THE number of promotion places in the National League’s three divisions could change because of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a report by the BBC has said.
Last week, the majority of clubs across the National League voted in favour of ending the season following a month-long suspension of the season amid the pandemic, which has brought across the country to a standstill.
However, the “sporting outcomes” of the 2019/20 season have not yet been agreed.
According to the BBC, a letter has been sent to the National League’s 68 clubs warning that “it is quite possible that the promotion place for a play-off winner could be jeopardised”, should the the National League play-offs not take place or League Two not be completed.
It was also stated that the National League have asked its clubs for their views on the possibility of the play-offs going ahead, with clubs having until Friday to share their thoughts.
The National League Board will then make a decision on whether to postpone the play-offs and play them at a later date or to cancel them.
The letter mentions three possible scenarios for deciding the final league tables across the three divisions, which would need approval from the FA Council.
Those are: to expunge all results, confirm clubs’ final league placing as of now or to calculate them on a mathematical formula.
A final decision is expected early next week.
Any decision on the play-offs and promotion will have significant ramifications for York City who, at the point in which the season was ended, were top of the National League North table on 66 points, two points ahead of King’s Lynn who have played two games less.