An administrative problem has arisen which means that rule 20 (B) paragraph 4 has had to be changed.
This coming season the rule has had to revert back to a similar rule to that used during season 2016/17.
This now means that the rule reads:-
Except under exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Management Committee, clubs may close a total of four Saturdays spread across all of their teams, and no closure requests will be accepted later than 1st of the month prior to the month in which the closure is requested. This does not apply to teams in the Premier Division who will not be allowed to close any dates except under exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Management Committee.
A rule change will be put forward for season 2019/20 to reinstate the 2017/18 rule
The deadlines for the closure of dates can be found at