One of the key functional modules of COMET is the Competitions Module. The condition to start using that Module is the active use of all the other system modules and the existence of data in it. The system has to contain data on players, coaches and officials, that is, on all parties involved in the competition administration or in the particular matches. All system users will frequently access the system and the particular matches, choosing the menu item “My competitions“. As in other modules, the user will be able to create new competitions or to search the existing ones etc., depending on their role and the organizations they belong to. When you enter the Competitions Module for the first time, after registering successfully into the system, select the menu item “New Competition Type“. That action will permit you to create a new competition type.
Create new competition type
electing the menu item “New Competition Type“ opens a new window on the screen. Complete the mandatory fields, choose the “Organization“, enter name and short name of the competition, and then choose the club type (Football club, Women football club, etc.). Selecting the “Save“ button, a new type keeps stored in the system and you can select “New competition“ on the same screen, or you can do the same from the main menu.
After successful implementation of COMET, some Football Federations decide to enter information for previous competitions and store it in the system. When creating competitions that were played in the past, which are called RETRO COMPETITIONS, you don’t need to send any notifications of assignments or finalized reports to the end users. For example, when assigning referees to the match, referees receive e-mails in which they have to either confirm or decline their assignment to the match. To avoid sending unnecessary notifications for retro competitions, we have introduced 2 new statuses:
- ENTERED RETRO - for matches generated in the retro competitions and
- CONFIRMED RETRO - for official match roles, for competition roles and for competition clubs.
Retro competitions are created automatically by changing the season to previous years. For Retro competitions, COMET sets initial match status to ENTERED RETRO, initial competition club status to CONFIRMED RETRO, and initial match role status and initial competition role status to CONFIRMED RETRO. These settings can’t be changed for RETRO competitions.
Notice that matches are in status ENTERED RETRO. From this status, the only available status transition is PLAYED.
If you decide to select a “New competition“, after creating a new competition type, the system will automatically fill in all the mandatory fields, the “Competition Type“, the “Season“, the “Name“ and the “Short name“, but those data can also be changed. After that, you need to select the number of clubs that will participate in the competition and the “Competition System“ (single round robin, double round robin, predefined, etc.) Select the Save button to create New Competition. On the same screen you can also insert all optional data. The fields ““Date from“ and “Date to“ define a period of time in which is possible to register players and club officials that will participate in the competition. The field "Date to" sets the final date after which it will no longer be possible to change any data. On the other fields you can select: a max. number of registered players, a max. number of players, min. number of registered foreign players, etc. You can also insert accumulated yellow cards, a min. number of young players, the youth max age reference date, relevant table positions and the points for win.
General settings on the Competition level
New panel ‘General settings’ is added in the Competition screen:
- Match length,
- Half time break,
- Extra time length,
- Extra time break,
- Players on the field
are exposed in the ‘General settings’ panel. By default, they are prefilled with values from the competition's age category but can be changed to other values. These values will be applied only for that competition.
CONCACAF Referee Appointment Procedure
There is a workflow which allows referees to manage their assignments to the competitions.
Statuses of assignments are represented with colors:
- Orange color represents pending status of competition assignment
- Green color represents confirmed status of competition assignment
- Red color represents rejected status of competition assignment
Competition manager/administrator creates a competition and tells the system whether competition allocation initial status should be pending or confirmed.
If the competition allocation initial status is set to pending, all Referees invited for the competition must inform Competition manager/administrator whether they are available or not for the upcoming competition. If the competition allocation initial status is set to confirmed, only referees who are not available for the competition must change their availability.
Only referees in CONFIRMED status will be available for the match assignment.
PENDING as initial competition allocation status
If competition allocation initial status is set to PENDING, then all referees added to the competition will be in status PENDING and they should either confirm or reject their competition assignment.
Upon assignment referees will get an email notification to confirm or reject their assignment via link or they can do it using COMET screens by clicking colored button which designates the status.
If referee clicks the link in email, status of assignment is changed (confirmed/rejected) immediately without need for user to log into COMET with username and password.
If referee accesses „My competitions“, he/she will be able to see his/her allocations in active competitions.
Clicking the colored button shows the possible status changes of referee's allocation.
If user clicks the colored button in the screen of competition where referee is allocated, the same screen for changing status of allocation appears.
Confirmation or rejection of allocation automatically sends notifications to referee administrators and to the person whose allocation has been confirmed or rejected.
The status and color is updated in all screens (refresh of the screen might be needed).
CONFIRMED as initial competition allocation status
If initial status of competition allocation is CONFIRMED, then all allocated referees will be in CONFIRMED status immediately upon assigning them to competition and they will immediately be available for match assignment.
The email notification does not contain links for confirmation or rejection of assignment anymore.
Allocated referee is able to reject his allocation which is in CONFIRMED status in both workflows. Referee can do it either in „My competitions“ screen or in competition overview screen.
This status change also creates mail notification for referee administrators and person whose assignment status has been changed.
Authorized user is able to view all status changes of assignment of a referee in the competition.
