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Scottish Junior FA Pyramid Statement


The Scottish Junior FA & East Region SJFA have formally submitted our commitment and agreement to the Highland League board. We accept the Highland League's invitation to create a link between the Midlands League and the Highland League. Following an application to the Scottish FA board being ratified at their AGM in June 2021, the aim and expectation would then be for the Midlands League to be established for season 2021-2022 at tier 6 of the Scottish football pyramid.


The Scottish Junior FA and East Region SJFA would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Highland League board members and the Scottish FA pyramid working group for their understanding and help on this matter. We look forward to further developing our relationship.


Alex McDowall

Scottish Junior FA

Chief Operating Officer

01 Apr 2021

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5 minutes ago, cmontheloknow said:

Are the SJFA planning to run this league? The statement is all very present and future tense.

The SFA were happy for the SJFA to continue their role within the pyramid. Mainly due to the cost of taking on the additional work required for their JPP. It was really the likes of the EoSFL that pushed for the SFA to cover everyone. Which lead to the Tier 6 leagues in the Lowland pyramid falling under the SFA and the new WoSFL having to over their divisions below that.

If the Highland League haven't pursued the same issue. Which is possible since the NRSJFA have been in discussions previously with no talk of splintering off from the SJFA. It's looking possible that the SJFA will continue to have a role to play.

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Just now, FairWeatherFan said:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/sport/football/highland-league/3023221/relegation-play-offs-look-set-to-be-introduced-to-the-highland-league-from-next-season/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Relegation play-offs look set to be introduced to the Highland League next season.

Talks have been ongoing between the Highland League and the Scottish Junior FA to create a formal link between tiers five and six of the Scottish football pyramid for the 2021-22 season.

From next season the team finishing bottom of the Highland League could find themselves in a play-off against the champions of either the North Super League, the East Super League or the North Caledonian League.

Highland League secretary Rod Houston said: “Talks have been going on for some time to extend tier six across the north half of the country.

“The North Caledonian FA have agreed and are ready to roll in August this year.

“The North Region Junior FA are all but there and in recent weeks the East Region Junior FA were in touch with us with regard to their Tayside clubs.

“The talks have been constructive and hopefully we will be able to conclude them soon.

“We just have some heads of agreement to finalise.”

Clubs who would be able to participate in the play-offs to win promotion to the Highland League would have to meet qualifying criteria.

If the proposal is approved, qualifying clubs from tier six would play-off for the right to face the team that finished bottom of the Highland League for the chance to climb the Scottish footballing pyramid.

Houston said: “This would complete an aspiration that the pyramid working group at the Scottish FA have had for a while which is to have complete coverage of the country at tier six.

“There would be a play-off system but for one of the teams in tier six to play in the play-offs they would have to meet the criteria for membership of the Highland League.


“They would have to have a full licence of the Scottish FA and with all that entails.

“At present the only clubs who are members of the Scottish FA are Golspie Sutherland and Banks o’ Dee.

“If they were to win their respective championships they would be play-off candidates.

“It wouldn’t stop clubs developing themselves and their structure to become members of the Scottish FA.

“The whole point is to give clubs who aspire to that the opportunity.”


Scottish Junior FA chief operating officer Alex McDowall said in a statement: “The Scottish Junior FA and East Region SJFA have formally submitted our commitment and agreement to the Highland League board.

“We accept the Highland League’s invitation to create a link between the Midlands League and the Highland League.

“Following an application to the Scottish FA board being ratified at their AGM in June 2021, the aim and expectation would then be for the Midlands League to be established for season 2021-2022 at tier six of the Scottish football pyramid.

“The Scottish Junior FA and East Region SJFA would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Highland League board members and the Scottish FA pyramid working group for their understanding and help on this matter. We look forward to further developing our relationship.”

 

 

 

 

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Will the winners of the, Brora Rangers -v- Kelty Hearts Highland/Lowland (champions play-off),  be denied the opportunity to participate in the SPFL (club 42)  play-off final ?

According to the Scottish Daily Record, this play-off  may not now take place at the end of this season ?  Yet another potential Scottish football crisis ?

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6 hours ago, Robert James said:

 

Will the winners of the, Brora Rangers -v- Kelty Hearts Highland/Lowland (champions play-off),  be denied the opportunity to participate in the SPFL (club 42)  play-off final ?

According to the Scottish Daily Record, this play-off  may not now take place at the end of this season ?  Yet another potential Scottish football crisis ?

Or it may be just Kelty competing in it and not Brora,due to them only playing 3 of their HL fixtures.. 

It would be a disgrace if the playoffs dont go ahead for another season,especially as Brechin are now stinking League 2 out completely now !!

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10 hours ago, Robert James said:

 

Will the winners of the, Brora Rangers -v- Kelty Hearts Highland/Lowland (champions play-off),  be denied the opportunity to participate in the SPFL (club 42)  play-off final ?

