When will the WAFL start?
The WAFC is working closely with all WAFL Clubs to be in a position that when the State Government eases its restrictions about sporting competitions, then a decision about the season can be made that is in the best interests of the WAFL competition and the WAFL Clubs.
The Return to Training at the current time should primarily focus on reconnecting with fellow players, via physical activity, to benefit
Health & Well-being. From May 18th, this shouldn???t be a training program primarily focus on preparing players to lead into the start of the season, as this date is still to be determined. Moving into Phase 3 of the WA State Government restrictions is when full contact training can recommence, and is when the government has indicated a potential return to community competitions. This phase is when we would expect clubs to commence a formalised and structured training program leading into the start of a potential WAFL season.
Will crowds be allowed to attend?
Crowds at WAFL games will be dependent on the WA State Government restrictions on gatherings that are in place at that time.
Will the WAFC???s talent program be commencing training?
Yes, the WAFL colts programs will be re-commencing training shortly. For more specific information please speak to your club???s Talent Manager.
When will the WAFL Colts season start?
The WAFC will be in a position to announce further details about the WAFL colts season when the State Government further eases its restrictions about sporting competitions in approximately four weeks??? time.
What about the WAFL Futures season which had already started?
The WAFC is still working through the implications of the significant delay to the football season on the WAFL Futures competition. Further information will be announced in the coming weeks.
What about the State Academy programs?
The WAFC is awaiting confirmation from the AFL that the National Championships for males and females will take place later in 2020. Once this is confirmed a revised schedule for the State Academy programs will be communicated to players in those programs.
Is the AFL Draft still going ahead?
Yes. The AFL Draft is scheduled to occur before the 2021 AFL season. The AFL will provide more detail and information on timing at the appropriate time.
How come other team sports have resumed playing, but we haven???t started yet?
The WA State Government is responsible for determining when each sport can return. Understandably, there are different considerations for each sport, things like contact v non-contact, indoor v outdoor sports, numbers in teams, facility access, etc. We are bound by the State Government on when they decide we can resume.
Can Auskick participants resume?
Auskick sessions at clubs will plan to recommence once the State Government restrictions ease to Phase 3, and community sport competitions can resume. Again, strict social distancing (1.5m, and 1 person per 4m2 ) will be in place, with a limit on the number of parents able to attend. More information will be provided on this at the appropriate time.
Our team has social functions after training ??? can this still occur?
No. The principle of a Return to Training is ???Get in, Train, Get out???. There is to be NO social mingling or activities either before or after training.
Will I still need to pay fees?
Once competitions recommence then it is likely that Football Clubs will charge fees for participation. Please liaise directly with your respective Football Club on this matter.
How will regional border closures impact Country Football?
If regional travel border closures are in place, then travel over that boundary for football training or games cannot occur. Your League will work with your WAFC staff in your region, and the WACFL on strategies that address this factor as appropriate.
Can spectators watch Football from their cars at some venues?
Yes. However, social distancing rules of 1.5m, 1 person per 4m2 and mass gathering restrictions at venues still apply as per State Government requirements.