Yesterday evening, Football Federation Australia (FFA) released a statement announcing the extension to the suspension of football activity until 31st May. NSFA will be following this date for our competitions and all football activity.
There will be many questions over the coming months as to the viability of the football season. I would like to assure you the NSFA staff are working diligently in the background to ensure that football can be played this season once we are given the green light from the Government. We are not only preparing for a 2020 season date, but preparing for our Summer Football season and 2021 to ensure that we come out of this situation better than where we left off in terms of organisation, support and service offerings to clubs and our engagement with the community.
The Competitions Department at NSFA are confident of achieving 14 rounds of football, based on the FFA above date of commencement. We will be maximising competitions games during this period and have already began discussions with clubs as to what this may look like. I can also confirm that we are exploring alternative solutions with clubs and local councils to extend the football season and squeeze as many games into the time frame as possibly safe to do so.
Once the season resumes, you will see some changes to our competition formats to ensure our competitions maintain their integrity whilst also abiding by Government guidelines at the time. An expected change is for MiniRoos, with the reduction in our ‘hubs’ on Saturday morning to ensure we respect social distancing and gathering guidelines. This however will not affect the number of matches played.
As in previous communication, we ask our football community to maintain their football registration for season 2020. By retaining your registration, you are helping your club and NSFA staff plan accordingly which is extremely important to be consistent during these times, particularly whilst working alongside external stakeholders.
I can also assure you that pro-rata refunds will be provided should the season be impacted in any way. As you would appreciate, further information is required prior to NSFA and Clubs confirming what this may look like. We are working with FFA, Football NSW, the insurance company and NSFA clubs to fully understand this situation. However, we can confirm that Active Kids vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash. This is in direct guidelines with the T&C’s of the vouchers.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the tremendous work that is being undertaken by our NSFA club volunteers and Board. Like us, they are football players, coaches and family members and have dedicated significant time over the past 6 months in preparing for the season and are now managing an unprecedented crisis. In your communication with your club volunteers, please be patient and appreciative for their work. The NSFA staff thank you.
I would also like to call on our community to support our community. For many years local businesses have supported our local clubs. This may be the local grocer, butcher, tradesman or the like. During this difficult time, if possible, please support our local businesses to ensure that when normality returns our community returns stronger.
Please continue to respect Government guidelines during this time whilst also staying fit, healthy and socially connected with your teammates.
To stay connected with NSFA please see our Facebook page for the latest updates, and XLR8 Player Development for the latest Home skills challenges.
We wish you all the best,
NSFA & Northern Tigers CEO