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ISFA STATEMENT

COVID-19 - RETURN TO PLAY: WE'RE BACK!

Updated 1st September

The Department for Education (DfE) have now amended their guidance issued on Friday 28th August:

“Schools have the flexibility to decide how physical education, sport and physical activity will be provided whilst following the measures in their system of controls.

Sports whose national governing bodies have developed guidance under the principles of the government’s guidance on team sport and been approved by the government are permitted. Schools must only provide team sports on the list available at return to recreational team sport framework (see footnote).

Pupils should be kept in consistent groups, sports equipment thoroughly cleaned between each use by different individual groups”.

There are now no objections from The FA, DCMS or DfE to football being played in school as long as the appropriate precautions are in place (see footnote). However, schools may wish to check with their insurance companies to ascertain their position.

FOOTNOTES: further information:

DfE Guidance: “Return to recreational team sport framework” (includes list of permitted sports)

FA information on Return to Play - scroll to foot of page to download "Restarting Outdoor Competitive Grassroots Football"

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