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All Football Suspended
Posted by: WhosePlayin ()
Date: March 17, 2020 04:25PM

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today advised that, after considered discussion with its nine State and Territory Member Federations and assessment of developments today, sanctioned grassroots football competitions and associated training would be suspended for the next four weeks.

The decision will take effect from 12:00am on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 until Tuesday, 14 April 2020.

The decision comes as the latest in a series of measures being introduced by the FFA to combat the ongoing spread of COVID-19 following the announcement of its COVID-19 Guidelines yesterday and places the concerns, health and wellbeing of the Australian football and wider community as the highest priority.

FFA Chief Executive Officer James Johnson explained that while disappointing, reducing community gatherings would help slow the spread of the virus and that this was the driving factor in the decision.

“Our decision today follows extensive discussions with all of Australia’s nine State and Territory Member Federations, taking into consideration the latest feedback from all levels of the football community,” Johnson said.

“We are also taking into consideration the ongoing response by both the broader international and Australian communities which is evolving almost on an hourly basis now.

“We also recognise that there have been some recent material developments which have changed the landscape significantly, including the decisions made by the Victorian and ACT Governments to declare States of Emergency late yesterday afternoon. Today, more schools, universities and also public sporting facilities have announced that they will be closing so we have had to respond quickly to this.

“It is very regrettable that grassroots football will not proceed for the next month, but as a good and responsible citizen, we recognise that our game of approximately 1.96 million participants has a significant role to play in slowing the spread of the virus.

“More Australians play grassroots football than any other team sport in the country and we have been able to listen to the voice of our community, through the establishment of the National COVID-19 Working Committee and our Guidelines, who have expressed a desire to contribute more to the nation at this time through a unified and Whole of Game response.

“As a game we need to be responsive and agile in how we deal with this situation, and we are working together around the clock to deal with this challenge. We will continue to assess our position regularly to ensure that it is reflective of the most accurate state of affairs and views of the game.

“I would like to acknowledge how Member Federations have worked so constructively with FFA, through the Working Committee and established Guidelines, to arrive at what is right for our players, coaches, officials, their families and the wider community. We are meeting on a daily basis and will continue to do so, taking into account the latest Government medical advice and community sentiment.”

FFA will continue to communicate new developments in the lead-up to 14 April 2020.

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Wonder ()
Date: March 18, 2020 02:18AM

I wonder how many clubs will listen to this

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Council Ranger ()
Date: March 18, 2020 10:44AM

I would expect Council's to switch off lights at all parks to stop training mid-week so I'd say all clubs would be forced to listen.

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: AFL-man ()
Date: March 19, 2020 12:06AM

Looks like AFL Rd 1 is going head.. Yeah mate!

Soccer lads are not up to it.. and it ain't even a contact sports

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Olivia Olsen ()
Date: March 20, 2020 06:59AM

GHFA should compromise..

Let's start the season but ask the fans to say away.

we are prepared to play in an empty paddock - no fans

red card to anyone grappling in the box during corners.

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Becks ()
Date: March 21, 2020 02:43PM

I can understand for a club like Epping Eastwood who have their ritual of sniffing each others butt cracks before games, but for the rest of us this is over the top.

Most of us would consider hygiene as a priority and wouldn't sniff each other, but as per the usual it's the minority that wrecks it.

I wonder if we will be able to extend the season? or will the summer sports take over as per normal?

They should play at a minimum super league and premier league.

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Posh ()
Date: March 21, 2020 02:43PM

Apparently SL has been changed into a 21 match comp?

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: H ()
Date: March 23, 2020 09:59AM

I think the Coronavirus is a little more important than 22 Guys playing what is really just basic Park Football on a Saturday afternoon.

Why should you take priority over Summer Sports ?

Reminder - Park Football - not as important as what you think you are !!

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: HHH ()
Date: March 26, 2020 02:05PM

why should summer sport play and we dont?

we all pay rates don't we?

Plus, as if cricket / lawn bowls/ baseball is more important than football.

if it is, go read another forum

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Halfwait ()
Date: March 29, 2020 08:19PM

What an entitled, half witted f@ckw1t

It is park football. People’s livelihoods and lives are hell of a lot more important than you

Shit timing for football yes, but right now football is insignificant

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Update ()
Date: April 04, 2020 04:24PM

Has anyone had a look at the new calendar? There is 9 rounds, followed by SR1, SR2 etc.
Does anyone know what that means?

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Vulture ()
Date: April 05, 2020 06:04PM

By the looks of it everyone’s each other once, then splits into 2 groups (top 6/bottom 4) and plays those in their group once more.

No semis, top 2 straight into GF.

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: WRR ()
Date: April 07, 2020 11:16AM

Would they still have CoC with a short season.

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Vulture ()
Date: April 07, 2020 05:10PM

WRR Wrote:
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> Would they still have CoC with a short season.

I am hearing not, with most Associations having vastly different end of season dates its not feasible in 2020.

Focus will be on getting as close to a full season as possible for local comps.

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Tom ()
Date: April 11, 2020 11:02PM

Will there still be promotion and relegation?

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Tiger Tim ()
Date: April 30, 2020 04:51PM

Reckon we'll be back in June long weekend as per NWSF calendar?

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: WRR ()
Date: May 01, 2020 11:28AM

I’d love to know who’s playing who.

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Tanner ()
Date: May 04, 2020 04:04PM

i heard it was Normo & West Penno straight into the GF, unlucky the other 8 teams.

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: EAGLE ROCK ()
Date: May 11, 2020 10:01PM

WHEN CAN WE START TRAINING?
WHEN CAN WE RUN THE BEST BBQ IN THE COMP?
WHEN CAN WE SMASH THE WOODIES?
WHEN CAN WE LIFT THE TROPHY?

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: piss take ()
Date: May 13, 2020 01:02PM

When you gronks stop eating batts, then we can all go back to playing football..

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Bats* ()
Date: May 13, 2020 03:22PM

The question I ask why,the eagles?

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Dr Fauchi ()
Date: May 13, 2020 11:17PM

first week of june, i have allowed that..

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Dr Faust ()
Date: May 17, 2020 06:45PM

yes i WILL PERMIT NT TO START ON THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE

[www.ffa.com.au]

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Yannick Carrasco ()
Date: May 19, 2020 01:46PM

.... ..
Clubs will also need to demonstrate how they will comply with the FNSW Guidelines before Councils will provide access to fields.
There is no timeline for a return to competition, but NWSF is now planning for a season start date of 4/5 July, but this will need to be confirmed.

==

ok lads - looks like season's over

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Bats* ()
Date: May 19, 2020 03:03PM

Starting 4-5th July but finishing end of October.

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Yannick Carrasco ()
Date: May 19, 2020 04:41PM

Bats* Wrote:
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> Starting 4-5th July but finishing end of October.


don't cricket start by september?

they shouldnt be allowed to play cricket - since they spit on the ball and polish it with sweat/saliva

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: H ()
Date: May 20, 2020 12:04PM

The Football season will be extended and Cricket will start later so there is compromise from both Organisations.
Spit on the Ball at cricket has nothing on some of you cuddling and kissing after Goals are scored !!
Get over it, there will be room for everyone to enjoy their sport of choice down the track.

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Football is back ()
Date: May 21, 2020 02:49PM

14 week comp starting 4 July! Football is back

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: berejiklian ()
Date: May 21, 2020 03:02PM

Its coming home

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Re: All Football Suspended
Posted by: Yannick Carrasco ()
Date: May 21, 2020 07:38PM

Football is back Wrote:
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> 14 week comp starting 4 July! Football is back


a coupla rainy spells will shorten that to an 8-10 game comp.

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