Step 7 to 6 Promotion Criteria 2018 - 2019

26th October 2017
Step 7 to 6 Promotion Criteria 2018 - 2019

Dear Colleague,

Please find attached all the necessary documentation for the Step 7 to 6 Promotion Application process.

As in previous seasons, The Football Association will manage the promotion process for all clubs seeking promotion from Step 7 to Step 6 of the National League System. The ONLY EXCEPTION will be in cases where Step 6 competitions have Step 7 divisions as part of their Constitution. Promotion in such cases will be in accordance with the Rules of that particular competition, although the final placement will be the responsibility of the Association.

You may note that the Application Form itself is now an editable PDF. We have decided to make this change in order to make life easier for the clubs as they can save their entries and edit this from season to season, changing only the items where a variation exists. Therefore, if a club applied last year they may benefit from simply updating last years’ form.

We would appreciate it if you could forward this to your member clubs as soon as you are able, and to explicitly highlight that all items have to be;



The cheque payment is also due by this date and it should have the Club’s name written on the back if from a personal/unrecognisable account.

Note: New North West/Essex & East Anglian Step 6 Divisions – Clubs will be aware of the two new divisions at Step 6 from the 2018/19 season. At the time of writing, the membership of the divisions are unknown but the selection of membership will be made by the FA’s Leagues Committee in conjunction with leagues. It is feasible that more than one club per Step 7 league (in the surrounding areas) could be promoted and clubs are encouraged to apply in the usual manner.

All promotion applications and/or queries, along with the supporting documents, should be sent to

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Kind regards


Matt Edkins

National League System Manager
Football Participation & Development Division

The FA Group
Postal Address:
Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ

Office: +44 (0) 800 169 1863 ext 4540

Mobile: +44 (0) 7970 224 378



WGS Club Discipline Guide

7th October 2017
WGS Club Discipline Guide



Dear Colleagues,

As we’ve had a few issues recently with new club secretaries being caught out when it comes to dealing with discipline through Whole Game System, I thought it would it would be useful to put together a guide to using WGS, in as simple terms as possible.

If there’s anything you don’t understand, please feel free to ask!

Kind regards,



Alex Rush-Fear | Disciplinary Administrator





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Please CLICK HERE for guide.

FA Discipline Handbook 2017 - 2018

6th October 2017
FA Discipline Handbook 2017 - 2018

The FA have released the UPDATED FA Discipline Handbook 2017 - 2018


Please Follow Link

FA Religious Festivals Calendar 2017-18

7th September 2017
FA Religious Festivals Calendar 2017-18

To see the FA & Kick it Outs Calendar of Religious Festivals 2017 - 2018


Lifesaving Defibrillators

5th September 2017
Lifesaving Defibrillators


The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and The Football Association (The FA) are calling on grassroots and amateur football clubs in Dorset to help save more lives from cardiac arrests by installing lifesaving defibrillators.



Footballers with inherited heart conditions up to three times more likely to suffer cardiac arrest