TIER 4 Update
All Adult football is now not permitted. U18 organised football is allowed but no cross border travel is permitted for example:- you cannot travel from Nottinghamshire to play in Derbyshire.
Below is the full update:-
Further to the government’s announcement yesterday, Wednesday 30 December with regards to the introduction of Tier 4 restrictions to Derby and Derbyshire, we can advise as follows:
Football for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football in Tier 4 areas is not permitted, including all training and fixtures. This is in place from 31 December 2020, and applies to the following aspects of ‘non-elite’ football in England in Tier 4 areas:
- Steps three to six of the National League System (NLS)
- Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid
- Regional NLS feeder leagues
- Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite guidance)
- Indoor and outdoor adult grassroots football
- Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)
The government’s Tier 4 guidance states organised outdoor sport for under-18s and disabled people will be allowed, while there are exemptions for FA Girls' Regional Talent Clubs. The government’s guidelines on travel between tiers should be adhered to. These players cannot move in or out of Tier 4 to train or play.
The government’s Tier 4 guidance confirms that elite sportspeople (and their coaches if necessary, or parents/guardians if they are under 18) are able to compete and train.
However, to add some clarity on the participation of outdoor sport for under-18s and disabled people, please note the following:
You should not travel between neighbouring Tier 4 areas, even if they share a border. Each Tier 4 area is seen as separate, they are not one continuous area.
You can only travel in your Tier 4 area and cannot travel between Tier 4 areas. So, Derby/Derbyshire based players in Tier 4 can travel anywhere within Derby/Derbyshire but cannot move in or out of Derby/Derbyshire to train or play. They cannot travel to another Tier 4 area (Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire etc) and vice versa.
Individuals who live in Tier 1, 2 or 3 areas should not travel to a Tier 4 area to play but may travel to another Tier 1, 2 or 3 area to play.
We would like to keep attendance at youth football to a minimum to minimise the risk of transmission, so if you are taking your child to football please can you refrain for taking extended families to watch your child play (unless absolutely necessary).
If there are any further updates from government we will communicate these in due course.