Football Federation Australia has called an end to sanctioned grassroots soccer competitions and associated training for the next four weeks because of the threat of COVID-19.
The decision, which will take effect on Wednesday and run until Tuesday, April 14, has been welcomed by Football Victoria.
Horsham and District Soccer Club was in the midst of pre-season preparations, and was due to play the Stawell Pioneers in a practice match on Sunday.
The Falcons' season in the Ballarat and District Soccer Association is scheduled to start on April 19.
The Stawell Pioneers' draw in the South West Football Association is yet to be released.
FFA's decision follows a statement earlier this week that "grassroots soccer, including all levels of the National Premier Leagues and FFA Cup preliminary rounds, may continue to be played at this time in line with Government advice, but with additional measures implemented to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection or transmission through the football community".
Football Victoria president Kimon Taliadoros said the difficult decision was clearly in the best interests of the Victorian footballing community's safety, health and wellbeing.
"FV has listened to, and wholeheartedly supports, our football family members and wants to allow them time and space to focus on their higher order priorities," Taliadoros said.
"It has become clear that in the current environment, communities are increasingly unable to focus on football activities which is completely understandable.
"Whilst we have some competitions already in season, several extra competitions were due to kick-off across Victoria this weekend. This includes our NPLW (senior women), NPL2 and NPL3 senior men and men's state leagues.
"In addition to the postponement of matches, all football related activities (including training) must also be suspended until 14 April.
"The health and wellbeing of our volunteers, players, officials, families and staff must come first. We are now contacting all of our 355 clubs across the state to update them of this decision."
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