IMPORTANT DATES 
FOR YOUR DIARY


20th August

Each Team must have 15 players registered with the League

1st February

Last day to notify the Hon. Secretary of any rule changes

4th February

Last day to return the League Trophies / Cups 

12th March

Last day to sign players on so that they can be eligible to play in a Cup Final

30th April

Last day to notify the Hon. Secretary for the entry of new / additional Teams for the new season
All fixtures now released on Full Time
Update - 6th September 2021

MID ESSEX LEAGUE - UPDATE

Following the first set of fixtures played yesterday, we recognised that there may be a few teething issues but a lot of these are driven by the fact that some Clubs clearly ignore my emails

Can I please point out that there is no point trying to phone me after 1pm. I Referee, so I am either travelling or preparing for my game, so if my phone rings, I will simply ignore it

I am corresponding with Club Secretaries as such it is important that if you are delegating any of the below within your Club individuals are aware of their responsibilities to avoid fines being raised

A reminder (again) of the following

1. SMS Results.  There were only a couple of Clubs that failed to submit their result yesterday, but please ensure you do have the correct people set up. Results must be submitted by 7pm on the day of the fixture. If someone within your Club did not receive the SMS please advise me and I will review and check to see if they are set up. See competition rule 21.b

2. Referee Appointments.  As I highlighted in my email of yesterday if you have not been appointed a Referee, or your Referee drops off your game please do not telephone the Referee Appointment Secretary, he will be aware and will re-appoint where possible. If the Competition is unable to appoint a Referee then it is up to both Clubs to agree on someone to officiate the game. The game must be played. See competition rule 23.a

3. Dave Strachan and Patrons Plate Competitions.  For the Group fixtures the result after 90 minutes stands. If scores are level at 90 minutes extra time and penalties are not required. This will only come into effect for the knockout stages

4. Substitutes. Roll on roll off substitutions are permitted in all Mid Essex League fixtures.  A Team can name and play up to 5 substitutes. See competition rule 20.f

5. Referee Fees.  For Cup Competitions Referee fees are split 50 / 50 and must be paid to the Match Official prior to kick off. For League fixtures the Referee fee is the sole responsibility of the Home Club. Referee fees are £35.00

6. Signing Players on the Day.  The Competition Registrations Secretary has sent out a note on this highlighting that up to 3 players can be signed on the day. See competition rule 18.a

7. Unfulfilled Fixtures.  If a Team is unable to fulfil a fixture the defaulting Club must provide full details of the reasons for the unplayed game to the League Secretary, League Fixture Secretary and Referee Appointment Secretary. It is important that the Referee Appointment Secretary is contacted immediately as he may be able to re-appoint the Referee

8. Result Sheets.  Please ensure that the relevant individual in your Club responsible for loading the Result Sheet in Full Time as the relevant log in details. The Result Sheet must be loaded by Wednesday morning.. See competition rule 21.a 

THE LEAGUE HANDBOOK CAN WE FOUND ON THE LEAGUE WEBSITE www.midessex.com PLEASE REFER TO THE HANDBOOK IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF ANYTHING


Update - 31st August 2021

An Update On Player Registration - Note from The F.A.

Firstly we want to acknowledge and apologise for the challenges that you and colleagues may have faced in recent weeks with registering players for the 2021/22 season. Whilst for the majority our new system is proving to be faster and more stable, we know that for a proportion of our customers there have unfortunately been issues that have prevented registrations happening. Please rest assured that The FA’s Digital Technology and Grassroots divisions are working flat out and doing everything within our power to find resolutions to these issues.

We have been working hard to replace the player registration functionality that our legacy Whole Game System has previously provided, knowing that this no longer has the capacity, speed or functionality to meet the current needs across the game. There was a robust process to scope, design and build the new player registration approach, which is currently supporting up to 35,000 registrations a day, but there have been some underlying technical challenges.

We have made progress resolving two key issues. One related to some users facing an issue where the system is not correctly recognising that a parent/carer is linked to a player. We’ve resolved bugs related to incorrect error messages and the system flagging missing data that is actually available. We are working on the remaining ones. The other was with the page freezing when adding a new photo, which is now fixed. Our teams are continuing to work round the clock to fix issues.

We share your frustrations that the new system has not yet performed as we’d all hoped and planned, and thank our critical grassroots workforce and volunteers across the game for their continued patience. We’ll continue doing all we can to address these technical issues as immediately as possible, whilst keeping you updated on our progress.


