YEL Update 8th April 2022

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

CLUB SECRETARIES – Reapplication process for 2022/23 season NOW OPEN – closes May 31st
Number of substitutes at YEL games
Cup competition rules inc ID checks, cancellations & cup tied players
Management of the match day environment – Respect for referees

CLUB SECRETARIES – Reapplication process for 2022/23 season NOW OPEN – closes May 31st

As this season starts to draw to a close, it is now time, once again, to confirm whether or not your current teams will be continuing next year. Managers/coaches should get in touch with their club secretaries to confirm whether their team is continuing next season. The process in the YEL is very simple. A detailed explanation on how to do it is explained below. All teams names/age groups are current 2021/22 age groups. These automatically age by one year at midnight May 31st/June 1st in readiness for the new 2022/23 season eg XYZ City U12 Blue will become XYZ U13 Blue. You will notice that all team headers in the teams section on Scoreline have been changed to blue. These are teams where no action has been taken yet by the club. Once you have decided on whether a team is continuing or not, follow the instructions below. If the team is continuing – you tick ‘confirm.’ If a team is not continuing – you click ‘remove.’ Once you click ‘save’ the header will change to green for the confirmed and red for the not continuing. Only teams that are ‘confirmed’ will roll through at midnight on May 31st. All others will be removed from the league and any teams wishing to continue who have not completed the process will need to reapply. No invoices will be raised until June 1st when we know which teams are continuing. Current U14 will be automatically removed as they will had come to the end of their YEL experience.

This process is ONLY available to Club Secretaries and club officials with appropriate permissions to make changes to their clubs on Scoreline.

  1. Login to YEL Scoreline at
  2. Click on “Clubs/Teams/Contacts” from the left hand main menu

All Teams are displayed on this screen and the top border highlights the intended action for this team for the new season:

  • Blue – Not yet decided
  • Green – Renewing for season
  • Red – Removing for season
  1. Click on “Clubs” from the tab menu at the top.

  1. Search for your club and select it by clicking on the name or the arrow to the bottom right of the card.
  2. Scroll down the page to the “Team Actions” section:

From here you can choose “Confirm” or “Remove” for each team. You can also take action on multiple teams by clicking the checkbox to the right of the team and choosing the relevant action from the “Action” dropdown menu above the teams.

Number of substitutes at YEL games

We are still seeing the odd team taking too many substitutes to games. After being previously warned in an Update, they are now being fined and sanctioned. Can we, once again, remind all teams of the rules. This is not the Premier League – you can’t take more than the maximum number specified below and select the ones you want to use.

Any teams reported for using more than the permitted number of subs will be referred to the YEL Discipline Team.

U7/U8 – 5 substitutes
U9/U10 – 7 substitutes
U11/U12 – 5 substitutes
U13/U14 – 5 substitutes

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

Cancellations – As per the COVID update, matches can no longer be cancelled for COVID reasons without penalty. Teams must play with the players they have available provided they have the minimum number of players as set by The FA. Any 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 – Please note that a 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 Checks – Please ensure you have read and understand the cup rules. These can be found on under rules and regulations. ID checks are particularly important and must be carried out to ensure only eligible players take part.

Management of the match day environment and respect for referees

As we reach the end of the YEL season there are some very close divisions and just a couple of games left. There are alos the final stages of cup competitions coming up. These can get very competitive. This is just another timely reminder to managers.

All Coaches and Managers have a responsibility to manage the match day environment and manage themselves, their parents and their players at a game.

Unacceptable adult behaviour from coaches/parents including criticism of referees, verbally encouraging players to be overly physical, aggressive actions/comments towards opposition coaches, parents and players is totally unacceptable and will filter through to the players as they will believe this is part of football. IT IS NOT.

Adults are role models and regardless of whether they believe a referee is good, bad or indifferent or whether they feel they are being hard done to on decisions, they need to control their emotions and comments to ensure that games are played in the right atmosphere. This is children’s football NOT The Premier League. Equally players who are showing frustration or are becoming overly aggressive in challenges, need to be brought off for a cooling down period and a discussion around behaviour and what is and isn’t acceptable.

If you are unhappy about a referee’s performance and feel you wish to report it to the league, please do so as there may be an opportunity for us to provide support in their development. Remember 81% of our referees are children who are still learning – just like the players. Under no circumstances criticise the referee or disagree with their decisions as your actions will directly impact on the players and their highly impressionable minds. If our game is going to thrive with players developing in the right way, we all need to play our part.

Game Day Hotline
If you have any match day queries when at your game – Saturday or Sunday – and need advice, contact the YEL Game Day Hotline. It is monitored by YEL staff and is available between 9.30am and 12.30pm for match day queries only.
07510 305354

Rob Harwood CEO

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