Matildas match called off, FIFA urges international cancellations

Football Federation Australia (FFA) on Saturday confirmed that the international friendly between the Matildas and world No.8 Canada, scheduled for April 14 in Vancouver, BC, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

FFA and Canada Soccer have been in regular discussions regarding the fixture, and in light of developments in both Australia and Canada over the past days, the decision has been made to cancel the game.

The Matildas have suffered another interruption to their Olympics preparation.Credit:AAP

It's another blow for Ante Milicic's Tokyo Olympics preparations after the match against the reigning and four-time world champions USA on April 10 in Sandy, Utah was scrapped earlier this week.

Meanwhile, FIFA has recommended that all international matches scheduled to be played in March and April be postponed because of the coronavirus, and said that clubs would not be obliged to release players for any games that go ahead.

The South American and Asian World Cup qualifiers which were due to be played have already been postponed.

However, European body UEFA has not yet called off the Euro 2020 play-off matches, which involve a total of 16 teams.

Several of the teams involved in those games have already asked for postponements and the matches would not be viable without club co-operation.

UEFA will stage a meeting on Tuesday where a decision is likely to be taken.

FIFA said it would study the possibilities for re-scheduling with the continental confederations, players and clubs.

It said that "appropriate solutions will be found to allow the matches to take place in due course and with minimal disruption" provided there was goodwill and flexibility on all sides.

AAP

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