Football for all ages in NSW is set to resume from 1st July 2020 following the NSW Government’s confirmation this morning.
Acting Minister for Sport The Hon. Dr. Geoff Lee announced that senior football players will join youth in being able to commence contact training and matches from 1 July 2020.
Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge welcomed the announcement and thanked the Government for providing the news that will be welcomed by tens of thousands of senior players across the state.
“The Government has done a fantastic job of flattening the curve.
“That has presented them the opportunity to deliver the fantastic news that football players of all ages will be permitted to play matches from 1 July.
“Football provides enormous mental and physical health, wellbeing and social benefits to the community and this news was much needed at this point in time.
“I want to thank all the participants for their patience and to acknowledge the hard working volunteers that continue to support their clubs through these challenging times.”
Football is well placed to return with Football NSW having already developed return to play guidelines.
These will be checked for alignment when the government releases a COVID-19 Safety Plan for sport.
Participants are reminded that until 1 July 2020 the current restrictions remain in effect.
For the avoidance of doubt, no competition matches are permitted to be played (including ‘friendly’ matches as part of a training session).
It is required that all training be conducted in accordance with the Public Health Order available on the NSW Government website.
Football NSW has also previously produced a set of recommendations in the form of Return to Training Guidelines and supplementary resources that are available on the Football NSW website.