FA Council backs decision to end non-league football below National League level, with women’s and grassroots season also scrapped due to coronavirus pandemic
- The FA Council have backed the decision to cancel the parts of non-league
- Divisions below the National League will now be expunged along with grassroots
- The decision was rubber-stamped despite pushback from clubs and MPs
- The governing body released a statement confirmed their vote was in favour
The Football Association Council has ratified the decision to effectively cancel the 2019-20 season for sections of the non-league, women’s and grassroots game.
It was announced last month that the unfinished campaigns for divisions beneath the National League’s three tiers, as well as steps three to seven of the women’s game would be expunged.
That caused considerable pushback from those involved, with clubs, administrators and MPs calling on the FA to think again, but the decision has now been rubber-stamped.
The FA Council have backed the decision to end parts of the non-league and grassroots season
A statement from the game’s governing body read: ‘The FA Council has today ratified the decision to conclude the 2019/20 season across Steps 3-7 of the National League System, Tiers 3 to 7 of the women’s football pyramid and the wider grassroots game.
‘Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, The FA has been working collaboratively with the leagues within the National League System , the Women’s Football Board, the Women’s Football Conference, and the wider grassroots game to identify the most appropriate way to conclude the 2019/20 season at each level.
‘The request to end the 2019/20 season was taken to The FA Council by the representatives of the relevant committees having been fully supported by The FA Board. The FA Council’s vote today was overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying the decision.’
Despite pushback from clubs and MPs, the Council voted in favour of the decision on Thursday
And in the wake of the decision, the National League will ask clubs across its three divisions whether to also call a premature halt to the campaign.
According to the BBC, the clubs may be asked to help ‘determine the outcomes of the season’.
The highest level of non-league recently received £2million of funding from the Premier League.
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