A DECISION on how the seasons of the upper tiers of non-league football will be finished is likely to be revealed next week at the earliest.

The views of 65 of the 68 clubs that make up its three divisions were expressed at a board meeting of the National League.

A number of clubs, including Barrow AFC, are keen to keep the play-off places which could mean promotion into the English Football League.

But a decision on how the football league will conclude is needed first.

The National League wrote to clubs giving them a deadline of last Friday to bring forward ideas - with the feasibility of holding play-offs in the balance.

Barrow manager Ian Evatt said: “Nothing is decided yet in regards to the ending of the season, to play-offs or promotion, as the English Football league are yet to decide what they are going to do.

“We can’t make a decision on what we do unless we know what they are going to do.

“So there is not point pigeon holing ourselves as we need to be in line with the EFL.

“Obviously we still want promotion, and we are hopeful that is the decision that will be made, but that is all it can be at the moment until we know more.

“We are in the hands of the National League and the EFL now.

“We are hoping to hear more on what is going to happen next week really, so it is still unclear.

“I have been busy recently speaking to many different people trying to get the word out there to help our cause for promotion.”

The National League board has not yet ruled out the possibility of following the same pattern as steps three to seven of the non-league system and cancelling all results from the current season.

If the EFL does not finish its season, then bottom club Stevenage are likely to avoid the drop with only one team going up, which it is hoped would be Barrow.

Barrow finished the season top of the National League, four points clear of nearest rivals Harrogate, after fixtures were suspended on March 16.

As it stands, all matches must be played before June 1 unless the National League seeks an extension from the FA Council.

There was scheduled to be one automatic promotion place awarded to the league winners with a second spot to be decided by the play-offs.