Dear AFL Community Clubs and local stakeholders

Following the recently revised NSW Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 2) 2020, AFL NSW/ACT endorse a return to club sanctioned small group training at community football level in NSW from Thursday, May 21, provided Clubs and participants follow the relevant Government guidelines and AFL NSW/ACT’s Return to Small Group Training Protocols are implemented

Returning to training in a safe, hygienic and controlled manner is paramount for the AFL.

The safety and wellbeing of our participants is our number one priority and accordingly the AFL Return to Play Framework (Framework) has been developed to ensure we return to play in a safe manner.

The Framework has been informed by the National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities and the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a Post COVID-19 Environment, in consultation with health professionals and leaders in the football industry.

The following key information and protocols are now available on the AFL NSW/ACT website for
download for our NSW Leagues and Clubs
• AFL NSW/ACT Return to Small Group Training up-to 10 People Protocols
• AFL NSW/ACT Return to Small Group Training up-to 10 People Club Checklist
• AFL NSW/ACT Return to Small Group Training up-to 10 People FAQ’s
• NSW Government Public Health Order

AFL NSW/ACT strongly recommends that Community Clubs implement a minimum one (1) week
‘Preparation and Education’ stage to ensure Clubs undertake the necessary preparations to support small group training of up-to 10 persons in a COVID-safe environment. This will allow Community Clubs to plan for, implement and communicate the required protocols to their members prior to commencing any activity.

In addition, an important part of this return to play process is the requirement of each Club to appoint a COVID Safety Officer that is responsible for ensuring these protocols are adhered to and participants can return to a prepared and safe environment.

We also strongly recommend all participants immediately download the COVID-SAFE App, to ensure we can quickly trace and manage any outbreaks in the community.

We understand this announcement will raise many questions for Club officials, players, parents and
volunteers. As such we have prepared a set of FAQs that hopefully address most of these for you at this time. We will continue to update these as the situation progresses. There are a number of great resources and templates available at to assist Community Clubs.

Local government authorities are a key stakeholder in return to training activity and must be consulted prior to the commencement of any formal training activities on local sports fields. Please direct them to our website for further information.

We are excited that our NSW community can return to footy fields in the weeks ahead and ask that the AFL community act in a COVID-safe and compliant manner when doing so.

AFL NSW/ACT will continue to work closely with the NSW Government and provide further details
regarding the resumption of contact training and competition play in due course.

Tiffany Robertson
Acting Chief Executive Officer – AFL NSW/ACT