Leagues Start Up Date

By Neil Paterson

League Start Update

Season 2020-21
At the recent meeting of the Executive Committee of the ADJFA it was decided that the Leagues will start on the weekend of the 24th 25th of October2020. Whilst competitive football has been given the go ahead from the 3rd 4th October 2020 it was felt teams required this time to get their players all registered . The committee was also mindful that the school holidays start on the 12th of October 2020.
Given the late start to the season the committee decided that teams would not be able to get relief of fixtures i.e. apply for free dates.
No games will be scheduled for three weeks at Christmas starting with the 26th 27th December 2020 right through to the weekend of 9th 10th January 2021. There will also be no scheduled matches through the schools’ Easter Holidays.
We have been advised by the SYFA that the First of the Scottish Cup will be held on the weekend of 31st October 1st November 2020. Other dates will be notified shortly.

The committee have allocated teams into the various divisions in accordance with the agreement unanimously accepted at the AGM. The Divisional lists are attached. The committee fully appreciate that there will be certain teams unhappy with their decisions, but they were made with the best interests of the league as a whole. Unfortunately, in these unprecedented times these decisions were necessary.
All Leagues will be determined by teams playing against each other only once. The match secretary will determine the home and away ratios for teams
With the likelihood of Covid 19 returning with the probability of localised lockdowns experienced recently in Aberdeen and Glasgow it would be prudent to restrict the number of matches over which any league is determined. This would give us the best possible chance to ensure that the league is completed, and champions declared .
The reduction in matches would also assist in reducing the impact that a possible reduced number of pitches will be available. It is more than likely that the number of matches , if allowed, at any multi-pitch venues will be curtailed. In educational lets there is a question mark over being able to use the same pitch twice in one day. The authorities are unlikely to want to incur the costs of a double sanitisation regime on match day.
We will also need to factor in self isolation periods for teams that has a player or official testing positive for the virus. We cannot declare them as not fulfilling a fixture due to them being unable to play.
There is also a serious doubt if we will have sufficient referees to cover all our matches on a weekly basis.
For the above reasons it was decided that we should restrict the leagues to only playing one another once.
To illustrate the basis of this decision please see below
Total League Game s 9
Potential Scot Cup 4
Domestic Cups None
Bad Weather 6
Xmas 3
Easter 3
Covid 4

29 Weeks

Whilst this may sound drastic, I believe it to be a sensible approach. When you look at the number of games some teams had played at the conclusion of the leagues you will see this is not without merit. Particularly as we have lost 8 to ten weeks of fixtures in the better weather months.
As per the agreement at the AGM there will be no domestic cup competition until later in the season and these will depend upon the time available.
If the weather is kind and the virus is subdued, we will look at playing Cup Competitions on a League Cup Format to give teams as much games as possible.

The list of contacts is now posted on the website adjfa.org.uk under Information then Downloads then League Document. Please check your team’s details and advise if any changes
All team and club officials are reminded of the Association’s Respect Charter and the Codes of Conduct all officials must sign up to. This applies to respecting the decisions made by the Executive Committee.
Team and Club Officials who use Social Media to incite personal attacks on committee members will be dealt with under the SYFA Disciplinary Procedures for breaching the SYFA Social Media Policy.

Go to League Document in Information Downloads for Leagues

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