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. This can happen at any point, even after you arrive at the ground or even mid-match.
- The club will use Facebook to notify wet weather closures of training and home grounds as soon as they are known
- For competition matches check the status of your game by referring to the draw on Dribl – https://cdsfa.dribl.com. The status will appear as one of the following:
- PENDING: means the game is going ahead as per the details that appear on the draw, i.e.: date, time, field.
- WASHOUT RESCHEDULE: means the field is closed, the game is washed out, and will be rescheduled to a later date.
- WASHOUT CANCELLED: means the field is closed, the game is washed out and cancelled completely.
- It also pays to check local council hotlines or websites for the most up-to-date ground status, but the draw on Dribl is the final word.
Note: During wet weather, grounds may be closed at any time – even once you have arrived at or started a match.
IMPORTANT: A game is ONLY deemed as being officially washed out when the status of that game appears on the draw in Dribl as being WASHED OUT. This is the case even if Council wet weather hotlines and club information have contradicting information. If a team does not arrive for a game due to contradicting information which has been accessed from anywhere other than Dribl, that team will be seen as having forfeited the game.
|Age Group||Max. number on Match Sheet||Max. number of Registered Players in a team|
|Under 6 to 7||See note||10|
|Under 8 and 9||11 players||11 (10 to 11 is recommended)|
|Under 10 and 11||13 players||15 (13 is recommended)|
|Under 12s to U18s||16 players||20 (up to 15 or 16 is recommended)|
|WIL/U21/All Age (incl. GMT)||16 players||20 (16 to 18 is recommended)|
|O35/O45/O50 MEN||16 players||22 (18 to 20 is recommended)|
|Over 30 WOMEN||16 players||22 (up to 20 is recommended)|
|BBC||16 players||22 (includes those borrowed from feeder team)|
Note – Match sheets are not required for under 6/7s but a maximum of 7 players (4 plus 3 substitutes) is recommended.
Match times are available:
Tiny Tigers, U6, & U7 – Games are scheduled by the Age Coordinators on a weekly basis and are sent to team leaders prior to each weekend. They are also displayed at the ground for reference (e.g. on the canteen window at Waterfront Oval).
U8 & above – through Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (CDSFA) scheduling tool DRIBL
** Match sheets and player ID cards will be moving to online (digital) formats in 2021. **
Dribl – Guide for managing electronic Match Sheets, digital ID cards, and entering scores: CDSFA – Dribl Competition Management – Teams
Dribl – Guide for match-day process, including checking of digital ID cards – CDSFA – Match Day
CDSFA Instructions for Match Sheets and Scores – please read carefully as fines apply if not done properly
Important points for match sheets (see Match Day Procedures section below for more detail):
- All players (including any borrowed players) must be recorded on the match sheet with their correct shirt number
- Players who are not playing MUST be removed from the match sheet before it is submitted
- Injuries can be recorded on the match sheet to enable processing of insurance claims
- Details of the match sheet need to be complete and correct including jersey numbers, scores, winning team, and borrowed players
- Referees and both team’s Managers must enter and submit the results after each match.
Submission of Match Results : 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. We strongly encourage all team managers to submit the result in the Dribl app as soon as the match is completed and the final score is confirmed with the Referee.
How to print a Match Sheet from Dribl (only to be used as a backup)
Match day checklist for Managers/Coaches
CDSFA Process for electronic match sheets and checking of ID cards – Please read and be familiar with this.
CDSFA Instructions for Match Sheets and Scores – please read carefully as fines apply if not done properly
Before you leave for the game (or the day before the game)
- Confirm the time and location for the match in DRIBL
- Check on wet weather status
- Check the electronic Match sheet using the Dribl app or website
- all players are added to match sheet
- REQUIRED – click on the A next to each player and Team Official (Coach/Manager) that will be available so that it turns green – tap again to reverse
- the maximum number of players you can mark as available is shown at the top of the match sheet screen (e.g. 16 for U12 and above)
- the maximum number of Team Officials (Coaches and/or Managers) that can be in the Technical Area is two (2)
- OPTIONAL – click on the S next to each player that will be starting the game on the field so that it turns green – tap again to reverse
- the maximum number you can mark as starting is shown at the top of the match sheet screen (e.g. 11 for U12 and above)
- OPTIONAL – click on the C next to a player to mark them as Captain for that game – tap again to reverse
- absent or non-participating players are marked as not available (the A is left as red)
- borrowed players are added and marked as available
- Have your referee (Match Official) payment sheet
- Have the correct money for referees (our canteens are not equipped to make change for you)
- Have your manager card around your neck
- Have a match ball
Before the start of the match
- Coach/Manager have their Team Official vests on and ID cards around their necks
- Add any borrowed players to the match sheet and/or remove any others not playing
- Ensure all players shirt numbers are recorded correctly
- No later than 15 mins before kick-off
- Final check of electronic match sheet and submit it. Check that the opposing team has also submitted their match sheet
- Pay the referees & get them to sign the Match Officials payment sheet
- 5 mins before kick-off (for U12 and above ONLY) – The Referee will check the digital player cards for each team (methods may vary)
- If there is a dispute over any of the IDs, the Referee will resolve it to their satisfaction as to whether the player is able to participate or not
- If all is OK with the opposition team, open their Match Sheet and click the CONFIRM option to finalise it
- Make sure you do this, as fines will apply if it’s not done
- You’re ready to play!
