Statement from NPL Chairman to all Clubs

Dear Member.
I am writing to update you with regard to the continuation, or otherwise, of the 2020/21 league
season, given the latest position concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.
The board of the Northern Premier League has, together with our fellow Trident Leagues, reviewed
the implications of the latest government lockdown. The matter was also discussed at length by The
FA’s Alliance Committee earlier this week.
In order to reach a decision that will apply across Steps 3 & 4 in the National League System, and
which is informed by the views of all clubs at Steps 3 & 4, you will shortly be asked by the Football
Association to provide your club’s views on whether the 2020/21 season should be terminated and,
if not, what the alternative should be. This will take the form of a short survey.
Independent of that survey, all three of the Trident League’s boards hold the view that the season
should cease immediately and be declared null and void.
The ultimate decision lies with The FA Council, following a proposal made by the Alliance Committee
but no proposal will be drafted until clubs’ views have been collated and assessed.
In the meantime, the Northern Premier League is postponing all fixtures up to and including
Saturday 6th March since there is no suggestion that the national lockdown will be lifted prior to this
The League will continue to provide its Member Clubs with updates as and when it is able to do so.
In the meantime, take care and stay safe.
Yours sincerely
Mark Harris

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