The SANFL has allowed contact training for clubs around the state

Contact at training allowed for football clubs as restrictions being removed.
Contact at training allowed for football clubs as restrictions being removed.

June 9 will be the day football leagues around the state will know if they will have a 2020 season.

The SANFL wants clubs and leagues to delay any announcement around the 2020 season until after the League Presidents/Secretaries get together on Tuesday, June 9.

"At that time, we expect to have further and more detailed information relating to a return to competition for football in South Australia, including when/if spectators may return, plus the provision of food and beverage.

"This will ensure that an informed decision can be made by clubs and leagues," SANFL spokesperson said.

The SANFL have confirmed the protocols to enable football clubs to transition to contact training from Monday, June 1. Stage 3 Contact Training will be held in groups of up to 20.

"We have also added a new stage to our Roadmap - Stage 5, which would allow competitions with spectators if and when that is approved by the State Government and SA Health.

"While we do not have confirmation on a date or what protocols may be required to advance to Stage 5 of the SANFL Roadmap, we are confident that we are moving in a positive direction for this to occur," the spokesperson said.

"The football community in SA is demonstrating strong leadership in the delivery of COVID safe guarding strategies. This has achieved significant trust and respect from State Government and SA Health.

"In that respect, clubs should feel very confident that if they follow the protocols associated with Stage 3 Contact Training, that they will be providing the best possible environment for our players, coaches, support staff, umpires and wider football community."

Additional educational materials and resources are available from sanfl.com.au/returntoplay

As per direction from the State Government, any club that has resumed training and wishes to continue training must complete their COVID Safe Plan before June 1.

This includes continuing operation of their licenced venue where relevant. The SANFL recommends clubs adopt recommendations from Clubs SA to deliver a COVID Safe environment for their licenced venue.

A club that has yet to commence training, or operation of their licenced venue must complete a plan prior to recommencing these activities.

The protocols and strategies provided by the SANFL for clubs, plus the webinar, will enable clubs to meet all obligations detailed in the plan for provision of a COVID Safe environment for training.

Visit https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/create-a-covid-safe-plan for more information.

The SANFL will be hosting a webinar at 6pm on Thursday, May 28 (tonight), to provide further support in delivery of these protocols, including completion of the Government's COVID Safe Plans.

The session will be recorded and available on the website on Friday for those that are unable to attend.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83408546848?pwd=bUx4QWlwdHJVYm5KamxyOG5tTUpsUT09

"As has been highlighted, the circumstances and restrictions surrounding COVID-19 are evolving and improving rapidly. The continued support and efforts of the football community will help us continue the road back," spokesperson said.

The 2020 SANFL Statewide Super League season will start on Saturday, June 27.

The first two rounds of the 14-minor round season will be played at Adelaide Oval, without spectators and under strict protocols within the State Government's COVID-19 Step 2 easing of restrictions roadmap.

A decision on venues for future home and away matches will be determined closer to the season start date.

Rounds one and two will be double-headers played on Saturday and Sunday.

A three-week finals series between the top four will commence on the weekend of October 3-4, with the Grand Final to be held on the weekend of October 17-18.

Further details of the fixture will be released by mid-June.

SANFL Reserves and Under 18s Torrens University Cup competitions also will commence matches from June 27 at SANFL grounds, with the SANFL Statewide Super Women's League resuming its season that weekend.

The Women's League will play the six remaining home and away rounds, with a Grand Final scheduled for the weekend of August 22-23.

This story Football decision on season 2020 on June 9 first appeared on The Times.

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