The Ebac Northern League is to be suspended for a further two weeks at the end of the current national lockdown.

This means the league will not resume until 16th December. This does not, however, include the FA Vase or the County Cup competitions, which do not fall under the Northern League’s jurisdiction.

A league statement explains:

“Decisions made by the Government will unfortunately see 37 of the league’s 40 clubs placed in areas covered by Tier Three restrictions, which would allow football to be played at Steps 5/6 but would require them to be played behind closed doors, thereby removing significant income streams for all our clubs.

“Although the FA has stressed that their key objective is to conclude the 2002/21 season and implement promotion and relegation, either through completion of the fixtures schedule or by a mathematical formula if the season is incomplete, it is the feeling of the LMC that at this stage it’s simply not financially viable to ask clubs to play without spectators being present.

“Consequently, at an emergency LMC meeting held earlier this morning, it was decided that the league would be suspended for a further two weeks until 16th December 2020, when the Government will be undertaking the first of its fortnightly reviews of the tier areas.”

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