13 Mar 2020

The NI Football League note the statement issued by the Irish Football Association this afternoon regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The statement is as follows:-

"The Irish FA Board has met today. In response to the evolving situation around Coronavirus (Covid-19) and having listened to partners throughout the football family, the Board has suspended the current football season, at both domestic and grassroots level.

The decision has been made with public health but, equally, the health and safety of players, match officials, staff and volunteers front of mind.

We expect games to restart on Saturday 4 April 2020. The matter will be kept under constant review.

This means no affiliated football will be played in Northern Ireland until that time.

Government advice and that from the health authorities remains in place. We continue to encourage people to visit NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself and use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help."

As directed by the Irish Football Association, all matches under the jurisdiction of the NI Football League will be suspended until the above date.

The NI Football League will continue to review the liaise with the Irish Football Association on this matter and provide further updates in due course.