THE National League intend to kick-off their 2020-21 season on Saturday, October 3.

Clubs competing in the National League, including Hartlepool United, will go straight into league action at the start of October and will play a 46-game season.

Teams in National League North, including Darlington, Spennymoor Town, Gateshead and York City, will start their season with the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round on October 3.

They will play 42 matches over the course of the season, which is due to end on Saturday, May 29, 2021.

The end of season play-offs for all National League divisions will take place in June 2021, subject to FA approval.