Notes from March Meeting

Secretaries Report – Matters Arising                  

Update from last month in that Hardwick Social Club won both their semi-finals recently and will play in the Durham Sunday Cup Final on the 14 May 2017 at Billingham Synthonia kick off 11:00 against Newton Aycliffe Locomotion.  The final of the All England Sunday Cup sees Hardwick Social Club face the favourites and holders New Salamis F.C from Surrey on the 7 May 2017 at Bramall Lane the home of Sheffield United kick off 14:00.

This is a massive achievement for a team no matter what level to reach these finals so all we can do as a League is give them our best wishes and bring the trophies back to Stockton.

Also last month I was asked if a Notice Board could be created for teams to advertise upon this has now been done and can be found on the website under the Information tab.  However anything that needs to be added here must be sent to the League Secretary as he is the only person at present who can update this section.

Charter Standard

Charter Standard Health Check should now be completed, however still a number of teams not completed: Fairfield Sports & Social Club, Jolly Farmers, Norton Unicorn, Doctor McGonicles and Thornaby Roundel.  I need to see all these teams at the end of the meeting.

Just to advise that the FA Community Awards are now open, so if you have anyone you wish to nominate then now is the time to do it, go to the Durham County Football Association or North Riding County Football Association websites for more details and to submit an application, closes end April.

Secretaries Report

Last Wednesday 22 March 2017 I attended a meeting at Durham County Football Association for all the Senior League’s in the County.  The President Ian Shuttleworth opened the meeting and welcomed all he then handed over to Claire Davidson (from the FA) who gave a demonstration on the whole game system registration process which John Topping gave us recently.

There were a number of points raised by Leagues these included all cup ties being played over 90 minutes with no extra time; this is down to each league and in their own rules.  There was a question raised about referee’s not closing dates and not turning up. John Topping advised that if they were regular offenders then the matter should be reported to the County FA

The matter of sin bins was discussed as this has been raised by other Counties and the matter is to go to IFAB for consideration.

We also discussed about Flexible football which sees games played over 50 minutes on a 3G pitch could use sin bins, also adult level could be mixed football.

SCOR (Standard Code of Rules) John Topping outlined the changes to Rules for next season that are mandatory for Leagues these included a change to debt recovery, 10b minimum playing time 2 x 30 minutes will constitute a game.  In the case of an abandoned fixture the result may be allowed to stand as long as it doesn’t penalise a team.  Coloured shirts for referee’s (needs sanctioning by DFA first) but leagues may be allowed to use black and one other colour (which would be decided by DFA), this change means teams will be allowed to wear black or very dark shirts.  However if a referee only has a black shirt then black kits cannot be warn.

The biggest discussion of the night centred on the demise of 11-a-side football.  Some of the problems highlighted included lack of volunteers, facilities, fees, flexible kick off times.  This is only a brief outline as this was quite a lengthy discussion and we all felt the same as there is no one solution to the problem.

Congratulations must also go to Thornaby Aerodrome Club on reaching the final of the North Riding Sunday Challenge Cup which will be played on Thursday 20 April at Stokesley kick off 7-30.

The last day for signing players is 31 March as is the last day for Transfers.

A reminder that 31 March 2017 is the date for any teams intending to resign from the League; this must be done either by letter or email to the League Secretary.