Now the UK Government has given approval for outdoor competitive grassroots football and training sessions to re-start, The FA has produced the below detailed guidance for match officials in relation to football in England.
It applies to outdoor youth and adult football, as well as the small-sided game. For now, indoor football and futsal are not permitted.
It should be read in conjunction with the Government’s latest COVID-19 guidance and is based on the Government’s framework for a return to recreational team sport. Should Government guidance change in response to the current COVID-19 Alert Level, The FA guidance will be updated accordingly.
Please remember: Referees should only return to football when it’s right for them to do so. There is no pressure to return and there will be no consequence or judgement for not returning. Everyone’s health, wellbeing and safety are the priorities.
The overriding principles to help safeguard the wellbeing of all match officials in the matchday environment are to:
• Minimise face-to-face contact where possible;
• Avoid lengthy periods of time in enclosed spaces;
• Ensure appropriate hygiene protocols are always in place;
• Encourage maintenance of appropriate social distancing measures.