Coronavirus (Covid-19) Support

Staff Contact Details

During this period, we would ask that any enquiries are directed through to the relevant email addresses below:
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Individual staff contact information can be found here

Guidance for Re-starting Outdoor Competitive Grassroots Football explained


Covid-19 Training Checklists

Download our checklists below to ensure your facility or session is safe and secure for your players.

Covid-19 Training Checklist - Parents and Carers

Covid-19 Training Checklist - Managers and Coaches

Covid-19 Training Checklist - Clubs


Covid-19 Guidance for Youth Leagues


Download our guidance for youth leagues and best practice guidelines to ensure football in Surrey is safe and secure.

Covid-19 Youth League Guidance

Covid-19 Best Practice


Our Guide To Understanding The Impact Of Coronavirus On Football In Surrey And The Support Which Is Currently Available


Local COVID alert levels:

The Government recently announced that London and the borough of Elmbridge will be moving from Covid Tier 1 to Covid Tier 2 at midnight on Friday 16th October.

The Government has been clear that under Covid Tier 2 guidelines;

‘exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with), or for youth or disability sport’. 

It has become clear that the resurgence of Covid-19 infections are strongly related to social gatherings that do not abide by guidance provided, especially regarding travel, social distance, washing of hands and face coverings. 

It is imperative that you do not attend or participate if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, are awaiting a test result or are part of a household which is self-isolating. Please remember to consider Government messaging regarding ‘Hands. Face. Space.’ 

Full information on the Government’s local Covid alert levels can be found here.

Information from Sport England on the implications of the Alert Tiers on sport can be found here


FA Live FAQs

1) Do the recent Government restrictions limiting gatherings to groups of 6 affect grassroots football?

Outdoor team sports are exempt from these restrictions and organised, Covid-19 secure grassroots football can continue. All participants must follow all FA and Government guidance.

From Thursday 24 September, organised indoor sport and indoor exercise classes for adults can continue to take place, provided groups of more than six do not mix (i.e. a maximum of 3 v 3 matches can be played indoors). If groups of six are likely to mix, these indoor activities must not go ahead.

There are exemptions for organised indoor team sports for disabled people and also for children (under-18s). Therefore, disabled people and children can continue to play indoor sport without restrictions on numbers.

2) Why is training limited to 30 people, but matches are not?

The FA guidance does not provide a cap of 30 for competitive matches as this would prohibit many formal matches from taking place when you factor in players, substitutes and officials.

The wider Government guidance is clear that you are able to play outdoor team sport in any number if this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation and sports-governing body guidance has been issued, as detailed here.

Social distancing must be adhered to in all settings before and after matches. Training sessions should be limited to groups of no more than 30.

3) What happens if a player tests positive for Covid-19?

If there is a player who has tested positive, they must from that point self-isolate (or if they have symptoms, from the moment of symptoms) and NHS Test and Trace will pick up from this point. The player should contact NHS 111.

The Club can carry on, but be mindful to ensure all the guidelines are strictly followed on social distancing, hand washing etc. If Test and Trace contact them, they must provide the details and then if deemed anyone needs to isolate on their instruction, do so.

4) What happens if I have played an opposition team and one of their players has tested positive for Covid-19?

Match play is not considered ‘close contact’ so no action is needed unless individuals experience symptoms, in which case they must self-isolate from that point as per Government guidance.

5) Can football teams play international fixtures?

Government guidance currently advises against all but essential travel. Travel to some countries and territories is exempt. You can find the full Government guidance here.

6) A player has had Covid-19 but is now recovered – can they play? (Do they need a negative test?)

As long as the player is no longer symptomatic and has fully recovered then it would be fine for them to play, without a negative test, as long as they have finished the specified quarantine period. However, the player should follow advice from a medical professional on when is best to return to exercise. They should also not rush back if they do not feel well enough.

7) I am a healthcare worker and regularly in contact with people with Covid-19 – can I play?

