The National League has told clubs it intends to start the 2020-21 season on Saturday 3rd October, subject to FA approval.
The final round of league fixtures is currently scheduled for Saturday 29th May 2021, with the play-offs taking place shortly after, in June 2021. Again, these dates are subject to approval from the FA.
The information has been released following a National League board meeting on Friday 24th July.
It is hoped the start date will allow matches to be played in front of at least some spectators, albeit with clubs expected to have to operate with a reduced stadium capacity.
Crowds returning to venues at this time is still to be confirmed, although there are currently pilot events in place, trialling spectators attending all different types of sports.
Clubs at this step and below will be hoping these are successful and will pave the way for fans to return to matches, in turn providing a much-needed income boost for all.
The fixtures are still yet to be released, with the play-offs to be concluded before anything further is announced. It’s yet to be seen how clubs will arrange friendlies, with all leagues above aiming for a September return.