Dear Club Representatives
The COVID-19 outbreak has clearly affected us all.
That said, and as I am sure you would all agree and appreciate, we all play our part in minimising its spread so as to bring it under control as soon as practically possible. Parallel to all government and community announcements about ‘social distancing’, good hygiene practices, football and indeed all sport has a role to play amongst our members and all involved in the game.
To this end, today our National Governing Body, Football Federation Australia (FFA) has released an updated Circular (Circular No 20-06), suspending all community football activities (i.e. below A-League and W-League), effective from 12:00am on 18 March 2020, all sanctioned grassroots football activity in Australia will be suspended until 14 April 2020.
For your information, I have attached a copy of Circular No 20-06 and this will be used by FFA on all of its social media platforms. Please make your members aware of this Circular.
What does this mean for our Association, our competitions/leagues and your clubs?
- Effective immediately, all games, training and other football activities must cease;
- Where possible, unnecessary meetings and other gatherings should either cease or be minimised. I suggest that you look to alternative forms of meeting (teleconferences) or by utilising other forms of technology (e.g. Skype).
- No competitions/leagues will commence at this stage, and any that have already started, will be suspended until 14 April 2020.
- Any football activity which takes place during this period is not sanctioned by the Association nor Football NSW and, therefore, the Personal Accident insurance cover that is provided as part of a player’s registration may not apply
As you would appreciate, we are working with our state governing body, Football NSW, who is in turn constantly liaising with FFA and relevant government agencies, and everyone is committed to keeping you informed and up to date in these rapidly changing times.
I thank you for your patience, cooperation and assistance, and would respectfully request that you distribute this information through all your teams and club delegates as soon as practically possible.
I am sure there will be a number of questions and in best practise, please direct these questions to your Club first as we have asked them to gather all of them and send in one email. We will then collate and answer in a FAQ.
As said this is an ever changing landscape and will do our best to ensure your clubs are well informed, we are all in this together and if we continue to be united we will get through this better and stronger. As always we will continue to put our people first and playing second. Thank you for your continued patience and support on this matter and we will update you in due course.