Competitive grassroots football to return in August, FA announce
Competitive matches will begin in August
The government have approved the FA's plan for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football.
The FA have issued guidelines on their website outlining the gradual process by which people in England can start playing competitive football again.
The FA's statement focuses on three phases, which are as follows:
• Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;
• From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;
• From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.
We're pleased to announce that our plan for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football has been approved by @DCMS and has now been published:
— England Football (@EnglandFootball) July 18, 2020