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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Ultimate 5 a side football is back!

5aside.com continue to follow the FA’s Covid-secure guidelines, which have been implemented in all our five a side football leagues

When can 5 a side football be played again after Coronavirus measures are eased?

Our 5 a side football outdoor leagues will restart straight after Easter (Tuesday 6th April onwards)

The Government’s announcement on 22nd of February regarding the Covid-19 roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions means we can look forward to the safe return of outdoor 5 a side football.

Current league seasons / teams

Matches have been rescheduled and fixtures can be found here: https://5aside.com/fixtures/

Covid-Secure 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.

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