National League Suspended Indefinitely Amid Ongoing Coronavirus Crisis

The National League, National League North and National League South, which represent levels five and six on the English football ladder (immediately below the EFL) have been suspended indefinitely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Not aligned with the Premier League or EFL, who have suspended action until at least 30 April after initially putting football on hold until 3 April, the National League held a board meeting to discuss their own plan of action and review the 3 April date.

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With the UK on nationwide lockdown barring essential travel until at least 13 April, an extension of some sort was always inevitable, but the National League has chosen not to set a revised date for games to be resumed and has suspended the 2019/20 calendar indefinitely.

A statement read, “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.”

Football in England at level seven or lower has already been cancelled, with all results expunged. The same is the case in the women’s game below the Women’s Championship.

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Clubs in the National League, National League North and National League South will now await further decisions in due course as to whether their 2019/20 can be suitably concluded.

As things stand, Barrow have a four-point lead atop the National League in the automatic promotion berth to enter the EFL. The playoff picture is extremely tight, with Notts County, Yeovil, Halifax, Stockport, Hartlepool and among those in the hunt.


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