Griffith FC will be hoping to continue their strong start to the NPL Youth season when the competition gets back underway on July 19.
Before the pandemic hit the Griffith sides were sitting undefeated in the under 13s, 14s and 16s after the first two rounds of the competition and NPL coordinator Michelle O'Connor said the club was pleased with how the sides were progressing.
"All of the teams looked strong, and they really had gelled together, and they were playing really good football," O'Connor said.
"It was disappointing that we didn't get to continue at that point, but everyone is back at training, and they seem pretty keen, so hopefully we can get back out there."
In a bonus for players and their parents, Capital Football has decided to drop the fees for the season knowing they won't be able to fit a full season in.
There will be a saving of $59.25 for registration fees meaning for the juniors sides they will only need to pay $32.04 for the 13-round season which will run from July 19 until September 27.
Capital Football CEO Phil Brown said they are dedicated to keeping registration fees as low as possible.
"Working on the premise of 'half-season equals half fee', the Capital Football Board decided to reduce our component of the registration fee by 50 percent, which will save our football community $685,000," Brown said.
"I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the ACT Government for recognising the enormous strain COVID-19 has had on our local football community and deciding not to charge for field hire during the 2020 winter football season.
"Their decision has removed the biggest expense for many of our clubs and will save our football community a further $900,000."
The decision to reduce the fees was welcomed by the committee and the parents at Griffith FC.
"It is a good result for all involved," O'Connor said.
There will be no finals in the NPL Youth competition this season to maximise the number of games for all of the sides involved, and while that may not be the perfect result, O'Connor said it was important the players were able to get back out on the park.
"I think that most people strive for an outcome," she said.
"Even though they are kids, I feel as if it's probably not ideal, but it is better than nothing."