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IMPORTANT: WYAFL COVID SITUATION

27 Oct 2020

Dear Mods

Please see below a message I have received today from the West Yorkshire League Secretary David Walker. There is a lot to read, and obviously even more uncertainty, but the key part of the message relates to movement between tiers:

  • Teams within the same tier restrictions may continue playing, following covid requirements  ( tier 3 may play tier 3 etc).
  • No team should travel or play another team outside of its tier ( be it Tier 1-2 or Tier 2-3) 
  • Players officials coaches and spectators must not travel across a tier boundary to play football.
  • Match officials may travel across tiers  to officiate at NLS steps 1-6 games applying covid requirements.

Please make yourselves familiar with all this and let your manager know if you are affected by it.

We will keep everyone informed as things progress.

Take care.

Chris

 

All:

 

Following an on line meeting and discussions with the WRCFA on Monday 26th October, this email is intended to forward to you information and comments from that meeting which will affect the league going forward. Some of you may have seen or received an email from the League Referees Appointments secretary issued last night after he also attended the meeting.

 

The West Yorkshire region currently sits in the UK governments high risk Tier Two covid category although there are teams currently sitting in a tier 1 area (Harrogate to Boroughbridge - North Yorkshire etc). There is clearly an anticipation that West Yorkshire will move to tier 3 imminently and how that will happen is an unknown factor. A regional move has the possibility of allowing us to continue playing (all within the same tier) but a council or district by district move ( separating Leeds from Bradford etc) will obviously see an impossible situation become far worse. (In either case an option for the North Yorkshire teams will be needed)

 

The current FA directions are that Football within the NLS system (steps 1-6) and Youth football may continue  as long as covid regulations and requirements are applied and followed. “Adult football” from regional Feeder League Status (WYAFL) down to grassroots level is now subject to further restrictions in line with the governments Tier system.  These restrictions are in principle as follows:

 

  • Teams within the same tier restrictions may continue playing, following covid requirements  ( tier 3 may play tier 3 etc).
  • No team should travel or play another team outside of its tier ( be it Tier 1-2 or Tier 2-3) 
  • Players officials coaches and spectators must not travel across a tier boundary to play football.
  • Match officials may travel across tiers  to officiate at NLS steps 1-6 games applying covid requirements.

 

You should be also be aware that teams currently operating under these conditions in Tier 3 areas have also been informed to strongly and actively discourage the presence of spectators at games.  ( Again the travel restrictions across tiers and gate controls at grounds are the critical factor).  As well as operating track and trace registers including the NHS app and QR code posters at check in and arrival.

 

The general feeling at last nights meeting was that we are perilously balanced on a knife edge. The options are simple; to play football we must follow and apply the regulations in full and we must keep and stay safe.

 

If we do not; we lose everything and then football will have to be stopped.

 

It is apparent and obvious that clubs generally are in no way following and applying either their own or the governments covid regulations regarding social distancing allowing the general public and people  to attend and congregate together. I have personally seen situations where the two metre rule has not been followed or applied, regardless of notices and directions at grounds/locations. It is difficult we know but it must be done.

 

This has to change in order to protect people and save lives as covid rises and returns again.

 

As a league we are being asked to confirm cases and instances of failure to comply with regulations when reported to us by clubs, match officials or the general public. Last  nights meeting confirmed that some clubs are already being investigated by the police following reports; and heavy legal fines (over £1000) are expected to be applied for failure to comply with regulations. More can expect to see this if the regulations are ignored and with the present structure and set up at many clubs, individual officers of a club could be held liable and responsible.

 

We are on the verge of being forced to close the league down once again; that decision is being forced on the league by clubs and people who refuse to follow the regulations. It is not a decision the WYAFL would wish to take or make having been there at the end of March and having seen and felt the consequences but it is one which will obviously happen if we choose not to or act or decide to ignore what we have already said we will do.

 

TAKE CARE : KEEP SAFE : PROTECT EACH OTHER AND PROTECT THE GAME 

 

Regards

WYAFL Secretary

David P. Walker