As long as you do not have any symptoms (as is the case for any other participant) and are not self-isolating, then you are able to play. Please adhere to Government guidance on this.

8) Will the grassroots football guidance be updated to mirror the latest National League System (NLS) guidance with regards to the use of changing facilities?

All participants should follow the Government’s guidance on changing rooms which can be found here. The FA’s guidance reflects this position. 

9) What if my club is not ready to return to full competitive training and matches?

The FA has worked with the government to develop approval for the restart of competitive grassroots football; however, each club should fully understand the guidelines before deciding to commence activity. Each club must only return to competitive football when they are ready and have the appropriate measures in place as developed by The FA and general government guidance. There is no pressure to return. Everyone’s health, wellbeing and safety are the priorities.

10) What happens if a player, parent or coach shows Covid-19 symptoms before, during or after a match?

All players, officials, volunteers and spectators must undergo a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms and complete a full risk assessment, as set out in The FA’s guidance. No-one should leave home to participate in football if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following:  

  • A high temperature (above 37.8⁰C);
  • A new, continuous cough;
  • A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste. 

If a participant becomes Covid-19 symptomatic during the activity, they should immediately remove themselves from the session and return home as soon as possible. NHS guidance on further management of symptoms should be followed.

If an individual becomes symptomatic post an activity they must follow the NHS Test and Trace guidance found here

11) Does this mean we can now play competitive football normally?

Competitive match play is now permitted, however, in all settings before and after the session, and in any breaks, all participants should practise social distancing, in line with government guidelines on two metres or ‘one metre plus’. You can read these guidelines here.

Substitutes and coaches are permitted but must socially distance on the touchline or in the dugout.

During warm-ups and cool-downs, participants should practise social distancing where possible.  All adult participants must also adhere to the rule of six for indoor sport. There is an exemption for disabled people and children.

12) We want to arrange a football competition with different teams competing, is this allowed under the new guidelines?

The current government guidance permits competitive football activity, therefore in order to host multiple fixtures at the same time, you will need to ensure you have considered this as part of your Covid-19 risk assessment and are comfortable that the groups can maintain social distancing off the field at all times.

All clubs and teams need to ensure they are affiliated to their respective County FA to ensure valid insurance is in place and to allow for the use of FA registered referees.

You must ensure that you do not overload your facilities – your Covid-19 risk assessment should cover maximum occupancy levels to ensure that social distancing can be maintained. For all other consideration on the impact upon your facilities please see The FA guidance which is available here

13) Are we allowed to share kit and equipment such as balls, goalkeeper gloves and training tops?

The sharing of equipment must be avoided where possible. Where equipment is shared, equipment must be cleaned before use by another person.  

Participants should take their kit home to wash it themselves, rather than have one person handling a large quantity of soiled materials. Where kit absolutely has to be shared or kept together (e.g. last-minute stand-in players, shortage of kit, or an essential club function), each person handling it must wash or sanitise their hands immediately after and appropriate cleaning arrangements for the kit must be made. 

14) If there is a regional lockdown, does this mean we won’t be allowed to play competitively?

Clubs must always consider whether there are local restrictions in place in their area. If so, clubs should first read the guidance relevant to their area as this may supersede FA guidance and therefore also football activity. County FAs will be working with Local Authorities to determine what restrictions, if any are appropriate.

15) Will we be able to use changing rooms?

Changing rooms are an area of increased risk of transmission. Where possible, they should remain closed. Players and Officials should arrive changed and shower at home. Exceptions may be made where safety and safeguarding measures require their use e.g. supporting disabled athletes or a child needs a change of clothing etc. If you choose to use your changing and shower facilities you must follow government guidelines found here.

Preparation and use of toilets before, during or after the match or training should follow government guidance as seen here

Further information on changing rooms for clubs in the National League System and Women’s pyramid can be found in The FA’s guidance.  

16) Will I be allowed to go and watch a grassroots football match as a spectator if I’m socially distanced?

Supporters, parents, and other spectators should remain socially distanced whilst attending events. Spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six-person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance, ensuring space for officials, coaches and substitutes.

