Football - Season Updates: COVID-19

9th May 2020

Dear Members,

The NSFA Board would like to extend its appreciation to the NSFA football family in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Together we have played a significant role in assisting the Australian Government in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and we thank you for your patience and understanding in relation to football matters during this time.

Over the next few months, we will see current restrictions lifted, with gatherings and football activity able to resume as normal. Yesterday the Federal Government released their steps to ease restrictions, and we are awaiting an announcement from the NSW Government (hopefully Monday) as to when Step 1 will be applied.

It is vital that we do not take our current standing for granted and ensure we stay vigilant and respectful to the severity of COVID-19.

In preparation for an easing of restrictions, NSFA would like to clarify a few things regarding our 2020 winter season. Please note, these are subject to change due to the evolving situation and NSFA will be holding Clubs accountable to these. It is our collective responsibility to understand, respect and adhere to the guidelines provided to ensure a competitive football season is played.

  • NSFA has released the first seven (7) rounds of the season for age groups Under 12+. These fixtures will come into play once FFA and the NSFA Board announce a start date for the season.
  • MiniRoos fixtures will be created once a season start date is announced.
  • NSFA endeavour to deliver a minimum 14 round season
  • Rounds will be played during the July school holidays
  • We are working with our FIVE local councils to ensure a collective approach is applied. Once restrictions are lifted, councils may require additional time to ensure the fields are safe to use (cutting grass, erecting goalposts, filling rabbit holes etc..)
  • There will be strict Government guidelines to adhere to, to ensure a safe environment. Clubs will be accountable to these. Disobedience may result in the cancellation of training ground usage and loss of points for teams involved.
  • All players MUST be registered via the FFA’s PlayFootball system prior to training. Those not registered will not be permitted to train as they will not be covered by insurance.
  • Once the full implications of the 2020 season are known, NSFA and Clubs will issue further information regarding possible reimbursements/refunds.

Our objective in 2020 is simple. We aim to play as many matches as possible, in a safe environment for our greater community. This season will be unlike those before and I ask that you please listen to your Club volunteers as they will be applying a series of Health and Safety precautions which will be released over the next week.

Please keep an eye out for further information from your Club over the coming week as we look to form our return to football plan.

Have a great weekend,

Ed Ferguson

CEO - Northern Suburbs Football Association

2nd April 2020

Dear members,

Yesterday evening, Football Federation Australia (FFA) released a statement announcing the extension to the suspension of football activity until 31st May. NSFA will be following this date for our competitions and all football activity.

There will be many questions over the coming months as to the viability of the football season. I would like to assure you the NSFA staff are working diligently in the background to ensure that football can be played this season once we are given the green light from the Government. We are not only preparing for a 2020 season date, but preparing for our Summer Football season and 2021 to ensure that we come out of this situation better than where we left off in terms of organisation, support and service offerings to clubs and our engagement with the community.

The Competitions Department at NSFA are confident of achieving 14 rounds of football, based on the FFA above date of commencement. We will be maximising competitions games during this period and have already began discussions with clubs as to what this may look like. I can also confirm that we are exploring alternative solutions with clubs and local councils to extend the football season and squeeze as many games into the time frame as possibly safe to do so.

Once the season resumes, you will see some changes to our competition formats to ensure our competitions maintain their integrity whilst also abiding by Government guidelines at the time. An expected change is for MiniRoos, with the reduction in our ‘hubs’ on Saturday morning to ensure we respect social distancing and gathering guidelines. This however will not affect the number of matches played.

As in previous communication, we ask our football community to maintain their football registration for season 2020. By retaining your registration, you are helping your club and NSFA staff plan accordingly which is extremely important to be consistent during these times, particularly whilst working alongside external stakeholders.

I can also assure you that pro-rata refunds will be provided should the season be impacted in any way. As you would appreciate, further information is required prior to NSFA and Clubs confirming what this may look like. We are working with FFA, Football NSW, the insurance company and NSFA clubs to fully understand this situation. However, we can confirm that Active Kids vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash. This is in direct guidelines with the T&C’s of the vouchers.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the tremendous work that is being undertaken by our NSFA club volunteers and Board. Like us, they are football players, coaches and family members and have dedicated significant time over the past 6 months in preparing for the season and are now managing an unprecedented crisis. In your communication with your club volunteers, please be patient and appreciative for their work. The NSFA staff thank you.

I would also like to call on our community to support our community. For many years local businesses have supported our local clubs. This may be the local grocer, butcher, tradesman or the like. During this difficult time, if possible, please support our local businesses to ensure that when normality returns our community returns stronger.

Please continue to respect Government guidelines during this time whilst also staying fit, healthy and socially connected with your teammates.

To stay connected with NSFA please see our Facebook page for the latest updates, and XLR8 Player Development for the latest Home skills challenges.

We wish you all the best,

Edward Ferguson

NSFA & Northern Tigers CEO

20 March 2020

Dear NSFA Members,

I would like to thank you for the patience, understanding and support you have shown during this difficult period.

NSFA did not take the decision to postpone the beginning of the season lightly, however we believe it is in the best interests of the greater community that we play our part in slowing down the spread of the COVID19 virus.

I encourage you to follow government advice over the coming weeks. It is essential to look after yourself and those closest around you by staying hygienic, minimising contact with non-essential persons and taking the correct course of action should you experience any symptoms.

We are currently working towards a 1st May 2020 start date for the season with our Competitions Department in the process of creating fixtures and reviewing competition structures to ensure a balanced and enjoyable season. I encourage you to remain registered for the 2020 season until more information becomes available and we have a better understanding of our season length and structure. We will release further information on this over the coming weeks.

If you have any questions regarding NSFA's response, please feel free to contact me on (02) 9449 4933.

All the best,

Edward Ferguson


XLR8 Home Training

In a time when all training activities must come to a halt, the XLR8 Coaching team has come together to provide NSFA players a chance to stay ‘football fit’ with a series of challenges, trick shots and competitions to keep you all engaged.

Nick Marr and his team will be releasing these challenges and videos via EDM and through the XLR8 Player Development Facebook and Instagram page.


Coach Engagement

Coaches will also have a chance to ‘sharpen their sword’ during the down period with INSPIRE set to release weekly ‘Coaching tasks’ for coaches to work towards and challenge themselves. Our Coach Development team will be on hand via email to answer any questions.

INSPIRE Football Coaching Facebook Group

17 March 2020

Dear NSFA Members,

The NSFA Board met last night to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

We acknowledge the ‘Play Football registrations alert on COVID19’ distributed by FFA yesterday, however the Board has unanimously decided, in line with other community sporting groups on the North Shore, to postpone all football activities, including training until Friday 1st May, 2020, with immediate effect.

This postponement includes Easter, Anzac and school holiday periods.

The decision will allow for six weeks of planning to deliver a modified season, which at this stage will commence at the beginning of May.

The Board will monitor the evolving situation and meet at least weekly, to consider the implications.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guide will be published in the coming days.


Edward Ferguson


What does this mean?

All football activities are to be postponed until further notice. This includes:

  • Preseason trial matches
  • NSFA Competition matches
  • FFA Cup & State Cup involvement
  • NSFA club training
  • Football events or gatherings (team meetings etc..)
  • NSFA football programs, including XLR8 Player Development Programs
  • NSFA Coach Education courses and workshops