Electronic Match Card (EMC) was introduced in 2016/17 as a way of driving operational efficiency in recording match details, linked to competition integrity.
It also plays a vital role in measuring progress against strategic plan ambitions of more teams, matches and players; it is key to understanding how much rugby is being played, how often and by whom.
In season 2017/18 EMC was utilised in the men’s game at level 1-6, the Surrey leagues (level 8-12), Eastern Counties (level 9) and for Women in the Tyrrell’s Premiership and Championship. It covered over 325 clubs and over 3000 matches in total.
The level of detail entered on EMC varies by league, with level 1-4 and the Tyrrell’s Premiership mandated to enter team line ups, results and match events (tries, discipline etc.), and beneath this only the team line ups and results.
For 2018-19 we have extended EMC to level 8 of the men’s game and National Challenge 1 in the women’s game, which means an additional 518 clubs and additional 5000+ matches being captured using EMC. The level of detail required will mirror that of level 5 and 6 i.e. only team line-ups and confirmation of result.
Following extensive engagement with the Game and feedback from sub-committees / council members, we enhanced EMC for the 18/19 season. New features include improved signposting, enriched messaging and a clearer user journey, which allows the RFU to respond to feedback from the game relating to usability of the tool, particularly in the mobile version.
Alongside the above we will build the capability to surface data from EMC in an engaging way on englandrugby.com fixtures and results and within the weekly national league round up which will have the dual benefit of:
Giving something back to those clubs (and players) currently using the tool to show the power of the data contained within.
Incentivising those clubs (and players) that are not mandated to add in additional detail to the EMC i.e. match events, to consider doing so, when they see what is available.
We are committing a comprehensive support package for clubs, league organisers and other volunteers to ensure a smooth roll out in 2018/19. This includes:
Refreshed training materials to reflect the technical upgrades referenced above which will also be displayed prominently on the GMS area of England rugby channels
A consistent support process in season with a particular focus on weekend support across both Technology and Competitions areas
Accessing Electronic Match Card
Desktop (access via the Competition Management Module on GMS):
The new Team Management module in GMS will provide all clubs with a ‘one-stop shop’ to view and manage fixtures for all teams within their club.
Clubs are encouraged to use this function to record all non-RFU league matches and fixtures for all teams below first team level.
GMS can be used to manage club memberships, utilising the ability to take online payments and create membership schemes applicable to many scenarios.
Distributing emails from the system can be an easy way to communicate with the members of your organisation.
The RFU’s system to record match day activity, EMC, is now in use across many RFU leagues. Handy FAQs, step by step guides and video tutorials can be found here.
We have also included some information on how to get any help you require.
All clubs that exist in GMS have access to generate a free club website. These sites are managed by our GMS providers, First Sports International.
Here, you can find information on how to setup a website and the benefits associated with using GMS to create this site.