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We can provide an update for grassroots football as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Friday 16 Jul 2021
Restictions in England lift on Monday 19 July and here's how it affects grassroots football

The FA has provided an update on ‘non-elite’ football in advance of Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap.

On Monday 19 July, England moved into Step 4 of its roadmap in easing COVID-19 restrictions.

This meant that almost all legal restrictions of social contact were removed. However, the Government is encouraging people to act with caution. Our guidance has therefore been updated to reflect this.

This updated guidance which covers Steps 3-6 of the National League System (NLS), Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid and grassroots football (including Regional NLS Feeder Leagues), came into effect on Monday 19 July.

The full guidance documents can be downloaded below and should be referred to for further details. The summary key points are:

1. On field adaptions for playing football are no longer required.
2. No limits of how many people can meet.
3. One metre plus rule removed.
4. Individuals who are double-jabbed or under-18 no longer need to self-isolate after being identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, even if that person is within the same household. However, they are strongly advised to get their own free PCR test as soon as possible.
5. Face coverings no longer required by law, but recommended in crowded indoor settings and may be mandated by some clubs or facility providers.
6. Changing rooms can be used, however participants should use their own judgement and minimise use where possible to avoid close contact in a crowded area for a prolonged time.
7. No capacity limits for spectators but good practice is encouraged.
8. Hospitality is permitted without restrictions.
9. NHS Test and Trace QR codes not required by law but encouraged.
10. Free NHS lateral flow testing is available to clubs and we encourage clubs to take this up.
11. No domestic travel restrictions. Participants should continue to follow Government advice on international travel for any fixtures/ tournaments.

This guidance document applies to all youth and adult football and Futsal, including all formats of the game, both indoors and outdoors.

We would like to thank you once again for playing your part in helping to get our game going again. By observing Government guidance and the football-specific protocols, we can look forward to ensuring the transition back to enjoying football is as smooth and safe as possible.

By Communications department