Following the announcement on Thursday that lockdown restrictions would continue across regional NSW with stay-at-home orders in place until at least midnight on Friday 10 September, several Northern NSW Football Member Zones have made decisions regarding their community football competitions.
Football Mid North Coast consulted its affiliated clubs on Thursday night.
"Taking into account all affects and disruption to the games, the expectation & pressure upon volunteers, the safety of players & spectators, plus complying with state health orders....the decision by FMNC with the overwhelming support of the member clubs, is to cancel the remaining rounds of Community Football for 2021," the board stated on their Facebook.
Football Far North Coast has ended its MiniRoos season only and will consult with clubs on Wednesday about the remainder of their season.
North Coast Football are looking to continue its season with finals to potentially be played on 11 and 18 September, with further consultation to happen next week.
The Interdistrict Joint Board and managers of Newcastle Football, Hunter Valley Football and Macquarie Football met on Thursday and have ended their Interdistrict season.
Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland said while the news was disappointing for clubs and players, the decisions had been made by the respective zones with the best interests of the local football community a priority.
"This will no doubt be deflating for all those players, clubs, volunteers and match officials who were looking forward to playing finals matches after a long and challenging season," Eland said.
"But with the extension of the lockdown restrictions for regional NSW announced yesterday the uncertainty makes it challenging for Member Zones to complete their seasons.
"It is frustrating and disheartening for everyone in the game who has worked so hard to make this season happen and make it what was a successful year on the pitch.
"We hope that next year will bring us an uninterrupted season for our football community to enjoy."
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