COVID-19 guidelines – for Training

calendarMay 22, 2020 tag pre-season, rules

During the week, training groups must train strictly on the fields allocated by the club and on the agreed day and time.
As of June 13, training groups can have up to 20 people – so all teams should be able to train together. Training is still to be primarily non-contact.
As of July 1, training will generally return to pre-COVID-19 normal practices but with hygiene and social distancing practices still applied – full contact training will be allowed.

Key Rules

So, now and for the months ahead there are key rules that must be followed at all times at training and it is crucial for everyone to understand and follow them:

Don’t come to training if you’re not well or if in the past 14 days:

  • you have been unwell or had any flu-like symptoms, or
  • you have been in contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19, or
  • you have experienced any sudden loss of smell or loss of taste, or
  • you are at a high risk from a health perspective, including those with pre-existing medical heath conditions.

Get in, train, get out

  • arrive dressed to play no earlier than 15 minutes before start;
  • leave as soon as play finishes;
  • children should be accompanied by no more than one parent or guardian
  • parents should not spectate, they are advised to stay in their car
  • there will be no change rooms available at Seaforth Oval

Strictly follow social distancing protocols

  • Training groups must not be larger than 20 people (including the coach)
  • People are to stay 1.5m apart at all times – no more than 1 person per 4m²
  • Before players arrive, create an area with cones where they will be able to safely access their water bottles, socialise, change boots, leave bags, etc whilst keeping the right distance apart.
  • Prepare to keep players consistently engaged with the training session, especially between drills

Maintain good hygiene

  • Teams MUST bring hand sanitiser for all team members to each training session
  • Wash hands before and after the session
  • Do not share drink bottles, bibs, goalkeeper jumpers, gloves or any equipment
  • Manage access to drink bottles so that social distancing is maintained
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Don’t spit
  • Toilets at Seaforth Oval and Tania Park are public toilets – try and minimise your use of them. They should be stocked with hand soap at all times. Always wash hands after using toilets.

Anyone who is infected or is required to self-isolate must inform the club immediately

  • Of course, also follow all the government rules for self-isolating and reporting.


The full FNSW Return to Training Guidelines and other resources are here ..