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11 clubs from the Spartan South Midlands Premier & Division 1 will take part in a subsidiary cup. The top two sides from each group will progress to the semi-finals. A separate cup for Division 2 sides is also being organised. The competitions are still awaiting FA sanction.
The Northern League will not to proceed with an end-of-season cup. Chairman Glenn Youngman: "I know people are disappointed but there is too much uncertainty for us to proceed." The League has also confirmed that Ebac will continue its sponsorship. �northernfootballleague.org/news/end-of-se…Io
The groups for the Hellenic League Challenge Cups have been drawn. Fixtures and dates will be confirmed in due course.
📅The start dates for the 2021/22 football season:9
The Premier League has announced that the 2021/22 season will start on Saturday 14th August 2021. It will end on Sunday 22nd May 2022
Boris Johnson is asked whether he supports the 4 MPs calling for the 2019/20 FA Trophy & FA Vase finals to be rescheduled so fans can attend...
The FA has informed leagues that the grassroots guidance published for Step 1 (of the roadmap) SHOULD be used for non-league football also. "Our understanding remains that spectator rules will not change in Step 2 & will not be permitted until at least Step 3 (of the roadmap)." twitter.com/Ollie_Bayliss/…
The FA: "with the assistance of Sport England, we're pleased to confirm we will be offering funding to County FAs to provide discounted 2021-22 season affiliation worth £10 per team. This will be available across the whole of affiliated football".
BREAKING: The FA has published guidance on the return of grassroots football from Monday 29th March. Full guidance can be read here: thefa.com/news/2021/mar/…
“The Trident Leagues intend to complete the 2021/22 league season at the end of April 2022, with play-offs being staged over the Bank Holiday weekend, although we want to have the option to extend to May 31st if required.” -Northern Premier League chairman Mark Harris
Very disappointed that after the allowed 20 working days, the DCMS hasn’t responded in any way to my 2nd Freedom of Information Act request regarding National League funding (below). I will be making a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Wealdstone FC says measures will be taken to reduce costs: “We believe that the government’s furlough scheme should be used appropriately to reflect the fact that we cannot maintain a full squad of National League players with virtually no revenue.” 👉wealdstone-fc.com/post/update-fr…9S
The DCMS has updated it’s guidance on the return of grassroots sport from Monday 29th March. 👉gov.uk/guidance/coron…GT
Grassroots & non-elite football can resume in 6 days time, however there's still no published guidance from the FA. The Government's 'roadmap' announcement was made over a month ago, with the FA promising to "communicate updated guidance as soon as we can."
An update from the FA Referees' Committee: For Level 2B-5 officials: "Promotions & reclassification should not be implemented at the end of this season." The Committee recommends that performances are rolled over to next season rather than being discounted.
The FA: “If any clubs wish to make further representations in respect of the Committee’s decision to be put before FA Council, please send them (by email) by close of business on 25th March 2021 and they will be included in the pack to be put before Council.”
Among the 11 factors in the Alliance Committee's decision: "The NL’s Board took a neutral stance in respect of the Proposed Competition (i.e. it neither actively supported nor opposed it)." "The NL had not conducted any preparatory work in relation to the Proposed Competition."
The FA says the resolutions circulated by the National League are "not binding". "However, the Committee nevertheless considered the outcome of the resolutions to be relevant as an expression of the views of member clubs."
“The Committee also took note of the fact that: (i) whilst a majority of clubs within Step 2 expressed support for the Competition, only 35% of clubs indicated that they would take part; and (ii) the majority of Step 1 clubs voted against the Competition & promotion to Step 1”.
The FA has explained to clubs why it didn’t support the Step 2 mini-league. The FA outlines 11 factors that were considered, concluding that “the Committee did not consider that the Proposed Competition to be in the interests of the integrity of the National League System.”
The National League has confirmed next season’s start dates: 🔸Step One (National League): Saturday 21st August 2021 🔸Step Two (North and South): Saturday 14th August 202F3
The FA is expected to publish guidance for the return of non-elite & grassroots football in the coming days. The understanding is that spectators won’t be allowed from March 29th. Below is the initial guidance issued this week for grassroots football⬇️
Listen back to today's Non-League Show. We spoke about the curtailment of Steps 3-6 & the Women's Tiers 3-6. Plus we looked ahead to the return of the FA Vase & grassroots. Featuring @RRFC_1971, @FHFC1907, @MissBPritchard, @Biggleswadeutd & @hscfl. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09…
The Southern Combination Football League has published the fixtures for its Subsidiary Cups. Here's the ties for the Premier Division, Division 1, Division 2 & U23s competitions.
On today’s Non-League Show: We'll talk abut the curtailment of Steps 3-6. Plus we'll look ahead to the return of the FA Vase & league cups. Featuring Risborough Rangers, Flackwell Heath, Biggleswade United, Herts County League & more. Listen from 2pm: bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/li…
Football resumed in Scottish League 1 & 2 yesterday after a two month suspension of the divisions. There was just the one goal between Dumbarton & Forfar...but what a goal it was!! FT Dumbarton 0 Forfar 1
The FA is looking to find non-league & grassroots players who could be eligible for its Para-England teams. The FA wants to hear from players with Cerebral Palsy, or a hearing or visual impairment. More information here: thefa.com/get-involved/p…
The FA Council has ratified the decision to curtail the 2020-21 league season at Steps 3-6, with no further league matches taking place this season.
