Football Federation Australia today confirmed that the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 regular season and the Westfield W-League 2020 Grand Final scheduled for this weekend will go ahead, but with all matches to be played behind closed doors and with no fans permitted to attend.
FFA also confirmed that grassroots football, including all levels of the National Premier Leagues and FFA Cup Preliminary Rounds, may continue to be played at this time in line with Government advice, but with additional measures implemented to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection or transmission through the football community, including recommended hygiene measures and appropriate social distancing at football matches.
In doing so, participants should adhere to FFA’s guidelines which are designed to assist participants to take extra precautions and preventative measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
You can read FFA’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Football here.
FFA Chief Executive Officer James Johnson said that the decisions taken were designed to protect the 1.96 million members of Australia’s football community, as well as ensure that football’s vast community would be a positive force in helping Australians remain healthy and combat the spread of the virus.
“The scale of football means that we have a key role to play in maintaining the health and well-being of Australians, as well as their families and the wider community,” Mr Johnson said.
“We are doing so by allowing people to play, in line with the current Government position but with additional guidance to further improve social distancing at football fields around the country.
“We have been working closely with our stakeholders, Government health officials and our own chief medical officer to develop our policies for the whole of the game following the COVID-19 outbreak. The situation is subject to constant change, and further measures may be necessary in the future.
“The decision to play the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season and the Westfield W-League 2020 Grand Final behind closed doors was made in consultation with the clubs and in accordance with the latest Federal Government advice.
“The health and safety of all members of the football community, including players, coaches, referees, volunteers, administrators and fans continues to be of paramount importance. We will continue to work with the Government and seek advice as the situation changes.”
The National COVID-19 Working Committee will continue to meet and FFA will provide regular updates to the football community as the situation continues to develop.
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