COVID UPDATE 6 AUGUST 2020

Thursday 6 August 2020
The Scottish FA Grassroots sub group welcome the most recent announcement of the planned move through the route map process and the commitment of Scottish Government to restart sport at all levels.

Whilst indicative dates have been issued at this stage, we will be working closely with the Scottish Government, sportscotland and wider partners to progress plans for the return of football in a safe manner. This will include the preparation and approval of appropriate protocols and guidance to allow the return of contact sports.

Further to the Scottish FA statement issued on 29 July, it remains clear that a phased return will require to be staged over a period of weeks, in line with the Scottish Government three-weekly review cycle.

At present the Scottish FA suspension of training and match play activity remains in place for all clubs with players aged 18 and over, unless given express permission by the Scottish FA Board.

For clarity, all teams involving players 18 years and over can only engage in non-contact, socially distanced training in line with Scottish Government guidance and this must be adhered to by all clubs.

It is important to note that the indicative date of 24 August for a return to contact training does not allow any full match play activity to take place at that stage. This stage may allow adult outdoor contact sports to begin along with increased group sizes for training. This will be followed by permission for local friendly matches and games to begin, however this will be no earlier than 11 September and finally a possible return to competitive matches with restrictions in place from 1 October.

All of the above will be based on the continued progress against the virus and it should be understood that these dates and stages are indicative and remain subject to change.

At this present time there are no changes to the guidelines for football. We would like to reiterate that public health and wellbeing remains the most pressing priority and that we have a responsibility to do what we can to continue to suppress the spread of the virus and prevent a second wave. By not following the government and medical guidance, the restart of football for all will be endangered.

Further details and guidelines remain available on the Return to Football Hub here.

The Grassroots Sub-Group once again thank all the clubs and volunteers that continue to follow the guidance as this adherence will enable us to move forward through the stages set out above.

Thomas McKeown, Scottish FA Board Director and Chair of the JRG Grassroots Sub Group

Covid 19 update

Hi All,

Please find below the latest update from the Scottish FA Joint Response Grassroots Group, now that the Scottish Government have moved into Phase 2 of their Route Map out of lockdown. There is still no training allowed under any circumstances

The first link is to the the Scottish FA website news page where the latest statement is available which accompanies the infographic for Phase 2 in the Return to Football Hub. The second link is to an interview with Jason Leitch, the National Clinical Director.

Finally the Scottish FA “Return to Football Hub” contains useful detailed information for ours members to utilise as applicable, as we progress to Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Route Map.

Covid 19 brings abrupt end to divisional season….hope for the cups though

The SSMAFL understand the frustrations felt by all clubs this season and the disappointment that the premature end to the season has caused.
In the interest of fairness and not unjustifiably punishing clubs, through either relegation or the awarding of titles to rival, we felt a null and void season was the only way to protect the integrity of and not devalue the divisional competitions our clubs fight tooth and nail for every season, week by week.
We still hope however to conclude at least 3 cup competitions when we get back playing if time allows
It has not gone unnoticed by the league executive committee, the efforts put in by all clubs this season so far, in what was shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested leagues across all divisions and we share the disappointment felt by many
We thank all the SSMAFL clubs for their understanding, particularly when no one decision was available to offer all clubs a positive outcome. We look forward to discussing the proposed structures for the 2020/21 season
Most importantly, please all stay safe and healthy.
The SSMAFL fully endorses and asks all clubs and their players to follow all government guidelines if and when training in isolation

SSMAFL in high demand

A total of 6 new clubs have already been accepted by the league for the 2020-21 season
Under SAFA rules, any club moving from another league must have been approved by the proposed new league by 28th February eash year
This year has seen a movement of clubs from Sunday football to ourselves, with 4 of the 6 clubs coming from that arena
Another club has managed to re-form, and will return, plus 1 other brand new team.
This is a really good start to this years recruitment, given that we usually get requests from new clubs mainly in the spring

Sadly, two clubs have decided to seek new challenges in other leagues, and we wish them well.

Three cup final dates announced

The league have announced that they have allocated dates for the Challenge, Chairman’s and President’s cup finals
The Cutting Edge Engravers Challenge Cup Final will be hosted by the league at Holm Park, Clydebank on Friday 27th March at 8pm
The UK Theatre School Presidents Cup Final will take place on Friday 10th April at 8pm, at New Tinto park,Benburb
The Only Sport Chairman’s Final will be on Friday 24th April, also at 8pm, and at Holm park.

There is no date as yet for the Kastle Decor Strathclyde Cup Final at Hamilton Accies New Douglas Park

AS Airdrie strike gold

After a long wait, AS Airdrie picked up winners medals to deny Glasgow South 2 nil at Holm park in Clydebank. On a night more suited to penguins than humans, a great crowd turned up to support both teams and watch an enthralling game as both sides went for the win. A goal in each half settled the matter in what was a very tight encounter for the full 90 mins. Great credit to both sides who made the conditions look well better than they were, and gave the match officials a fairly uncomplecated match to oversee.

First silverware of the season goes to AS AIRDRIE… congratulations

CUTTING EDGE CHAMPIONS CUP FINAL

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          AS Airdrie will play Glasgow South in the CUTTING EDGE ENGRAVERS Champions cup final at Holm Park, Yoker with an 8pm kick off on Friday 29th November. Admission will be £4 adult and £1 concessions with our usual charity collection also

Inter League Draw sees us pitched against the Central AFL again

This season’s first round draw for the Inter League Trophy sees the SSMAFL Select drawn away to the Central Scottish AFL. This is the third time the two have met in the opening rounds with it standing at 1 each, both having been settled on penalties. This year, the game is on the 17th November at New Tinto Park, Benburb with a 2pm kick off

New Clubs Invited to Apply

The league are very keen to attract new member clubs for 2020-21 season

Should clubs from an existing league wish to move to us, we can only accept applications to be approved by us no later than 28th February 2020

Any newly formed clubs can apply at any time

We believe we have the most competitive Saturday Morning League in the country, but we are biased…lol…and our clubs are always keen for new challenges. So, don’t hesitate to contact our Secretary, Paul King, for an application form

League reconstruction

At a Special General Meeting of the league, the management committee made a decision to restructure the league from 2020-21 season. Only 1 club voted against a proposal made by 3 clubs and 1 club abstained, so a huge majority voted in favour.

This will mean the following

Premier Division: 14 teams           Championship Division: 14 Teams                                                                                                                                                                                           Division One: 16 Teams max        Development Section: No Change

The clubs accepted that this will result in relegations from the existing two Championship Divisions to form part of Division One