On March 21, the Melbourne City Women’s Club took the throne from Sydney FC after a 1-0 victory over the same opponent in the final.
Covid-19 made the title of champion of Melbourne City much less fun. Perhaps this is the first time in football history that a team of champions has received a Melbourne City trophy and medal. A traditional medal show will have a few receptionists carry a medal tray for officials to wear on their players’ necks. But the Covid-19 pandemic ruined everything. Instead of being awarded a medal, Melbourne City players must collect the medals themselves.
Disadvantage of champion in Covid-19 pandemic: Australian women’s team received trophy and medal in a way never before seen in football history – Photo 2.
Melbourne City won the Australian Championship
The way of awarding the cup is also special. There is no official or special person to award the trophy, but the captain has to take the trophy himself and bring it to the team. The reason for these rare phenomena is that all must limit direct contact with each other hands. Before all the tournaments were postponed, players everywhere did not shake hands but just walked over to look at each other’s faces, the coach greeted each other by kicking his feet, nudging his elbows.
Australia is one of the few tournaments that continues to play. Of course, matches are conducted on the field without spectators.
It is very likely that the upcoming European football will also have to give this championship.
The Australian Football Federation has laid off 70% of its staff
Facing the outbreak of Covid-19, Australian football competitions had to be postponed, so FFA has just decided to retire up to 70% of its employees. This is supposed to reduce the financial burden while football competitions in Australia have no date to play again.
The FFA suspended Australia’s Premier League (A-League) on Tuesday this week when Australia officially restricted travel and increased social isolation.