THE FA have announced this afternoon that they and the National League System have agreed a consensus that steps three to six of the non-league pyramid are to have their results expunged.

As a consequence there will be no promotion or relegation between these leagues, which is a bitter blow to the likes of Liversedge and Campion.

Sedge were second in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division (step five) and were only two points behind, with two games in hand, on leaders Staveley Miners Welfare.

Meanwhile Campion were fifth in Division One (step six), four points off the promotion places, but with at least one game in hand on all of the teams above them.

It is good news for Steeton though, who were in the relegation zone in the North West Counties League First Division North (step six).

The FA have also confirmed that there will be no promotion up to the Vanarama National League North or South (step two) next season.

But steps one and two are still yet to decide on the outcome of their season according to the FA, meaning Bradford (Park Avenue) could still be in line for relegation from the National League North.

The club's Twitter account seemed to believe their safety is secured, as they Tweeted a celebration GiF and it does remain to seen how it would work if step three were not able to promote teams, but step two were able to relegate them.

An FA statement said: "We have been working collaboratively with the National League System (NLS), the women’s football pyramid and the wider grassroots game since the outbreak of COVID-19 on how to conclude the 2019-20 season in the most appropriate way possible.

"These are challenging circumstances for English football and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game and in consultation across key stakeholders.

"Our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time.

"Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, while considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided with the integrity of the leagues in mind.

"The NLS and the women’s football pyramid were able to build a consensus amongst their leagues and, where possible, aimed to create a consistent approach across all leagues, whilst taking into account the unique characteristics of each individual league.

"As a result, The FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged.

"This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two.

"These decisions will also apply to the leagues and clubs who play at NLS step seven."

The statement went on to add: "We will continue to assist and support the National League (NLS steps one and two) to determine the outcome of its 2019-20 season as quickly as possible.

"The planned implementation of the restructure of the NLS will also now be deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.

"Furthermore, we can now confirm that we have decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019-20 season.

"This will allow the game to move forward and to commence planning for next season.

"Our County Football Associations (CFAs) will be supporting grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions.

"Where appropriate, the above decisions will be put to The FA Council for ratification.

"Throughout this period we continue to seek guidance in respect of the government’s financial support packages relative to COVID-19 and how they are applicable to clubs in the NLS, the women’s football pyramid and the wider grassroots game."