Not farcial. All good sense given the current reality.It'll be a logistical nightmare as well.
There's so many grey areas and unanswered questions that'll need to be answered before any of it can proceed.
Two football teams (44 people), coach and assistant coach for both teams (4 people), umpires (8 people), umpires advisor (1 person), runner for each team (2 people), water carriers/trainers (8-10 people), backroom staff (4 people), scoreboard operator (1 person), timekeepers (2 people), ground manager (1 person), kiosk volunteers (3-5 people), gate keepers (1-2 people), interchange steward (1 person), club executive/officials (5-10 people).
And that is before a single spectator is admitted.
Then there is the question of admittance to the venue.
As an example, The first game of the day at the TCA Ground is the SFLW match between Hobart and New Norfolk.
Do the players and staff involved in the following match (presumably the Reserves) then have to wait outside the venue in the carpark (all practicing the 1.5m social distancing requirement) and wait for the SFLW match to finish, the players from both teams to have their showers, dress and leave the venue by a particular egress point before they can enter?
Will the two changerooms and umpires rooms have to be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and have all seating and flat surfaces wiped down with an alcohol based sanitising agent prior to those players and umpires entering for the next match?
There's nowhere near enough volunteers to ensure these requirements meet compliance.
Are those volunteers covered from any issues that may arise? Are they issued with masks, gloves and all the other requirements that go with that?
Have they been tested for Covid-19 prior to entry?
So many logistical issues that will need to be covered even before a ball is kicked.
Personally, I don't think anyone will catch the virus with football but if it did happen, it would be an absolute disaster for the game and the clubs if it did happen.
And, as farcical as it all sounds, these scenarios do need to be looked at from a number of different standpoints.
Its hard for the clubs to plan when they don't know when the most important factor is changed. That is, having crowds. Say 500, all practising social distancing, at least as well as Bunnings & supermarkets
The only league which will/maybe play at this stage is the TSL via part AFL funding.
SFL will need to know they can have a crowd & when that'll be, then they could play.