Specific FA spectator guidance and protocols for clubs in the men’s National League System and Women’s Football Pyramid is available here. 

17) What are the guidelines for participants and spectators before and after a game or training session?

There are a number of considerations that should be taken before, during and after a game. The full guidance here provides an overview of these.

18) Do we need to support NHS Test and Trace efforts?

Yes, facility providers are expected to fully support the Governments test and trace system. This involves displaying NHS QR posters at your venue to offer a quick, simple and secure way for visitors to register that they’ve been to your venue.

You must register for an official NHS QR code and display your official NHS QR poster at entrances to your venue, in places that are easy for visitors to see and access such as your car park and entrances to your pitches and clubhouse. The same poster should be printed and displayed multiple times to avoid queuing and congestion when visitors are registering.

19) Where can I find out more about the NHS QR code for test and trace?

A full set of FAQ’s from the NHS can be found here.

20) Is the QR code just for facilities with buildings/changing rooms?

This applies to all football facility types including pitch only sites, however, if not practical to use the QR code, information can be captured manually.  Essentially, if you play at a venue that is visited by members of the public and has a space where people congregate, then we encourage you to create a QR code poster for that venue if not already in place.

21) When does a club need to create a QR code?

A club should create a QR code when the club is the facility operator or a QR code is not provided by the facility it hires for training or home matches.  Each different venue should have a QR code. 

22) Do all players and parents have to scan the code or can a coach scan this on behalf of the players?

Anyone over the age of 16 should register their visit.  Parents/guardians can do this on behalf of their children.  Individuals are encouraged to register (instead of a group representative).

23) What visitor types does test and trace apply to?

Players, spectators, coaches, match officials, staff/volunteers and all other visitors to the site aged 16 and above.  

24) If we use local authority pitches, do we still have to produce a QR code, or do the Local Authority?

This must be agreed between the facility provider and the user group.  In certain venues, it may be more effective for user clubs to register visitors.  In such cases, each club must provide the facility provider with a copy of their Covid-19 risk-assessment (including its track and trace measures).

25) What happens if a visitor refuses to register via the NHS QR system?

For pitches and outdoor areas, downloading and using the NHS COVID-19 app is currently voluntary.  Facility providers should encourage all visitors to use this service but should not stop visitor access if they have not used the check-in feature.

However, in hospitality areas, Government guidance states that visitors should be refused entry if they do not provide their name and contact details, is not in a group (for which one other member has provided name and contact details), or who has not scanned the NHS QR code.

If in the rare case that a customer or visitor becomes unruly, you should follow your own security procedures. This may include calling the police if you feel the individual poses a risk to yourself or others.

26) What happens for people who don't have the appropriate smartphone to scan the code, or no phone at all?

A manual system must remain in place as a backup.

27) What does this mean for clubs with teams in the National League System or the Women’s Football Pyramid, is there a set of specific guidance for players and spectators at this level of the game?

Guidance for the National League System and Women’s Football Pyramid is available here. 

28) Can clubs/venues provide food and drink?

Yes, for those clubs that have catering and bar facilities they are able to operate in accordance with the government guidelines for that sector and these can be found here. Extra considerations should be made to ensure social distancing is in place. Further information can be found in The FA’s guidance on facilities which you can find here.

Face coverings must be worn by customers in hospitality venues, when they are not eating or drinking.  Staff will also be required to wear face-covering as well. Exemptions apply which you can read about here

29) Are there any rules around goal celebrations?

Yes, goal celebrations should be conducted in a socially distant manner. Please refer to this guidance for a summary of considerations that should be taken during play.

30) What about Walking Football, is there any specific guidance around this?

As a format of football, Walking Football is covered by all the same guidelines that are provided by The FA. These can be found here.

31) What if there is an injury, is it safe for a player to be treated?

If a participant gets injured, a member of their household can assist if present and appropriate, but others (including match officials, teammates and coaches) will still need to socially distance unless a life or limb-threatening injury necessitates compromising guidelines to provide emergency care.  

