Liverpool County FA Return to Football Update

An open letter to our affiliated leagues and clubs.

As outdoor grassroots football returns from today, Liverpool County FA would like to remind all leagues and clubs of the importance of adhering to the established FA guidance, particularly regarding spectators.

Whilst there is light at the end of the tunnel and we continue to follow the UK Government’s roadmap, it’s more important than ever that all players, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators follow the guidance The FA and The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) have developed to ensure grassroots football can return today. By doing so, we give the grassroots game the best possible chance of avoiding any further suspension and the implications associated with such a course of action, notably the physical and mental wellbeing of those involved in the game as well as the financial impact.

Since last year it has been evident that training and matchday behaviours would need to be modified, and stringent protocols have been put in place in order to help reduce the risk of virus transmission and enhance personal safety. Alongside yourselves, we’ve worked hard with our Local Government colleagues and facility operators to ensure they also follow the guidance provided.

We know just how important football is to each and every one of you, as it is for us. Football for so many provides an escape from everyday life; an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful game amongst friends and family. That said, we all recognise the scrutiny football is often placed under and therefore there will be pressure if we don’t follow the rules.

Whilst outdoor grassroots football – and outdoor grassroots sport – has been given permission to return, the actions of all involved in the game will continue to be scrutinised. It would be remiss of Liverpool County FA therefore not to remind all leagues and clubs that we have an obligation to demonstrate our commitment to those responsibilities. Following the guidance and protocols is the most effective way of combating the threat of virus infection.

Liverpool County FA is therefore asking you to re-double your efforts, to check, amend and enforce the protocols accordingly, and ensure that all players, coaches, volunteers and spectators are clear as to their responsibilities. We will continue to keep everyone in the game updated with any changes The FA and/or DCMS may make to the protocols and guidance in place.

On behalf of all at Liverpool County FA, we wish you all a safe, healthy and enjoyable conclusion to the 2020/21 season.