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An update on grassroots football following government roadmap - 22nd February 2021
We welcome the UK Government’s update today regarding the Covid-19 roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions which means we can look forward to the safe return of grassroots football from 29th March for both adults and children. Click here for further information.
Please note until 29th March the current restrictions (as below) remain in place.
Following the government's announcement on 4th January 2021 that there will be a national lockdown until further notice, all 'non-elite' football in England is suspended including playing and training. This includes:
- Steps three to six of the National League System
- Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid
- Regional NLS feeder leagues
- Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite status)
- FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs (unless under elite status)
- All indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football, including under-18s (except organised outdoor football for disabled people, which is allowed to continue*)
- Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)
It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the Government’s new national COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and we implore everyone to follow these.
Dialogue will continue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, leagues, competitions and County Football Associations and we will provide further updates for the 2020-21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and ‘non-elite’ football when relevant.
We would like to thank the football community once again for its hard work, resilience and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and wider society.
* Any clubs organising outdoor football for disabled children or adults (as permitted under the current COVID-19 restrictions) are reminded to ensure that a COVID-19 and Safeguarding Risk Assessment must be in place and reviewed regularly. Our Safeguarding Children and Adults Policies must be adhered to.
Guidance documents can be found below.
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.
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
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