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Liverpool County FA COVID-19 Update - 23 September 2020

Some guidance for the Merseyside grassroots community in light on tighter restrictions imposed.

As you are aware it has been announced that from Tuesday 22nd September 2020, new measures will be placed on our entire region to try and combat the rapid rise in COVID 19 infections.

The most recent FA Guidance remains the same

It is recommended to avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators, we are awaiting updated information from Local Authorities and Facility Providers regarding this matter as soon as we are in a position to update all Leagues the information will be sent out.

COVID 19 Youth Football Update

The Department for Education has confirmed the following:

If a school has sent someone home to self-isolate, they must do exactly that – stay at home and not come into contact with anyone for the period of self-isolation. 

If they are sent home to self-isolate as they have symptoms, they should get a test and must stay at home for at least 10 days (although if the test comes back negative, they can end their isolation). 

If they are sent home because they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, they must self-isolate for 14 days (and only get a test if they subsequently develop symptoms themselves).

Now that Grassroots Football has started to return we have already had a number of COVID-19 related incidents which we have advised Leagues on within the FA and Government Guidelines, we have now received updated information from The FA to assist Leagues and Clubs.

General COVID-19 Information

What happens if a player tests positive for COVID-19?

If there is a player who has tested positive, they must from that point self-isolate (or if they have symptoms, from the moment of symptoms) and NHS Test and Trace will pick up from this point. The player should contact NHS 111.

The Club can carry on, but be mindful to ensure all the guidelines are strictly followed on social distancing, hand washing etc. If Test and Trace contact them, they must provide the details and then if deemed anyone needs to isolate on their instruction, do so.

What happens if I have played an opposition team and one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19? 

Match play is not considered ‘close contact’ so no action is needed unless individuals experience symptoms, in which case they must self-isolate from that point as per Government guidance available HERE

  • This will also apply for parents, carers, spectators, referees and committee members who test positive for Covid-19

Can Leagues ensure every Club have a COVID Officer who works with each team within their Club to implement the FA Guidelines as BELOW.