Phnom Penh: The Indochina Starfish Foundation, a partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), has launched an inventive format of football called ‘Social Distance Football’ which includes elements of the sport while incorporating the best health guidelines to stay safe from COVID-19.
Coaches in Cambodia mooted the idea of ‘Social Distance Football’ after watching children continue playing football despite concerns of the pandemic which has forced the suspension of the sport around the world.
We’re excited, we think we invented a new sport: Social Distance Football!
In Cambodia no #covid19 #lockdown but closed schools means kids wander streets & play football riskily. We created #socialdistancefootball to promote safety. Watch us play! More @ https://t.co/GswdeXgVqd pic.twitter.com/g9dH1Q9kk3
— Indochina Starfish Foundation (@isfcambodia) May 16, 2020
The concept of ‘Social Distance Football’ enforces a two-metre physical distancing between players who are also required to wear masks. Players must compete within their own zones and those who break the rules are sent into ‘quarantine’.
Other rules include having your temperatures taken before the game and players are required to wash their hands and are given ample of rest during the match.
On May 4, 2020, the ISF football coaches put the idea into action before expanding the new format to students while also taking the opportunity to educate them on the best health practices and the importance of physical distancing.
The promotion of ‘Social Distance Football’ was very well received with the video garnering over 100,000 views and reaching approximately 30,000 of their target audience who are children aged between 13 to 17.