New U21 football league ready to launch in Hertfordshire

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A modern, flexible U21 football league for Hertfordshire is kicking off in September, and more teams are being invited to take part.

Set up by the Hertfordshire FA, seven teams from across the county have already committed to be involved in the new 11 v 11 league, and a planning meeting was held at The County Ground in Letchworth.

Ken Headington, the Herts FA’s football development officer for adult football, said: “Our meeting was very positive and generated lots of good ideas.

“We want the U21 league to be flexible and player-led, so that it caters for the needs of those involved and provides a pathway from youth football to the adult game.

“Participation in adult 11 v 11 football has been on the decline for many years, and we hope modern league formats like this can be a first step towards turning this situation around.”

League games will be played on Sundays, and ideas discussed at Tuesday’s meeting included a mid-season winter break and holding a league Futsal tournament.

A further planning meeting will be held at the end of June, and anyone interested in finding out more is invited to attend.

“It’s brilliant that we have seven teams ready to kick off the league,” said Headington. “But we’re always looking for more. I’d like to hear from anyone who is interested in being part of this exciting project.”

To register your interest, fill in the team application form which is available to download from www.hertfordshirefa.com. Alternatively, contact Ken Headington at ken.headington@hertfordshirefa.com or on 01462 650222.