Season postponement extended to 30th April
The FA have announced that all professional football in England will be postponed until the 30th April 2020.
Originally, all football was postponed until the 3rd April 2020, but that date has now been pushed back further until at least the end of April.
The EFL yesterday announced that their primary footballing objective is to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season, and despite UEFA aiming to conclude all domestic football by the end of June, the FA will tweak their current rules which state each season must end by June 1 by extending that limit indefinitely to help the domestic leagues finish.
The FA released the following statement:
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 would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.
That leaves just the home game to MK Dons, the final league game of the season, the only game currently unaffected by the postponement. Town’s trip to Bristol Rovers and home fixture with Pompey were already postponed, but the home fixtures with Southend, Bolton and Rochdale, alongside away trips to Shrewsbury and Doncaster are also off.