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Football Federation Australia CEO James Johnson has confirmed on Monday that the A-League and W-League will continue behind closed doors. 

Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix will however be unable to play games for a fortnight due to Australia’s recent quarantine measures with Phoenix set to play all their remaining games in Australia. 

“The decision to play the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season, and the Westfield W-League 2020 Grand Final behind closed doors was made in consultation with the clubs and in accordance with the latest Federal Government advice,” Johnson said.

“The health and safety of all members of the football community, including players, coaches, referees, volunteers, administrators and fans continues to be of paramount importance. We will continue to work with the Government and seek advice as the situation changes.

“The scale of football means that we have a key role to play in maintaining the health and well-being of Australians, as well as their families and the wider community. We are doing so by allowing people to play, in line with the current Government position but with additional guidance to further improve social distancing at football fields around the country.”

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