An update regarding schools’ football and the new Government three-tier pandemic system
Following the government’s introduction of the three tier pandemic control system and the consequent assessment of risk by the ESFA’s emergency committee, there have been some changes to our arrangements for national ESFA activity. This is primarily a reflection of the travel restrictions advised in the standard tier 3 controls, and accords with the guidance given by public health officials in affected areas. This will also apply in the event that travel restrictions are applied in any new Covid 19 protocols.
2020/21 National Schools’ Cup Competitions
For the 20/21 national competitions, teams who are unable to fulfil their fixtures due to the travel restrictions which are currently part of the Tier 3 guidance, the fixture will be forfeited unless, in exceptional circumstances, a postponement can be agreed without undue disruption to the national competition. Where the fixture is forfeited, the entry fee paid by the team will be carried forward to next year’s competition
2019/20 National Schools’ Cup Finals
For the remaining 19/20 national finals, those affected by travel restrictions will not take place, and the trophy will be shared between the finalists
International Football & Trials
For the purpose of international trials, those residing in a Tier 3 area and thus advised not to travel out of their area, will not be permitted to attend trials and affected CSFAs should not nominate these players.
Thank you for your co-operation with these regulations.
The National Governing Body for Schools’ Football in England.