Bendigo Amateur Soccer League (BASL) today advises that after considered discussion with its 15 member clubs, local Referees Association and assessment of current Football Federations Australia (FFA) direction, that the 2020 competition will commence no sooner than the weekend of 16 and 17 May.

This decision comes following FFA’s announcement yesterday to suspend all sanctioned grassroots football competitions and associated training until 14 April.

The BASL decision was made with the understanding that clubs and administrators will require a period after the recommencement of football activities to prepare for the season.

BASL will continue to be guided by FFA, who are consulting with the Federal Government and its National COVID-19 Working Committee and will advise of updates as they come to hand.


“Whilst delaying the competition is regrettable, as a responsible community organisation we acknowledge we have a role to play in limiting the spread of the virus both due to the sizeable region our competition takes part in and the over 3000 players, coaches, officials, and their families we support.

I would like to acknowledge the collaboration, expediency and commitment of our Member Clubs, Referees Association, BASL Committee and Operations Department, to arrive at the decision at such short notice.

I wish the very best of health for all our members, their families and the broader community during this challenging time and look forward to when we can safely return to the field to share in the game we love” Aaron Shooter, BASL President.





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