Referee administrators and superusers are able to make any status change of competition assignments of referees. In case of need of changing the status of rejected assignment back to confirmed, referee administrators and superusers are able to do it in competition overview screen. They are the only ones who can make such status change. If Competition manager/administrator has added Referee by mistake, press the trash can icon to delete him/her from the competition. Referee will receive the following email:
After creating “New Competition“ press the “Club“ tab on the same screen to insert all the clubs that participate in the competition. Press the “Add“ button to open a list of clubs that can participate in the competition (due to the organization, the type and the category). From that list you can select the same number of clubs that you have selected creating “New Competition“.
After selecting clubs, press the “Add selection“ button to create a list of clubs that participate in the competition. Two tabs will appear instead of the “Add“ button“, the “Schedule rounds“ tab and the “Start competition“ tab.
The position of clubs on the table is very important when planning the rounds, so it is possible to change it using the arrows on the right side of the table. On the same screen you can add players and club officials for each club that participates in the competition. Filling in those fields is optional, but once you do it, you will have to choose among these players/officials. Press the “Schedule rounds“ button to open a calendar and then select time and date to schedule matches per rounds. After that, press the “Start competition“ button and the system will generate matches per rounds based on Berger algorithm. The matches status is then set to “Scheduled“.
On the table you can search through rounds and select any match you want. The ID, the round, the stadium, the time and date of every match are inserted automatically, but it is also possible to change them. There will be more word about matches further in the chapter “Matches“. On the “Table“ tab you can see the Position table and select rules for calculating it. If you need to enter any changes of rules for calculating the position table, those changes will be stored in the system after pressing the “Refresh“ button. The table refreshes automatically, once the match is played, according to do rules for calculating position table.
In any moment you can print reports of “Tables“, “Top scorers“ and “Accumulated yellow cards“ with updated data. These reports, and many more, will be available to COMET users within the “Reports and Statistics“ module. The following tab allows you to insert yellow and red cards from certain previous competition and to select number of match suspension. After pressing the “Save“ button, the data is stored in the system.
Competition with odd number of clubs
In order to create and competition with an odd number of clubs, select the "Competition" tab and then insert a desired number of clubs.
Once you have created a competition, click the "Clubs" tab and select the clubs for the competition. After that, the * symbol will appear on the list and you will be able to reorganize clubs in case you have to.
Now you can proceed with scheduling rounds. Once the round are scheduled and the you have started the competicion, the matches will be created and the *symbol wont appear on the list anymore.
If you are not using the Berger Algorithm, but the predefined system, to create a new competition you have to follow al the steps previously described in this chapter with one difference. From the competion system drop down list select the predefined system and then press the "Save" button.
The competition is stored in the system, and on the next screen you can enter all the competition details. On that screen there is a tab for document loading. Press "Edit" and then the "Documents" tab to open a new window for all competition documents upload. Now you can upload an Excel document with a competition schedule, among others.
The names of the clubs have to be identical to the ones previously inserted into the system.
Once you have loaded the document, press the "Save" button in order to initiate competition. With the click on the "Start competition" button, the system checks if all the club names from the document are identical to the ones already existing in the system and informs the user of inconsistencies, if there are any. If that occurs, the user has to correct the incorrect data in the Excel document and to upload it again, in the same way. Before loading the document, the previously loaded document needs to be placed in INACTIVE status.
If you need to create a parent competition, select a competition system "Combination". Once you have completed all the mandatory fields, press the "Save" button. On the parent competition form press the "Edit" button and the "Add" button will appear on the screen. Click on it to create sub competitions (add competition elements).
The sub competitions appear on the screen on the "Competition elements" list when you open the parent competition.
In case of eliminatory competitions, it is necessary to select a competition system "Elimination" while creating the competition. Before that, select the desired number of clubs that are participating. For the competitions of this type, a number of clubs that are participating is usually a power of two. That is, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, etc. If the number of clubs is different from the ones mentioned above, you need to choose the first following power of two bigger than the number of clubs participating. For example, if there are 10 clubs participating, the system will use the number 16 to create the competition. In that case, 6 clubs will be free in the first phase and they will automatically pass to the second phase of the competition.
Once you have entered all the mandatory data in order to create the competition, press the "Save" button and proceed with the next step of inserting clubs. In order to do so, click the "Clubs" tab. Using the arrows on the right side of the clubs, you can reorganize the positions on the table and set at the top of the list the clubs that pass directly to the next phase. To organize the order of clubs you can also you the "drag&drop" functionality.The clubs that should remain free in the first phase need to be placed on the top of the list of clubs and the spaces at the bottom should remain empty. In that way, the clubs will automatically remain free.
After that, the system will automatically create the matches. For that reason is extremely important to organize the order of clubs on the table before starting the competition. If you want to promote the winner, you should previously mark the checkbox "Promote winner" on the window for scheduling rounds. On the same window there is a checkbox that should be marked in case the rematch is played. To start the competition press the corresponding tab.
