At a meeting of the Officers of the Dorset League and following the responses received from competing clubs, of whom the majority did not wish to continue in the League at the current time, the Dorset League will be suspended with immediate effect. This decision is inclusive of all Divisions in the League, Saturday, Under 18 and Veterans.
The League will remain suspended until such time as a Government Tier review, makes a change that would allow the League to resume safely, the expectation from the officers is that this would need at least one of the affected areas moving to Tier 2.
We all feel that it is important to stress that there is a firm commitment from the League to conclude this season and we will all do as much as we can to achieve this.
Please all stay safe and we hope to be in touch as soon as we can with positive news.
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.
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We note the UK Government’s announcement this evening with regards to the new national COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown. As a result, the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of fixtures and training across the following, with immediate effect:
It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and we implore everyone to follow these.
Dialogue will continue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, leagues, competitions and County FAs and we will provide further updates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and ‘non-elite’ football when relevant.
We would like to thank the football community once again for its hard work, resilience and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and wider society.
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:
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.
Dorset Football League Adult Secretary
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 2020Click Here to read the full article
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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.