Not having a finals series and compressed seasons were among a number of guiding principles being outlined by Northern NSW Football to National Premier League and League One clubs in a teleconference meeting on Monday night.
All grassroots football games and training in Australia has been suspended until April 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
NNSWF boss David Eland told the Newcastle Herald on Friday the meeting would open discussions regarding possible changes to the premier competitions for 2020.
"We want to talk to them about no finals series for example, or how much midweek football they have the capacity to implement," Eland said.
"Another example would be, is it realistic moving forward to continue to play washed out youth fixtures or 18s and 20s. Should we be focusing on first grade. These are all the guiding principles that we need to introduce."
Clubs will then meet individually with their committees before returning feedback to NNSWF, who will have the final say.
"It's developing those guiding principles, presenting them to the clubs, listening to what they think is the best way to go, and then we'll make some decisions and then we'll probably have a range of options depending on when we get back on the pitch," Eland said.
NNSWF will hold a similar teleconference on Tuesday night for Herald Women's Premier League clubs.
Eland remained confident football in Northern NSW would be able to go ahead in some shape or form this year and said NPL status for its women's top-flight competition remained a goal for 2020.
"I don't see why that wouldn't still be on track but we're heavily reliant on the volunteers at the clubs doing the work to make sure they're ready for that ... we'll just keep listening to our clubs and if there's other priorities in 2020, so be it," he said.
Two rounds of WPL and second division League One had been played before football was suspended while NPL had not kicked off. Interdistrict football is scheduled to start on May 1.
"When the time is right, people are going to need to adapt," Eland said. "We're still going to have to encourage social distancing and reducing the amount of people that go to watch participants play. So, at a community level, we're very well positioned to comply [with Minister of Sport COVID-19 guidelines for community sport] and when the time's right, I'm sure we'll get on with it.
"The premier competitions are a little more challenging in that obviously they rely on gates, people paying at the gate, and they rely on canteens and they rely on alcohol sales et cetera. So, when the direction is that it's essential participants, that makes that type of football difficult to implement. But we'll just keep working through that."
Extending seasons was also an option NNSWF would be looking at.
"It would be my view, certainly at a grassroots level, if the season is compressed we should play as much football as possible," Eland said.
"Miniroos traditionally finishes in the middle of August. I think we should be looking to extend that out as far as possible. And I think if the season is compressed, community clubs should be playing right through to when fields need to be handed over to other sports.
"That's something else that we need to be very active with LGAs about, working together with the other sports and utilising the public assets to their absolute potential. Maybe in the current environment, LGAs need to rethink the handover dates to other sports and we need to work together."