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Southport's league season could be closed

Southport's league season could be closed

by By Mike Dawber (March 2020)

THIS season's National League could be terminated without any further matches played - but it has not been decided how promotion and relegation places will be decided.

All football in the England is currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak and it is understood the National League set-up, which includes Southport, who play in National League North, has requested the Football Association to close the season.

All leagues below National League North and South have closed their seasons with all results expunged.

The National League board have yet to make a final decision, but are urging an end to the season as soon as possible for the purposes of player contracts.

While such a scenario would not affect Southport too much as they are below the promotion play-off zone and well clear of the relegation zone, it could affect teams like Barrow who are currently four points clear at the top the table. and on course to return to the English Football League for the first time since the 1970s.

The FA said no official decision has been made regarding the end of the 2019-20 campaign but is believed most clubs want it to close the season as soon as possible.

A National League statement said: “The FA have been asked to assist us with making the decisions to officially postpone all remaining National League fixtures and to end the season as soon as possible for the purposes of player contracts.

“The National League is also working with the FA to define all reasonable and practical options for the determination of the 2019-20 season, and to provide guidance to clubs on dealing with player contracts, player registrations and the application of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.”


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