PNG Football Association and the Women National Soccer League have suspended the 2020-2021 season of the WNSL final indefinitely.
The suspension is in line with the new measures issued by the Office of the National Pandemic Controller, David Manning, recently banning sporting gatherings or events involving more than four persons.
PNGFA in a statement said they prioritise the health and safety of their players, officials and spectators and therefore have made the decision to immediately suspend all prior approvals to its affiliates to run soccer games and gatherings pursuant to approved COVID-19 protocols.
PNGFA Competition Director, Paul Isorua, said the decision is in compliance of the Pandemic Act Control Measures No 9 Business and Social Measures (Point 2) and (Point 7).
He said, Point 2 calls for – An immediate ban on gathering of over 10 people and Point 7 stated, No club, recreational and porting matches shall be allowed to be played, except for recreational sporting games of no more than four persons.
Noting that team sports such as football matches and training sessions are not allowed.
“We also acknowledge our responsibility to the wider community to keep everyone safe. Every affiliate is advised to immediately suspend all games, training and other gatherings until further notice. This decision will remain in effect until further advised,” he said.
Isorua urges everyone to be vigilant and adhere to strict protocols during this period which includes washing hands regularly, wearing your masks and practice social distancing.