A new lockdown disrupts our games!!

Extracts from the FA’s update document which are directly relevant to the SYACL are reproduced below.

As a result, the 5-a-side fixtures planned for Sunday, 15th November have been provisionally rescheduled for Sunday December 13th.

Any further updates will be published at our website.

Stay safe everyone!

The FA statement is as follows;

An update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following latest COVID-19 restrictions

The latest UK Government restrictions have had an impact on the non-elite levels of football in England.

We can provide an update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the UK Government’s announcement on new national COVID-19 restrictions that will be in place from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

As a result of the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions; and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4th November 2020] and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of the following during this period:

• All fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
• All fixtures and training for Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
• All fixtures and training for the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
• All fixtures and training for The Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
• All fixtures and training for FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
• All fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

Our aim is to ensure that the 2020-21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.

The UK Government has confirmed that school sport can continue as an exemption during this period.

Re-starting football at these levels has taken substantial determination and commitment from stakeholders across the game and we would like to thank everyone for their vital contributions. However, health and wellbeing remain the priority, so it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions during this period.

The Government has confirmed that while school sport can continue, no grassroots sport can take place outside of the school setting during the lockdown period.

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

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