In preparation for the upcoming community football season and considering the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 transmission within the community, the AFL has developed COVID Guidelines for Community Football.
These have been developed to provide States, Regions and Leagues (Controlling bodies) with key principles and guidance around delivering community football in 2022 and a range of COVID considerations.
These guidelines are intended to assist in removing ambiguity around decision making, reduce the stress and anxiety on administrators/volunteers and outline a way forward in a simple format. These guidelines can be found here.
The guiding principles within these guidelines are:
- Continue to follow government regulations
- Play where possible
- Health and Safety must remain as a key focus
AFL Tasmania Manager – South & TSL Andy Bennett says, “The AFL’s COVID Guidelines for Community Football were released earlier this year and are a great resource, allowing all clubs, volunteers, administrators, and competitions to be on the same page.
“The priority is to continue to provide an opportunity for people to play football. Competition integrity is important, but our priority throughout the season will remain in line with the COVID Guidelines, to play where possible.
“Participant health and safety remains a priority, of course, and like any illness or injury, those with COVID-19 will need to follow correct protocols and manage their return.
“All Tasmanian football competitions, including the TSL, will be following these guidelines, and AFL Tasmania has worked closely with stakeholders in preparation for the season ahead.
“I would like to thank our clubs and their hardworking volunteers for their goodwill, understanding and positivity surrounding these COVID guidelines and the desire to play where possible.
“There’s no doubt that there will be challenges relating to COVID-19 throughout the season, but steered by these guidelines, we will all continue to be flexible and to work together to make season 2022 a great success.
“Like everyone involved in the TSL competition, I cannot wait for the season to get underway and would like to wish all players, officials, volunteers, administrators and umpires the best of luck for the opening round and the year ahead.”