Introduction

Pre-Match

- Tournament Organiser

- Ring

- Attendance

- Sheduling

- Team Deposit

- Team Registration

- Player Registration

- Day License

- Age Based Categories

- Age Limit

- International Player Transfer

- Domestic Player Transfer

- Selection of Referees

- Referee Availability

During Match

 - Referees

 - Referee Observer

 - Game Time

 - Match Record

 - First Aid

Post Match

 - League Position

 Promotion/Relegation

 Play-Offs

 National Finals

 Division Specific Rules

 - Division Types

 - Guidelines for Borrowing a Player

 - Division Structure

Complains

 - Disciplinary Issues and Guidelines

 -- Minor Disciplinary Issues

 -- Major Disciplinary Issues

 -- Abandonment

 -- Disciplinary Commitee

 -- Disciplinary Commitee Guidelines

 -- Appeals

 -- Refferee Jury

 -- Board of Appeal

 -- Effective Resignation

Glossary

Documents

 

INTRODUCTION
The purpose of these Rules and Regulations is to facilitate fair and competitive floorball in the UK. UKFF reserves the right to impose appropriate sanctions on teams that do not comply with these rules.

This document outlines rules and regulations that apply to all UKFF divisions and tournaments. The document will only be revised at a UKFF AGM or EGM.

The UKFF board may introduce provisional or temporary exclusions or amendments mid-season on the basis of a unanimous board vote to update rules which impact the smooth running of the leagues subject to member voting at the next AGM.

The current IFF Rules of the Game (Revised Edition July 2018) apply in full except as stated in this document.

The anti-doping rules of the UKFF are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as rules of the UKFF. The current IFF Anti Doping Rules (1/1/2015) apply in full.

These rules apply to the UKFF Senior National League and to UKFF Recreational Divisions. Other Leagues may adopt all or part of these rules and this should be documented appropriately.

PRE-MATCH
TOURNAMENT ORGANISER
One person will be the nominated by the respective UKFF Director or Regional Officer as the Tournament Organiser at every event.

The Tournament Organiser is responsible for all of the following, but any responsibility may be delegated to other individuals. Team and players must comply with the tournament organiser.

Before the event
Communication of match times and referee / scribe duties
Ensuring availability of equipment needed on the day (including marking tape, referee tabards, score board, whistles, stop watches, first aid kit)
Directors organising the events and communication with staff and management is essential when booking and dealing with the venue

On the day
Communication with venue management and staff
Availability of match records to be completed by the teams and officials
Collection of match records and transfer to the results co-ordinator


RINK
The rink size will be the most sensible size possible in the available venue. A centre line may not be marked on the floor, but all faceoff marks should be marked in accordance of IFF rules.

The distance behind the goal can be varied to make the best possible playing area. In most cases where the rink is less than 40m x 20m, the distance between the back of the goalkeeper area and boards should be 2m. Positions of the secretary, penalty and team benches may be varied.

TEAM ATTENDANCE
All teams must play all scheduled matches.
If a team is late to their fixture by more than one period after scheduled time of the game then the late team will forfeit the game 5-0.
If a team does not turn up to a scheduled fixture in which they are expected to play, and have not given 24-hours’ notice or have an unavoidable reason for being unable to attend for which they would not have been able to give notice (e.g. snow), the League Director has discretion to award fines and sanctions as follows:
£50 fine per fixture for non-attendance without notice & without an unavoidable reason
Points sanction of 3 points per fixture for non-attendance without notice & without an unavoidable reason
If the team can provide proof of an unpreventable accident that caused a “no show” (such as a car breakdown etc) then their fine and points deduction may be cancelled

The decision will be taken by the Regional Director (RD). If team disagree with the decision of the RD, they have right to appeal via a Disciplinary Committee. Teams must be sufficiently well organised to ensure that last minute issues do not cause major problems.

Proof of an unavoidable reason must not include a small squad size, unavailability of transport or a driver, unavailability of players due to work commitments / holidays or traffic problems due to scheduled road works (i.e. anything that could have been resolved by good organisation).

