Player Selection Policy

London Football Association rule 8 states that Clubs competing in the LFA Cups “will be expected to field the strongest team available in every tie. Should the Committee decide the spirit of this rule is being breached it will reflect this when positioning Clubs in the draw for the following season.”

It is these rules, as well as the aim that teams are selected on merit and that all players are members of London Town Football Club and should be available for selection for any team that informs the selection policy of London Town Football Club.

SELECTION OF SQUAD(S)

Process –

All squads to be selected on the basis of LFA rule 8, with availability confirmed and e-mailed to londfc@gmail.com by 12:00 noon on each Friday where matches are due to be played on a proceeding Saturday / Sunday.

Availability –

Places are offered on first come first serve unless the number of players in a particular position is especially low; i.e., if the team is lacking in defenders then it needs to give priority to defenders even if they have not been able to reply before others. The response from each player making themselves available for the game on Sunday must be received by Friday noon. Responses after this will not be considered for the game on that Saturday / Sunday.

Approach –

The club staff who are directly involved with the players are deemed to have the best knowledge regarding the players; therefore the club staff will have a final say as to who plays in their squad. The club staff will base their decision on the following factors:

Training attendance frequency and punctuality to training and games
Strict adherence to all policies:

Membership Policy –

Whilst with the club, £10 is the lowest balance a member can have. When the players’ balance with the club is lower than £10, the member needs to top it up to £30 paying directly into the Club’s bank account.

Full membership policy available here.

Method –

1. The club reserves 11 places in the Sunday squad for players participating in the training sessions most frequently each month.

2. The club reserves up 3 substitute places for players who participate in the training sessions less frequently.

3. Frequency is measured out of 4 times a month

Summary

Commitment to attending training frequently, keeping up with payments and punctuality to games and training will be some of the major factors upon which the staff will base their decision for team selection, balanced with picking the strongest available team. Players must also have adhered to all club policies.

Be punctual; show up 45 minutes before kickoff. Don’t use London traffic as an excuse for lateness. Too many late arrivals may mean you are no longer invited to participate in club training or games.

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