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 season 2016/2017
AGM - Tuesday 5th June 2018

Update - 19th April 2018

Withdrawal - Great Baddow Res.

Given the Clubs struggle to fulfil fixtures it was no surprise to 
receive the news of Great Baddow F.C. Res withdrawal from 
the Premier Division.

Having failed to fulfil 75% of their fixtures all results will be expunged.

Once again the Premier Division has been decimated by withdrawals, 
which is a sad reflection on the competition as a whole.


Update - 1st April 2018

CONGRATULATIONS - BOB BRIMMACOMBE 
50 year FA Long Service Award

Prior to the Premier Division League Cup Final on Good Friday 
Alec Berry FA Representative for the Essex F.A. presented our 
President Bob Brimmacombe with a 50 year Long Service Award.

Bob took his Referee’s badge in in 1966/67, like many who had followed the success of England winning the World Cup in 1966.  He started his career as a Match Official with the Mid Essex Football League in 1967, officiating in this League for 21 years

In 1971 he took up the challenge of Match Official Secretary to the Mid Essex Football League. He held this thankless yet rewarding position until 1982 in total eleven years, overseeing many match officials graduate to higher national league status.

In 1983 Bob became the Mid Essex Leagues, Honorary Secretary, until 1985 when he changed role within the League to its Treasurer a post he would hold for four years.

As can be seen, Bob was an integral member of this progressive Saturday football league and was voted to hold the position of its Chairman in 1989 a position he was to hold for fifteen years. In his time as Chairman, the League has grown from strength to strength and has seen the League become one of the most respected Saturday Leagues in East Anglia.

Bob was given the honour of being its President in 2004 and is still the President of this League to date. This has seen Bob being an integral member of the Mid Essex Football League for 51 years and still counting.

In 1993, Bob was a founder member of the Essex Veterans League, seeing the necessity to provide football to those who were less mobile, yet very competitive. He took on the role of its Chairman, a role he still holds to this date. He between 2004 and 2011, also took on the role of the Leagues Secretary. During the 2017/18 season the League has 87 teams playing in nine Divisions, with the minimum age of players being 35. They also have three Over 45 Divisions with a total of 25 teams, which makes this the largest Saturday League in Essex. The League covers from Southend in the South East of the County, right along to Walthamstow, up the M11 corridor to Newport, across to Tiptree and then down to Tillingham.

As can be seen, Bob has been instrumental in helping to provide football to many in Essex. His commitment and professionalism can be seen, in a sport that he clearly loves.


Update - 25th March 2018

REFEREE CENTRAL APPOINTMENTS

Joint League EOFL and MEL Statement 


As we move towards the 18/19 season all parties are reviewing the pilot process and have looked at how the model can be best taken forward in line with an evolving landscape of Saturday football. At this early stage, it has been agreed with both Management Committees of the EOFL and the Mid Essex Football League (MEL) to continue to support the model across the two leagues to the benefit of match 
officials and member clubs of the leagues. It is the intention of both leagues to work closely together in the future to ensure the appointment of match officials continues to benefit the respective leagues and member clubs. 


Therefore, from the start of the season 2018/19 the EOFL and MEL will jointly make and agree on the appointment of all match officials to fixtures across all divisions of their leagues. The main points of contact will be 
Kevin Pratt (EOFL - Referee Appointments Officer),
Mark Irvine (EOFL - Assistant Referee & Under 21 Appointment Officer) and 
Bob Hurrell (MEFL - Referee Appointments Officer). 


Update - 3rd March 2018

2017-2018 CUP FINAL SCHEDULE

Friday 30th March 2018 - 11am kick off Witham Town F.C.

PREMIER DIVISION LEAGUE CUP FINAL

CT66 F.C. v LMAC Spartans F.C.

Wednesday 4th April 2018 - 7.45pm kick off Witham Town F.C.

DIVISION THREE LEAGUE CUP FINAL

T.B.C.

Wednesday 11th April 2018 - 7.45pm kick off Witham Town F.C

DIVISION TWO LEAGUE CUP FINAL

Dunmow Rhodes F.C. v CT66 F.C. Reserves

Wednesday 18th April 2018 - 7.45pm kick off Witham Town F.C

DIVISION ONE LEAGUE CUP FINAL

AAH Romford F.C. v T.B.C.

Wednesday 25th April 2018 - 7.45pm kick off Witham Town F.C

DIVISION FOUR LEAGUE CUP FINAL

Academy Soccer F.C. v Felsted Rovers F.C.

Saturday 5th May 2018 - 3pm kick off White Notley F.C.

