Last Updated: June 1st 12pm. Last Reviewed: No further updates as at 12pm June 1st
In conjunction with the Premier’s announcement to bring stage 2 forward, Football QLD has advised that training can resume starting June 1 in line with the return to football guidelines for all Football Brisbane clubs. It is essential that all clubs review and implement the measures outlined in the Return to Training guidelines before returning to training. All members of the football community must also ensure they follow the conditions outlined in the Return to Training guidelines.
Please note that it is still at the discretion of your club as to when training will return. Football Brisbane welcomes your patience as your club ensures that the necessary arrangements are put in place to conform with Government guidelines for a safe return to football.
Football QLD has released a set of return to football guidelines for clubs within the Football Brisbane zone. These guidelines are being discussed in depth with Football Brisbane clubs during workshops on the 19th and 20th of May.
Once reviewed, Football Brisbane will work with clubs to ensure the guidelines can be implement to allow for a return to training on June the 12th. Clubs will be working towards the return to training date and will communicate this with members.
Football Brisbane has confirmed all football activity across the state remains suspended as Football Queensland continues to work with the Queensland Government on restarting the season and how this can be done.
The step-down approach to easing COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland begins with Stage 1 from 15 May and FQ is currently seeking vital clarification on how new social gathering guidelines affect football.
Club Workshops scheduled for the 19th and 20th of May will highlight some of the restrictions and measures that clubs will need to put in place in order for training to resume.
Football Bribane held the 4th round of online club workshops on the 5th & 6th of May to further discuss the return of football in line with guidelines to be published by Football Queensland in the near future.
Minutes and follow up information will be sent to clubs to assist and provide detailed follow up answers to several questions raised by clubs. Football Brisbane will continue to convene club workshops every fortnight.
In line with advice received today from Football Queensland (FQ) the suspension of the season and all football activities will be extended until 30 June 2020.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has indicated that they will review the current situation on 31 May 2020 which will provide us with adequate lead time to determine whether a return on the 30 June remains viable. Football Brisbane will take into account the circumstances and government advice at that time to enable clubs to resume operations prior to the season commencing.
Should this suspension be relaxed earlier, Football Brisbane anticipates it will be able to begin competitions within three weeks of any reassessment date.
Clubs are currently participating in Workshops (Wednesday 25th March & Thursday 26th March) with the Football Brisbane operations team and Board to discuss preferences provided to deliver a full season. Football Brisbane will compile minutes from the workshops to disseminate to clubs with next steps to continue moving forward.
Football Brisbane held a club webinar on March 18th which saw over 70 people tune in and ask Board Chairman Jeremy Medina questions. Following the club webinar, we are organising a North & South club’s meeting to ensure further discussion can occur between clubs and Football Brisbane in regards to the season structure from May 1 to end of September and areas within the Rules of Competition that may need to be altered.
The club’s meeting are scheduled for Wednesday & Thursday next week for all Football Brisbane Clubs.
We have been in ongoing contact with Football Queensland providing updates on COVID-19 relevant information from community clubs, this information has helped Football Brisbane and Football Queensland keep Football Federation Australia (FFA) informed of our local and state situation.
Today Football Queensland has suspended fixtures and training until April 14, 2020 across the state and all zones. For Football Brisbane this means all fixtures will restart the weekend of May 1 as currently scheduled and no training is to occur until April 14th for any Football Brisbane clubs.
This webpage will be updated daily by 2 PM with any changes. This is your source for Football Brisbane COVID-19 related items. You will see the date change when we update it and we will highlight when there has been a change or no change to the advice to clubs and our participants.
Additionally, we continue to work with Football Queensland to provide FFA with detailed information on our clubs of any suspected, close contact or confirmed cases. If you have any of these at your club please contact Football Brisbane (email@example.com) as we update this register daily and send at 3 PM.
COVID-19 Guidelines for Football
All football participants must play a role if we are to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including people organising, attending or supporting attendance at football activities.
Effective 16 March 2020, the following guidelines should be adhered to for all football activities, including training and matches.
- Before participating in football activities
- Participants should not present to participate in football if they:
- ave any flu-like symptoms;
- have been in direct contact with a known case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
- have travelled internationally or been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days; or
- are at a high risk from a health perspective, including the elderly and those with pre-existing medical heath conditions.
- Attendance at football activities
- Only essential participants should attend football activities, i.e. players, coaches, match officials, staff and volunteers involved in operations and parents/guardians of participants;
- Only attend as close as practical to the start of any football activity and leave as practically possible after;
- Children to be accompanied by not more than one parent or guardian, if possible.
- Practice social distancing at football activities
- Amend pre and post-match protocols so players and officials do not touch each other, e.g. no shaking hands, no walk out with player mascots;
- When spectating or attending at a football match/training, ensure you keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others;
- Restrict access to changeroom areas to only players, officials and essential staff;
- If watching football and confined to a small area nearby other people, seek to move around the facility to avoid close contact with others.
- Hygiene and Behaviour
- Ensure spaces at each facility, surfaces and objects are regularly cleaned with Disinfectant;
- Provide hand washing guidance (http://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/);
- Promote regular and thorough hand washing by staff and participants;
- Provide sanitising hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the event (particularly entry or high use areas such as a registration desk, change rooms, toilets or kiosk);
- Make sure hand rub dispensers are regularly refilled.
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze;
- Provide bins and put used tissues in the bin straight away;
- Wash hands with soap and water often;
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available;
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell;
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Organisation of football activities:
- Promote preventive actions amongst participants – lead by example;
- Plan ways to reduce in-person contact for participants and staff;
- Plan for increased levels of staff/volunteer absences;
- Keep volunteers, staff and participants informed of actions being taken.
We encourage all participants to refer to the dedicated COVID-19 website that has been created by the Australian Institute of Sport, and contains specific advice on the coronavirus relevant to sport (view the website HERE).
We also recommend that all participants follow the Australian Government’s guidelines as to how to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus, including using thorough handwashing techniques and anti-bacterial hand gels. Find out more here.
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