Grassroots Football will return on March 29 in an announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of his four-step plan to fight the coronavirus.
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The Somerset Football Association said it was « delighted » with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement to allow the return of football from March 29, but they expect a « big job » to keep things going over the next few months up and running.
Johnson announced a new four-step plan to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and ease lockdown with after-school sports and activities that will be allowed from March 8th. Outdoor sports such as basketball, tennis courts, golf courses and outdoor swimming pools will reopen towards the end of the month, when organized sports for adults and children such as grassroots football may also return.
This is followed by the second step, where indoor leisure facilities such as Gyms and swimming pools will be allowed to reopen on April 12th.
And if everything goes according to plan by June 21st, all legal restrictions on social contact will be lifted, meaning that there will be no crowd restrictions at major sporting events .
« We were delighted to hear from Boris Johnson on today’s announcement that organized sport will return from March 29. This is an initial response to a social media show hosted by a Number of football players, « read a statement from Somerset FA.
» We are awaiting guidance from the FA on actions we need to take n, so everyone can safely participate. We will of course share this with everyone involved as soon as we receive it. «
As for the Somerset FA, there is much work to be done by the end of next month.
Cheddar boss Craig Mawford with Ashton & Backwell United manager Stuart Jones ahead of the Buildbase FA Vase first round game in December.
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Clubs in the Toolstation Western League have not played league football since last November, while the Buildbase FA Vase was allowed to continue until December, when some friendly matches were played between local teams.
None for other local leagues since January More games played as North Somerset ranked differently in Tier 3 and the rest of Somerset in Tier 4 prior to the announcement of the third national ban on January 6th.
During that time, a number of surveys were sent to clubs in asked what they would like to do about the 2020-21 season.
The majority of clubs had voted to play again, but between 25 and 30 percent would like the campaign to end and a new season later starts again in the summer in either August or September.
Despite the encouraging news, there are some issues the FA is facing, including the end date ms in the football calendar, as at the time of the last lockdown start the number of completed games was between a little more than 50 percent and 15 percent cents.
When football starts again, not everyone wants to play, and under the circumstances, nobody wants one Forcing the team to play if they don’t feel safe.
James Waite leads Weston’s attack against Willand Rovers during their friendly last December.
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« Welcome that this news, our leagues and clubs, will face numerous problems when we return, » continued the Somerset FA statement.
« At the time of the lockdown, the various leagues were in Somerset all have completed games at different stages for their respective leagues. If we restart in early April and this coincides with UK Daylight Saving Time to allow midweek games there will still be a limited number of slots available to schedule games so it will be challenging for most leagues and consequently It is entirely possible that a The traditional end to a season in which every team plays at home and away will be difficult.
“We know that there will be clubs that have difficulties because they cannot play and financially face challenges, while of course the players haven’t played or even trained for three months.
« While we may be allowed to play, it is entirely possible that some teams do not want this, and of course that will be perfectly understandable. » / p> “That’s why we know we are facing these and other challenges, even though we know our leagues and clubs have great people n who lead you, as County FA we will offer all the support you need to help you get back to football.
« If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our employees can’t wait to get back to the job they love. They’ll be happy to help. «
» The coming months will be a big task for everyone, but I know we’re all looking forward to it and can’t wait to play again. «
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