The Non League Challenge

7th November 2016
The Non League Challenge


The Non-League Challenge - Win £10,000

Dear Member Club,
Last season The Non-League Paper was keen to support a fresh campaign that championed the clubs, fans and communities that grace non-league football in England.
Marathonbet’s #NonLeagueChallenge scoured the country for lower-league football’s greatest goal celebration to eventually award National League South side, Wealdstone FC, with a £10,000 prize. This year, teams will again do battle for another £10,000 and a home match against a team of Premier League Legends that’s sure to get fans streaming through the gates.
All you have to do is think up a creative goal celebration, record it on video after scoring in a competitive match and send it to Marathonbet.

The final five shortlisted clubs will be put to the public vote and it takes minimal effort to get involved.

Step 7 to Step 6 Promotion Criteria 2017 - 2018

2nd November 2016
Step 7 to Step 6 Promotion Criteria 2017 - 2018

To:          ALL Step 7 Leagues

Dear Colleague,

Please find attached all of 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.

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.

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 submitted by the 31 December deadline. 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.

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

Lateral Movement of Clubs

13th October 2016
Lateral Movement of Clubs
The FA have asked the League to send the following information to our Member Clubs in this Step 7 League.  It does apply to all levels from Step 2 to Step 7.

It relates to the possibility of Clubs switching Leagues at the end of this season 2016 - 2017

This communication is to remind Clubs that it may be necessary at the end of the current season 2016 - 2017 to consider the lateral movement of clubs between Leagues at the various Steps within the National League System. Whilst it is too early to be more specific at this stage this communication is advance warning that this could occur and that your club may be one of the clubs that will be moved. We would remind you that the provision for lateral movement is included in the current Regulations for the operation of the National League System.


4 Rules and Regulations for promotion and relegation

The LC shall provide for the seasonal promotion, relegation or lateral movement of Clubs. A League must be committed to promoting and relegating Clubs at the conclusion of each playing season.

UPDATED County Cup Draws 2016/17

6th October 2016
UPDATED County Cup Draws 2016/17

Further Draws have been made in the Dorset Senior Trophy & Somerset Senior Cup Competitions

"New Era" at the County Ground

29th August 2016

A new era is about to begin at the County Ground as the ground undergoes a major redevelopment to turn the existing grass pitch into a state of the art 3G stadia complex.

Following a successful application by Dorset FA to the Football Foundation for funding, construction work on the new 3G stadia complex began the week commencing 23rd May 2016. With the facility due to be completed by the start of the 2016-17 season this is an exciting time for the ground and for the local community.

The Dorset County Football Association took over the lease of the County Ground on 1st April 1989. Following extensive building work to the old school building to make it into a two storey building The Dorset Football Association head quarters were officially opened on 3rd August 1991. The County Ground now serves as a focal point for football development in Dorset.

With the opening of the new facility will come opportunities for community and club engagement, with the County FA providing on site opportunities for coaches, referees, officials and players to take part in development programmes.

In addition to the community provision Hamworthy United FC will continue to sub lease the pitch at the County Ground from the County FA.