Gosport Borough, Moneyfields and other non-elite clubs forced to wait a little longer for decision on season outcome

Gosport Borough, Moneyfields and other non-elite clubs in the area will have to wait a little longer before discovering how their seasons are going to be concluded.

By Lewis Mason
Friday, 12th February 2021, 12:02 pm
Gosport Borough's Privett Park ground. Picture: Colin Farmery
Gosport Borough's Privett Park ground. Picture: Colin Farmery

That's after the FA announced they will not be making a decision on the outcome of the current campaign at steps three to six until the government's anticipated 'roadmap' update amid the coronavirus pandemic on February 22.

Non-elite football has been suspended since England was placed under a third nationwide lockdown last month.

It's becoming increasingly likely that a second successive season could be declared 'null and void' for clubs operating below the sixth tiers of English football.

In a statement to teams operating from steps three to six, the FA wrote: ‘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.’