NORTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Founded 1889 - second oldest League in the world
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Monday, 19 March 2018
News Item 2017-18
FA statement - Ebac Northern League appeal - 23/02/2018
An appeal by the Northern League against the decision of the FA’s Leagues Committee to refuse a proposal to establish a new League at Step 4 next season was dismissed by an independent Appeal Board at the Football Association this week. The proposal by the Northern League (made on 11 December 2017) to engage with the establishment of a Step 4 Division in the North East was welcomed by the Leagues Committee who felt that the proposal had been received too late to be able to be incorporated into the plans for the pilot scheme which is already in place for Steps 3 and 4 over the next 2 years. In refusing the Northern League’s application the Leagues Committee did offer the Northern League free grading inspections of all their Step 5 members and that offer is still in place. After the hearing the representatives of the Leagues Committee and the Northern League had a very harmonious discussion about the future and are looking forward to working together to address the long-standing issues of travelling distance and time for the Clubs in that part of the country. The pilot for new divisions at Steps 3 and 4 is a two year pilot which will be reviewed in the third year and the Committee intend to work with the Northern League representatives during that time to address the outstanding issues in the hope that an eighth Step 4 Division can be introduced in the North East very soon but it is likely that the administration of that new League will have to go through a bidding process as happened with the administration and responsibilities for the two new Divisions which are introduced at the end of this season. It is hoped that this decision represents a bright day for the Northern League and its Clubs enabling them to work together with the Association towards a positive future.