DETERMINING THE OUTCOME OF THE 2020/21 NLS SEASON AT STEPS 3 TO 6 – CLUB SURVEY RESULTS
On Friday 15 January 2021, at the request of The FA’s Alliance and Leagues Committees, a survey was circulated to all Clubs at Steps 3 to 6 of the National League System (NLS), which asked Clubs how they wished to proceed with the 2020/21 season.
The options set out in the survey followed discussions by both Committees about what were the most feasible options available to determine the season given the difficult circumstances that Clubs found themselves in following the national lockdown announced on 4 January 2021.
This paper sets out the results of the survey in two sections – Steps 3 & 4 and Steps 5 & 6.
The Committees were pleased that 224 out of the 226 Clubs at Steps 3 & 4 and 621 out of the 648 Clubs at Steps 5 & 6 completed this survey and would like to once again thank the clubs for submitting their views and the time taken in providing responses during what we appreciate is an incredibly challenging period for everyone.
Whilst a number of different views were provided by clubs, ultimately, the results of the survey showed that 76 percent of all clubs across Steps 3-6 indicated a preference to curtail the current season if could not be restarted before 1 April 2021 with limited spectators and hospitality.
Steps 5 & 6 Results