A sports weekend on these shores is rarely complete without football being the center of people’s attention, but this time the national sport is conspicuous by its absence.
While golf, cricket and rugby will still be played, including the England cricket team in the third test against South Africa, not a single football match will take place in the men’s, women’s, grassroots or junior leagues.
The late and last minute decision to postpone games has taken its toll on local businesses and the casual workforce around games.
However, Premier League clubs have donated food earmarked for this weekend to local food banks and other community initiatives.
Here’s everything you need to know about why there’s no action this weekend.
Why is there no soccer this weekend?
Although the DCMS said there was no obligation to do so, the Premier League, English Football League, FA and WSL – as well as their Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland counterparts – have all opted to host football matches this weekend as a mark of respect after the closure postpone death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Given that other sports have decided to carry on and pay their own tributes to the late queen in packed stadiums and arenas, it’s not a choice that’s universally well received.
The Football Supporters’ Association lamented the loss of the opportunity for football fans to show respect in the same way, and there is also confusion and anger that grassroots and youth games are also subject to the same cancellations.
The rearranged games are unlikely to be played before the New Year due to the busy schedule and the World Cup.
Tuesday and Wednesday will see the top sides in the Champions League, while Thursday sees the Europa League and Europa Conference League, which also feature British teams. A total of five British clubs will play at home in these encounters.
While there is always the possibility of late entries, no changes to the current schedule of these competitions have been communicated.
In the meantime, The Independent expects a full round of midweek EFL games – covering the Championship and leagues one and two – to go ahead barring case-by-case schedule changes due to policing and resources.
What happens next weekend before the funeral?
There is still no confirmed date for the royal funeral, which could potentially impact other sporting and social events.
Football bodies, the UK Government and other organizations continue to discuss next weekend.
However, for now, every football game in the Premier League and beyond is scheduled to take place over the weekend as planned, starting with two games on Friday night (Aston Villa v Southampton and Nottingham Forest v Fulham), followed by three on Saturday and four on Sunday. The exception is Brighton’s home game against Crystal Palace, which had already been postponed due to the train strike.
More updates will be shared The Independentsports pages of , if confirmed by the league authorities.
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