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Sport All levels of football below the National League North and South CALLED OFF as FA announces there will be no promotion or relegation as coronavirus continues to decimate the sporting calendar

18:16  26 march  2020
18:16  26 march  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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All levels of football below the National League North and South CALLED OFF as FA announces there will be no promotion or relegation as Meanwhile, all tiers below the Women's Super League and the Championship have also been called off while the governing body works out how to

All football in England below National League level will end immediately and all results will be "expunged", the Football Association has announced . It means there will be no promotion or relegation in these divisions. The same will happen in the women's game below the Women's Super

All football below the level of National League North and South were cancelled on Thursday © Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images All football below the level of National League North and South were cancelled on Thursday

All leagues below the National Football League North and South have been called off as the coronavirus continues its decimation of the sporting calendar.

On Thursday afternoon the FA announced its decision to cancel the National League system below steps 1 and 2, meaning that there will be no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS Steps 3 to 6, as well as no promotion to NLS Step 2.

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Meanwhile, all tiers below the Women's Super League and the Championship have also been called off while the governing body works out how to complete the season at the top level.

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In May 2014 The FA announced provisional plans for a new division between the English Football League and These leagues are independent entities with no promotion or relegation involving the football pyramid. National League North and National League South ( level 6, 22 teams each

The National League South , formerly Conference South (billed as The Motorama National League South for sponsorship reasons), is one of the second divisions of the National League in England, immediately below the top division National League .

There had been concerns that, with ten clubs battling for promotion to League Two, the National League would be cancelled.

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However, a meeting between the EFL and FA resulted in the decision to align the league with the rest of the English Football League in order to allow the season to be completed.

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The National League is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Crucially, they want to know how the final standings — including promotion and relegation — will be ' The National League is also working with the FA to define all reasonable and practical options for the determination

The National League , known as the Vanarama National League for sponsorship reasons, is the highest level of the National League System and fifth-highest of the overall English football league system.

An FA statement read: 'Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, whilst considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided with the integrity of the leagues in mind.

a female football player on a field: Leagues below the WSL and the Championship have also been called off in the women's game © Provided by Daily Mail Leagues below the WSL and the Championship have also been called off in the women's game

'The FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two.'

With regard to women's football, the FA said: 'The FA and the leagues within tiers three to seven have reached a consensus to bring the season to an immediate end and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between tiers three to seven.'

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The National League covers the top two levels of non- League football in England. The champions of the North and South divisions will be promoted to the Premier division, alongside the play- off winners from each division. The fixtures were announced on 6 July 2016.[2].

The 2018–19 season is the 116th in the history of the Southern League since its establishment in 1894. The league (known as Evo-Stik League Southern, following a sponsorship deal with Evo-Stik) has two Premier divisions (Central and South ) at step 3 of the National League System (NLS)

While the FA has made one key decision with regards to action below NLS Step 2, question marks remain over whether the Premier League and EFL seasons will be completed.

Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that the April 30 date of resumption of football set out will not be met and that date will be extended when clubs meet next week.

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