After considered discussion with all State and Territory Member Federations, Football Federation Australia has decided to extend the temporary suspension of grassroots football for a further seven weeks.
The current suspension, which applies to all sanctioned matches and competitions, including National Premier Leagues, FFA Cup, Junior and grassroots football, as well as training and associated football-related activities, will remain in place until 31 May 2020, at which point it will be reassessed.
FFA Chief Executive Officer James Johnson said the decision to lift the suspension will be made in line with Government guidelines and medical advice.
Acknowledging the differing circumstances for each Member Federation, Mr Johnson said that an assessment on whether football could be played earlier in some States and Territories would be made on a case by case basis.
“We recognise that our participants across the country are eager to understand what all of this means for them so we hope that the announcement today can give them some peace of mind and we ask that they remain positive during these difficult times,” Mr Johnson said.
“Football people are resilient, have a strong moral compass and, consequently, I am sure our community will understand this position.
“These are unprecedented times and at this moment, it is very difficult to predict what further measures will be introduced, or for how much longer current measures will be in place.
“As we have done with all our decisions to date, we will remain agile and responsive to the prevailing circumstances and still remain optimistic that our Member Federations, which are already considering what adjusted competitions will look like, will be able to complete the grassroots season this year.
“We will continue to stay in close communications with our Member Federations in the lead up to 31 May 2020, to ensure that the individual circumstances of each state and territory in relation to the status of COVID-19 and the measures or restrictions imposed by individual State and Territory Governments are being considered.”
Capital Football CEO Phil Brown thanked the local football community for their ongoing patience and support.
“During this uncertain time, I want to reassure the football community that the suspension of football activities is a temporary measure and we are hopeful of recommencing football as soon as it is safe to do so,” Mr Brown said,
“Capital Football is working with FFA to ensure the long-term sustainability of our sport. We will continue to monitor developments and provide more information as it becomes available.
“I extend my sincere thanks to the Club committees and volunteers for their efforts, and implore everyone to continue looking out for each other.”
To help the grassroots football community stay active and connected throughout the temporary suspension period, FFA has launched an online Skills Hub. To get involved, click here.