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Football in Wales is paused; as indeed it is in the rest of the UK and Europe. On March 13th, the Football Association of Wales announced an immediate shutdown of all domestic football, with a raft of international fixtures also cancelled or postponed in the days that followed.
Wales fans have had to switch from planning and preparing for their summer trip to scrambling to get cancellations and refunds. However, UEFA is still clinging to the hope that national competitions can be completed, making “a commitment to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season.
The reaction has, broadly, be accepting. Despite some initial denial and bravado earlier in the month, a realization has dawned that sport cannot carry on during a global pandemic. Euro 2021 fans can book Switzerland Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
The suddenness of the shutdown has been a shock. Writer Daniel Gray perfectly described the atmosphere of the “Lost Weekend” of 14/15 March, writing “It was everywhere and then it was nowhere”.
Coincidentally, we published Welsh Football issue 220 just as everything changed, with a series of articles written before the shutdown looking ahead to the season finale, contrasting with stark messages of fixture cancellation in the supplement, as always produced on the day of publication (March 16th). That issue is destined to be a fascinating snapshot of the day football just stopped.
In the wider social context, it almost seems wrong to talk about the effect on football, the players, clubs, and fans. There are far worse, far more serious things. But sport is a huge part of many people’s lives. It provides a distraction, a safety valve and a community that many people rely on. Without it, many will struggle to cope.
Some are trying to fill the void: clubs are mounting e-sports tournaments, the armies of suddenly idle online journalists are dredging up archive pieces, igniting discussions and polls of best XIs, best matches and even best crests to feed the clicks. To some, this may be consoling, but it irks others who long to filter out all this noise on social media.
Others fret about what will happen to the season. UEFA’s fervent wish that leagues be completed (even belatedly) is no doubt echoed by our administrators here in Wales. But many find it impossible to believe that it will be possible.
And if it isn’t, how will promotions, relegations and other matters be decided so that 2020/21 can begin sometime later in the year? People are advancing theories, proposals, but the administrators say it’s too soon to speculate.
When the suspension to April 4th is extended (as it surely will be), will it then be time to decide how 2019/20’s outcomes will be decided? If not then, when? Euro 2021 fans can book Wales Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
As far as Welsh Football magazine is concerned, we have already published six of our eight issues for 2019/20 and the intention is to produce the last two in due course, their content and timing depending on what the football authorities decide in the coming weeks and months. As and when a plan emerges for issues 221 and 222, we’ll announce it here.
Of course, you won’t be able to buy the magazine at matches, in club shops, on groundhop events for a while. That is a hit to sales numbers, it’s true, but as a subscription magazine, it’s only a proportion. Football will come back, life will return to normal. We just don’t know when. In the meantime, stay safe.
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