A workshop attended by Jersey Football Combination clubs and officials, Jersey Bulls FC, a secondary schools’ representative and JFA staff, featured a variety of proposals that could be in place for 2019/20 – if accepted by the current clubs.
With the potential introduction of Alderney FC – subject to logistics and finances – those in attendance favoured an 11 or 12-club Premiership, with current Championship strugglers First Tower United and St John playing alongside reserve-teams, if desired, in a new nine-team second tier. Division I, for remaining reserve teams, would also feature nine teams.
The optimum number of games per club per season would be around 20 and it is proposed that Premiership clubs give up two home fixtures a year to play at Springfield on a Friday evening. There is also the availability on Wednesday nights next term – potentially for Women’s Division and under-18 fixtures – as the JFC have booked Springfield every Wednesday and Friday from August through to the end of May 2020.
Rules for relegation and promotion have yet to be discussed.
Each men’s division will include two cups, including the JFA Cup, which would take over from the Le Riche Cup, while the Tradesmen’s Trophy and Dog Club Trophy competitions – currently reserve-only competitions – could be retired.
No changes are planned for the inter-island cup knock-out competitions – the Wheway and Jeremie cups – or the annual inter-parish Trinity Shield competition that will remain in place over the Christmas and New Year period.
The pre-season Charity Cup competition may be played in a group format this August, giving clubs guaranteed games instead of leaving them searching for friendly matches.
Junior football is also under review, with greater emphasis set to be placed on floodlit midweek fixtures for U18s, as opposed to Sunday mornings. Under current proposals, U15 and U16 footballers would play on alternate Sundays.