AFL South East (AFLSE) would like to issue the following statement regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact on the upcoming football and netball season and associated AFLSE events.
Due to the increasing threat of coronavirus (Covid-19) to the broader community AFL South East, consistent with the advice from the AFL, has made the informed decision to delay the start of all football and netball competitions and programs under its governance until after June 1.
Our position will be reviewed around May 11 and applies to competitions and programs managed by AFLSE including;
The delayed start to the season includes a ban on training and practice matches, effective immediately.
Umpire Training has already been suspended across the AFLSE Region until further notice.
Key operational staff are currently working through different scenarios on how the season may look – with the well-being of all participants and the integrity of the competition at the forefront of mind.
All league events, including but not limited to the MPNFL/SEWF Season Launch, scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, and the SEJ Little Demons Day, scheduled for Sunday, April 19, will be postponed until further notice.
In addition, the AFLSE Regional Junior Championships will also be postponed for 2020. We will be working closely with all leagues and NGA programs to maximise the opportunities for all participants in the talent pathway.
In addition, all face-to-face league meetings and forums have been postponed until further notice. Where possible and appropriate meetings will be conducted through online meetings or webinars.
The relevant Operational Staff will provide details for each of the relevant meetings well in advance.
The AFLSE Commission and Administration understand the serious nature of this matter and are looking to lead and support our clubs and community with considered decision making.
We ask that clubs report confirmed COVID-19 cases for their players, administrators and volunteers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details to include club, gender and age. If supplied, additional details will be kept in the strictest confidence.
-AFL South East-