The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in the suspension of all football activities since early March. Since this time, the priority of Football NSW has been to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the community and to undertake its social responsibility to do everything it can to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is most likely spread through direct close contact with a person while they are infectious (usually face-to-face contact for at least 15 minutes; or being in the same closed space for at least 2 hours). Given that football is played outdoors, the risk of infection through playing sport is minimal, and now with the rate of infection greatly reduced, it is time to cautiously reintroduce football related activity in a staged approach.
The conditions set out in the VSP Return to Training Guidelines Level B are in line with government directions as at 21 May 2020. This document and its conditions will be amended in accordance with any future government directives.
These Guidelines provide for the limited return of football training at Valentine Sports Park (VSP). Training for groups greater than 20 people and playing matches is still not permitted under public health order and is not sanctioned by Football NSW.
To further aid in the fight against COVID-19, Football NSW supports the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app and strongly encourages all members of the football community to get behind this initiative. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App store and Google Play.