FA eNews: Coronavirus update

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We’ve pulled together some key information to help clubs and leagues following the coronavirus outbreak. We will update this content as regularly as possible, but the situation is changing frequently so if you are in any doubt or have any concerns, please contact your helpline team (contact details below). We are here to help.


Announcement from the FA: Grassroots football concluded for the 2019-20 season

In line with The FA update on 26 March 2020 we can now confirm that The FA has decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019-20 season. This will allow the game to move forward and to commence planning for next season. Our County Football Associations (CFAs) will be supporting grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

This is the central point where the UK government posts information and updates. Here is where you will find the general Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and the coronavirus action plan policy paper.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

We suggest that you keep refreshing this page to find the latest information from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England. This webpage will reflect the number of cases and the risk level generally based on the World Health Organization’s declarations concerning this public health emergency of international concern.


DfE: COVID-19: guidance for educational settings

If you have arrangements in place with education providers, you may find the government’s advice for schools and other educational settings helpful.


ACAS – Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees

If you employ individuals, you may have already imagined what work may look like if things escalate. ACAS has produced fair and balanced guidance to give you a head start on implementing good practice as employers in managing the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak that highlights what to do:

  • about issues around sick pay;
  • if employees do not want to go to work;
  • if someone becomes unwell at work;
  • if someone with coronavirus comes to work; and
  • if you need to close the workplace.

We know that some of these issues are potentially tricky – contact us using the details below to keep you on track.


Coronavirus – is it a force majeure event?

Worried about arranging or travelling to tournaments and tours which have been paid for upfront? Our experts in the Dispute Resolution Team have prepared an overview of how you can mitigate loss.


Need more help?

If you require further help, we have two dedicated helplines to get in touch:

County FAs: Call 08448 240 432 or email [email protected]

Chartered Standard Clubs: Call 0191 211 7799 or email [email protected]

You can also visit the FA Resource Area for more information on other legal issues.