National League clubs to finally learn play-off promotion fate after weeks in limbo

Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United.Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United.
Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United. | Getty Images
Hartlepool United are preparing for another season in the National League but those fifth tier clubs still hopeful of a chance of promotion through the play-offs should know one way or the other in the next week.

National League clubs voted to bring the season to an early finish back in April but the play-offs could still be played, clubs have been in limbo ever since as the National League board is waiting to see what the EFL decide to do first.

EFL clubs will meet a week Monday - June 8 - to finalise how they intend to finish the season. The Championship want to play on, while League One is divided over whether to resume or curtail.

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Crucially League Two clubs have indicated their wish to curtail, with the league table then determined on a points-per-game basis.

Promotion via the play-offs from the National League will depend on relegation from League Two still going ahead otherwise there won't be any places available.

League leaders Barrow could be promoted via PPG and take the place of Bury to restore the EFL to its traditional number of 72 clubs.

Pools finished the season in ninth, just two places and three points adrift of the top seven but under a PPG method they would fall further away from the play-offs so another season in the fifth tier beckons.

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An EFL statement read: "The board has to date been consistent in its approach that playing out the remainder of season 2019-20 when it is safe to do so, is the preferred position and whilst the Championship have advised of their intentions to resume fixtures, League Two clubs have indicated their preference to curtail the season. At present clubs in League One are still undecided.

“A decision on whether or not to curtail the season is a matter to be considered by clubs in any affected division, but only once a framework for resolving open issues in such circumstances has been agreed by all members across all divisions through a regulation change.”