Football West has announced the fixtures for its 2020 competitions along with a range of financial support options for players, clubs and referees.
To ensure that the more than 250 clubs in Western Australia survive, Football West’s financial support schemes will be worth more than half a million dollars.
The financial support involves a 25% reduction in match official fees for clubs, competition team entry fees and registration fees for referees. Other measures include a 50% subsidy for personal injury insurance cost and the establishment of a financial hardship fund. The hardship fund is designed to cover many aspects of the game from club development to courses and programs.
Football West said that while the 2020 season would take on a new look it was still focused on making the upcoming season a success.
“In order to support the financial relief, Football West, as the governing body of the sport with the largest number of participants in WA, has had to significantly reduce our workforce both during and post-COVID-19, and for the future across the business,” they said.
“There will also be a large number of reductions on other expenditure, programs and events such as the 2020 Awards Nights.
“However, we remain committed to serving all of football and we hope to provide further financial and service support for the 2020 season. This includes working with all of our metropolitan and regional clubs and associations, youth talent programs, coach and referee development and delivering our inclusive programs for members of the community for whom football plays such an important part of their life.”
Football West also released the full fixtures for the 2020 season, most competitions such as junior leagues, the Metropolitan and Masters Leagues and the State League Women will start on Sunday, June 21.
The NPL Men, NPL Women and State League Men’s competitions will start over the weekend of the 4/5 of July.