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Grassroots Football Update - 22 February 2021

Following the Government's announcement regarding a return of outdoor sport, The FA has released the following statement.

Please see below for the latest statement issued on behalf of The FA, which follows the Government announcement delivered on Monday 22 February 2021.

We welcome the UK Government’s update today regarding the Covid-19 roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions which means we can look forward to the safe return of grassroots football from 29 March for both adults and children. 

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. 

Please note, the extension does not apply to the National League System (NLS) Steps 3-6, Regional NLS Feeder Leagues and the Women’s Football Pyramid from Tier 3 and below, including County Leagues at Tier 7, as the process to determine the preferred route forward for these competitions is currently ongoing. We will provide a further update on this in due course. 

Oxfordshire FA will share these updates with the local grassroots football community once recieved by The FA.