O35 General Rules 2022
Player Registration & age
- Players must already be aged 35 before being added to any team on FAI.NET
- First issues require photo ID and DOB official paperwork
- FAInet Registration document containing the Signature of any player/players two days (one calendar day in-between upload date and fixture date) in advance of any game
- Players must be approved to play O35s on FAInet at least 24 hours prior to the match.
- A player must not be banned from all football activities (i.e., a serious ban).
Rules specific to O35s Junior
- Current junior Players can play in the same club for o35s but still require their name added to the o35 teamsheet, signature and eligibility date must be granted.
- FAInet transfer from 1 club at Junior to another club for o35s can only happen from 1-June
- Players can transfer back to Junior winter league after the finals and will still be eligible for O35s Junior next summer 2023.
Rules specific to O35s Non-Junior
- Current junior Players cannot play in Non-Junior o35s, no exceptions will be allowed.
- For the avoidance of doubt and the sob story requests for exemptions for fellas who signed junior this season but didn't play, or only signed to give the reserves a dig out the odd time, or played only a bit of junior, and now want to play o35s Non-Junior.
- The short answer is NO
- The long answer is "N O"; they are welcome to play O35s in the Junior O35s competition.
- Players can transfer to Junior winter league after the finals, but will then not be eligible for Non-Junior O35s next year in 2023.
Official O35s Referee List 2022
- Brian Lynch 086 364 6912
- Danny Corbett 087 243 5233
- Joe Hession 085 131 1127
- Lukasz Szkwarek 085 198 8519
- Mick Walsh 085 883 6286
- Mike Cubbard 087 415 5391
- Mike Shaughnessy 087 322 3526
- Ned Ward 087 933 4461
- Niall Crosby 086 059 8574
- Paul Healy 085 191 9863
Fixtures and Appoint Referee
- All matches are mid-week, every week, normally Wednesdays.
- League games are set for Wednesday evenings 7pm KO but can be moved once game is played that week and both teams agree.
- If both teams come to an agreement for every group game, that can be accommodated as long as they are played that week and referee is available.
- If both teams don't agree a fixture; then it defaults back to Wednesday evening.
- If a game is not played in the week, the GFA will make a decision how to award the points based on all available data.
- The appointed O35s Coach must post the agreed date and time to the coaches whatsapp group for transparency.
- Any request to postpone/or move a fixture past that week must be submitted to Ger Ryan and confirmation received in writing.
- Semi finals and finals dates will be set and cannot be moved.
- Appoint Referee
- It is up to the home team to appoint and pay referee a set fee of €50 for all league matches.
- The GFA will be appointing 3 officials for all semi finals and finals; split 50/50 between home&away clubs.
- Home team arranges time and day of match with away manager, and then appoints official referee from one of the official list only.
- The home team can only appoint a referee from the Official Referee list - see section above
- Competition is run by the Galway FA
- O35s competition is a summer league
- Match Cards to be Completed by both teams and the referee.
- The home team to send result via the home club secretary on evening of fixture. This is using sportsmanager software
- Roll-on, roll-off, unlimited substitutions, 45 minutes a side.
- Players Conduct
- We remind all clubs that your player's behaviour must follow acceptable standards and both teams must follow all instructions and accept all decisions of the referee on the night of a game.
- As organisers of this competition, the GFA wish to assure you that any bad conduct will be treated as a serious matter requiring a proper disciplinary procedure, which may result in sanctions to the player and/or club involved.
- Red cards will have 1 match automatic ban.
- More serious bans for more serious bad conduct, which may also include points reduction for the team.
- "Sin Bin".
- 10 minutes.
- Team will be down by 1 player (substitute not allowed to replace the player that is in the bin; but can choose to put another player on after the 10 minutes is up)
- It is designed to allow a referee to get a player to leave the field having done something stupid; to cool down.
- The referee should always use the Yellow Card and Red Card as normal. Players should be sent off if there is any violent conduct and reported to me.
- Hopefully this is behind us
Yours in Sport,
Ger Ryan • 087 9823033
GFA Registrar / FAInet • Jamie Warrick • 083 470 8251
Galway Football Association