Possible change of format to League structure

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Possible change of format to League structure

Postby fairplay » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:38 pm

This email has gone to all Club Secretaries this evening - but there are others out there (including Team Managaers) who may wish to view this.

At the recent League General Meeting the Clubs present were given a presentation by Steve Bennett of Great Horwood FC of a proposal he had put to the League regarding a possible re-structure of the way that fixtures were put together.
This followed a post on the forum and subsequent discussions between himself, members of the League Management Committee (MC) and County FA (CFA).

He explained that the reasoning behind his proposal is to give better flexibility to the League and give teams games that were better suited to their own level. He answered a number of questions from the floor on his ideas and clarified points raised. He admitted freely that he did not consider this to be a total solution - but felt it was a starting point on a discussion of the way forward.

The MC added that it had been in contact with CFA on these proposals and there had been a strong show of support for it from them. Further discussions will be arranged with them to discuss how this could be best moved forward and to address those reservations already raised.

However it was added that the League is organised and run solely for the benefit of the Member Clubs - and that the Clubs have the over-riding decision as to the rules, regulations and structure of the league. The MC will make recommendations that it sees suitable - but will always accept the Member Clubs choice.

This is therefore, in no way, a finite decision - but is a work in progress that is simply asking that we consider alternate ways of structuring the league to try and ensure that every club, team and player gets the maximum opportunity to play football at a level that is suitable to their development whilst also minimising the impact of the British winter.

What the MC need therefore is some input from Member Clubs as to whether this structure would be good, or not – or to put forward any alternatives instead.

The powerpoint presentation Steve used is attached to this for reference and any observations would be gratefully received.

The format of the divisions and the League itself is not a matter directly covered by the rules – and so minimal change would be needed here to cover such a re-structure.
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Re: Possible change of format to League structure

Postby Liam » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:42 am

I dont see nothing wrong with the current League format as it stands.
The main problem in my eyes is the council being to hasty in calling games OFF, Games should not be called off until the morning of the game unless for obvious reasons.

I think you guys at the league do a great job in organising.

No need to change something that isn't broken!
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Re: Possible change of format to League structure

Postby rusty » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:09 pm

It looks similar to that what has been proposed as the youth development by the FA. I agree with the last comment that councils are tool quick to close grounds on health and safety. But are slow to act in getting irresponsible dog owners to stick to the rules and clear up after their pets.
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Re: Possible change of format to League structure

Postby fairplay » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:55 pm

Following lengthy deliberation by the League Committee it has been decided that no change to the existing structure will be implemented for the coming season - as there are far too many other changes happening at the moment.
This decision was announced to mamber clubs at the General Meeting last Monday.
However the League will continue to look into ways in which it can improve the 'service' given to local youth football.
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