Great Southern Soccer Association reach out to senior clubs to help decide on a 2020 season

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Polonia's Oliver Trichilo in action last year.
Camera IconPolonia's Oliver Trichilo in action last year. Credit: Laurie Benson

Great Southern Soccer Association has reached out to senior clubs and delegates to help determine if there will be a season in 2020.

The GSSA executive committee met last Thursday night to put together a brief and discuss some possible options of what a senior season later in the year could look like.

Clubs and delegates have been sent the briefing and the GSSA has asked for their feedback within the next fortnight.

GSSA president Marcus McPharlin said he hoped there will be some form of soccer season this year.

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“We want to get some sort of soccer in this year,” McPharlin said.

“It’s all a bit up in the air with our decision on what we are going to do.

“We have to wait for Football West, the Government and the City of Albany before we can make a decision on what a season looks like.

“We met with juniors last Monday to discuss what they are going to do because obviously we have to work in with them.”

Shortened games and reducing the amount of players to eight a team on the field were some of the options McPharlin confirmed the association was exploring.

“We will wait until full-contact training is allowed, that’s when training can happen and we can start planning a season,” McPharlin said.

“At the moment we are hoping that we can resume at the start of Term 3.

“There will be no training until restrictions are lifted, then we have to wait for the City to get the pitches ready to train on.

“It’s hard to send any information out really, we just have to wait and see what happens.”

Unlike rival sporting code football, spectators at senior soccer games can watch free so crowd limitations will not have as much effect.

McPharlin confirmed that soccer would not interfere with cricket, given they used the same ovals, saying “they already lost their finals this season”.

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