UPDATED 16/12/2021

FA Updated guidance for football participants and supporters

This guidance has been updated on December 16th 2021 to reflect the Government’s move to Plan B of the Covid Autumn/Winter Plan, in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.

It is important that all participants follow FA and Government guidance, including measures on mask wearing and hygiene, to minimise the risk of transmission. The changes to restrictions at this time are summarised below:

  • From Friday 10th December, face coverings will be legally required in most public indoor venues. All participants must follow the instructions of facility providers on the wearing of face coverings. Face coverings are not required when playing football.
  • From Tuesday 14th December, fully-vaccinated contacts of someone with Covid-19 should take rapid lateral flow tests every day for seven days. If you test positive or develop symptoms, you need to self-isolate for 10 days.
    • You can find more information on ordering free packs of lateral flow tests here.
    • Government guidance on staying at home for households with possible or confirmed Covid-19 is here.
  • From Wednesday 15th December, certain businesses and some events are required by law to check the Covid status of workers and customers, using the NHS Covid Pass. This includes unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees. To enter or work in these venues and events, customers and workers must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or have tested negative in the last 48 hours (unless they are exempt from these requirements).
  • All international arrivals to take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative test. This means you cannot play football until you receive a negative test or complete your isolation period.

The FA continues to work closely with Government to monitor the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and will update this document with any further changes, as and when necessary.

More Information and Frequently Asked Questions 

Alresford Town Youth FC has already undertaken risk assessments and put comprehensive plans in place to ensure we can deliver a safe environment for your children, our Managers/Coaches, and volunteers.

Our Vice-Chairman, Jon Hickey, who is the appointed club COVID officer, will review the FA guidelines to ensure the required changes are completed to both our facility and the club’s procedures. 

Players, coaches, match officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators should read our full guidelines, which will become accessible below, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19.

FAQs (Update to follow)

Facility Risk Assessments 

Stratton Bates Risk Assessment

Arlebury Park Risk Assessment

SunHill School Risk Assessment

Facility Check In (Not required by law but encouraged)

Scan these QR codes with your NHS COVID-19 App to check-in, codes will also be displayed at each facility.

Stratton Bates

Arlebury Park

Sun Hill School



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