The Premier League and EFL have announced that the English domestic leagues will be suspended until April 3 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship will also stop play until the early April date.
The news comes after other top domestic leagues around Europe announced a temporary stoppage.
LaLiga in Spain, Serie A in Italy, Ligue 1 in France and the Dutch Eredivisie are others who have already made steps and suspended play.
The Bundesliga in Germany will continue but games will be played without spectators.
In a statement, the EFL said: “This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.
“The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.
“In addition, Clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.
“Whilst the EFL Board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis.
“A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL Board Meeting next week.
“This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak.”
UEFA stated on Friday that all Champions League and Europa League matches due to take place next week have also been postponed.
Manchester City had been due to welcome Real Madrid to the Etihad Stadium while Chelsea were in Germany for their second leg clash with Bayern Munich.
Premier League clubs have already taken steps to contain the virus, with Arsenal confirming on Thursday that head coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus.
The club closed its training ground and any staff or players who have been in recent contact with Arteta will now self-isolate.
Everton, Leicester and Bournemouth have also made similar moves.