Last Updated: 16th July 2021

FA Update on grassroots football ahead of COVID-19 restrictions easing

On Monday 19 July, England will move to Step 4 of its roadmap in easing COVID-19 restrictions. The FA has today provided updated guidance.

Latest FA Guidance in Step 3 of Government’s Roadmap

On Monday 17 May, as part of the next step of the Government’s roadmap out of national lockdown, there will be further changes to the restrictions on ‘non-elite’ football. FA guidance has therefore been updated to reflect this.

Step two of the roadmap – 12th April

The FA guidance has been updated to reflect the changes to national restrictions. The key changes to note are in relation to spectators, use of changing rooms and outdoor hospitality.

Please note that this updated guidance comes into effect on Monday 12 April.

Return To Play – 29th March

On Monday 29 March, as part of the next stage of the Government’s roadmap out of national lockdown, outdoor sports facilities can open, and organised outdoor football can take place.

The FA have published updated guidance, based on the latest Government advice available, which applies to all outdoor youth and adult football and Futsal, including all formats of the game.

Updated Risk Assessment

We have updated our Risk Assessment ahead of the restart on March 29th. The latest copy can be viewed here.

Lockdown 3 – 4th January

The FA have responded to UK Government’s announcement this evening with regards to the new national COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown.

There is an immediate suspension of all indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots training and matches.

The full response from The FA can be read on the Surrey FA website.

Suspension of All Football – 1st January

The NEHYL has cancelled matches up to and including January 17th.

The club have taken the decision to cancel all training and matches up to and including January 17th. Club members will continue to be updated via regular emails.

Tier 4 – 19th December

Further to the government’s announcement on Saturday 19 December with regards to the introduction of Tier 4 areas and the latest information on COVID-19, The FA have issued the following update.

Tier 3 – 16th December

From 00:01 on Saturday 19th December the following areas will move from tier two to tier three:

Hastings and Rother
The whole of Hertfordshire
Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant
Surrey, except Waverley

Greater London, and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire were moved to tier three on 16 December following an emergency review.

Grassroots football for kids up to U18 is still permitted in tier 3 but the recommendation is for single parent spectators where possible.

FA Statement – 1st December

The FA has issued updated guidance for ‘non-elite’ football in England following confirmation from the UK Government that organised sports can return from Wednesday 2 December.

FA Statement – 6th November

The FA has provided clarification for ‘non-elite’ football in England – including school, further and higher education football activities.

Lockdown 2

Read the message from our Chairman following the announcement of Lockdown 2.

Mytchett Athletic COVID-19 Officer

The club has appointed Mark Degiovanni as COVID-19 Officer. Mark is responsible for overseeing all our football activities, sharing best practices to ensure the safety of participants and spectators during the pandemic. Mark is working closely with our team managers, administrators, facility providers, and his counterparts at other clubs.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mark. His details are available here.

Risk Assessment

Mark and the Exec Committee have published a risk assessment for the resumption of training and for matches at Bellew Road. This document is under constant review. The latest copy can be viewed here.

Health Self-Assessment

Prior to every training session or match, every parent/carer must conduct a health self-assessment on behalf of the player. A health self-assessment form has been provided and you are asked to consider the answer the each question. As per the form, if you have answered YES to question 4,6, or 7 your child will not be able to attend training or matches until 2 weeks have passed. The COVID-19 Officer should be notified immediately.

Once you have submitted your initial form to your team manager/administrator as requested, you do not need to submit another form UNLESS any of the answers have changed.

Training Sessions

All training sessions are being held at Bellew Road until further notice. Please refer to these training guidelines specific for Bellew Road which can be accessed here. These should be read in conjunction with the Risk Assessment.


All matches, whether home or away, friendlies or league arranged, are to be coordinated with the COVID-19 Officer until further notice. Mark will work with the team managers/administrators and the opposition teams and his COVID-19 Officer counterpart, to share guidelines specific to the venue and the time of the match.

Track and Trace

It is a requirement for all clubs to keep a record of persons attending football activities for a minimum of 21 days, in order to assist with NHS Track and Trace. The club are using Commentary Box to keep a register for all training sessions and matches. It’s important that you keep the team managers/administrators notified of your intended attendance/absence so they can plan accordingly. Under the current guidelines we cannot allow people to turn up ad-hoc, it must be by invitation only.

Start of the NEHYL Season

The NEHYL season is scheduled to start on October 3rd. Already some of our teams have played friendlies and will continue to do so up until the start of the league programme. Until further notice please co-ordinate all fixtures (home and away) via the COVID-19 Officer.

COVID-19 Documents


Surrey FA have provided a comprehensive guide to understanding the impact of coronavirus on football which can be accessed here.

The FA have produced guides for coaches and parents/carers.

UK Government. 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.

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