The “Gentlemen’s Agreement”
On any particular London League match day, a club will identify its top ELEVEN players. The 2nd team squad will then be selected from the remainder of the available players (i.e. player no 12 onwards). This means that 1st team “bench” players, as defined above, may play for the 2nd team (including on the same day, if required)
Similarly, the 3rd team squad may be selected from player no. 23 onwards, the 4th team squad from player no. 34 onwards and so on for the lower teams.
Note that players may only play for more than one London League team on the same day subject to Rule 11.1. ( i.e. only with the prior agreement of the opposing Captain).
Please note that the League’s management regards proven breaches of the Gentlemen’s Agreement with the same seriousness as any proven breach of the Rules.
This means that we could consider a match in which a team is proved to be in serious breach of the agreement not to be a legitimate game and the team involved not a legitimate London League team. In such a case we may use Rule 7.1 to award the game to the opposing team by a score not exceeding 5-0.
In the event of a complaint against a team about a specific match, the league will require, from the club in question: (1) a list of the players who played in the match, plus the team(s) each player played their previous five outdoor matches for, and (2) a list of the higher standard players in the club (11 per team) who were not selected for the team in question that day. This information may be shared with the opposition club. Complaints must normally come from a club’s rep, within seven days following the relevant match.