Irrespective of whether a league match is not played, it is better that some floorball is played in the timeslot allocated to a cancelled match. Every effort should be made by the cancelling team to field as many players as possible in a friendly match where other UKFF registered players can be sourced from any team. Non-UKFF registered players should not be allowed to participate in such friendly games due to insurance cover.

If a match is played, and it later transpires that one team is required to forfeit for any non adherence to the rules, the result of the game played will be in favour of the non-forfeiting team the greater of a 5-0 walkover, or the result of the match as shown on the match records.


SCHEDULING
All matches and referee responsibilities will be scheduled before the start of the season or as early as possible during the season. Teams may not alter the schedule of matches or schedule of referee responsibilities, even by mutual consent with other teams involved.

If the tournament has to be cancelled for situations outside of UKFF control, then main priority is to replay fixtures on a date mutually convenient for all teams. If not, all teams are awarded a 5-0 win.

TEAM DEPOSIT
Team will pay a deposit of £100 paid with first tournament fee. This amount can be used to cover the last tournament of the league. Deposit will also cover any failure to follow UKFF rules. The ultimate decision will be taken by the Disciplinary Committee. Every team will be notified in written before any charges will be issued.

TEAM REGISTRATION
Teams and clubs are required to register through the www.ukfloorball.com website. New teams and clubs joining UKFF are subject to a promotion. New teams or clubs (containing a majority of players not previously UKFF registered) will receive free team registration. Any returning team will have to pay annual membership fee.

At the time of registration, each Senior National League team is required to submit to the relevant Regional Director the names of a minimum of 2 qualified referees who will provide the refereeing duties on behalf of that team for the season. If no qualified referees are yet available, the team must specify a minimum of 2 players who will attend one of the pre-season referee training courses offered.

The deadline for adult team registrations for the Senior National Leagues is 31st August. I.e. if the league is due to begin in October, any team wishing to compete in that league must have registered by the 31st August before. This is to allow Regional Directors sufficient time to plan and schedule the leagues according to the number of teams competing.

PLAYER REGISTRATION
Only UKFF registered players may play in any UKFF division or tournament unless the tournament is specifically intended to introduce new teams. Each player must be either a UKFF annual licensed player or a UKFF day licensed player having paid the appropriate fees. Registration must be in place before the tournament day. Registration deadline for each tournament will be set by RD.

If a player is not registered then:
The player will be awarded a match penalty as soon as the offence is identified
Any goals scored by the player will count
The team for which the player inappropriately played will lose three points for every game in which the player played against this rule (i.e. win = 0 points, draw = -2 points, loss = -3 points)


All players in a team should wear a uniform kit (shirt, shorts, socks) with individual numbering. The UKFF acknowledges that teams may not have consistent kit, but advises that this is still punishable by IFF rules by a single B2 penalty. Players must wear a t-shirt with visible numbers on the back and chest.

Players should retain their squad number if possible throughout the season.

Players registering for a student or youth license to participate in the adult leagues will be requested to provide evidence of eligibility for their license category by bringing ID to the first tournament date for verifying by the League Director.

Alternative arrangements may be made at the League Director’s discretion (e.g. verification by team manager, via email etc) however ID information cannot be stored for any reason.

DAY LICENSE
Day licenses will be valid for one tournament only. No refund for not attending the fixture will be given.

Multiple day licenses will be upgraded to a season licence, if they reach an equivalent cost, and a refund given if an excess was paid.

AGE BASED CATEGORIES
Players must register in the appropriate category:

Juniors: <16 on 1st September in the year when the season starts
Students: in full time education and holding valid student ID card, which is presented to the Regional Director on the first league game in which the player participates
Adults: >15 on 1st September in the year when the season starts and not in full time education

AGE LIMIT
Players should be aged 16 and over to play in any UKFF senior division or tournament. Younger players are also eligible if approved by the respective UKFF Director or UKFF Regional Official, but UKFF transfer rules should be noted. The coach of the player is fully responsible for the decision to include younger player and any injuries related during the game.

INTERNATIONAL PLAYER TRANSFERS
IFF International Transfer Regulations Edition 2018 apply. Note that IFF penalties for breaking international transfer rules can be very harsh and that UKFF will not take any responsibility for such fees. Proof of international transfer will be required when registering players online.

