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Return to Football Guidelines and Protocols



  • In conjunction with the SMJFL, game schedules will be adopted where multiple teams are using the same ground/facilities (e.g. start times, different days, potential of different locations, time between games).
  • In conjunction with the SMJFL, match fixtures and schedules will reflect any time between matches to meet any necessary cleaning requirements, as well as limiting the crossover of large groups
  • Only players and officials will be allowed on the ground during matches, including breaks, and at training.
  • No spectators will be allowed on grounds during breaks or after the match.
  • Adequately spaced markers will be placed on the floor in toilets to promote physical distancing.
  • Toilets will be in working condition with soap provided and increase cleaning as appropriate.
  • Parents and/or care givers will be directed to limit their person-to-person contact on site when taking their child/children to training or games.
  • Parents and/or care givers will be asked to prepare their child/children for training in accordance with the above principles.
  • Parents/guardians will be encouraged to limit drop-off/pick-up to only one parent/guardian and other dependents as required and necessary. For those staying at venues, social distancing and gathering regulations will be enforced.
  • Only key personnel will access rooms and bench (e.g. coach, runner, medical support).
  • Players will change into and out of football gear away from the ground, and team meetings will be held outside. Change rooms will only be accessed by players and key staff for respite from inclement weather, with the 4 square metre social distancing applied, and a cap of 20 persons per room applied. External toilets will be available for use in accordance with social distancing protocols
  • Players will shower at home instead of at the ground.
  • Any tasks that can be done at home should be done at home (e.g. recovery sessions, online meetings).
  • Tight huddles will be banned before and after matches and quarter breaks.



  • There will be no sharing of personal items such as water bottles, food or towels.
  • Players and officials will be advised that personal items need to be easily distinguishable, labelled and kept separate.
  • The club will use its own equipment where possible and minimise sharing of equipment.
  • Shared equipment, including Club provided footballs, will be wiped with antibacterial wipes or alcohol-based sanitiser prior to and after training and games.
  • All playing kit and equipment will cleaned and disinfected between training sessions and games.
  • Sports medicine staff who share medical equipment will sterilise them between uses, which includes disposable cover/sheet to be used for player massage tables.
  • All treatment equipment will be wiped down and sanitised before and after each use.
  • No sharing of food (e.g. lollies, fruit bowls) will be permitted.
  • Where modified rules are played, swapping of wristbands will be prohibited (players must have their own wristband).
  • There will be no sharing of officials’ bibs or training bibs
  • There will be no sharing of headsets or computer screens/ipads.
  • Match football will be wiped with antibacterial wipes or alcohol-based sanitiser at each break in the match.
  • Entry and exit points to the playing surface (e.g. gates) will be cleaned between training sessions and matches.


  • Any attendance at community football matches by spectators will always be strictly compliant with government directions and restrictions.
  • Spectators for training and competitions must abide by public gathering restrictions. Spectators will be in groups of no more than 10 people in open, outdoor venues and spread out around the ground or venue. Spectators must keep 1.5 meters apart.
  • Gathering limits will not apply to participants and those reasonably necessary to conduct each match (e.g. umpires, coaches).
  • No vehicular access to the grounds will be allowed
  • Club committee members will monitor crowd social distancing and if required will liaise with Police to enforce social distancing protocols.
  • Posters reinforcing social distancing requirements will be displayed prominently and policed by Club officials and Police as required.
  • Posters reinforcing ‘good health’ requirements will be displayed at our venues.



  1. Prior the the first day of training, ALL parents/guardians are emailed a copy of the club's guidelines for COVID-19 training including the requirement that all waterbottles (If required) along with any towels etc are individually labeled and left at 2 metre intervals along the boundary fence adjacent to the coaches boxes. There is to be NO sharing of food, waterbottles, towels etc. Plastic gloves will be provided to coaches for use when sanitising any equipment.
  2. The club's COVID-19 officer or nominee is present at training from 15 minutes prior to commencement until the last player leaves to ensure that all mandated COVID-19 protocols are adhered to
  3. At the first training session, the players will be given a rundown “Participant Briefing/ induction” so they are clear about the protocols and expectations. The attendance sheet for this session will note that a player has been ‘inducted’. If a new player attends training the following week or another day, they need to be inducted and ticked off before commencing training.
  4. Training times are 55 minute sessions from 4.30pm until 6.30 pm so there is social distancing between training groups at changeover times.
    Coaches arrive at training fifteen minutes prior to training and collect any necessary equipment (footies and cones) from the front of the storeroom.  These will have already been wiped down with hand After training, coaches will resanitise their equipment and return them to the front of the storeroom.

Ground set up and meeting points

  1. In week one of training, a nominated adult (U12 and under) delivers each child to training at the shelter adjacent to the BBQs between Aanenssen and Woodruff Ovals. Players over 12 can make their own way to training or arrive with an adult.  As each child (and adult)  arrives, they are immediately directed (no queuing) to one of four stations; Stations 1 & 2 are the coaches boxes on the west side of Woodruff and Stations 3 & 4 are the coaches boxes on the west side of Aanenssen until each of the four stations has ten players. 
  2. If more than 40 players arrive for a session, the additional players are directed to a fifth training group at the rear of the baseball pitch.  On arriving at their nominated station, the adult with each child adds the child's details to the training sheet (while maintaining social distancing), while the child is given some hand sanitiser.  The adults then move off the oval and remain away from the training area until collecting their children at 5.25pm.

  3. On returning home, team managers / coaches email the week's training sheets to the Club Secretary and the COVID-19 officer – Peter Martin, /

    Between week 1 and week 2, coaches use the week 1 attendance sheets to work out player arrangements for week 2.  They contact their families to advise which training group each child will be in for week 2.  At the start of training for week 2, players and their responsible adults go directly to their training groups to sign in, hand sanitise etc.  Players attending for the first time go to the shelter near the bbqs to be allocated to a group for the session.

    At the end of each week, coaches notify their players of the group arrangements for the following week.

Covid 19 Back to Training Times:

4.30pm - 5.30pm U9 mixed
5.30pm - 6.30pm U8 mixed
5.30pm - 6.30pm U14 Girls


4.30pm - 5.30pm U10 age group (boys and girls)
5.30pm - 6.30pm U12 age group (boys and girls)
6.30pm - 7.30pm U15 Bolts

Seniors and Masters 

4.30pm - 5.30pm U11
5.30pm - 6.30pm U18 Girls

From 9am - U13 Bolts Boys at JL Murphy Reserve
From 10.45am U14 Bolts Boys at JL Murphy Reserve
From 2pm - U16 Bolts Boys SMDJFC
From 2pm - U16 Bolts Girls SMDJFC

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