The sad inevitability that the 2019/20 Isthmian League season would be cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic has been confirmed today in a statement from the FA.

It reads:

“The NLS and the women’s football pyramid were able to build a consensus amongst their leagues and, where possible, aimed to create a consistent approach across all leagues, whilst taking into account the unique characteristics of each individual league.

As a result, The FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two.

These decisions will also apply to the leagues and clubs who play at NLS step seven.

We will continue to assist and support the National League (NLS steps one and two) to determine the outcome of its 2019-20 season as quickly as possible. The planned implementation of the restructure of the NLS will also now be deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.

Furthermore, we can now confirm that we have decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019-20 season. This will allow the game to move forward and to commence planning for next season. Our County Football Associations (CFAs) will be supporting grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions.

Where appropriate, the above decisions will be put to The FA Council for ratification.

Throughout this period we continue to seek guidance in respect of the government’s financial support packages relative to COVID-19 and how they are applicable to clubs in the NLS, the women’s football pyramid and the wider grassroots game.”


  1. Edlin Parks says:

    2019/20 season brand new home and one to be proud of at Hop Oast and a season that’ll go down in the football history books as the season that didn’t happen!
    Unfortunately the correct decision has been reached but despite the disappointment there are a lot of positives to take from this season. Six weeks sitting on top of the league being the biggest positive for the team and us the supporters. We weren’t expected to be there and really made the ‘big boys’ in the league sit up and take notice….we are Horsham FC and we’re not here to make up numbers!
    Well done Dom and all his staff and players, you’ve done us proud and we can use this season as a learning curve in readiness for the 2020/21 season.
    See you all on the other side of this. Have a good summer and stay safe and well.

  2. Rob Fletcher says:

    Great words Edlin, let’s rock and roll our way up the league again next season. Stay safe everyone and have a great summer

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