Non-league football season set to be declared null and void

The non-league football season is set to be declared null and void for the second time in 12 months and that means players of Northern Premier League outfit Prescot Cables and their NWCL neighbours, St Helens Town and Pilkington FC, can hang up their boots.

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 7:30 am
The non-league football season is set to be declared null and void

A statement issued last night (Wednesday) from the FA said: "Our Alliance and Leagues Committees have now considered the large amount of data and information submitted by clubs across the National League System (NLS) Steps 3-6 as part of a survey to gather views on the continuation or conclusion of the 2020-21 league season, in addition to the information set out in the Government’s roadmap this week.

"Submissions were made by 99.1 per cent of clubs at Steps 3 and 4, and 95.8 percent of clubs at Steps 5 and 6 and we would like to thank them for their views and the time taken in providing responses during what we appreciate is an incredibly challenging period for everyone concerned.

''Our Alliance and Leagues Committees have now considered the large amount of data and information received from clubs as part of a survey to gather their views on the continuation ,or conclusion of the current season, in addition to the information set out in the Government's roadmap released earlier this week.

''During the process, taking into accounts the views of clubs and league, it was decided that extending the season beyond the end of May would not be a viable due to various considerations, including the financial implications facing many clubs, players, contracts etc which had resulted in there being 81 per cent of matches left to complete in Steps 3 and 4 and 75 per cent in Steps 5 and 6.

''Taking into account the survey results and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus, which continues to adversely affect incomes of clubs, our Alliance and Leagues Committees have reached the conclusion that subject to our approval Steps 3-6 should be curtailed immediately.''

The committees will now present their collective recommendations to the FA Council for ratification which will be rubber stamped.

It has also been decided that subject to FA Council’s decision regarding the curtailment of the season at Steps 3 to 6, both committees will revisit discussions around a potential restructure at Steps 4-6 of the NLS, which was previously agreed and has been on hold since the 2019-20 season. A further update on this will be provided in due course.