Football

2021 Inter Services Football Championships Cancelled

The annual football tournaments are the latest events to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 Inter Services Football Championships have been cancelled.

All tournaments, including the women's, men's, U23s and veterans', have been called off after a decision by the Navy, Army and RAF football associations.

In 2020, the men’s championship was called off midway through the tournament after the Army beat the RAF in the opening game.

The women’s championship was also cancelled after the first game.

There has been no official announcement regarding the 2021 Kentish Cup - a competition between British, French and Dutch forces.

In a joint statement, all three service football associations said they are now turning their attention to the 2021/22 season.

The 2020 Women's tournament was cancelled after the RAF's win over the Army at RAF Cosford.

The statement said: "The Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force Football Associations, along with UK Armed Forces Football, have collectively and unanimously agreed to cancel the 2021 Inter-Services Football competitions.

"Throughout, the primary concern of all three associations and UKAFF is the health and wellbeing of players, coaches and officials as well as the recognition that many of our personnel play a vital role supporting defence in the national effort against the virus.

"It is our intention to focus on season 21/22 and deliver the Inter Service competitions in 2022."