UPDATED 16.07.21


On Monday 19 July, England will move to step 4 of its roadmap in easing Covid restrictions.  This means that almost all legal restrictions of social contact will be removed.

However, the Government is encouraging people to act with caution. The FA guidance has therefore been updated to reflect this.

This updated guidance which covers grassroots football comes into effect on Monday 19 July and until then all participants should follow The FA’s guidance for Step 3 which can be found here. You can read the Government guidance here.

The full guidance document can be downloaded below and should be referred to for further details. The summary key points are:

1. On field adaptions for playing football are no longer required 
2. No limits of how many people can meet 
3. 1m plus rule removed
4. The definition of close contact remains the same, however the rules on self-isolation will be changing from the 16th August.
5. Face coverings no longer required by law, but recommended in crowded indoor settings and may be mandated by some clubs or facility providers.
6. Changing rooms can be used, however participants should use their own judgement and minimise use where possible to avoid close contact in a crowded area for a prolonged time. 
7. No capacity limits for spectators but good practice is encouraged
8. Hospitality is permitted without restrictions.
9. NHS Test and Trace QR codes not required by law but encouraged.
10. Free NHS lateral flow testing is available to clubs and The FA encourage clubs to take this up.
11. No domestic travel restrictions. Participants should continue to follow Government advice on international travel for any fixtures/ tournaments.

This guidance document applies to all youth football and futsal, including all formats of the game, both indoors and outdoors.

We would like to thank you once again for playing your part in helping to get our game going again. By observing Government guidance and the football-specific protocols, we can look forward to ensuring the transition back to enjoying football is as smooth and safe as possible. 

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



Master guidance for re-starting outdoor football steps 4-5

COVID-19 safeguarding risk assessment guidance

First Aid guidance for returning to competitive grassroots football