The National League have now announced that the competition is suspended until at least 3rd April, in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The FA then announced that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future. The National League had confirmed on Friday (13th April) that it would be playing on, despite the suspension of the top four divisions in England.
Only six of the scheduled 12 fixtures, however, went ahead last weekend. The statement from the National League reads: “At its board meeting on Friday, The National League decided to use its best endeavours to keep its season going in the face of unprecedented adversity. However, with the current coronavirus (COVID-19) reaching global pandemic levels, it has to accept that the situation is now out of its own control.
“In the knowledge of the government measures now announced, including not to support sporting events with emergency services workers, it is clearly not practical for its fixtures to be fulfilled in the immediate future. In those circumstances and in line with The Football Association and the professional game, at a board meeting today, The National League has decided that its competition is now suspended until at least 3rd April 2020.
“The National League will continue to monitor the situation, but trusts that its loyal clubs, fans, players, officials, staff, volunteers and sponsors will accept that it has had no other choice but to reach this decision. It wishes everybody connected with the competition and indeed the whole country a safe passage through these turbulent times.”
The FA’s statement reads: “Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.
Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all.
“We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time. We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review.
“Further updates will follow as needed.”