We have put together a list of festive football matches postponed due to the rise in Covid cases at various clubs in December.
Clubs have been reporting more positive tests and in some cases that is now having a impact on the amount of players available to take to the field on a matchday.
The Premier League, EFL and non league are expected to play on when and if possible rather than wiping out rounds of fixtures when games still can be played.
Leeds v Aston Villa – Tuesday December 28
Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Tuesday December 28
Everton v Newcastle United – Thursday December 30
Swansea City v Luton Town – Wednesday December 29
West Brom v Preston – Thursday December 30
Birmingham City v Peterborough United – Wednesday December 29
Reading v Fulham – Wednesday December 29
Sheffield United v Hull City – Wednesday December 29
Coventry City v Luton Town – Saturday January 2
Swansea City v Fulham – Monday January 3
Charlton v Gillingham – Wednesday December 29
Burton Albion v Bolton Wanderers – Wednesday December 29
Milton Keynes Dons v Cheltenham Town – Wednesday December 29
Cambridge United v Doncaster Rovers – Thursday December 30
Wigan Athletic v Fleetwood Town – Wednesday December 29
Plymouth Argyle v Portsmouth – Wednesday December 29
Rotherham United v Lincoln City – Wednesday December 29
Ipswich Town v Lincoln City – Saturday January 1
Plymouth Argyle v AFC Wimbledon – Saturday January 1
Sunderland v Fleetwood Town – Sunday January 2
Forest Green v Exeter City – Wednesday December 29
Leyton Orient v Newport County – Wednesday December 29
Walsall v Bradford City – Wednesday December 29
Salford City v Carlisle United – Wednesday December 29
Scunthorpe United v Northampton Town – Wednesday December 29
Harrogate Town v Mansfield Town – Wednesday December 29
Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers – Wednesday December 29
Hartlepool United v Tranmere Rovers – Wednesday December 29
Sutton United v Colchester United – Wednesday December 29
Rochdale v Port Vale – Wednesday December 29
Salford City v Tranmere Rovers – Saturday January 1
Rochdale v Mansfield Town – Saturday January 1
Boreham Wood v Wealdstone – Tuesday December 28
Grimsby Town v King’s Lynn Town – Tuesday December 28
Yeovil Town v Weymouth – Tuesday December 28
Southend United v Barnet – Tuesday December 28
Hereford v Gloucester City – Tuesday December 28
Kettering Town v Kidderminster Harriers – Tuesday December 28
Dulwich Hamlet v Dorking Wanderers – Tuesday December 28
Eastbourne Borough v Tonbridge Angels – Tuesday December 28
St Albans City v Oxford City – Tuesday December 28
PREMIER LEAGUE STATEMENT:
While recognising COVID-19 challenges, League’s collective intention is to continue current fixture schedule where safely possible
It was confirmed at a Premier League club meeting today that while recognising a number of clubs are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and challenges, it is the League’s collective intention to continue the current fixture schedule where safely possible.
The health and wellbeing of all concerned remains our priority and the League will continue to monitor and reflect public health guidance, always proceeding with caution.
A range of issues were discussed at this afternoon’s meeting, including the adaption of the Premier League COVID-19 postponement process in response to the impact of the Omicron variant.
The League also confirmed to its clubs today that 92 per cent of players and club staff have received one, two or three COVID-19 vaccination doses, with 84 per cent of players on the vaccination journey.
Players who have had one or two doses are required to wait for the appropriate time period before receiving either their second or booster vaccinations.
The League continues to work with clubs to encourage vaccination among players and club staff, as well as promoting the Government’s public-health vaccination messaging to clubs and the wider public.
No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League, and player vaccination rates will now be publicly communicated at the end of each month, beginning in January.
The EFL can confirm that its programme of games in the League, Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy will continue with fixtures to be played where it is safe to do so, and the set squad criteria can be fulfilled by Clubs.
While the League acknowledges there will likely be future postponements to navigate where Covid-19 cases are identified, there is optimism that disruption can be minimised following implementation of RED protocols, a daily testing regime and ongoing vaccination rollout.
Commenting, EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch said:
“Throughout the pandemic, our two priorities have been ensuring the welfare of those involved in EFL competitions and ensuring the fixture schedule can continue where it is safe to do so.
“We will continue to work with clubs, authorities and other agencies to monitor the Covid-19 case rate and be prepared to respond accordingly, yet for now the view remains that we can continue to deliver games safely where clubs have sufficient healthy personnel in place, on and off the pitch.
“With club mitigation measures, the mass adoption of booster jabs and Covid certification now required for larger crowds, we are sure many fans will continue to feel confident in attending matches over the Christmas period and we look forward to welcoming them.”