The MFA can confirm that the FFA has suspended all football related activity until 14 April 2020.
The suspension commences midnight tonight (18/3/2020) and includes:
- All training, trials and official matches, inclusive of FFA Cup, NPL, SAP, AYL and MFA Competitions;
- All Meetings, events and gatherings; and
- All Education and participation programs.
For the avoidance of doubt, there are no exceptions. All activities scheduled prior to 14 April are not to proceed. Some activities, such as meetings, may be conducted virtually.
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 will not apply.
We all share the same passion for our game and are all equally disappointed by the position we find ourselves. Unfortunately this unprecedented situation requires drastic action.
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.
The FFA, Football NSW and local Associations are engaged in regular dialogue and will continue to update the Football Family as new information comes to hand.
We do not have answers to many questions at this point, however we are developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) guide to assist you all and will have this available shortly.
In the interim, our priority is to develop an enjoyable competition for the Football Family within the timeframes we have available.
Again, the MFA will continue to keep members informed on this continuously evolving issue.
We thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation.
Information on COVID-19 is available at the Office of Sport website . This includes advice and resources for sport and recreation organisations which may be of use.