The Football Association (FA) have confirmed that all football in England will be postponed until the end of April, as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
The news will not be a surprise to football betting fans or bookmakers, and has been signed up to by the FA, the EFL, Premier League, and the women’s game, as well as the LMA and PFA.
The decision comes at a time when health and emergency organisations are working hard to limit the spread of the virus, and the UK government have urged people to avoid mass gatherings.
In their statement announcing the decision, the FA did offer some hope to football fans, by confirming that they were fully committed to concluding the 2019/20 season. They also gave some indication of the potential contingency plans that could come into effect to finish the season.
The FA said that they supported the decision of UEFA to postpone the EURO 2020 tournament, which could make it possible for domestic European leagues to finish their seasons. In addition, the FA said that they will amend their existing rules that state the season should end by June 1. That will enable each competition’s organisers to determine their own conclusion to the season.
The statement also underlined that football in England
was committed to supporting the wider effort to help contain the spread of the
“We will continue to
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.”
The news is a further blow to bookmakers, with football being one of the industry’s biggest business drivers. Although a handful of leagues have continued to play, including the Belarussian and Australian leagues, bookmakers have been promoting alternatives including esports and virtual sports in an effort to retain some level of sports betting business