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.
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.”
Fans reacted on when National League clubs could find out if playoffs will go ahead…
If they have to put NULL AND VOID on the table, clubs who vote in that way should get..
➡️ Deducted 10pts next season
➡️ Restricted on transfers
NAV is dangerous in the medium to long term so it’s only right to send a message out!
— #NoNullAndVoid (@NoNav29) May 31, 2020
Exactly right mate. If the PL and championship are going to allow clubs to finish the season then for the “integrity” of the game like they’ve been blabbering on about the whole time will be to let Legaue 1&2 do the same.
— Dan (@swalespeanut) May 30, 2020
Totally agree. Clubs are already signing/releasing players for next season. If they decide to ahead with playoffs, will clubs be allowed to field those new signings who have played no part in the season so far?
— Michael (@MickScully7) May 30, 2020
I’ve always been in the null and void camp. It’s harsh on some clubs but this is unprecedented. I hate the idea of PPG as football is not an exact science and there are too many variables for it to be fair.
— Michael (@MickScully7) May 30, 2020
Totally agree on both points, season isn’t completed and PPG doesn’t take into account the unpredictable nature of football.
— Hally (@hallydesigns) May 30, 2020
More dithering. The EFL is hobbled by the conflicting interests of its member clubs and seems incapable of reaching decisions. How about @TheVanaramaNL taking the initiative and putting forward its own proposals?
— Mark Bravery (@MarkBravery) May 30, 2020
The EFL are getting worse than my wife and I when deciding what takeaway to have. Just make a decision!!!
— Lee Cotton (@LeeCotton1) May 29, 2020
Which presumably means the NL decision is pushed back even further, most likely with little to no communication from them
— Will Young (@iam_willyoung) May 29, 2020
What a joke. Make the required decisions and get on with it. If they are waiting for complete agreement between clubs, it’s never going to happen.
— Neil Martin (@nmengland) May 29, 2020
— 334361 (@gwl3DGxkVgZfKsW) May 29, 2020
Plus all clubs from L1 & L2 would need to have Covid testing in place before any training takes place. Not going to happen!
— Chris LUFC ?? (@chrislufc1977) May 29, 2020