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Local footy call set for May

A 2020 start date for local football could be known as early as mid-May despite AFL Victoria pushing back an update on a return to play it had scheduled for the end of this month.

In an open letter sent to the football community, AFL Victoria said it would wait for a meeting of the National Cabinet on May 10 where COVID-19 restrictions will be reviewed, which is then expected to be followed that week by the AFL announcing its plans for this season.

The Victorian Government is also expected to ease restrictions when the State of Emergency is likely to be declared over on May 11.

“An update around timings for a resumption of activity at Community level will be provided once the roadmap for the elite competition has been announced,” AFL Victoria’s Head of Community Football Stephen O’Donohue said.

“Pleasingly, Governments across Australia are well aware that it will be vital for local sport to resume and re-connect support networks that are currently stretched or not operating.

“We continue to focus on being aligned with the advice of the Government and the relevant medical authorities and are ensuring everything we do protects the health and safety of our participants and wider community.

“We thank you for your patience and ongoing collaboration as the planning continues to evolve, and we look forward to being able to provide a more robust update to you following the planned elite game announcement in the second week of May.”


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