Members of the Essex grassroots football community can now look forward to a phased and cautious return to football following The FA’s confirmation that the UK Government had approved their plan for the resumption of outdoor forms of the game.
On Saturday 18th July, The FA announced the Government had approved their plans, meaning preparations for the start of the 2020/21 season can now be accelerated. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we've continued to support affiliated clubs, players, coaches, referees and volunteers so they can safely reintroduce training and matches.
Detailed guidelines have been published so football activity can take place with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of Covid-19. The FA would strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:
Until 31st July: when ready, clubs can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people.
From August: competitive matches can begin (i.e. 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.
Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators and football facility providers should initially fully familiarise themselves with the FA guidelines, accessible at the foot of this page, in addition to the latest Government guidance on Covid-19. The County FA would also like to draw special attention to the fact every club must observe the following guidelines:
Full information on the return to grassroots football activity can be found in the menus above, by following @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook. Essex County FA staff are also available to provide support as required.