Pitch hire guidelines

National restrictions from Thursday 5th November 2020

When new national restrictions are put in place between Thursday 5th November and Wednesday 2nd December 2020 all grassroots sports including football must stop. The only exemption is elite level sport.

Liverpool City Council's grass football pitches will remain closed until lockdown is lifted, or a review allows grassroots sports to resume. Please do not arrange any friendly games or training sessions on our grass pitches during this time.

Current Tier-3 guidance

This guidance applies to grassroots football, including NLS Feeder Leagues Step 7 and below, in the County FA areas of Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Liverpool, Westmorland and Cumberland.

It has been issued in response to the very high Tier-3 local restrictions in the Liverpool City Region. 

Where possible, we ask all local leagues to:

  • be flexible about pitch use - play on pitches not in use so teams maintain greater distance 
  • consider amending time slots to discourage large groups of people arriving at the same time
  • ensure risk assessments are updated using guidance provided by the Football Association
  • provide local fixtures within their catchment area where possible
  • travel in separate cars to games

Teams should only attend fixtures within 15 minutes of kick off. Do not arrive too early as other teams may be leaving the venue and this leads to increased contact with others.

Guidance for spectators

Stricter controls are necessary for spectators at our football pitch sites. A number of council’s have found spectators without masks at touchlines. This creates an increased and unacceptable risk of transmitting Covid-19. Therefore we ask that:

  • spectators do not accompany players to adult fixtures
  • only 1 parent or carer, from the same household or support bubble as the child, attends at junior fixtures
  • spectators to junior fixtures must socially distance, we advise face coverings are worn and that a distance of 2m is made from the touchline
  • people should seek to attend at fixtures within 15 minutes of kick off – not sooner, please do not arrive too early, as your attendance may conflict with other teams seeking to leave the venue, and would increase the chances of contact with others/ infection.
  • all visitors, including spectators are asked to register your attendance using the QR codes on display at the entrance to changing rooms. These remain open only for officials and toilets.

Adult Football including Step 7 and below

Adult clubs and individuals cannot move in or out of a very high Tier-3 region to participate.

For example, adult clubs may travel within the Liverpool City Region - from Liverpool to Halton and vice-versa - but cannot travel to Lancashire or Manchester and vice-versa.

Youth football - U18s 

Youth football U18s players and teams can play across tiers. There are no new restrictions at present.

We cannot stress enough the critical importance of all involved in the game doing their level best to allow the grassroots game to continue in these challenging times.

The key guidance remains as follows:

  • Social distancing wherever possible for players, and always in the case of spectators
  • Robust hygiene standards as per risk assessments but including the wearing of masks in toilet blocks
  • Effective registering of attendees primarily via the NHS Test and Trace QR system
  • Only one spectator per child at under 18 youth games 

Please note that local authorities may issue additional guidance that supersedes FA guidance.

Note for all clubs at Levels 3- 6 of National League System

DCMS have confirmed, in collaboration with The FA players in step 3-6 of the NLS can travel to very high Tier-3 regions. We ask that spectators not to move in or out of a very high Tier-3 region to participate.