League Competition suspended for COVID

By Mark Rowlatt


The League Management Committee have confirmed what was expected following the announcement by the Prime Minister on Saturday evening that the Country would be going into Lockdown.

From today, (Monday 2nd November 2020) all Tracey Thomas Leamington and District Sunday Football League fixtures are suspended. NO games will be played, League or Friendly, and NO PARKS PITCHES WILL BE USED, by teams in this League.

The suspension of fixtures will remain in place until guidance from Government, The FA and BCFA allows the resumption of matches.

We will continue to work behind the scenes and endeavour to be ready to re-start as soon as we are able.

Mark Rowlatt
On behalf of the Management Committee.

The Following announcement has now been received from the BCFA.

Covid-19: A Statement from the FA
Issued 3rd November 2020

FA Statement

The Football Association [The FA] has provided an update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the UK Government’s announcement on new national Covid-19 restrictions that will be in place from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

As a result of the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4 November 2020] and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of the following during this period:

All fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
All fixtures and training for Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
All fixtures and training for the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
All fixtures and training for The Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
All fixtures and training for FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
All fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

The FA’s aim is to ensure that the 2020/21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.

The UK Government has confirmed that school sport can continue as an exemption during this period.
In addition, the UK Government has confirmed that all Emirates FA Cup First Round fixtures will go ahead as planned this weekend between Friday 6 and Monday 9 November 2020. The ten ‘non-elite’ clubs that remain in the competition will be able to play their fixtures under ‘elite’ protocols. In line with the new national Covid-19 restrictions, these ‘non-elite’ teams are only permitted to train together until Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Further updates on fixtures and dates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, The FA Youth Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase will follow in due course.

Re-starting football at these levels has taken substantial determination and commitment from stakeholders across the game and The FA would like to thank everyone for their vital contributions. However, health and wellbeing remain the priority, so it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions during this period.

The FA remains in dialogue with the DCMS, leagues, competitions and CFAs and will provide further clarification for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the debate in the House of Commons tomorrow.

Further information and guidance can be found here

Kind Regards
Birmingham County FA

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