Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) wishes to acknowledge the immense sacrifices of the players and staff of Elimination Finalists Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar.

After outstanding seasons respectively, the Phoenix and Roar players will return home today, where they will observe 14 days in quarantine before being reunited with their families. 

“Throughout the game’s history, our players have consistently displayed remarkable leadership and commitment to the sport; never more so has this been evidenced than during the A-League’s resumption,” PFA Co-Chief Executive Beau Busch said.

“On the pitch the performances of both teams over the course of an unprecedented season have been phenomenal; off it the commitment and sacrifice displayed by the players has been unparalleled.

“The Phoenix players and staff have twice relocated to NSW, been away from their loved ones for nine weeks and endured four separate bouts of quarantine, while the Roar players and staff will be subject to 14 days hotel quarantine upon their return home.”

PFA President Alex Wilkinson paid tribute to the attitude and professionalism of the players in the face of such significant personal sacrifice. 

“The sacrifices made by players across the league to allow for the season to resume have been immense but none more so than those made by the Phoenix and Roar players and staff,” said Wilkinson. 

“Their actions speak to who they are as people and their commitment to their profession and, more broadly, the sport.”