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    At 2 July 2020 The Rules and Regulations of the Scottish Professional Football League

    Contents

    Rule Number Title Page No.

    Section A: General

    A1 Name 14 A2 Alterations to Rules 14 A3 Severability 14 A4-A18 Definitions and Interpretation 14-26 A19 Board and Chief Executive 27 A20-A21 General Meetings 27 A22-A23 Designation of Rules by Numbering and Lettering 27 Section B: Membership of the League B1-B3 Relationship between Clubs and the League 28 B4-B6 Agreement on Compliance with Applicable Rules, 28-29

    Statutes and Regulations

    B7 Commitment to National Teams 29 B8-B9 Scottish Cup and League Cup Competitions 29 B10-B12 Other Football Competitions 29 B13 Committees, Sub-Committees and Working Parties 29-30

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    Section C: The League and other Competitions C1-C7 Membership of the Company, Divisional Membership, 31-33

    Promotion and Relegation C8-C12.4 League Ranking at the End of a Season 33-35 C13.1-C13.3 Entitlement to Participate in Divisions 35-36 C14-C18 The Premiership 36 C19-C21 Promotion and Relegation as between 36-37

    the Championship, League One and League Two C22-C28 The Premiership/Championship Play-Off Competition 37-39 C29-C32 The Championship/League One and League One/ 39-41

    League Two Play-Off Competitions C33 Pyramid Play-Off Competition 41 C34 Allocation of Points in League Matches 41 C35-C37 Determination of League etc. Position in Case of 41-42

    Equality of Points

    C38-C41 Champion Clubs 42-43 C42-C43 Football and Competition Rules 43 C44-C45 League Cup Competition 43 C46-C47 Reserve League 44 C48 Competitions 44 C49 Regulations 44 C50-C51 UEFA Competitions 44 C52 Club Ceasing to Operate, participate in and/or be a 44-50

    Member of the League

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    Section D: Clubs

    D1-D8 Membership Criteria 51-52 D9 Employee Contracts 53 D10-D11 Inducement to Breach Contracts 53 Section E: Club Financial Arrangements E1-E16 Insolvency 54-57 E17-E19 Default in Player and Football Manager/Coaching 57-58 Staff Remuneration E20-E29 HMRC Obligations and Reporting 58-60 E30.1-E30.6 Inspection of Financial Records 60-64 E31.1-E31.12 No Overdue Payables and Compliance with 64-67 National Minimum Wage Section F: Players F1-F2 Registration and Eligibility 68 F3-F22.6 Compensation 68-71 F23-F36 Development Contribution 71-74 Section G: Fixtures and Match Officials G1-G6 Fixtures 75 G7 Postponement and International Selection 75 G8 Match Officials 75 G9-G11 Kick-Off Times 75-76 G12 Half-Time Interval 76 G13 Duration of Matches 76 G14 Teams for League Matches and Play-Off Matches 76

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    G15 Laws of the Game 76 G16-G18 List of Players 76-77 G19-G22B Substitution and Extra-time 78 G23-G29 Player Identification 78-79 G30-G37 Clubs to Register Colours 79-80 G38-G45 Clashes of Colours 80-81 G46 Shirts to Bear Logo(s) 81 G47 Match Balls 81 G48-G49 Match Report 81 G50-G52 Postponement and Abandonment of Matches 81-82 G53-G55 Non-fulfilment of Fixture Obligations 82 G56-G60 Attendance of Medical Practitioners and Others 82 G61 Head Injuries 83 G62-G63 Pre-Arranging Results 83 G64-G64.4 Shirt Advertisements and Televised Matches 83-84 G65 List of Referees 84 G66 List of Assistant Referees 84 G67 Appointment of Referees and Assistant 84 Referees G68 Misconduct 84 G69-G73 Retainers and Allowances for Referees and 84 Assistant Referees G74-G75 Payment of Hotel Expenses Incurred 84-85 G76 Illegal Payments to Referees and Assistant 85 Referees

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    G77 Referee to Visit Ground Early During Bad 85 Weather or at Request of Home Club G78 Pitch Report 85 G79 Assistant Referees’ Flags 85 G80-G82 Choice of Football to be Used 85-86 G83-G84 Referee Observer 86 G85 Ball Attendants’ Clothing 86 G86.1-G86.5 Substitution and Time Remaining Boards 86-87 Section H: Stadia H1 Technical Area Facilities 88 H2-H3 Covered Stadia 88 H4-H8 Synthetic and Artificial Pitches and Surfaces 88-89 H9-H10 Pitch Protection 89-90 H11-H12 Pitch Condition 90-91 H13-H18 Registration of Ground 91 H19-H20 Pitch Dimensions 91-92 H21 Waiver, Relaxation and Period of Grace 92 H22-H24 Ground Safety, Behaviour at Matches and 92 Damage to Stadia H25-H39.5 Unacceptable Conduct 92-95 H40-H43 Damage to Stadia 95-96 H44-H47 Giant Screens and LED Perimeter Boards 96-97 H48 Appendices 97

