By Michael Lewis Editor

The Long Island Junior Soccer League Thursday cancelled its 2020 travel season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a post on the league website, the LIJSL board of directors said it was a “most difficult decision,” the first of its kind in the league’s 54-year history.

The board said the decision was “clearly surpassed by the sheer unprecedented times and challenges that we all face.”

The league had several roundtables with all LIJSL club presidents, league board discussion, while monitoring and assessing the government’s directives of the pandemic.

It was not stated when play might resume.

“Only when government authorities [federal, state, municipal], and respective governing bodies of our sport, concur upon healthy return to play, within appropriate protocols, will league related competitions and activities resume,” the LIJSL board stated.

The LIJSL board added that it remembered how the league rebounded from 911 tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001 and Super Storm Sandy in 2012.

“As our communities did in both 2001 and 2012, we must trust that we will find the necessary steps to move forward, together … and that it will be our passion both for our children, as well as our beautiful game, that can, once again, be a guiding light,” the post said.

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