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Player Registration

Register players online


As part a commitment by The FA and County FAs to improve the administration experience for grassroots football volunteers, a 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 clubs using Full-Time
Providing your club with better player information to help you plan for the future

Clubs are invited to start entering your players' details into WGS. 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.

Any players not already in Full-Time can be searched for and added directly into WGS using the FAN search function. This allows you to easily and securely identify players from across the national database.

Once you have found and attached your players you can then assign them to the appropriate team. At this stage the process is complete and your records are up to date and ready to be presented for league registration for season 2017/18.

To access the online player registration functionality you must be a Club Secretary or Player Registration Officer and start by logging in to:

Forgotten or don't know your FAN Number or Password?

Click here for information on how to retrieve your key information. 


Debbie Preston

Football Development Officer


Telephone: 01604 678408 


No, the process should be that a club searches for a player first on Whole Game System (as many players will already have records) and then if they cannot find a match, the club can create the new record.

Yes, the Club Secretary has the option of nominating other club officials as Club Player Registration Officers, who will also be able to carry out any of the registration processes.

Yes, the functionality to “match” players between Full-Time and Whole Game System has been included to allow clubs who do have players on Full-Time to be able to copy over, or match these player records. However, a club who does not have players on Full-Time will still be able to create new player records if they cannot find them on Whole Game System.

Where a club does identify a duplicated player, they should advise their County FA of the details of the duplicates, who can use the standard de-duplication process to tidy up the records.

There may be a number of reasons why players already have records on Whole Game System – they may have been added in the past through the discipline process, or may have FAN records through England Supporters, or may have been added due to a role with a club, league, as a referee or through a qualification.