North Coast Football has released details of its plans for 2020 and will deliver a season with the usual number of competition matches but in a shorter period.
The start of the 2020 season has been delayed until the first week of July and will conclude in mid-October.
Competitions were due to start in March, April and May and conclude in September.
In 2020, the North Coast Football season will commence on the first weekend of July and will conclude in mid-October, with Grand Finals in most competitions.
The majority of competitions will have 14, 15 or 16 rounds of matches followed by a two-week final series. Some competitions will have mid-week matches.
In 2020, well over 4,000 players will take to the pitches between Scotts Head and Iluka in nearly 300 teams.
As expected, team and player numbers in 2020 are fewer than in 2019 due to the social and economic impacts of the pandemic.
North Coast Football has worked with clubs, councils and other sporting organisations on scheduling to ensure as many people as possible can play on the maximum number of days possible.
- Competition: Miniroos, junior non-competitive, junior competitive, seniors, masters and Coastal Premier League.
- Season starts: 2, 3, 4 and 5 July 2020
- Season concludes: 15, 16, 17 and 18 October 2020
- Formats: 14 to 18 rounds of competition with finals in most competitions
- Number of players: More than 4,000
- Number of teams: 296
- Number of clubs: 24
- Geography: Scotts Head in the south, Dorrigo and Grafton in the west, Iluka in the north
Comments from Andrew Woodward, General Manager, North Coast Football
“The amount of work put in by clubs and government to get us to the position of playing a regular-season has been enormous,” Woodward said.
“The players have been training now for a few weeks and are itching to go.
“Football on the pitch in 2020 will be mostly no different to any other year.
“Off the pitch, there will be some common-sense arrangements on social distancing and hygiene, which we’re all used to now.
“Importantly, parents, other family members and friends can attend matches.
“If you’ve been thinking of playing but haven’t signed up yet, clubs are still taking registrations.”
Newcastle Permanent Community Football is now able to return after the NSW government announced this month that community sport could resume from 1 July, with few restrictions, as long as social distancing and personal hygiene were maintained.
NNSWF CEO David Eland said he was delighted that community football had been given the go ahead to return.
“This is wonderful news. It has been a difficult few months for everyone however our member zones, community club volunteers and players have been stalwarts in getting football off the ground,” Eland said.
“It is a real positive that North Coast Football and their players now have a start date to work towards.
“I look forward to hearing all the positive stories of players finally getting back on the park and being able to enjoy playing the sport they love.”
Eland also extended a thank you to long-term major partner in community football Newcastle Permanent for its continued support.
“The financial support, continued encouragement and flexibility provided by Newcastle Permanent empowered Northern NSW Football to continue driving the game and supporting the seven member zones towards the resumption of football,” Eland said.
“Newcastle Permanent’s investment in football also assisted NNSWF to support community clubs to address revenue shortfalls by reducing player registration levies.
“During this time programs such as Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclasses have moved on online, broadening the reach to more coaches than previously, and an online Newcastle Permanent Club Volunteer Masterclass Series was introduced to further assist clubs during the COVID-19 lockdown.”
Newcastle Permanent’s investment, which now totals close to $2.9m million over the life of the 12 year partnership, covers all aspects of Community Football, recognising volunteers, coaches, clubs, and referees with award recognition programs and once again providing more than 10,000 free footballs to Entry Level players across the footprint.
NNSWF has provided documentation for clubs surrounding the Return to Play, which can been seen HERE.
Following the state government’s announcement, football will essentially be going ‘back to normal.’ There will be few restrictions, but social distancing and personal hygiene must be maintained.