Monday Mar 4, 2013

A new award will be presented at the Football Conference 2013 Awards Evening and AGM at Celtic Manor on June 8th, with fans, players and managers of all 68 member clubs being encouraged to be involved in nominating their choice of the best league goal scored by their club this season, either home or away.

Clubs can only nominate a goal scored in a Blue Square Bet divisional fixture, with the club submitting the nomination. Goals scored in any other competition is not permissible.

If the goal was scored in an away fixture, home clubs are expected to cooperate wherever possible to assist in obtaining a maximum 30 second clip to submit for adjudication.

Premier Sports will produce a compilation DVD of each nominated goal and all submitted will be shown at the Awards, when the selected overall winner will receive a prestigious trophy for "Goal of the Season". The onerous task of selecting the winner will be judged by a well known football commentator who will independently assess all nominations and determine, using his vast knowledge of seeing top rated goals over his career, why the goal he will choose deserves the 2013 award.

It is anticipated the club process of choosing their own nomination will cause much debate, opinion and keen interest. How individual clubs wish to carry out this exercise is down to them but we hope that this innovation will attract fan involvement by drawing attention to the award via club programmes, web-sites and social networking mediums, maximising the expected diversity of opinion of what makes a "great goal".

Likewise it is expected that the compilation DVD, when shown at Celtic Manor will create further diverse opinion amongst club delegates when they see their own nominated goal alongside those from other clubs.

Premier Sports also intend to use the clips in a Free-view style programme on Channel 428 in the summer and to incorporate a selection of the goals their future broadcast of matches.

It is hoped all 68 clubs will enter into the spirit of the award with the exposure this innovation will generate at their clubs and to the wider media, enhancing the Football Conference brand through all three divisions of Blue Square.

Great goals are scored at all levels of our great game!

Fans should be aware that Premier Sports retain production rights to decline to use any submitted material which does not meet the technical format requirements laid down, which clubs will have details of. Accordingly footage of a goal recorded on a mobile phone is unlikely to reach the standard set.

Only nominations submitted by a member club will be accepted and then only one nomination per club.

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