Media Release

SANFL Removes Competitions Vaccination Policy

25 May 2022

The SA Football Commission has approved the removal of the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for SANFL Competitions and Talent Pathways, effective immediately.

The policy, adopted in December 2021, had required all players, coaches and support staff, including volunteers, in all State League competitions and Talent programs to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the 2022 season.

SANFL Chief Executive Officer Darren Chandler said while the League would continue to strongly encourage football participants and volunteers to be fully vaccinated, this was no longer a mandatory requirement.

“SANFL has taken a strong stance on vaccination and this policy delivered on our commitment to protect players, officials, volunteers and the broader community,” Mr Chandler said.

“In line with Adelaide Oval’s removal of mandatory vaccination for attendees, and the removal of vaccination mandates by a number of key organisations such as SAPOL, we believe it is now safe and appropriate to remove vaccination requirements for participants, club officials and volunteers in our SANFL competitions.

“I would like to commend our SANFL Clubs and thank them for their ongoing efforts in helping to provide a safe environment for everyone involved in our State League competitions and programs throughout the Covid pandemic.”

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