The FA has confirmed that the 2020/21 non-league season at Steps 3-6 has been curtailed with immediate effect.

The decision is subject to ratification from the FA Council, but 59% of clubs at these steps voted for the season to be declared null and void.

Marine have only played seven league games this season and were sitting just outside the play-off places in sixth place in the league after making it to the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

No decisions regarding promotions or relegations have been made as yet.

The FA also confirmed that they will revisit discussions around a potential restructure at Steps 4-6 of the National League System, which was previously agreed and has been on hold since the 2019/20 season.

Football at Steps 3-6 has been fully suspended since 4 January.

Over 76 per cent of all clubs across Steps 3-6 indicated a preference to curtail the 2020-21 league season if it could not be restarted with limited spectator numbers and hospitality before 1 April 2021.

Marine volunteer Daniel John said he was disappointed by the news, but admitted it was the right decision:

 

The FA has also informed clubs that ‘it is the intention that the 2020/21 FA Vase shall continue at the earliest opportunity, meaning that all clubs (in the competition) should prepare to resume playing in early April’.

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