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The constitution of the SJFL for season 2021-2022 – will be U7 to U12 age groups known as Development League Football and U13 to U16 Open Competition Football. Age groups U7 to U12 will play development fixtures. U10 & U11 age groups (in addition) will/can also participate in FA Trophy/Festival formats (where affiliated). U12s in addition can play Trophy/Festival and open cup competitions (where affiliated). U7 – U10 will be mini-soccer, U11 & U12 will be 9v9 football and U13 to U16 will be 11a-side football. U7 -U10 Futsal.
Due to the continuance & uncertainty of Covid restrictions/disruption for the ensuing season, 2021/22, SJFL proposes to prioritise the league’s match programme (member clubs only) from September then the league’s cup competitions (2020/21 format) as follows:
i) SJFL (member clubs only) Charity Cup & Consolation Charity Cup (#): U13-U16 finals – (STITC at Ludlow Stadium) U14 -U16 SJFL Charity Cup & Consolation Charity Cup Finals at The New Saints FC stadium (*). U10 – U14 Charity Cup & Consolation Charity Finals hosted by Market Drayton Town FC (*) Given minimum disruption during season 2021/22 SJFL will also look to reintroduce the SJFL League Cup Finals U13 – U16s to be played in knock out competition rules (*).
ii) Futsal: U7/crèche and U7 to U10 to be played at Shrewsbury Sports Village from 9th January – 13th March 2022 (*).
iii) Mid-winter fixture break: 13th Dec 2021 to 8th January 2022 (inclusive) (*).
(#) SJFL Charity Cup & Consolation Charity Cup will be played in Champions League Format (high ranking teams for Charity Cup and lowest ranking teams for Consolation Charity Cup)
(*) all matters relating to the constitution and competition will be advised / notified and/or deferred to a Special/General Meeting on a date tba as /if required.
Having reviewed Covid-19 Guidance, SJFL will run a match programme for development age groups for U7 to U12s & open competitive football for U13 to U16s but will only run one cup competition, namely the SJFL Charity Cup (*). The League and Consolation Cup competitions and Charity Festivals will not be sanctioned. Should circumstances change in 2021 the league can/will make provision for additional cup/trophy/festival events as allowed. (*) SJFL Charity Cup will run for season 2020-21 and will be reviewed thereafter
- The SJFL Charity Cup (U10 to U16) competition will only be open to clubs/teams affiliated to SJFL and will be played in ‘Champions League’ format for ages from U10 to U16 and follows The FA guidance on developmental age groups formats of play at U10, U11 and U12.
- This competition covers the respective Age Groups of teams rather than by the separate divisions within groups and will be played in “Group” stages to produce teams to go forward to either the quarter or semi-finals (pending on number of team entries).
- Entry to the cup competitions is automatic- forms part of the club/team affiliation to SJFL unless the club/team has notified the League Secretary by the 1st September.
- For each group all teams will be in a single pool of teams & the draw will be made using FA-Full-Time.
- For each group (not divisions) teams will be ranked (using FA Full-Time) from their fixtures results in the season up to December of the competition and will then be placed in groups by order.
- Dates for groups stage games will be published later (subject to FA Covid-19 Guidance)
CONFERENCE CUP DATES 2020
Having reviewed COVID-19 Guidance, The League and Consolation Cup competitions and Shropshire Charity Cup and SJFL Charity Festivals will not be sanctioned. Should circumstances change in 2021 the league can/will make provision for additional cup/trophy/festival events as allowed. (*) SJFL Charity Cup will run for season 2020-21 and will be reviewed thereafter.
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UNDER 13 to UNDER 15 LEAGUE & CONSOLATION CUP FINALS: 10th May 2020 at Ludlow Stadium (STITC).
UNDER 16 LEAGUE & CONSOLATION CUP FINALS: 17th May 2020 held at The Venue, Oswestry (Home of The New Saints FC).
LEAGUE & CONSOLATION CUP ROUNDS (U13-U16) – GROUP STAGES[*]:
08/12/2019: 15/12/19: 05/01/2020: 12/01/20: Quarter-finals 08/03/2020: Semi-Finals 22/03/20. Finals 10/05/20: (U13-U15) 17/05/20 (U16s):
[*] League & Consolation Cup will be played in ‘Cup Group Format’ – similar to Champions/Europa Cup Format covering the respective age groups of teams rather than by separate divisions within age groups. The ‘Group’ stages will produce teams to go forward to the quarter/semi-finals – (draw made on FA Full-Time). Age Groups with 3 teams will play home/away fixtures and groups with 4+ teams will play single fixtures. The Consolation Cup will start after the quarter-finals. Winning Quarter Finalists will progress to the League Cup Semi-Finals and Losing Quarter Finalists will progress to the Consolation Cup Semi-Final.
