Non-League Day, the campaign to promote semi-professional and grassroots football, returns for a fourth consecutive season this Saturday, 7 September.
England play Moldova in a World Cup Qualifier at Wembley on Friday evening and with other countries’ teams in action on a designated international weekend, there will be no Premier League or Championship matches.
A newly launched website features a wealth of information on this year’s 'Non-League Day' campaign, including a handy match finder if you fancy taking in a non-League match on Saturday.
Speaking on this year’s event, campaign manager Mike Bayly said: “Whether you’re a Premier League or Championship fan without a game, a League One or League Two supporter who can’t make an away trip, or just someone who is curious about what their local club has to offer, there is sure to be something to interest everyone.
“Many clubs will be holding special events and price incentives on the day, including fundraising for local and national causes. You can make a big difference on 'Non-League Day'. Get involved!”
As usual there is plenty of football going on, so there is bound to be something local to you. There are matches in the Conference Premier, Conference North and South, Northern Premier League, Southern League, Isthmian League and feeder leagues. These are the teams that we hear about when they knock a big team out of The FA Cup.
The FA competition this weekend is The FA Vase. Now in its 40th season, it affords some of the country’s smaller clubs the chance of playing in a Wembley Final. One of those Finals attracted more than 36,000. There are nearly 150 First Round Qualifying ties, most of them on Saturday, and they are all over the country.
David Barber, the FA Historian based at Wembley, added: “I’ve been a fan of non-League for more than 50 years and I’ll be at an FA Vase match on Saturday.
"I hope that some of those people who would normally be watching top-level football will give Non-League a try this weekend. It’s the same game, after all."