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POPE AND SMITH
CHELMSFORD SUNDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE

FOUNDED 1962
Affiliated to Essex County Football Association

Welcome to the website of the Pope & Smith Chelmsford Sunday League.

Please keep up-to-date with the latest guidance on the Essex FA website regarding what football is permitted. The information is important to ensure the safety of everyone concerned so please read the information provided and follow the advice. The detailed requirements are in this document. Everyone has a responsibility to be considerate to others and prevent this disease spreading.

The season got underway with Old Chelmsfordians leading the way in the top flight after a 4-2 home win over Sparta Broomfield. Priory Sports and William De Ferrers shared the points in the other Premier A match. In Division One A Southminster United opened their Pope & Smith career with a 2-1 win against Woodham Athletic but Heybridge Social found it difficult against Bridge Street Hearts after a 3-0 defeat. Newcomers Heybridge Harriers and Ramsden Scotia recorded opening day wins to top Division Two B after week 1. Tulip Rangers, Dynamo Citra and Astech Warriors head Division Theee B with opening day wins.

Updated on 16th September 2020. County Cup draws released. Match reports for Sunday added.

Week two sees Chelmsford United and Redstones start their season in the top division with Great Baddow visiting South Woodham Ferrers in Premier B. Hatfield Swan Inn also start their season wih a trip to Southminster United in Division One A. Newcomers Beacon Hill Rovers travel to Essex Police for their first match in the competition with their hosts looking for a reversal of their opening day defeat.

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Whole Game System Player Registrations
Player Registration for season 2020/21 is being carried out through the Whole Game System (WGS) portal. The portal is open now to get players attached to the Club. All players will be required to have a valid email address on the WGS from season 2021/22 so make sure you get this information from the players. See the Knowledge Base for more information.


NOTICEBOARD
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 FA's Find Football service.
* WRITTLE [Prem.B & Div.2B] are looking for a goalkeeper for the upcoming season. Training Wednesday nights. Friendly club with own ground and a bar! Contact Tony on 07557375840 for more details.
* RAVENS RESERVES [Div.3B] are a new team entering the Pope and Smith league and are looking for 2 players to add to a small squad. We are based in Chelmsford with players also from the Braintree area. All positions considered. If you like to come along and get into Men's football please call Gethan on 07931431317 Thanks.


Need new kit or equipment for the season?
If you are considering buying a new kit for next season please be aware that you should not buy a kit that is black or predominately black (or very dark blue). Although the Premier League Clubs can wear black, the rules at our level of football prohibit teams playing in black as our Match Officials are required to wear black. This includes the goalkeeper kit. If you are planning on a striped kit ensure the back of the shirts are not black. Referees can refuse you permission to wear such a kit and you may be required to change. If complaints are received the League Management Committee has the power to prevent a kit from being worn which could mean wasted expense. For further details please contact the League Secretary.
Talking about new kit - Colin Wade at Pope & Smith (Chelmsford) Ltd. would welcome a chance to give you a competitive quote on any new kit or other requirements for your Club. Pope & Smith (Chelmsford) Ltd. provide a huge amount of sponsorship to this League to keep your affiliation costs at an affordable level so please repay the favour by contacting Colin on 01245 262481 or sales@popeandsmith.com


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.


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

REVISIONS TO THE LAWS OF THE GAME
The International Football Association Board have made some minor changes to the Laws of the Game for the 2020-21 season. In summary these are:

  • Handball – the boundary between the arm (handball) and shoulder (not handball) has been defined and the wording for accidental handball offences has been made clearer.
  • If a penalty kick misses the goal or rebounds from the goal, the goalkeeper is not penalised for encroachment unless it clearly affected the kicker.
  • The goalkeeper is warned for their first offence at the taking of a penalty kick, and then cautioned (yellow card) for any further offence(s).
  • Cautions are not carried forward into kicks from the penalty mark.

The Laws of the Game for 2020/21 can be downloaded from the IFAB's website (www.theifab.com/laws )


Important dates (these are subject to change due to the current circumstances.) - Secretaries please read.

  • 20th August 2020 - Clubs must have at least 8 players per team registered with Registration Secretary Martin Smith
  • 13th September 2020 - League season starts.
  • 20th December 2020 - There will be fixtures scheduled. Clubs/Teams wishing no fixture MUST request in writing/email to the Fixture Secretary
  • 27th December 2020 - There will not be any fixtures scheduled - Christmas and New Year festivities!
  • 3rd January 2021 - There will be fixtures scheduled. Clubs/Teams wishing no fixture MUST request in writing/email to the Fixture Secretary before 1st December 2020.
  • 31st March 2021 - The last day for registering or transfering players.
  • 4th April 2021 - Easter - there will be fixtures scheduled. Clubs/Teams wishing no fixture MUST request in writing/email to the Fixture Secretary before 1st March 2021.
  • 31st May 2021 - 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 2020/21
The Discipline Procedures for 2020/21 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 AND RESULT SHEETS
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.


Insurance
It is mandatory to have a basic level of Player Personal Accident (PA) Insurance and the FA have appointed Bluefin Insurance Brokers to provide the preferred policy. This provides the Clubs with a cost-effective Public Liability and player Personal Accident insurance cover at the grassroots level of the game which Clubs can extend if further benefits are required. The Public Liability cover is already included within the Club affiliation fees with the £18 premium being paid by the ECFA as part of its desire to reinvest into grassroots football. The PA basic cover costs £27 per team per season but the ECFA have agreed to subsidise this by refunding £20 per team for policies taken out through Bluefin

For more details check out the Essex FA website (click on the Players menu and select Insurance).


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 Pope & Smith 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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