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As per the Return to Training Guidelines set by Football NSW, Georges River FC is required to allocate training based on the following:
 
  • Teams with 10 or less (including coach) to be allocated ¼ of a full pitch. 
  • Teams with between 10 and 20 (including coach) to be allocated ½ of a full pitch. These teams are then to be split into groups of no more than 10 (including coach) and allocated ¼ of a full pitch. 
  • No interchanging of players throughout that training session (i.e. players to remain in their ¼ of a full pitch area).
We have done our best to both a) comply with the above, and b) meet the training time/day requests of our 100+ teams. As we were required to lodge our training schedule with appropriate authorities it is highly unlikely that any requests for changes will be granted.
 
 
 
Teams / Players are to:
 
  • Arrive as close as possible to the starting time of their training session (not more than 15 mins before commencement);
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  • Be dressed ready for training before arriving (with the exception of boots if impractical);
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  • Bring their own water bottle (and no sharing of water bottles);
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  • Complete training at least 5 minutes before the next allocated training session (i.e. run 40 minute or less sessions starting from your allocated time);
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  • Leave the oval, car park and surrounding areas immediately after conclusion of training;
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  • Maintain social distancing regulations current at the time of your training session (as you should at all times).

We are pleased to advise that GRFC has been granted permission to return to training – albeit under strict conditions, including (but not limited to) the below: 

- Teams must only train as per this training schedule lodged with appropriate authorities 

- Only essential personnel are to attend training – players, team officials, essential volunteers.

- No more than 10 people to be in any one training zone.

- No person-to-person contact drills are permitted at this stage (e.g. tackling, 1 v 1, games and challenges). :

Please refer to the Return to Training Guidelines and also the Return to Training Requirements Checklist from Football NSW for further conditions and information. 
 

Please take the time to read these documents carefully as any disregard of these Guidelines and Requirements could lead to a reversal of our approval to train as a club.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Georges River FC member Ken Brown.

Ken served on the GRFC Committee for many years during his children’s playing days including two years on the Executive Committee as Honorary Treasurer.

GRFC sends its condolences to Ken’s family and friends.

SSFA update following the announcement by Football Federation Australia (FFA) on 1 April that all football activity remains suspended at least until 31 May 2020. 

All Clubs and their members.

I write this morning on behalf of SSFA to provide the football community with an update following the announcement by Football Federation Australia (FFA) on 1 April that all football activity remains suspended at least until 31 May 2020.

SSFA continue our scenario planning for the deferred season subject to the status of the current NSW Public Health Order. The suspension of all football activities must therefore continue until at least 30 June, unless the order is lifted earlier. In response, the office is working towards getting on the pitch from early July.

As previously stated our date to complete 9 rounds of football with no finals series is 11th July 2020. Ultimately though, it will not be FFA, FNSW or the SSFA that make the determination for this season. It will be the coordinated response of our 26 member Clubs as to their willingness to participate. SSFA will continue to strictly follow Government advice and only allow participants to get back on the pitch when it is deemed safe to do so. 

SSFA is committed to keeping stakeholders as informed as we can during these unpredictable times. We’ll provide a further update in May, or sooner if pertinent information comes to hand.

Thank you to the many volunteers who are keeping their clubs operating and responding to enquiries from their members and communities. 

SSFA greatly appreciates your ongoing patience and wish you and your families the very best of health.

Regards,


Matt Brady 

President

Sutherland Shire Football Association

Sadly our season is yet to get underway but, as always, our dedicated volunteer committee had everything ready to kick off to the season, only to be halted in our tracks. The downside to being organised is that we had some canteen goodies, drinks and sausages looking for a home.

We reached out to the wonderful volunteers at One Meal - Sutherland Shire and Rob kindly came to Oyster Bay Oval today and collected a car load full of supplies.

We are proud to support such a wonderful local charity. Rob says they are busy putting systems in place across multiple charity groups so that all donations are put to good use and logistics, especially in these challenging times, are managed as efficiently and safely as it can be, proving “we are all in this together”!

The latest update on COVID-19 and the impact of football in The Shire from the SSFA:

FFA/ FNSW have today announced that the best case commencement date for football to be played will now be delayed until at least 31 May 2020.

This would mean that round 1 of the SSFA season would kick off on Saturday 6 June. In this scenario, we play 14 rounds of football (with wash outs reducing this number) with no finals series. That is, first past the post would be considered the Premiers. It is noted that the date is aspirational.

The Program and the Competition Dates have been updated to reflect this change (both of these documents can be found at https://shirefootball.com.au/documents/)

In short the season has been Delayed and has not been Cancelled.

It is the SSFA’s hope to run a competition in 2020; if we can run a competition in 2020, we will. Our ability to do so is dependent on factors outside of our control. Any decisions that are made by the Association will be made with the health and safety of our members first and foremost following the advice we receive from relevant authorities.

It has been determined that a minimum of 9 rounds will need to be played to constitute a competition in 2020. The start date for a competition with 9 rounds and no finals would need to commence in early July. The SSFA will attempt to run competitions longer than 9 rounds either with or without finals (as is presently suggested with a start date of 30 May). This is to allow all players to get as many games as possible.

Should a season not be possible in 2020 the SSFA is considering, and likely to transfer the 2020 season into 2021 with any team/grade/age changes that may be necessary. In this scenario, it is SSFA’s intention that fees received by the Association for 2020 will be transferred into 2021. Our ability to deliver other components of registration monies will be dependent on the stance taken by FFA and FNSW in relation to insurance and their levies. It is hoped that the component of registration monies paid to the Club will in turn be transferred to season 2021.

This approach may not be ideal for many of our participants, however we have had to balance the position of all our stakeholders. The prospect of repaying over 18,000 players their 2020 registration fees would place untold pressure on our Club volunteers.

A large component of the fees paid are for insurance. SSFA is in contact with FNSW to determine what premiums will be payable for 2020 given the season may not happen.

SSFA, and the Clubs, have already undertaken much of the administrative burden in preparation for the 2020 season. It is not our intention to charge our members again for this work that will be needed to be done in preparation for the 2021 season.

Everybody is under financial stress at the moment – FFA, FNSW, SSFA, the clubs, the SSFA staff that will soon be stood down (and have already taken an interim pay cut), and our registered players. Returning the $17.50 to $34.50 per player that has been paid to the SSFA to-date may not be extremely beneficial to our participants in the long run.

The impact of this is significant. With no Football, SSFA and many others will incur a substantial loss for this year. We are conscious of the impact on our clubs and our parent bodies and seek your understanding to help us get through this difficult stage. While there are more important things to consider than Football, it is important for us all to work together going forward.

Matt Brady
President
Sutherland Shire Football Association

2020 is a rule change year and a number of rules have changed for our competition teams (U12 and up) from the coin toss, to taking quick free kicks, to where leave the field the field when subbing. Please take a few minutes to read (and absorb) the updates here: SSFA Law Changes 2020

The Referees Association will be hosting two seminars to explain the Law Changes applicable to the 2020 Season in more depth (including video examples etc.). These seminars will be held at Harrie Dening Centre Bates Drive Kareela at 2pm on Saturday 14 March and Saturday 21 March.

 

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