Concacaf announced Thursday that Concacaf Champions League play was suspended over the coronavirus pandemic, putting the stop into effect immediately.
In announcing its decision, Concacaf cited developments that took place over Wednesday, including various policies put into effect by public health officials and elected leaders in countries, states, and local governments to try to prevent the spread or coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
“Given the developments last night, including new guidance issued by countries, cities and states, we have made the decision to suspend the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League with immediate effect,” read a press statement issued by Concacaf.
“We are continuing to discuss arrangements for other upcoming Concacaf competitions and will make a further public statement in due course.”
Thursday was also when several professional soccer leagues in the United States announced suspensions or delays to their regular season in response to the coronavirus crisis. MLS has stopped play for 30 days, with Division II USL Championship revealing that it would suspend its season for at least 30 days. Division III USL League One play, which was to begin in late March, has been delayed for at least two weeks while all preseason activities have been suspended. U.S. Soccer also cancelled upcoming men’s and women’s matches over March and April.