FA GUIDANCE FOR OUTDOOR GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL RETURN ON 29 MARCH 2021

On Monday 29 March, as part of the next stage of the Government’s roadmap out of national lockdown, outdoor sports facilities can open, and organised outdoor football can take place.
The FA has now published their updated guidance, based on the latest Government advice available, which applies to all outdoor youth and adult football and Futsal, including all formats of the game.
The FA will also update the guidance as we move through the different steps of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Travel
The Government guidance on travel is that the ‘stay at home’ rule will end on Monday 29 March, but many restrictions will remain in place. As organised sport can resume, all participants may travel to games but should avoid travel at the busiest times and routes, as well as minimising any unnecessary journeys where possible.  Car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble should be avoided unless your journey is undertaken for an exempt reason

Changing rooms
Changing rooms cannot be used as part of step one in the roadmap out of lockdown and must remain shut. Toilets may be allowed to open, 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after training and/or matches. All government guidance on hygiene and social distancing measures must be followed.

Spectators
No spectators are allowed at grassroots football as part of step one of the Government’s roadmap. One parent or guardian per child is permitted, where clubs and facilities can safely accommodate this and following all appropriate guidance.

Indoor football
Indoor sport is not currently allowed. This is planned to return no earlier than 17 May, as part of step three of the Government’s roadmap, apart from disability football, which is currently allowed to take place indoors.

It’s extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government’s latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from the FA.  Any incidents of non-compliance will be reported to the local County Football Association.

PLEASE NOTE:

All players, officials, volunteers, and spectators must self-screen prior to arrival to ensure they do not have any of the following symptoms (confirmed by a parent for those under age 18), as these are potential indicators of Covid-19 infection:

  • A high temperature (above 37.8°C);
  • A new, continuous cough;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • A sore throat;
  • A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste.
  • Feeling generally unwell;
  • Persistent tiredness;
  • Been in close contact with/living with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 in the previous two weeks.
  • Finally, are you or anyone in your household/bubble self-isolating whilst waiting for a test or test results for Covid-19?

If the answer to any of these questions is Yes then no travel should be undertaken and applicable Government Guidance (e.g. call NHS 111) should be followed. It is important to remember some people can pass on the virus before they develop symptoms, or never have symptoms despite being infectious.

Barton Rovers FC must support NHS test and trace efforts by collecting name and contact information on participants at matches. This information should be stored for a minimum of 21 days in-line with the Government Recreational Team Sport Framework and collected/processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and in line with GDPR principles. It should be used only for the purpose of NHS test and trace

A Match Health Check should be done before each match and must be recorded in the Match Health Check form (see Appendix 1) in paper format which should be completed on arrival before the player mixes with others, so that if they have symptoms there is no chance of others being affected.

Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must not participate. Instead, they should follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation. Everyone should comply with public health restrictions and avoid high-risk behaviour outside the football setting to reduce the risk to fellow participants and other attendees

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