The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) has issued a further statement in respect of schools’ football and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the MSFA’s AGM last week voted to suspend competitions for 2020-21, schools, and District Associations may have joined the MSFA’s Girls Representative Teams in entering ESFA’s national competitions, to which this latest communication is pertinent.

In their statement, which was published on 8th December and can be read in full on the ESFA website, the governing body stated that

“The ESFA’s Emergency Committee has determined that  there will be no ESFA-hosted events such as international trials or national finals before January 2021, at which point a we will review the guidance again.  In the meantime, ESFA National Cup fixtures for 20-21 and any local football is permitted to take place, subject to compliance with The FA’s regulations. Should you decide to proceed, please take extra care to ensure that your risk assessment is thorough and your compliance with regulations clear, as failure to do so exposes you and your players to risk.” 

Before staging a National Cup tie, both Schools and Districts are reminded to submit their Risk Assessment to Gareth Coates.