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Ollie Bayliss
Presenter of The Non-League Show, Football Commentator & Journalist at BBC Three Counties Radio. Researcher for . *Views my own, not the BBC's.*
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Ollie Bayliss 6h
Replying to @kevvyqpr
I think so, non-league has added complications of bigger travel & crowds etc.
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Ollie Bayliss 6h
The FA has emailed leagues saying they will issue club guidance as soon as possible once the DCMS has reviewed their submissions. They add a note of caution that “there are still some unique aspects to non-league that we need to get further approval for”.
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Ollie Bayliss 6h
Still not happened mate
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Ollie Bayliss 7h
Replying to @Mark_AFC_Bright
I guess in this case the FA mean anything at non-league Step 3 and below. So youth, Sunday and everything else. (Although non-league Step 3-6 does fall into a slightly different catagory I’d be surprised if the guidance is hugely different).
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Ollie Bayliss 7h
"Competitive grassroots football can prepare to return and look forward to the start of the new season." The FA's response to today's announcement:
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Ollie Bayliss 8h
Replying to @RobbieSavage8
Have to credit you Robbie for continuing to raise this issue & challenging the government. You’ve got more answers than anyone else has managed.👏
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Ollie Bayliss 9h
Replying to @swpleague
Oh 100% there are plenty more obstacles & challenges but I’d say those are the biggest 2.
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Ollie Bayliss 9h
Oliver Dowden on when football can resume: “Team sports can restart from this weekend so long as they meet our guidelines. Each sport is now producing their own specific rules for the Govt to approve. We are working closely with FA on football. So we’re very nearly there.”
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Ollie Bayliss 9h
Effectively down to the FA to decide now.
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Ollie Bayliss 9h
Replying to @Owena121
was there for non-league day :)
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Ollie Bayliss 9h
There have been two major obstacles to the return of non-league football: 🔸Contact team sport needs to be allowed without testing 🔸Crowds need to be permitted to attend games Today's announcement is, to some extent at least, a step in that direction.
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Ollie Bayliss 9h
BREAKING: "Supporters allowed at grassroots games in small numbers, providing social distancing is adhered to." Here's the full details of what today's announcement means for competitive grassroots sport:
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Ollie Bayliss 9h
Replying to @Ollie_Bayliss
No explicit mention for 11 a-side football this afternoon. My understanding is that it will be down to the FA to liaise with the Government to draw up guidelines for what is permitted & when. This is not an immediate go-ahead for the return of non-league & grassroots football.
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Ollie Bayliss 9h
BREAKING: 🔹Recreational team sports will begin returning outdoors from this weekend (starting with cricket) 🔹Each sport will need to submit plans & guidance before they will be approved 🔹5 a-side football, basketball, hockey etc will 'follow shortly after' this weekend
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Ollie Bayliss 10h
So perhaps August or September if things keep progressing.
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Ollie Bayliss 10h
Probably in the same bracket of 'outdoor contact sport'.
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Ollie Bayliss 10h
🗣️“There’s no definitive date as yet, but if everything goes to plan following the easing of certain lockdown restrictions, it may be that football can be played with reduced attendances in September." Jack Pearce: FA Council member & Bognor Regis Manager
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Ollie Bayliss 11h
I love this player announcement video from !👏
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Ollie Bayliss 12h
Watch this space👀 Oliver Dowden (Culture, Media & Sport Secretary) will host today's 5pm press conference. In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has just announced the return of contact sport for under 18s from Monday. She stated that adult contact sport won't return before July 31st.
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Ollie Bayliss 14h
Each Thursday I share a different historical non-league table. Here's the Southern Division 1 Midlands table from 2006/07. Brackley Town & Bromsgrove Rovers (playoffs) were promoted. No clubs were relegated as the bottom two were reprieved.
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