New guidance from NFA around friendly sanctioning
Now we have had almost a week since The FA released its advice on the return to competitive football .
We are pleased that the majority of clubs and teams are following the guidelines before contemplating a return to competitive training and/or matches.
In regards to friendly matches, we have updated our online sanctioning form - available here. All friendly matches must be sanctioned, failure to do so will result in disciplinary action being taken against both competing clubs and the referee.
Having your friendly sanctioned is the only way you can try and ensure the safest possible return to football for your players, and it ensures that your are fully insured for that fixture.
You should allow 5 working days for your request to be processed.
In regards to events/festivals, we have received a number of sanctioning requests over the past week. We are unable to sanction these events currently as we are seeking clarification from The FA via the Department of Culture, Median and Sport as to the 30 person rule and the potential for illegal mass gatherings.
We request that you are patient and do not rush into any tournaments which may result in Government guidelines being broken. Furthermore, any unsanctioned event/festival will be dealt with through our disciplinary process.