The FFA has officially taken the decision to postpone the A-League, effective immediately, CEO James Johnson has confirmed.The decision was made after a series of measures put in by the FFA to try and finish the A-League season amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic and was met with the “unanimous support” of all 11 clubs.A further review on the decision and how the season progresses from here will be made on April 22, in keeping with how every major league across the world has acted.He insisted that the primary goal of everyone involved right now was to reschedule the games as soon as reasonably possible in order to complete the season.Round 24Watch every Hyundai A-League game LIVE & On-Demand on KAYO. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >“These are unprecedented times,” Johnson said. “This is the unanimous decision of the FFA Board and the Hyundai A-League clubs to postpone the competition.“The decision has been made in consultation with the national working committee for coronavirus.“The FFA will review the postponement in a couple of weeks with a date set for April 22.“The goal at this stage is to reschedule games as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so in order to complete the season. The clubs and players have indicated to FFA that they will be ready to continue should the competition be able to resume.“We need to be responsible citizens, help the community and stop the spread of coronavirus.“The decision involves the wellbeing of everyone. It has been at the forefront of our thinking.“This was all in response to increased state and national requirements including the border restrictions and New Zealand.“Mission complicated became mission impossible.”James Johnson addressed the media in Sydney.Source: AAPIn a further statement released to the media, Johnson added: “Our priority is to ensure the safety of both the football community and the community at large. As each passing day raises additional concerns for the safety of both, it is imperative that we follow the lead of Governments at National and State level and take the necessary precautionary and proactive measures and in doing so play our part in preventing the spread and impact of COVID-19.“To get so close to completing the competition, only to pull up a few weeks short, has been heartbreaking for the players, clubs and fans. That said, the health and safety of our fans, players, volunteers and staff has always been the overriding consideration for us. That is fundamentally what led – with the unanimous support of the State and Territory Member Federations – to the suspension of grassroots football until 14 April 2020. Today’s decision was equally difficult to make but it is borne form the same rationale.“As the largest club-based participation sport with nearly two million participants, we have a clear and obvious duty to play our part in doing whatever we can to support the efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19.MORE A-LEAGUE NEWS:A-LEAGUE PULLS THE PIN ON 2020 SEASON – AFTER ONE LAST HURRAH‘PLAYING WHILE THE TITANIC SINKS’: THE A-LEAGUE’S BIZARRE FINALE STUNNED THE WORLDGOING WITH A BANG: LAST A-LEAGUE MATCH DELIVERS SIZZLING WONDERGOAL“On behalf of FFA Board and each Hyundai A-League Club, we thank the players for their assistance during these extraordinary times. We have done everything in our power to ensure the physical and mental welfare of the players and club staff and this decision means that, like the majority of Australians, they can now return home to be with their families during this difficult time.“We’d like to thank our members, sponsors, volunteers and fans for their continued support during this unprecedented time.”As of Monday evening, it was the only active sport remaining in Australia but has now followed in the footsteps of the AFL and the NRL in shutting down for the foreseeable future.The decision was reportedly made on Monday and despite Perth Glory’s game with Western United being postponed that evening, bizarrely Newcastle Jets were still allowed to host Melbourne City.Jets nail longe range worldie0:51MORE FOOTBALL NEWS:CORONAVIRUS COST EUROPE’S TOP LEAGUES $7.5 BILLION IN THREE WEEKS. HALF OF FRENCH CLUBS COULD GO BROKELIVERPOOL WILL DOMINATE THE REAL TEAM OF THE SEASON. SO WE PICKED IT USING JUST ONE PLAYER PER CLUBThe reason for the delay is likely to be due to the NRL taking the decision at the same time, in a decision which would have completely overshadowed the A-League’s own suspension.The decisions made by South Australia and Queensland to shut their boarders on Sunday and Monday respectively are believed to have been the final straw, with teams no longer able to cross state boundaries without a 14-day isolation period.There had been hopes to avoid suspending the season so near to its completion, with a bold plan for a NSW-only competition and a condensed fixture schedule floated during a meeting with all 11 A-League teams and the players’ union (PFA) on Monday afternoon.The decisive factor in the decision was likely New Zealand’s strict travel restrictions on foreign passengers, which could have seen Wellington Phoenix locked out of their home country for months.The Kiwi club is currently in self-isolation in Sydney, after travelling to Australia following a match against Melbourne Victory on March 15. Victory’s squad is also in self-isolation.



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