If there is a first-aider or other medical personnel present, they should be equipped with the appropriate PPE (including face coverings) before treating anyone to protect themselves and others if they need to compromise social-distancing guidelines to provide medical assistance. Full medical guidance can found here.

32) What is permitted as ‘organised’ football?

Above all, football must be played in an organised and safe environment that has a Covid-19 risk assessment specifically for organised football activity.  This can be provided by a) the user group (e.g. a club), b) the facility provider (e.g. a small sided football centre), or c) by both.  Where no risk assessment exists – groups must follow the Governments ‘rule of six’.   

Example 1: a football club that has its own Covid-19 risk assessment and plays at a local park =  permitted.

Example 2: a small-sided team that plays at a small sided football centre with a Covid-19 risk assessment = permitted.

Example 3: a group of friends that meet at a local park for a kick-about = must follow the Governments ‘rule of six’.

National League System, Steps 3 to 6 SPECIFIC FAQs

33) Our Club plays at Step 3 (example) but we have a B Graded ground – can we work on 15/30% of the minimum capacity of the B Grade?

No, not at present. The submission to DCMS was made on the basis that any return to spectators was a phased approach and, in order to mitigate risk, the % figure is derived from the minimum capacity required for ground grading at the Step level of the host Club. That is not to say that we may be able to adjust this upon a future review.

34) Our Club, who plays at Step 3 (example) has an officially calculated capacity that is higher than the minimum required for the Step level – can we work on this basis and apply 15/30% of the calculated capacity?

As above, not at the moment, but again it is something that will be considered upon a future review.

35) We participate at Step 1/Step 2 – can we have a return to spectators?

In order to complete play-offs, the National League was deemed to be “Elite” in relation to the Government’s sporting guidance. As such, a return to spectators within Steps 1 and 2 will be subject to the conditions of the Government’s Elite Sport Guidance which will be issued from time to time. At this time there are no spectators permitted at Steps 1 or 2 of the NLS.

36) Our local authority has informed us that we are not permitted to have as many spectators in our ground as The FA are currently suggesting (i.e. 15/30% of the minimum grading capacity) – which figure do we work to?

Local authorities now have delegated powers from the Government to deal with Covid-19-related matters and so, if a local authority provides a lower maximum capacity, this must be adhered to as opposed to that set by The FA.

37) Our Ground is used above Step 1 of the Men’s National League System – what are there minimum capacity percentages we should work from?

There is no set capacity percentages for venues outside of Steps 1 to 6 of the Men’s National League System. Clubs should discuss what level these should be sat at with their host venue Safety Officer. As a starting point, Step 1 capacity percentages could be used.

38) We play at Tier 5 or below in the Women’s Pyramid, but our ground is used at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System – do we have minimum capacity percentages we need to follow?

Clubs at Tiers 5 and below of the Women’s Football Pyramid are able to follow the FA Grassroots Guidance in relation to spectators, with no minimum capacity percentages. However, if your club expects to exceed 100 spectators you should consider following the minimum capacity percentages set by the National League System Step that the venue falls within.

39) Our venue have set a lower maximum capacity than The FA have proposed – are they able to do this?

The venue has final say over the number of spectators they are willing to allow into the ground and this must be respected at all times.       


Getting the latest Government health 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.



Sport England Guidance

Sport England's comprehensive information page is a great starting point, with plenty of key information and helpful resources.

You can access their page here

Legal Implications

Please see legal guidance in the PDF below, which has been produced in partnership with Muckle LLP around the following topics; 

  • Membership Subscriptions
  • Contractual Rights and Obligations in relation to Suppliers
  • Overseas Tours
  • Club Operations
  • Facilities Hire
  • Employment
  • Financial Assistance
  • Directors’ Duties
  • Data Protection 

These topics have been selected as risks/concerns that our clubs and leagues may be facing now or in the future, during Covid-19.

