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Coronavirus

SAFE RETURN TO GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL

guidance and news on how to return safely to grassroots football

We've been working hard over recent weeks to prepare guidelines for the safe return of grassroots football and, following Government approval, these can now be published.

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:

• Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;

• From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;

• From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.

read the fa's guidance on restarting football activity

COVID-19 Leagues and Clubs FAQs

UPDATED GUIDANCE - SEPTEMBER

updated faq's - september

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR CLUB?

Affiliations, County Cups & Risk Assesments

We're offering all clubs who affiliated for the 2019/20 season, FREE affiliation for the 2020/21 season.

We are also giving clubs FREE entry into our County Cups for the 2020/21 season. 

Affiliated clubs organising and/or hosting football activities have a legal duty to take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions which are a reasonably foreseeable risk.

Clubs should carry out Covid-19 risk assessments thatcover all risks, including those associated with the pandemic and how the club intends to ensure that its members and activities will operate within the Government guidance.

COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT GUIDANCE & TEMPLATE

FIRST-AID GUIDANCE

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INFORMATION FOR REFEREES

How does Covid-19 affect our match officials?

The effects of the pandemic are still hitting all of us, and it's all change on a matchday for the time being.

Referee's will need to come to terms with the changes, and ensure they are adhering to social distancing and taking extra precaution, just like players, coaches and spectators do on a matchday. 

Some of the guidelines include:

• Minimise face-to-face contact where possible;
• Avoid lengthy periods of time in enclosed spaces;
• Ensure appropriate hygiene protocols are always in place;
• Encourage maintenance of appropriate social-distancing measures.

Covid-19 guidance on re-starting competitive grassroots football For Referees

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Referee Specific Guidance on Returning to NLS Football

Below are some documents to help referee's in the County learn about the changes, along with guidance notes for them.

For support on any of the above, please contact our Referee Development Officer, Richard Mason on 01626 325917, or email - richard.mason@devonfa.com

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It's vitally important for all of us involved in football to read the guidance from the FA and the Government, as well as take measures and precautions to stop the virus spreading whilst we are on or off the pitch.
- Paul Morrison, Devon FA Chief Executive CLICK HERE FOR A SUMMARY OF THE FA'S GUIDANCE