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THE NORTH West Coun­ties League and the Eastern Coun­ties League will each take own­er­ship and con­trol of one of the two new Step 6 di­vi­sions, which launch next season.

The de­ci­sion was for­mally rat­i­fied by the FA’s Leagues Com­mit­tee at Wem­b­ley on Tues­day.

A new divi­sion in the north west area will be man­aged by the North West Coun­ties League and the Es­sex/East Anglian area divi­sion will come un­der the Eastern Coun­ties ban­ner. Work be­tween the FA and the leagues will con­tinue over the com­ing months in or­der to de­ter­mine mem­ber­ship within the di­vi­sions.

It’s ex­pected the NWCL will op­er­ate with north and south di­vi­sions, while the Eastern Coun­ties of­fer, as part of a joint ven­ture with the Es­sex Se­nior League, in­cludes the in­tro­duc­tion of Se­nior League of­fi­cials to their Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee struc­ture.

Ray Lewis, FA League Com­mit­tee Chair, said: “Both of the ap­pli­ca­tions were very thor­ough and of a high stan­dard. The Leagues Com­mit­tee de­cided to im­ple­ment a sim­i­lar process as to the one utilised for the new Step 3 and 4 di­vi­sions, as this had pre­vi­ously served us well.

“The need for an ex­tra divi­sion in the North West was ap­par­ent due to the amount of Step 7 leagues in the area and for the Es­sex area not to have a Step 6 league was also a long-term con­cern of the com­mit­tee.”

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