COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQs

LAST UPDATED: 29 May 2020

SANFL has developed FAQs specifically on Return to Play, available on the website here:

 

 

Do you know when the season will start?

SANFL has received State Government approval for a structured return to contact training in groups of 20 for SANFL and Community Football from Monday, June 1.

Following State Government easing of restrictions, SANFL has announced that the SANFL Statewide Super Leauge, SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League, SANFL Reserves and Under 18s Torrens University Cup competitions will start on Saturday, June 27.

 

When matches do commence, do you know if spectators will be allowed

At this stage, spectators are not permitted to attend. We will be allowed up to 80 players, umpires, trainers and officials on the ground. We are still unsure of when restrictions will be relaxed further, allowing spectators.

I have an Adelaide Oval Football Membership, will I get reimbursed for that, since spectators are not allowed at AFL matches?

For any further enquiries with regards to Adelaide Oval Football Membership, please contact Members Services on 1300 100 336

I’ve purchased a SANFL Digital Pass subscription for the season, what happens with that if there are no matches to live stream?

SANFL will not be reviewing Digital Pass subscriptions until it has greater clarity on the 2020 Statewide Super League men’s and women’s seasons. Please be mindful that proceeds from every Season Pass sale go directly to your nominated SANFL Club. For any further enquiries about your SANFL Digital Pass subscription, please email [email protected]

Why did the AFL commence its season when all other footy was postponed?

Football at the highest level was able to put in place highly regulated and controlled health and safety standards that couldn’t be replicated in football matches at community levels. However, following the latest Federal Government measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the AFL competition has also been suspended until 31st May. Across all levels of football, the health, safety and wellbeing of communities is paramount.

Will the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League be postponed?

SANFL has received State Government approval for a structured return to training in groups of 10 for SANFL and Community Football, with training to commence under strict protocols from Monday, May 18 – this includes SANFLW training.

SANFL will continue the process of consultation with SA Health and the Office of Recreation Sport and Racing for commencement of competitive training followed by matches from June 8 onwards, understanding the current restrictions will be groups of 20 people.

Will there be more trial matches between SANFL or community clubs?

No there will be no further trial matches until the season commencement date is determined.

Has the start of the National Pharmacies SANFL Juniors season be delayed?

SANFL has received State Government approval for a structured return to training in groups of 10 for SANFL and Community Football, with training to commence under strict protocols from Monday, May 18.

SANFL will continue the process of consultation with SA Health and the Office of Recreation Sport and Racing for commencement of competitive training followed by matches from June 8 onwards, understanding the current restrictions will be groups of 20 people.

Why has the U16 Torrens University Cup season been cancelled altogether rather than be postponed?

Unfortunately, as only two rounds of the seven-round competition were completed, the difficult decision was made to cancel this competition. However, the SANFL Clubs, together with SANFL, will be working through options to ensure SANFL Under 16 players are provided with an opportunity later in the year to play for their SANFL Club.

Will SANFL’S U13-U15 Development Squad programs be postponed?

Yes, these programs at SANFL Clubs are also postponed  in line with the postponement of our state talent programs, U18s Torrens University Cup and SANFL Juniors.

SANFL will assess their resumption as part of Return to Play planning.

Will Community Football be postponed in line with SANFL’s competitions?

SANFL has received State Government approval for a structured return to training in groups of 10 for SANFL and Community Football, with training to commence under strict protocols from Monday, May 18.

SANFL will continue the process of consultation with SA Health and the Office of Recreation Sport and Racing for commencement of competitive training followed by matches from June 8 onwards, understanding the current restrictions will be groups of 20 people.

Does the postponement extend to training as well as playing matches?

SANFL has received State Government approval for a structured return to training in groups of 10 for SANFL and Community Football, with training to commence under strict protocols from Monday, May 18.

SANFL will continue the process of consultation with SA Health and the Office of Recreation Sport and Racing for commencement of competitive training followed by matches from June 8 onwards, understanding the current restrictions will be groups of 20 people.

Will Community Football clubs be compensated financially?

No. In line with there being no financial compensation for SANFL and its clubs, Community Football clubs won’t be compensated. It is recommended Community Football Leagues reduce their operations to reduce the financial impact as much as possible.

Will NAB AFL Auskick programs be postponed?

The AFL will make an announcement on Auskick shortly.  For more information and updates on AFL Auskick click the link below.

Will AFL9’s competitions be postponed?

Yes, AFL9’s is also postponed, in line with the postponement of Community Football.

Will SANFL Schools Competition be postponed?

Yes, SANFL Schools is also postponed, in line with the postponement of Community Football.