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Does Pyramid p/o mean end of SJFA ?

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All of this what if and what might be is fine but in the meantime the pyramid is cracking on.

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You do realise that club licensing is about a lot more than just ground criteria?

Yes, but the main thing that keeps cropping up is the costs to get the grounds up to spec. That's why I focused on that issue in particular.

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Yes, but the main thing that keeps cropping up is the costs to get the grounds up to spec. That's why I focused on that issue in particular.

lots of smaller clubs in the non league seniors are managing it

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Once the SFA have most of their full members licensed it will be interesting to see if the licensing conditions remain what they are now or whether they will become a moving target with the full member cartel retaining preferential access to grants to help them keep pace with any additional requirements like floodlights and covered seats that are imposed over time.

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lots of smaller clubs in the non league seniors are managing it

Yes and fair play to them. However I would argue the incentives for them to do so are greater than an Auchinleck for example or pollok, who already get crowds often exceeding that of league 2 clubs Edited by weegienative

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All of this what if and what might be is fine but in the meantime the pyramid is cracking on.

It is. And there might not be any further reconstruction once the SPFL's 3-year moratorium on structural changes ends.

In which case you might be talking about the EoS and SoS being fortified by the best/biggest/most ambitious (?) juniors clubs because they'll be the access points to the pyramid as it is (and may always be), whilst the rest of the juniors will remain as/become, essentially, amateurs in their respective district leagues. Which is fine, if that's what they want.

Why (broadly-speaking) can't the Junior 'grade' just be the pyramid levels between the pro game and the Amateurs?

If there's a further spasm of reconstruction then this would be the rational way to go forward.

The juniors' pyramid as it is makes more sense that the seniors' version.

The West Super League is the strongest in the south-west, so the SoS would fit in as a district below it; the Highland League is the strongest in the north region - the North SL would fit in below it; the East SL and east teams from the LL are of a similar standard and would be shuffled into a new East of Scotland Premier.

But, as HTG says, it may never happen. And the clock is ticking...

Edited by RabidAl

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The criteria should be the best teams that meet the required standards, which is exactly the case barring Linlithgow who for aren't in on there own accord.

Doesn't matter if you have the best first team in the world, can't meet the off-field standards you remain where you are until you get your house in order.

It's actually up to the SFA to determine the Candidate Club who plays against Club 42 in the Pyramid Play-Off, subject to SPFL Board approval.

So, in theory, an SFA-licenced club from the Juniors who also win their respective Super League could participate in a Play-Off Match to become the Candidate Club in any given season.

So implies the rulebook anyway.

EDIT:

The Rules of the Scottish Professional Football League (C33 - Pyramid Play-Off Competition)

'The club occupying position 42 in the League at the end of Season 2014/2015 and in each Season thereafter will take part in a Pyramid Play-Off Competition against a Candidate Club identified by the Scottish FA from and by means of a national competition approved by the Board between clubs which are not members of the League.'

Edited by RabidAl

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