The FA has opened entry for next season's FA Cup, FA Trophy, FA Vase & FA Youth Cup. Clubs have until Friday 16th April to apply. The FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round is scheduled for Saturday 7th August. The Preliminary Round is due to take place on Saturday 21st August.
At yesterday’s meeting, FA Council members were NOT asked to vote to ratify the resolutions to make Step 2 null & void. They were asked to vote on the ‘curtailment’ of the leagues below, the outcome of that vote should be known in the next few days.
The Essex Senior League plans to run two cup competitions this spring in memory of Len Cordell, who passed away last month. Len Cordell was involved in local football for over 75 years. The League hopes to attract sponsors in order to cover the costs of steaming games.
The Spartan South Midlands League plans to organise two cup competitions for the sides who want to participate: 🔹Step 5 & 6 Cup -10 clubs (7 Premier, 3 Division One) 🔹Step 7 Cup -10 clubs from Division Two. Games to begin from Saturday 10th AprilWh
Bury AFC have won their battle to prevent controversial businessman Steve Dale trademarking the Bury FC badge in his name. burytimes.co.uk/news/19170912.…
The latest grassroots guidance from the FA.⬇️ This guidance applies to all youth & adult grassroots football & futsal. It doesn’t necessarily apply to men’s Step 3-6 & women’s Tier 3-6 (however the FA has already said fans aren’t expected to be allowed at that level).
That above guidance applies to all youth & adult grassroots football & futsal. It doesn’t necessarily apply to men’s Step 3-6 & women’s Tier 3-6 (however the FA has already said fans aren’t expected to be allowed at that level either).
🔹”All participants may travel to games but should avoid travel at the busiest times and routes, as well as minimising any unnecessary journeys where possible.” 🔹”Before re-starting play, all clubs must carry out a risk assessment & record the procedures & checks put in place.”
Full guidance for grassroots football (Step 7 & below) is expected next week. Here’s the FA’s current understanding for the Step 1 Roadmap (29 Mar-11 Apr): 🔹”No spectators at grassroots football unless for safeguarding purposes” 🔹Changing rooms cannot be used but toilets caAb
The 2019/20 FA Trophy & FA Vase finals are scheduled for 3rd May at Wembley without fans. A petition, with over 750 signatures, is calling on the FA & the DCMS to make the fixtures 'test events' or to rearrange the date. change.org/p/mark-bulling…
The 2019/20 FA Trophy & FA Vase finals are scheduled for 3rd May at Wembley without fans. Oliver Dowden MP was asked whether the day could be used as a fan pilot event...
The Southern Counties Combination League (Step 5-7) will proceed with a supplementary cup. Premier & Division 1 cup games to begin on Sat 10th April. Groups with 4 teams play each other twice. Group ties to be finished by May 1st. Finals played from week commencing May 17th.
Kent County Football League (Step 7 & below): “Member clubs have voted that the 2020/21 Season is to be declared null & void.”
The West Midlands Regional League (Steps 6-8) has applied to the FA to run a subsidiary cup. The cup would feature 8 groups of 3 (with sides playing each other twice), before group winners play knockout games. Fixtures to start on April 17th with the final being on May 29th.
The FA Council will meet tomorrow. Several key decisions still await ratification from the Council members: 🔹The null & voiding of Step 2 (including no relegation from Step 1). 🔹The ‘curtailment’ of Steps 3-6. 🔹 The ‘curtailment’ of the Women's season at Tiers 3-oxv
Central Midland Football League (Step 7 & 8): The North & South Leagues will be abandoned with a 'World Cup style' tournament organised. The leagues at Division One will be played to their conclusion. �cmflweb.wordpress.com/2021/03/16/cmf…4x
More details about the decisions made for the Women's game at Tier 3 & below can be read here: thefa.com/news/2021/mar/…
BREAKING: The Women's 2020/21 season at Tiers 3-6 has been curtailed. Tier 7 leagues will make their own decisions. No 'promotions' or relegations will take place, but 'upward club movement via applications should take place'. (The decision is subject to FA Council approval.)
The FA Council meets on Thursday. The Council members will be asked to ratify the recommendation to make Step 2 null & void as well as the ‘curtailment’ of Steps 3-6.
2021/22 FA Cup early round dates: 🔹Extra Preliminary Round -Saturday 7th August 🔹Preliminary Round -Saturday 21st AugusQG
The Southern Football League will begin the 2021/22 season on Saturday 14th August 2021 for all four divisions.
The Essex & Suffolk Border League (Step 7 & below): Following a vote from clubs, the season will conclude with cup competitions. The aim is for fixtures to commence from 10th April.
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