Keeping you updated on the impact of Coronavirus The WFL Management Committee convened an emergency meeting last night, and have unanimously agreed on the following in the interim. Following the Government’s announcement, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, the Hertfordshire FA and the FA are advising that all grassroots football in Hertfordshire is suspended for the foreseeable future. We don’t think they have any idea what Grassroots teams are up against, if they said grassroots football can resume at the end of April, it would be an impossibility to conclude for numerous reason. In addition you should also be aware that due to the current situation any such activity may not be covered by your insurance. And should there be a major injury the ambulance services could be delayed due to Coronavirus calls.
The WFL at this moment in time, is suspending ALL football for the remainder of March 2020, and will review the situation on a daily basis as things change. due to the number of people attending these events. WFL U10 and U11 Trophy Events and WFL Cup Finals are CANCELLED with immediate effect.
Realistically if we are going to try and salvage the season and conclude divisional league games, games would have to resume on Sunday 5th April 2020 which as things stand, we cannot see happening. We have numerous teams now in the WFL having to self-isolate for the next 14 days. Where they have players, coaches, managers showing symptoms of the Corona virus. These teams will not be in a position to field enough players to play for the next 14 days and as these teams get through this 14 day period, sadly I can see others will go into it, and it will just continue.
We also have clubs who have suspended all their teams from playing until after 5th April 2020 at the earliest, and clubs not playing for the foreseeable future. Teams have their pitches withdrawn in in April. 12th April is a non-playing Sunday and Greek teams are unable to play on the 19th April due to Greek Orthodox Easter.
It may come to it, that over the coming days the WFL will call an SGM with regards to stopping ALL football for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. If the majority want to continue, we would still follow FA guidance and if they are still saying NO grassroots football, it would still be no. An SGM can be conducted by electronic mail, due to the exceptional circumstances, [it is not advisable to have 100 people + in attendance at a meeting]
From an administrative perspective a quorum will monitor and record the votes accordingly. If it comes to this a form will be sent out via club secretaries, giving them 7 days to discuss it with their member teams, complete the form and return it by a given date, and it will be required to be returned via 4 League Officers who you will be notified of. All League standings would be expunged if the decision was made to expel fixtures and end the season. Each Club shall be entitled to 1 vote only. Any Club failing to return the form by the date given shall be fined in accordance with the Fines Tariff. Officers of the Competition and Management Committee members shall be entitled to vote at all SGMs.
Throughout this period, we have followed Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. The FA are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as appropriate.