Fans are allowed back into non-league football grounds says FA

PUBLISHED: 16:10 19 August 2020 | UPDATED: 16:10 19 August 2020

Clapton CFC fans (Pic: Max Reeves)

Clapton CFC fans (Pic: Max Reeves)


Fans will be allowed back into non-league football grounds from this weekend – providing they stay below a maximum capacity.

The Let Fans In campaign saw an online petition attract over 10,000 signatures in less than 24 hours and helped bring a decision from the government to start a phased approach for the return of supporters at steps three to six of the non-league pyramid.

The FA have now released details of what that means.

Between August 22 and August 30 clubs are allowed to admit fans “providing that their number does not exceed 15 per cent of the minimum ground grading capacity at these levels or respective figures set out within our updated guidelines”.

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If they do that, then they will be able to allow up to 30 per cent from August 31.

However, clubs have to play “at least one pre-season or competitive fixture in accordance with its respective level of spectators before moving on to stage two”.

The FA said: “We have today issued updated guidelines for the National League System (NLS) and Women’s Football Pyramid (WFP) that include a phased and limited return of spectators for clubs at steps three to six and tiers three to four respectively.

“The DCMS has now clarified its guidance on the return to recreational team sport and clubs are permitted to accommodate a phased and limited return of spectators to fixtures.

“However, they must follow the government’s guidance in relation to COVID-19 and the FA’s updated guidelines for the NLS or WFP respectively.

“In addition, regional NLS feeder league clubs and clubs at tiers five to six of the WFP are permitted to accommodate socially-distanced spectators in line with our guidelines for grassroots football.”

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