The Isthmian League chairman Nick Robinson has said that the Isthmian, Northern Premier and Southern Leagues are unanimous in wanting to terminate the 2019/20 season immediately.
Robinson says this is supported by the Step 5 and 6 leagues, but the National League ‘wish to be able to resume the 2019-20 season at some point.’
There was confusion yesterday as it was believed that the season had been officially terminated at Steps 5 and 6. However, this had not yet been publicly confirmed, with official communications requesting any such announcements were taken down.
Nick Robinson provided an update, beginning: “The Alliance Leagues held the latest of several conference calls last night (Monday) after our own board, and those of the Northern Premier and Southern Leagues, met over the weekend to determine how we wish to proceed. We have also participated in calls with the Step 5/6 clubs.
“The Step 3 and 4 leagues share clubs’ frustration that it is taking so long to determine whether the 2019/20 season is to end now, and if so, on what basis. To maintain the integrity of our competitions, we ideally need to apply one solution across the whole of the National League System.
“However, this may not be possible. The Isthmian, Northern Premier and Southern Leagues are unanimous in wanting to terminate the 2019/20 season immediately.
“The Step 5/6 leagues also support the immediate termination of the season. Whether that is done on the basis of determining final placings via average points per game, or the season is declared null and void, cannot be determined until the National League decides how it wishes to proceed.
“Right now, the National League’s position is that they wish to be able to resume the 2019/20 season at some point. The feeder leagues do not support this because our clubs do not have the financial resources to continue to honour player contracts indefinitely.
“The Step 3 and 4 leagues have therefore commenced the process to terminate the season. This has to be ratified by The FA Council, so there may be a short delay as the relevant documentation is submitted, distributed and approved.”