Yesterday DC released an article confirming the promotion of the four Division Two teams heading to regional finals this weekend, as well as looking at the possible league structure for next Senior Contact season.
We would like to apologise if there were any misconceptions regarding our released potential structure which was based upon the information we had available. While the article included a number of qualifiers and indeed a direct disclaimer that our proposed structure was in no way official, we appreciate the need for us to provide further clarity in future between official BAFA releases and DC extrapolations.
To further assist with confirming that the league structure for next season is in no way confirmed at this point, BAFA Director of Competitions, Russ Hewitt, shared the following statement:
Following the release of this information on here [DC] yesterday, I have received a number of phone calls & enquiries from teams about the content.
BAFA work with our media partners to ensure that the British Game is fully supported. So we will continue to work with Double Coverage but we must both confirm this article above does not confirm the exact teams, it gives examples with ‘we [Double Coverage] assume’ comment clearly stated.
The current structure had an expanding Div 1 between 2015 & 2016 (up from 16-18 teams) so IF their is no further Expansion to Div 1, the overall layout will likely stay the same. BUT BAFA will always review at end of each season.
We are the only ones that truly know where Associate Status is for new team entry, then we also start communicating with teams (some teams individually) to where we both (BAFA & Team) see themselves. BAFA would like to confirm that teams want stability from a league structure, so this overall structure is here to stay.
Three teirs of football has been very competitive, and we strive to continue to support our teams with their drive for ultimate promotion opportunities.
With associate teams entry, plus promotion & relegation, we have the option to expand any division when we feel a teams performance supports it. We just respectfully request we give ALL teams the opportunity to complete their seasons first.
That concludes at BAFA NL Div 2 level this weekend and then BAFA NL Flag the following weekend. It’s unfair for BAFA to burden Bowl teams with anything more, especially on the build up to their biggest game of the year.
So, personally, I would have preferred an article like this to have been release slightly later, but realise Double Coverage have readership that love the content they provide.
In closing, we would like to confirm nothing is 100% until annouced by BAFA in early October.
BAFA Director of Competitions
Once again, DC apologises for any confusion caused. We simply aim to bring as much information about the game as possible, as openly as possible, to as many people as possible and in no way intend to infringe upon the NGB’s ability to shape the growth and development of the National Leagues or the game on a wider scale.