THE Cork Schoolboys League is looking ahead to the 2020/2021 campaign having recently been forced into calling off the on-hold current season.
CSL chairman Peter Connolly commented on a testing time for the league and the plans going forward.
“The health and safety of all concerned remains our number one focus. As a league, we have a duty to start planning for the possible resumption of domestic competitions in September and that is what we are currently.”
The CSL are now focusing on the registration of teams and when looking at fees, the league has factored in the current situation and the subsequent effect it will have on clubs.
“We are accepting team registrations up until July 15 and the payment of registration fees will be accepted up until August 15. Also, we are putting a 20% reduction on fees this season and we hope this can help the clubs.”
Connolly is hopeful the players will get the opportunity to play football again in September.
“For the health and well being of the children, I very much hope we will be back in action in September. We are going in the right direction and hopefully if things keep improving the players will get the chance to be back competing and playing football.
“Safety will be the focus going forward and we would all be delighted to get back up and running if and when the opportunity arises to do so.”
The SFAI’s recent statement directed its member leagues to prepare for the resumption of football in September and as a result the Cork Schoolboys League had no option but to declare the 2019/2020 campaign null and void.
Any chance of the Cork Schoolboys League finishing the 2019/2020 season came to an end following the SFAI’s directives.
The league had been continually working on and updating possible starting dates based on details emerging from statements issued by the FAI with a full fixture list prepared from June 20 to finish the season by August 23 initially, which was then redone to start on July 20 to finish on September 27.
However, the new return date of September 5 made it impossible for the CSL to finish the season in any reasonable time, namely because the advantage of availing of night fixtures could no longer be relied upon, and as a result, the 2019/2020 campaign was declared null and void.
The Cork Schoolboys League have issued a further statement regarding registration for the new season and how they propose to solve other problems including the creation of new league tables.