COVID-19 grassroots update July 2021

New FA update on 'non-elite' football

THE FA has provided an update on ‘non-elite’ football.

THE FA has provided an update on ‘non-elite’ football in advance of Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap.

The update is as follows:

“On Monday July 19th, England will move to step 4 of its roadmap in easing Covid restrictions.  This means that almost all legal restrictions of social contact will be removed. However, the Government is encouraging people to act with caution. Our guidance has therefore been updated to reflect this.

This updated guidance which covers Steps 3-6 of the National League System (NLS), Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid and grassroots football (including Regional NLS Feeder Leagues), comes into effect on Monday, July 19th and until then all participants should follow The FA’s guidance for Step 3 which can be found here. You can read the Government guidance here.

The full guidance document can be downloaded below and should be referred to for further details. The summary key points are:

  1. On field adaptions for playing football are no longer required
  2. No limits of how many people can meet
  3. 1m plus rule removed
  4. The definition of close contact remains the same, however the rules on self-isolation will be changing from August 16th.
  5. Face coverings no longer required by law but recommended in crowded indoor settings and may be mandated by some clubs or facility providers.
  6. Changing rooms can be used, however participants should use their own judgement and minimise use where possible to avoid close contact in a crowded area for a prolonged time.
  7. No capacity limits for spectators but good practice is encouraged
  8. Hospitality is permitted without restrictions.
  9. NHS Test and Trace QR codes not required by law but encouraged.
  10. Free NHS lateral flow testing is available to clubs and The FA encourage clubs to take this up.
  11. No domestic travel restrictions. Participants should continue to follow Government advice on international travel for any fixtures/ tournaments.


This guidance document applies to all youth and adult football and futsal, including all formats of the game, both indoors and outdoors.

We would like to thank you once again for playing your part in helping to get our game going again. By observing Government guidance and the football-specific protocols, we can look forward to ensuring the transition back to enjoying football is as smooth and safe as possible.”


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