Noah Dougherty
Thursday 19 March 2020

The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA

understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.

We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the football season and ensuring all

domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to

do so.

We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to

ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be

played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.

The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and

“each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing

season”. However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20

season in relation to Professional Football. Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the

professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.

The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of

players, staff and supporters are our priority. We will continue to follow Government advice and work

collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of

resuming the season when the conditions allow.

We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.