Numerous new applicants for the Devon Football League
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While local football remains in a sporting limbo, officials at the Devon Football League are already making some plans for next season.
Key to that process has been the opportunity for new clubs to make an application to join the competition, which is divided into two leagues, North & East, and South & West.
Now those applications have been received, it is clear the model of the DFL remains very popular.
“The response has been fantastic,” said David Richardson, Secretary of the Devon Football League. “To have that level of interest is brilliant for the competition and some clubs apply to get an idea of what they need to do to meet the ground regulations.
“The three clubs carried over from last year are Feniton from the Devon & Exeter, North Molton from North Devon and Mount Gould in Plymouth.
“The new applicants include Horrabridge Rangers, Galmpton, Ipplepen Athletic, Torbay Police, Thorverton, Lapford and Axminster Town reserves.
“In these troubled times, it is very heartening to see that interest in the Devon Football League.
“We’ve almost got enough teams for a third division, although I don’t think we’d get approval for that, but is great to have clubs wanting to join the League.
“We know the FA are still planning their restructuring of some leagues higher up the pyramid, which will have a knock-on impact down to the Western, Peninsula and Devon Leagues.
“There are teams from the DFL that have expressed an interest in the Peninsula League, so if some of those move up the pyramid, it would free up space for new clubs to join our League.
“It is the fluid nature of football and we have a duty to encourage promotion for clubs, as well as providing support for those that might want to drop down a division and to regroup, for whatever reason.
“In terms of this season, I am aware that the Devon County FA are due to have meetings this month, based on guidance from the National FA, which should lead to a final announcement on what happens next.”