National League campaign is suspended 'indefinitely'

The National League season has been suspended ‘indefinitely’ due to the outbreak of coronavirus across the UK.

By Jon Dunham
Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 4:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 4:38 pm
Kettering Town's National League North campaign has now been suspended indefinitely
Kettering Town's National League North campaign has now been suspended indefinitely

The competition had initially been suspended until at least April 3 but that decision has now been reviewed and extended for an indefinite period.

It means both Kettering Town and Brackley Town, who play in the National League North, now face a wait along with every other club before finding out what becomes of the 2019-20 season.

The Poppies were battling to secure their status at the wrong end of the table when matches were suspended while the Saints were once again chasing a play-off spot at the top end.

In their latest statement released today (Tuesday), the National League said: “The National League Board met earlier today and has reviewed its prior decision to suspend the competition until at least April 3.

“In consideration of the very serious and unprecedented national public health emergency caused by the coronavirus, the board has taken the decision to suspend the National League, National League North and National League South competitions indefinitely.

“The National League is currently obtaining specialist legal advice, is consulting regularly with

the Football Association and other stakeholders, and is committed to involving its member clubs in a pending decision on how best to conclude the 2019-20 season.”

Last week the FA reached a decision to cancel all leagues from Step 3 and below and declaring them null and void with all records being expunged.

That decision has not yet been ratified by the FA Council with over 100 clubs having signed an open letter sent to the governing body to protest the unprecedented move.