30 Mar 2020
THE FA AND ISTHMIAN LEAGUE BOTH MAKE STATEMENTS
An Update on the FA and League decisions due to COVID -19 ,
We have been working closely with the Isthmian League, the FA , and fellow clubs to come to consensus on how to manage the 2019/20 season. There has been debate about how to complete the fixtures, and how to close the season at the point we have reached. To maintain the safety of supporters, staff, players and management by following the guidelines of NHS England & the Government in these unprecedented times, it was concluded the season has to end at the point we have reached to date, All leagues from Step 3 to Step 6 have agreed to support this decision. It has been delayed by the National League & EFL, Premiership continuing to look for ways to complete their seasons.
This now created a second decision, how to manage promotion , relegation and a record of the season. Many solutions have been suggested, including waiting until this point next year & picking up where we left off ?? We doubt there would be many clubs left to contest the leagues! The two options the FA looked at were to calculate a final table based on the points per game basis, or to simply close down and expunge the record of the season. There are sound arguments for both, however the FA decreed the latter & the leagues at step 3 to 6 have agreed, this by default then gets adopted at step 7 too, as there can be no promotion/relegation. The full FA statement on the matter can be found here, http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/mar/26/national-league-system-womens-football-pyramid-grassroots-covid-19-update-260320
This decision can be considered harsh for Worthing, clear leaders of the Isthmian Premier, we don’t think too many teams would have objected to them being named 2019/20 winners, we offer them our congratulations on a successful season to this point, and look forward to meeting them again next season. The play off places in our league were yet to be determined and given we would have probably been an influence as we were due to play some of them with some positive form behind us , it is probably right that the places are not determined now, but when a full season has been played & everyone has played everyone. Well done to our opponents who were in contention when the season stopped, we look forward to being with you at the right end of the table next season.
With no football at all for all of our sections from Youth, through to our Walking Football teams, the First Team Squad, our newly formed Womens’ section and the Inclusive teams you may think the dust covers have been pulled out and we have all disappeared to our day jobs in isolation, but this is not the case, Dean is hard at work examining contract details, ground grading, and how to manage our finances with no revenue coming in. Craig will be busy keeping in touch with the squad, who in turn will be busy trying to maintain a fitness level knowing what Craig’s pre season workouts will be like. Nigel our secretary will be in contact with the Isthmian League to ensure we are ready for when football can start again. The Sports Bar & Club Amber have had to close, but the facility still needs to be kept in working order ready for when we can open, all of the people with parties booked have had to be contacted, the club are working with them to reschedule, hold or return a deposit. The grounds need to be maintained (in isolation) and ideas and preparation for next season have to be managed (without actually meeting) . There are a few challenges, but Cheshunt FC as a club is well placed to meet them, and if we all pull together we should be able to resume in good shape.
Please look after your family, keep in contact with your friends, and look out for the more vulnerable members of our community in these difficult times, there are some great clips of the toilet roll challenge from the Youth teams, and some very active social media groups. We will keep updates available via this site & Twitter.
Best Wishes from Cheshunt FC
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