A-League season on hold
The 2019-20 A-League season is the latest major Australian football code to go in to recess, with Football Federation Australia (FFA) confirming the postponement of the competition until at least April 22nd.
The decision was reached on Monday night, confirmed by FFA chief James Johnson on Tuesday morning.
“Our priority is to ensure the safety of both the football community and the community at large. As each passing day raises additional concerns for the safety of both, it is imperative that we follow the lead of Governments at National and State level and take the necessary precautionary and proactive measures and in doing so play our part in preventing the spread and impact of COVID-19.” Johnson said.
“On behalf of FFA Board and each Hyundai A-League Club, we thank the players for their assistance during these extraordinary times. We have done everything in our power to ensure the physical and mental welfare of the players and club staff and this decision means that, like the majority of Australians, they can now return home to be with their families during this difficult time.”
“We’d like to thank our members, sponsors, volunteers and fans for their continued support during this unprecedented time.”
Football at grassroots level will also be put on the back burner, with grassroots football in all states and territories suspended until at least April 14th.
The A-League competition will aim to resume next month, with a decision to be made on whether the finals series will be moved forward to be made at a later date.