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FA issues guidance for return of grassroots game

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Friendlies to start from August 1, with League competitions recommencing in September

Practical guidance for players, coaches, officials, volunteers, clubs, leagues, parents/carers and facility providers undertaking outdoor competitive grassroots football activity in England...

" We can confirm that the UK Government approved our plan for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football late last night, Friday 17 July 2020. 

As a result, the grassroots football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season. 

We've been working hard over recent weeks to prepare guidelines for the safe return of grassroots football and, following Government approval, these can now be published. 

Football activity can take place with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19. 

We would strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:

•    Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;

•    From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions; 

•    From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.

Full article can be read here.

Published Sunday 19th July 2020