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Check out these FAQs from Football NSW which hopefully answer most of your questions at this stage:

Football NSW COVID-19 FAQs.

Please click here for revised Competition Dates and Program – subject to further review if circumstances change.

 

Message from the SSFA

 

Dear Club Representatives, 

The COVID-19 outbreak has clearly affected us all. 

That said, and as I am sure you would all agree and appreciate, we all play our part in minimising its spread in order to bring it under control as soon as practically possible. Parallel to all government and community announcements about ‘social distancing’, good hygiene practices, football and indeed all sport has a role to play amongst our members and all involved in the game.

To this end, today our National Governing Body, Football Federation Australia (FFA) has released an updated Circular (Circular No 20-06), suspending all community football activities (i.e. below A-League and W-League), effective from 12:00am on 18 March 2020. That is, all sanctioned grassroots football activity in Australia will be suspended until 14 April 2020.

For your information, I have attached a copy of Circular No 20-06 as this will be used by FFA for all its social media platforms.  Please click here.

What does this mean for our Association, our competitions/leagues and your Clubs?

Effective immediately, all games, training and other football activities must cease;

Where possible, unnecessary meetings and other gatherings should either cease or be minimised. I suggest that you look to alternative forms of meeting (teleconferences) or by utilising other forms of technology (e.g. Skype).

No competitions/leagues will commence at this stage, and any that have already started, will be suspended until 14 April 2020.

Any football activity which takes place during this period is not sanctioned by the Association nor Football NSW and, therefore, the Personal Accident insurance cover that is provided as part of a player’s registration may not apply.

As you would appreciate, we are working with our State governing body, Football NSW, who is in turn constantly liaising with FFA and relevant Government agencies, and everyone is committed to keeping you informed and up to date in these rapidly changing times.

If the current environment does not worsen over this period, the following will be implemented for season 2020.

- Training will recommence week beginning 14 April

- Round 1 will commence Saturday 18th April.

- We envisage that the season will be redrawn in an attempt to play all 18 rounds and a finals series.

Any subsequent adjustments to the draw as a direct result of further directives by our governing bodies or the government (or due to washouts or fields not being available) will necessitate a reduction in rounds to be played. Note also that Grand Finals may need to be played (in the worst case in limited circumstances – subject to field availability) in September. 

The SSFA will continue to update its members with any information released from our Governing body as it comes to hand.

I thank you for your patience, cooperation and assistance, and would respectfully request that you distribute this information through all your teams and club delegates as soon as practically possible

Regards,

Matt Brady

President

Sutherland Shire Football Association

Well what a day it has been, we are certainly in uncharted territory!

Now the season has been pushed back, we will also postpone tomorrow’s scheduled AGM and Coach and Manager gear bag collection night, we will advise rescheduled dates in due course.

We will advise as soon as we receive information on rescheduled match dates, skills clinics and other events.

Stay safe and healthy everyone.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today advised that, after considered discussion with its nine State and Territory Member Federations and assessment of developments today, sanctioned grassroots football competitions and associated training would be suspended for the next four weeks.

The decision will take effect from 12:00am on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 until Tuesday, 14 April 2020.

GRFC Comment: This means no training, trial games or competition games until 14 April at this stage. Taking into account the Easter break this impacts the first two rounds - Tuesday 14 April takes us to the week leading up to Round 3 as the season currently stands.

The decision comes as the latest in a series of measures being introduced by the FFA to combat the ongoing spread of COVID-19 following the announcement of its COVID-19 Guidelines yesterday and places the concerns, health and wellbeing of the Australian football and wider community as the highest priority.

FFA Chief Executive Officer James Johnson explained that while disappointing, reducing community gatherings would help slow the spread of the virus and that this was the driving factor in the decision.

“Our decision today follows extensive discussions with all of Australia’s nine State and Territory Member Federations, taking into consideration the latest feedback from all levels of the football community,” Johnson said.

“We are also taking into consideration the ongoing response by both the broader international and Australian communities which is evolving almost on an hourly basis now.

“We also recognise that there have been some recent material developments which have changed the landscape significantly, including the decisions made by the Victorian and ACT Governments to declare States of Emergency late yesterday afternoon. Today, more schools, universities and also public sporting facilities have announced that they will be closing so we have had to respond quickly to this.

“It is very regrettable that grassroots football will not proceed for the next month, but as a good and responsible citizen, we recognise that our game of approximately 1.96 million participants has a significant role to play in slowing the spread of the virus.

