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Guidance for Grassroots Football - Updated on 30 October 2020

The updated position in Lincolnshire as of 30 October is outlined here

Over the past week several changes to the coronavirus alert tier status of local authority geographical areas have been implemented that may have an impact on Lincolnshire FA affiliated clubs and wider football activity.

The updated position in Lincolnshire as of 30 October is outlined below along with the position of neighbouring authorities, as this may impact on a number of clubs who are scheduled to play fixtures outside of their immediate local authority area.

Tier 1  Tier 2  Tier 3 
Lincoln City, North Kesteven, South Kesteven, West Lindsey
East Lindsey, South Holland
North Lincolnshire
North East Lincolnshire 
South Yorkshire
Bassetlaw, Newark & Sherwood 
Kings Lynn & West Norfolk 

Adult Football - Travel & Spectators (National League System - Step 7 or below)

Based on the guidance currently provided, there are no restrictions on travel for adult clubs and individual players in Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas, but adult clubs and individual players are strongly advised not to move in or out of a ‘Very High’ Tier 3 region to participate in football activity. 

Youth & Disability Football – Travel & Spectators

With regards to youth football (Under 18s) and disability football the updated FA guidance of 23rd September with its strict conditions remains in place. At this present time there are no new restrictions on movement of youth teams and players irrespective of which Tier you are in. Youth and disability football can travel across tiers.

We cannot stress enough the critical importance of all involved in the game doing their level best to allow the grassroots game to continue. The key guidance remain as follows:

• Social distancing wherever possible for players, and always in the case of spectators
• Robust hygiene standards as per risk assessments but including the wearing of masks in toilet blocks etc.
• Effective registering of attendees primarily via the NHS Test and Trace QR code system
• Strongly recommend minimising spectators at youth games

National League System (Step 3-6) & Women's Football Pyramid (Tiers 3-6)

The FA gained clarity from the UK Government on travel into or out of areas with ‘very high’ Tier 3 local COVID alert levels by players in Steps 3-6 of the National League System and Tiers 3-6 of the Women's Football Pyramid and DCMS have confirmed, in collaboration with the FA, that player travel for these fixtures is within the guidelines.

However, we ask that spectators follow the Government guidance and do not travel into or out of ‘Very High’ Tier 3 areas.

Additional Information 

There are no changes in the guidance for referees and there are no restrictions on travel.   

The Lincolnshire FA will continue to work with local authorities and will endeavour to relay any localised updates to this guidance at the earliest opportunity. This guidance above is based on the current position and we will continue to review in line with any government reviews. Here is the latest FA guidance and FAQs.

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