The UK Government has confirmed that organised sports,
which include Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS], Tiers 3-6 of the
Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP] and outdoor grassroots football, can continue as
an exemption to its latest planned measures in response to Covid-19.
Organised football activity is
currently permitted at these levels but it is extremely important that clubs,
players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers,
and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Governments’ latest guidance on
Covid-19 and respective
bespoke guidelines from The Football Association [The FA].
Re-starting the game
at these levels has been a significant challenge for everyone involved and we
must acknowledge the hard work, passion and commitment of the football family.
However, it is vital that we all adhere to these guidelines and ensure it can continue
in a safe and secure way.
As part of this
exemption, The FA can also clarify that clubs
at Steps 3-6 of the NLS and Tiers 3-4 of the WFP remain permitted to
accommodate a phased
and limited return of spectators if they follow the UK Governments’ latest guidance on
Covid-19 and The FA’s guidelines for the NLS or WFP.
Clubs in the Regional NLS
Feeder Leagues, Tiers 5-7 of the WFP and outdoor grassroots football also
remain permitted to accommodate socially-distanced spectators but they too must
adhere to the UK Governments’ latest
guidance on Covid-19 and The FA guidelines for outdoor
Supporters are the
life force of our national sport and The FA hopes to see them return in greater
numbers across the country as soon as it is safe and possible. However, we must
continue to work together and play our part by following all the relevant guidelines
if this is to become a reality.
The FA remains in
consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the
Sports Grounds Safety Authority, leagues and competitions and will provide an
update on the further returns of supporters – including scheduled pilot events
– in due course.
Updated frequently asked questions on The FA’s Covid-19 guidelines
can be accessed below.