Update - 31st August 2021

Season - Kick Off 

Our season commences next Saturday as such I wish to remind all Clubs of the following:-

1. Fixture Confirmation - ALL Clubs Primary Contacts will have received email notification of their fixtures through Full Time. This all details Referee Appointments. Home Clubs MUST confirm the fixture by Tuesday at the latest. Any Club who fails to confirm the fixture with the appointed Match Official by this time, may have that Referee removed and appointed elsewhere

2. Signing on the day - A Team may sign up to 3 players on the day. Please refer to Competition rule 18.a . The required form can be download from the League website (League documents). The completed form must be sent to the League Registration Secretary. The player must be also be loaded on to the Registration platform

3. Referee Fees - The Referee fee is £35.00 and must be paid to the Match Official prior to kick off. For ALL Cup games the Match fee is shared

4. Team Sheets - All Clubs should now be in receipt of a Team Sheet Pad. The Team Sheet MUST be handed to the Match Referee 15 minutes before kick off

5. Results - The Home Club must respond to the SMS message received from Full Time, with the result of the fixture. This must be sent before 7pm. The League website has a guide for completing the SMS message. Please ensure that you have all your key contacts set up in WGS. 

6. Result Sheets - These must be submitted through Full Time by Wednesday morning following the fixture at the latest. If you do not have log in details please email me and I will send through a link to set up a username and password.


Update - 24th May 2021

MID ESSEX LEAGUE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Mid Essex League Annual General meeting will be held on Thursday 8th July 2021

We are hoping that we may be able to hold this face to face, much depends of course on the updated Government guidelines

Documentation regarding the AGM will be circulated during early June.



Update on the return of Grassroots football from 29th March 2021

As part of the next stage of the Government’s roadmap out of national lockdown, outdoor sports facilities can open, and organised outdoor sport can take place. This means that from Monday 29th March, organised outdoor football, following all FA and government protocols, can take place. Organised outdoor disability football can currently take place, including under national lockdown.

The aim of this note is to share with you what we currently know about what the return to football at the end of March will look like to help your planning. This is based on our conversations with the Government to date and information published on Gov.uk. Please note that our full guidance will be published as soon as we receive the DCMS guidance. We expect that this will be early in the week commencing Monday 22nd March. Please note that we will need to regularly update our FA guidance as we move through the different steps of the Government’s roadmap.


Tiers
The tiered system has now been removed and the Government’s approach moving forward, will be a national approach

Travel
The Government guidance on travel is that the ‘stay at home’ rule will end on Monday 29 March, but many restrictions will remain in place. As organised sport can resume, all participants may travel to games but should avoid travel at the busiest times and routes, as well as minimising any unnecessary journeys where possible. All participants must follow the Government’s guidance on safer travel, which we expect will be updated shortly.

Changing rooms
Changing rooms cannot be used as part of step one in the roadmap out of lockdown and must remain shut. Changing facilities can only be used in emergency situations, or by disabled people who are taking part in organised sport and physical activity. We are working with the Government on what this will look like through each step of restrictions being lifted. We will update our guidance as soon as we have any further information. Toilets will be allowed to open, 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after training and/or matches.

Spectators
No spectators are allowed at grassroots football as part of step one of the Government’s roadmap, unless for safeguarding purposes which should be limited to one parent or carer per child.


Mid Essex League - 2020 Review

January

As 2019 drew to a close we looked forward to the prospect of an exciting close to the 2019-2020 season. No one could have predicted the final outcome.

The weather played a part in January with a number of games postponed

Silver End were top of the Premier Division at the end of 2019 unbeaten 6 points clear of their closest rivals. As we entered January 2020, their rivals gained some hope as in the first game of the New Year they had to come from behind to salvage a point at Sandon Royals. Brentwood United secured two crucial victories in the month to maintain the pressure but on the last Saturday of the month also dropped points drawing 1-1 at Sandon Royals. 

Silver End secured their place in the Premier Division League Cup Final with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Mayland Village

Division One had been depleted by withdrawals only 5 League games were possible during the month

In Division Two White Notley were top at the start of the year with Pitsea Town in hot pursuit and having games in hand. Pitsea handed out a 5-1 thumping to the League leaders at the end of the month

Not much changed in Division Three as Brentwood Athletic Res. continued to dominate the Division with Haver Town Res. their closet rivals, although Basildon Sporting Village had games in hand and went through the month unbeaten.

Dunmow United and Springfield were neck and neck at the top of Division Four. Dunmow continued their winning ways with 3 victories netting 20 goals in the process. Springfield matched their title rivals but only managed to net 17 goals in their 3 wins.
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Both Hutton and Brentwood Athletic Res. made their way through to the Saturday Junior Trophy Semi Finals. with hard fought victories over Gosfield Res and Upshire respectively. Writtle Res. missing out after losing to Cowley Community from the Essex Alliance League

February   

Again the weather disrupted the fixtures during the month.