DOMESTIC PLAYER TRANSFERS
Players are free to transfer between clubs and register for any UKFF registered team after the National Finals and before playing for any team at the start of the next season.


Domestic transfers carry a £5 administrative fee for every transfer.

The deadline for transfers to be submitted once the season has begun is 15th January. No transfers are permitted after this date, and the team to which a player is registered at this cut off date is the team they must remain registered with for the remainder of the season.

Players may transfer between teams as many times as they wish without limitation until the cut off date of 15th January.

A player is only eligible to represent a team at National Finals to which they have been registered after the domestic transfer cut off date.

In order to submit a domestic transfer, the transfer form must be downloaded from the UKFF website and submitted to the relevant Regional Director with the accompanying signature fields completed. This form is required in order to process any domestic transfer, until such time as an online transfer request form is available which will supersede this form.

Junior team players can transfer to a senior team in their club at any time, but must register and pay the appropriate senior league fee. A senior league player may only transfer to a junior league team if there is a very good reason for the transfer and this will be decided by the respective UKFF Director.

Junior players are subject to the same rules as seniors when transferring to a senior team in a different club.

If a player does not follow this transfer protocol and plays for a different team, then:
The player will be awarded a match penalty as soon as the offence is identified
Any goals scored by the player will count
The team for which the player inappropriately played will lose three points for every game in which the player played against this rule (i.e. win = 0 points, draw = -2 points, loss = -3 points)
The player remains registered for their original team until the transfer is approved

If a transfer is declined and any of the parties involved want to protest, the appeal must be delivered in writing to the UKFF President for further investigation.

In the event that a club folds or closes mid season, and players holding a season license wish to continue playing, they may request a transfer to any other club through the usual domestic transfer system, excluding the requirement for approval from the Giving Club. The relevant Regional Director has the authority to block transfers of this nature that may materially impact the smooth running, fairness and competitiveness of the league e.g. if all players requested to transfer to the same club.

A table showing transfers will be available on the UKFF website showing current season transfers, with controls in place over data sharing & public information shown.


SELECTION OF REFEREES
The Tournament Organiser will allocate refereeing duties between the teams competing in the Senior National Leagues according to the names of the identified referees submitted by each team at the time of registration.

Referees are entitled to claim a fee of £15 per game, payable on receipt of a completed referee claim form submitted to the relevant Regional Director.

Where in normal league division matches it is not practicable to provide qualified referees every attempt will be made to identify independent and competent referees.

For critical matches, the selection of referees should be made and communicated to the two team captains in good time. Any objections to the selection of referees should be made before the start of the match. This is the only opportunity for teams to object to selection of referees and any objection during or after the match is invalid.

The selection of referees should only be changed before the match in extreme cases where there is a valid reason for the objection that is accepted by the Tournament Organiser. If the Tournament Organiser does not accept the reasoning or if there is no possibility of change due to logistics etc, then the teams must accept the selected referees. The referees should never be changed during a match due to objections from either of the playing teams.

REFEREE AVAILABILITY
Each team within the adult leagues should have two qualified referees and two competent scribes available from their team, for every tournament day in which they play. The names of the qualified referees, or players who will attend a pre- season referee training course, must be submitted at the time of team registration.

If the team cannot provide competent officials, then either they must organise to find appropriate officials from other teams or assist the League Director in doing so.

Should a team be unable to provide qualified referees, excluding teams within their first year of participation, and suitable courses have been offered prior to the start of the season with a notice period, the team will pay an additional £15 per game, per referee not provided, paid to UKFF, to cover the cost of providing alternative officials. This cost will either be added to tournament fees or invoiced separately.

DURING MATCH


REFEREES
UKFF qualified referees should wear their full UKFF referee kit when refereeing any match.

UKFF currently has a shortage of qualified referees and this can cause significant issues, especially during highly competitive matches. It must be understood that all referees make mistakes and that inexperienced referees may make a lot of


mistakes. The over-riding rule is that the referees are in charge of the match and all referee decisions must be respected.

The Tournament Organiser and the UKFF Management Committee members must not involve themselves in refereeing decisions during a match. Any complaints about referees must be recorded in the first instance on the match record.

