The Great Southern Football League has announced its plan to hold a 10-game regular season plus finals for all four grades, starting on June 28, a decision reached at the league’s directors meeting last Wednesday. The six GSFL clubs met with league executives to provide feedback on a number of questions relating to a football season in 2020. As an outcome, both the sixteens and colts competitions will definitely go ahead this year and plans are to have league and reserves also play despite there still being hesitation from some clubs about the possibility of no crowds allowed to watch games. The GSFL has released a statement with Plan A to play all four grades on one fixture day starting on June 28 and consisting of 10 regular games and a finals series culminating in the grand final on September 20. It has also announced three other plans if their first-choice option was not fully viable. Options include playing sixteens and colts games on weekdays, league and reserves starting on June 28 and the junior grades starting after the school holidays in the week of July 20, and one plan that a season can consist of one round or five games. The prospective starting date of June 28 is pending on approval from the WA Football Commission that community football games can go ahead. It is understood that a GSFL meeting next month, a week or so before their planned start date, will be the final chance for clubs to either commit to playing senior football or pull out. GSFL president Joe Burton said at this stage the plan was for all teams and all grades to take part. “We have made a plan and that’s what we are going to follow,” Burton said. “We will pursue a season with two rounds finishing in September. “The sixteens and colts have to play, it’s important for their development. “We’ve put a plan in place with seniors and juniors and at the end of the day we will endeavour to get a competition going.” Burton said he understood why some clubs did not support playing senior football without crowds but believed if at least four clubs committed then a competition could be held. “Some clubs want to know what the playing conditions are for seniors, and it’s hard because we don’t know what it looks like, nobody does, and it is changing so quickly,” he said. “A lot of clubs are saying senior players enjoy the social aspect of footy, it is a family day out and if they have to jump out of their car and just play a game of footy and leave then I don’t think they are very keen on that. “I can understand, that’s a big part of our football. “Our next meeting is in a month’s time and I think clubs will say we are going to play or not there. But Sharks and Mt Barker have clearly indicated they want to play which is encouraging. “I’ve been on to all the clubs and asked them to start training and if we had four (commit) that would constitute enough I believe.” Burton said he was of the firm belief that the GSFL must use the existing panel of field umpires, who had agreed to a 20 per cent pay cut for this year. The league also approved that each host club would receive $500 for any game day they hosted that was unable to engage spectators and it would be reviewed at the end of the first round of fixtures. Burton said it was likely that any games played this season would be shorter in length.