Football Victoria have suspended all football-related activity in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire Council.
The news comes after the Victorian Government announced a return to Stage 3 restrictions for those areas on Tuesday, after a rise in COVID-19 infections.
The restrictions will come into play at 11:59pm today, for the next six weeks.
“Football Victoria understands that this means all football activity must be halted – inclusive of matches, training, clinics and group practice – for the length of the lockdown period in the affected areas,” the governing body said in a statement on Tuesday.
“FV recognises this is an incredibly frustrating development for all Victorians and in particular the football community, especially given that many competitions either recently resumed or were set to re-start in the weeks ahead.”
“FV will work through this latest announcement in detail – and in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) – and, in collaboration with our community, will provide further updates as more information becomes available.”
Football activity will be allowed to continue outside of the restricted areas, with the federation set to be in contact with those in regional districts in the coming days.
Football Victoria CEO Peter Filopoulos asked all stakeholders to continue their strong display of unity.
“This is an incredibly unfortunate moment. Just as football was returning to our pitches, we’re again faced with lockdowns across Victoria,” he said.
“However, we simply must prioritise the health and safety of our families and loved ones.
“Please stay strong, please stay healthy and continue to support your communities. We will get through this together.”