Closeup of Grass Pitch

Covid-19 FAQs

If A Coach’s DBS Expires During This Time Can They Continue Coaching After The Season Restarts?

All individuals whose DBS checks are due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 1 October 2020 will not be required to renew their DBS checks until 1 year after the scheduled date of expiry.  The FA currently requires DBS checks to be renewed every 3 years in accordance with industry standards and best practice. However, this has been extended to 4 years, in these limited circumstances, on the basis of the current health crisis and associated difficulties in DBS check renewal and the fact that these individuals already hold a DBS check which has been accepted by The FA.  

I’m A Referee, What Will I Need To Have To Help Me Register With Manchester FA For The New Season?

Following updated guidance from the FA, some temporary changes to the Referee registration process will be implement to help you return to refereeing when football restarts.

What this means in practice for Referees registering is as follows:

1. An in-date DBS check is still required to register and officiate in youth football
2. Where a DBS certificate was / is due to expire between 1 March 2020 - 1 October 2020, The FA is extending the date by which the DBS certificate must be renewed by 12 months.
3. Referees under the age of 18 years will need a linked parent account
4. All referees' safeguarding training certificate will need to be in-date for the start of the following season - 2021-22.

For more information click here

You can find your DBS and Safeguarding expiry dates within the ‘My Account > Safeguarding’ section of the Whole Game System.

The FA and the Manchester FA will be in touch with more information on the 2020/21 season, as and when more is known.


When Will Coach Education Courses Resume?

Manchester FA will continue to follow FA and Government advice with regards to the delivery of our activity over the current time, including the delivery of coach and referee education courses.

For further information on our coach education courses and to register your interest for future courses,

Click here

Can I Still Maintain My Football Pitches At This Time?

The Grounds Management Association (GMA) have been working closely with various National Governing Bodies, including the Football Association, to offer advice and guidance on what works may be possible to be carried out throughout this period, and, what works may be required once sport resumes. These ‘interim works’ documents cover a range of sports played on natural turf and will be updated as and when the climate or current situation dictates.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE GMA WEBSITE

click here to download the guide

In addition to this, we have launched a dedicated facility guidance page on the Manchester FA website which is full of useful hints, tips and links to external partners to get your facilities ready for football to return. 

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR DEDICATED FACILITY GUIDANCE PAGE

What is the latest on FA DBS checks?

The FA have confirmed that DBS check face-to-face ID document verification is now permitted to take place, as long as the verifier and those requiring their ID to be verified observe all government guidelines, and feel comfortable in doing so. This means that clubs can now conduct these checks in preparation for when football returns in line with the associated guidance.

Please note, we are aware that some verifications must be carried out by County FA staff. However our offices remain closed under the current restrictions so we are establishing our own process to assist with verification of these checks and will provide an update on this in due course.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FA DBS CHECKS

Can we recognise the NHS and Key Workers on our playing kit?

The FA have released a new guidance document explaining to clubs what they can do to recognise NHS staff and key workers on club playing kit. 

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

Club Preparation Fund Launches

Following their recent £7 million investment towards preparing the country’s football pitches, the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, are making a further £2.19 million available through their Football Foundation to help clubs return to football.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE

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.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS