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Rebooting Football – COVID – 19 Update


May 23 2020.

Utilising the AIS Rebooting Sport Framework in conjunction with the guidance from state and federal governments GA is supporting the commencement of football-related activities guided by the requirements of each state in regards to building towards a full-contact season.

All members should consider what activities are safe at each level of restriction, and we recommend that clubs/states develop a plan to ensure we are able to get our players back out onto the field if not at full contact, training programs and modified organised leagues like flag football to help mental health and community aspects of our game. 

We will continue to work with states to assist in implementing a safer return to training and competition activities in alignment with State and Territory advice and encourage everyone to download the COVIDSafe app.

While the return to training is exciting, it is imperative that we all stay safe while doing so. This means following strict hygiene procedures, making sure to keep participation numbers in allowed groups aligned with state government advice and ensuring zero contact training is enforced until state and federal governments advise otherwise. 


The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Sport Australia welcome the update on Friday 8th May from National Cabinet on the three-step plan to ease the current restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19.

The release of the three-step plan is a positive step towards the reintroduction of sport and recreation, which links to the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment and we know will be welcomed by many in our community.

It is important to reiterate that all sport and recreation resumption decisions must be based on State and Territory COVID-19 public health advice. Links to those relevant authorities are listed below. Sports and athletes should follow the public health regulations issued by their local jurisdiction.


The AIS team, led by Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Hughes, developed the AIS Reboot Framework in collaboration with sport CMOs around Australia and in consultation with the Federal Government’s CMOs. The Framework underpins the National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities, and has been adopted by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and National Cabinet as the guide for the reintroduction of sport and recreation.