Our teams play their matches in leagues which are governed by Football Association rules. This means that a team must have suitably registered and eligible players, both for the purposes of ensuring fair play and so that players are properly covered by the relevant insurances.
The FA sets limits on the amount of players a team can have in its eligible playing squad. This is generally twice the number allowed on the pitch at any one time – so, for example, 14 signed players for seven-a-side age groups.
Once a team has its full complement it cannot sign any new players unless some leave or transfer to other teams. Transfers are also governed by an official process which must be observed by all sides.
However, our teams are welcoming of players even if they don’t have space to sign them. Non-signed players can still become club members (at a greatly reduced membership fee), can train with the teams in their regular sessions and can take part in friendly matches and tournaments, which are often held after the official league fixtures are completed in the late spring/early summer.