Soccer suspension extended

FOOTBALL Federation Victoria has announced the temporary suspension on all competitions and football activities has been extended until May 31.

At that time, a decision will be made about whether football can resume thereafter or if the temporary suspension will be extended further.

This decision by Football Victoria was made in conjunction with Football Federation Australia and in line with federal government guidelines and medical advice, and in consultation with the National COVID-19 Working Committee.

Football Victoria chief executive officer Peter Filopoulos acknowledged that while it was disappointing to further delay the football season, it was necessary to do so.

“Although we would prefer to be playing football, the safety of our participants is our absolute priority, and we note the repeated escalation in recent weeks of the statewide restrictions on public gatherings by the Victorian government,” Filopoulos said.

It remains Football Victoria’s intention to operate the 2020 NPL and community seasons in some form.

FFA recently launched an online skills hub. To access it and get involved with the #PlayAtHomeChallenge, visit www.playfootball.com.au/skills-hub.

Football Victoria has also launched #LiveLoveFootball At Home, an all-ages campaign across multiple social channels to keep the Victorian football community entertained and engaged during the temporary suspension period.