YEL Update – 24th November 2023

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

Defibrillator survey – Please complete ASAP
Cup Rules – please read!
YEL Community Fund – deadline 30th November
YEL Game Day Hotline

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.

Cup Rules – Please read

This weekend sees the start of the cup competitions at most age groups. It is really important that you familiarise yourselves with the Cup Rules. They have been sent to all YEL registered referees however if you have not been allocated a referee and you are officiating yourself or using a volunteer parent, it is important you pass the rules on to them so everyone is aware. A pdf of the Cup Rules is available on under ‘Rules & Regulations’
If you are unsure of anything, use the YEL Game Day hotline for advice – 07510 305354 –  9.30am – 12.30pm on Sat/ Sun

YEL Community Fund – deadline 30th November

All YEL clubs are eligible to apply to the YEL Community fund for a grant. Clubs can apply for a grant from £25 to £250 as many times as they wish but can only be successful once during the course of the season due to the size of fund that’s available. Grants can be for any number of different projects from supporting managers getting their FA qualifications through to contributions towards club wide development projects. Applications for Period 2 close on 30th November and can be made via Scoreline, selecting YEL Community from the left hand menu. Applications can ONLY be made by club officials. So, if you’re a manager and have a project in mind, speak to your club secretary and get your application in now.

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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