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FA provides position on grassroots football in light of COVID-19 announcement

Friday 13 Mar 2020
We're recommending that grassroots football can continue as usual – for now

Following today's joint announcement with the Premier League and EFL regarding the suspension of professional football in England, we've issued a further update.

We're fully aware that there are questions about whether grassroots football in England should be played because of the Covid-19 virus.

Consistent with Government advice, we are recommending that grassroots football is able to continue as usual for now, with each league or centre making its own individual decision based on its local situation and the availability of players and officials.

However, we would fully respect and support any leagues, centres or teams that wish to postpone fixtures in light of the Covid-19 virus.

The decision to postpone all professional football in England has been taken with the integrity of the competitions in mind, considering the availability of players, staff and facilities.

We will continue to monitor all Government advice and keep the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. Further updates will follow as needed.

By FA Staff