The FA has today issued new guidance on the return of the grassroots game
It is more important than ever that we adhere to this guidance as the continuation of the game is on a knife edge with government officials, local authorities and some in and outside the game seeking reasons why the game should not continue
Lets play our part in ensuring that does not happen by reading the guidance in full and ensuring compliance at all our games
Please see the full guidance here https://www.thefa.com/news/2020/dec/01/fa-guidance-on-return-to-grassroots-football-011220
There is a handy downloadable PDF here https://www.thefa.com/-/media/thefacom-new/files/get-involved/2020/1-december-guidance-docs/football-activity-guidance-executive-summary---1-december.ashx
Key areas of the guidance
Outdoor training, leagues and competitions is allowed in all Tier areas.
For match days
• Signage should be put up at all facilities/pitches to provide clear direction on protocols.
• Social distancing must always be adhered to on arrival and when not in play.
• The sharing of essential equipment is permitted. Strict hygiene protocols must be adhered to.
• NHS Test and Trace must be in operation at all grounds/facilities.
• All substitutes and team officials should maintain social distancing. No celebrations or team huddles.
• No socialising at the ground/pitch after games.
• Cafes / clubs can sell food and beverages in Tiers 1 and 2 following government hospitality guidance but in Tier 3 only takeaway is allowed by click and collect
In relation to travelling across tier boundaries, this is allowed for Tiers 1 and 2 for all forms of the game, but for tier 3 this is only allowed for U7s through to U18s (note an 18 year old playing in an U18 game is deemed as an U18 in relation to this guidance) as these are exempt from the travel ban for all forms of the game and there is an exemption for travel in Tier 3, for under-18s, disability teams, volunteers, match officials, guardians, elite players and those travelling for work, which includes spectators present for safeguarding purposes with youth players.
Finally in relation to spectators they are allowed but MUST check in using the NHS App and follow the rule of 6 with families not mixing on the touchlines so it is imperative they spread out and are kept to an absolute minimum for safeguarding purposes only
The FA have confirmed that any teams that do breach this guidance can be dealt with by the police, the local authority and may also be sanctioned by the FA and the leagues. This is a route we do not wish to go down, but as stated the game is on a knife edge and we must ensure compliance.
Please help us all to do that by ensuring this guidance is circulated to all your members