Community football could return next month after easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria

The patience of several community football leagues could be rewarded with COVID-19 restrictons set to be eased next month. This is the date local footy in Victoria could be back.

Paul Amy and Luke D’Anello, Sunday Herald Sun

The waiting game is over for local football.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday morning that competitions could kick off from July 20.

And he said contact training could start from July 13. He named the dates as part of a further easing of restrictions for the coronavirus pandemic.

“Local footy teams, soccer clubs and other contact sports will be able to resume training for over 18s from 13 July. And from 20 July, full competition can begin too,’’ Mr Andrews said in a statement.

“Supporting this gradual return to sport, clubs and community facilities will also be able to reopen their changerooms.’’

Southern Football League chief executive Lee Hartman said the news was “fantastic’’ and “exciting’’ for local leagues and players.

He said they had been patient and now had a “roadmap to get things started’’.

“It’s great the State Government has come out and g