NWCFL issue further statement on league extension
Following yesterday’s statement on the NWCFL league season being extended through to Bank Holiday Monday 7 May, the league have now issued a follow-up statement after receiving a response from the FA. The statement reads as follows, and can also be read on the NWCFL website here.
Any updates to the West fixture list will be announced on this website, as well as on our social media channels, as soon as we’re aware of them.
The League Management Committee today received a response from The Football Association following our request to extend the season until 12th May following the unpresendented weather that has led to the postponement of 357 matches this season.
The FA has responded by stating that matches involving clubs in promotion or relegation positions must be completed by Monday 7th May, and other matches at Steps 5 and 6 that have no bearing on Promotion or Relegation must be completed by Saturday 12th May.
With the top seven sides still in contention for a promotion place in our Premier Division, and up to 13 sides still in relegation battle this season, and the top 10 sides in the First Division all in contention for automatic or play off places, it is likely that the League will be unable to schedule many matches beyond 7 May. However the decision taken by the League Management Committee on Wednesday evening to move the play off semi final matches to Saturday 12th May, with the final on Thursday 17th May will remain in place as this is an internal promotion matter that is not decided by the FA.
The League is disappointed with the FAs decision not to extend to Saturday 12th May given the recent poor weather, as this will impact the League, its clubs and the staff, players and volunteers.
Changes to the fixtures will be published over the next few days as a result of this decision.