THE National League has moved to suspend play "indefinitely" in all three of its divisions due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Activity had already been paused until Friday, only for league chiefs to extend the halt in action to an indeterminable time.

All leagues in Steps 3 to 7 have been voided, with no promotion or relegation, pending ratification from the FA Council.

More than 100 non-league clubs have protested against the directive - largely teams in the top positions of the 91 leagues affected.

The National League's latest move has added further ambiguity to a widely-criticised stance in line with the professional game.

Weymouth, third in the Vanarama National League South, now face a greater lack of clarity with no timeframe given for a review of the extended break.

Talks remain open "on how best to conclude" the current campaign while league bosses seek legal advice.

In a statement, the National League said: "The National League board met earlier today and has reviewed its prior decision to suspend the competition until at least 3rd April 2020.

"In consideration of the very serious and unprecedented national public health emergency caused by the coronavirus, the board has taken the decision to suspend the National League, National League North and National League South competitions indefinitely.

"The National League is currently obtaining specialist legal advice, is consulting regularly with The Football Association and other stakeholders and is committed to involving its member clubs in a pending decision on how best to conclude the 2019/20 season."