A Return to the Everyday game protocols

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Dear All,

Further to the announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive that competitive sport may resume in Northern Ireland at both grassroots and professional level, please find attached a copy of ‘A Return to the Everyday Game’, a document which outlines protocols and guidance on how to do this safely. These protocols are valid from 17 July 2020 so, in line with direction from the NI Executive that no resumption can begin until governing body protocols are in place, games are not permitted to take place prior to 17 July 2020.


The document outlines, amongst other things, that:


  • dressing rooms must remain closed and spectators are not permitted to attend games at this stage
  • a maximum number of people who may be present to enable a game to take place and these numbers must not be exceeded under any circumstances.


Football clubs and organising bodies have played a very positive role in supporting our communities through the pandemic and it’s important that this continues. ‘A Return to the Everyday Game’ is designed to ensure football continues to play its part in role-modelling how medical advice should be followed and everyone across the game has a responsibility to ensure these protocols are adhered to at all times. 


We will continue to review these protocols in line with guidance from the NI Executive and reserve the right to remove the protocols should it become evident they are not being followed or have become outdated. In addition we will follow up with a short video to support Covid-19 Officers after the upcoming bank and public holidays.  


Corinne Lannie (Corinne.lannie@irishfa.com) is the Covid Officer for the Association so as you work to build your processes to reflect these protocols she is available to review them.



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