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Issue 28 Offside April 2013

From the Editor - Season Launch Edition

I hope you’re all still enjoying the long weekend and what a perfect time for a little bit of light reading.

I’m sure you all know the season kicks off this forthcoming weekend so we’ve put together a special edition of Offside, which covers everything you need to know before you step out onto the park.

On behalf of the ESFA staff, we hope you all have an enjoyable season and fingers crossed that we have one with fine weather.

Best of luck to everyone!

- Gregory Calacouris

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2013 Season Guide

This Season Launch Edition of Offside covers everything you need to know for the 2013 winter season. More detailed information is available on the ESFA website.

Please note that the information may be subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances such as withdrawals, ground closures and wet weather. If this is the case we will notify you via the ESFA website.

Remember, if you have any questions throughout the season your Club Secretary is there to help you out!

Read the full version on the ESFA Website

Checking the Draw

The draw for Round 1 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, 28 March 2013. Further rounds will be released shortly after and as soon as practically possible.

We strongly encourage that you check our Draws and Results Page regularly for the latest fixtures and results.

You can register for email updates for your matches including fixture changes and reminders using SP Passport.

You can also view your fixtures with the official SportingPulse app for iOS. Click here to download for a link to the app on the iOS App Store. The official iOS app is the only one that fully supports our draws and results system. We cannot guarantee the accuracy or support of any other mobile app.

Wet Weather

On matchdays with inclement weather you can check for announcements to see if your ground is closed using any one of the following methods:

Wet Weather Voicemail: 8347 8806

SMS "ESFA" to 19922767 - (each SMS costs a flat fee of 55c. For SMS help please call 1300 552 189)

ESFA Wet Weather Twitter Feed: @ESFAWetWeather

Visit our Wet Weather Page for full details.

Player Cards

ALL players must have a player card to be eligible to play. This will be enforced from Round 1.

Card checks must be completed before the start of the match. The referee will need to cite that a card check has occurred on the match sheet. The referee does NOT check the cards themselves. This is the role of your team’s RTO. Please ensure the referee is aware that you have completed a card check before the match to avoid any issues.

If there are any disputes you must notify the referee and note it on the back of the team sheet.

New Match Sheets

New match sheets will be used this season that will automatically print the names and player numbers of all the members of your team.

Your Club will have access to your team’s match sheets every week. Please speak to your Club Secretary to arrange how you will get your match sheets throughout the season. 

Only the official ESFA Match Sheet will be accepted for sanctioned matches. Fines may apply for the use of incorrect or incomplete match sheets.

Laws of the Game Changes 2012/13

For the 2013 football season FIFA have made changes to the Laws of the Game. 

Some of the changes are relevant only for professional matches (eg. field advertising). However, there are changes that are relevant to local football, including:

  • The number of substitute players
  • Changes to the drop ball rule

For a full description of the changes you can read the:

The current version of the Laws of the Game for this season are:

Local competition rule changes

There have been several changes to the local 2013 Junior and Senior Competition rules.

Junior Football

The changes to the Junior Competition Rules 2013 include:

  • Eligibility of players where two teams are in the same division
  • Rescheduling of final series matches

Senior Football

The changes to the Senior Competition Rules 2013 include:

  • Premier League squads may request to use All Age Goalkeepers
  • Extra time replaces 'golden goal'

Read the full description of the changes on the ESFA website.


FIFA have also made Law changes in regard to players wearing headscarves. If a player, now only a female player, wishes to wear a headscarf during a match then the following regulations apply. The headscarf must:

  • be of the same colour as the jersey
  • be in keeping with the professional appearance of the player’s equipment
  • not be attached to the jersey
  • not pose any danger to the player wearing it or any other player (e.g. opening/closing mechanism around neck)
  • only be worn by female players

This does NOT affect the wearing of any head-covering for religious reasons

Jewellery policy

Jewellery or anything dangerous is NOT to be worn. Referees will continue to strictly enforce this. These include:


  • Taping of earrings/rings
  • Anything metallic, including bobby pins or hair clips (fabric may be used to tie up hair)
  • Casts/splints
  • Wrist bands
  • Spectacles that are hazardous may not be worn and will be at the discretion of the referee. ‘Sports goggles’ are both safe and acceptable

Remember that the jewellery policy is put in place for your safety.

