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Season Start Delayed

From the NWSF Association …..

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’, good hygiene practices, football and indeed all sport has a role to play amongst our members and all involved in the game.

To this end, today Football Federation Australia (FFA) has released an updated Circular (Circular No 20-06), suspending all community football activities (i.e. below A-League and W-League), effective from midnight 17 March, all sanctioned grassroots football activity in Australia will be suspended until 14 April 2020.

For your information, I have attached a copy of Circular No 20-06 and this will be used by FFA on all of its social media platforms. Please make your members aware of this Circular.

What does this mean for our Association, our competitions/leagues and your clubs ?

· Effective immediately, all games, training and other football activities (courses etc) must cease;

· Where possible, unnecessary meetings and other gatherings should either cease or be minimised. It is suggested that you look to alternative forms of meeting (teleconferences) or by utilising other forms of technology (e.g. Skype).

· No competitions/leagues will commence at this stage and the NWSF competitions will be postponed until 14 April 2020.

· Any football activity which takes place during this period is not sanctioned by the Association nor Football NSW 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 working with Football NSW, who is in turn constantly liaising with FFA and relevant government agencies, and everyone is committed to keeping you informed and up to date in these rapidly changing times. The Board will discuss this regularly and keep all clubs informed of developments.

I thank you for your patience, cooperation and assistance, and would respectfully request that you distribute this information through all your teams and club delegates as soon as practically possible.

We will send a separate communication about the SGM and DM scheduled on 1 April

Mark Lockie



T +61 2 9887 2116 | E| W Christie Park, Christie Rd, Macquarie Park, 2113 | PO Box 1308 Macquarie Centre NSW 2113

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