National League System Changed

The National League System (NLS) has been restructured following the completion of the 2017-18 season and the FA have issued the following statement;

“Additional divisions have been created at Step 3 (one division), Step 4 (one division) and Step 6 (two divisions).

As part of the structural changes, The FA’s Leagues Committee (FALC) has standardised and, in some instances reduced, the numbers of clubs per division in order to create consistency and reduce the need for midweek travel.

By 2020-21 the FALC hopes to add an additional division at Step 4 and two further divisions at Step 5 in order to create the ‘perfect’ 1-2-4-8-16 divisional model at Steps 1 to 5 of the NLS.

This would allow for a unified and simple promotion and relegation structure. Whilst the number of divisions at Step 6 from 2020-21 has not yet been confirmed, it is intended that movement between Steps 5 and 6 will be fair and consistent across the country.

Step 6 process for 2018-19

Next season, the bottom two clubs of each of the 14 Step 5 divisions will be relegated to Step 6.

28 clubs from the 19 divisions are required from Step 6. The 19 champion clubs are promoted and the 19 second-placed clubs are ranked in order of points per game – the nine clubs with the best points per game will also be promoted.

As the FALC wishes to be equitable across the country, the points per game element has been introduced.

This means that the leagues at Step 6 currently operating with play-offs (Northern Counties East and North West Counties Leagues, who are both disappointed but will accept the FALC’s decision) will not be able to do so until the ‘perfect’ pyramid is in place. The FALC acknowledges that this is not ideal, but the solution is a temporary one in order to work towards the long term goal.

It is important to note that promotions are to a ‘pool’ of clubs who are then allocated to leagues rather than to a specific league or league that any particular club have historically been attached to.

Until this year’s change in regulation, leagues at Step 6 had a myriad of different quantity of promoted clubs and ways to achieve the promotions:

– 3 promoted, no play-offs
– 3 promoted, 1 via play-offs
– 2 promoted, no play-offs
– 2 promoted, 1 via play-offs
– 1 promoted, clubs also have to pay to apply (independent Step 6 league)

This would result in a 1 in 20, 2 in 20 or 3 in 20 chance of promotion depending on a clubs geographical location – it was also unfair on those applying for promotion from the three independent Step 6 divisions as they had to make a payment to The FA in order to apply for promotion.

Once the ‘perfect’ pyramid is arrived at it would present the opportunity to reconfigure this area and to introduce play-offs to all Step 6 divisions.

Until that point, the FALC believes that it has arrived at a fair decision for the Step level as a whole.

The FA understands the challenges faced by clubs in the NLS and have partially completed the restructure work, which has been carried out for the benefit of the players and supporters of the National League System game.

As detailed above, there are further enhancements to come over the coming years which will further improve the experience for players, clubs and supporters and these are anticipated to be in place upon the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.

The FALC is truly committed in achieving this vision and feel that this has been demonstrated by the recent, swift action in forming the additional Step 3 and 4 divisions.”


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Golden Boot For Sphinx Striker

Coventry Sphinx striker Ryan Harkin has received the Midland Football League Golden Boot Premier Division Award

Harkin scored twenty-eight league goals for Coventry Sphinx in the season just gone and has received this trophy.

Coventry United Ladies And Bedworth Ladies Learn Of League Opponents

Coventry United Ladies and Bedworth United Ladies have learned of their League opponents for the new season following the AGM of the FA WPL this weekend.

Coventry United Ladies will be again in the Southern Division and will play C&K Basildon, Cardiff City, Chichester City, Crystal Palace, Gillingham, MK Dons, Oxford, Portsmouth, Plymouth, QPR and Watford.

Bedworth United have been promoted into the FA WPL Division One Midlands and will play Birmingham & West Midlands, Burton Albion, Long Eaton, Nettleham, Radcliffe, Solihull Moors, Sporting Khalsa, Steel City Wanderers, The New Saints, West Brom and Wolves.


Coventry Bears Beaten At Hunslet

Coventry Bears Rugby League team were beaten 40-16 at Hunslet this afternoon.

Cov travelled to the South Leeds Stadium and had Joe Cator run in an unconverted try in the eighth minute.

With Cov 18-4 down, Chris Barrett went over for a try with Stead converting.

James Mason ran in a try for Cov in the second half which Stead converted but Hunslet kept up the pressure and sent the Bears to a defeat.


Coventry Fifty Acorns Tied In A Sack

In 1968, the then most famous couple in the world, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, came to Coventry and planted two acorns for peace in the Cathedral’s Unity Garden.

Now fifty years on  at 12.30pm Friday 15th June, The Coventry Music Museum, will be re-enacting the event, with our own John Lennon (Chris Sidwell) and Yoko Ono (Marie Allen), apart from the acorn ceremony, there will be songs, competition and even Acorn-aoke where you can sing-along to your favourite Beatles and Plastic Ono Band hits. On the day, everyone present will be asked to take part in singing “Give Peace A Chance”, this will be filmed. Guests are invited to join in.

Museum Director Pete Chambers said, “It’s important that milestones like this are observed and we feel it’s our job to do this for musical events that have impacted on Coventry. The John & Yoko Acorn Event was hugely important in Beatle history, and I’m just so proud that they chose The Cathedral for their very first ‘Happening  together’.  I was lucky enough to meet Yoko when she came to Coventry Cathedral in 2005, she is a tremendous humanitarian and far reaching artist and her campaign for peace that began with John goes on, as does the Cathedrals message of Peace and reconciliation “.

The multi-award winning museum is currently the number one attraction in Coventry and number one museum in the entire West Midlands. It has a permanent John & Yoko bench on display.  Mob 07971171441

Normal entry applies of £3.00 Adults, £1.00 Children and £2.00 Concessions.

The best Beatles fancy dress will win a prize.

Coventry Alliance Teams For 2018/2019


AEI Rugby, Bulkington S&S, Christ The King, Copsewood (Coventry), Coventry Colliery, Dunlop, Folly Lane, Jet Blades, Rugby FC, Triumph Athletic, Whitnash Town, Woodlands WMC.


AEI Rugby Res, AFC Woods United, Ambleside Sports, Balsall & Berkswell, Bedworth Rangers, Canley Sports & Social, Fillongley, Folly Lane Res, Gudwara GNP, Jet Blade Res, Stockingford AA.


AFC Binley, Brinklow, Coundon Court Old Boys, Coventry Plumbing, Crick Athletic, Jaguar Daimler, Polonia Coventry, RS Sports, Shilton, Stockton, Westwood Heath, Woodslands WMC Res


AFC Binley Res, Athletic Sports, Balsall & Berkswell Res, Bourton & Frankton, Bulkington S&S Res, Christ The King III, Coventry Colliery Res, Dunlop Res, Eurocrate, Rugby Reserves, Triumph Athletic Reserves.


Crick Athletic Res, FISSC, Fillongley Res, Holbrooks United, KD Sporting AFC, Kenilworth Sports & Social, Kenilworth Wardens, MOTO FC, Potters Green CAFC, Prince Of Wales, RS Sport Res, Shilton Res, Whitnash Town Reserves.