YEL Update – 6th October

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

October half term games – 28th/29th Oct & 4th/5th Nov
Referees – you MUST use a YEL appointed referee unless previously agreed
Fines for incomplete match returns are being issued
Diary Dates – REMINDER
YEL Game Day Hotline

October half term games – 28th/29th Oct & 4th/5th Nov

The league does not normally set games during half term. (There are a handful of rearranged league games) If your team is available and you want a game 28th/29th October and/or 4th/5th November, we are happy to arrange a fixture. All you need to do is add your availability to Scoreline. DO NOT EMAIL THE OFFICE. Updating Scoreline is the ONLY way to advise us that you are available. MUST BE UPDATED NO LATER THAN 10PM TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER. Any issues with accessing Scoreline, please contact the YEL Office for assistance.

  1. Check availability with your players first. If you are NOT available, you do not need to do anything. If you ARE available continue to 2.
  2. Log into Scoreline
  3. Click ‘Availability’ in the left hand menu
  4. Once the calendar has opened, click the date (your playing day Sat/Sun)
  5. Click the blue wording at the top of the date box
  6. When page opens, click the drop down box and select ‘available’
  7. Click ‘Save’
  8. Repeat for next date if you are available.

Referees – you MUST use a YEL appointed referee unless previously agreed

Great news! Things are improving & numbers of referees are returning to pre Covid levels. We now need to tighten the rules regarding the use of YEL appointed refs. If a ref is appointed before midnight on Wednesday, you MUST use them unless:

  1. You have already supplied the full details of your own qualified referee to and the league has registered them and approved them to officiate all of your games OR
  2. You have notified the league and supplied full details of the qualified referee at least 10 days prior to the game and received confirmation that the league agrees for you to use them OR
  3. You have received an automated Full-Time ‘Referee: TBC’ email on a Sat/Sun and then have contacted to give full details of your own qualified referee that you have found BEFORE 5pm on the Monday when the late list of available games goes out to all referees. Without notifying us prior to 5pm, your game will be advertised and if a YEL referee asks for it, their appointment will take priority over any referee that you wish to use.

Anyone that refuses to use a YEL appointed referee will be referred to the YEL Discipline and is highly likely to receive a fine for failing to follow a management instruction and reimbursement of the referee fee if we are unable to find them another suitable game.

Fines for incomplete match returns are being issued

Firstly, thank you to all teams who completed their match returns on time and successfully. Last season, despite numerous reminders, we had 116 fines issued. This season the league has grown and yet the number of teams fined was just 48. (3% of the total number of teams in the league)

If you are one of the 3% or you are still unsure if you are completing them correctly, read the step by step ‘Basic guide to running a YEL Team’ found in the Useful information for coaches section on

DO make sure you complete the match return by logging into Full-Time

DO make sure you complete all sections

DO make sure you ONLY list the players who started in the ‘started’ section; list the players who started as subs and came on, in the ‘subs used section’ (There should be no entries in the ‘subs unused’ section as all children who attend games as subs (up to the max number permitted) should play at some stage)

DO ensure the return is completed within 24 hours of the advertised kick off time (League Regulation 3C)

DO NOT use MatchDay app to complete your match return. Its poor reliability is well known and has been widely advertised by the YEL. We’ll not accept this as a valid reason for an incomplete match return.

Diary dates – REMINDER

Please make a note of the following dates in your diaries

Sunday Feb 3rd Winter season – Sat teams
Sunday Feb 24th Winter season – Sun teams & U14 sat
Saturday Jun 8th Spring season – Sat teams
Sunday Jun 9th Spring season – Sun teams & U14 sat

Saturday/Sunday May 11th & 12th – 7v7
Saturday/Sunday May 18th & 19th – 9v9 and 11v11

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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