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.
With the country still in Alert Level 4, the extended postponement gives the football community new guidance on when NZF aims to resume play, providing it’s safe to do so.
- Community football, including junior, youth, senior and social competitions – start postponed until at least 30 May.
- Community futsal including junior, youth, senior and social competitions – start postponed until at least 30 May.
- National Futsal Tournaments scheduled in June and July have been cancelled – including the Youth Futsal Championships. All other national tournaments remain under review.
- Workshops and courses, including coaching and refereeing – all postponed until at least 30 May (in some cases, online alternatives will be made available so please check with your course provider. Please also check in with WaiBOP soon regarding online online coach and referee education options).
All team training should be suspended until 16 May, or two weeks prior to the start of the season.
There’s a lot of content available online with suggestions for things players could be doing to prepare for the season. Keeping it simple, if you just get outside with a ball and move around then you’ll be doing fine. If you’re looking for something a bit more structured, here are some ideas (primarily aimed at junior/youth players):
- NZ Football’s home training programme. This provides a weekly programme of activities the players can do to help their development across the technical, physical, tactical and mental areas of the game: https://www.nzfootball.co.nz/stay-fit
- Simple technique exercises. Five football exercises the players can do to work on their technique. https://matamataswifts.com/juniors/panthers/
- 11+ warm-up programme. These exercises will help improve performance and, as important, aid injury prevention. The kids should be familiar with at least some of these: https://fit4football.co.nz/physical-conditioning/the-11/the-11-kids/