|Dear Club Representatives,
The COVID-19 outbreak has clearly affected us all.
That said, and as I am sure you would all agree and appreciate, we all play our part in minimising its spread so as to bring it under control as soon as practically possible.
Parallel to all government and community announcements about ‘social distancing’ and good hygiene practices, football (and indeed all sports) has a role to play amongst our members and all those involved in the game.
To this end, today our National Governing Body, Football Federation Australia (FFA) has released an updated Circular (Circular No 20-06), suspending all Football Competitions and community football activities (i.e. below A-League and W-League), effective from 12:00am on 18 March 2020 until 14 April 2020.
For your information, a copy of Circular No 20-06 can be found here. This will be used by FFA on all of its social media platforms. I have also attached a copy of FV’s media release here. Please share this information with players, coaches, volunteers etc.
What does this mean for our competitions and your club?
- Effective immediately, all games, training and other football activities must cease;
- Where possible, unnecessary meetings and other gatherings should either cease or be minimised. I suggest that you look to alternative forms of meeting (teleconferences) or by utilising other forms of technology (e.g. Skype).
- All Football and grassroots competitions and leagues will be suspended until 14 April 2020.
- Any football activity which takes place during this period is not sanctioned by Football Victoria and, therefore, the Personal Accident insurance cover that is provided as part of a player’s registration may not apply.
As you would appreciate, we are in regular contact with FFA and relevant government agencies, and we are all committed to keeping you informed and up to date in these rapidly changing times.
I thank you for your patience, cooperation and assistance, and would respectfully request that you distribute this information through to all of your stakeholders as soon as practically possible.
Sincerely yours in football,
CEO, Football Victoria