In case of the competition in which all the clubs are playing in the first competition phase (e.g., 24 clubs), the system will again complete the rest of the clubs (till reaching the following power of two) with asterisks. In this case, organize the clubs order taking into account that the matches will be automatically created so that the first club will be playing against the last one on the table, the second one against the penultimate one, etc. Using the "Preview" button you can check at any moment, before starting the competition, how will the matches be created following the current clubs order on the table.
When you click on the "Start competition" button, the clubs marked with asterisks will be annulated and 12 matches will be created (in this concrete case when the competition consists of 12 clubs) following the previously organized clubs order on the table.
Change table position
If you need to change a table position of a certain club, press the "Table" tab and then the button with the pencil icon on the right of the respective club.
By doing that, a new window will open. Choose new position of the club and then click the "Save" button.
The club will automatically appear on the table on the selected position.
While creating the competition, there is a functionality that enables you to select the colour of the competition so that all the matches of the respective competition appear on the calendar marked in a previously selected colour. In order to do so, press the "Edit" button, select the desired colour and then press the "Save" button.
Once you have done that, all the matches of the competition previously marked in a certain colour will appear marked in that same colour when you enter a calendar by clicking the "Matches" tab on the form of clubs or stadiums.
While creating competitions, a SUPERUSER or a Competition Administrator can assign a Competition Manager for the competition. That person will be responsible for creating and managing competition data and scheduling matches for all competitions in his/her domain that he was previously assigned to. This person is responsible for creating and managing competition data and scheduling matches for all competitions in his/her domain. Match reports are typically handled by other users, however, user with this role has the ability to modify their input if necessary. In order to assign a competition manager, click the "Competition manager" tab, then the "Add" button and then select a desired competition manager from the list.
Editing started competition
Some users can change competition type, number of teams and system of the started competition. This functionality is restricted only to:
- Competition Administrators
If you want to change competition type, number of teams and/or system, open the Competition tab and press 'EDIT'. When changing either of above mentioned field, appropriate warning appears:
- changing competition type
- changing number of teams
- changing system
Some restrictions remain the same e.g. if user tries to change competition type of child competition, user must pick competition type of parent competition...
Superusers are allowed to reset the competition. This action will delete all the matches and rounds which were scheduled.
Delete competition round and delete match
Some users are allowed to delete matches and competition rounds. This functionality is restricted only to:
- Competition Administrators
- Competition Managers (rounds only)
To delete Match or Competition Round, open the Match tab of the Competition. Press the '+' button to expand Arrange matches console. Select Round/Match and press the button 'Delete round'.
In some cases, COMET will not allow you to delete rounds:
- if it is not the last competition round of the competition
- if there is at least one PLAYED match in the competition round
My favorite competitions
There is new menu item titled "My favorite competitions" located under "Competitions" sub-menu group in left menu of web application. Clicking the menu item opens console "My favorite competitions".
Adding competitions to the list of favorites
Click "Add" button to get the list of all competitions. The list of such competitions shows up in a pop-up dialog. Each competition you click is added to the list of your favorites. Pop-up dialog is not closed on selecting competition which allows you to select as many competitions as desired. You cannot add the same competition twice.
Removing competitions from the list of favorites
Removing single competition from the list of favorites
You are able to remove any competition from xour list of favorites by clicking the Remove button located in the last column.
Clicking the button opens confirmation dialog which informs you which competition you're about to remove. Confirming the action removes the competition from your list of favorites. Canceling the action keeps your list of favorites as it is.
Removing all competitions from the list of favorites
You are able to entirely clear the list of your favorites. The button Remove all is located in the header of the last column.
Clicking the button pops up confirmation dialog which informs you how many competitions will be removed from your list of favorites. Confirming the action removes all competitions from your list of favorites. Canceling the action keeps your list of favorites as it is.
Ordering of favorite competitions
You are able to keep the list of your favorite competitions in any order you desire.
You can use Move up and Move down buttons to change the position of some competition in the list by one place. This is especially handy for changing the order of competitions on different pages (ie. moving competition from second page to the first page).
Ordering of favorite competitions using Drag and reorder (draggable row) feature
You can click anywhere on the row and drag it to desired position in your list of favorite competitions. This feature is emphasized with column which contains "drag handle" icon for each row. Although this kind of move allows change of position by more than one place, it is possible to do it only on current page.
There is Calendar tab which makes possible to view matches of favorite competitions in calendar or grid view.
After entering new competition type and a new competition, select the menu item “My competitions“.
Selecting the menu item “My competition“ the list of relevant competitions will appear, according to the user's role and and the organization he belongs to. Select a competition to open a competition details. If the competition is in progress, the system automatically shows the current round and the list of matches. At the bottom of the list there is a paging tool that makes the search through the rounds easier.
It is possible to add players and team officials for each club. That is not mandatory, but in case you do it, you will have to chose players and officials for the competition from that list. For example, Cyprus Football Association demands that every first division club provides the "Catalog" of players and officials within a set period, before the competition starts. Once this period is over, clubs can not change those "Catalogs" for the following season and competition. By selecting the "Add player" or the "Add team official" tab, the list of registered players for that club will appear, according to the category and the competition type.
