National League Statement | Commencement of 2020/21 Season

By Oliver Osborn

Further to a meeting of its Board of Directors earlier today, the following update is issued on behalf of The National League:

In recent weeks, The National League and The Football Association have been engaged with Government to address the revenue shortfall expected by member clubs caused by the pause to the safe return of spectators.

The National League has now received confirmation of significant financial grant-aid support from the Government to compensate clubs for essential revenue lost from fans not returning in October, and has communicated with its member clubs to provide reassurance ahead of the season start.

The 2020/21 National League season will now commence on 3 October as planned with clubs playing ‘behind closed doors’ in compliance with the elite sport protocols.


The National League is delighted to confirm a new two-year commentary deal with BBC Local Radio to broadcast live commentary of matches from the three divisions.

Matches covered will be aired on the BBC's local frequencies, BBC Sounds or the BBC Sport website until the end of the 2021-22 season.

Michael Tattersall, Chief Executive Officer of the Vanarama National League, said “The National League is delighted to renew its rights agreement with BBC Local Radio.

“Our clubs value the services provided by their local BBC station, and with matches set to take place behind closed doors for the opening months of the season, the BBC's live commentaries will enable fans to access coverage of our games.”

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