In line with the government relaxing coronavirus restrictions, the FA has today confirmed updates to guidance on grassroots football during Covid-19.
From 1 June, the following football activity is now permitted, subject to social distancing measures being carried out at all times.
• Playing football individually.
• Playing football with your family or other people living in your household.
• Football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six, keeping two metres apart at all times, but coaches must follow FA safeguarding policy when coaching with children.
Coaches are also permitted to organise a training session that has two or more groups of six (including the coach) involved in the session. as long as the groups of six are kept separate.
Along with the social distancing measures, the FA is advising people to stay away from overcrowded areas, and is also encouraging hand hygiene before and after playing, as well as limited sharing of equipment to prevent the spread of infection.
Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is still not permitted, therefore playing of any small-sided or full games is not allowed while it poses a risk to public health.
What are your views on grassroots football being played during the pandemic? Are there any formats of the game we could already be playing or training for? When will grassroots football return? Let us know your thoughts…
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