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Wednesday 09 Dec 2020
Irish FA: Covid-19 update

In light of the recent announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Irish FA can confirm that;

  • protocols in our ‘A Return to the Everyday Game’ document will be reinstated from this Friday 11 December, and football training and games may recommence at all levels;
  • football training and matches are exempt from restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than 15 people on the basis that risk assessment protocols outlined in our ‘A Return to the Everyday Game’ document are adhered to at all times;  
  • spectator numbers must not exceed 500 at all levels from elite downward and all required social distancing measures must be in place;
  • indoor football remains prohibited at this time;

Irish FA Chief Executive, Patrick Nelson, commended the ongoing efforts of clubs, leagues, players, volunteers and officials:

“Football at all levels across Northern Ireland continues to play its part in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. Clubs and leagues have demonstrated innovation and an ability to adapt to a whole range of challenges and setbacks. 

“We are encouraging everyone looking to re-engage with the game from this Friday onward to follow the protocols outlined in our ‘A Return to the Everyday Game’ document at all times, and adhere to Public Health Agency guidance to ensure football continues to return in a safe and responsible manner.”

You can read the protocols outlined in ‘A Return to the Everyday Game’ here