Growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus have had a huge impact on football, with the majority of competitions around the world now in lockdown.

Euro 2020 has been amongst the biggest casualties, with UEFA announcing that it will delay the tournament until the summer of 2021.

England are the favourites with the majority of football betting sites to win Euro 2020, but their bid to lift the trophy has been placed on hold for 12 months.

Read on as we take assess the impact coronavirus has had on football and look at when the action may get underway once again.

UEFA reschedule Euro 2020

UEFA took a huge step to try and alleviate some of the pressure on the football calendar by postponing the 2020 European Championships” for a year.

The event was due to be played this summer across 12 different countries, but it has now been provisionally pencilled in for June 11 to July 11, 2021.

The decision theoretically allows domestic leagues more time to get their fixtures completed, although whether that will be possible is another matter.

It will also have an impact on the 2021 schedule, with both the Nations League and European U21 Championships due to take place next summer.

Champions League and Europa League suspended

Europe’s top two knockout competitions have been put on hold due to coronavirus, although UEFA has said it is confident both will be completed.

The finals for both the Champions League and Europa League have been pushed back to the end of June, giving more time for clubs to play their fixtures.

However, with domestic leagues and cups also in the mix, UEFA faces a tough task to get both competitions completed in that time frame.

Football bosses have insisted that ‘sporting integrity’ is a big factor in the decisions they are making, but their aims may well be unrealistic given the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.

English leagues on lockdown

The Premier League, EFL and FA have collectively agreed to suspend professional football in England until at least April 30.

Each organisation has confirmed that they are committed to completing the 2019/20 season and will extend deadlines in their rules in order to achieve this.

The EFL has confirmed it would provide a £50 million relief fund to help clubs suffering financial difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It has also set up a special task force who will be tasked with reviewing the threat posed by coronavirus and its potential impact on the competition.

National League suspends all fixtures

The coronavirus crisis could have a huge impact further down the scale, with many clubs reliant on match day income to keep themselves afloat.

However, the National League has put health and wellbeing ahead of financial considerations by suspending fixtures until April 3.

Many popular betting sites from the UK make Barrow odds-on favourites to win promotion to League 2, but it remains to be seen whether they will get the chance to achieve the feat.

Health experts are predicting the coronavirus crisis could be a long-term issue, potentially meaning the current season will end up being declared null and void.

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