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.
We are sorry to have to announce the sad passing of AFA Life Vice President, Del Saunders.
Del was a stalwart in AFA football, serving on the London Banks FA and the Southern Amateur League committees for many years.
In addition, Del had been chairman of the Disciplinary Committee at the AFA for almost 20 years. He played his football in the lower sides of Nat West Bank FC and was secretary of the club in the days when they ran up to 23 sides.
He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
Steve Lucas, ex secretary and chairman of the SAL, said: “Del was great company whenever and wherever you met him, home or away from Norbury or Lower Sydenham, Private Banks at Catford or at so many representative matches, no matter who was playing.
“He was a great committee man who always provided a balanced view just at the right moment to convince others of the way forward whilst always being fair to all parties involved.”
We send our condolences to his son Ben and all of his many friends.
The funeral will take place on Tuesday, March 28 at West Herts Crematorium North Chapel, High Elms Lane, Garston, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 0JS at 2pm.
The wake will be held at The Partridge, St George's Drive, Carpenders Park, Watford, WD19 5TP
The Spring Cup run jointly by the SAL & AFC is now finalised. Listed below are the general rules to help manage the cups but remember this is a friendly tournament and any player or team or indeed club, giving issues will simply be removed. The competition will follow the same rules/discipline as all other competitions overseen by the AFA. The Spring Cups must not become an administrative burden for either league or our clubs.
You can view fixtures and group tables on the Spring Cup page.
1. Teams play each other once so 2 or 3 group games per team.
2. Games are played home or away as directed (with no maximum number of home or away games so all could be at home or all away). They can be reversed if teams agree but you must notify Ian Andrews (AFC clubs) and or Eric Owen (SAL clubs).
3. Games can also be played midweek if mutually agreed and notified in good time to Eric & Ian.
4. In league matches score at 90 mins is the result (so a draw is permissible).
4a. Any teams not completing their matches by Saturday 15th April will be deemed to have drawn the game 0-0 and each team awarded 1 pt . No game can be arranged after 15th April unless that match has no bearing on the group winner.
5. The top team in each group will qualify for a knock out semi-final with the winners playing in the final.
5a. If team withdraws from a group stage fixture after the preceding Thursday the game will be awarded to the opponents as a 0-0 win.
5b. Referees will be appointed where possible but clubs should make every effort to secure club referees when required.
6. Knock out games will be played on either ground of competing teams, on either 22nd or 29th April with the final the following week or midweek if mutually agreed. Preferably all games will be completed by end of April.
7. Semi-final and final will have extra time of 30 minutes and then penalty shoot-outs (as per normal cup rules) to determine a winner as required. NO REPLAYS.
8. Referees will be allocated by either SAL or AFC depending on availability. Costs are the same as all other competitions.
9. League and all other cup games take precedence over Spring Cup fixtures.
10. The respective leagues reserve the right to withdraw a team at any time if they are not conforming to the spirit of the competition.
11. It has taken huge effort to arrange this competition and so we do expect clubs to honour their commitment to making the tournament a success for both leagues.
Match Secretary Eric Owen is asking all clubs to notify him of teams wishing to enter end-of-season Spring Cups by 17 February. The Spring Cups are organised on a league basis, sometimes with a final between group winners, to offer teams competitive football where their season finishes early. Teams having more than 6 games remaining should consider whether they will have time to fit Spring Cup games in, as we may have more postponements yet, but all teams will be considered.
Please use the form below to make expressions of interest.
REARRANGED FOR WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2017
Details of Phil's funeral have now been released, as follows:
Thursday 10 November 2016, 3.20pm
West Herts Crematorium
High Elms Lane
Garston WD25 0JS
The wake will be held directly after the service at: -
Old Owens Sports Ground
Potters Bar EN6 4NE
Phil’s children, Josh & Charli, are aware of a tremendous sense of loss from those Phil touched during his life, both within and beyond AFA football. To this end and to assist our understanding of numbers of those who plan to attend, could you please reply to the above email address: firstname.lastname@example.org indicating if you intend to attend: -
A - Funeral
B - Wake
C - Both
Josh & Charli have requested flowers from family only but in celebration of Phil’s life and the kind of person he was, a ‘Just Giving’ page has been setup. Alternatively, donations can be made to the family's chosen charity on the day.
To donate in memory of Phil please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/philip-cains-memorial-fund