Posted on Friday 18th June, 2021


Football will return in the Western Region Football League this weekend, following Melbourne’s three-week lockdown.

Earlier in the week the Victorian Government announced further easing of restrictions. Below is a summary of key changes from the Government and what they mean for matches played this weekend.

Travel restrictions lifted:
• 25km travel restrictions have been lifted and people can now travel between regional Victoria and metro Melbourne.

Metro community sport:
• Competition for seniors and juniors can resume with the minimum number of people required to participate and facilitate the activity.
• People necessary for events and participation, including those who need to accompany children, such as parents, guardians and carers, as well as teachers, instructors, trainers, coaches and umpires, can attend matches and training.
• Spectators not allowed.

The WRFL acknowledges spectators not being permitted to attend this weekend’s matches is a challenge for clubs and a disappointing outcome for supporters.

However, we respectfully ask the WRFL community to please respect the protocols implemented by the Victorian Government for this weekend’s games. These protocols have been put in place with the community’s health and safety the priority.

Getting back on the football field this weekend is a major step towards community sport returning as we know and love it.

We ask that you please support us by following the protocols in place to ensure restrictions can be eased for all community sporting activities and events as soon as possible.

Updated Return to Play protocols will be distributed to clubs once they are provided to AFL Victoria by the State Government.