Season 2020 Officially Cancelled
The Eastern Football Netball League (EFNL) and Northern Football Netball League have today jointly announced the decision to cancel their senior football competitions for season 2020.
The EFNL & NFNL Boards endorsed the recommendation from league management to cancel all senior football (including seniors, reserves, veterans and under 19’s) for both men’s and women’s competitions.
The EFNL has also cancelled its netball season, whilst both the EFNL and NFNL will push forward with their season 2020 junior competitions.
Both Leagues have been in constant communication with their respective clubs, the other major metropolitan leagues and AFL Victoria, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recent feedback from senior clubs indicated an overwhelming wish for the future of the 2020 season to be determined without further delay. Both the EFNL and NFNL believed that cancelling their competitions is the only viable decision that will ensure the long-term sustainability of their clubs and the leagues.
The EFNL and NFNL have the health and safety of not only its participants but the wider community at front of mind in making these judgements.
Both leagues have a clear obligation to protect players, coaches, volunteers, officials, umpires, staff, supporters, and their families, during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Other concerns raised by senior football clubs were; the fiscal burden that playing just half a season would bring; the number of additional requirements for volunteers; the inability to effectively manage crowds to comply with current social distancing rules and crowd restrictions at public (often unfenced) venues and not wanting to play matches without their local community being able to attend without restriction.
The ongoing uncertainty around season 2020 has been a major concern for clubs as they sought clarity, which we have now been able to provide.
EFNL CEO Troy Swainston said the EFNL had conducted a lengthy and thorough consultation process with all of its key stakeholders prior to making its decision and was committed to beginning 2021 with all of its clubs in the strongest possible position to succeed in the long term.