The FA Women’s Football Board has now considered the feedback submitted by leagues and clubs as part of a Tiers 3-6 Club Survey, recommendations of the Women’s Football Conference, in addition to the information set out in the Government’s recent roadmap. As a result of these considerations, The Women’s Football Board has made the decisions that the 2020-21 Season for tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid will be curtailed with immediate effect and declared null and void, with no further league fixtures taking place this season. There will also be no promotion and relegation between these tiers for the 2020-21 season either, although a recommendation for an alternative club movement process is going to be implemented, meaning some clubs could apply for movement up the Women's Football Pyramid based on set criteria.
Speaking about the FA's decision, manager Dale Houlston told us: "The Covid 19 situation has now played havoc with our fixtures for two seasons, and it is very unfortunate but we have to accept the decision. As a result of numerous lockdown's we have all just run out of time to get games played, and so resuming wasn't really an option in such a short window. A window that also includes four bank holiday weekends, which for many presents an opportunity to spend some much-needed family time away from home on trips, where the lifting of travel restrictions allows this.
"So all in all our very first season at Tier 6 has been a bit of a none event. That is upsetting for players and staff, and also for the support that we've built up too. But, when you consider the reasons behind the need to lockdown, we aren't going to grumble, as a priority had to be placed on getting the world back to some sort of safe normality in the fight against Covid-19, and so sacrificing our football is perfectly understandable and was the right thing to do.
"That said, we started our first season at Tier 6 extremely well, and we was nicely poised in the table to mount a challenge. We certainly looked like a team that would finish maybe in the top three of the division. We also enjoyed a lovely little FA Cup run in the early rounds, beating two teams from higher divisions. So they are the positives to take. It's now all about preparing for next season, although the league may be organising some sort of a small competition to see the season out with, and so we will consider if we want to participate in that".
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