Late last night the FA issued updated guidance for ‘non-elite’ football in England following confirmation from the UK Government that organised sports can return from TODAY!
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 under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing.
Training for teams in Tier 3 must have minimal contact.
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.
For more detailed guidance and an executive summary of the latest changes please click here.