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Nominate your non-league away day of the year

The FSA has once again teamed up with the Non-League Paper to sponsor its Non-League Away Day of the Year Award, and nominations are open now.

Non-League Day returns for 2022

Non-League Day, the biggest volunteer-led event in the non-league system, is returning for the first time since 2019 this weekend.

Majority of non-league fans want National League reform

An overwhelming majority of fans of non-league clubs are in favour of reforming the voting structure of the National League, according to the results of a Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) survey.

“Devastating blow” as two clubs drop out of non-league

In a worrying development in non-league, two clubs – Abingdon Town of the Hellenic League at Step 6, and Whyteleafe of the Isthmian League at Step 4 – have given up their league status for the 2021-22 season in disputes over stadium rent.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Basingstoke Town fans secure protections for the Camrose ground

Earlier this month Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council agreed to list Basingstoke Town FC’s former home, the Camrose Stadium, as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), becoming the latest in a long list of football grounds that have received this protection.

‘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. 

The situation in non-league post-lockdown

Following the end of lockdown and the Government announcement of its new three tier system of local restrictions, non-league clubs and leagues face a number of issues, and clarification on the rules to be implemented throughout the non-league system will be vital to some clubs’ continued existence.

“Shaping the next 75 years”: Wythenshawe issue community shares

FSA member and community-owned football club Wythenshawe AFC are raising funds to improve the facilities at their Hollyhedge Park home.

Restrictions and contradictions mean no level playing field in non-league

A mixture of patchwork local restrictions and lack of a uniform approach to dealing with COVID-19 threatens the future of non-league clubs this season, as additional measures brought in to quell the pandemic in different regions are leaving an uneven playing field. 

Non-league funding solution ‘unfair and unjustified’ say Chester FC

Chester FC have written to the National League to ask for clarification on how the financial support package announced yesterday was determined, following a deal between the league and the National Lottery to provide emergency funding to clubs.

Bury AFC prepare for a new life in the North West Counties League

The new phoenix club, Bury AFC, set up following the expulsion of Bury Football Club back in August 2019, will start their life as a member of the North West Counties League Division One North on Saturday 3rd October with a game against Steeton at their new home sharing with Radcliffe FC. Richard Irving spoke to Phil Young, chair of the supporters’ trust at the community owned club, about the challenges that the club has faced since its set-up in March of this year.

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