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Coronavirus Update

Further information and guidance on the Coronavirus outbreak

13th March 2020

Rob Smith

Following the decision by The FA to join the Premier League, EFL, Barclays FA Womens Super League & FA Womens Championship to postpone all fixtures until April 3, we have saught advice and guidance from West Riding County FA.


The club can confirm that until advice changes, all scheduled fixtures will continue as planned. We will however be following the guidelines below. West Riding FA will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice provided by the Football Association and the Government.


Can teams choose not to perform the RESPECT handshake before matches?

Yes. As a precautionary measure, we are advising against handshaking. Given the current situation, shaking hands is an unnecessary risk, and an easily avoidable one. Individuals can choose whether they want to shake hands or not. This is entirely at the discretion of each individual player. No player or collection of players can be forced, via regulation, or any other practice (i.e delayed Kick Off) to shake hands. Leagues and competitions may choose to issue a statement to all clubs advising that teams are not expected to shake hands at this time. Should teams or individual players decide not to shake hands or opt for an alternative method this should be conveyed to the match referee by the team Manager and/or Captain before the teams enter the field of play.


What happens if a club is unable to field a team due to player’s testing positive for coronavirus or having to self-isolate?

Clubs are advised to inform their respective league(s) or competition(s) as soon as they become aware of any of their players having to self-isolate or indeed contracting Coronavirus. The government guidelines for self-isolation should be followed. Until such time as the government and/or the Football Association advise otherwise, teams are expected to fulfil fixtures if they meet the minimum number of registered players available to field a team.


Minimum Players Required

5v5 - 4

7v7 - 5

9v9 - 6

11v11 - 7


Teams who fail to fulfil fixtures despite having the requisite number of ‘fit’ players registered and available, shall be managed under the FA Standard Code of Rules.


What if the situation changes?

We are actively monitoring Government advice in case the situation changes and additional measures become necessary. As a matter of good practice, we would recommend that Leagues and Clubs adopt the same approach. 


Getting the latest government advice

Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.

Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.

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