Return to Contact Training – Update

Returning to play in a safe, hygienic and controlled manner is paramount to the AFL. The safety and wellbeing of our participants is our number one priority.

Following the recently revised ACT Government restrictions easing to stage 2.2 (outlined below), AFL NSW/ ACT endorse a return to club sanctioned contact training at community football level in ACT from 12:00pm Friday, June 19, provided Clubs and participants follow the relevant Government guidelines and AFL NSW/ ACT’s Return to Contact Training Protocols are implemented.

In advance of contact training recommencing, we encourage Leagues, Clubs and Volunteers to review the following Protocols, undertake an education period to formulate an education and implementation plan for their Club to prepare members for a return to contact training safely.

We will continue to work with the ACT Government to ensure alignment with their advice in the event of further easing of restrictions, with hygiene and safety protocols firmly in place.

Our primary focus is to ensure our Clubs and Leagues prepare to return to contact training in a safe environment that is a carefully managed. In order for this to be successful, it is essential that clubs and individuals work within the protocols and government restrictions and do not move ahead of the current restrictions.

AFL NSW/ACT will continue to follow any direction from government and align with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport, to ensure community football activity in NSW/ACT does not compromise the health of individuals or the broader community.


From 12:00pm Friday June 19, clubs within the ACT can conduct contact training for groups of up to 100 people, below are the major alterations from stage 2.1 to stage 2.2

  1. Groups have been extended to include 100 people. This means that teams are able to have groups of 100 people with this number including coaches, officials, players and volunteers.
  2. 1 parent per participant is still allowed for Junior training, parents are to remain off the field of play and adhere to social distancing requirements.
  3. Contact training can occur. This includes incidental or deliberate contact as per a normal training session. Players are still required to adhere to hygiene and social distancing requirements pre and post training.
  4. Clubs can run a canteen at training sessions with social distancing and strict hygiene protocols in place.
  5. Changerooms and indoor community facilities can now be accessed by your patrons. Clubs must asses any risk and implement strict cleaning regimes. The use of changerooms is still subject to 1 person per 4 squared metres rule with no access to showers. Clubs should aim to minimise use of change rooms and strongly encourage participants to shower / change at home where possible.