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Survey: three quarters of fans will be straight back into grounds in August

Three-quarters (74.8%) of fans intend to return to stadiums from the first fixture in August, with two-thirds of supporters (65.2%) describing themselves as ‘excited’ and four in ten (41.7%) ‘optimistic’ about a return to grounds next season according to the results of an FSA survey.

Survey: How do you feel about returning to grounds in 2021-22?

For many fans the beginning of the 2021-22 season will mark the first time that they have been in a stadium for more than 18 months, and so the FSA are canvassing opinion on how supporters feel about returning to grounds.

Congleton Town flying the flag for community-owned clubs

Congleton Town will be flying the flag as the last remaining community-owned club in the Fourth Round of the FA Vase on this Saturday.

League Cup final planning lacks “logic or common sense” – fan groups

Plans for this month’s League Cup final have been criticised by supporters of the competing finalists over a lack of “logic or common sense”.

Clubs call for vote of no confidence in National League Board

Two non-league clubs have taken the remarkable step of calling for a National League extraordinary general meeting (EGM) and a vote of no confidence in the chairman and the board.

Fans raise more than £200,000 for support groups from March cup finals

Supporters from the men’s and women’s game who have been locked out of their team’s cup finals have taken to virtual ticket sales to raise money for good causes.

Ticket T&Cs: What’s fair for 2021-22?

It’s now been more than one year since COVID-19 first hit and the football calendar changed dramatically. Supporters haven’t been in grounds since November 2020 and it’s likely that, even with a return to some form of normality, restrictions will be in place next season too.

FA confirms National League plans for the end of 2020/21 season

The FA confirmed on Friday that the season for clubs at Step 2 of non-league (National League North and South) has been declared null and void, while the National League season at Step 1 will be played to a conclusion, with no promotion and relegation between the two tiers. 

Further clarity on the outcome of the non-league season

Clubs at Steps 3 to 6 of non-league have received some clarity on their future, following the FA’s decision to curtail the 2020-21 season with immediate effect, but uncertainty remains at National League North and South level, where a group of clubs have launched a legal challenge to the league’s decision to declare the season null and void.

Fans set to return to games in May

Yesterday the Government announced that fans will be allowed to return to grounds in May, albeit with reduced capacities.

Grants promise from National League to clubs ‘unfortunate’ says Sports Minister

In a letter to the FSA, Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston has confirmed that ‘at no stage’ did the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) offer ongoing to support to the National League only in the form of grants. 

What next for non-league?

Uncertainty remains over the future of the 2020-21 season at non-league level, as clubs have been responding to consultations via the FA and the National League.

Advice for community-owned clubs: latest update

Over the last 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been producing and updating guidance for community-owned clubs as new government schemes for coping with the shutdown and its associated effects were announced.

Government announce non-league support yet uncertainty remains

Earlier this week the government announced that clubs at Steps 3 to 6 of non-league would benefit from up to £10 million in grant funding to support them through the shutdown imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Don’t betray our trust’ ask non-league clubs of Government

The Government is facing growing calls from National League clubs to provide ongoing pandemic support in the form of grants, rather than the loans that have been promised under the Government’s Sports Winter Survival Package. Rather than become further indebted to play matches behind closed doors, there’s a growing fear that clubs could refuse to complete the season at the top levels of non-league as a result.

Lobby your MP to ensure non-league gets its promised financial support

Against a backdrop of the national lockdown, the Trident Leagues at Steps 3 and 4 (Northern Premier, Southern and Isthmian) have indicated a preference to cancel all remaining league fixtures. They are surveying their member clubs for their views on whether to continue with the 2020/21 season.

Updated advice for community-owned clubs

Throughout the first national lockdown in the spring of 2020 we produced and updated guidance regularly as new government schemes for coping with the shutdown and its associated effects were announced.

FA capacity move ‘an important step towards sustainability’

The FA has announced that approval has been reached with the government and the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) for non-league clubs to admit spectators on the same principles as elite clubs, in a move which could prove a vital lifeline to struggling sides. 

Fan groups highlight importance of mental health

2020 has been a uniquely tough year with public health protocols meaning many football fans feel more isolated than ever.

The return of fans and what it means

As England moves out of its second lockdown, this week sees the first steps of fans returning to stadiums in elite sport since March, along with a return of fans to non-elite sport at Steps 3 and below of the non-league pyramid who had been attending matches since earlier in the autumn.

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