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When National League clubs could find out if playoffs will go ahead

Anticipation is building ahead of the EFL which is when National League clubs could find out if the playoffs will go ahead.

Teams at the second, third and fourth tier of English football will could come to a decision on the 8th of June on how a season should be concluded if it is curtailed.

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The EFL board have already “unanimously agreed” that promotions, relegations and playoffs should remain and clubs will vote on these proposals next week.

Leagues can only be cancelled when the framework on how a season should be concluded is confirmed.

The National League board have maintained in their stance of waiting for the EFL to make their move, especially in how League Two ends and how many are relegated.

The Championship looks likely to resume on the 20th of June according to reports, but League Two clubs have already opted to end the season now but allow the playoffs. League One teams are split, but majority want it the campaign to end now.

National League clubs voted to bring the season to an early finish in April but allow the playoffs to go ahead. The FA have allowed an extension for this to happen.

Again, this all depends on how many will drop out of League Two. Stevenage look likely to go down, but Macclesfield could still yet get another points deduction, which could see them swap places with each other.

If the National League playoffs indeed do take place, the table is likely to be decided using a points per game (PPG) method, again, this hasn’t been confirmed as of yet.

The EFL said in a statement: “The board has to date been consistent in its approach that playing out the remainder of season 2019/20 when it is safe to do so, is the preferred position and whilst the Championship have advised of their intentions to resume fixtures, League Two clubs have indicated their preference to curtail the season. At present clubs in League One are still undecided.

“A decision on whether or not to curtail the season is a matter to be considered by clubs in any affected division, but only once a framework for resolving open issues in such circumstances has been agreed by all members across all divisions through a Regulation change.”

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