FA Council Ratify Decision to Expunge 2019/20 Season Across Steps 3-7 of Non-League System

FA Council Ratify Decision to Expunge 2019/20 Season Across Steps 3-7 of Non-League System

09/04/2020

The FA Council has ratified the decision to expunge the 2019/20 season across steps 3-7 in the Non-League system. 

Since the unprecedented outbreak of Covid-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus, the FA Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of the decision.

Laurence Jones, The FA’s Head of National League System:

“This is an unprecedented and extraordinary time for football, at every level of our game.”

“Whilst football is a hugely important part of all our lives, our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters.”

“In recent weeks we have worked closely with committee and league representatives of Step 3 and below to help identify a way through the impact of COVID-19 on football.”

“In this instance, the role of The FA is to support as much as possible; we can guide the Leagues on their potential options going forward, offer our support, and to provide clarity where possible. The FA will look to the League and Club representatives on the relevant Committees as they know their Leagues better than anyone else and they will always make decisions that are in the best interest of their Clubs and Leagues as a whole.”

“During this very challenging period it’s important that our processes are robust and that we work closely and collaboratively with league representatives to come to a collective decision that’s in the best interest of the wider game.”

“Today The FA Council ratified the decisions made by the committee and league representatives to end the 2019/20 season across Steps 3-7 of the National League System, the women’s football pyramid and the wider grassroots game. This ratification was an endorsement that the correct decision was taken across those Leagues subject to the decision.”

“The result of today’s vote from The FA Council members was overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying the decisions.”

“We know that it is impossible to reach decisions that will please everybody. We entirely sympathise with the teams that oppose the decision affecting their leagues, some of which have perfectly understandable reasons for wanting to see the 2019/20 league season continue. But it is important to emphasise that the decisions they took were made in the best interests of all the Leagues, as a collective, and in consultation with key stakeholders across English football.”