The draw for the SAL Junior Cup 1st and 2nd Rounds was released today with new boys City of London drawn at home to Winchmore Hill 4th in Round 1. Tooting & Merton Wandsworth have yet to confirm their entry, but have been provisionally drawn at home to Alleyn Old Boys 4th.
The competition is open to teams from Intermediate Division 4 and Junior Divisions 1 North and 1 South and has attracted over 30 entries this season. Round 1 is scheduled for 30 September with the 2nd Round two weeks later on 14 October.
The draw for the SAL Minor Cup has been released today, with 20 entrants from Junior Divisions 3 North and 3 South. New club Tansley feature in Round 1 with an 'away' trip to Old Owens 3rd, with whom they ground-share. In Round 2 2017 runners-up Weirside Rangers 3rd travel to Old Parkonians 4th - some reward for last season's efforts!!!
Aside from the 'Northaw derby' between Tansley and Owens, there are other local match-ups for Ibis Eagles 3rd, who host Civil Service 4th and Alexandra Park 6th, who host Crouch End Vampires 4th.
The competition begins on 21 October with the 2nd Round due to take place on 25 November.
The draw for the Senior Novets Cup has been released today, featuring teams from Junior Divisions 3 North and 3 South. There are a total of twenty teams including new boys City of London Reserves, who host East Barnet Old Grammarians 4th in Round 1, and holders Carshalton 5th who receive a bye to Round 2 where they host Norsemen 5th. Their opponents in last season's final - Old Finchleians 6th - also begin in Round 2 where they will travel to meet the winner out of Winchmore Hill 7th and HSBC 4th.
The competition begins on 11 November with Round 2 on 2 December.
The draw for the Intermediate Novets Cup has been released with 29 teams in this season's draw. City of London 3rd travel to Polytechnic 8th in their first appearance in the competition after joining the League this season. The rest of the draw threw up some long journeys for Norsemen 6th at Merton 5th, Kew 3rd at Winchmore 8s, HSBC 5th at Broomfield 3rd, Salesians Reserves at Owens 4th and Merton 6th at Parkonians 8th.
The competition gets underway on 11 November with 13 ties, with Parkonians 7th, Alexandra Park 7th and Polytechnic 7th being drawn byes to Round 2 which takes place on 2 December.
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.
The constitution for the coming season has been confirmed by the Constitution Committee. Large changes have been made since last season with an additional Intermediate division brought in and the Junior and Minor sections merged to form a new, regionalised, Junior Section. Teams can now be promoted between all divisions except Senior, which continues to be restricted to 1st XIs.
JUNIOR SECTION (NORTH)
JUNIOR SECTION (SOUTH)
The draw for the 1st Round of the FA Inter-League Cup has been released with the SAL set to face the Bedfordshire League on 7 October. The game will take place at Cranfield United F.C., probably with a 3pm kick-off, but this is to be confirmed.
The SAL first entered the competition in 2007-08 when they achieved a dream start by going all the way to the final where they overcame the Midland Combination in a penalty shoot-out at the Ricoh Arena. The side then represented England at the 2008 UEFA Regions Cup, missing out on goal-difference in a preliminary group in Italy, where they remained unbeaten. The side reached the semi-finals in 2012 and 2016, going down 1-2 to the Isle of Man and 0-1 to the Teesside League respectively.
If your club has any players worthy of recommendation to represent they league please email manager Bob Leeds at email@example.com.
1st round draw - to be played by 14th October:
[Issued by SAL Working Group, Ronnie Robinson, Bob Coates, Mark Freedman, Ian Kerr, 3 July 2017]
In March 2017, the IFAB gave approval to National Associations to use Temporary Dismissals either for all cautions or for selected cautions. Subsequently the Football Association (‘FA’) agreed that the Pilot would be for dissent only and would be confined to clubs at Step 7 and below. 130 leagues registered an interest and the Southern Amateur League (‘SAL’) was selected. The Pilot is for all divisions in the League, not specific divisions, and will apply to SAL Cup ties but not County Cups or inter-league competitions.
The objective of the Pilot is to learn from a controlled environment and evaluate whether Sin Bins successfully reduce the level of dissent. Participating leagues have the opportunity to provide feedback to FA Committees which in turn will be fed back to IFAB. A final decision on full introduction will be made in 12 months. It is also essential to point out that the Pilot does not require referees to adopt a different interpretation of dissent – otherwise it might be impossible to evaluate its effectiveness – it is the sanction for dissent that is changing, not how referees determine the offence.
To put the Pilot into the context of the SAL and to give an indication of how prevalent dissent may be in the League next season – which also gives an indication of how often individual referees are likely to be faced with a ‘Sin Bin situation’ – it is worth noting that 326 dissent cautions were issued last season covering some 1,800 league and cup matches. This equates to one dissent caution every 5½ games. This gives us a baseline to review the Pilot in the coming season.
Evaluating the Pilot gives the SAL a unique opportunity to influence the outcome. The framework has been set and may not be altered. Your comments will be analysed throughout the season and will contribute to the eventual submission of the League. The FA is making changes to the Whole Game System to enable Sin Bin cautions to be recorded; the League will be making changes to the Referee Report Card.
The Southern Amateur League Annual General Meeting takes place this Friday, 16 June, with a 7.00pm start. The venue for this year's AGM is as follows:
The Counting House
Tel: 020 7283 7123
Nearest stations are Bank (Central, Northern and Waterloo & City tube lines and the Docklands Light Railway) and Monument (District and Circle lines) and bus route 25 (Oxford Circus - Ilford) passes the pub also.
All clubs are required to send representatives with a fine of £50.00 for non-attendance. The meeting will include consideration of the proposed new constitution, applications of new clubs and election of a new General Secretary as Graeme Wilson's tenure comes to an end.