AFL Outer East FNLMedia Release | The AFL Outer East Commission advises that it today ratified a decision to cancel Senior, Reserve and Veterans football for Season 2020.

In an already compromised season, a tightening of protocols and ever-changing landscape made returning in 2020 unfeasible and unsustainable for Senior clubs. We have exhausted every possible avenue, including the implementation of alternative competition models.

AFL Outer East is immensely proud and grateful of its Senior Club’s through-out this period. They have been united, positive, and hugely resilient and the leadership of our Senior Committees, coaches and players during this period has been exemplary. The commitment to well-being, connectiveness and mental health of participants and the community has been outstanding. Our clubs have set great foundations to return stronger than ever in 2021.

Our approach has been and will remain to continue to strive to provide our participants the opportunity to play football and netball, until it in no longer feasible. We remain committed to seeking alternatives, offering different solutions, and meeting this challenge head on.

Our focus now shifts to our Junior and Female competitions, where we have a wonderful opportunity to showcase and shine a spotlight on these competitions. As per our Return to Play guidelines, each competition across the AFL Outer East will be assessed independently in regards to a return to play. After reviewing the current government, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria protocols, we can confirm the current start dates for the following competitions remain in place:

Junior Football, including Under 18’s- July 25th and 26th
Junior Netball- July 25th
Senior Netball- August 1st
Women’s Football- August 1st
The clubs responses for team entries in these competitions for the 2020 season:

Junior Football – All Clubs

Open Netball – 16 Clubs

Women’s Football – 9 Clubs

Junior Netball – 13 Clubs

U18 Football – 14 Clubs

We will work with these clubs and our Umpiring groups to support and prepare them for the implementation and management of all required protocols in returning to competition. The structure for the 2020 season for these competitions will be confirmed next week once team nominations are finalised.

AFL Outer East will continue to monitor all advice from key stakeholders in the lead up to these start dates. We continue to urge all Outer East participants to practice good hygiene and adhere to all Government, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Tony Mitchell

Chair – AFL Outer East