COVID-19 Support and FAQs
Please see below for the latest statement issued on behalf of The FA, which follows the Government announcement delivered on Monday 22 February 2021.
We welcome the UK Government’s update today regarding the Covid-19 roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions which means we can look forward to the safe return of grassroots football from 29 March for both adults and children.
With this new clarity around timings, we will continue to work with Government on plans for a safe return for grassroots football across England and will communicate updated guidance as soon as we can.
We can also confirm that the 2020/21 grassroots season has been extended until the end of June in order to provide additional flexibility and time for leagues to complete their fixtures this season if they wish to do so.
Please note, the extension does not apply to the National League System (NLS) Steps 3-6, Regional NLS Feeder Leagues and the Women’s Football Pyramid from Tier 3 and below, including County Leagues at Tier 7, as the process to determine the preferred route forward for these competitions is currently ongoing. We will provide a further update on this in due course.
London FA will share these updates with the local grassroots football community once recieved by The FA.
Until that time, please continue to follow the guidance below:
The FA has today (4 January 2021) issued the below guidance with regard to non-elite football activity, in light of the Government's announcement on new COVID-19 restrictions made on the same day.
We note the UK Government’s announcement this evening with regards to the new national COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown.
As a result, the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of fixtures and training across the following, with immediate effect:
- Steps three to six of the National League System (NLS)
- Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid
- Regional NLS feeder leagues
- Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite status)
- FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs (unless under elite status)
- All indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football, including under-18s (except organised outdoor football for disabled people which is allowed to continue)
- Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)
It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and we implore everyone to follow these.
Dialogue will continue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, leagues, competitions and County FAs and we will provide further updates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and ‘non-elite’ football when relevant.
We would like to thank the football community once again for its hard work, resilience and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and wider society.
County Cup Competitions
As a result of the Government announcement made on Monday 4 January 2021, all London Cup matches are now postponed until further notice.
I would like to give a massive thank you to all of the clubs for your help and communications.
Please can everyone stay safe and do what you can to help us beat the spread of the virus, so we can get football back on as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me on Jamaal.Horne@LondonFA.com- Jamaal Horne, Cups & Competitions Officer, London FA
Our stance on non-elite football training and matches has been clarified in our statement here.
We would refer anyone to the government guidance for outdoor exercise and meeting other people here.
To clarify, leaving an Under 18 alone with one adult from another household to play football is a breach of safeguarding policy and, as you can’t have another adult in attendance due to Covid-19 regulations, then it is not permissible.
London FA Staff Update
Please click here for the latest London FA staffing update, with a number of staff members to be placed on furlough leave from 11 January 2021.
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:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND GUIDANCE
CONTACTING LONDON FA
For any enquiries for London FA, in the first instance please CLICK HERE to visit our Freshdesk Solutions Hub.
If your enquiry is of a technical nature, please CLICK HERE to visit the FA Grassroots Technology Solutions Hub.
Our website contains many useful guides and Frequently Asked Question sections. For example see the following for any discipline or coach education queries:
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:
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.
COVID-19 Support for Leagues and Clubs
Visit the link below to visit our hub packed with some helpful links and details of support available to leagues and clubs hit hard by COVID-19.