Yarra Returns for Sunday’s Round 9

16th June, 2021

The Yarra Junior Football League returns to play for this upcoming Sunday with Government restrictions easing allowing community sport to commence.

We are pleased to welcome back football in the YJFL after a three week pause. But must still follow the most recent guidelines and restrictions.

The Table of Restrictions released today, as it relates to sport, is as follows:

Physical recreation & sport:

  • Open
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
  • Maximum venue capacity 150, including no more than 50 indoors
  • No venue limit if 100m distance can be maintained between groups outdoors (e.g. golf).
  • Maximum group size: 10 people indoors, 20 outdoors

Community sport

  • Open for all ages, training and competition
  • Limited to minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity (i.e. players, coaches) and must be within venue limits above for indoor sports
  • Spectators not allowed (excludes people necessary for events such as teachers, instructors, trainers, coaches, umpires, carers, parents and guardians)

AFL Victoria expect to release the updated Return to Play protocols this coming Friday afternoon which will be passed onto clubs when received.

Notwithstanding the above, the YJFL are still of the view that there are to be no spectators, only parents/guardians attending (ie no sibling, grandparents etc), no canteen and be prepared for the players to ‘get in, play, get out’.

Head of AFL Victoria, Brad Scott, said: “AFL Victoria welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement of further easing of restrictions for community sport, which means community football is back across the state from this weekend, from Auskick through to senior club football.

“With 90 leagues across the state, more than 170,000 registered players, tens of thousands of volunteers, umpires and coaches can now get back to their local clubs and participate, which is fantastic for everyone involved in our game.

“In regional Victoria, it will be great to see crowds back, albeit in line with government protocols, while in metropolitan Melbourne, getting back on the field this weekend is a huge step towards football returning as we know it.

“While not having spectators allowed does create challenges for some clubs in metropolitan Melbourne, we are mindful of this and will continue to work closely with the government and health authorities to advocate for what community football needs, while the health and safety of everyone remains a priority.

“I would like to thank the Victorian Government for acknowledging and recognising AFL Victoria’s submission on behalf of community football, regarding easing of restrictions.”

The press release from the Acting Premier can be found here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-acting-premier-4