Football Victoria (FV) welcomes Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) announcement today that all football (soccer) competitions across Victoria have been postponed until 14 April.
This decision will be reviewed, and further advice provided at that time. Updates will continue to be provided regularly on the FV Website at www.footballvictoria.com.au/.
FV President Kimon Taliadoros said the difficult decision was clearly in the best interests of the Victorian footballing community’s safety, health and wellbeing.
"FV has listened to, and wholeheartedly supports, our football family members and wants to allow them time and space to focus on their higher order priorities," Mr Taliadoros said.
FV CEO Peter Filopoulos confirmed FV acknowledged the health advice and guidelines outlined by FFA, the Federal Government and Public Health Officers yesterday.
“It has become clear that in the current environment, communities are increasingly unable to focus on football activities which is completely understandable,” Mr Filopoulos said.
"Whilst we have some competitions already in season, several extra competitions were due to kick-off across Victoria this weekend. This includes our NPLW (Senior Women’s), NPL 2 and NPL 3 Senior Men and Men’s State Leagues.
"In addition to the postponement of matches, all football related activities (including training) must also be suspended until 14 April.
"The health and wellbeing of our volunteers, players, officials, families and staff must come first. We are now contacting all of our 355 clubs across the state to update them of this decision," Mr Filopoulos said.
FV looks forward to resuming football activities at the appropriate time and is currently scenario planning around potential competition options.