Football Federation Australia (FFA) on Monday confirmed that the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 regular season will continue, with all matches to be played behind closed doors.
This will begin on Friday, with the Mariners taking on Melbourne City at Central Coast Stadium as scheduled, with only essential staff in attendance.
The club continues to work with FFA and the Hyundai A-League through what is an unprecedented situation, and all parties are prioritising the health and safety of fans, players and staff moving forward.
For now, the Central Coast Mariners’ office in Tuggerah will be closed to external visitors with staff available for contact via email.
The Central Coast Mariners will endeavour to update all stakeholders continually as the situation evolves and as information becomes available.
All casual ticket purchasers for our upcoming home games against Melbourne City, Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers will be contacted by Ticketek. They will arrange a refund with you in the coming days.
Due to the ongoing changes to the COVID-19 situation, we are currently working on a solution for our members and appreciate your patience at this time.
As a result of the developing situation and the implementation of social distancing measures by the NSW Department of Education, Central Coast Mariners have decided to suspend all school and community programs until further notice. The decision has been made to ensure the safety of our participants and staff in an effort to uphold social distancing measures and non-essential gathering advice as required at this point in time.
In line with the guidance of FFA, grassroots football including Central Coast Mariners Academy matches can continue, however the club fully supports FFA’s suggestion that only people essential to the operation of the match be in attendance. The club will work to continually provide updates to Academy members via Academy channels.
For further information, please see the full release from FFA below.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today confirmed that the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 regular season, and the Westfield W-League 2020 Grand Final scheduled for this weekend will go ahead, but with all matches to be played behind closed doors and with no fans permitted to attend. This policy will apply for the remaining six rounds of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 regular season and will be reviewed for the Hyundai A-League 2020 Finals Series.
The decision by the Federal Government that all travellers to Australia arriving from today will have to self-isolate for a period of 14 days means that matches involving Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix will not proceed in Rounds 24 and 25 of the Hyundai A-League. These matches will be re-scheduled and Wellington Phoenix will play all their matches in Australia for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.
FFA also confirmed that grassroots football, including all levels of the National Premier Leagues and FFA Cup Preliminary Rounds, may continue to be played at this time in line with Government advice, but with additional measures implemented to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection or transmission through the football community, including recommended hygiene measures and appropriate social distancing at football matches.
FFA Chief Executive Officer James Johnson said that the decisions taken were designed to protect the 1.96 million members of Australia’s football community, as well as ensure that football’s vast community would be a positive force in helping Australians remain healthy and combat the spread of the virus.
“The scale of football means that we have a key role to play in maintaining the health and well-being of Australians, as well as their families and the wider community. We are doing so by allowing people to play, in line with the current Government position but with additional guidance to further improve social distancing at football fields around the country.”
“We have been working closely with our stakeholders, Government health officials and our own chief medical officer to develop our policies for the whole of the game following the COVID-19 outbreak. The situation is subject to constant change, and further measures may be necessary in the future.”
Johnson added: “The decision to play the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season, and the Westfield W-League 2020 Grand Final behind closed doors was made in consultation with the clubs and in accordance with the latest Federal Government advice.”
“The health and safety of all members of the football community, including players, coaches, referees, volunteers, administrators and fans continues to be of paramount importance. We will continue to work with the Government and seek advice as the situation changes.”
The National COVID-19 Working Committee will continue to meet and FFA will provide regular updates to the football community as the situation continues to develop.