West of Scotland League Season 2020/1

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Today's Epistle from the WOSL:

To All Clubs,

As Secretary of the Interim Management Group of the West of Scotland Football League it is my duty to update you on the plans for starting the Leagues.

We have had intense discussions, throughout the weekend, including talks with the Scottish Football Association on possible scenarios surrounding the results of our recent ballot.

These meetings and discussions culminated in a Zoom Meeting last night lasting almost three hours.

Our over-riding principle in all this is protection of each and every one of our 67 clubs.

In line with the decision taken by the Lowland League, we also decided that we would not force any team to take part in a competition that had the potential to bankrupt them due to no income from fans, or that forced them to ignore their duty of care to their players and staff.

Therefore we offered the teams the option to withdraw from the league without penalty.

Relegation is a form of penalty.

So we cannot relegate a team for not playing and also we could not relegate a team for playing whilst allowing non-playing teams to retain a spot for next season.

The Scottish Football Association have accepted that due to the current circumstances we are quite correct to consider the welfare and survival of all of our clubs and that we have to consider all aspects and implications of any decision we come to.

They completely agreed that it would be unfair to punish any team wishing to withdraw from playing if they were concerned for their players, staff, committee and their fans. Also, that the clubs had to consider the financial implications of closed door matches.

They also informed us that due to a number of clubs withdrawing from playing and without penalty, that it was right and proper that the full 4 league structure from this season should rollover to the next season.

However, it was also stated, that we must retain the format that was negotiated at the very beginning of the season, which is:

Premier Division of 20 clubs reducing to 16 by 2022/23 at tier 6. Tier 7 was to consist of 3 Conferences playing to become 3 Linear Leagues by 2022/23.

All teams must start Season 2021/22 in the League they are in at present.

For clarification, this means that there will be no promotion and/or relegation between tiers 6 and 7 in accordance with the Q&A document emailed to every member club on Monday 5th October. This was subsequently fully discussed at the online meeting held on the evening of Tuesday 6th October, three days before the closing time of the vote.

We considered every option and outcome, we also considered the emails, messages and phone calls from a small number of clubs that contacted us with various suggestions.

Since the result of the Ballot being published we have received emails from 9 clubs informing and confirming that they wish to withdraw from competing in this season’s League Competition. This has been implemented and the Premier League will commence on Saturday 24th October with 15 Clubs.

It has been decided that we will run with a fixture list of 28 Games where each team will play the other 14 teams on a home and away basis.

The 3 Conferences will run with the remaining teams and will also be played on a home and away basis, we may if required adjust these Conferences to try to achieve a balance across the leagues.

Titles, Trophies and Medals will be assigned to all competitions.

I now have to inform you, that, should your club wish to take up the option of withdrawing from playing in any of the Leagues and be able to do so without penalty, you will have until 8PM on Friday 16th October 2020, to confirm via an email to myself, of that decision. After that deadline passes all clubs that have not informed me of their withdrawal will be considered as playing.

A fixture list will be produced as soon as possible thereafter and the clubs will be expected to complete those fixtures. However, we have also decided that due to some of the results from the earlier club survey, we have also added a period of grace to still withdraw without penalty.

If you feel your club cannot continue due to the restrictions that are in place at that time, we will allow clubs to inform me via an email of their desire to withdraw from playing.

The deadline for that stage will be 8PM on Saturday 14thNovember 2020.

Please note, that any club that has not withdrawn from playing by that deadline will be considered as playing and will be expected to complete their commitment to the League by playing all fixtures as set out. Any club withdrawing after that deadline will be considered as having withdrawn from the WoSFL and may be sanctioned for that withdrawal.

Finally, a reminder once again that the closing deadline for any club to withdraw without penalty from the Soccer Shop Challenge Cup is Saturday 17th October.

Regards,

Kennie Young
Secretary
Interim Management Group of the West of Scotland Football League
Kennie Young was a breath of fresh air when finally able to break into the old boys' network of the West Juniors committee. We can be sure that he will be trying everything possible to serve the West Of Scotland FL member clubs' needs, and that he will be open in communicating what's going on.
 

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And Cambuslang Rangers
 

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With a 20-team top flight the clubs have agreed to a 28-game season.

Teams will be split into 2 pools of 10, playing each other Home and Away = 18 Games.

They will then play the 10 teams in the other pool once, 5 at home and 5 away = 10 Games.

Pools and inter-pool games will be allocated as fairly as possible using the same method as applied in the East of Scotland League Conferences last season.
The revised constitutions for the WoSFL Conferences as of 17-10-20 is...

47-8=39Conference AConference BConference C
SBA1 Renfrew2 Neilston3 Kilsyth
Arthurlie6 St Roch’s5 Gartcairn4 Dalry
Whitletts7 Craigmark8 Irvine Vics9 Shettleston
Petershill12 Lesmahagow11 Port Glasgow10 Lanark
Cambuslang13 Bellshill14 Greenock15 G Perthshire
AWR18 Maryhill17 Carluke16 Larkhall
Girvan19 Kello20 Wishaw21 EKT
Saltcoats24 Muirkirk23 Johnstone22 R Albert
25 Ashfield26 Vale of Leven27 Yoker
30 Maybole29 Forth28 Thorniewood
31 Annbank32 Vale of Clyde33 St Ants
36 Ardeer35 Lugar34 Newmains
Glasgow UniSt Cadoc’sDrumchapel
 

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i.e. 13 decided to drop out before the deadline of 8pm Friday 16th October :

Ardrossan Winton Rovers
Arthurlie
Auchinleck Talbot
Cambuslang Rangers
Cumnock
Girvan
Glenafton Athletic
Kilbirnie Ladeside
Petershill
Pollok
Saltcoats Vics
Shotts Bon Accord
Whitletts Vics

Revised fixtures are on the official site.

With no promotion/relegation I can see there being more who give up at the next sanction-free deadline of 8pm on Saturday 14th November.
 
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Royal Albert are the latest team to resign from the West of Scotland League.
 

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Lesmahagow announced they were withdrawing from the League last night.
 

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That's sufficient teams not interested in WoSFL, to form a breakaway league.
They could call themselves the Scottish Juniors West, for example... :ROFLMAO:
 

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That's sufficient teams not interested in WoSFL, to form a breakaway league.
They could call themselves the Scottish Juniors West, for example... :ROFLMAO:
Any idea if the players will find other clubs for this season? Or might the withdrawn clubs set up up some sort of local league based on friendlies against each other?
 

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The issue of player contracts is a vexing one. Contracts and registrations are not the same thing. Some contracts will see wages kick in only when clubs start competitive games. Theoretically clubs could retain registrations whilst paying minimal close-season wages.

A few players have already gone on season-long loans to clubs who are playing. That is certainly the best solution for some of the players and I expect more to do so in the next few weeks.

I cannot see these clubs playing games at all in the current climate. They will simply hibernate until next season, or whenever normality returns. Almost all have made it clear they remain committed to the West of Scotland League. For those that haven't been explicit, it is probably an oversight in their statements rather than anything else.
 

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Any idea if the players will find other clubs for this season? Or might the withdrawn clubs set up up some sort of local league based on friendlies against each other?
Players are now going on loan to other clubs.
Why would the withdrawn clubs set up a league or play friendlies when the same restrictions would apply that made them withdraw from the WOSFL for the season.

Looking at the fixtures, it looks like Shettleston have also withdrawn.
 

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