Capital Football have announced registration fees will be heavily discounted for the 2020 football season, providing the local football community close to $700,000 in financial relief.
Football players and referees in Canberra will have the Capital Football portion of their registration fee cut by 50 percent, to account for a shortened eleven-week season.
Those who participate in the National Premier League competitions will receive a discount of $85.46, whilst State League and Masters players will save $83.07.
Junior footballers will have discounted fees in the range between $17.32 and $33.36, based on the age of the player.
Players and referees who already registered and paid for the 2020 winter season, before the temporary suspension of competitive football, will also be refunded a portion of their fee.
CEO of Capital Football Phil Brown claimed the organisation was committed to keeping registration fees as low as possible, as a result of the implications caused by COVID-19.
“We want to ensure that the largest participation sport in the ACT remains affordable for all our participants, especially during this challenging time,” Mr Brown said.
“Working on the premise of ‘half season equals half fee’, the Capital Football Board decided to reduce our component of the registration fee by 50 percent, which will save our football community $685,000.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the ACT Government for recognising the enormous strain COVID-19 has had on our local football community and deciding not to charge for field hire during the 2020 winter football season.
“Their decision has removed the biggest expense for many of our clubs and will save our football community a further $900,000,” he concluded.
The news comes after the governing body recently announced its plan to return to action, with Canberra’s NPL and other competitions set to begin by July 18.