9 months ago By Simon Harrison

Ahead of the finals of our cup competitions, The Manchester Football League can now confirm the following information.

After much deliberation and discussion, it has finally been approved by the FA that the ‘Away Goals’ rule will be implemented to these games as a trial with the possibility of making it a permanent law.

The winners of the Bridgwater Cup (25/04), Open Trophy (02/05), Murray Trophy (04/05) and Gilgryst Cup (12/05) will be decided by the team who scores the most away goals should the game be level after extra time. Penalties will be undertaken to decide the tie if the scores are still level.

The introduction of the new law was originally suggested at a league development plan meeting earlier in the season at St Georges Park which members of the League Management Committee attended and discussions have been on-going since.

The confirmation comes just short of a month before the first of four finals take place so the teams involved are aware of the changes well in advance.

The MFL welcome the changes and is excited at what it brings and hope its member clubs share the same thoughts.

There a few more changes in the pipeline which require more talks and these will be announced in due course.

Of course, and you may have guessed it, this is in fact an April Fools prank. We had a few nibbles, as there always is, but we can confirm that this is not being implemented.

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