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Updated League Statement: COVID-19

The Isthmian League has today issued a statement regarding an update to the situation around the continued Coronavirus pandemic.

In line with other leagues all fixtures have been postponed until April 3, although it’s unlikely they’ll resume following that date.

Alongside this announcement the club has taken the decision to suspend training for all teams from the senior side down to the youth setup.

The statement in full

Following statements from the UK Government yesterday as well as statements from The FA, the Leagues forming Steps 1-4 of the National Leagues System with representatives of Steps 5-6 met by conference call and decided that all matches be suspended until April 3.

The Isthmian League Board also met yesterday by video conference and agreed that all matches, including the Development League, the Youth League and Cup, The Women’s Cup and the Velocity Trophy be suspended until that date.

The likelihood is that matches will not start again on 4 April, and in the meantime the League will work with all others in the game to ensure that Clubs are kept up to date with the latest information.

It cannot be stressed too much that these are unprecedented times. The Board will do what it can to ensure that football can recommence as soon as possible, and that the League does not put more pressure on Clubs financially while the future is unknown.

Chairman Andy Bell speaking to the Chichester Observer said, “My instinct is we will not be playing for the rest of the season,” said Bell. “Even if professional leagues restart and are somehow played to a finish that does not necessarily mean non-league divisions will see the same thing.”

Read the full interview here.