SHROPSHIRE CHARITY CUP (U13–U16): Cup Rounds: 06/10/2019: 10/11/19: 24/11/19: 02/02/2020: 01/03/02/19 (Semi-Finals -tbc )
U13 and U14 Finals: (Managed by SJFL). 26th April 2020, held at Greenfields Stadium. Market Drayton (home to Market Drayton Town
U15 and U16 Finals: (Managed by TYJFL). Dates/venues tbc.
Shropshire Charity Cup Draw (U13-U16s) download here.
SJFL will appoint referees for our home teams only. TJYFL will appoint their home teams. All SJFL teams drawn at home will keep to our set ko times and the away teams need to be informed if playing a Telford team. SJFL will not change set ko times as per age groups. BUT, please note TJYL do NOT have fixed ko times for SJFL teams playing away.
Please contact your away team opposition to confirm venue & kick off time asap. Refer to Rules 20(A)(i): 20(C): 20(J)(9): 2(J)(ii): 21(A) & (B): 25.
ANY postponements unless weather related and/or official school trip will not be accepted in this competition and will mean the tie will be forfeited by the defaulting team.
SJFL Charity Cup Festival /Trophy Events: U10, U11 & U12: Five Host Club Festivals to be held on 22nd March and 29th March 2020.
Five Host Clubs; Prees Juniors: SAHA: Shrewsbury Juniors: Shrewsbury Up & Comers: Wem Town will host the SJFL Festivals.
A match programme for U10s, U11s and U12s will take place at each venue with places to play for in the SJFL Festival of finals (U10s) and the semi-finals for U11 & U12s . SJFL will provide grant aid to each Host club venue to support facility and match officials costs (part of the National Referee Development Programme Partner League). Host clubs will appoint match officials for their respective festivals as part of the SJFL’s CS Referee Development Programme.
The FA and Shropshire FA acknowledge that the National Referee Development Programme League (awarded to SJFL) will be unable to retain or develop match officials without the support of their network of Partner Leagues and Clubs. They also acknowledge that the retention and development of referees is not only a success for the programme but also to those Partner Clubs and Leagues who support it.
U10s: Four Host Group Winners in Festival of Finals on 26th April 2020 at Greenfields Stadium. Market Drayton (home to Market Drayton Town FC).
U11 & U12s: Four Host Group Winners in Semi-finals 5th April or 19th April 2020 (see rules for semi-final draw).Finals on 17th May 2020 held at The Venue Park Hall Stadium (home to The New Saints FC).
FUTSAL RESPECT FESTIVAL 2020: U7 to U10s (Sundays) 5th January 2020 – 8th March 2020: U12 & U14s (Weds & Fridays) 8th Jan 2020 to 6th March 2020 held at Shrewsbury Sports Village.
The SJFL Futsal Respect Festival will be in its twelfth year and again hosted by Shrewsbury Sports Village (part of the Community Football Partnership). The Futsal festival will run every Sunday through January, February and into March 2020 (U7-U10s) and Weds/Friday evenings for U12-U16s. Last year 95 teams entered and over 900 participants enjoyed the event making it the best ever SJFL Futsal event organised by any the league. Can we do better this year?
The latest Futsal fixtures can be downloaded below:
SJFL Futsal 2020 Fixtures U7 – U10 (Sundays) download here
FYI– FUTSAL RESPECT FESTIVAL 2019: U7 to U10s (Sundays) 13th January 2019 – 10th March 2019: U12 & U14s (Weds & Fridays) 9th Jan2019 to 8th March 2019 held at Shrewsbury Sports Village.
The SJFL Futsal Respect Festival will be in its eleventh year and again hosted by Shrewsbury Sports Village (part of the Community Football Partnership). The Futsal festival will run every Sunday through January, February and into March 2019 (U7-U10s) and Weds/Friday evenings for U12-U14s. Last year 86 teams entered and over 800 participants enjoyed the event making it the best ever SJFL Futsal event organised by any the league. Can we do better this year? YES we can as over 90 teams have entered!!
FYI – SJFL Charity Cup – U10 & U11 Festivals/Trophy 2016/17:
SJFL Charity Cup Festivals were ‘Hosted’ by Market Drayton Tigers, Oswestry B.G, Shrewsbury Juniors and Shrewsbury Up & Comers on Sunday 19th March 2017. A total of 21x U10 teams, 24x U11 teams and over 540 players competed for a place in the Charity Cup semi-finals and then the U10 & U11 Festival of finals which will be held at the home of Market Drayton Town FC on 23rd April.
All four venues were well supported and a selection of team and group photo calls below shows the excellent coverage by the host clubs to promote the festivals. The Charity Cup Trophy Semi-finals to be played on 2nd April will be competed as follows:
Group A winners v Group B winners [A v B] and Group C winners v Group D winners [C v D] in both U10 and U11 age groups. Group A and Group C winners will be the home club in each semi-final and be responsible for pitch booking and match day referee