The new North East Football League season will kick off two weeks later than originally planned in 2020 after the league committee decided club’s required more time to get their pitches ready due to recent inclement weather.
The league have made the decision after a number of clubs expressed their concerns over the state of their pitches and their ability to get them up to playing standard ahead of the planned kick off next weekend, with the first games pencilled in to kick off on Thursday March 5 or Friday March 6.
Now, the new season will begin on the weekend of March 21.
The decision was reached at a committee meeting held on Tuesday evening (February 25). Heavy rainfall has led to flooding in some parts of the county and it was felt likely postponements would like to a fixture pileup for clubs early in the campaign.
With this in mind, the NEFL have also decided that the first rounds of the Kilmessan and O’Neill Shield competitions will now be knockout rounds in order to ensure the two week postponement will not in itself lead to any backlog of games. Previously, the first round of those competitions involving three or four team groups in a round robin format.
The NEFL say the new league formations for the 2020 season will be announced soon.