League Challenge Trophy Competitions - 2015-2016
As you are aware, the League Management Committee fully discussed the running of additional League Trophy competitions back in January 2016 and set groupings for a number of teams in the League. This was reviewed again in February but, at that time, no additional Trophy competitions were set/added due to the remaining number of matches that each team had to play. However, as previously advised, this was reviewed again in March for a final time this season.
As a result, it has been decided that, subject to on-going favourable weather conditions, further League Challenge Trophy competitions will be introduced at this final stage at certain age-groups. Matches will start as from Sunday 3rd April.
The League’s objective is to maximise football for all teams, and we believe and trust that the introduction of the above competitions will be welcomed by all member clubs.
The Committee has considered each age-group separately and then considered each team within that age-group. Not all teams in each age-group have been sanctioned to enter. This is based on the number of League and other games each team has still to complete and the number of free weeks left in the season. This is the final decision and cannot be appealed as entry is by invitation only.
The fully sanctioned draw is here.
The terms and conditions of playing are as set by the Management Committee, in accordance with Rules. Full details will be sent out shortly but, in summary, each team will play the other in their ‘Group’ (home or away at the sole discretion of the League Fixture Secretary) – with progression to the next knock-out rounds. These knock-out rounds will be played and extra time and penalties decide the winners (except in the final tie where no extra time will be played and penalties will decide the winners).
If weather conditions deteriorate in the coming weeks then, under Rules, the League Management Committee reserve the right to cancel any of the competition age-groups or to withdraw any team or teams from the competition at its sole discretion. This decision, if taken, is final and binding. League and League Challenge Cup matches will always take precedence in this decision process.
Chairman and Executive Officer
For and on behalf of the League Management Committee