“More Australians play grassroots football than any other team sport in the country and we have been able to listen to the voice of our community, through the establishment of the National COVID-19 Working Committee and our Guidelines, who have expressed a desire to contribute more to the nation at this time through a unified and Whole of Game response.

“As a game we need to be responsive and agile in how we deal with this situation, and we are working together around the clock to deal with this challenge. We will continue to assess our position regularly to ensure that it is reflective of the most accurate state of affairs and views of the game.

“I would like to acknowledge how Member Federations have worked so constructively with FFA, through the Working Committee and established Guidelines, to arrive at what is right for our players, coaches, officials, their families and the wider community. We are meeting on a daily basis and will continue to do so, taking into account the latest Government medical advice and community sentiment.”

FFA will continue to communicate new developments in the lead-up to 14 April 2020.

Hi All

FFA & all member federations will be making an announcement  at 5pm today regarding a suspension of football activities. 

With this in mind all football activities should be ceased with immediate effect including training today. 

Kind Regards

Jon Long

SSFA Football Manager

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.

 

Tigers! Sign up now for a special skills clinic run in partnership with the SSFA. We have 10-week courses for U9-13 boys and girls, plus a dedicated girl's U14-U16 clinic. All academies kick off Tuesday 31 March at Oyster Bay Oval and we encourage everyone to take part!

Follow the links to sign up now:

Georges River FC has again broken it’s record for the number of registered players and teams in 2020, with ~1200 players and over 100 teams. We are now over capacity on both Saturday and Sundays.

This in turn means we no longer have room on Saturdays for our Tiger Cubs.

After discussions with the Sutherland Shire Football Association (SSFA) and a few current and former Tiger Cubs parents, we have decided to move our Tiger Cub program to Friday afternoons from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at Oyster Bay Oval starting Friday 01 May.

  • New start date: Friday 01 May
  • New session time: Fridays 4:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Term length: 10 weeks

The good news is that we can now fit everyone on our waiting list due to the extra space!

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and understand that the new time and day may not work for you. Hopefully you can still participate on Fridays and we encourage you to make payment and confirm your place now. 

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT:

  • The fee for new Tiger Cubs is $130 
  • Returning Cubs who already have GRFC socks and shorts can pay a reduced fee of $115 
To confirm your place please:

 

  1. Make payment via this link 
  2. Complete this form for insurance purposes 
  3. Add your uniform size and any friendship requests here

 

TIGER CUB GROUPS

    • We group kids by age and take into account any friendship requests. 
    • Past experience shows it is better to separate siblings of different ages as coaches cater for different age groups.

RELAX ON FRIDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE BAY! 

Every Friday afternoon while TIger Cubs is running we will open the clubhouse. The Bar & BBQ will be open from 4:30pm, so you can have an easy night and feed the family as well as enjoy a light refreshment with friends.

Please give me a shout if you have any questions: Melissa registrar@grfc.com.au

 IMPORTANT INFO FOR ALL TEAMS:

- W/c 09 March: Oyster Bay Oval is available for training Wednesday only (lights on)
- W/c 16 March and remainder of season: Oyster Bay will be available for training Tuesday to Friday. Until further notice there is to be no training on a Monday to allow fields to recover after the weekend. This applies to all clubs.
And a reminder - please do not train on another club’s field or at Kareela/Harrie Denning, unless approved to do so by our Secretary or President.
 
Coaches and Managers, PLEASE provide us with your contact details, and training night details through the links below, there is much information to share, but it makes it difficult when we don’t have the contact details to share it with!

If you're coaching or managing one of our senior or junior teams this season, please share your contact details with us so we can help 2020 run as smoothly as possible:

Thanks for your support!

We're looking for a few more U7 boys, W11 Girls, W12 Girls, U14 Boys, W18A players, plus a W18C goalkeeper, a few AL5 players, some 4-6 more O35F-2 players and a few 45D players (including a keeper).

Please register ASAP or contact Melissa via registrar@grfc.com.au if you're interested in learning more.

Thank you!

 

Look for the option to add a Fiver for the Firies when you register online, and we'll make the donation direct to the NSW RFS on behalf of all Tigers.

We anticipate hitting over 1000 players again this season... Let's see if together we can raise $5000.

Thanks for your support!

Apply for your 2020 Active Kids vouchers now to save $100 on GRFC registration for your school kids: Apply now.

Eligibility: If you’re a parent, carer or guardian, the student will be eligible if they are:

- a NSW resident

- aged between 4.5 and 18 years

- enrolled in school (from Kindergarten to Year 12, including those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW)

- a current Medicare card holder.

You can apply for a voucher for each eligible student and use it for Georges River registration.

 

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