News and Events 2020

Saturday 18th July 2020 - IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM DARREN PARKER, OPERATIONS MANAGER, HAMPSHIRE FA

The FA issues guidelines for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football 

Practical guidance for players, coaches, officials, volunteers, clubs, leagues, parents/carers and facility providers undertaking outdoor competitive grassroots football activity in England.

The FA can confirm that the UK Government approved its plan for the return of outdoor grassroots football late last night, Friday 17 July 2020.  As a result, the grassroots football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season.  

The FA has been working hard over recent weeks to prepare guidelines for the safe return of grassroots football and, following Government approval, these can now be published.  Football activity can take place with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19.   The FA would strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:

Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;

From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;

From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.

Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators and football facility providers should read The FA’s full guidelines, which are accessible below, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19.

A return to competitive football should only happen once clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place. 

A summary of key points to consider from The FA’s guidelines are listed for ease below:

Everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before every training session or match. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection you must not participate or attend;

Clubs and facility providers should ensure that their facility is compliant with current Government legislation and guidance related to COVID-19;

Competitive training is now permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches;

Competitive match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play;

Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session;

Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball disinfected in breaks of play;

Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training;

Goal celebrations should be avoided;

Equipment should not be shared, and goalkeepers should ensure they disinfect their gloves regularly in breaks in training or matches and thoroughly afterwards. Where possible, coaches should only handle equipment in training;

Where possible, players, coaches and officials should arrive changed and shower at home. Use of changing and shower facilities must follow government advice on the use of indoor facilities;

Participants should follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and walking or cycling if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle

Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace;

Clubs should ensure they are affiliated with their County Football Association.  

Separate guidance has been developed for clubs with teams competing in the men’s National League System (NLS) and the Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6. This will support these Clubs on the safe return of paying spectators and also the applicability of the guidance to facilities under Ground Grading conditions, to ensure the safe return of competitive matches. 

Please note that at this stage, indoor football and futsal is not permitted. The FA will look to work with indoor facility providers to develop appropriate guidance for indoor formats as soon as possible.

The FA have provided FAQ’s and useful resource information, which is downloadable from:

http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/jul/17/grassroots-guidance-for-competitive-football-restart-in-england-170720

Please note that the offices still remain closed until further notice and we still have the majority of our staff on furlough leave, so please bear with us if you do not receive a response swiftly.

Kind regards,
Darren Parker
Operations Manager

Saturday 4th April 2020

FDSFL - Coronavirus - Message from League Chairman

Following the committee meeting last night to discuss what action should be taken regarding the rest of this playing season It was decided that the 2019/2010 season will be declared null & void for both league and cup competitions 

Whilst there will be no formal relegation and promotion between divisions it’s fair to say that enough football has been played to determine playing strengths and weaknesses. We will therefore form a sub-committee to ensure that the correct teams are placed in a division where we feel they can compete with teams of equal strength. Obviously we will require your cooperation and flexibility to ensure that this exercise is conducted fairly.

On a brighter note we invite all teams that would like to participate in next seasons competition to send in their application form by 31st May at the latest. You do not need to enclose the subscription fees as this is under review. We just need to know how many teams would like to enter next season.

Thanks

Nigel

Monday 16th March 2020

HAMPSHIRE FA – CORONAVIRUS ADVICE TO GRASSROOTS CLUBS

GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL IN ENGLAND HAS BEEN SUSPENDED

Dear Club Secretaries,

Please find below a link to the FA’s announcement today in regards to suspending grassroots football in relation to covid-19.

http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/mar/16/grassroots-football-suspended-160320

Following on from their announcement, please take this email as confirmation that Hampshire FA are fully supporting the FA’s announcement and that grassroots football should be postponed for the foreseeable future.

Please note that Hampshire FA will be implementing with immediate effect:

1 - all grassroots football including league fixtures, training and friendly matches to be postponed until further notice

2 - all HFA events (including cup finals), courses and meetings postponed until 3 April 2020 (unless meetings can be held by Teams, Webex or other electronic means)

3 - HFA hub sites at Winklebury Football Complex, Stoneham Lane Football Complex and Front Lawn Community Hub to be closed until 3 April 2020 (any pitch hire fees paid in advance by users will be held in credit for future bookings)

4 - all HFA staff to work remotely initially from 16 March until 22 March 2020 - all enquiries to HFA through email for time being to info@hampshirefa.com

We will continue to update our stakeholders on a regular basis.

