Forget the Premier League, Champions League and World Cup qualifiers because today (Saturday) sees the exciting return of ‘proper football’ as the Aylesbury and District Football League kicks off for 2013/14.
For many players, supporters, coaches and the ADL committee it simply cannot come soon enough.
The ADL has a brand new website and even more teams as the popular league continues to grow.
Chairman Peter Rice was able to report recently that according to the latest statistics released by the Berks and Bucks FA the amount of clubs playing football, has decreased from 914 to 816 in the last six years.
But affiliation to the ADL has increased by some 60% over the same period, a feat referred to by Bob Walters from the B&BFA in his winding up speech.
There is a new record of 58 teams participating this season, in five divisions, and despite a few folding the league has managed to attract new sides from places like Long Crendon and Chesham as well as four new reserve sides.
A spokesman for the ADL said: “The marketing of the league via the website and The Bucks Herald (The Bucks Advertisers’ sister paper) has helped attract more clubs with regular Cup Finals, the re-introduction of a Representative Team and even the controversial introduction of Photo ID, proven successful, with just shy of 1,700 players being registered.
“All in all, the league continues to grow in popularity. The ADL Committee would like to wish all Clubs goodluck for the forthcoming 2013-14 season.”
ADL 2013/14 FACTS:
+ Record 58 teams
+ Five divisions
+ 1,700 players