Professional Footballers Australia (the PFA) notes the decision of Football Federation Australia (FFA) to resume the 2019/20 A-League season “as soon as possible”.

PFA Chief Executive John Didulica said:

“The players remain ready, willing and able to complete the season and support FFA’s commitment to finishing the season,” Didulica said.

“Whilst we acknowledge that the reactivation of the season will need to navigate complex health, economic and integrity challenges, a strong desire remains to play on. The next steps are to create certainty around player contracting and ambition on a clear timeline. These are areas we can collectively control and we need to address urgently.

“All players continue to work diligently on individual programs provided by clubs and note with interest the apparent permission granted to the NRL to recommence training in early May. 

“If this opportunity is afforded the NRL, then there is no reason why it wouldn’t apply equally to the A-League and allow players to recommence group training. This timeline will support the management of heightened player wellbeing challenges and ensure underprepared players are not exposed to undue risk upon their return.”