Click on the match to open form for entering match details. On that form you can enter general data about the match (date and time, stadium, officials, final result, match summary, etc.). Time and date are inherited from the round, that is, the time and date are entered initially, but in case of any change of time or date, those two fields can be changed easily. Click in the "Edit" button on the top of the form, will enable entering necessary changes. Initially the stadium is set to the one of the home team. But if for any reason that is not the case, (for example, if the club was sanctioned...), press the "Edit" button and then choose from the list some other stadium (click on the field next to the stadium).
The responsible person adds team officials to the match by clicking the button with the search symbol next to the "Referee", "1st assistant referee", "2nd assistant referee", "Fourth official", "Delegate" and "Referee observer" fields. After that, the system generates lists from which you can choose the adequate person. Every change is stored in the system after clicking the "Save" button.
Edit and arrange matches
In the first place, this functionality serves for the elimination tournaments, when the winner is not promoted automatically, that is, when the pairs of each subsequent round are decided by draw. To arrange matches, press the "+" symbol.
Now press the "Edit" button, select the round/phase and home and away teams and then press the "Save" button.
Add match to an existing competition
In case you need to add a match to an existing competition, you can also do it by clicking the "Matches" tab and then the "+" symbol. (See image in the previous paragraph).
Press the "Edit" button, add a phase/round and then press the "New match" button below.
Once you have done that, a new match will appear marked as ? - ?. Now you can select home and away team and then press the "Save" button.
Assign match officials to the match
Search matches console (for searching and assigning match officials to the match)
You can access the "Search matches" console from the main menu, from the Competition Module, selecting the menu item "Search matches".
Doing that, the list of all filters will appear on the screen.
The search filter consists of:
- Type - a mandatory search field as different type options (Club, Regional Team, National Team) may have different definitions of match officials
- Organization - a mandatory search field for searching matches (usually set as user organization)
- Discipline - a mandatory search field which in combination with gender defines the sport if disciplines are enabled in the tenant (if discipline is not enabled, the field is not showed)
- Gender - a mandatory search field which in combination with discipline defines the sport (if discipline is not enabled, the field is not showed)
- Club type - a mandatory search field which defines the sport in tenants where disciplines are not enabled (if discipline is enabled, the field is not showed)
- Age category - makes possible to search matches only for the selected age category
- Date from - allows to search matches which have date/time after the selected date from
- Date to - allows to search matches which have date/time before the selected date to (one day is added to the date to in order to find the matches on the day if the same date is used for a date from and date to)
- Without match date - allows finding matches which do not have any date/time set
- if the date from and/or date to are selected, then the search action will find all the matches with date/time inside date period or without any date/time set
- if the date from and date to are both empty, then the search action will find only the matches without any date/time yet
- Competitions - allows selection of one or more parent or child competitions to search only matches belonging to the selected competition(s)
- Club - allows searching of matches where the selected club is one of the opponents
- Round - allows searching of matches in a specific round
- Match officials - does not have any effect on searching the records, but instead:
- Unavailable - makes possible to show in red the assigned official who is not available on the selected match date/time
- Assigned on the same day - makes possible to show in red the official who is assigned to more than one match on the same day
- Stadiums - does not have any effect on searching the records, but instead:
- Unavailable - makes possible to show in red the selected match stadium which is not available on the selected match date/time
- Booked on the same day - makes possible to show in red the stadium which is booked more than once on the same day
Instead of having two different filters for parent and child competitions, a single filter for choosing both types of competitions is used. The parental competitions have a marker - a disabled and collapsed arrow for expansion - while children competitions are placed directly beneath their parent.
Once you select all the necessary filters, click the "Edit" button above the table. According to user's role, one will be able to edit certain matches, appoint referees or match officials. This functionality facilitates work if you need to assign match officials for more matches, because you do not have to open a match by match and to assign an official by official on respective match forms. On this console you can now appoint all the referees and match officials depending on the configuration of your tenant.
In this case, Referee Administrator and Administrator of Match Officials will have the same permissions which they have on the match level. Referee Administrator will appoint Referees (green box), and Administrator of Match Officials will appoint remaining match officials (orange box).
The system will show you all the matches entered/scheduled for that period of time. If you need to schedule more than one match at the same time, press the edit button and select the current and next status to update all matches on the list.
OFC Referee confirmation workflow
There is circle next to each match official which tells the status of the person in the match:
- orange circle represents PENDING status of the match official and it’s expected that the assigned match official either CONFIRMs or REJECTs the assignment
- green circle represents CONFIRMED status of the match official and in this status match official is allowed to perform actions in his match
- red circle represents REJECTED status of the match official – the application leaves the field empty for selection of another match official and shows the information on rejected assignments when mouse is hovered over the number of rejections
In order to change the status of person’s assignment in the match, user should click on the colored circle and select one of the following statuses. The “circle” is enabled when the match is in “view” mode (not edited) as this way it allows user assigned to the match to make the status change although the user does not have permission to “Edit” the match because he is not yet CONFIRMED.
