The FA have confirmed that the UK Government approved their plan for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football last Friday 17 July 2020.
As a result, the grassroots football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season.
The FA have been working hard over recent weeks to prepare guidelines for the safe return of grassroots football and, following Government approval, these can now be published.
Football activity can take place with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19.
The FA would strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:
- Until 31 July - When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;
- From August - Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;
- From September - Grassroots leagues, men's National League System, Women's Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.
Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators and football facility providers should read the full guidelines, which are accessible on The FA website, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19.
A return to competitive football should only happen once clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place.
Click HERE to read the full article on The FA website and download the guidance document.