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20 Jun 2023 - League Fees and Payments

How to make payments to the league

Please DO NOT send cash in the post

The most regular payment we deal with are for transfers.  Please reference the club and player name if possible when paying by BACS and please provide confirmation of payment to the registration secretary

Payment Options:


Bank (BACS) Transfer:

Transfer money online or through your local bank into the League bank account - details as follows:


Worcester and District Football League

Sort Code 30-99-90

Account No. 00701578

PLEASE ENSURE: Provide a reference of at least your Clubs Name



We can provide you with a SumUp electronic payment link on request. This will allow you to pay securely by card as you would do for any website purchase.

Please contact Wayne Hanson and the link can be shared via email or IM



These should be made payable to: Worcester and District Football League - Please send to the league treasurers Steve Harness, whose contact details can be in the League Officers Directory


League fee payment options:

Annual league fees can be paid in two instalments.  The first instalment is due at the end of September and the second at the end of November.  Clubs with three or more teams can make at third instalment at the end of January.

Please contact the league treasurer to setup.


14 May 2023 - New clubs and teams for Season 2023/24

The McDonalds Worcester and District Football League are now accepting applications for the 2023/24 season! 

If you're interested in joining a great league for the 2023/24 campaign, then please complete the online application form here.

The application captures the details of your key club committee members and further details, such as your pitch and kit colours, will be collected on successful acceptance into the league.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Wayne Hanson
League Secreatry


So how much does it cost? –

The following is a guide and based on the 2022/23 season and subject to change. Due to COVID-19 the fees were subsidised by the league for the 2020/21 & 2021/22.  No decision on fee's has been made for season 2023/24, but the below is based on a typical season and should be used to aid your planning.

County FA

Before you can play football, you need to affiliate with a County FA.  For us that’s the Worcestershire FA, although our two Colwall sides are affiliated to the Herefordshire FA.  Affiliation is an annual event and usually needs to be completed by the end of June each year.

The County FA affiliation fee for the 2022/23 season, including the minimum mandatory player insurance, was £151

Worcester League Fees

New Club Deposit (One off) - £100, Additional team is £50 (These are fixed and will apply for 23/24)

  • New clubs are required to deposit £100 and £50 for evey additional side i.e a reserve team.  The depostit is held by the league until you withdraw from the competition.  This is a one-off deposit and doesn’t need to be paid annually for future seasons.

League Subscription (Annual) - Usually at least £134* 

  • League fees are formed of 3 parts.  The club/team annual subscription, league insurance and the club monthly draw fee.
    • Club/Team annual subscription:  £65*
    • League insurance:                           £9
    • Club monthly draw:                        £60

*Since the FA introduced mandatory player insurance, the league has given something back and usually this is £50 cash back against the annual subscription.  Since COVID we heavily reduced the fee (even paid the WFA affilaition for 20/21) and for the 22/23 season the cost per team was £50.  This is due to go up this season, but the current cost of living will be taken into consideration.

Preseason is a busy and often expensive period; therefore, the Worcester League doesn’t collect fees until the end of September after a full month of fixtures.  Furthermore, the fees can be paid in two instalments to spread the cost.  New club deposits need to be paid by August.


It’s the club’s reasonability to provide a suitable venue for fixtures, however the Worcester League help with clubs that require a Worcester City Council pitch.  Pitch fees vary and more details regarding Worcester Council Pitches can be found here.  

The typical cost of pitch with changing rooms averages at £50 per game. The cost of a 3G can be much more


It’s the responsibility of the home team to pay the match day referee.  The referee fee is currently £30 (£35 if the referees round trip from their home address to the ground exceeds 20 miles).

Please note that this does vary for other external competitions, such as the WFA County Cup who charged £37 during 22/23.

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Information for club secretaries  

Please contact the league secretary for further details.


















01 Dec 2022 - Xmas Closed Dates

It’s that time of year where clubs have begun requesting closed dates with less than 4 weeks’ notice, due to Xmas parties etc. Given this is probably the first time in 3 years most people will be having a Xmas party and that not many clubs have already closed dates, the league are going to allow short notice closures, for league fixtures only in December without being fined.  We need the cup fixtures played this weekend and failure to fulfil would be awarded as a walkover to the opposition.

You may want to consider closing the 11th December because if England progress, their next game is Saturday 10th 7pm KO.

If you would like to close one of the December dates, then please let me and the fixtures secretary (Mike Shipley) know by 7pm on Sunday evening. Thereafter normal rules will apply and you face a £100 fine for failing fulfil as per league rules.

 Dates 4th, 11th and 18th December,

If your club/team already has no game on one of these dates, then also confirm to keep it that way, as come Sunday we will shuffle the pack and you may get a game.

W Hanson - League Sec

22 Aug 2022 - Teams actively looking for players

UPDATE 22/08/2022

The following teams are actively looking for new players for the upcoming season that starts on the 4th September.

