The Southern Tablelands Football Association will comply with the directive from Football NSW to suspend all soccer activities until April 14.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most major sporting organisations across the country have postponed any and all sporting competitions for the immediate future.
Football NSW joined this list last Tuesday, when it announced that the suspension includes "all forms of training, games, and friendly matches".
Though the STFA competitions don't get underway until May, the delay will impact the training and pre-season preparations for most teams.
"No-one can train, the new advice is not to hold meetings face-to-face and stuff," STFA president Craig Norris said.
"You've got to err on the side of caution, and at the end of the day people's health is more important than having a training run and kicking a soccer ball around the park."
The announcement also caused the cancellation of a junior tournament the STFA had planned for this weekend, which Norris estimated would have brought roughly 600 kids and their families to Cookbundoon playing fields.
Though Football NSW said all soccer will be suspended until mid-April, the Goulburn Mulwaree Council has cancelled all sport until the end of next month.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation, and Norris knows the deadlines for such postponements may be extended.
"We've got contingency plans for a post-June long weekend kick-off and even a post-July school holidays kick-off," Norris said.
Should the situation with coronavirus extend beyond Football NSW and the council's initial suspensions, Norris is confident the STFA can still fit in a full season.
"That's one good thing about Cookbundoon for us is there's no summer sports other than summer soccer," he said.
"So we can roll into November with the soccer season if we need to."
The priority above all else for local soccer, said Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge, was the health of its players and families.
"Football NSW first and foremost supports our football family members and the wider community in ensuring that their health, wellbeing and safety is paramount amidst the current climate," Hodge said.
"We are all unified as a sport to help ensure that the situation stabilizes by allowing our participants the chance to focus on what is important to them right now and that is keeping safe and well.
"We will continue to update all our members on the on-going changes that may occur but may I ask that each and everyone of you take care of yourselves, your family members and friends in this time of need."
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