The FA Council ratify the decision to null and void step 3-7

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The decision to end the Northern Premier League season as well as Null and void all results has been ratified by the FA Council this afternoon (9th April).

The Football Association announced a fortnight ago that were going to null and void the 2019/20 season meaning that despite sitting top of the league, Leek Town will have to play another season at step 4.

Since then over 150 clubs have signed a letter to the FA asking for the Association to change their stance on the Null and Void of all leagues between step 3-7.

However, earlier today the FA Council backed the decision taken on the 26th March with the following statement released: ‘The FA Council has today ratified the decision to conclude the 2019-20 season across Steps 3-7 of the National League System, Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid and the wider grassroots game.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been working collaboratively with the leagues within the National League System, the Women’s Football Board, the Women’s Football Conference and the wider grassroots game to identify the most appropriate way to conclude the 2019-20 season at each level.

The request to end the 2019-20 season was taken to the FA Council by the representatives of the relevant committees having been fully supported by the FA Board.

The FA Council’s vote today was overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying the decision.’

This also affects Leek’s league rivals Kidsgrove Athletic and Newcastle Town as well as North West Counties sides such as Hanley Town, Abbey Hulton United and Congleton Town.

The decision does not affect EFL sides such as Stoke City and Port Vale as we wait to find out what is happening with their respective leagues.