COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 - Latest Information

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

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The FA has today issued updated guidance for ‘non-elite’ football in England following confirmation from the UK Government that organised sports can return from Wednesday 2 December.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS] has issued updated guidelines on the return to recreational team sport which permits the return of ‘non-elite’ football in England from Wednesday 2 December, and includes all fixtures and training for:-

• Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
• Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
• Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
• Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
• FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
• Outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

Organised outdoor football activity is permitted at these levels across all three tiers from Wednesday 2 December but 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.

Organised indoor football and Futsal is permitted in Tier 1 areas if the rule of six is followed and in Tier 2 areas if the rule of six is followed and it is possible for people to avoid mixing with others that they do not live or share a support bubble with. Indoor football is not permitted in Tier 3 areas.

In all three tiers there are exceptions for indoor disability football, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for U18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing.

Training for teams in Tier 3 must have minimal contact.

Adults can travel to play grassroots football in between Tier 1 and Tier 2. However, adults cannot travel in and out of Tier 3 to play grassroots football. There are exemptions for travel in and out of Tier 3 for U18s, disability teams, volunteers, elite players and for those travelling for work.

Guidance documents can be found below.

non-elite football faqs

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