NCL postponed for 2020

The National Conference League, the leading amateur league in the country, has been suspended for the 2020 season.

Instead, it will be replaced by new regionalised leagues, in order for clubs to maximise matchday revenue with local derbies.

Dates and Fixtures will be released in line with government guidelines, and there will be no promotion or relegation.

In a statement, Chair of the league Trevor Hunt said: “It is with some sadness that the NCL Management has unanimously decided to suspend the 2020 season for one that will be replaced by a series of Regionalised Group fixtures.

“There will be no promotion or relegation, but by the creation of a number of local derby games, it is hoped that the clubs will be able to maximise revenue from good-sized attendances at the same time saving on the amount of travel that will be required.

“There has been much speculation on how the Regional Groupings will be determined and how many fixtures they will provide.

“What we will do is provide a meaningful competition that will give the players, coaches and fans something to aspire to, along with an ultimate Championship Final. However, as I say the details will be revealed once we have a commencement date to work towards.

“We will of course enable the players two to three weeks to get back into a fitness regime with their clubs ahead of commencing fixtures.”

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