Football is (temporarily) closed

By Ian Townsend

FA announce lockdown guidance

The FA have today announced that our football- indeed all football from Step Three to Step Six- must cease from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020. Their statement, which you can read in full here, is as follows:

'As a result of the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4 November 2020] and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], 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.

Our 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.'

FA Cup fixtures this weekend will go ahead behind closed doors, and we wait for more details about when the next round of the FA Trophy will be played.

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