The club season will get underway in Fermanagh on Sunday July 19 with the commencement of the Erne Cups before the Senior Football Leagues begin on the weekend of July 24-26.

Fermanagh Competitions Control Committee (CCC) released their revised fixtures masterplan on Monday night which will see a shortened season due to the Covid-19 crisis.

And as a result of the reduced calendar a number of changes have been made to the original masterplan.

The Senior Football Leagues will now be reduced to one round of fixtures, so nine games for each club, with the top two clubs in each division competing in the final with the finals to be played over the weekend of October 30-November 1.

Significantly there will be no relegation or promotion from each division.

The opening five games of the league will be played prior to the club championships with the remaining four games and finals to follow after the championships have been completed.

With every county, the aim for Fermanagh was to try and find a balance between providing enough games for the club player while also giving the county team time to prepare for their programme which gets underway in October.

With Fermanagh senior footballers back in action on the weekend of October 17/18 with an away trip to Clare in the National League, CCC will give county players two free weekends ahead of that game.

County players will be available for the opening five league games and the championships with their clubs which are scheduled to finish on September 27, before then focusing on the inter-county programme. The remaining four league games and finals will be for club players only.

For Junior footballers, the Erne Cup 1 and 2 will also be played on a single round basis with each side playing nine games and the top two teams in each division will contest the finals on October 30. However, due to the heavy fixture schedule it was decided that there would not be the time to fit a Reserve Championship in this season.

County chairman Greg Kelly praised CCC Chairman Phil Flanagan for his work in drawing up the plan.

“Phil is unbelievable in terms of his output and he looks to have done a great job in getting the plan done.

“I think it gives a fair go to the club player which is important and I think he has also been fair to the county team management in giving them time to prepare as well,” he said.

The plan also includes the schedule for youth fixtures with league competitions organised at U11.5, U13, U15 and U17 levels. In each there will be five rounds of fixtures for each team at each age grade with the top two teams (except at U11.5)in each division to contest a final.

There will be no underage championships.