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Women’s FA Cup: Government in talks with FA over resuming competition during lockdown | Football News

first_imgThe women’s first round – not classed as elite according to government guidelines – was originally scheduled for November 15, but the earliest return date possible for the competition will be December 2, when lockdown restrictions are due to be eased.But the minister for sport, tourism and heritage Nigel Huddleston provided an update on Thursday, suggesting there was a possibility for the women’s competition to go ahead despite the latest restrictions. Clubs below the Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship will be unable to train or play matches for the duration of the lockdown, with all 24 women’s sides in the FA Cup first round from the fourth tier or below.Teams from the Women’s National League North and South Premier divisions – the third tier of the women’s pyramid – enter at the second-round stage.All clubs from the top two divisions in women’s football do not join the FA Cup competition until the fourth round.- Advertisement – The government and the FA are in talks over potentially resuming the Women’s FA Cup, which has been suspended during the four-week national lockdown in England, despite the men’s competition being given approval to continue.The Football Association confirmed on Tuesday that the 10 non-elite teams competing in the first round of the men’s FA Cup will be able to compete from November 6-9.- Advertisement – His tweet said: “We are in discussions with the FA about the Women’s FA Cup to see if a solution can be found that means the competition does not need to be paused.”- Advertisement – An FA statement read: “Ahead of the upcoming national lockdown The Football Association is working with the UK Government, clubs and key stakeholders to continue the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship seasons under the elite sport guidance and protocols. Our number one priority remains the safety and welfare of everyone involved in our game. A special thanks to all women’s football fans for their ongoing support during these challenging times.“Whilst the Barclays FA WSL and FA Women’s Championship will continue, ‘non-elite’ football, which includes Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid, the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues, the Barclays FA WSL Academy League, FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs, indoor and outdoor grassroots fixtures and all training, is to be paused during this period as a result of the new UK Government restrictions.”The FA added details on fixtures and dates for this season’s competition would follow in due course.All adult and children’s grassroots football has been put on halt in England during the lockdown, which came into effect on Thursday. Elite sport will continue behind closed doors.Manchester City beat Everton 3-1 in extra-time to win the 50th Women’s FA Cup final behind closed doors at Wembley on Sunday.The competition was originally scheduled to finish in May but was delayed for over six months at the quarter-final stage because of the pandemic.Women’s FA Cup first-round drawFC United of Manchester Women vs Fleetwood Town Wrens LFC or Liverpool Feds LFCChester-Le-Street Town Ladies FC vs Brighouse Town Women FCNewcastle United Women FC vs Barnsley Women’s FCWolverhampton Wanderers WFC vs Stourbridge FC LadiesLincoln City Women FC vs Solihull Moors Women FCWem Town Ladies FC vs Boldmere St Michaels Women FCHarlow Town Ladies FC vs Ipswich Town LFCKent Football Utd LFC or AFC Wimbledon Ladies vs Luton Town Ladies FC/ Enfield Town LFCBillericay Town LFC vs Maidenhead United LFCEastbourne Town LFC or Leyton Orient WFC vs Actonians LFCAFC Bournemouth Women vs Southampton FC WomenExeter City Women FC vs Cheltenham Town LFC We are in discussions with the @FA about the Women’s FA Cup to see if a solution can be found that means the competition does not need to be paused. pic.twitter.com/dFN5E90Hrr— Nigel Huddleston MP (@HuddlestonNigel) November 5, 2020 – Advertisement –last_img read more

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“Deflate Gate”

first_imgI guess the New England Patriots Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are at it again.  I know you have heard by now that they found 11 of the 12 game balls used by the New England Patriots were 2 pounds below playing weight.  Everyone theorizes that this was done to help Brady, his receivers, and his running backs grip the ball better in poor weather conditions.  For those who don’t know, each team uses their own type of football in pro football games.This is not the first time Belichick and his team have tried to see just what the rules might allow them to do.  A few years back they were part of “Spy Gate” in which they tried to steel signals from the coaches of the opposing team during a game.  It is also rumored that they might have tried lip reading as well to pick up plays from their opposition.This bad reputation the Patriots are earning even goes back to snow removal which occurred during some of those famous winters in New England.  They reportedly removed snow for the Patriots but let their opposition struggle in the deep slush.  If you believe in retribution, Seattle should win the Super Bowl.last_img read more

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Ervin Philips bolsters Syracuse offense with return to lineup

first_img Published on October 8, 2015 at 10:22 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Ervin Philips ran an out route at Sunday’s practice, his first full one since injuring his left knee in Syracuse’s season opener on Sept. 4. He caught the ball and cut on the same knee, an identical sequence to the one preceding his 32-yard touchdown against Rhode Island that sidelined him for three and a half weeks.“Once I did that I was like, ‘alright, OK, so now I’m good,’” Philips said.The sophomore scored two first-half touchdowns against the Rams, but his injury left the hybrid duties to junior Ben Lewis and freshman Dontae Strickland. He watched the Orange play Louisiana State from the stands, which he said “messed with him mentally.” He tweeted earlier this week that he’d be back for the South Florida game this Saturday — possibly a premature announcement that was later taken down.But with head coach Scott Shafer declaring Philips ready to go on Tuesday’s local media teleconference, and with a week of full practice under Philips’ belt, the Orange (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) returns arguably its most dynamic offensive weapon ahead of its matchup with the Bulls (1-3, 0-1 American Athletic) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Tampa, Florida.“He made some Erv Philips cuts in practice yesterday,” Shafer said. “… and I said, ‘It’s the new normal, buddy.’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPhilips, who would normally be deep on kick returns with Brisly Estime, is being limited just to offense for now. If needed on returns he’d be back there, Shafer said, but the head coach wants to restrict Philips’ reps as he becomes re-integrated.In the time Philips was out, Strickland accounted for three touchdowns — tied for most on the team through four games. As a slew of nicks and bruises sidelined starters at four other offensive positions, Philips watched. He admitted to rushing his rehab in anticipation of returning, a process trainers had to slow down.“It was a process, but it was a learning process,” Philips said. “… but I’m glad to get where I need to be now.”With Philips back, Syracuse is better equipped to fulfill the third goal of its offense. Pound the rock, protect the ball and make big plays were the three objectives offensive coordinator Tim Lester listed off. Nothing changes drastically in terms of play-calling, but Lester admitted Philips’ return adds more variety to the playbook. Outside Estime and wide receiver Steve Ishmael, nobody has reeled off a play of more than 34 yards.Philips thought he was playing one of the best games of his career when it screeched to a halt 30 minutes into the season. He was nervous making an identical cut on Sunday and still feels occasional stiffness. But with his return, the sophomore counted on to help redefine Syracuse’s offense now has a clean slate to do so.“Erv looks great,” Lester said.. “You always assume there’ll be some hesitation but I’ve been extremely excited about the way he’s moving.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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