Health and safety in football

Health & Safety

Keeping Football Safe in Hertfordshire

Health & Safety in local football.

Hertfordshire FA is committed to Health and Safety in all of our operations, whether that be in the County Office or out in the community.

We work hard with players, coaches, referees, clubs, leagues and facilities to take every reasonable step to ensure an acceptable standard of health and safety for all who want to play affiliated football in Hertfordshire.

Learn about the range of support we offer below:


Personal Accident Insurance

Personal Accident insurance protects players, committee members, managers, trainers and assistant referees/officials in the event of an accident arising from football activities.

Ahead of the 2017/18 season, the FA ruled to make personal accident insurance mandatory for all age groups and formats of football, including youth. This means that your club will have purchased this insurance as part of their affiliation to Hertfordshire FA.

Personal accident insurance for Adult 11 a side football has been mandatory for a number of years now and has been extremely beneficial in providing protection and financial support to players at all grassroots levels.

Cover is purchased when your club affiliate to the Association and full details are shown on the Affiliation form.

Learn more here


Goalpost Safety

The FA's guidelines for the safe use of goalposts.

Football should be fun, safe and enjoyable, whether you play in a park, at school or for a local club.

Too many serious injuries and fatalities have occurred in recent years as a result of unsafe or incorrect use of goalposts.

The FA, along with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Health and Safety Executive and the British Standards Institution, would like to draw your attention to the following guidelines for the safe use of goalposts.

FA Goalpost Safety Guidelines

FA Goalpost Guidance

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The FA's Concussion Guidelines

If in doubt - sit them out

Here you will find helpful information and advice about how to recognise and manage a concussion from the time of injury through to a player's safe return to football.

The guidance, which is designed to support those managing head injuries in football at all levels, is available in two forms - a free-to-download document and as an online resource - both of which you can access here.

Download the FA's Concussion Guidelines 

Working with the British Heart Foundation create a team of lifesavers

Since footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in 2012, The FA have been working with the British Heart Foundation. to help save lives in England’s football clubs and their communities.

In a unique partnership, more than 900 external defibrillators (AED) were made available to clubs at Steps 1 to 7 of the National League System and clubs in the Women’s Super League to help save the lives of cardiac arrest casualties.

The initiative aimed to create thousands of lifesavers by giving players, staff and fans the equipment and information needed. With two-thirds of the cost of a brand new lifesaving defibrillator being provided to clubs by The FA and BHF, eligible clubs applied to secure the equipment and then learn more about how it can save lives.

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