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Ultimate 5 a side football is back! Our plan for a safe return

Covid-19 update

On the 17th July the FA confirmed that the UK Government approved their plan for the return of outdoor grassroots football. In the plan the FA state that competitive five a side football can return in August – As an affiliated league 5aside.com are implementing their guidelines…


Please take note of the sensible measures that are in place to keep everyone as safe as possible:

• As always player appearances will be inputted (by the ref) and visible online which assists ‘NHS test and trace’ if ever needed.

• Personal hygiene measures should be carried out by everyone and hand sanitisers brought to and used at the match venue.

• If you want to warm up/train with a ball you must bring your own football.

• No bibs provided: Teams should wear same kit or same colour shirts.

• Players should arrive changed and ready to take part.

• Use of facilities, changing rooms and toilets should be kept to a minimum.

• When the ball goes out of play it should be retrieved using the feet rather than the hands where possible.

• Players must not spit and should avoid shouting or raising their voices when facing each other, as detailed in The FA Covid-19 Code of Behaviour.

• Set plays: players are encouraged to avoid unnecessarily long set-ups or close marking.

• No sharing of keeper gloves.

• Subs should not group together and should spread out which aligns with wider social distancing guidance.

• Match fee payments remain cashless.

• No handshaking: 5aside.com usually advocate this sporting gesture wholeheartedly, but for now its no handshaking.

• Hands should be washed at the earliest opportunity and personal equipment should be wiped down with a disinfectant.

• Unless absolutely necessary, players should take their kit home and wash it themselves, or by family members.

• Post-Match showers should be taken at home.

• Everyone must continue to maintain social distancing including in any facilities where groups of people congregate (e.g. clubhouses).

• Everyone should leave following the traffic-flow system the club or facility provider has put place.

• Anyone who becomes infected after training/matches should report this to the NHS test and trace system.

Current league seasons / teams

We are currently working with our venues to ensure the safe return.

The earliest that 5aside.com leagues will resume will be the 1st of September – Meaning your favourite night of the week is back! You can check your team’s next fixture here.

We thank everybody for their patience and understanding during lockdown – It’s really appreciated and we can’t wait to get you guys playing again.

New league seasons / teams

Registrations for new seasons remain open.

New teams and new seasons remain subject to 5aside.com’s terms and conditions


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