EFNL STATEMENT: COVID-19 | Eastern FNL – Updated 10th July

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    Update: 10th July 2020 – JOINT STATEMENT – 2020 COMPETITIONS CANCELLED

    The Eastern Football Netball League, in conjunction with the Northern Football Netball League, Essendon District Football League, Western Region Football League and South East Juniors wishes to issue a statement regarding the 2020 season.

    Following the State Government’s announcement of a return to Stage 3 restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne for six weeks commencing July 9, the EFNL, NFNL, EDFL, WRFL and SEJ have collectively decided to cancel all football and netball competitions for the 2020 season.

    The common view was that cancelling all competitions for the 2020 season was the only viable decision in the best interest of all clubs, participants, and the wider community.

    All leagues and their member clubs have a clear obligation to prioritise the health and safety of all participants and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a duty to minimise the burden on all club volunteers during this unprecedented time.

    The leagues are committed to working closely with their member clubs, AFL Victoria, and Netball Victoria to manage the associated issues related to the cancellation of all 2020 competitions and working towards a return to play next season.

    We wish to take this opportunity to thank all clubs, players, parents, volunteers, officials, umpires and league partners for their patience, support and understanding throughout these challenging times.

    Please stay safe and we urge all associated with our respective communities to heed the advice and regulations in place by order of the State Government.

    We all have a role to play in ensuring our community remains safe and healthy and that we can all return to football and netball next season.

    All clubs are reminded that club-sanctioned training and events are prohibited until at least August 19, as per Stage 3 restrictions.

    Further updates will be provided in due course via your respective league.

    Click on the link to visit their site for more information.

  • Update On COVID-19 – EFNL JUNIOR SEASON UPDATE - 7th July

    Update: 7th July 2020 – The State Government today announced that Metropolitan Melbourne has been placed back into a six week lockdown from 11.59pm on Wednesday 8th July.

    It’s extremely disappointing but unfortunately that means all club sanctioned training and events must cease immediately for all Senior and Junior Clubs.

    The League will decipher the details of the new information and provide a further update on this and other relevant topics, such as the junior season, in the coming days.

    We understand that we will have 1000’s of devastated players following today’s news, but this is a public health issue and one that is outside of our control.

    This is bigger than football.

    Stay safe, adhere to the restrictions and we will get through this together.

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  • Update On COVID-19 – EFNL JUNIOR SEASON UPDATE - 15th June

    Update: 15th June 2020 – Following yesterday’s State Government announcements the EFNL has pencilled in its Junior competition to commence, on Sunday July 26, 2020 and will finish the season no later than Sunday September 20th, 2020.

    All teams will play a nine game season and the final competition structure will be provided in the near future.

    Please note that this start date is subject to restrictions placed by the State Government on crowd numbers.

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  • Update On COVID-19 – EFNL RETURN TO TRAINING FAQ’S - 4th June

    Update: 4th June 2020 – The EFNL website hasn’t been updated but the restriction of 20 players per oval in groups of 10 has been increased to now 40 players per oval in groups of 20.

    The EFNL have released a return to Training FAQ on their website. Click on the link to visit their site for more information.

  • Update On COVID-19 – AFL Victoria Return to Training Protocols - May 19th

    The EFNL have released a statement from AFL Victoria on a return to Training protocols on their website. Click on the link to visit their site for more information.

  • Update On COVID-19 – April 15th

    The Victorian Government recently announced that the current State of Emergency and Stage 3 restrictions, which commenced on the 31st of March, have been extended until midnight May 11.

    That decision means there will be no change to the May 31 2020 season postponement date. This means that all club training, events, ground, and light usage remains suspended until further notice.

    The Metropolitan Leagues will continue to work with the AFL and await the outcome of Government’s decision on the 11th May, as to whether restrictions will be maintained, reduced, or lifted and/or whether any exemptions would be made for community sport.

    A half season commencing on the 13th of June or the 20th of June, should community football and netball be allowed to recommence, would be the most viable option for season 2020.

    The Eastern Football Netball League remain committed to the health and wellbeing of its players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, and associated stakeholders and are steadfast about ensuring the long-term sustainability of all its clubs.

    Recently a Covid-19 survey was sent to all Eastern Football Netball League clubs to help gauge their views on the current situation. We received 62 responses which provided the following key findings.

    Junior Clubs

    50% of Clubs answered YES to cancelling the season
    87% of Junior Clubs answered YES to participating in Lightning Premiership or POOL type round robin competitions
    Senior Clubs

    44% of Clubs answered YES to cancelling the season
    44% of clubs do not believe they will be financially capable of paying a tiered salary cap starting with a $50,000 being the maximum given the impact of COVID 19.
    84% of clubs are supportive of lower player payment caps for season 2020, 2021 and 2022
    A further update on season 2020 will be provided following the Metropolitan League CEO’s and AFL meeting on Tuesday 12th May 2020, which coincides with the decision on Victoria’s State of Emergency Stage 3 restrictions which as previously mentioned, is currently set to end at midnight on Monday the 11th May 2020.

    Currently the Eastern Football Netball League office remains closed, but our staff are available by phone, zoom or email to provide ongoing support to our clubs.

  • Update On COVID-19 – March 17th

    Joint Metropolitan League Statement

    Following a meeting of the Six Senior Metropolitan Community Leagues today, including the EDFL, EFNL, NFNL, SFNL, VAFA and WRFL, please refer to the following statement.

    The decision has been made to manage the COVID-19 issue for community football, netball and umpiring with a united, consistent and staged approach.

    A collective decision has been made to postpone all Community Senior and Junior football and Netball competitions until the weekend of Saturday, May 2, 2020.

    All Leagues have agreed to suspend practice matches and training effective immediately.

    The Leagues will re-convene on Tuesday, April 14 to review and/or confirm this commencement date, subject to the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This decision has been reached with consideration to consistency, League and Club Sustainability and the Health and Welfare of our players, officials, volunteers, spectator and umpires.

    The EFNL Board will formally meet Wednesday to discuss and approve the plan considering all the information available.



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