Following a board meeting held today, the National League has decided to allow matches in its three divisions to proceed as planned this weekend.
The National League will keep the operation of its competition under constant and diligent review, and will remain in compliance with government advice at all times.
The Football Association has offered its guidance and made it clear the decision to continue or to suspend a competition is a matter for each league to make.
The National League places the welfare and well-being of all those involved in and connected to its competition as the highest priority.
All clubs and supporters are encouraged to stay up to date with the latest public health advice.
- The National League will review their position on Monday 16 March
Announcement from the FA
Following today’s joint announcement with the Premier League and EFL regarding the suspension of professional football in England, we have issued a further update.
We are fully aware that there are questions about whether grassroots football in England should be played because of the Covid-19 virus.
Consistent with Government advice, we are recommending that grassroots football is able to continue as usual for now, with each league or centre making its own individual decision based on its local situation and the availability of players and officials.
However, we would fully respect and support any leagues, centres or teams that wish to postpone fixtures in light of the Covid-19 virus.
The decision to postpone all professional football in England has been taken with the integrity of the competitions in mind, considering the availability of players, staff and facilities.
We will continue to monitor all Government advice and keep the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. Further updates will follow as needed.