19 March 2020 version 1
PLEASE NOTE THIS DOCUMENT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME DUE TO THE RAPIDLY-CHANGING ENVIRONMENT WE ARE CURRENTLY IN
What should any member of the public do if they believe they have contracted the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or if they have cold and flu symptoms that is concerning them?
It would be socially irresponsible for the MWFA to answer this question in this forum. The best information on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and what people should do if they have symptoms, are worried or come in contact with a person who has the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is found here: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)? How do I get information on the virus and the associated issues/changes it is causing?
The best information on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is found here: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
Can I continue to play?
No you can not. All MWFA football matches have been suspended until at least 1 May. (Subject to change)
Can I continue to train?
No you can not. All MWFA football activities have been suspended until at least 27 April. (Subject to change)
Am I insured if a group of us play/train/have a kick around?
During the suspension of football period you are not covered.
What information has been used to form the decision?
The MWFA and Manly United is taking its advice from the Federal Government, which is communicating directly to FFA and Football NSW. This is an unprecedented public health situation and we will follow the instructions of the Federal Government.
What is meant by All football activities?
- Training sessions
- Pre season friendlies
- MWFA Competition matches
- Organised training sessions with external providers/academies/private providers
- MWFA Coach education courses
- Football Club events (muster days, grading days).
- Please note – Clubs and the MWFA should understand and apply the Federal Governments guidelines around number of people and safe distances (1.5m apart) when organising meetings to discuss/resolve this issue.
As of 18 March 2020, non-essential gatherings (which all of our events are), are limited to 100 people if it is indoors and 500 people if it is outdoors. This is subject to change by the Federal Government.
Who do I contact if I have further questions?
Players should direct their questions to their club in the first instance.
Do clubs need to shut down their academy sessions/extra training programs/links to external providers?
Players or registered coaches (Play Football system) are not permitted to take part in any football activity, which includes academy programs or extra training sessions that are directly or indirectly associated to your Club. Clubs need to be vigilant in ensuring this does not take place. Your club (and the players and coaches) are affiliated to the FFA, and you are required to follow the instruction that all football activities are suspended. You, the players and coach will not be insured. The concerns around a lack of insurance has now escalated from an exposure against injury to someone contracting COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
What about the academy / extra training / one on one sessions some players inevitably take part in?
If players make individual decisions to attend one on one coaching or take part in external exercise activities they need to seriously consider the ramifications for ANY player contracting the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on the wider MWFA football community. At the moment we are hoping to return to football activities in the near future. The reality is that when we return to playing and training, if a player or coach contracts the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) a series of containments and shutdowns will take place that could jeopardise on-going competition matches.
What does this mean for our competitions structure?
As it stands, we have only lost a small number of games. The MWFA is currently working through this at the moment. It is fair to assume that football will be different in 2020 to any other year as our country is in the middle of an unprecedented public health situation.
What does this mean for the draws that have been released?
Every draw for a 2020 MWFA competition that has been sent out and published on the MWFA website remains intact and on the website. However, all games up to 1 May have been unpublished. This decision will be confirmed closer to the start date and clearly communicated to all clubs as per the usual communication avenues.
Is there a cut off date where the season would be called off?
No. The situation is highly unpredictable and as we have seen to this time, it can change at any time. We will continue to take advice from the Federal Government and then make decisions on that direction.
Will we still have semi finals / grand finals?
It is fair to assume that football will be different in 2020 to any other year as our country is in the middle of an unprecedented public health situation. It is the intention of the MWFA to re-shape the competition structure so all players get to play as many football games as possible. Grand Final day is an important part of our annual calendar and we want to retain that, if the event is permissible under any restrictions the Federal Government may have in place at the time.
What about Gala days
Gala days are not permitted under the current Federal Government guidelines as they constitute a mass gathering and are suspended under the current ban on all football activities.
What happens to my registration fees?
At this stage the suspension of football takes into account a minimal disruption that we will work to make up throughout the season as best as possible. We are delaying the start of the season, not cancelling. We are working through some details around real cost savings that occur due to the fact some games will be lost. We will make a final decision on registration fees when we know the full extent of the disruption and it will be based on the broad principle of trying to ensure that all Clubs, MWFA, Football NSW and FFA are able to get through this difficult time in a position that will enable football as we know it to continue into the future. We need to make sure that when football and life in Australia returns to normal that we have a sport, clubs and an infrastructure that will allow us all to continue to play.
What happens if I deregister?
A player is entitled to de-register but they need to understand the following. Any player that de-registers at this point (after the grading of teams) can only re-register at the discretion of the MWFA, which is a long-time rule. Also, a final decision around any refund of fees for people who deregister will be made when the clubs and the MWFA know the full extent of the disruption and it will be based on the broad principle of trying to ensure that all Clubs, MWFA, Football NSW and FFA are able to get through this difficult time in a position that will enable football as we know it to continue into the future.
What is happening to the fees that go to Football NSW and FFA?
As you can imagine the initial concerns of the FFA and Football NSW has centred on the initial response to the actual issue. At this point in time Football NSW and FFA have not given any indication in relation to this. This will form part of the broader discussion around the viability of all levels of the game moving forward. We need to make sure that when football and life in Australia returns to normal that we have a sport, clubs and an infrastructure that will allow us all to continue to play.
Does this include the Manly United and MWFA AYL and SAP rep teams?
Yes the ban is on all football activities (except the A-League and W-League) which is being played behind closed doors.
What happens to the Active Kids voucher that was used to pay registration?
We are currently in discussion with Football NSW and will provide updates as they are released.
I have registered for a Coach Education Course / Workshop, will they be rescheduled?
We will endeavour to re-schedule Coach Education events once the suspension of football activities is over. Registered participants have been contacted and the MWFA is currently working through the schedule to outline new dates.
NSW Health-COVID-19 frequently asked questions