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Inverness Caley Thistle told women's football will return in October as summer season scrapped for new winter campaign


By Will Clark

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INVERNESS Caledonian Thistle Women FC have been told their league season will be switched from summer to winter.

Caley Thistle will return to competitive action on October 18.
Caley Thistle will return to competitive action on October 18.

The Championship North outfit have been told the 2020 season has been declared null and void and a new 2020/21 season will begin on Sunday, October 18.

The league will aim to finish by Sunday, May 2 with a condensed League Cup competition taking place in May and June.

The decision is being made to ensure Scotland’s representatives to UEFA for the Champions League season 2021/22 can be entered.

Caley Thistle Women's manager Karen Mason welcomed the announcement.

After fears football may not be able to return this year due to the pandemic, she is pleased a start date has been announced for the return of the women's game.

"The fact that football is back is pleasing for us," she said.

"Originally we thought returning to the winter season may have caused us logistic problems.

"But we are just grateful that football is back at all.

"At the moment, it is just for one season and then after that we will go back to the drawing board.

"We do not know if it will remain in place after this season.

"But we are just glad that football is back sooner rather than later and we definitely see this as welcome news."

Caley Thistle only played two league matches and were top of Championship North when the season was suspended on Friday, March 13 after winning both games.

No news has been announced yet regarding the Highlands and Islands League which Clachnacuddin and Caley Thistle Development play in.

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