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FA Statement - Cornwall and Devon League Re-Structure

Update on proposed Structures in Cornwall and Devon for Saturday Adult Male Football

Over the last few months there have been several meetings looking at proposed changes to the Structure of Saturday Football in Cornwall and Devon, in Cornwall this included meetings with all our leagues in addition to those with The FA and Devon FA

A follow up meeting was held at the Devon County Football Association headquarters on Friday 23 March. Representatives of the Cornwall and Devon Football Associations, South West Peninsula and the Devon and Exeter Leagues reported back on their meetings that they had had with their Management Committees regarding the re-organisation of the Steps 6 and 7 in Cornwall and Devon. It is pleasing to report that all parties wish to go ahead with the structure as from the 2019/20 season.

This will mean that the South West Peninsula League will be responsible for the two Step 6 leagues, one in Cornwall and one in Devon. The Cornwall FA will run the Step 7 league in Cornwall, Devon FA will run the Step 7 League in the West of the county and The Devon and Exeter League will run the Step 7 league in the rest of the Devon. The names of the Step 7 leagues will be agreed at a later date.

 Ray Lewis, Chairman of the Football Association’s Leagues Committee will be taking the proposal to its next meeting on 10 April to gain approval to move this venture forward.

 It was agreed to form a Joint Liaison Committee formed of representatives from all parties and this will meet on 3 May. This will then be followed, in early June with meetings when the full proposals will be given to Clubs. The Football Association will be writing to each club after April 10 explaining the structure and the timeline for submitting expressions of interest to play in the new Step 6 and Step 7 Leagues. The closing date for this will be 30 September 2018 with formal applications to be received by 31 December 2018.

If you wish to discuss this proposed re-structure and the impact it may have on your club please contact Richard Pallot here at Cornwall FA on 01208 262983 or email richard.pallot@cornwallfa.com