Update - 18th December 2017
United Essex Football League - Statement
UNITED ESSEX FOOTBALL LEAGUE
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
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.
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
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the last month to determine whether it is all worthwhile, but if we walk away we are no different to the Clubs who have withdrawn, so that does not solve the problem, but simply accelerates the decline.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
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?
Update - 13th August 2017
Countdown towards the new season has started therefore some points to bring to
The paper handbooks should be with all Club Secretaries by early next week.
Any amendments please advise the League Secretary
Virtual Handbook can be found on the League website, see link
All club contact details can also be found on the League App
Fixtures for the first month of the season are loaded in Full Time.
Any queries please contact the relevant Fixture Secretary
3. Full Time
All League Administrators have been loaded into Full Time. New Secretaries, Clubs you should have received an email asking you to set up your username and password.
Result Sheets must be loaded through Full Time in line with competition rule 11.a.
Once you have loaded your Result Sheet it is recommended that you go back into the system to make sure the information has saved correctly.
A reminder REFEREE MARKS OUT OF 100, SPORTSMANSHIP MARKS OUT OF 10
Guides for completing Result Sheets can be found on the League website. Please take a few minutes to read the guides.
4. Sending in Results by SMS
Guide for sending in results through SMS can be found on the League website. Please take a few minutes to read these guides.
Last season several Clubs were fined for
Sending results in by SMS in an in correct format so the results were not accepted by the Full Time System
Not sending in results by SMS on time, by 7pm on the day of the match.
Failing to send in results by SMS at all
It is recommended that a few minutes after you have sent the result in by SMS, you look at the website to make sure that the result has been received by the system and shows the correct score the correct way round.
The most important thing to remember is that if you are the AWAY team in a League match or a League Cup Competition YOU SHOULD NOT SEND IN THE RESULT BY SMS even though you get an SMS message from Full Time asking you to do so.
For County Cup matches you should only send the result in by SMS if you are the HOME team or you are playing a team NOT in our League away from home.
Please however continue to contact Gordon Harvey our Publicity Officer to provide details of the match, goalscorers etc. Gordon is waiting for your call on Saturday evenings.
5. Referee Appointments
This season as part of the "Centralised Referees Appointments" pilot scheme all referees' appointments are being undertaken by the Referees Department of the Essex County F.A.
As with last season you will receive notification from F.A Full Time details of your Match Officials for every fixture.
Please however continue to liaise with Bob Hurrell, Referee Liaison Officer.
If marking a Referee 60 or below your report MUST still be sent to Bob Hurrell cc. the League Secretary.
The report must be constructive and completed in line with the marking structure outlined on page 59 of the League Handbook.
The ECFA have sanctioned that Referee's are permitted the use of coloured referee shirts for Season 2017-2018. Sanction is to permit one other non black shirt.
The ECFA have therefore sanctioned the use of Jade Green shirts, however shorts and socks will remain Black.
The Referee fee is £35.00. The home side is responsible for paying the Match Official before the game.
Please note for Cup games the Referee fee is split 50 / 50 but it is still the home sides responsibility to pay the Match Official in full.
Reminder TEAM SHEETS to be handed to the Referee 15 minutes before kick off
7. Player Registrations
The Competition Registration Secretary has already been in contact with you regarding the deadline as per League rules. Hopefully the new system is not causing you too many issues.
Where signing players on the day (max 3) please ensure that you load the players details into Whole Game System asap, so that the competition can approve and backdate the registration in time for you to complete your Result Sheet.
Note the signing on sheet for players signed on the day MUST be scanned to the Registration Secretary by Tuesday following the weekend's fixture.
Copy of the sheet is attached.
As we have stated in the past it is the Clubs responsibility to ensure that the player has not signed for any other Mid Essex Club, or is suspended.
Clubs sign players on the day at their own risk.
8. Contacting the Competition.
The Competition will direct all correspondence through the Club Secretary.
The Competition will only correspond with Club Secretaries, we will not communicate with Players, Managers etc.
Please direct your query to the correct League Officer and don't simply send everything through to the League Secretary.
9. Fixture Confirmations
It is the Club Secretary / Fixture Secretary responsibility to confirm games with your opponents by Tuesday evening at the latest that includes Match Officials.
Please do not delegate to Managers etc.
Finally, to all Clubs a successful and sporting season. Good Luck
Update - 8th August 2017
Barry Long receives 50 year award from the F.A.
Update - 21st July 2017
HONOURS / AWARDS
The 2016/2017 Honours, including Leading
Goalscorers have now been added to the
Groundsmen of the Year
Southminster St. Leonards F.C.
Congratulations to Gordon Harvey who was awarded the Groundsmen of the Year award at Tuesday's Essex County F.A. awards evening
Gordon works alone with limited equipment, and little budget, he treats the pitch with respect and pride, working to maintain the pitch to a high standard, Grass covering was excellent, on the day of the visit the pitch looked magnificent, and was visually great to look at after being cut. First impressions go a long way and the pitch did not disappoint. A worthy winner this year.