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Covid-19 Update



With the National League season having been suspended indefinitely for all 3 leagues (National League, North, South and Premier), fans have had very little information regarding when their teams may finally be able to return to playing after what feels like 3 long months off. However in the last week, the EFL have published their decisions for League 1 & 2 to finish with no further fixtures to be played this season. They have also importantly decided to go ahead with Promotions & Relegations, alongside allowing play-offs for those teams in the play off positions. This means that either Stevenage - who currently sit bottom of League 2 or Macclesfield who finished 1 place above Stevenage will be relegated to the National League next season depending on the outcome of Macclesfield disciplinary hearing which could result in a points reduction.


The National League however are yet to decide the fate of the three leagues in their pyramid. However it has been rumoured that the proposal put forth to teams to vote on included: In the National League: Barrow gaining automatic promotion, Harrogate, Notts County, Boreham Wood, Halifax, Yeovil & Barnet battling in the play-offs, with only Chorley being Relegated.


The National League North & South: The top team ONLY from each league being promoted which would be Kings Lynn (north) and Wealdstone (south). There would be no playoffs or relegations from step 2.


This understandably has come under severe scrutiny from some clubs specifically regarding the lack of play offs for Step 2, with teams suggesting that play offs should be allowed in step 2 or at the very least the top two teams in each league should be promoted with an additional 2 teams from the National League being relegated (AFC Fylde & Ebbslfeet). All of which therefore surely will lead to further delay in coming to a conclusion on how the National League will end their seasons.



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