The Football Association have advised that all grassroots football should be postponed due to the coronavirus.

The governing body said this nationwide recommendation follows the Government's announcement on Monday advising people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible.

The grassroots game had continued in certain places in Cumbria last weekend but local games are now set to be shelved.

The FA statement said: "We have issued a further update regarding the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on football in England.

"Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.

"Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.

"We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed."

The Cumberland FA subsequently advised that grassroots football in the area should be suspended, in line with the FA statement, likewise the Westmorland FA.

The statement comes as other leagues announced games would be suspended, including the National League and Northern Premier.