Keeping you updated on the impact of Coronavirus on Norfolk football
A number of stakeholders have contacted us seeking guidance in light of the current outbreak of Coronavirus and attempts to control its spread, specifically in relation to the use of pre/post-match handshakes at grassroots football matches. Below is the information we have shared with all of our Sanctioned Leagues regarding this situation.
“The FA is following Government advice which at the time of writing, does not offer any advice to say that we should not be shaking hands, but highlights and emphasises the need for good hand hygiene at all times.
However, if teams feel happier not to shake hands (or to try an alternative method like fist bumping) then that is absolutely their choice and Leagues are encouraged to be understanding of teams making this choice. Should teams decide not to shake hands or opt for an alternative method this must be conveyed to the match referee before the teams enter the field of play.
Alternatively a League may choose to issue a policy to remove the procedural pre/post-match handshake, but this would be solely at the discretion of the League.
The FA is actively monitoring and adopting Government advice, and as a matter of good practice would recommend that Leagues and Clubs adopt the same approach”.
Should teams decide not to shake hands or opt for an alternative method this must be conveyed to the match referee before the teams enter the field of play.
Leagues themselves may choose to issue a policy to remove the procedural pre/post match handshake, but this would be solely at their discretion.
What if the Situation Changes?
We are actively monitoring Government advice in case the situation changes and additional measures become necessary. As a matter of good practice we would recommend that Leagues and Clubs adopt the same approach.
Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.
Getting the Latest Government Advice
Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.
Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.