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ESFA COVID-19 UPDATE (5.11.20)

The Department for Education and The FA have now clarified the position for football in schools during the current lockdown period. As a result of the DfE guidance, which you can find below, competition between schools is now not permitted and as a consequence, inter-school football is suspended until 2nd December, when the Government reviews its position. A reminder that representative football is already suspended in accordance with the Government and FA guidance for the grassroots game.

Latest DfE Guidance can be found here.

Outside of inter-school competition, football within individual schools can continue, subject to risk assessment and to meeting the specific conditions in the guidance which include retaining children in their bubbles whilst playing, and the thorough cleaning of equipment between sessions. Again, further details are in the guidance.


The Zoom meeting scheduled for Tuesday 10th November has been cancelled. iIt is hoped that a Zoom meeting can be held on Tuesday 8th December at 7pm.


Durham County FA are recruiting young people aged 16-24 to become a member of the Durham County FA Youth Council.

The role of the Youth Council is to be the voice of young people in the County.

As part of the Youth Council, members can expect opportunities for CPD in coaching, refereeing and event management.

Members will also be offered volunteering opportunities linked to Durham FA programmes, such as futsal, disability football and FA FIVES where they will be supported by Durham FA Development Staff.

This is a voluntary position and will require members to attend monthly meetings. All meetings will be hosted online through Microsoft Teams at the moment due to Covid.

Applications to be a member of the Youth Council can be made through the following link:

The application window will close on FRIDAY 4th DECEMBER 2020.

If you require any more information then please get in contact with Football Development Officer Dan McElhone on or 0191 387 2928 (Option 4 then Option 6).


U13 PlayStation FC Inter-association Trophy: Gateshead SFA won this competition for the second time when they beat Croydon SFA 7-6 on penalties after the game finished 2-2. Gateshead took the lead in the 5th minutes but were pegged back 4 minutes later. Croydon took the lead a minute into the second half but Gateshead were level by the 40th minute. After both team had taken 5 penalties it was 3-3. The hero for Gateshead was their goalkeeper who had saved 2 of the initial 5 penalties then in sudden death he saved Croydon's 10th penalty, scored Gateshead's 11th then saved Croydon's 11th spot kick.

U12 PlayStation FC 9-a-side Elite Schools' Cup: St Bede's RC (East Durham SFA) were crowned National champions by beating Whitgift School (Croydon SFA). St Bede's were losing 0-2 at half time but made it 1-2 within 3 minutes of the second half starting. Whitgift increased their lead mid way through the half. With 8 minutes of time remaining St Bede's pulled a goal back. The Peterlee school made it 3-3 with a minute to go. There was still time for Whitgift to hit the crossbar. So to penalties. Both teams successfully converted their 5 penalties but at the sixth attempt St Bede's scored and Whitgift missed thus St Bede's won 6-5.

U15 PlayStation FC Elite Schools' Cup: As this final could not be played ESFA decided that Kepier Academy (Sunderland SFA) and Torquay Boys' Grammar School (Torbay & District SFA) would be joint winners.


Durham FA and Northumberland FA issued a joint statement relating to the latest arrangements for playing football in the North East. The Covid-19 statement can be viewed here.


All documents relevant for restarting and maintaining schools’ football activity can be found on the ESFA website by using the following link. COVID-19 GUIDANCE

A summary of key points to consider from ESFA 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.
  • Associations, schools 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 staff 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.
  • Football coaches and teachers 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, teachers and coaches should only handle equipment in training.
  • Associations: 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. Schools should follow approved guidelines relating to changing facilities regarding PE lessons and inter-school matches
  • Participants should follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and walking or cycling if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle.  If mini-bus or coach travel is absolutely necessary, please follow advice contained within the guidance document below
  • Associations and schools should keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace.


As with all public liability policies the protection is in relation the third-party claims following injuries sustained or property damage claims. For this type of claim to be successful the claimant's solicitor would need to prove the Association had acted negligently. All risk assessments would need to be completed before events take place. For any insurance cover to be effective all activities must be in line with current guidelines, and in adherence with current Social Distancing protocols.

ESFA Evidence of Insurance document can be viewed here.



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