Ravenhill FC (Div 3 - Malvern Vale Community Centre, Malvern) contact Joshua 07949 345752

Eaton FC (Div 1 - KGV Brickfields, Worcester) contact Ollie 07366 306191 or Dave 07943 382443

Powick FC ( Premier Div - Hospital Lane, Powick) contact Leon 07368 210039 or Stu 07528 541266

Powick Old Boys (Div 2 - Hospital Lane, Powick) contact Leon 07368 210039 or Zil 07976 847118

New Inn Claines (Premier Div - Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester) contact Jake 07850 082737

Clubs please contact the league secretary if you wish to advertise here





25 Jul 2022 - Match Day Guidance


SATURDAY LEAGUE was suspended from season 2013/14



Throughout the Season: 1030HRS

CLAINES LANE 3G ko Times are staggered 0930 / 1130HRS 

Appropriate footwear must be worn by ANYONE entering the pitch. Check with the home team, but Metal Studs, Blades and flat soled shoes such as trainers and traditional Astro Turf boots are NOT permitted.

Note: No Extra time and straight to penalties (excluding group stages)





The exception to the £30.00 are games where the referees overall mileage is in excess of 20 miles when the referees fee will be £35.00













Local football has lost a legend with regard to the passing away of  Dick Widdowson. Dick was involved in the start up  and running of Archdales FC in the early seventies and continued to be involved both as secretary and best supporter for many years.Archdales ran both Saturday and Sunday teams and became a local force on both days.Originally they were based at the old Archdales club before moving up to Claines Lane where they had a lease for ten years paid for by Sainsbury’s who were interested in moving onto Archdales land.Dick without hesitation put all his efforts and time into making Claines Lane a good new home for the Dales and local football in general.The main pavillion and the pitches had never looked so good.

Dick also served on the Nursing Cup Committee for many years and was always available at the finals arranging the presentations and in some cases making the awards himself.

Dick was Archdales through and through and could always be found supporting them both home and away.On Sunday mornings Dick could always be found up on the firsrt floor of Archdales in the club room setting out his place in front of one of the only working  radiators to watch the game through the window keeping himself warm into the bargain.

The Referees changing room was also on the same floor and you had to go through the club room to access it. Dick would always ensure the room was ready and the shower was working and no other members were allowed to make any comments towards the referee in his passage through the club room following the game.He would remain in the clubroom until the referee was ready to leave and then invite the Ref down into the bar for a beer regardless of the refs performance.

The club in the early days was also a base for all the referees locally who would call back to the club for a beer following their games and always be made welcome by Dick who used to enquire  how they had got on in their games.He would always come over to me and let me know how the Referee had performed in the Archdales game and he did not pull any punches if he had any comments to make although always fair in his appraisal.

On one particular Sunday when I was watching the game Archdales had  a player sent off and Dick found me and asked me about the incident to which I advised casually that maybe a yellow card earlier would have prevented the red.

I thought no more about the incident until in the week when I received correspondence from the Worcester FA where Dick had advised the FA that I had been officially accessing at the game and I had stated that it was not a red card.This was Dick trying to support his player and his team and using all means to achieve it.I had to advise the FA that what Dick had reported was not accurate and learnt my own lessson not to comment about referees especially if Dick was in ear shot.When I next saw him and questioned him about the incident he smiled and shrugged it off  saying “it was worth a try”

Dick was a character in both football circles,cricket, horse racing and even at work.Dick finished his working life as part of the maintenance team up at the new Hindlip polce headquarters and I was involved in commissioning the heating system working with Dick and his colleagues.One morning I received a call from the property manager advising that the heating had not come on and Dick had reported to the property manager that it was the “Muffler Valve” that had failed.I had no idea  or knowledge what this was and was querious myself however on arriving on site discovered that the heating time clock had been left turned off and on questioning Dick about the Muffler Valve he advised that it would keep them all happy and was a good technical term that they wouldn’t understand.I recall that over the next few months the heating failed for various other reasons but it was always the fault of the “Muffler Valve” when Dick reported it taking the pressure of himself and his team

The Worcester League offers their condolences to Dick’s family and he will be greatly missed by  his  family and all who new him but will never be forgotten when it comes to Local Football and Archdales FC.Rest in peace Dick

Jeff Widdett Worcester League Referee’s Appointment Officer


17 Feb 2020 - Club Delegates Meeting Postponed

Tonights club delegates meeting has been postponed due to the current flooding and road closures.

A new date will be scheduled in ASP


Wayne Hanson

25 Aug 2018 - League Fixtures Sunday 2nd September

21 May 2018 - League Forms and Documents

12 Apr 2018 - Results of the WDFL Player Survey 2018

Thank you to all those who took the time to participate in this survey.

A total of 15 questions were asked and 324 responses were received from 53 teams.

The results of the survey will be analysed and discussed at our next Management Committee meeting. Any agreed recommendations for the future, will be notified to you all in due course.

Click here to see the results

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