Czech Republic postpones football for a month

The Czech Association of American Football, CAAF, (Česká Asociace Amerického Fotbalu) has shut down football for a month in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

“In connection with today’s Government decision to declare an emergency situation, adult competitions will not start before 25 April. Youth competitions will not start before 1 May.

Furthermore, CAAF cancels or postpones indefinitely all events (camps, training) organized by CAAF, regardless of the number of participants and the venue. The ban also applies to team training. This regulation will enter into force on Friday 13.3.

The CAAF will monitor the situation and will inform about further developments.

Michal Rosíval, Competition Commissioner

The CAAF had been scheduled to kick off the 2020 season on March 29.

On March 15, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš declared a nationwide quarantine beginning on March 16 and lasting until March 24 with some exceptions, affecting nearly 11 million people.

As of March 17, there were 434 people infected with COVID-19 in the country and at least 7,019 people worldwide have died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. More than 173,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

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