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Statement from Bedfordshire FA regarding Coronavirus:
(26 March 2020)

The FA has been working across the NLS (National League System), women’s pyramid and grassroots game to bring clarity to the conclusion of this season’s competitions.  We are now in a position to release a statement (see below).  As is made clear in the statement, The FA has decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019/20 season.   

We respect the autonomy of CFAs (County Football Associations), as the sanctioning bodies of grassroots leagues, as well as the autonomy of the leagues themselves to have local decision making rights in how these leagues are concluded.  However, having taken guidance and to support leagues in the decisions they make, we recommend that two options are considered:

    Competitions are brought to an immediate end with results expunged (i.e. without promotion or relegation occurring).

    League positions and promotion and relegation are resolved by a points per game calculation.

We would ask that leagues consider expunging results in line with the NLS and women’s pyramid to support  consistency across the game.  We also strongly recommend that, when planning for next season, consideration is given to placing teams into the right division based on their capability, especially when it comes to youth football. 

There should be greater flexibility around cup competitions, with options including simply cancelling the competition, trophy sharing (if finalists already determined), or delaying of finals possibly to a “season opener” for the 20/21 season.  

A Q&A document is attached to assist you and your leagues in deciding the way forward.

ANNOUNCEMENT READS:

FA STATEMENT   

The Football Association [The FA] has been working collaboratively with the National League System [NLS], the Women’s Football Pyramid and the wider grassroots game since the outbreak of COVID-19 on how to conclude the 2019/20 season in the most appropriate way possible.

These are challenging circumstances for English football and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game and in consultation across key stakeholders. Our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time.

Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, whilst considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided, with the integrity of the Leagues in mind.

The NLS and the Women’s Football Pyramid were able to build a consensus amongst their leagues and, where possible, aimed to create a consistent approach across all leagues, whilst taking into account the unique characteristics of each individual league.

As a result, The FA and NLS Steps 3 to 6 have reached a consensus that their 2019/20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS Steps 3 to 6, and no promotion to NLS Step 2.  

These decisions will also apply to the Leagues and clubs who play at NLS Step 7.

The National League [NLS Steps 1 and 2] have agreed that they want to attempt to complete the competition in line with the Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and Emirates FA Cup and are therefore seeking permission from The FA that the season for this level will be extended beyond 1 June 2020 indefinitely.

The planned implementation of the restructure of the NLS will also now be deferred until the start of the 2021/22 season.

Furthermore, we can now confirm that The FA has decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019/20 season. This will allow the game to move forward and to commence planning for next season. Our County Football Associations [CFAs] will be supporting grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions.

Where appropriate, the above decisions will be put to The FA Council for ratification.

Throughout this period The FA continues to seek guidance in respect of the Government’s financial support packages relative to COVID-19 and how they are applicable to clubs in the NLS, the Women’s Football Pyramid and the wider grassroots game.

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

In the women’s game, The FA, FA Women’s Board members and the Women’s Football Conference have consulted and reached a consensus regarding the Women’s Football Pyramid.

The FA and the Leagues within Tiers 3 to 7 have reached a consensus to bring the season to an immediate end and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between Tiers 3 to 7. Agreement has also been reached to end the Regional Talent Clubs season, which was due to conclude in April 2020.

We remain in consultation with the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship Board and clubs regarding the most appropriate way to complete the current season; including the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Academy.

FA COMPETITIONS

With the Emirates FA Cup, Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase 2019/20 all at advanced stages, The FA is reviewing all options as we seek to complete these competitions whenever it is safe and appropriate to do so. Clubs involved are close to reaching a major Final and for those clubs and supporters we will do all we can to keep the Wembley dream alive.

In respect of The FA Youth Cup, The FA County Youth Cup, The FA Sunday Cup and The FA Inter-League Cup, we are also seeking to complete these competitions if it is feasible to do so.

The FA will also continue planning for FA Competitions to take place for the 2020/21 season.

Alan Young

Chief Executive Officer| BedfordshireFA




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Established in 2003 Square FC has become a well respected football club in Bedfordshire. The club currently has one team, with a squad of players predominately from Dunstable and surrounding villages.

The teams play on Saturday afternoons and are affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Leage and we play at Dunstable Town Cricket Club. They train on a Tuesday evening at Creasey Park. Anyone interested in finding out more contact Andrew Foster (see our Contact page).

In January 2020 the Square FC achieved the FA Charter Standard

Currently (2019-2020 Season) we are playing in the Bedfordshire County Football League, Division 4, and the Watson Shield. See the Bedfordshire FA website.

You can find details of future fixtures on the FA website here.


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Latest Results

 11 Jan

 Real Haynes

 3

 0

 Square FC

 

 18 Jan

 Brickhill Wanderers First

 0

 0

 Square FC

 

 25 Jan

 no game this week

 

 

 

 

 1 Feb

(Watson Shield Round 2) Clapham Sports

 4

 1

 Square FC

 

 8 Feb

 Sandy Reserves

 1

 4

 Square FC

 

 15 Feb

 Flitwick Town 'A'

 2

 2

 Square FC

A hard-won draw in atrocious weather

 22 Feb

 Kempston Rovers

 1

 1

 Square FC

 

 7 Mar

 White Eagles First

 0

 6

 Square FC

 


Upcoming Games

 14 Mar, 14:30

 Division 4 match against Bedford Albion 'A'
 Dunstable Town Cricket Club

 21 Mar, 14:30

 Division 4 match against Kempston Rovers (BCFL) First
 Bedford Borough Council Hillgrounds MK42 8PN #2
 Rearranged from match postponed on 14 March


League Table (direct from the FA website)

Fair Play League

We also compete in Division 4 of the Fair Play League, which measures how fairly, or unfairly, we play. Here's a recent fair play league table:

Fair Play League