Moreton Rangers Football Club

                                Safe Return to Football





Moreton Rangers FC Guidelines for resuming Football at NLS and grassroots football following the Coronavirus Pandemic. This document is produced in association with both Government and FA guidelines to ensure safety of players, staff, officials and when allowed, spectators.

The policy is also backed up by a series of individual risk assessments and supporting club policies (Ref A, B, and C) which will be continuously reviewed and the policy updated where necessary.

Every club has been instructed to appoint a Covid-19 officer. The role of this person is to remain familiar with the most up to date FA guidance and ensure this is communicated throughout coaches, players, club officials and supporters. The appointed Covid-19 officer for Moreton Rangers is Martin Jones.


Whilst many of the directives issued are legislative there are some that are advisory which Moreton Rangers have included in this policy for best practice and again, to ensure safety is at the top of the priority list. It is also important to note that this policy/guidance has been produced to allow football to take place at Moreton Rangers Football Club and does not supersede any further guidance or rules put in place by competition authorities.


The guidance following is FOR ALL players, coaches, club officials, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers and spectators.


The following document has been broken into 3 sections which will cover all of the match day protocol as directed by The FA:








It is vital that all 3 parts of this document are read by anyone visiting Moreton Rangers, as they apply to all clubs returning to football and are put in place to protect everyone.




Covid-19 is a highly infectious and dangerous disease. A resumption of contact play is only achievable if those involved create and maintain a controlled environment that minimises the threat of infection. Risk in sport cannot be completely eradicated but with caution and care these risks can be reduced. All those returning to competitive grassroots football must adapt the following F.A code of behaviour:

Be aware of your own personal health.

If you show any of the covid-19 symptoms you must stay at home, inform the NHS test and trace and seek medical advice.

Be responsible. Read the guidance provided by the F.A and your club so that you are aware of the changes to the game and what is expected of you.

Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and before, during and after a game. Where possible maintain social distancing. This will not always be possible in a competitive match environment and that is acceptable. However, before and after a game you should maintain social distancing.

Support NHS test and trace. You’re likely to be asked to provide your details so that in the event of a covid-19 outbreak those potentially infected can be traced. This is to everyone’s benefit so please co-operate.

Do not spit. Spitting and the rinsing out of mouths is now a recognised risk to the health and must not be done. Avoid shouting or raising your voice if face to face with other players.

After the game. Be aware that other users may be waiting to use the facilities.




As of Saturday 22nd August Spectators are permitted as per the F.A. Guidance.

It is recommended that Spectators allow extra time to access the ground.

Moreton Rangers have put in place the following measures for spectators:

2m markers painted on approach to main entrance where a queue to pay entrance fee may arise.

2m markers painted on ground in open stand and around the perimeter to assist visitors to maintain a suitable social distance.

A count of numbers entering to be kept at the main entrance to ensure maximum numbers are not exceeded. Track and Trace protocol will be in place.

One way system marked on ground and with additional signage on doors from the main entrance, to the stand, and around to the covered area.

Seated stand – seats not to be used are taped off – remaining seats measured to be 2m apart.

Bar to be run from the door way side exit of the clubroom by the covered stand.

2m markers painted on the ground approaching the door way from under the covered stand.

Access to the clubhouse limited to volunteers who are carrying out match day duties. Outdoor Toilet facilities are provided for spectators.

All changing facilities, toilets and other welfare facilities to be cleaned prior to each match and post match.

Hand sanitisers provided for use by the volunteers running the external bar and collecting equipment.



In line with current government guidance, all participates (players, coaches, club officials, match officials’ volunteers and spectators) should self-check for symptoms of covid-19.

No-one should leave home to participate in football if they, or anyone live with, has any of the following:




If an individual is symptomatic and/or living in a household with a possible covid-19 infection they should remain at home and follow government guidance.

Travelling to the match

All participants and other attendees should follow best practice for travel, including minimising use of public transport. Participants should walk or cycle if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle. If participants do have to travel with people outside their household or support bubble they should try to:

• Share the transport with the same people each time;

• Keep to small groups of people at any one time;

• Open windows for ventilation;

• Face away from each other;

• Clean the car between journeys using standard cleaning products.


Upon arrival


Upon arrival at the all participants will be required to adhere to the one ways systems in place and general movement around the ground following relevant signage in place.

All attendees should follow best practice and wash their hands upon arrival for at least 20 seconds or sanitise immediately with the sanitiser provided, at all times observe the 2-meter social distancing guidance. Everyone who enters the club will be required to provide name and contact details to support the NHS test and trace. This information will be held for 21 days in line with the government recreational team sport framework in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. We would advise that this list is prepared before arrival.


Changing Rooms

Use of the Changing Rooms is restricted to changing before and after the game with up to 8 players at anytime in the changing rooms. A maximum of 2 players at a time in the showers is allowed. Match officials will use the designated changing room one at a time.  





Social Distancing in Competitive Training can take place for all participants, in an outdoor setting provided this takes place in groups of no more than 30 (including coaches).

Care should be taken on busy sites with limited access points to ensure safe play. Moreton Rangers will consider staggering start times and allowing cleaning time between change-overs where the club maybe used by more than one team in a day.


