Professional game postponed

The FA, Premier League, EFL and FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until Friday 3 April at the earliest. In Scotland the SFA has suspended ALL domestic professional and grassroots football under its jurisdiction (of course including the SWPL), while the FAW has followed suit suspending ‘domestic football at all levels in Wales’.

The decision in England, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken: “due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the Covid-19 virus,” explains the statement.

“It will also apply to all England team fixtures at every level and all FA competitions including the Emirates FA Cup and the Women’s FA Cup, along with academy and youth-team matches.

“The decision is being made purely on the number of cases requiring self-isolation and the impact on facilities. Given the steps being taken across clubs, there is no alternative but for today’s action. However, all parties are committed at this time to trying to complete this season’s domestic fixture programme and are liaising to establish appropriate options to do so.

“We are liaising with the National League pyramids (men’s and women’s) and will continue to offer guidance and support. Any decision to continue playing or to postpone their respective competitions is a matter for each league as autonomous bodies within the game.”

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