Pre-Season Friendly Fixtures

Clubs can arrange Pre-Season Friendy Fixtures for week commencing Sunday August 2nd 2020.


Please note the following must be in place prior to a match taking place.


1: Clubs have to be affiliated with their home

County FA, Birmingham or Leicestershire.


2: Clubs must have active Players Personal Accident Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.

3: All participants should adhere to the Key Points listed opposite, and to UK Government Guidance on Covid-19

Clubs will require the following for each game.

• First Aid Kit.
• An audible Whistle.
• A Linesman’s Flag.
• Hand Sanitizer.
• Disinfectant Spray.
• Individually labelled Bottles of Water.
• A Contact Register Book.
• Two Match Balls.

FA Guidance Documentation

Guidance on Restarting - Full Document

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Guidance on Restarting - Summary

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Alan Aucott

NDSFL - Guidance - Covid-19

We have now been given the go ahead to start competitive games, Friendly games from August 1st, with the League programme starting on Sunday September 6th 2020.


This season is going to be a lot different from what we are used to, and I ask you all to embrace all the guidance from the UK Government, the FA and ourselves, they have been put into place to ensure everyone taking part is as safe as they possibly can be, whilst enjoying the games on a Sunday morning.


The local authority (Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council) have decided NOT to open up changing rooms just yet, but are looking at the position on a regular basis.  Toilets (where available) will be open, but will be restricted to numbers entering, all of which need to be wearing a face mask. 


All private grounds will be subject to advice from the Clubs using them – please respect all the restrictions that may be in place.


You will see from the attached guidelines, all Clubs should have additional equipment to ensure a safe environment available during games this season.


I would finish by saying everyone associated with the NDSFL at our games has a “Duty of Care” making sure we all enjoy the season, whilst recognising that this terrible virus has claimed over 40,000 lives throughout the UK – so a common sense attitude with a little give and take will help to prevent a second wave and another lockdown?


Have a great Season and enjoy it !


Alan Aucott BA (Hons)

NDSFL - Acting Chairman / League Treasurer.


NDSFL Guidance Document - For All Matches Played

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Guidance from the Football Assiciation

The FA has been working hard over recent weeks to prepare guidelines for the safe return of grassroots football and, following Government approval, these can now be published.

Football activity can take place with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19.  

The FA would strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:

  • Until 31 July When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;

  • From August Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;
  • From SeptemberLeagues,  including the NDSFL, and FA Competitions can commence.

Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators and football facility providers should read The FA’s full guidelines, which are accessible below, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19.
A return to competitive football should only happen once clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place.
A summary of key points to consider from The FA’s guidelines are listed for ease below:

  • Everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before every training session or match. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection you must not participate or attend;

  • Clubs and facility providers should ensure that their facility is compliant with current Government legislation and guidance related to COVID-19;

  • Competitive training is now permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches;

  • Competitive match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play;

  • Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session;

  • Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball disinfected in breaks of play;

  • Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training;

  • Goal celebrations should be avoided;

  • Equipment should not be shared, and goalkeepers should ensure they disinfect their gloves regularly in breaks in training or matches and thoroughly afterwards. Where possible, coaches should only handle equipment in training;
  • Where possible, players, coaches and officials should arrive changed and shower at home. Use of changing and shower facilities must follow government advice on the use of indoor facilities;

  • Participants should follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and walking or cycling if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle.

  • Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace;

  • Clubs should ensure they are affiliated with their County FA and upto date Public Liability and Players Personal Accident Insurance.


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