FA update on the safe return of grassroots women’s football

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The FA have given an update about the safe return of grassroots football following the government’s roadmap announcement.

In a statement, the Football Association said:

‘We welcome the UK Government’s update today regarding the Covid-19 roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions which means we can look forward to the safe return of grassroots football from 29 March for both adults and children.

With this new clarity around timings, we will continue to work with Government on plans for a safe return for grassroots football across England and will communicate updated guidance as soon as we can.

We can also confirm that the 2020-21 grassroots season has been extended until the end of June in order to provide additional flexibility and time for leagues to complete their fixtures this season if they wish to do so.’

However, it was also stated that this extension ‘does not apply …. to the Women’s Football Pyramid from Tier 3 and below, including County Leagues at Tier 7, as the process to determine the preferred route forward for these competitions is currently ongoing.’

The FA Women’s National League said there is lots of work going on behind the scenes with their member clubs to get football back on, while being hopeful of a return in April.