SPFL Leagues 1 and 2, the Highland League, and all of the lower division football will remain on hiatus for at least the next month.
Rothes and Buckie Thistle in action before football was suspended. Image: Daniel Forsyth ..
The Scottish Association has announced that the Scottish government will not set a return flight date in February and will continue to suspend all games below the championship level.
Hopes have been raised that club training could resume next week, with games resuming in early March once players recovered their lost fitness levels.
But while Premiership and Championship football continues and Covid-19 is tested at all games, every other level in the country will have to wait for the next update on March 1st.
An SFA spokesman said: “Over the past few weeks the Scottish Federation has been looking closely at clubs and leagues affected by the suspension of professional football in both men’s and women’s play to discuss tailor-made return to fixture lists for implementation when this is deemed safe and appropriate. ” Curriculum vitae.
“We have continued to have a regular dialogue with the Scottish Government to ensure that they support and ultimately approve these proposed plans.
“Regrettably, the government confirmed today that, given the restrictions currently in place across the country, it cannot commit to returning data for the affected leagues in the coming weeks.”
Scottish football was suspended at midnight on January 12, with the exception of games in the top two leagues.
Elgin City have only played nine of their planned 27 League 2 games, the last being on December 19.
The city’s last competition took place on Boxing Day in the Scottish Cup, which is also closed as 45 clubs are still involved in the draw for the third round.
The Highland League games were last played on January 10, but no club has played more than three games in a 15-game season.
A best-case scenario would be the resumption of games in mid-March, when the clubs are approved to restart training plans on March 1st after the review.
“We will continue to speak to all parties in the meantime and provide another update by March 1st,” said the SCottish FA statement.
“This date should not be seen as a suggested restart date, but it should help to provide clarity to the clubs concerned in order to support their planning in the short term.”
“While this is disappointing news, Scottish football will continue to do its part in support of the Scottish Government’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across the country.”
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