The FA, Premier League, EFL and Women’s Football representatives have agreed to extend the current suspension until April 30 while the government tackles the COVID-19 outbreak.
The various stakeholders who were hoping for the season to resume as early as April 4 have now had to reconsider their previous stance given the new current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the new measures being implemented by the government meaning all competitions will be suspended until April 30 when the situation will be reviewed once again.
With health experts predicting that Coronavirus cases will only escalate in the coming months, the British government has already warned that it may have to implement harsh restrictions regarding travel and social interaction through gatherings.
The statement from the Premier League read:
“The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.”
“We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.”
“We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.”
“The FA’s rules and regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.
“However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football.”
“Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.”
The FA is hoping that all competitions will be wound up by the end of the scheduled season, however, with the Euro 2020 now being moved to 2021, there is now room for FA to manoeuver with should it need to delay the end of season date