Football Federation Australia has suspended the A-League season as sport around the world grinds to a halt.
The decision follows similar moves by the AFL and NRL with travel bans in Australia and New Zealand and self-isolation rules making it impossible to continue.
“Our priority is to ensure the safety of both the football community and the community at large,” FFA CEO James Johnson said.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
“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 in preventing the spread and impact of COVID-19.”
FFA has not flagged a date for when it hopes to resume the competition but says it plans to reschedule games as soon as possible.
The decision will be reassessed on April 22.
“To get so close to completing the competition, only to pull up a few weeks short, has been heartbreaking for the players, clubs and fans,” Mr Johnson said.
“That said, the health and safety of our fans, players, volunteers and staff has always been the overriding consideration for us.
“That is fundamentally what led – with the unanimous support of the State and Territory Member Federations – to the suspension of grassroots football until 14 April 2020.
“Today’s decision was equally difficult to make but it is borne form the same rationale.”