No go zone: SA Country Football Championships cancelled for 2020

Action from the 2019 South Australian Country Football Championships grand final between the Central and Northern Zones. Photo: file.

Action from the 2019 South Australian Country Football Championships grand final between the Central and Northern Zones. Photo: file.

THE South Australia National Football League (SANFL) has cancelled the 2020 SA Country Football Championships scheduled for July 10-12 Kadina amid the current COVID-19 pandemic and the nation-wide measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

The SANFL, in a united decision with the AFL and all other state leagues across Australia, postponed the 2020 football season in response to the coronavirus pandemic until May 31, which includes the delay of the Spencer Gulf Football League and all country and amateur league across the state.

In a statement, the SANFL said the decision to cancel the country championship was "based on allowing community competitions to maximise the number of matches they can fixture if/when it is safe for football to resume in 2020, as well as providing much needed financial relief for the event hosts, organisers and competing zones."

The State Country Game against Western Australia has also been cancelled in 2020.

"The SA Country Football Championships and State Team Programs create valuable pathways from regional football to SANFL and AFL men's and women's competitions, as well as delivering significant economic impact for the host region," the statement continued.

"The SANFL recognises the importance of the SA Country Football Championships and associated programs, and as such is committed to ensuring it resumes in the future."

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