Have requested permission (received 6th September) to withdraw their 2nd xi from AFC div Inter North due to the whole squad leaving (this was the merged ex Oakhill Tigers 1st xi) hence the whole squad. The AFC Fixtures Committee have agreed this, however with caveats on trophy winning for lower xi's. The result of match vs WGOB on 8th Sept is expunged and the division is now just 9 teams. All lower teams remain numbered as before
It is with much delight that I can confirm that Luke Graham of Old Meadonians has been named AFA Coach of the Year 2018. Luke has coached Old Meadonians 1st XI for the past few seasons and has also now taken over the running of the AFC Representative XI for this and coming seasons. Luke together with Ali McCombe will jointly oversee the rep team and hopefully take the team on the two year journey that will see us reach the Inter League Cup final in 2020.
Well done Luke
I have to advise that due to lack of player commitment the above club have taken the decision to resign with immediate effect from the AFC and withdraw from the AFA & LOB Cup competitions. Teams drawn against Egbertian will be given walkovers to the next round. It is indeed very sad that a club that had 5 teams in 2015/16 should end up folding in just two seasons - a 91 year history lost to grassroots football. Hopefully things may change in the future and they can reform - only time will tell.
As Egbertian were in 2 North, the Fixture Committee will be tasked with urgently making a decision whether to promote one team from all divisions from 3 to 6 North, to ensure that each division is made up of at least 10 teams or leave 2 North with just 9 teams. Updates will follow in due course.
From: John Monk <John.Monk@amateur-fa.com>
Sin Bin Presentation for AFC Clubc, Referees & Players
Last season The FA first trialled the use of temporary suspensions (sin bins) in cases of dissent across a selection of league competitions up and down the Country. In the case of the AFA, the Southern Amateur League took part in the trial. This season the Amateur Football Combination are also going to be using sin bins and from season 2019/20 sin bins will be used in all grassroots competitions.
Some referees have been keen to try out sin bins whilst others have expressed concern about their operation or effectiveness. There is no doubt that a wide variety of opinions exist on the subject. We are keen to support our referees by providing information and training and I am writing to invite you to attend a presentation about sin bins.
We have set up dates and venues for four presentation sessions spread across the London area. I will be giving the presentation which has been put together by The FA. It covers:
Tuesday 14th August
Middlesex FA Headquarters, Rectory Park Avenue, Rectory Park, Northolt UB5 6ED
Wednesday 15th August
Old Finchleians FC, 12 Southover, Woodside Park N12 7JE
Tuesday 21st August
Surrey FA HQ, Meadowbank Football Ground, Mill Lane, Dorking ,Surrey RH4 1DX
Wednesday 22nd August
Bealonians FC The Jack Carter Pavilion Oakfield Playing Fields Barkingside IG6 2JL
I hope that you are able to come along to one of these sessions to learn more about sin bins, how they work, why they are being trialled and the results of the trial from last season.
If you intend to come along to one of the sessions please email me at email@example.com confirming which session you will attend so that I can keep track of likely numbers.
John Monk AFA Football Administrator Tel. 0208 733 2613 (Option 3)
The new season kicks off on Saturday 8th September 2018 for all Premier, Senior & Intermediate divisions. Divisions 1-7 North & 1-8 South kick off the following week 15th September.
Due to a number of northern clubs adding additional teams and in order to meet requests from some northern clubs the Fixtures Committee have revised the constitution that clubs were sent for the AGM. we have now added back a Division Seven North making only that division 11 teams and the rest 10 teams. The revised constitution is attached here :- afc_con_2018-19_v10_post_agm.xlsx
Any queries with the constitution then please contact Ian Andrews/James Whitmarsh.
Key Changes for 2018/19.
The AFC AGM will be held on Wednesday 27th June 2018 at the same venue as in 2017:- The Parker Room, The Abbey Community Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU starting prompt at 6.30pm. Make a note in your smart phone diaries now please. Club attendance is mandatory. All relevant documents have now been sent to your Club Secretary & Match Secretary, but attached are some key documents regarding next season which can be downloaded.
Notes in support of the 2018 AGM agenda items afc_agm_notes.pdf
Annual Report from the AFC Secretary 2017-18 afc_annual_report__17-18.pdf
Constitution 2018-19 - Updated version following emails from clubs afc_con_2018-19_v8_agm.xlsx
Rule Changes 2018-19 rule_changes_2018.pdf
Sin Bins Guidance Note sin_bins_afc_guidance.pdf
Club/Referee Charter club_and_referee_charter_for_all_games.pdf
Summer is here and if you missing your weekly football fix old wokinians might be able to help
with their 6 a side tournament to enter a team please email Matt Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read all the relevant news and information regarding GDPR and how it affects you and the AFC here - GDPR
The Amateur Football Combination is one of the biggest Leagues in Europe with around 100 clubs and 350 teams playing football from September through to May. Our football is true grass roots football. Players pay to play on local grounds. At the end of each season over 60 trophies of the League and London Old Boys' Cup Competitions are presented at the AFC Annual Dinner.
The 2018 event will once more be held at The Oval cricket ground, and will take place on Friday 25 May. To order your tickets visit the dedicated AFC Dinner website.
Tony Cottee to speak at AFC Dinner
Former England striker Tony Cottee has been named as the 2018 AFC Dinner speaker. Cottee, who played seven times for his country, played scored 226 goals in 579 games for West Ham United, Everton and Leicester City in a career which lasted fro 1982 to 2001. Named the PFA Young Player of the Year in 1985/86, Cottee was one of the most prolific scorers in English football during the 1980s and 1990s.
The final marks are now available in the link Monthly Awards (or under Spirit of Football Tab). Dorkinians pipped Rob Roy Reds (Aberdeen Supporters Club) to secure top spot with Old Pauline ion third. These three clubs will be awarded memento's at the forthcoming AFC Dinner on Friday 26th May.
In the Organisation table Rob Roy Reds had a late surge to pip NWB with season leaders Heathrow Seniors finishing in a very credible 4th. Indeed the average mark of 8.21 is exceptional and clubs should be highly commended on this excellent mark It shows why many respect the AFC so highly. Disappointingly the same teams continue to occupy the bottom positions and they must try and improve.
The Facilities table shows yet again that the five top teams do indeed possess excellence pitches and changing rooms by their continued high marks Congratulations to University of Hertfordshire who gained top spot - a pitch that is as good as any in AFA football and is therefore rewarded each season with hosting a cup final.
Its good to see some new names high up in the hospitality table and long may that continue, in what is an important post match activity in our League, where Old Pauline captured top spot to be be rewarded with the Ken Elbourne Trophy at the Dinner.
One club that has struggled this season is Mayfield, not on the pitch where the won 2 North but losing their home pitch and hospitality in August was huge blow but hopefully they can return to their old home or the new 3g at CONEL in Enfield. The new Club Support Committee may have their first club that needs their help in 2018/19.
It should also be noted that individual teams will be targeted to improve their marks significantly and currently there are some still causing issues with very low SoF marks and despite a very small improvement since warning letters in December, It was pleasing to see improvement made by all three teams that were singled out, mid-season as needing to improve: -
John Fisher Old Boys 1sts 6.16 improved to 6.82
Mickleham Old Boxhillians 1sts 6.44
Old Tenisonians 3rds 6.40