All elite football in England has been suspended until at least Friday 3 April as a result of the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus according to reports on the BBC.
An increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases within the game during the last 24 hours, including cases at Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Leicester City has forced a re-think over whether the footballing calendar could continue to be fulfilled.
Following the suspension of the English Premier League and all English Football League fixtures earlier today, it has now been confirmed that this weekend’s four Women’s FA Cup quarter-final ties have been postponed until at least the start of next month, while there will also be no FA Women’s Super League or FA Women’s Championship football played until the weekend of 4 and 5 April at the earliest.
England are one of the last major footballing nations to suspend their fixtures after the likes of Italy, France, Spain and The Netherlands implemented strict measures to halt their respective leagues. With COVID-19 cases having significantly increased in England in the last few hours, the English Premier League, English Football League and The Football Association had no other option but to follow the same actions.
The highlight of this weekend’s footballing calendar was set to be the North London derby as Arsenal were scheduled to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals at Meadow Park. Elsewhere, Everton were set to face Chelsea, Manchester City were due to travel to Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion were set to host Birmingham City. There were also two fixtures scheduled to be played in the FA Women’s Championship.
The situation will continue to be monitored closely by the authorities over the next three weeks.