Football NSW have confirmed, effective from today, training activities for football will recommence in the state.
Sessions will be restricted to ten people at one time, including the coach.
Other specific guidelines will also have to be followed, the governing body explained.
“For the avoidance of doubt, no competition matches are permitted to be played (including ‘friendly’ matches as part of a training session),” a FNSW spokesperson said.
“It is required that all training be conducted in accordance with the Public Health Order available on the NSW Government website.
“To support our participants, associations and clubs, in considering their return to training, Football NSW has produced a set of recommendations in the form of Return to Training Guidelines and supplementary resources that are available.
“These resources include the 10-page Return to Training Guidelines Booklet, a checklist, some posters for display around venues and a brief educational video.”
The association claimed they are in contact with the state government around the future steps they need to take to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are engaging with the NSW Government as to when we may be able return to competitive play and management is currently developing a set of ‘Return to Play’ Guidelines which we will shortly forward to the appropriate authorities.
“We remain committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure competitive play can resume as soon as possible.
“Associations and clubs who are leaseholders at their training venues are encouraged to engage with their Councils regarding access to venues and any conditions they may have in relation to that access,” FNSW concluded in a statement on Thursday.
The news comes after Football Queensland announced training will resume in their state in three weeks’ time, on June 12. Football Victoria also recently outlined a plan to begin playing competitive games by June 28.