Football’s national and regional administrators have asked clubs to share guidelines for dealing with the rapidly-changing COVID-19 pandemic.
NZ Football and our regional body, WaiBOP Football, say if anyone associated with our club feels unwell, they should immediately self-isolate, refrain from all football activities straight away and seek medical advice by calling Healthline on 0800 611 116.
Stating that community health comes first in football decisions, NZF says individual organisations, clubs and players can elect not to participate in any activity at their personal discretion.
Clubs and players are being asked to follow public health guidelines around handwashing and other hygiene measures.
Hygiene for football players
- If you’re sick, don’t come to football.
- Limit physical contact like shaking hands. Greet teammates and opponents with ankle and elbow bumps, or an East Coast wave instead.
- Irrespective of COVID-19, water bottles shouldn’t be shared. All players should have their own.
- Don’t share drinks, towels, lip balm or sunscreen, bring your own.
- Wash (and then dry) your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.
- Wash or sanitize your hands before eating.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home and seek medical treatment when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth to cough or sneeze.
New Zealand Football will continue to take advice from the Government and Ministry of Health.
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Former All Whites player and coach Ricki Herbert has joined other football stars in a video produced by FIFA and the World Health Organisation to help combat COVID-19.
Herbert, who is Cambridge FC’s technical director, leads off the short video as the message is presented by former French international Christian Karembeu, Football Fern Kirsty Yallop and All White Ivan Vicelich.
The FIFA-WHO video is among a series being promoted globally to increase awareness of precautions everyone can take to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.