Introduction to the Dorset Football League

The Dorset Football League was formed for the 2009/2010 season and is affiliated to Dorset County Football Association.

As a very active League we run a Senior League and five additional Adult divisions. We also run an under 18 league and a Veteran League each split to consist of two divisions.

Item from the FA on 22 Sept recommending Clubs use the NHS Track and Trace Notices with QR Codes

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Issued Tuesday 1 December 2020

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Dorset Football League Fixture Statement

Following on from the Governments statement, and subsequently the FA, suspending all non-elite sport until the beginning of December at the earliest, the Dorset Football League have decided not to resume fixtures until the weekend of 9th and 10th January 2021 providing no further restrictions are imposed.

This decision was not an easy decision to make nor was it taken lightly however we, as a committee, feel that it is the correct one considering the current circumstances that we are all in and everyone's wellbeing is paramount therefore there will be NO fixtures until the date stated above.

We were due to have a 2-week break at Christmas and many clubs will have outstanding County Cup games that will take place in December so please either contact the County that you are affiliated to or check their website for cup game details.

I must stress that the decision not to resume the season until January was decided by the Dorset Football League committee and NOT your respective County FA,s so if you have any queries regarding this please contact myself or any of the committee members, who's details can be found on the DFL website.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind each and every one of you that we ALL have a responsibility to adhere to the guideline's set out:

  • Maintain social distancing
  • Regular sanitisation of equipment
  • If anyone is showing symptoms of Covid they must self-isolate and have a test
  • Anyone with a positive test must self-isolate for 14 days
  • Where ever possible PLEASE travel to games on your own. If this isn't possible then EVERYONE in the car MUST wear a mask.
  • We all want to be able to return to some form of normality as soon as possible and each and every one of us has our own part to play in that for it to be able to happen.

    Kind Regards
    Dorset Football League Adult Secretary

    Statement Issued by the FA on 3rd Nov 2020 re Non-Elite Football

    Confirmed by a Parliamentary Vote on Wednesday 4th November the FA has announced that all non-elite football, including training, will be suspended from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2nd December 2020

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    Travelling to Games

    All Clubs are reminded that in line with FA guidelines, wherever possible, players and managers should be travelling individually in their own cars to games.

    Where this isn't possible the driver and all passengers should be wearing face masks.

    Important Update - Please read

    Updated FAQ issued by FA on 16 October re Covid-19

    This document gives advice to Clubs around positive cases and self isolation

    DFL Substitutes - Rule Clarification
  • Rule 19(F) A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use substitute Players in any Competition Match.
  • A Club may name up to 5 substitute Players of whom not more than 5 may be used. A Player who has been substituted himself becomes a substitute and may replace a Player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of Association Football.
  • Therefore, where a Competition does allow return substitutes, a Club may use up to 5 from 5 substitute Players in a Competition Match.
  • Charter Standard Status - Now available for Applications

    We have been informed by the DCFA that application may again be made to gain Charter Standard status.

    Please contact Derek Hansford if you need assistance with your application.

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    Click here for the FA Guidance on Charter Standard