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Further to the latest government announcement with regards to the introduction of Tier 4 areas, The FA have issued the following update.

Further to the government’s announcement on Wednesday 30 December with regards to the introduction of Tier 4 restrictions which will affect some clubs in West Riding, we have issued the following update.

Football for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football in Tier 4 areas is not permitted, including all training and fixtures. This immediate advice in place from 31 December applies to the following aspects of ‘non-elite’ football in England in Tier 4 areas:

- Steps three to six of the National League System (NLS)

- Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid

- Regional NLS feeder leagues

- Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite guidance)

- Indoor and outdoor adult grassroots football

- Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)

The government’s Tier 4 guidance states organised outdoor sport for under-18s and disabled people will be allowed, while there are exemptions for FA Girls' Regional Talent Clubs. The government’s guidelines on travel between tiers should be adhered to. These players cannot move in or out of Tier 4 to train or play.

The government’s Tier 4 guidance confirms that elite sportspeople (and their coaches if necessary, or parents/guardians if they are under 18) are able to compete and train.


As many parts of West Riding still resides in a Tier 3 restriction, it is extremely important that all clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow the guidance set out by the Government & FA. See the below West Riding FA Support hub for all the guidance.

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