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Future Looks Dim For 2020-21 Conclusion

FA Leagues Committee Chairman Mark Frost has announced that it is becoming increasingly doubtful that the 2020-21 campaign will be able to be completed.

Speaking in an email sent to Step 3 and 4 clubs earlier today [08.01.21], he wrote:  “We held a meeting of Leagues Committee on the 5th January 2021 to in the main, discuss the current lockdown imposed throughout the country.

“It is apparent to us all, that with the current restrictions in place any resumption of the NLS in a manner that provides the clubs with safety coupled with the ability to admit supporters and to have secondary spend, means that completing the 2020/2021 season is becoming increasingly doubtful.”

In an effort to resolve the issue, he confirmed that talks are set to continue and that clubs will be sent surveys to gain the views of each club which will provide information for them to consider when making any decisions when making their recommendations to the FA Council.

He continued:  “We are mindful that clubs need to be advised as to what our plans are to see if there is any possibility to play out this season, or alternatively to be able to advise as to how and when this season is concluded.”

Once the results of the survey have been received, the Leagues Committee will meet and make its decision upon a recommendation to FA Council and will then call a meeting of Step 5 and 6 League members to advise the clubs as to the decision that has been made.

County FA’s will be liaising with the Regional Feeder Leagues as to how they may decide what is the best options for themselves to conclude their seasons.