AFL Masters WA, in conjunction with the AFL Masters national board, regretfully advises that the 2020 AFL Masters National Carnival scheduled in Perth in October, is being postponed until 2021 due to the impact of COVID-19.
AFL Masters WA Chairman Nathan Dixon said the decision to postpone the Carnival was reached by the Perth Organising Committee together with the AFL Masters national board and other State Associations this week after careful consideration of the best interests of all players, coaches, umpires, officials and volunteers.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on AFL Masters competitions around Australia and more broadly, the communities, businesses and lives of many of the volunteers and players involved in organising and participating in the National Carnival,” he said.
“This impact has included uncertainty around when it will be possible to recommence AFL Masters football competitions in the lead-up to the Carnival, business closures, loss of jobs and annual leave uncertainty, border closures and uncertainty of airline travel.”
“With no control over these uncertainties, AFL Masters, the Perth Organising Committee and the State Associations consider that it will not be possible to achieve the best outcomes and attendances for the 2020 National Carnival.”
“It has therefore been decided to postpone the 2020 AFL Masters National Carnival in Perth to a similar time of year in 2021, with dates to be confirmed as soon as possible.”
“We understand this is a disappointing outcome for everyone that was looking forward to participating in the Carnival this year and appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work through the process of rescheduling the event for 2021.”
“Please look after yourselves and your families, we look forward to seeing everyone back playing football again as soon as possible.”
AFL Masters will offer more information over the coming months.