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Restart and finish all seasons in aug and sep (at least til the formal issues resolved).

Have a short 3 week close season. Start new season in late October. Use premiership (or rugby league super league) type splits to help shorten the league season - where necessary.

Premiership in Scotland - play everyone twice then split. 27 games plus the 8/9/10 in aug/sep.

Champ- league 2, play everyone 3 times, 27 games plus the 8/9/10 in aug/sep.

Lowland - EoS Prem 30 games season. Reduce the local cups. Plus the remaining current season fixtures til issues resolved.

Conferences in WoSL and EoSL can then be as creative as they need to be, perhaps using various other models from different sports detailed above.

Each of these would mean that in the spell from start of August to end of May teams would play between 35-40 (ish) league games*

*if minor cups took a one year sabbatical

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Same would apply to English system if anyone’s interested

This season tied up in August and September.

Then everyone plays each other once. Then split down the middle and play the teams in your half again. 28 games plus the amount left this year. No need to remove any cups.

I expect the call from
Sky sports at any time soon

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1 minute ago, surely not! said:

Same would apply to English system if anyone’s interested emoji6.png

This season tied up in August and September.

Then everyone plays each other once. Then split down the middle and play the teams in your half again. 28 games plus the amount left this year. No need to remove any cups.

I expect the call from
Sky sports at any time soon

Tell them you got paid off, they might let you keep it for a few months.

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As things are progressing rapidly let's make sure everyone is okay and if anyone needs help they get it. Over the coming months this forum may well become the only social interaction some people will get. Let's keep things friendly and welcoming. Argue and debate all you want but let's keep it civilised. 

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1 hour ago, Jerry Macguire said:

As things are progressing rapidly let's make sure everyone is okay and if anyone needs help they get it. Over the coming months this forum may well become the only social interaction some people will get. Let's keep things friendly and welcoming. Argue and debate all you want but let's keep it civilised. 

Well said!!!

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The SLFL has officially announced that the Lowland League Cup won't be held this year, which is probably to the surprise of no one, but I guess had never been outright stated.

On the minuscule 0.001% chance that football at this level is back up and running by then those dates will be needed to finish the season. 

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Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced financial assistance with Wages.

I wonder whether clubs at Tier 5 are in a position/eligible to receive this assistance or, indeed benefit from the many other means of assistance which are being brought in more or less straight away?

Does anyone out there know? Could it help semi-pro football clubs?

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1 hour ago, Dev said:

Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced financial assistance with Wages.

I wonder whether clubs at Tier 5 are in a position/eligible to receive this assistance or, indeed benefit from the many other means of assistance which are being brought in more or less straight away?

Does anyone out there know? Could it help semi-pro football clubs?

My understanding is that it’s to retain jobs with the government paying up to 80% of wages if companies are struggling to keep workers on the payroll up to a max of £2500 per month per person who can’t work because of covid don’t quote me on that as haven’t fully read it properly as will have to get my head round it for my buisness, meaning I guess that no one should lose their job hopefully because of this virus , personally think after watching the nightmare scenarios in the Italian hospitals the shit has still to hit the fan and we will be in full lockdown by end of next week 

be sensible and stay safe all 🙏🏻

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Restart and finish all seasons in aug and sep (at least til the formal issues resolved).

Have a short 3 week close season. Start new season in late October. Use premiership (or rugby league super league) type splits to help shorten the league season - where necessary.

Premiership in Scotland - play everyone twice then split. 27 games plus the 8/9/10 in aug/sep.

Champ- league 2, play everyone 3 times, 27 games plus the 8/9/10 in aug/sep.

Lowland - EoS Prem 30 games season. Reduce the local cups. Plus the remaining current season fixtures til issues resolved.

Conferences in WoSL and EoSL can then be as creative as they need to be, perhaps using various other models from different sports detailed above.

Each of these would mean that in the spell from start of August to end of May teams would play between 35-40 (ish) league games*

*if minor cups took a one year sabbatical


Raith chairman has informed fans on Raith TV that he does not expect football until at least October. where this has come from wasn't asked but if it's behind stated then there must be something to it.
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https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/sport/18372332.spfl-chief-neil-doncaster-meet-lowland-league-discuss-reconstruction-proposal/


NEIL Doncaster, the chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, will meet the Lowland League board on Monday to discuss potential changes to the pyramid system in the aftermath of today’s vote on ending the lower league season early. 

The likelihood of that latter outcome being reached appeared to increase last night following the publication of a statement from the SFA and SPFL joint response group 

which “unanimously agreed to extend the suspension at all levels of the game from professional to recreational until at least June 10”. 

With Hearts, Rangers, Par-tick Thistle and Falkirk among a number of clubs expressing their opposition to the proposal and no guarantee of a vote passing, the statement set the tone for an announcement by the SPFL board later this evening aimed at resolving the impasse in Scottish football. 

Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers will be promoted from the Championship, League 1 and League 2 respectively should a 75% majority of clubs agree to the plan which will in turn trigger payments to a number of clubs struggling to make ends meet. The decision to call early would likely act as a precedent in the Premiership, in which case Celtic would be declared champions and Hearts would be relegated. 

Just as controversially, Thistle and Stranraer will be relegated from the Championship and League 1 while Brechin City, whose chairman Ken Ferguson sits on a number of SPFL boards, will be spared the threat of relegation, with the League 2 play-off set to be cancelled as part of the proposal, which has also promised to look at reconstruction ahead of next season. 

It has prompted calls from the Lowland and Highland Leagues to open the SPFL to radical reconstruction involving their clubs. High on the agenda at Monday’s meeting will be a discussion with Doncaster around the potential for opening up the pyramid to a straightforward entry for clubs from the Lowland League, whose chairman George Fraser yesterday called on the SPFL to seize the opportunity for substantive change. 

