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Trial Matches

Important COVID-19 Message

The sudden and significant re-emergence of COVID-19 cases across several Australian major cities highlights that the pandemic will continue to have an impact on football in 2021. Capital Football is mindful of the need to take precautions now to avoid any potential detrimental impacts on delivery of a full winter season. Moving forward, Capital Football intends to manage the process of reviewing each trial match request conservatively and on a case by case basis. Key factors to be considered as part of the review include: the location of the match, advice from Government, whether it is or isn’t located adjacent to a Covid affected area and the potential risks the match may present to our football and broader communities. If appropriate, Capital Football will revoke approval for a trial match should the situation change, and present a genuine risk.

Communication has been provided to Capital Football clubs which further outlines Capital Football’s position in relation to processes trial match requests and the responsibilities of clubs should they participate in a trial match.

The Trial Match Request form is to be completed for any trial matches hosted by a Club, either against their own Club, other CF Clubs or other Member Federation Clubs.

Clubs must not arrange trial matches without first submitting this Trial Match Request Form to CF no later than seven (7) business days prior to the requested trial match date.

The match then can only be conducted upon receipt of written approval from CF.


Clubs are responsible for ensuring that the venue they wish to use for the trial match is available and should book the venue once approval has been given by CF.

Matches played at night must be played at venues with match approved lighting. For a full list of these venues, please contact CF prior to submitting the Trial Match Request Form.


Teams that participate in a Trial Match must use the Trial Match Team Sheet and submit to after the completion of the match. This will help CF conduct any tracing if required.

Players or Team Officials with a carryover suspension from 2021 are eligible to participate in Trial Matches. No more than one carried over suspension can be served in Capital Football sanctioned Trial Matches.


For approved trial matches where CF appoint the match officials, all match officials’ fees will be paid by CF directly to the match officials and the club who submitted the trial match request form will be invoiced the match officials’ fees.

Payment for referees at trial matches will be fifty percent (50%) of the normal fee for the highest graded team participating.

Please note that on Saturday 19th February 2022, match officials will be unavailable due to a mandatory pre-season seminar all day.


In the event that the match details change after submitting the Trial Match Request form, please email the Competitions Department.

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