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Organising a League/Cup Competition

1. Pick a Committee (three people will do unless there are twelve or more members. Discuss your objectives and form simple rules to run the league. Do not go in for a lot of complicated rules that are impractical - keep it simple.

2) Make out your fixture list. A weekly league fixture is ideal with perhaps a Knock-Out Cup competition inter-dispersed among the league matches as an additional interest. 

Fix the duration of games and extra time etc. 

Fixtures should be home and away - eight is a good number of teams to start with and if the league is larger multiples of eight in subsequent divisions with promotion and relegation introduced to add to the excitement. 

Team names should be chosen. Instead of 'Big Team' names as commonly used, it is sometimes of more interest to use local names, i.e. someone living in, say, Bennington Close could be the Manager of Bennington United, etc. 

A schedule of fixtures are included below. Just draw lots for the numbers so that each of the eight teams competing gets a number, say Arsenal gets No 1, Leeds United No 2 then per the fixture list the first match is Arsenal v Leeds United. The list gives the fixtures for the first half of the league programme, those numbers on the left are the home side. 

1 v 2 2 v 3 4 v 7 7 v 2 8 v 6 4 v 8 1 v 4
3 v 4 4 v 5 2 v 5 6 v 4 4 v 2 3 v 5 8 v 2
5 v 6 6 v 7 8 v 3 3 v 1 7 v 3 2 v 6 5 v 7
7 v 8 8 v 1 1 v 6 5 v 8 1 v 5 1 v 7 6 v 3
2 v 1 3 v 2 7 v 4 2 v 7 6 v 8 8 v 4 4 v 1
4 v 3 5 v 4 5 v 2 4 v 6 2 v 4 5 v 3 2 v 8
6 v 5 7 v 6 3 v 8 1 v 3 3 v 7 6 v 2 7 v 5
8 v 7 1 v 8 6 v 1 8 v 5 5 v 1 7 v 1 3 v 6

When all teams have played 14 matches the league programme is completed.

3. If all or most of a league's matches are played on the same pitch the difference of playing 'Home' or 'Away' is largely nullified and so "a difficult away" game or "should beat them on their own ground" largely become rather flat sayings. To obviate this and to create a 'home' advantage award a penalty to the home side before the match starts. If successful the home team starts one goal up. As few home sides fail to score this can upset your statistics by reducing the 0-0 results. This can be overcome by the away side wiping out the deficit with their first goal and the score reverting back to 0-0 etc.

4. For the league to be successful SPORTSMANSHIP is essential and commonsense desirable. When play is proceeding the REFEREE'S DECISION IS FINAL.