The key priority for the League is to get the girls and their teams playing again, and therefore we intend to provide organised football for teams starting on the 10th April 2021. To enable us to do this we will be providing a competitive mini league format for teams in all age groups. We did look at finding a way to complete the existing league divisions, and where there were some divisions and some teams that would have been able to complete the season, but this was not the case for all teams across all age groups. We commenced the season with the smaller divisions, thinking there would be a maximum of two months disruption, but now with over four months of disruption it will be impossible to ensure any degree of fairness in completing all leagues. This will be disappointing to many given the efforts many teams went to to play their fixtures up to December, but our priority now is to get the girls playing fixtures in the weeks to the end of May. Regardless of the FA extension into June, we are aware that councils will still be taking down their pitches at the end of May, so envisage facility issues for those that use local authority pitches, and those that share with cricket, beyond this point. Club secretaries have been asked about their own facilities with regards playing to end of May and we will look to assist those clubs that are without facilities from restart.
For age groups from U9 to U16 the mini leagues will consist of 4 to 6 teams. Where there are 4 teams it will be home and away, where there are 5 or 6 teams they will play each other once with a friendly filling any gaps. All of this will be subject to the continued relaxing of Covid restrictions which, as we have already seen this season, is unfortunately not guaranteed.
Should there be any team that does not want to participate in any restart organised by the league please inform your age group manager asap.
Unfortunately we are unable to restart our central venue activities, including the festivals for U7 and U8's.
It will be just fantastic to get everyone playing again!
We still have not back a number of trophies returned from the 2018/19 Season (these were due back at the December 2019 Managers Meeting) or from the 2019/20 Autumn Cups. Please contact your current age group manager or any member of the committee to arrange the return.
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