will determine the qualifier.
(e) Where more than two teams are involved, the outcome of all previous games in the competition between these teams will be checked; a separate table to determine the qualifier/s will be compiled using the results of these games, points will be awarded on the basis of five for a win and three for a draw and one for playing.
(f) Playoff. If two teams are involved, this will involve a straight play-off. If three or more teams are involved, the relevant Region/Coiste will arrange a lottery to determine places for knock-out games.
9. Postponement of League Games
Clubs do not have the authority to postpone a ratified fixture. Only the Chairperson or, in his/her absence, the Vice Chairperson can postpone a ratified fixture. A request for the postponement of a League Fixture is to be made directly to the Chairperson or, in his/her absence, the Vice Chairperson by official GAA Email at least 3 days prior to the game. A copy of the email is to be sent at the same time to the Secretary of the relevant Coiste/Region and to the Secretary of the opposing team.
9.2 All League games are to be played on or before the date in the Master Fixture Plan.
Postponements will only be allowed in exceptional or unforeseen circumstances. When, in exceptional or unforeseen circumstances, a postponement is sought, a definite date shall be agreed by both clubs for the re-fixture before the postponement is sought. The re-fixture must be played within a calendar month of the original ratified fixture or as directed by the CCC.
9.3 If the re-fixture is not played on the date agreed by both clubs at the time of the postponement, the CCC will then adjudicate on the game.
9.4 If a postponement is granted, both clubs must submit by GAA Email, the name of the club requesting the postponement, the reason for the postponement and the date of the re-fixture.
All emails sent by a club in relation to a request for a postponement must be copied to the opposing club by GAA email.
10.1. Points can only be awarded to an opposing team once the fixture has been made and notified, (in accordance with No. 4 of Regulations Governing League Competitions). Points will not be awarded for games that have not been ratified. If a team does not fulfil a ratified fixture, the opposition may be awarded the points. Walkovers or conceding points to an opposing team will not be allowed in any other circumstances in League Competitions in either hurling or football. In instances where ratified games are not played, a decision on which team, if any, are to be awarded the game will be made by the CCC as soon as is practical and will be notified to both clubs.
11. 2020 Regulations
Regulations for 2020 taking into account guidelines and policies arising from the Covid 19 Pandemic. Please note that these regulations (Section 11) take precedence over other regulations in this document, where a conflict or contradiction between regulations arises.
11.1In all competitions except Fe18 Championship, unlimited substitutions are allowed on each team. In Fe18 championship competitions, normal regulations regarding substitutions apply in accordance with general rule.
11.2 A player cannot play with more than one team in the U14 age grade.
A player who celebrates his 12th, 13th or 14th birthday in 2020 can play on Team 1 -U14 , Team 2- U14 or Team 3 – U14 but that player cannot play on two of these teams.
If a player celebrates his 12th Birthday in 2020 he can play U12 as well as one of the U14 Teams
If a player celebrates his 13th Birthday in 2020 he can play with one of the U14 teams
If a player celebrates his 14th Birthday in 2020 he can play with one of the U14 teams as well as one of the U16 teams. (This rule applies to 2020 only)
11.3 The Fair Play Rule: Where teams are struggling to field a team in league competitions, clubs are permitted to play up to two players less than officially stated for that competition.
This rule does not apply in any competition in Premier 1 or Premier 2 grades or to championship in any grade in any region.
This rule does not apply to semi-finals or finals in any competition in any region.
Any team using the fair play rule cannot have players on the sideline when playing using the fair play rule. If a team wishes to avail of the fair play rule, they must inform the opposition in plenty time to avoid the disappointment of players being picked and then told they will not be playing. The referee must also be informed before the game.
All clubs are expected to follow this policy.
In 13 a-side competitions, when both teams have more than 13 players present, they are expected to play these players, up to a maximum of 15 a-side, except in semi-finals and finals which will be played at 13 a-side.
The number of players at the start of the game is the number for the entire game. If a team loses a player through injury and they do not have a sub, the other team doesn’t have to reduce their number. In this situation, regulations 1.15 (a) and (b) do not apply.
11.4 In 2020, a player cannot play with more than two teams in each code. It is strongly recommended that clubs allow a minimum of 48 hours between activities (training sessions or games) for each individual player, group or team.
11.5 Games that finish with equal scores:
Extra time will be played in all games that finish in a draw, as follows;
20 minutes extra time will be played at 10 min per half. The referee shall toss the coin for winner to select direction of play and restart the game. The game is restarted as a new game under General Rule. If at the end of extra time both sides are equal, the game is declared a draw.
11.6 League Playoffs;
There will be no league playoffs in 2020. Where two or more teams finish with equal points for qualification to advance in league competitions, the team or teams to advance will be decided by the following means and in the following order;
Where two teams are involved, the result of the head to head game between the two teams with the winner advancing. Where more than two teams are involved, regulation 8.1 (e) will apply.
(a) Where two teams are involved and where the head to head game was a draw (in the event that the second set of extra time yielded no score), the team with the biggest scoring difference will advance. (b) Where more than two teams are involved, the team(s) with the biggest scoring difference(s) will advance. In this instance the outcome of all previous games in this competition between these teams will be checked/ The scoring difference will be calculated using the results of these games only. This system will apply in caclulating lowest total score against and highest total score for if required.
If the team to advance is not selected by 1 or 2 above, the team(s) with the lowest total score “against” will advance.
If the team to advance is not selected by 1,2 or 3 above, the team(s) with the highest total score “for” will advance.
If the team to advance is not selected by 1,2,3 or 4 above, the relevant regional Board/Coiste will toss a coin to determine which team(s) will advance.
1.In the league (round robin) and playoffs (if required) section of the Fe18 championships, if the teams are level after the first periods of extra time and neither team scores in the second periods of extra time, the game is declared a draw.
2.Points for the league (round robin) section of the championship will be awarded in accordance with Regulation 8.1 (b).
A team that concedes or fails to fulfill a championship fixture is automatically expelled from the competition.
If teams are level on points at the conclusion of the league section, Regulations 11.6; 1, 2,3 and 4 will apply, Regulation 11.6 (5) will not apply in Fe 18 championship. If teams are still deadlocked after that exercise, playoffs will be arranged by the relevant Regional Board/Coiste in accordance with Regulation 8.1 (f)
In Championship playoffs (where required), semi-finals and finals, if the teams are level after extra time as outlined in Regulation 11.5, a replay will take place at the earliest possible opportunity at the home ground of the team who were away for the drawn game. If the drawn game was played at a neutral venue, the CCC will endeavour to secure a neutral venue for the replay. If a suitable neutral venue cannot be secured, the CCC will arrange to toss for choice of venue.
11.8 All GAA Activities, Games, Training, Club events must fall under the Health & Safety guidelines as laid out by the GAA in association with the HSE for 2020 and are liable to change from time to time. (This rule applies to 2020 only)
11.9 The CCC has the authority to amend any or all of the regulations in this document from time to time, as it sees fit.