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CORONAVIRUS: How will non-league football be impacted?




The decision to suspend all elite football in England until at least April 3 as a result of the spread of coronavirus has left many wondering what impact this may have on non-league football.

And, as it turns out, it is quite a big one, with few fixtures and leagues still going ahead.

The Isthmian League and Southern League have announced a week-long postponement while the Thurlow Nunn League have announced a three-week call off in line with the professional game.

Coronavirus causes flu-like symptoms and can result in pneumonia (31431221)
Coronavirus causes flu-like symptoms and can result in pneumonia (31431221)

The Eastern Region Women's Football League has also been suspended.

The league's Twitter page posted: "The league have taken the decision to suspend all football for this weekend with immediate effect. The league will be monitoring the situation of #Covid_19 and will announce more details over the coming days."

And Suffolk FA have also suspended 'all football-related activity' in the county.

A statement read: “Following this evening’s announcement from government advising against all non-essential travel and social contact, we advise all football-related activity in Suffolk be suspended until further notice.

"This includes all face-to-face training, matches, hearings, courses and meetings of any kind, with immediate effect where possible.

"Suffolk FA staff will continue to be available via the main office number and emails.

"Further updates will be communicated in line with government advice."

But, as of Monday March 16, the Cambridgeshire FA have not followed suit and the Cambs County League – including the Kershaw Premier – and the S-Tech Women’s League are due to continue.

A statement said: “As at 12 noon on 13th March 2020 there has been no indication from Public Health England that grassroots team sports should be cancelled.

“The advice from The FA at this current time is that grassroots fixtures do not need to be cancelled as a matter of course and that any decision to continue playing or to postpone their respective competitions is a matter for each league as autonomous bodies within the game.

“At this current time all Cambridgeshire FA affiliated leagues have agreed to continue with fixtures.”

Suffolk County Cup fixtures went ahead as planned this weekend, including Needham Market Women's semi-final against Ipswich Town.


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