Already, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the season has been cut from two phases to one, leaving eight divisions (five men’s, three women’s) in which teams play each other once – seven games. Target date for launch is 24 October. If that isn’t possible, the truncated programme will start in the New Year.
The League will be relying on guidance from Swim England, who have already cancelled all national events for the rest of 2020, including the National Age Group water polo finals, due at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, in November.
On 15 June, Swim England, following consultation with Sport England and Public Health England, plan to issue guidance to help the aquatics sector prepare for the reopening of pools (which we already know cannot happen before 4 July). This will include water polo-specific advice.