The Newport & District Football League Criteria for entry
into the Gwent County Football League is as follows:-
The Premier X league winners will have the first opportunity to enter the
Gwent County League.
The Premier X league runners-up will have an opportunity, if the Premier
X winners refuse entry, or can not meet the Gwent County Criteria.
Each Club must indicate their interest / non-interest, by 31st December
GROUND CRITERIA FOR ALL CLUBS AND NEW
ENTERING THE LEAGUE
The following ground criteria will
apply to all clubs in the League. Clubs MUST have this criteria which will also
apply to new clubs entering the League.
All matches are to be played on private grounds or on grounds deemed
suitable by the League Management Committee. If another pitch/pitches are in
close proximity the pitch being used for matches in the League must be fully
enclosed. The boundary enclosure shall be of a solid structure with a minimum
height of 4'6" and capable of preventing unauthorised access.
All Clubs shall have the playing area of their ground permanently
enclosed by a solid barrier during the playing season. Rope or wire is NOT
acceptable. In certain circumstances (where cricket or other sport is played in
the summer months) where it is not possible to erect a permanent barrier, it may
be allowed to have one side of the ground enclosed by close mesh security type
fencing fixed into the ground.
shortest distance between the touch line and pitch perimeter barriers should not
be less than 1.83 metres.
Clubs must provide two covered dug outs adjacent to the playing area.
They must be capable of accommodating a minimum of
Eight seated persons, and the floor
must have a solid foundation (concrete, tarmac, or paved slabs). A technical
area for both clubs must be clearly marked out in front of both dug outs, which
must not extend more than 2 metres either side of the dug outs. Only
substitutes, manager, coaches and medical staff are allowed to be in the dugout,
only ONE person is allowed to stand in the Technical Area at any one time.
The minimum size of the pitch is 105 x 60 yards, or metric equivalent.
Goal posts and goal net supports must be of professional manufacture and meet
the requirements of the Laws of the Game. They must be identical.
must keep their ground in a proper playing condition and maintain a good playing
Goal nets and regular height corner flags to must be used at all times.
The pitch markings to be easily distinguishable by match officials and players,
under normal circumstances they should be white in colour.
All clubs to provide adequate dressing room accommodation within
reasonable proximity of the playing area, which must be separate for both teams.
The dressing rooms for both teams must be heated, well ventilated, free of damp
and secure, and capable of accommodating a minimum of 16 persons.
Clubs must have toilet facilities of at least one W/C and one hand basin
with hot and cold running water and a minimum of one urinal with in the vicinity
of each dressing room.
A separate shower area must be provided for each team with a minimum of
four shower heads in each area.
A separate area must be provided for the exclusive use of match
officials. The area must be capable of accommodating a minimum of three persons.
The area must contain a shower, WC and a washbasin with hot and cold running
All clubs must have first aid equipment, which must include a stretcher.
The location of which must be clearly marked in all dressing rooms.
The Home club must produce a match programme (not single sheets) to
include the names of all players of both teams, together with match official/s.
The visiting club MUST send to the home club, details of player's names in the
team squad they plan to field. This information must be received by the home
club at least 7 days prior to the scheduled date of the match. The home club are
required to forward to the League Secretary a copy of the Match Day Programme
within Four days of the date of the
fixture. These Match Day Programmes MUST be available on the home clubs ground
on match days, of which a copy MUST be
given to the Referee, prior to kick off.
All the facilities shall be approved by the League Management Committee
and must not be allowed to deteriorate below the standard required by the
All new clubs seeking membership through the pyramid system
must have this criteria in place by 30th April each year, on the same
ground they have been playing on during the current season.
Permission to play at other venue other than the clubs
existing ground will not be allowed, unless granted by the League
indicate your Clubs intension by Post, E-mails and Telephones calls will be