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All change in the Mayo soccer leagues


All change in Mayo Leagues

Mike Finnerty

IT’S not official yet but the signs are that both Straide and Foxford Utd and Charlestown Athletic are in line for Super League football in 2014 — despite finishing outside the automatic promotion places last season.
The reason for this unexpected development is because it’s going to be all change in the Mayo Soccer Leagues for the 2014 season following a decision made by the Mayo Football League Management Committee at a meeting on Thursday night last.
The Committee has announced that they will be reverting to a 10-team divisional system for the coming season, a change from the eight-team divisions that have been in operation for the last three seasons.
The change will mean that Mayo will now operate a four-division set-up this year, after a majority of clubs informed the Mayo League that they were in favour of going back to the 10-team system.
Mayo League Chairman, Padraig McHale, was quoted as saying last weekend that the divisions will not be finalised until the club entries have been received by the League (due on or before February 10).
The alteration to the way the Leagues are set up means that teams will play 18 regular season matches per year, four more than previous campaigns.
It was the desire to play these extra games, it seems, that was one of the biggest factors in most clubs’ thinking.
The Welcome Inn League 2 will be the competition that is scrapped to facilitate the changes, with teams moving onwards and upwards to round out the remaining divisions.
Some of the finer details are still being ironed out by Mayo League officials, but it seems that S&F Utd and Charlestown Athletic, who finished third and fourth respectively in the Premier ‘A’ Division last season, are the likely lads to get the call to the Super League.
Watch this space!

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