League update on season start

An update from the National League on the start of the new season…

The National League have confirmed some proposed details for the start of the new season.

After a recent National League Board meeting, it was confirmed to clubs on Monday evening that:

  • The scheduled start date of the 2020/21 Season is Saturday, 3 October 2020.
  • 46 league fixtures will be scheduled in the National Division, and either 42 or 40 league fixtures will be scheduled in the North and South Divisions.
  • The North and South Divisions will commence the season with The FA Cup Second Qualifying Round on Saturday 3 October.
  • The final league match of the normal season is scheduled for Saturday 29 May 2021, and the end of season play-offs are scheduled to take place in June 2021. The end date and play-offs are subject to FA approval.

While final details are yet to be confirmed, the National League’s guidance was that whilst the ‘expectation’ is that pre-season matches will be played without crowds in attendance, the competitive season will ‘likely’ commence with fans, but with grounds operating at a reduced capacity.

They added: ‘The “socially distanced” capacity for each stadium will vary according to the design, layout and configuration of each ground, and will need to be assessed by each Club in compliance with government guidance and in conjunction with their local authority.’

As soon as we receive more concrete information from relevant bodies, we will of course communicate this to our fans straight away.

We also know supporters are keen to hear more information on things like new kits and Season Tickets, and we are working to have this available as soon as possible.

With the new season fast approaching, there’s still time to help boost Russ Penn’s playing squad with the Boost the Budget scheme – donate today and earn rewards!

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