Information last updated at 12:01pm, Friday 16th July 2021
The latest information on the impact of Coronavirus on football in Shropshire.
- Friday 16th July 2021. The FA has provided an update on ‘non-elite’ football in advance of Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap. (More Information can be found HERE)
- Updated COVID-19 FAQ - Monday 7th June 2021 found HERE
- Social Media Assets and printable signage available for Leagues and Clubs to download and use across their channels and facilities to support a safe return can be found HERE (Monday 7th December 2020)
- NHS Test and Trace Guidance For Grassroots Football from Thursday 24th September (More information can be found 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 4th January 2021, all grassroots football in England is postponed until Monday 4th January 2021.
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 July 2021
An update on ‘non-elite’ football
The FA has provided an update on ‘non-elite’ football in advance of Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap.
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. Our guidance has therefore been updated to reflect this.
This updated guidance which covers Steps 3-6 of the National League System (NLS), Tiers 3-6 of the Women’s Football Pyramid and grassroots football (including Regional NLS Feeder Leagues), 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 and adult 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.
Contacting Shropshire FA
The Shropshire FA offices are now back open to the general public. Some staff continue to 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.
What About County Cup Competitions?
Shropshire FA County Cups
Shore FA County Cup Competitions will continue from the start of the 2021/22 season.
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.
As a result of the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4 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.
You can pay online through the Whole Game System or by a bank transfer. For the bank account details please email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 "non elite football" is suspended until Wednesday 2nd December 2020. Further updates to will follow as and when the situation changes.
TEMPORARY CHANGES TO DBS CHECKS IMPLEMENTED BY THE FA
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
The Shropshire FA will no longer be administering Referee Courses. From early 2021 these will be administered by the Referee Department at The FA.
All Cups have been suspended until Wednesday 2nd December 2020.
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.