As a reminder clubs who are FA Charter Standard, NLS clubs and grassroots leagues are eligible for 30 minutes free of advice, per matter. You can contact Muckle using the below details; 

Legal Implications FAQs For Charter Standard Clubs



Leading providers of insurance are considering the effects of Coronavirus and to understand how the crisis may affect your policy, they should be contacted directly.

We have liaised with Sportsguard and Bluefin regarding their cover and refunds and they have advised the following:

Sportsguard Insurance

We are pleased to confirm that our recommended insurance providers Sportsguard have agreed a discount of 16.67%, which represents approximately two free months of cover for personal accident insurance. This discount has been jointly agreed by Sportsguard, Underwriters and the Surrey FA, the discount cannot be deferred/used at a later date or exchanged for a cash value or refund.
Sportsguard have also agreed to delay the payment for public liability and personal accident until football can resume, at that time you will be invoiced by Surrey FA for the outstanding balance.

Sportsguard's Personal Accident and Public Liability policies remain in force until 30 June 2020, so as long as you adhere to The FA guidance with regards to training and footballing activities, the policies will respond in accordance with policy terms and conditions.

For cover beyond 30 June 2020 you will need to go through the affiliation process with Surrey FA

An update on insurance implications of resuming football activities:

Provided teams/members follow The FA’s guidelines to ensure safe participation, Surrey FA affiliated clubs will remain covered by the Sportsguard insurance policy.

Our advice to all is follow the guidelines set by the FA and Government, to remain not only within the law but also within our affiliation terms.  To break with this would be to break the terms of membership to Surrey FA and therefore invalidate both this and the insurance associated insurance cover.


Following the recent measures introduced by the Government to restrict outdoor activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bluefin Sport and our partner Insurer, AXA XL, have agreed the following approach in respect of Personal Accident insurance purchased via the National Game Insurance Scheme (NGIS), for the 2019/20 season:

1.           All Personal Accident policies to remain in force until the expiry date, 30 June 2020;

2.           At the next renewal, all premiums will be discounted to reflect the period of inactivity, due to the Government measures, up to 31 May 2020.


Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers starting from 1 March 2020. It is designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Employers can use a portal to claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage. Employers can use this scheme anytime during this period.

The scheme is open to all UK employers that had created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on 28 February 2020.

Find out about the scheme, including eligibility and how to apply via the button below

Job retention scheme information


Self-employed? Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme


Use this scheme if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus. 

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month until October 2020. 

Find out about the scheme, including eligibility and how to apply via the button below

Coronavirus self-employment income support scheme


Return to Play Fund

Sport England have launched a new £16.5 million fund to give additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Return to Play Fund is designed to support groups, clubs and organisations who’ve been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the disease, and is part of our overall response to the crisis that now includes more than £220m of government and National Lottery funding.

Click here to find out more

Facility Maintenance

We have collated a selection of resources below to support those managing and maintaining facilities during this period. 

Additional Resources

The Sport and Recreation Alliance have provided and updated a helpful summary of government business support measures here.

Grants online have produced a useful page of funding streams for those in the third sector affected by Coronavirus, broken down by area here.

Community Foundation for Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund has launched to support local charities and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of Surrey’s most vulnerable people.

Contacting Surrey FA

Following the Government’s announcement on the evening of Monday 16th March, the Surrey FA offices have been closed to staff and visitors until further notice. All staff will still be working from home and will be available via email and direct dial as this will be forwarded to the relevant member of staff. Please use this method when calling all staff instead of going through the main office switchboard. You can also email all members of staff using the email addresses found alongside contact numbers on the Board & Staff page of our website.



What grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game can currently take place?

The FA have issued guidelines for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football.

As a result, the grassroots football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season.

Football activity can take place with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19.  

The FA would strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:

  • Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;
  • From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example, pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;
  • From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.

Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators and football facility providers should read The FA’s full guidelines, which are accessible below, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19.

A return to competitive football should only happen once clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place.

