With the current NSW Covid restrictions extended until Saturday, August 28, 2021, the Sutherland Shire Football Association and its member Clubs have decided to abandon the remainder of the 2021 season.
The 2021 Minor Premiers will be declared in all competitive divisions (U12 and above) based on the competition tables as they currently stand, adjusted where full rounds have not been completed for all teams in the same division.
With the NSW Government to end the lockdown in late August, indications are that they would likely follow last year's plan in easing restrictions in a staggered manner. Meaning it was unlikely that SSFA football matches would be played until late September. The SSFA has no additional allocated weekends to play any more games of football.
On Friday, July 30, the SSFA held a virtual meeting with its 26 affiliated clubs. After much discussion and the covid lockdown being extended, it was decided that the 2021 winter football season would be cancelled.
A statement from the association said this decision, whilst regrettable allows for community sport to reset for 2022 commencement without any interruptions.
Health orders, vaccination rates etc., would determine the viability of such competition.
"We'd like to thank all our membership, volunteers, coaches, committee's etc., who work tirelessly to manage community football.
"We understand the frustration of some and the support of many, but we know that together we can remain unified and come out the other side stronger." President Matt Brady said
The SSFA will continue to lobby FNSW and FA to reduce costs on insurance and registration fees as was conducted last season and returned to Clubs.
The SSFA Executive Committee was undertaking a financial budget review after this decision and said it would communicate any possible outcomes that arise to its affiliated clubs.
Football NSW has not yet decided on the continuation of the State Cup or the running of the Champion of Champions.