With Covid-19 case rates in the UK showing no immediate sign of slowing it is looking increasingly likely that all divisions below the sixth tier will once again have their results scrapped. However, an online proposition from a new Twitter account created specifically for the cause, ‘Project Non League – Avoid Null & Void!’, has called on the FA to instead rest on ‘points per game’ using results from the past two seasons.
Last season League One, League Two and the top three National League divisions were all decided using PPG, but all divisions below that were cancelled in their entirety.
The campaign, which has attracted national press coverage and a message of support from former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright, suggests that the strongest teams in the lower reaches of the National League pyramid should be promoted as part of an FA restructuring process, with no clubs being relegated in 2020/21.
‘Nobody wants to see another season pass without moving towards the FA League’s restructure vision,’ the campaign statement read.
‘Over the past 17 months, there has been a lot of football played which can give everyone a clear understanding of the strongest teams in each league. We propose that if we cannot complete the season safely, it would make sense to implement PPG – with some very important points: no team would be relegated; reward the strongest teams with promotion; allow the FA to restructure the pyramid.
‘There is no downside to the proposal.'
Bulls had already sealed promotion from Combined Counties Division I with 27 wins from 27 in 2019/21, before being denied a move into the ninth tier last March. They then won four from four after starting from scratch in September – only to then have play halted again when a second wave of coronavirus hit the country.