A summary of key points to consider from The FA’s guidelines are listed for ease below:

  • Everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before every training session or match. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection you must not participate or attend;
  • Clubs and facility providers should ensure that their facility is compliant with current Government legislation and guidance related to COVID-19;
  • Competitive training is now permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches;
  • Competitive match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play;
  • Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session;
  • Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball disinfected in breaks of play;
  • Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training;
  • Goal celebrations should be avoided;
  • Equipment should not be shared, and goalkeepers should ensure they disinfect their gloves regularly in breaks in training or matches and thoroughly afterwards. Where possible, coaches should only handle equipment in training;
  • Where possible, players, coaches and officials should arrive changed and shower at home. Use of changing and shower facilities must follow government advice on the use of indoor facilities;
  • Participants should follow best practice for travel including minimising the use of public transport and walking or cycling if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle
  • Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace;
  • Clubs should ensure they are affiliated with their County Football Association.

Separate guidance has been developed for clubs with teams competing in the men’s National League System (NLS) and the Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6. This will support these Clubs on the safe return of paying spectators and also the applicability of the guidance to facilities under Ground Grading conditions, to ensure the safe return of competitive matches.

The full guidance document can be downloaded below, along with a short summary for all those involved in restarting activity.

Detailed Guidance on Re-starting Football

Guidance on Re-Starting Football - Summary

Covid-19 Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Guidance for Facility Providers

First Aid Guidance

 Guidance for Women's Football tiers 3 to 6

Guidance for Men's National League System

Detailed Guidance on re-starting football for referees

Referee Specific Guidance on Returning to NLS Football

Guidance on Re-starting Football for Referees - Summary


Please be reminded, if an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.

Please be reminded, if an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.

The FA is working closely with Government and Sport England in order to set out good practice guidance for those responsible for delivering different aspects of grassroots football and we will share further information as soon as possible.

Can Futsal or Indoor Football now be played?

In line with the Government's announcement on 22nd September, regular indoor football may only take place for U18s or those with disabilities. For adults, indoor football can take place in groups of no more than six, i.e. 3 vs 3 matches.

Using Track and Trace


You must register for an official NHS QR code and display the official NHS QR poster from 24 September 2020.


The NHS COVID-19 app has a feature that allows users to quickly and easily ‘check in’ to your venue by scanning the code. The information stays on the user’s phone. In England, you do not have to ask people who choose to ‘check in’ using the official NHS QR code to provide their contact details. If there is an outbreak associated with a venue, a message will be sent to the relevant app users with the necessary public health advice.


This will help to avoid the reintroduction of lockdown measures and support the country to return to, and maintain, a more normal way of life.


The app can be downloaded here.

In addition to maintaining and sharing records where requested and displaying an official NHS QR poster, you must also continue to follow other government guidance to minimise the transmission of COVID-19. This includes maintaining a safe working environment and following social distancing guidelines. 


The relevant settings this applies to are:

clubs providing team sporting activities

facilities for use by elite and professional sportspeople (including sports stadia)

indoor sport and leisure centres

cafes, including workplace canteens

bars, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs


Please note this updated guidance comes into effect from the 24th September and failure to comply will result in Government issued fines. 


An extensive FAQs list on the NHS QR code posters can be found here. 


Full information on test and trace can be found here. 


Full FA guidance can be found here.

What to do if a football participant has been sent home from school and asked to self-isolate?

If a school has sent someone home to self-isolate, they must do exactly that – stay at home and not come into contact with anyone for the period of self-isolation. If they are sent home to self-isolate because they have symptoms, they should get a test and must stay at home for at least 10 days (although if the test comes back negative, they can end their isolation). If they are sent home because they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, they must self-isolate for 14 days (and only get a test if they subsequently develop symptoms themselves). This isolation period should include the individual not taking part in any football activities in line with the above time-frames.

Can our NLS or WFP clubs allow spectators at games/can I attend these games?

We are aware of the recent Government announcement regarding supporters at games. We shall share updated guidance as soon as this becomes available to us.

