YEL Update 15th December 2023

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

Emergency Action Plan to complete the season – League Regulation 15
TREASURERS – Paid invoices on Scoreline NOT updated between now and w/c 8th Jan 2024
ADVANCED WARNING – SEVERE penalties come into force 1st January
Defibrillator survey – Please complete ASAP
YEL Game Day Hotline

Emergency Action Plan to complete the season – League Regulation 15

REMINDER – This is now in force. In light of the poor weather we’ve experienced recently, League Reg 15 has been activated which sets out how the Winter season will be concluded. Please read and make sure you understand it.

Wherever possible, league/cup games should take priority over any friendly games if there is likely to be a pitch issue.

Full details of League Reg 15 in the League Regulations at –

TREASURERS – Paid invoices on Scoreline NOT updated between now and w/c 8th Jan 2024

Please note that paid invoices on Scoreline will NOT be updated until w/c 8th January due to the company providing bookkeeping services to the YEL taking an extended Christmas break.

You can still email the YEL Office with any queries as usual and we will continue to respond to them.

ADVANCED WARNING – SEVERE penalties come into force 1st January

Enough publicity has been given regarding handing a team sheet to an appointed YEL Referee prior to the game and carrying out proper ID checks. Gentle reminders do not seem to have worked and some teams seem to think these rules don’t apply to them and they can get away with not abiding by them?

We have been reminding you for the last 12 weeks. There are now just 2 weeks notice  before SEVERE FINANCIAL PENALTIES will be imposed on U9-U14 teams not supplying teams sheets to referees for all YEL organised games – friendly, league or cup – (Only required where there is an officially appointed YEL referee through Full-Time) – £20 for 1st offence; £40 for 2nd offence; £80 for 3rd and any subsequent offences.

Failure to carry out a proper ID check prior to the game will also be severely sanctioned with a £100 fine

U9-U14 If you are not already completing a team sheet and giving it to officially appointed YEL Referees, this is fair warning. ACT NOW and get into the habit of doing it.

U7-U14 – All age groups should be carrying out an ID check. If you are not doing this, ACT NOW and get into the habit of carrying a printed paper version of your registered players and ensure you swap it with your opposite number, call in all of the players and carry out a proper ID check by calling out the players’ names. A cursory glance at an opposition manager’s phone is NOT an ID check.

Really disappointed it has had to come to this but the rules must be adhered to and YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Don’t be the first to receive a massive fine in 2024 – abide by the rules!

Defibrillator survey – Please complete ASAP

ALL TEAM CONTACTS – If you have not yet completed this survey, please find 10 mins to do so – IT’S IMPORTANT! Defibrillators save lives! This is the most far-reaching survey ever undertaken in grassroots football. The YEL – National Grassroots League of the Year 2023 and the largest league in the country – is committed to making grassroots football as safe an environment as possible for all participants – players, coaches, and spectators. We are asking all our 1439 teams to complete the survey to help identify which teams/clubs have the required equipment and who is lacking. We will then see what help we can offer to assist these teams/clubs to bring them up to standard and ensure that their games are safe.

The survey can be found on YEL Scoreline. To access the survey, log into Scoreline and select ‘Surveys’ in the left-hand menu. The survey will then open for you to complete. All team contacts are requested to complete this survey for their team as soon as possible and if you are unsure on any answers, please speak to your club officials who should be able to assist. We will be looking to add the information provided, to the contact page for each team so opposition managers/coaches will be aware of what is available at each venue they visit and where the nearest defibrillator is located.

This survey is the first stage in a process to identify defibrillator locations and assess the needs of our member clubs/teams. We are currently in discussions with a national company who are looking to offer heavily discounted/subsidised, and NHS approved, portable defibrillators. More information about this second stage will follow once discussions are concluded and the survey information has been collated.

YEL Game Day hotline  

If you have any issues or on the day queries relating to your game only, you can contact the YEL Game Day Hotline number for advice.

07510 305354

Available between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Sat/Sun

ONLY AVAILABLE FOR ON THE DAY MATCH RELATED ENQUIRIES – no other issues will be discussed.

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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