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Return To Play - Football Victoria Update

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

Your Committee is actively working on the necessary protocols to facilitate a safe return to training and competition. Now that State Government has allowed clubs to resume training in groups of 10 or less, and we expect that number to be increased in the following weeks providing there are no major future outbreaks of the Coronavirus, BSC alongside FV is committed to taking a cautious and safe approach to the safety of all participants in our sport, be they players, coaches or parents. We understand the need for clarity regarding when training and competition is expected to resume. To that end FV has been engaged in ongoing discussions with FFA, State and Federal Governments (including Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV)) and with clubs at all levels to establish a suitable time to Return to Play. This has involved the development of a number of scenarios (including the one below) which are still being finalised. FV’s goal is to get everyone playing again as soon as it is safe to do so. As a result of the latest easing of restrictions, FV is targeting June 28 start date for the proposed resumption of Community Club (including Community Juniors) play. This is a target date only and is subject to the further advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officers - they may be revised should the Government and SRV advise new dates as we move through the announced stages of the resumption of sport. FV will continue to keep the football community informed and updated in the coming weeks with regard to any developments, especially in regard to the resumption of increased training numbers and the return of competition play. We remind all our football community that any breaches of the existing social distancing rules may compromise our ability to resume football.

In relation to the Return to Training Conditions published late last week, see the updated FAQs which provide further detail in relation to those requirements.

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