Media Release

SANFL Statement – 2020 Season Postponed

SANFL, in a united decision with the AFL and all other State Leagues, has postponed the 2020 football season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

SANFL will delay the start of the 2020 SANFL Statewide Super League season, Reserves and U18 Torrens University Cup competitions until May 31.

A review of competitions which have already commenced, including the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League and U16 Torrens University Cup, is continuing, with a shortened season under consideration. An announcement regarding these competitions will be made shortly.

SANFL remains in discussions with the AFL with regards to the postponement of Community Football leagues and will provide an update as soon as possible.

SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said the delayed start to the 2020 State League season in South Australia was unavoidable due to concerns for the coronavirus and the need to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, staff, supporters and the broader community.

“This is an unprecedented global health issue which we, like many other organisations, are doing our best to come to grips with and make decisions which are in the best interests of the general public,” Mr Parkinson said.

“The ramifications across all levels of football are monumental and therefore require a united ‘whole of football’ approach to ensure the financial sustainability of our clubs and the future of our national game.”

Mr Parkinson said SANFL will be working through the impact on SANFL Clubs, its members, players, staff, supporters and sponsors over the coming days.

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