The rest of the Northern League season has been cancelled after confirmation that Auckland’s restriction on gathering sizes will not be increased for at least 10 days.
With gatherings limited to 10 in Auckland under COVID-19 guidelines, the Lotto NRFL administrators have decided the competition should end with eight rounds of games played.
In a statement today, Northern Regional Football said: “While we are all disappointed at the situation we are faced with, public safety remains the key principle driving our decision-making process around the season.
“NRF would like to thank everyone in the community for your outstanding contribution and dedication as we worked together to try and deliver some form of football and futsal in what have been exceptionally trying circumstances.”
The league and its clubs were aiming to play three more rounds of football if the restrictions under Auckland’s alert level 2.5 had been lifted in time for play to resume on September 19.
But the extension of level 2.5 in Auckland means the competition has run out of time to reschedule matches.