Professional Game Competitions

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 3 April at the earliest. This includes Premier League, EFL Championship, League 1 and League 2, WSL, Women’s Championship, FA Cup, FA Women’s Cup and FA Youth Cup fixtures for this period.

Step 1 (Panel Select)

National League - Competition fixtures this weekend will go ahead as scheduled.

Premier League 2 - In line with the instructions provided in the Professional Game all Premier League 2 fixtures scheduled until 3 April will be postponed.

Step 2 (Panel 2B)

National League - Competition fixtures this weekend will go ahead as scheduled.

U23 Professional Development League  - In line with the instructions provided in the Professional Game all PDL fixtures scheduled until 3 April will be postponed.

Step 3/4

Isthmian League – All games scheduled for this weekend and next midweek have been postponed

Northern Premier League – Competition fixtures this weekend will go ahead as scheduled.

Southern League - All games scheduled up until 22nd March have been postponed

U18 PL/PDL/Youth Alliance - In line with the instructions provided in the Professional Game all fixtures scheduled until 3 April will be postponed.

Step 5 Contributory Leagues

Eastern Counties League – All games are postponed until 3 April

North West Counties League – Competition fixtures this weekend will go ahead as scheduled (*The League are meeting to review this evening)

Northern Counties East – All games are postponed until 31 March

Northern League – All games are postponed until 3 April.

Western League - All games are postponed until 27 March.

Please keep in close contact with the clubs concerned to establish if this position changes before tomorrow’s games.

Women’s National League

Games scheduled for this weekend will go ahead as planned.

Step 5-7– Grassroots

Any decision to continue playing or to postpone their respective competitions is a matter for each league as autonomous bodies within the game. Please liaise with your appointment officer to establish the position for the respective league.

It is not felt that grassroots fixtures need to be cancelled as a matter of course at the present time, although some may need to be if teams are self-isolating and are unable to play, or if teams are concerned about playing and the league/competition agrees to postpone.

FA Inter-League Cup

Competition fixtures this weekend will go ahead as scheduled.

 If any match official feel unwilling or unable to complete an appointment to a competition to which they are appointed please make contact with your appointment officer at the earliest opportunity.

 
Games that have been postponed will result in movement on MOAS to the holding date of 31 May 2020 pending rearrangement. You do not need to take any action with these fixtures.

 
Overview: The FA, Premier League, EFL, Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.

 
Full statement: 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 3 April at the earliest.

 
This action, 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. 


It will also apply to all England team fixtures at every level and all FA competitions including the 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.
 

The FA is 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.


With respect to the senior men’s fixtures against Italy and Denmark at Wembley Stadium, refunds will be processed to all ticket buyers within 14 working days. 


Monies will be returned to the card used to make the original booking. The refund process for England’s MU21 and MU20 home fixtures is still to be confirmed.

 
UEFA had already confirmed that all Elite Round qualifiers across U17 and U19 age groups had been postponed. Europe’s governing body will meet on Tuesday to discuss further implications for international football including national-team and club competitions.

 
We will continue to monitor all Government advice with the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and well-being of all. Further updates will follow in due course.

 

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