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Start Of The New Season - CONFIRMED

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Planned dates (subject to change)

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round: Tuesday, 1st September 2020

FA Cup Preliminary Round: Saturday, 12th September 2020

FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020

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Take a closer look at the guidance for outdoors grassroots football activity, including steps you must take before and after you train or play:

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FA Vase Dates

1st Qualifying Round - Saturday 19th September

2nd Qualifying Round - Saturday 10th October

League allocations out this week too to include downward and sideway movements between leagues but no promotions.

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On 18/07/2020 at 16:00, Savagebee said:

Planned dates (subject to change)

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round: Tuesday, 1st September 2020

FA Cup Preliminary Round: Saturday, 12th September 2020

FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020

The FA have a bit of a dilemma on their hands don't they as I gather normally around 70 Step 6 Club's are eligible to enter the FA Cup based on their previous season’s league performance, however with the 2019/20 campaign controversially declared null and void it remains to be seen how they will decide which teams participate in the competition and with the Extra Preliminary Round just six weeks or so away.

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I’m hearing no spectators allowed! They drink in the bar but can’t stand in a field and watch a game?? You could easily have 500 safely distanced around any football pitch. 

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12 minutes ago, Winslow Boy said:

I’m hearing no spectators allowed! They drink in the bar but can’t stand in a field and watch a game?? You could easily have 500 safely distanced around any football pitch. 

The whole Covid-19 thing has been one big contradiction from the start and so it continues to be.

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They want all their fees and match officials money. Where do they think this money comes from, the sky? No spectators means no money. 

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Also away teams are only allowed to use changing rooms, home team must come prepared and go home dirty. Apparently the virus suspends it’s level of contagion while your man marking someone but can jump into separate changing rooms after the game! Utterly absurd. 

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3 hours ago, Winslow Boy said:

Also away teams are only allowed to use changing rooms, home team must come prepared and go home dirty. Apparently the virus suspends it’s level of contagion while your man marking someone but can jump into separate changing rooms after the game! Utterly absurd. 

Yep it's like Shop Staff can't catch or spread Covid-19 that's why they don't have to wear face masks in the shops they work in but customers do 🤔

Even in Cafes and Bakers and places like that they don't have to wear face masks so they can breath all over the food they are selling or serving 🤔

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Depressing news, we're by no means out of the woods yet are we, the problem is that when these 'do gooders' and 'experts', such as Professor James Calder, put in their twopennysworth it creates scaremongering:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/53556072

The whole of the next football season in England could be played in front of reduced capacities and crowd sizes could be further impacted if chanting is proven to heighten transmission risk, a senior government adviser has said.

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1 hour ago, Rhodes said:

Crowd sizes could be further impacted if chanting is proven to heighten transmission risk, a senior government adviser has said.

Won't effect Arsenal home games then 😉

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After several days locked in a darkened room I can now reveal the opening day (5 September subject to change) fixtures

 

PREMIER DIVISION

A v P
B v U
C v T
D v S
E v R
F v Q
G v BYE
H v O
I v N
J v M
K v L

 

DIVISION ONE

A v R
B v Q
C v P
D v O
E v N
F v M
G v L
H v K
I v J

 

DIVISION TWO

F v BYE
G v E
H v D
I v C
J v B
K v A
L v O
M v N

 

🤣🤣🤣🤣

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As I said earlier we are not out of the woods yet, by any means:

Northampton borough is currently seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, and residents are being asked to follow additional measures to help reduce case numbers and avoid further restrictions such as a local lockdown from being enforced.  
Therefore, we would like to remind all football clubs to be extra vigilant in following The FA’s detailed Covid-19 guidance on re-starting grassroots football. This includes guidance around spectators; the aim being to keep numbers to a minimum, accepting the requirement to meet safeguarding and safety standards at Youth Football level.

Given the current situation, Public Health Northamptonshire have recommended that Northamptonshire FA inform local football clubs and organisations that any competition that includes more than two teams should not be permitted at the current time (including football festivals, small-sided competitions or multi-team tournaments). 

Teams and players often travel between different areas of the county for these tournaments and this increases the transmission risk between higher and lower risk areas. The situation will be reviewed on Wednesday 12 August 2020

Compliance will be monitored and if there are any breaches of this guidance, local enforcement powers may be implemented. 

We would ask for your support in following this guidance so we can all work towards a return to a more normal situation soon.

http://www.northamptonshirefa.com/news/2020/jul/29/a-covid-19-update-from-public-health-northamptonshire-and-northamptonshire-county-council

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Clubs and players from Luton are also not permitted to play or train with more than 5 players at the moment. 

 

Statement from Bedfordshire FA CEO - Alan Young

 Following the recent announcement from Public Health England that Luton has been designated as an area of intervention, the Bedfordshire Football Association have been instructed by both Luton Borough Council and the Public Health Advisor that restrictions will be put in place with immediate effect. Clubs and players residing in Luton should follow the guidance below until further notice:

  • You should stay at home wherever possible
  • Only meet up with others outside and always keep a two metre distance
  • Don’t meet in large groups – People should not gather outside in groups greater than six individuals (Unless they are from the same household)
  • Training sessions should be limited to no more than 6 participants (5 players and 1 coach)
  • Sessions should be non-contact to ensure social distancing is maintained
  • Equipment should not be shared and should be sanitised before and after sessions
  • Coaches should ensure that players limit the touching of equipment with their hands wherever possible.
  • Hands should be washed on a regular basis

The Bedfordshire Football Association will NOT sanction any friendly matches or tournaments/festivals involving Luton clubs until further notice.

These restrictions will remain in place until we receive further guidance from the Local Authority and Public Health England. The Bedfordshire Football Association would advise its clubs and members to only proceed with sessions if they can adhere to the above points whilst ensuring the safety of all those in attendance.

 

 

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There are a lot of grey areas at the moment particularly at Step 7 level, for example fans are not allowed at Non League games but are permitted at grassroots fixtures, hopefully Karen can give us some clarity:

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Sorry can't help am still locked in a darkened room with fixture planning

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9 hours ago, Karen Browne said:

Sorry can't help am still locked in a darkened room with fixture planning

That's a disappointing reply, can't you phone one of the SSML hierarchy and find out, it will only take a few minutes, can you ask if fans are still not allowed into games by the time of the SSML Challenge Trophy First Round will a Division Two Club drawn at home to a Division 1 or Premier Division Club be able to open its doors and collect gate money as that can be a lucrative payday for them. I don't recall any Division Two Club's hosting Premier Division Club's in the First Round last season, can you shake the balls a bit harder this year in the velvet bag.

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I gather that County FA's have been forced to relax the requirement for Club's to enter and play in their respective County Cup competitions this coming season. The FA have requested that Club's aren’t penalised or fined if they don’t enter, that seems to make sense but, even though it will please Karen, it's still a shame that the County Cup competitions which do take place are depleted, the Berks & Bucks FA have already cancelled all their competitions so sadly no Berks & Bucks Senior Cup or Senior Trophy.

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Rhodes, Karen won’t know because the FA don’t know either. Until the guidance is clearer I can’t see how anything can go ahead. 

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