DEVON FA are holding a showcase fixture at their Newton Abbot headquarters tomorrow night to launch a pioneering new adult league format.
The clash between Shaldon Villa FC and Real Ipplepen FC takes place at Coach Road at 6.30pm, and is the first match to be played in the county's new Fairplay League.
The league table is decided not by points for wins or draws, but by marks which each team gives each other at the end of every match.
The emphasis is on participation, with a flexible fixtures format allowing teams to decide when they play each other.
Other elements unique to the league include reduced costs – each team's total affiliation fee is £100 – and 'matchday transfers', which allows shorthanded teams to register new players on the spot, for one game only.
Referees development officer Jason Haywood said the league had been developed with the help of Adrian Bolt and John Campbell from Shaldon Villa FC.
Teams will be required to play at least twice a month, but can decide to play more often if opponents can be found.
The league will also be split into three 'seasons' – autumn (Sep-Jan), spring (Feb-May) and summer (Jun-Aug).
Haywood said it was primarily about providing a platform for 11-a-side football without the commitment of rigid, weekly fixtures.
"You, as a club, decide when you want to play," he said.
"Adrian wanted a format that would allow his team to play regularly, when it suited them, without the commitment of pre-organised fixtures.
"It was clear from the start that these guys had a vision as to what they wanted to trial, and hopefully this format will achieve their aims."
The unusual format of the scoring is certain to stir some controversy, with Haywood explaining that it was all about avoiding the 'win at all costs' approach.
"At the end of each game, clubs mark each other on 'respect' points – and the league table is down to these marks," he said.
"You could lose 15-0 every week and still be top of the league."
Another unusual aspect is the abolition of red and yellow cards, which are replaced with 'respect substitutions'.
Haywood explained: "If, as a referee, a particular player is giving me a problem, I can ask for him to be taken off for 10 minutes."
Howard Shaddick, adult football development officer for Devon FA added: "Football is unfortunately experiencing a lapse in players, predominantly due to people having alternative commitments.
"We believe this format will help to sustain teams playing regularly in a game that suits their needs. Hopefully this offer could also attract disbanded teams back to 11-a-side games."