The latest information on the impact of Coronavirus on football in Shropshire

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Information last updated at 16:34pm, Wednesday 5th August 2020

The latest information on the impact of Coronavirus on football in Shropshire.

  • The FA Issues Guidelines for the Return of Outdoor Competitive Grassroots Football (More information can be found HERE)
  • The Shropshire FA Offices will reopen from Monday 27th July 2020
  • Grassroots Football Guidance from Monday 1st June 2020 (More information can be found HERE)
  • Grassroots Football Concluded for 2019/20 season (The Full FA Statement released on the 26th March 2020 can be found HERE)
  • Shropshire FA County Cup Competitions suspended until further notice
  • Coach Education Courses and events postponed for the foreseeable future
  • Temporary Changes to DBS Checks implemented by The FA (More information can be found HERE)
  • All Shropshire FA staff have now returned to work and are available to contact HERE

Please stay safe, keep well and follow government advice.

We continue to monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice provided by the Government and The FA. The current Government guidance recommends that people should be working from home where possible and should be avoiding all unnecessary social gatherings which will have a major impact on football within Shropshire.

As per the below statement from The FA dated 16th March 2020, all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.

The FA chairman has made the difficult but right decisions given the emerging climate with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all of football’s stakeholders in Shropshire.

For information on how this impacts football in Shropshire please read below. We have also prepared an FAQ section which we hope will provide answers to some of the most common questions which you may have for us.

We recognise that this is a difficult time for all those who, like us, love the game of football. Everyone here at Shropshire FA wishes you the best of health during this period of uncertainty. We hope that all those who love the game in Shropshire will pull together to support their communities. Some things really are more important than football.

FA Statement - 16th March 2020

'Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.

Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.

We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.'

FA Announcement PL, EFL and women's pro game position Statement - 19th March 2020
Please see a formal announcement below.  This relates to the PL, EFL and women's professional game; a statement will follow regarding the NLS.

We will continue to monitor the situation regarding grassroots and will provide further updates in due course.

Announcement states:

The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.  

We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. 

We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.

The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”. However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football. Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April. 

The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority. We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow. 

We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.

FA Statement - Thursday 26th March 2020


We have been working collaboratively with the National League System (NLS), the women’s football pyramid and the wider grassroots game since the outbreak of COVID-19 on how to conclude the 2019-20 season in the most appropriate way possible.

These are challenging circumstances for English football and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game and in consultation across key stakeholders. Our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time.

Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, whilst considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided with the integrity of the leagues in mind.


 The full guidance can be found HERE


The NLS and the women’s football pyramid were able to build a consensus amongst their leagues and, where possible, aimed to create a consistent approach across all leagues, whilst taking into account the unique characteristics of each individual league.

As a result, The FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two.

These decisions will also apply to the leagues and clubs who play at NLS step seven.

We will continue to assist and support the National League (NLS steps one and two) to determine the outcome of its 2019-20 season as quickly as possible. The planned implementation of the restructure of the NLS will also now be deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.

Furthermore, we can now confirm that we have 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.

Where appropriate, the above decisions will be put to The FA Council for ratification.

Throughout this period we continue to seek guidance in respect of the government’s financial support packages relative to COVID-19 and how they are applicable to clubs in the NLS, the women’s football pyramid and the wider grassroots game.


The FA, FA Women’s Board members and the Women’s Football Conference have consulted and reached a consensus regarding the women’s football pyramid.

The FA and the leagues within tiers three to seven have reached a consensus to bring the season to an immediate end and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between tiers three to seven. Agreement has also been reached to end the Regional Talent Clubs season, which was due to conclude in April 2020.

We remain in consultation with the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship Board and clubs regarding the most appropriate way to complete the current season, including for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Academy.


With the 2019-20 Emirates FA Cup, Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase all at advanced stages, we are reviewing all options as we seek to complete these competitions whenever it is safe and appropriate to do so. Clubs involved are close to reaching a major final and for those clubs and supporters we will do all we can to keep the Wembley dream alive.

In respect of The FA Youth Cup, The FA County Youth Cup, The FA Sunday Cup and The FA Inter-League Cup, we are also seeking to complete these competitions if it is feasible to do so.

We will also continue planning for FA competitions to take place for the 2020-21 season.

