The Donegal Junior League have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020/21 season.
The League had hoped to get the season up-and-running last October but that wasn’t possible due to restrictions in the country at the time.
The Executive Committee decided to postpone matters until January but the case figures were still much too high then.
It had become clear over the last few months that the season was in jeopardy although the Donegal League were exploring the idea of playing a cup competition if it was feasible.
However, it looks like it will be June or July before junior football will be able to return.
The Donegal League have decided that it is best to work towards the 2021/22 season which they hope will be able to get underway in August as normal.
In a statement, the Donegal Junior League said: “The Executive Committee of the Donegal Junior League met earlier this evening via ZOOM. The meeting was to evaluate the ongoing restrictions due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“Many avenues and scenarios were explored as to how the remainder of the window to have a season/competition might develop. With everyone in agreement and taking everything into consideration the decision, while regretted, was taken to abandon any thoughts of starting the 2020/2021 Season.
“Instead clubs will now be given an opportunity, and plenty of time, to prepare for the 2021/2022 Season which it is envisaged will commence along the lines of the normal season in previous years.
“Clubs have been informed via email of this decision and they will also be notified of several meetings that are being planned for the months ahead including the AGM which is provisionally pencilled in for May.
“This was not an easy decision to take but we waited as long as what would be considered as practical and a call needed to be made. So please stay safe everyone and we look forward to a bumper new season ahead which will be kicked-off with our 50th Anniversary celebrations.”