Following the relaxation of the NSW Government’s restrictions last Friday (15 May 2020) relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Football NSW is pleased to provide the football community with a series of ‘Return to Training’ resources.

Whilst these resources, particularly the Return to Training Guidelines, have been developed along the principles stipulated in the Public Health Order and the latest government advice, they have not yet been formally ratified against the NSW Government’s Framework which the sports industry is yet to receive.

As such, these Guidelines are stamped DRAFT.

It is essential that all Associations, Clubs, Teams, Coaches and Players (and Parents) review these Guidelines before returning to training. The Guidelines contain provisions for the number of players and staff per field, types of activities, facility restrictions and safety measures required to safely and properly conduct training.

Feel free to share and disseminate these resources to your clubs and teams, noting it is still in draft format and reinforce that there can be NO training or any football activities yet until the lifting of the temporary suspension, which is hoped to occur this week.

For the avoidance of all doubt, the temporary suspension of football activities remains in New South Wales.

Football NSW’s Return to Training Guidelines will be amended and updated in accordance with any future NSW Government directives.

Football NSW is in ongoing discussions with FFA, Member Associations and NPL clubs, to work through a range of different options with regards to competition schedules and returning to competition as soon as practically possible.

Football NSW remains committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure competitive play can resume when further restrictions are lifted but, at all times, it has the health and safety of its members and the greater community as its number one priority.

On the evening of Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 7.00 pm, Football NSW including representatives of the Technical Department will provide a brief presentation on the Return to Training Guidelines, walk viewers through the various actions that need to be undertaken and provide some coaching tips and information, and some general advice as to how the Guidelines can be practically implemented across the football landscape at all levels.

Association and NPL club representatives will be formally invited to this presentation whilst all other members of the football community can log on and participate via Facebook Live and Football NSW’s YouTube Channel. The presentation will be also recorded for viewing at a later date for those that are unable to watch it live.

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