FAI Safer return to play updated

FAI Safer return to play updated

September 17, 2020

Thursday 17 Sept 2020

Safer return to play and training updated:


Return to Play V3_compressed.pdf

The Football Association of Ireland has today updated its Safer Return to Training and Safer Return to Play Protocols in accordance with the new Government guidelines announced earlier this week.

Spectators are now permitted to attend games but strictly in line with the Government’s Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 – Plan for Living with COVID-19policy document.

Crowd limits of 100 remain in place in Dublin with the FAI monitoring the ongoing situation in the county. Any changes to Dublin’s current status will be reviewed by the FAI and guidelines updated.

You can view the new Return Protocol documents here.



Friday 21st Aug 2020


https://www.fai.ie/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Return%20to%20Play.pdf


https://www.fai.ie/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Return%20to%20Training.pdf



18 Aug 2020

The Football Association of Ireland notes the Government announcement today of new restrictions on indoor and outdoor events as the country continues the fight against COVID-19 and we acknowledge the part that our sport can play in this ongoing battle.

The FAI informs all affiliates of the following directives, effective from midnight tonight until further notice:

  • The SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League will continue behind closed doors
  • Adult Amateur and Underage Football - including underage National Leagues - will continue, subject to updated Government and FAI guidelines
  • No spectators are permitted at any match under the jurisdiction of the FAI
  • Only those essential to a fixture may attend as per updated Protocols to be released by the FAI on Wednesday
  • Outdoor training is permitted in groups of up to 15 maximum under the new Government guidelines
  • More than one training session can take part at a venue provided the training pods are no larger than 15
  • Underage training groups must include two coaches and up to 13 players as per FAI Child Welfare and Safeguarding Policy
  • Adult training groups must include one coach and up to 14 players
  • As per Government guidelines for indoor events, indoor football and Futsal events are suspended until further notice
  • Indoor club meetings must adhere to the new Government guideline of a maximum of six people in attendance

The Football Association of Ireland wishes to acknowledge the hard work to date of all players, coaches, match officials, club officials, volunteers, parents and guardians and their dedication to our Protocols in ensuring the safer return to football.

The FAI urges all members to remain aware of their personal responsibility to abide by Government guidelines during this COVID-19 pandemic. We again thank all frontline workers for their efforts and commitment during this difficult time.

The FAI will remain in discussion with Government agencies in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.


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SAFER RETURN TO PLAY FAQs.pdf

FAI Updated Return to Training Protocol 2nd Edition.pdf


FAI Safer Return to Play Protocol.pdf


Grassroots Referees - Match Day Protocol .pdf


Notes:


The Football Association of Ireland has today launched a Safer Return to Play Protocol for all clubs as a cornerstone of the move from cessation to kick-off that will see Adult Amateur, underage National Leagues and Underage football permitted to return to full-contact training, including training games between teams from the same club, from June 29th.


https://www.fai.ie/domestic/news/fai-safer-return-to-play-protocol


25th Jun 2020

Clubs are authorised to make a full return to playing friendly games from July 11th and competitive matches from July 18th.   


The FAI has also issued a second edition of the Safer Return to Training Protocol that will apply to all clubs under its jurisdiction from June 29th. Clubs and teams in the SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League clubs will receive a separate Protocol. Match Officials are included in the Safer Return to Play Protocol and, in addition, will receive their own Protocol guidelines. 


The FAI’s Steering Group, in consultation with Medical Director Dr. Alan Byrne, has published these Protocols below.

The Safer Return to Play Protocol is based on the latest Government guidelines and advice from the Department of Health and HSE as lockdown measures around COVID-19 ease. The FAI remains committed to the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and any return dates announced today are subject to change, as per Government guidelines.

The decision to move from cessation to a return to competitive football from July 18th applies to Adult Amateur and Underage football under the jurisdiction of the FAI and will apply to all players, coaches, match officials, club officials, volunteers, parents and guardians.

Under the new Safer Return to Play Protocol, the FAI has approved the following measures:

• Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to full contact training, including training games between teams from the same club, from June 29th

• Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to playing friendly games from July 11th

• Adult Amateur and Underage football can return to playing competitive matches from July 18th

• All Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Winter season, who have had applications to extend their 2019-2020 season approved, can resume League fixtures from July 18th and must have all competitions completed by September 14th

• All other Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Winter Season can commence their 2020/21 season from July 18th  

• All Adult Amateur and Underage Leagues operating a Summer Season can resume/commence from July 18th and must have all competitions completed by November 30th