23rd Jan, 2021

Lockdown means wait goes on for local sides

Liam Moakes 5th Jan, 2021

WITH England having entered lockdown with immediate effect, the majority of grassroots football is not permitted which means the suspension of the Southern League and Midland League continues.

Redditch United, Alvechurch and Stratford Town continue to kick their heels in Southern Premier Central and there is now a huge chance the season will not be able to be completed, as is the case for Evesham United in Division One South.

The likelihood of a null and void campaign is growing by the day, with players and management of many sides at these levels voicing this thought on social media.

The situation is the same in the Midland leagues for Studley, Feckenham and Redditch Borough.

The UK Government’s announcement on Monday signals the suspension of fixtures and training across steps three to six of the National League System (NLS) and tiers three to seven of the women’s football pyramid.

The restrictions also apply to Regional NLS feeder leagues, Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite status), FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs (unless under elite status), all indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football, including under 18s (except organised outdoor football for disabled people, which is allowed to continue) and Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition).

Dialogue will continue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, leagues, competitions and county football associations and the FA will provide further updates for the 2020-21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and ‘non-elite’ football when relevant.

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