Clubs in the Ebac Northern League have voted to remain in football’s National League System.
A vote was taken at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the league in Durham.
The meeting was called so that clubs could be given a chance to hear details of both the FA’s re-structuring of non-League football and the league’s appeal against the FA’s refusal to adjust its position in the national league system.
League chairman Glenn Youngman said: “We were obviously disappointed that our original application to re-adjust our position in the national system and the subsequent appeal were not successful.
“We remain committed to our proposal to operate a Step 4 division, however the FA has made it clear that any such change will not be for the next two seasons and plans to set up a new Step 4 division would be put out to tender.
“There remains concern among our clubs about the FA’s plans for non-league system which come into effect at the end of this season and how these changes will affect our clubs, in particular the uncertainty around promotion and relegation.
“We will continue to press the case for the league and our clubs with the FA”.