The DCMS has now clarified its guidance on the return to recreational team sport and clubs at Steps 3-6 of the NLS and Tiers 3-4 of the WFP are permitted to accommodate a phased and limited return of spectators to fixtures. However, they must follow the UK Government’s guidance in relation to Covid-19 and The FA’s updated guidelines for the NLS or WFP respectively.

In addition, Regional NLS Feeder League clubs and clubs at Tiers 5-6 of the WFP are permitted to accommodate socially-distanced spectators in line with The FA’s guidelines for grassroots football.

All clubs at Steps 3-6 of the NLS and Tiers 3-4 of the WFP are required to have a designated Covid-19 Officer; complete and publish bespoke risk assessments and action plans; and arrange support for Track and Trace efforts before implementing the following:  

Stage One:

  • From 22 August 2020 to 30 August 2020, spectators are permitted to attend fixtures at Steps 3-6 of the NLS and Tiers 3-4 of the WFP, providing that their number does not exceed 15% of the minimum ground grading capacity at these levels or respective figures set out within The FA’s updated guidelines;
  • If a club at these levels does not play any fixtures during this period, it must have played at least one pre-season or competitive fixture in accordance with its respective level of spectators before moving on to Stage Two.

Stage Two:

  • From 31 August 2020, clubs at Steps 3-6 of the NLS and Tiers 3-4 of the WFP will be permitted to allow spectators to attend fixtures provided that their number does not exceed 30% of the minimum ground grading capacity at their level or the respective figures set out within The FA’s updated guidelines. However, they must be satisfied that they have been able to comply with the Government’s guidance on the return to recreational team sport and The FA’s updated guidelines.

The phased and limited return of spectators at these levels will be kept under constant review in line with the UK Government’s guidelines and will be amended accordingly as required.

 Please see The FA’s updated guidelines for clubs and spectators in the PDFs below:



Can I referee grassroots matches?

Yes, but it is important to say that returning to football should only be when it’s right for you to do so. There is no pressure to return and there will be no consequence or judgement for not returning. Everyone’s health, wellbeing and safety are the priorities.

To support and inform all of our referees, specific guidance has been produced and is available through the links below.

Guidance on Re-Starting Football for Referees

Guidance on Returning to NLS fOOTBALL FOR rEFEREES

Guidance on Re-Starting Football for Referees (Summary)

Football Festivals

Please be aware that in addition to prior affiliation approval from Surrey FA, any football festivals held at present should follow the key principles below:

  • Multiple pitches in use (vs. the definition of a crowd being a single pitch, single game with 30+ people watching)
  • Respect barriers should be in place
  • Limited to multiple groups of 6 watching together
  • NHS Test and Trace in place
  • A detailed risk assessment MUST be in place by the festival host which takes into account The FA guidance and local situations
  • Designated Covid-19 Officer i/c the event
  • Pre-Covid checks carried out by individuals

These principles should be followed alongside the wider FA Guidance. 


2019/20 County Cup Finals 


On 16th March the Surrey FA Board met to discuss the situation with regards to the Surrey County Cup Competitions.

First and foremost, the health and wellbeing of everyone involved and connected with Surrey football remains our priority. We continue to closely follow guidance from The FA including the decision to suspend all grassroots football based on the Government’s advice concerning social gatherings.

The Board assessed each category of the Surrey FA County Cup, from youth level through to the senior men’s. It took into account a wide range of factors and logistics both this season and next.  Also, the fact that there remained a significant number of rounds still to be completed, even before all 18 finals could be played.

Our duty of care to protect the well-being of all our stakeholders including players, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers and their wider family and friends, was paramount in our minds at this unprecedented time.

The Board considered at length the option of rescheduling the finals for a later date, however, in light of these and other factors it was agreed that, regrettably, the only viable course of action was to cancel all County Cup competitions for the 2019/20 season.

Surrey FA would like to thank all the clubs concerned for their understanding during what is an unprecedented time for football, at all levels of the game, and everyone involved in Surrey football for their continued support at the grassroots.

