National League North and South clubs in talks to set up a NEW league
REVEALED: National League North and South clubs are in talks to set up a NEW league after the season was declared null and void due to the pandemic – with at least 19 teams in support of the breakaway plans
- The National League North and South was scrapped this season due to Covid-19
- Sportsmail can reveal that talks have been held by clubs to start a new league
- New format, potentially consisting of north and south clubs, has been discussed
- Sources claim there is legitimate backing from clubs to restart the season
National League North and South clubs have held talks about setting up a new league just days after the decision was made to declare the season null and void.
It was confirmed last week that both non-League divisions — the lowest level of elite football — would be scrapped for the remainder of the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, there is understood to be genuine support from at least 19 teams to explore the possibility of playing.
The National League North and South seasons were scrapped because of the pandemic
Talks between club representatives have already taken place about a new league format as a possible way of finishing the season, potentially a division consisting of both north and south teams.
Clubs have also pondered over the possibility of including promotion.
If the new-look division is to take place then it would need to happen quickly given the number of fixtures and the limited timeframe.
Several clubs from both divisions have expressed support of setting up a new league
But sources claim there is legitimate backing from clubs to restart the season.
It is understood that a host of clubs have sought legal advice with regards to the decision to cancel the season.
Gloucester City and Dorking Wanderers — who are top of the North and South divisions respectively — are among the clubs with most to lose if the season is not completed.
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