AFL Riverina chairman Michael Irons expects an announcement from the governing body this week to provide a clearer picture for the future of the 2020 season.
The AFL will make an announcement on the future of the 2020 season at the elite level, while also addressing the path forward for community leagues across the country.
All eyes were on last week's National Cabinet meeting but prime minister Scott Morrison's three-stage 'Roadmap to a COVIDsafe Australia' appears to have created more questions for community sport, than it answered.
Outdoor sport in groups of a maximum of 10 can go ahead from Friday in NSW, under restrictions, in a move that could open the door for clubs to return to training.
Irons said AFL Riverina will await further advice from the AFL's announcement this week before providing communication to clubs.
"At the moment, we're waiting for the AFL to release the guidelines," Irons said.
"Obviously there has been the roadmap to a COVIDsafe Australia released from the National Cabinet but there is also the AIS framework for community sports to return so the AFL's guidelines will help pull all that together about what clubs can and can't do with regards to training."
The biggest concern to come out of Friday's roadmap is an apparent restriction on crowds.
The third and final step allows 'gatherings of up to 100'.
Even the smallest home and away crowds of the AFL Riverina season would still be over 100, creating a problem for the Riverina and Farrer League seasons.
Most clubs are of the opinion that crowds are a non-negotiable for a season to get underway. Irons hopes the AFL will be able to shed some light on the situation this week.
"We'll wait for the AFL guidelines but is it an interesting development," he said.
Irons confirmed that the respective junior and senior competition working parties will meet after the AFL's announcement to try and determine the path forward.
Irons, meantime, also revealed that AFL Riverina is awaiting feedback from clubs before it makes a decision on the AFL's recommendations surrounding the salary cap and player payments.
The AFL has recommended that every league in the country reduce their salary cap in half, then work on a pro rata basis should a traditional season be shortened.
It will potentially see the salary cap reduced from $95,000 to $23,750, should a shortened one-round season be given the green light.
"We're currently awaiting some final feedback from clubs on that but hopefully we'll resolve that within the coming week," Irons said.