The draw for the SAL Junior Novets Cup has been released, with 22 participants allocated to six qualifying groups. The competition is for teams in Junior Division 5 North and Junior Division 6 South. In addition, Old Parkonians 9th - who will not be playing league football this season - have entered along with Corinthian-Casuals U21 and Old Parkonians U21 who will be participating in the new SAL U21 League.
The opening group games will be scheduled for 9 September, with fixtures due to be released along with the opening league fixtures on Wednesday 30 August.
For the attention of all clubs and match officials, especially those participating this Saturday:
Please note that until further notice match officials' fees in the Southern Amateur League will remain the same as for 2014-15 at £32 for referees and £25 for assistants. This decision was taken by the League Management Committee towards the end of 2014-15 in view of the continuing reduction in playing numbers experienced both by our League and across amateur football in general with one reason for falling participation being the increased cost to participants.
However, following the decision by the AFA and other competitions to raise fees to £34 and £27 respectively, the SAL is now considering the option of adopting a unified approach to avoid confusion for players and officials. The issue will be discussed at the next League Management Committee on Tuesday 15 September with a final decision being notified to all participants following the meeting.
For the time being, please note that fees remain as indicated in the handbook (£32/£25) until further notice from the Southern Amateur League Management Commmittee.