COVID-19: TSL, TSLW and Talent Programs Postponement FAQ

Q: Will the TSL & TSLW season go ahead in 2020?

A: The TSL and TSLW competitions have been postponed until at least May 31st in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community. The decision has been made together with the AFL and State football bodies around Australia, as part of a national approach to protect the well-being of all players, coaches, umpires, officials, staff and volunteers.


Q: Are Tasmania Devils talent programs across Tasmania part of this postponement?

A: Both female and male talent programs across Tasmania, will be postponed until at least 31 May. This is in conjunction with the postponement of TSL and TSLW. Players and parents will be notified of any changes over the coming weeks.


Q: Will community football be impacted by this announcement around TSL & Talent programs?

A: All Community and Junior Football (including NAB AFL Auskick centres) will be recommended to postpone until at least 31 May for training and games. This includes all AFL community matches, AFL community training sessions and face to face AFL Tas education courses.


Q: Will trainings at TSL/TSL and at talent level continue despite no games being played?

A: Effective immediately no players will be permitted at TSL/TSLW clubs or talent programs for training, meetings or club commitments until further notice. Conditions for players returning to clubs will be considered based on government/medical advice obtained by TSL management and in consultation with clubs, with a consistent approach across the entire competition to be implemented.


Q: Will this impact on Talent National Championships?

A: At this stage we are awaiting details from the AFL in relation to all male and female talent carnivals. Players and parents will be made aware of any changes that come to hand.


Q: How will this effect AFL & AFLW National Drafts?

A: AFL Tasmania remains in discussions with the AFL and other State bodies about the impact on AFL National Drafts and will provide an update as soon as possible.


Q: What’s going to happen with TSL/TSLW fixtures after May 31st?

A: TSL/TSLW will be working through this with Clubs and will provide an update as soon as possible. We will commence looking at a range of options for what could occur post May 31st, however we will take the advice of the AFL, the Government and relevant health authorities.


Q: What happens if the situation hasn’t improved by May 31st?

A: This is an ever-changing landscape and we will continue to rely on the advice of health authorities, the government and the AFL, with the health and safety of our players, umpires, coaches, communities and staff at the forefront of our decision-making. AFL Tasmania will be working through this with the AFL and other State bodies and will provide an update as soon as possible.


Q: How will clubs survive with no revenue from matches?

A: AFL Tasmania will be working through the impact on Clubs, players, staff, supporters and sponsors over the coming days. This will include reviewing operations, expenditure and sustainability strategies, so that we are well placed to get through this challenge and focus on our recovery and return to competition following the postponement.