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Jersey Bulls chief surprised FA's ‘lack of skills’

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A LEADING Jersey Bulls official has questioned the English FA’s logistical skills after discovering that the Island side will play ten games more than some equally-ranked clubs next season.

Jersey Bulls are scheduled to play 38 league games in 2020/21, compared to the 28 pencilled in for fellow tenth-tier clubs in the Hellenic Football League Picture: ROB CURRIE

The FA released its 2020/21 divisional placements for the National League System on Tuesday and significant inbalances quickly became clear, with some leagues on step 6 of the pyramid – the tenth tier of English football – set to feature 20 teams while others include just 15.

Two 21-team divisions have also been unveiled at step 5.

Bulls’ status as a Combined Counties League Division I side was confirmed for another year, despite them already having sealed promotion before the Covid-19 pandemic, and club director Ian Horswell remains frustrated.

All league results were declared null and void by the FA in the wake of the health crisis and calls to place the Caesareans at step 5 for next term fell on deaf ears.

Responding to queries over Bulls’ league allocation on Twitter, he said: ‘There are spaces above but not in our area. Farcical that some leagues in step 5/6 will play 28 league games and some have to play 40. The @FA are really surprised me [sic] at their lack of skills at running the game.’

Discussing a suggested shift to ninth-tier leagues further north, he added: ‘It was not an option, we were null and void and we are were we expected to be. It’s not right and we explored everything but the doors were firmly shut in our faces. As we have always said, we go again and have to hope the virus goes and we find a vaccine. Roll on 5/9!’

Updated FA guidelines have paved the way for a September restart for competitive grassroots football, with friendlies being permitted from August.

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