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2 weeks ago By Joffy Chinnock

Southern League announce week delay to season start due to FA Cup changes

Following information and discussions with the FA, it has been confirmed that at least 20 clubs at Step 4 will have to enter the FA Cup at the Extra Preliminary stage, which is being played on Saturday 11th August. Therefore, the Southern League have taken the decision to delay the start of the Division One season until Saturday 18th August (Premier Divisions to commence on 11th August). By doing so this will have two advantages:

  • Those clubs drawn to play in the FA Cup will not have to postpone a Saturday fixture or potentially a midweek fixture if a replay occurs.
  • Provides an even playing field so that all clubs will be allocated the same number of Saturday and midweek fixtures at the start of the season and therefore no advantage can be implied

It is expected that we will fill Saturday 11th August with a friendly unless we are in FA Cup action, any update will be confirmed in due course

Updated 14:09 - 6 Jun 2018 by Joffy Chinnock

Where next?

Pre Season 2018 We can announce the first five Pre Season Friendlies which have been confirmed.

Tue 17 Jul
First Team Abingdon United
Friendly 19:45
Sat 21 Jul
First Team Cwmbran Celtic
Friendly 13:30
Tue 24 Jul
First Team Shrivenham
Friendly 19:45
Sat 28 Jul
First Team Redditch United
Friendly 15:00

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