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Tier 4 Restriction for Greater Manchester >>> No adult football permitted

31/12/20

MJSL closes down temporarily following Gov/FA guidance

With the new tier restrictions announced by the Gov, Greater Mcr is covered by Tier 4 and Liverpool (city) by Tier 3, therefore no further fixtures will be released until these parameters have been reviewed and eased.

############### FA Guidance #############
Football for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football in Tier 4 areas is not permitted, including all training and fixtures. This immediate advice in place from 31 December applies to the following aspects of ‘non-elite’ football in England in Tier 4 areas:

- 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 guidance)

- Indoor and outdoor adult grassroots football

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

Adult Football

From the updated guidance provided adult clubs, teams and individuals (Players, Coaches and Spectators) cannot continue to play or train in Tier 4 and the game is therefore suspended. 

Youth Football (Under 18’s), Including Disability Football

  • With regards to youth football (Under 18’s) and all disability football. There have been changes for all those regions now in Tier 4 and these are detailed below, specifically in relation to movement/travel of youth teams, players, coaches and or volunteers (including parents).
  • The government’s Tier 4 guidance states organised outdoor sport for under-18s and disabled people will be allowed, while there are exemptions for FA Girls' Regional Talent Clubs. The government’s guidelines on travel between tiers should be adhered to. These players now cannot move in or out of Tier 4 to train or play.

Indoor Football

In line with government guidance, ‘indoor sports facilities will close’, in Tier 4 areas and therefore indoor grassroots football (and futsal) or training is unable to take place for all age groups.

For absolute clarity the above means that travel is NOT permitted between all Tiers in the North West.  Under 18’s must play only within the Region that they reside.  For example; Those players and volunteers who live in Greater Manchester, must play only in Greater Manchester and cannot travel to another region such as Cheshire or Liverpool and vice versa.

It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government's latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from The FA. Failure to adhere to the guidance will result in sanctions for non-compliance.

This guidance is in line with government and FA updates to guidance and restrictions. Manchester FA continue to work with other County FAs across the North West region and you can find an updated joint statement here.



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