As part a commitment by The FA and County FAs to improve the administration experience for grassroots football volunteers, new online player registration functionality has recently been introduced into the Whole Game System (WGS).
Following a successful six month pilot programme during which over 130,000 players were registered across 50 participating leagues, the new functionality is now to be made available to all grassroots leagues and clubs in England.
All clubs will benefit from using the system to maintain and manage their players’ records.
Amongst these benefits are;
Secure storage of player records
Records updated annually, creating a lasting history for each player
Club and Team records available for league registration processes (where appropriate)
More efficient club discipline management
Use of the FA number (FAN) to create a single player view – particularly for those clubs using Full-Time
Providing your club with better player information to help you plan for the future
Those of you within leagues who are using Full-Time to manage your fixtures and competitions administration will be able to match player records between that system and WGS. This will save you from having to duplicate effort and will ensure that, for the first time, you have a single view of your players in both Full-Time and Whole Game.
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What should I do if I get the message “ 2+ contacts found”?
Please contact Info@westridingfa.com, with the following information so we can merge the FAN Records.
-Date of Birth
What role do i need to be able to complete player registrations?
Your club secretary will be able to you as player registrations officer, West Riding are only able to add an individual in with the secretary or chairpersons confirmation
What should I do if no contacts are found?
Underneath the search feature you are able to create a new player, please only do this if you are certain they don’t exist and the information you have for the player is correct
My players information has not pulled through to full time and they have been approved by the league, how do I fix this?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the players FAN & the league they should be on. We will refresh the membership which will resolve this error.
I get an error message saying the player plays for semi or professional team, how can I add the player?
The information of semi-professional and professional player is protected on the system, if they are no longer under contract and wish to play for your team, Please email the players information to email@example.com & we will add the player in for you.
Does our club have to register players on the Whole Game System (WGS)?
No, Online player registration is not mandatory, however we encourage clubs to start doing this as it will make online administration simpler and easier in the long run.
If our league doesn't use player registration, does our club still need to do it?
Yes and no. Registering Players online is not mandatory for clubs. However, even if your league does not currently accept online player registrations via the Whole Game System (WGS) they may look to adopt the process in coming seasons and completing the Player Registration process for your club now will mean you won't have to do it again in the future.
Also, registering your club players will help you to save administration time on other club management processes; such as team discipline.