IFF Rule 304 (2) must be followed “Only the team captain is entitled to speak to the referees. He is also obliged to assist them.” If a referee considers that this rule has been broken, then the relevant player may be given an appropriate penalty.

Payments are made to UKFF qualified referees at a rate of £15 per referee per game and are included within tournament fees. Tournament fees will only be changed after team registration if a clear majority of teams in the division vote for the change in a special divisional meeting chaired by a UKFF director. There will be one vote per team and no casting vote.

REFEREE OBSERVER
A qualified and experienced referee observer should ideally be present at critical matches. The observer role is to provide advice to the referees – generally before or after a game. The observer has no right to over-rule referee decisions.

GAME TIME
Game time may be reduced before a match, or at the final period interval, by the Tournament Organiser in order to accommodate a tight daily schedule.

Time-outs may not be allowed at the discretion of the Tournament Organiser.

MATCH RECORDS
Match Records must be completed in accordance with the UKFF Match Record Instructions provided with the Match Records. Each team is responsible for providing accurate list of players for match record before each game.

FIRST AID
UKFF does not provide first aid cover and it is the responsibility of each club to deal with their player injuries. Venue staff may provide some basic first aid, but if in doubt call for an ambulance. Any qualified First Aider may volunteer to provide assistance and they should identify themselves quickly if they can help. The Tournament Organiser and UKFF President must be informed immediately of any serious incident or accident. After each incident, an Incident Report must be completed by RD and submitted to both clubs and UKFF committee.

POST MATCH


LEAGUE POSITIONS
Points are awarded as follows: Win =    3 points
Draw = 1 point
Loss =    0 points


League positions will be decided according to the following method, the higher place being awarded to the team with:

Highest total points, then
Highest points in matches between tied teams, then
Highest goal difference in matches between tied teams, then Highest goals scored in matches between tied teams, then Highest overall goal difference, then
Highest overall goals scored.
If positions are still equal, then a play-off may be played within two weeks of the season end if agreed by both teams;
Otherwise lots will be drawn by a neutral person nominated by the UKFF Management Committee – the first team drawn will take the higher league position.

PROMOTION / RELEGATION
There is currently no protocol for promotion and relegation. If any team wishes to play in a different Division next season then they should make this clear to the respective UKFF Director. The primary objective is for all teams to play at a competitive level.

PLAY-OFFS
Play-offs may be used to decide qualification for the National Finals. Play-offs will generally be of a one day league format and follow these rules. If there is a tie between two teams for a qualification place, then the position will be decided by a penalty shoot-out immediately following the game when the tied position is confirmed.

Player transfers that appear to be solely for the purpose of strengthening a team for the play-offs are unlikely to be approved.

NATIONAL FINALS
The UKFF Senior National Floorball League is a national league consisting of regional divisions and culminating with the National Finals to determine the top positions. The winner will be eligible to play in the next IFF EuroCup competition.

All qualifying teams are obliged to play in the National Finals. The date and qualification criteria for the National Finals will be set before the start of the season.

If a club has two+ teams that qualify for the National Finals, then the club can choose to either: (a) enter two+ teams or (b) combine their teams. This decision must be taken and communicated to the National Finals Tournament Organiser within 7 days of the certain qualification of the teams due to their league standing and ideally this intention should be communicated as early as possible during the season.

If one or more teams are removed from the National Finals qualification in this way, the UKFF Management Committee will decide which other team(s) should qualify. This decision will be made on the basis of (a) including an appropriate number of teams from each region and (b) including the best possible teams from the UK. The decision of the UKFF Management Committee will be final.


If a club has two+ teams, but only one team qualifies for the National Finals, then the qualifying team may include any UKFF registered players from their club in their National Finals squad.

Each player at the adult National Finals must be an Annual Member of UKFF and have played at a minimum of two qualifying league tournaments on separate dates in the season within which the National Finals belongs to, for the team/club they represent at National Finals.

Cancelled fixtures will count towards attended tournaments. The purpose of this rule is to avoid any team gaining unreasonable advantage by recruiting players just for the National Finals.

