CORONAVIRUS KILLS OFF NON LEAGUE FOOTBALL

Following the horror outbreak of Coronavirus over the last couple months , The National League association have been forced to act upon the decision to cancel all remaining fixtures of Non League campaigns.

The impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on these last months means that The National League, National League North and National League South divisions will be now be scrapped.

The National League had released a statement on April 22nd stating that “National League clubs were asked to support an ordinary resolution on 9 April to end the playing season for all fixtures scheduled up to and including 25 April 2020.

Non League football clubs were asked to submit their response to the National League association in regards to whether they wanted the season cancelled or the season to be continued.

The National League stated in their recent statement “With almost 90 per cent of responses returned it is evident a clear majority of clubs are in favour, including a majority of clubs in each of the National League, National League North and National League South divisions.

“In the knowledge that the ordinary resolution has passed, the League’s Board has chosen to communicate the decision now and before the last few responses are received, which will not change the outcome, to enable clubs to make business decisions with greater clarity as soon as possible.

Some clubs still needed to cast their vote on whether the National League season should be cancelled or not but since 90% of clubs decided for the season to not be completed , no more votes were accepted as a result of the more than half of the clubs in the Non League voting to end the 2019/20 campaign.

The National League also stated that they would hold talks to very carefully discuss the outcomes and finishing positions of the 2019/20 season before releasing a final and last update on season in the coming weeks .

The National League board are yet to decide if clubs are given promoted or relegated. The National league board are known to be still in thoughts if fixtures could be played behind closed doors. Clubs such as Barrow are top of the National League table by 4 points and Wealdstone are top of the National League South by 3 points with a game in hand.

Ahmed Ali

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