Secretary Diary

  • In order to assist with the running of your football clubs, the League has produced a Secretary Diary which breaks down the typical football week for a Club Secretary.

    DAY 1: Monday

    Confirming the fixture for next weekend

    If you are the home side, you should start making contact with your opponents and the referee in order to assist with their own preparations for the week. This confirmation should be made verbally so that you can be satisfied that the communication has reached the person. Text messages do not always reach their destination. 

    You should confirm the match location, any parking restrictions, kick-off time, colours of both your outfield and goalkeeper jerseys along with footwear requirements if using an artificial surface (3G etc).

    If you are unable to reach either of these, you must leave a voice message (if available) and ring back on Tuesday. If the referee says that they are unable to take the fixture, it is imperative that you ring the Referees Secretary as soon as possible so they can be made aware of the situation and arrange a replacement should one be available.

    If you are the away club or referee, it is your duty to acknowledge any communication made by the home side, for instance in cases where a voice message has been left for you.

    Submit your result e-card for the weekend just past

    If you have played a league or league cup competition fixture over the weekend, you will be able to submit your e-card as soon as your result is showing on the website. Instructions on doing so are available from the E-Card Information page. The earlier you submit, the better the chance of your goalscorers getting a mention in the press report this week!

    Upon submitting your e-card, you should receive an e-mail notification confirming that the e-card has been processed successfully. If you do not receive this, please contact the Results Secretary.


    If you were unable to reach your opponents on the previous Monday evening, you must try again. If you cannot reach the secretary of the club, try the emergency contacts also. If you cannot make contact with any individual from the opposing club, please notify the League General Secretary and persist with attempts to contact the club.

    If you are unable to reach the referee to confirm the fixture, please notify the Referees Secretary so that they can arrange a replacement should one be available.

    If you are the away side or referee appointed, you should have been contacted by Tuesday. If you haven't, it is your duty to attempt contact with them directly but also please contact the General Secretary or Referees Secretary respectively to keep them abreast of the situation.


    Today is the last day that you can register players in time to play matches at the weekend (except for a maximum of 3 emergency registrations on matchday). The forms must have been received by the Registrations Secretary by midnight for them to be eligible for the weekend. This can either be by post or e-mail.

    Wednesday at midnight is the last day that result e-cards can be submitted on-time for a match played the previous weekend. Submissions after midnight are deemed late and liable to a fine. The system will send reminders to you that you haven't submitted your e-card yet.

    If you are having technical difficulties, these should be reported BEFORE the deadline to the Results Secretary.


    Presuming everything has been confirmed, you are all set to go. Make sure you have confirmed the match arrangements with your own players and got that football kit looking clean and pristine!

    Make sure you have all of the correct equipment ready to take to the game including match and practice balls, a good pump, water bottles, a whistle (just in case a referee has to pull out late) and a well stocked first aid kit. Home sides need to ensure you have corner flags and nets available to use also.


    Before the match

    The big day has finally arrived! Before setting out, make sure you have packed the car up with all the items mentioned above to avoid any delays.

    If you're the home side, please look out for the referee and your opponents at the venue and introduce yourself as they may not have been there before. Please show them to their dressing rooms. Referees are requested to arrive at least 30 minutes before kick-off in order to carry out the pre-match equipment checks. 

    The referee should be offered his match fee BEFORE the match in case they need to rush off afterwards although in some cases they may ask for the fee after the match instead. In the case of cup ties and double headers, the fees are shared but the home side should pay the referee his full fee and retrieve 50% back from the away side after the match.

    If you are making emergency matchday registrations (maximum of 3), please ensure you have completed the registration forms and had these countersigned by your opponents BEFORE kick-off.

    After the match

    If you still need to pay the referee, please do so promptly to avoid any delays. The referee should not have to ask for his fee nor wait for you to collect money from your players first.

    If you are the home side, you need to ring your result through to the results line as soon after the game as possible but certainly before the 6pm deadline (Results to Barry Fitzgerald 07786 891093). If you are playing in an external cup competition (Charity or County Cups), you need to ring the result into the League regardless of whether you are home or away.

    Follow up actions

    Remember that result e-cards for the match need to be submitted to the League by the Wednesday following the match but you will be able to do so as soon as your match result is showing on the website.

    Any emergency player registrations signed up on the day of the match must be posted or e-mail into the Registrations Secretary by the Wednesday following a match. Failure to do so could see your team charged with fielding ineligible players so ensure you do this promptly!

    Any protests regarding the match need to be lodged with the General Secretary within 4 days of the match.

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Rob Parker

26th Jul 2017 15:57

26th Jul 2017 16:57

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