Keeping you updated on the impact of Coronavirus on Hertfordshire football
UPDATED 19/05/2020 08:30
Following the Government’s recent announcement of changes to the measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, The FA has issued the following guidance relating to all grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game.
Consistent with Government advice, published on Wednesday 13 May, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:
• playing football individually e.g. practice of individual skills or fitness activities;
• playing football with your family or other people living in your household;
• an individual can play football with one other person who is not from their household.
• coaching an adult player one to one.
All social distancing guidelines must be followed.
If an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.
Additionally, maintaining a grass or artificial football pitch is permitted, as long as social distancing and appropriate hygiene practices are adopted.
The following football activity is not permitted at this time, consistent with Government guidelines:
• coaching a child (U18) from a different household one to one. In order to comply with The FA’s safeguarding policy, a child must have a parent/carer with them, which doesn’t comply with Government social distancing requirements;
• two or more people from one household playing with one person or more from outside their household.
The FA will continue to work with the Government and Sport England in order to provide guidance to grassroots football as the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy moves to the next phase.
As before any other football activity (such as matches, friendlies or training) not specifically listed above as permitted remain postponed until further notice. You should also be aware that in light of the current situation any such activity may not be covered by your insurance at this time.
Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.
Please be aware that in line with Government guidance, The County Ground is closed to visitors and those Hertfordshire FA staff that haven't been furloughed are working remotely. The best way of contacting us during this time will be via email or direct lines, rather than the main number.
You can read more about the impact of Coronavirus on our staff and business, along with contact details via our Operations Update.
Concluding the Current Season
The FA has released a statement on how the 2019-20 season will be concluded in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which you can read here. This decision has now been endorsed by FA Council. We are in contact with all Hertfordshire leagues to support them in determining how to close out thier current competitions and have provided them with guidance on how this can be done.
With regards to County Cups, after careful consideration we have concluded that it will not be possible for these competitions to be completed, and have issued a statement confirming these have been declared null and void.
Free Affiliation for 2020/21
With funding from Sport England and The FA we have put together a package to ensure that all Clubs can benefit from extra support for the forthcoming season.
To help them be ready for when football is able to resume, we are pleased to confirm that Hertfordshire FA will be providing free Affiliation and County Cup entry for Clubs along with a discount on Public Liability Insurance for 2020/21.
Further details of the package can be found here.
DBS Applications and Document Verification
The FA is implementing temporary changes to DBS checks in football for the period that football is suspended due to coronavirus, up to and including the start of the 2020-2021 season. This decision has been made in light of the current cessation of football activity, difficulties regarding online ID verification for the purposes of renewing a DBS check and demand on the DBS service due to the current health crisis.
These changes will apply to all roles in football and full details can be found here.
Extended Safeguarding Guidance
Adjusting to life under the restrictions means new and different ways for people to stay in touch when it isn’t possible to meet up in person. In light of this The FA have extended their safeguarding policies for anyone working in football who engages online with under-18s, with new guidance for coaches and parents.
Additional Funding for clubs
For those specifically concerned about the financial impact of the outbreak, we have also compiled details of the various different types of Funding for clubs affected by COVID 19.
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.