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Inverness amateur football league announces comeback date as Ross clubs prepare for kick-off

By Will Clark

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AMATEUR football clubs in Ross-shire, Inverness and Nairn look set to kick back into action this summer.

Loch Ness 4 Avoch 4
Loch Ness 4 Avoch 4

The Inverness and District Football Association have announced it plans to start its league season on Monday, June 7.

It also confirmed there will be no cup competitions played this season as it solely concentrates on completing league campaigns.

No amateur football was played last summer at all due to the impact of the pandemic.

However, organisers have announced it is planned to create three divisions of 10 teams to play through the 2021 campaign.

IDAFA secretary Donnie Stuart says plans are being finalised to ensure teams can return to the field this summer and play for the first time since 2019.

“We are hopeful if things stay as they are, contact training and friendlies can begin on May 17,” said Stuart.

“We have a projected date for the start of the league season on Monday, June 7.

“It will probably be just a league season, no cups will be played as we look to get football restarted.

“Clubs have been asked to make contact by the end of April if they are not interested in playing this season and a couple of clubs have indicated they are not interested playing just a league season.

“But some new clubs have indicated they wish to take part this season.

“However, we are considering allowing 30 clubs within three divisions.”
Ross-shire club Maryburgh are the defending IDAFA Premiership champions, winning the last championship held in 2019, when they held off Ross rivals Avoch and Inverness outfit Loch Ness to sucessfully defend their title.

IRN Security won Division One and Evanton outfit Black Rock Rovers won Division Two in 2019.

Stuart is confident that the league season will be able to go ahead this summer.

“Clubs will need Covid-19 officers and need to do things to allow the season to take place,” he said.

“Clubs will need to be organised.”

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