We are excited to announce that planning is underway to return to football competitions will re-commence from Saturday 12th September.
The above re-start date is subject to the update from the Government scheduled for Sunday 6 September regarding the current 10-person maximum gathering size. For competitions to restart, the current restriction will need to be increased to a realistic figure level that would allow football to occur. Should that change not occur, NRF will quickly confirm the status of the season – this could include possible cancellation of the remainder of the season.
What Will a Return to Football look like on the 12th September?
·First Kicks (Grades 5-8) members will be notified separately to this communication.
·Junior Football (9-12 ages): Kick off times of games may differ to previous grade start times. Season will end 27th September
·Youth Football (13-19 ages) – All BOYS youth football, including competitions previously played on Saturday, will now be played on Sundays beginning 13th September. All GIRLS competitions will remain on Saturdays. Season will end 27th September
·Senior Football/Futsal – Senior Community competition will start on either the weekend of September 12 or September 19 based on your competition round one status at time of second lockdown. Season will end 27th September.
·AFF/NFF Men’s and Women’s Senior Conference (first teams and reserves) – will start on the weekend of either September 12 or September 19, the competitions concluding in early October. - LOTTO NRFL – LOTTO NRFL competition will begin with a scheduled friendly on the weekend of September 12 before live return on the weekend of September 19, the competitions concluding in early October.
We appreciate parents love to watch their kids play football and have fun. However, compliance regarding gathering size is key to ensure we comply with MOH guidelines. To assist in the delivery of our collective Return to Play strategy, NRF requests spectators are NOT present on the side-lines for matches and clubs will appoint ‘team minders’ from parents within teams to assist coaches on match days.
Reducing spectator numbers has been a key part of learning to deliver in Level 2 conditions in Northland and around the rest of the country in recent weeks and it is now our turn to adopt that measure to ensure we can get back to the field and the court safely.
What Happens Next? As a Club we need to confirm to NRF the status of all of our teams in competitions. We need confirmation from each team if you still wish to play with the above changes in place. Please note, teams will not be penalised for opting not to return this year (placement in 2021 competitions will not be impacted by this). Your team manager will be in touch very shortly for your response. Please ensure you reply promptly as all responses are required by the weekend. If I do not get a response from your team I will have no option but to advise the federation your team will not be continuing.
We thank you for your continued support during these difficult times and we look forward to seeing everyone back on the field as soon as possible.