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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Coventry Alliance Teams For 2018/2019

PREMIER DIVISION

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.

DIVISION ONE

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.

DIVISION TWO

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

DIVISION THREE

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.

DIVISION FOUR

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.

 

FA Cup 2018/2019 Qualifying Round Dates

The Football Association has released the indicative dates (i.e. they are subject to confirmation) for the qualifying rounds of next season’s FA Cup.

They are as follows:

Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 11 August 2018
Preliminary Round Saturday 25 August 2018
First Round Qualifying Saturday 8 September 2018
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 22 September 2018
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 6 October 2018
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 20 October 2018

 

 

 

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Midland Football League Divisional Line Ups For 2018/2019

 

Premier Division
AFC WULFRUNIANS
BOLDMERE ST MICHAELS
COVENTRY SPHINX
COVENTRY UNITED
DUNKIRK
HIGHGATE UNITED
ILKESTON TOWN
LONG EATON UNITED
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
LYE TOWN
QUORN
ROMULUS
SHEPSHED DYNAMO
SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC
SPORTING KHALSA
STOURPORT SWIFTS
WALSALL WOOD
WESTFIELDS
WOLVERHAMPTON SC
WORCESTER CITY

 

Division 1
ATHERSTONE TOWN
BROCTON
CADBURY ATHLETIC
CHELMSLEY TOWN
COVENTRY COPSEWOOD
HEATH HAYES
HEATHER ST JOHNS
HINCKLEY AFC
LEICESTER ROAD
LICHFIELD CITY
LITTLETON
NKF BURBAGE
NUNEATON GRIFF
PAGET RANGERS
RACING CLUB WARWICK
ROCESTER
SMITHSWOOD FIRS
STAPENHILL
STUDLEY
UTTOXETER TOWN

 

Division 2
BARNT GREEN SPARTAK
BLOXWICH TOWN
BOLDMERE SPORTS & SOCIAL
BOLEHALL SWIFTS
COTON GREEN
COVENTRY ALVIS
EARLSWOOD TOWN
FAIRFIELD VILLA
FC STRATFORD
FECKENHAM
GNP SPORTS
HAMPTON
KNOWLE
MOORS ACADEMY
NORTHFIELD TOWN
REDDITCH BOROUGH

 

Division 3
AFC SOLIHULL
ALCESTER TOWN
BARTESTREE
BIRMINGHAM TIGERS
CASTLE VALE TOWN
CENTRAL AJAX
CONTINENTAL STAR
COVENTRIANS
CT SHUSH
ENVILLE ATHLETIC
INKBERROW
LEAMINGTON HIBERNIAN
SHIPSTON EXCELSIOR
AFC ALVECHURCH
COVENTRY PLUMBING
WLV FOOTBALL

Norm To Buy Nuneaton’s Ground?

Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite is looking at buying Liberty Way.

The plan which would be subject to EFL rules, is to buy the ground and rent it back to Nuneaton Borough if their supporters club can buy the club as a community asset, as a temporary scenario.

Both Liberty Way and Nuneaton Town are up for sale.

More on this -https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/port-vale-fc-owner-launches-14746811