REJECTED status requires a description, while CONFIRMED status can be changed without anything inserted in description field
The initial status of the assigned match official may be configured on competition’s main form under “Registrations” section
If the “Allocation initial status” is CONFIRMED, then person appointed to the match will be automatically CONFIRMED and there will be just an option to REJECT the assignment. In such case, assigned CONFIRMED person immediately has the permissions to work in the match. Otherwise (“Allocation initial status” set to PENDING or without chosen option), appointed person will be in status PENDING and the application will require CONFIRMATION or REJECTION of the assignment. PENDING person may not work in the match until the assignment is CONFIRMED.
Upon scheduling the match (changing the status of the match from ENTERED to SCHEDULED), email notifications are sent to appointed persons with:
- links to CONFIRM or REJECT the assignment if the initial status is not CONFIRMED
- information on CONFIRMED assignment with a single link to REJECT the assignment if the initial status is CONFIRMED
Clicking the CONFIRM/REJECT link automatically changes the status of the assignment and notifies all interested parties (referee administrators, referee appointers of the competition of the match and the assigned person who CONFIRMED/REJECTED the assignment). Person clicking the link will be directed to web browser and will have the information showed in the web page without needing to insert user credentials (ie. username and password)
Assigned person will have the status information on their “My next matches” console
“Circle” is clickable and allows user to make the status change in his console as well
Statuses are also visible in “Search matches” console and statuses may be changed in “view” mode of the console by authorized users by clicking the colored “circle” and selecting one of the following statuses
The system does not allow change of CONFIRMED match official. It only allows change of the PENDING match official. As said before, for REJECTED match official the field for assignment is empty as if there is none persons assigned for specific role. In order to replace CONFIRMED match official in the match, user needs to change the status of his assignment to REJECTED first and then the field will become empty and the system will allow assignment of the new match official for the same role. The REJECTED match officials will be kept in the system and we will have a report which will list all match officials’ rejections.
Add players and team officials to the match
After creating rounds, selecting match and completing the form for the match details entry, on the next two tabs (names of the clubs playing the match) you can add players and team officials of every club to the match.
By clicking on the club, the list of all players registered for that club will appear on the left side of the screen. Select from that list the players for the match, marking the corresponding fields on the right side of the players name. It is possible to select the following fields: L (if the player is in the line-up), SL (if the player plays in the starting line-up), G (if the player is a goalkeeper), and C (it the player is a captain). Before you move the players over to the line-up you need to enter the shirt numbers, (without it it wont be possible to transfer them) and it is mandatory for at least one player to be a goalkeeper. Sanctioned players are marked in red and depending on the configuration specific for each country system can also block these players from being transferred to the line-up. After you have marked all necessary players, press the arrow (a button on the top of the list of registered players on the rights side, next to the "Refresh" button).
On the same screen you can insert "Team officials". In order to do so, click on the "Edit" button to enable entering head coach, assistant coach, goalkeeper coach, physiotherapist, doctor, kitman, physical trainer and field officer. Of course, on the condition that they already exist in the system. To save the changes, press the "Save" button. After selecting players and transferring them to the line-up, the list of players in the line-up appear on the right side. The first on the list are players in the starting line-up. Goalkeeper and captain will be marked with letters G and C.
Insert event for a player during the match
You can select any of the players in the line up. If you decide to do that, the pop-up window will appear with all the events related to that player.
Events of a player in the initial line-up
If the player is in the initial line-up, the following previously determined events will be visible: the ID of a player, a shirt number, a name of a player, due to his role in the line-up, the captain or the goalkeeper check box will be marked. It will also be visible that he is playing in the first line-up, and the events occurred during the match. Insert type and a minute of the event. The event type can be: a goal, an own goal, a penalty, and a yellow and red cards. To insert the event press the "Add" button. When you insert data, press the "Save" button. You can add more events for one player by clicking the "Add" button. All the events are stored in the system as soon as you click the "Save" button. After that, the window will close. When you enter minute and select a yellow or a red card, the additional field will appear in which you can choose the reason of a sanction.
Events of a player that are not in the initial line-up
If a player is not in the initial line-up, the events for him open in the same way, but they will look a bit different, that is, they will contain a different data. The same as in a case of a player in the first line-up you will see the ID of a player, the shirt number and his name. During the match, the events for a player change, due to the fact if he enters the game or not. If he does, insert the minute of the entry and mark the event "Substitution" and then select the substituted player. After that, it will be possible to enter the events related to that player (yellow and red cards, etc.)
All the entered events (yellow and red cards, goals, own goals, substitutions, etc.) are visible on the list of a line-up, on the right side of the screen, by the list of players.
Add match event "Missed penalty" to a football match
If you want to enter a missed penalty to the match, you can do it following the same procedure used for inserting all other match events previously described. On the list of players previously assigned to the lineup, select the desired player related to the event you wish to enter. One click on the players opens the window for entering match events. Enter the minute in which the occurred, and then click select the events. In this particular case, mark the event "Missed penalty." Once you have entered all the required information, click the "Save" button. The event remains automatically stored in the system.
Once you save the event, it becomes automatically visible on the lineup of players with the appropriate icon and the minute in which the event occurred. Also, the event automatically becomes visible on all related reports and statistics.
