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Monday, July 27, 2020

National League planning on October return

It is being reported that the National League are planning to start the new season on October 3.

With news that the Premier League and the EFL were returning on September 12, it looked like a September restart could have been on the cards, even if it was initially behind closed doors. But even though the FA said steps 1 and 2 of the non-league pyramid couldn't get back going until September 5 at the earliest, an October return looked more likely especially as the Government said no crowds will be allowed into stadiums until that month.

The plan is for FA Cup games to get the ball rolling on October 3, although significantly reduced crowds will be in operation. The season will end on May 29.

Meanwhile it's still not certain how many clubs will compete in the National North and National South. The League held a board meeting last Friday and afterwards said that it will either be 21 or 22 clubs. The National Division will have 24 clubs taking part.