PATRONS PLATE KNOCKOUT CUP FINAL

United Chelmsford Churches F.C. Res. v T.B.C

Monday 7th May 2018 - 11am kick off White Notley F.C.

DAVE STRACHAN KNOCKOUT CUP FINAL

T.B.C.


Update - 28th January 2018

SIGNING PLAYERS ON 
THE DAY - CLARIFICATION

Any player whose details have not been registered on the Whole Game System 
("WGS") by 17:30 on the day before a match, can only play if he has completed a Signed On The Day Form.

Such a player must have signed a Signed On The Day Form in ink prior to playing. This form must be countersigned by an Officer of the Club and witnessed by an Officer of the 
opposing Club, and submitted to the Competition within two days of the match. This 
can be scanned to the Registration Secretary.

When a player is Signed On The Day, that player may not play again for your club until such time as your club have registered the player on the WGS, and your club has been notified via the WGS that his registration has been accepted. Please ensure this is loaded by Monday evening at the latest following the fixture.

Result/Stats on Full Time cannot be entered for a match until the players registration has been accepted on WGS. Any player who plays for your club again before this notification of acceptance has been received by your club, will be regarded as an ineligible player.


Update - 28th January 2018

SOCIAL MEDIA

Participants within the game can be charged for comments made on social media networks 
under FA Rule E3 which reads:

"A Participant shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute or use any one, or a combination of, violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour"

Should any Club, Player, Official be aware of any of the above please advise the competition, together with the supporting information.


Update - 18th December 2017

United Essex Football League - Statement

UNITED ESSEX FOOTBALL LEAGUE

VISION/OBJECTIVES

The Essex Olympian Football League, The Mid Essex Football League and the Southend Borough & District Football Combination League have joined forces with the primary aim of tackling the decline in participation levels within adult 11 v 11 grass roots football.

Through the creation of an umbrella competition "The United Essex Football League”, and working closely with the Essex County Football Association, the aim is to be creative in offering different avenues to increase participation levels.

The United Essex Football League (UEFL) aims to provide a full range of football opportunities for its member clubs and players in the County of Essex. To provide for all levels from recreational to the National League system.



VALUES

The UEFL will work together with anyone who sets out to be progressive and adaptive, focussing on player retention and a structure to support the member clubs.

The UEFL is an organisation that cares about football, the players and the volunteers that give their time to ensure it all happens.


Update - 31st October 2017

SECRETARY STATEMENT

Grass roots Football is facing the biggest challenge it has ever seen.

This has been an extremely difficult and demanding season, and we still have 6 months to go. The League Officers have tried to retain their enthusiasm levels but that has been hard on the back of continual withdrawals and of course the constant criticism, some of which is of an abusive nature.

We try to be sympathetic and help where we can, but of course this is never good enough.

Yes we have rules that we ask Clubs to adhere to, where these are not followed it creates extra unnecessary work. We make Clubs aware of the consequences if they fail to follow the competition rules, yet when we apply the rules, that is when the criticism starts.

League Officers are volunteers so no different to Club Officials, so why should we take the continued criticism, and abuse. I have personally struggled over the last month to determine whether it is all worthwhile, but if we walk away we are no different to the Clubs who have withdrawn, so that does not solve the problem, but simply accelerates the decline.

If we make mistakes I am the first to correct the errors, but we are only human, as are Club Officials, we understand that.

Communication is critical, if Clubs have issues as I have always advocated, early notification allows us to come up with solutions.

All we ask is a bit of co-operation and support, if you have positive suggestions on how we can improve things please let us know, but can we try an avoid the negatives.



Update - 30th October 2017

Gosfield United F.C. have announced that they are withdrawing their team from Division Two

All results and fixtures and now being expunged from the League records

Will this nightmare ever come to an end.........


Update - 18th September 2017

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE DECISIONS

Rule 8 (o) PLAYING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER

It was agreed by the Management Committee that any Club that is found guilty of playing an ineligible player will have any points gained from that match deducted from its record.
In addition the points available from the match will be awarded to the opposition

Rule 10 (f) FAILING TO FULFIL A FIXTURE 

When a Team fails to fulfil a fixture, the points from the match in question will be awarded to the opposition.  In addition a further two points will be deducted from the defaulting clubs total.  Where the match involved is a cup match, the match will be awarded to the opposition


Update - 22nd August 2017

TEAM WITHDRAWALS

The competition has to regrettably announce another volley of Team Withdrawals

Beacon Hill Rovers F.C. Reserves from Division One

Leigh Ramblers F.C. A from Division Three

Southminster St. Leonards F.C. Res from Division Three

That now brings the total of withdrawals since the AGM to 7, will it ever end?