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Welcome to the website of the Chelmsford Sunday League.

Please keep up-to-date with the latest guidance on the Essex FA website regarding what measures are in place to keep football safe. The information is important to ensure the safety of everyone concerned so please read the information provided and follow the advice. It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government's latest guidance on Covid-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from The FA. Any incidents of non-compliance should be reported to the local County Football Association.

Priory Sports march on in the Sunday Premier Cup with a 2-1 win against Risden Wood to set up a home quarter-final tie with Fifteen Degrees from Colchester. Domestically, Kenson and Waltham United reach the Coward Cup third round with home wins over Bridge Street Hearts and Mayland Village respectively. Ramsden Scotia ended Galleywood Rangers involvement in the Gillott Trophy with a 3-1 result. The top two divisions were involved in the League Cup with Atletico Maldon and Redstones securing Premier Division semi-final places and Priory Sports Reserves, Little Waltham and Bramston in the draw for the Division One semi-finals. In the League, Latchingdon tightened the promotion race in Division Two by defeating Hatfield Peverel. Anchor Athletic inflicted defeat on Division Three leaders Danbury Athletic allowing Ravens Legends to close the gap with a 3-2 win at Stock United. The goals were flying in at Margaretting with the home side winning 8-4 against Astech Warriors but Ongar United stay top of Division Four with a 4-1 win at Ravens Legends Reserves. Division Five pace-setters MATES retain their unbeaten record picking up anmother three poinyts at East Hanningfield.

Updated on 27th January 2022. Reports from Sunday added. Fixtures for the first two weeks of February added.

The season's first semi-finals take place on Sunday with AFC Ingatestone hosting Ongar United and Astech Warriors welcoming Writtle Reserves in the Division Four League Cup. East Hanningfield Athletic entertain Danbury Athletic Reserves in the Division Five League Cup semi-final. In the Coward Cup William De Ferrers travel to Chelmer Wanderers in a delayed round two tie whilst Bramston and Sparta Broomfield meet in round three. South Woodham Ferrers take on Priory Sports in the Premier Division League Cup. In the League, the top two in Division Two clash as Hatfield Peverel visit Waltham United with Kenson and Latchingdon looking to move into the promotion places. Little Waltham are at Old Chelmsfordians in Division One hoping to jump them into second as Heybridge Social travel to leaders Priory Sports Reserves.

Colin Wade - The Funeral Service for our dear friend Colin Wade will be held on Monday 31st January 2022. The service will take place at Baddow Park House, West Hanningfield Road, Chelmsford. CM2 7SY. For those attending please be there by 1115 hrs. After the service there will be a private, family only, internment and wake.

Applications for membership - Enquiries for membership of the League for Season 2022/2023 should be made by contacting the League Secretary, Adam Maine, for an application form. All applications need to be submitted as soon as possible to allow a vetting meeting to be arranged.

Club Secretaries are reminded to log on to their WGS dashboard weekly to ensure any disciplinary notices are read and actioned. If you have a player serving a suspension it is your responsibility to notify the matches that the player will miss. All automatic suspensions resulting from red card offences will commence 7 days after the red card. If in doubt contact the ECFA.

The current weather may cause postponements and late changes of fixtures. Please remember that matches may only be postponed due to the condition of the pitch if the authorised groundsman has delared the pitch unfit or the pitch has been inspected by a qualified Referee and declared unfit. Do not postpone the match on the basis of a weather forecast! If your match is postponed, for whatever reason, please notify the Fixture Secretary, Dave Emerton, and Referee's Appointment Secretary, Martin Smith.

Please note that if you have players serving a suspension, you may need to update the suspension matches due to postponements - go to the Whole Game System portal or contact Fran Smith at the ECFA.

Looking for players? Looking for a Club? Looking for a friendly match? Got an event you need publicising? - send us a notice and we'll do our best to fix it. (Notices will stay for 4 weeks unless you request removal earlier).

CLUBS looking for players
Advertise here if you are looking for players. To place an advert send us the details. Alternatively, you can access the Essex FA's Find Football service.

* CHELMSFORD ATHLETIC [Div.4] are looking to add players to the team. We train Wednesday evenings and play at Melbourne Park on Sunday. Please message Simon on 07897655293
* RAVENS RESERVES [Div.4] are looking to add players in various positions to their friendly squad. We train on Wednesday's in Chelmsford and play home games at Beaulieu Park. If you would like to come along and get into Men's football please call Gethan on 07931431317

Whole Game System Player Registrations
Player Registration for season 2021/22 is being carried out through the Whole Game System (WGS) portal. All players will be required to have a valid email address on the WGS so make sure you get this information from the players. See the Knowledge Base for more information. Clubs are encouraged to ensure their players are entered on to the system in good time, especially when signing on the day. Please do not "create" a new player if you know the player has played previously as this will cause you difficulties in the future. If you need help please contact Dave Emerton.

Mental Health Awareness in Football A new ‘Mental Health Awareness in Football’ Poster which aims to support grassroots football clubs in raising awareness of, and breaking the stigma around, mental health is being displayed in clubhouses and on social media accounts.
The editable poster, which is available to download from the Essex FA website, features contact details for many supportive organisations, including the Samaritans and Mind. The custom PDF file allows clubs to add their name and pledge to join us in highlighting that sport can play a huge role in tackling stigma and its effects by:
* breaking down boundaries between people with and without mental health problems
* creating social integrations and boosting self-confidence
* tackling physical health inequalities
Groundskeeping Community A new ‘Groundskeeping Community’ has been launched by the Football Foundation, featuring support tools to help ground staff meet their grass pitch improvement targets. A website has been developed in partnership with The FA and the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) which supports volunteers and qualified groundskeepers who maintain pitches. Featuring a welcome message from Karl Standley, Head Groundsman at Wembley Stadium, the collaborative space will:
* build knowledge of key operations for pitch maintenance throughout the year
* connect with fellow groundskeepers and share experiences
* seek expert advice on getting the most from the pitches groundskeepers manage

