Intermediate Football - a statementWednesday, 28 November 2018
Mid UlsterFootball League
IntermediateFootball - A Statement
The Mid Ulster Football League are committed to delivering the highest possible standard of Intermediate Football. To this end,the Committee feel it is necessary, after consultation with the NationalAssociation, to implement changes to both its structure and the manner ofcontinued membership of Intermediate Divisions.
Clubs were made aware following a statement on the League’swebsite that for season 16/17the total number of Intermediate teams was to be reduced to 27 with 13 in Intermediate A and 14 in Intermediate B. At that time, the stated policy of theCommittee was to further reduce the number of Intermediate teams to 26 with 12 in the “A” Division.
The MUFL lobbied for reinstatement of leading MUFA affiliated “A” teams to the Mid Ulster Cup.
The League were also committed to the full implementationof the pyramid system for applications received from MUFL affiliated teams relegated from the PIL. For others not affiliated to the Mid Ulster FA or from current Intermediate teams who are members of other Regional Intermediate Leagues, a rigorous interview procedure would be undertaken where necessary
However, these policies were re-assessed for the commencement of season 17/18. Following further information received, it was agreed that 2 Divisions, each of 14 teams would be workable with no maximum number of teams set.
In respect of the matter of continued membership. The Committee have, for some time expressed concern at the sterility at the bottomof Intermediate B. In order to offset this, the Committee are, with immediate effect opening up the possibility of promotion and relegation between teams finishing in the top two places of Division 1 providing they meet the Intermediate ground criteria and the ensuing relegation of the teams finishing in the bottom 1 or 2 places of the Intermediate B. A Club finishing in the top echelon of Division 1 may also be considered for promotion to Intermediate B,providing they meet with the Intermediate ground criteria, with the bottom 2 teams of the B Division having to apply for re-election.
The Committee have determined, again with immediate effect, that no junior teams, either internal or external will be parachuted into Intermediate football and that in accordance with the wishes of the National Association, Intermediate Football may only be obtained by the natural processes of the pyramid system.