Return to Grassroots Football Guidance
The FA have produced practical guidance for players, coaches, officials, volunteers, clubs, leagues, parents/carers and facility providers undertaking outdoor competitive grassroots football activity in England.
Following the UK Government’s latest announcement regarding the introduction of local COVID alert levels, our guidance for grassroots football, which includes NLS Feeder Leagues (Step 7) and below of the Men’s Football Pyramid and Tier 7 and below of the Women’s Football Pyramid, remains the same.
It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow this guidance as well as the UK Government’s latest guidance on COVID-19.
County Football Associations continue to work closely with local authorities to determine their regional situation and, if necessary, they will issue updated information in line with respective local COVID alert levels.
We have requested clarity from the UK Government on travel into or out of areas with ‘very high’ local COVID alert levels by clubs in Steps 3-6 of the National League System and Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid for fixtures and will provide a further update as soon as possible.
Throughout this period, we have taken UK Government advice with our priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will also continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.
Our latest guidance on grassroots football and updated FAQs can be downloaded below
A return to competitive football should only happen once clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place.
Detailed guidance on restart of Grassroots Football - download here
Summary guidance on outdoor and indoor Grassroots Football - download here
Restart of Grassroots Football latest FAQs - download here
COVID-19 Safeguarding Risk Assessment - download here
First Aid guidance for restart of outdoor Grassroots Football - download here
NLS Club guidance on restart of football - download here
Women's Pyramid guidance on restart of football - download hereGuidance on recognising the NHS and Key Workers on Playing Kit - download here