If any team that qualifies for the National Finals struggles to organise a team, then the National Finals Tournament Organiser may show some leniency if the team has a valid reason why they need additional players in their squad in which case the UKFF / IFF transfer rules must be followed. The National Finals Tournament Organiser has the right of veto. Note that bad organisation is not a valid reason for needing additional players.

Teams qualifying as eligible to play at National Finals must be the same teams as participating in and qualifying through the appropriate Regional League.

The pool of teams consists of 8 teams, with qualification based on the number of teams within the relevant regional league.

Groups for National Finals will be drawn via live draw based on a pre-published basis. This draw structure is in place to ensure a fair spread of teams across the groups according to the finishing position of teams within their respective leagues, and should also attempt to avoid all teams from any one league competing within the same group.

DIVISION SPECIFIC RULES


DIVISION TYPE
UKFF will operate two different types of division and the UKFF Management Committee will decide which type is appropriate for each division.

Type A (Competitive)
Intended for established teams who want to play in a fully competitive league. Rules will be strictly applied including no borrowing of players.

Teams should have a squad size of at least 10 (ideally 12+ including 2+ goalkeepers) to ensure that a team is available for every scheduled fixture.

All teams playing in Type A divisions are expected to have a minimum of 2 (ideally 3-4) UKFF qualified referees.

All teams playing in Type A divisions will have the opportunity of reaching the National Finals and Team Registration Fees include a contribution toward the cost of the National Finals.


Type B (Recreational)
Intended as an introduction to competitive floorball for new teams, junior teams or teams with a majority of new players.

Teams playing in Type B divisions will be able to borrow players with the emphasis on fulfilling all scheduled fixtures with a team of similar ability to other teams in the Division.

Teams playing in Type B divisions will not have the opportunity of reaching the National Finals and Team Registration fees will not include a contribution toward the cost of the national Finals.

GUIDELINES FOR BORROWING PLAYERS
Applies only to Type B Divisions

Player borrowing is intended to be for the purposes of fielding a reasonable team and not for the purpose of creating a team that is more likely to win games. A player may not play for two or more UKFF teams except in the following circumstances:

Goal keepers registered for a team in a Type B Division may play for any team in that Division.
Any UKFF registered player who does not normally play in goal for their team may play in goal for any team in a Type B Division.
If a team has seven or less players available for a match then they may include up to two additional UKFF registered players from any teams(s) in any division(s).

Note that these additional players (including goal keepers) must not be selected to play in preference to other registered team players who are available.

No player may play for more than two teams on any one day.

If players are to be borrowed, then the opposing team should be notified in advance of the game and be given the opportunity to discuss any perceived unfairness. Note that the opposing team does not have the right to refuse the additional players.

An exception is given to confirmed U19 National Team players who are permitted to play for the same club, should that club have 2 teams, in two leagues concurrently. This is in the interest of maximising game time and opportunities to develop.

DIVISION STRUCTURE
A matrix organisational structure is in place for the UKFF organisation. Each regional league should have their own Regional League Committee, with all UKFF teams now invited to volunteer a representative to assist Regional League Directors, with each volunteer undertaking only a small role within each league (e.g. organise fixtures or refereeing or collecting money or coaching). In return, volunteers will receive free individual UKFF membership for the season saving them personally £35 (if they play in an adult league).


COMPLAINTS
The deadline for any complaints is one week (7 calendar days) after each incident, with the appointed committee having 30 calendar days for investigation. Complaints may still be raised after that time, but may not be treated formally by the UKFF board.

DISCIPLINARY ISSUES AND GUIDELINES
This document describes how Disciplinary Issues will be consistently treated by UKFF. It should be noted that UKFF reserves the right to take appropriate action against any club, team, player or official for any relevant misconduct.

MINOR DISCIPLINARY ISSUES
Minor Disciplinary Issues will be handled by the respective UKFF Director who will produce a formal warning that will be copied to the UKFF President. There will be no points deduction or financial penalty. A Subsequent Minor Disciplinary Issue of a similar nature may be considered to be a Major Disciplinary Issue.

Examples of Minor Disciplinary Issues are:
Frequent swearing (in any language).
Treating players, team officials or spectators with disrespect.
Unsportsmanlike behaviour.

