The football season seems to have ended for several semi-professional non-professional teams in Gloucestershire.
The cancellation of sporting events across the country as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has meant that there have been no games since March 10 and no prospect of resuming any time soon with the country currently on the block.
At a meeting of the FA League Committee it was decided that clubs across the country playing from step 3 to step 6 in the non-league pyramid will not be able to complete the 2019-20 campaign and now they are discussing whether to cancel. and cancel it completely or decide the final positions by points per game.
This does not apply to Gloucester City, which is currently 19th in the National League North and 10 points above the relegation zone, with the National League still hoping to complete their season.
However, the Southern League has released a statement confirming that it is taking steps to end the season immediately and steps 5 and 6 are said to take the same measures, which will affect Gloucestershire clubs in the Hellenic League.
In the current state of the Southern League Division One South, Cirencester Town, Cinderford Town and Evesham United all have a chance to reach the playoffs, but now they have to wait to know their fate. Slimbridge also plays in the league and is currently in the middle of the table.
There are six Gloucestershire clubs playing in the Hellenic Premier Division – Fairford Town, Longlevens, Lydney Town, Bishop’s Cleeve, Tuffley Rovers and Brimscombe and Thrupp – with Shortwood United, Cheltenham Saracens, Stonehouse Town, Cirencester Town Development, Bourton Rovers and Newent Town in Division One West.
A Southern League statement read: “The leagues Step 3 and 4 share the frustration of the clubs that it takes so long to determine if the 2019/20 season should end now, and if so on what grounds. To maintain the integrity of the our competitions, ideally we need to apply a solution across the National Legal System, however this may not be possible.
“The Premier Southern, Isthmian and Northern leagues are unanimous in wanting to end the 2019-20 season immediately.
“If this is done on the basis of the determination of the final placements on the basis of average points per game or if the season is declared void, it cannot be decided until the National League decides how it intends to proceed.
“Right now, the position of the National League is that they want to be able to resume the 2019-2020 season at some point. The feeder leagues don’t support this because our clubs don’t have the financial resources to continue honoring players’ contracts in time. undetermined.
“The Southern, Isthmian and Northern Premier leagues therefore implemented the process to end the season. This must be ratified by the AF council, so there may be a short delay as the relevant documentation is presented, distributed and approved.
“While this process is underway and once the National League has finalized the way it wishes to proceed, competition issues can be decided, along with the implications for promotion and relegation.”