February 7, 2019 at 11:32 am #17908
South West Peninsula League Step Six Restructure Statement:
Following a recent meeting held between the League and the Football Association, we are pleased to be able to give you an update and some clarification in relation to the proposed restructure of football and the National League System in Devon and Cornwall, with regards to the creation of two, rather than one, Divisions of Step 6 football.
The South West Peninsula League will now operate two Divisions of up to 20 teams at Step 6 of the National League System, sitting below that will be Two Leagues run by Devon and Cornwall FA that will comprise of two Devon based divisions that will each consist of 16 teams based in North and East Devon together with a further division of 16 teams based in South and West Devon. In addition to this Cornwall will also have their own division that is made up of 16 teams.
The new Divisions have working titles of Carlsberg Peninsula Premier East & Carlsberg Peninsula Premier West.
Step Six is overseen by the FA National Leagues Committee and club allocations are decided by them on an annual basis, clubs are not allocated on strict County lines. It is envisaged that the initial set up will be very close to an even split between Devon & Cornwall but until all applications are in, all ground gradings done etc no assurances can be made.
It is possible that Devon clubs could play in Cornwall or vice versa and indeed in time it is possible that a Somerset or Dorset club could play in the league, or vice versa.
Step 6 League application and priority for entry to the League for the 2019/20 Season:
All Clubs who submitted an expression of interest to participate in the new Step 6 Divisions, must now confirm their application in writing no later than February 28th 2019. (Please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Clubs without an FA Ground Grading must also pay £50 to cover the cost of a Step 6 ground inspection to confirm works to be completed in the two year dispensation period.
For a club to be accepted into the league they must:
• Have a G Grade Ground or Higher at present OR
• Have a H Grade Ground at present and commit to reach G by March 31st 2021 OR
• Comply fully with Step 7 Grading AND by March 31st 2019 have all necessary planning permissions granted and business plans in place to reach G by March 31st 2021.
Failure to meet the G Grade by 31st March 2021 will result in automatic relegation.
Only Reserve teams whose first teams are clubs competing at Step 4 or above of the National League System are eligible for membership at Step 6.
Priority 1 – Any clubs currently competing at Step 6 of the National League System. (SWP Premier Division)
Priority 2 – Any clubs currently competing at Step 7 of the National League System who have in place an H or G Ground Grading (floodlit clubs eligible for the FA Vase etc)
Priority 3 – Any clubs currently competing at Step 7 of the National League System who on 31st March 2019 have an acceptable business plan as to how they can achieve Grade G by 31st March 2021 (To include planning permissions etc)
Priority 4 – Clubs whose first team is currently competing in the Top Divisions of the feeder leagues, Cornwall Combination, East Cornwall Premier, South Devon, Devon & Exeter, North Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Football Leagues who have submitted an expression of interest. (Note clubs who expressed an interest but who are not in the Top Divisions of their local leagues will not be offered a space at Step 6, but may still be offered a place in the new Step 7 Divisions).
“Expressions of Interest” Received for Step 6:
Priority Group One:
Priority Group Two:
Newton Abbot Spurs
Priority Group Three:
* Denotes unsuccessful clubs will be given a space at Step Seven.
Priority Group Four:
Applications from Clubs in Groups 3 & 4 will require a £50 fee to cover a ground grading visit in March 2019.
We are currently finalising required rule changes for the administration of the new set-up but have already agreed that fees, charges & fines will be the same as the current SWP Premier Division with no increase on those at this years AGM.
If you have any questions the please contact Philip Hiscox at The SWP League on 01392 493995 email email@example.com and he will be happy to clarify any points
February 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm #17918
I have been asked to clarify the procedure for who gets In and does not – The situation is :
- All clubs in Groups 1 & 2 will be allocated a space as they meet either the G Grade (the normal Step 6 requirement) OR the H Grade which is the normal entry level to join Step 6 (ordinarily clubs then have 1 season to reach G, but under the re-structure clubs have two years). There are more than enough spaces for ALL clubs in Groups 1 & 2. The only provisos are that a club may be promoted to Step 5 which may increase the remaining spaces available and at the bottom end clubs must not finish in a relegation position in East or West and must fulfil their obligations for the current season.
- Clubs in Group 3 – These do not meet H in full as they do not have lights installed, the next level down from H is to have all that is reqd for H except floodlighting. As no club in Group 3 has lights installed they must have planning permission granted by March 31st. Without stating which clubs in Group 3 do or do not have it granted, I can say some already have it granted, some I know have applied to the local authority for planning permission and that may (or may not) be resolved by March 31st and some clubs have not provided documentation regarding planning at this time. Spaces will be allocated after March 31st based on those that DO HAVE planning, it may be that too many clubs have planning in which case Points Per Game across East & West would decide. It maybe that just the right number have planning in which case that is clear cut, and it maybe that not enough have planning granted. In which case :
- Should less than 40 spaces be filled the FA have allowed floodlit clubs, who are first teams, who are in the Top Divisions of the local leagues to be in Group 4. Two named are Dartmouth & Torrington but it is possible that others can still formally apply by February 28th. If the number of spaces remaining are less than the number of clubs in this group 4 then points per game in their local league would be used. But again without knowing how many spaces exactly will be filled by groups 1 to 3 it is at best an educated guess as to whether Group 4 will be needed and how many needed, whilst its possible we will be oversubscribed, it is also possible that we end up slightly short of 40, in which case the FA and the League would have to decide if thats a 20 and a 19, 2 x 19’s, a 20 and an 18 etc etc – geography as well as even splits would be taken into account at that time.
Hopefully that gives an insight – the advice remains though:
OFF THE PITCH – you need planing permission to be granted etc.
ON THE PITCH – If you are in groups 3 or 4 it “may” come down to points per game, so keep winning football matches !!!
February 17, 2019 at 2:23 pm #18002
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What will the rules be regarding players registration qualification Phil? Presumably they will not be able to register for both the SWPL Step 6 leagues. Will the same apply to the two Devon based Step 7 leagues ? Presumably a player will be able to register for one of the Devon Step 7 Leagues and also the Cornwall Step 7 League and one of the step 6 Leagues. Not to mention D & E , P & D, South Devon, and the various Cornwall Leagues.
February 17, 2019 at 3:28 pm #18003
Yep Wayne you seem to have that as I understand it, a player may register with 1 club per league – So the SWP will have 2 Divisions but ONE league, Devon will have 2 Divisions but ONE league and Cornwall will be 1 Divsion but still 1 league.
March 3, 2019 at 11:23 am #18088
Update on Priority Group Three :
Originally the following clubs had “expressed an interest” in joining Step 6, and if unsuccessful would take a place at Step 7 :
Priority Group Three:
Now that the deadline of February 28th has passed we can now split that Group into three Sub-Groups:
Clubs who have applied for Step 6 AND have planning permission already granted:
Clubs who have applied for Step 6 AND have planning applications lodged with local authority, but not as yet granted:
Clubs who have chosen not to apply for Step 6 and will be allocated a space at Step 7:
The two clubs who had expressed an interest from outside the SWP who already have floodlights have also formally applied for Step 6 – Those bring Dartmouth & Torrington
The next stage is to Ground grade clubs who have applied for dispensation, and those will be conducted between the 15th and 29th March.
In addition the clubs who are waiting on planning permission have a duty to keep the FA and league informed of progress and a further review of those will occur in the week commencing Monday April 1st.
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