Community football is returning to the Macleay Valley as the Kempsey Saints and Macleay Valley Rangers dust off their boots to prepare for this weekend's clashes.
The Saints will have the home ground advantage for their first fixture as they meet Sawtell Saints FC at Eden Street on Saturday.
Rangers will head to Port Macquarie to verse Port Saints with the Rangers out to right their wrongs from last seasons Premier League after Saints defeated them 4-2 in the qualifying final.
Round 3 will be Rangers' first home game, coming up against Coffs City United.
The official fixture list and start date was announced by Northern NSW Football on June 26 after all football activities were postponed indefinitely in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NNSWF CEO David Eland said in a statement on the Football Mid North Coast website he was delighted community football had been given the go ahead to return.
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"This is wonderful news. It has been a difficult few months for everyone however our member zones, community club volunteers and players have been stalwarts in getting football off the ground," Eland said.
"It is a real positive that Football Mid North Coast and their players now have a start date to work towards.
"I look forward to hearing all the positive stories of players finally getting back on the park and being able to enjoy playing the sport they love."
The draw has the regular season round running until October 17 where the Kempsey Saints will go against Port United FC at home whilst Rangers will travel to Coffs Harbour to play their final round game against Northern Storm.
Spectators will be allowed at these matches however conditions will apply relating to ground capacity and seating arrangements.
In most cases spectators will be able to sit as per prior to the pandemic in accordance with the Public Health Order where a 1.5m distance must be maintained from those not from their household.
Spectators may be able to sit in grandstands or permanent seating, however in accordance with Local Council orders, this will vary from venue to venue.
In some venues there may be markers identifying 1.5m.