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Clubs won't be sanctioned if they decline to participate (eg Borehamwood)

Matches at clubs' own grounds with the final at a neutral venue

Games behind closed doors and live on BT Sport

Matches to start by 18th July and finish by 31st July

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I think PW has done a superb job. We were in with a chance of actually winning the league for a huge part of this season. Considering he had 10 days to build a squad and he is a rookie manager co

We've been quick out of the traps the last 2 or 3 years. Hopefully we treat it as a new season.

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Just now, chrisbo61 said:

So are we in the play offs?

From what I can see, Harrogate, Notts County, Yeovil, Borehamwood, Halifax and Barnet are. To be confirmed on Monday once clubs have voted.

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1 minute ago, Steve Lanzarote said:

Err no not yet. Has to be voted on and then clubs have to fund their own corvid19 tests for staff and players, it´s a shambles. 

Sounds about right, brewery and piss up spring to mind!

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National League aiming for September start with fans allowed in stadiums

The National League is aiming for the new season to start in September with fans allowed in stadiums, we understand.

Friday, 12th June 2020, 9:26 am
 

But in a presentation to clubs, seen by the DT, the National League said: “However, we need to be cautious, we need to be adaptable, and we may need to consider alternative fixture formats.”

The government is reviewing the return of supporters and the National League has discussed “what capacity and attendance limits might allow NLS to be viable.”

Extra protocols will need to be put in place with regards to travelling to matches, changing rooms, showering, toilets and bars.

 
The National League season could start in September.

The National League season could start in September.

 
 
 
 

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Allowing teams to have five substitutes is one rule change that is being considered for the new season as well as what happens if another curtailment is required.

If the new campaign does start in September then it would finish in May followed by the play-offs.

In ordinary circumstances the 2020/2021 season would have started on August 8.

It comes as clubs are set to vote on how the 2019/2020 season should be resolved.

 
 

It is understood that the proposal put to clubs involves deciding league standings on points per game (PPG) with promotion, play-offs and relegation taking place.

Clubs have been given until the end of Monday to cast their vote.

If the proposal is not passed then an alternative resolution will be put to clubs.

The FA Council will need to approve the National League’s decision.

 
 

If the proposal is given the green light, league leaders Barrow will be promoted as champions and six teams would then battle it out in the play-offs. The PPG method would see 11th placed Barnet jump up four places into seventh above Stockport County.

However, only bottom club Chorley will be relegated.

It is inevitable that there will be no play-offs in the National League North and South because the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) do not consider these divisions to be ‘elite sport’ so games can’t be played behind closed doors.

Kings Lynn would be promoted as National League North champions while Wealdstone would take the National League South crown.

 
 

The National League play-offs will commence behind closed doors at club grounds by July 18 at the latest and be completed by July 31.

Matches will be broadcast on BT Sport.

The play-off final will be at a neutral venue.

Clubs involved in the play-offs will need to test players and staff for coronavirus and fund the costs.

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So, the players will come off Furlough and wages will need paying as well as the Covid Tests and in return a pittance through tv coverage.    

I note Macc Town's fate to be decided today.

 

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Total shambles.

The league is a disgrace. Only relegating one and scrapping playoffs in the North/South is disgusting. As is exepcting clubs to cover costs for tests.

The integrity of the National League is shot. 

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1 minute ago, Flea said:

Total shambles.

The league is a disgrace. Only relegating one and scrapping playoffs in the North/South is disgusting. As is exepcting clubs to cover costs for tests.

The integrity of the National League is shot. 

Surely the "one relegated" has only come about because lower divisions simply won't sanction any play-offs? 

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7 minutes ago, kit said:

Surely the "one relegated" has only come about because lower divisions simply won't sanction any play-offs? 

Kit I think it is more to do with the fact we are still sending 2 up to the EFL but they are only sending 1 down, so we have an imbalance which is corrected by changing the number of teams relegated 

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1 hour ago, mj85 said:

From what I can see, Harrogate, Notts County, Yeovil, Borehamwood, Halifax and Barnet are. To be confirmed on Monday once clubs have voted.

Wonder what happens if Boreham decide not to participate do they just add the 8th placed team or knock the play offs down to 4

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26 minutes ago, kit said:

Surely the "one relegated" has only come about because lower divisions simply won't sanction any play-offs? 

At which point the Conference say they wont accept teams coming up to the North/South and wont relegate. To not have full promotion and relegation between the Prem and N/S says to me that there is little integrity to treat all Conference Member Clubs the same. We are seeing the rules change at the eleventh hour (sadly unavoidable due to circumstance), but with no consistency.

While acknowledging we could benefit from this, it doesn’t feel fair or right on the clubs in the leagues below, or fair that the liked of Fylde, who will probably go on to get promoted next year, get a reprieve this season. 

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1 hour ago, Flea said:

Total shambles.

The league is a disgrace. Only relegating one and scrapping playoffs in the North/South is disgusting. As is exepcting clubs to cover costs for tests.

The integrity of the National League is shot. 

Flea you had to assume the national league had integrity in the first place for it now to be shot.

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I don't suppose there will be a way of seeing the games on BT Sport if you don't have it at home unless the pubs somehow reopen or you are allowed to go round to a mates to watch it (no idea what the rules are on that at the moment though they could change for the better or worse).

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2 hours ago, Steve Lanzarote said:

Err no not yet. Has to be voted on and then clubs have to fund their own corvid19 tests for staff and players, it´s a shambles. 

Aren't footballers key workers? Can they not say they are exhibiting symptoms and need a test? Alternatively at the testing station I have been hosting  the army were "giving away" tests to ramp up their scores!!

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12 minutes ago, vinnyweknuts said:

Aren't footballers key workers? Can they not say they are exhibiting symptoms and need a test? Alternatively at the testing station I have been hosting  the army were "giving away" tests to ramp up their scores!!

No idea vinny

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2 hours ago, kit said:

Surely the "one relegated" has only come about because lower divisions simply won't sanction any play-offs? 

It's not that the lower leagues won't sanction them, it's that the government don't deem anything below the National League as 'elite sport' so can't be played behind closed doors from what I gather.

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2 hours ago, shaykehands said:

So, the players will come off Furlough and wages will need paying as well as the Covid Tests and in return a pittance through tv coverage.   

I mentioned the Covid Testing issue on here a while back. The FA should have put in place a central testing programme with pooled finance from all clubs  (perhaps %age  of turnover). Don't forget, testing will need to take place across all elite football next season.

Football has had nearly three months to come up with a programme. It just shows the game us run by self-centred muppets. 

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