New club Dragoes de Jersey (Dragons of Jersey) have had their affiliation to the Jersey Football Association approved and will enter a men’s team in the JFA Combination League in the 2020-21 season.
The new club is a spin-off of the FC Porto supporters’ group of Jersey, which was formed in May 2011 (official delegation number 141), and will play in the same blue and white colours as FC Porto. They look set to join the island’s third tier - Jacksons Division One - and will also enter the Jersey FA Cup, the Jersey FA Bowl and the Tradesmen’s Trophy in their debut season.
“Everyone at the delegation is very excited to be taking part in the local football league,” said a statement from Dragoes de Jersey.
“We hope to create opportunities for local players and also help promote the island of Jersey through the delegation’s link to a worldwide football giant, FC Porto. Although Dragoes de Jersey are autonomous, we have notified FC Porto of our intentions.”
Charlie Browne, chairman of the Jersey FA Competitions Committee, added: “It’s really encouraging to see a new club forming and we welcome the Dragoes de Jersey to the local football family. We look forward to seeing how they get on in their first season in the JFA Combination and wish them well.
“We’d remind all remaining clubs still to affiliate to get their information to us as soon as possible so that we’re in a good place and ready to go when we’re given the green light to resume contact sport and competitive action.”
There is just one week remaining until the Jersey FA affiliation deadline, and clubs are reminded of the need to submit their information before Tuesday 30th of June 2020 if they intend to play in the 2020-21 campaign.
As part of the process, secretaries formally provide information about their club such as confirming which teams they’ll enter, which cups they want to play in, who will hold the key roles on their committee and who will coach the teams.
The Jersey Football Association made affiliation free for 2020-21 and is also not charging for entry into domestic cups and leagues.