As you are aware Football Federation Australia (FFA) last week issued a temporary suspension of all football activities in Australia due to the COVID-19 situation until 14 April (FFA Circular 20-06).

The suspension applies to all sanctioned matches and competitions, including National Premier Leagues, FFA Cup, youth and grassroots football (including MiniRoos and futsal) as well as training and associated football related activities.

St George Football Association (SGFA) also communicated on Friday directly with all registered members reinforcing this message.  Despite this information, we have unfortunately already received reports of organised team training on local grounds from an SGFA registered club over the weekend.

It is the SGFA’s position that should organised team training sessions with SGFA registered players and officials continue or behaves in a way that is contrary to the above directives and there is enough creditable evidence provided to the SGFA, the SGFA will have no other option but to report the matter to the NSW Police and relevant government authorities.

We take this opportunity to remind you that players and coaches are not covered by Football NSW insurance program for any organised activity and any personal training undertaken during this time is conducted at the players/clubs own risk. Furthermore, we note both Georges River Council and Bayside Council have advised that all sports lighting at local grounds have been re-programmed and will not be operational during the term of the suspension.

In extreme cases the SGFA may consider holding a Grievance & Disciplinary Hearing into the matter where Clubs and/or Persons may be fined and/or Competition Points may be deducted.

Notwithstanding the above, through Football NSW the SGFA will be requesting that Football NSW and/or Football Federation Australia provide a ruling or guidelines concerning breaches to ensure that the interpretation and delivery is consistent across all Associations.