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Step 5/6 Review Group is formed by the FA

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The FA Leagues Committee has created a Step 5/6 Review Group to look at a possible restructure of the current step 5 & step 6 leagues


The Group held their initial meeting on 9th June 2011 and made a number of recommendations to the Leagues Committee which met on 14th June. In addition a Timetable was agreed.


The main issues are set out below:


• There was a commitment to restructure Steps 5/6.


• The aim of the restructure would be to reduce the current Step 5 leagues to twelve for Season 2013/14.


• After considering the current league structure across the whole country, it appeared that the South East corner required further consideration.


• There may be a requirement for clubs to be redistributed to Step 6 divisions.


• Clubs would be selected for the new divisions based on those meeting the Grading requirements for Step 5 together with the points gained per games played process.


• There needs to be consultation with the leagues and ultimately clubs.


• Consideration was given to whether each of the twelve Step 5 divisions should also operate a Step 6 division.


• Promotion/relegation to be discussed further.


• It was agreed that in order to move this matter forward that appropriate maps be provided for the next meeting.


A timetable for the process was agreed as follows:-


14th June 2011 - Leagues Committee agree the principles


15th July 2011 - Initial announcement to Steps 5/6 leagues of the proposed restructure


4th August 2011 - Steps 5/6 Review Group to meet


September 2011 - Consultation with Steps 5/6 leagues begins


October 2011 - Consultation with clubs at Steps 5/6 via regional meetings begins


December 2011 - Steps 5/6 Review Group to meet and consider feedback from regional meetings


March 2012 - Leagues Committee to approve details of the structure – leagues and clubs to be advised of the structure to be implemented from Season 2013/14


August 2012 to 31st March 2013 - Ground grading inspections to commence. The gradings to be carried out under the control of the FA. Clubs must fully comply with the requirements of Grade F by 31st March 2013. Consideration would also be given to the security of tenure and club structure


May 2013 - Detailed structure and clubs to be approved by the Leagues Committee – twelve divisions of twenty-two clubs

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