The FA has today (Thursday 30th July 2020) released a COVID-19 Guidance on Return to Football for Match Officials.
Now the UK Government has given approval for outdoor competitive grassroots football and training sessions to re-start, this detailed guidance for match officials has been produced by The FA in relation to football in England. It applies to outdoor youth and adult football, as well as the small-sided game. For now, indoor football and futsal are not permitted.
It should be read in conjunction with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance and is based on the Government’s framework for a return to recreational team sport, which can be read here. Should Government guidance change in response to the current Covid-19 Alert Level, The FA guidance will be updated accordingly.Please remember: Referees should only return to football when it’s right for them to do so. There is no pressure to return and there will be no consequence or judgement for not returning. Everyone’s health, wellbeing and safety are the priorities.
The guidance is available to download from the bottom of this page, but has also been circulated to all match officials.
If anyone has any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org