Clubs are to be asked by the FA to complete a survey as to how the current season should be concluded.

Mark Frost, the chairman of the Leagues Committee which oversees Steps 5-6 of the National League System, has sent a newsletter to leagues and clubs across England who play at our level:

“We  held  a  meeting  of  Leagues  Committee  on the  5th  January  2021  to  in  the  main, discuss the current lockdown imposed throughout the country. It is apparent to us all, that with the current restrictions in place any resumption of the NLS in a manner that provides the clubs with safety coupled with the ability to admit supporters and  to  have  secondary  spend, means  that  completing  the  2020/2021  season is  becoming  increasingly doubtful.

“We are mindful that the Clubs and yourselves need to be advised as to what our plans are to see if there is any possibility to play out this season, or alternatively to be able to advise as to how and when this season is concluded.

“To this end, we decided that as with Steps 3 and 4, we will be issuing via yourselves a survey for the clubs to complete that will give  us the information that we can consider to assist us making our recommendation to FA Council as to how we conclude the season.  To  be  clear, within the survey we are not asking the clubs to vote on  any specific decision, we are simply using the survey to gather the views of the clubs. We  are  mindful  from information  coming  back  to  us  from  yourselves  that  extending  the season into June would not be feasible. We can advise that this is also the view of the Step 3 and 4 Leagues.

“So….we will send a copy of the survey to you for your Boards to have  advance sight of   the   survey,  before   its   publication via yourselves to   the   clubs, which will be sent shortly. Once we have received the results, the Leagues Committee will meet  and  make  its decision  upon  a  recommendation  to FA   Council.   We   will   then   call   a  meeting  of  the  Step  5  &  6  Leagues  to  advise  you  as  to  our  decision.

“The county FAs will be liaising with the Regional Feeder Leagues as to how they may decide what is the best options for themselves to conclude their seasons.”