COVID-19 Support and FAQs

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

On Monday 19 July, 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 19 July 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 the 16th August.
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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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:




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.