FA Statement, Guidance for Grassroots Football (Monday 1st June 2020)

We have today issued further guidance to all grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game following the Government’s relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions from 1 June 2020.

Consistent with Government advice published on Monday 1 June, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:

• playing football individually. For example, practice of individual skills or fitness activities;

• playing football with your family or other people living in your household;

• football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six, keeping two metres apart at all times.

Sharing of equipment should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after. Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is not permitted, therefore playing of any games (small-sided or full) is also not permitted at this time. Avoid meeting in groups of six in busy or overcrowded areas if it is so busy that it is not possible to maintain social distancing at all times.

Football coaches can now undertake small group sessions up to six people (including the coach) but are reminded to follow FA safeguarding policy when coaching/working with children. This must include risk assessing the activities, gaining consent from parents/carers and ensuring you are in sight of another adult. For example, a parent/carer or another coach and that the ratio of coach to different age-groups of children is appropriate – see download 5.5 . For clarity, the additional parent/carer or coach is not included as part of the group of six but must remain in sight of the activity.

It is permissible for coaches to organise a training session that has two or more groups of six (including the coach) involved in the session, as long as the groups of six are kept separate, everyone is socially distancing and strict hygiene measures are in place with any equipment.

Football coaches working with people with impairments must ensure they can adequately cater for any additional needs whilst still avoiding physical contact and maintaining social distancing. Individuals should follow Government guidance relevant to their own impairment or health condition.

Please be reminded, if an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you're classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.

We continue to work closely with DCMS and Sport England in order to set out good practice guidance for those responsible for delivering different aspects of grassroots football and we will provide further updates to as guidance information is shared.

Shropshire FA should be receiving further guidance this week which will cover risk assessments and administrating 1st Aid along with facility use.  As soon as this is received  I will forward the information on to you.

The Personal Accident and Public Liability policies remain in force until 30 June 2020, so as long as you adhere to The FA guidance with regards to training and footballing activities, the policies will respond in accordance with policy terms and conditions.  For cover beyond 30 June 2020 you will need to go through the affiliation process with Shropshire FA.

Managers & coaches that do not have an in date CRC on their FAN should not be coaching under 18s until a DBS check is completed.


We welcome the announcement and publication of the Government’s return to recreational sport framework today, which means we can look forward to the safe return of competitive grassroots football.

We are now working to submit a comprehensive action plan and related guidance for Government approval as outlined in DCMS’s publication.  Once approved, we will publish new guidance for the grassroots football community.  We will confirm timings as soon as we are able.  In the meantime, competitive grassroots football can prepare to return and look forward to the start of the new season.

Please continue to refer to the latest guidance documents for adult players, coaches, facility operators, parents and carers involved in restarting grassroots football activity – which came into effect from 4 July – until a further update is provided, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19.

Please also note that guidance is being developed for clubs with teams competing in the National League System (NLS) and will be shared with those clubs directly in due course.


Vesey have decided to put health before sales, in these unprecedented times, and with immediate action, they have shut down the operations of the business. They will have a remote skeleton of staff who manages the day to day orders and redemption's from our FA contracts, who will be working remotely, to continue to answer all emails as quickly as possible. 

Order processing into our systems can continue, with redemptions still working, but those orders will not be processed internally, until they return to normal duties. At the current stage, they are not be able to confirm what period this will be, and will be very much government advice led, but sure you understand the companies decision to protect their employees, and all our customers. They will continue to promote redemptions but clearly identifying this, as it is also an opportunity, with volunteers at home that they may have time to redeem. The FA site will be updated, to include a banner, which will link to this statement so clubs and volunteers are fully informed and will be visible once the developers have completed the task on every page.


Covid 19 Update 

To All of Our Customers, Clubs & Partners,

We wanted to update you on how we’re adapting to keep everyone safe in these unprecedented times. As a family business, founded over forty years ago, in 1979, we’ve always strived to Do The Right Thing, and that isn’t changing.

The right thing to do now is to act to protect each other - our team, our customers and the communities we live and work in.

In light of that, and the Governments announcement last night, we have decided to temporarily close all of our business operations with immediate effect, until further notice. Whilst currently, many companies are only closing the retail side of their operation, yet still continuing with warehousing & distribution, defeats the object of social distancing. We feel as a company & morally, we must take a different approach and put health above sales, and we hope that other companies will follow suit.

