The FA has updated its Coronavirus Guidance for ‘non-elite’ football from Monday 19th July, including schools’ football, with almost all restrictions of social contact removed. However, the Government is encouraging people to act with caution and schools should still follow their own Covid-19 management procedures.

The full FA guidance documents 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. One metre plus rule removed.
4. The definition of close contact remains the same, however the rules on self-isolation changed from 16 August – see Government guidance here.
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. Participants should use their 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 for participants to follow up.
11. No domestic travel restrictions. Participants should continue to follow Government advice on international travel for any fixtures/tournaments.

FA Documents