Words: NZ Football
Wednesday 18 August 2021
Following the government’s move to Alert Level 4 last night after a community case of COVID-19 was discovered, New Zealand Football can confirm that all community football and futsal is suspended this weekend (21/22 August 2021).
While only Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula are currently set to be at Alert Level 4 for the weekend, with the rest of the country’s initial three-day period set to end on Friday 20 August, due to the short turnaround time between moving down Alert Levels, and the possibility of a lockdown extension, the decision has been taken to suspend all activity out of an abundance of caution.
Daniel Farrow, General Manager, Football at New Zealand Football said:
“We never want to be in the position of suspending activity across Aotearoa but to give clubs and players certainty, New Zealand Football and our federations believe this is the best decision for the game.”
“Even if the areas outside of Auckland and the Coromandel do exit Alert Level 4 after three days, it gives clubs very little time to make the necessary preparations for activity the next day. With the Delta strain of the virus we felt it made sense to not rush this process and make the decision now to allow clubs to inform their members in good time."
At Alert Level 4 all football and futsal activity is suspended across the country. This includes this weekend’s semi-finals of New Zealand Football’s cup competitions where Miramar Rangers v North Shore United and Cashmere Technical v Western Suburbs in the Chatham Cup, plus Coastal Spirit v Hamilton Wanderers and Wellington United v Eastern Suburbs in the NZ Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup, will be rescheduled.
For information on what activity is permitted at Alert Level 4 please visit Sport NZ’s website. New Zealand Football will be publishing football and futsal specific return to play guidance when Alert Level changes allow activity to resume.
Reproduced courtesy New Zealand Football
Extra Information courtesy Northern Region Football
New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert level 4, with Auckland and Coromandel likely to remain there for at least seven days.
There will be no games played this weekend in our region.
"I know this is tough news at this stage of the season, and if you’re like me you’ve got a sense of deja vu - but our primary focus is keeping ourselves and each other safe.
We’re following the situation and health advice closely, and will share updates on our football season as soon as we can." - Laura Menzies, NRF CEO
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Football and Futsal at COVID alert levels
Level 1 - We can play and train while adhering to government guidance
Level 2 - We can still play and train while adhering to government guidance, especially around the size of gatherings
Levels 3 and 4 - No play or training is possible