The Southern League have said the current season might not get back underway until as late as January, depending on changes to current restrictions.
A further statement was released this evening following yesterday’s news that the pause on the current campaign would continue until at least December 16 when a review is set to take place into current tiers.
The Southern League have also released details of the vote held on Tuesday evening which show 172 of the 224 clubs across the Southern, Northern and Isthmian Leagues voted to continue the pause on fixtures.
Key points of tonight’s statement:
- Current season could end as late as June 2021.
- Finer details of financial rescue package not expected until January.
- If tiers remain as they are now through December, a vote will be held on how to finish the season – one of the options being to create an ‘alternative format’ to the current league structure.
- Football might not return until January – but clubs who wish to play before this will be allowed if both clubs agreed to play.
- Officials of National League System “deeply concerned” that promotion and relegation in usual format may not be possible.
Tamworth Head of Senior Football Thomas Baillie had tweeted that he thought the season might not be back underway until the New Year even if current restrictions subside as teams would need time to prepare for the re-start.
He said: “League restart in Jan!! If Tier review goes favourably by government on 16 December it gives everyone 2 weeks to train before the restart in Jan.
“That’s my guess! I have been known to be wrong, not often but I’m sure it must of happened sometimes.”
The full Southern League statement can be read here.