Step 7 Update- St Piran Football League
Southwest Restructure Statement – Cornwall FA
Following a meeting between The FA, Cornwall FA and Devon FA we are pleased to be able to provide an update and some clarification in relation to the proposed restructure of football and the National League System in Cornwall and Devon, and in particular the creation of a new Cornish league at Step 7.
The name of the new league will be the ‘St. Piran Football League’
The South West Peninsula League will now operate two Divisions of 20 teams at Step 6 of the National League System, sitting below that at Step 7 will be 3 Leagues comprising 16 teams. One league will consist of teams based in Cornwall, one League will consist of teams based in North and East Devon, one league will consist of teams based in South and West Devon.
Cornwall Step 7 League Constitution and priority for entry to the league for the 2019/20 Season
All teams who submitted an expression of interest to participate in the new league will be required to submit a formal application to Cornwall FA no later than February 24th 2019. All relevant clubs have been sent guidance on what this entails.
For a club to be accepted into the league they must meet the minimum Ground Grading requirements for Step 7 of the National League System or following a ground grading inspection be able to demonstrate they will be able to meet the minimum requirements by March 31st 2021. Failure to meet the minimum requirement will result in automatic relegation.
Of the 16 teams who will comprise the Step 7 League in Cornwall no more than 50% may be reserve teams of clubs competing at Step 6 or above of the National League System.
Priority 1 – Any Cornish teams currently competing at Step 6 or 7 of the National League System who are either unsuccessful with their application to play at Step 6 of the National League System or who have applied to play specifically at Step 7.
Priority 2 – Cornish teams competing in the LWC Drinks Cornwall Combination League or the Mortgage Advice Bureau East Cornwall Premier League Premier Division who have submitted an official application – Entry will be decided using a points per game ratio.
Priority 3 – Cornish teams competing in the Mortgage Advice Bureau East Cornwall League Division 1 who have submitted an official application
Priority 4 – Cornish teams competing in The JJ Jones Duchy League and Whirlwind Sports Trelawny League who have submitted an official application - Entry will be decided using a points per game ratio with priority going to teams in higher divisions of the respective leagues
Teams will only be considered from priority 3 and 4 should there be insufficient numbers to create a league of 16 from those teams in Priority 1 and 2.
Expressions of Interest Received for Step 7
Current Step 7
AFC St Austell Reserves
Saltash United Reserves
Torpoint Athletic Reserves
Wadebridge Town Reserves
Falmouth Town Reserves
Helston Athletic Reserves
St Ives Town
ECPL Division 1
St Dennis Reserves
We would like to thank all clubs and leagues for their patience over the last few months, and for their input as things have progressed.
Once we have a list of confirmed applications we will release a further statement and arrange to meet with representatives of all local leagues to discuss the impact the restructure will have on them. As well as an open forum for members of the football family should there be sufficient interest.
To ensure as much consistency as possible in relation to rules, regulations and fees a joint liaison committee has been set up, with representatives of the new Step 7 Leagues in Cornwall and Devon, along with members of Cornwall and Devon FA’s.
The new Cornwall Step 7 league committee will be meeting on a regular basis over the coming months to discuss issues such as sponsorship, administration, finance, future promotion and relegation.
If you have any questions the please contact Richard Pallot at Cornwall FA on 01208 262983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be happy to clarify any points.