The Chief Medical Officer with the support of the Australian Government on Friday afternoon recommended that gatherings of over 500 people within Australia will be limited from Monday 16 March in order to proactively limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) among the public.

Along with stakeholders across Australian football, Professional Footballers Australia (the PFA) are aligned with the Australian Government’s position and recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer.

The PFA accepts and understand that A-League and W-League games will proceed this weekend with increased health protocols, outlined by Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the A-League and W-League clubs, which extends to interacting with fans, media and staff.

FFA will also afford special attention to the Melbourne Victory players currently in New Zealand for the fixture against Wellington Phoenix. 

From Monday, the Government will enact limitations on public gatherings over 500. However, it remains to be determined what the implications of that will be for the A-League and W-League.

We’re in close collaboration with all of the game’s stakeholders to ensure the game has a unified position on this evolving issue.