2019-20 Is Officially Terminated

Step 3 through 6 are expunged.

The 2019-20 campaign has been officially terminated for Shrivenham following an FA decision surrounding the coronavirus.

In a press release from the Head of National League System, Laurence Jones, it has been decided that football from Step 3 through Step 6 will be terminated with no promotion or relegation and records being expunged.

The full information reads as follows:

“May I firstly thank you for your ongoing support and co-operation during this most unprecedented of times facing us.  It has been important that all leagues of our National League System [NLS] pulled together during this COVID-19 pandemic and each league has played an important role in this.

“As you will be aware, The FA has been consulting and listening to all the leagues within the NLS and feeding this into both the Alliance and League’s committees to attempt to give clarity to all stakeholders as soon as was feasible.

“The clubs within the NLS are facing challenging times and the FA will continue to gan as much guidance from Government by way of support that we can, in terms of information for clubs on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and other Business Support packages announced by the Treasury.

“In light of the unprecedented challenge we face, The FA and leagues have been in discussions regarding the potential options which are available with regard to the 2019-20 season.  This letter sets out the outcome of those discussion with regard to Steps 3 to 6 of the NLS.  In assessing the available options for Steps 3 to 6, we have considered the impact of each option on clubs, players, staff and the fabulous volunteer network within the NLS.  We have also taken into account the interests of supporters and the impact of on any decision on the sporting integrity of the NLS and football more generally, as well as any commercial or financial considerations for all those involved in football at this level.  We also need to consider the impact of any decision on season 2020-21.

“As you will appreciate, football is a broad church and there is no one size fits all solution to the current situation across football.  This means that consideration must be given to the unique circumstances of each level of the game, and a solution is reached which best serves the need of each level.

“Consideration has been given as to whether the season could be extended indefinitely, or to some later date in the future in order for it to be completed.  However, given the current uncertainty regarding when it will be possible to resume competitive football in England, and the fact that many clubs and contracted players what certainty over when football will resume, this option is likely to resent great difficulties for football between Step 3 to 6.

“On the basis that the season is ended now, consideration was given as to whether a mechanism should be used to calculate final league tables and preserve promotion and relegation between Steps 3 to 6.

“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 Step 3 to 6 of the NLS.

 As a result, The FA and the leagues at Step 3 to 6 of the NLS have therefore reached a consensus that, the 2019-20 season for Steps 3 to 6 will be ended with immediate effect and all results will be expunged.  This will mean no promotion or relegation of club between Steps 3 to 6, or relegation from Step 2.

“In light of the above, these decisions will also apply to the league clubs who play in Step 7 of the NLS.

“The FA will continue to assist and support The National League (Steps 1 and 2 of the NLS) to determine the outcome of it 2019-20 season as quickly as possible.

“The planned implementation of the restructuring on the NLS will be deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.  The decisions reached by the NLS leagues will be recommended to the FA Board and FA Council for final ratification.

“We will continue to communicate with you via our NLS Updates and also where needed by way of direct communication.”

We will of course, continue to bring you any further official communication received by the club and we’ll bring you club reaction of the decision on the coming days.