“Grassroots Football can prepare to return” after Government & FA statements

Three months, three weeks and four days – or 117 days since Severn Sport last covered a game of football and finally we have received the news that we have been waiting for – football is on it’s way back!

Since the lockdown and suspension of the 2019/20 football season back in March we have all been waiting for the day where we can go and watch football within Gloucestershire and today, Thursday 9th July, our prayers were answered.

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In the government briefings, amongst other things, it was confirmed that localised sporting clubs and events can begin to plan their return, as long as social distancing measures are in place.

So with that being said, it was clear that grassroots football had been given the greenlight to at least start planning their return. Delightfully on Thursday evening the FA have responded to the news and issued the following statement.

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Whilst it is exciting to see the phrase “competitive grassroots football can prepare to return and look forward to the start of the new season,” it is worth noting that nothing has been confirmed yet when it comes to dates of the return.

Now the understanding is that still the plans will be implemented at the National League levels first before filtering down, so whilst we will still see a delay to the usual early August start date for most leagues, we can now start planning for normality on our Saturdays because after all these years – football is coming home!

We will keep you up to date with the return of grassroots football and we hope to be able to start confirming return dates for our leagues over the coming weeks.

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