By Simon Harrison

There has been an update regarding the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the 2019/20 football season.

Following a statement from The FA earlier today, The Manchester Football League can now confirm the 2019/20 has been declared null and void and all records will be expunged.

In a statement from The FA earlier on Thursday 26th March 2020, it advised that all football in the 2019/20 season from Steps 3 to 7 in the National League System (NLS).

"Consideration has been given as to whether the season could be extended indefinitely, or to some later date in the future in order for it to be completed. However, given the current uncertainty regarding when it will be possible to resume competitive football in England, and the face that many clubs and contracted players want certainty over when football will resume, this option is likely to present great difficulties for football between Steps 3 to 6."

The notice goes on to say "As a result, The FA and the Leagues at Steps 3 to 6 of the NLS have therefore reached a consensus that, the 2019/20 for Steps 3 to 6 will be ended with immediate effect and all results will be expunged. In light of the above, these decisions will also apply to the Leagues and Clubs who play at Step 7 of the NLS."

The full statement

There will be no promotions or relegations for any teams within the Manchester League and there will be no end of season cup finals.

In the coming days, the League Management Committee will look at things such as outstanding fines, player suspensions League fees. Applications from new Clubs to join the league will also be discussed during this meeting.

The MFL will be making no further comment on this matter and will communicate any further news as and when this has been confirmed.

In the meantime, please take care and look after yourselves.

Yours in sport

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