Sport Grassroots football return: When can you play football again?

01:15  23 february  2021
01:15  23 february  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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The government's decision to extend sport's period of lockdown leaves many in limbo - here's the latest on each activity.

The Football Association (FA) have published guidance for the return of outdoor grassroots football . The government had stopped competitive contact sports because of coronavirus, but have now approved the FA's plans. Grassroots football can now begin again , as long as clubs follow set guidelines. Paul Kirkton, from Team Grassroots , told Newsround "it is brilliant news for the 11 million people who play in the grassroots game." He said: "The announcement is absolutely fantastic for the spirit of the country it will give a positive lift at a time when the country needs it."

Grassroots football has been postponed across the country for the past six weeks, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a nationwide lockdown on January 4. But the Government has now revealed its 'roadmap' for easing restrictions - including the latest for playing football at the local park.

The number of new daily Covid cases has been falling across the UK for the past month, after the introduction of lockdown measures at the start of January.

Premier League players have recorded fewer and fewer cases of coronavirus, after outbreaks at individual clubs since Christmas Day.

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The Football Association says it is looking forward to the safe return of competitive grassroots football in England after the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The FA's announcement comes after guidance published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), compiled with Sky Sports News' Ben Ransom visits Sale United to see how grassroots football is returning with socially distanced training sessions amid the coronavirus pandemic. "In the meantime, competitive grassroots football can prepare to return and look forward to the start of the new season.

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The Prime Minister has now revealed his grand scheme for returning to normal life.

You can return to playing football at the park by as early as March 29, according to the latest plans.

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When will grassroots football return?

Outdoor sports facilities will be allowed to reopen from March 29, which is the second part of 'Step one' in the Government's plan.

That could include goalposts in a local park, or astroturf facilities.

But the facilities should only be used by people of the same household.

Formally organised sport for everyone, including Sunday league football, will also be able to restart on March 29.

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The Government's COVID-19 Response document said: "From 29 March there is an opportunity for some further limited changes as part of Step 1, as most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays.

"The Government will also allow outdoor sports facilities to reopen, broadening the options for outdoor exercise and recreation.

"These facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, and swimming pools, can be used by people in line with the wider social contact limits.

"Formally organised outdoor sports - for adults and under 18s - can also restart and will not be subject to the gatherings limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies."

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The return of crowds had been set for October 1, but that date has been pushed back owing to new coronavirus restrictions.

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By Step three, social distancing becomes more relaxed, and the Government will give the public the option to make informed decisions.

So, After May 17, groups of up to 30 people will be allowed to play football at the park, provided everyone feels comfortable to do so.

Gatherings of more than 30 will remain illegal, and the Government will be encouraging smaller gatherings wherever possible.

Until then, however, you'll only be able to play football socially with members of your own household.

The FA has welcomed the government's roadmap for easing lockdown, as grassroots football returns from March 29.

An FA statement read: "With this new clarity around timings, we will continue to work with Government on plans for a safe return for grassroots football across England and will communicate updated guidance as soon as we can.

"We can also confirm that the 2020-21 grassroots season has been extended until the end of June in order to provide additional flexibility and time for leagues to complete their fixtures this season if they wish to do so."

Earlier this month, it was revealed that 2020-21 seasons in the National League North and South were declared null and void.

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