The 2020 North Coast Football season starts winding up this weekend with the final regular-season rounds of many competitions.
Each weekend, close to 5,000 players, coaches, managers, match officials, and volunteers took to the field up and down the north coast.
Close to 300 teams from 24 clubs played week in week out after a delayed start to the season due to the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All participants in the game had to abide by tight government rules concerning contact, social distancing, attendance at matches and travel.
Most divisions 12 years and up conclude their regular season this weekend, and the top four teams in each will return after the October long weekend for finals.
The Coastal Premier League North and Over 35’s Men continue their regular season after the long weekend. Juniors from 11 down return for one more round after the long weekend.
The season is ending on a high with the NSW Government this week announcing a loosening of restrictions in response to the global pandemic.
From this weekend:
- Anyone can go to matches. It is no longer restricted to one-child one-parent.
- Up to 500 people can attend matches (with the usual social distancing).
- Teams from North Coast Zone can compete anywhere in NSW as a team.
The North Coast Football National Premier League Youth teams will return to their Northern NSW NPL competition on 3 October 2020 for eight regular-season matches.
Quotes attributable to Andrew Woodward, General Manager, North Coast Football.
“It has been an extraordinary season for everyone involved in the game.
“The perseverance has been worth it. The frustrations became insignificant when you saw people running around a pitch, kicking a ball and having fun.
“Everyone has done a pretty good job adjusting their behaviour this year.
“Club committees and other volunteers have worked tirelessly.
“They have done an enormous amount of work behind the scenes to get people on the field and keep the game in great shape.”