An update from the FA

The Midland Football League have communicated an update from the Football Association regarding the next steps for the 2020-21 season.

The FA say that they met last week to discuss the responses from a survey sent to clubs across the non-league pyramid.

However, they wish to wait for the government to publish its roadmap out of the current lockdown. They hope that this will assist with a decision on how to proceed.

The full statement reads as follows:

“We wish to provide the following update to Clubs in relation to the potential continuation or curtailment of the 2020-21 season at Steps 3 to 6 of the National League System (NLS).

“The Alliance Committee (Steps 3 & 4) and Leagues Committee (Steps 5 & 6) met on 8 and 9 February, respectively, to discuss the data that was collated following the recent surveys circulated to Clubs at this level of the game.

“During discussions, the Committees acknowledged the likelihood that the Prime Minister will set out a ‘roadmap’ to the nation on 22 February as to how Government intend to begin to reduce the current COVID-19 restrictions.

“Given that any such update from the Government on 22 February may provide the Committees with additional, relevant information to help determine the preferred route forward, they have agreed to reconvene after this date.

“In addition, the Alliance Committee are also conscious of the ongoing process the National League (Steps 1 & 2) are undertaking and the potential impact this could have on any actions the Committee may choose to take.

We will provide an update in due course.”

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