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Non-League Day 2016 - 3rd September

Following another successful event last year, Non-League Day (NLD) will return for a seventh consecutive season on 3 September 2016.

Choosing the date of NLD is probably the hardest thing we have to do each year and we take time to try and make the best decision.
To maximise publicity and the amount of extra people we can appeal to, the main criteria are:
• that NLD must happen on an international break so we are not competing with the Premier League and Championship
• must happen on an international break on which England are not playing on the Saturday
We also have to consider the FA fixture list and this has thrown up a number of challenges which has made our selection even tougher than normal.

There are four international breaks during the 2016-17 season all of which offer significant advantages and disadvantages.
The first three in September, October and November all coincide with FA competitions such as the Cup, Trophy and Vase. As a result of the FA’s ‘All Pay’ rules for these games, clubs find it much harder to offer discounted admission (although it is not impossible) and prefer it if NLD does not fall on such days.

The October break also has a direct clash with one of England’s World Cup qualifiers at Wembley making it a non-starter almost immediately.
The fourth international break is scheduled for the end of March 2017.
On this date there is no clash with such competitions but it is only a few weeks before Non-League Finals Day at Wembley.

Given that we are trying to build two distinctive events which promote the non-league game, we deemed them to be far too close together and also had to rule this option out.

It then came down to September and November. The former coincides with a round of the FA Cup while the latter sees matches in the FA Vase and FA Trophy so on both dates 200 or so clubs are affected.
With the weather potentially a lot worse in mid-November than early September and the FA Cup being a highly marketable attraction to neutrals, we decided to go with that.

The September date also has the added bonus of not coinciding with international matches for any of the home nations which frees up more clubs and fans in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to also take part if they wish.

We are well aware that this decision won’t please everyone but we hope you can understand why we made it and how difficult it can be. Non-League Day remains a totally volunteer-run initiative.

If you would like to help promote this year’s event, please get in touch with us HERE. Further details will be released in due course.

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Non-League Finals Day Mascot Competition

At Non-League Day we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve got two mascot places to give away for this year’s Non-League Finals Day at Wembley.

With the FA Vase and FA Trophy finals being played back-to-back for the first time ever on Sunday 22 May we’ll be giving two lucky children the chance to lead out the teams on the big day.
As well as this you will receive a player escort kit (shirt, shorts and socks), two tickets for the day and a match programme.
To be eligible, children must be 7-11 years of age.
The prize does not include any travel or accommodation costs.

To enter, simply email us with your details by 5pm on Friday 22 April.

Good luck!

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Non-League Finals Day Sunday 22 May - #LetsFillWembley

The last six years have seen Non-League Day (NLD) grow from being an event on Facebook to an annual national campaign which has grabbed the attention of clubs, leagues, the media and most importantly the fans.

As NLD has grown we’ve received many requests to run a second event during the season to get even more people involved. Given the huge amount of time and effort and to preserve the uniqueness of NLD, we’ve never really been able to entertain this idea but have thought about other ways we could do things.

Our favourite alternative was to create an event where, rather than send football fans to a wide variety of grounds around the country, we would encourage them to head to just one ground, bringing as many members of the non-league community together in the same place at the same time. We just weren’t quite sure how to do this.

Last year The Football Association asked us to help promote the FA Trophy Final at Wembley providing us with arguably the perfect game and venue for such an event. This season we are working with them again in the build up to the first ever Non-League Finals Day where the FA Vase and FA Trophy will be played back-to-back on the same day at the national stadium.

With Hereford playing Morpeth Town in the former (k.o. 1215pm) and FC Halifax Town taking on Grimsby Town in the latter (k.o. 415pm) it promises to be a great day. With tickets at only £25 adults, £10 concessions and £1 kids it represents great value too. Not only this but for group bookings of 12 or more, the price of adult tickets halves to just £12.50.

Fans will be allowed to pass in and out of the stadium to see exhibitions, information and examples of The FA’s work in the wider game including, FA Education, Refereeing, Women’s Super League and grassroots women and girl’s football, Skills, Disability and Walking Football, Facility Improvement, Club Development, League Development, Respect, County Associations, Technology and Volunteer Recruitment. Sport Relief will also be charity partner for the day.

The record attendance for an FA Trophy final is 53,262 and we believe we should be able to beat that if we, as a community, see the value of the day and come together. With American football and club rugby teams able to sell out and set world record crowds at Wembley – why can’t we? We have therefore decided to launch our ambitious #LetsFillWembley campaign and really need your support to try and make it a reality.

With thousands of tickets already sold and interest in the non-league game rising all the time, this is a great opportunity to celebrate what we have and enjoy a great day out. It could be a defining moment. Be part of it.

James Doe
Founder, Non-League Day

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