Southern League confirm their proposed restart date

Local clubs now know when they will be playing again, subject to the national lockdown being lifted on December 2

Thursday, 19th November 2020, 12:21 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th November 2020, 12:22 pm
The Southern League season is set to restart on December 12

The Pitching In Southern League season is set to restart on Saturday, December 12.

The league confirmed today (Thursday) that they intend to restart on that date, provided the current national lockdown is lifted as planned on December 2.

It is understood that clubs involved in the first round of the Buildbase FA Trophy will be back in action before that date, however, with those ties expected to be played during the week of December 7.

But plans are now in place for the return of football at Steps 3 and 4.

In their statement, the Southern League said: "Having taken into consideration the answers to the questionnaire sent to clubs regarding the restart date, the Pitching In Southern Football League will officially restart on Saturday, December 12, as voted for by 59 per cent of clubs, provided that the second lockdown finishes on December 2 as planned.

"If not, the league may need to look again at the situation. However, should any club wish to restart on either Saturday, December 5 or the following midweek or, indeed, play matches on both dates, the league would have no objection.

"The season will restart based on the four divisions and the fixtures already scheduled or being re-scheduled by the league.

"The league is looking to re-arrange as many matches postponed during the lockdown period that would have experienced excessive travel times for a Saturday later in the season.

"The league season is still scheduled to finish on Saturday, May 8 with play-off semi-finals on Tuesday, May 11 and play-off finals on Saturday or Sunday, May 15 and 16."