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Football suspended as from thursday Nov 5th

Latest news from our League Secretary Neil Anthony

Hi everyone, as expected, we must cease our fixtures from Thursday 5th November until at least Wednesday 2nd December.

We as a League will be trying everything possible to get outstanding fixtures played as soon as possible, there is no guarantee that after the 5th December that we will be allowed to resume and with the commencement of the DCFA Cups due to start in January, along with our normal wet winter, we could be a long way behind our fixtures and we ask you all to be patient and understanding when fixtures are re scheduled. When we spilt the divisions at the start of the season, we were expecting a second phase of Covid 19 which will hopefully give us a chance to finish this season, but we all must be aware that we may not complete our fixtures again this season! Also, there will also be a threat of losing fixtures due to further Covid cases.

Please stay safe, abide by Government restrictions for the next month or so, and hopefully we may get some football played before the new year.

Please see below the latest details from the FA/Government
Neil Anthony., General Secretary

we have received this from FA early today.
Please read and digest . . .
The Football Association has provided an update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the UK Government’s announcement on new national Covid-19 restrictions that will be in place from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

As a result of the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4 November 2020] and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of the following during this period:

· All fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];

· All fixtures and training for Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];

· All fixtures and training for the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;

· All fixtures and training for The Barclays FA WSL Academy League;

· All fixtures and training for FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;

· All fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

The FA’s aim is to ensure that the 2020/21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.

The UK Government has confirmed that school sport can continue as an exemption during this period.

In addition, the UK Government has confirmed that all Emirates FA Cup First Round fixtures will go ahead as planned this weekend between Friday 6 and Monday 9 November 2020. The ten ‘non-elite’ clubs that remain in the competition will be able to play their fixtures under ‘elite’ protocols. In line with the new national Covid-19 restrictions, these ‘non-elite’ teams are only permitted to train together until Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Further updates on fixtures and dates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, The FA Youth Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase will follow in due course.

Re-starting football at these levels has taken substantial determination and commitment from stakeholders across the game and The FA would like to thank everyone for their vital contributions. However, health and wellbeing remain the priority, so it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions during this period.

The FA remains in dialogue with the DCMS, leagues, competitions and CFAs and will provide further clarification for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the debate in the House of Commons tomorrow

Regards DCFA

Tuesday 3rd November 2020