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Guernsey FA plans get green light

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The GFA's plans will come into force for the new season

The Guernsey Football Association has approved plans to change the structure of the island's leagues at their AGM.

Only three clubs - Vale Rec, Northerners and Port City - voted against the plans.

The initiative will see the launch of under-16 and under-21 leagues, as well as rules which limit players to play for only one club.

Multiple divisions will be created at senior level, with promotion and relegation for the first time.

The changes will come into force for the start of the forthcoming season.

The plans claimed their second casualty at the top of Guernsey football as the GFA's vice-chairman Geoff Vidamour stepped down, following on from chairman Dave Nussbaumer's resignation last month.

"The time for debate has gone, we have a new football season about to start and it's important that we work together for the good of island football," said the GFA's James Blower.

I think this is a stepping stone to bigger things for football in Guernsey

Island captain Matt Warren
"I understand after the meeting that North said while they weren't happy with the plan they are now prepared to go forward and work with the association," he added.

He also says that the GFA are still in discussions with the island's social football leagues about how they will cope with the new "one player, one club" rule.

Many of the social sides draw players who also play football in the old Priaulx and Jackson leagues.

Guernsey captain Matt Warren, who has just moved from his boyhood club Sylvans to St Martin, threw his weight behind the decision.

"From a personal point of view I'm happy because a decision has now been made and we can concentrate on this season," he said.

"I think this is a stepping stone to bigger things for football in Guernsey."

see also
North reject proposed GFA changes
10 Jun 08 |  Football
Vale Rec reject GFA league deal
06 Jun 08 |  Football
Minister wants GFA fight to stop
05 Jun 08 |  Football
GFA include more leagues in talks
04 Jun 08 |  Football
GFA chairman Nussbaumer resigns
04 Jun 08 |  Football
GFA close to agreement on league
03 Jun 08 |  Football

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