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ISFA STATEMENT

COVID LATEST - Updated 10th April

Intra-school football, played within the school, has been permitted since 8th March.

Matches between different schools have been permitted since 29th March subject to the conditions outlined below.

The Government has confirmed that on Monday 12th April, the country will enter Step Two of the government roadmap.

TRAVEL

As organised sport can resume, all participants may travel to games but should avoid travel at the busiest times and routes, as well as minimising any unnecessary journeys where possible.  All participants must follow the Government's guidance on safer travel.  Participants should note that this guidance will be updated as we move through the different steps of the Government's roadmap.  All participants should therefore regularly review this guidance to make sure they are following up to date information.

CHANGING ROOMS

Changing rooms can be used as part of Step Two of the government's roadmap out of lockdown.  However, participants should minimise their use of changing facilities where possible, Toilets will be allowed to open, 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after the training and/or matches.

The government’s guidance for schools signposts the DCMS guidance on use of changing rooms. The Association for PE guidance covers some practical considerations on the use of changing areas. 

ISFA's advice is that, whenever possible, visiting teams and match officials should arrive already changed.

SPECTATORS

On 7th April the Government updated its guidance in relation to spectators. This confirms that at Step Two spectators are not permitted to attend sporting events taking place on private land, other than adults needed to supervise U18s that they have a responsibility for or providing care or assistance to a person with disabilities. They should maintain social distance and not mix with other households. This does not prevent people from viewing recreational or organised sport that is taking place in a public space, eg a park, at Step Two, in groups of up to six people or two households. However, sporting events that are intended to attract spectators or events that are likely to attract a significant number of spectators (e.g. matches that would attract a large crowd) should not take place in a public space, or on private land, until Step Three.

PARENTS/CARERS

Where facilities can accommodate this safely, parents and carers are permitted to be present at football activities, although they must observe the relevant Government COVID-19 guidance, including those on gathering limits for spectators.

INDOOR FOOTBALL

As part of Step Two of the Government’s roadmap, indoor football for U18s can take place in line with Department for Education and Out of School Setting guidance. All participants should read and follow this guidance for all indoor football activities.

Disabled people can take part in organised outdoor and indoor football without being subject to social contact limits.

OUTDOOR HOSPITALITY

As part of Step Two of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, outdoor hospitality at grassroots football is permitted. All participants must follow Government guidance on hospitality settings and specific advice for sport facility operators available on the Government’s website.  People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider Government guidance. Please note that while outdoor hospitality is permitted, spectators are not allowed at games unless on public land.

This guidance applies to all youth and adult football and Futsal, including all formats of the game.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For the further grassroots sports guidance published by the government for the public and sport providers, please click here.

The Football Association has also issued updated guidance (8th April) on the topics below.  This can be found by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

  • Football Activity Guidance for re-starting outdoor football
  • Football Activity Guidance for providers for football activities
  • Covid-19 safeguarding risk assessment guidance and template
  • First Aid guidance for return to competitive football

ISFA COMPETITIONS

The competitions below are scheduled to take place during the Summer Term and so the intention remains to go ahead as planned

  • Smith Construction ISFA U13 Girls Cup
  • Smith Construction ISFA U11 Girls Cup

With regret ISFA has announced that the following tournaments have been cancelled for the 2020-21 season:

  • Boodles ISFA Cup
  • Smith Construction ISFA U18 Girls Cup
  • ISFA U16 Shield
  • ISFA U15 Cup
  • Smith Construction ISFA U15 Girls Cup
  • ISFA U13 Cup
  • Football Escapes ISFA U11 Sevens

ISFA REPRESENTATIVE FOOTBALL

There will be no further ISFA representative football during the current academic year.  ISFA hopes to restart the programme from September 2021. 

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