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Risk Management

The FFA Clubs’ Risk Management Plan “Safe Football”, developed by Gow-Gates in conjunction with FFA and the Member Federations, provides a uniform approach to assist the Football Community in assessing and managing the risks associated with the management of football clubs.

The objective of ‘Safe Football’ is to provide a pro-active approach in ‘Raising the Awareness’ of these risks and to provide a practical framework for your club to minimise or manage these exposures.

The plan is based on the general principles underlying a club’s ‘duty of care’ responsibilities to the football community and the general public such as;

  1. provide a safe place for recreation/Football;
  2. provide a safe system of rules;
  3. provide safe and adequate equipment;
  4. provide the participant with competent fellow participants, and
  5. provide adequate instructions and supervision for Football

It is further recommended that a designated ‘Responsible and/or Risk Management Officer’ is appointed, within your Club’s organisational structure, to ensure this information is made available to all Club Directors, Staff, Participants and Volunteers.

Safe Football Induction Programme

The Safe Football Induction Programme incorporates an online tutorial designed to keep football as safe as possible and to assist in demonstrating to insurers the strong commitment football has to risk management.

By completing the Safe Football Induction Programme, you will gain practical and valuable knowledge on how to assess and manage potential risks and identify hazards that may present an exposure for serious injuries in and around your club.

All clubs are required to complete the Safe Football Induction Programme at least once per season. The tutorial can be repeated by anybody in the club. We recommend that all key people at your club, committee members, coaches, captains, social committee members etc. complete the tutorial.

On completion of this tutorial, a ‘Certificate of Accreditation’ will be provided.

Please click on the link below to participate in the Safe Football Induction Programme.



Football Risk Management

Have you downloaded our Risk Management App?

The app is available to Affiliated Clubs within the FFA National Insurance programme.

This app includes risk management resources that clubs can complete and store without the burden of having to make paperwork available for ground managers or storing completed documents. The app provides a guide to some of the areas where risks are present that can then be identified and actions proposed to mitigate the impacts of potential incidents or injuries.