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Covid-19 FAQs

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


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.

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. 


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.


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.