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COVID-19 Guidance

Guidance, resources and FAQs relating to COVID-19

COVID-19 Guidance

On this page you will find updated information, guidance and resources from The FA in relation to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and the return of grassroots football.

You will be able to access the latest guidance documents separated into specific categories including Grassroots, NLS and WFP, Leagues and Referees as well as a regularly updated and handy FAQs document addressing many of the most common queries.

You will also be able to read the latest article update/statement from The FA as well as navigate through previous updates.

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Latest FA Statement: 11 May 2021

On Monday 17 May, as part of the next step of the Government’s roadmap out of national lockdown, there will be further changes to the restrictions on ‘non-elite’ football. The FA guidance has therefore been updated to reflect this. The key changes to note are in relation to spectators, indoor hospitality and indoor football and futsal.

This updated guidance comes into effect on Monday 17 May and until then all participants should follow The FA’s guidance for Step 2 which can be found here. You can read the Government guidance here.

The key changes to be aware of are:

Spectators

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.

Download the updated Guidance Documents, in our Resource section below.

PREVIOUS FA COVID-19 UPDATES

08.04.21 FA UPDATE ON GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL FOR STEP TWO OF THE GOVERNMENT'S ROADMAP

Read The FA's latest update on grassroots football for step two of the Government’s roadmap.

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24.03.21 FA GUIDANCE FOR OUTDOOR GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL RETURN FROM 29 MARCH 2021

Read The FA guidance ahead of a return for outdoor grassroots football.

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15.03.21 FA UPDATE ON TIERS 3-6 OF THE WOMEN'S FOOTBALL PYRAMID

An update from the Women's Football Board.

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22.02.21 AN UPDATE ON GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT ROADMAP

Grassroots football to return from 29th March with Season 2020/21 extended until the end of June.

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04.01.21 UPDATE FOR 'NON-ELITE' FOOTBALL UNDER LATEST COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Government announces lockdown in England, meaning grassroots football is no longer permitted.

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19.12.20 COVID-19 UPDATE: 19 DECEMBER

COVID-19 guidance for 'non-elite' football updated following Tier 4 announcement.

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18.12.20 UPDATE: TIER 3 FOOTBALL IN BERKS & BUCKS

An update on the permitted Tier 3 football in Berkshire.

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01.12.20 FA GUIDANCE FOR GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL IN TIERS 1-3 AFTER 2 DECEMBER

Updated COVID-19 guidance issued for ‘non-elite’ football in England after lockdown.

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23.11.20 FA STATEMENT: GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL AFTER LOCKDOWN (23.11.20)

FA response to the latest UK Government update on COVID-19 restrictions.

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06.11.20 UPDATED: FA STATEMENT: NON-ELITE FOOTBALL

An update from The FA for 'non-elite' football in England following the latest COVID-19 restrictions.

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03.11.20 FA STATEMENT: NON-ELITE FOOTBALL

An update from The FA for 'non-elite' football in England following the latest COVID-19 restrictions.

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16.10.20 UPDATE: FA COVID-19 GUIDANCE AS OF 16TH OCTOBER

View the current guidance and updated COVID-19 FAQs.

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24.09.20
LATEST COVID-19 GUIDANCE ON INDOOR FOOTBALL

Indoor football update following the latest UK Government announcement on 22nd September 2020.

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22.09.20 NHS 'TEST AND TRACE' FOR GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL

This requirement comes into effect from 24 September.

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17.09.20 COVID-19 FA GUIDANCE FOR INDOOR FOOTBALL AND FUTSAL

Updated guidance for return of indoor football and Futsal, following UK Government approval.

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10.09.20 THE LATEST FA COVID-19 GUIDANCE

September update for Grassroots, the NLS and Women's Football Pyramid.

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19.08.20 PHASED RETURN OF SPECTATORS

The Football Association [The FA] has today issued updated guidelines for the National League System [NLS] and Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP]

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18.07.20 THE FA ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR THE RETURN OF OUTDOOR COMPETITIVE GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL

Practical guidance for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football activity in England.

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09.07.20 FA RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT UPDATE ON TEAM SPORTS

Government issues guidance on a return to team sports, including grassroots football.

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12.06.20 NEW COVID-19 GRASSROOTS GUIDANCE

Latest Guidance Documents issued by The FA for restarting Football Activity during COVID-19.

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01.06.20 UPDATE: PERMITTED GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL ACTIVITY FROM 1 JUNE

Latest guidance from 1st June on permitted grassroots football activity during COVID-19.

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15.05.20 THE FA RELEASE UPDATED GUIDANCE TO PERMITTED GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL ACTIVITY

The FA have today issued guidance to all grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game.

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17.04.20 TEMPORARY CHANGES TO DBS CHECKS

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, The FA have implemented temporary changes to DBS checks.

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19.03.20 POSTPONEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL GAME EXTENDED AFTER UPDATE FROM FA, PREMIER LEAGUE & EFL

The FA and other professional game bodies confirmed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April. 

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16.03.20 GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL IN ENGLAND HAS BEEN SUSPENDED

Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.

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13.03.20 PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL SUSPENDED IN ENGLAND UNTIL FRIDAY 3 APRIL AT THE EARLIEST

The FA and other professional game bodies to postpone all elite-level football until 3rd April at the earliest.

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