How Chesterfield will vote on National League's proposal to conclude the season

Chesterfield intend to vote in favour of the National League’s proposal on how to end the season.

Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 12:35 pm

The National League board put forward a resolution last week and clubs had expected to receive the paperwork on Friday and submit their votes by Monday.

But clubs only received their voting papers on Monday night and now have until Wednesday at 5pm to have their say.

The delay in sending out the papers was centred around whether play-offs in the National League North and South divisions (step two) would be able to go ahead.

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Chesterfield will drop one place to 20th under the points per game method.

The National League said from the information it had received play-offs at step two would not be able to happen because football at this level was not classed as ‘elite sport’ and therefore could not take place under the latest government coronavirus guidelines.

However, the National League has put step two play-offs back on the table as long as they are “legally possible.”

The National League said in a letter to clubs: “At the various meetings it was our opinion based upon the information we had received that play-offs below the National League could not take place. All the Ordinary Resolution will do is to enable them if they are legally possible.”

The National League wants 24 teams in the division next season and so the number of clubs relegated from the fifth tier this campaign will depend on what happens with relegation from League Two and the play-offs at step two.

If clubs vote in favour of the National League’s proposal league positions will be decided using the unweighted points per game (PPG) method.

Chesterfield would be overtaken by Wrexham and drop one place to 20th because they have played one match fewer.

League leaders Barrow would be promoted as champions and the six teams below them would enter the play-offs.

King’s Lynn and Wealdstone would be promoted as champions of the North and South and divisions.

All 24 teams in the National League get one vote each while teams in the North division share four votes as do those in the South (32 votes in total).

The proposal must get a total of 17 votes to pass.