Saturday's season opening English Premier League (EPL) game between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton was postponed, the league confirmed Thursday, following the riots across London earlier this week.
Serious doubts emerged over the fixture because of demands on police resources and continuing tension close to Tottenham's White Hart Lane ground in north London.
Violence in the area Saturday night was the catalyst for the recent troubles across London and in many of England's major cities.
The Metropolitan Police is due to make a decision Thursday evening on whether it will allow the weekend's other opening day EPL fixtures in the capital to proceed. There is optimism that the home games for Queens Park Rangers, its first in the top division since 1996, and Fulham will go ahead.
Soccer bosses are keen to avoid a blanket postponement of games because of the country's civil unrest, with fixtures instead to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Separate decisions will be made by regional police forces about other games after violence in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and West Bromwich in recent days, but the EPL and lower leagues have not received any indications that any other games are under threat.
England's exhibition game with The Netherlands, which was due to take place at Wembley on Wednesday night, was canceled on police advice in midweek, while Ghana's game against Nigeria, which was due to be played just north of London in Watford, was also called off Tuesday.
Several League Cup midweek games also were postponed on police advice.