Lockdown ends, community footy returns
Community football in Victoria returns for the coming weekend, with the Victorian Government announcing a range of restrictions will ease across the state, to take effect from 11.59pm on Tuesday 27 July.
Summary of key changes for community football based on the Victorian Government’s updated Table of Restrictions:
- Open for all ages, training and competition. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies
- Limited to minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity (i.e. players, coaches)
- Spectators not allowed (excludes people necessary for events such as teachers, instructors, trainers, coaches, umpires, carers, parents and guardians)
- Travel restrictions lifted
Head of AFL Victoria, Brad Scott, said: “AFL Victoria welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement that lockdown will be lifted, which means community football is back across the state from this weekend, from Auskick through to senior club football.
“With 90 leagues across the state, more than 170,000 registered players, tens of thousands of volunteers, umpires and coaches can now get back to their local clubs and participate, which is fantastic for everyone involved in our game.
“While it is great that football is back, not having spectators allowed does create challenges and we will continue to work closely with the government and health authorities to advocate for what community football needs, while the health and safety of everyone remains a priority.
“We urge Victorians to adhere to the Government’s rules regarding spectators, which will help ensure we can get crowds back at community football soon.
“I would like to thank the Victorian Government for acknowledging and recognising AFL Victoria’s submission on behalf of community football, regarding easing of restrictions.”
AFL Victoria is continuing to work closely with the Victorian Government and will provide leagues and clubs with as much information as possible.
Independent leagues are ultimately responsible for determining the approach they will take regarding how COVID-related interruptions impact their seasons, and will communicate details with their stakeholders.
- Read the latest statement from the Premier of Victoria: click here
- Victorian Government’s updated Table of Restrictions: click here
- Community Football Return to Training and Play protocols: click here
- NAB AFL Auskick Return to Play protocols: click here