The National League has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The National League, National League North and National League South divisions will be scrapped. National League clubs voted to end the season now, with outcomes of the campaign ‘under careful consideration’.
The league asked teams to vote in favour of ending the regular season due to coronavirus.
They say 90 per cent of votes were in favour of the decision, despite some clubs failing to respond.
Clubs who didn’t vote will still have the opportunity to do so, however, it will not change the outcome.
The National League’s statement read: “National League Clubs were asked to support an ordinary resolution on 9 April to end the Playing Season for all fixtures scheduled up to and including 25 April 2020.
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“With almost 90 per cent of responses returned it is evident a clear majority of Clubs are in favour, including a majority of Clubs in each of the National League, National League North and National League South divisions.
“In the knowledge that the ordinary resolution has passed, the League’s Board has chosen to communicate the decision now and before the last few responses are received, which will not change the outcome, to enable Clubs to make business decisions with greater clarity as soon as possible.
“Clubs yet to respond still have an opportunity to do so, and the League wishes to include as many preferences as possible before the final voting result is declared.
“In consideration of the very serious and unprecedented national public health emergency caused by the coronavirus, National League, National League North and National League South football activities have been suspended since 16 March.
“The options concerning the sporting outcomes of the 2019/20 season remain under careful and timely consideration, and further updates will be given in due course.”
National League Chief Executive Officer Michael Tattersall added: “At a time when the entire country is wrestling with the devastating impact of Covid-19, the cancellation of the remaining normal season matches brings a degree of certainty to our Clubs coping with the business implications of the virus.”
It remains to be seen how promotion and relegation will be decided.
It’s understood the idea of playing played games could still be considered.
National League leaders Barrow were four points clear before coronavirus halted the season.