Monday 21st January 2013
To ALL Junior parents or guardians,
In 2012 a serious playing incident in a country football match resulted in a Leongatha player becoming permanently paralysed. The costs associated with the management of his condition will far outweigh the sum that was available through his club’s insurance cover. Should such a tragedy have occurred in an EFL match in 2012, the maximum payout available was capped at $100,000.
The EFL has now arranged insurance cover that provides $1 million for injuries that result in permanent paraplegia or quadriplegia. To our knowledge this will be the highest level of cover for this type of injury provided to any entire competition nationally.
There is of course a cost associated with acquiring this cover. In 2013 we have introduced a means by which all individuals registered to play EFL football will each year pay a small EFL registration fee. Registration fees are not new, until this season clubs paid these on behalf of their players.
The new registration fees have been set to cover not just a small portion of the administrative costs of running the league but to cover the costs of this new insurance cover. Clubs will no longer be charged EFL player registration fees. The registration fee for junior players will be $11.00, inclusive of GST
All EFL registered players will continue to be provided personal accident insurance that will still be required to be paid by your club. For more information on the level of cover provided go to www.eflinsurance.com.au/.
In order for your child to register to play in 2013 you will be required to go to the EFL web site (www.efl.org.au) and click the large "Player Registration" link on the home page to input a personal Username:
«Username» Password: «Password»
When you do so, you will need to update or add contact details and pay the 2013 Registration Fee using a Visa or Mastercard.
Switching to an on-line player registration format will require some adjustment but the long term benefits are considerable. Players will view and manage their own records and the EFL and clubs will be able to communicate directly with players and their parent or guardian.
Should you have any concerns or difficulties in managing your registration or payment I would encourage you to speak with your club representative who will be able to assist you.
We look forward to another season of EFL football and thank you for your support in further improving the way that we go about managing the competitions.
EFL Chief Executive Officer