Gerard Lawlor plans discussions with Irish League clubs, the Irish FA and UEFA in the coming week. The Northern Ireland Football League Chairman is determined to cover all bases.
On Lawlor's agenda will be a numbers game and how many matches can be played in the Danske Bank Premiership this season. He still hopes it is 38 but admits "we are getting very close to the wire".
With three encounters called off due to the weather yesterday, the fixture backlog has increased. Covid-19 has led to postponements in the 2020-2021 campaign but it is Jack Frost who is having the biggest impact now, with some comedians suggesting Glentoran and Larne are already in a race to sign him!
For Lawlor, it is a serious business. He insists the madness, claims, counter claims and fall-outs of last season won't happen this time because NIFL have a curtailment policy in place should the season have to end without all 38 rounds of League games being played.
In basic terms, clubs have to play 22 games each for the campaign to count, for League champions to be declared and the top three to be nominated for Europe.
At least 22 and probably even 33 matches will be played, but reaching 38 is highly questionable at this stage and would be improbable with many more postponements. It doesn't help that various sides have played different numbers of games, with Cliftonville, for example, on 19, while Carrick Rangers and Glenavon have just 14.
Last month, the Irish FA Football Committee agreed to a request from the Amateur League and Boys FA to extend the current campaign to July 3, but with UEFA wanting nominations for Europe by June 1, that extra month is irrelevant unless UEFA move their date, meaning Premiership clubs are in a race against time to finish by the end of May.
There is also the Irish Cup to factor in, which will go ahead one way or another. March 13 was down for that competition but the IFA have handed that date to NIFL to help out with their hectic schedule.
Lawlor said: "At the start of the season, our clubs told us they wanted to play 38 matches. It was always going to be a challenge with Covid. I think we have done brilliantly and every club deserves credit. In a way, I think football has beaten Covid so far, but the weather has come along now and is knocking us out.
"Do we still have availability and the capacity to play 38 matches? Yes, but we are now getting to a very tight, critical period in the calendar that we had set out. The next seven days could be critical.
"The current season was to finish at the end of May. That is down to UEFA deadlines but they could also move. I will speak to clubs, the IFA about where they are with the Irish Cup and UEFA so that we can make decisions on facts and with all the information in front of us.
"We will not have or allow any repeat of what happened last year. If we don't get all the matches played, we have a curtailment policy which we can refer to. At the moment we are not at that point.
"If the football family are all together in this challenge, we can work through this. Within the next 10 days to a fortnight, we will make a decision with where we are going regarding the number of games to be played this season. The decision will be made by the 12 senior clubs and then hopefully ratified by the NIFL Board."
Lawlor added that NIFL will facilitate a competition - likely to be a regional tournament - for Championship and Premier Intermediate League clubs before the season is finished should they want one if the NI Executive allow non-elite sides to play again.