Ballarat's elite soccer teams might be forced to sit 2020 out, following an announcement from the state government to reimpose stage three lockdown restrictions on metropolitan Melbourne.
People living in effected areas will only be able to leave their homes for four reasons - all but dashing hopes of community sport getting up and running for at least six weeks.
It means competitions such as the National Premier League, as well as junior and senior state league will likely be put on hold indefinitely..
Ballarat's representative soccer club, Ballarat City competes in the NPL - often travelling to play against clubs, which will now be forced into lockdown.
The same goes for the Sebastopol Vikings and Ballarat Soccer Club, both of which compete in the Football Victoria state league system against clubs from Melbourne.
Ballarat's representative hockey club, WestVic is also likely to be impacted.
Similar to Ballarat soccer clubs, WestVic plays most of its games in in Melbourne in the state-wide Victorian League One competition.
The club was set to commence its season on July 25.
Ballarat City, the Sebastopol Vikings and Ballarat Soccer were all set to commence play later this month as well.