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ESFA UPDATE: Return of schools' football

The ESFA can confirm that the UK Government approved The FA’s plan for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football Saturday 18 July 2020.

As a result, the schools’ football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season and for the completion of last season’s tournaments, if deemed appropriate to do so by the local organising association.

Football activity can take place with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19.

We would strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:

Associations, schools, players, coaches, match officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators and football facility providers should read our full guidance document which can be downloaded here, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19. You are also advised to refer to the information which can be found on the FA’s website regarding returning to grassroots football.

A return to competitive football should only happen once associations, schools and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place.

A summary of key points to consider from our guidelines are listed for ease below:

Please note that at this stage, indoor football and Futsal is not permitted. The FA is currently working with indoor facility providers to develop appropriate guidance for indoor formats as soon as possible.

All guidance must be undertaken in accordance with existing child welfare policy documents which can be found here. The ESFA will also be releasing updated Risk Assessment documents w/c 27 July. Please ensure that standard risk assessments are completed for all activity in addition to the COVID-19 risk assessments.

The full guidance document can be downloaded here along with supporting documents which have been produced by The Football Association.

Note: The FA’s documents have been specifically designed to support grassroots club football much of which is applicable to schools’ representative team football and inter-school football.  On FA documents, where “club” is mentioned you can replace this with Association or School accordingly.

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