“We hope to gain further clarification on Monday regarding our standing within the pyramid following the conclusion of the SPFL vote,” said Fraser. “They will never ever become a trifling have a better chance to reconstruct Scottish football than of a global pandemic. It won’t now. They will never get this opportunity again – certainly not in these circumstances. Everything is in a state of flux, everything is all over the place. They should do it now. 

“Now is the time. There are teams such as Partick Thistle who don’t want to be relegated. You could reconstruct the leagues to save them. Take an extra two teams in from the Lowland and the Highland and everyone is happy.” 

The Lowland League hopes to launch a new West of Scotland league next season with 68 clubs vying for a place in the structure. Fraser says he is keen to revamp the pyramid and create a truer promotion and relegation structure which would be aided by this new league but he says the SPFL would be required to play its part, too. 

“It’s not a proper pyramid at the minute as it stands because there is no automatic promotion and relegation. The argument our clubs have always had is that we can’t lose clubs at the bottom if we aren’t getting the opportunity at the top. Somebody has got to make the first move.” 

Fraser’s call echoed sentiments expressed by the Highland League secretary Rod Houston. His league declared Brora Rangers champions on March 21 and Houston issued a statement earlier this week ex- pressing dismay at the decision to deny the club the chance to progress up the pyramid. 

“There is disappointment that the [sPFL] proposals include cancellation of the play-offs, an integral part of the Scottish football pyramid,” the statement read. “The Highland League’s continued and acknowledged contribution to the development of the Scottish Football Pyramid would appear to be set aside in the search for a solution to the conundrums facing the SPFL.

“The proposal to deny Brora that opportunity for progression is disappointing and, doubtless, there will be similar feelings among members of the Lowland League. The Highland League does acknowledge that the SPFL proposal carries a reference to some form of restructuring for season 2020/21. Be it some form of play-off or some form of re- structuring which allows for a small increase in SPFL membership, the credibility of the Scottish football pyramid can but be enhanced.” 

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NEIL Doncaster, the chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, will meet the Lowland League board on Monday to discuss potential changes to the pyramid system in the aftermath of today’s vote on ending the lower league season early. 

The likelihood of that latter outcome being reached appeared to increase last night following the publication of a statement from the SFA and SPFL joint response group 

which “unanimously agreed to extend the suspension at all levels of the game from professional to recreational until at least June 10”. 

With Hearts, Rangers, Par-tick Thistle and Falkirk among a number of clubs expressing their opposition to the proposal and no guarantee of a vote passing, the statement set the tone for an announcement by the SPFL board later this evening aimed at resolving the impasse in Scottish football. 

Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers will be promoted from the Championship, League 1 and League 2 respectively should a 75% majority of clubs agree to the plan which will in turn trigger payments to a number of clubs struggling to make ends meet. The decision to call early would likely act as a precedent in the Premiership, in which case Celtic would be declared champions and Hearts would be relegated. 

Just as controversially, Thistle and Stranraer will be relegated from the Championship and League 1 while Brechin City, whose chairman Ken Ferguson sits on a number of SPFL boards, will be spared the threat of relegation, with the League 2 play-off set to be cancelled as part of the proposal, which has also promised to look at reconstruction ahead of next season. 

It has prompted calls from the Lowland and Highland Leagues to open the SPFL to radical reconstruction involving their clubs. High on the agenda at Monday’s meeting will be a discussion with Doncaster around the potential for opening up the pyramid to a straightforward entry for clubs from the Lowland League, whose chairman George Fraser yesterday called on the SPFL to seize the opportunity for substantive change. 

“We hope to gain further clarification on Monday regarding our standing within the pyramid following the conclusion of the SPFL vote,” said Fraser. “They will never ever become a trifling have a better chance to reconstruct Scottish football than of a global pandemic. It won’t now. They will never get this opportunity again – certainly not in these circumstances. Everything is in a state of flux, everything is all over the place. They should do it now. 

“Now is the time. There are teams such as Partick Thistle who don’t want to be relegated. You could reconstruct the leagues to save them. Take an extra two teams in from the Lowland and the Highland and everyone is happy.” 

The Lowland League hopes to launch a new West of Scotland league next season with 68 clubs vying for a place in the structure. Fraser says he is keen to revamp the pyramid and create a truer promotion and relegation structure which would be aided by this new league but he says the SPFL would be required to play its part, too. 

“It’s not a proper pyramid at the minute as it stands because there is no automatic promotion and relegation. The argument our clubs have always had is that we can’t lose clubs at the bottom if we aren’t getting the opportunity at the top. Somebody has got to make the first move.” 

Fraser’s call echoed sentiments expressed by the Highland League secretary Rod Houston. His league declared Brora Rangers champions on March 21 and Houston issued a statement earlier this week ex- pressing dismay at the decision to deny the club the chance to progress up the pyramid. 

“There is disappointment that the [sPFL] proposals include cancellation of the play-offs, an integral part of the Scottish football pyramid,” the statement read. “The Highland League’s continued and acknowledged contribution to the development of the Scottish Football Pyramid would appear to be set aside in the search for a solution to the conundrums facing the SPFL.

“The proposal to deny Brora that opportunity for progression is disappointing and, doubtless, there will be similar feelings among members of the Lowland League. The Highland League does acknowledge that the SPFL proposal carries a reference to some form of restructuring for season 2020/21. Be it some form of play-off or some form of re- structuring which allows for a small increase in SPFL membership, the credibility of the Scottish football pyramid can but be enhanced.” 



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I’m I missing something watching the news there and online saying holidays flights etc from start of July I think they said how can people travel through airport sit side by side on flights then share pools and hotel facilities but football is still miles away lol

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