On 19 October the Welsh Government announced a “firebreak” national lockdown from 6:00pm on Friday, 23 October until Monday, 9 November that will have an impact on football in Wales.
The Welsh Government has released a detailed set of frequently asked questions about the latest lockdown and the restrictions that will be imposed during the 17 day period.
As a result, football in Wales will be impacted in the following ways:
- All activity detailed in the FAWs Return to Play Protocols will be suspended during this period.
- Clubs with a sufficient amount of professional players, coaches and operational staff in the JD Cymru Premier - as defined by the Welsh Government guidelines - will have their fixtures re-arranged to allow them to continue playing against each other. A revised television schedule for these matches will be published on CymruPremier.Wales in due course.
- Due to the suspension of the ‘elite programme’, the JD Cymru Premier will postpone all matches involving non-professional clubs during this period. Training during this time is also not permitted.
- All Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League matches during this period will be postponed. Training during this time is also not permitted.
The FAW urges everyone to follow the Welsh Government guidelines during the firebreak lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The FAW is currently seeking clarification from the Welsh Government on the level of restrictions that will be in place following the end of this lockdown period, in order to ascertain what football activity can resume from 9 November.
On 2 October 2020, the FAW updated its Safer Return to Play Protocols for Phase 3 by releasing details on Stages 1 to 4, which are effective from 5 October 2020.
The protocols cover Senior, Youth, Junior & Small-sided Football, Huddle, Fun Football and other formats.
The primary aim of the protocol is to support clubs affiliated to the FAW and/or an Area Association of the FAW to protect the health and safety of their players, coaches, all essential personnel and volunteers in a safer return to training and match-play, at the appropriate age groups.
The protocol is subject to the latest Public Health Wales and Welsh Government policy and guidelines related to COVID-19, given the changing nature of the guidance, clubs should keep up to date with COVID-19 updates issued by Welsh Government, which is available here.
The FAW will continue to work with Welsh Government, Sport Wales and the Welsh Sports Association.
Please continue to check this page regularly as information will be updated and added when it becomes available. The date above the ‘COVID-19’ headline indicates when this page was last updated.
UPDATE: LOCAL LOCKDOWNS & CHILDREN PLAYING FOOTBALL [16.10.20]
The FAW has received notification from Welsh Government that children will be able to travel out of, or into lockdown areas to participate in sport or other activities from 6pm on 16 October.
This change will apply to anyone under the age of 18 and they can be accompanied by one responsible member of their household over the age of 18 if required for transport etc.
FAQs on what is permitted in local lockdown areas are available here: https://gov.wales/local-lockdown
Adults are not permitted to enter or leave local lockdown areas to participate in sport.
SAFER RETURN TO PLAY FOR TIER 1
The primary aim of these guidelines is to protect the health and safety of all persons involved in fixtures in the Cymru Leagues and Welsh Premier Women's League.Download
SAFER RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCOL - PHASE 3 - STAGES 1 to 4 (EFFECTIVE FROM 05/10/20)
Document to support the return to play under Phase 3 - Stages 1 to 4 - guidelines by adopting specific protocols for a number of areas of your club's operation. Applies to Tier 2 clubs and below. For information on local lockdown restrictions, please visit the relevant section on this page.DOWNLOAD PROTOCOL
INTRA-CLUB TRAINING MATCHES & INTER CLUB FRIENDLY MATCHES (EFFECTIVE FROM 05/10/20)
Specific information for intra-club training matches and inter club friendly matches (U6-U16). This information is effective from 5 October 2020. Please download the Safer Return to Play Protocol above for full details on Stages 1 to 4. For information on local lockdown restrictions, please visit the relevant section on this page.INTRA-CLUB & INTRA CLUB MATCHES
COVID-19 SELF ASSESSMENT CHECK
The document provides the required questions for a COVID-19 self assessment check. Please refer to the Safer Return to Play Protocols for full details.COVID-19 SELF-ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
CLUB COVID-19 CHECKLIST [UPDATED 16.09.20]
All clubs will need to complete a COVID-19 club checklist prior to returning to train. The checklist should be completed by the club secretary and will confirm your club has completed the necessary steps in preparing your club to return to train.COMPLETE CHECKLIST
COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE & GUIDANCE
A COVID-19 risk assessment must be carried out by all clubs in advance of any resumption of training and/or facility reopening.DOWNLOAD Lawrlwytho
INSURANCE SUPPORT RESOURCES FROM BLUEFIN
Bluefin have provided answers to common questions related to their insurance policy as well as support for clubs in completing their risk assessment in line with their insurance policy.INSURANCE SUPPORT RISK ASSESSMENT SUPPORT
COVID-19 COMPLIANCE OFFICER ROLE DESCRIPTION [UPDATED 03.08.20]
A COVID-19 Compliance Officer will need to be appointed by each club ahead of returning to train.DOWNLOAD Lawrlwytho
FIRST AID GUIDANCE
This document has been prepared as initial advice in returning to training in line with the government guidance on phased return to sport.DOWNLOAD Lawrlwytho
BE ACTIVE WALES FUND
The Be Active Wales Fund, administered by Sport Wales, is available to support ALL clubs with additional equipment to meet our guidelines to return to training. For more information on the Be Active Wales Fund, click below.FIND OUT MORE
COACH CYMRU RESOURCE [UPDATED 11.08.20]
Coaching resources to support coaches to deliver activities that adhere to Return to Train phase 2 guidelines are available through the link below – coaches will need their FAW Courses log in details to access the resources. Once signed in they should click on ‘Jump to Coach Cymru’.VISIT COACH CYMRU
A list of frequently asked questions in relation to the Safer Return to Play Protocol - Phase 3 - Stages 1 to 4.DOWNLOAD
LOCAL LOCKDOWN INFORMATION
The link below takes you to the Welsh Government information pages on the local lockdowns in Wales. They provide general advice on the restrictions that have been put in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
In each local lockdown area you will find FAQs, where you can access a section specifically on 'Sport and Outdoor Activity'.VISIT WEBSITE