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London FA provides guidance and advice to our member clubs and leagues.
Following the Government’s announcement on 9 July 2020 regarding the return to recreational sport, please see below for the latest update from The FA.

We welcome the announcement and publication of the Government’s return to recreational sport framework today, which means we can look forward to the safe return of competitive grassroots football.

We are now working to submit a comprehensive action plan and related guidance for Government approval as outlined in DCMS’s publication.  Once approved, we will publish new guidance for the grassroots football community.  We will confirm timings as soon as we are able.  In the meantime, competitive grassroots football can prepare to return and look forward to the start of the new season.

Please continue to refer to the latest guidance documents for adult players, coaches, facility operators, parents and carers involved in restarting grassroots football activity – which came into effect from 4 July – until a further update is provided, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19.

Please also note that guidance is being developed for clubs with teams competing in the National League System (NLS) and will be shared with those clubs directly in due course.

We continue to be in active discussions with other team sports, Sport England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about how we can secure a safe return to competitive grassroots football as soon as is reasonably possible.

We will keep you updated as these discussions progress and provide amended guidance as and when we can.

Thank you for playing your vital part in helping our great game get going again and let’s continue to work together to ensure football’s return is as smooth and safe as possible.

Please visit The FA's dedicated portal to access COVID-19 information and updates.

The FA continues to work closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Sport England in order to provide good practice guidance for those responsible for delivering different aspects of grassroots football and we will share further information as soon as possible.

CLICK HERE FOR The FA Statement on 2019-21 Non-League, Women's & Grassroots Football Season

London FA’s policy is to follow Government, Public Health England, NHS and Football Association advice directly, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.

The links to the latest updates and advice to the British public is copied at the links below:

NHS GUIDANCE

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND GUIDANCE 


CONTACTING LONDON FA

All London FA staff are now working from home rather than based in the office. We are therefore asking all our members to direct any queries to our website or to contact us via our generic emails. 

For specific queries related to the FA decision regarding the conclusion of the 2019-20 football season, please email London FA directly at development@londonfa.com

Our website contains many useful guides and Frequently Asked Question sections. For example see the following for any discipline or coach education queries:

http://www.londonfa.com/about/rules-and-regulations/discipline 

http://www.londonfa.com/coaches 

For any queries that cannot be answered via our website, please email the relevant shared inbox and a member of the London FA team will come back to you. Our shared inboxes are as follows:

safeguarding@londonfa.com
discipline@londonfa.com 
coaching@londonfa.com
refereeing@londonfa.com 
countycups@londonfa.com 
development@londonfa.com 
playerregistration@thefa.com 

At London FA we have invested in a new email management system called Freshdesk, and this is now live across our discipline, coaching, refereeing and county cup platforms. This system allows us to set specific response deadlines for email queries and track progress in resolving queries. 

Please do provide feedback on how this system is working, via the short email survey sent automatically to you once a query is resolved.

For any urgent queries we are still operating a skeleton customer service line, on our usual switchboard number. Please note that call waiting times may be extended at this point in time.

MORE QUESTIONS?

We recognise that the above will not necessarily provide you with the answers to the many questions you may have. 

To support you with this we have developed a specific Covid-19 FAQ page, which covers a wide range of topics, from our coach education programme to our plans around the London County Cups.

Please visit this FAQ page here

View ‘A Message from the London FA CEO’ to members explaining the key changes to the business through the COVID-19 pandemic here