Football Federation Australia (FFA) confirmed its full support for the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app, and announced it has produced Guidelines in readiness for a return to community football.
The app has been launched by the Government as part of its plan to slow the spread of COVID-19, and it will help state and territory health officials to quickly alert people who may be at risk of having contact with the virus.
FFA Chief Executive James Johnson said the Australian football community had really come together during the COVID-19 pandemic, adhering to social distancing and travel restrictions, and he urged it to get behind the government’s latest initiative.
“The COVIDSafe app is an important step in the Government’s plans to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians,” he said.
“The health and wellbeing of all 2 million football participants in this country is of paramount importance to us, we firmly believe in the importance of this community health message, and you can play a major role in this initiative.
“The sooner we can stop the spread of COVID-19, the sooner restrictions will be lifted, so we can get football back up and running across Australia.
“FFA continues to liaise with governments and medical experts to pave the way for the return of community football. We have produced a set of Guidelines, including protocols and measures to be put in place to ensure a safe and responsible resumption of the game.
“The Guidelines are being reviewed by senior health officials and will be used by our nine Member Federations to guide a return to football, taking into account the relevant regulations and health advice in each state and territory.
“Community football is currently suspended until at least 31 May, and we will be providing a further update in due course.”
FFA is proud to work with the Australian Government, and will promote the use of the COVIDSafe app through its social channels.
The COVIDSafe app is available to download via the Apple App store or Google Play.