Sessions might include multiple groups of 30 but only if they can be appropriately socially distanced from each other. In all settings before and after the session, and in any breaks, all participants should practise social distancing, in line with Government guidelines on two metres or ‘one metre plus’.


Any spectators at training sessions (including parents and carers) must be restricted to discrete six-person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance, ensuring space for officials, coaches


During Play


Competitive match play is now permitted, however, in all settings before and after matches all participants should practise social distancing.

Covid-19 modifications in matches.


Pre-match handshake should not happen. Instead players will be asked to hand-sanitise before kick-off.


Team talk huddles should not take place. Team talks can take place as long as social- distancing is observed.


Warm-ups/cool downs should always observe social distancing.


Coaches, other team staff and substitutes are allowed, but must always observe social distancing on touch lines/dug-outs.

Social distancing must also be observed during interactions when a substitution is being made.


Set plays free kicks/corners: referees and coaches should encourage players to get on with the game and not unnecessarily prolong set-up such as defensive walls to limit the prolonged close marking.


Goal posts should be wiped down before matches and after matches and at half time.


Goal celebrations should be avoided.


Interactions with referees and match assistants should only happen with players observing social distancing. Small-sided football should be modified to provide more regular hygiene breaks in play.


Social distancing during breaks (e.g. half time)


During breaks and half-time all participants must remain socially distanced. Coaching staff and substitutes should for example, spread out and avoid sharing a dug out or bench if social distancing cannot be observed. Water bottles or other refreshment containers should in no circumstances be shared.

Participants are advised to bring their own drinks or refreshments, in a named container. After activity participants must maintain government mandated social distancing for social interaction. This will include the use of the changing rooms or showers if required, and clubhouse facilities participates congregate in afterwards


Use of Equipment


The sharing of equipment must be avoided where possible. Where equipment is to be shared, equipment must be cleaned before use by another person. Participants should take their kit home to wash it themselves, rather than have one person handling a large quantity of soiled materials. Where this is not possible each person handling the soiled kit must wash their hands and sanitise immediately after, and appropriate arrangements made for the cleaning of the kit.


Ball transfer


The nature of football means that the ball is not frequently handled. When the ball goes out of play it should not be retrieved by non-participants and should be retrieved using the feet rather than the hands where possible. Where there are breaks in the game if throw-ins or handling has occurred the ball should be disinfected.




There is an additional risk of infection in close proximity situations where people are shouting or conversing loudly. This particularly applies indoors (e.g. inside clubhouses) and when face to face. If possible, players should therefore avoid shouting or raising their voices when facing each other during, before and after games. This is included within The FA’s Code of Behaviour.




Everyone should refrain from spitting. If you need to sneeze or cough, you are encouraged to do so into a tissue or upper sleeve and advised to avoid touching your face. Ensure any tissues are disposed of in a sealed bin as soon as possible


Treatment of Injuries


Moreton Rangers appointed first-aiders will follow the FA’s First Aid Guidance.

Injuries during play should still be treated as participant health and safety is of utmost importance. In all cases but particularly where medical treatment is needed, the best form of protection is through rigorous cleaning, personal hygiene and regular hand hygiene.

An increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces and equipment, using standard household cleaning and disinfection products, will be recommended as per The FA’s supporting medical guidance.

If a participant gets injured, a member of their household can assist if present and appropriate, but others (including match officials and teammates and coaches) will still need to socially distance unless a life- or limb-threatening injury necessitates compromising guidelines to provide emergency care.

Where there is a first-aider or other medical personnel present, they should be equipped with the appropriate PPE (including face coverings) to protect themselves and others if they need to compromise social-distancing guidelines to provide medical assistance.

After contact with an injured participant, the person who has administered first aid should clean their hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser at the earliest opportunity.

This advice is applicable to all situations, regardless of whether there was close contact or social distancing was maintained. The first aider should also avoid touching their mouth, eyes and nose.


Administering any form of treatment


A record of each participant they have come into contact with for NHS test and trace purposes. If a participant becomes Covid-19 symptomatic during the activity, they should immediately remove themselves from the session and return home as quick as possible.


Players That Leave the Field


(Sub or Sending Off) Any player who is subbed or sent off should leave the pitch area and get changed if possible. 







Hands should be washed at the earliest opportunity and personal equipment should be wiped down with a disinfectant.


Changing Rooms

Use of the Changing Rooms is restricted to changing before and after the game with up to 8 players at anytime in the changing rooms. A maximum of 2 players at a time in the showers is allowed. Match officials will use the designated changing room one at a time.  


After matches participants and attendees must maintain government mandated social distancing for social interaction. The kitchen service will be for drinks only.

No food is available at this time.


Payment of Fees


Where possible payment of fees, such as match official fees should be made by bank transfer. This can also be arranged before the start of the game.



Martin Jones

Moreton Rangers FC

Covid19 Officer


Tel 07879015881



Policy References:


A. Moreton Rangers FC Safeguarding Risk Assessment

B. Moreton Rangers FC Junior Teams Match day Risk Assessment

C. Moreton Rangers FC Training Risk Assessment