Incorporating the Staffordshire County League (Founded in 1900) & the Midland League (Founded 1984)
SCSL to pause return of football fixtures until 2 January at the earliest
Apologies for the delay in confirming the position regarding fixtures in December but as you would expect your Management Committee have been in consultation with member clubs, match officials and the County FA in coming to a decision.
When reaching our decision, the health & wellbeing of all our players, match officials, volunteers and those who watch our games, has been the one and only driver.
The SCSL has members in Staffordshire, Derbyshire, The West Midlands and Cheshire, and a significant majority fall into Tier 3 of the Government Guidelines which come into force today (2 December). We have specifically considered the following;
- Travelling restrictions within and across Tiers increases the risks for our players and match officials, particularly when considering the Government guidance which is clear that travelling should be reduced a minimum in Tier 3 areas for grassroots sport.
- The infection and mortality rates in our communities mean that the majority of our teams are within Tier 3 for very concerning public health reasons. We feel it would be wrong to potentially place an additional burden on our NHS and other public services at this present time. We are also conscious that a return to playing football increases the risk of having to self-isolate over the Christmas period.
- We have only received the revised Government and FA Guidance today (see link below) and we are aware that these place additional responsibilities on our clubs and volunteers, which our people will need time and support to put in place. Now is not the time to be rushing to a return to competitive football and putting people at risk.
We are pleased to have been involved in discussions with other adult Leagues within Staffordshire, who have broadly agreed the same stance. We are also know that the current season can be extended until the end of May and possibly into June, which we feel gives us sufficient time to return to competitive fixtures safely in the New Year.
Clubs are able to return to training, however, you must adhere to the updated guidance attached. Our advice would be not to start club training sessions until you feel you have put all sufficient safety measures in place. Any clubs considering arranging friendly fixtures must consult with their own County FA before doing so.
|FA guidance for grassroots football in Tiers 1-3 after 2 December We have today issued updated guidance for ‘non-elite’ football in England following confirmation from the UK Government that organised sports can return from Wednesday 2 December. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS] has this evening issued updated guidelines on the return … www.thefa.com|
Staffordshire Football Association – Guidance for Match Officials Video: Click here