The International Football Association Board have made some minor changes to the Laws of the Game for the 2021-22 season. You can download the changes as a PDF document.
A number of changes relate to VAR or Goal Line Technology so are not relevant at our level. Those that are relevant are:

  • To allow some non-violent inappropriate behaviour to be considered ‘offensive, insulting or abusive’ and result in a sending-off, ‘action(s)/acting’ replace ‘gesture(s)/gesturing’ in the relevant descriptions.
  • Handball – Not every contact of the ball with the hand/arm is an offence, a player’s hand/arm position should be judged in relation to their body movement in that particular situation.
  • The goal posts and crossbar must be of the same shape and both goals nmust be the same.

The Laws of the Game for 2021/22 can be downloaded from the IFAB's website (www.theifab.com/laws )

Important dates - Secretaries please read.

  • 20th August 2021 - Clubs must have at least 8 players per team registered with Registration Secretary Martin Smith
  • 5th September 2021 - League season starts.
  • 26th December 2021 - There will not be any fixtures scheduled - Christmas and New Year festivities!
  • 2nd January 2022 - There will not be any fixtures scheduled - recovery time!
  • 31st March 2022 - The last day for registering or transfering players.
  • 17th April 2022- Easter - there will be fixtures scheduled. Clubs/Teams wishing no fixture MUST request in writing/email to the Fixture Secretary before 1st March 2022.
  • 31st May 2022 - League season concludes.

Fixtures may be allocated on any Sunday between the commencing and concluding dates (except as stated above). Just because you have not been allocated a fixture doesn't mean you won't get one at short notice. The weather and ECFA Cup competitions may result in weekly fixture amendments. Please inform the Fixture Secretary if you require an away or no fixture on a particular date as soon as possible and definitely before the second monday of the previous month. Waiting for the fixtures to be produced is too late! If you share your pitch with a team from another Competition please let the Fixture Secretary know. Also if your pitch is not available for whetever reason please let the Fixture Secretary know so that arrangements can be made to accommodate this.

ECFA Disciplinary Procedure 2021/22
The Discipline Procedures for 2021/22 are the same as last season. Match Day discipline is in operation for most offences although more serious offences can incur period based suspensions (from all football).
Players and Club Secretaries need to be aware that any player receiving a red card WILL be suspended 7 days after the event from that class of football (Saturday, Sunday, Midweek or Veterans). This will be automatic and there is no appeal procedure (except for wrongful dismissal or mistaken identity). The suspension is from that particular class of football so a player sent off for a Saturday team will still be able to play Sunday football. Please be aware that any improper conduct that is not a red card offence will result in a suspension from ALL FOOTBALL from a date to be advised. The matches to be missed must be notified in advance to the ECFA. There are a number of documents online with further details and procedures - refer to the Essex FA website for further details.

If you need any clarification please contact your ECFA Representative, Dave Emerton, or the senior Disciplinary Officer Fran Smith at the ECFA so that you don't get caught out. A player found playing whilst under suspension will receive a further suspension (from ALL football) together with a fine and the Club will be fined by the ECFA - this is before (and in addition to) any action by the League for playing an ineligible player.

Discipline information can be found on your WGS portal (if you have registered for online discipline) or the ECFA website www.essexfa.com/suspensions. Enter the required player name or Club name into the search box.

Important note regarding Suspensions. If you have players under a suspension and a match is postponed it is your responsibility to notify the ECFA of the revised suspension matches.

Policy regarding postponements due to failing to agree upon a Referee (see page 29 of the handbook)
All Clubs are required to make every effort to complete their engagements.
However, the League recognises that there is a shortage of Referees at the present time and its not always possible to appoint a Registered Referee to each match.
The League will try to minimise the impact of this and will attempt to cover all matches.
Clubs are reminded that Referees may be appointed at any time up to the scheduled kick-off time and should therefore be prepared to play.
If no Referee has been appointed or the appointed Referee fails to attend the Clubs are required to provide an individual to referee the match.
If a match is not played due to the lack of an appointed Referee and the Clubs are unable to agree a Referee in accordance with Rule 23(B), both Clubs will be charged with breach of Rule 20(E) - Failing to fulfil a fixture – and given an opportunity to respond.
If the match was postponed for this reason prior to the scheduled kick-off time and both Clubs are guilty of the offence, the policy of the Management Committee is to fine both Clubs £20 and declare the match void. If the match was postponed after the scheduled kick-off time and both Clubs are guilty of the offence, the policy of the Management Committee is to fine both Clubs £20 and rearrange the fixture if time allows.

If either Club provides a suitable individual the match must be played unless full reasons are given in writing for non-fulfilment.

Results should be submitted using the FA Full Time SMS Text service to allow quick updating of the League Tables and results pages. All Club Secretaries have their mobile number registered automatically unless you Contact us to add/change a different number. Result sheets should be submitted via the Full Time website - again Club Secretaries will be set up to do this. If you have any difficulties with this process please Contact us for help.

You will all have heard of the FA Respect Programme and no doubt have seen it in action. The Programme is being introduced by The FA to help raise standards and address abusive behaviour in the game. The Respect Programme is a key aspect of the FA 's vision for the future and The FA hopes that, as well as improving behaviour in the game at all levels, it helps with the recruitment and retention of referees. The Chelmsford Sunday League is fully supportive of this initiative and asks all participants, whether it be as player, club official, match official or spectator to treat all others with respect, and to enjoy the game whatever the outcome. See our Codes of Conduct.

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