RETURN TO PLAY WEBINARS FOR LEAGUES AND CLUBS - 9 NOVEMBER

The FAW Trust will be holding webinars with Leagues and Club COVID Officers over the next 48 hours to provide information on how the Welsh Government guidelines will impact the return to football from 9 November.

Following the release of Welsh Government FAQs regarding the restrictions in place from today (9 November), the FAW and FAW Trust are working with their officials to clarify aspects of the guidance. 

A webinar with all club COVID Officers is being held on Tuesday, 10 November to share information on how these guidelines impact the return of football. 

If your club needs an invite to the webinar please click here

This page will also be updated accordingly. 

WELSH GOVERNMENT UPDATE - 2 NOVEMBER

Following the Welsh Government announcement on 2 November, detailing the guidelines that will be in place following the end of the “firebreak” lockdown, the FAW’s Safer Return to Play Protocols for Phase 3 will be reinstated from Monday, 9 November. 

This will result in the resumption of inter-club friendly matches for Senior, Youth, Junior & Small-sided Football and other formats.

The protocol remains subject to the latest Public Health Wales and Welsh Government policy and guidelines related to COVID-19.

Due to the changing nature of the guidance, clubs should keep up to date with COVID-19 updates issued by Welsh Government, which is available here

FIREBREAK LOCKDOWN AND FOOTBALL IN WALES

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: 

  • 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.