Monthly Archives: June 2020

Newcastle Olympic sign Brazilian Rudnei Sheldon

Rudnei Sheldon

Newcastle Olympic welcome our first Brazilian player Rudnei Sheldon to the club.

Sheldon joins NOFC from Gosnells FC in Western Australia.

source: Tom Tsamouras

NNSW Football:Relaunched 2020 Premier Competition Draws OUT NOW

Northern NSW Football has released draws for its relaunched 2020 Premier Competitions. The Premier Competitions were postponed indefinitely after the suspension of all football activities in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NSW government announced last week that senior community sport could resume from 1 July, with NNSWF Premier Competitions to now start or resume on the weekend of 11-12 July.

The 2020 National Premier Leagues NNSW competition, which was days away from starting before the suspension of football, will begin with five fixtures on 12 July.

This includes a blockbuster grand final rematch between Champions Edgeworth Eagles FC and Premiers Maitland FC at Jack McLaughlin Oval.

The Herald Women’s Premier League, which was halted after two incomplete rounds, will resume with four fixtures on 12 July including top of the table Adamstown Rosebud hosting second-placed Merewether United at Adamstown No.1 Oval.

NewFM Northern League One competition, was also stopped after two incomplete rounds, will resume on 11 July when Thornton Redbacks travel to Turner Park to face Cessnock City.

NNSWF CEO David Eland said he can’t wait for the Premier Competitions to return.

“This is great news. These competitions are the showpieces for the game in our region,”Eland said.

“We understand how tough Premier Clubs are doing it during this period and we appreciate their patience, understanding and consultation as we worked towards getting back on the park.

“It is a real positive that our Premier Competitions now have a start date and we look forward to a great season ahead.”

NNSWF released its revised competition structures for its Premier Competitions last month.

The NSW Government has advised further easing of restrictions from 1 July to remove the limit of 500 people in attendance at an outdoor facility, replaced by one person per four square metres, which means limited crowds may be permitted at games.

“If this is the case, it will relieve some further financial pressure from Premier Clubs for season 2020 – we are currently investigating systems which may be able to aid clubs allow spectators,” Eland

 2020 Premier Competition Draws


Herald WPL




NNSWF CEO Announcement: No More Waiting, Senior Football Will Return in 2020

Dear Member Clubs and Players,
This morning the State Government announced all community sport including senior teams may return from 1 July! This is no doubt fantastic news to many clubs and players.
Later this week, the State Government will release some measures in which we need to operate for this to go ahead, as soon they are released, we will review them and provide advice.
Please note the Acting Minister for Sport Dr Geoff Lee made it perfectly clear that the 10 person rule at training remains in place until the new framework/checklist is received and likely to continue until 1 July.
If you have not registered for the season, now is the time to do so, so your Clubs can advise Competition Administrators, and the season can be planned.
Please be patient with your Club and Zone Administrators as they prepare for the upcoming season, information, including local start dates will be released as soon as they are available.
This is a big win for football and a step to normality for the community. We thank Acting Sports Minister The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee for advocating on the behalf of sport during these unprecedented times.
Great work everyone on your continued commitment to the game!
David Eland
Northern NSW Football


Newcastle Olympic: Resumption of training for Youth NPL, & SAP/NET


Training commencement
Tue 16 June 12s, 13s (4.30pm or 5.00pm) 14s, 15s, 16s (6.00pm)

Training days Location(s)
Tue (Islington Park) Thu (Islington Park)

Training commencement
Thu 11 June (LMRFF) Tue 16 June (Darling St Oval)

Training days Location(s)
Tue (Darling St Oval) Thu (LMRFF)

Training groups and organisation:

No more than 10 people (including coaches) are allowed in a designated area (approx. 30×50m).

This may require that squads are divided into manageable groups, and that sessions are done either in (a) shifts, or (b) parallel sessions.

This will be decided depending on the size of squads, the availability of space and staff.

Training will be non-contact and maintain social distancing.

