YEL Update 16/09/22

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

YEL announce major sponsorship deals with major nationwide businesses
Referees appointed by the league must take priority
Team sheets and ID checks
SMS Text results
Managers guide – Basic guide to team admin
FINES – Match returns, Reporting scores by SMS text, ID checks, ineligible players
YEL hotline number


YEL announce major sponsorship deals with nationwide businesses

We are delighted to announce for the 2022-23 season that Macron Store Nottingham and Frontline Recruitment are our main sponsors of YEL East Midlands (Sat) & (Sun) leagues respectively.

‘Macron Store Nottingham is a global teamwear/leisurewear provider that offers a unique, bespoke service to the local grass roots sporting community with their Macron Store concept.’ 01773 688590



‘Frontline Recruitment are one of the market leaders in recruitment for over 30 yrs, they provide the RIGHT people at the RIGHT time at the RIGHT value.’ Contact them if you are looking for a job/need a new employee 0115 9838600

The YEL board wish to thank the owners/directors of both businesses for their generosity as without support from people like them we would not be able to do what we do in providing East Midlands teams with what we believe to be one of the finest and best administered youth leagues in the country.



Referees appointed by the league must take priority

TWO POINTS – 1. The Referees appointments role in the YEL is a very demanding job given the number of referees available. Sarah – YEL Referees appointments – allocates referees 7-10 days before the game. It is essential that all KO times and venues are correct by this time. Where possible, she gives referees a double game ie 10am mini soccer followed by 11am 9v9/11v11. It is incredibly frustrating when teams try and change games after referees have been appointed. Please work 10 days in advance.

2. Until Wednesday evening, officially appointed referees ALWAYS take priority over any referee that a team may have found themselves (unless they have notified Sarah at least seven days before the game of the name of the teams’ own referee) If, by Wednesday evening, teams have not been notified about a referee, then they are encouraged to locate and appoint their own referee. No problem to have a referee on standby however, they must not be confirmed until Wednesday evening.

Any team that refuses to accept/cancels the officially appointed referee will be referred to the YEL Discipline Team where they are highly likely to be fined for ‘failing to follow a management instruction’ with the fine being paid to the official referee in compensation.


Team sheets & ID checks

As we are in the early days of September we appreciate people are getting used to the return to football. In light of this we have been very lenient and not issued any fines for not completing ID checks or giving team sheets to the official referees.

Our referees are required to complete reports on every YEL game they officiate so we are very disappointed to see that 44% of teams did not carry out pre match ID checks in the first games of the season and 52% of teams did not give the referee a team sheet despite this being a League Rule/Regulation, approved and voted in by the member clubs at the AGM. There is no excuse for this as the need for ID checks and team sheets has been heavily promoted in the weeks leading up to the season start date

Our role, as league administrators, is to apply the rules as approved. Please be aware that fines for not adhering to the League Rules/Regulations will start to be issued shortly. Those teams that have not been doing this will know who they are. Please do not be surprised if your Treasurer/Club secretary makes contact having received a fine asking the question why the rules are not being followed.


SMS text results
By now all team contacts on Scoreline should be receiving SMS texts during the game in order to report the score.

If you did not receive an SMS text and are the team administrator responsible for reporting the score, you should, by now, have emailed the YEL Office – – to advise us so we can update Full-Time.

As per League Rules/Regulations, scores must be reported to the league within 4 hours of the listed KO time on Full-Time. Any team that doesn’t receive a sanction. SMS text is very strict on what will be accepted into the system.

CORRECT WAYS TO REPORT A SCORE BY SMS TEXT – just the score or short codes with score and hyphen (NOT ‘v’)

MS06 2-5 WW24
Mp10 3-1 ey17


H 3 – 1 A
H 2 – A 3
H – A 0 – 2
A13 9v0 K13
KC3 0 v SOUT 3
SNB3 1 v NT3 10
Bu31 v bes1= 2-5


Managers Guide – Basic guide to team admin in the YEL

Download the guide to team admin from to make sure you fully understand what admin needs doing on a weekly basis as a YEL manager/coach. – ‘Useful information for managers/coaches’ section on the home page.



FINES – Match returns, Reporting scores via SMS text, ID checks, Ineligible players

The league now has 1300 teams, so it is essential that everyone complies with the league rules and regulations. Please ensure you familiarise yourselves with these –

The most common fines (all easily avoided!) are:

  • Not completing match returns on Full-Time
  • Not reporting the score via SMS text
  • Not doing Player ID checks before the game
  • Playing ineligible players

We do not make the rules, we only apply them on behalf of the member clubs as voted in at the AGM.


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 Saturdays and Sundays.

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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