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FA announces all teams below National League to end season immediately - results VOIDED


All football in England below National League and Women’s Championship level will end immediately wilth results expunged from history. There will be no promotions or relegations for clubs between steps three to six and no relegation from step two.

The United Kingdom is currently in lockdown for another two-and-a-half weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All football divisions have therefore been suspended due to the outbreak of the deadly virus, which has claimed the lives of nearly 500 people in the UK with almost 10,000 confirmed cases.

And steps three to seven in men’s and women’s football have had their seasons rendered null and void with immediate effect, while all grassroots divisions below these tiers have also finished prematurely.

But the National League, National League North and South, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship are not affecte.

FA announces all teams below National League to end season immediately – results VOIDED (Image: GETTY)

The men’s FA Cup could also continue having reached the quarter-final stage, with the FA adding that they are reviewing “all options” available to complete it.

A statement from the Football Association read: “These are challenging circumstances for English football and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game.

“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.”

It comes after the board of the National League, which has not played any matches since March 14, implored the FA to close the rest of the non-league season immediately.

FA announces all teams below National League to end season immediately - results VOIDED

FA announces all teams below National League to end season immediately – results VOIDED (Image: GETTY)

They are keen for the campaign to be concluded “for the purposes of player contracts” and do not intend to restart football in their three divisions.

Higher up, the Premier League and English Football League will not return any earlier than April 30.

But that date could well now change in the coming days too, with it believed it is unrealistic to expect the Championship, League One and League Two to return to action in less than six weeks’ time.

The FA added: “We will continue to assist and support the National League (NLS steps one and two) to determine the outcome of its 2019-20 season as quickly as possible.

“The planned implementation of the restructure of the NLS will also now be deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.”

On cup competitions, English football’s governing body continued: “With the 2019-20 Emirates FA Cup, Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase all at advanced stages, we are reviewing all options as we seek to complete these competitions whenever it is safe and appropriate to do so.

FA announces all teams below National League to end season immediately - results VOIDED

The National League has NOT yet been affected (Image: GETTY)

“Clubs involved are close to reaching a major final and for those clubs and supporters we will do all we can to keep the Wembley dream alive.

“In respect of The FA Youth Cup, The FA County Youth Cup, The FA Sunday Cup and The FA Inter-League Cup, we are also seeking to complete these competitions if it is feasible to do so.

“We will also continue planning for FA competitions to take place for the 2020-21 season.”

Combined Counties Football League leaders Jersey Bulls had built up a 20-point lead in their inaugural season courtesy of a record-breaking 27 wins from 27 matches.

But their season has now been wiped from the history books, while Vauxhall Motors are another already-promoted team who will no longer move up to step five.

Their rivals Litherland REMYCA FC tweeted: “A sad day for Football when a team has already guaranteed promotion only to be told this. Head up to Mick and the Lads.”

While Vauxhall Motors striker Kieran Hamm said: “To gain promotion with 7 games to go to then get nothing for it all the work for nothing absolutely devastated @Vauxhallmotorfc.”

Another club impacted are South Shields, who were on the verge of promotion to the National League North courtesy of a 13-point lead atop the table.

Their chairman Geoff Thompson said: “SSFC will be writing to the FA in the strongest possible terms and will seek an appeal or will take legal action.

“Whatever the outcome following this appalling decision the club will continue as before. However, there is no denying this decision has a huge financial impact.

“We have invested heavily this year in a host of areas and the loss of promotion will also affect some of our revenue assumptions for next season.

“My message to all our SSFC fans and sponsors is – sorry a huge disappointment and we’ve all been badly let down.”



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