Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Last Updated: 8 June 2020

From WAFC: The 2020 junior football season will commence in WA from Saturday, July 18, in line with WAFC Return to Play Guidelines and State Government Covid-19 restrictions.

Notice from WAFC on 5 June 2020:

“With the easing of State Government restrictions to allow contact sport and group gatherings of up to 100 people from Saturday June 6, the WAFC will be working with all junior football competitions, clubs, umpires and volunteers to help finalise their safe return to play after the July school holidays.

This will include confirming venue availability and facility access conditions with Local Governments, completing fixtures, updating by-laws and taking new player registrations. 

With this in mind, it is acknowledged that not all junior football competitions will be ready to resume on July 18. Each competition will be supported and encouraged to aim for this target date, and participants will be advised by their respective club or competition once finalised.
From  Saturday June 6, full team training will also be permitted to occur with contact and match simulation, providing more than a month for players to prepare for their return to play and opportunities to participate in inter-club practice matches.

It is hoped this will also allow time for families to travel within WA during the July school holidays and support local businesses and regional communities before returning home to kick off the footy season. 

Updated Return to Training protocols and a revised 10-point Checklist must be completed to ensure all clubs are continuing to follow State Government requirements at training under the new June 6 conditions.

The WAFC will continue to engage with the State Government on the next steps for community football in WA and timing for the increase of spectators at games, as we appreciate that spectators play such an important role in supporting the financial viability of our clubs right across WA.

Now more than ever, we will also need our army of volunteers to support our great game. For our existing volunteers, thanks for your support during this crisis and for your contribution to the game. We are also calling on all parents to assist their team and club in any way possible this season so that we can all contribute to making the 2020 junior football season as successful as possible.

On behalf of the WA Football Commission, we’d like to thank you for your efforts to date and ongoing support as we prepare for a safe and exciting return to play.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at the footy soon!

Please see the WA Football News for latest developments.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 and Auskick & AFL Community Football on the AFL website.

Given COVID-19 remains a situation with the potential to change rapidly, Morley Bulldogs, the AFL and the WAFC will continue to work with relevant authorities and will update the football communities as new information comes to hand.

All decisions going forward will be made in the interest of the public health and well-being of our community. We appreciate your support and understanding on this.

The safety and well-being of our players and families is our utmost priority.

We will provide further information, and update this page, as and when this rapidly evolving situation changes.

Stay safe, and wash your hands.

Please see the following PDFs for more details:

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Stop the Spread

  • Do you have a fever or cough
  • Let the club know if you are feeling unwell with flu like symptoms
  • Seek medical advice from your GP
  • Please stay away from the football club if unwell
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20-seconds
  • Use alcohol based hand sanitiser
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid contact with others: kissing hello, hugging, high fives and hand shaking
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with sick people by maintaining a distance of 1.5m
  • Clubs should be increasing cleaning of surfaces (handles, light switches etc)
  • Don’t spit at training session or in game
  • Bring your own water bottle to training and don’t share with others
  • Disinfect your water bottle regularly
  • Eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated, exercise
  • Get quality rest
  • Ensure mouth guards are stored appropriately
  • Disinfect mouth guards regularly

If unwell, seek medical advice and follow instructions regarding self-isolation.

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