YEL Update – 14th July

This Update has SEVEN important messages this week which we would ask you to please read.

July 24th – Very important deadline date
Basic guide to running a YEL team
Maximum squad size – Registering players
No heading pilot continues for U7s, U8s & U9s
Diary dates, Rules & Regulations on
TeamFeePay links from the AGM
…and finally, slides from Pre season Club Meeting and New Managers Meeting

July 24th -Very important deadline day

A very important date by which a number of milestones need to have been reached in order for clubs/teams to continue their progress towards the start of the season
JULY 24th Minimum number of players need to be registered for each team on WGS – 5v5 (5); 7v7 (7); 9v9 (9); 11v11 (11)
JULY 24th Last day for teams to be affiliated
JULY 24th All league fees need to be paid
JULY 24th Last day for free withdrawals
JULY 24th Last day to enter a U9-U14 team

Basic guide to running a YEL Team

A really useful guide for coaches and club secretaries to understand what is required by the YEL in order for the league to run smoothly.

Download a copy here or go to and click on the ‘Useful information for managers/coaches’ section on the home page.

Maximum squad size – Registering players

As per YEL Rules/Regulations voted in by the member clubs, the MAXIMUM number of players that can be registered for each squad is as follows:
U7/U8 – unlimited
U9/U10 – 14 players
U11/U12 – 18 players
U13/U14 – 22 players

Please adhere to these rules BEFORE you agree to sign players on as it will be enforced and will only lead to potential disappointment and frustration if not followed.

Don’t leave registration of players until the last minute as WGS has a nasty habit of becoming overloaded. There are tens of thousands of players across the country that need to be on WGS by the start of the season so make sure you get onto this early. (reminder ALL U11 & U12 players will need fresh photos for this season in order to be accepted). If you are a new secretary or need a refresher on what you are doing, The FA have produced the following overview of the system. Copy and paste the links into your browser or hold ctrl and click the link. If you need further assistance, please contact your local County FA directly who will be pleased to help.

No heading pilot continues for U7s, U8s & U9s

The YEL has agreed to continue with the FA trial to remove heading from children’s football for a second. This will cover U7s to U9s. Most of the players will already have been doing this from last year but the NEW U7 coaches will need to educate their players during training and matches to ensure they are aware and do not head the ball as this will result in an indirect free kick to the opposition. We would welcome feedback from coaches both positive and negative – with examples to back up the comments – which we can pass on to The FA. Visit Scoreline and select the menu item ‘Feedback’ from the left hand menu.

Diary dates, Rules & Regulations on is a great way for you to keep yourself informed of when meetings are happening, Rules/Regulations etc. Have a look as soon as possible as the important parts have been updated in readiness for the start of the 2023/24 season. Don’t fall foul of the Rules & Regs – they are there for you to read and understand. If any questions can’t be answered by looking at, speak to your club secretary. If the question still can’t be answered, email the YEL Office –

TeamFeePay links from the AGM

Prior to the AGM we had a 15 minute presentation from one of our affiliate partners, TeamFeePay, regarding ways that they could support our member clubs in fund raising activities. If you want to get in touch with TeamFeePay here is a link to do so.

Michael Cunningham from TeamFeePay

A person in a football uniformDescription automatically generatedA group of logos on a blue backgroundDescription automatically generated…and finally, slides from Pre season Club Meeting and New Managers Meeting

Click the links below the images to download the slideshow

Preseason Clubs Meeting –

New Managers Meeting –

Contacting the YEL
If you email the YEL OFFICE – – please ensure you state the team name, age group and playing day so we can quickly deal with the enquiry

Rob Harwood CEO

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