While the sporting environment in Northern Ireland remains uncertain, the NI Football League is committed to carrying out further due diligence around the resumption of football to ensure informed decisions are made in the best interest of clubs, players, supporters and our partners.
Following consultation with member clubs and recommendations from the NIFL Covid-19 Steering Group (the ‘Steering Group’), the Board of Directors (the ‘Board’) has this week agreed a number of key actions and an indicative timeline.
The Board supports member clubs’ continued desire to conclude the current season by playing all remaining fixtures and this remains subject to due regard being given to the following principles:
It has been agreed that the Steering Group fully appraises the ‘season end’ options for all leagues and makes a recommendation to the NIFL Board by 30 June 2020. These options, and any decision, will be underpinned by the above principles. This process will include further consultation in advance of 30 June, with all member clubs, to ensure all views are considered.
The NIFL (alongside the Irish FA) will continue to liaise with UEFA to comply with their deadlines in respect of nomination of clubs to participate in next seasons European Club Competitions. The Steering group will consult with all key stakeholders and member clubs to input into the nomination process.
The Board’s rationale in making this decision is as follows:
The Board, along with key stakeholders, is responsible for ensuring all options are fully researched and considered. We again thank our member clubs, supporters, sponsors and the media for their continuing patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.