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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File ONE - Starting Competitive Football

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File TWO - Risk Assesments

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Alan Aucott

New Guidelines to Use if COVID-19 is SUSPECTED

To allow us to better understand the regulations the NDSFL will now be operating as follows, as to if and when games would need to be postponed:-


1.  If a Player / Official of the Club is showing symptom’s of COVID-19 they should “Self Isolate” immediately and book a Covid-19 Test.  You should also inform the Leagues Covid-19 Officer.   

(This will not affect anyone else at this stage, and games will still be required to be played).

2.  If any / Player / Official of the  Club tests positive you’ll be contacted by the NHS Trust “Test and Trace” service, and you will be required to advise the NDSFL’s Covid-19 Officer.

3.  You will be asked by "Track & Trace" where you’ve been recently and who you’ve been in close contact with.

4.  Clubs will need to have there “Records of Attendance” at Training and Matches to be made available to “Track and Trace”.

5.  Fixtures will Only be Suspended if Positive Tests are confirmed, and with Club members having to self-isolate as instructed by "Track & Trace"


NDSFL - Guidance - Covid-19 (Additional)

Now that football is beginning to start, some friendlies have been played and September 6th draws closer, I have attached a couple of documents, which Alan has issued before but which now need your full attention.


Part of this guidance is for the Leagues to create a list of Covid 19 officers. Each club, as a requirement of these guidelines, must appoint a Covid 19 officer who is responsible for the development of their club Covid 19 plan and completion of the Risk Assessment. Please refer to File One - page 5 under 'the basics' 'required actions' for details of these responsibilities.

Can you please provide us with the name of your Covid 19 officer within the next 7 days so that we can put this information on the NDSFL website so that all of you know who they are and can contact them if necessary. This list will also enable to us send information to you quickly if and when we are provided with any. The Covid 19 officer must be someone associated with the club and who attends games. It can be anyone, Club Secretary, Team Manager, Club captain or any other player but they must take responsibility for making sure your club following the FA guidelines.

Can you please send us the name of your Covid 19 officer by 24th August please. Any club not supplying us with their officer will not be allocated any fixtures and therefore not allowed to start the season.


The second document deals with the Risk Assessment which affiliated clubs have a legal duty to complete. This document includes the risk assessment form, some of which will be applicable some of which will not. Please complete the sections applicable to your club and review this regularly to ensure you keep within the guidelines. We may, at any time, ask to see your completed Risk Assessments so please make sure they are completed. Risk Assessments are working documents and must be reviewed regularly and can be changed at any time. They must not be filled in once and then forgotten.


It is also vital that you keep a register of who attends games and their contact details for the NHS Test and Trace. This list includes all players, officials and spectators. Please ensure spectators maintain social distancing.

We are in different times but we must stick to the guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone taking part in fixtures. It is important that everyone is aware of these guidelines and follows them please. Eyes will be on us, when football starts, to make sure we are not responsible for a surge in cases and that we do recognise our responsibilities to ourselves and the wider public. Please therefore do not let yourselves down and the NDSFL down by ignoring these guidelines.


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NDSFL - COVID-19 Guidance

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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