Add "Missed penalty" to a futsal match
The event "Missed penalty" is entered on the futsal match in the same way as on the football match with the following difference: after you have selected the desired player on a lineup and opened a window for entering match events, select the minute and second of the match in which the event occurred. Once you do that, the drop-down list to select the distance from which the penalty was taken will automatically. Select the desired distance from the list (6m or 10m, see figure below). Once you have entered all the required information, click the "Save" button.
The event is automatically stored in the system and it is automatically visible on the lineup.
Add match phases
If you need to add a match phases or a penalty shootout, you need to select a combination system while creating a competition. In order to do so, click the "Edit" button on the match form. Two buttons will appear on the screen, the "ET" button, for inserting extra time, and the "PEN" button, for entering the penalty shootout event.
In case that, after two extra times, you need to add a penalty shootout event, press the "PEN" button.
Once you have done that, the events are added in the previously described way, on the players in the line-up window.
The "Penalty shootout" event
When you enter the "Penalty shootout" event, you have to select from the pop-up list one of the possible events which are: goal, save and miss. For the "Penalty shootout" event to be visible, you have to previously add the "Penalty shootout" match phase. Only players on the field at the end of regular play are eligible to participate in the shootout. The system applies the same rule. Only for that players you can enter the "Penalty shootout" event. After entering this event, you no longer have to insert the minute, but the number of the penalty.
This event is relevant only if the competition system is set to "Elimination". When the penalty shootout is completed, the final result appears on the match form.
Events entered before the match
To insert events before the match, first you have to select a minute 0 in the events window. That will allow you the entry of new events. If a player receives a red card, it wont be possible to select him for the first line-up.
Events entered after the match
If you need to enter events once the match has been played, you have to add 1 to the additional time. It the additional time is two minutes, enter 90+3 minutes.
On the Match report there is a text field “Cases”. In that field there are all the cases related to the match that were previously entered or by inserting match events, or by creating new disciplinary case manually through the disciplinary module.
To consult the cases press the button with the symbol “+”. Once you have done that, the list of all cases will expand on the screen. The list of all cases can easily be exported to Excel by clicking the corresponding symbol in the top right corner on the list.
Accumulated yellow cards
Each competition counts with "Accumulated yellow cards" on which you can insert transferred yellow cards manually, consult or close pending suspensions, consult or delete cleared suspensions or obtain lists of accumulated yellow cards of certain player.
Transferred yellow cards
To insert transferred card(s), press the "Transfer cards" tab, select the desired club and player using the search button, enter the number of transferred cards. Once you have entered all the data, press the "Save" button. The data is saved in the system and the player automatically appears on the list.
If you need to make any changes, press the button with the pencil icon on the right side of the name of a player, enter the correct data in the corresponding field above (Club, Player or number of cards). Clicking the Tracs icon you can delete an accumulated yellow card. It will be executed immediately after you press the Save button on the Warning message in order to proceed.
Click on the "Pending suspensions" tab in order to get the list of players and their pending suspensions.
In case that the suspension was already served, but for some reason it hasn't been closed automatically, you can do it by clicking the X button. In new window that opens you can select the match on which the suspension has been served. Select the match from the list and then press the "Save" button.
The player will automatically disappear from the list.
On this tab you can get the list of cleared suspensions of players together with matches on which the sanctions has been cleared. If you need to reactivate a suspension and mark it as a pending suspension, press the Trash icon.
By completing that action, the player will appear again of the list of "Pending suspensions".
List of accumulated yellow cards
This is the list of all accumulated yellow cards of a certain player. In order to get the results, click on the search button and select the desired club and player from the lists. Afterwards, the list of all accumulated yellow cards (cleared and pending ones) of that player will appear. In case you need to close a certain suspension that appears on the list as a pending one, yet it has already been cleared, mark the checkbox on the right of the suspension and then press the "Close" button.
Select the match on which the suspension has been cleared and then press the "Save" button.
Once you have done that, the player will appear on the list of cleared suspensions.
Card Tracker Status
Changing status of card trackers for specific player
User can list card trackers of specific player in the competition, select the cards and change their status using "Activate" or "Deactivate" buttons.
Card tracker without a status is considered ACTIVE. If all ACTIVE card trackers of player have been selected and "Deactivate" action has been clicked, then all those card trackers will become INACTIVE.
If report for listing accumulated yellow cards is executed, then any player with all inactive card trackers won't show up in it.
Changing status of card trackers of players of selected club(s)
There is a new button titled "Deactivate accumulated yellow cards" on "Accumulated yellow cards" tab of the competition.
It allows deactivating card trackers of all players with current registration in a club which participates (in)directly in the competition (either by itself or by its team). User can select one, more than one or even all clubs for which (s)he wants to deactivate card trackers.
There is an option "Pending suspensions" which tells the system whether players with pending accumulated yellow card suspensions should have their card trackers deactivated or not. The option is not selected and user is required to select it if (s)he wants to clear card trackers of such players as well.
If "Pending suspensions" option was not selected, then card trackers of players, who don't have pending accumulated yellow card suspension, are deactivated.
