2020-2021 Season
Watford Friendly League
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The return of Grassroot football   Some club-team have indicated to their fixture secretary that they are able and willing to play on Easter Sunday 4th April, these request have been accommodated.   Greek Easter is Sunday 2nd May Greek Teams if you are unable to play on Greek Easter please inform your fixture secretaries, otherwise games may be given.   Fixtures are on MITOO from Sunday 4th April 2021 to Sunday 30th May 2021   U7 U8 U9 U10- U11 your games will be Sunday’s ONLY   U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U18 there are Sunday games, of which a lot have been scheduled as “double headers” which shall take the form of two successive games U12 20 minutes each way.  U13 U14 22 and a half minutes each way. U15 U16 25 minutes each way U18 30 minutes each way. There shall be a break of 15 minutes between each game. Referee’s fee, is fee and a half split between both teams.   There are also Mid-Week games scheduled, K/O times 6.00pm – 6.30pm we suggest the 1st two weeks of April after the clocks change 6pm and then they can go at 6.30pm With regards to mid-week games, these can only be moved to a Saturday or different mid-week date with the consent of all parties concerned, both teams will need to agree to the change, and inform their fixture secretary, the referee if allocated will need to agree to the change, and also the referees secretary must be informed.   Referee allocation will be put directly onto MITOO Fixtures are still being tweaked, so please make sure you regularly keep a check on MITOO. U18 Result Cards previously sent to Dan, I will be taking over these until the end of the season please send them to me as you would have sent them to Dan to my email address secretary@wfl.me.uk Possible teams isolating with COVID-19 outbreak, and unable to field the minimum required, we will have very little scope to re-schedule these, it may be the case that the games will have to be awarded without fine. Normally end of season trophies for League Winners and Runners up are handed out at the leagues AGM however it is very unlikely that will go ahead in person this season, and will be conducted as per last season. Due to the fact no trophies have been purchased yet, as we needed to know what the situation was and with the season ending at the end of May they would probably not be ready in time. Trophies will be ordered and handed out as soon as possible, club secretaries will be contacted in due course, hopefully June-July time and arrangements will be made with them to collect them and hand over to the teams. . Also if you have any County issues outstanding, again please make sure they are dealt with. Keep safe everyone.  . Dear all. Covid19 officer for the Watford Friendly League is Lisa Rees. Any questions, queries, issues you have please email Lisa wfl.lisa@btopenworld.com Point16 of the attached FA FAQ document states that clubs must comply with NHS track and trace. However, this could be the Team manager giving his details and signing to say he would provide the NHS the information should the need arise.It appears that there are rumours and emails going around. Regarding what constitutes a registered player, and that the league have made allowance at the start of the season, and that players without cards can play so long as they give there names and DOB, so long as the registration has been posted or delivered through the door they are Ok to play NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO With the exception of the 200 that have arrived over the past 48hrs, which will NOT be processed ahead of this Sunday, all 6.534.00 have been processed and returned. A player is only registered, once processed on the systems and the manager has received back the players photo ID card. Putting a registration in the post, or through my door does NOT constitute a registered player. The rule about giving the players name and DOB only applies to players who have been registered, and id card has been received back by the manager, and for some reason fails to have it with him-her on the match day.Home Side. Make sure games are confirmed with your opposition and referee by 9pm Tuesday at the latest. KO time, kit colour and venue is to be confirmed. WHERE NO A/C IS LISTED AGAINST A TEAM. PLEASE CONTACT IN THE 1ST INSTANCE THE CLUB SECRETARY OR WFL REPRESENTATIVE. If the home side have failed to confirm the game by 9pm Tuesday. Away side contact the home side and request the information, inform the league that the home side have not confirmed details. Games stand as issued unless advised by your fixture secretary. Club secretaries, can you also inform your managers, and they in turn inform player’s parents, grandparents, god-parents and whoever else delivers player registrations. I have no objection with them being hand delivered, so long as it is between 8am and 8pm and they are posted through the LETTERBOX. There is NO need to knock the door. It is getting ridiculous the door knocking or bell being rung a dozen plus times a day to hand registrations over.Also they MUST supply a self-stamped addressed jiffy envelope for the ID Cards once processed to be returned. Season starts U9 to U18 Sunday 13th September & U7 U8 Sunday 27th September ALL Clubs - Team need to be affiliated to their respective County Football Association  before taking part in friendlies. 2020-2021 Season is now under construction .....  Practical guidance for players, coaches, officials, volunteers, clubs, leagues, parents/carers and facility providers undertaking outdoor competitive grassroots football activity in England The FA has confirmed that the UK Government approved its plan for the return of outdoor grassroots football. As a result, the grassroots football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season. The FA has been working hard over recent weeks to prepare guidelines for the safe return of grassroots football and, following Government approval, these can now be published. Football activity can take place with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19. The FA would strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows: • Until 31 July - When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people; • From August - Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions; • From September - Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence. Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators and football facility providers should read The FA’s full guidelines, which are accessible below, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19. A return to competitive football should only happen once clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place. A summary of key points to consider from The FA’s guidelines are listed for ease below: • Everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before every training session or match. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection you must not participate or attend; • Clubs and facility providers should ensure that their facility is compliant with current Government legislation and guidance related to COVID-19; • Competitive training is now permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches; • Competitive match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play; • Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session; • Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball disinfected in breaks of play; • Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training; • Goal celebrations should be avoided; • Equipment should not be shared, and goalkeepers should ensure they disinfect their gloves regularly in breaks in training or matches and thoroughly afterwards. Where possible, coaches should only handle equipment in training; • Where possible, players, coaches and officials should arrive changed and shower at home. Use of changing and shower facilities must follow government advice on the use of indoor facilities; • Participants should follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and walking or cycling if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle • Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace; • Clubs should ensure they are affiliated with their County FA before resuming Separate guidance has been developed for clubs with teams competing in the men’s National League System (NLS) and the Women's Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6. This will support these Clubs on the safe return of paying spectators and also the applicability of the guidance to facilities under Ground Grading conditions, to ensure the safe return of competitive matches. Please note that at this stage, indoor football and futsal is not permitted. The FA will look to work with indoor facility providers to develop appropriate guidance for indoor formats as soon as possible. James Kendall, Director of Football Development at The FA, said: “We are delighted that the Government has given the go-ahead for competitive grassroots football to return. The past few months have been some of the most challenging times not just for football, but across society, and today’s news will be welcomed by the grassroots football community all over the country. “Now that we are able to look ahead to the new season, it’s crucial that we continue to do all we can to follow safety measures, both as advised by the government and specifically for football. “I would encourage anyone returning to competitive grassroots football to take the time to read this guidance, prepare thoroughly and to adopt our recommended approach to phasing football back in. I would also like to thank you for playing your vital part in helping our great game to get going again.” More detailed information can be found in the downloadable documents below. The FA have also issued an FAQs document.