Thousands of Tasmanian youngsters are looking forward to returning to the soccer field, with the 2020 season set to get underway in Term 3.

Football Tasmania launched the 2020 season recently, with CEO Matt Bulkeley praising the football community for being able to work through the challenges presented by COVID-19.

“It has been a mammoth task getting players back on the pitch following COVID-19 and one that could not have been achieved without the hard work and co-operation of the entire football community,” Bulkely said.

He said going to play football on Saturday morning is a ritual for many Tasmanian families that has been missed dearly so far this year.

“With more players than any other sport, the world game is Tasmania’s Game and it’s been wonderful to see everyone come together to reboot football so Tasmanian children can again enjoy its vast array of health and social benefits.

“Now we have the Term 3 restart date in place, these families and children in particular can start looking forward to returning to some level of normal and enjoying a healthy and connected life through football.”

Bulkeley welcomed new partners to the Tasmanian football setup, noting their contributions to get the season up and running. These include hand sanitising stations at every ground across the state and a ball for each junior player during the season, a

“This will allow them to hone their skills at home and make 2020 their most successful season yet,” he said.

Football Tasmania encouraged all parents of junior players to check in with their local club or association before the beginning of the season.

“If players already registered before the pandemic, please contact your club or association for the latest information about COVID safety and when training will restart,” advised Bulkeley.

“If you haven’t registered yet it’s not too late, just visit www.playfootball.com.au and follow the prompts to find a club close to you.”