Meeting to be held to decide future of non-league football season this week

Meeting to be held to decide future of non-league football season this week

by Henry James (March 2020)

Connor O'Neill

NON-LEAGUE clubs across Merseyside could learn more about when they could potentially return to action this week.

The National League, Northern Premier League and North West Counties League have suspended all fixtures until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Professional football in England has been suspended until April 30 at the earliest, but health experts are warning that the suspension could be extended even further with the worst of the virus yet to hit the UK.

The Champion understands a video conference call will be held by the FA with leagues this week. 

Northern Premier League clubs are likely to be represented by chairman Mark Harris, and the North West Counties will be represented by their chairman Paul Lawler.

One item on the agenda is how leagues could conclude if no more football is to be played this season.

The three most likely options seem to be: voiding the current campaign and starting fresh when everything settles down. Basing the final standings on the current table, or producing the final table by using a club's points per game average. 

Should that last option be used by the North West Counties League, then Bootle would finish in second place and secure promotion to the Northern Premier League.

At the bottom, Litherland REMYCA would avoid relegation with Hanley Town dropping out of the division instead. 

While in Division One, Lower Breck would be crowned champions of the North section, AFC Liverpool would finish in second, with the pair both securing promotion to the Premier Division. 

The Champion also understands that the North West Counties League has already put in temporary measures to help clubs financially during the enforced break.

Clubs will not receive any money, but they will not be required to fork out to pay any outstanding invoices owed to the league in the coming weeks. 

While it is also worth noting that clubs are still being urged by their respective leagues to follow all deadlines until the FA says otherwise. 

Meaning sides across Non-League have until 5pm on Tuesday, March 31 to register players for the remainder of the campaign.

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