Sutherland Shire Football association announces restart of junior and youth competitions

Competitions for boys and girls Under 6 MiniRoos up to and including Under 18 year old competitions (Juniors and Youth) will resume on July 4-5. Picture SSFA facebook
Competitions for boys and girls Under 6 MiniRoos up to and including Under 18 year old competitions (Juniors and Youth) will resume on July 4-5. Picture SSFA facebook

Sutherland Shire Football Association will restart junior and youth competitions from the first weekend in July.

The association announced details on Thursday after the state government announced on Tuesday community sport could resume for players aged 18 and under from July 1.

The SSFA statement said:

"It is proposed that competitions for boys and girls Under 6 MiniRoos up to and including Under 18 year old competitions (Juniors and Youth) will be scheduled as follows:

  • Commence on the weekend of Saturday 4/Sunday 5 July.
  • Schedule is for thirteen (13) weekends(with no capacity to make up washed out matches)
  • Be completed on the weekend of Saturday 27/ Sunday 28 September.
  • It has not yet been decided whether a Finals Series is possible. This will be decided in conjunction with the Clubs and subject to field availability.

"Please note that the aforementioned start and finish dates are subject to formal confirmation that cricket will accommodate a delay in their season (which appears likely and is greatly appreciated), the impact on other users and sign off/approval from Sutherland Council.

"Please also note that SSFA and FNSW are also lobbying State Members of Parliament to consider allowing Community sport competitions for those 19 years of age and older to also commence as soon as possible. Your clubs will be advised as information comes to hand."

The association said other items worth noting included:

  • "The Women's Under 18's have previously been and will continue to play on a Sunday. It is likely that these games will be played at a central hub (for example the Kareela synthetic fields or another location that has multiple grounds) rather than at a team's 'home' ground (at least until the older age groups are permitted to 'return to play').
  • "Competitions for those 19 years of age and older (i.e. Under 21 on Saturdays and the remaining Sunday Competitions) will commence as soon as the State Government confirms a start date (subject to Council approval). Again, it is hoped (and expected that these competitions will play until Saturday 27/Sunday 28 September (as per the above provisos).
  • "Borrowing rules will be altered/relaxed to make sure all teams can field players. The clear intention is to provide as many opportunities for players and teams to play matches and be flexible enough to ensure all teams can borrow players to make up numbers if required. Details have been provided separately to your clubs.
  • "The draw will be published as far in advance as possible to allow players and teams to plan. Note that the draw is presently being modified to remove byes wherever feasible.
  • "Draft 'Return to Play' guidelines have been prepared. These guidelines have been submitted to the State Government seeking their approval - as no other guidelines, criteria or directions have yet been forthcoming from the State Bodies. As soon as these, or other approved, guidelines become available they will be shared with the clubs.

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