If "Pending suspensions" option is selected, then card trackers of all players with current registration in a club participating in the competition will be deactivated no matter if their sum makes a pending suspension or not.
Automatic deactivation of card trackers of players of eliminated team
There is another competition setting titled "Deactivate accumulated yellow cards of eliminated team". It is located under "Disciplinary" section on the main competition's form.
Requirements for automatic deactivation of accumulated yellow cards of players of eliminated team:
- competition system should be "Elimination"
- option "Deactivate accumulated yellow cards of eliminated team" should be selected
If the match status changes to PLAYED and if it is the last match of elimination round between two same opponents, then the system will automatically deactivate all card trackers of players of eliminated team. Card trackers of pending suspension will be automatically deactivated, too.
Served card trackers
Served card trackers cannot be selected and their status cannot be changed.
Delete red card from the match in "PLAYED" status
When the match status is set to "PLAYED" for the first time, a disciplinary case is automatically created. Therefore, in order to delete a red card, first it is necessary to delete a disciplinary case.
Once you have successfully deleted a disciplinary case, you have to change the match status from "PLAYED" to "IN PROGRESS" in order to delete a red card.
Now you can select a club and a player from the line up to open a window for entering events and delete a red card in question.
Once the action has been successfully completed, "close" the match again, setting the match status to "PLAYED".
Add result supplement
If for any reason you need to insert a result supplement, it can easily be done directly on the match report. In order to do so, open the match report, click the „Edit“ button and then the button with the pen icon which allows you to insert a result supplement.
Insert a new score and a reason for which it was changed and press the "Save" button.
A new result will appear on the match report together with the reason of change. Once you have inserted all necessary data, press the "Save" button in order to save changes in the system.
"Close" the match
After entering all the events for the match, go back to the match form in order to insert match details and a score. And then, "close" the match, that is, change the match status from "In progress" to "Played". The change of status, once you save it, becomes visible on the screen. Date and time and a name of a person that changed the status will appear on the screen. You can print the match report by clicking the "Match report" tab.
Once you save the match details, the result, the line-ups and the events, it all keeps stored in the system.
Matches of the following round
The system contains one very useful feature. When you select a match from the following round and then the players, the system generates a list of players according to the fact whether they played the previous match or not. That is, the players that have played the last match appear first on the list. As the yellow and red cards are stored in the system, the sanctioned players will be marked in red and will remain like that till the sanction status is set to "CLOSED".
Fast entry of players
Another very useful feature is the "Fast entry of players". By clicking the "Refresh" button, the system automatically fills in the "L", "SL", "GK" and "CP" fields according to the data inserted for the previous match. But, of course, it is possible to change them as well.
Red card in COMET
It is important to know what happens with a player that receives a red card during the match. When a match status is set to "PLAYED", the system checks if any of the players received a red card. The player that received a red card is sent off from the field and he is automatically suspended from the next match. For every person that receives a red card, once the match is "CLOSED", (a status is set to "PLAYED"), COMET automatically inserts a next disciplinary case and adds an active sanction "Suspension for a certain number of matches" and a number of matches is set to one (the number depends on the rules of the association). In most cases, no other additional action is required. While the player has an active sanction, he will be marked in red for the next match. When the sanction expires, he will appear on the list the same way as the other players. If for any reason, the player received some additional sanction, or he was suspended for more matches, and not just one, the user with appropriate roles and permissions has to search for his disciplinary case and change the value of the existing sanction or add new sanctions. The process is as follows:
- From the main menu select the menu item: "Disciplinary";
- Select the item: "Search cases";
- Enter the search criteria and them press the "Search cases" button;
- Select from the list a sought player and a match;
- On the next screen the case details will open and the existing sanctions;
If you want to add a certain number of suspended matches, click the "add sanction" button and in the new window insert a sanction type and a value and then press the "Save" button. The additional instructions about the Disciplinary Module can be found in the respective chapter.
Fair Play report
To insert a Fair Play report click the "Fair Play" tab to open the Fair Play form. Then click the "Edit" button to enter all necessary data for the report. The data are as follows:
- Yellow and red cards: (10-3* number of red cards -the number of yellow cards);
- Positive play: (min. 1, max. 10);
- Respect towards the opponent: (min. 1, max. 5);
- Respect towards the referee: (min. 1, max. 5);
- Behavior of the team officials: (min. 1, max. 5);
- Behavior of the fans: (min. 1, max. 5); if the number of fans is insignificant, leave this field empty so that system can calculate the final Fair Play result correctly;
- Number of away fans: (if there are any);
- Notes (on specific Fair Play actions): in the text-box you can enter up to 1000 signs.
When you press the "Save" button, the system counts points and calculates the final Fair Play result (the points and the result appear in "bold", as on the image bellow) and the status of the report changes from "IN PROGRESS" to "FINALIZED".
The Fair Play report can be printed by clicking the "Print" button above the form.
