Joint League Statement - Player Payments

Local footy 2020: Melbourne’s metropolitan leagues scrap player payments

As community competitions await a return-to-play road map and prepare to make a decision on their seasons, three suburban leagues have made a significant step towards a return to the field.

For the love of the game.

Players from the metropolitan local leagues striving to get their seasons underway will play for nothing should the ball be bounced for 2020.

The Southern and Western Region competitions have joined the Essendon District league in setting their salary caps at zero.

While the Eastern and Northern leagues have scrapped their seasons, the SFNL, WRFL, EDFL and VAFA have given themselves until the week of June 22 to make a call.

Southern has told its clubs that all four divisions could potentially start on July 11, while the VAFA is aiming to start on July 25.

“After continuing consultation with clubs and working to produce the best chance for senior football to be played in 2020, the boards, management and clubs of the Southern Football Netball League, Western Region Football League and Essendon District Football League have agreed to play the 2020 season, should it proceed, with a $0 salary cap across all competitions,’’ the Southern, Western Region and Essendon District leagues said in a joint statement today.

“All three leagues have worked in a consultative manner to enable this to occur in the best interests of our clubs and the sustainability of the leagues and clubs involved.’’

Three-time Keilor premiership coach and Collingwood champion Mick McGuane backed the EDFL’s decision to scrap player payments.

McGuane said the sustainability of all clubs had to be top priority amid the coronavirus crisis.