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Official: All professional football in England suspended until April 30, season extended ‘indefinitely’

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The season can still be completed after the date, provided that the conditions surrounding COVID-19 pandemic improves

In a not so surprising turn of events, the FA have suspended all professional football in England until April 30, at the very least.

This, however, does not mean that 2019-20 will be cancelled as the season has been extended “indefinitely” to give all the leagues the best possible chance to complete the season, whenever possible. (Ed.note: although UEFA and all stakeholders have already committed to finishing the season by June 30, in whatever shape it may take.)

After an emergency meeting between the FA, Premier League and EFL due to COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, it was decided that the suspension on all domestic football will be extended from the previously anticipated first week of April to the last day of the month.

Here is the FA's statement regarding the matter.

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’re 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’ve 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, our Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football. Additionally, we’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April.

The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.

We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.

We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.

We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.

-Source: The FA

Normally, The FA’s rules state that football in England must be completed before June 1. This limit has been extended indefinitely to give all the leagues in the UK, the best possible chance to complete the present season, even if it resumes after April 30.

COVID-19 outbreak has been relentless, and the number of infected cases in just UK alone has gone beyond 2,500 while the worldwide cases has crossed the 200,000 mark. As such, it has become a necessity to take such drastic steps.

For now, all we must do is stay at home as much as possible and help flatten the curve. After all, there are things more important in life than football. Please take care of yourselves and of those around you.