When promotion-chasing National League clubs could find out if play-offs will go ahead

Clubs chasing promotion in the National League will have to wait at least another week to find out whether they will have a shot at the play-offs.

Sunday, 31st May 2020, 7:22 pm

Teams in all three of the EFL's divisions will vote on June 8 on how a season should be concluded if it is curtailed.

The EFL board “unanimously agreed” that promotions, relegations and play-offs should remain in place and clubs will vote on these proposals next week.

Leagues can only be curtailed once the framework on how a season should be concluded is in place.

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The National League board has stated its intention to wait to see what happens in the EFL, particularly in League Two, before deciding how to conclude its own campaign.

The Championship is set to resume on June 20 while League Two clubs have indicated they wish to curtail the season. League One teams are undecided.

National League clubs voted to bring the season to an early finish in April but the play-offs could still be played.

However, this relies on relegation from League Two still going ahead otherwise there will not be any places available in the fourth tier.

The National League play-offs could still go ahead but the decision depends on what happens in the EFL.

If the National League play-offs can go ahead, league positions are likely to be decided using a points per game (PPG) method.

It is possible that league leaders Barrow could still be promoted to take the place of Bury which would restore the EFL to its traditional 72 clubs.

But making the National League null and void is still possible.

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.”