Irish FA suspend season in response to Coronavirus outbreak

Irish Football Association officials have confirmed the decision to suspend the “current football season, at both domestic and grassroots level” until Saturday, April 4.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 1:03 pm
Updated Friday, 13th March 2020, 5:55 pm

The full IFA statement is as follows:

“The Irish FA Board has met today. In response to the evolving situation around Coronavirus (Covid-19), and having listened to partners throughout the football family, the Board has suspended the current football season, at both domestic and grassroots level.

“The decision has been made with public health but, equally, the health and safety of players, match officials, staff and volunteers front of mind.

“We expect games to restart on Saturday 4 April 2020.

“The matter will be kept under constant review.

“This means no affiliated football will be played in Northern Ireland until that time.

“Government advice and that from the health authorities remains in place.

“We continue to encourage people to visit NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself and use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.”