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There could be good news on the horizon for fans of the Vanarama National League after it was revealed the FA has granted permission to extend the season.

However, even if a playoff competition to decide the second promotion spot happens, there are plenty of big issues for the National League to resolve before a ball can be kicked.

The coronavirus pandemic has ensured the remaining league matches won't finish. Now it's unclear how the fifth tier of English football can restart in time for the 2020/21 season.

In the latest episode of Football Whispers' Conference Call, Will Evans and Tom Bodell break down the ten big issues standing in the league's way.

  • How to decide the league table
  • Whether a playoff competition can be hosted – and how
  • How will relegation and promotion from the National League work
  • When does next season get underway
  • Is it possible to play any/all of the 2020/21 season without fans
  • Is there a safe way to get fans back into grounds
  • Can the National League help clubs experience financial problems
  • What obligations do the National League have to their players
  • How does the National League fits into the evolving football landscape

You can listen to Conference Call below or by subscribing from Acast, Spotify and Apple Podcasts – as well as most other podcast platforms.

Click here to listen to last week's episode which included interviews with Barnet keeper Scott Loach and Maidenhead United chairman Peter Griffin


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