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No decision yet on non-league football season

No decision yet on non-league football season

by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Non-league clubs across Sefton and West Lancashire will have to wait a little longer before they find out the fate of the remainder of the season.

The FA sent out a survey to all clubs between steps three and six of the non-league pyramid last month asking for their thoughts on the current campaign.

The governing body confirmed earlier this month that submissions were made by 99.1 percent of clubs at steps three and four and 95.9 percent of clubs at steps five and six.

And in a further update, they have now confirmed that clubs can expect an update once Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed his route map as to how the current Covid-19 restrictions may be lifted.

“The National League System Team 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),” a statement from the FA read.

“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.There will be an update provided in due course.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Green has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Liverpool County FA.

Green, who will succeed Dave Pugh, joins the LCFA from the Football Foundation, where he was a regional engagement manager for the North West and Isle of Man.

Speaking on his appointment, Green said: "I’m delighted to be given this opportunity to lead one of the country’s most respected County FAs.

"These are challenging times for grassroots football nationally and locally but I’m very passionate about the role football plays and the positive contribution the game can make to society.

"I’m looking forward to joining a talented, passionate and determined workforce, to continue to develop Liverpool County FA into a modern, innovative and inclusive organisation.

"I would also like to extend my best wishes to David Pugh on his retirement.”

While Ian Wild, Liverpool County FA Chairman, added on the appointment: “Daniel has a very difficult job following on from Dave, however both the Board and I are confident we have made the right choice.

“Daniel is taking over at a very challenging period, but we feel he is the right man to guide us through the challenges ahead, and lead us in our aim to be the number one county in the country.”

Report by Connor O’Neill 

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