It's better to be safe than sorry.
That's the mentality of ODFA president Tony Mileto who said on Monday he'd rather wait until 2021 for the next winter season than push something back that's going to be unsafe for the people involved.
"I'd rather be cautious than irresponsible," Mileto said.
"We've got roughly 2100 registered players and to try to coordinate a competition that big in the safest way possible will be challenging."
The national cabinet released a three-step framework for a safe COVID-19 Australia on Friday and Mileto says that community-level sports like football won't have the all clear until we reach that final step.
"I appreciate the lifting of certain restrictions but we won't be positively impacted until that third level is looked at," he said.
The ODFA is constantly receiving updates from the powers that be and Mileto's last contact with a governing body was at 11.30am on Monday as Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge reached out, saying their plans are to contact the Office of Sport in the wake of the premier's latest announcement.
"As of yet, we haven't been given any indication as to how it will affect community sport," he said.
"We don't know yet if we're going to have a shortened season or any season at all."
Mileto acknowledges the pace of which other sports are travelling at a community level and while he understands and appreciates each sports' right to push for a return to the playing fields, he isn't interested in rushing ODFA into anything right now.
"I respect their right to do that but I'm entrusted to run a competition which is safe for all participants," he said.
"If it means taking an extra three-six months to do that, then I'm happy to do that.
"At the end of the day, I don't want to undo all the good and hard work and I want people to feel comfortable."
The announcements are coming in on a Friday-to-Friday basis and as is the case every week, Mileto expects to know more at the end of the working week.
"There'll be another announcement this Friday so we'll know more after that," he said.
When will Mileto feel 100 percent comfortable having hundreds of players on the same paddock every weekend? When there's a coronavirus cure.
"This virus is a serious one and I've said all along that what's paramount to me is the health, safety and well-being of our players, referees and everyone who's involved," he said. "If there was a vaccine for the virus I'd obviously be more comfortable but at this point in time there isn't one, hence the reason I'm being cautious."
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