These are unprecedented events and we anticipate that many of our customers will contact us at this time, unfortunately we will not be contactable by telephone during this period, but have in operation a small skeleton customer service team, remotely working, whom will be working through any emails we may receive, so ask that you direct all questions via email to, we please ask for your patience during this difficult time. It was our intention, that we would be able to facilitate an orderly closure with advanced warning, however the safety and welfare of all UK citizens must now take priority. We understand the importance of our ecommerce websites to our customers, and these will remain operational, enabling our customers to view products, view & save quotes and place orders if required, but these orders will not be processed, until our team revert to normal operations, which we will advise in due course. We urge that you please follow government guidelines, and stay at home where possible, for the benefit of our health, our families & communities health, and most importantly to protect our fantastic emergency services and NHS on the front line.

We thank you for your loyal support and understanding in these exceptional circumstances and look forward to supplying you with your kit and equipment needs, in the near future.

The FA Disability Cup Statement -27th March 2020

Following the recent announcement which brought Steps 3-6 of the Men’s National League System, Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid, and grassroots football to an immediate conclusion, The FA have decided to cancel this year’s FA Disability Cup, which was scheduled to take place over 25-26 July 2020.

These are challenging circumstances for the whole of English football and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game. Our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time.

The FA Disability Cup is the largest competition of its kind in this country, and for the past four years it has ensured that players within impairment-specific football have a national FA competition to call their own, complete with dreams of reaching St George’s Park for finals weekend.

We look forward to hosting the FA Disability Cup again in 2021 when it is hopefully safe and appropriate to do so.

FA Mars Just Play - extension of centre cancellations - 2nd April 2020

Due to the continued suspension of Grassroots football in England The FA Mars Just Play sessions have been cancelled on the Events Platform up to Friday 1st June. Booking links through The FA  Find Football tool have also been removed. 

The FA are constantly reviewing this date and will amend if necessary and inform you via this channel. A message will also posted on the Events Platform.

For further assistance please contact

Contacting Shropshire FA

Following the Government’s announcement on the evening of Monday 16th March, the Shropshire FA offices will be closed to staff and visitors until further notice. All staff will still be working from home and will be available via email and direct dial as this will be forwarded to the relevant member of staff. Please use this method when calling all staff instead of going through the main office switch board. You can also email all members of staff using the email addresses found alongside contact numbers on the Board & Staff page of our website.

Update (Thursday 23rd July 2020)

The Shropshire FA offices will reopen from Monday 27th July 2020.

What About County Cup Competitions?
Shropshire FA County Cups

In light of the above and The FA’s decision based on Government guidance to suspend all grassroots football, on 17th March 2020 we have come to the difficult decision to suspend ALL County Cup competitions for the 2019/20 season with immediate effect until further notice.

What About Shropshire FA Development Programmes, Affiliated Clubs and Leagues?

As of the evening of 16th March, following The FA's announcement we can confirm we advise that all grassroots league football, club football, training, and friendly fixtures will be postponed for the foreseeable future. We shall continue to follow further Government guidance and advice from The FA and in the event of any developments, we will issue an update to all of our affiliated clubs and leagues in Shropshire.

This suspension will also impact on a number of Shropshire FA initiatives and leagues, including the following:

The Shrewsbury & District Sunday Football League
The Telford Sunday Football League
The Telford Junior Football League
The Girls & Women’s Football League
The Shropshire Junior Football League
(The SJFL Competition for season 2019-20 is null and void and there will be no ‘Determining Championships’. More information can be found Here)
The Shropshire Minor Football League
The Shropshire Premier Football League
The Shropshire FA Women’s Midweek Football League
The Shropshire FA Disability Football League
The 3 Counties Ability Football League
All Winter Futsal Leagues
Wildcats Centres
Just Play Centres
• FA FIVES Tournament

What About Shropshire FA Courses?

As of the evening of Tuesday 17th March, Shropshire FA have taken the difficult decision to postpone all SFA Coach Education programmes, this means all courses will be postponed and will not go ahead. This will also affect ongoing courses (Level 1 & 2) that may be between sessions. Please note these courses will be postponed at their current stage and we will update all participants directly, as soon as we are in a position to do so.