The Premier Division saw very little action during the month. Silver End defeated CT66 3-1 a crucial victory. Brentwood United suffered defeat to Haver Town on the 22nd of the month which strengthened Silver End's position at the top.

Harold Hill secured their place in the Premier Division League Cup Final scheduled for Good Friday after comfortably beating Burnham Ramblers.

Division One only saw 6 League games in the month. Although Rayleigh Town, Writtle Res, Notley and Stock had managed to secure their progress through to the Cup Semi Finals.

In Division Two Pitsea Town lost at Felsted Rovers on the first Saturday of the month , they bounced back the following week thumping in 9 against South Woodham, but three victories in the month saw White Notley hold on to top spot

Brentwood Athletic Res. went unbeaten through the month, and a crucial victory over rivals Basildon Sporting Village strengthened their position at the top of the table.

Springfield defeated Dunmow Town in the first week of the month, and suffered a further loss later in the month at Kelvedon Social. In between they netted 17 against Beaulieu Park Res. Springfield were now the form team of the Division.

Cup action saw three teams Silver End, Harold Hill and Brentwood Athletic advance to the semi finals of the Dave Strachan Knockout Cup. White Notley and Kenson advanced to the final of the Division Two League Cup. In Division Four Laindon and Great Baddow would fight out the first League Cup Final in late March.

Brentwood Athletic Res. were denied a final spot in the Junior Trophy going down 2-0 to Cowley Community

March

Our season was brought to a sudden end. We played on the 7th March but never kicked another football in the 2019-2020 season with the Covid pandemic at its height and concern for the health and well being of all.

Only 14 games were played on that last weekend, the stand out achievement being Hutton's victory against Sungate that placed them in the Junior Trophy final, but that never took place. 

And so the season was voided 

April - August

No competitive football was played during these months as we all tried to stay safe.

Friendly football was able to resume in August which allowed the Competition to start it's preparations for the 2020-2021 season.

We said a sad farewell to Bob Hurrell who after 20 seasons as Referee Appointment Secretary hung up his whistle. We welcomed George Lowe as our new Referee Appointment Secretary a great acquisition for the Competition

Andy Chaplin was appointed Chairman of the Essex County Football Association in July

The Competition however welcomed 17 new teams to the Competition, this being achieved following great collaboration with the Olympian League, allowed us to introduce a Development Division.

Not knowing what the season would bring the competition expanded to 7 divisions.

September 

Innovation would be the key to a successful season and with teams not having kicked a ball in months and with the number of new teams on board we decided to open the season with the Dave Strachan and Patrons Plate Competitions on Group basis.

Teams from the Premier to Division Two competing in the Dave Starchan and Teams from Divisions 3 to the Development in the Patrons Plate.

The competition got off the a great start and the results from these fixtures would give us the basis to determine the League set up.

Harold Hill, CT66, Sandon Royals, Hutton, Brentwood Athletic Res,, Basildon Wanderers, White Notley and Boreham all topped their Group's in the Strachan

Whilst in the Patrons Plate, Harold Hill Res, Broomfield, Power Town, Great Baddow, Galleywood, Benfleet, Writtle A and Debden Park achieved the same feat in the Patrons Plate

October 

Having opened the season and seeing very little adjustment in Divisions necessary we embarked on the League programme.

CT66 and Haver Town started strongly but Harold Hill went through the month unbeaten
in the Premier Division

Division One saw Islanders, White Notley, Harold Wood and Hutton all have good strong starts

Long time members Boreham had a good start in Division Two with Basildon Wanderers hot on their heels

Haver Town Res. started where they left off in season 19-20 by being the team to watch in Division Three alongside Writtle Res. whilst in Division Four United Chelmsford Churches, Dunmow United and Emerson United all had good starts.

In Division Five Harold Hill had an unbeaten start whilst new boys Southend Rangers looked to be a force to be reckoned with. In the newly formed Development Division Benfleet appeared to be the stand out team

November

Once again the UK Government announced a period of lockdown and so that meant that Grass Roots football was once again suspended

December

We got back going again on the 5th December, but only had two weeks of football when Essex and Greater London entered tier 3 on the 14th December, leaving it impossible to schedule a full fixture list on the 19th.

We managed 12 games on the 19th December

On that same day we were told we would be heading into tier 4 and that is where we are

Grass Roots football is again suspended and we await the Government announcement on the 30th December

We have scheduled a resume on the 9th January 2021..............