We note the UK Government’s announcement on Monday 4 January with regards to the new national COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown.
As a result, the impact on ‘non-elite’ football in England will include the suspension of fixtures and training across the following with immediate effect:
- 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)
It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the Government’s new national COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and we implore everyone to follow these.
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.
The national lockdown announced on 4th January has led to the suspension of grassroots football activity and the closure of leisure facilities, which you will appreciate has a significant impact on our business operations. As a result our premises will be closed, with staff continuing to work remotely. We have also had to make the difficult decision to again place some staff on furlough leave through this time, while others will see a reduction in their normal working hours.
The best way of contacting us during this time will be via email or direct lines, rather than the main number. For further details of the impact of the current lockdown on our staff and business plour ease read 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 involves 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.
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 the announcement of the national lockdown from 4th January 2021 our facility will be closed until further notice. For any enquiries about future bookings, please 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.
Mental Health Support
We’re all facing different challenges, stresses and pressures due to Coronavirus but it’s important to remember that whatever you’re going through and however it’s making you feel, it’s okay to talk about it. The FA’s charity partners and other mental health charities in the UK are here for you and ready to help you through this difficult time.
We’ve pulled together some tips and advice to help you to find the Mental Health support you need.
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.