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AUL cut short 2019/20 season as Covid-19 shutdown wreaks havoc on amateur football

Wed, May 20 2020

The AUL have confirmed that they are to curtail the 2019/20 season as a result of the latest FAI announcement on the cessation of football activities.

This confirmation comes shortly after it was revealed that the Limerick and District League was also cut short.

The AUL Executive said this morning: “Due to the FAI announcement last Friday that the earliest that football Games can begin again is the 28th of August with the season being extended to the 11th of October to facilitate any League what wished to fulfil the 2019/20 season. Our new season will commence on the 18th of October.

“Based on the feedback from our Clubs, with many concerns raised about an early uncertain return and the HSE advice on safety measures the Executive Committee of the League have decided to cancel all remaining fixtures for the current season and concentrate on gearing up for the New one.

“Points for the remaining games will be allocated on a pro rate basis using points already won. So, we will have league champions in each Division.

“The decision while disappointing for many, does we hope provide a degree of certainty that will allow Clubs, Players and Referees plan their summers and return to training and games when safe to do so.”

However, the Limerick District League has, as of yesterday, confirmed that the 2019/20 season has been cancelled ‘based on the safety and wellbeing of the clubs and players involved’.

There will be no promotion or relegation, while no champions will be crowned in any division and cup competitions have ended.

The date for the commencement of the 2020/21 season has been set for October 16th

Elsewhere, the Leinster Senior League have said that they are hoping to finish their season as of May 16th, but they will adhere to guidelines set by the FAI Medical Department.