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    Section I: Commercial, Broadcast and Sponsorship I1 Media Co-operation Requirements 98 I2-I3 Operating Expenses 98 I4-I22 Commercial Contracts, Broadcasting and 98-116 Transmission I23 Fixture Lists etc. 116 I24-I25 Gate Receipts 116 I26-I32.3 Admission Prices, Admission to Grounds and 116-117 Ticket Distribution I33-I37 Press and Media Facilities 117-118 I38-I41 Defaulting Clubs 118-119 I42-I51 Expert Determination 119 I52-I54 Definitions and Interpretation 120 Section J: Inquiries, Commissions, Adjudications and Appeals J1-J3 Adjudication of Disputes 121 J4-J8 Power of Inquiry and Determination 121-122 J9-J10.2 The Panel 122 J11-J12 Commissions 122 J13-J15 Rules of Procedure 122 J16-J19 Powers of the Board and Commissions 123-124 J20-J22 Decisions 124 J23-J25 Appeal to the Judicial Panel 124-125 J26 Representation 125 J27 The Board 125

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    J28 Advice 125 Section K: Miscellaneous K1-K4 Confidentiality 126 K5 Scottish FA Council 126 K6 Dual Interests 126

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    Appendices Appendix 1 Code of Practice for Use of Giant Screens 127-128 Appendix 2 Code of Practice for Use of LED Perimeter Boards 129-130 Appendix 3 Outturn position of Premiership Division at end of Season 2019/20 131 as provided in Rule C7A and Rule C53 Outturn position of Championship, League One and League Two Divisions 131-132 at end of Season 2019/2020 as provided in Rule C7A and Rule C53 Composition of Divisions for Season 2020/2021 133 Appendix 4 Code of Conduct for Under 18 Players 134-136 Appendix 5 Media Co-Operation Requirements 137 Appendix 6 Scottish Professional Football League – Match Information Forms 138-139

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    Annexes These are not part of the Rules but are referred to therein and are bound to be complied with in the same respects as the Rules.

    Annex 1 Player Regulations 140-155 Regulation Title Page Number Number 1-3 Introduction 140 4-7 Registration 140-141 8-9 Amateur Registration 141 10-11 Registration of Under 18 Players 141 12-16(iii) Eligibility 141-142 17 Suspended Players 142 18 Submission to Jurisdiction 142 19-20 Playing 142-143 21-22 Club Authorised Persons 143 23-26 Termination of Registration and 143 Consequent Playing Restrictions 27-30 Approach to, by or in Relation to 143-144 Registered Players 31-38 Contracts of Service 144-145 39 Retention of Documents 145 40 Suspensions, Fines, Termination of 145 Contracts of Service – Notification to League 41 Contract of Service with Option 145 42 Conflict between Rules and Regulations 146 and Player Contract of Service 43-51 Transfer of Players 146-147

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    52 Intermediaries and Transfers 147 53-54 Temporary Transfers – 147-148 General Provisions 55-56 Term of Temporary Transfers and Written 148

    Agreements

    57-59 Restrictions on Temporary Transfers 149-150 60 International Temporary Transfers 150 61 Recall of Goalkeepers on Temporary 150

    Transfers

    62 Temporary and Permanent Transfers 150-151 63 Void Agreements as Regards Which 151 Clubs a Temporarily Transferred Player May Play 64 Prohibition on Playing Against 151 Transferor Club 65 Expiry of Term or other Termination 151-152 of Temporary Transfer 66-67 Extension Provision for Clubs entitled to 152-153 Participation in League 1 or League 2 68-70 Temporary Transfers and the Reserve 153 and Development Leagues 71-75 Trialists 153-154 76-82 Commitment Letters 154-155 Annex 2 The Scottish Professional Football League Cup Competition 156-177 Regulations 1-1.5.8 Introduction 156 2 Title 157 3-3.3 Board Powers 157 4-4.19 Competition Format and Participants 157-162

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    4.1 General 157 4.2 Participants 157 4.3 Draws and Ballots 158 4.4 Rounds 158 4.5-4.7 Basis of Competition 158 4.8-4.13 First Round – Group Stage 15