Season Update: COVID-19 and FAQs

Season Update: COVID-19 and FAQs

Dear NSFA Members,

I would like to thank you for the patience, understanding and support you have shown during this difficult period.

NSFA did not take the decision to postpone the beginning of the season lightly, however we believe it is in the best interests of the greater community that we play our part in slowing down the spread of the COVID19 virus.

I encourage you to follow government advice over the coming weeks. It is essential to look after yourself and those closest around you by staying hygienic, minimising contact with non-essential persons and taking the correct course of action should you experience any symptoms.

We are currently working towards a 1st May 2020 start date for the season with our Competitions Department in the process of creating fixtures and reviewing competition structures to ensure a balanced and enjoyable season. I encourage you to remain registered for the 2020 season until more information becomes available and we have a better understanding of our season length and structure. We will release further information on this over the coming weeks.

If you have any questions regarding NSFA’s response, please feel free to contact me on (02) 9449 4933.

All the best,

Edward Ferguson – NSFA CEO

Posted 20/3/2020.

More info on COVID-19

For further information regarding self-isolation and testing, refer to the NSW Health website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I continue to play? 

All NSFA football activities have been postponed until 1st May. This includes: 

  • Preseason trial matches
  • NSFA Competition matches 
  • FFA Cup & State Cup involvement 
  • NSFA club training (both pre-season and winter season) 
  • Football events or gatherings (team meetings etc..) 
  • NSFA football programs, including XLR8 Player Development Programs
  • NSFA Coach Education courses and workshops 

Can I continue to train within my team environment using a club booking? 


Am I insured if a group of us play/train/have a kick around?  

No. All NSFA football activity will not be sanctioned and therefore members that take part in this type of activity do so without the support of the FNSW insurers. 

Can I take part in ‘external’ academy training / one-on-one sessions? 

Players taking part in this type of activity do so at their own risk and under the insurance of the private contractor they are engaged with. 

What does this mean for our competitions structure? 

The NSFA Competitions Department are currently working on different models for each division based on different commencement dates of the winter football season. These models will be released via the website to update all participants as to how their season may be structured based on the date play is approved to commence. 

Will we still have semifinals / grand finals? 

This will be dependent on the competitions structure and will be published alongside the different models referred to above. 

What happens to my registration fees?  

At this point in time NSFA cannot comment on the impact the postponement will have on registration fees. The NSFA Board is monitoring the situation closely and will release further information regarding the likely season commencement date, if different to 1st May 2020, and the implications this will have on player registration fees. 

NSFA are currently in discussion with Football NSW and FFA in relation to registration refunds. More information will be provided in due course.  

What happens to the Active Kids voucher that was used to pay registration? 

We are currently in discussion with Football NSW and will provide updates as they are released. 

Does this include the Association representative teams? 

The NSFA postponement to all football activity applies to all NSFA registered members, including the Northern Tigers Development Squad players. 

I have registered for a Coach Education Course / Workshop, will they be rescheduled?  

We will endeavour to re-schedule Coach Education events once the season has officially commenced. All registered participants will be sent further communication regarding the newly proposed dates.  

March 17th Announcement

Dear NSFA Members,

The NSFA Board met last night to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

We acknowledge the ‘Play Football registrations alert on COVID19’ distributed by FFA yesterday, however the Board has unanimously decided, in line with other community sporting groups on the North Shore, to postpone all football activities, including training until Friday 1st May, 2020, with immediate effect.

This postponement includes Easter, Anzac and school holiday periods.

The decision will allow for six weeks of planning to deliver a modified season, which at this stage will commence at the beginning of May.

The Board will monitor the evolving situation and meet at least weekly, to consider the implications.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guide has been published below (4:05pm 17/03).


Edward Ferguson


Posted at 9:55am, 17/03/20. Last updated 4:05pm 17/03/20.

What does this mean?

All football activities are to be postponed until further notice. This includes:

  • Preseason trial matches
  • NSFA Competition matches
  • FFA Cup & State Cup involvement
  • NSFA club training
  • Football events or gatherings (team meetings etc..)
  • NSFA football programs, including XLR8 Player Development Programs
  • NSFA Coach Education courses and workshops
  • Development squads for Northern Tigers

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