The coronavirus has resulted in the suspension of all Island and Wessex League football following advice from the Football Association.
The Wessex League, which covers Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight, made the following announcement on its website:
“Following a change in Government advice, The F.A. has issued a statement recommending that all grassroots football is suspended for the foreseeable future. In accordance with that advice, the Sydenhams League (Wessex) has postponed upcoming fixtures. The matter will be kept under constant review and we will act in line with advice we receive from The F.A. and the Government.”
This means that all Tuesday night Wessex League games, featuring Cowes Sports, Newport and East Cowes Vics have now been postponed indefinitely.
It’s not just semi-professional football that has been hit. All league games and children’s grassroots football has been suspended.
The Isle of Wight Divisional Football Association wrote on their website:
“In view of the P.M’s announcement on measures to combat the coronavirus crisis, with immediate effect all football in both the Saturday Adult League & the Sunday Youth League is suspended. Clearly whilst we will all be disappointed by this decision, we could not justify continuing to play in view of what has been said. Information as to when we can resume & the way forward for both the league & the cup competitions, will be advised as soon as we are in a position to be able to do so.”
It is as yet unknown as to whether the football season will be suspended or abandoned.
Island Echo will keep its readers informed of any further decisions as to when Island football will resume. We shall continue to provide full coverage of the Wessex League whenever competitive football returns.