COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 - Latest Information

All the latest information regarding COVID-19 and football can be found here.

If your question has not been answered or you require further information, please email and a member of the team will get back to you.

Update - effective 16th August 

From the 16th August, the rules on self-isolation have changed if someone comes into close contact with someone with Covid. Updated return to football guidance can be found here.

Update on grassroots football - effective 19th July

On Monday 19 July, England will move to Step 4 of its roadmap in easing COVID-19 restrictions.

This means that almost all legal restrictions of social contact will be removed. However, the Government is encouraging people to act with caution. Our guidance has therefore been updated to reflect this.

This updated guidance which covers Steps 3-6 of the National League System (NLS), Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid and grassroots football (including Regional NLS Feeder Leagues), comes into effect on Monday 19 July and until then all participants should follow our guidance for Step 3You can read the Government guidance here.

The full guidance document can be downloaded HERE.

Update on grassroots football - effective 17th May


From Step 3, spectators will be permitted to view events on both public and private land but need to adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits set at groups of 30 outdoors and six people/two households indoors. Please note that multiple numbers of these group sizes are permitted as long as social distancing rules are followed.

Spectators are allowed indoors, but the total number of all participants, coaches, officials and spectators must comply with the ventilation rates permitted by the particular venue. You can find more information about this here.

At larger events, capacity limits for spectators, set by The Government will apply. For indoor events this is 1,000 or 50% of capacity and for outdoor events this is 4,000 or 50% of capacity (whichever is lower in both cases).

Indoor Hospitality

As part of Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, both outdoor and indoor hospitality at ‘non-elite’ football is permitted. All participants must follow Government guidance on hospitality settings and specific advice for sport facility operators available on the Government’s website. People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance.

Indoor Football and Futsal

From Step 3, indoor gatherings of either six people (the ‘rule of six’) or two households can take place. This means that organised indoor adult and children football can return.

For organised indoor sport and physical activity, there’s no limit on group numbers so long as people adhere to capacity restrictions on indoor facilities. The maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100 square ft per person.

This guidance applies to all youth and adult football and futsal, including all formats of the game. If there are any further updates from the Government, we will communicate these in due course and we will continue to update our guidance as we move through the different steps of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government's latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from The FA. Any incidents of non-compliance should be reported to the local County Football Association.


Guidance documents can be found below.

latest covid faqs

return to football faqs

resources to promote the safe return of football

We would like to remind those involved in football, the health and well-being of others is imperative. Do not attend or participate if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, are awaiting a test result or are part of a household which is self-isolating.

The NHS Test and Trace system must also be adopted by clubs and facilities. This is a legal requirement. Further information can be found below. If you do have the capability to display a QR code, please ensure you take contact details of those attending.

Our policy is to follow the government's, Public Health England, NHS and the FA's guidelines and advice. 

NHS Guidance

public health england guidance

Funding and Support

The latest information on funding and support available can be found HERE.

Guidance for Return to Football

The latest guidance on the return to football can be found below.

restarting outdoor football

restarting indoor football

FA football activity guidance

the fa covid-19 faqs

NHS Test and Trace

It is now a legal requirement for venues and facilities to download and display an NHS QR code. 

The relevant settings this applies to are:

· clubs providing team sporting activities
· facilities for use by elite and professional sportspeople (including sports stadia)
· indoor sport and leisure centres
· cafes, including workplace canteens
· bars, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs

Please note this updated guidance came into effect on the 24th September and failure to comply will result in Government issued fines.

An extensive FAQs list on the NHS QR code posters can be found here  

Full information on test and trace can be found here.

For clubs and teams that use local authority pitches or hire pitches where they do not have access to a building/facilities are still encouraged to download and use an NHS QR code. Players and officials can scan the QR code on a phone or print out a poster.

Useful Documents/Guidance and Links

guidance for referees

Guidance for leagues

guidance for facilities providers

covid-19 risk assessment

women's football pyramid club guidance

national league system club guidance

first aid guidance