According to the Scottish Daily Record, this play-off  may not now take place at the end of this season ?  Yet another potential Scottish football crisis ?

The vast majority of Scottish football unfortunately doesn’t care a jot what happens in SPFL 2. 

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16 hours ago, Robert James said:

 

Will the winners of the, Brora Rangers -v- Kelty Hearts Highland/Lowland (champions play-off),  be denied the opportunity to participate in the SPFL (club 42)  play-off final ?

According to the Scottish Daily Record, this play-off  may not now take place at the end of this season ?  Yet another potential Scottish football crisis ?

No, see below.

5 hours ago, Thom & Gerry said:

The vast majority of Scottish football unfortunately doesn’t care a jot what happens in SPFL 2. 

 

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11 hours ago, Whitburn Vale said:

Or it may be just Kelty competing in it and not Brora,due to them only playing 3 of their HL fixtures.. 

It would be a disgrace if the playoffs dont go ahead for another season,especially as Brechin are now stinking League 2 out completely now !!

Or is it a way to encourage' the SPFL to restructure League Two, by moving to a 16 club League 2, including, Brora, Kelty, Rangers & Celtic Colts, and 2 other clubs ?

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On 11/04/2021 at 19:42, Robert James said:

Or is it a way to encourage' the SPFL to restructure League Two, by moving to a 16 club League 2, including, Brora, Kelty, Rangers & Celtic Colts, and 2 other clubs ?

 

PersonalIy, I think that's unlikely.  More self-preservation, sadly.

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10 minutes ago, Bundesliga Boy said:

 

PersonalIy, I think that's unlikely.  More self-preservation, sadly.

As much as I would like to see increased promotion and relegation, get those Colt sides in the bloody sea

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20 minutes ago, ArabAuslander said:

As much as I would like to see increased promotion and relegation, get those Colt sides in the bloody sea

Em ok - but I never actually mentioned increased promotion/relegation spots, or Colt sides for that matter.

Robert asked if that was potentially why they were doing what they are doing - ie with a view to increased spots, whilst incorporating Colts.  I believe that not to be the case.  I believe, as I said, that its self preservation - ie nothing to do with that proposal......I believe they just want to avoid relegation at all costs. 

My preference is not to expand the league this season, but instead simply for the pyramid play-off to actually take place, but sadly self preservation will almost certainly curtail that.

Beyond this season my preference would be for the league not to expand by taking in additional new sides, but for Club 42 to be relegated automatically.

Longer term, I'd like to see the 42 changing to 3 leagues of 14........at that point it would be legitimate to increase relegation/promotion spots between the bottom tier and the non leagues.

If Colt clubs want to be part of the set-up, they should start at the very bottom of the pyramid like anyone else.

Edited by Bundesliga Boy

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Slight suggestion that the North Juniors might be going through a rebrand as well. Grampian may well make an appearance in the name.

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Absolutely buzzin to post in a year's time that the Grampian mountains encompass everywhere South of the Great Glen inc. Ben Nevis and therefore that's where FW should be relegated to 

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7 minutes ago, invergowrie arab said:

Absolutely buzzin to post in a year's time that the Grampian mountains encompass everywhere South of the Great Glen inc. Ben Nevis and therefore that's where FW should be relegated to 

Clearly in the West Midlands. Only one league they should be in 😉

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Hopefully Brechin landing in their new local Grampian/Midlands league will be enough to persuade the Ken to give us back our pyramid playoffs.

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Interesting interview with the Fraserburgh chairman.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/ne98.net/2021/02/05/fraserburgh-chairman-finlay-noble-on-potential-promotion-linking-the-northern-juniors-and-lockdown/amp/

 

He thinks they would stick to the same budget if promoted to the SPFL, and would manage to stay in League Two if they did so.

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51 minutes ago, SecretCEO said:

Interesting interview with the Fraserburgh chairman.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/ne98.net/2021/02/05/fraserburgh-chairman-finlay-noble-on-potential-promotion-linking-the-northern-juniors-and-lockdown/amp/

 

He thinks they would stick to the same budget if promoted to the SPFL, and would manage to stay in League Two if they did so.

Where does he say that? He says "It’s something we could definitely budget for and survive in." and talks about not hitting the heights other promoted teams have done - but clearly with an extra £50k+ income they would be able to spend more, though just not to the extent of Cove etc.

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Not too far in, he's talking about how other ex-HL clubs have done, and he says " we can run to our current budget and see where that takes us. If we get relegated so be it but I don’t think we would, I think we’d survive.”

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14 hours ago, Ginaro said:

Where does he say that? He says "It’s something we could definitely budget for and survive in." and talks about not hitting the heights other promoted teams have done - but clearly with an extra £50k+ income they would be able to spend more, though just not to the extent of Cove etc.

They will need a fair slice of the extra 50k for buses up and down the country. Other costs will increase as well.

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