Kind Regards

Sam

Sam Charles

Senior Operations Officer (Community & Finance) | Hampshire FA

Wednesday 29th Jan

FDSL over 45   1   ALRESFORD VETS   1

 Match report from Manager Clive Gatcum - A very competitive  game played by two teams with the majority of the players over 50. FDSFL found themselves a goal down at half time but Stuart Graham from Popley scored an 80th minute equaliser. The Rep Team was made up with Players from Hammer, Fleet Spurs, Hambledon Res, Farnham, Popley Res, Alton Res, Holybourne Res, Ropley Res, Woking Res, Sandrock, Bourne Blades and Headley and they all did there Club sides and the League proud, well done.

Wednesday 4th December 2019

FDSFL Reps  6   Hampshire Police  2

An outstanding performance from the Rep Team with an entertaining 1st half topped with three unanswered goals in a one sided 2nd half. After going a goal down the Reps went into the interval 3-2 up. The FDSFL Team looked particularly strong in the last 30 minutes taking the honours with goals from Stuart Cook, Grant Young and 3 from Adam Greaves. The Team was represented by players from Hambledon, Ropley, Woking, Popley, ROW, Farnham, Rushmoor, Old Wokingham and Bourne Blades with Bourne Blades providing ball boys. 

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

FDSL REPS  4  GOSPORT BOROUGH VETS 3 

Playing a very competitive Gosport side the Reps found themselves 2 goals down in the first 15 minutes before settling down to play some great football. Goals followed from Ross Harwood and Stuart Cook before Adam Gatcum rifled in a third from 40 yards (as taught by his father supposedly) to give the Reps a  3-2 advantage at half time. Gosport weren't finished yet and levelled the scores with a goal 15 minutes in to the second half. With both sides probing Grant Young got the winner for the Reps 10 mins from full time.

Bourne Blades under 12s were mascots and ball boys for this game  with Tonni Ricci their manager only showing them how not to tackle, picking up a yellow card in the process.

The Reps were made up of players from Bourne  Blades, Farnham, Hambledon, Headley, Hindhead,Popley, Ropley,  Row, Woking 

and GV SUNS Australia!

Managers Clive Gatcum and Jamie Gowing expressed their admiration and respect for Gosport Borough Veterans FC for a tough match played in the right competitive spirit and congratulated their own Players for an excellent performance. Many thanks to Farnham Town FC for being great hosts providing an excellent pitch and facilities. 

Wednesday 9th October 2019

FDSFL REPS  9   PEC Portsmouth  0

Players from Alton, Bourne Blades, Farnham, Hambledon, Headley, Hindhead, Holybourne, Popley, Ropley and Woking played some of the best football played to date by a Reps side giving Managers Clive Gatcum and Jamie Gowing a selection headache for the next game. Credit to all 15 players.

Monday 12th August 2019

Liphook Utd FC   2    4  FDSFL Rep Team

Manager Clive Gatcum reported "Experience beat youth! FDSFL VETS Reps with players from Headley, Ropley, Hambledon, Farnham, Woking, Popley, Bourne Blades and Row played away at Liphook United. Goals from Grant Young (Ropley) x3 and Craig Moore (Headley) gave the Vets a 4-2 win

Tuesday 6th August 2019

Alton Town FC Reserves   8   0   FDSFL Rep Team

In their first pre-season outing a game Veterans Rep Team was outplayed by a talented, well organised and youthful home side at Alton

2nd August 2019

Rep Team News - New Management Team

Dave Hawtin has stepped down from his Management role in the Reps side. The league would like to thank him for his dedication and valuable contribution over the last two years. This year's joint Managers will be Jamie Gowing from Headley Vets and Clive Gatcum

CONGRATULATIONS TO SEASON 2018-19 DIVISION WINNERS & RUNNERS UP
Div 1 - Winners ROW 1st XI, R/up Headley Veterans FC
Div 2 - Winners Ropley FC Veterans FC, R/up Hambledon FC Veterans
Div 3 - Winners Overton Utd Vets Res, R/up Camberley Old Boys FC
Div 4 - Winners Woking FC Veterans, R/up OW Strollers FC
Div 5 - Winners Sandrock Veterans FC, R/up Ropley Social Veterans
Div 6 - Winners Rushmoor Community FC, R/up Wrecclesham FC Veterans

(20/05/2019)

CONGRATULATIONS TO SEASON 2018-19 CUP FINALISTS
Challenge Cup - Winners ROW Utd, R/up Ashridge Park Vets Old Boys
Runwick Cup -   Winners Overton Utd Vets, R/up Ashridge Park Vets Old Boys
Charity Cup - Winners Sandrock Veterans FC, R/up Woking Veterans FC
Invitation Cup - Winners Fleets Spurs Veterans R/up Wrecclesham FC Veterans 

(9/6//2019)

