YEL Update 21/10/22

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

ID checks are not optional – there are consequences for non compliance with this rule
Suspension of fixtures for match returns not being updated when requested
Sponsorship opportunities for companies
YEL hotline number

ID Checks are not an option – there are consequences for non compliance with this rule

We have been monitoring ID checks being completed by teams. We have a silent army of Respect Field Officers observers/Referees who provide us with weekly reports on fixtures they have attended/officiated.
It has become apparent that a number of teams seem to think it is optional to carry out a pre match check – IT IS NOT – it’s mandatory. It applies to ALL YEL games whether friendly or league.

ID checks are an important part of FA Safeguarding policy. It ensures every player is registered and therefore insured against injury or causing injury. It also ensures fair play – only players who are registered to that squad are involved rather than ‘ringers’ from other higher ability teams or, as we have had reported recently, another club! It ensures that players who are playing are all the correct age for the format being played.

Any teams found not to be completing the ID checks will be referred to the YEL Discipline Team. The sanctions they have available to them are declaring the match void if a league fixture – no points for either team and not replayed; awarding the game as it will be classed as an ‘on the day cancellation’ by the offending team; recommending the game is replayed and/or fines particularly if it was a friendly.

ALL teams must carry a paper copy of their squad list, downloaded from Whole Game System, for checking by the opposition. Bringing up the WGS squad list on a phone is acceptable however, it will not be accepted that it wasn’t possible to do this because of phone issues – connectivity, flat battery etc. This is why you should have a paper copy with you at all times.

If you have any issues on the day with carrying out the pre match ID check – opposition not got theirs, not willing to do it etc, you should ring the YEL Gameday hotline –  07510 305354 – for advice from a league official. If you don’t contact the league and it is reported, even if you have tried to show your cards and encountered problems, you will be deemed to have not shown your player ID and will be dealt with accordingly.

Suspension of fixtures for match returns not being updated when requested

Match returns are an important requirement of the YEL administration. Completion of them within 24 hours of the scheduled Kick Off time on Full-Time is a League Rule/Regulation.

So far, we have been lenient with teams and allowed them to continue playing despite the fact there are outstanding match returns. We are now eight weeks into the season and this can’t continue. Any team that has two or more outstanding match returns will have received an email from the YEL Admin team asking for the outstanding returns to be updated. Anyone who has not responded to the request and updated them by the deadline set in the email will now have their fixtures suspended until the outstanding returns are updated. Three teams have currently had their upcoming fixtures suspended.

Please ensure this part of the administration is done on time. If you are unable to do this, please find a willing parent/assistant coach to complete this for you.

Sponsorship opportunity for companies

Your chance to sponsor a 2022/23 YEL Cup Competition. 
We have sponsorship packages available for our U9, U10, U11, U12, U13 & U14 cup competitions for each day – Sat & Sun – 12 opportunities in total. There are a minimum of four ability based cup competitions at each age group. Your sponsorship covers all of the cups in your chosen playing day age group

Interested? This opportunity is open for just four days (deadline for interest 5pm Tues 26th Oct) as our 2022-23 Cup competitions are starting in November.


Standard FA guidelines will be used to determine the suitability of sponsors

£250 gets your company name on:

  • FA Full-Time for each of the cups in your age group
  • A link to your company on our YEL Affiliates page
  • An advert per month on YEL social media channels during the cup competition (Nov-May)
  • Your company logo on each cup competition image when used on Social media
  • Banner space, where applicable, at our YEL Cup Finals venue on the day when your chosen age group is playing
  • Mention at our YEL Awards ceremonies at the Royal Concert Hall

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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