Updated League Tables and Match Results:
This mornings match results are now available along with the updated League Tables.
Football Sanction for Social Network Offence:
The Essex County Football Association Referees Development Officer has issued the following to all Essex FA Regsitered Match Officials and the League thought that it would be a good idea to inform everyone involved in the League as the above does apply to all.
TO ALL ESSEX FA REGISTERED MATCH OFFICIALS
Recently we have seen an increase in the number of cases being reported against individuals for using and/or sharing threatening behaviour on social media sites. Therefore I thought it would be beneficial to share with you the recent news article which highlighted that all participants including match officials have a responsibility to behave in an appropriate manner at all times.
FOOTBALL SANCTION FOR SOCIAL NETWORK OFFENCE
Ask Yourself: "Would My Family Be Happy With Me Saying That?"
A recent case of threatening behaviour towards an individual on social media, culminating in a sanction being applied to an individual player, has prompted the Essex County FA to remind all participants including match officials that they have a responsibility to behave in an appropriate manner relating to football at all times.
FA regulations decree that all participants including Match Officials are required to act in the sport's best interests at all times, and they should be aware that their postings on networking sites are likely to be subject to public scrutiny. The FA recognises the use of websites such as Twitter and Facebook can be positive, but they ask that caution is exercised with the content of postings.
All comments on these networking sites may be considered public, and anything deemed improper which brings the game into disrepute could lead to disciplinary action. It is the responsibility of all participants within football to reduce and eradicate threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting behaviour, and the interactive environment is no different.
"As a general rule, someone's conduct online is an extension of what they do on the field of play," explains Governance Manager, Greg Hart. "If a player was walking down the street, and they recognised a player from another team and used threatening behaviour, the matter can be investigated, if reported to the County FA. Incidents considered excessively threatening should be reported to the police, who have powers to take further action than football can."
"Unfortunately, the recent case of a player being punished is not an isolated occurrence. The use of social media is increasing, so this area of governance will also increase. The majority of people using social media do so appropriately. However, as we have again seen recently in high-profile cases, there is a minority who use it inappropriately. I'd urge anyone to maintain common sense and courtesy when using these services."
Comments about match officials which imply bias and/or attack officials' integrity in an overly personal nature are also considered improper. Remarks which include a reference to a person's ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability would be considered an aggravating factor, and could attract a higher disciplinary sanction.
The County FA become aware of discrepancies by various means. Some are reported to the County Office, while others can be picked-up by everyday browsing. In the last year in Essex, around ten charges have been raised for the inappropriate use of social networking. High profile cases have been raised by The FA, so people are aware of the potential consequences.
Charges are raised as a 'Breach of FA Rule E3 - Improper Conduct' - in just the same way that they would be during a game. It states: "A participant shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute." A participant is defined by The FA as "a competition, club, club official, player, match official, management committee member or member or employee of an affiliated club."
As a result, if social networking content indicates offensive, insulting, abusive or threatening behaviour from one football participant to another, then the Essex County FA can take action.
The FA have recognised the need for guidance on the topic and a document called 'Tackling Social Media' was published in 2012 following a noticeable increase in the volume of complaints and referrals received. A wealth of information and resources can be accessed for free as part of The FA's 'What's Your Pitch' micro site at www.thefa.com/my-football/football-volunteers/whatsyourpitch.
Although season 2013/2014 is only half way through the Southend Sunday Football League is now accepting applications from new teams to join the League for season 2014/2015 which begins in September.
The Southend Sunday Football League is currently celebrating is 50th season so if you are an existing club looking to move to a long established and well-run local Sunday league or a group of friends looking to take part in an organised eleven aside football competition for the first time then we can provide you with all the necessary assistance that you will need.
For more information please click here to download a copy of our application form or alternatively send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you through the application process.
Maplin Saints II
Division 4 team Maplin Saints II are looking for new players in all positions to add to their squad. Any one interested in joining their team should contact their manager David Hancock via email by - Clicking Here!.
Happy New Year:
Newsletter - The League Secretary has issued a newsletter to all clubs - please click here to view the details.
Plough & Sail
Plough & Sail are currently looking for a new manager for their team in Division Two. If you are interested then call Paul Thorogood on 07812038370.
South Benfleet United
South Benfleet United FC are currently looking for an Assistant Manager to join their first team with a view to taking over as the manager of the team at the end of the season and they are also looking for a goalkeeper to join the club. Anyone interested should contact the club direct. Please click here for the details.
Player Registration Forms:
Further to the recent AGM and the discussions regarding Player Registrations forms all clubs are reminded that if a Players Photo ID card has three stickers on the back then a new registration form and new photographs will be required to be submitted to Karen Andrews. Karen has advised that registration forms can be submitted from the 1st July.
To download a copy of the latest registration form please use the links below:-
Excel Version - Click Here !
PDF version - Click Here !