With large parts of the country still snowbound, The Football League has reiterated its recommended procedures regarding early pitch inspections.
Football League Head of Communications, John Nagle, said: "Given the recent cold spell it is very likely that we'll see a number of games being called off in the coming days. It is therefore important that clubs do everything in their power to prevent supporters making wasted journeys to fixtures that are ultimately postponed."
As a result, in instances where there is any possibility of a fixture being postponed due to bad weather, the home club is expected to:
• provide an early warning to The Football League that the fixture might be in doubt and seek appropriate advice;
• contact the visiting club at least 24 hours prior to kick-off to ascertain their travelling arrangements and to keep these in mind throughout the ensuing lead up period;
• contact the match referee to inform him of the situation and to make him aware that an early inspection might be required. If needed, this inspection should be made prior to the visiting club and their supporters beginning their journey;
• contact The Football League if they believe a very early pitch inspection is a sensible course of action (e.g. Friday for a Saturday match). In such cases The League may arrange for the inspection to be made by a local referee, with the decision made by The League, itself, based on his/her report;
• keep supporters informed of any changes to the status of the match through relevant news channels such as Radio Five Live, talkSPORT, the Press Association and Club websites, SMS services, club mobile sites and The Football League app.
Further to this, The League has again emphasised that whilst the responsibility for the initial action rests with the home team, no club may postpone a match by itself. Such a decision can only be taken by the match referee or The Football League.
The unpredictability of the British weather means that some games may still be called off at late notice or even abandoned after they have begun. However, through the implementation of these procedures it is hoped that such cases can be kept to a minimum.
To keep updated on the very latest situation go to the Weather Watch page.