The body of Jason Powrie (20), a father of one, was found at his home in Penwortham at 1-45 p.m.
Paramedics were called, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances into the death.
Nelson’s game with Holker Old Boys in the North-West Counties League First Division on Boxing Day was called off as a mark of respect.
Manager Paul Paynter described the news as a “great shock”. He said: “Paul was very raw but had a good physique and was ready to learn. He had so much potential.
“He had a happy-go-lucky attitude and never seemed to be down-hearted. He did not let anything get him down and always seemed a nice, friendly type of lad who nobody had a bad word to say about.”
A Facebook page to commemorate his life has been set up by his older sisters.
The facts surrounding Jason’s death have been reported to the coroner.