Newcastle Jets youth teams face the prospect of their season being over due to the Greater Sydney lockdown.
The Jets teams play in NSW national premier league competitions, mostly against Sydney opponents.
Jets youth technical director Kew Jaliens said the thought of not playing league games was initially difficult.
However, the Jets had organised games with Newcastle-based teams, as well as matches among themselves between different age groups.
Mr Jaliens, a former Jets player and Netherlands international, said he was taking the positives from the situation.
"My glass is always half full, so just work with what you've got," he said.
The break in matches had given him the chance to take a "closer and more thorough look at the academy kids".
"The local clubs have been good as well. They've been in touch if they're able to host and have midweek games which is good for both of us."
Fiona Weeks, mum of the under-13s captain Lawson Weeks, said it was a shame the season had been put on hold.
"They were going so well on the ladder and their confidence was building. They were working really well as a team," Ms Weeks said.
"All of a sudden COVID hit again."
She said it was difficult for soccer players because "they want to keep going".
The under-13s had a rivalry with Bankstown United, who were on top of the ladder, a point ahead of the Jets.
Bankstown made a TikTik video taunting the Jets boys.
The Jets boys had planned to respond by doing their talking on the pitch.
Melissa Nunes, mum of the under-14s captain Alex Nunes, said the season postponement had been disappointing for the kids.
"But that's the way of the world at the moment," Ms Nunes said.
"It's been a waiting game for the last couple of years. The kids are understanding."
She said the kids were still able to train four nights a week.
A Football NSW spokesman said the intention from the beginning of the lockdown across Greater Sydney was "to finish" the competitions.
This, however, depends on how long the lockdown extends.
The Jets teams play in a two-phase competition, which involves two leagues within a season.
This two-phase system was created to ensure competition remains strong throughout the season. Teams are promoted and relegated for the second phase based on this principle.
The first 11-game league was completed in May, with the Jets under 13, 14 and 16 teams finishing top and the 15s fourth.
The second league was postponed on June 26 after five games due to the lockdown. The 13s were coming second, the 14s first, 15s third and 16s second.
Community sport in Greater Sydney, including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour - including games and training - has been banned.
In regional areas, such as the Hunter, community sport is allowed but the orders state that "everyone is required to wear a mask upon arrival to the facility/activity (including training and games)".
"Participants and referees/umpires are able to remove their masks when they commence warming up for the activity.
"Everyone else (coaches, managers, team doctors, score table officials and spectators etc) has to keep their masks on at all times."