Coronavirus: All football below National League CANCELLED, women’s game also affected

The Football Association have announced that all football below the National League level will be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision has been taken to end all leagues for steps three to six on the non-league pyramid with all results expunged as a result.

All football from steps 3 to 6 have been cancelled
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This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two.

These decisions will also apply to the leagues and clubs who play at NLS step seven.

“These are challenging circumstances for English football and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game,” an FA statement read.

“Our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time.

“Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, whilst considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided, with the integrity of the leagues in mind.”

The National League, National League North and South, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have not yet been cancelled.

The National League has asked the FA to cancel their 2019-20 season due to the UK’s worst national health crisis in a generation.

How the final standings – and crucially, promotion and relegation – will be determined is yet to be decided.

All professional football has been suspended until April 30 at the earliest, however, reports at the weekend suggested it’s hoped that the Premier League season can resume in June.

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STAY AT HOME. Only leave for the following purposes:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

For more info and tips, visit the NHS website.

The government has also issued further detail on what we can do during lockdown.

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

Crunch talks are being held between the league and the FA to get English football’s governing body to confirm the remaining National League positions to decide who is promoted and relegated.

Formerly known as the Conference National, the National League was renamed in the 2015/16 season.

It is the fifth tier in the English football pyramid.

Barrow are currently leading the way at the top of the National League North with nine games left to play.

Meanwhile, Wealdstone are three points clear of second-place Havant & Waterlooville with the same amount of fixtures remaining.