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Football Victoria seeks permission to start soccer competition this month

By Brayden May

MOAMA Echuca Border Raiders may be back on the soccer field within three weeks if a request from the sport's governing body is successful.

Football Victoria has written to the state government asking for permission to begin competitive training and matches from June 22.

The state’s governing body announced that it is targeting a starting date of June 28 for community clubs juniors and July 11 for seniors.

In a letter to the community, chief executive Peter Filopoulos said FV were requesting clarity in five different areas including:

  1. In requesting the above, a lead-in time prior to the commencement of competition would provide us with preparation time for fixturing and engaging our clubs in their own planning. This lead-in time would be required for each stage of the roadmap;
  2. The number of people who can gather at competitive training and matches and a roadmap on how these limits can be increased over a pre-determined timeline. This will assist at the top end of our competitions, as these clubs heavily rely on the revenue generated from gate takings and canteens (as below). We would like the road map to start from gatherings of 100 and increasing to 500 as the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic improves;
  3. The use of the canteen facilities, which are the lifeblood of community sports clubs and crucial to their ability to raise funds;
  4. Indoor club rooms/social clubs/changerooms to be reopened with clear guidelines on how these can be opened within the roadmap;
  5. We see the need for the Victorian Government and SRV to advocate to Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and Local Government Authorities to support the roadmap, minimising hurdles clubs and associations will have to overcome to comply with each level of guidelines and conditions.
  6. FV is reviewing the 2020 season fees and competition structures with a view to accommodating the financial impacts across players, clubs, and Football Victoria itself.

FV said it is reviewing the 2020 season fees and competition structures with a view to accommodating the financial impacts across players, clubs, and Football Victoria itself.

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