Covid-19 impact on grassroots football: FAQs
Can We Still Charge Club Subscriptions Whilst All Football Is Postponed?
This is a club decision. We would advise that you consult with players, parents and guardians on reaching a decision. Clubs who own / lease facilities will still have bills to pay and this should be explained. However, clubs should be mindful of people who are currently out of work as result of COVID-19 or have had their working hours reduced and may struggle to make payments.
Could you offer payment holidays for those in need?
Can you allow subscriptions to be paid in installments?
Would people be prepared to pay an advance on their subs to help the club out in the short-term if they are able to?
Is There Any Funding For Clubs During This Time?
As things stand, there is no football specific emergency grant funding available to support clubs. We would draw your attention to the support announced by the Chancellor in response to COVID-19.
The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
This includes a package of measures to support businesses, including:
• a statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs
• a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England
• small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
• grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
• the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
• a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
• the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme
Can Teams Still Train?
The FA has advised, in the strongest possible terms, that all football is postponed. This includes matches, friendlies and training.
Is Our Insurance Still Valid If We Choose To Train?
Manchester FA had mandated that all clubs should not train until The FA lifts the postponement of all grassroots football. We have consulted with our insurance provider Bluefin and any clubs who use the County FA scheme for Personal Accident and Public Liability insurance must adhere to this instruction. Clubs and teams who ignore this instruction will not be insured and will not be able to make any claims against their policies.
Those clubs who do not have Bluefin insurance in place will need to check with their insurance provider.
Is My League Going To Finish? What About Cup Finals?
There is no confirmation from The FA at this stage as to if, or when, any resumption of grassroots football will take place. The FA are looking at the Standard Code of Rules and the Standard Code of Rules for Youth Football. When any firm decisions have been made we will communicate these to leagues and clubs.
Can I Attend / Affiliate Summer Tournaments?
All football is currently postponed. As a result of this Manchester FA will not be sanctioning any tournaments until the suspension is lifted by The FA.
What Happens With My Club's Annual Health Check?
We are awaiting further guidance from The FA on this matter. We will provide any updates to clubs as soon as they are received.
I Am A Registered Referee – Can I Still Referee For Small-Sided Football Providers?
All FA registered referees should only be officiating in FA-affiliated leagues, competitions and tournaments. Refereeing in unaffiliated football could result in disciplinary action being taken by the County FA. The FA is strongly advising that no football is played for the foreseeable future and therefore FA registered referees are asked not to officiate in any environment at this time.
If A Coach’s DBS Expires During This Time Can They Continue Coaching After The Season Restarts?
All coaches must have an accepted DBS is they are working in regulated activity with young people under the age of 18. We are awaiting further advice from The FA in relation to the renewal of DBS checks for those that have expired.
When Will Coach Education Courses Resume?
All courses are postponed for the foreseeable future. When the current Government advice changes and we receive confirmation from FA Learning that courses can resume we will make an announcement.