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.

Following the government's announcement on Thursday 15th October 2020 that from Saturday 17th October 2020, London and other areas have moved into Covid Tier 2 lockdown, please find below a clarification of what this means for sport.

The government has been clear that under Covid Tier 2 guidelines, 'exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with), or for youth or disability sport’. 

grassroots football statement 16th october

covid-19 faqs 16th october


Organised football can continue to take place outdoors

- Spectators at training or matches should be discouraged. If attending, supporters, parents, and other spectators should remain socially distanced (restricted to discrete six-person gathering limits and spread out)

- Changing rooms are an area of increased risk of transmission. Where possible, they should remain closed. Players and Officials should arrive changed and shower at home. Exceptions may be made where safety and safeguarding measures require their use


Organised football can continue to take place

1 parent/carer per Player at matches/training - these are not classed as spectators but are in attendance to supervise their child from a safeguarding/welfare perspective

Face coverings should be worn at all times by those in attendance unless a playing participant.

Changing rooms closed and only accessible for toilets or for, safeguarding or welfare issues


Exemptions for organised indoor team sports for disabled people and also for children (under-18s). Therefore, disabled people and children can continue to play indoor sport without restrictions on numbers

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 use 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