After the match is completed
- Confirm the result with the referee and opposition manager
- Check any Yellow/Red cards have been entered properly (and against the correct players)
- Enter the final score (in the Recorder section for the match) in the Dribl app and save it
- Make sure to do this at the field immediately after the game – that way you won’t forget!
- BOTH teams need to enter and save the result after the game
- Lodge your referee reimbursement request (no more than once every four games or so)
Note: Fines will be levied by CDSFA if Match Sheets and/or Scores are not completed correctly, so please make sure you are familiar with the all the steps above. Any fines will be passed on to the team responsible.
What happens if a referee does not turn up to referee my match?
- If an official referee does not arrive to referee your match, both parties must agree on a person to referee the match.
- Ideally, the one person should referee the entire match.
- The volunteer match offical must be added to the electronic match sheet (see guide for instructions).
- If both teams cannot agree on a suitable person to referee the match, then:
- The game shall not proceed.
- The match sheet shall be filled in and also state on the match sheet the match was not played.
- The Fixtures Committee shall decide the outcome of the match.
- Where a person is appointed to referee the match, he shall have all the powers of an official referee.
- Volunteer referees should not be paid, and they should not request any payment to proceed.
Match Official Payments
Match Official Fees for 2021 (each team pays half the fee shown below):
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.Payments are made to Referees and Assistant Referees by each team for games from U10 upward.
Reimbursement can be claimed by completing an online Match Official Reimbursement Request. If you need to claim reimbursement for more than six games at a time, you may submit multiple requests. Claims by Excel worksheets are no longer available.
All Reimbursement Requests must be accompanied by copies of signed Match Official Payment forms, complete with game dates and round numbers.
Ensure that you keep copies of all documents until you have received reimbursement. It is recommended that signed Match Official Payment Forms are photographed or scanned after each match in case of loss or damage. Claims that are not supported by a signed Match Official Payment form will not be entertained under any circumstances. If you are away and someone else is handling payment of match officials, it is your responsibility to ensure that they understand the proper procedure.
Reimbursements for non-standard amounts (eg State Cup & Champion of Champions) can be claimed by submitting evidence of payment, team & match information plus the bank account details for reimbursement in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reimbursement Requests will be processed monthly – please do not submit requests after each individual match.
All Reimbursement Requests must be submitted prior to 30 September 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Match officials’ fees are a significant expense for the Club and must be well managed and auditable, therefore:
NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE ABOVE WILL BE ENTERTAINED.
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:
• First Red Card – $60
• Second and subsequent Red Cards in the same season – $90
• 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
• 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
Ground Official Roster – Current Round. The game schedule will be updated each Friday at 12.00pm to ensure the latest ground changes are included.
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.
From 2020 onwards the club has changed the format of how the Ground Official volunteers are assigned.
Each Balmain DFC home team needs to provide ONE volunteer for EVERY HOME game, EVERY WEEK. However, this is only for the one game prior to their own HOME GAME. This means if you are playing at one of Balmain DFC’s Home Grounds (as the HOME team) at 11am, you will need to provide Ground Official service for that field at whatever time the game before yours is scheduled for (e.g. 10am).
Ground officials are required to:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Arrive 10 minutes before the game commences to check in at the Canteen to obtain the Ground Official Vest
- Make themselves known to the referee before the start of the match
- Ensure that spectators stay behind ropes and fences and do not enter the field of play
- Ensure 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.
There are times when the unfortunate occurs and there is a fight which becomes physical – if you can assist in helping stop the fight, great, but at no stage should any BDFC official get themselves in harm’s way by getting in the middle of a physical fight.
It is however, very important that the BDFC volunteer / official takes a detailed summary of the incident including recording player numbers and the sequence of events. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT as the association will require the club to make a written statement in due course.
The report needs to be recorded in the match day folder situated at the canteen. BDFC staff will be able to provide assistance if required.
The club’s General Manager must be notified immediately. Matteo’s number is 0432 813 499
Frequently asked Questions:
What happens if you are the first game of the day?
One team supporter /parent will be required to be the ground official while their own game is in progress. Players (18+) participating in the game CANNOT rotate to act as a ground official.
What happens if you are the last game of the day?
You will still need to provide a volunteer for the game before your own ONLY – the club will provide ground officials for the last home game of the day.
What happens if you are playing a home game AWAY FROM HOME?
If you are playing a home game at a neutral (or away) ground, you’re required to provide one volunteer for your game ONLY. There is no need to provide volunteers for games before or after yours at a neutral or away ground.
What happens if you are playing an AWAY game at a BDFC ground?
If you are playing an away game at a BDFC home ground, then the normal volunteer guidelines apply. Your team needs to provide a volunteer for the game prior to yours.
The price of not attending:
If teams fail to provide a Ground Official, a fine of $110 (equivalent to a forfeit fee) will be applied to the team, and all player cards will be withdrawn until this is paid.
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 actual age (it is NOT based on the age group they’re coming from). 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 contact the age coordinator for the appropriate age groups to seek additional players.
- There are strict rules around when and how many players can be borrowed. Please consult the CDSFA rules or your Age Coordinator for clarification. A breach of these rules can result in forfeit, suspensions, and fines for both the team and the club.
- Forfeiting a match. Teams are required to notify the club’s competition secretary email@example.com by the following times:
- 10am Wednesday for a Saturday match
- 10am Thursday for a Sunday match
- Late (or no) notification of a forfeit will result in a fine from CDSFA that will be passed on the team.
2021 – CDSFA Rules of Association (February 2021) – changes introduced in 2021 are highlighted in yellow