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  • INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL - THE FUTURE

    06 July 2016



    Mid Ulster Football League


    Review of Intermediate Football




    Preface


    The Mid Ulster Football League are committed to delivering the highest possible standards of Intermediate Football. To this end, and after a thorough review process which included direct consultation with our National Association, the Committee now feel that it is necessary to implement key changes to both the structure and the manner of continued membership of our Intermediate Divisions.


    New Structure


    Following this review, clubs should now be aware that for the incoming season (16/17), the total number of Intermediate teams has been reduced to 27, with 13 in Intermediate A and 14 in Intermediate B. This is due to the fact that Broomhill and Richhill have amalgamated to form Richhill AFC who will begin membership in Intermediate B. Please also be aware that AFC Craigavon and Silverwood Utd have also amalgamated to form AFC Silverwood, who will also begin membership in Intermediate B.


    The stated policy of the Committee is to further reduce the number of Intermediate teams to 26 in total, with 12 in Intermediate A and 14 in Intermediate B, and this is to happen at the end of the incoming season. This new policy is also due to the fixture demands of clubs entering at least six cup competitions nationally, regionally and domestically, demands which may include a clubs’ backed initiative where the MUFL have successfully lobbied for reinstatement of leading MUFA-affiliated Intermediate A teams into the Mid Ulster Cup.


    This reduction may be achieved by relegating a maximum of 4 teams from Intermediate A at the end of the season. However, this number may be reduced to 3 or even 2, depending on possible promotion and relegation either to or from the newly formed Premier Intermediate League (PIL), formerly known as Championship 2.


    Possible scenarios are outlined as follows:-


    1) The winners of MUFL Intermediate A are promoted to the Premier Intermediate League and NO application to MUFL is received from the relegatedteam.


    Outcome


    Intermediate A is reduced to12 teams by natural wastage, and relegation between Intermediate A and B is conducted using the normal 2 up / 2 down procedure.


    2)  The winners of the MUFL Intermediate A are promoted to the Premier Intermediate League and an application IS received from the relegated team who are affiliated to the Mid Ulster FA OR no team is promoted from Intermediate A tothe PIL.


    Outcome


    Intermediate A remains at 13 teams because the MUFL must accept the application from the relegated team. In either of these cases, 3 teams will be relegated to the Intermediate B with 2 promoted from B to A. The team finishing bottom of Intermediate B will be relegated to Junior Division 1.


    3) No team is promoted from Intermediate A to the PIL and an application is received from the relegated team who are affiliated to the Mid Ulster FA


    Outcome


    Intermediate A is increased to 14 teams because the MUFL must accept the application from the PIL relegated team. In this case, 4 teams will be relegated to Intermediate B but with 2 promoted from B to A. The bottom 2 teams of Intermediate B will be relegated to Junior Division 1.


    4) Applications received from teams relegated from the PIL but not affiliated to the Mid Ulster FA OR applications from current Intermediate teams who are members of other Regional Intermediate Leagues will be subject to a rigorous interview process.


    Continued Membership.


    The Committee have for sometime expressed their concerns about potential sterility at the bottom of Intermediate B. In order to offset this, the Committee are, with immediate effect opening up the possibility of promotion and relegation between those teams finishing in the top 1 or 2 places of Junior Division1, providing of course that they meet the Intermediate ground criteria, and those teams finishing in the bottom 1 or 2 places of Intermediate B.


    A Club finishing in the upper echelon of Division 1 may also be considered for promotion to Intermediate B, providing that they meet with the Intermediate ground criteria, with the bottom 2 teams of Intermediate B having to apply for re-election.


    The Committee have further determined that with immediate effect Junior teams, whether internal or external to the MUFL, can NOT be parachuted into Intermediate football and that, in accordance with the wishes of our National Association, Intermediate football may only be obtained via the natural processes of the pyramid system.




    MUFL Management Committee


    2016 / 17


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