suspension of non-elite football

the fa have suspended all non-elite football, as of thursday 5th november, until at least wednesday 2nd december, in line with national lockdown measures.

The Football Association has provided an update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the UK Government’s announcement on new national Covid-19 restrictions that will be in place from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

As a result of the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions, the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of the following during this period:

· All fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];

· All fixtures and training for Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];

· All fixtures and training for the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;

· All fixtures and training for The Barclays FA WSL Academy League;

· All fixtures and training for FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;

· All fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

The FA’s aim is to ensure that the 2020/21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.

We will update this page with FA Guidance and FAQ's as soon as they are issued from the Football Association.




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.






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


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