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:
For general enquiries - 

For enquiries around refereeing -

For marketing enquiries -

For enquiries about Meadowbank Football Ground -

For discipline enquiries -

For FA Whole Game System and club affiliation enquiries -

For safeguarding enquiries -

For enquiries about courses -

For enquiries about player registration on the Whole Game System -

Individual staff contact information can be found here

NATIONAL LOCKDOWN Update - 22 February 

Please note that we acknowledge the Prime Minister’s update regarding Coronavirus and the easing of lockdown measures.

We know that our participants will be keen to understand how this will impact grassroots football. We shall share further details and guidance regarding the safe return to play, as soon as this becomes available and ask for patience during the interim.

Surrey FA will continue to assess the feasibility of completing our County Cup competitions in light of this announcement and the subsequent timeline for the return of grassroots football. An update will be shared in due course.

National lockdown restrictions introduced

Following the announcement of a second national lockdown on 4th January by UK Government, The FA have confirmed the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of fixtures and training across the following, with immediate effect:

- Steps three to six of the National League System (NLS)

- Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid

- Regional NLS feeder leagues

- Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite status)

- FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs (unless under elite status)

- All indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football, including under 18s (except organised outdoor football for disabled people which is allowed to continue)

- Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)

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 lockdown restrictions and we implore everyone to follow these.

Dialogue will continue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, leagues, competitions and we will provide further updates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and ‘non-elite’ football when relevant.

We would like to thank the football community once again for its hard work, resilience and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and wider society.


Surrey FA can confirm that one-to-one coaching CAN continue between ADULTS, provided that all Government guidance is followed to ensure safe involvement for both participants.

Please note - one-to-one coaching CAN NOT be conducted by coaching with any players aged 18 and under.

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.


Charter Standard Club - Mid-Season Affiliations 

If there is any football activity that is delivered at your club, that wasn’t previously affiliated, we now have a chance to be able to amend your affiliation for when the season gets back up and running.


  • All activity taken place through the club should be affiliated, regardless of playing in competitive fixtures, or not. Examples of this may be a recreational session, a development team in one of your age groups or mini soccer sessions for younger children that are currently too young to be involved in a competitive games.
  • You will also ensure:


  • Email
  • Include details of all teams or activity that you would like to add to you affiliation

What next?

  • After the information has been uploaded to your affiliation details, you will be re-invoiced with the new teams added to your affiliation.
  • Although affiliation fees have been waivered for 2020/21 season, this invoice includes payment for Personal Accident Insurance for the new teams.

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 cover:

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.

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


The fourth Covid-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme grant is due to be announced as a part of the spring budget, on March 3rd 2021.


We will provide more information and how to apply for the scheme when it is announced in March.


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

All Surrey FA staff are now 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. 

Coronavirus and Mental Health 

The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting all our lives. Many of us are struggling with how it's affecting ourselves and our loved ones. Those of us already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too.

Here you'll find reliable information and tips to help you cope during this time.




Can one-to-one coaching take place during the current lockdown measures?


Surrey FA can confirm that one-to-one coaching CAN continue between ADULTS, provided that all Government guidance is followed to ensure safe involvement for both participants.

Please note - one-to-one coaching CAN NOT be conducted by coaching with any players aged 18 and under.

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.


Can I still have my FA DBS verified? 


Under the current lockdown restrictions, no DBS check appointments will be made by the Surrey FA team. When these are eased, and it is considered safe for our staff to meet for these, they shall resume. 


We also ask that new grassroots club DBS checks are not submitted where grassroots football activity remains suspended.


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, brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the associated difficulties this therefore creates for carrying out the in-person requirements to check ID verification documents. It should be noted that all the individuals this extension relates to, already hold a DBS check which has been previously accepted by The FA.

For more information click here.

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


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.