Online Player Registration + Emails
As of season 2020/21, The FA requires all affiliated Football Leagues to use the Online Player Registration system via the Whole Game System. In addition to this it will become a mandatory requirement for all player registrations to have a valid email address.
There are a number of reasons why this requirement is being brought in to grassroots football however, the key reason in youth football revolves around safeguarding children. This system will allow us to communicate directly with parents/guardians to ensure they are up to date and informed with key safeguarding messages.
For youth football and the registration of youth players this means that all under 18 players will require a parent/guardian FAN Record to be attached to their child’s FAN Record prior to being registered.
It is the parent/guardian email address that will be required for the registration of a youth player, not the under 18 player’s email address.
To start the process parents/guardians must register on The FA Whole Game System to create a FAN Record for themselves with their details (not the child’s as they will have their own FAN Record).
There will be instances where parents/guardians already have a FAN Record in place if they have previously played adult football, held a voluntary role in football or attended a coaching course. If this is the case it is important not to create duplicate FAN Records.
It is worth noting at this point there are many youth players who already have a parent/guardian attached, it may just be a case that an email address is required on the parents/guardians FAN Record.
There are 3 Steps required in order to meet the necessary requirement:
1. Parents/Guardians need to register for a FAN Record (if they don’t already have a FAN Record) at TheFA.com/WholeGame - (see additional guidance on this below)
2. Parent/Guardian to provide the Club with their FAN Record
3. Club to attach parent/guardian FAN Record to the youth players FAN Record as part of the Player Registration Process
We are advising Clubs to encourage parents/guardians to create their FAN Record at their earliest convenience to get the ball rolling and allow Clubs a good lead in time to attach parent/guardian FAN Records to their youth players FAN Records.
If you have any queries, please contact us at Support@GloucestershireFA.com