English FA agrees to cancel majority of non-league season

English FA agrees to cancel majority of non-league season

English FA agrees to cancel majority of non-league season

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Results for the 2019-20 season will be expunged for non-league divisions below the National League and National League North and South, the Football Association has announced.

Drury said: "If I was side facing relegation then I would be over the moon, but as a top side we're all devastated".

It is understood talks have already taken place between the union and the two competitions prior to Friday, and that this will be a continuation of those discussions.

"But I couldn't really see any other way of doing it".

In women's football, tiers three to seven have also ended. "But we're not in an ideal world and certainly, the players I've spoken to accept that if that is what's going to be, that's what it will have to be", said Barnes.

"Whilst inevitably some clubs will favour this option and the merits of this option have been fully considered by the FA and the leagues, it has been decided that this is not the best option to serve the particular needs of Steps Three to Six of the NLS". Our primary concern is for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff and supporters'.

All football in England below National League and Women's Championship level will end immediately wilth results expunged from history.

The decision applies to steps three to seven in men's non-league football, while all "grassroots" divisions below these tiers have also finished.

"The planned implementation of the restructure of the NLS will be deferred until the start of the 2021/22 season".

That means it is still up in the air as to whether the season is declared null and void or decided on a points-per-game basis.

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has called for a "Festival of Football" with games every day to help get the season completed when it is safe to play again following the coronavirus pandemic.

Cheshire FA will be supporting all grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions.

"The PFA has called for an urgent meeting with both the Premier League and English Football League to discuss the impact that the COVID-19 crisis is having on the finances of both clubs and players", the organisation signalled in a statement released on Wednesday.

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