Season 2020-2021 and Covid-19

There is no doubt that we are living through unprecedented times. Grass roots football has been placed on hold as the Government deals with the pandemic meaning that there are probably more questions than answers for the time being. The following FAQs will hopefully give you some answers to questions you might have about the new season.

What should I do to get ready for the new season?

The FA’s work in recent years on the WHOLE GAME SYSTEM (WGS), and its integration with FULL-TIME means that as a League we no longer need you to go through the laborious task of submitting a BMSL application form.

All we need you to do is submit an Indication of Interest Form for the coming season and affiliate your Club and your teams with your County Football Association through the WGS.

When adding your teams to the Whole Game System, please make sure that you add at least one of the following roles for each team:

  • Manager
  • Manager (asst)
  • Team Secretary

Ensure  that the email address (personal) and mobile phone number are correct and up to date as these will be used to:

  1. Create an account for each Team Administrator on the BMSL website.
  2. Provide regular updates, including new and updated fixtures, from Full-Time.
  3. Allow submission of results by text to Full-Time.

Note that you will not be able to assign the Manager or Manager (asst) role unless the person being assigned has a valid CRC.

How much will it cost to enter a team?

We completely understand that the current situation has put a tremendous strain on the finances of Clubs and their members. Given the curtailment of the current season and the inevitable delay to the next, we have decided that we will not be charging clubs an entrance fee for the 2020-2021 season.

When will the AGM be held?

Normally we would be meeting for the AGM in late June. This, however, looks impossible given the continued need for social distancing. We will continue to monitor the Government’s and the FA’s advice on social gatherings. In the meantime, we will explore the option of holding a virtual AGM on-line, and should this prove possible, we will communicate the date and time in due course.

When will the 2020-2021 season start?

The honest answer is we do not know! The start date will be influenced the Government’s plan to exit the current controls and The FA’s response to those plans. Once we have the go-ahead to resume organised football we will look to get things started as soon as can be arranged.

In order to ensure a quick transition once we are given the green light, there are things that you can do to help us be as prepared as possible.

Can I train my team during the Covid-19 pandemic?

The answer to that is unfortunately NO!

Consistent with Government advice, published on Wednesday 13 May, and the subsequent guidance from The FA, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:

  • playing football individually e.g. practice of individual skills or fitness activities;
  • playing football with your family or other people living in your household;
  • an individual can play football with one other person who is not from their household.

All social distancing guidelines must be followed.

Additionally, maintaining a grass or artificial football pitch is permitted, as long as social distancing and appropriate hygiene practices are adopted.

The following football activity is not permitted at this time:

  • coaching a child (U18) from a different household one to one;
  • two or more people from one household playing with one person or more from outside their household.

If an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection, or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.

Grass Roots Football Suspended – Update

Further to last Friday’s suspension of fixtures for 2 weekends that suspension is now in place for the foreseeable future in line with The FA’s statement, earlier this week, of the suspension of all grassroots football.

The advice is to also suspend training sessions and friendly fixtures will not be sanctioned either.

We will advise of any further updates as and when they are released. Given that the Easter break is coming up there definitely won’t be any games before the 25th April at the earliest. Following today’s announcement that all professional football is suspended until the end of April it makes sense for grassroots leagues to also use this date now which is virtually the planned end of the season for the league.

For the time being all games on Full-Time will be cancelled just to be clear and to prevent further fixture notice emails being released.

Grass Roots Football Suspended

In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, The Bedfordshire FA have suspended ALL affiliated fixtures from 13th March – 22nd March 2020.

Please can all HOME teams ensure that their opponents are aware of the cancellation of the games for this Sunday. At this point in time, the BMSL does not plan to rearrange cancelled fixtures.

The Bedfordshire FA will monitor the situation and advise of any further updates as and when they have one.

2019-2020 Mini-Season #3 Fixtures

Fixtures for the third Mini-season of the 2019-2020 season have been posted on the BMSL Full-Time website. MS#3 runs from 12th January to 23rd February inclusive.

Teams unable to full-fill their fixture must inform their opposition as soon as possible. Games should be marked postponed by Full-Time Team Administrators or notified to the league.

