The FFA have backed the Australian Red Cross campaign for community response against COVID-19 ©FFA

Football Federation Australia (FFA) have joined the Australian Red Cross in support of their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

With more than 4,200 people in Australia contracting the virus, of which 18 have died, the Australian Red Cross are working in cooperation with the Australian Federal and State Governments to help with the response to the coronavirus.

The FFA is looking for ways to use its platform for good as one of the top sporting bodies in the nation, and are supporting the charity's push for community health and wellbeing.

James Johnson, the FFA chief executive, said he is glad to be working with the charity on an "important initiative".

"We will work together connecting people online to share essential tools and tips to give all Australians practical ways to support each other, maintain their well-being, and stay safely connected," he said.

"We will ask younger people across our network to promote the importance of practicing social distancing, washing hands and staying at home to help slow the spread.

"Finally, we may, as this situation evolves, be called upon to help Red Cross with critical volunteering gaps in essential services and to scale their response to COVID-19 as necessary."

Some of Australia's top football stars have supported the initiative, including players Lucy Zelic and Tara Rushton and former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.

Australian Red Cross director of volunteering Penny Harrison has welcomed the support from FFA.

"As we all work to flatten the curve, as a community we must look out for each other, and especially those who are most isolated and vulnerable during this unprecedented time.

"Working with FFA means we can tap into the power of football and work with its amazing and diverse community of members and fans to support more Australians who are facing this crisis alone - this is the power of humanity in action."

FFA have followed on from the initiative of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) who launched their Break the Chain campaign aiming for public awareness on the subject.