The Alliance League recognises that many of our clubs partake in pre season friendlies in between seasons. In some cases these can even start as early as May or June, although during July and especially August, they are more common, and many clubs can play as many as 7 or 8 games before a new season begins.
There is also a possibility that because of a smaller, more manageable number of teams in each division this season, and (so far) a very kind and mild winter compared to recent years, increasing numbers of clubs may seek friendlies as the year progresses. Although we have a long way to go yet before we can consider the winter behind us, some clubs, given an uninterrupted run of fixtures, could well complete their season around March time.
The league knows the amount of work many club secretaries and managers have to put in to arrange friendlies. If there is an increasing demand for games, we would like to help clubs by co-ordinating and organising as many as possible, which would benefit all. Our aim is to create a pool of clubs, referees and possibly grounds that would be accessible for these games which would make things run a lot smoother.
It would also be an ideal starting point for our new member clubs – a handful of whom have already been accepted for next season. What better way to prepare for your first season in the Alliance by having the chance to experience pre-season games against existing sides, using official Alliance League referees and giving them a real taste of what the league is all about?
By having an appointed co-ordinator, we could pair up teams that are looking for games, take out all the hassle of finding referees (and possibly grounds) and generally make the experience better for all. You may even wish to submit your own ground or pitch for availability. Our initial starting point at the moment is to compile a list of all clubs (and then referees) who would be interested and/or available in our pool scheme and then start to collate the information so that firm announcements and plans can be made nearer the summer (or earlier if the case may be).
PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY LEAGUE GAMES TAKE PRIORITY OVER FRIENDLIES SHOULD THEY BE REQUIRED DURING THE REGULATION SEASON, EVEN AT SHORT NOTICE.
If your club would like to be part of this development, then please confirm your acceptance and contact details by sending them to Mark Whait, (or reply to this thread or by PM) so that the best possible opportunities can be found for you.