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The FA rejects plans for National Leagues North and South mini-league

The FA approve resolution to declare National Leagues North and South null and void while rejecting ideas to continue playing in improvised mini-league… but the National League itself will resume WITHOUT relegation

  • The National League North and South was scrapped this season due to Covid-19
  • The FA have now approved a resolution to declare these divisions null and void
  • English football’s governing body also rejected attempts to form a mini-league 
  • The National League will continue without relegation but with promotion to EFL 

The FA have approved a resolution to declare the National Leagues North and South null and void without promotion and rejected attempts by some clubs who wanted to continue playing.

Dorking and Gloucester City, leaders in their respective divisions, were among those keen to carry on and devise an alternative sporting solution to determine the promoted clubs, such as an abridged league competition or a knock-out contest.

The FA confirmed this idea had been dismissed by the Alliance Committee ‘in the interest of the integrity of the National League system’.

The National League North and South seasons were scrapped because of the pandemic

An FA statement read: ‘Consideration was given to an alternative sporting solution at Step 2 in line with a proposal submitted by certain Step 2 clubs that wished to continue playing.

‘The Alliance Committee rejected the proposal, and any alternative, in the interest of the integrity of the National League System.

‘Further reasons for this decision will be communicated directly to clubs in due course.’

The National League itself will continue without relegation but with promotion to the EFL. 

The FA have now approved a resolution to declare these divisions null and void




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