The English Football League is to suspend all fixtures until 4 April, Sky News understands.
It comes as Premier League chiefs meet to discuss the top division's response to the coronavirus outbreak, as Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi were diagnosed with COVID-19.
Three Leicester City players are also being tested for COVID-19, while Everton announced on Thursday that the squad was in self-isolation after a player reported symptoms consistent with the virus.
Meanwhile, European football's governing body UEFA has announced that all Champions League and Europa League matches scheduled for next week have been postponed.
Other top-flight leagues in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and Ireland suspended matches earlier this week as the outbreak spreads across Europe.
Advertisement English football had been told to carry on as normal by the government which said the risk of catching COVID-19 in a stadium was low.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a number of sports tournaments and competitions put on hold around the world, including the NBA basketball season and all of the US PGA's scheduled golf tournaments for the next three weeks.
It seems our under 23s had a friendly against Brentford B during the week - though it got zero coverage on the offish. It finished 3-3 - with goals from us coming direct from a free kick - and a penalty! What sorcery is this. I believe the scorer of both was a trialist - sign him up! You can the goals here
In a bit of light relief from our troubles, there could be a tasty game elsewhere on Saturday. On the face of it Fleetwood v Southend doesn't sound like much - but of course Fleetwood are managed by Joey Barton assisted by Clint Hill; and Southend by 'Bondy' Bond - with apparently Harry Redknapp acting as 'adviser' (sounds like Houston/Rioch to me!) The winner get to manage us??? (Joke!)
Shaun Harvey will leave his role as chief executive of the English Football League at the end of the season.
Harvey, 48, took over as CEO in 2013 and has been involved in football for 25 consecutive years.
Harvey said he was proud of what he has achieved "in what have not always been easy circumstances".
"I am happy to remain as CEO until after the play-offs, to conclude a number of outstanding matters that we are currently dealing with," he added.
"The time is right for the EFL to move in a different direction having concluded a number of commercial contracts that leave the League in a stable position."
Debbie Jevans, interim chair of the EFL said: "The EFL would like to thank Shaun for all he has delivered. The EFL is in a strong position with a growing fan base throughout the world and Shaun deserves a lot of credit for this."
I've noticed that Ryan Manning hasn't played for Rotherham since we played them. I know he couldn't play against us, but seems strange he hasn't played since, as he was doing very well for them. I wonder if he, and Rotherham, have been told he's coming back to us next month so they are making do without him?