UPDATES WILL BE POSTED HERE AS THEY COME TO HAND
It is so important that everyone follows the Government’s lead during this period. You can visit Unite Against Covid-19 or www.covid19.govt.nz to learn the simple steps you can take to slow the spread.
APRIL 4, 2022
Updated Guidance for Football and Futsal under the COVID-19 Protection Framework
In light of the Government’s recent update to the COVID-19 Protection Framework, taking effect from 11.59pm 4 April 2022, New Zealand Football has today released updated guidance, developed with Sport NZ and the federations, for delivering football and futsal at the Red, Orange and Green settings.
All community football and futsal activity will continue to be classified as Gatherings and need to follow the Government’s rules for Gatherings.
After 4 April, all football and futsal competitions, matches and trainings should operate without My Vaccine Pass (MVP) at all levels of the Covid-19 Protection Framework. Vaccination is recommended for participants, but not required.
MARCH 23, 2022
Statement from New Zealand Football on today's Government announcement: click HERE.
They have also released the following guidance:
New Zealand Football welcomes the Government’s announcement on Wednesday, 23rd March that from 11.59pm on Friday 25 March there will be unlimited numbers for outdoor MVP gatherings, and from 11:59pm on 4 April 2022, there will be no requirement to use My Vaccine Pass.
This announcement has implications on our guidance developed for delivering football and futsal under the Red, Orange, and Green settings of the Covid-19 Protection Framework.
All community football and futsal competitions, matches and trainings will continue to be classified as Gatherings and need to follow the Government’s rules for Gatherings.
For all activity taking place between 11.59pm on Friday 25 March and 11:59pm on 4 April, please read the full guidance for football and futsal here:
Read the updated full guidance for delivering football and futsal under Red setting
For all activity taking place from 11.59pm on Friday 25 March until 4 April:
New Zealand Football will release updated guidance to reflect these changes on Friday, 25 March.
For all activity taking place from 11:59pm on 4 April 2022, there will be no requirement to use My Vaccine Pass.
New Zealand Football is working with Sport New Zealand and the federations to develop new guidance for football and futsal that reflects the changes, including how all football and futsal activity can operate with no requirement for My Vaccine Pass at all levels of the Covid-19 Protection Framework. Further updates will be advised in due course.
MARCH 17, 2022
Full guidance for football and futsal at the Orange and Green settings has been released. Click HERE to read.
MARCH 10, 2022
New Zealan Football sent THIS message to its database today.
FEBRUARY 25, 2022
New Zealand Football calls for urgency in aligning school and club sport in the NZ Government Review of the COVID-19 guidelines. Click HERE for more.
FEBRUARY 15, 2022
Click HERE for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions, courtesy of NZ Football covering football and futsal at RED..
FEBRUARY 11, 2022
Following last week's guidance provided by NZ Football regarding the delivery of football and futsal competitions, matches and trainings under the Red setting we'd like to provide our community with a brief update. Click HERE for more.
FEBRUARY 3, 2022
New Zealand Football has provided guidance for delivering football and futsal competitions, matches and trainings under the Red setting.
Please see the full details HERE.
CURRENT GUIDELINES for FOOTBALL and FUTSAL.
DECEMBER 3, 2021
From 3 December 2021, all football and futsal activity will take place under the new Covid Protection Framework. This means that for certain events vaccine certificates will be required to gain access to venues and/or facilities.
If you haven’t yet registered for your vaccine certificate please visit covid19.govt.nz
If you have questions about the requirements at a venue you are attending please contact them in advance to clarify what requirements are in place.
Read an overview of what football and futsal activity is possible at each stage of the Covid Protection Framework.
New Zealand Football are currently working with Sport New Zealand and our federations on football and futsal specific guidance which should be made available shortly. Read Sport New Zealand’s full Covid Protection Framework guidance at sportnz.org.nz.
DECEMBER 2, 2021
The full COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) guidance for the play, active recreation and sport sector is now available. Click HERE for more.
NOVEMBER 30, 2021
On Thursday 2 December at 11.59pm, all of New Zealand will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework. While we're still waiting for more detail about what that means for football and futsal, you can familiarise yourself with Sport NZ's current summary HERE.
