FAI updates Grassroots Safer Return to Train & Play Protocol – 10.07.2021

The Football Association of Ireland has today updated the Grassroots Safer Return to Play & Train Protocol to include guidelines around the increase in the number of spectators allowed to attend outdoor events.

The amended Protocol also features guidelines for Leagues and clubs looking to hold a blitz or tournament over the summer months. The updates are in line with the latest Government guidance which allow for crowds of 200 at venues with a capacity up to 5,000 while 500 fans can attend games at venues with capacity over 5,000.

As per the new Protocol, Leagues and clubs looking to host a blitz or tournament must complete an event plan which is compliant with Public Health Guidelines and the FAI Safer Return to Training & Play Protocol 8th Edition. They must also complete a Risk Assessment, ensure both documents are reviewed and approved by a COVID-19 Compliance Officer from each participating club and apply formally to their affiliate body for permission to host the blitz/tournament.

The FAI’s Head of Grassroots Ger McDermott said: “Fans can now attend all our outdoor football events from today subject to the Government guidelines, and we remind all our affiliates of our responsibility to ensure our game remains safe during this pandemic and urge those attending games not to congregate. We again ask all involved in our game to keep up to date with the amended Protocol as we continue to enjoy our return to football at all levels of the game.”

The updated FAI Safer Return to Training & Play is available here.