is the most significant event in the Muslim calendar and this year it will
happen between 5th May and the 5th June in 2019. This is, therefore,
significant to football because it will fall partly within both football
seasons, professional and amateur.
the month of Ramadan, a large proportion of England’s 2.5 million Muslims will
fast (abstain from food and water) during daylight hours. This may
significantly impact their involvement in football, with many not participating
at all. Under FA Rule B5, nobody can be compelled to play football on a day of
religious observance, therefore any fixtures currently planned between 5th May
and 5th June have a risk of postponement if practising Muslims are in either
FA believes that football is For All and should be open and welcoming to
everyone from every background. Therefore, we are looking to raise awareness of
Ramadan within the football family to avoid any last minute fixture changes or
confusion around FA Rules. Here are some pointers:
you are a League –
Identify whether you have any predominantly Muslim teams within your league or
clubs with several playing Muslims and make sure they are aware of the dates of
Ramadan this year. Ask them if this will impact on them honouring their current
fixtures. Send on The FA’s Ramadan and Football Factsheet to your clubs for
you are a Club Manager, Secretary or Coach – Speak to your players and identify if any of them
are practising Muslims and are planning to miss fixtures during Ramadan. If yes
and you feel you need to postpone any games, speak to your league immediately.
You can also share our Ramadan Factsheet with your players.
you are a player –
If you are Muslim who will be fasting during Ramadan this year, and will be
missing fixtures, tell your team manager or club secretary straight away. If
you are thinking of fasting and continuing playing, make sure you take
appropriate medical advice if necessary.
Please see below a Ramadan Football factsheet for more information. If you
have any questions, please contact Rachel.Cossey@NorfolkFA.com