National premiership playoffs pushed back

Mario Barcia of Team Wellington controls the ball under pressure from Callum McCowatt and...
The national football premiership playoffs will be played a week later. Photo: Getty Images
New Zealand Football has pushed back the men's Premiership playoffs by a week because of Auckland's change of Covid alert level.

The semifinals, scheduled for this weekend will now be played on the 13th and 14th of March with the final on Sunday March 21st.

Sunday's postponed league game between Hawke's Bay United and Eastern Suburbs AFC will now be played midweek next week.

In Auckland's alert level 3 restrictions are extended and that game can't be played, it will be deemed a draw, ending eastern Suburbs chances of making the top four.

The top four teams at the moment are Auckland City FC, Team Wellington, Hamilton Wanderers and Waitakere United.

If the alert level 3 restrictions in the Auckland region are further extended, impacting on the Semi-Finals, the competition will proceed to a straight Final between the top two clubs, Auckland City FC and Team Wellington.

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