Coronavirus and Grassroots football
Following the Government’s announcement yesterday, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.
Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. we will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time. The FA are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. further updates will follow as needed.
To be clear, the advice is applicable to ALL football. This includes, but is not limited to, competitions, league fixtures, training and community events.
All West Riding County Cup competition matches, Coach Education Courses, Referee Education Courses and face to face disciplinary hearings have been cancelled with immediate effect. All bookings of the West Riding County FA pitch have also been cancelled. Further updates on each of these programmes will be circulated today.
From the 17th March 2020 the West Riding FA Headquarters will be closed for the foreseeable future, with staff working remotely in this period. We have contingencies in place and will continue to support the grassroots game during this period. All staff can be contacted on the usual telephone numbers and email addresses.
Until such time as the FA and/or Government mandates otherwise, sanctions (fines/suspensions) will not be issued by this association to groups who choose to continue facilitating participation. That being said, our advice to all in the game is that no football continues for the foreseeable time. We hope that Clubs, Leagues and Community Groups take this advice and apply it. Given the Government’s advice, we are confident that they will apply it.
Getting the latest Government advice
Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.
Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.