Keeping you updated on the impact of Coronavirus on Hertfordshire football
UPDATED 16/10/2020 15:30
Following the changes to restrictions in England announced by the Government on 9th September, The FA has confirmed that organised football continues to have an exemption, 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 the respective bespoke guidelines from the FA.
Please continue to follow all the measures previously outlined in allowing football to return. Football activity can only take place with the necessary modifications to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19. For full details of what you need to do to keep playing safely, follow the link below.
On 17 September the UK Government also approved the plan for the return of indoor competitive recreational grassroots football and Futsal, meaning this can commence once once clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place.
Guidelines for the Return of GRassroots Football
Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.
Please be aware that our office 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.
Coaching, Safeguarding and Referee Courses
All courses were understandably suspended following the Coronavirus outbreak. Since then Hertfordshire FA have been working closely with FA Education to look at restarting delivery of our Education Courses in line with FA and DCMS COVID-19 Guidance. This has involved some considerable adaptations to the way courses are delivered, including additional training for our tutor workforce and amendments to our venues to ensure they are COVID-19 compliant. In the meantime there are a number of online options for those looking to gain qualifications or extend thier existing ones.
For the latest information on courses and how to ensure your qualifications are up to date, please read our Courses Update.
Community Football Centre and 3G Pitch
In line with changes to the government guidance that allows the resumption of football activity as outlined above, our pitch at The County Ground is once again available for use. We have put in place various measures to ensure the site is as safe as possible for our users to return. Details of some of these changes can be seen in this video and we thank all of our users in advance for their support in following all appropriate precautions.
For any enquiries about using our facility, contact Rob Smith, our Head of Commercial and Operations (and COVID Officer).
The FA Charter Standard - Annual Health Checks and Interim Criteria
The FA have decided to extend Charter Standard accreditation for clubs who either renewed as part of the 2019/20 annual health check or for those clubs who were newly accredited during the 2019/20 season. There will be no annual health check process for the 2020/21 season.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the game and our ability to deliver face to face education. The FA have introduced an interim criteria to support your clubs to make sure the relevant individuals can still educate and equip themselves to provide a safe, fun and inclusive environment for all to enjoy.
For further information on the changes, including details of the interim criteria, please see The FA Charter Standard 2020-21 update.
County Cups for the 2020-21 Season
Reluctantly the Competitions Committee has made the decision to suspend all Hertfordshire FA County Cup Competitions for the 2020-21 Season.
This was not an easy decision to come to and we realise that this will not please everybody. However, we do believe that this is in the best interests of football in Hertfordshire, to provide the optimum availability of dates and, therefore, the best opportunity for all Leagues to complete this season.
It should be understood that the Association is fully supportive of running County Cup Competitions in the future and it is both our hope and aim to reintroduce them in Season 2021-22. To this end the Competitions Committee will be planning for 2021-22 season and will take the opportunity to undertake a review of the Competition rules and structures in readiness for next season.
Getting the latest Government advice
Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance on how best to stay safe and restrict the spread of COVID-19.