No Smoking and No Alcohol

There is to be NO SMOKING at all ESFA matches. The NSW Government has introduced a ban on smoking in spectator areas of sports grounds or other recreational areas while organised sporting events are being held.

Please remember that many of the fields we use are on public parks and there is a NO ALCOHOL policy for all ESFA matches. We ask everyone to please be mindful of this for the forthcoming season.

Injury report form

If you get injured, either whilst playing or training, we encourage you to complete our injury report form.

This will allow us to keep track of the number of injuries that occur whilst playing football so we can build a profile of the value of football insurance and it will provide you with a point of reference should you lodge an insurance claim.

Please note that this form IS NOT an official insurance claim. You will still be required to complete an Insurance form if you choose to do so.

Click here to complete our Injury report form.

Incident reports

If an incident occurs and you wish to report it you can download and complete our Incident Report Form from our website Library.

You will need to report and submit the form to your Club Secretary. They will sign the form off and submit it to us for you. All reports will be taken seriously so please provide as much factual detail as possible.

Referee dissent

The dissent of the referee or assistant referees, whether by a player, coach, manager or spectator, will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

The Referees Branch have expressed their gratitude that the respect shown from players, coaches and spectators has improved and hope that this can continue.

Please keep in mind that many of our referees are still young and are learning. There are also a number of new referees this year and we ask everybody to stay patient as referees, just like players, do occasionally make mistakes.

Referee Evaluation Form

As in previous years, we have an anonymous Referee Evaluation Form that teams may submit. Constructive feedback is always appreciated. Only constructive reports will be considered.

Click here to access the form

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Season Calendar

Knockout Cup Round One
1 April

Round One
6/7 April

No junior football scheduled
20/21 April (middle weekend of school holidays) 

No junior football scheduled
6/7 July (middle weekend of school holidays)

Final weekend of Grand Finals scheduled
24/25 April

NB: Dates for Grand Finals will be dependent upon each age group/division and could be moved to a later date depending on wet weather.

Daylight Saving Ends

Don't forget to put your clocks back one hour on Sunday, 7 April 2013 at 3:00 am when Daylight Saving ends.

Waratah Cup Round 1 Results

The first round of the 2013 Waratah Cup kicked off. How did ESFA teams go?

Find out here

Codes of Conduct

ESFA would like to remind all players, coaches, managers and spectators about our policies and expected behaviour for the season.

General behaviour should be respectful to others, including refraining from using bad language or harassing players, coaches, officials or other spectators.

ESFA Codes of Conduct

Weekly Competition Updates

This season we will publish a brief, weekly “Competition Update” article on the ESFA website. This will notify you of any updates including competition changes, new documents and other Association news.


There are limited places available for the ESFA Skills Acquisition Program team for 2013.

Interested players in the Girls U9-U11 and Boys U10-U11 age groups may apply for the high quality program. Spaces are limited so you will need to be quick!

Players will need to attend and trial on one of our training days.

More info


As part of Grassroots month in March, ESFA offered all Clubs the opportunity to participate in a free Grassroots Coaching Course.

Mascot Kings and Maroubra United hosted their Grassroots Coaching Courses at L’Estrange Park and Coral Sea Park respectively with huge success.

ESFA is still offering this opportunity for all Clubs and we encourage all SSF coaches take part in this initiative.

Click to find out how to participate

Coaching opportunities

During the season we aim to run a number of coaching courses. These will give the opportunity for you, or your coach, to learn some of the fundamentals of grassroots coaching using the FFA recognised education pathway.

Send us feedback

Have any feedback to Offside? Got a complaint or a comment about something you see, or just want to share a story? Send all feedback to feedback@esfa.com.au


Offside always welcomes reader contributions. We publish this newsletter at the start of each month, so if you have any content or stories please send them at least a week in advance to communications@esfa.com.au


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