NOVEMBER 24, 2021
New Zealand will move to the traffic light system at midnight on Thursday December 2, 2021. The traffic light settings for New Zealand will be confirmed on Monday, November 29.
Sport New Zealand is working in conjunction with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to confirm the corresponding settings for sport, recreation and play.
We anticipate we will have some information on what that means for our Futsal leagues very soon. It is very possible that this may involve some checking of vaccination status at venues for those over 12.
As soon as we have clear, accurate information we will let you know more.
NOVEMBER 16, 2021
Parts of the Waikato at Alert Level 3 Step 2 will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm this evening. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2, except for Auckland.
OCTOBER 19, 2021
Changes to gatherings at Alert Level 2 - HERE
Sport NZ have confirmed gatherings at Alert Level 2 are again restricted to 100 people for indoor or outdoor gatherings with no physical distancing in place allowing contact sport to be played.
OCTOBER 8, 2021
Changes to gatherings at Alert Level 2 - HERE
The biggest area of change for sports and recreation activities relates to the relaxation of number limits for gatherings. Previously there was a maximum of 100 people for indoor or outdoor gatherings.
There are now no restrictions on the number of spectators that can attend a sporting event, for example at a stadium or arena — as long as everyone can safely stay 1 metre apart.
Alongside this requirement is the advice for participants and spectators that they should:
SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
Football and Futsal at Alert Level 2
Here are NZ Football's latest guidelines for FOOTBALL and FUTSAL for Alert 2, which begins for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty at 11.59pm today. Click HERE to find out our current plans for senior, youth and junior football for the remainder of the season.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2021
Following the government announcement regarding a move to Covid-19 Alert Level 3, and under the assumption Level 3 lasts one week, WaiBOP Football is now able to share our potential plans for the remainder of the season.
Click HERE to find out our plans for senior, youth and junior football.
AUGUST 31, 2021
Update from NZ Football
New Zealand Football can confirm that all football and futsal will again be suspend this weekend (4/5 September). However, following the government announcement that from 11:59pm on Tuesday 31 August parts of the country will move to Alert Level 3, there is optimism that some activity many potentially be able to return soon.
With all activity currently suspended, New Zealand Football recently issued guidance on the likely impact to current competitions, outlining a number of scenarios depending on the length of the lockdown. With parts of the country set to begin moving down Alert Levels this week, this guidance will be reviewed to see when and what activity can potentially begin once regions are at Alert Level 2.
Ahead of any return to play, New Zealand Football will be issuing updated Alert Level guidance to make sure clubs and participants are taking the relevant safety measures.
AUGUST 24, 2021
Some updates regarding specific events across the WaiBOP region:
Further announcements will be made when we know more, including when the lockdown levels change.
AUGUST 23, 2021
Following the government’s decision to extend Alert Level 4, we can confirm that all football and futsal across the country will continue to be suspended this weekend, August 28/29. Click HERE for more.
AUGUST 18, 2021
All competitions and community football & futsal suspended this weekend
Following the government’s move to Alert Level 4 last night after a community case of COVID-19 was discovered, we can confirm that all community football and futsal is suspended this weekend (August 21/22, 2021).
Find out more HERE.
AUGUST 17, 2021
New Zealand is now at Lockdown Level 4. Click HERE for more.
AUGUST 18, 2020
Football this weekend (Aug 22/23). Click HERE for more.
AUGUST 13, 2020
Football this weekend (Aug 15/16). Click HERE for more.
AUGUST 12, 2020
Return to Covid Level 2. Click HERE for more.
JUNE 8, 2020
At 11:59pm on June 8 2020, New Zealand moves to Alert Level 1. Click HERE to find out what it means for football and futsal.
MAY 26, 2020
NZ Football have released guidance for football's return to play. Click HERE for more.
MAY 20, 2020
We're getting closer to the start of the 2020 football season. Subject to the range of public health measures outlined HERE, play, active recreation and sport can resume under Level 2. Obviously, there are restrictions around what's currently possible. Click HERE for more, including detailed Contact Tracing information.
