YEL Update – 22nd March 2024

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

Cup competition rules inc ID checks, cancellations & cup tied players
Recruiting YEL Respect Field Officers (RFOs)
Invoice payment terms – end of season
YEL Game Day Hotline

Cup competition rules inc ID checks, cancellations & cup tied players

Cancellations – Any non weather related cup cancellations will be referred to the YEL Discipline team. Please be aware – it is highly likely that the game will be awarded to the opposition in these instances.
Cup tied players – Any player who has played in a previous round for another team in the same age group and playing day cannot play for another team in the same age group cup competition as they will be cup tied and therefore ineligible. Any team found to have played an ineligible player will be removed from the competition. Please check and make sure you do not fall foul of this rule.
Cup Rules & ID ChecksPlease ensure you have read and understand the cup rules – -under rules and regulations. Any game which is level at the end of normal time will go to extra time. If the scores are still level at the end of extra time, five penalties will be taken by each team. If the scores are still level after five penalties have been taken, you go to sudden death until a winner is found. Only players on the pitch at the end of extra time are eligible to take penalties and no player can take a second penalty until all players on the pitch have taken their first penalty. ID checks are particularly important and must be carried out to ensure only eligible players take part.

Recruiting YEL Respect Field Officers (RFOs)

Want to help make a difference in grassroots football? We need your help to make youth football a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants on match day. We are looking to recruit additional YEL Respect Field Officers (RFOs) to join our current undercover team. RFOs fulfil a valuable, behind the scenes role. This hidden army of volunteers are the league’s ‘eyes & ears’ at YEL games. Teams do not know they have been present at a game. RFOs don’t get involved in any incidents; They simply observe behaviour of players, spectators & managers and report back to the league. RFOs are assigned games by the league. RFOs are paid expenses of £10 per report completed. RFOs are independent observers and should not be associated with any participants in a game inc referees. RFOs report on other games at the venue they are at provided they have no connection to any of the participants. We’re looking for anyone (min age 18) – mums, dads, grans, grandads, carers, refs – anyone who can be objective & blend in. for details.

Invoice payment terms – end of season

Payment terms: YEL invoice payment terms are 14 days from the date of the invoice. The YEL Office is currently updating those close clubs with outstanding invoices. Unpaid invoices can lead to teams having their fixtures suspended until they account is brought up to date.

Advance notice: All outstanding 2023/24 season invoices need to be settled by May 31st in order for clubs/teams to be considered for readmission into the 2024/25 season.

Please share this information with your Club Treasurer.

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

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