FOOTBALL AND FUTSAL UNDER THE COVID-19 PROTECTION FRAMEWORK - FAQS

The COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) allows football and futsal to take place at all stages, with different restrictions at the Red, Orange, and Green settings to make sure it is the safest possible environment for all participants.

From 11.59pm on 4 April 2022, there is no requirement to use My Vaccine Pass. All football and futsal activity should operate as non-My Vaccine Pass Gatherings. Vaccination is recommended for participants, but not required.

We have answered some of your frequently asked questions so you can understand what you need to do to participate this season:​​​​​​.


Can I play football or futsal if I am unvaccinated?

From 11.59pm on 4 April 2022, there is no requirement to use My Vaccine Pass. All football and futsal activity should operate as non-My Vaccine Pass Gatherings. Vaccination is recommended for participants in football and futsal activity, but not required.

 

What will happen when we change traffic light settings?

Currently all of Aotearoa New Zealand is at the Red Setting. On 4 April the Government will review the traffic light settings, including which colour (Red, Orange, Green) each area of the country sits in.

At all Settings, there are no limits for outdoor activities, and there are no requirements for scanning in, QR code posters to be displayed, or for mandatory record keeping. Businesses can still use the MVP system if they would like to.

For indoor activities, at Red there is a limit of up to 200 people (based on 1m2 distancing), and at Orange and Green settings there is no limit for indoor Gatherings.

Up to date information on the Red, Orange and Green settings can be found on the COVID-19 website.


Why are spectators considered part of Gatherings for junior football and futsal?

All community football and futsal competitions, matches and trainings are classified as Gatherings and include players, coaches, management, and support staff that come into contact with each other over the course of that activity. It does not include spectators unless they form part of the Gathering by coming into contact with the players, coaches, management or support staff. 

It is recommended that for junior football and futsal, spectators such as parents and/or caregivers form part of the Gathering and count towards the Gathering limit. This is because parents and/or caregivers will likely come into contact with and interact with their children (players) over the course of the activity. 

 

What do I do if I’m a contact of someone who has COVID-19?

If you are exposed to someone who has COVID-19 you may be classed as a contact and need to self-isolate. The time you need to self-isolate may change as we move through different phases of the response to Omicron. Up to date about contact definitions and self-isolation times can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website here.  


What are the protocols for the return to training and play following a Covid-19 illness?

There are no standardised football protocols for the return to training or play following a COVID-19 illness. The COVID-19 illness affects every individual differently and therefore individual return to training and play timelines will be varied. Players should seek their own professional medical advice if they are unsure on what is appropriate for them to return to training and play following a COVID-19 illness.


See SportNZ's website for further FAQs on the COVID-19 Protection Framework.