The courses impacted by this include but are not limited to:

FA Level 1 in Coaching Football
FA Level 2 in Coaching Football
FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football
FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
FA Welfare Officers Workshop
FA Referee Course

If you were due to take part in any of our courses and have any queries around the status of your course, whether ongoing, a future booking or simply you are considering booking a course then email any questions to

What about County FA Public Liability and Personal Accident Policies?

Coronavirus, COVID-19 – County FA Public Liability and Personal Accident Policies

As a direct response to the Government guidelines and The FA statement of 16 March 2020,

“'Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future, to reduce social contact and avoid gatherings” 

The Public Liability and Personal Accident policies will not provide cover for any footballing activities for the foreseeable future.

UKGlobal will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance provided by the Government and The FA.

As the policies remain in force, and will immediately respond should the situation change, there will be no pro-rata refund of premiums.

All staff at UKGlobal are continuing to work and will be available by email or telephone should you require any assistance during this period.

Fiona Lavery DL: 01252 734539 M: 07790 614906

Olivia Payne DL: 01883 333522

See statement here from partner UKGlobal   

What About the Shropshire FA Office?

The SFA Office is now open!

If you have any queries, You can email all members of staff using the email addresses found alongside contact numbers on the Board & Staff page of our website.


Following UEFA’s announcement today that UEFA EURO 2020 will not take place this summer, coupled with government’s latest advice that led to all grassroots football being suspended for the foreseeable future, THE FA FIVES has been postponed.

THE FA FIVES was planned to be the biggest five-a-side football festival this country has seen, and an integral part of the build-up to UEFA EURO 2020.

It's funded by DCMS via Sport England and promoted in partnership with BBC Sport. We'll continue to work closely with UEFA, DCMS and the BBC to assess next steps, but we hope that THE FA FIVES can be rescheduled in line with the tournament.

We would like to thank everyone for their support of THE FA FIVES to date and will provide further information and updates when possible.

What If the Situation Changes? 

We are actively monitoring Government and FA advice and guidance as the situation changes and additional measures become necessary. As a matter of good practice, we would recommend that Leagues and Clubs adopt the same approach.

Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.

Getting the Latest Government Advice

Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.

Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.


coronavirus faq

We advise that you do not referee a friendly as all grassroots football has been suspended.

You can pay online through the Whole Game System or by a bank transfer.  For the bank account details please email

As these notifications are automatically generated, The FA I.T team will be stopping these. If you have received a late payment/Response fee since 17th March please contact

We are in constant conversation with our Underwriters who are sympathetic to all grassroots football.

Unfortunately, Insurers are not able to offer refunds as claims are still being paid in all the Associations and this may run off for a while yet. Also many clubs may wish to resume training, if some restrictions are lifted and would expect cover in place.

However, once we know when football training and playing is resumed, we can then investigate a discount based on the time lost in season 2019/20.

No. The Sanctions imposed are as a result of misconduct committed and are not dependent on the completion of a season. This would be a similar scenario to matches abandoned where the game has not completed but the sanctions remain.

As per the regulations any suspension outstanding following the last competitive fixture will be served at the commencement of the next season. On that basis any suspension that remains outstanding will be served at the commencement of competitive football.  

Like all matters concerning Covid19, the above is the current position with the situation that we know, all discipline matters will be constantly under review as we learn more over the coming weeks. If the situation changes, we will of course keep you updated.


Yes a full refund will be given if required. The postponed courses will be rescheduled at a later date to fit in with tutor & facility availability. If the learner cannot make the rearranged dates then a full refund will be available. 

At this moment in time it is for the foreseeable future. Further updates to will follow as and when the situation changes.


These changes will be implemented for the period football is suspended due to Coronavirus, up to and including the start of the 2020-2021 season

All information on this can be found HERE on are bespoke DBS page.

Please call staff between the core hours of 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

Visit the Board & Staff page of our webiste


All courses that we deliver will be postponed until further notice. We will give you an update when we have one.

All Cups will be suspended until further notice. 

Personal hearings will not go ahead but non-personal hearings will continue to go ahead via webinar.

A non-personal hearing is when a discipline commission panel hear your case without you being present.
A Disciplinary Commission will consider the case, taking into consideration the Participant’s/
Club’s disciplinary record from the previous five years and all documentation that has been
sent to them in relation to the case. The Commission will come to a decision and the
Participant(s) will be notified in writing by the County FA.