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National League Ratify Season Conclusion

16 July 2020

The National League confirmed this morning that it's conclusion to the 2020/21 has been ratified by the FA Council.

This decision sees the Bluebirds promotion to the Football League confirmed and gives the green light for the play-offs to begin tomorrow.

The National League North and South play-offs will also go ahead, which will see Ebbsfleet United and AFC Fylde relegated from the National League.

Following the news, the National League released the following statement:

"The FA Council has ratified both the National League’s proposal on concluding the 2019/20 season at Steps 1 and 2 of the National League System [NLS] and the required amendments to the NLS Regulations and Standardised Rules for it to become effective.

The ratification follows a recommendation from The FA’s Alliance Leagues Committee and allows the National League to: rank clubs on a points per game basis; apply the automatic promotion and relegation based on the position of clubs on that basis; and proceed with play-off matches in accordance with the Government’s Return to Domestic Competition guidance."

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