Tuesday 4/12/18

FDSFL Rep (45+) 0 - 2 Hungerford FC Veterans

Tuesday 30/10/18

FDSFL Rep  2 - 0   Gosport Borough FC Veterans

Match report from Team Manager Clive Gatcum - A  great game played very hard by two very good footballing sides at Alton FC was won 2-0 by the Farnham Reps  with goals on 25 mins by Craig Moore (Headley) and Paul Curtin (Old Wokingians) on 80 mins. Reps side  Dave McDonald, Richard McCann, Craig Moore, Lee Johnstone, Chris Stedman (Headley ), Gary Stockwell (Overton), Terry Payne, Julian Sills (ROW 1st), Ben Biggar (Holybourne), Simon Pullman (Ropley), Paul Curtin (Old Wokingians), Dave Drinkwater (Woking), Stuart Graham (Popley)

Tuesday 6th March 2018

FDSFL REP 1 HAMPSHIRE POLICE 0

A fast paced, entertaining and closely fought match but one lapse of concentration and the Police Vets Team were bang to rights. A goal from Paul Curtain was enough to unlock the thin blue line 20 minutes in to the match. The visitors could do nothing about Nick Oram-Tooley speeding down the left wing at the Alton enclosure. A penalty appeal by the FDSFL Midfield was judged inadmissible by Referee Trevor Beard, meanwhile at the far end the host’s water tight defence meant the Police had no case and were unable to test keeper Keith Harrowing. After the match Jim McKell and Clive Ventham spent the evening behind bars but with good behaviour all were released at 11:30 to return home after a fine evening.

FDSFL were represented by Badshot Lea (Chopper, Jamie Gowring & Craig Moore), French Horn (Clive Ventham, Peter Browning, Semo, Steve Green & Steve Stairs), Headley (Dave Hawtin – Manager, Richard McCann & Nick Oram-Tooley), Hollybourne (Dan Biggar & Kim Lydon), Overton (Stuart Graham), Milford and Witley (Keith Harrowing) and Old Wimbledonian (Paul Curtain)

Tuesday 12th December 2017

FDSFL Rep  3    Hungerford Town  4

A closely fought battle by an over 45's squad versus Hungerford Town FC Vets finished with the visitors narrowly taking the honours 3 - 4. FDSFL goalscorers were Holybourne's Ben Biggar and Old Wimbledonian duo Richie Gallagher and Paul Curtain.

Wednesday 25th October 2017 - FDSFL Veterans Rep Team V Gosport FC Veterans 

Goals from Nick Oram-Tooley (2), Keiron Robinson, Paul Seaman and Craig Moore sealed an impressive 5 - 2 victory for the Rep Team against Gosport Veterans under lights at Farnham Town FC.

The Match started at very fast pace with both sides passing and keeping possession well, good entertaining football. FDSFL defence looked solid though and after 20 mins we took the lead with a tap in after a goalmouth scramble. 5 minutes later we went 2 up when Oram-Tooley chipped a defender and keeper from edge of the box. A few minutes later a through ball was headed down, and laid off 1st time inside for Robinson to fire an unstoppable shot bottom corner from 20 yards, 3 nil. Five mins before the break we went 4 up, I missed it fetching a stray ball but by all accounts as good as 3rd. A couple of players came off nursing injuries at half time and were duly substituted. We lost a bit of shape and penetration in the 2nd half and Gosport pulled a goal back 20 mins in to the half. 10 minutes later it was 4-2 and Gosport were starting to grow in confidence. FDSFL re-grouped and with 5 mins remaining Moore was tripped in the box and got up to blast in the penalty to make the final score FDSFL 5, Gosport 2.

Wednesday 26th July 2017 - FDSFL Veterans Rep Team v Liphook United FC

Venue Mill Chase Leisure Centre, Bordon, Hants – 8pm Kick off

Goals from Kevin Beaumont (2), Brian Wood (2), Brandon Taylor, Craig Moore and Richard McCann saw the Reps beat Liphook 7 -3 in a pre-season game. Manager Clive Gatcum reported a good 16 man squad performance with Jamie Horton looking the part between the sticks.

Sunday 21st May 2017 - Maccabi GB Masters v FDSFL Veterans Representative

The League Veterans Representative Team travelled to the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey for a friendly match against Maccabi GB Masters FC on Sunday 21 st May. Organiser Clive Gatcum reported “The match was played in great spirit on what could only be described as a carpet like pitch. The final score was a 4-1 win to Maccabi GB, with us winning the penalty shoot out 5-4. We were treated to fantastic facilities, hospitality and food after the match by our hosts and we all had a great day”.

(22/05/2017)