The start of the All-Ireland senior football championship has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The GAA have confirmed that due to the current uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Connacht Senior Football Championship meeting between New York and Galway, scheduled to take place in Gaelic Park, New York on 3 May, has been postponed.

The Allianz Leagues and all club activities have already been suspended until 29 March, but it is widely expected that this period of inactivity will now last much longer.

In a statement, the GAA added: "The future for this fixture will be considered at a later date and in the context of the anticipated overall re-drawing of the national fixtures calendar for 2020 as necessitated by the ongoing disruption to the GAA games programme."

RTÉ Sport understands that the Central Competitions Control Committee is drawing up contingency plans for finishing the 2020 inter-county season.

It is believed that the preference would be to conclude the remaining Allianz League fixtures and full Championship programme at later dates but, given the uncertainity over how long it will be before games resume, the scrapping of competitions and re-formatting of group stages such as the All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals (Super 8s) must also be a distinct possibility.

GAA authorities will facilitate a telephone conference call with county board chairpersons on Friday to keep them abreast of developments.