The fine line between Minor and Major Disciplinary issues will be decided by the Tournament Organiser or a UKFF Director.

MAJOR DISCIPLINARY ISSUES
Major Disciplinary Issues will be handled by a UKFF Disciplinary Committee.

Examples of Major Disciplinary Issues are:
Violent behaviour.
Strong verbal abuse, defamatory comments or threats.
Treating referees or match officials with disrespect.
Failing to comply with referee instructions.
Bringing the game into disrepute (including the use of social media).
Abandonment.

In the event of an MP3 penalty being issued, which is subsequently upheld by a Disciplinary Committee, a £100 fine will be issued against the team to which the player committing the MP3 belongs.

ABANDONMENT
The only valid reason for a team to unilaterally abandon a match, when they have sufficient players to continue, is if they have good reason to feel that they are in personal physical danger from opposition players who cannot be controlled by the referees. This should only occur in extreme cases where the referees have been asked to take greater control, but have been unable to do so.

The penalty for breaking this rule is disqualification from the division or tournament along with the requirement to pay for all scheduled fixtures for the remainder of


the season within 14 days of the disqualification. The abandoned match and all remaining fixtures for the disqualified team will be awarded a 5-0 walkover.

DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
The UKFF Disciplinary Committee will be nominated by the UKFF Management Committee. The Disciplinary Committee are responsible for investigation of all disciplinary issues and the subsequent decisions regarding sanctions where appropriate.

DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE GUIDELINES
The UKFF Disciplinary Committee will follow this guide:
Disciplinary Committee members must disclose any relevant relationship with the accuser or the accused.
The Disciplinary Committee must obtain evidence from the accuser, the accused and any relevant witnesses.
The Issue should be considered by the Disciplinary Committee as quickly as possible.
Sanctions should generally take the form of match bans and / or fines for an individual; team points deductions and / or fines for a club.
Any sanction must be fair and commensurate with the offence.
Any sanction must be consistent with other sanctions imposed for similar offences in the recent past.
The formal written conclusion should be communicated to the accuser and the accused as quickly as possible.

APPEALS
An individual or group may appeal against a Disciplinary Committee decision. To make the appeal a deposit of £25 must be paid to UKFF and this will be returned if the Disciplinary Committee decision is overturned.

The appeal will be investigated by a Board of Appeal. The Board of Appeal will consist of at least one UKFF Director and at least two other UKFF Directors, Officials or Referees – none of whom were involved in the original Disciplinary Committee.

The decision of a Board of Appeal is final domestically, but as a member of the IFF then a Board of Appeal decision can be further appealed to the IFF using their guidelines.

REFEREE JURY
A Referee Jury may be appointed at events including the National Finals where disciplinary issues need to be resolved quickly during the event.

BOARD OF APPEAL
If a team or player appeals against a Disciplinary Committee decision then the UKFF Management Committee will nominate a Board of Appeal consisting of persons independent from the Disciplinary Committee. The decisions of the Board of Appeal will be final.


EFFECTIVE RESIGNATIONS
An effective resignation policy is in place, should UKFF volunteers stop working and fail to communicate with the board due to changing or unforeseen circumstances:
The Committee will call inactive members discuss the lack of work & whether they wish to continue
If this doesn’t work, they will be emailed within 2 weeks of phone contact
If this doesn’t work, they will be emailed again within a further 2 weeks; a
final warning
If this doesn’t work, they will be emailed again to tell them the UKFF believes that they have effectively resigned
The new vacancy will be advertised without waiting for the next AGM

GLOSSARY
UKFF = United Kingdom Floorball Federation (The operating name of UK Floorball Federation Ltd.)
IFF = International Floorball Federation AGM = Annual General Meeting
EGM = Extraordinary General Meeting
Board of Directors = legally named directors of UKFF Ltd.
UKFF Management Committee = Board of Directors (UKFF Ltd.)
plus appointed UKFF Officials
RD = Regional director

DOCUMENTS
All documents mentioned in this document, and a number of forms, templates and guidelines can be downloaded from UKFF website – www.ukfloorball.com

IFF Transfer Form – Link

Domestic Transfer Form – Link

Youth Player Consent Form – Link

Downloads page – Link Forms page - Link