The FA chairman Greg Clarke has stated the intention to finish the 2019/20 season if possible, but also stressed the danger of losing clubs and leagues as finances collapse.
In his speech at the FA Council meeting regarding the state of play as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take hold, Clarke said: “We are committed to finishing the professional football season as this resolves the issues of promotion and relegation together with title winners on merit. However, we may not be able to finish the season as football is not our priority, human life is, and we will do as the Government directs as the pandemic unfolds.
“Further down the football pyramid, our leagues have requested that the season is curtailed and that decision rests with the FA Council. Football faces economic challenges beyond the wildest imagination of those who run it.
“The pandemic will be followed by its economic consequences and all business sectors will suffer. We face the danger of losing clubs and leagues as finances collapse.
“Many communities could lose the clubs at their heart with little chance of resurrection. In the face of this unprecedented adversity, all the stakeholders within the game from players, fans, clubs, owners and administrators need to step up and share the pain to keep the game alive.”
Clarke went on to add: “It is time for the stakeholders to agree common cause to save our game. Contribute. Football is a team game and now is the time for teamwork.”