Capital Cups Competitions 

On 9th July the Capital Cups Committee met to discuss the situation with regards to the Capital Cup Competitions.

First and foremost, the health and wellbeing of everyone involved and connected with football remains our priority. We continue to closely follow guidance from the Government and The FA.

The Committee assessed each category of the Capital Cups, from youth level through to the senior. We took into account a wide range of factors and logistics both this season and next. Also, the fact that there remained a number of semi-finals still to be completed, even before all 6 finals could be played.

Our duty of care to protect the well-being of all our stakeholders including players, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers and their wider family and friends, was paramount in our minds at this unprecedented time.

The Committee considered at length the option of rescheduling the finals for a later date, however, in light of these and other factors it was agreed that, regrettably, the only viable course of action was to cancel all Capital Cup competitions for the 2019/20 season.

Middlesex FA, Surrey FA, Amateur FA and London FA would like to thank all the clubs concerned for their understanding during what is an unprecedented time for football, at all levels of the game, and everyone involved in county football for their continued support at the grassroots.

The Capital Cups Committee are committed to delivering the Capital Women’s’ Cup Competitions in future seasons and are currently focusing on the planning and preparation for 2020/21.

How will the current situation affect the Charter Standard scheme and any outstanding applications or Annual Health Checks? For the latest guidance please consult the comprehensive FAQ document produced by The FA which can be downloaded on this FA webpage. Please be aware, this information is subject to change. In the event of changes, we shall update the information on this page accordingly. 

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. 


Can I still have my FA DBS verified? 

Carrying out face-to-face Identity (ID) Document Verification for DBS Checks in line with Government Covid-19 guidelines


These guidelines have been produced in line with the Government guidance issued on 1 June 2020, which sees the easing of lockdown restrictions on gatherings, public spaces, and outdoor activities and the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation as published here.

This means that face-to-face ID document verification can now take place as long as the verifier and those requiring their ID to be verified observe all Government guidelines.

Please remember that as an ID PIN verifier. It is your choice whether you feel comfortable to carry out face-to-face ID checks at this time. You should not feel pressure to do so by anyone.

If clubs need to, they can identify an alternative ID verifier, who is happy to do this, by contacting and working with them to set up a new verifier.

New volunteers must not start working with children until their DBS Check is accepted by The FA.

Click here to download guidance   

Now that face-to-face FA DBS ID verification can take place does everyone whose DBS check is now 3 years old have to re-do their check?

No, 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, we have made an informed decision to extend that 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.

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 in full, with scope for new bookings, we will make an announcement.


For all the up to date information regarding Surrey FA and FA courses, head to our FAQs page here.


Express your Interest

Is Meadowbank available for use and hire?

Meadowbank is back open and necessary measures have been put in place to ensure the facility is covid-safe. The pitches are now available for use, all ongoing bookings will be resumed and we will make contact directly with all of our users on a regular basis and those with existing bookings to ensure our customers are kept up to date with the very latest news.

To ensure the safety of all our users at Meadowbank Football Ground, we have created a return to Meadowbank policy and a Covid-19 risk assessment which can be viewed below.

If you have any queries around usage of the site, please email

Covid-19 Workplace Risk Assessment

Club Affiliations

On Friday 1st May, Surrey FA announced that affiliation fees will be waived for the 2020/21.

On Monday 1st June, Surrey FA opened the affiliation window for the 2020/21 season. To find out more on how to get started, click here.

 When will my current insurance cover end? 

You should check this with your insurance provider. However, if you are covered by Sportsguard, the Personal Accident and Public Liability policies remained in force until 30 June 2020, so as long as you adhere to The FA guidance with regards to training and footballing activities, the policies will respond in accordance with policy terms and conditions.

For insurance cover beyond 30 June 2020, clubs will need to go through the affiliation process with Surrey FA, whereby you shall be covered by Sportsguard’s the Personal Accident and Public Liability policies so long as all safety protocols have been followed, in line with The FA’s guidelines.