Sanctioning during Covid -19
FNSW Return to Training Guidelines (13/6/2020) apply to all football activities.
FNSW Return to Play Guidelines and Covid-19 Safety Plan template (1/7/2020) apply to all football activities to assist clubs comply with the NSW Public Health Orders and recommendations that apply to Community Sport.
Update 20 August 2020
NSW Health has introduced a number of recommendations which apply to community sport.
As from Wednesday 19 August 2020 for a period of 6 weeks the following recommendations apply to community sport in NSW:
- Cease activities that involve the mixing of participants and staff from different regions, for example cease zone, regional or state championships or competitions. (Seek advice from your relevant Association if clarification is required)
- Cease any activities that involved overnight stays
- Cease face-to-face social activities including award ceremonies, end-of-season social gatherings, post-training group activities. At this stage, this does unfortunately include Presentation Days.
- Avoid carpools or bus travel with people from different household groups where possible
- Limit spectators to one parent only where a child requires parental supervision during a sporting activity.
The following also applies:
- Limit of 500 persons at a sport venue. Includes players, officials, team officials, committee, volunteers and spectators.
- Limit the number of spectators attending games for senior football (18 years & over)
- All clubs must have a Covid-19 Safety Plan
- Additional activities should be included in a club’s Safety Plan or alternatively a separate Covid-19 Safety Plan prepared.
- All Football NSW Covid Safe Protocols are to be followed at all times. Refer to the Covid-19 Guidelines and latest updates available on the FNSW Covid-19 Information webpage.
A sanctioned event is an event, tournament, holiday clinic or activity that has been approved in writing by Football NSW.
Has your event been sanctioned? Has your participation in a tournament outside of your own association been sanctioned? Has the tournament you are refereeing at been sanctioned?
Why is sanctioning required?
Sanctioning is required for insurance and risk management purposes. The insurances provided by Football NSW (FNSW) only apply to events and participation sanctioned by FNSW. The FNSW Personal Accident insurance only applies to current registered players, referees, club officials and volunteers while participating in FNSW sanctioned tournaments or events.
What events are already sanctioned?
Normal winter football season official training and competition games are already sanctioned. Competitions, tournaments and events conducted by FNSW are sanctioned.
Winter season club activities automatically sanctioned by FNSW include: club registration days, trials, training matches, club meetings, club committee meetings, working bees, facility maintenance, ground maintenance, canteen operations and end of year presentations held at the club venue (with the exception of events involving amusement rides or jumping castles).
What events require sanctioning by Football NSW?
Events conducted by clubs and associations that require sanctioning by FNSW are:
• Gala days, tournaments, holiday clinics, camps, charity events, festivals
• Pre-season come-and-try days
• School Holiday Camps
• Off-site activities which are not held at club venue
• Off-site Fundraising activities
• Off-site club functions or events
• Bunnings BBQs (or similar)
• Alternative training activities that are not football activities
• Extended or out of season training requests
• Any other event or activity which is not a normal winter football activity.
The Personal Accident insurance and other insurances provided by FNSW only apply to FNSW sanctioned events.
Sanction applications must be received by FNSW at least 14 days prior to the event.
If your event involves players who are not registered in Play Football, refer to the Non-Registered player fees below.
To complete and submit a Sanction Application click here
Non-Registered Player Insurance Fees
To assist FNSW stakeholders in promoting football and engaging with future football participants, FNSW has worked with its insurers to develop a fee structure to enable non-registered football players to participate in the following events when sanctioned by FNSW:
- Development Programs;
- Holiday Clinics; and
These players must be registered on the National Registration platform www.playfootball.com.au
A list of all Non-registered participants must be provided to FNSW upon completion of the event. Please refer to Circular 2020 Non-Registered Player Fees for fee details.
Come and Try Days
These events are a great way to introduce and attract new players to football in the lead up to the season. They can include skills training or ‘game play’ activities. For more information download the Come and Try Days Information Sheet
Team and Player Sanctioning Requirements for other Events
Teams and players MUST obtain approval from their club, association and Football NSW prior to entering any event conducted by another State Football Federation or affiliated organisation outside of their branch, association or Football NSW. Such events include: Kanga Cup, Gold Coast Cup and Mallacoota Cup. Application may also be made to your club, association and FNSW for teams to participate in special tournaments, such as official charity or special event tournaments. Please note that the FNSW public liability insurance cannot apply to tournaments conducted by non-affiliated entities, however the FNSW player injury insurance can apply to players and officials on condition that a Sanction Application has been lodged and their participation has been sanctioned (approved) by the relevant club, association and FNSW.
FNSW does not sanction tournaments or events conducted by non-affiliated organisations.
The Personal Accident insurance provided by FNSW can only apply when a tournament and/or participation in a tournament or event has been sanctioned by FNSW. Other insurances provided by FNSW generally only apply to events and activities conducted by FNSW affiliated clubs and associations and competitions, programs and events conducted by FNSW.
Sanction applications must be received by Football NSW at least 14 days prior to the event. Events should not be entered until sanctioning approval has been received from FNSW. To apply contact your club, association or Football NSW and complete a Sanction Application Form and ensure that all information relating to the tournament has been provided with the application.
If travelling interstate or overseas for any tournament or event a Sanction Application and a Tour Application Form must be completed.
Kanga Cup – Sanction Application Form (Cancelled for 2020)
Inter-Association Trial Matches
INTERSTATE AND OVERSEAS TOUR PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
Teams travelling interstate or overseas to participate in football events must complete the relevant touring permit prior to entering the event and submit their permit application to FNSW a minimum of eight weeks prior to departure.
Referees may not be covered by FNSW insurances when officiating at non-sanctioned events?
Referees are covered by FNSW Personal Accident insurance when officiating in FNSW competitions and tournaments, Winter football competitions conducted by FNSW affiliated associations and FNSW Summer Football competitions. Referees are also covered when participating in official referee branch training, mentoring, referee coaching activities and meetings.
Referees are not automatically covered by FNSW insurances when officiating in non-sanctioned competitions, tournaments or events. Referee Branches should ask for sanctioning confirmation from event organisers or if unsure, contact FNSW for confirmation regarding whether an event is sanctioned.
If a Referee Branch is providing referees to a non-sanctioned competition or tournament, E.g. Johnny Warren Cup, King’s School Tournament, Police Games, Defence Force Cup etc. the Referee Branch must complete a Sanction Application form to apply for ‘participation sanctioning‘ for their Branch to provide referee services to these events.
To apply for referees to be sanctioned for a non-sanctioned event click here