The Football Association is advising that all grassroots football in England should be postponed ‘for the foreseeable future’.
The FA have issued a statement after the government advice this afternoon that people should avoid social contact and gatherings where possible as precautions against coronavirus.
In North Staffordshire, the Coors Sunday League had already decided to suspend their games for the next two weekends (March 22 and 29). The Staffs County League also announced today it was postponing matches until April 4.
The Potteries and District Sunday League had already called a meeting for tomorrow before this afternoon’s FA guidance.
In children’s football, Ladsandads have decided this evening to postpone all games until and including Sunday April 12.
The FA say: “Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.
“Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.
“We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.”
The Northern Premier and North West Counties Leagues also announced today they are suspending their fixtures, as has the National League. They follow the example of the EFL which, last Friday, suspended all its games until at April 3 at the earliest.