The North Staffs Junior Youth League has become the latest to suspend all its matches as a precaution against coronavirus.
The league, which comes under the umbrella of Ladsandads, has decided that all games will be postponed until and including Sunday April 12. The league will then review the situation.
The decision was made this evening and follows guidance from the English FA advising that all grassroots games should be postponed for the foreseeable future.
The North Staffs Junior Youth League are recommending their teams don’t arrange friendlies or training and say no Ladsandads venues will be made available for that.
The league is planning how to complete the season but will review that depending on whether further cancellations are needed.
In local men’s football, the Coors Sunday League is suspending games for the next two weekends, March 22 and 29. The Staffs County League announced today it is postponing matches until April 4.
The Potteries and District Sunday League meets tomorrow and is also expected to announce postponements.
In a statement today, the English FA issued advice to all grassroots teams: “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.”
Ladsandads is the umbrella organisation which looks after the North Staffs Junior Youth League, for players aged 7-15, and the North Staffs Youth League, for players 15-18.
The organisation is bigger than ever, with 390 teams and around 4,500 players.