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Non-League Clubs Set For Relegation If They Don't Increase Size Of Changing Rooms

Non-League Clubs Set For Relegation If They Don't Increase Size Of Changing Rooms

In an utterly bizarre turn of events, some Non-League sides could be set for relegation because of the size of their changing rooms.

After a meeting last night, the FA are demanding clubs in step three and step four in the National League pyramid have an 18 square meters dressing room for both home and away players, as well as a changing room of 6 square meters for those officiating the game.

The governing body have written to clubs who do not currently comply with the new requirements introduced and there punishment if they cannot get it sorted.

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New, large dressing rooms need to be done no later than 31 March 2019 and those who don't will be exempt from promotion or the play-offs this season irrespective of their league position.

Image: PA
Image: PA

The second point made in the letter, published by journalist Ollie Bayliss, stresses that if the aforementioned deadline and requirements are not met, clubs will be relegated to step five if they do not deliver necessary paperwork to the league and FA by 31 March.

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Lastly, if they submit the relevant documents but do not get the project done in time, clubs will be forced to have their ground closed, play their home games at a different venue and hope that it is competed by 31 March 2020 or else they face relegation at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

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All in all, it appears to be a very unreasonable request from the head honchos at the FA, particularly given the fact small clubs cannot generate the funds needed.

Here's hoping something can be done about it because it doesn't seem fair at all.

Topics: Football News, Football, Non-League

Josh Lawless

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