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Guidelines for the Return of Grassroots Football

Information for players, coaches, officials, volunteers, clubs, leagues, parents/carers and facility providers

Guidance for players, coaches, officials, volunteers, clubs, leagues, parents/carers and facility providers undertaking grassroots football activity in England

UPDATED 22/02/2021 19:00 [Government roadmap published]

We note the Government’s announcement on 22nd February with regards to the proposed roadmap out of the current COVID lockdown.

Under this plan organised outdoor sports are scheduled to be able to resume from 29th March and we will share further details of the guidance applying to any restart as soon as we have confirmation of these from DCMS and The FA.

We can confirm that the 2020-21 grassroots season has been extended until the end of June in order to provide additional flexibility and time for leagues to complete their fixtures this season if they wish to do so. 

Until football is allowed to resume it is vital that everyone continue to follow the guidance currently in place and make every possible effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, so that cases continue to fall and the proposed easing of restrictions can happen in line with the Government's plan. 

As such we remind all involved that the continued suspension of fixtures and training across the following remain:

  • Steps three to six of the National League System
  • Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid
  • Regional NLS feeder leagues
  • Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite status)
  • FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs (unless under elite status)
  • All indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football, including under-18s (except organised outdoor football for disabled people, which is allowed to continue)
  • Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)

We would like to thank the football community once again for its hard work, resilience and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and wider society.

Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.

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