COVID-19 and football in Victoria
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Last updated: Thursday, September 16, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: This document is a guide surrounding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on football. Any specific medical advice surrounding COVID-19 should be sought from official Government Health sources such as the Victorian Government’s official COVID-19 website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Return To Train - Regional Victoria (Excluding City of Ballarat)

What football activity is permitted in Victoria?

The lockdown continues across Greater Melbourne and, for 1 week (from September 15), the City of Ballarat is also in lockdown.

This means that no Football or Futsal activity can currently be undertaken across Greater Melbourne and the City of Ballarat.

A return to training is permitted in Regional Victoria, with the exception of the City of Ballarat. Strict restrictions and protocols apply and are outlined in the Return to Training Conditions. 

Are COVID Check-In Marshals required at training?

Yes, a COVID Check-In Marshal is required for all training sessions.

Can we catch up pre or post training to socialise?

No. The requirement is to Get in, train and get out.

Is indoor football/Futsal permitted?

No. Indoor football/Futsal is not permitted.

How many people (in addition to players) can attend training?

The minimum number of people to safely deliver training.

Are changerooms open?

No. Use of changerooms is not permitted. The exception is access to toilets.

 

Are spectators permitted?

 No, spectators are not permitted other than for parental supervision (1 per minor) and to support people for players with additional needs.

 

Where can I find translated information about COVID-19?

DHHS provides up-to-date information on COVID-19 in multiple languages: Click here for more information.

What are the Victorian Government requirements for Clubs, Associations and Providers?

Please refer to recent updates on our website and the Return To Play/Train Conditions for the latest requirements.

Does the National Insurance Program Personal Accident insurance policy provide coverage if you catch COVID-19?

No. COVID-19 is not a bodily injury as defined under the policy. In the same way the policy would not previously cover people if they caught the flu.

What might happen if clubs or players breach the Return to Training Conditions or Return to Play Conditions?

Clubs and players will not be covered by insurance policies and, depending on the circumstances, FV may enforce sanctions under the Grievance,  Disciplinary and Tribunal Bylaw.

Breaches of current State Government restrictions may also attract on the spot fines from police as well as substantial fines under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2018.

Who is responsible for cleaning of facilities?

Clubs will need to make arrangements with the venue owner (generally your Council)  regarding any change to cleaning schedules as a result of the Return to Play Conditions, noting that this may be covered under the terms of your lease.

We would reiterate that FV’s conditions implement the rules announced by the Victorian Government for the purposes of football.

For further information on the latest infection prevention control, please visit DHHS’s webpage.

Season Cancellation FAQ

Which competitions have been cancelled?

The current status of Regional Victorian competitions is as below:

Geelong Region

Season cancelled 

Ballarat & District Soccer Association

Season cancelled

Bendigo Amateur Soccer League

Season cancelled 

Albury Wodonga Football Association

Season cancelled

South West Victoria Football Association

Season cancelled

Gippsland Soccer League

Season cancelled 

Latrobe Valley Soccer League

Season cancelled 

Swan Hill Soccer League

Season cancelled 

Moama Echuca Soccer Association

Intention to conclude season if possible

Shepparton Junior Soccer Association

Home and Away Season cancelled, Finals to take place if deemed possible

Football Federation Sunraysia

Home and Away Season cancelled, Finals to take place if deemed possible

Cobram Junior Soccer Association

Season completed

 

In Metropolitan Melbourne, the following competitions are cancelled:

  • NPL Womens (NPLW including Senior & U19)
  • Victorian Premier League Womens
  • Womens State League
  • NPL Junior Girls
  • NPL Junior Boys
  • NPL Mens (NPL NPL2, NPL3, including Senior, U21 and U19)
  • Mens State League
  • Mens Metropolitan & Masters
  • Metropolitan Community Juniors (U12-U21)
  • Metropolitan MiniRoos (U7-U11)
Which 2021 season competitions can continue?

Currently, no date is set for a return to competitions football due to the current Government restrictions. As a result, most regional competitions have now been cancelled. Please see FAQ above for a full list of these season statuses.

All 2021 FV season competitions are cancelled in metropolitan Melbourne.

FV is planning for range of football programs across spring and summer for players to Get In The Game.

Why has my competition been cancelled when we have access to our ground until later this year/year round?

Most Clubs share their facilities with summer sports, meaning we do not have enough suitable venues to host football so late in the year.

While we express our gratitude to Cricket Victoria for their flexibility in handover dates, we have now reached a point which won’t allow us to safely return within this extended window. 

 

Will I be getting a refund on my fees?

As a result of the cancelled season, Football Victoria is currently finalising the FV 2021 Fee Refund Policy. This will provide details as to the level of refunds in relation to FV team entry and player registration fees. Note that this relates only to the Football Victoria fees, and does not include Club fees. Clubs will be required to formulate their own refund policy. Details on the Football Victoria 2021 Fee Refund Policy will be provided to all stakeholders by Friday, 17 September.

 

 

Why is there no promotion, relegation, or champions named?

In the interest of fairness and with the uncertainty of Government restrictions, the 2021 season has been declared as incomplete, thus cancelling all promotion and relegation for 2022 competitions.

In collaboration with the football community, FV will commence a process to review the Rules of Competition, enabling transparent changes to competition outcomes from 2022, including Promotion and Relegation, in the event of any future interrupted seasons.

 

What is happening with Cup competitions?

FV will engage directly with the Clubs involved in our Nike F.C. Cup and Dockerty Cup finals, to determine if these matches can be played before the end of the year.

As the FFA Cup is administered by Football Australia, FA will provide guidance directly to participating Clubs.

 

Will there be any opportunities to play football this year, if restrictions ease?

FV are considering what other competition options are available when the Government regulations allow for community sport to return.

Different formats of our game will also be on offer across spring and summer, particularly for junior participants. These include our popular GO Fives/GO Sevens and Futsal programs. Further information will be provided when a return to play is possible.

FV is committed to providing opportunities to play football for our community when possible.

Will vacancies in competitions be filled in 2022?

At this stage, there is no directive regarding filling vacancies for Season 2022.

 

What’s likely to happen in 2022?

FV will continue to work with all stakeholders and will be guided by government regulations in relation to the 2022 season. We do look forward to returning bigger and better in season 2022.

What should Clubs do if we have disappointed parents and players at my club?

We understand that not all decisions will be considered favourably by our stakeholders. The decision to abandon the season has been a difficult one. The lockdown extension through September, with no guaranteed timeframe for a safe return to football, leaves us with no choice but to cancel the 2021 season for all metropolitan Melbourne competitions. 

We ask that all parents/guardians and players consider and respect the decision made by the FV Board regarding the abandonment of the 2021 season. 

 

Why weren’t other scenarios considered?

The FV Board considered several scenarios for every competition.

Many of the planned scenarios have been eliminated in recent weeks, due to the key dates passing with extended lockdowns across the state. The lockdown extension through September, with no guaranteed timeframe for a safe return to football, left the FV Board with no choice but to cancel the 2021 season for all metropolitan Melbourne competitions.

 

What are other sports doing?

Although all sporting associations operate in different environments, many have regretfully had to cancel their 2021 seasons

 

When can we recommence training?

We urge all stakeholders to heed the advice and regulations placed by order of the State Government. FV will release RTP information once this has been provided.