Training schedule:

Training will be scheduled as normal, but may be divided into 2 × 45 min sessions to facilitate separate training groups.

For example – half the squad train at 6.00-6.45pm, and the other half at 7.007.45pm

Competition commencement:


Attendance Sheets Attendance sheets must be completed for each team. We have circulated the standard NOFC attendance sheets which are to be maintained (indicating attendance or absence of each player) for training sessions at Islington Park and Darling St Oval.

For sessions at LMRFF, there are specific attendance sheets (which have also been circulated) and which must be completed and handed in to federation officials upon entry into the facility at each session.

Arrival at training:
Players should arrive at training no more than 5 min before start time.

They should not shake hands.

They should not congregate in groups unless social distancing is adhered to.

Player preparation:
Players are to bring their own hand sanitizer and water bottle, and these must be kept in their training bag so that they only access them.

Players are encouraged to sanitize before and after training.

Dressing sheds will be unavailable for changing/dressing, washing or showers.

Toilets will be available for players at training grounds, but players are encouraged to do this at home before they come to training to ensure maximum hygiene etc.

Parents and those bringing players to training:
Parents (or those bringing players to training) will be unable to enter the training ground and are encouraged to drop off and then return for pick up.

If families (etc) must wait for the player(s), they are encouraged to remain in their vehicles in the parking areas.

We have been encouraged to avoid congregating in groups in the ovals/facilities while waiting for players to complete training.

Training groups:
Each coach will inform his specific squad of the designated training group(s) and shift time.

While we use this process, players will be rotated so the shift time may vary from session to session (but will always be within the standard training times for each squad) – for example, an NPL-16s player may be rotated and be in the 6.00pm or the 7.00pm group from session to session, but they will always be within the NPL16s normal training time of 6.00pm-7.45pm

Although some equipment is allowed to be shared (agility poles, markers, kicking balls) each group will use their own equipment (ie. balls will be allocated to each group)

If a ball inadvertently rolls into another group’s training area, it is NOT to be picked by hand, but simply kicked back gently to the correct group.

While at L1 restrictions, we will avoid the use of bibs.

Departure from training:
Players are to depart the training area immediately upon completion and return to their cars/parents. That way the next group can enter the training area, equipment can be sanitised (if required), and next session can be set up on schedule.

No players/parents are to remain and congregate in groups after training.
Source: Tom Tsamouras

NNSW Football: Junior Football to return in Northern NSW from 1 July

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is delighted to announce that junior football for those aged 18 years and under will be able to resume from 1 July in accordance with the NSW State Government’s announcement on Tuesday.

NNSWF CEO David Eland is ecstatic to get junior players back on the pitch and said Northern NSW Football welcomes the NSW Government’s announcement.
“No doubt the announcement will create great excitement throughout the football community and the 35,000 players under the age of 18 years.
“We’re encouraged that the Government has also signalled the resumption of senior football.

“NNSWF and Football NSW will continue to impress on the Government how important Senior Football is to community clubs and are hopeful that senior football can also return to play in early July.

“NNSWF and the Member Zones are well prepared for the return of community football. The Sport’s Return to Play Guidelines have already been submitted to NSW State Government for approval.

“Our focus will be now be applied to helping clubs and local government authorities prepare for competitive football and MiniRoos including attracting further volunteers for clubs.

“This season has been challenging to say the least. The enduring support of the thousands of selfless volunteers who have hung in there and held their clubs together throughout this crisis is acknowledged and appreciated.

“I strongly encourage the parents of young players to continue to be patient as their club’s volunteers prepare for the long awaited return of Football,” said Eland.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw all football activities suspended in early March. All NNSWF Clubs were allowed to return to training from Wednesday 27 May, with the caveat they abide by the NSW Public Health Order and NNSWF Return to Training Guidelines which were recently released.

While junior football has been given the green light to return from 1 July, there continues to be no age restrictions on training for senior players and teams, who will be able to continue to train provided they abide by the NSW Public Health Order and the NNSWF Return to Training Guidelines.

source: Tom Tsamouras