Pitch hire guidelines

How Liverpool City Council and its partners will safely re-open its pitches in line with the government's Covid-19 roadmap recovery steps and the Football Association's guidance. 

When will pitches open again?

Step 1 of the roadmap allows grassroots sport to resume from 29th March 2021. Liverpool City Council's grass football and Lifestyles 3G pitches will reopen on Saturday 3rd April 2021 for official weekend fixtures until Sunday 27th June 2021.

Pitches will also open to accommodate midweek fixtures where required on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We would ask all leagues confirm use of sites for midweek fixtures. Please note sites will only be opened for official fixtures.

Teams and leagues that play at one of the 3G hubsites operated by Leisure United should contact their site directly to confirm opening times - see contact details below.  

Spectator access

No spectators are allowed at grassroots football as part of step 1 of the government’s roadmap. One parent or guardian per child is permitted, where clubs and facilities can safely accommodate this and following all appropriate guidance.  

Use of changing rooms

Changing rooms cannot be used as part of step 1 in the roadmap out of lockdown and must remain shut.

Toilets will be  open 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after matches. All government guidance on hygiene and social distancing measures must be followed.

Anyone entering the buildings is required to scan the QR codes clearly displayed in the communal areas to access the NHS Track and Trace app.

Team signing-in sheets remain in use and should be completed promptly on arrival. For those teams that play on 3G hubsites, the signing-in process already in place should continue to be followed.

Rules around travelling to games

Government guidance on travel is that the ‘stay at home’ rule will end on Monday 29th March 2021, but many restrictions will remain in place.

As organised sport resumes, all participants may travel to games but should avoid travel at the busiest times and routes, as well as minimising any unnecessary journeys where possible. All participants must follow the government’s guidance on safer travel.

Further details on the guidance issued about the restart of grassroots football can be found at liverpoolfa.com.

Please note that the guidance above will be reviewed in line with government Covid-19 roadmap recovery steps. Dates to look out for are:

  • Step 2 - 12th April 2021
  • Step 3 -17th May 2021
  • Step 4 - 21st June 2021

Our pitch fees and refunds

As a result of a shorter than normal season Liverpool City Council have made the following decision regarding charging for grass football and Lifestyles 3G pitch fees.

Adult teams who have taken the option to pay their pitch hire fees in two instalments will not be charge charged for the second half and remainder of the 2020/21 season.

Teams that have paid pitch hire fees for the full season will either be offered a 50% refund or allowed to carry forward a 50% reduction on season 2021/22 pitches fees.

Liverpool Football hubsite fees

Please contact the individual hubsites from Monday 29th March 2021 to discuss season bookings and fees. The operators Leisure United have confirmed that 3G matchplay hire fees will be charged on a pro-rata basis until the end of the season.