Friendlies/other matches involving teams and facilities where teams play at Steps 1-6 National League System and also play within Regional NLS Feeder Leagues (Step 7).
We now need to extend the current behind closed doors restrictions involving clubs playing at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System(NLS) to include Regional NLS Feeder League Clubs (Step 7) and this will also apply to preseason matches played in an NLS or Regional NLS Feeder League ground including, for example, County FA or League Cup Finals.
Some Clubs and Leagues have also asked for further clarity on a couple of specific areas and we hope the following will be of use.
- ALL friendlies involving Step 1 to Regional NLS Feeder Leagues Clubs (Step 7) should be played behind closed doors, until further notice.
- ALL pre-season or other matches held at Step 1 to Regional NLS Feeder League (Step 7) grounds, including, for example, all County FA and League Cup Finals, should be played behind closed doors, until further notice.
- Clubs can operate their Clubhouses in accordance with Government hospitality guidance – but there should be no entry to the ground for spectators. Spectator and Hospitality guidance is covered separately by Government.
- Friendlies or other matches can have essential Club Officials in attendance only, or, where an under 18 is playing in the fixture, a parent or guardian to fulfill safeguarding requirements. All must observe social distancing.