The North West Counties Football League have agreed to take FC Isle of Man’s application to join The English Football League system at Step 6 to the Football Association.

The application is for the club to join from the 2020/21 season, and the NWCFL will recommend that FC Isle of Man are accepted, providing the appropriate criteria is met by 31st March 2020. The club’s sporting director Paul Jones said: “Obviously we are pleased that we’ve now reached the next milestone in our journey!

“An awful lot of hard work has been put in to get to this stage. We would like to thank the The North West Counties Football League board for their advice and guidance in getting to this position and their member clubs for being so open and supportive to our application.

“We now look forward to being formally accepted into the English FA League System and moving on to the next exciting stage of the project, which is putting in place all that’s required in preparation for our first league game in August 2020.”

Chairman of The North West Counties Football League, Paul Lawler added: “We have been working closely with the directors of FC Isle of Man and the Manx Government in their project to bring National League System standard football to the Island. We are equally delighted they are in a position to apply for season 2020/21 and look forward to working with them and The FA in bringing the project to fruition for next season.”

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