The Southern Counties East Football League are planning to return to the pitch 10 days after lockdown lifts, giving players and teams enough time to get sharp and ready.
A League Update reads;
“Assuming that the current lockdown ends on the 2nd December it is our intention to restart league matches on Saturday 12th December for both the Premier Division and First Division.
This would free up Saturday December 5th and the midweeks before and after for clubs to use for friendly matches or training.
We are expecting December 19th to remain as an FA Vase date (possibly for matches that were due on Nov 28) but await confirmation from the FA so we will not be issuing fixtures until we get further details. Other parts of the country are further behind us due to the weather and Covid in this competition, whereas we just have Stansfeld still to play in the previous round.
There will be no midweek fixtures listed during December in order to ease everyone back in gradually after a four-week lay-off as we are conscious of over-playing without a proper pre-season.
We are in a good position to be able to catch up on the month we have missed later on in the season.
Games will be listed for December 26th. If both teams agree, these can be moved to December 27th or 28th but the League will need this in writing from both clubs.
The London FA competitions will return in January 2021.”