Football SA releases Return To Competitions Requirements

Football SA has released its Return To Competitions Requirements after restrictions were eased in the state, to ensure a safe return to the field.

Football South Australia (SA) has released its Return To Competitions Requirements after restrictions were eased in the state, where a number of procedures and rules are put in place to ensure a safe return to the field.

Football SA has chosen June 25, 2020 as the date that sports can return, where the following rules and implementations must be kept consistent across each organisation.

The maximum number of players and officials allowed in the field of play at any time are 11 players for each team on the field, five players per team on the bench, two team officials per team, one medical person per team and four match officials.

For facilities with multiple fields, there is a limit of 100 spectators at the grounds. At a single field facility, the maximum number of spectators is 500.

Football SA is also asking players to refrain from group huddles, including when celebrating after a goal.

Changing rooms are allowed to be used, but participants are asked to use them quickly. A maximum of 19 people are allowed into the room at one time. Until further notice, shower facilities are to be avoided.

In the Return To Competitions Requirement media release, Football SA said that the measures put in place are the minimum expectations for a safe and sustainable return to competition.

“The impact of COVID-19 resulted in the suspension of all football activities in early March. Since this time, Football South Australia has been working with Government Departments to reboot the sport,” they said.

“The sport has been returned in a staged approach in line with government easing of restrictions to ensure the health and well-being of all participants. This document outlines the requirements to return the sport to competitions as of 25 June 2020. Details of competition start dates will be provided by Football SA or the Affiliated Association.

“The conditions set out in this document are in line with government directions as at the date of issue and are required to be implemented. This document and its conditions will be amended in accordance with any future government directives.”

Football SA’s Women’s NPLSA, Junior Premier, State and MiniRoos Leagues will resume from Friday June 26, 2020.

Daniel Foley is a sports junior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and micro industry matters.

Paramount+ to release Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC documentary

Sydney FC

Paramount+ will debut the first of its locally produced sporting documentaries on Friday, 30 September, bringing Australian subscribers a four-part exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside Sydney FC.

Produced by Mint Pictures and narrated by Golden Globe winner and Sydney FC fan Anthony LaPaglia, the Paramount+ Original series will be titled Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC. The series will take viewers inside Sydney FC men’s and women’s teams during the most transformational year in the club’s history – the club’s 2021/22 A-League campaigns.

Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC is told through a cast of eclectic characters and those who matter most. Players, coaches, backroom staff and fans have all been captured exclusive on and off the pitch, with the documentary serving as the first time a documentary series has followed both the men’s and the women’s teams over the course of a tumultuous season.

The four-part series will give viewers real-life sporting drama that delivers triumph and disaster, hope and despair, agony, and ecstasy – the perfect binge-worthy football documentary ahead of the return of the Isuzu UTE A-League and Liberty A-League seasons.

Over the last 12 months, Paramount+ has been Australia’s fastest-growing streaming service and has hosted 981 hours of Australian entertainment content, 734 hours of Australian sport, and has seen 11 Australian commissions announced since its launch.

Football Queensland opens nominations for 2022 Football in Queensland Awards

Football Queensland

Football Queensland will celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and clubs at every level of the game as part of the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.

A new integrated state-wide format for the 2022 season will see award winners recognised at regional level, across a number of categories before representing their region as nominees for the equivalent awards at the state level – to be presented at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 has been an incredibly exciting year for football here in Queensland as we’ve seen the roll-out of connected competitions, providing brand new opportunities for players and clubs across every region as part of the Future of Football 2020+ reform implementation,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said in a statement.

“As we continue to unite the game across the state, Football Queensland is delighted to recognise the fantastic achievements of participants and clubs across each of our regions at local Grand Finals, before our highest achieving community winners are celebrated at state level at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 will see a number of new awards presented at community level in each region, including the Protect Our Game Service Award for an individual and club and Service to Football Gold and Platinum Awards.

“In line with the introduction of the connected football pyramid, we’re also excited to present brand new awards at state level recognising the achievements of those from advanced competitions across Queensland including awards for Junior Player of the Year, Academy of the Year and Technical Director of the Year, among others.

“After another challenging year for all involved in our game with seasons extended across many parts of the state due to the weather, we’re looking forward to acknowledging the hard work and achievements of members of our football community, from players to coaches, volunteers and referees, with the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.”

Nominations are now open for the Community and Service to Football Awards which will be presented at regional level, before winners go on to represent their region as nominees for the state awards.

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