The Referee Observer fills in the Observer Report. Click the "Observer Report" tab to open the form. Press the "Edit" button to enter the following data: Marks (6,0-10,0) : the appearance of each referee on the match is being evaluated; The level of difficulty of the match for each referee: (it can be "Normal", "Quite challenging" and "Challenging"); Post match debrief: The questionable moment is described in the text-box and there are two more fields for entering a location of a post match debrief and how long did the post match debrief take; Referee committee comments: (text box); Description of the match: (text box); Comments about the referee appearance; Comments about the 1st assistant referee; Comments about the 2nd assistant referee: Comments about fourth official; Comments about the 1st and the 2nd additional assistant referees and Additional comments by referee observer. To start editing a Referee Observer report, press the "Edit" button and then insert all the necessary data. While the referee observer is working on the report, the report status is set to "IN PROGRESS". After you click the "Save" button, the data are stored in the system but it still remains possible to modify the report. If you want to save the report and disable any kind of future modifications, change the report status from "IN PROGRESS" to "FINALIZED". If for any reason it becomes necessary to change referee marks entered by Referee Observer, the Referee Administrator can do it. Click the "Observer Report" to open previously described form but with one difference. By the field for entering marks, the Referee Administrator sees one more field, invisible to a Referee Observer. After entering the corrections, it is necessary to explain the mark change reason. The changes are stored in the system after clicking the "Save" button. Once the Referee Administrator has checked the report and executed corrections, he/she sets the report status to "VERIFIED". At that moment, all the referees can consult the marks and observations about their appearances on the match.
In the Competition Module you can also insert international competitions and matches. The users responsible of creating and editing international competitions matches are Superusers, Administrators of National Teams, or Administrators of International Affairs. The international competition and matches are created in the same way as the national ones. To create a new competition enter all the mandatory data (organization, competition type, season, name, short name, number of clubs and competition system) and then press the "Save" button.
To access to all the international competitions click the menu item "My competitions" and then the "International" tab.
Once the competition has been created you can proceed with editing and arranging matches.
Register players and coaches for the National team
On the list of players will appear only the ones that were previously assigned as a national team players. So, before assigning them to the match, they have to be marked as a national team players. In order to do so, open a player card and press the "National team" button.
Once you have done that, the player is marked as a national team player and it is possible to assign him to the match.
If a player, for some reason, can no longer play for a national team, he can be deleted the same way he was added. Press the "National team" button, a new window with a warning message will appear and if you want to proceed with that action, press the "Delete" button.
The coaches are assigned the same way.
Add players and team officials that are not in the system
If one of the teams is not in the system, the players and team officials will have to be added manually. The players are added to the line-up one by one.
If you select the check box "SL", the player will appear on the top of the list of the line-up, among the players of the starting line-up.
In the Competition Module you can also insert international friendly matches. In order to do so, press the "International friendlies" menu item.
Enter the age category, home and away team. Click on the federation logo makes it easier to enter one of the teams.
The users responsible of entering international friendly matches are Superusers, Administrators of National Team, or Administrators of International Affairs. Once you have entered all mandatory data, you can proceed with creating the match in the same way as it was described previously.
The system COMET is integrated with the UEFA FAME system for competition management. Click on the menu item „New UEFA Competition“ opens the list of the last active season of UEFA competitions. It is also possible to search for competitions from previous seasons selecting the desired one from the list.
The user roles that have access to this functionality are: System Administrators, SUPERUSERS of national associations, Administrators of International Affairs and National Team Administrators. Click on the extend button, on the left side of the competition, opens the list of all competition phases in which the tenant association is participating. The list of rounds appears on the screen. In case that the competition was previously imported into the system, by the name of the round and the group there will be a link that takes you to the competition. If the competition was not previously imported into the system, you can start the import by clicking the “Import competition“ button.
Press that button in order to import a competition. The warning will appear on the screen on which you can confirm the task by clicking the “Update competition data – UEFA“ button.
The system informs you in case you need to map certain data and to update UEFA entities with COMET entities. It is possible to update data by clicking the search button and selecting a desired entity from the list, or by creating a new entity. Once you have finished mapping entities, press the “Save“ button bellow the list of updated entities.
The system updates the data from the UEFA FAME and all the mandatory fields are completed automatically.
On the other tabs you can search through national teams, matches and table of competition. On the “Matches“ tab there is a list of all played matches, the clubs that played it (in this case National Teams), and the result. The user with the appropriate role can modify and enter data related to that matches. A name of a competition, a round, a category, a result and a date and time of the match are automatically imported from UEFA FAME to a match report. A click on the “Edit“ enables the entry of additional informations related to the match. On the bottom of the screen there is the “Update match data –UEFA“ button that enables to map UEFA FAME entities with COMET entities.
The system informs you in case you need to map certain data and to update UEFA entities with COMET entities. It is possible to update data by clicking the search button and selecting a desired entity from the list, or you can also create new entity (in that case only the basic information will be entered into the system). Once you have finished mapping entities, press the “Save“ button bellow the list of updated entities.
After you have successfully mapped/created new entities, a completed match report will appear on the screen with all the data imported from UEFA FAME (stadium, match officials and results after each half-time).
Click on the country tab opens a national team line up with all the players and their respective events.