MAY 18, 2020
Subject to the range of public health measures outlined HERE, play, active recreation and sport can resume under Level 2.
MAY 13, 2020
NZ Football has released the requirements for training to be able to take place at all levels of football across New Zealand. Click HERE for the full guidelines.
MAY 11, 2020
Following today's announcement by government to move to Alert Level 2 on Thursday May 14, we'd like to remind everyone that NZ Football and the Federations will be publishing Return To Football Activity guidelines in the coming days. [See May 8 update below.]
This will provide more detail on community football returning, including measures around contact tracing and use of club facilities. Please be patient as we continue to work through these issues.
In the meantime, please follow all Covid-19 guidelines. For more information, visit: https://covid19.govt.nz/
MAY 8, 2020
NZ Football has provided an update (HERE) on what Alert Level 2 will mean for football.
MAY 7, 2020
Sport NZ announces further $25 million short-term relief package - primary focus on clubs and regional organisations. More HERE.
Play, active recreation and sport at Alert Level 2
Most recreation and sport is set to gradually re-start in alert level 2, but with firm measures in place to ensure the health and safety of participants, volunteers and supporters.
It will take some time before sporting life in New Zealand returns to normal, so expect to be training before you get back to competing. It’s important we all play by the rules to prevent another wave of COVID-19 cases. The new Government guidelines have now been published HERE.
But remember, we are still in Alert Level 3, so stay home and safely active until further notice.
APRIL 21, 2020
Click HERE for the latest update from WaiBOP's CE, Karyn Walters.
APRIL 9, 2020
New Zealand Football and the seven Federations have announced that the community football postponement has been extended until at least Queen’s Birthday Weekend (Saturday 30 May 2020), due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More HERE.
APRIL 3, 2020
MARCH 31, 2020
We are currently experiencing a very testing time with COVID-19 and we will all react in different ways to this rapidly changing way we; work, play, exercise, socialise and live, as we navigate through this. Each of us needs to look at how we are going to look after our own hauora (wellbeing) and that of our whanau or housemates within our current bubble, as we get through this together.
Click HERE for some excellent information from NZ Football and the Fit4Football team.
MARCH 24, 2020
Read this message from WaiBOP CE, Karyn Walters.
MARCH 18, 2020 (3.30PM)
Further to today’s message from NZ Football, WaiBOP Football would like to provide more detail to assist the sport’s stakeholders across our region.
Further updates will be posted on this page.
MARCH 18, 2020 (12.40PM)
All community football postponed until 2 May
Out of concern for our community’s health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the community football season has been postponed until 2 May.
This difficult decision has been reached by NZ Football in agreement with the seven Federations, to help prevent community spread of COVID-19.
Measures being taken include:
All training should be suspended until 18 April, or two weeks prior to the start of the season.
Recommendations around safe practice will be continue to be updated, aligning with Ministry of Health guidelines.
NZ Football updates will be posted at https://www.nzfootball.co.nz/covid19
WaiBOP Football will discuss the local implications and will communicate further in due course. Updates will be posted at http://www.waibopfootball.co.nz/ABOUT/COVID19
MARCH 17, 2020 (12.45PM)
In addition to the information already published please see the notes below:
MARCH 16, 2020 (12.15PM)
Our community’s health comes first in football decisions
Participants, players, coaches, officials, volunteers and their families’ health is the main priority for all football decisions during the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation.
It’s vital the football community adheres to measures regarding travel and self-isolation put in place by the New Zealand Government, and doesn’t contribute to any further spread of COVD19. Please help ensure your club and organisation’s members do the same.
We are monitoring this fast-developing situation closely, and will keep you updated.
We encourage everyone to follow official advice around handwashing and other hygiene measures. We have published information on hygiene for footballers on nzfootball.co.nz/covid19, which will be updated as the situation changes.
Advice for clubs and organisations
Where to get information
We will continue to take advice from the NZ Government and Ministry of Health.
From NZ Football
Hamilton Brian Perry Sports House, Wintec Rotokauri Campus, Akoranga Drive, Hamilton. Tauranga Sport BOP, 406 Devonport Road, Tauranga.
Postal Address PO Box 1230, Hamilton 3240. Contact Us HERE.
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