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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: 01 December 2020

The FA has this evening 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 this evening 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.

Travel

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.

Players and essential club staff at steps 3-6 of the NLS, tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid, the Barclays FA WSL Academy and Regional Talent Clubs can travel into and out of tier 3 areas.

Spectators

Clubs at Steps 3-6 of the NLS and Tiers 3-6 of the WFP remain permitted to accommodate a phased and limited return of spectators in Tier 1 and 2 areas if they follow the UK Governments’ latest guidance on COVID-19 and The FA’s guidelines for the NLS or WFP. There are no spectators permitted in Tier 3, as set out in Government guidance.

Regional NLS Feeder Leagues, Tier 7 of the WFP and outdoor grassroots football also remain permitted to accommodate socially-distanced spectators but must follow the rule of six and Government guidance on restrictions in certain tiers.

Hospitality

Clubhouses can operate in Tier 1 but must do so by table service (ordered and consumed at the table) only and observing the rule of six. In Tier 2, Clubhouses must close unless they operate as if they were a restaurant. This means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal and all food and drink to be ordered and consumed at the table. Tables can only be same household and takeaway must be eaten or drunk off the club premises. Under UK Government guidelines, bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in Tier 3 areas must be closed except to sell by takeaway or click-and-collect.

All clubs are required to have a designated COVID-19 officer; complete and publish bespoke risk assessments and action plans; and continue to support Test and Trace efforts.

The 2020-21 FA Youth Cup will continue to be played under the relevant ‘elite’ club protocol and the Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase are set to resume in December, along with the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

We implore everyone to strictly follow the UK Government’s national COVID-19 restrictions. Any incidents of non-compliance will be reported to the local County Football Association.

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.

An executive summary of the latest changes and our updated guidance documents can be downloaded below.

Updated Guidance

For Grassroots - Guidance on Restarting Indoor & Outdoor Competitive Grassroots Football v1.5 (1 December)

For Grassroots - Guidance on Restarting Indoor & Outdoor Competitive Grassroots Football SUMMARY (1 December)

Football Activity Guidance - For Providers of Indoor & Outdoor Football Facilities v1.5 (1 December)

For NLS Clubs - National League System Guidance on Restarting Outdoor Competitive Football 1.5 (1 December)

For WFP Clubs - Women's Football Pyramid Guidance on Restarting Outdoor Competitive Football 1.5 (1 December)

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COVID-19 Guidance Documents


Guidance, resources and FAQs relating to the return of grassroots football.

PREVIOUS FA COVID-19 UPDATES

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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