New league launched for under-21s

PUBLISHED: 14:28 19 May 2013

The FA has agreed changes to mixed football age groups for 2013/14 (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

The FA has agreed changes to mixed football age groups for 2013/14 (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Players aged 16 and over in Essex have a new option for their football next season.

Discussions between the Essex FA and other interested parties have resulted in the Essex Olympian League agreeing to the formation of a brand new 14-team Under-21s Division for 2013/14.

The formation of this division has the full support of The FA and the League’s Management Committee, with teams playing on Saturday afternoons at the same times as existing divisions.

The same criteria for facilities will be required, with the exception of the requirement to have separate dressing rooms for both teams and officials.

A reasonable period of time will be given to allow clubs to comply with other aspects of the criteria, whilst existing Essex Olympian League clubs may place teams in this new division.

If they already have two teams within the constitution, they have to ensure they have facilities to accommodate two matches kicking-off at the same time on a Saturday.

There are several reasons behind this development, including older youth players not coming through into men’s open-age football in the numbers they should be.

Youth players need a bridge into adult football to cope with the physicality and other aspects of the game, and this new provision provides that elevation in standard.

Clubs wishing to enter a team must email league secretary Kevin Lorkins at

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