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Player registration


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.

Whilst some leagues may initially decide not to use WGS for player registration purposes, all clubs will still 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.

A Guide to Player Registration has been created to offer more information about the process.

Download the WGS Player Registration Guide

Player Registration FAQs

No, online registration is not mandatory. However, we encourage clubs to start doing this as it will make online administration easier in the long run.

A Guide to Player Registration is available to help with the process.

If you are struggling or would like to speak to someone then just get in contact with Chris Abbott

Where a club identifies a player with a duplicate FAN, they should advise the County FA of the details of duplicate so that they can use the de-duplication process to tidy up the records.

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