YEL Update – 24th February 2023

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

England Accreditation – Extremely important – Please read
Player registration/Transfer deadline day
FA issues with WGS around player registration
YEL hotline number

England Accreditation – Extremely important – Please read

The YEL is an England accredited league. In our League Regulations, Reg 1 states that to be a member club of the YEL your club must hold an England Football Accreditation (Old Charter Standard). During COVID, we were relaxed about this regulation as getting all coaches qualified was deemed too onerous. We are now post Covid so this Regulation will be enforced for the 2023-24 season. For a club to be a readmitted/accepted as a new member of the YEL for season 2023-24 YOU MUST BE ENGLAND ACCREDITED (or if a brand new club – less than 12 months old – and wanting to join, obtain an email from your county FA to say that you have started the process) Each case will then be considered on its merits by the league.

We recently held a joint webinar with Notts FA which was available to all club secretaries and welfare officers where they explained the process of gaining England accreditation. I believe other county FAs of YEL member clubs have run similar events.

The deadline set by Nottingham FA – assume this is the same for other local CFAs – is April 30th. Check NOW that your coaches have the necessary qualifications. If not, then get onto the process as some online courses – introduction to coaching as an example – gets filled up quickly and they may need to wait for availability.

Currently only 20 Nottinghamshire based clubs have completed the process. If the largest club in the area can do this, so can everyone else. There are still over 100 who have not yet submitted.

If you are unsure what needs to be done, please contact your club’s local CFA.

Player registration/Transfer deadline day

REMINDER: As per YEL rules 18(I) A Player may not be registered for a Club nor transferred to another Club in the Competition after 16th March except by special permission of the Management Committee.

If you are looking to sign/register an additional player/s the transfer/registration must be completed by 16th March .

FA issues with Whole Game System around player registration

The FA have advised that they currently have two problems around player registration that they are investigating:

Issue 1 – Some clubs have reported that WGS is not allowing players to be registered despite the fact that the teams are within the maximum number of players signed on limits.

Issue 2 – Some teams are not able to assign a player to the correct team when trying to register than as the team/age group is not showing on the drop down as an option eg a U14 player only showing U16 or U17 teams within the club which is not permitted under FA rules anyway.

If your club is experiencing either of these problems, please advise the league so we are aware and we will let you know what action needs to be taken.

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 9.30am – 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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