When there is a risk of damage to pitches or injury to players, fields may be closed for play by local councils, clubs or referees.
- The club will use the CAMS chat to notify wet weather closures of training and home grounds soon as they are known
- For weekend matches on away grounds, updates are posted by CDSFA. If a field does not have a CLOSED status against it then it is deemed to be OPEN
- It also pays to check local council hotlines or websites for the most up-to-date ground status
Note: During wet weather, grounds may be closed at any time- even once you have arrived at or started a match.
Match times are available:
For U8 & above: through Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (CDSFA)
The home team provides a match sheet for games from U8 up. Match sheets are pre-populated with all players registered in a team and are used as a record of the game. They must be completed, signed by both the home and away managers and game officials. They must be submitted by Sunday night of the weekend the match is held.
Match sheets are available by Friday of each week
Important points for match sheets:
- All players must be recorded on the match sheet with their shirt number
- Players from U10s and up are issued with a player ID card. ID cards are required to participate on game day.
- Injuries are to be recorded on the match sheet to enable processing of insurance claims
- Details of the match sheet need to be complete and correct including scores, winning team, signatures and borrowed players
- Referees and Managers must agree and sign-off the completed match sheet.
Match sheets returns:
Game results can only be recorded once a match sheet is submitted to the club, and there are fines imposed by CDSFA for late submissions of scores that will be passed onto teams. All results must be submitted by 5.00pm of match day.
- For Home games: A paper match sheet must be returned to the club house for all home matches
- For Away games: You can submit your results by texting the scores via the CAMS chat or return a full paper copy or the away team portion of the match sheet to the club house
Match day checklist for Managers/Coaches
Before you leave for the game
- Confirm the time and location for the match in DRIBL
- Check on wet weather status
- Print the Match sheet
- Have your referee payment sheet (Payments are made to referees at all matches for U10s and up)
- Have the correct money for referees
- Have all the player ID cards
- Have your manager ID card around your neck
- Wear your managers and coaches high-vis vest
- Have a match ball and whistle
Before the start of the match
- Strike out absent players from the match sheet
- Add any eligible borrowed players to the match sheet
- Ensure all players shirt numbers are recorded and correct
- Pay the referees & get them to sign the payment sheet
- Hand ID cards to the players 5 minutes prior to the match commencing
After the match is completed
- Record the score and sign the match sheet with the referee and opposition manager
- Ensure your player ID cards are returned by the referee (count them!)
- Take the match sheet to the Club House or for away matches submit the score via the CAMS chat.
- Lodge your referee reimbursement request.
Payments are made to Referees and Assistant Referees by each team for games from U10 upward.
Payments are made by Managers or Coaches prior to the commencement of the match and must be evidenced by a Match Official Payment form signed by each official paid.
In order to get reimbursed for referee fees, you must complete all the following steps.
- Pay the referee and any assistant referees fees with cash.
- Complete the Referee Payment Slip including the Referees' ID# and signatures.
- Staple the Referee Payment Slip to the match sheet and
- Place them in the tray at the clubhouse after the game.
It is recommended that signed Match Official Payment Forms be photographed or scanned after each match in case of loss or damage.
Canterbury Referee Association
For fee cost go to Referee association website
Coaches and managers are urged to read the CDSFA Judiciary Disciplinary & Appeals Regulations, to understand actions that can lead to the CDSFA issuing the club with a fine.
Where CDSFA issues the Club with a fine, the responsible player, coach, manager or team will be required to pay the fine (and in some cases an administration fee) to the Club.
When a fine has been incurred by a team, it is the responsibility of the manager to collect. Payments may be deducted from match official reimbursement requests, or paid directly to the club where this option is not available. If you believe that there are mitigating circumstances you must advise the Club in writing.
Common fines & charges for teams:
• Red Card – $60
• Replacement ID card – $20
• Ineligible Player – Team Registration Fee
• Late or No Notice of a Forfeit – Competitive (U12 & above) – $110 plus opposition match official fees
• Late or No Notice of a Forfeit – Non-Competitive (U11 & below) – $55 plus opposition match official fees
• Match Sheet Late/Not submitted – $10
• Match Sheet Incomplete/Incorrect – $30
• Away Results Late/Incorrect/Not submitted – $10
• Playing Strip Incorrect/Incomplete – $110
• Ground Official Not Visible (Home or Neutral Ground fixtures) – First offence by club (not team) $110; Second and subsequent offences by club $220.
Our player pages provide more information on CDSFA fines and charges
It is a CDSFA requirement for clubs to provide a ground official for each of their home grounds upon which a match is being played. Each year, all BEFC teams are asked to provide 6 adult volunteers to complete ground official duty for one morning or afternoon. The ground duty schedule for all teams is issued at the start of the season and our team managers are asked to coordinate the roster for their team.
Ground officials support the game by:
- Making themselves know to the referee before the start of the match
- Ensuring that spectators stay behind ropes and fences and do not enter the field of play
- Ensuring that the area behind the goal is kept clear at all times
- Ensure that no persons including coaches and managers enter the field of play until signalled by the referee
- Assist the referee as requested at any time
- Ensure that the consumption of alcohol or smoking does not take place in the immediate vicinity of the playing field until after the completion of the last match.
When a team doesn’t have the required number of players to play a match, there are two options:
- For junior teams, additional players may be sought from a younger age group. Players are permitted to play for teams up to two years above their age. They must bring their player id card to any match and be entered on the team sheet where they are filling in for another team. Coaches or managers should know the appropriate age groups to seek additional players
- Forfeit the match. Teams are required to notify the club’s competition secretary by the following times:
- 9am Wednesday for a Saturday match
- 9am Thursday for a Sunday match