*This article was updated on 17.06.20 to include further information on coaching ratios*
New Guidance Documents Issued for Restarting Football Activity During Covid-19
The FA have today issued new guidance documents for adult players, coaches, facility operators, parents and carers involved in restarting grassroots football activity during Covid-19.
These documents have been produced in line with Government guidance issued on Monday 1 June, which saw the easing of lockdown restrictions on gatherings, public spaces and outdoor activities and the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation.
The return of grassroots football is something that we know many are keen to see, but at this stage of the nation’s response to Covid-19, it must be done with careful consideration for everyone’s safety, especially vulnerable groups.
The FA continue to work closely with DCMS and Sport England in order to set out good practice guidance for those responsible for delivering different aspects of grassroots football.
As the weeks progress, Government restrictions may or may not be eased further. If they are, The FA will update their guidance accordingly. It’s essential everyone is clear about the restrictions and works together to manage social distancing and strong hand hygiene.
We want to thank you all in advance for playing your vital part in helping our great game get going again. By observing Government guidance and these documents, let’s work together to ensure the transition back to enjoying football is as smooth and safe as possible.
Please note that guidance is being developed for clubs with teams competing in the National League System (NLS) and will be shared with clubs directly in due course. NLS clubs with grassroots teams should be able to use the guidance provided today.
Please note, The FA have released further clarification over coaching rations, as below:
Coaches must work on a ratio of one coach to groups of no more than five children in each group (1:5) and there must be a minimum of two FA-DBS-checked adults present at any one time.
For the avoidance of doubt this means:
• if there is only one group, there must be two FA DBS checked adults / coaches, therefore the ratio is 2:4 coaches to children; or
• if there are two or more groups of 5 children, coaches can work on the ratio of 1:5 coaches to children.
Guidance Documents/ Resources
The four guidance documents and the FA infographic can be downloaded below.
THE FA RESTART FOOTBALL - LATEST GUIDANCE - 12 JUNE 2020
FA FOOTBALL ACTIVITY GUIDANCE - FOR ADULT PLAYERS
FA FOOTBALL ACTIVITY GUIDANCE - FOR COACHES
FA FOOTBALL ACTIVITY GUIDANCE - FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
FA FOOTBALL ACTIVITY GUIDANCE - FOR PROVIDERS FOR FOOTBALL ACTIVITIES
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