** For information on getting started with the Dribl app please look here. **

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 35 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:

All Abilities – Games are at Birchgrove Oval from 9am-10am on Saturday mornings. Any changes will be communicated to the group by the Age Coordinator.

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 are electronic and managed through the DRIBL App.

Coaches and Managers will still have physical ID cards that they need to display on match days**

** The Dribl app is available for Apple and Android devices. This has been updated for 2022, so make sure you have the latest version installed**

Dribl – Guide for managing electronic Match Sheets, digital ID cards, and entering scores: CDSFA – Dribl Competition Management – Teams

Video guides:

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

CDSFA Bulletin explaining rules for borrowing players – please read carefully as fines and point deductions apply if these are breached

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 6:00pm on your match day. We strongly encourage all team managers to submit the result in the Dribl app as soon as the match is completed (after the final score is confirmed with the Referee).

How to print a Match Sheet from Dribl (only to be used as a backup if the Dribl app is not available)

Match day checklist for Managers/Coaches

** If you are playing another Balmain DFC team, then the AWAY team has to wear the black strip. This can be picked up from the canteen at Waterfront Oval on match days. **

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 (and check your Coach brings theirs as well!)
  • 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)
  • Ensure that ANY injuries for your team that occurred during the game are recorded via our online reporting form
  • 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, that person should referee the entire match
    • The volunteer referee (Match Official) must be added to the electronic match sheet (Video Guide: Add Official – Dribl)
  • 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 state that the match was not played, and the reason why (Could not find/agree on a referee)
    • The CDSFA Fixtures Committee shall then decide the outcome of the match
  • Where a person is appointed to referee the match, they shall have all the powers of an official referee
  • Volunteer referees should not be paid, and they should not request (or demand) any payment in order to proceed.

Match Official Payments

Match Official Payment Form – this is the form that needs to be downloaded and filled in at every game.

Match Official Fees for 2022 (each team pays half the fee per official shown below):

Age Group CDSFA Referee (Centre) CDSFA Assistant Referee (each)
Under 12/13/14 $40 $20
Under 15/16 $50 $30
Under 17/18 $60 $30
U21 & WIL $70 $34
O35M/O35W/O45M/O50M $70 $34
AA WOMEN 1st Division (GMT) $80 $40
AA WOMEN (all other Divisions) $70 $34
Bill Brackenbury Cup (BBC) $80 $40
AA MEN (all other Divisions) $70 $34

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 only be claimed by completing an online Match Official Reimbursement Request – the Club asks that you submit this no more than once every four to six games (if possible).  If you need to claim reimbursement for more than six games at a time, you may submit multiple requests. This form is the only accepted method for submitting reimbursement requests.

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 (e.g. 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 reimburse@balmainfootball.com.au.

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 2022.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

Match officials’ fees are a significant expense for the Club and must be properly managed and be 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 – $75
• Second and subsequent Red Cards in the same season – $100
• 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.
• Five (5) or more Red Cards for a team in a season, or Twenty (20) or more Yellow Cards for a team in a season – The team manager will be required to show cause in writing to BDFC as to why the team should be permitted to continue in the competition in that season. If this is not provided by the specified date or is deemed unacceptable, the team will be withdrawn from competition for the remainder of the season.

Ground Official Roster – Current Round. The game schedule will be updated each Wednesday by 8pm, but please ensure you check the draw on Dribl and filter for the date and ground where you’re playing for any late changes.

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 also 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 only need to provide a volunteer for the game before your own. 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. This also applies to mid-week (night) games at neutral or away fields.

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.

What happens if you are playing a mid-week night game at a BDFC ground?
If you are playing a mid-week night game at a BDFC home 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.

The price of not attending:
If a team fails to provide a Ground Official, CDSFA levy a fine of $110 (equivalent to a forfeit fee) for the first offence as a club. This will be passed on to the team, and all player cards will be deactivated until this is paid. Subsequent offences by the club will incur a $220 fine per team.

Minimum number of players needed to start a match

Minimum number of players to start a match

Borrowing Players

CDSFA Bulletin explaining rules for borrowing players

If a team needs to borrow players for a match, they can do the following:

  1. For junior teams:
    • Additional players may be sought from a younger age group or from a team in your age group in a LOWER division than your own.
    • 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 be added to the match sheet as a borrowed player for any match 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.
  2. For Senior teams:
    • Additional players can be sought from a team in a LOWER division than your own only, except:
      • If an U21 or AA Women’s team needs to borrow players, they can borrow from the age group below theirs as long as the player is turning 18 during the year. For example, an U21 team can borrow from an U18 team (in the matching division or lower than their own), but only if the borrowed player(s) is turning 18 during the calendar year. The same applies for AA Women’s team looking to borrow from a WIL team.
  3. All Age MEN teams cannot borrow from U21 or U18 teams (except for the BBC team under certain circumstances)
  4. There are strict rules around when and how many players can be borrowed, and how often individual players can play “up” in another age group. 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.
  5. The maximum number of players that may be brought up into a higher graded or different age group team for any given match is:
    • for under 8 and 9 age groups: 2
    • for under 10 and 11 age groups: 3
    • for all other age groups and competitions: 4

Forfeiting Matches

** Do NOT email CDSFA directly, and do not submit a forfeit via the DRIBL App. Forfeits must be notified via the steps described below. **

If there is no other option but to forfeit a match, teams are required to:

    • The forfeit notification has to be submitted by the following deadline:
      • 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. Depending how late the notification is sent, the team may also be liable to pay the match official fees for both teams.
    • Include the following information in your message:
      • Your team code, age group, and division
      • The opposition team code/name
      • Date, time, and location of the match being forfeited
    • If the forfeit notification is sent less than 3 days prior to the game, an accompanying fine will be taken out of the team’s referee reimbursement fees.
    • Regardless of when the forfeit is submitted the above three club officials must still be notified.