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

The weather once again obliterated the fixture list with all matches postponed.

Updated on 20th March 2018. Fixtures for 1st April now available.

Don't forget the clocks go FORWARD on Sunday morning. The Cup Finals begin on Sunday with the Division Three League Cup Final between Writtle Reserves and Margaretting S&S Club at Heybridge Swifts FC' Scraley Road, Heybridge, Maldon CM9 8JA. Kick-off is at 2.30 p.m. and all are welcome (admission £3.00 adults, under 16s free). In the morning Priory Sports travel to AFC Pegasus in Colchester in the semi-final of the Sunday Premier Cup. In domestic cup competitions Daen Ingas and Priory Sports Reserves meet in the Division One League Cup semi-final and Woodham Athletic welcome CMS in the Gillott Trophy semi-final. In the League, Maldon & Tiptree Athletic visit Heybridge Swifts looking to retain their 100% record. Division Two leaders Old Brentwood United can extend their lead at the top with a trip to Queens Park Hannakins.

Applications for membership - Enquiries for membership of the League for Season 2018/19 should be made by contacting the League Secretary, Adam Maine, for an application form. All applications need to be submitted by 31st March to allow a vetting meeting to be arranged.

Reminder to Club Secretaries

  • Rule 14(A) states that Clubs must confirm in writing (this can be by email) to the League Secretary by 31st March of their intentions for the following season. If you haven't done so please contact Adam Maine.
  • Rule 8(J) - The last day for registering or transferring players is Saturday 31st March 2018. No registrations will be accepted after this date.

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. Fixtures are not to be declared postponed by a Club prior to the Sunday. We know this may cause inconvenience, but the correct procedure is to wait until the Sunday morning. Referees may delay the kick-off if it is possible conditions will improve. 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

The Cup Finals are on the horizon with the first final already scheduled. Dates and times are set with the finalists to be decided over the next few weeks.
25th March 2018, 2.30 p.m. - Division Three League Cup, Writtle Reserves v Margaretting S&S Club
8th April 2018, 10.30 a.m. -
8th April 2018, 2.30 p.m. -
15th April 2018, 2.30 p.m. - Division Four League Cup, Chelmer Athletic v Aragon
22nd April 2018, 10.30 a.m. -
22nd April 2018, 2.30 p.m. -
13th May 2018, 10.30 a.m. (subject to confirmation) -

All matches take place at Heybridge Swifts FC, Scraley Road, Heybridge, Maldon CM9 8JA.

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).

Great Baddow High School Football Performance & Coaching Academy
A unique collaboration between Great Baddow High School, West Ham United Foundation and Chelmsford City Football Club.

This two year post-16 academic course will enable students to gain a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and also FA Coaching and Refereeing qualifications course as well as developing their performance as a footballer and/or coach.
Trial Dates (Saturday 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.)
  • 24th March at Great Baddow High School
  • 28th April at Chelmsford City Football Club
  • 23rd June at Great Baddow High School
Click here for more information

CLUBS looking for players
Advertise here if you are looking for players - you never know, Harry Kane may be looking for some Sunday morning exercise! To place an advert send us the details. Alternatively, you can access the FA's Find Football service.

David Marshall Charity Match
The Annual David Marshall Charity match between the representative teams of the Pope & Smith Chelmsford Sunday League and the County Motor Works Vauxhall Mid-Essex League postponed in October has been postponed again. It is unlikely that we will be able to rearrange this match this season.

The David Marshall Charity match is played in memory of David Marshall, a Referee on both the Mid-Essex Football League on Saturdays and the Pope & Smith Chelmsford Sunday League on Sundays. He died of cancer in 1993 in his early thirties, leaving a wife and two young children. Chelmsford Referees' Society proposed a memorial match between the two Leagues and this has continued since then. The money raised from the match and other fundraising is donated to the Moulsham Grange Childrens Centre, a local Charity nominated by the Marshall family. more info.

To date the fixture between the two Leagues has raised £29,524 including £1,900 that will be presented to the Children's Centre at the match. The two Leagues, together with the Essex Veterans League and the Chelmsford Referees Society, each donate to the charity along with a number of other donors and, of course, the gate receipts on the day of the match. Our donation is a significant part of the Charity's fundraising and you can make a donation by contacting the competition secretary, Chris Hearn on 07774 152412

ECFA Disciplinary Procedure 2017/18
The Discipline Procedures for 2017/18 are similar to last season. Match Day Discipline is in operation this season 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 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.

The International Football Association Board have made a number of changes to the Laws of the Game for the 2017-18 season. A Summary of the changes is available here.
An electronic version of the Laws of the Game 2017/18 can be downloaded from the IFAB's website (www.theifab.com )

Whole Game System Player Registrations
Player Registration for season 2017/18 is being carried out through the Whole Game System (WGS) portal. Clubs are encouraged to ensure their players are entered on to the system in good time, especially when signing on the day. Club Secretaries have been provided with a guidance document that gives further details. If you need help please contact Dave Emerton.

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.

Important dates - Secretaries please read.

  • 20th August 2017 - Clubs must have at least 8 players per team registered with Registration Secretary Martin Smith
  • 27th August 2017 - Charity Shield match
  • 3rd September 2017 - League season starts
  • 24th December 2017 - There will not be any fixtures scheduled - Christmas shopping day.
  • 31st December 2017 - There will not be any fixtures scheduled - yay, New Year party-time!
  • 31st March 2018 - The last day for registering or transfering players.
  • 1st April 2018 - Easter - there will be fixtures scheduled. Clubs/Teams wishing no fixture MUST request in writing/email to the Fixture Secretary before 15th March 2017.
  • 31st May 2018 - 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.

Policy regarding postponements due to failing to agree upon a Referee (see page 27 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 13(B), both Clubs will be charged with breach of Rule 10(F) - 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 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.

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 £26 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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