Coronavirus – League update on 23rd March 2020

Since the last League update the Government has introduced National advice and instructions which are unprecedented as we are all well aware. The FA instruction is also well known and that is there will be no grassroots football until further notice, so what has changed to bring about this update?

The League is due to end on Sunday 17th May 2020. Currently League fixtures are scheduled until 28th April with the additional three week extension obtained to provide relief for the catch up of the fixtures postponed due to waterlogged pitches. That clearly now pales into insignificance going forward.

The League’s four domestic Cup Finals are due to be held on 5th, 6th, and 10th May 2020. Currently three finals have been determined with the Kelly Read Cup unable to progress beyond it’s Semi Final stage at the time of the League enforced suspension.

The social isolation period is now 12 weeks which clearly now includes the rest of our scheduled Season. As a consequence I have shown all remaining League and Cup fixtures as postponed.

None of us know when the health crisis will begin to improve and consequently when football of any version will re-commence.

I can assure all our Clubs and participants that when it is known when football can come out of it’s “pause mode” the League Management Committee will consider all options going forward to ensure that we can deliver a League going forward of which we can all be proud. We will be playing again when advice says so and when it is considered safe to do so. In the meantime there is nothing further that we can do, I am sure that is appreciated.

PLEASE NOTE: FRIENDLY GAMES MUST NOT BE PLAYED! I cannot believe that I have had to state this but there is a reason why I have!

Further updates will follow ONCE FA ADVICE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION changes.

League Secretary