Teams without a fixture are free to arrange a fixture with any other team which also does not have a fixture.

All postponements/cancellations, rearrangements or new fixtures should be reported to fixtures@bmsl.org.uk.

2019-2020 Mini-Season #2 Fixtures

Fixtures for the second Mini-season of the 2019-2020 season have been posted on the BMSL Full-Time website. MS#2 runs from 3rd November to 15th December inclusive.

Teams unable to full-fill their fixture must inform their opposition as soon as possible. Games should be marked postponed by Full-Time Team Administrators or notified to the league.

Teams without a fixture are free to arrange a fixture with any other team which also does not have a fixture.

All postponements/cancellations, rearrangements or new fixtures should be reported to fixtures@bmsl.org.uk.

2019-2020 Mini-Season #1 Fixtures – Update

Fixtures for the first Mini-season of the 2018-2019 season have been posted to the BMSL Full-Time website

Please make sure you check your fixtures carefully as there are some changes and additions to those distributed the week beginning 26th August.

MS#1 runs from 8th September to 20st October inclusive.

Teams unable to full-fill their fixture must inform their opposition as soon as possible. Games should be marked postponed by Full-Time Team Administrators or notified to the league. Teams may use 27th October to play a postponed fixture. MS#2 fixtures will start on 3rd November and these will be published on 20th October.

Teams without a fixture are free to arrange a fixture with any other team which also does not have a fixture.

All postponements/cancellations, rearrangements or new fixtures should be reported to fixtures@bmsl.org.uk.

2019-2020 Mini-Season #1 Fixtures

Fixtures for the first Mini-season of the 2018-2019 season are posted below. Unfortunately due to technical issues we have been unable to post on the BMSL Full-Time website. However we will do our best to get MS#1 fixtures on to Full-Time as soon as possible

MS#1 runs from 8th September to 20st October inclusive.

Teams unable to full-fill their fixture must inform their opposition as soon as possible. Games should be marked postponed by Full-Time Team Administrators or notified to the league. Teams may use 27th October to play a postponed fixture. MS#2 fixtures will start on 3rd November and these will be published on 20th October.

Teams without a fixture are free to arrange a fixture with any other team which also does not have a fixture.

All postponements/cancellations, rearrangements or new fixtures should be reported to fixtures@bmsl.org.uk.

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2019 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Bedfordshire Mini-Soccer League will be held on Monday 24th June at 7.30 pm in the County Lounge of the Bedfordshire Football Association, Skimpot Road, Dunstable LU5 4JU.

Representative attendance is requested for any club intending to enter teams into the BMSL for the season 2019/2020. The order of business will be as follows:

  • Minutes of 2018 AGM and matters arising
  • Annual report
  • Adoption of accounts for season 2018/2019
  • Adoption of rules for season 2019/2020
  • Election of officers for season 2019/2020
  • Any other business

The meeting is expected to last between 45 - 60 minutes.

Limited car parking is available at the Bedfordshire FA, however you may wish to park in the Tesco car park and walk through the gate that leads through to the Bedfordshire FA site.

 

2019/2020 Club Applications

Club Secretaries are invited to submit their club application to enter teams for the coming 2019/2020 season. The cost of entry is £40 per team (clubs will be invoiced separately). Teams will be accepted throughout the season, however they will need to be affiliated via your County FA before they can be assigned fixtures.

We will be running 4 mini-season each of approximately 6 weeks duration. Teams will be placed in groups of similar ability and at the end of each mini-season each team's performance will be assessed and, where necessary, teams will move groups in order to find a more competitive level.

 

Mini-Season #4 Fixtures

Fixtures for the final Mini-season of the 2018-2019 season have been posted on the BMSL Full-Time website. MS#4 runs from 3rd March to 14th April inclusive.

Teams unable to full-fill their fixture must inform their opposition as soon as possible. Games should be marked postponed by Full-Time Team Administrators or notified to the league.

Teams without a fixture are free to arrange a fixture with any other team which also does not have a fixture. Teams without scheduled fixtures can be found here.

All postponements/cancellations, rearrangements or new fixtures should be reported to fixtures@bmsl.org.uk.