Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced on Tuesday, March 24, that it has postponed the final rounds of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season, effectively immediately.
The decision is the latest in a series of measures introduced by FFA in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and comes with the unanimous support of all A-League clubs.
FFA will review the situation over the coming weeks with a further formal status assessment now scheduled for April 22.
The goal at this stage is to reschedule games as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so, in order to complete the season.
The decision reflects the stringent social distancing measures that have now been introduced by Government, the introduction of State border restrictions within Australia, and the implementation of the highest levels of border restrictions for New Zealand.
FFA CEO James Johnson said: “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.”
“As the largest club-based participation sport with nearly two million participants, we have a clear and obvious duty to play our part in doing whatever we can to support the efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19,” Johnson said.
FFA will continue to monitor the situation in consultation with the National COVID-19 Working Committee and provide updates as they become available.
Media Release, Mar 24
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