The Yarra Junior Football League (YJFL) is proud to announce the introduction of a new rule aimed at enhancing the matchday experience for players,coaches and officials during games.
The new rule will come into effect in Round One of 2023 season, with spectators no longer permitted to approach player huddles or enter the centre third of the playing field during any break.
The new rule aims to minimise the potential for spectator interference, distraction or abuse to the players, coaches, umpires or match day officials during the quarter time and three quarter time breaks. Only match officials, umpires, and players, identified clearly in the bib relevant to their role, may enter the playing field during this period. This rule applies to all games played in the YJFL, from the Under 8s through to the Youth competitions.
"The safety of our players is our top priority, and we want to ensure that they can play and enjoy the game without any distractions or interruptions," said YJFL CEO, Aaron Bailey.
"We want to create the best possible matchday experience both on and off the field for all those within our YJFL community and we believe this new rule will go a long way in achieving this goal."
The league wishes to advise spectators that if they want to kick the football during breaks, they may do so within the arcs at halftime.
The YJFL is committed to promoting a safe, fun, and fair environment for all participants, and we encourage all members of the football community to uphold this value.
For further information about the new rule and other Rules and By-Law updates for the 2023 season, visit https://www.yarrajfl.org.au/rules-by-laws.