Hi South Perth United family,

Here is the latest in the ever-changing COVID-19 situation.

The latest from Football Federation Australia (FFA)

We are yet to hear anything further from either FFA or Football West regarding potential impacts on the 2020 season with current football activities suspended until 14 April 2020. A reminder to senior players that registration and merchandise orders are due in by Tuesday 31 March.

Today (24 March 2020) FFA announced that the remaining six A-League games will be postponed, effective immediately. They will have an update about A-League games by 22 April 2020 after  assessing how the COVID-19 situation develops.

You can read their latest statement here.

Keeping fit at home

While missing out on weekly training and games is hard, we encourage all players (and parents, siblings, partners and housemates!) to find innovative ways to keep moving while limiting social interactions. The Socceroos and Matildas are posting a weekly #PlayAtHomeChallenge.

This week’s challenge is to juggle the ball 10 times. So bust out your ball and get practicing! Be sure to share your progress with your team and post a video to social media with the hash tags #PlayAtHomeChallenge and #SPUFC.

If you have a favourite at home workout, share it and tag us on Facebook @SouthPerthFC

Social distancing and preventative measures

South Perth United would like to remind everyone to please abide by social distancing measures laid out by the Department of Health and the World Health Organisation. These include:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue. Be sure to throw the tissue in the bin immediately.
  • Maintain a distance of 1.5m from people outside of those you live with at home
  • If you have any flu like symptoms stay at home
  • Clean surfaces such as door knobs, phones, keys and keyboards regularly

We would also like to remind players that football has been shut down for a reason and to please refrain from organising “kick abouts” in the park. While we encourage people to stay active, please ensure that a 1.5m radius is maintained when exercising and minimise contact with high traffic public areas (eg. Drink fountains, playgrounds etc.).

Thank you to everyone for your support. Be sure to stay in touch with your teammates and coaches – social distancing can be emotionally and mentally challenging and it is important that we stay connected and look out for one another. #SupportTheClubThatSupportsYou

– South Perth United Committee

Dear players, parents, volunteers and wider members of the South Perth United family,

This afternoon Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Football West have announced that due to COVID-19 all football activities (including training, games and coaching courses) are to be postponed from 9pm Tuesday 17 March 2020 until Tuesday 14 April 2020.

The South Perth United (SPU) committee recognises that this is an uncertain time for the whole community and fully supports Football West’s and FFA’s decision. The health and safety of our players and wider society is our number one priority and we will be staying up to date on the latest advice from FFA, the Department of Health and the World Health Organisation.

At this stage we are uncertain how COVID-19 will impact the 2020 football season but will continue to provide updates as they become available. We will be in close contact with Football West about the season including any repercussions for registration and fees.

For any seniors that have not yet registered, the registration and merchandise deadline has been extended from Thursday 19 March 2020 to Tuesday 31 March 2020.

We can also confirm that any social events planned for the next month, including the preseason event on Friday 3 April, have been cancelled.

In the next two weeks, if you or a close family member are suspected to have contracted COVID-19, and think that members of SPU may have been exposed to the virus (through training or games prior to 17 March 2020) please:

  • Email admin@southperthunitedfc.com.au with details about which training/games you attended
  • And call SPU President Simon Baptista immediately on 0404 063 100.

We would encourage everyone to please limit social interactions during this time and follow the guidance laid out by the Department of Health that can be found here.

Please email any questions about our response to COVID-19 to admin@southperthunitedfc.com.au but please be patient – it will take some time to reply to all of the enquiries we have received.

We will be providing weekly updates via this page on the SPU website so please stay connected for the latest.

Our thoughts are with every member of the SPU family, we know that the uncertainty of the next few weeks will be stressful and we encourage you to stay connected through social media, emails and messages.

  • South Perth United FC Committee

Our SPUFC is a diverse community supported by a great social atmosphere